The weekend of May 21st was different. The sun was finally out and the people of Rochester came to the festival in masses. "For those who came to the festival late, it was extremely difficult to find a parking place..." mentions Andre Leite Alves.
Andre Leite Alves (Aware Bear Computers) Pittsford NY 2011 Rochester NY Lilac Festival
The Lilac Festival is Rochester NY major summer festival, every year thousands of Rochesterarians and general public from the surrounding Monroe County area all gather for this event. These citizens may come from all parts of the county such as Brighton, Pittsford, Greece, Penfield and many other towns and villages. Manylocal businesses were also present during the festival and so were Aware Bear Computers' technicians and owner Andre Leite Alves, after store hours of course.
This year, 2011, the Lilac Festival was not as good as one would expect. The main reason was not the quality of the festival itself but the fact that the weather was simply rubbish. The festival was even canceled for 2 days straight, being the first time this has ever happened in Rochester's history! Furthermore, the weather was so bad, we have had tornado warnings, flash flood warnings, and many gloomydays making spring itself, a nightmare! "For example, we want to plant flowers in front of the Aware Bear store, as we do every year, but I'm afraid we will have to wait until the weather stabilizes." Mentions Andre Leite Alves, owner, ceo and founder of Aware Bear Computers.
The weekend of May 21st was different. The sun was finally out and the people of Rochester came to the festival in masses. "For those who came to the festival late, it was extremely difficult to find a parking place..." mentions Andre Leite Alves. Andre also witnessed people parking their vehicles far away and pulling out bicycles fromtheir cars in order to get to the Lilac Festival. The festival on its last weekend due to the weather was packed like a can of sardines; nevertheless everyone was having fun, smelling the flowers and enjoying a Rochester tradition that dates back many years.
The music during the festival was on point as usual. Many local bands played, they had a good crowd who supported them and also enjoyed the festival's free concerts. On days where the festivals were closed due to the weather, the Water Street Music Hall opened its doors to the general public at no cost. "The quality of music was great! I was impressed with all the local bands and I got a chance to hear most ofthem, and even to witness people I grew up with playing on stage! To me this is wonderful, and wonderful for the city as well..." says Andre Leite Alves.
Even though the weather did ruin some of the Lilac Festival's enchantment, the overall spirit of the Rochester public was still present. To Andre Leite Alves, this is one of the main reasons why the City of Rochester, NY is such a great place to live. "People here in Rochester are strong, smart, and optimistic." Mentions Andre LeiteAlves, who also said that "Rochesterians are hard working, are used to be punished by the weather all year long and know how to make every beautiful day count." Andre who has traveled to many parts of the World, has seen places where people "take the weather for granted".
If you have missed the 2011 Rochester Lilac Festival do not worry. There are plenty other great events in Rochester, NY this summer. Some of these festivals include but are not limited to, The Park Avenue Festival, The Xerox International Jazz Festival, The East End Fest, Local Town Events such as Positively Pittsford, as well as the Lilac Festival next year. Thank you for reading this article and please feel free to share your comments right to us or come right by to: Aware Bear Computers in the village of Pittsford NY, 14534 phone number 585 473-7035. Visit our website at www.awarebear.com. For more information on the Lilac Festival visit the festival's official website at www.lilacfestival.com. Please visit our community project website and blog http://andreleitealves.com and http://andreleitealves.com/blog 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED AWAREBEAR, INC and ANDRE LEITE ALVES
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