5 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays at the George Eastman Museum

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The Holidays are once again upon us and we all know there are many ways to enjoy the season here in our city. We’ll go out on a limb and say that most won't offer the ultimate combination of glitz, glamour, and ROC history that our treasured George Eastman House will.

Here are 5 ways to take advantage of this incredible gem in our community and to get you in the holiday spirit.

1. Take in a Holiday Movie

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Dryden Theatre is a great place to get to during the holidays. Find classics like White Christmas and more contemporary favorites like Love Actually. There is sure to be something to fit everyone most people’s tastes.

Speaking of, don’t miss celebrating the 30th anniversary of the ultimate Christmas classic, Die Hard , on December 15th. “Yippee ki yay, mutha…” - ah, the true Holiday spirit.

Find the full list of Holiday films here: Dryden Holiday List

2. Drool Over Some Gingerbread Houses

Miss the good ol' days of being a kid and building gingerbread houses? Why not relive these memories. This annual tradition brings in dozens of Gingerbread house creations from professional bakers, families, and community groups. See something you like? These are also available to purchase through a silent auction.

Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display: 11/2-12/12

3. Tabletop Trees - Get Inspired

Looking for some Christmas Tree decoration inspiration or maybe a smaller size tree for your home? Displayed throughout the historic George Eastman Museum you'll find tabletop Christmas trees decorated by local businesses. These trees are available for purchase through a silent auction and all proceeds go toward providing fresh flowers in the house year-round. What's not to love?

Tabletop Tree Display & Auction: 11/13-12/16

4. Holiday Homecoming

The Holiday Homecoming party is also an annual tradition. Meet Santa and enjoy kid friendly activities, festive displays, live music, refreshments and more.

Annual Holiday Homecoming Party: 12/6, 5-8pm

5. Shop for the Holidays

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Not everyone thinks of shopping at museums for Christmas. But you should! There are tons of great options from the museum store, to Dryden Theatre tickets, to museum memberships. Looking to give a unique gift this year to that die-hard Rochesterian? Head to the Eastman Museum and don’t miss “An Eastman Christmas”, a 24 track CD of holiday classics played on the Eastman’s Aeolian pipe organ.

Eastman Museum Store | Membership

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Holiday Activities


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5 Things to do this Summer at the George Eastman Museum

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If you haven't been to the George Eastman Museum yet, what are you waiting for? If you've never been... or haven't been in a while, here are 5 things to do at the George Eastman Museum this Summer:

1. Explore the House

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George Eastman called this Colonial Revival mansion home from 1905 to until his death in 1932. "The historic mansion and gardens at the George Eastman Museum provide a glimpse into the life of one of the greatest American innovators and entertainers in the first decades of the twentieth century. Original furnishings and artifacts, careful reproductions, and beautifully restored landscape transport visitors to George Eastman’s time" (via website).

2. Enjoy the Gardens & Grounds

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Exploring the grounds is one of our favorite things to do, whether it's in Spring when the flowers are blooming or Fall while the leaves are changing. Daily tours of the gardens are offered May through September so we recommend you take full advantage of that, or to learn more about each space, check out the information online.

3. Tour the Exhibits

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The latest exhibit to open is Photography and America's National Parks. It's celebrating the 100th anniversary of the formation of the National Park Service, and will be up until October 2nd. Check out the other current exhibits and what's coming up.

4. Listen to some Garden Vibes

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This year will be the 23rd season of Garden Vibes summer concerts at the Eastman Museum. This year's dates are June 15th, July 13th, and August 17th and as the name states, they're held in the Gardens!

Details: Bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic, or purchase concessions from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Abbott’s, or the Eastman Museum Café. BYOB. Non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase on site. Gates open at 5 p.m.

5. Catch a Flick

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Dryden Theatre | Facebook

Cool nights and rainy days happen in the summer, why not catch a flick at the Dryden Theatre? "Presenting film screenings every day of the week, the Dryden is devoted to showing all films in their original formats, thus honoring and reproducing their historical—and aesthetically supreme—modes of exhibition. It is one of the very few theaters in the world equipped for the projection of original nitrate film that also makes nitrate film screenings part of its regular program" (about Dryden).

See what's showing!

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#1 - A Luthier On East

We make judgements about everything, every day - about every person we meet and see - whether we know them or not. It's just human nature. This can be said for our city, where suburbanites have err'd in telling us that there's nothing worthwhile in it anymore, and certainly nobody lives there or does life in that place.

We beg to differ. 

You know the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, we figure that's a thousand less words that we have to write to get our point across that ours is a city full of amazing talent, vibrancy, and diversity - from all walks of life. So here we have a new installment on the Rochesteriat called Conversation With A Stranger. Produced by local photographer Stephen S. Reardon, this quick post captures a local mug with just a tiny bit of background - but not much else. We'll let the photo speak for itself - and you to make your own judgements.

