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WESTERN NEW YORK

THRILL HUNT OF THE

WNY’s vintage shopping trail

OF BRICK MORTAR

Exploring Buffalo’s most beautiful buildings

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elcome to the summer edition of Today Magazine: Western New York. In this issue the focus is on Buffalo and surrounding areas. On our quest to showcase why we love New York’s west, we’ve seen a noticeable change to Buffalo with efforts to revitalize the Canalside (page 44). One such initiative is the innovative program that has turned the aging grain elevators (page 60) from an eyesore into an impressive art installation. From the beautiful Finger Lakes to the charming town of Ellicottville, Western New York delivers on a scenic backdrop for those with a sense of summer adventure (page 38); art takes a breath of fresh air in Ashford Hollow at Griffis Sculpture Park (page 64). Animal lovers will be keen to visit the nation’s first sanctuary for farm animals located in Watkin’s Glen (page 68) where they can simply take a tour or volunteer their time. Housing the trinkets and treasures of yesteryear, our vintage shopping trail (page 50) will delight those who revel in a good vintage find. Celebrate with a pint at one of Western New York’s finest craft breweries (page 18 and page 31). Read on and you’ll find there is truly something here for everyone. Take advantage, get out and enjoy your New York adventure - it’s out here waiting for you.

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CONTRIBUTORS JILL THAM

LYNN OGRYZLO

GABRIELLE TIEMAN

Convinced she would have made a better teen in the 80s instead of the 90s, Jill’s passion for writing came after seeing the movie Stand by Me. When Jill is not moonlighting as a freelance writer, she is an Elementary teacher juggling her three children. Along with being a regular contributor to Today Magazine, Jill’s articles have been featured in Canadian Running, Pedal, Allergic Living and @OECTA. jilltham.wordpress.com @JillBT

Lynn is a food, wine and travel writer, author of three international award-winning cookbooks and regular contributor to REV Publications. Lynn specializes in culinary tourism covering regional cuisine destinations, slow food, culinary holidays, wine, spirits and “la dolca vita”. She can be reached for questions or comments at lynnogryzlo.ca.

Gabrielle is a writer for REV Publishing and passionate about the written word. A newcomer to Niagara, Gabrielle is a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Journalism program and has written for a number of newspapers and publications across Canada. Her passion lies in profiling members of the community and uncovering the hidden gems within a city. When she is not writing you can find her on her bicycle - most likely with a large coffee in hand.

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Food & Drink 10

WINGIN’ IT

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DO-NUT PASS GO

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QUALITY, CREATIVITY & CAMARADERIE

24

TRUCKIN’ IN BUFFALO

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FORGOTTEN BUFFALO TOURS

31

THE BREWERIES OF WESTERN NEW YORK

Buffalo’s chicken wing crawl. Head straight to Paula’s for hand cut, fresh from the oven, taste like they are from-Grandma’s-kitchen donuts. Ellicottville Brewing Company The best food on the move. Enjoying a taste of Buffalo’s past. Just a hop, skip, and a pour away.

About Town 35 38 On this page:

EXPLORING BUFFALO Delve into the best the city has to offer from craft beer to award winning architecture.

GET OUTSIDE & GET ACTIVE Activities as varied as zip lining, golf and hiking make Western New York not only picturesque, but a veritable outdoor playground.

Chess in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Conservatory

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HEART OF REVITALIZATION

(see page 55)

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THE THRILL OF THE HUNT

Buffalo’s canalside – transformed. Follow Western New York’s exciting vintage shopping trail.

Lifestyle & Culture 54

OF BRICK & MORTAR: DISCOVERING BUFFALO’S GIANTS Touring Buffalo’s most beautiful buildings.

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A DYNAMIC UNION

64

EN PLEIN ART

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LEARNING TO LIVE MORE KINDLY

Re-imagining Buffalo’s grain elevators. Exploring art in the mountains at Griffis Sculpture Park. Visiting America’s first shelter for farm animals in Watkin’s Glen.

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WNY EVENTS LISTINGS


Wingin’ It


BUFFALO’S CHICKEN WING CRAWL There are some places that are synonymous with a type of food, and Buffalo is one of the best examples. Growing up, it was a Friday night ritual, going over to Buffalo for some pizza and wings. The appeal of Buffalo’s most famous export, wings, hasn’t diminished any since then, if anything, the popularity has only continued to grow. Nowadays, there is a entire crawl dedicated to this delicacy. And you can’t visit Buffalo without trying them at least once. Almost every neighborhood has wings somebody, somewhere calls their favorite; so trying to name, “the best” is an often fruitless endeavor. What people can agree upon however, is that most of the places with the “best” wings, source their wings from the same provider and use a similar ratio of butter and Frank’s Hot Sauce. This article highlights some suggestions: some popular restaurants and some more hidden gems. Either way, you are sure to find some delicious tasty treats.

ANCHOR BAR

This place is touted as the “home of the original Buffalo wings.” They serve over 1000 pounds of wings every day, and have locations in Buffalo, Williamsville and Hamilton, Ontario. Their Buffalo restaurant is located at 1047 Main Street. It serves as a kind of “chicken wing museum” with memorabilia adorning the walls.

BAR BILL TAVERN This bar located in East Aurora can get filled up quickly, as they have quite a dedicated following. They have delicious wings and rumor has it that the Teriyaki ones are some of the best you will find. If you’ve never been there before, it can be a bit intimidating. When you get there, you need to talk to a bartender to get your name on a list for a table. They take only cash. Located at 185 Main Street. >>

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FOOD & DRINK

In Buffalo


DUFF’S This place has one of the widest varieties for sauces, and their wings are super saucy and super crispy. Their warning states, “medium is hot, medium hot is very hot, and hot is very, very hot.” The original Duff ’s is located at 3651 Sheridan Drive in Amherst. Duff ’s wings are also served at Buffalo Savors Grill at Seneca Buffalo Creek.

KELLY’S KORNER This looks like a bit of a dive bar from the outside, but on the inside, you’ll find to-die-for wings. Their hot wings are said to be some of the best in the city. They fry them, coat them in a dry rub and then dip them in hot sauce. This bar is located at 2526 Delaware Ave.

LA NOVA This pizzeria has delicious pizza and wings. Their BBQ wings are coated with BBQ sauce and char-grilled; they char the wings just enough to caramelize the sauce and also give them some smoky flavor. If you want to sit in and eat, check out their West Side location at 371 West Ferry Street.

NINE-ELEVEN TAVERN This small bar has very dedicated regulars and also, deliciously unique chicken wings. They have their own secret sauce (only one person, the owner/chef, knows what is in it) they make it right from scratch (it has garlic flakes and a sweet/tangy flavor). This gem is hidden on a side street (11 Bloomfield Ave), and they only take cash.

GABRIEL’S GATE This historic building in Allentown dates back to 1864 and serves some of the best wings around. They are big, juicy, crispy, saucy and delicious. Located at 145 Allen Street. This is by no means a comprehensive listing of all the places to get chicken wings in Buffalo, but it should provide a good start in the search for the best of Buffalo’s tastiest invention.

BUFFALO WING FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 3 AND 4, 2016 Taking place at Coca Cola field, this festival is five dollars a day, and if you love wings, this is most certainly the place to be. The inspiration for this festival came from the movie, Osmosis Jones, when a compulsive eater had a goal of taking part in “The National Buffalo Wing Festival”. At the time of the movies release, there wasn’t actually a festival of this kind, so Drew Cerza (who is known as the “wing king” in Buffalo) decided to make it happen. Events during the festival include: Bobbing for wings, creative sauce offs, a miss Buffalo wing pageant, eating contests and more. More info at buffalowing.com

Buffalo Wing A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE

Once upon a time, the wing was considered the least desirable part of the chicken, and it was often just used as a throwaway in chicken stock. It is generally agreed that the “Buffalo wing” was officially invented in 1964, by one of the owners of Anchor Bar, Teressa Bellissimo. There are a couple of different versions of this story, with the most popular one stating that the delivery of chicken wings was a mistake, and that what they had actually ordered was chicken necks. But not wanting to waste the meat in the stock pot, Frank (Teressa’s husband), asked Teressa to come up with something they could use as a bar appetizer, as there were hungry patrons at the bar hoping for a midnight snack. Teressa cut the wings in half, resulting in a “drumstick” and a “flat”. She deep fried them and covered them in hot sauce. She served them up with cut up celery and blue cheese dressing, and soon enough, the city was abuzz with the news of this new dish. Over the next several years, the popularity of the dish only grew, with other restaurants in the area making their own versions. Soon enough, it went national, and chains such as Buffalo Wild Wings began popping up and while there are countless varieties now available, when you are in Buffalo, you will find them served the same way they were back in 1964: deep fried and tossed in either mild, medium or hot sauce. TM


DONUT PASS GO


HEAD STRAIGHT TO PAULA’S..... BY GABRIELLE TIEMAN

We all know a good donut when we see one. We aren’t talking about mass produced dry crullers, flavorless glazed holes or minimally filled Bavarians that come with a side of triple shot skinny mocha latte or roll up the rim. We are talking about hand cut, fresh from the oven, taste like they are from Grandma’s kitchen donuts.

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he family owned and operated Paula’s Donuts has been making beautiful hand crafted donuts since they first debuted in 1996. Baked fresh daily on premises the old fashioned way, Paula’s over 30 varieties of donuts along with pastries, bagels, muffins, coffee and more have changed the donut industry much for the better. When asked what the secret is to a truly great donut, the answer was simple for owner Paula Huber: it’s all about what goes into each batch – and we aren’t talking about just the filling. “It is all about the love,” said Huber. “You have to love what you do. Combine that with a great base product, making sure the quality is there, and never taking short cuts. This is what I tell my finishers: you are the last line of defense; if something is not up to par, we aren’t serving it.” With the help of her family – including her husband, two daughters and son-in-laws – along with employees that feel like family, the busy shops has developed a loyal following; growing to include three stores in the area and Voted Number 1 Donuts by Buffalo Spree – all while selling too many baked goods to count each day. With the mantra that excellence is not achieved by cutting corners, Paula’s only uses the finest quality ingredients and go the extra mile to produce the very best in donut. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic jelly filled, a unique s’mores inspired delicacy or have been brought in by the famous peanut stick or peanut cream, there is a donut to soothe every sweet tooth. “All of our donuts are hand cut and we fill them up,” said Huber. “You do not need a magnifying glass to see the filling in our donuts because we hate when you’re eating something and you’re like ‘Where is the filling?’.”>> TODAYMAGAZINE.CA 15


IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE You won’t find any day-old donuts in any of her shops either; Huber and her team strip the cases every night and start fresh every morning; donating all remaining donuts to the city’s Missions, churches and soup kitchens –ensuring nothing goes to waste. Feeding a crowd? Measuring 10” in diameter, Paula’s Texas Donuts are a fun alternative to traditional cakes. Feeding six to eight people with ease, these donuts come in a variety of flavors, toppings and special sprinkles and finishing touches to custom create a unique donut for each customer. They are even big enough to sport a festive message or special Happy Birthday. “People are sick of wedding and birthday cake,” said Huber. “The donuts always go like crazy. We offer our Texas donuts as a substitute and we also have small individual donut boxes that people love for wedding and party favors. The donuts are easy to customize and we work with customers to create something special for their event.” Introduced to the donut business by her husband and his family – they owned a Dunkin’ Donuts location – Huber is no newbie to the baking business. Operating on a 24 hour basis, her original 1400 square foot old fashioned shop was quickly outgrown as her customer base snowballed. Huber said she never imagined expanding into a franchise but the customers spoke and she gave them what they wanted. “Everything just keeps getting bigger and bigger – we had to expand just so we would stop bumping into each other,” said Huber. “I had planned on only having one store - I never imagined opening more – but it’s exciting to see the business grow. Today Paula’s Donuts has three locations: their Tonawanda Location on Sheridan Drive, a Williamsville Location on Main Street and their newest and largest shop at Southgate on Union Road. These expansions have helped Huber and her team better accommodate their growing catering business; creating a training area for new bakers, adding more fryers and equipment and allowing them to handle large orders for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, baby showers and more without having to battle the store bakers for fryers. “I love my business, I love our customers, I love our employees and we have a great base product,” said Huber. “It has been one crazy ride I’m telling you but I wouldn’t give it up for anything.” Open each day from 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Paula’s friendly staff and incredible donuts are a sure fire way to start your day off in a great way. TM


