Here's all the fun things going on this weekend, but let's start with a really cool idea coming to downtown ROC Friday night: Movies with a Downtown View.
Remember drive-in theaters? There's still a few around, out in Perry and Avon. Well this is a similar concept, except you can ride your bike in or walk into Martin Luther King Park at Manhattan Square to take in a flick in the city.
This unique concept kicks off at 7p with games for the kids before rolling the movie at dusk in the park. This week's movie is "Almost Famous" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. It's perfect timing as the Fairport grad and Oscar winner would have celebrated his 47th birthday this week. And he is wonderful in this movie.
Ya gotta have popcorn with a good flick, right? The first 250 to arrive at the free movie will get free popcorn and juice. And a chance to check out the work underway at the soon-to-be revitalized Midtown Tower, where construction has finally started. All this is being spurred by Buckingham Properties, who is not only developing the city center, but also sponsoring the free movie night downtown.
Let's hope this is just another move in the right direction for the resurrection of downtown.
Other fun ideas on a busy wknd:
CARNIVALS: East Rochester and Hilton host their annual Fire Dept. parties with rides, games, food and plenty of drinks, from the east > west.
SPORTS: Bills training camp is open at St. John Fisher Fri. and Sat. nights at 6 (tickets required for admission) and Sun. afternoon at 2p. The Red Wings return from the road with games at Frontier Field all wknd, with fireworks after the games Fri. and Sat. nights.
FESTIVALS: Spencerport Canal Days for westsiders Sat. and Sun. 10a- 5p. The Waterfront Arts Festival on the north shore of Canandaigua Lake Sat. and Sun. 10a- 5p with 150 artists, live music, food and fun. And for more eastside fun it's the Finger Lakes Cheese Festival in Odessa Sat. from 10a- 6p with plenty of wine to wash down the varieties of cheese available.
GET UGLY: The 10 Ugly Men Festival returns for the 25th annual bash at Genesee Valley Park Sat. 10a- 8p with lots of live bands, games, drink and food to benefit Golisano Childrens Hospital.
GET HAPPY FOR OUR HEROES: Join me at the Greece American Legion Post 468 on Dorsey Rd. Sat. for the Wounded Warriors benefit, hosting true heroes who have paid the price but are the nicest people you'll ever buy a beer for. More info on my prior post on this site. God bless our troops!