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5 Things to Check Out at Arts and Apples, Spotlights Market

Photo Credit: Patch File Photo.
Photo Credit: Patch File Photo.
Friday marks the start of the three-day Arts and Apples and Spotlights Market events in Rochester. Here are some items to check out this weekend at the two arts and apple pie-oriented events.

1. Apple Pie
Both Arts and Apples and the Spotlights Market will have apple pie available. Arts and Apples will have pies provided by Boy Scout Troop 125 and Yates Cider Mill. Spotlights Market, meanwhile, will have pies provided by the Rochester Older Persons Commission.

2. Healthy Kids Fun Run
New this year to Arts and Apples is the Healthy Kids Fun Run at Rochester Municipal Park. The fun starts at 8:30 a.m. (7:30 a.m. registration) Saturday, where kids ages 12 and under will gather to run the north loop of the festival. Kids at the Spotlights Market can also enjoy Meadow Brook Theatre crafts, fun performances by the Peanut Gallery Players and from actress and storyteller Judy Dery.

3. Dessert Oasis Open Mic at Oakland University Acoustic Cafe
Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Arts and Apples for a bit? Step over to the Oakland University Acoustic Cafe near the Rochester Community House to see aspiring artists strut their stuff from 1:45-3:30 p.m. Saturday as part of Dessert Oasis' Open Mic event.

4. Shuttle Service
Those heading to Arts and Apples on Saturday and Sunday can hop aboard a $3 shuttle bus transporting between Rochester High School and the Rochester Community House. The shuttles will run from one hour before the festival start until one hour after it closes each day. The shuttle will not run on Friday.

5. Check Out the Food!
In addition to apple pies, there will be three food courts at Arts and Apples. Here are the menus:
Arts and Apples' schedule is as follows at Rochester Municipal Park:
  • Friday: 4-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Spotlights Market's schedule is as follows at Fourth and Walnut streets downtown:
  • Friday: 4-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Luca Brazzi September 06, 2013 at 02:50 PM
5 things to check out: 1. Fat people stuffing their face 2. Dogs running around deficating 3. Lousy, over-priced food food 4. No parking 5. Smokers tossing their butts all over the street
Patricia September 08, 2013 at 11:42 AM
We were at both Spotlights and Art and Apples-we had a good time and made several purchases at both-had the pleasure of buying from artisans we have known over the years-and purchased from several that live in Michigan showcasing Michigan at its finest. We saw no dogs, no one stuffing their face, but people enjoying the fares. Glad to see that some of this money is going to local charities in the community and to do good right here in Rochester. It was also pleasant in that there were no cigarettes in the park or in the market, but sadly, yes, people parking and instead of using ashtrays in their cars-our streets were used...but that is a daily occurrence by smokers who have no respect to properly dispose of their "garbage". Weather is perfect today and we are going back to the festival for a second look around---and perhaps another piece of art. It's looking pretty crowded already--and we enjoyed all of our OPC pies---only 2 slices left--I better grab the fork first..... Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to give us this festival again this year---we love it!
Patricia September 08, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Update--went back today, Sunday and got some more unique art- big crowd- saw only 2 dogs (and not a problem) and 1 smoker in the park--people were buying, enjoying the ambience, the weather, conversations, being out, the entire scene--crowded, happy, fun and the best weather---eating, enjoying, laughing--engaged-- Our own Officer Taylor did a fantastic job with a little girl whose parents were lost--she was in good hands with him and you could tell he is a good dad himself. So we (husband) walked blocks (again) with metal art--and I paid with the pie. I was too slow with the fork---the husband finished the whole pie!

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