Jazz, rock, folk, bluegrass and more are within driving distance The arrival of June heralds the beginning of the summer festival season, which means it’s time — if you haven’t already — to assess the array of musical events that will be happening in the coming months. Below is a selective, chronological list of many of the music festivals scheduled throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania this summer. It’s worth noting that a couple of big events are not returning this year: the Syracuse Jazz Festival, due to the loss of its major corporate sponsor; and, after returning from a three-year break last year, Turin’s moe.down is on hiatus again, as the band moe. headed out to Illinois to headline the Summer Camp Festival last weekend. Still, there are plenty of other choices to satisfy area music fans of all types. From rock and blues to classical and jazz — not to mention the many festivals that make a point of blurring boundaries among … [Read more...] about SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS: Get outside and soak up tunes
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McCurdy's was a retail giant and pioneer in Rochester for nearly a century and the last of the locally owned family department stores. Though perhaps overshadowed by Sibley's — which was profiled in an earlier "Whatever Happened To…" installment — McCurdy's certainly made its own enormous impact in Rochester. Foremost was the development of Midtown Plaza, the first downtown shopping mall in the country and a project that revitalized the city shopping scene. McCurdy's also was the first Rochester department store to branch to the suburbs when it opened in Greece's Northgate Plaza in 1953. The business started as McCurdy and Norwell Co. in 1901 before changing its name to McCurdy & Co. 18 years later. Founder John Cooke McCurdy was a transplanted Philadelphian who was born in Ireland. The flagship store opened at East Main and Elm streets. Arch-rival Sibley's was further west on Main Street at the time but moved a few years later directly across from McCurdy's. That … [Read more...] about Whatever Happened To … McCurdy’s?
With summer here, we turn our thoughts this week to a way that Rochesterians kept cool in past years. The swimmobile was, as its name indicates, a mobile swimming pool that city workers brought to neighborhoods. Kids who otherwise couldn’t get to a pool or beach splashed about in the contraption, which looked like a semi-trailer cut in half and filled with water. City Recreation employees carted the swimmobile by truck to various locations, used water from hydrants to fill it, then hauled it away at day’s end. The city also had porta-pools that were set up for longer periods of time at various sites. Other cities, like New York City and Detroit, also used swimmobiles for a time. The longtime TV series The Simpsons even featured one in an episode. Rochester’s swimmobile debuted around 1967. A Democrat and Chronicle story that year said it was developed by then-Recreation Bureau director Joseph Caverly and copied by other agencies across the country. (Other news stories … [Read more...] about Whatever Happened to … Rochester’s swimmobile?
The Red Lion was a downtown restaurant where Rochester’s movers and shakers met to eat, drink and frequently hash out business and political deals. The business began in one of Rochester’s best-known buildings and later moved – begrudgingly – to a brand-new skyscraper just a half-mile east. The original restaurant was run by a group that included a former boxer who later became a town supervisor in Wayne County. Squabbles that forced the Red Lion to move filled news accounts for months. Two separate farewell parties were held after the initial closing date was “postponed.” A suburban version of the restaurant was on Monroe Avenue in Brighton, but this story is about the better-known downtown spot. Opened in 1968 in the Powers Building The Red Lion opened in 1968 in the Powers Building at 36. W. Main St., which had been renamed the Executive Office Building. The landmark building was Rochester’s tallest for years and was noted for engineering … [Read more...] about Whatever Happened to … the Red Lion?
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Columbus, Ohio's coffee culture Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Coffee fuels the entrepreneurial spirit of Ohio's capital city. On any given day, Columbus coffee shops are abuzz with activity, as seen here at Stauf's Coffee Roasters in the suburb of Grandview Heights. "Our goal is great quality, true freshness and being part of the community," says Stauf's founder, Tom Griesemer. Wendy Pramik, for USA TODAY Fullscreen Griesemer roasts beans to order in a decades-old machine at Stauf's in Grandview Heights, the original of four Columbus-area locations. The shop offers 70 varieties of coffee a day from dozens of origins around the world. "Roasting is a balance of art and science to achieve different results from the same coffee," he says. Wendy Pramik, for USA TODAY Fullscreen Kerry Reade samples an espresso at Cafe Brioso while on a coffee tour with Columbus Food … [Read more...] about Columbus, Ohio’s craft coffee scene