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2023 - 2024 Special Events

Rochester-area events that benefit local charities.

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DECEMBER 2023 EVENTS back to top

Hope Hall Holiday Woodworking Sale- Hope Hall
Saturday, December 9, 2023, from 9am to 3pm at Hope Hall, 1612 Buffalo Road. Enter through parking lot behind school.
Extraordinary hand-crafted wooden items, perfect for giving or keeping.
Additional artisans and crafters with a diverse assortment of crafts.
Music, Pick-your-gift Raffle, and LOADS of holiday cheer.
FREE and open to the public in Hope Hall's gym.

Holly Trolley Rides at the New York Museum of Transportation! - New York Museum of Transportation
December 10, 16,  and 17, 2023 beginning at 11:00 am.

Continuing its holiday tradition, the New York Museum of Transportation, in Rush, will welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus on December 10, 16  and 17.  They're eager to meet the kids and pose for pictures.  Holiday decorations, complimentary cookies and hot chocolate, and the fondly remembered Midtown Plaza Monorail will add to the fun in this unique celebration of the holidays.

Admission including the trolley ride is $17 adults, $13 age 3 - 14. Rides depart at 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45 and 3:30. Reservations are required:

The only operating trolley museum in New York State features a ride through the country that harks back to the era of interurban trolleys carrying holiday shoppers between cities and their rural homes.  The vintage trolley car is heated and ticks off the miles in style as it has for almost a century.

The Midtown Plaza Monorail exhibit brings back memories of Christmas at that downtown shopping mall.  The exhibit features the two-car train suspended from its original rails, along with photos and descriptions of the monorail's history.

A popular attraction at the museum is the model railroad room with its huge HO gauge model railroad running several trains at once.  A 20 foot long N gauge representation of the Rochester Subway provides a complete view of the Subway from Rowland's Loop to the car barns on Rochester's northwest side.

Kids will also want to sit in the driver's seat of a fire truck, climb into the cab of a steam locomotive, and ring the bell in a trolley snow sweeper, all inside the museum's spacious main hall.

The New York Museum of Transportation is located just 20 minutes south of Rochester at 6393 East River Road in Rush, and can be reached from I-390 exit 11.


JANUARY 2024 EVENTS back to top

Share Your Talents in 2024! - Volunteers Needed - Breast Cancer Coalition

Share Your Talents in 2024!

Calling all energetic, interested, and enthusiastic people!

We would love to have your help planning our 2024 annual fundraising events. Join one (or more) of our event committees and lend your time and talents to help us raise necessary funds to support our mission - while also having fun! Our three events: 

  • Pink & Teal Challenge Walk & Run - Sat., May 11, 2024
  • Tee'd Off at Breast Cancer Golf Tournament - Mon., July 29, 2024
  • ACTober - Fall (date TBD)

To find out more information and/or volunteer, please email Meredith, Director of Special Events at, or call 473-8177. Breast Cancer Coalition 



Trolley Car Restoration - New York Museum of Transportation

Sundays from April-May through October, at the Museum, 6393 E. River Road, West Henrietta, NY.
Museum volunteers are restoring several antique trolleys for operation on the museum's rail line. View the progress as we bring a 1914 interurban car and a 100-year-old Rochester streetcar back to life!
Available during our regular operating hours, 11 am to 5 pm, Sundays only. Included in the regular admission price. See
for more information.


Friday Sale At St. Michael's Church - St. Vincent DePaul Society/St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Conference

Every Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at The St. Vincent DePaul Store in the basement of St. Michael's Hall, 124 Evergreen St. (Church location: behind 869 Clinton Avenue near corner of Clifford Avenue.) Includes antiques, collectibles, athletic equipment, electronics, and other items that are not basic household items. Quality merchandise at bargain prices. Proceeds raised at the sale go to support the St. Vincent De Paul Ministry to help the poor in our parish live a better life.


Marine History Group - Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society

Second Saturday of the month*, from 10:00 am to 12 noon, at The Former Customs House, 10 Latta Rd., at the corner of River Street. Rochester, NY 14612.  THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Presentation by the Marine History Group of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society. The Presentation will be followed by a round robin. Bring your thoughts about Marine History for group discussion. 
*except July, August, and December.

Village History Group - Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society

(beginning in Spring) 

Third Saturday of the month, from 10:00 am to 12 noon, at The Former U.S. Customs House, 10 Latta Rd. corner of River Street, Rochester 14612. THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Bring in any items pertaining to Charlotte that you would like to show the group. (Every month except July, August, and December.)