Four Free Family Friendly Fun Films in Downtown Rochester

Movies in the Moonlight return to Downtown Rochester on Saturday, July 17 for the 20th season. This year there are four consecutive Saturday nights. “I can’t think of a better way for families to spend their Saturday nights under the stars,” said Jenna O’Dell, Events Coordinator of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority. “Movies in the Moonlight is a community staple for many local families.” Movies in the Moonlight is located in the parking lot at the corner of E. Third & … [Read more...]

Dancin’ in the Street Struts Back to Downtown Rochester

There will be some swingin’ and swayin’ in Downtown Rochester on July 16 at Dancin’ in the Street, hosted by the Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA). Dancin’ in the Street begins at 6:00 p.m. and is one day only on Friday, July 16. All ages are invited to enjoy live music featuring the band The Square Pegz, a Female-fronted 80's tribute band, as well as a TasteFest from local Rochester eateries and more. "We love being a part of the Downtown Rochester Community. Dancin' in … [Read more...]

Take a Ride on the Magical Mural Tour in Downtown Rochester

Downtown Rochester will once again host the Magical Mural Tour. The event will see 4’ x 8’ pop up murals all around downtown. The Tour begins on September 6 and will continue through September 30. However, to have the tour, we need to have artists. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is now accepting applications from artists now through Friday, July 30. The Magical Mural Tour is open to all artists, including professional, and all ages too. All selected murals will be … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are My Collectibles Worth Any Money?

Dear Crabby, My children recently informed me that they have no interest in inheriting my vast Precious Moments figurine collection. And frankly, I’m tired of dusting them. Do you think they would be worth selling? Thanks, Ronda Remberance Dear Ronda Remberance, First, how dare they! Secondly, my kids have pretty much told me and Mrs. Crabby the same thing. Our collections are very personal, and it hurts a bit when others don’t appreciate them the same way we do. I have half a … [Read more...]

Thursday Night Market, the place to be in Downtown Rochester

Celebrating its second season, Thursday Night Market will begin Thursday, June 3 and run through July 8 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. In a new location, on West Fourth Street (between Main St. and Walnut Blvd.). “Living and loving local is important to us here in Downtown Rochester,” said Taylor Clayton, Marketing Coordinator of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA). “Now more than ever, we are all looking for ways to reconnect, the return of Thursday Night Market offers a great … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How are those ‘National Day’ Celebrations Chosen?

Dear Crabby, Is it just me or is there a reason to celebrate something almost every day of the month? For example, everyone knows April 1st is April Fool’s Day, but apparently, it’s also National Sourdough Bread Day. What do you think? It seems like it’s getting a bit out-of-control. And who decides these things anyway? Thanks! Annie V. Sary Dear Annie V. Sary, I know exactly what you’re talking about. Why, even now as you’re reading my deep words of wisdom, we’ll be … [Read more...]

Makeover March in Downtown Rochester

During the month of March, Downtown Rochester is focusing on improving overall self-care through retail therapy, home makeovers, food demonstrations, health, wellness & beauty. A variety of downtown businesses will offer style tips, new products, and promotions all month long. “We have such an incredible mix of small, independently owned businesses in our downtown”, stated Kristi Trevarrow, Executive Director of the Rochester DDA. “Makeover March is a great opportunity to showcase … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Snowglow

The Downtown Rochester Snowglow, will take place on Friday, January 15 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. & Saturday, January 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Snowglow will include ice sculptures lining the streets, an ice carving competition, shopping, and of course, The Big, Bright Light Show. This is year’s ice sculpture theme is “Christmas Cheer.” Visitors will see carvings of holiday favorites, including Buddy The Elf, Frosty the Snowman, the Christmas Vacation Stationwagon, and many more. … [Read more...]

Christmas Extended in Downtown Rochester

Downtown Rochester is pleased to announce that The Big, Bright Light Show has been extended until Sunday, January 31. The show will be aglow every evening from 5:00 p.m. to Midnight. And the holiday magic doesn’t end there. The Downtown Rochester Snowglow, will take place on Friday, January 15 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. & Saturday, January 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Snowglow will include ice sculptures lining the streets, live ice carving demonstrations and, of course, The Big, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where is the Best Place in Michigan to Go Make My Spirits Bright?

Dear Crabby, Between this pandemic and the lack of snow in our area, I’m having trouble finding my Christmas spirit. Do you have any fun suggestions on what my family and I can do around town that would help us feel jollier? Thanks, Cindy Lou LumosDear Cindy Lou Lumos, Your conundrum makes me think of that song from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, “Where Are You Christmas?” Even if you celebrate Hanukkah or something else, or nothing at all, you get the gist of the song’s … [Read more...]