ROC the Riverway Weekend

 

2021 Roc the RiverWay Weekend:  Engage the River that Runs through Rochester 

A socially distanced, COVID appropriate, celebration of the majestic Genesee River.  

Roc the Riverway, October 1-3, 2021

The Genesee River is the lifeblood of the Greater Rochester Region. From the abundant farms of the Genesee Valley to the industrial heritage of the City, the Genesee River has defined who we are and how our community developed.

In 2018 the City along with our partners at the State of New York, launched an ambitious $500 million initiative to truly release the full potential of our river. The Roc the River Way riverfront revitalization program is a series of projects that celebrate the past and build for the future. They will transform this former industrial waterway into a community recreational corridor that provides opportunities for all to interact with water.

 Come out, explore the river and learn more about our community’s vision for the future

 

 Friday, October 1st: 

Daily 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Fall Salmon Run

Daily until November for anglers and spectators. Seth Green Dr. and Norton St. off St. Paul Blvd. This section of the Genesee River offers some of the most exciting fishing in New York State- right in the city.  

1 - 5 p.m.: Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Tours. Tour the oldest surviving aid to navigation lighthouse on Lake Ontario (1822); climb the Octagonal Tower to see the new 4th order Fresnel Lens and a great panorama view of Lake Ontario and the surrounding area. In the Keeper’s House, view the history of Lighthouses in the area, display of Ontario Beach Park from the 1870s to 1920s, a new display on Women’s rights, a stove that washes clothes, the lockups of Charlotte & more.  Outside take a walk through the War of 1812 International Peace Garden. Admission $5.00 (18 years & older); $2.00 (5-17 years old), and FREE (4 and under). Open Fri., Sat., & Sun.  For further information call 585-621-6179 or visit www.geneseelighthouse.org.

 

Saturday, October 2nd: 

9-11 a.m.: Clean-Up at Seth Green Park. Get outside, get active and get involved in making Rochester a greener, cleaner City! The City of Rochester’s Department of Recreation and Youth Services is partnering with the Seneca Park Zoo Society to sponsor a series of ‘park clean-up events’ along the Genesee Riverway Trail. Tools and gloves will be provided. Please dress for the weather and bring water to stay hydrated. Meet at the Seth Green parking lot.  

 

10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Guided Paddle Along the Genesee from Petten Street.  Join Genesee RiverWatch and the Genesee Waterways Center in celebrating ROC the Riverway Weekend.  See the Genesee in its fall colors from the best viewpoint in the City – the seat of your canoe or kayak right at water level!  Explore the river's history from the pre-Civil War Underground Railroad to today's 460-foot McKeil Spirit cement ship.  Paddle along with Great Blue Herons, egrets and (if we are lucky) eagles.  Experience the solitude of our "Wilderness in a city" between Turning Point and Lower Falls – an unspoiled area where you will forget that you are in the midst of an urban metropolis.

Meet at the new ADA-compliant dock at the end of Petten Street off Lake Avenue.  We will push off at 10:00AM, Sunday, September 12th and return around 1:00PM. Boat rental costs are: canoe - $50, double kayak - $50, single kayak - $25. Maximum two adults per canoe. All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required at Genesee Waterways Center - Events & Registration. (Look for "Community Paddles".)  Call 585-328-3960 with questions.

 

10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Sturgeon Release in the Genesee River. Join the United States Geological Survey for a Sturgeon release at Seth Green Park by Lower Falls. Learn about the 16 years of successful sturgeon reintroduction, spray paint stenciled sturgeon awareness signage in multiple languages, be joined by “Seth” our 6 foot fiberglass sturgeon mascot and observe staff measure weight, length, girth and tag data.  Attendees may participate in release of hatchery reared sturgeon into the lower Genesee River.

 

10 a.m.-12 p.m.: ROC the Riverway Guided Bike Ride. PowerPoint presentations not your thing? Experience all the progress on ROC the Riverway projects up close and on two wheels! Meet at the west end of the Pont de Rennes Bridge at High Falls and travel along the Genesee Riverway Trail and by street to explore the recent and future enhancements to the riverfront. The tour will feature projects in High Falls, Downtown, and in the South River Corridor. Approximately 6-mile ride with stops on flat terrain, city streets, and paved trails. Helmets required.

 

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Tours of the Lower Falls and Gorge. Join docents from the Maplewood Neighborhood Association and 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 starting around 1 p.m. 

 

11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Mount Hope Cemetery: Ice Cream Tour. Join the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery for a "novelty" tour about one of Rochester's earliest businesses - the making and selling of ice cream and other sundries we still enjoy. Meet at the south gate: 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY, (Opposite Distillery Restaurant).

 

11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Mount Hope Cemetery: Mischief, Murder & Mayhem. Join the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery to meet some permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law, or whose lives met an unfortunate or grisly end. Meet at the North Gate House: 791 Mount Hope Avenue (opposite Robinson Dr).

 

1-3 p.m.: Tour of Charlotte High School Campus. Meet in the auditorium of the Leadership Academy (former Charlotte High) at 4115 Lake Avenue for an open house and a talk 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. Not recommended for children under 10.

 

1 - 5 p.m.: Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Tours. Tour the oldest surviving aid to navigation lighthouse on Lake Ontario (1822); climb the Octagonal Tower to see the new 4th order Fresnel lens and a great panorama view of Lake Ontario and the surrounding area. In the Keeper’s House, view the history of Lighthouses in the area, display of Ontario Beach Park from the 1870s to 1920s, a new display on Women’s rights, a stove that washes clothes, the lockups of Charlotte & more.  Outside take a walk through the War of 1812 International Peace Garden. Admission $5.00 (18 years & older); $2.00 (5-17 years old), and FREE (4 and under). Open Fri., Sat., & Sun.  For further information call 585-621-6179 or visit www.geneseelighthouse.org.

