Summer in the city: what to get up to this season in Rochester, NY


Sure, we’re all aware that New York State is blessed with one behemoth of a metropolis (that’d be the Big Apple itself, of course), but as far as we’re concerned should you venture upstate – or, indeed, look to cross the border from the north – for a short-break in our city of Rochester, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Surrounded by beautiful, diverse and often stunning natural beauty, it’s a place that’s also teeming with things going on – especially at this time of year…

John Cleese + Monty Python and the Holy Grail Screening

(Kodak Theatre; 27th July at 7.30pm)

A fantastic, historic venue located downtown right in the heart of the city (so, frankly, within walking distance of the best Rochester accommodation), the Kodak Theatre’s where to head this summer for some great entertainment. Not least this unmissable evening of live – and, no doubt, lively – conversation, comedy with the one sixth of the magnificent funnyman troupe that’s Monty Python. Including a Q&A session (at which only absurd and ridiculous questions from the audience will be admitted), the night kicks off with a viewing of the classic movie experience that’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail to get everyone in a suitably silly-walking mood.

Charlotte’s Web

(Kodak Centre; 29th July at 4pm, 12th August at 2pm and 4.30pm and 19th August at 2pm)

And essential classic of children’s literature for all-times, E. H. White’s Charlotte’s Web is a humble but radiant tale that’s charmed generation of kids for decades now and this fabulous stage adaptation – back by popular demand! – captures the narrative, the characters, the spirit and ethos and the world Ms White summoned up in her story in enchanting, beguiling style. Perfect for families featuring little ones, as you’d imagine, each show also affords the chance to meet the characters following its conclusion too.

Wards of Time: Photographs of Antiquity by Larry Merrill

(Memorial Art Gallery; 20th April-5th August)

If you’ve always fancied hopping over the pond and visiting the ancient sites of Europe and Northern Africa, but just never been able to, this exhibition is the one for you, make not mistake. Hosted by the downtown-situated Memorial Art Gallery (so ideally located for those who’ve made their short-break base the best hotels in Rochester), it’s made up of images drawn from an ongoing series courtesy of Rochester photographer Larry Merrill., which enable the viewer’s gaze to fascinatingly focus on the often magnified, sometimes abstracted texture and tonal variations of ancient sculptures, highlighting then not just their historical resonance but also the nature of decay and mortality. As part of this project, Merrill photographed the museum’s own 3rd Century BC miniature sculpted Egyptian heads, which attendees can see in the flesh, so to speak, as they’re on display adjacent to the exhibition.

Stoltzfus Farmer’s Market

(Waterloo Premium Outlets; 4th May-28th September 2018)

Who can resist a good farmer’s market for picking up some outstanding quality produce? Open throughout the summer every Tuesday and Friday (9am-6pm) and to be found in this venue’s main parking lot – in front of the Banana Republic Factory store, just to be specific – this is where you should make your way if the temptation of picking some delicious fresh fruit and veg, eggs, flowers, baked goods and ice cream – perfect for an afternoon’s picnicking while you’re out and about – is just too much to resist!