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Maplewood Rose Celebration

Celebrate the Rose, celebrate a neighborhood

 
 

The roses are in bloom and a full program of activities awaits visitors to the 24th annual  Maplewood Rose Celebration, to be held   June 14-15 in and around Maplewood Park and Rose Garden.  The event, coordinated by the Maplewood Neighborhood Association, features family entertainment, food, and much more.

 

The Maplewood Rose Festival weekend continues with a cornucopia of activities that celebrate Rochester's history, ecology, people, and illustrious horticultural heritage. 

In particular this festival is an illumination and celebration of the Maplewood Neighborhood. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Northwest Rochester neighborhood boasts hundreds of elegant century-old homes as well as parks and gardens designed by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, known as America's greatest landscape architect. This dazzling “built environment,” when combined with the natural majesty of the river and gorge, make for a truly unique urban neighborhood.

The Maplewood Neighborhood Association’s remarkable volunteers have partnered with the City to showcase its fantastic history, architecture, natural features, parks, and people.   

Complete 2014 Maplewood Rose Celebration Schedule:


Saturday, June 14  

  • 10 a.m. – 4p.m.: Genesee Gorge and Falls Tours. Neighborhood docents will lead a fascinating, narrated tour of the historic and beautiful Lower Falls Park. Tours are ongoing; last tour leaves at 3:30 p.m. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m: Children’s inflatable’s, a fundraiser for the 10th Ward Tigers. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Arts and Crafts Show; Children’s Vendors 
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Tour the Rose Garden and enjoy garden workshops. Learn from the City’s horticultural staff and Rosarians from the Greater Rochester Rose Society.
  • 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Food vendors available (fee)
  • 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.:  Gathering of community gardeners, display, exhibits and demonstrations
  • 12 – 1 p.m.: Garden Photography Workshop with City photographer Ira Srole. Bring your camera!
  • Noon and 4 p.m. – Rochester Walks! Short walk through Neighborhood on RWalks! path.
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Genesee Gorge Walk.  Sites to include St. Bernard’s Cemetery, King’s Landing, Veteran’s Memorial Bridge and Maplewood Park.  
  • 1 – 2:30 p.m.: Historic Maplewood Tour- walking tour of the historic neighborhood, experience its beauty and architecture.
  • 2 – 3 p.m.:  Classic Brass in the Gorge- Brass quintet will entertain amongst the roar and mist of the Lower Falls and the one of a kind resonance of the Gorge walls.
  • 12 – 4 p.m.: Wine and Jazz in the Garden. Features area wineries and farmers sampling and selling their wares in the garden amidst the fragrant bouquet of roses. Jazz musicians all afternoon, featuring Darryl Parker Trio and Phil de Chateauvieux. Fee for tastings, with all proceeds benefit the Maplewood Neighborhood Association.
  • 4 – 7:30 p.m.: Lady Rose and her jazz sounds in the Big Gazebo.
  • 7 – 10 p.m.: Food Trucks and Fireworks on the Driving Park Bridge. The bridge will be closed to provide a venue for this unique event. Enjoy street food, music by DJ Thaxton and a spectacular fireworks display over the Lower Falls at 10 pm to cap off the day

    Sunday, June 15   
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.:  Seneca Park and Riverfront Neighborhoods Walk.  Sites to include Seneca Park, Kodak Hawkeye, Seth Green Drive, and the Switchback Trail. Walk starts at the Seneca Zoo Parking lot
  • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Recreation on the Move. The City Bureau of Recreation’s award winning mobile recreation center will roll out to Maplewood Park for the festival. 
  • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Children’s inflatables, a fundraiser for the 10th Ward Tigers.
  • 1 – 4 p.m.: Rose garden tours/ workshops with special consultant Mike Hannen.
  • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Genesee Gorge and Falls Tours. Neighborhood docents will lead you on a fascinating, narrated tour of the historic and beautiful Lower Falls Park. Tours are ongoing, last tour leaves at 3:30 p.m.
  • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Arts and Crafts Show; Children’s Vendors 
  • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Food vendors available
  • Noon and 4 p.m. – Rochester Walks! Short walk through Neighborhood on RWalks! path.
  • 1 – 2 p.m.:  Music and comedy by The Boomer Brothers
  • 2 – 3 p.m.:  Classic Brass in the Gorge- Brass quintet will entertain in this spectacular setting amongst the roar and mist of the Lower Falls and the one of a kind resonance of the Gorge walls.
  • 2:15 – 4 p.m.: Music by the Dady Brothers Irish and Folk
  • 1 – 5 p.m.: Father's Day Family Picnic in the Park. On Father's Day start a new family tradition, bring Dad and enjoy a special time together. Please bring or purchase your picnic.
     

Transportation, Traffic, and Parking Information

Handicapped parking only in Maplewood Park lot (Driving Park Avenue). Other parking available on adjoining streets and in the Hawk Eye parking lot at the corner of St. Paul Boulevard and Avenue E, directly across the Driving Park Bridge from Maplewood Park (shuttle provided). The Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority offers bus service to several stops within a short walk of Maplewood Park—for more information on these routes and schedules, go to www.rgrta.org or call 654-0200. Bike enthusiasts can avoid traffic and parking challenges by riding to the event along the wonderful Genesee Riverway Trail (www.cityofrochester.gov, type Genesee Riverway Trail into search box).

You can also take a bus to the festivities: Use the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority's Google Trip Planner to get a bus to Maplewood Park  

For more information

Call 428-6866 or 232-8420.

For more information about the Maplewood Neighborhood Association, go to www.maplewood.org.  

 


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