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Summer Guide 2013

Summer's Drunken Lullabies

I'm going to be honest: I'm not the biggest fan of heat. Or sun. Or sand. So most of the things that people look forward to every summer, I tend to loathe and shy away from. I've always been a colder weather winter warlock, turning the AC on early and hoping fall and cooler-weather comes fast.

But even the winter we got this year had me waiting for that giant ball of light in the sky to finally show up and force me to open some windows and turn the heat off. And even though I'm a little sad that we seemed to have jumped right from the depths of winter to the endless days of summer (and skipped, you know, the less-warm spring), there is one good thing that even I can get excited about every summer: City's annual Summer Guide.

This year's guide includes a combination of my favorite things: Music, beer, and food. We've got a look at the large-scale music festivals and concerts coming our way, a look at just where to find the best breweries, and a hunger-inducing look at festival and carnival foods. Better book that fall gym time now, folks.

I'm also a giant sucker for scavenger hunts, and a big fan of garage-sale hunting, and this year's guide includes a public-artwork quest that will keep you scratching your head, while learning about Rochester's artistic past, and a look at where to find those bargain summer scavenging deals. Double whammy.

We purposefully took a more regional approach this year, so don't be Gollum and hide from the outside, get out there and see something new this summer. Explore. Drink. Take a road trip. There are lots of great things to do in Rochester, and a lot to explore close by. And enjoy it, because we all know that summer doesn't last long here. -- Willie Clark

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