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Readers choose Jazz Fest as favorite summer event

Rochester offers a bounty of special events each summer, and this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll asked readers to name their favorites. The plurality of respondents to this week’s poll chose the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

The Jazz Festival, a nine-day event that runs from June 11 to 19 this year, took the top spot with 27 percent of the vote. The 2010 festival will feature its largest lineup ever, with more than 1,000 artists, including Gladys Knight, Herbie Hancock, former New York Yankee Bernie Williams, Jeff Beck, John Pizzarelli, Booker T & the MGs and Smash Mouth.

The Lilac Festival, which kicks off this weekend and runs to May 23, placed second with 14 percent.

The Park Ave. Summer Art Fest was the top choice for 10 percent of readers.

Of those who responded, some 46 percent said they go to three to five events each summer. Some 15 percent attend more than five.

In the past few years, the Rochester International Jazz Festival has grown in favor with poll respondents. In August 2008, some 19 percent selected it. In that poll, 15 percent chose the Lilac Festival and 13 percent picked the Park Ave. Summer Art Fest.

Roughly 710 readers participated in this week’s poll, which was conducted May 10 and 11.

What is your favorite summertime special event in the Rochester area?

What is your favorite summertime special event in the Rochester area?
Rochester International Jazz Festival: 27% 
Lilac Festival: 14% 
Park Ave. Summer Art Fest: 10% 
Corn Hill Arts Festival: 10% 
Fairport Canal Days: 7% 
LPGA Championship (presented by Wegmans): 6% 
Clothesline Festival: 5% 
Waterfront Art Festival in Canandaigua: 3% 
East End Nightlife Festival: 2% 
Rochester Harbor and Carousel Festival: 2% 
Sterling Renaissance Festival: 2% 
Tour de New York (previously Rochester Omnium): 2% 
July 4 downtown fireworks: 2% 
Taste of Rochester: 1% 
360 365 George Eastman House International Film Festival: 1% 
Monroe County Fair: 1% 
Hill Cumorah Pageant: 1% 
Other: 5% 

How many Rochester-area special events do you typically attend each summer?
More than five: 15% 
Three to five: 46% 
One to two: 36% 
None: 3% 

Here are some comments from readers:

The crowds and the fun at the Jazz Fest are the best, although the Lilac Festival and many other venues are well-run and great fun. I prefer fewer crowds with my lilacs. The Jazz Festival exploits venues that are typically underused, and with the closing of streets, the ability to access great food, great music it is one of the best festivals around.
-Joe Wierzbowski, Plymouth Photo Studio

The Jazz Fest is by far my favorite Rochester summer event. The diversity of the performers and the affordability of the event brings all facets of our community together as one to celebrate outstanding talent, fun, food and family.
-Heather Keys, KeySolutions of NY LLC

Rochester has some world-class events over the summer. Your list reminded me of how many I attend. My favorite is the Clothesline Arts Festival. I’m a big supporter of the Memorial Art Gallery and all the great things they bring to the area. My wife and I also attend the Corn Hill Festival with our family, the Waterfront Art Festival in Canandaigua, events at Ganondagan, the Jazz Fest, and several other of the festivals, but not every year. We’ve been to some of the movies at 360 | 365. I love Rochester. Too bad it has to be in New York.
-Clifford Jacobson, WebHomeUSA.com

Our area is home to some of the finest festivals/events of any area I have ever visited. Fairport Canal Days is by far the best; Fairport is the nicest and friendliest canalside town in New York State. It is the home of some of the most community-minded families in the Rochester area, and Canal Days weekend this is truly on display. A village of family-owned restaurants and businesses is a must stop for you during your summer event planning.
-Rob Unger

It’s a shame more people don’t know about all that our city has to offer-four distinct seasons and many events for each. We are truly international when it comes to the arts, theater, festivals, sports, colleges and food/wine. A great place to live, learn, work and play.
-Rich Mileo

I have always loved the Corn Hill Arts Festival. So many people go to it; I love reconnecting. The talent of the artists is just incredible. The variety of food is amazing, and the entertainment is wonderful. And the setting of beautiful downtown Corn Hill brings it all together. It’s a really nice way to experience it all at once!
-Natalie Summers

The only problem with summer in Rochester is that there aren’t enough weekends. We are fortunate to have easy access to a fantastic selection of events, some with much-deserved international acclaim.
-Brian Peartree, One Communications Corp.