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ELLICOTTVILLE Brewing Company BY JILL THAM

QUALITY, CREATIVITY & CAMARADERIE

Situated in the heart of Ellicottville where the ski slopes are minutes away and the beer is anything but ordinary, lies the Ellicottville Brewing Company (EBC). With a location in Ellicottville and Fredonia, the EBC has been brewing exceptional craft beer for the past 20 years. Not many individuals can say they are living their dream, but when you hear Peter Kreinheder, Operator and General Manager of the EBC, talk about his beer and the brewing process, you know he

thoroughly enjoys his career. “Craft beer has a story, I could spend hours talking about beer,” states Kreinheder. Kreinheder works hard to strike a balance between quality and productivity, ultimately keeping brewing a work of art. “We brew only what we will sell,” states Kreinheder. He acknowledges that the focal point of brewing is the choice of hops, the flavor and stabilizing agent in beer. “We are different from other breweries because in mid-September we go out west into the fields and personally select >>


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the hops from a variety of growers. We get to know the growers. You can introduce hops in so many different ways,” states Kreinheder. “It’s a brewer’s thing.” One sip of an EBC beer and it is easy to see why he makes the trip personally to select the hops. Recently, Kreinheder placed his hops order for the 2016-2017 season. The Ellicottville Brewing Company has two breweries on its’ premise. The older brewery consists of a 10 barrel brew house pumping out three cases per minute, seven days a week. The new side, with 6 barrels, has been in operation since the summer of 2013 and is where the creativity flows. Just like a chef in a restaurant, the EBC uses a base style and adds new raw materials to the mix, resulting in a variety of extraordinarily tasting beers. From the Pale Ale that will go down like a traditional brew to the subtle hops of Winter Witte, the EBC is not afraid to take risks. Beer connoisseurs will enjoy trying new ventures such as Chocolate Cherry Bomb and Stainless Steel Obsession. On the “new side” is where Head Brewer, Dan Minner, shows his talent. “At a normal brew house people don’t get to experiment and try new things. Today we are making Chai Cream Ale,” he states. “We have a variety of different styles that big breweries aren’t doing,” he adds. Although Minner insists he doesn’t have a favorite beer, he acknowledges that the Blueberry Wheat is always a crowd pleaser and the much anticipated batch of Eagle Trail Pale Ale and Caramel Apple. >>

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With the craft beer market in a constant upswing, EBC produced 7000 barrels of craft beer in 2014. This wasn’t always the case for the EBC. In the early stages, the brewery was only busy four months of the year during the ski season, which posed a definite sustainability issue for the Brewery. “We used to cater a murder mystery dinner that was held on a train just to keep up cash flow. Now we are busy 12 months of the year,” states Kreinheder. A recent overtaking and renovation of the coffee shop next door has enabled the EBC to create additional seating for 70 guests. “Most days, the restaurant is filled with large parties of friends and families. Our magic number is 14, we always see seven kids and seven adults sitting together,” states Kreinheder. With 90 employees and a larger space on the second floor, the EBC is a perfect fit for any gathering from rehearsal dinners to corporate or family events. Kreinheder is currently building a beer garden to create a waiting area for guests and an outdoor tented space for bands to perform under in the summer months. With seven different beers on the market and 20 on tap, EBC is the place to go for a pint and a distinctive dining experience. With a classically vibrant menu complete with the Kobe Truffle Burger and the homemade EBC Barbeque Pulled Pork Pierogies, one can’t go wrong with a trip to the EBC. “Our menu has been a culmination of years of eccentric efforts. Some successful, some not. I often like to keep with an ‘alpine’ theme, then we tried a Swiss Rosti and it was a hit. For a twist last summer we made a big change and created menu items from traditional Mexican ingredients. It was our best menu ever,” says Kreinheder. “Our antique bar came from a hotel in downtown Buffalo. In the new side we have Douglas Fir beams and barn wood that came from three reclaimed barns.” Complete with woodpecker holes in the barn board and cascading photos of gears from the brewery, the décor in the EBC is full of character. With his commitment to quality, creativity and camaraderie, Kreinheder is determined to take craft beer industry to the next level. The EBC recently ventured out and formed a partnership with Hamburg Brewery. “Highway 219 connects the two breweries together and we decided to brew a 219 series,” states Kreinheder. “We distribute throughout New York State, Eastern Pennsylvania and some in New Jersey, but our core is Western New York.” “Most days I meet someone new: someone who has never been to Ellicottville and stops by the brewery and simply wants to enjoy a local beer. My job is real simple, to entertain people, provide great food and exceptional service. In addition, we provide a distinctive embrace and unique space in a great location,” says Kreinheder. If you are not a skier, then there is a good chance that EBC will make you want to learn, so you have the perfect excuse to keep coming back to Ellicottville. Besides, how else will you get to taste the perfection EBC comes up with next? Stay tuned at ellicottvillebrewing.com TM


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Truckin’ IN BUFFALO

THE BEST

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When the sun comes out, and the air gets warmer, what’s better than getting to eat outside? Luckily for everyone that visits, Buffalo is home to a thriving food truck industry. This foodie scene only continues to grow, with more and more trucks popping up all the time, with many of the trucks attracting legions of loyal followers. There are currently dozens of food trucks serving Buffalo, and this will hopefully give you an idea of where to direct your taste buds first!


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AMY’S TRUCK

HOUSE OF MUNCH

STREET CAFÉ

SERVING: CARNIVAL/FAIR FOOD

SERVING: MIDDLE EASTERN

J&L’S BOULEVARD BBQ TRUCK

THE SWEET HEARTH

SERVING: BBQ

SERVING: DESSERTS

KNIGHT SLIDER

SWEET MELODY’S

SERVING: SLIDER

SERVING: GELATO/SORBET

BIG BLUE

KONA ICE

TAFFY’S

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SERVING: HAWAIIAN SHAVED ICE

SERVING: MILKSHAKES

BIG SUZIE’S LITTLE BAKERY

LLOYD TACO TRUCK

TASTE OF PUERTO RICO

SERVING: VEGETARIAN/LEBANESE

BETTY CROCKSKI SERVING: POLISH

BLACK MARKET FOOD TRUCK SERVING: GOURMET SANDWICHES, SOUPS, SIDE

SERVING: GOURMET DESSERTS

CENTER STREET SMOKEHOUSE SERVING: BBQ

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FRANK GOURMET HOT DOGS SERVING: GOURMET HOT DOGS

GELATO GYPSY SERVING: GELATO

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HALAL MOBILE FOODS SERVING: MIDDLE EASTERN

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ROLLING JOE CAFÉ SERVING: COFFEE

So, where do you get your hands on some of these scrumptious eats? Food Truck Tuesdays take place every Tuesday (running this year from April 19 until the end of October) from 5 to 8pm. In addition to food, there is music and shopping. Over 30 food trucks take part in the every week. Free parking is available, and make sure to bring your own blankets or folding chairs. Larkin Square is located at 745 Seneca Street in Buffalo. In terms of finding out where each truck is on a daily basis, you best bet is to check them out on social media. Most trucks have a twitter account or Facebook page where they post daily updates as to where they will be next. Another great resource for info on where the food is at any given time is roaminghunger.com/buf, you can sort by meal, and it pinpoints where the trucks are on a very handy map. TM

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IT’S HAPPENING, boasts Eddy Dobosiewicz of Forgotten Buffalo Tours. He’s talking about the revitalization of his beloved Polish community in eastern Buffalo. Eddy’s tours are all about history, education, culture, architecture and food all wrapped up in an afternoon of fun with the man who is also known as “Maxwell Truth,” host of Off Beat Cinema. On this day I’m getting a personal tour with Eddy. He tells me this neighborhood was once the largest Polish settlement in the world outside of Poland. I’m looking forward to soaking in a neighborhood drunk with so much culture. We’ve agreed to meet at the famous Broadway Market. While the location has changed throughout its history, it has always remained a strong central meeting place of the Polish community. I arrive early to meet a friend, Chef Jean White of the Three Sisters Restaurant in Seneca Niagara Casino. Polish by heritage, Jean is full of personal stories cooking in her grandmothers kitchen and by her fathers side. Jean and I walk around the market, from stall to stall being attracted by the smells of smoked Polish sausages, tempted by the sight of the baked goods, wowed by the size of the giant pickles, tantalized by the glistening vats of sauerkraut, lured by the rows upon rows of various pierogi and drawn to blood red pails of grated beets. There’s a woman filling jars of freshly grated horseradish, we couldn’t resist, it was our last purchase of the day. In the center of the market, men sit on stools with their coffee while a bustling crowd around them scurry to buy their food. Broadway Market specializes in Polish foods and these people, mostly of Polish heritage come from miles around to shop and buy the comfort foods of their home country. We walk by the bright blue and yellow bakery called Chrusciki and Jean spots a pile of icing sugar-dusted strips of fried dough. They’re called Chrust. She laughs nostalgically and talks of her grandmother making them as we’re given a sample to taste by one of the bakers, Rene. I ask how authentic the Chrust are and Rene tells me there are women who travel from Poland to Buffalo every year to bake the traditional foods. They come just before lent and the church houses

them until after Easter while they cook for the onslaught of Easter shoppers. Now that’s authentic! Rene offers up a taste of Paczki, a traditional jelly filled donut. These are popular just before the fasting practice of lent she explained because you wanted to use up all the food in the house in preparation for lent. So the almost unsweetened donuts are fried in rich kitchen fat and take on a savory flavor if that’s at all possible in a donut. I’m thinking all it would need is a sprinkling of smoky bacon bits to take it over the top. Yum. Jean shows me Placek and calls it the Polish version of Panettone. This is baked in a loaf pan and topped with a crumble crust. Buttery rich, it’s the Placek that makes Jean’s mouth water more than any other Polish delicacy in the bakery. In between the bakers and the butchers are shops that sell Easter Butter Lamb. It’s basically butter molded into the shape of a sitting lamb. I’m thinking it would look beautiful on my Easter table. Other Easter lamb are made from cake with white frosting. Eddy arrives wearing a black trench coat and Fedora hat. He’s a man oozing with energy and stories of the Polish neighborhood, past, present and future. Yes, he’s even predicting how the revitalization activities will play out. And you can bet Eddy will be a major player breathing new life into these tired streets. We piled into his jeep and drive through the streets. Eddy talks of the wave of Polish settlers who arrived in the city around the mid to late 1980’s. They settled in the area around Broadway and Fillmore Avenue. It quickly became known as the Polish quarter. He points to St. Stanislaus Parish, built in 1873. It was the reason Polish immigrants stopped travelling through Buffalo on their way to Chicago. With a church of their own, they stayed, worked in the slaughterhouses, tanneries, grain yards and railroads, built houses and formed a tight-knit community. As we drive around I notice a few other churches, now abandoned with their stained glass painfully stripped from the windows. We arrive at Corpus Christie Church, the newly restored Polish Catholic church. The inside of the church is stunning with newly painted frescoes on the ceilings and copulas. When churches were built, they were built as community centers. The men’s included a bowling alley and the women’s, which were almost always separate, included kitchens and lounging areas, where needlepoint and sewing took place. Jean laughs, “if you’re Polish and you don’t bowl, you’re just not doing it right.” Jean is a good companion for Eddy and she accentuates Eddy’s historical stories with the personal anecdotes. We drive for almost an hour and Eddy explains the architecture of the every day houses, he talks about the Polish taverns through the lives of the people who owned them and food through a personal lens. As we drive around, it’s sad to see that most businesses are closed down, abandoned factories with broken windows and houses in crippling disrepair, some so bad they’re even missing roofs. I think Eddy is the only one who knows where the most popular breweries and bars of the past existed. He points out the old slaughterhouses that are now empty shells of broken glass and tin roofs, he drives up the


