If you have an upcoming visit to Rochester this New Year there are plenty of activities and events lined up all through the year. The month of February has a lot going for it as well in the city and its surrounding Finger Lakes area.
Even though it is winter season in February it is best to make your hotel reservations in advance. The hotels in Rochester, NY cater to a wide variety of budgets. Those with a passion for fine dining will find many a hotel restaurant in Rochester to choose from to stay. Apart from the top attractions in Rochester, there is a slew of events lined up to enjoy all through the month.
Some of the main events worth attending include:
Dutch Connection (February 08-24): Beat the winter blues and let the beautiful flower-displays warm the cockles of your heart at the George Eastman Museum. There will be thousands of flowers on display at the conservatory including freesias, hyacinths, amaryllis, daffodils and tulips in varying shades of colour. Also on display, thanks to the Orchid Society will be tropical orchids at the Colonnade and the Palm House.
The displays do not stop there, with an excellent collection of George Eastman’s personal artefacts on exhibit on the second floor. Eastman was passionate about tulips and imported prodigious numbers of tulip bulbs from Holland for his Conservatory. Other flowers also imported were hyacinths and narcissus. His passion for tulips was kindled on a visit to Holland in 1890. It left an indelible impact on him and lead to his lifelong obsession with the beautiful flowers.
The Humans (February 19 – March 17): Having featured on Broadway and earned critical acclaim, The Humans will now come to Rochester this February. It garnered several awards including a Tony for Best Play in 2016. The story revolves around three generations of the Blakes that have moved from Scranton to the Big Apple. They gather for Thanksgiving in a small apartment and what follows over the meal is the sharing and breaking of family myths and hopes. A moving and funny play it is well worth enjoying a performance.
Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles (February 21): A tribute to the lads from Abbey Road, Rain features some of the biggest hits of their albums along with early Beatle numbers. It has been described as a mind-blowing experience that takes viewers on a trip back in time to the swinging sixties with the fab four that has been compared to actually seeing a live performance of the group. Glowing and impressive reviews for the event make it a must watch if you are on the Beatle mania bandwagon too.
2019 – An Oscar Viewing Party (24 February): One of the most befitting places to watch the Oscars other than at the live venue itself is Rochester – the origin of Film – Kodak! This February 24 there will be grand OSCAR viewing party held at the Kodak Centre, naturally. All of the proceeds will be donated to charity. Festivities begin at 18:30 hours with culinary titbits, live music and a photo op with an authentic OSCAR statuette (nothing less). This is followed by the live broadcast of the Academy Awards at 20:00 hours at the main theatre of the Kodak Centre. The next best place (after the real venue) to watch the awards ceremony!