Category: Food and Drink

April showers bring May lilacs!

By: Dana

It’s May and the Lilac Festival is almost here!  An annual Rochester tradition, the Lilac Festival is a 10 day free festival with art exhibits, a parade, food vendors,  live entertainment, and of course a gorgeous display of colorful lilacs throughout Highland Park.  This year the festival is set to take place May 11th-20th.

As noted on the Lilac Festival’s official website, Highland Park displays over 500 varieties of lilacs on more than 1,200 lilac bushes- so be sure to bring your camera!  First planted in 1892 by horticulturist John Dunbar, the assortment has turned into the world’s largest lilac collection, bringing visitors from all over the globe to participate in this annual celebration.  Over the course of the 10 day event, the festival brings in well over a half-million visitors.  So how did the festival get started?  In short, the first Lilac Festival informally began in May of 1898 when a crowd of thousands gathered at what is now known as Highland Park to see the lilac collection in bloom.  On May 24, 1908 Rochester celebrated its first “official” Lilac Sunday, which later extended to Lilac Week.  From there, a parade was introduced that started downtown to the park’s summit, and in 1979, Lilac Week was renamed Lilac Festival (  200+ years later, crowds still gather to see the lilacs, take in the entertainment, and celebrate the start of spring.

The festival is perfect for all ages, and includes free children’s entertainment during the week and weekends.  You can participate in the Medved Lilac 10k and 5k family fun run on Sunday, or watch the lilac parade featuring various marching bands, and decorated floats.  There are also 2 arts and crafts shows during the weekend featuring local and national artists.  For a full list of exhibitors, entertainment schedules, special events, and directions, be sure to check out the lilac festival website online!


Lasagna Dinners are a Simon School Tradition

By: Bonnie He Liu

So I shared the first two highlights of being a Simon student and promised to post the third… 

Dinner with Dean Zupan at his home? When I heard this from my 2nd year MBA coach I could hardly believe it. But I did receive the invitation two days later. Every student has this special opportunity. About 35 students including me attended the Lasagna Dinner at Dean Zupan’s home this past October.  Not only Dean Zupan, but other faculty members of Simon were also there, and talked about their life in Rochester, interests, and expectations, etc. After the dinner all of us gathered in the living room, each of the international students shared one thing about doing business in their own countries, domestic students asked questions. The sharing and discussions were quite enlightening! I must compliment my great classmates again and let them know how lucky I feel to know them and study with them in this great Simon community.

Well, the first quarter brought many interesting experiences. Though intense, I cannot wait for the coming exciting events and challenges in the second quarter! Hope you are enjoying my blogs and please feel free to reach me at I would be very happy to answer any question that you may have. Good luck with your application and please stay tuned for future updates.




Fall Fun in Rochester

By: Robyn

One of my favorite things about living in upstate New York is that I get to experience the four seasons of spring, summer, fall, and winter. Without question, my favorite month of the year is October. Fall is the most beautiful time of the year in Rochester as one gets to watch the gorgeous fall foliage change from green to an array of reds, oranges, and yellows. The cool, crisp air of autumn is motivation for me to enjoy the outdoors before the snow begins to fall. Rochester offers lots of opportunities to enjoy the many traditional fall activities in our area:

1) Letchworth State Park: located 35 miles south of Rochester and known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the East,’ this magnificent park provides the best view of the fall foliage. Navigate the hiking trails and take photographs of the waterfalls, river, and of course, the changing colors of the trees.

2) Apple Picking: For years, I have visited The Apple Farm in Victor, NY with friends. Apple picking is a must-do during the fall and is a great way to socialize with friends. Although I may not be the best cook, I enjoy attempting to make homemade apple pie from the apples I pick at The Apple Farm. Don’t forget a warm glass of apple cider and a cinnamon donut while you visit!