grand entrance to the massive, towering and stunningly beautiful art deco building that was once a bustling train station. In one single day, more than four hundred trains would stop here. Now it’s a lonely shell of a grandiose era with only the sound of a lonely seagull to echo through it’s cavernous interior. This is a neighborhood of ghosts and Eddy it seems, knows them all personally. He also sees a new vision of this neighborhood and points to the signs of progress – “it’s exciting, a diamond in the rough. Wait till you see it in a few years from now.” Eddy organizes a festival called Dyngus Day that takes place at the end of lent. It’s a “weird observance” says Eddy. Dyngus Day is a lot of fun that involves food trucks, polka parties, some pussy willow spanking and a little splashing of water. There is a parade that begins at the Broadway Market and ends at the train station. It’s a huge day for the Polish bars. Last year more than 50,000 people came out for Dyngus Day in the old Polish neighborhood, bringing it to life, even if only for a day. So how did the largest Polish community outside Poland become so desolate? It was the next generation of American born Pols that mass migrated to the suburbs. Once it began, it was like a tidal wave that couldn’t be stopped, not even with the death of the downtown core. But there is a new influx of immigrants moving into the neighborhoods,

IT’S EXCITING, A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH. WAIT TILL YOU SEE IT IN A FEW YEARS FROM NOW. repairing houses and reopening businesses that gives Eddy hope. Eddy’s belief of the revitalization is so strong he’s banking his business here. His company, Forgotten Buffalo Tours designed a series of tours; three Polish tours among others. “They’re always sold out,” says Eddy of the demand by a younger crowd who see the withering old neighborhood as an irresistible place to explore. TM

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BREWERIES OF WESTERN NEW YORK BY JILL THAM

Just a Hop, Skip, & a Pour Away Small, independent and traditional. These are the three words that define a craft brewery, but this list is not complete without adding the words originality and excellence. Residents of Western New York don’t have to travel far to find a brewmaster who is committed to brewing exceptional beer. With passionate brewers always striving to come up with unique creations to please a growing market of craft beer drinkers, these high quality beers are guaranteed to satisfy your senses. Filled with happy customers, these breweries are serving up a wide variety of beers that are distinctively different from mass produced beer. As educated consumers with refined tastes enjoy the complex flavor that encompasses craft beer with far less ingredients then their commercial counterparts, the breweries of Western New York are demonstrating exactly why the production and sale of craft beer is on the rise. >>

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COMMUNITY BEER WORKS

BIG DITCH BREWING COMPANY

Community Beer Works (CBW) is a one and a half barrel facility serving up a variety of appetizing beers such as Stout Affective Disorder and Yuz Not That IPA. “Community Beer Works is Buffalo, New York’s first nanobrewery. We began providing fresh, high quality, local beer in April 2012,” says Brendon Van Allen from Community Beer Works. Community Beer Works was started by a group of beer loving friends. “The founders of CBW all have roots in Buffalo and we want our brewery to be an integral part of our city and the neighborhood our brewery is located in,” says Van Allen. CBW doesn’t filter or use clarifying agents in their beer: holding in the nutrients. Good beer, good laughs and good friends makes up the Community Beer Works. “Our goal is to foster a sense of community and place, enriching our hometown through the production of damn good beer. Look for us at many of the beer venues around Buffalo,” concludes Van Allen. Drop by and enjoy a glass of beer for $5.00. You can’t go wrong. For more information visit communitybeerworks.com

What happens when two beer loving scientists get a hold of a bucket, barley malt, hops, and yeast? The result is a 20-barrel brew house that is producing mouth-watering beers. Located in downtown Buffalo, New York, Big Ditch Brewing Company pays homage to the men that built the Erie Canal. “We usually have six to 12 beers on tap at all times,” states Matt Kahn, President of Big Ditch Brewing Company. “Our most popular beer is Hayburner American IPA, which is a luscious and citrusy IPA, with primary notes of orange, melon, grapefruit, and a slightly earthy finish. It packs a firm bitterness but remains balanced by abundant late hop additions and a soft, airy malt base.” “We distribute beer all over Western New York and also have a taproom at our brewery which includes a two level restaurant that accommodates over 200 people,” says Kahn. Visit their newly renovated facility and try one of their festive choices or old favorites and you won’t believe their first fermenter was a food grade bucket. Big Ditch Brewing Company is an example of the success that can be achieved when you put two beer-loving scientists are given an opportunity to hone their mad scientist skills. For a look at their food and beer menu visit bigditchbrewing.com

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WOODCOCK BROTHERS BREWERY 638 LAKE STREET, WILSON, NY

The story is in the name: two brothers, who along with their spouses, began a craft brewery. Woodcock Brothers Brewery Company (WBBC), founded by brothers Mark and Tim Woodcock, is set in the historic town of Wilson, New York. “The building was a cold storage for ice and then apples and cabbages in the late 1800s,” states Randal Byington, General Manager and Head Chef at WBBC. “It’s an old building with great architecture. The brothers recycled everything they could including the floorboards.” “Niagara born and Niagara brewed” is the theme at Woodcock Brothers Brewery as their beers, such as Devil’s Hole Black India Pale ale, are named after local attractions in the Niagara area. Community and comradery is the theme at the taps with a variety of beers that use locally grown ingredients and a guest tap where the WBBC features a beer from another brewery. Enjoy a pint or two in the WBBC spacious bar room where 12 different beers are on tap or at one of the 140 locations from Niagara to Rochester that are serving WBBC beer. “The Niagara Lager and WBBC Porter are our most popular beers and our menu is inspired by our wood fired oven,” adds Byington. For more information visit woodcockbrothersbrewery.com

55 EAST HURON STREET, BUFFALO, NY

PAN-AMERICAN GRILL & BREWERY

391 WASHINGTON STREET, BUFFALO, NY In 1901, Buffalo hosted the Pan-American Exposition. The fair was an iconic moment in Buffalo’s history as it was the first time that electricity was transferred from a power plant to the Exposition which was located 25 miles away. The x-ray machine was showcased and the 25th President of the United States, William McKinley was assassinated on the fairgrounds during the Exposition. With beers like the Pan Am Porter, Lake Effect, and Roosevelt Red, a little history shines through as you enjoy great beer in a French Renaissance-style historical building. This brewery has perfected the art of producing beers that have a variety of strengths, colors, and flavors. “At Pan American Grill & Brewery, we brew our beers in-house on a 15 barrel system located in the basement. Starting from the grain silo in the back lot, our brewers are creating beer right here from water, barley, hops, yeast, sometimes spices and always passion,” states Erica Ambrose, General Manager at the Pan American Grill and Brewery. For more information visit buffalobrewerydistrict.com


RUSTY NICKEL BREWERY 4350 SENECA STREET, WEST SENECA, NY

Are you the adventurous type? Or an individual who always get into the season? Then Rusty Nickel Brewing is the place for you to wet your whistle. The taps are booming with flavorful, ultra-creative brews such as the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Stout and Root Beer Heaven. Although Rusty Nickel Brewery brings mixology to a new level, there are still classic brews on tap like the Rusty Belt IPA that will please all types of beer drinkers. “Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. is an experience for each and every guest, the tasting room’s warm industrial rustic décor and outdoor patio in the woods are welcoming and comfortable for friends and family of all ages to gather,” says Jason Havens, who co-owns Rusty Nickel Brewery with Dave Johnson. “When you arrive, you’re greeted by our Brewtenders and they guide your selection of the perfect beer or beverage. Our brews truly define craft as they’re ‘Brewed just a little different’ and 100% hands on, designed to please the masses we brew something for everyone,” says Havens. “Malty to hoppy, traditional styles to flavors all of their own including our signature Slice O’ Havens – Imperial Orange Creamsicle; Rusty Nickel Brewing Co is a one stop shop craft experience.” For a list of beers on tap visit rustynickelbrewing.com

HAMBURG BREWING COMPANY

6553 BOSTON STATE ROAD, HAMBURG, NY If you appreciate the ambiance of an open fire while enjoying a fresh pint of beer, then the Hamburg Brewing Company is the brewery for you. “Our beautiful taproom and brewing facility is a popular destination to those living in and visiting the WNY area,” states brewery owner, John Russo. Hamburg Brewing Company grows their own hops on site: producing three different varieties of hops on their half acre farm. The brewery also purchases ingredients from local farms; keeping it all in the New York State family. With the light and refreshing Belgian Saison Ale and Hoppenstance, an American double India Pale Ale brewed with four different varieties of hops, there is something to tickle everyone’s beer fancy at the Hamburg Brewing Company. “Hamburg Brewing is becoming engrained in the Western New York beer community by producing quality, innovative, and consistent brews such as Small Town, IPA, and our Irish Red,” says Russo. “For those who can’t make it out to the brewery, our beer is available at numerous retailers throughout Western and Central NY for all to enjoy!” he continues. For more information visit hamburgbrewing.com

RESURGENCE BREWING COMPANY

1250 NIAGARA STREET, BUFFALO, NY Great beer is not just a beverage, but an experience,” states Jeff Ware, Owner and President of Resurgence Brewing Company (RBC). With a commitment to creativity, quality, and atmosphere, the Resurgence Brewing Company is a place for great beer in a light hearted and funloving environment. “We make unique beers in a wide range of styles, with both experimental and tried-and-true flavors our customers enjoy not only in our West Side taproom and biergarten, but at home and in many of our local establishments,” states Ware. “With favorites like Citra Mosaic IPA and Blood Orange Saison among our standard offerings, RBC is a true Buffalo brewery as both a part of the fabric of the community and the rising tide that is our local economy today,” says Ware. Resurgence Beer Company also has a host of information from how to select the appropriate glass for your beer to tips for successful cellaring on their website’s blog. For a complete list of beers on tap and to read their blog visit resurgencebrewing.com All unaccredited sources have been taken from the Brewery Websites. TM

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Buffalo: TOP THINGS TO SEE & DO In the last several years, Buffalo has gone through quite a transformation. It has slowly become a destination in and of itself; there are plenty of things to do and places to go. The city has everything covered, from craft beer to award winning architecture, so make sure to get out and explore this exciting city during your visit, chances are, you’ll soon be planning your next trip back.

