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Winter Guide 2015

Now that we're past the holidays — and maybe you're still trying to stick to those New Year's resolutions — what is there to look forward to until spring? More snow? The strategic battle against frostbite? We say there's still quite a bit to be excited about during the first few months of 2015.

Rochesterians are hardy; we know how to thrive during the cold. So look around: there are still many opportunities to distract you from the chill. This annual Winter Guide is packed with ideas on how to make the most of the next three months.

Looking for opportunities to get out of the house? Turn to page 16 for a list of 15 significant events happening in the first few months of 2015.

If you're tired of eating leftovers, check out page 8 for five area restaurants serving up can't-miss, comforting meals. Along those same lines, look to page 4 for five drinks that will warm your bones.

As much as we wish it weren't true, the snow is inevitable and there will be days you dread leaving the house. Why not stock up on a few tabletop games to play with friends on the days the weather is at its worst? Check page 10 for a roundup on locally produced games and a few area groups who can teach you how to play.

There are also opportunities in Rochester to expand your creativity. On page 12, we talked with several local teachers about the arts classes they teach.

What are you looking forward to this winter? Let us know at rochestercitynewspaper.com. -- Jake Clapp


In This Guide...

  • Imbibe to revive

    Five drinks to keep you warm as the weather gets frightful
    It's that time of year when we're all looking for warm indulgences to combat the winter cold. Thankfully, Rochester has no shortage of such offerings.

  • Warm comforts

    While the winter months brings the chills, these comforting dishes will warm the spirits.
    Comfort food means different things to different people, but there are some common denominators: As with my attachment to pizza at The Varsity (which I ate with alarming frequency while attending Syracuse University), there is usually a sentimental or nostalgic element to comfort food. It is often described as hearty or warming, both physiologically and emotionally — especially here in the northern latitudes.

  • Roll the dice

    For me, the winter months have always been a time for hibernation, not exertion — I swear it's not lazy, it's just being sensible about surviving these long Rochester winters. All due respect to those participating in activities like the Polar Plunge, but I value my warmth and comfort a little too much to risk hypothermia.

  • Winter art academy

    While many make the most of the short and chilly days by engaging in winter recreation, frolicking in the freezing snow isn't everyone's cup of tea. But hibernating with Netflix can get a bit depressing.

  • 15 for 2015

    Can't-miss events taking place this winter.
    If you're already tired of staying inside this winter, City is here to help with a selection of 15 can't-miss events from the first quarter of 2015. Did we miss something especially exciting on your personal calendar?