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All's Well That Ends Well

All's Well That Ends Well
  •     A familiar early photo of Buffalo shows the Twin Pumps that stood at Main Street and The Terrace near what was the entrance to Memorial Auditorium. The two pumps standing side by side, were operated manually by two slim, curved pump handles made of wrought iron, about 4 feet long, with a ball at the end of each handle about the size of a small orange. The pumps stood on a stone slab about 4 feet wide, 6 feet long and about 10 inches high. On each corner of the plot reserved for the pumps was a stout oaken post to fend off wagons that might be inclined to drive too close. 

The Buffalo Infringement Festival 2011: July 28th - August 7th

The Buffalo Infringement Festival 2011: July 28th - August 7th

11 Days of Art Under the Radar

1200 performances!
52 venues
50 visual artists
190 musical acts
24 films/videos
90 performance projects including:
20 dances troupes/performers
35 theater groups/performers
27 poetry/ spoken word


The Buffalo Infringement Festival is an 11 day celebration of art of all kinds. It takes place in over 50 venues centered in Allentown and spans across the whole city of Buffalo. 

Artists perform in the usual venues and take over the streets of Allentown and the Elmwood Village.


There are 1200 performances and events scheduled in dance, theater, music, poetry, film, and visual installations.

In its 7th year, Infringement has grown tremendously from under 50 proposals in 2005, to 350 this year. Just about every artist in Buffalo takes part in the festival somehow and this year has 30 out- of - town acts coming to perform. 

Mayor Brown Announces $1.2 Million for City Parks

Mayor Brown Announces $1.2 Million for City Parks

BUFFALO–Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that five grants have been awarded directly from New York State to the City of Buffalo/Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC), worth approximately $1.2 million for major park improvements.

“I remain focused on upgrading recreational facilities throughout the city, especially parks,” said Mayor Brown. “The parks are one of the city’s greatest assets, and I will continue to support initiatives that make the parks safe and enjoyable for Buffalo residents and visitors.”

The grants will fund improvements in Delaware Park for the Parkside Lodge, Hoyt Lake pathway restoration, Point of Meadow shelter and pathway restoration. The grants will also include $525,000 in upgrades to MLK, Jr. Park for the Humboldt Basin wall, new statue sculpture and plaza improvements. Riverside Park will receive $125,000 in new landscaping around the lighthouse.

Front Yard Garden Competition Kick-Off

Front Yard Garden Competition Kick-Off

Next week, thirteen front yards along South Buffalo’s Newman Place (bordering the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Cazenovia Park) will be transformed by professional landscapers, who will donate their time and materials and compete to create the most impressive yards. This Front Yard Garden Competition is part of 2nd annual National Garden Festival and festival organizers believe it is the only such civic-minded garden competition in the country.

The public can view the landscaping work in progress from July 11 to July 16 and then vote for their favorite yard from July 17 to July 22.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists July 9 Activities

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists July 9 Activities

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, a Western New York tradition featuring more than 30 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local products, is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine. Providing musical entertainment at the open-air venue this week, July 9, will be Kate Shaffer from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and Robert Ritchie from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The market also welcomes several community groups this week, including UNYTS, Buffalo Animal Shelter, Lexington Cooperative Market and KidBiz. Niagara Landing Wine Cellars and Freedom Run Winery will offer wine-tasting.

Quebec City Celebrated 400 Years, with a Grain Elevator

Quebec City Celebrated 400 Years, with a Grain Elevator

   This post requires very little pro-log. The videos speak for themselves. Grain Elevators have been in Buffalo's news lately. In Quebec City they took pride in their 400 year old heritage and created the largest video projection ever attempted in the world. Where? On the side of the huge Bunge Grain Elevator on their waterfront. This is just one of many things that could be done here. Buffalonians in my opinion think too small. This Projection on the Bunge Grain Elevator in Quebec City told the 400 year old history of Quebec City, no words, just sound and images.  See what a little pride in ones heritage and industrial architecture can do.  We have so much history in Buffalo and so little respect or pride. So many tourism dollars are lost because of Buffalo's lack of imagination and courage to step up and do something different for a change, like Quebec did.

BPO Performing FREE Concerts In Your Town

BPO Performing FREE Concerts In Your Town

BUFFALO, NY - Every summer the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performs FREE outdoor concerts at various parks across Western New York and this year is no exception. 

The public is invited to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, or even a snack and enjoy the sounds of summer from Buffalo's own Philharmonic Orchestra at no cost.

Below is a list of this summer's free performances:

  • Friday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. - Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park.  Matthew Kraemer, Conductor
  • Saturday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. - Casenovia Park, Buffalo.  Paul Ferington, Conductor
  • Tuesday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. - Centennial Park, Batavia.  Paul Ferington, Conductor
  • Saturday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m.