ROC the Riverway Weekend

 

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Rediscover the River. October 5 - 7, 2018 

 
ROC the Riverway Weekend, formerly River Romance, will be held Oct. 5 through 7 featuring a wide array of events and activities to celebrate the Genesee River.


ROC the Riverway Weekend will feature more than three dozen events and activities to highlight the historic significance, natural beauty and economic potential of the Genesee River in Rochester.

Events include guided tours, historical reenactments, nature walks, bike rides, kayak excursions and the popular marriage-vow renewal ceremony on the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge. There will also be events to help visitors learn about the ongoing ROC the Riverway riverfront development program, which features more than 30 projects to transform the city’s relationship with the Genesee River. 
 
ROC the Riveway Weekend Schedule: 

Saturday, September 29  

5:30 – 10 p.m.: Genesee River Bash.  Held on the Saturday before ROC the Riverway Weekend, Genesee RiverWatch’s annual celebration launches a week of events celebrating the Genesee River. Tour interactive exhibits, participate in a silent auction, enjoy a raptor demonstration by Wild Wings, listen to the music of Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People, and help us honor winners of the Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Awards – all while feasting on food from Dinosaur BBQ and ice cream from Bruster’s. Admission: Adults $35; Students $15 and free for youth under 12. Event details & tickets: www.GeneseeRiverWatch.org

Friday, October 5  

6 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Fall Salmon Run
Daily until November for avid anglers and spectators. Seth Green Drive and Norton Street off St. Paul Boulevard. This section of the Genesee River offers some of the most exciting fishing in New York State- right in the city.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m
.: High Falls Interpretive Center and Museum.
High Falls Interpretive Center and Museum. Located in a refurbished 19th-century Waterworks Building overlooking the Genesee River’s majestic High Falls, the museum has an interesting selection of hands-on, multi-media exhibits to engage children, as well as interpretive displays, artwork, photographs, and artifacts for adult audiences. Learn something new about your city! The museum and visitors center is located at 74 Browns Race.   

1 - 5 p.m.: Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Tours.
Tour the oldest active surviving lighthouse on Lake Ontario (1822); climb the Octagonal Tower for great views of Lake Ontario, explore the Keeper’s House, see the new 4th Order Fresnel Lens, view the display of Ontario Beach Park from the 1870s to 1920s, and take a walk through the War of 1812 International Peace Garden. The gift shop will also be open. Admission $5.00 (18 years & older); $2.00 (5-17 years old), and FREE (4 and under). For further information call 585-621-6179 or visit their updated web site at www.geneseelighthouse.org  

5:30 - 7 p.m.: Buskers on the Bridge.
Corner of Platt Street and Brown’s Race. A scenic spot to check out amazing local musicians and performers. Donations accepted.

 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Renew Your Vows on the Banks of the Genesee. Rekindle the romance on the Pont de Rennes Bridge with the High Falls as a dramatic backdrop. Couples, please arrive at the Platt Street entrance to the bridge no later than 7:20 p.m. No registration required.  Enjoy a free reception following the event. 

Saturday, October 6
Events at Maplewood Rose Garden, Lake Ave. & Driving Park 

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.:  Guided Tours of RG&E Hydroelectric Facility.  Learn about how renewable electric energy is produced along the Genesee River. Tour the RG&E Hydroelectric facility located along Middle Falls including the dam and spill gate operation, river intake/rackhouse, and upper level of gate control house. Please note these are guided tours conducted by RG&E staff and are subject to cancellation. Tours will start at the Middle Falls dam located at the SE end of Lower Falls Park (access off of Driving Park, parking available at Maplewood Rose Garden). It is not necessary to register. The tour will last approximately one hour. Contact Ivette Torres if you have any questions: Ivette_Torres@rge.com or (585) 724.8742

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
: Tours of the Lower Falls and Gorge. Docents from the Maplewood Neighborhood Association will treat visitors to the beauty and history of the Lower Falls of the Genesee. Tour takers will also learn about the five bridges over the gorge, the rivalry between Carthage and Rochester and the river’s transformation from a place of industry to recreation. Tours are about 45 minutes long with the last tour starts around 1 p.m.

