No plans? No problem. Here are 10 things to do in the Rochester area
05:00 AM, Mar 15, 2013
1. Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music” opens Friday at Rochester’s Auditorium Theatre. Join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their friends as they share their love of music at 7 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15.50 to $27.50 Call (800) 745-3000.
2. Celebrate a North American tradition during the Maple Sugaring Festival from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday through March 24 at the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford. Visitors can take a hike into the sugar bush and see how Native Americans and early settlers would have made their own syrup. In addition, a pancake breakfast is served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $8; $6 for youths; free for ages 3 and younger (the pancake breakfast is extra). For details, call (585) 538-6822.
3. The pipes and drums of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion, the Royal Regiments of Scotland, along with the Band of the Scots Guard, perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Nazareth College Arts Center in Pittsford. Tickets are $40 to $70. Call (585) 389-2170.
4. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with tenor John McDermott (along with dancers from the Boland School of Irish Dance) at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Tickets range from $15 to $82. Call (585) 454-2100.
5. The audience-interactive comedy Flanagan’s Wake continues at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre. Join the fine citizens of Grapplin, Ireland, as they pay their respects to the dearly departed in traditional Irish fashion with a quick trip to the pub. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $29 to $33. For details and reservations, call (585) 325-4370.
6. The Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade will wind its way through downtown starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday . The parade forms at East Avenue near Alexander Street, then heads down East Avenue to Main Street and ends at Plymouth Avenue. Also the St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Faire runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside. There’s a $2 suggested donation for the faire ($5 per family).
7. City Living Sundays will showcase “West Area Neighborhoods” from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Theodore Roosevelt School, 1305 Lyell Ave. Learn about buying and owning a home and about available homes in the area. For details, call (585) 428-2489.
8. Rochester Knighthawks take on the Edmonton Rush in a Indoor Lacrosse League match that begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. Admission is $18 to $30. Call (585) 454-4295.
9. Little Shop of Horrors, a musical comedy about a hapless florist and his flesh-eating alien plant, concludes its run at RAPA’s East End Theatre. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets ($20; $15 for seniors and students) are available at Wegmans. Call (585) 325-3366.
10. The Rochester Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of David Fetler, presents “Ravel and More” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hochstein Performance Hall. Featured soloists are Bonita Boyd, flute; Grace Wong, harp; and Kenneth Grant, clarinet. Admission is $25; $15 for seniors; $10 for students. Call (585) 442-9778.