Festivals & Special Events Plus St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day Parade, Downtown, Starting at 12:30pm

by Sue Cannon

•Gordon Field House on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology will host the 2012 Finger Lakes Regional FIRST Robotics Competition on March 9 & 10.  More than 40 teams will compete in “Rebound Rumble” – the name of this year’s competition.  The event attracts some of the best teams in the Northeast and Canada according to its director and they are anticipating an intense, high-energy competition. Visit www.firstrochester.org.

•On March 10, Mother of Sorrows Church at 5000 Mt. Read Blvd. will host their annual Spring Fling Craft Show.   Over fifty vendors will display handcrafted items – stained glass, candles, bird houses, needlework, garden sculptures, soaps, tea blends, cakes and cookies, fudge, candy, needlework, scarves, polished stones and much more.  There will also be a Chinese auction with over 40 items offered.  Visit www.motherofsorrows.net.

•The Brockport Merchants Association will host From Grape to Glass, a Wine Walk, on March 10.  Ten area wineries will be represented.  Call (585) 637-2260.

•A Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tasting is planned for March 10 in Magnolia’s at Wildwood Country Club, 1201 West Rush Road in Rush NY.  The event is a benefit for Rush Library and will feature a silent auction, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, gourmet desserts and music by 8 Days a Week.  Call (585) 2778-2442.

•Ray Ciancaglini will receive the 2012 Hickok Center Community Hero Award on March 11th at the 3rd annual Brain Waves Benefit Event, taking place at the Comedy Club, 2235 Empire Blvd in Webster.  The event features music by Giuseppe Scungili and the Screamin’ Seagull Revue; and food catered by Sticky Lips BBQ.  Call 585) 271-8640.

•Dark Horse Coffee in the Village Gate Square, 274 N. Goodman Street, will host Psychic Faire International on March 17.  The event features national and international tarot card readers and clairvoyants who will provide one-on-one readings, tape-recorded for each client.  Pre-booking appointments is suggested; but walk-ins are welcome.  Call (585) 301-0275.

•The Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetery will conduct a Guided Tour of Mt. Hope Cemetery on March 17.  Meet at the south entrance, 1133 Mt. Hope Ave., at 1 p.m. for this walk which is offered on flat, paved roads.  Call (585) 461-3494.

•On March 17 & 18, Genesee Country Village in Mumford will host its annual Maple Sugar Festival.  Celebrate the North American maple sugaring tradition with self-guided walks to the sugar bush, 19th-century sugaring demonstrations, modern syrup-making demos and tastings.  There will even be a pancake breakfast with sausage offered.  Call (585) 538-6822.

•The 34th annual Maple Sugaring Days event at the RMSC Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road between Honeoye and Naples NY, are scheduled for March 17 & 18 and 24 & 25.  This springtime tradition explores the science and lore of maple syrup production with volunteer guides along the Pioneer Trail.  Discover how a tree makes sap, how it was processed by Native Americans, early pioneers and modern sugar bush managers, enjoy tastings and even a pancake meal.  Call (585) 374-6160.

•The Spring 2012 Village Gate Toy Show and Collectibles Sale will be held on March 18 at Village Gate Square, 274 N. Goodman Street.  Over 100 tables of antique and collectable toys will be exhibited – Star Wars, Pez, Hot Wheels, GI Joe, Barbie; as well as Beatles Memorabilia, Comic Books, Trading Cards, Nascar Toys, Transformers, Hallmark Ornaments and more.  Displays will be set up on both floors.  Call (585) 442-5700.


St. Patrick’s Day Events

by Susan Mary Margaret Dunne Cannon

This holiday is my personal favorite – the one that I wait all year for.  Our entire clan gathers in celebration.  Together, we enjoy great food & drink, Celtic music, and more!

However, you don’t have to be Irish to love St. Patrick’s Day. Not only is it a sign that spring is right around the corner; it also provides a chance to dress in warm knit sweaters; to drink green beer and Guinness; listen to great Celtic music; watch our community’s grandest parade; and savor traditional foods like corned beef & cabbage, soda bread and Irish stew!  
    Be sure to enjoy several of the special events listed below; and read through the advertisements in this issue to see what’s happening at your favorite restaurant, club or pub.

Slainte; and Erin Go Bragh!

March 7:

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill will present Traditional Irish Fiddle Tunes in Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs Street.  This World Music Series concert begins at 8 p.m.  See our Coming to Town section for details; and call (585) 454-2100 for tickets.


March 8:

The Dady Brothers, who have earned loyal fans throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as Ireland, will share Celtic music and a bit of blarney at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua.  The brothers conduct an informal workshop at 5 p.m.; followed by a concert at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria annex on the second floor.  Call (585) 785-1335.