 

2 - 3:30 p.m.: Guided Walking Tour: Beyond Flour and Flowers: Industry in Rochester. Join staff from the Rochester Public Library and the Office of the City Historian for a guided walking tour focused on Rochester's industrial heritage. The tour begins at the site of a former flour mill and ends at the site of a former seed store, representing two of the industries that give Rochester its nicknames as the Flour City and the Flower City. Along the way, we'll explore some of the myriad enterprises that helped the city thrive and earn a reputation as a site of innovation. The tour route is approximately 1.1 miles. The tour is free, but pre-registration is encouraged: https://calendar.libraryweb.org/event/8323077. Meet on the south terrace outside the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County's Rundel Memorial Building at the corner of South Avenue and Court Street.

 

2-5 p.m.: Genesee Valley Park Family Nature Walks and Nature Activities. The City of Rochester is partnering with The Cornell Cooperative Extension to offer an exciting variety of family fun activities including: Learning to fish and practicing ‘casting your line’ (prizes to follow with a lucky catch!), fish trivia, making fish prints in the traditional Japanese method called Gyotaku, and more! Open to all ages, join us to learn about how you and your family can help take care of our environment, including the mighty Genesee River that is the heart of our city. Parking available at the Genesee Waterways Center, 149 Elmwood Ave. 

 

Sunday, October 3rd: 

12-1 p.m.: Family Guided Bike Ride. This is a slow, relaxing bike ride meant for families and all aged riders with stops at the Hojack Bridge Site, Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse, River St Railroad Station, River St Mural, Bill Davis Overlook and the Port of Rochester Marina.  Then be back to the park in time for music and pumpkin decorating.  Meet at parking lot near Bill Grays at 12:15 on Sunday, Oct 3rd.  Masks and helmets required.  Limited to 15 riders. To register for the ride contact Jim Farr at James.Farr@cityofrochester.gov. In case of inclement weather, ride may be cancelled on site at start time of the ride. 

 

12-3 p.m.: Autumn at the Lake, Port of Rochester along the River. Come enjoy an afternoon of family fun in Charlotte. Explore the many area restaurants and business and the historic Charlotte/Genesee Lighthouse as you enjoy a free concert with the Latin jazz sounds of Mambo Kings ( 1-3p.m.). Event includes a children’s pumpkin patch, chose a pumpkin to decorate and take home (fee) or take a glide on the 200 ft. long riverside zip line or a leisurely hay wagon ride around Ontario Beach Park. Demonstrations and displays by the Rochester Fire Department including their new Fire Boat and the Coast Guard all while enjoying your favorite beverage, food or treat from area businesses. Presented by the City and the Ontario Beach Park Program Committee. www.Ontariobeachentertainment.org

 

1-2:30 p.m.: Guided Walking Tour: Douglass, Anthony, and Beyond: Activism & Social Justice in Rochester. Join staff from the Rochester Public Library and the Office of the City Historian for a guided walking tour focused on Rochester's rich history of social justice activism. While the city’s most famous agitators, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, figure prominently, the tour also will shed light on lesser-known stories of activism as expressed by the labor movement, the anti-draft movement, the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and others. The tour route is approximately 1.1 miles. The tour is free, but pre-registration is encouraged: https://calendar.libraryweb.org/event/8323113. Meet on the south terrace outside the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County's Rundel Memorial Building at the corner of South Avenue and Court Street.

 

1 - 5 p.m.: Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Tours. Tour the oldest surviving aid to navigation lighthouse on Lake Ontario (1822); climb the Octagonal Tower to see the new 4th order Fresnel lens and a great panorama view of Lake Ontario and the surrounding area. In the Keeper’s House, view the history of Lighthouses in the area, display of Ontario Beach Park from the 1870s to 1920s, a new display on Women’s rights, a stove that washes clothes, the lockups of Charlotte & more.  Outside take a walk through the War of 1812 International Peace Garden. Admission $5.00 (18 years & older); $2.00 (5-17 years old), and FREE (4 and under). Open Fri., Sat., & Sun.  For further information call 585-621-6179 or visit www.geneseelighthouse.org.

 

2-4 p.m.: Mount Hope Cemetery Walking Tour. This foundational tour is a two-hour walk of approximately a mile on both paved roads and uneven terrain. This includes the graves of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, topics of local history, horticulture, geology, architecture, monument symbolism, and more. Tickets are $12 per person at the door, free for members, SNAP recipients, and children under 16 who are accompanied by a paying adult. Meet at the North Gatehouse at 791 Mount Hope Ave, opposite Robinson Drive.

 

2-3 p.m.: Charlotte Village Cemetery Tour. Meet tour guide Maureen Whalen on River St. for a guided tour of the old Village Cemetery. Visit the final resting place of daredevil Sam Patch, Charlotte’s first settler, a lighthouse keeper, the first doctor, its Custom Collector and a Navy veteran of the War of 1812. Admire the restoration work done by the Navy Seabee Veterans of America, Island X-12, to reset and repair damaged headstones. Parking available on River St. Sponsored by the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society.

 

Independent Walks along the Genesee Riverway  (Enjoy these self-guided tours all weekend long)

Tour Blend has partnered with the Genesee River Alliance to create and promote a series of “Independent Walks” along the Genesee River corridor.   You can enjoy these audio guided walking tours while following recommended safety guidelines.  If you have an iPhone, get the free Tour Blend app from the App Store and activate one of the following tours.  If not, you can download and print the two-page brochures below, or view it on your mobile device at https://tourblend.com/gra/.

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