3) Haunted Houses: I’ll admit, I am easily frightened, so you can imagine how scared I get when visiting a haunted house!  There is a plentiful amount of haunted houses in Rochester, with the Haunted House of Horrors and The House of Pain being two of the most frequented. If you have a higher threshold than me for being scared, check one of these locations out.

4) Pumpkin Picking: Wickham Farms, located about 15 minutes from the Simon School, is a great destination to find the perfectly round pumpkin to adorn your home. Find your way through the corn maze, take a ride on a hayride, and guess the weight of the giant pumpkin on display during your visit. I usually buy an extra pumpkin just so I can munch on one of my favorite fall snacks – toasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Yum!

Put away the sleds, Rochester…it’s time for Summer!

By: Dana

Summer may have just begun, but here at the Simon School we are already beginning to see familiar faces on campus as our incoming summer and fall students start to arrive in Rochester!  For those of you who are currently in the city, or those planning a trip to the area over the course of the summer months, there is no shortage of things to do while you are in town.  Here are a few ideas of places to go, and things to do- Enjoy!

Let’s not forget the 4th of July celebrations!
The 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, is a celebration of the United States Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.

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Rochester Area Festivals:

2011 Corn Hill Arts Festival
The 2011 Corn Hill Arts Festival marks the 43rd anniversary for this celebrated arts festival in Rochester’s historic Corn Hill neighborhood. This year’s festival is July 9th – 10th and features over four hundred artists, the Emerging Artists Expo, four stages of continuous live music, sponsored events, the Labatt Blue Beer Garden and “Sipping the Lakes” Wine Garden.
The Corn Hill Arts Festival is all volunteer run and is officially recognized as one of the top 200 festivals by Sunshine Artist Magazine (
Dates: Saturday July 9th & Sunday July 10th
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Location and Directions:

Canandaigua Art & Music Festival 2011
The historic downtown Canandaigua will once again be the site of the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival this year!  Attendees will enjoy over 100 food vendors, the best local music on two stages, artist exhibits specializing in painting, drawing, photography and more and the Kids Korridor and Family Stage, which includes wildlife exhibits, clown shows and obstacle courses.  The Canandaigua Art & Music Festival features affordable family fun for all ages.  Festival hours are 12:00pm – 8:00pm on Friday and 10:00am – 6:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, please visit (
Dates: July 15, 2011 to July 17, 2011
Venue: Downtown Canandaigua
Address: Canandaigua, NY, United States, 14424

Park Ave Summer Art Fest
One of Rochester’s oldest and most unique neighborhoods celebrates its 35th Annual Festival of arts, crafts and music. This festival annually attracts over 250,000 people! This year’s festival will feature 300 artists, vendors, and exhibitors from 21 states and Canada! (
Dates: Saturday, August 6th, 2011: 10am – 6pm & Sunday, August 7th, 2011: 10am – 5pm
Location:  Downtown Rochester, Park Avenue
Sporting Events

Rochester Red Wings – Minor League Baseball
The Rochester Red Wings are a minor league baseball team based in Rochester, New York. The oldest and longest running minor league franchise in the history of professional sports, the team plays in the International League and is the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins major-league club. The Red Wings play in Frontier Field, located in downtown Rochester (
Address: Frontier Field – One Morrie Silver Way, Rochester NY 14608
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The Rochester Rhinos – Soccer
The Rochester Rhinos are an American professional soccer team based in Rochester, New York, United States. Founded in 1996, the team plays in the National Division of the new USL Professional Division, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, having self-relegated from the USSF D2 Pro League at the end of the 2010 season. The team plays its home games at Sahlen’s Stadium, formerly known as PAETEC Park, where they have played since 2006 (
Address:  Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak Street Rochester, NY 14608
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Theater Arts and Entertainment Shows/Schedules
Auditorium Theater:
Geva Theater:
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Concert Venues/Schedules
Water Street Music Hall:
Blue Cross Arena:
CMAC Performing Arts Center (Canandaigua, NY):