Conversation With A Stranger #1

Pictured: John Delmonico
Job: Luthier (a maker of stringed instruments such as violins)
Location: Sullivan Violins - 120 East Ave. Rochester

Notice the city around you: 
"I spotted John walking up
(a set of) stairs on East Ave. on a Saturday afternoon. It's not like he was wearing some strange outfit or had some crazy hair that made him stand out of the crowd. It was because he was walking with purpose and all the other hundreds of people were wearing green waiting for the St. Patrick's Day Parade to start. John was going to work." - S. Reardon

See more Strangers: here

Stephen Reardon, a photographer for over twenty years, has gained much of his professional experience living in Denver & NYC, but these days can be found in Rochester happily creating iconic portraits for the commercial & editorial industry. Follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

See what DOWNTOWN living has to offer you!



Each year the Landmark Society showcases unique living and work spaces found downtown. In their own words, "The Inside Downtown Tour highlights urban environments where folks are creating exciting spaces to live and work. We visit re-purposed spaces, renovated homes, lovingly preserved places and newly built sites that are designed with sensitivity to the overall built environment. Basically, we get you “in” on the latest urban living trends."

This year's tour features 9 stops - here's a sneak peek into a few of the locations:

The Penthouse at One East Ave:

One East Avenue Head to the eleventh floor of One East Ave to view not only this great event space, but the breathtaking city skyline from all 3 sides of the outdoor terrace (The Penthouse Website). If you're anything of a post-war design fan as we are, you'll love the original design of this 11-story tower and the mid-century architecture expressed throughout the building - including the unique corrugated concrete trough roof.

From the top you'll immediately see 2 of the other stops on the trip (pictured below) Sibley's on the left... and the Temple Building on the right:


The Sibley Building:

Sibley Tea Room Tour this Rochester favorite of the olden days and see the changes taking place inside by Winn Development. Tour stops will include the famous "Tea Room" pictured above. While this picture was taken back on 9/11/13 and the area resembled more like the sunken Titanic than a modern-day hang out, the tour promises to show you the vision of the future for this grand place. Sibley's Website.

The Temple Building:

Temple Dentist Located adjacent to The Sibley Building at the address of 14 Franklin Street, tour-goers will get to the see this architectural gem of a 20th-century Neo-Gothic landmark, but the real views come from inside the beautiful lofts. Afraid of the dentist? You'll have a different perspective when you tour Lewis Dental on the 8th floor and get a view from the dentist's chair unlike any around...we can't promise you'll lose your fear though. The Temple Building Website.

The Residences at 111 East Ave:

111 East Avenue If you ever lived at 111 East Avenue when it was still called "East Ave Commons", you'll be very pleasantly surprised that there is nothing "common" about the renovations that recently took place, reinstating the building to its original quality and glory. Keep an eye out for the pool deck, state of the art fitness center, community fire pit - and even an entire room being dedicated for Eastman students to practice their musical crafts in the wee-hours of the morning. 111 East Ave Website.

St. Joseph's Park:

St. Josephs Park St. Joseph’s Park is the remains of what was the city’s oldest Catholic church, destroyed in 1975 by a fire. After being closed to the public for many years, the park has been restored and opened again. Come see this beautiful public space now open to be used for gatherings, photo shoots, weddings, and other celebrations as coordinated by Park Avenue event planning agency, Bella & Co.. If you can plan your visit for Saturday, the Young Urban Preservationists (YUP's) will be hosting several activities in the Park including a s'mores bar! St. Joseph's Park Information.

Inside Downtown Tour Details: Friday, September 12th | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Saturday, September 13th | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tour Event Website

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More Fire Glass Studio: glass blowing in ROC



For more than 20 years, award-winning sculptor and designer Elizabeth Lyons has been working in her craft of glass and sculpting. Elizabeth is the founder and director of More Fire Glass Studio... here in our city and has been so for the last 16 years.

More Fire Glass Studio When we came in to visit More Fire Glass Studio, Elizabeth and resident artist Jennifer Schinzing, who have been working together for the last 9 years, showed us just what it takes to create the beautiful glass pieces and vases that are adoring the walls of the gallery.

The Gallery Once a new piece is started, there's no stopping, no coffee break, no bathroom break! until it's done. The process cannot be stopped or interrupted.

More Fire Glass Studio A small bit of molten glass is carefully stretched, sculpted, reheated, manipulated, and turned into a work of art. Something amazing from almost nothing.

Shaping GlassShaping Glass Temperatures in these ovens are between 2125ºF to 2300ºF.

In the Fire To watch a tiny dab of molten glass go from this...

Tools at More Fire Glass Studio ...to this...

Vase Shaping ...is quite incredible. These talented ladies sure make it look easy.

Elizabeth's work has been featured in galleries and publications across the US. Pieces range in size as well, from small ornaments and vases...

OrnamentsSmall Vases ... to large commissioned light fixtures and sculptures.

Light Fixture Interested in learning more, watching demos, or maybe even buying something for your home or a gift? They're having an Open House next month! Here are the details:

Tuesday, September 23rd, 5-8:30pm

Head down to More Fire Glass Studio for an evening of glassblowing demonstrations, food trucks and more. Elizabeth Lyons, Jennifer Schinzing, Allyson Klopp & Brendan Miller will collaborate to create a one of a kind glass sculpture that will be raffled off at the end of the evening! Buy goodies from Le Petit Poutine, Eat Me Ice Cream and Java's.

The event is free and open to the public, so don't miss out. Event details.

More Fire Glass Studio: Website Facebook Instagram
Email: info@morefireglass.com Phone: 585-242-0450
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