The Victorian era comes to life at the 46th annual Walnut Hill Farm Driving Competition next week. People of all ages compete in hundreds of competitions and are judged on turnout, reinsmanship, cross-country and obstacle driving. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the horses and drivers, as well as visit the stables and watch the horses being bathed and groomed. The competition takes place from Aug. 9 to 13.
1. The New York Museum of Transportation recognizes train and railroad history at “Railroad Day” on Sunday, Aug. 6. There will be gandy dancers, a 100-year-old caboose from the Genesee and Wyoming Railroad, a velocipede and unlimited trolley rides. nymtmusem.org
2. Rochester’s annual Park Ave Summer Art Fest comes this weekend, Aug. 5 and 6. Work from over 350 artists will be on display as well as live music and performances from three different stages and over 40 local food options. The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. park-avenue.org
3. Young actors from the Bristol Valley Theatre Apprentice Program will perform in the pine grove at Cumming Nature Center this weekend. The play is an original, site-specific work created by the innovative thespians in the program. Theater in the Pines starts at 5 p.m. Aug. 5. rmsc.org
4. Jam on the Canal: Music & Food Festival comes to the Homesteads for Hope Community Farm on the Erie Canal, 2185 Manitou Road in Ogden, on Aug. 5. Food and spirits from local vendors will be available as well as music from DJ ZIP, Begging Angels, 6’s & 7’s and others. rochester.eventful.com
5. The Rochester Contemporary Art Center will have a new exhibit on display from Aug. 3 to 12. “On the Side” features artwork by members of the Rochester Advertising Foundation that they make time to create outside the workplace. rochestercontemporary.org
Bruce Springsteen was born to run, and his story hits the stage at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre at Winton Place this weekend. “Born to Run in the USA” features Eric Brown & The L Street Band who pay homage to the legacy of The Boss.
Springsteen grew up in Long Branch, N.J., and his rocky relationship with his father provided inspiration for many of his songs. The Boss fell in love with music after seeing Elvis Presley perform on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” but his rise to fame was slow going. He started out playing in various bands, and eventually went on to form the E Street Band.
Shortly after putting together the band, The Boss got his nickname from his routine of issuing each of his band members an equal amount of money that they made from their show.
It was his third album, “Born to Run,” that really shot Springsteen to fame and put him high on the charts. This record delved into his experiences growing up in New Jersey.
Springsteen’s classic hits such as “Born to Run,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “Born in the USA” and “Rosalita” will all make appearances on stage at the Downstairs Cabaret. “Born to Run in the USA” runs Thursday through Sunday this weekend and Aug. 10 through 13. downstairscabaret.com
Barbecue aficionado visits Rochester
Award-winning cookbook author, PBS star and Barbecue Hall of Famer Steven Raichlen is coming to Frontier Field for BBQ, Brews & Blues.
As part of a fundraiser for WXXI Public Broadcasting, Raichlen will debut his newest cookbook, “Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades,” which features an abundance of recipes that are perfect for barbecues, cookouts or everyday meals. From brines to glazes, there are choices for all types of eaters, including char siu chicken thighs, smoked venison jerky and spice-grilled pineapple with smoky whipped cream.
The barbecue expert is known for his PBS show “Barbecue University” based on his cookbooks, and “Project Smoke” where he demonstrates different ways to smoke all sorts of food. Raichlen also hosts “Primal Grill,” a competitive cooking show for grillers.
BBQ, Brews & Blues will be on Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. roccitycoalition.org
GCVM gets ‘Wilder’
The Genesee Country Village & Museum revives “Little House on the Prairie” this weekend by honoring its author with “Laura Ingalls Wilder Days.”
Special guest Dean Butler, who portrayed Almanzo Wilder on the 1970s hit television show based on the series, will be in attendance. Butler will deliver a presentation on Saturday and Sunday followed by a question and answer session about his time on “Little House.”
Pamela Smith Hill will also be at the GCVM to celebrate “Wilder Days.” Hill is an expert on all things Wilder and penned “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Bibilography” and “Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life.” She will also be presenting and offering time for book signing.
In addition to Butler and Hill, the museum will host activities from 19th-century frontier life. Visitors will have the chance to churn butter, create handkerchief dolls, play in sack races and more.
“Wilder Days” takes place on Aug. 5 and 6 and the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. gcv.org
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