Summer in this city can be special. Get out to see it, smell it, taste it, hear it, cheer it … and bring your best friend.
–Bob Miglioratti

The LPGA takes on a special flavor this year that of being a "major" championship on the LPGA tour. It is also unique in that the proceeds go to charities of all kind via the United Way. The tournament is attractive to golf and non-golf fans alike, it is a happening!
–Jack Bent

Too hard to pick one. I like so many of these events.
–Sandy Tuite

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Readers choose Jazz Fest as favorite summer event

 

Rochester offers a bounty of special events each summer, and this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll asked readers to name their favorites. The plurality of respondents to this week’s poll chose the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

The Jazz Festival, a nine-day event that runs from June 11 to 19 this year, took the top spot with 27 percent of the vote. The 2010 festival will feature its largest lineup ever, with more than 1,000 artists, including Gladys Knight, Herbie Hancock, former New York Yankee Bernie Williams, Jeff Beck, John Pizzarelli, Booker T & the MGs and Smash Mouth.

The Lilac Festival, which kicks off this weekend and runs to May 23, placed second with 14 percent.

The Park Ave. Summer Art Fest was the top choice for 10 percent of readers.

Of those who responded, some 46 percent said they go to three to five events each summer. Some 15 percent attend more than five.

In the past few years, the Rochester International Jazz Festival has grown in favor with poll respondents. In August 2008, some 19 percent selected it. In that poll, 15 percent chose the Lilac Festival and 13 percent picked the Park Ave. Summer Art Fest.

Roughly 710 readers participated in this week’s poll, which was conducted May 10 and 11.

What is your favorite summertime special event in the Rochester area?

 How many Rochester-area special events do you typically attend each summer?

More than five Three to five One to two None

15% 46% 36% 3%

COMMENTS:

The crowds and the fun at the Jazz Fest are the best, although the Lilac Festival and many other venues are well-run and great fun. I prefer fewer crowds with my lilacs. The Jazz Festival exploits venues that are typically underused, and with the closing of streets, the ability to access great food, great music it is one of the best festivals around.

-Joe Wierzbowski, Plymouth Photo Studio

The Jazz Fest is by far my favorite Rochester summer event. The diversity of the performers and the affordability of the event brings all facets of our community together as one to celebrate outstanding talent, fun, food and family.

-Heather Keys, KeySolutions of NY LLC

Rochester has some world-class events over the summer. Your list reminded me of how many I attend. My favorite is the Clothesline Arts Festival. I’m a big supporter of the Memorial Art Gallery and all the great things they bring to the area. My wife and I also attend the Corn Hill Festival with our family, the Waterfront Art Festival in Canandaigua, events at Ganondagan, the Jazz Fest, and several other of the festivals, but not every year. We’ve been to some of the movies at 360 | 365. I love Rochester. Too bad it has to be in New York.

-Clifford Jacobson, WebHomeUSA.com

Our area is home to some of the finest festivals/events of any area I have ever visited. Fairport Canal Days is by far the best; Fairport is the nicest and friendliest canalside town in New York State. It is the home of some of the most community-minded families in the Rochester area, and Canal Days weekend this is truly on display. A village of family-owned restaurants and businesses is a must stop for you during your summer event planning.

-Rob Unger

It’s a shame more people don’t know about all that our city has to offer-four distinct seasons and many events for each. We are truly international when it comes to the arts, theater, festivals, sports, colleges and food/wine. A great place to live, learn, work and play.

-Rich Mileo

I have always loved the Corn Hill Arts Festival. So many people go to it; I love reconnecting. The talent of the artists is just incredible. The variety of food is amazing, and the entertainment is wonderful. And the setting of beautiful downtown Corn Hill brings it all together. It’s a really nice way to experience it all at once!

-Natalie Summers

The only problem with summer in Rochester is that there aren’t enough weekends. We are fortunate to have easy access to a fantastic selection of events, some with much-deserved international acclaim.

-Brian Peartree, One Communications Corp.

For more comments, go to rbjdaily.com. To participate in the weekly RBJ Snap Poll, sign up for the Daily Report at rbjdaily.com/dailyform.htm.

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