MY THING Fringe: interactive art



The 2014 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival is finally upon us! Running for a full 10 days, Fringe brings 380 shows downtown and to the surrounding area, a third of which are FREE. Comedy, dance, theatre, music, film, and more. You'll also being hearing quite a bit from us over the next 10 days as we were recently asked to be part of the Official Blog Team for 2014! You'll even be hearing from a few contributors on our site.

Something new to Fringe this year is a large, interactive art sculpture, entitled "MY THING".

My Thing Fringe Created by artist Eric Waugh, MY THING gives Fringe fans a chance to be in the spotlight. This blank canvas was created by Corey Fountain, an art director, production manager and craftsman specialist at Jay Worldwide, and will soon be covered with photos of fans.

MY THING launched Wednesday night and will be on display during Friday on the Fringe in Martin Luther King Jr. Park  (a.k.a. Manhattan Square Park) and then it will move to the Spiegelgarden for the remainder of Fringe.

First, have your photo taken (free!), write on the photo what your "thing" is (like what you do or what you love), and then watch as Eric turns it into art. You'll even receive a copy of the photo to keep.

Eric-working Eric Working Fringe is encouraging you to share your photo on social media and tag it #myfringething!

People of My Fringe ThingMy-Fringe-Thing My Fringe Thing Launch So Rochester, come be a part of the experience, what is your THING?

Location Details: Friday, 9/19, on display from 5-9pm at the Lodge at Martin Luther King Jr. Park Saturday, 9/20-9/27, on location at the Spiegelgarden (corner of East Main & Gibbs)

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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 this...

Vase Shaping 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: Phone: 585-242-0450
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RMSC: over 100 years of history in the city



Our city is full of cultural gems, one of which is definitely the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). The RMSC was founded in 1912, so that means in 2012 they celebrated 100 years!

Celebrated 100 yrs last August

There's a lot more to this museum than meets the eye. It is seated on 13 acres in the city, with three floors of hands on-exhibits, the Strasenburgh Planetarium, the Challenger Learning Center, the Eisenhart Auditorium, the RMSC Preschool, the Genesee Community Charter School, an outdoor Herb Garden, and finally the Cumming Nature Center (which sits on 900 acres near Naples, NY).

Herb-Garden-RMSC You'll definitely want to stop to smell the thyme, basil, sage, and everything else out here in the garden before or after your visit inside!


You don't have to be a kid to interact, play, and learn here. Exhibits range from science, natural science, and technology to regional cultural heritage.

Inside the AdventureZone learn about everything from the Erie Canal and the underwater world of Lake Ontario, to the weather:

Learn at RMSC

Travel back in time with Expedition Earth and learn about dinosaurs, earth quakes, volcanoes, fossils and much more.

RMSC Expedition Earth Exhibit

A must see while in the science museum is Electricity Theater - we had the chance to check out the Singing Tesla Coils and we recommend it. Learn about electricity while being dazzled by the music (and lightening) it creates.

Tesla Coils at RMSC

Besides all of the permanent exhibits and events, there are exhibits that change throughout the year. See the list of current Exhibits here.

Hungry yet and need a break? Head downstairs to Mario's Café which serves breakfast, lunch, light snacks and drinks every day.

Cafe Seating at RMSC

Since most museums can only display a fraction of their collections at once (RMSC estimates that they have over 1.2 million objects in their Collections), it was great to learn that RMSC is also a place for study and research.

After viewing the exhibits on display we were taken downstairs to where RMSC keeps these items and given a chance to see some of the artifacts that are in storage. Kept in temperature controlled "lockers" that open and close, we couldn't believe all of the artifacts that are right here in our city.


These carved ivory and wood figurines are from China and Japan. Some of these are netsuke, which were used like a toggle button to hang objects placed in a container from a sash (obi) as part of a traditional Japanese robe garment (kosode and kimono).

Far East Carved Pieces

The wrist band pictured below is birch bark covered with silk and embroidered with moose hair. It probably dates to the early 1800s.


... and possibly the first automatic vending machine from the early 1900's, the Pulver Gum Machine...

vending-machine vending-ad

We even learned about Rattlesnake Pete and were able to view some of his personal items and photo albums:

Rattlesnake Pete

Not only did we learn about the researchers who come from around the world to study, we actually got to meet someone doing just that - Dr. Jon Lothrop is the Curator of Archaeology at the New York State Museum in Albany.