BUFFALO AND ERIE COUNTY BOTANICAL GARDENS

Located at 2655 South Park Ave, this place makes for a lovely retreat from the city. There is a palm tree dome, as well as numerous ecosystems you can walk through, such as the Florida Everglades, the cloud forest of Panama, a desert, ancient rainforest, and more. There is also a medicinal plant house where you can learn all about how plants have been used for health reasons throughout history. Park is open Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. More information is available at buffalogardens.com

ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY This contemporary and modern art museum was founded in 1862, and is one of the oldest public art institutions in the U.S. Numerous exhibitions are currently on display including Screen Play: Life in an Animated World (running until September 13), Jeff Koons: Gazing Ball (running until August 16), Shayne Dark: Natural Conditions at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (running until October 4), Dan Colen: Shake the Elbow (running until October 18). The Gallery is located at 1285 Elmwood Avenue. More info at albrightknox.org >> TODAYMAGAZINE.CA 35


BUFFALO AND ERIE COUNTY NAVAL & MILITARY PARK This park which sits right on the waterfront, is the largest inland park of it’s kind in the country. You are able to tour a missile cruiser, destroyer and WWII sub. This is also an exhibit of uniforms and other memorabilia. There is also small vehicles and airplanes on display. The park is open daily from April until October, from 10 to 5, and then on Saturdays and Sundays in November. It is closed December through March. Park is located at 1 Naval Park Cove, and more information is available at buffalonavalpark.org

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S MARTIN HOUSE COMPLEX This unique residential complex was designed by world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright for a Buffalo businessman, Darwin D. Martin. It is a national historic landmark, and is considered one of the greatest achievements of his career. The complex is made up of several buildings, and were designed to be a unified set of structures. There is the main house, a conservatory, a carriage house, another smaller residence, the Barton house, and a cottage. These buildings exemplify Wright’s, “Prairie House” style, which was made up of a lot of strong horizontal lines, overhanging eaves and more. The renovations and upkeep of all the buildings is an ongoing project. Tours are available on a year round basis, and reservations are highly recommended. All tours are led by a docent, and take place several times per day (with the exception of Tuesdays, when the site is closed.) There are numerous types of tours available, all of which are detailed on the website. Check out darwinmartinhouse.org for more information. Located at 125 Jewett Parkway in Buffalo.

FOREST LAWN CEMETERY There is one of America’s most historic cemeteries, and is a beautiful place to visit. In addition to a fascinating history, the cemetery is also full of sculptures, lakes, creeks and gardens, and it’s beautiful to wander through. There is tours available from June to October, that take place on the Forest Lawn Trolley, or alternatively, you can participate in walking tour if your legs are up for it. Various other events take place during the year, including concerts and lecture series. The cemetery is located at 1411 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. More info at forest-lawn.com

BUFFALO TRANSPORTATION/ PIERCE-ARROW MUSEUM

This museum features cars that were made in Western New York, including Pierce-Arrow and Thomas Flyer. Cars from 1903 to the 1960s are on display, and the museum also includes a Frank Lloyd Wright designed gas station. Located at 263 Michigan Avenue, the museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from 11am to 4pm. More information is available at pierce-arrow.com

THEODORE ROOSEVELT INAUGURAL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

This museum will immerse you in Teddy Roosevelt’s world, as you step back in time to the Pan-American Expo, and follow in Roosevelt’s footsteps. Through the years, the building itself served as an army barracks, a private residence, a restaurant, was abandoned at one point, and it is now a National Park site. This is the place where Theodore Roosevelt was sworn into office, essentially changing the face of U.S presidency. The site is located at 641 Delaware Ave. More information at trsite.org

THE COLORED MUSICIANS CLUB OF BUFFALO

This interactive museum is a great place to go if you are interested in the history of music. The museum portion is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm. There are live musical performances in the evenings, as well as various other events that go on during the year. The club is located at 145 Broadway. More info at coloredmusiciansclub.org

BUFFALO CITY HALL

If you want a beautiful view of Buffalo, you can take an elevator up to the 25th floor (and then walk up an additional three) for the best view in town. The best part? It’s free! Located at 65 Niagara Square. TM


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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN WESTERN NEW YORK Cattaraugus County is comprised of Olean, Salamanca, Ellicottville, Gowanda, Ashford and numerous other small towns. There are tons of different outdoor activities to partake in, and the best part is, there is something to do year round. Given it’s location in the Allegany Mountains, the activities are as varied as zip lining, golf and hiking. It’s a place that is not only picturesque, but a veritable outdoor playground.

ZIPLINING/TREE TOP TREKKING SKY HIGH ADVENTURE PARK

This aerial park sees you climbing through trees, up on platforms, and zipping from tree to tree. This all happens while you are harnessed in, so you get all the exhilaration and none of the danger. There are 13 different courses available, and they all range from very easy to very difficult. There is also a “climbing forest” and a mountain coaster that winds down through the mountains. Riders are able to control their own speed as well, so the ride can either be thrilling or a scenic glide. More information at holidayvalley.com/explore-our-mountain/sky-high-adventure-park

HIKING Western New York has some of the best spots for hiking; you could easily spend several days exploring all the trails the area has to offer. Make sure to check out: Allegany State Park, which has a variety of trail lengths and difficulty levels. Cobb Hill Park in Rochester has some highly ranked trails. Eternal Flame Falls, located in Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, is one of Buffalos’s most popular spots (but a cool natural phenomenon none the less). Holiday Valley resort has lots of great hiking trails. Zoar Valley in the Gowanda area also has some great scenic trails that any hiker will appreciate. >> TODAYMAGAZINE.CA 39


CYCLING/MOUNTAIN BIKING

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There are tons of great trails to explore in the region, everything from paved paths to old railway lines to rough terrain for the mountain bikers.

There are numerous golf courses in the area:

If you are up for a bit more adventure, why not go for a wild ride down the Cattaraugus Creek? Trips take about three hours and run from March 21 to May 17 on Saturdays and Sunday. Weekday trips are available, but only upon special request. Costs are either $50 or $40 a person, depending on the part of the river you raft on. All costs include a pizza party at the end of the trip and as a bonus, if the price is paid two weeks in advance of the trip, wetsuit rental fees are waived. The rapids can be strong in this area, especially in early Spring. There are two different sections of river this company rafts on, and the one chosen for each trip is determined by water flow in the river. You’ll be rafting through the Zoan Valley State Forest Preserve, a very remote and beautiful area of western New York. Depending on which section of the river you are rafting, you’ll either encounter class II/II + rapids or III & IV rapids. More information is available at adventure-calls.com TM

The Allegany River Trail runs along the river and covers 5.6 miles through Olean out to St. Bonaventure University.

Double Black Diamond Course is a picturesque 18 hole, par 70 course located at the foot of the mountains. St. Bonaventure Golf Club is located in Allegany, New York. 9 holes par 36.

Allegany State Park has several miles of both paved and unpaved trails. The Pat McGee Trail is an old converted railroad line. It winds 12.14 miles and is quite scenic.

Elkdale Country Club is a challenging 18-hole course located halfway between Salamanca and Ellicottville. It is a semi private course, you just need to make a tee time reservation.

State Bicycle Route 17 is part of a path that covers almost the entire state. The portion in this area runs parallel to Interstate 86.

Concord Crest Golf Course is located close to Seneca Allegany casino, just off Genesee Rd. There is wetlands, creeks, ponds and trees. It is a 18 hole course with a par 71.

For the adventurous mountain bikers, Holiday Valley offers a 4.5 mile race loop at the top of one of mountains. There is no life service available, so you’ll need to use a map to find your way up and around once you get here. There are maps available for download on enchantedmountains.com

Bird Run Country Club is located in Allegany and is a great 9 hole course if you are looking for a quick and fun round of golf.


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Resting at the heart of Buffalo’s revitalization, Canalside’s newly energized waterfront entertainment district has become a point of pride for the city – breathing fresh life back into the once decrepit harbor. Located in the city’s downtown core, Canalside consists of over one million square feet of mixed use property and hosts hundreds of year round and seasonal activities ensuring there is always something for everyone to enjoy at Canalside. This successful rejuvenation is clearly demonstrated from the city’s resurgence as a must visit American destination; with over one million people a year visiting Buffalo to enjoy this outdoor event space and everything it has to offer. The revitalization of Buffalo’s waterfront (completed in 2008) was an uphill battle with many years of construction invested into creating a better tourist district. Originally built in 1825, the Erie Canal Harbor – known as America’s Gateway to the West – was the western terminus of the Erie Canal. This


THE HEART OF REVITALIZATION CANALSIDE BUFFALO BY GABRIELLE TIEMAN

historic juncture was home to one of the world’s greatest business centers, teeming with canal and rail traffic passing from the Atlantic seaboard across the Great Lakes. For much of the 19th century Buffalo remained an industrious, busy port and later a thriving metropolis. The arrival of trains and automobiles in the early 20th century led to the ultimate demise of Erie Canal Harbor as a functional hub of commerce. In time, the site was covered over with stone and dirt to make way for modern streets and parking. The harbor rested in this comatose state until 2005, when the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation was formed and the area was reclaimed as one of America’s brightest historical treasures. “Governor Andrew Cuomo was looking at Buffalo and he said ‘This waterfront is such a fantastic aspect to Buffalo, why are you not taking advantage of it?” said Pamm Lent, Director of Communications for Western New York Empire State Development.

It was beneficial to the city that “we transform the waterfront into something that is more vital, more accessible and more attractive and could be part of a positive economic impact for the city.” Governor Cuomo and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation lead the charge to revitalize this waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo. Under this leadership, Buffalo is back with newly developed waterfront access, as well as the creation of new opportunities and public activities where there were once none. “Canalside is a celebration of the city,” said Lent. “It is now a super point of pride for the citizens of this city. You used to just skirt around the city and there was no access to the waterfront. Today you can say let’s go to Canalside, lets walk around, lets ride our bikes, let’s try new food, let’s go on a boat. The people of Buffalo needed that, to feel that pride and be happy to stay in Buffalo and want to improve their own city and lift it up as a whole. >>

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FROM PADDLE BOATS TO BIKE RENTALS, LIVE MUSIC TO THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES, CANALSIDE OFFERS FUN ON AND OFF THE WATER YEAR ROUND

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“[Canalside] has become over 15 thousand people having a blast at a concert, thousands of people every year dancing and exercising, over 50 thousand people skating,” said Lent. “The list just goes on and on about all of the things to do down here and this was from a city where you couldn’t even access the waterfront for years. Now there is choice after choice after choice.” With the success of the Canalside, tourism has been revived and in tandem the city’s economy, business sector and job market has boomed. Thanks to millions of dollars of public and private investment in development projects, according to Erie Canal Harbor Development

Corporation, buildings that were once run down and set to be demolished are having new life breathed back into their structure. Across from Canalside, HarborCenter has grown from the ashes – a $200 million dollar NHL caliber arena and training center financed by the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills owners. “It’s not just about Canalside, it is about revitalizing the whole city,” said Lent. “Our goal is to become self-sustaining. [Canalside] started as a blighted nothing and now it has become so much more and an important part of Buffalo.” But it is not only the local business sector that has benefited from Canalside’s success. “There are so many positive things happening in Buffalo but mainly it’s the people who are benefiting,” said Lent. “Kids are going to have memories of the waterfront and their parents enjoy it because they never thought Buffalo would rise and become what it has become. Younger people are coming back and setting down roots here instead of moving on to other cities. It is exciting to be part of that success and historic change.” In 2015, over 800 continuous events and hands-on activities are scheduled to engage audiences, encourage outdoor physical activity and highlight the myriad of cultures in the Buffalo region. Erie Canal Harbor Development officials are actively touting Canalside’s success this year, citing record breaking turnout rates to events already this summer. From paddle boats to bike rentals, live music to theatrical performances, Canalside offers fun on and off the water year round; FREE THURSDAY CONCERTS & ACOUSTIC SUNDAYS Thursday’s weekly live music event hosts some of the biggest names in music alongside local favorites all on one outdoor stage. Filling the airways every Thursday from May to the end of August with all styles of music, this free event is located right on the canals edge and offers an intimate venue putting you up close and personal with your favorite artists. Bands frequenting the stage have included global rock stars the Sheepdogs and the Arkells alongside Buffalo favorites BPO – an allstar tribute to Stevie Wonder and many other rock, pop and indie artists. Local artists will come together again on Sundays for acoustic music at the Blue Line, Canalside’s newest hangout hot spot along the canals. >>


FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS The popular Family Fun Fridays hosted by Explore & More Children’s Museum has returned for another year of summer events for all ages. The themed arts and craft events and outdoors activities program is designed to explore and educate children on the history and story of Buffalo while encouraging physical activity and getting children outside to play. Popular past events have included Pirates of the Queen City, Canalside soccer, Haudenosaunee Day of Sharing and more. Explore & More Children’s Museum has provided Buffalo with an environment for creative play and learning through hands-on exhibits and programs that inspire creativity, curiosity and imagination for over 21 years. BOATING ON THE WATER Canalside offers a broad fleet of unique boats for rent seven days a week that are accessible to every age group and level of outdoorsman. Kids and adults can enjoy an array of paddle and pedal boats that require no prior training to enjoy. The yellow boats, geared for children three and older weighing up to 70 pounds, offer a hand crank for easy maneuverability. Traditional foot pedal boats are also available in both singles and pairs. Children pedal boats are available for five dollars per 20 minutes and adult 2 person paddle boats are available for $10 dollars per 20 minutes or $30 dollars for 60 minutes. Water Bikes of Buffalo, the creator of the Ice Bike, offers 10 water bikes and a tandem unit that looks as cool as they ride. Water bikes – which look and operate as a traditional bike but on floats – are available for rent for $15 dollars an hour for single riders and $30 dollars an hour for a tandem. If you want to intertwine a history lesson into your time on the water, The Spirit of Buffalo offers educational excursions along the water on a classic 73 foot topsail schooner. Love the feel of a boat but enjoy having both your feet planted on the ground? Sail the Canal, a remote-controlled model boat fleet, has been brought to Buffalo by Freeze Frame – the same operator as the famed Central Park attraction – which has been a New York tradition for over a century. Described as old time sailing, the small remote-controlled sailboats are wind driven and can be maneuvered with ease by all ages. Buffalo’s fleet consists of 15 boats and are available for rent starting at $11 dollars per half hour. Boaters can also visit Canalside via the Buffalo River in their own private vessels. The harbor currently boasts over one thousand feet of docking space, with the ability to accommodate over 50 vessels daily and nearly 100 vessels for special events. Dockage fees are required, and an hourly rate applies for both water and electric service.

and posture while creating strength and reducing stress in tandem. Looking to increase strength, joint stability and mobility in your spine? Hosted on Pierce Lawn Canalside, OttFitt Pilates brings Buffalo a contemporary approach to traditional Pilate classes; designed with various modifications to assist and accommodate all skill levels. Also hosted on Pierce Lawn, Power Yoga is the perfect jumpstart for new yogis looking to build a foundation for their practice. Posture, physical conditioning breathing and spirit all come into play during this fun, but challenging, class. Canals Lawn will have your heart pumping during Muay Thai Kickboxing classes. Brought to Buffalo by the US Combat Sombo Guild and instructed by USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Black Belt of the Year Jeordan Hill and fellow Hall of Famer John C.S. Lehmann, the high intensity workout is an overall toning class for strengthening your body.

YOGA, PILATES, TAI CHI, KICKBOXING & MORE Get active along the canal this summer with a variety of outdoor fitness classes designed to get everyone healthy under the sun. These fitness classes are directed towards every skill level and beginners are welcome. If you’re looking to challenge your body and mind try SUP Yoga – a unique combination of paddleboarding and yoga – hosted right in the water. Located in the newly designed Canals, this class is accessible for all levels and no previous experience is required. Though the boards are anchored and stable to better support you through transitional moves, your balance will be challenged. Classes cost $30 and include equipment and instruction. Free events are plentiful as well. Hosted on the boardwalk, the Taoist Tai Chi class is designed to improve circulation, balance

THE ICE AT CANALSIDE When the weather cools down and the water freezes over, there is still plenty to do at Canalside. Transitioning with the weather, the Canals along downtown Buffalo’s waterfront evolve from a boater’s paradise into the largest outdoor skating rink in New York State. Resting where the Erie Canal and Memorial Auditorium once was, Canalside Ice is just as much a tour of American history as it is a skating rink. The canals were designed to emulate European outdoor rinks and encourage people to continue to spend time outdoors despite dropping temperatures. Featuring high end sound systems, unique activities, curling, pond hockey, Ice Bikes, food kiosks and family fun, there is something for everyone along the Canals in the winter. TM

CYCLING Looking to explore Buffalo but want to ditch the traffic and congested streets? Sponsor BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Go Bike Buffalo has provided a fleet of bikes for rent for those who wish to tour the city by bike path. And with the new addition of Queen City Bike Ferry, traversing Buffalo and its outer harbors has never been so easy. The state-funded ferry project is designed to extend the entire Canalside experience for its thousands of visitors. Costing a single dollar to ride and free for pets and equipment, the ferry can carry 49 passengers and operates from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. The ferry service is yet another effort to make bicycle-friendly Buffalo even friendlier; helping passengers by transporting themselves and their bikes across the water to explore the Buffalo Harbor State Park, beaches and picturesque lighthouse.


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Housing the trinkets and treasures of yesteryear, Western New York is a thrift shopping paradise. Calling to shoppers who love the thrill of the hunt, this vintage shopping trail celebrates the truly one-of-a-kind and the excitement of finding the perfect antique piece. Catering to a diverse array of locals and tourists, each region offers a unique experience for each vintage shopper. Whether it be a once a week flea market that specializes in milk glass and antique toys, a city

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street with the best refurbished retro furniture or a store housing one of the largest concentrations of upcycled furs and clothing, it is not hard to find somewhere to try your hand at bartering for the best deal. If you love being thrifty, discovering a fashion bargain and the hunt is your favorite part of shopping, our shopping guide to some of Western New York’s most popular antique treasure troves will be your map to a truly unique shopping experience.

over the world. The shop also carries an assortment of eclectic clothing, home décor and costume jewelry. The family-run Gothic City Architectural Antiques is not for the weak of heart. Boasting a 9,000 square foot showroom, a 10,000 square foot warehouse and an acre of outdoor elements, this antique village is for those ready to pack a snack and commit a full day to the search. They specialize in home furnishings but take it a step further; discover beautiful stained glass, vintage plumbing >>

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and furnishings, funky lighting and large scale signage. Miss Josie’s Vintage and Antiques is a one stop vintage fashion boutique for both men and women. They offer a wide selection of clothing encompassing all of the ages from the Victorian era all the way to the 1990s. Miss Josie’s selection includes but is not limited to head pieces, jumpsuits, pantsuits, bell bottoms, blouses and shirts, skirts, maxi dresses and, of course, accessories.

CLARENCE, NY Western New York’s largest Antique and Flea Market Antique World is a year-round indoor and outdoor Flea Market and Co-Op renowned for recycling the past. This premiere antique center is overflowing with hundreds of vendors – both staples to the market and a revolving number of newcomers with diverse inventory– who sell everything from antique furniture sets to fine arts, pottery, jewelry and everything else you can imagine in-between. They also host auctions and garage sales throughout the year.

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There is more to do than ski in Ellicottville. Though the beautiful little ski village is known to annually draws crowds solely for the scenery and outdoor adventure landscape, this picturesque town is quickly becoming a destination for those looking for a unique antique shopping experience. Take a step back into the past at the charming Ellicottville Country Store and Antiques. The historical country store is not your typical small town mercantile; the store houses a full sized antique gallery on the second floor of the traditional shop. Multiple dealer reside upstairs, retailing a large collection of revolving quality antiques from their booths which date back over the past 150 years. Tucked in the hills and valleys of Ellicottville, Tangled Twigs offers custom made floral designs, whimsical home decor and the perfect finishing touches for any unique home. Not only a home and garden store, Tangled Twigs is a refreshing alternative to big box home furnishers; catering to those striving to give their home a signature look. The store shelves are filled to the brim with antique creamware and tabletop accessories, vintage glass and affordable bling.

LEWISTON, NY The quaint city of Lewiston is calling to all those antique diggers in search for the funky, the eclectic and the unique. Though only a simple one square mile in size, the town is bursting at the seams with historic allure and flair. The Country Doctor Antiques and Gifts hosts 10 dealers under one roof, each offering a diverse array of antiques and vintage collections at very affordable prices. Antiques to write home about include indoor and outdoor retro oak furniture, hand crafted home décor, glassware, turntables, taxidermy animals and more. Offering a varied mix of antiques, vintages and collectibles, Fine Antiques on North Fourth Street is not your average antique store. From signed collectibles to vinyl records, they sell both large scale collections [think 14 piece hand painted spice sets] to one-of-a-kind pieces like vintage posters to appeal to every type of bargain shopper. Their evolving inventory can be previewed on their Facebook page. Antique to Chic are experts in the old to new and everything in-between. Such items include pristine condition vintage jewelry and clothing to wrought iron furniture and home décor. They specialize in the Christmas season, containing a large collection of vintage holiday decorations, signage, plate sets and more.

SALAMANCA, NY New York’s largest antique mall, Salamanca Mall Antiques has created an escape from the typical retail store hub. Featuring over one thousand dealers and millions of items, shoppers are guaranteed to discover high quality vintage finds within the over 30,000 square foot mall. The mall literally carries everything. From paintings and prints to collector coins, timepieces and vintage toys, it is very easy to become lost in this treasure trove. The mall even specializes in Asian and Native American dealers whose collection highlights include statues of Buddha from Thailand, Myanmar and Sumatra, a Hindu statue of Shiva and a Tibetan statue of Avalokiteshvara, as well as exciting Native American items such as a painted buffalo skull, beaded moccasins, a totem pole and beaded worry dolls. TM


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The city of Buffalo has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. Buildings that were once set to be demolished are having new life breathed back into their structure; redesigning the Queen City back to its former glory. Painting the Buffalo skyline, weaving through the landscape and casting

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Housing seven Frank Lloyd Wright structures, Frederick Law Olmsted parks and hotels designed by Louise Blanchard Bethune – the first American female professional architect and member of the American Institute of Architects – there is no shortage of prestigious architecture to enjoy within this fresh and vibrant city. Few names in American architecture are as universally known as Frank Lloyd Wright. As the city thrived as a fast moving industrial hub, Wright was drawn to Buffalo at the turn of the 20th century in order to leave his imprint on what had come to be known as the Queen City. Today, Buffalo continues to boast seven of his legendary works. These works include the Martin House Complex – an iconic mix of building and landscape that today houses a museum store that offers up artfully curated collections of Wright inspired home décor; Graycliff Estate – a complex comprised of three buildings that were designed as an impressive summer home; the Blue Sky Mausoleum – a representation of Wright’s organic architecture that provides 24 burial crypts and a beautiful monument. Completing the collection are the Wright Filling Station, Rowing Boathouse and a couple of private residences that continue to be so today. But Wright is not the only notable architect to leave their imprint on Buffalo. American surveyor and city planner Joseph Ellicott is said to have been the first to lay out Buffalo’s radial street design which can be found in Niagara Square as well as in the Erie Canal’s presence – which ushered in vast business for many years in the city. Frederick Law Olmstead, legendary landscape designer [best known for designing Central Park in New York City], conceptualized a vast park system in less than two days in 1868. Father of the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style, Henry Hobson Richardson, known best as H.H. is considered by many to be the 19th century’s greatest American architect. He is known in Buffalo for his styling of the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, which continues to stand today as the historically preserved Richard Olmstead Complex. GRAYCLIFF ESTATE PHOTO BY PATRICK MAHONEY

THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF prestigious architecture TO ENJOY WITHIN THIS FRESH AND VIBRANT CITY. Look to the sky and you will be able to spot the work of Louis Sullivan. Nicknamed the Father of the Skyscraper and considered by many to be their modern inventor, Sullivan is best known for his revolutionary work in creating steel skeletons for buildings to better support multiple stories. Sullivan placed his imprint on the Buffalo skyline – with his famous works including the Buffalo Guaranty Building. Edward B. Green Senior is the proud owner of an extensive collection of works – with many residing in Buffalo. Born in 1855, he constructed over 370 buildings from Maine to Indiana, with over 200 in Buffalo. From extravagant residences to hospitals, crematories to commercial design, Green’s left a lasting imprint on the city as a whole. Discover his work at the Market Arcade – a covered shopping pavilion – the impressive temple style Albright-Knox Art Gallery and at the First Presbyterian Church, a Richardsonian Romanesque style inspiration. But Buffalo is not only a boys club. Louise Bethune, widely known as the first professional female architect and the first female member of the American Institute of Architects, worked tirelessly in Buffalo. She is credited


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with designing a number of public schools but her masterpiece is widely remarked as the Hotel @ The Lafayette – which was recently historically restored to once again represent her intricate work in the French Renaissance style. If you are afraid to miss a single historical keystone, monument, pillar or building, a guided tour of Buffalo is a must. Though it would take you a month to see every historical architectural landmark in the city and outer boroughs, there are a number of tour options to help you best compress your visit – guaranteeing an educational and eye opening experience.

If tours are just not your thing, visit visitbuffaloniagara.com for a full comprehensive digital walking map of Buffalo along with architectural anecdotes, historical descriptions and numbered routes that make navigating without a group easy. TM

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Buffalo's Grain Elevators Reimagined Dominating the waterfront of Lake Erie, overlooking the city they helped to build, Buffalo’s grain elevators serve as a monument to a bygone era; a symbol of Buffalo’s industrial importance as the largest supplier of grain in the world. Once doomed to be remembered as a grandfathered member of the city’s rich past, the revitalization of Buffalo’s waterfront has helped to form a new vision for the abandoned member of Buffalo’s industrial landscape. Today, the grain elevators again serve as a contributing resident of Buffalo; giving the once abandoned buildings a new purpose as vibrant members of the city’s revitalized entertainment district. Shining a new light on the historical grain elevators, Buffalo’s dynamic new illuminated art installation, dubbed Kaleidoscope, has transformed the enormous buildings into a canvas for the city’s permanent contemplative artistic lighting installation. Actively linking the past with the present, the light show has created a beacon for Buffalo as well as a visually exciting waterfront attraction for Canalside. The nightly light show continues to add momentum to Buffalo’s growing waterfront and stance as a year round entertainment hub. Resting only 600 feet away from Canalside’s shores, the goal of the unique art project is to both increase public appreciation of Buffalo’s historical industrial heritage all while continuing to revitalize Buffalo’s waterfront through art and community interaction. “[The Grain Elevators] are now redesigned to function as a piece of art in the room – with the room being Canalside,” said Pamm Lent, Director of Communications for Western New York Empire

State Development. “You can see them as you skate or as you hang out or eat or take a bike ride in the area.” Taking place nightly from dusk to 11 p.m. the light show will boast over 500 light fixtures which will illuminate an area over 100 feet tall and all four sides of the structure – massing the equivalent of four full sized football fields. The visual concept serves to provide a 360 degree visual art experience and is meant to be enjoyed from every angle, 365 days a year. Whether you choose to enjoy the show from the boardwalk at Canalside, from inside a kayak in the canals or from the Outer Harbor, visitors will be able to enjoy the multi-facetted dynamic light installments. “In the summer time, because they are lit from all four sides, they will be able to be seen from Canada on a clear day or by boat in the water,” said Lent. “But the best view will always be from Canalside.” The $3.1 million dollar project came to life in late 2015 following several hundred hours of programming; with the initial launch in November drawing crowds of over eight thousand strong all who travelled to witness the elevators’ first illumination. The project was brought to life by Martin Gagnon, the founder and creative mind behind Montreal based company Ambiances Design Productions. Lent said Gagnon had taken inspiration from the four seasons and from there created four separate light shows compiled of five layers of light that illustrate a kaleidoscope-like narrative inspired by both abstract and realistic images from nature. Each show is 15 minutes long and will circulate on a loop throughout the evening so that no one has to worry about missing a viewing. Only one season-inspired program will be shown over the course of an evening, so visitors will have to return to witness all four season depictions projected onto the grain elevator backdrop. >>

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This new light installment is only another visual component that can help bring the whole area to life.

“Public art is an important part of Canalside,” said Lent. “The grain elevators were sitting there as this big huge obstruction. Many communities have turned their [grain elevators] into housing or used them for other purposes but we thought this would be a good use for them. Art is very important and we have other art installations throughout Canalside. We wanted to embrace this and create an interesting element for making people think about art and light and color. We wanted people to be able to truly appreciate these structures on multiple levels.” Dating back to the early 1800s, Buffalo’s history in the grain trade paints a picture of a strong industrial city, as Buffalo stood proud as one of the largest suppliers of grain in the world. Originally built in 1825, the Erie Canal Harbor – known as America’s Gateway to the West – was the western terminus of the Erie Canal. This historic juncture was home to one of the world’s greatest business centers and for much of the 19th century, Buffalo remained an industrious and bustling metropolis. But the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959 brought an end to much of the grain

industry and the arrival of trains and automobiles in the early 20th century led to the ultimate and untimely demise of both the Erie Canal Harbor as a functional hub of commerce and Buffalo’s thriving grain industry. Once housing one of the largest concentrations of grain silos and elevators in the world, today all but a few of these enormous buildings remain and no longer serve the industry for which they were originally designed. The harbor sat in this comatose state until 2005, when the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation was formed and the area was reclaimed as one of America’s brightest historical treasures. Under this new and innovative leadership, Buffalo grew to regain its former glory; with newly developed waterfront access, a rejuvenated entertainment district as well as the creation of new opportunities and public activities where there were once none. “Canalside is a celebration of the city,” said Lent. “It is now a super point of pride for the citizens of this city. This light show will help further encourage people to visit Buffalo and for residents to enjoy their city. Many of the boat tours available will give new perspectives of the light show from the water; people can rent kayaks or take their own boats out on the water and see the show from a different angle from the canal. “Millions of people a year now visit Canalside for recreation and concerts; the list just goes on and on about all of the things to do down here,” said Lent. “This new light installment is only another visual component that can help bring the whole area to life.” Lent said Gagnon and his team plan on doing more projects within the city similar to the grain elevator art illumination and will continue to take chances at Canalside. “The best way to think of [the show] is as an evolving piece of art,” said Lent. “It is bringing these formerly dead and very big grain elevators back to life. It is so interesting to people, it makes a beautiful background for Canalside and it marries history with art.” TM


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riffis Sculpture Park is nestled high up in the mountains in the town of Ashford Hollow, N.Y. The sign pointing up to the hills is easy to miss, and the roads which eventually lead to the sculpture park, twist and turn, making it easy to get lost if you don’t watch carefully for more signs. That being said, it is well worth seeking out. Visiting the Griffis Sculpture Park is an adventure anyone can enjoy, and it is located less than an hour from Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino, and less than a half hour from the Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino. A whole day can be spent hiking, and taking in the amazing sculptures and other works of art that dot the hills in this 400 acre park. Kids (and adults too) are free to run and to climb up and into many of the metal sculptures, all while enjoying the breathtaking view of the Allegany Mountains. The park is especially amazing in the fall season; so many colors paint the trees that it is hard to decide where to look. The park is split into two areas: the Rohr Hill Road site and the Mill Valley Road site. The Rohr Hill area is easy to access, and features sculptures in fields and woods, which are just off the road. The Mill Valley site requires a bit more of a walk in the woods. Griffis Sculpture Park is an unassuming sort of place, and you are free to spend as much time as you want, wandering the many paths (which range in hiking difficulty), and looking at the incredibly unique sculptures. Creations range from a huge, metal castle, to birds at flight, to bathers in a pond to giraffes wandering the woods, ready to sneak up on you. The art blends in with the surroundings, while also interacting with it. The park showcases the work of over 50 different artists, and sculptures are made of various materials including steel, bronze, aluminum and wood. There are currently over 250 sculptures displayed. Entrance to the park is on an honor system, with fees of $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Kids under the age of 12 are free. The park was conceptualized by Larry Griffis Jr., a World War Two vet, who didn’t start pursuing his passion for art until later on in life. He moved to Rome with his family to learn how to do bronze casting, and while he was in Italy, he became inspired to create an outdoor sculpture park. So when he decided to return to New York State, it became his mission to create one. The park was briefly located at the top of Kissing Bridge, a nearby ski resort, but eventually made it’s way to the current location in Ashford Hollow, after a donation of land was made by Larry’s mother. The park just continued to grow from there. Upon Larry’s passing, the park was run by Larry’s son, Simon P Griffis, and is currently run by Larry’s granddaughter, Nila Griffis Lampman. The Griffis Sculpture Park is a great alternative to indoor art museums, where visitors usually aren’t allowed to touch anything. This outdoor attraction allows people to interact with the art, enabling them to connect with it on a much more personal level. The park is open from May 1st to October 31st, from dawn until dusk. To get to the park, follow the 219 South (heading into Ellicottville) into Ashford Hollow, and turn right on Ahrens Road. Look for the various signs that will lead you into the park. Maps are available once you reach the main part of the park (which is off of Mill Valley Rd). When you want to combine the outdoors with a little bit of culture, Griffis Sculpture Park is the perfect place to go. More information is available at griffispark.org

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A HAPPY ENDING TO A CRUEL BEGINNING, ABUSED AND ABANDONED FARM ANIMALS HAVE FOUND A SAFE HAVEN AT FARM SANCTUARY IN WATKINS GLEN SINCE 1986. IT HAS SINCE INSPIRED A MOVEMENT.


