By Sue Cannon
We know – it’s still Halloween-time. So, why are we providing our annual Holiday Planner now? Simple question, even simpler answer. Time is marching forward, my friends, and we’re all on a roll. As soon as the scarecrow and witch find their way back into storage, preparations will begin for the onslaught of upcoming holidays – Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s. They’ll follow in such rapid succession that we’ll be left breathless! There will be meals to plan, parties to attend, special shows to catch, festivals to enjoy …and enough shopping & wrapping to keep us busy right into January! It’s important, however, in the midst of all this, to enjoy the season – every minute of it – from the Skycoasters Turkey Bash, right through to New Year’s Eve. Visit the Genesee Country Museum all decked out in 19th-century splendor, take a ride on The Polar Express, enjoy a traditional performance of “The Nutcracker” or “A Christmas Carol,” check out the Christkindel Marketplace, take the youngsters to visit Santa – it’s all fun! We’ve put together a list of some of this season’s highlights below. Grab your calendar and start taking notes. The 2012 Holiday Season will be the best ever!
Here are some early holiday events scheduled around town. They’re sure to jump-start your seasonal fun …
•Casa Larga Winery at 2287 Turk Hill Road in Fairport will host Holiday in the Vineyard, an arts & crafts show. All the work presented is made by artists/crafters from the Rochester area; and folk singer Chris Wilson will entertain. (A food drive for the Perinton Food Shelf will also be held). Call (585) 383-1538.
•The George Eastman House, at 900 East Avenue, hosts a Holiday Wreath Display of items donated by local florists and garden clubs throughout November. Each festively decorated wreath is available to the public by silent auction. Call (585) 271-3361.
•The Weavers’ Guild of Rochester will present their annual Holiday Sale at the Brighton Town Park, 7776 Westfall Road. There will be hand-woven, felted and knit wearables offered along with jewelry, hand-dyed and painted scarves, accessories for the home, wooden bowls, hand-cerated baskets and more. There will event be live music! Call (585) 334-7174.
•The Livingston Arts Center hosts its 24th annual Artful Holidays at 4 Murray Hill Drive in Mt. Morris NY. You’ll find felted and knitted apparel, natural soaps, original paintings, quilted and felted bags, wooden stools, teapots, jewelry, baskets, ornaments, pottery and more. Violinist Elizabeth Simpson plays on Saturday, November 3. Call (585) 243-6785.
•The Canandaigua Christkindl Market Dinner & Dance will be held under a heated tent on the grounds of Granger Homestead – featuring dinner from 6:15-7:15pm, a cash bar, and dancing to the music of The Skycoasters from 7-10pm. Granger Homestead is located at 295 N. Main St. in Canandaigua. Call (585) 394-1472.
•A Holiday Craft Show & Sale is planned at the Irondequoit Community Center, 154 Pinegrove Avenue. Call (585) 336-6070.
NOVEMBER 7-DECEMBER 9:
• The Fielding Nextstage at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., hosts a seasonal show, Sister’s Christmas Catechism, The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold. The holiday mystery extravaganza, from the creators of last year’s hit, Late Nite Catechism, finds Sister taking on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the magi’s gold? Using her own scientific tools, and assisted by audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you’ve ever seen. Call (585) 232-GEVA.
NOVEMBER 7-DECEMBER 12:
•The George Eastman House at 900 East Ave. presents the Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display with more than 60 cleverly designed gingerbread houses on view throughout the elaborately decorated museum. Call (585) 271-3361.
NOVEMBER 7-DECEMBER 14:
•At the George Eastman House Festival of Trees, held in the museum at 900 East Avenue, dozens of beautifully decorated Christmas trees will be lit up in creative splendor. They are available to the public by silent auction. Call (585) 271-3361.
•The Canandaigua Christkindl Market will be held on the grounds of Granger Homestead, 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua NY. A European-inspired holiday market, with over 150 regional artisans, is at the center of this event. Live entertainment and unique food vendors will be housed in decorated heated tents, with horse-drawn carriage rides and more to complete the seasonal fun. Call (585) 394-1472.
NOVEMBER 10, 11, 17, 18:
•Keuka Holidays are scheduled along the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. Hearty winter foods will be paired with fine wines, each served in festively decorated wineries. Call (800) 440-4898.
NOVEMBER 11-DECEMBER 11:
•The annual Festival of Trees at Granger Homestead features more than 100 decorated trees, wreaths, tabletop decorations and more displayed in the mansion, located at 295 N. Main St. in Canandaigua. Call (585) 394-1472.
•On Veteran’s Day, kids can Get Ready for The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol at the Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, as members of the Rochester Philharmonic, Rochester City Ballet and Geva Theatre offer storytelling, dance and live music based on their upcoming shows. Call (585) 263-2700.
