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Two friends, Chris Stapleton, and a whole lot of fun; photos by Alex Weiss Last week our editor, Christine Green, and “Lunatics Lounge” columnist, Taylor Terrance, attended the Chris Stapleton concert at Darien Lake Amphitheater. Read below to learn about their concert experience. Christine Green: Taylor, thanks for coming to see Chris Stapleton at Darien Lake Amphitheater with me last…
16.07.2024
Can’t make it to the shore this summer for an old-fashioned clam and lobster bake? There is no reason you can’t recreate the experience in your own backyard. Grab the Zweigle’s, some beer, clams, live lobsters, and fresh corn. Make sure you have plenty of big pots for boiling and steaming and a bag of charcoal for the grill.  This…
2.07.2024
Assorted locally sourced pickled vegetables Vinalia Urbana  230 Monroe Ave., Rochester  738-0384  vinaliaurbana.com Along the stretch of storefronts on Monroe Avenue is an unassuming black building. There are no flashy signs or grand entrances. But as you step into the glass enclosure, you’re suddenly transported into a world of merriment.  The interior is illuminated by dazzling chandeliers casting a warm…
1.07.2024
“You’re only a quarter of the way up this mountain, and it only gets harder from here.” After two hours of agony on the aptly named Grouse Grind, this is not the encouragement I need from the park rangers. But these rangers have zero patience left for overzealous vacationers; the kind who think climbing what’s known as “Mother Nature’s StairMaster”…
1.07.2024
Without fail, July and August proves to be my favorite season to be in Western New York. The lead up in June is a part of my summertime rhythm. Rochester Cocktail Revival. Jazz Fest. Independence Day. Then, if I’m lucky, nothing super major for a while. Just long, warm days and cool, breezy nights. It’s a welcome handful of weeks…
1.07.2024
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Dates & nuts: Pride, prejudice, and pursuit

Several years ago, I was working alongside lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people on the regular as a marketing director for a local nonprofit serving these communities. Like many coworkers, we would occasionally swap stories and commiserate about our wacky dating lives. In fact, the first time I was shown a profile in the …

The adventurous gardener

Terri Sauerhafer didn’t plan to go into the business of growing plants—she was just trying to find interesting varieties for her own vegetable garden. She’s an avid cook and had little interest in the standard selections available in the nurseries, so she started scoping out seed catalogs and quickly decided that growing her own was …

Pierogies and so much more, including great greens

Slaskie are delicate potato dumplings. EuroCafé serves them as a composed salad with smoked pork, grilled onions, and three combinations of fruits and vegetables.   EuroCafé 116 Main Street, Geneseo 585-447-9252 euro-cafe.us ​ Downtown Geneseo is a mini Ithaca overlooking a gorgeous river valley. A stately four-block procession of pizza parlors, coffee shops, and pubs …

The Batavia Ramble Music & Arts Fest

Find your way through back alleys to Jackson Square in Batavia on July 2, and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto a movie set for a film about grassroots Americana. A gentle breeze flaps sunlit red, white, and blue flags; people of all ages dance in front of a portable stage, and musicians play tirelessly …

Culinary memories

Think they’ll end up testing the best recipes for a garbage plate?  Rochester native Julia Collin Davison is set to take over cohosting duties on the popular Boston-based public broadcasting show America’s Test Kitchen early next year. She’s been on the show since its beginning in 2001 and looks forward to filling the role left …

Baby shoes that get the lead out

  When Katerina Buscemi took her daughter Olivia for her one-year check-up, the tests revealed a high amount of lead in her blood. Thankfully, it turned out to be a false positive—but by then Buscemi was already reeling and had begun examining her environment to find the culprit. “One thing I discovered was how abundant …

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