America’s first shelter for farm animals is celebrating a monumental birthday following three decades of rescuing hundreds of abused and abandoned farm animals from across the country. The 175 acre Farm Sanctuary, located in Watkins Glen, has grown from its humble beginnings into a substantial not-for-profit haven; standing on their triple strong mission base focused on animal rescue, educating on agricultural practices and vegan living – while simultaneously providing hope in the midst of the brutal industry of factory farming. Naturally founded in 1986 as an extension of president and co-founder Gene Baur’s work to capture the cruelty of the meat industry, this American animal protection organization has become a much needed voice against factory farming and cruelty towards farm animals. Today, the sanctuary has become home to over 500 cows, pigs, sheep, goats, poultry and more farm animals that have been rescued from animal agriculture. Farm Sanctuary works tirelessly to educate people – with help from the animals – on the cruelties and negative impact of this harmful style of farming. Their success has been celebrated and has helped Farm Sanctuary expand; In addition to the Watkins Glen Sanctuary, there are two others, one in Orland, California, the other in Los Angeles, California, and another proposed for New Jersey. >>

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THINK OF THEM AS friends not food “With sanctuaries, we’re able to model a different kind of relationship with these animals—they’re our friends, not our food,” says Baur. “People are hesitant to look at things that are very painful; so we tell our stories in a way that does not turn people off. If they know there is a happy ending - where an animal comes from a bad situation – and you now have a story of hope, people are more willing to listen and not shield their eyes and this helps them better understand the cruelty of the industry. “It is our way of reaching people and touching people and encouraging them to live more kindly,” said Baur. In the 1980s, Baur began travelling around the country with Green Peace and a number of animal activist groups in order to both document the cruelties he had witnessed for the mass public as well to spread knowledge of the harms of animal consumption. “I always knew from a young age that I wanted to do something positive and to work in a way that you are doing something that is meaningful; I did not want to be a cog in a wheel of a system that was causing such harm to our planet,” said Baur. “At the time I was not aware of animal agriculture - even though I grew up seeing violence around me: wars and nature being destroyed right outside of my parents’ home. I saw wild animals being injured by developmental groups and construction. I saw domestic animals like dogs hit by cars. And I was moved and impacted by the harm that human beings were causing to nature and animals and ourselves.” “I said, ‘If I can live well without causing any harm, why wouldn’t I?’,” said Baur. It quickly became apparent to Baur that the leading supporter of factory farming was the blind eye many turned towards animal agriculture. As being vegan was widely looked upon as unhealthy in the eighties, Baur said he realized he would have to educate the masses on the harm meat production does not only to the animals involved, but to the environment and our own bodies. “Animal agriculture not only harms billions of animals but also harms the environment, harms consumers, harms everyone it touches,” said Baur. “In the early 1980s I learned a lot about the harm we were doing by inadvertently supporting these companies. I quickly learned that we can feed more people by growing plant food than consuming animal food. You can easily live without hurting animals. And I wanted this to become well known – even though in the eighties it was spoken of.” The further Baur travelled, the more aware he said he became of the number of animals not only being slaughtered at these factories, but as

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well, being left for dead. Baur said their group was taking pictures of a pile of dead sheep when they came across a tiny, malnourished sheep lying in the pile of dead. Without hesitation they rescued the animal and brought it back to the road house they were operating out of in Delaware to rehabilitate. “We would bring the animals to the road house and rehabilitate them and then when they were well enough we would find good homes and place them to continue to thrive,” said Baur. “This is how our Adopt a Farm Animal program started so early.” Today, the Adopt a Farm Animal program has families sponsor an animal in need of loving parents to support their monthly feed, shelter, and veterinary care costs. By participating in the program, you help provide the necessary support to care for a rescued farm animal and defend against cruelty. “With the program it became very apparent that these animals were ambassadors,” said Baur. “People would come with their kids to see the animals and they wanted to hear about the animals and see where they came from and hear their stories.” Part of the mission as well is to demonstrate to youth that farm animals are feeling animals like cats and dog. Farm Sanctuary offers a number of tours that help open people’s eyes to this reality. “We want people to think of them as friends not food,” said Baur. “The animals we eat and the ones we consider to be our companions, are really arbitrary distinctions. All of these animals deserve to be treated with respect.” Baur and Farm Sanctuary continue to advocate through legal and electoral channels for laws regulating some farming practices. They have partnered with organizations like the Humane Society of the United States and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to work on various ballot initiatives and petition drives. The Farm Sanctuary’s voice has grown in tandem with the evolution of a more mainstream awareness of factory farming and vegan living; its mission sits at the union of these two married topics. “Most people are humane and would rather not support cruelty; but the way most of us have been raised, we are unwittingly supporting this cruelty by sheer habit and inability to see our habits as the poor option,” said Baur. “It is completely untrue that you need meat for protein or that you need cow’s milk for calcium. These are beliefs that most people grow up with.” “We are encouraging people to reevaluate these beliefs and make better choices,” said Baur.

Farm Sanctuary is increasing its focus on helping people find their way towards this plant-based lifestyle. Farm Sanctuary recently rebranded both the Farm and social media presences to better embody the vegan paradise they have become. Baur as well released his second book, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, a how-to guide for plant-based living, with more than one hundred vegan recipes and easy steps towards living more mindfully in our meat-centric society. Baur said society is now more accepting than ever of veganism and it is this acceptance and shift in what is deemed “normal eating habits” that is vital in evolving our society away from animal farming and towards a more plant based diet and lifestyle. “We are social animals; we learn from those around us and we adopt habits without thinking about them,” said Baur. “Everyone around me ate meat, so I started eating meat without thinking about it. But when I started to recognize that I can live well without eating animals, I went vegan. The more people that live vegan lifestyles, the more other people will become vegan. It is a viable lifestyle that today is recognized to be healthy, compassionate, one that leaves a lighter footprint on the planet and is building a lot of momentum.” “Just because we have done a certain thing for a long time, it does not mean it is the right thing to continue doing,” said Baur. “If that was the way, slavery would still be a right institution. Thankfully, we challenged it and changed it.” The New York State shelter is located in Watkins Glen, New York, and is open to visitors May through October. If you are interested in staying longer, there are accomodations available right at the sanctaury. For more information, visit farmsanctuary.org TM

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TASTE In Good Taste showcases a variety of Western New York’s most melt in your mouth, showstopping, foot stomping, lick your lips, delectable dishes. Whether these items are unique to a restaurant or a familiar food that is prepared in a way you’ve never tasted before, it’s evident that Western New York is home to a food culture that is growing every day, and while it can be hard to choose where to engage your taste buds first, we hope this guide gives you a good head start.


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Our menu features Certified Angus Beef steaks, seafood and pasta entrees. We have one of upstate New York’s most extensive wine lists. Friday night is Martini Club 5pm-7pm. Come in and enjoy a martini with complimentary appetizers. Join our Loyalty Program; earn points towards discounts off bill and other benefits. Summer Hours: Open Thurs-Sat. Winter Hours: Closed Tues. Bar opens at 4:30pm. Dinner starts at 5pm.

In the Summer of 2010 the Winery of Ellicottville opened its doors, and it has been serving award-winning wine to happy customers ever since. Together Dominic and Sam craft all of the wine on-site at the beautiful 14 Monroe Street location. They use only local grapes and all natural ingredients to create the 18+ varieties currently offered. Careful consideration and attention to detail goes in to every bottle of handcrafted wine that leaves the store.

The Fortuna family has been serving up authentic, homemade, traditional southern Italian dishes for over 70 years. We’re conveniently located in Niagara Falls’ Little Italy neighborhood, close to Seneca Niagara Casino and Niagara Falls State Park. Experience our steaks, veal, poultry and seafood, carefully prepared daily. Reserve your table and enjoy our hospitality.

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Specializing in Italian and American cuisine, prepared in the Old World manner since 1960, and nurtured by the culinary skills of the Capizzi family, Michael’s serves traditional dishes in a tasteful atmosphere reminiscent of a warm and charming Italian bistro. Every dish celebrates family, good friends, tradition and wonderful family cooking secrets, ensuring your return.

Since 1927, Francesco Antonacci’s family has been serving traditional dishes from Italy prepared in the true old-world manner, where every dish is a reflection of the cooking artistry of the chef. The Como is now the largest and most famous ItalianAmerican Restaurant in Niagara Falls, NY. The joy of fine food, accented by outstanding imported wines and liquors, makes dining at the Como Restaurant a memorable experience.

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NIAGARA FALLS LEGENDS LIVE JUNE 24 – SEPTEMBER 2 (EVERY FRIDAY) 5 PM TO 10 PM 101 OLD FALLS STREET, NIAGARA FALLS

Start your weekend with the area's greatest classic rock and pop music bands. Opening acts begin at 5pm and main acts play from 7-10pm. Each week, a food truck will be on-site. fallsstreet.com

FOURTH OF JULY CARNIVAL JULY 2 – 4 (RECURRING DAILY) STARTS AT 12 PM 101 OLD FALLS STREET, NIAGARA FALLS

Enjoy a weekend full of special events and activities!

CANAL FEST OF THE TONAWANDAS JULY 17– 24

An 8-day event celebrating the Erie Canal and the history. Featuring carnival rides, food vendors, music and more! Festivities are set up on Niagara and Young Streets in Tonawanda and Webster and Sweeney Streets in North Tonawanda. canalfest.org

9TH ANNUAL NIAGARA FALLS BLUE FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 16 – 18 OLD FALLS STREET, 101 OLD FALLS ST, NIAGARA FALLS

Enjoy a weekend of live music, food vendors and more! Visit the website for a full listing of events. niagarafallsbluesfest.org

16TH ANNUAL NIAGARA CELTIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL & HIGHLAND GAMES SEPTEMBER 17 – 18 KRULL PARK, OLCOTT

Immerse yourself in the traditions and pageantry of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Enjoy live Celtic music, dancers, sports, clans, living historians, vendors, food, contests, children's activities and much more! niagaraceltic.com


BUFFALO THE GREAT BLUE HERON MUSIC FESTIVAL JULY 1 – 3 2361 WAIT CORNERS RD, SHERMAN, NY

A summer tradition since 1992, the Great Blue Heron Music Festival is an annual celebration that brings thousands of music lovers to the rolling hills of Western New York each July. With a wide variety of live original music on three stages – including the Main Stage, the intimate Tiger Maple Stage and a big-top Dance Tent that swings through the night – plus instrument workshops, dance lessons, and activities for both children and teens, the festival provides many ways to enjoy the Independence Day weekend. And that is why so many music fans come back year after year, sharing the event with family and friends while camping out among the breezy fields and shady woods that grace the property. greatblueheron.com

BUFFALO WING FESTIVAL SEPT 3 - 12PM TO 9 PM SEPT 4 - 12 PM TO 7 PM COCA COLA FIELD

The idea for the festival came from a movie called Osmosis Jones. Bill Murray starred as a compulsive eater with a goal of attending the Super Bowl of junk food, The National Buffalo Wing Festival. Ironically, there wasn't one. That is when native Buffalonian, Drew Cerza, now affectionately known as the Wing King decided to make it happen back in 2002. This is a case of real life knocking off Hollywood! buffalowing.com

SCOTTISH FESTIVAL AND HIGHLAND GAMES MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AUGUST 19 – 21 BUFFALO NIAGARA HERITAGE VILLAGE, AMHERST NY

Expanding on the existing Scottish Festival and Clan gathering, the B.N.H.V. (Along with the Buffalo Heavies) will be hosting the Highland Games Masters World Championship. 120 of the worlds best over 40 year old athletes competing in 9 separate ancient strongman/ woman events. The festival has expanded for three days, several grand parties and much more entertainment. Bands, bagpipers, specialty beers, Scottish cultural events and of course the highland athletics are sure to make this a grand spectacle for the whole family. scottishmasters.org

ELLICOTTVILLE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL JULY 1 – 4

The 2016 Ellicottville Summer Music Festival is going to be a three concert weekend! Take some time to enjoy the annual Pet Parade or have some strawberry shortcake before heading up to Holiday Valley. Stroll the craft vendors on Jefferson Street. Hang out at the Village gazebo or head on over to The Winery of Ellicottville Mainstage on Monroe Street for a prelude to the main acts of the day! It is all a part of the Ellicottville Summer Music Festival! evillechamber.wix.com/summermusicfest