Research at RMSC

Dr. Lothrop was conducting studies for the New York Paleoindian Database Project, a research project focused on Native American artifacts found in New York dating to circa 13,000-10,000 years ago. Data collected on these stone tools is yielding new insights on human colonization of the New York region at the end of the Ice Age.

We could go on and on about all of the great things the Rochester Museum & Science Center is doing for Rochester and the world... and show you many more photos, but you'll just have to go and see for yourself!

Rochester Museum & Science Center: RMSC Website Facebook Page

Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm Sun: 11am-5pm

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Archimage: unearth treasures on Monroe


This is not a "Welcome to the City, Archimage" post. This one-stop shop on Monroe has been owned and operated by the same family (sister-brother team Yong Bom Kim-Fredell and Yong Woo Kim with their spouses Peter and Louisa), in the same location (and they have expanded - twice!), for the last 30 years. Archimage-entrance What started in the 80's as a natural fibers and organic clothing and jewelry shop (during a time of polyester fashion), this store has since built on this culture and vibe.

If you decide to try something on you'll even get a glimpse of the history and story behind Archimage, as there is an original copy of the article on them that ran in The Post in October, 1984 in one of the fitting rooms!


This "mall-ternative" department store sells unique and unusual items with an alternative flair, like these awesome belts...

fanny-packs (did someone say fanny packs?)

What caught our eye throughout the store were the many items that were labeled "Made in Rochester"! We love local goods, like these awesome Zither Heaven Ukuleles and Banjos...

Ukuleles-Archimage Their instrument collection also includes various hand drums, djembes, percussion instruments, ethnic flutes, tambourines, instruments for kids, and more!

These Modono Glass coasters and trivets were also made in Rochester!

made-local-coasters Archimage customers range from people who have been shopping here their whole life, to people to have just walked in off the street, all ages. And the selection... is as diverse!

There really is something for everyone, from balsa wood, laser cut jewelry and moving gear light switch plates...

laser-cut-earringslight-switch-plates fair trade items from Haiti and Africa.


You'll find clothing (for guys & gals) and the perfect gift items...

womens-clothinggreeting-cards the best toy selection around. Anyone having flashbacks to their childhood?


The jewelry collection is unique, quirky and extensive!

necklaces flower-necklaces archimage-earrings

Everywhere we turned there was something functional and fun, just like these housewares...

kitchen-gifts housewares But what about the incense, candles, stones, scarves, hula hoops, journals, soaps and everything else we haven't discovered yet? You'll just have to go, there's much to explore. And if you're curious like us, "Archimage" is a real English word that means "Great Magician", which seems quite fitting with the amount of items they've magically fit into their store!

We LOVED meeting this family of Rochester enthusiasts and hearing about their life in the city. Stop in and find treasures.

Archimage Details: Website

Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-7pm Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Parking: On-street as well as a lot behind the building, accessible by Oxford Street.

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RAPA: encouraging the arts in ROC



Located on East Main Street, on "Theatre Row", you'll find RAPA: Rochester Association of Performing Arts. RAPA is "Upstate New York’s oldest and largest professional school of performing arts for all ages having served our Greater Rochester Area since 1978" (via RAPA Website).

RAPA Entrance Inside you'll see the hustle and bustle of a performing arts school, as they primarily train students in theater, dance, and music. Here, students young and old, have opportunities to learn and put that learning into action on stage.

On our tour we were lucky enough to sit in on a rehearsal for In the Heights, an upcoming production.

In the Heights poster These are definitely passionate and talented students...

RAPA Student Rehearsal RehearsalRehearsal 2 RAPA holds spring break camps, summer camps, college prep workshops, and even private lessons for voice, drums, piano, and acting.

RAPA Studio Space From the outside you may not realize how big this building is. Inside you'll find three rehearsal and studio spaces along with RAPA's East End Theatre (with dressing rooms), and all of these are even available to rent.

RAPA Studio Space 2 RAPA also partners with many area community organizations, all promoting the arts in Rochester. They love being a part of the city and being a place where diverse and different students can come together to learn from each other. Whether you're taking a class or taking in one of many amazing performances (they're also a big venue for the Fringe Fest each year!) we hope you're able to enjoy all RAPA has to offer.

Details: RAPA Website

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