1 LIGHTING UP THE LAKE An event this Saturday, Sept. 2, around Canandaigua Lake provides a fiery observance of summer's unofficial end while maintaining a traditional Seneca celebration. The Ring of Fire — in which a large fire started around 9 p.m. on Bare Hill in Middlesex overlooking the lake is answered by fires and flares around the lake — has its roots in the old Seneca celebration of Genundowa, or the Festival of Lights, in which the Senecas would burn fires around the lake as a thanksgiving for good harvests; the modern observance begun in 1953. Flares are available at various stores around the region. Earlier in the day is a Seneca Heritage Day from 2 to 4 p.m. at Overackers Corners Schoolhouse, at Route 364 and North Vine Valley Road, Middlesex, featuring performances by Seneca singers and social dancers as well as discussions of the Senecas' history and contributions.
2 FIRST FRIDAY Sept. 1 is the first Friday of the month — and anyone familiar with Rochester's visual arts community knows what that means. On First Friday, starting around 6 p.m., artists' studios and galleries throughout the city welcome visitors to tour their spaces and perhaps view the artists in action, with some offering refreshments, exhibit openings and special events. Rochester Contemporary Art Center (137 East Ave.), for instance, holds the opening reception for the "Under Pressure: Redefining the Multiple" exhibit in collaboration with the Print Club of Rochester. StudioRAD (46 Mt. Hope Ave.) presents its Drop Cloth Fiesta, in which visitors themselves create the artwork. (The studio provides the paint and drop cloths.) Rochester Art Club (Suite 437 in the Hungerford Building, 1115 E. Main St.) opens its "Not Necessarily Nude" exhibit showcasing the figure. And Roc Brewing Co. (56 S. Union St.) will display Albert R. Stone's "Aerials of Rochester 1919" photographs in honor of Stone's 150th birthday. That's just a few of the special events; for a complete listing, visit www.firstfridayrochester.org.
3 SWAN SONG AT CMAC A concert season that featured classic rock, country, jazz vocals, Americana and more comes to an end this Saturday, Sept. 2, with folk-rock band The Avett Brothers closing out the summer for Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC). The North Carolina band whose sound skirts Americana, country, folk, indie rock, bluegrass and other genres, is a combo of multi-instrumentalists headed by brothers Seth and Scott Avett. Saturday's concert starts at 8 p.m. (gates open at 7 p.m., parking lot at 4 p.m.) at CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive, Hopewell. Tickets: $39.50 to $59.50 under the "shell," $35 lawn ($30 lawn if bought in advance). Details: www.cmacevents.com.
4 HAVE A GRAPE TIME It's Wine Walk time again this Saturday, Sept. 2, in downtown Canandaigua, with selected merchants offering tastings from local wineries and eateries from 4 to 7 p.m. Participants pay $8 at 143 S. Main St. and receive their glass (or bring their old glass and pay $7). The wine and food stops this month will be marked by purple balloons; a list of stops, and the wineries and eateries represented, is at www.downtowncanandaigua.com.