There's also the Antique Wireless Association in East Bloomfield, just south of Rochester, for fans of old radio and television equipment. The NY Museum of Transportation is a fun trip for fans of old streetcars, also just south of Rochester. A personal favorite is Letchworth State Park, probably about 45min to an hour southwest of Rochester - a gorge with waterfalls and scenic hiking trails.

Chris Hunter
Curator of Collections and Exhibitions
Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium
Nott Terrace Heights
Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 382-7890, ext. 241
[log in to unmask]

-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Steven Smolian
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2012 11:44 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Travel plans for Rochester

Isn't there a Moog Museum in Trumansville, near Ithica?

Steve Smolian

-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Farrington, Jim
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2012 11:11 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Travel plans for Rochester

I am, perhaps, somewhat partisan, but I don't find Rochester (my home since 1998, and with family here a place that I have been coming to my whole life) "mean" nor "ragged" (whatever that might mean). In many recent U.S.-rankings (Forbes, Money, ABC, etc.), Rochester has been rated in the top 5 places to raise a family or simply to live. Like any metropolitan area, there are pockets of crime, but they are very localized today.

The question of whether to land in NY and drive or to continue flying to ROC all depends on what kinds of things you might want to see along the way. As noted, close to Rochester, through the Finger Lakes region, we have dozens of wineries, and often quaint villages nearby, but that's really a daytrip (or 2 or 3) from Rochester itself. Similarly, Niagara Falls is but a daytrip away (a little more than an hour). We are currently exploring the possibility of offering a Niagara Falls tour excursion as a post-conference option, if there will be enough interest.

Farther away from Rochester, if antiquing is your idea of fun, the NY Rte.
5/20 corridor parallels the NYS Thruway and extends from the Albany area west (see
If traveling through the Albany area, you might find of interest the Nipper still visible from the top of the old RTA building ( I'm sure someone on this list can say whether or not it's the largest extant Nipper or not. On your way west from Albany you can make a sidetrip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown (another lovely town in its own right with plenty of good eats).

If taking the southern route through Binghamton, and across I-86, there is interest to be found in Watkins Glen (especially if you are into either waterfalls or auto racing) and Corning, home to the Corning Museum of Glass (, the Rockwell Museum of Western Art (, and several nice restaurants--I seem to keep coming back to that.

Here in Rochester, if you enjoy flowers and parks we will be in the heart of the Lilac Festival ( at the historic Highland Park. As mentioned, we are home to a AAA baseball team, the Red Wings (, affiliate of the Minnesota Twins), and they will be hosting the Louisville Bats the week of the conference.
Tickets are cheap ($12 is the most expensive seat in the stadium, and it's a very nice stadium). We also have an excellent soccer team, the Rhinos (, who will be playing the Dayton Dutch Lions that Friday. Among other area attractions are the Strong Museum of Play/Toy Hall of Fame/Butterfly Garden (, ask Steve Ramm how much he enjoyed it--they have an Edison doll on display), the George Eastman House (, the Genesee Village and Country Museum (, numerous restored 19th century buildings, including now a brewhouse, plus gardens, etc.), the Susan B. Anthony home (, and lots of other things that I will eventually write up and put on the local arrangements website (in the meantime, refer to

There are two particularly good used record shops in town, the Bop Shop that's been mentioned several times on this list, and Record Archive (

If you fly into NY you can usually get cheap flights from JFK to ROC via JetBlue. It's also worth noting here that the Radisson Hotel provides complementary transportation to/from both the airport and train station.

More details to follow as they become available.

Jim Farrington
Local Arrangements Chair
ARSC 2012

-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Carl Pultz
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2012 8:57 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Travel plans for Rochester

"'s got personality (a somewhat mean and ragged personality, but personality none the less)."

Yes! Couldn't have said it better myself.

BTW, the Bop Shop has moved and is open now at it's new storefront.
Still settling, but it's much more pleasant than the old place.

