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Landmark Alerts

Thank you for joining us at the Rochester Pride Parade!

Did you see us at Rochester’s Pride Parade?  We were the ones in the vintage Volkswagen dubbed “The Thing” by owners John Strawway and Mark Chaplin.  If you happened to get a photo of our group, we’d love to see it! You can email it to or share it through our Facebook or Instagram (@landmarksociety)

Learn more about The Landmark Society’s LGBTG Landmarks Initiative and our self-guided walking tours of Rochester at the link below.

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Landmark Travels - Perry and Pike Summer Day Trip

We have one more summer day trip planned for August: Perry and Pike on Thursday, August 17th (note date correction!)

We’ll take a small group south to visit Perry and discover the strides this charming village has made in preservation, while becoming a hub for independent artists. We’ll enjoy lunch and tour the Silver Lake Institute and Epworth Hall. This unique site started as a religious revival camp and is now a summer community of late 19th century cottages and historic buildings from its religious revival days, situated on the shore of Silver Lake.

Then for something completely different, we’ll end with a late afternoon at the Wyoming County Fair – on the Pike Fairgrounds, one of the last 19th century rural county fairgrounds remaining in New York State. Here you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to a classic country fair. We’ll view the livestock, agricultural and art exhibits in the vintage structures, and indulge in your favorite fair food – perhaps even their famous chicken barbeque! We’ll cap the evening with the draft horse and pony competition – or maybe the local talent contest, before returning to Rochester mid-evening.

Visit the link below for all the details and a reservation form.

And don’t forget, there are still spots available on our Gems of Eastern Europe cruise on the Eastern Danube in October. Join us for a 12-day trip (October 4-15, 2023) aboard a luxurious Emerald Cruises StarShip.  Visit five distinctive countries: Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania with expert guides and personal attention. Rates for the Gems of Eastern Europe tour start at $6,645 per person, depending on cabin selected.

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Cocktails & Carburetors

The Cocktails & Carburetors Committee is returning to FLX Auto Storage for the Cocktails & Carburetors Opening Night Party on Friday, September 22nd from 5pm to 8pm. FLX Auto Storage, located at 384 East Ave in Macedon, is a high-end storage facility for vehicles including a social lounge. Founded in 2018 by Jim Swetman as a place that would combine his interest in racing with vehicles storage, there will be a number of vintage vehicles at the facility for the party. The party will have catering by Betty Klein, music by Mystic Stew, a silent auction, and plenty of cocktails and great conversation. Guests are encouraged to drive their collector cars so all attendees can enjoy them in the parking area.

Included in your ticket price will be a tour of private garages on Saturday. Take a self-guided tour of several private garages and car collections from 10am to 4pm (a map will be provided to ticketholders at the Friday night party). Tickets are $95 and are available on our website.

Learn more and purchase tickets

Two more concerts in St. Joseph's Park

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Eastman @St. Joseph’s Park yet, you have two more chances to attend one of these free lunchtime concerts. The take place on Wednesdays at 12:30pm, and are presented by Eastman Community Music School. The concerts feature one of Rochester’s greatest musical resources: the students and faculty members of the Eastman School of Music and Eastman Community Music School. Come enjoy this magical urban park and experience FREE concerts each week.  Visit ECMS’s Facebook the day of each concert for any cancellation announcements.

July 26: Eastman Experience: Summer Classical Studies
August 2: Sandra Godwin (soprano)

Note that the July 26 Architecture for Lunch tours will end near St. Joseph’s Park so you can catch most of the Eastman @St. Joseph’s Park performance!

Shake on the Lake is returning to St. Joseph’s Park too!  On Thursday, August 3rd, the touring theater company will bring “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” an irreverant, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. Visit Shake on the Lake for tickets and information.

Learn more about St. Joseph's Park

Two More Architecture for Lunch Sessions

After today’s tour of the St. Paul Street / Garment District neighborhood, there are two more Architecture for Lunch tours left this summer.  Plan to join us at 12:15pm for for a free 25-minute tours, led by former Landmark staff member and educator, Tyler Lucero. You’ll learn a little bit about the history and architecture of downtown Rochester neighborhoods while enjoying a short, brisk walk.

Architecture for Lunch tours are FREE and open to the public (no reservations required, just show up!), held rain or shine, for the most interesting lunch break you’ve ever taken.

Remaining tours:

All tours take place 12:15-12:40 on Wednesdays in Rochester.

Events Calendar

Summer Architecture in the Wild Classes

Here’s the latest update on our Architecture in the Wild summer classes with Rochester Brainery:

Our Wednesday, July 26th class, Exploring Corn Hill’s Architectural History, is already sold out, along with “Exploring Upper Monroe” on August 10th. There are still spots available in “Exploring the 19th Ward’s Architectural History” on Wednesday, August 2nd,

Want to learn more about the hidden gems around South Union Street and Monroe Avenue?  Grab one of the remaining spots in “Exploring the Inner Loop Leftovers” on August 23rd. Don’t let the name fool you – this class takes you through some of the streets around the southeast section of the Inner Loop that were spared from demolition during its construction.

Register for summer classes

Upcoming Events

July 26th: Architecture for Lunch: Liberty Pole & E. Main Historic District
July 26th: Eastman @St. Joseph’s Park: Eastman Experience: Summer Classical Studies

July 26th: Rochester Brainery Class: “Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Corn Hill’s Architectural History” (SOLD OUT!)

August 2nd: Eastman @St. Joseph’s Park: Sandra Godwin (soprano)

August 2nd: Rochester Brainery Class: “Architecture in the Wild: Exploring The 19th Ward’s Architectural History

August 10th: Rochester Brainery Class: “Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Upper Monroe

August 23rd: Rochester Brainery Class: “Architecture in the Wild: Exploring The Inner Loop Leftovers

September 8th & 9th: SAVE THE DATE: 2023 Inside Downtown Tour

September 22nd: 2023 Cocktails & Carburetors

Full Events Calendar

Thank you to our past event sponsors!

The Landmark Society of Western New York is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature

The Landmark Society receives support from Monroe County through the Mid-Size Arts Organization Grant

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