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The Memorial Art Gallery will host a Drag Brunch on July 23 at which local drag queens Wednesday Westwood, Samantha Vega and the recently crowned 2017 Miss Gay Rochester Veronica Lace will perform. Amid the glitz and glamour, attendees will enjoy a buffet provided by Brown Hound Downtown and a cash bar. Brunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

1. Long Acre Farms will host a Rescue Round Up on July 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In collaboration with 10 organizations, the farm will be full of animals up for adoption. Those who rescue a pet will receive a free K-9 cone and a free ice cream cone.

2. Enjoy live music, food and a weekend of fun at the 10th anniversary Webster Jazz Festival. The lineup includes El Rojo Jazz, Paradigm Shift, The Mambo Kings and others. The festival starts on July 21 and ends July 22 on Main Street in the village of Webster.

3. The National Coalition Building Institute of Rochester, New York Inc. will host a training session on July 27 called “PRIVILEGE: Taking out the Sting…Taking in the Reality.” In conjunction with Rochester Young Professionals, RocCity Coalition and NextGen’s Equity Series, this training aims to explore how privilege pervades our everyday lives, especially the workplace. The

4. Strong National Museum of Play’s New York State Summer of Fun continues this weekend with a focus on Central New York. Staff from Cooperstown’s National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be at the Strong Museum illustrating how a baseball is made and to teach the history of the sport. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about minerals found in Herkimer Diamond Mines and discover the rich history of Fort Stanwix.

5. Mark your calendars; the Monroe County Fair is open from Aug. 4 to 6. This year’s fair will comprise all sorts of animals, plants and arts. Art enthusiasts can check out a variety of photography, fabric arts and woodworking. Visit the website for additional details and activities.

Historical moment in Irish history takes local stage

Every country has experienced waves of social movements, and Ireland is no different.

Brian Friel’s “The Freedom of the City,” a story based on the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, comes to the stage this weekend at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center.

“Freedom” is set in 1970 in Derry, Northern Ireland. The play centers on three protesters who accidentally end up in the mayor’s office amid a civil rights march that was bombarded with tear gas. Jumping back and forth between the past and present, Freedom explores each of the three protesters’ personal lives before they are caught in the town hall and how the trio of peaceful activists went from faces in the crowd to central figures in the conflict.

The three citizens plead for their release and even go so far as to attempt to escape from their imprisonment, but they ultimately surrender and are killed by British soldiers.

Students in America are taught about the Civil Rights Movement that occurred in the United States, but history classes usually turn a blind eye to movements that took place in other countries. “Freedom” brings to light the fight against discrimination and inequality that pervaded Northern Ireland, a country with a typically peaceful reputation.

“The Freedom of the City” is presented by the DVC theater company. DVC is comprised of Wilson Magnet High School students, alumni and local actors, and the company is dedicated to bringing difficult stories to the stage. “Freedom” will run from July  21 to 23.


Beer buffs can quench their thirst at the sixth annual Bluebell Hopyard Tour & Tasting on July 22 in Farmington.

Owners Fred Armstrong and Kurt Charland founded the business in 2012 on the Bowerman family farm. The site started out as a dairy farm with cornfields and field grasses in the early 1900s.

Bluebell Hopyard consists of approximately two acres of high alpha hops. Situated along Ganargua Creek—better known as Mud Creek—cultivars at Bluebell include Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Glacier, Nugget and Willamette.

Armstrong and Charland have worked tirelessly to remain environmentally friendly at Bluebell, and conservation continues to be a priority at the hopyard. The two have harvested black locust trees for the trellis system and use local organic compost fertilizer in the soil.

The 2017 Hopyard Tour & Tasting offers insight into how hops are grown and the role they play in beer. There will be cash food, beer and wine tastings. Visitors can relish pints from local brewers such as VB Brewery, Swiftwater Brewing Co., ROC Brewing Co. and The Lost Borough Brewing Co. There will be live music from The Chinchillas.

Bluebell Hopyard is located at 319 Cline Road in Farmington. The event runs from noon until 6 p.m. and is suitable for all ages.


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