-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tom Fine
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2012 8:06 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Travel plans for Rochester

Hi Rainer:

New York state is large in size, dense with people and full of various oddities and "attractions,"
so it depends on your tastes. It's about 5.5 hours drive from one of the NYC airports to Rochester.
The Finger Lakes region south of Rochester contains most of NY's wineries and there is a "wine trail" route that passes right by most of them. You can do this on your way if you take Route 17 along the "southern tier" of the state and turn north below the Finger Lakes (consult maps for your preferred route).

The typical way is the monotonous but pretty well-maintained NY State Thruway (it's nothing like an Autoban, but it's in very good shape for a US interstate highway, due to toll-funded maintenace).
Make sure you have $$$ for the hefty tolls. If you've driven in Italy and stopped at those "Toto-moto" rest stops, avoid what you find on the Thruway because you will be sorely disappointed.
On your way up the NY State Thruway, you pass by the Catskills region, and it may be worth getting off at Exit 28 and driving over to Woodstock to check out the aged-hippy artsy scene. Having lived for a time in Syracuse, Watertown, Cortland and the area between Syracuse and Utica, I can't say there is much to see except the odd "museum" here and there, a few interesting restored buildings and theaters and other curiosities.
The Syracuse area seems to be a mecca of consumerism these days, more strip-malls, indoor malls and shopping centers than you would think the whole population of upstate NY could support. Rochester itself is an interesting place, in my opinion. It's definitely got an air of decline, but it's got personality (a somewhat mean and ragged personality, but personality none the less). There are good record stores, a guy who restores and sells Edison and Victrola machines lives within driving distance, there's the Eastman House museum and the Eastman school of music, and other various things to see and do. I've never had any trouble finding a good meal in Rochester, unlike many other places in upstate NY. I highly recommend both the Dinosaur and Sticky Lips BBQ places and, if you don't mind slumming it (literally), Nick Tahos' (sp?) is a must-see. There is also a Triple A minor league baseball team in Rochester, also teams in Buffalo and Syracuse.
Keep in mind that, statistically, all of NY State's smaller cities are more crime-infested than NYC nowadays. Usually, the violent crime takes place between rival drug-related gangs in the bad neighborhoods, but there are occasional crimes done in other areas. It's not like Times Square in the 80's, but keep an eye open and keep your wallet in your front pocket.

Another option is to take Amtrak train from NYC (Penn Station, I think).
You'd need to get
transportation from the airport into Manhattan. The train goes north to Albany right along the shore of the Hudson River, it's very pretty. At Albany, it kind of follows the NY State barge canal and the old Erie canal, and it's interesting because it goes through a lot of industrial-ruin stuff in the various small cities. I haven't ridden Amtrak trains in years, but published reports say they are cleaner these days and the food is better than it used to be.

If it were me travelling from Europe, if I could get a decent price on airfare from the NYC airport to Rochester, I would take it. Rent a car in Rochester if you plan to do activities beyond the Conference, especially outside of the main city area. If you are there for a couple of extra days, you can do a long driving day of heading over to Niagara Falls early, getting done there by lunchtime and then circling down to the bottom of the wine trail and hitting a few wineries in the afternoon, even eating dinner down there if you like.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Birgit Lotz Verlag" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2012 6:58 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Travel plans for Rochester

> Would it make sense to travel by road from New York? Are there any
of tourist interest en
> route? Or should I fly straight from Germany, changing planes in New
And should I spend an
> extra couple, three days before and after the conference? Any
> I need to book air transport fairly soon to get fair rates..
> Thanks
> Rainer
> --
> Dr. Rainer E. Lotz
> Rotdornweg 81
> 53177 Bonn (Germany)
> Tel: 0049-228-352808
> Fax: 0049-228-365142
> Web:

* * * Become a fan of the Schenectady Museum on Facebook. * * *

Go to and click the LIKE button.