FOOD TRUCK TUESDAYS JULY 5 – OCT 4 (WEEKLY ON TUESDAYS) 5 PM TO 8 PM

Join us each Tuesday in Larkin Square for dozens of alternating food trucks, live music, and a handmade marketplace! LarkinSquare.com

3RD ANNUAL BUFFALO NIAGARA BLUES FESTIVAL JULY 9 – 11:30 AM UNTIL 11 PM

The 3rd-annual Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival takes place on Saturday, July 9 at Silo City, located at 92 Childs Street, opposite the intersection at Ohio and Ganson streets. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., with music running from noon until 11:00 p.m. There will be a beer & wine tent, along with many food and merchandise vendors. No outside food or drinks may be brought into the event. wnyblues.org

BUFFALO IRISH FESTIVAL AUGUST 26 – 28 BUFFALO RIVERWORKS (359 GRANSON ST)

Regarded as one of the largest Irish-Celtic celebration in the United States, the attendees of Buffalo Irish Festival will be able to sample the finest in Irish cuisine and beverages, as well as enjoy three days of continuous live music on 4 stages along with numerous vendors and craftsmen displaying and selling the finest handmade Irish goods. The opening Parade of the 32 County Flags of Ireland is on Friday, August 26th at 5:00pm. buffaloirish.com >> TODAYMAGAZINE.CA 77


LOCKPORT PIRATE FESTIVAL JULY 8 – 10 FRIDAY 6 PM TO 12 AM, SATURDAY 12 PM TO 12 AM & SUNDAY 12 PM TO 6 PM KRULL PARK, (6108 LAKE ROAD)

Enjoy rides, food, music, car show, and live entertainment. Parade on Saturday at noon. Wear your pirate costume! Lots of pirate fun for the whole family! Sponsored by the Olcott Fire Co.

LOCKPORT IN BLOOM GARDEN WALK JULY 9 – 10 10 AM TO 5 PM

The Lockport In Bloom Garden walk is a free, self-guided, walking - driving tour featuring more than 40 historic homes and gardens throughout the City of Lockport. Also included are city parks containing well-maintained flowerbeds and trees. This event takes place rain or shine. Twilight Garden Tour July 9 6:30 PM -9 PM

TASTE OF LOCKPORT AUGUST 14 – 12 PM TO 6 PM IDA FRITZ PARK

Join us to sample Lockport's best restaurants, and enjoy live music and other fun family activities!

HAMBURG BURGERFEST JULY 16 STARTING AT 11:30 AM

BurgerFest is located along Main and Buffalo Streets and in the Village of Hamburg Municipal Parking Lot. The Taste of Hamburg portion of the festival features the favorite offerings of local restaurants, in the parking lot. The one-day festival has something for everyone, from First Niagara Kidspace children’s inflatable rides and activities; an arts and crafts show and sale, the KeyBank Classic Car Show and the Labatt Beer Tent. hamburgburgerfest.com

ERIE COUNTY FAIR AUGUST 10 – 21

The Erie County Fair is back for the 177th Edition at the Fairgrounds. Fun for the whole family the Fair features food, rides, shows, animals and shopping. There is something for everyone. As we celebrate 177 years of tradition, agriculture and excitement. For a complete listing of event and more information find the Fair on Facebook, Twitter, or online at ecfair.org


LEWISTON SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK JUNE THROUGH AUGUST ARTPARK STATE PARK, LEWISTON, NY

Western NY’s hottest free concert series runs all summer long. artpark.net

NIAGARA WINE TRAIL, USA WINE FESTIVAL

LEWISTON HARVEST FESTIVAL & CRAFT SHOW SEPTEMBER 24 – 25 CENTER STREET, LEWISTON

More than 100 of New York State's finest crafters are featured, along with food vendors, farmers, wineries, and live music.

JULY 30 – 31 ACADEMY PARK, LEWISTON, NY

Enjoy wine and local food all weekend! Ticket is valid for both days and includes 3 tastes at each of the participating wineries. Ticket holders will receive a keepsake wine glass, while supplies last. Local vendors will be on hand to purchase culinary delights and refreshments from each day; food is not included with festival ticket price. niagarausawinefestival.com

NYPA WILDLIFE FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 24 –25 NIAGARA POWER VISTA, 5777 LEWISTON RD, LEWISTON

A weekend of attractions, hands-on activities and free family fun! nypa.gov/niagarapowervista >>

50TH ANNUAL LEWISTON ART FESTIVAL AUGUST 13 – 14 CENTER ST, LEWISTON

Lewiston's signature event featuring work by more than 175 exceptional artists and fine crafters including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, wood, mixed media, and photography. Event also features food vendors, music and more!

HISTORIC LEWISTON JAZZ FESTIVAL AUGUST 26 – 27 CENTER ST, LEWISTON

Enjoy free Jazz performed by world class musicians on 5 different stages along Center Street in Historic Lewiston. Taste delicious food as the region's finest chefs come out of their kitchens and onto the street to showcase their culinary talents. To whet your appetite, a selection of wines from the Niagara Wine Trail will be available for your enjoyment. Also, don't miss the Premiere Jewelry Show and Classic Car Show. lewistonjazz.com

NIAGARA COUNTY PEACH FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 9 – 11 ACADEMY PARK, LEWISTON

Enjoy an old fashioned festival complete with a parade, peach shortcake, carnival rides and more! lewistonpeachfestival.org

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EAST AURORA BATAVIA 5TH ANNUAL TASTE OF EAST AURORA SEPTEMBER 10 11 AM TO 5PM EAST AURORA

The 5th Annual Taste of East Aurora will feature Local Cuisine. Over 25 Restaurants will set up to provide taste tempting delicacies from their restaurants. The event is sponsored by Tops Markets, Bee Group Newspapers and the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Music by the Old Hippies. (716) 652-8444; eanycc@verizon.net for more information.

INSANE INFLATABLE 5K AUGUST 13 AT 8:30 AM EAST AURORA, KNOX FARM STATE PARK

The Insane Inflatable 5K is coming to your neck of the woods! Get ready to experience the most fun, wild and insane obstacle run in the world. Get “pumped up” for a course filled with the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles ever created. Here’s your chance to be a kid at heart, and insane by choice!

17TH ANNUAL JACKSON SQUARE CONCERT SERIES EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT- JULY 1ST– AUGUST 26TH, 7 PM TO 9 PM JACKSON SQUARE - DOWNTOWN BATAVIA FRIDAY, JULY 1ST - St. Joe’s Marching Band/

Drum & Bugle Corps (85th Reunion) FRIDAY, JULY 8TH - Fat City (Soft Rock) FRIDAY, JULY 15TH - Ghost Riders (Country) FRIDAY, JULY 22ND - Universal Mind (Rock) FRIDAY, JULY 29TH - The Fibs (Rock/Reggae/Funk) FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH - Stone Row (Celtic Rock) FRIDAY, AUGUST 12TH - Midnight Cruisers (Rock) FRIDAY, AUGUST 19TH - It’s My Party (50’s and 60’s) FRIDAY, AUGUST 26TH - Josie Waverly Band (Country)

RAMBLE MUSIC AND ART FEST JULY 2 – 11 AM TO  1 PM

The Ramble Music and Art Fest will be held on Saturday, July 2 from 11:00am - 11:00pm on Center St and in Jackson Square.

PICNIC IN THE PARK JULY 4 AT 12 PM 151 STATE STREET, BATAVIA

GO ART!’s Picnic in the Park will be celebrating its 38th year with live music, food, local vendors and artisans, and family-friendly events all day such as pony rides and a bounce house. The Kiddie Parade kicks off the event!


FINGER LAKES AREA FINGER LAKES WINE FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY YANCEY’S FANCY NEW YORK’S ARTISAN CHEESE JULY 15TH – 17TH WATKINS GLEN

The Finger Lakes Wine Festival offers the largest showcase of wines produced in New York State with over 80 wineries paired with regional artisans, live music, culinary classes and cooking demonstrations.

SYRACUSE STYLE FASHION EVENT SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Syracuse Style is Downtown's premier fashion event, showcasing downtown apparel boutiques and salons with a spectacular runway fashion show. An 80-foot lighted runway will set the stage on the 100 block of Walton Street in Armory Square. All proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Central New York.

NAPLES GRAPE FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 24 – 25 NAPLES, FINGER LAKES

Since 1961, the grape festival has been held every September to celebrate the area's grape harvest, talented artisans, wine makers, local and regional music and cuisine on the grounds of the Naples High School and Memorial Town Hall. Bake a pie for the World's Greatest Grape Pie Contest and sample everything "grape" that our valley has to offer. Taste Finger Lakes wines in the wine tent. You'll find arts and crafts, reviewed by a jury of independent artists, for every taste and budget. Festivals and great food go together! You'll have a marvelous selection of edibles to choose from. Throughout the 2-day festival you can enjoy area musicians performing rock, blues, jazz and original music to get your feet tapping and your heart singing.

ARTS AT THE GARDENS AUGUST 20 – 21 10 AM TO 5 PM CANANDAIGUA, FINGER LAKES

Arts At The Gardens is a two-day juried fine art and crafts show & sale held on the grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. Over 110 artists from across the nation. Admission: $6

PARK AVENUE SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL ROCHESTER, FINGER LAKES AUGUST 6 – 7 SATURDAY 10 AM TO 6 PM & SUNDAY 10 AM TO 5 PM

One of Rochester's oldest and most unique neighborhoods celebrates its Annual Festival of arts, crafts, music and shopping. This festival annually attracts over 250,000 people! >>

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YOUNGSTOWN DEPEW OLD FORT NIAGARA'S ANNUAL 1812 ENCAMPMENT SEPTEMBER 3 – 4, OLD FORT NIAGARA, 4 SCOTT AVE., YOUNGSTOWN

Tactical and weapons demonstrations from the War of 1812. Saturday night battle reenactment, 7pm. Living history camps and programs throughout the weekend. oldfortniagara.org

SANBORN LEWISTON FARM FESTIVAL JULY 23 – 24 SATURDAY 8 AM TO 6 PM SUNDAY 8 AM TO 3 PM SANBORN LEWISTON FARM MUSEUM

Experience farm life with an antique/flea market, antique engine & tractor exhibits, food, 100 year old barn, music, and fun. sanbornhistory.org/events.htm

THE GREAT CONTRAPTION RACE JULY 30 AT 9 AM

The Great Contraption Race (GCR) is a fun, 2-person and or 4-person team race that will soon become The WNY event that will be on everyone’s bucket list near and far! Teams will race down the lower Niagara River on their floating contraptions beginning in Lewiston, NY finishing in Youngstown, NY at Fort Niagara State Park The race occurs on floating contraptions designed and built by each team. The contraptions must be made mostly from recycled materials, they must be able to float and the contraption can only be powered by human power, and or, a man made sail to float down the River. Costumes and themed contraptions are highly recommended. Food and beverage will be supplied at the finish line where we will celebrate a fun-filled day in the incredible lower Niagara River Region with music and awards for team competitors and their support crews. This area along with viewing areas along the river are available for those who would like to come and cheer you on! ithappenedtoalexa.org/ The-Great-Contraption-Race

ARTS IN THE VILLAGE SEPTEMBER 3 10 AM TO 6 PM DOWNTOWN LANCASTER, CENTRAL AVENUE BETWEEN BROADWAY AND PLEASANT AVENUE

Join us for a day of fun for the whole family! Enjoy the many Artisans displaying and selling their craft. There is a judged art show, kids artisan area, entertainment on stage all day TM


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