March 9:

The American Celtic Art Show opens in Fairport, running through March 31.  The show offers the opportunity to view new works based on traditional Celtic art forms, created by American artists.  Ann opening reception will run from 5 to 8 p.m. in the space neighboring Walker’s Celtic Jewelry at 140 Packets Landing, South Main Street.  The Monroe County Ancient Order of Hibernians will offer a poster for sale; with proceeds going to benefit the Irish Children’s Program of Rochester.  Call (585) 377-6010.


March 10:

The Tullamore Celtic Band – featuring Terry O’Toole on guitar, bodhran, concertina, penny whistle, and vocals; Brian Coughlin on flute, penny whistle, tuba, uillean pipes, and vocals; and Dick Bolt on fiddle, guitar and vocals – will present traditional Irish music at the Holy Trinity Irish Festival at Holy Trinity Church, 1460 Ridge Road in Webster.  The Young School of Irish Dance join in the fun; and there will be corned beef and shepherd’s pie dinners available. Call (585) 671-1100.

The 4th annual Irish Celebration sponsored by Holy Cross Preschool and Holy Cross Church will be held at 1127 Dewey Avenue.  There will be Corned Beef and Cabbage, Pizza and Dessert; and entertainment features the Dady Brothers, the Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes and Drums, the Boland School of Irish Dance, and the Holy Cross Preschool Singers and Dancers.  Call (585) 663-2244.


March 16:

The Catholic Family Center’s Charity St. Patrick’s Day Gala is planned at the Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main Street.  Call (585) 262-7020 for full details and for tickets to this event.

Our annual Painting of the Green ceremony, marking the Parade Route, starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Radisson Riverside, 120 E. Main Street.  Visit www.rochesterparade.com or call (585) 234-5167.

Rochester’s co-ed a cappella group, Cut Off, will host a St. Patrick’s Day Kick Off Concert in Wilmot Hall at Nazareth College, 4245 East Avenue.  Joining them will be the Long Island-based group, The Executive Board, founded by students at Stony Brook University.  Call (585) 813-7422.


March 16 & 17:

Join in the Celtic Celebration as the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents the Irish American super-group, Cherish The Ladies, in Kodak Hall @ Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs Street.  For details, see our Coming to Town section; and call (585) 454-2100 for tickets.


March 17:

• A traditional St. Patrick’s Day Mass will be said at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 15 St. Mary’s Place at Washington Square in downtown Rochester. The traditional Raising of the Flags Ceremony follows at 10:30 a.m.  Call (585) 234-5167.

• The annual Runnin’ O The Green race, sponsored by Johnny’s Irish Pub, starts at 10:30 a.m. at the War Memorial, Exchange and Broad Street.  The five-mile course is certified by USATF.  Call (585) 224-0990 for details and registration information.

• The St. Patrick’s Day Parade set for 12:30 p.m.  This is the 38th year of our Rochester Parade, an event that now draws more than 120,000 spectators!  The Parade Route starts on East Avenue, goes to Main Street and ends at Plymouth Avenue. Over 1,000 marchers will participate; with fifteen bands from all over New York State and Canada performing, along with seven Dance Schools.  Grand Marshall this year is Bishop Matthew H. Clark.  Vince Hope in Community Leader of the Year; Sean Donohoe is Business Leader of the Year; and Brian Sexstone in Citizen of the Year.  Call (585) 234-5167

• Happening simultaneously to the Parade at the Radisson Riverside Hotel, 120 E. Main Street, is the Celtic Family Faire.  Taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the indoor, all-weather family festival offers Celtic musicians and dancers, games, storytelling and more.  For information, call (585) 234-5167.

• Also at the Radisson Hotel and running from noon to 6 p.m. is the Rochester Police Emerald Society Parade Day Bash. The event includes food and drink; and live Irish music by 1916, celebrating the release of a new album, A Drop of the Pure.  Call (585) 413-3390.

• The final day of this year’s ice skating season in Manhattan Square Park just happens to be on St. Patrick’s Day!  Those wearing green to St. Patrick’s Day at the Manhattan Square Park Ice Rink will receive free admission (skate rental fees apply, however).  Call (585) 428-7541.

• The Bug Jar at 219 Monroe Avenue is planning a St. Patrick’s Day Metal Extravaganza starting at noon.  Desekrator, Laestrygonia, Beard Without a Mustache and Disfigured Dead will perform.  Visit www.bugjar.com.


March 17 & 18:

Cobblestone Farm Winery at 5102 State Route 89 in Romulus, NY hosts St. Patrick’s Irish Weekend!  Enjoy fine wines paired with complimentary Irish fare including Irish stew, potato leek soup and scones.  You can also sample jellies, preserves, sauces, butters, mustards and more.  Call (315) 549-8797.


March 20:

A Gala Musical Celebration of Irish Music and Dance will be presented at Greece Athena High School, 800 Long Pond Road.  Performing will be the High School String Orchestra, the Greece Concert Band, the Marino/White Family Dancers, members of the Rochester Scottish Pipes & Drums, sax player Justin Gross and the High School Percussion Ensemble.  Call (585) 747-7085.

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