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Roycrofters-At-Large Winter Festival to Feature 35 Juried Artisans

Roycrofters-At-Large Winter Festival to Feature 35 Juried Artisans

The annual Roycrofters-At-Large Winter Festival, a Western New York holiday tradition for nearly 40 years, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 at the East Aurora Middle School, located at 430 Main St. across from the historic Roycroft Campus. The event will feature 35 juried artisans offering a wide variety of beautifully handcrafted items.

Artisans taking part in the event will offer everything from jewelry, wood, clay and books to metal, tile, glass, leather, pottery, sculpture and more. The famous Roycroft “Goodie Box” will also be unveiled at the Winter Festival. Crafted by Roycroft artisans Brian Newton and David Tundo, the wood bowl with copper lid will be filled with handcrafted works of art from Roycroft Artisans and awarded by raffle at the Roycrofters-At-Large Summer Festival in June. Raffle tickets will be available during the Winter Festival and make great stocking stuffers!

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New Book Features the Best of Newspaper Columnist Phil Ranallo; Two Signings Planned

New Book Features the Best of Newspaper Columnist Phil Ranallo; Two Signings Planned

Paul Ranallo, son of the late newspaper columnist Phil Ranallo, will hold two book-signing events Dec. 4 and 5 during the annual Hertel Holidays. Ranallo’s very first signing will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at The Pasta Peddler/Blackbird Sweets, 1547 Hertel Ave., Buffalo. The second signing is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave.

Ranallo’s book, “What’s New, Harry? The Best of Buffalo Courier-Express Columnist Phil Ranallo,” features more than 100 of Phil Ranallo’s greatest columns originally written during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The columns cover a variety of public figures — from Ralph Wilson, Tim Horton and Jack Kemp to Muhammad Ali, Jesse Owens and Martin Luther King — in addition to historic moments in American history. Each story, according to the author, is like opening a long-lost time capsule.

Daemen Launches New Certificate in Executive Leadership

Daemen Launches New Certificate in Executive Leadership

AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College will launch in January a new advanced certificate program in executive leadership and change (ELC), which is designed to prepare working professionals for leadership positions in business, health professions, higher education, and nonprofit organizations.

“This new advanced certificate program will offer students a great opportunity to develop essential leadership skills and build competencies in areas that will be beneficial to career advancement,” said Dr. John S. Frederick, executive director of the Daemen Center for Executive Leadership and Change. “With this advanced training, students will be better positioned to take on leadership roles and be more marketable in the workplace.”

Hamburg woman upset over tattered flags in town


HAMBURG, NY - A ripped and torn flag offends a Town of Hamburg woman and she is calling on officials to remove the flags from flying on South Park Avenue immediately.

According to flag etiquette, the Flag of the United States of America should always be flown in good condition. "No amount of tearing should be on an American flag and have it hanging," said Marilyn Maul. The 76-year old woman is passionate about flags becomes she comes from a military family. "Breaks my heart that the flag would be treated that way, breaks my heart, it's what they fought for, for our freedom, our protection, it's not showing any honor and dignity at all to our veterans or our country."

Maul found a flag on the ground and it made her cry. She took it home so that it can be properly retired at an American Legion post.

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Make Holiday Shopping Meaningful at 6th Annual Christmas in the Country Erie

Make Holiday Shopping Meaningful at 6th Annual Christmas in the Country Erie

One the nation’s most popular artisan markets, Christmas in the Country, returns to the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pa., Nov. 14-15. The holiday market welcomes 150 artisans and artists from the Erie area and across the country.  

The event features unique and only-handcrafted creations including home décor, gourmet foods, trendsetting jewelry, hand-poured candles, children’s toys and clothing, stylish pottery, original wall art, gifts for pets and holiday gift items galore. This year, the event was again ranked within the Top 100 Contemporary and Classic Art Festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine, a leading trade publication.  

Dog Ears to Host Class for Aspiring Screenwriters

Dog Ears to Host Class for Aspiring Screenwriters

John Szablewski, a screenwriter and filmmaker from Buffalo, will hold a screenwriting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 15, at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo. The goal of this class is to help aspiring screenwriters write a full-length screenplay or television pilot. The cost of the class is $15.

In 2014, Szablewski’s short screenplay, The Quota, won honorable mention in the NYC Midnight Screenwriting Challenge. In 2012, the Buffalo State College graduate’s  screenplay, The Horrors of Public Transportation, was nominated to compete for $10,000 in the Michael Collyer Award in Screenwriting from the Writers Guild of America, East. He is currently working on creating a television dramedy pilot called The Deathsons and is creator of the hit web series The Adventures of Hero and Sidekick and Week Night Poker Night.

Mike Randall to Star in ‘Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol’

Mike Randall to Star in ‘Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol’

Dog Ears Bookstore & the Enlightenment Literary Center is excited to announce “Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol” will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Bishop Timon St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway, Buffalo. The show, a solo performance starring Mike Randall, consists of two acts each approximately 45 minutes in length and one intermission. Wine tasting and other fun activities will also be included.

Randall’s production of “Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol” has been a huge success since it’s premiere in 2007. A lover of Buffalo history and presenter of one-person shows, when Randall discovered that Charles Dickens performed in Buffalo in 1868 he decided to re-create Mr. Dickens’ presentation of his most well know story, "A Christmas Carol.”