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Land Conservancy Plans Voice & Viola: A Celebration of Autumn Color in Music, Poetry and Nature

Land Conservancy Plans Voice & Viola: A Celebration of Autumn Color in Music, Poetry and Nature

The Western New York Land Conservancy invites the public to join them for an enchanting fall afternoon of exquisite music, poetry and locally sourced wine and hors d'oeuvres at the iconic Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve in Wales on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event will feature viola music from folk and classical traditions paired with original poetry in an engaging program specially created to honor Kenneglenn’s lovely autumn setting. If weather permits, this event will take place outside overlooking a colorful meadow and fall foliage.

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Explore Buffalo to Offer Speaker Series Event on October 20

Explore Buffalo to Offer Speaker Series Event on October 20

“The Afterlife” and “A Grave Discussion” are topics to be discussed at Explore Buffalo’s Fall Speaker Series event from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, Buffalo.

The Afterlife
While visiting a cemetery, have you ever wondered what the draped urn on a headstone means or what a broken column symbolizes? The next Fall Speakers series of Explore Buffalo will provide you with some answers. Cemeteries offer a variety of monuments and headstones, which convey an impression or memory of the person who has departed. However, when we look closer, we find deeper messages to be read. In this talk we will look at a variety of symbols found on headstones and memorials and learn their meanings – some of which date back to ancient Egyptian times. As we will see, beyond the simple flowers and crosses, the details of a person’s life lurk hidden beneath the symbols.

Improvements Underway at the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

Improvements Underway at the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

If you’ve driven down Mill Road recently, you may have noticed construction is underway at the Mill Road Scenic Overlook. The Western New York Land Conservancy has hired Johnson’s Nursery to improve the area around the benches that overlook the permanently protected 60-acre property. These improvements will include adding gravel and topsoil to stabilize and level the ground, and planting grass atop the new soil.

The Land Conservancy and the Friends of Mill Road ask that visitors to the Overlook respect the roped off areas around the benches to ensure that this repair work is successful. Visitors are encouraged to bring folding chairs over the next month or so until the work is complete and the vegetation has come in.

The Ultimate Holiday Shopping Experience Begins with Christmas in the Country

The Ultimate Holiday Shopping Experience Begins with Christmas in the Country

A grand Western New York tradition like no other, the Christmas in the Country Holiday Artisan Market will celebrate its 32nd season when it returns to the Hamburg Fairgrounds Nov. 3-6. Patrons will discover over 400 artisans spread out over five buildings, numerous food trucks for dining and the addition of “The Tavern” featuring craft beverages and spirits. Patrons can connect and interact with the creators of the countless product lines at the event.

Once again this year, Christmas in the Country will offer complimentary return passes so patrons can enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of this one-of-a-kind shopping experience all weekend long. “We have always felt our patrons needed more than just one day to properly enjoy this event,” said Daniel Kaczynski of Premier Promotions, organizers of the event. “Now everyone has the opportunity to come back as much as they would like at no additional cost.”

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Huge Lineup of Athletes Set to Appear at Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Huge Lineup of Athletes Set to Appear at Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Nearly 30 former football, baseball, basketball and hockey players — and one former heavyweight boxing champ — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Nov. 5 and 6 in Batavia. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

Former Buffalo Braves scheduled to appear include Bob McAdoo, Nate “Tiny” Archibald and Ernie DiGregorio, as well as NBA greats Rick Barry and JoJo White.

Scheduled to appear from the Buffalo Bills are Joe Cribbs, Jeff Nixon, Jim Cheyunski, Chris Mohr, Butch Rolle, Steve Christie and Carwell Gardner. Other former NFL stars will include Bob Lilly, Kordell Stewart, Reggie Harrison, Jeff Reed, Mike Collier, John “Frenchy” Fuqua, Milt Plum and Mark van Eeghen.

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café Shows Off New Colors

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café Shows Off New Colors

If you’ve driven down Abbott Road recently, you may have noticed that something looks different. And in this case, that’s a very good thing!

Thanks to the generosity of CEO Bill Paladino, Cathy Paladino and Ellicott Development Company, and Kevin Burke of Sherwin-Williams, Dog Ears was the recent recipient of a much-needed paint job and building repairs.

The Paladinos sent a crew to paint and complete necessary building repairs, while Sherwin-Williams donated half of the paint for the job and provided the remainder of the paint at half price.

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author and Illustrator Suzanne Capper

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author and Illustrator Suzanne Capper

Author and illustrator Suzanne K. F. Capper will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, for a book-signing event.

“Princess Suzette: Counting in her Kingdom” is a children's book by Capper that takes young readers on a journey through a magical kingdom where they can count the charming creatures that dwell there. It's a fun exploration book that kids are sure to enjoy.