1:30 p.m
.:  A Single Guided Tour of RG&E Hydroelectric Power House Facility at Lower Falls. Learn how renewable electric energy is produced along the Genesee River. Tour the RG&E lower falls hydroelectric power house facility. Please note the plant is down for maintenance.  The guided tour will be conducted by RG&E staff and is subject to cancellation. Please be at 1 Seth Green Drive parking lot by 1:30 p.m.   Parking is limited.  It is not necessary to register. The tour will last approximately one hour.  Contact Ivette Torres if you have any questions:  Ivette_Torres@rge.com or (585) 724.8742
Other events along the Genesee River 

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
.: 30th Annual Head of the Genesee Regatta. 
The Regatta will take place at the Genesee Waterways Center,149 Elmwood Avenue (behind the Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex).The two-day event is one of New York State’s premier rowing regattas and is expected to draw more than 350 racing entries. Viewing on the foot bridge over the Genesee River and along the east river bank is ideal for spectators.

9 - 11:30 a.m.
: River Romance Glide and Ride Adventure. Put your bike on the Sam Patch boat at Schoen Place and enjoy a 2.5 hour cruise that travels through 2 locks on the Erie Canal, and the site in Genesee Valley Park where the River crosses the Erie Canal. The Sam Patch will dock at Corn Hill Landing where passengers are welcome to enjoy the myriad of River Romance activities taking place throughout the City of Rochester.  The bike ride back to Schoen Place is approximately 10 miles on flat terrain, along the Genesee River Trail and Erie Canal Trail. Tickets: $25 per person, $12 children 12 and under. Registration required. For more information visit: www.sampatch.org/events/. 

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Genesee River Guided Paddle. Join the City of Rochester, Genesee Waterways Center and Genesee RiverWatch for an enjoyable and educational row along the Genesee River- from Seth Green to Petten Street. Paddle trip is $20.00 per adult; $10.00 for kids under 18. Canoes available through the Genesee Waterways Center. Maximum two adults per canoe. All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will park at Petten Street (where Petten Street meets the Genesee River Trail) and will be shuttled to the launch site at Seth Green. Pre-registration required:  http://geneseewaterways.org/event-3068993

12 - 1:30 p.m.: Sled Hockey Workshop at Genesee Valley Ice Rink. 131 Elmwood Ave. For more information, call 585-428-7888.

12 - 3 p.m.: Introduction to the Genesee River Boat Tours. Climb aboard the Sam Patch for a guided tour on the Genesee River from Corn Hill Landing to Brooks Landing, and back. See some wildlife and learn a bit about local history. Tours leaving every hour on the hour from 12’noon to 3 p.m. $10 adults, $5 children under 12. For details and reservations please visit www.sampatch.org. 

12 - 4 p.m.: Genesee Gateway River Fest. Connect with the Genesee River and join together with local environmental and community groups for an afternoon of exploration focused on the “South River” ecosystem. This family–friendly event will feature guided hikes, nature activities and presentations by local experts. Come learn about the Genesee River, local wildlife and the health of the river’s ecosystem- and have a little fun as well! Partipcants are encourage to bike or walk to the event; parking available on side streets off of Mt. Hope. 

12 - 4 p.m.: High Falls Interpretive Center and Museum. High Falls Interpretive Center and Museum. Located in a refurbished 19th-century Waterworks Building overlooking the Genesee River’s majestic High Falls, the museum has an interesting selection of hands-on, multi-media exhibits to engage children, as well as interpretive displays, artwork, photographs, and artifacts for adult audiences. Learn something new about your city! The museum and visitors center is located at 74 Browns Race.   

12 - 4 p.m.: River R.A.F.T.: Restoring A Forgotten Terrain Project. Participate in a hands-on clean-up of a residential parcel with vacant land bordering the river. The health of the river is linked to the vitality and safety of its neighborhoods. Gain practical experience for vacant lot reclamation. Tools, gloves and refreshments provided. Youth volunteers must 12+ years old and accompanied by a responsible adult. Parking on side streets. Meet at 1169 St. Paul St. (opposite RCSD #8 Roberto Clemente School).  

12 - 4 p.m.: Fall Sip & Shop @ Stutson House. Join vendors and neighbors for the annual Fall Sip and Shop Handmade Goods event @ 34 Stutson Street! Come out and support local artists and makers while having an amazing time! Activities include: art from fifteen local artists, live music by Amanda Ashley, Trick or Treat Candy Bar, yummy eats from East Coast Toast food truck, Boo-zy Cocktails & Killer Bloody Mary’s, and much more. This FREE event is family friendly.  For more information visit: www.rocmadegoods.com.

