December

A Sense of Place: Finger Lakes Wines and the World Wine Pairing Series

December 5th, 2014

Each wine we drink has a story to tell: A story about the region from which it comes, the vineyard in which it’s grown, and the winemaker who creates it. The Finger Lakes wine making story spans over 150 years and is in the midst of a new exciting chapter. Join us for a special monthly wine tasting series where you will discover the sense of place associated with a sampling of Finger Lakes wine compared with similar varietals and styles from all around the world. Those who do will walk away with a greater appreciation of the wines of our special region, as well as other classic winemaking regions around the globe. The event is hosted by by Laura Winter Falk owner of Experience! The Finger Lakes. Laura holds a doctorate in nutrition, is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, and is known for her fun and engaging presentations on food and wine. Held at La Tourelle Resort and Spa the first Friday of the month from 5-6pm, this is a unique opportunity to enjoy some fabulous wines and walk away with an enhanced understanding of world wines. 2014 Dates: March 7 April 4 May 2 June 6 July 4 Aug 1 Sept 5 Oct 10 Nov 7 Dec 5 Cost: $5 per person, Guests of La Tourelle are free of charge Time: 5-6pm Location: The Bistro at La Tourelle Resort and Spa. Transportation to/from the event is not provided. Contact: Experience! The Finger Lakes at 607-233-4818 or info@experiencefingerlakes.com

Play Pals Exhibit Opening Weekend

December 6th, 2014 - December 7th, 2014

Explore the history of dolls, action figures, toy soldiers, plush animals, and other toys of the imagination. Role-play in a life-size dollhouse, go on adventures at the action figure play station, and tend to teddy bears and other stuffed animals at the animal hospital. Included with general museum admission fees.

The Burns Sisters

December 12th, 2014

After a recent tour to Ireland, the Burns sisters return to Ithaca with their annual holiday concert of original songs and favorite seasonal selections from cultures around the world. A long time staple in national folk music circles, these local singer-songwriters have performed on several tours with folk-legend Arlo Guthrie. Their graceful, lilting harmonies blend their own brand of folk, rock, and blues with social and political activism.

Ice Wars National Ice Carving

December 12th, 2014

This is the opportunity to watch this great carving event while celebrating the winter season in all your winter attire. Lounge with a glass of beer or wine from the outdoor bar during this event. The entire family is welcome but you must be 21 or older to purchase an alcoholic beverage.

The Burns Sisters

December 13th, 2014

After a recent tour to Ireland, the Burns sisters return to Ithaca with their annual holiday concert of original songs and favorite seasonal selections from cultures around the world. A long time staple in national folk music circles, these local singer-songwriters have performed on several tours with folk-legend Arlo Guthrie. Their graceful, lilting harmonies blend their own brand of folk, rock, and blues with social and political activism.

5th Annual Downtown Chowder Cook-Off

December 13th, 2014

Over twenty restaurants will compete for the coveted Chowder Cup. Vegetarian, seafood, and meat chowders are available for hungry patrons. Local and regional wineries pair with the Finger Lakes Cheese trail to bring you this new winter event of tasty delights.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

December 15th, 2014

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker December 15, 2014 @ 7:30pm Tickets: On Sale Now Price: $31 - $105 Moscow Ballet’s spectacular Great Russian Nutcracker is the must-see event this holiday season! Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as 40 world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. The New York Times raves “Knock Out!” Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger than-life-puppets, a growing Christmas Tree and super-sized Matrushka dolls! More at www.nutcracker.com To purchase tickets online, visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00004CA5E90C8263.

The Fresh Beat Band: Greatest Hits Live

December 18th, 2014

The Fresh Beat Band: Greatest Hits Live December 18, 2014 @ 6:30pm Tickets: On Sale 9/5 Price: $30.50, $40.50, $50.50 $150 VIP Package (sold online only) includes Meet & Greet Photo Opportunity, Fresh Beat Band Party Gift & Fresh Beat Band VIP Laminate! The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon’s preschool music group and stars of the hit Emmy Award-winning TV series of the same name, are bringing an all new concert to cities across the U.S. The Fresh Beat Band Greatest Hits Live features Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Shout (Thomas Hobson), Marina (Tara Perry), and Twist (Jon Beavers) performing in this brand new production featuring new hit songs such as “Walk Like an Egyptian” along with fan favorites from their live-action TV show and recent albums. The band will perform all of their biggest hits that teach preschoolers about music appreciation and how to express their feelings through movement, song and instrumental music. Fresh Beat Band Party packages, which include a meet and greet with The Fresh Beat Band will be available. To purchase tickets online, visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/the-fresh-beat-band-greatest-hits-rochester-new-york-12-18-2014/event/00004D1AC06434DB?artistid=1659193&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=107.

Reindeer Run

December 20th, 2014

Sprint over to The Strong and get into the action at the third annual Reindeer Run, a unique, family-friendly foot race. Produced by YellowJacket Racing and sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports, the all-ages run is downtown Rochester’s only winter 5K event and includes a half-mile kids’ race. Fees apply.

LEGO Castle Adventure® School-Break Week

December 20th, 2014 - January 4th, 2015

Description: Explore the LEGO Castle Adventure® exhibit, featuring LEGO models of real-world castles created by LEGO Master Builders. Train like a knight in the jousting field, construct a virtual castle wall using 3-D computer technology, and admire royal furnishings including a decorative suit of armor—made entirely out of LEGO bricks. Get creative and construct your own paper brick to take home. Try your hand strategy games that have challenged people for centuries including Red Dragon, Nine Men’s Morris, puzzles, and an oversized game of chess.