The rest of this Holiday Planner takes you right thru New Year’s. Complete details will be provided in upcoming issues in a timely manner – but you can start your “Can’t Miss List” right now …
•11/16 – The Skycoasters Turkey Bash, a Pre-Thanksgiving “Tailgate Party,” will be held at Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St. (585- 223-0999)
•11/16-18 – The RMSC Holiday Bazaar will take place at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue, with nearly 200 fine artists and craftspeople displaying their wares. (585-271-1880)
•11/16-18 & 11/30-12/2 – Deck the Hall Weekends along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail will find wineries decorated for the season and offering samples and more. (877-536-2717)
•11/17-18 – Keuka Holidays on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail features wineries decorated for the event as well as special food and wine pairings. (800-440-4898)
•11/23-24 – Country Dancers of Rochester hosts a Thanksgiving Weekend of Dancing at Salem United Church of Christ, 60 Bittner St. (www.cdrochester.org)
•11/23-25 – Rochester City Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be presented featuring the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Bach Children’s Chorus in Kodak Hall @ Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St. (585-454-2100)
•11/23-12/23 – A Rochester favorite, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, will be performed on the Geva Theatre Mainstage, 75 Woodbury Blvd. (585-232-GEVA)
•11/24 – Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford, invites you to Prepare for the Holidays the 19th-Century Way and have Breakfast with St. Nicholas. (www.gcv.org or call 585-538-6822)
•11/24 – The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society and Finger Lakes Railway will sponsor Santa Train Excursions along the New York Central Railroad’s “Auburn Road” branch. (585-869-1498)
•11/24-12/16 – Polar Express Train Rides leave from Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave., Medina NY. Enjoy coco, caroling, and Santa! (585-798-6106)
•11/28-12/30 – The annual Holiday Laser Show at the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Ave., offers seasonal fun for the entire family. (585-271-1880)
•11/30-12/2 – It’s Deck the Hall Weekend along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail where you’ll find wineries decorated for the holiday season. (877-536-2717)
•11/30-12/2 – A Holiday Shopping Spree along the Cayuga Wine Trail will provide visitors with wine samples and holiday treats. (800-684-5217)
•11/30-12/9 – A Visit from St. Nicholas or The Night Before Christmas, by Black Sheep Theatre, will be performed in the Village Gate Square, 274 N. Goodman St. (585-861-4816)
•11/30-12/16 – Yultide in the Country is explored at the Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd. in Mumford NY. A buffet diner is available by reservation. (585-538-6822)
•12/1 – The Corn Hill Holiday House Tour starts at Immaculate Conception Church, 445 Frederick Douglass St. Eight featured houses will be decorated for the holidays. (585-262-3142)
•12/2, 12/9, 12/16 – Holidays At The Market are scheduled at the Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union Street series – with vendors, sleigh rides – even Santa! (585-428-5990)
•12/5 – The Great Russian Nutcracker, will be presented by The Moscow Ballet at the Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main Street. (800-745-3000)
•12/5 – The Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs at the Blue Cross Arena, One War Memorial Drive. (800-745-3000)
•12/5 – The Eastman Horn Choir presents Holiday Music for Horns – a concert – @ Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave.; with a simultaneous broadcast on WXXI 91.5/ 90.3 FM. (585-454-4596)
•12/7 – The Monroe Community College Madrigal Feaste will take place at the R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center on the Brighton Campus, 1000 E. Henrietta Rd. (585-292-2534)
•12/7-9 – Two Holiday One Acts will be performed by A Magical Journey Thru Stages at the Auditorium Center, 875 E. Main St. (585-935-7173)
•12/7-22 – It’s A Wonderful Life, by Blackfriars Theatre, will be offered at 795 E. Main Street in a live radio play production. (585-454-1260)
•12/8 – The Spencerport Lions Club Holiday Craft Show will be complete with food; and music by Chris Wilson. The event is held at 399 Ogden-Parma Tn. Ln. Rd. in Spencerport. (585-544-2316)
•12/9 – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s OrKIDStra For the Holidays will be presented in the Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Avenue. (585-454-7311)
•12/8-9 – The Tiger Tracks Train Show & Sale, by RIT’s Model Railroad Club, will be held at Gordon Field House on the RIT Campus. (585-475-2227)
•12/8-9 – The RWC Christmas Gala at Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Drive, features the RWC’s Chorale, Wind Ensemble and Women’s Choir as well as their Community Orchestra. (585-594-6000)
•12/12 – A Cup of Good Cheer featuring Madrigalia is performed in concert @ Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave.; and simultaneously broadcast on WXXI 91.5/ 90.3 FM. (585-454-4596)
•12/14-15 – The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus performs “Joyful and Triumphant” at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Avenue. (www.thergmc.org)
•12/20 - Mannheim Steamroller brings its Christmas 2012 Tour to our Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main Street. (800-745-3000)
•12/21-23 – A Gala Holiday Pops Concert by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is offered in Kodak Hall @ Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs Street. (585-454-2100)
•12/27 – A family Kwanzaa Celebration is planned at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue. (585-276-8900)
•12/31 – The Capitol Steps offer their traditional New Year’s Eve performance in the Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Avenue. (585-389-2170)