1 - 3 p.m.: ROC The Riverway Guided Bike Ride. Meet at the Pont de Rennes Bridge (at Platt Street) and travel along the Genesee Riverway Trail and by road to highlight the future ROC the Riverway enhancements along the Genesee Riverway.  This ride will visit three projects associated the ROC the Riverway project: High Falls, downtown, and the south river area. This is a 12-mile ride on flat terrain, city roads and paved trail. Helmets required.   
 

1 - 5 p.m.: Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Tours. Tour the oldest active surviving lighthouse on Lake Ontario (1822); climb the Octagonal Tower for great views of Lake Ontario, explore the Keeper’s House, see the new 4th Order Fresnel Lens, view the display of Ontario Beach Park from the 1870s to 1920s, and take a walk through the War of 1812 International Peace Garden. The gift shop will also be open. Admission $5.00 (18 years & older); $2.00 (5-17 years old), and FREE (4 and under). For further information call 585-621-6179 or visit their updated web site at www.geneseelighthouse.org. 

2 - 4 p.m.: Roc City Skatepark Pop-Up Event. Join the City of Rochester and Friends of the Roc City Skatepark for a demonstration and pop-up skatepark event along the Genesee River. Live skateboard, BMX and scooter demonstrations from 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m.. Free, open ride session with games and prizes from 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Curious to learn more about skateboarding? There will be a few extra skateboards available for the event (limited supply).  Bring your family and friends- and your own bike, board, or scooter to this awesome pop-up event! Safety equipment required- so please bring your helmets and knee pads/wrist guards. This event will take place in the Bivona Child Advocacy Center parking lot, 1 Mt Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620. 

4 - 5:30 p.m.: Full River/Erie Canal Boat Tour. Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Genesee River and along the Erie Canal w/live narration detailing Rochester's history highlighting the role that these waterways played in the development of the City of Rochester. Registration required.  For more information visit: www.sampatch.org/events/.

5 - 7 p.m.: Family Skate at Genesee Valley Ice Rink. 131 Elmwood Ave. Skate rental, $3. For more information, call 585-428-7888.

6 - 8 p.m.: Live Music Sunset Cruise on the Genesee River. Come aboard the Sam Patch and enjoy the groovy tunes from members of local favorite -Backyard Chemistry - while basking in the sunset on the glorious Genesee River. Sip your favorite beverage as you experience a scenic river cruise.  Registration required.  For more information visit: www.sampatch.org/events/.

Sunday, October 7
Events in Charlotte, Ontario Beach Park and Turning Point Park

 
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Celebrate the Port of Rochester. Enjoy the fall views of the new marina and enjoy a day of family friendly fun including: performances by CirqOvation amazing acrobats and aerial performers (free shows at 1pm, 2 pm and 3 pm), live music from the Daryl Parker Trio, the U.S. Coast Guard’s latest ships and equipment on display, fire equipment, hayrides, wood carving demonstrations, free pumpkin decorating, Rec On The Move, musical entertainment, wine and craft brew tasting in a huge outdoor tent. Charlotte history books and merchandise, postcards, hats, and T-shirts will be available for purchase. Stay for lunch and check out the Port of Rochester’s numerous eateries.  Sponsored by the Ontario Beach Park Program Committee. Events will take place at Ontario Beach Park and inside/around the Port of Rochester Terminal.  

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Guided Walk in Turning Point Park. Meet tour guide, Mike Parker, in the Turning Point Park parking lot at the end of Boxart Street. Enjoy a guided walk that will highlight the forests, overlooks, and award-winning boardwalk along the cattail-lined shores of the Genesee. Learn about the industrial history and footprint still present in Turning Point Park while enjoying the beauty of this urban wilderness. This hike will feature some hills and moderate grade changes and is not recommended for young children. This walking tour is free. 

1 - 2 p.m. Charlotte Cemetery Tour. Explore the Charlotte Village Cemetery, burial place for many of the area’s earliest settlers, including famed daredevil, Sam Patch. Meet on River Street at the corner of Lake Avenue near the firehouse. Guided tour will be led by Jack Kemp. Additional parking is available at the former Ira Jacobson Post Home on St. John’s Park. This event is free and sponsored by the Charlotte Community Development Corporation.
 
1 - 3 p.m.: Guided Bike Ride from Seneca Park to the Port of Rochester. This scenic tour with spectacular views of the river gorge will take riders along the Genesee Riverway Trail, through Turning Point Park on a 4,000-foot boardwalk, and under the O’Rorke Bridge. This is a 12-mile ride on a paved trail with a few moderate hills. Helmets required.  Meet at Seneca Park Zoo parking lot.

 1 - 5 p.m.: Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Tours. Tour the oldest active surviving lighthouse on Lake Ontario (1822); climb the Octagonal Tower for great views of Lake Ontario, explore the Keeper’s House, see the new 4th Order Fresnel Lens, view the display of Ontario Beach Park from the 1870s to 1920s, and take a walk through the War of 1812 International Peace Garden. The gift shop will also be open. Admission $5.00 (18 years & older); $2.00 (5-17 years old), and FREE (4 and under). For further information call 585-621-6179 or visit their updated web site at www.geneseelighthouse.org. 

 2 - 3 p.m.: ‘Nathaniel Rochester’s Battle To Create a City’ Walking Tour. In 1803, Nathaniel Rochester and his partners bought a 100-Acre Tract of land along the west side of the Genesee River. It was a small seed that grew into the city we know today. For the next twenty years, that success was far from certain. Join Corn Hill historian Jim DeVinney for walking tour that highlights the story of men who challenged Nathaniel Rochester’s goal of creating a city in the wilderness and the dramatic events that determined the outcome. This tour starts on Corn Hill Landing by the Water Spirits Sculpture where South Plymouth meets Exchange Street.

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.: Charlotte High School WPA Mural Tour. Join Charlotte High School archivist Marie Poinan in the Auditorium for a talk on the installation of eight murals by artist Carl Peters in 1942 and hear the story of the 2009 restoration. Event sponsored by the Charlotte High Archivists and the Class of 1945. Free. Commemorative mural poster and note cards will be available for purchase.

3  -3:30 p.m.: Tour of Charlotte High School Campus. Meet in the auditorium of the Leadership Academy (former Charlotte High) at 4115 Lake Avenue for a presentation by Charlotte High Archivist Marie Poinan on the WPA murals by Carl Peters. Learn the story of their 1942 installation and efforts by the Class of 1945 to renovate them. Then go upstairs with former graduates to view the CHS archives on the 5th floor. Mural note cards and books will be available to benefit the Archives. This event is free and sponsored by the Charlotte High School Archivist and the Charlotte Community Development Corporation. Not recommended for children under 10.
Other events along the Genesee River  

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: 30th Annual Head of the Genesee Regatta. Sunday features high school and master rowers as well as a rowing clinic and a mini-food truck rodeo in Genesee Valley Park near the Roundhouse pavilion on Moore Road. Coaches from the Genesee Waterways Center will have ergs available to introduce folks to rowing.  Enjoy the activities on the river and learn how you can participate in this sport. The two-day event is one of New York State’s premier rowing regattas and is expected to draw more than 350 racing entries. Viewing on the foot bridge over the Genesee River and along the east river bank is ideal for spectators 

8:30 - 11 a.m.: River Romance Glide and Ride Adventure. Put your bike on the Sam Patch boat at Corn Hill Landing and enjoy a 2.5 hour cruise that travels through 2 locks on the Erie Canal, and the site in Genesee Valley Park where the River crosses the Erie Canal.  The Sam Patch will dock at Pittsford. The bike ride back to Corn Hill Landing is approximately 10 miles on flat terrain, along the Genesee River Trail and Erie Canal Trail. Tickets: $25 per person, $12 for youth 12 and under. Registration required. For more information visit: www.sampatch.org/events/

12 p.m. - 4 p.m.: High Falls Interpretive Center and Museum. Located in the refurbished 19th-century Waterworks Building overlooking the Genesee River’s majestic High Falls, the museum has an interesting selection of hands-on, multi-media exhibits to engage children, as well as interpretive displays, artwork, photographs, and artifacts for adult audiences. Learn something new about your city! The museum and visitors center is located at 74 Browns Race.  

 1 - 3:45 p.m.
: Family Skate at Genesee Valley Ice Rink. 131 Elmwood Avenue. Skate rental, $3.  For more information, call 585-428-7888. 

 

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