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Stories by Mary Kunz Goldman

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Friday, August 19, 2016

Sometimes, when we’re lucky, two adventures on our Western New York 100 Things tour collide. That happened at our last stop, the Holland Speedway. The Erie County Fair was about to open, and folks were talking about it. I learned that one woman I met, Lynn Easton, had won a blue ribbon for apple pie, in 2006. I... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The thought first crossed my mind when I was little and my parents showed me Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s “State Fair.” The movie was so retro and romantic, showing a family traveling to the fair with dreams of winning a blue ribbon. The thought crossed my mind again last summer at the Erie County Fair. Visiting the... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, August 4, 2016

What would a Buffalo summer be like without memories of the Bar-Room Buzzards? It’s unimaginable. Young or old, East Side or West Side, odds are that, at one time in your life, you have grooved to this quintessential quartet. Maybe you were on the Miss Buffalo. Perhaps you may have seen them at M&T Plaza. The... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Friday, July 22, 2016

My editor, Bruce Andriatch, likes to joke that there are four words reporters dread hearing him say: “I have an idea.” Maybe we don’t exactly dread them. It’s true, though, that you never know what you’ll be in for. A year ago, those four words led me into something I would never have dreamed up. There... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tenor sax ballad master Don Rice can practically consider himself an honorary Buffalonian. A native of Omaha, Neb., Rice has been playing on The Buffalo News’ Jazz at the Albright-Knox series for, literally, decades. He always delivers. Rice has a whispery, silken sound perhaps inspired by Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and,... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The word is out about Larkinville’s Food Truck Tuesdays. But what about Wednesdays? Wednesdays, the focus shifts to local music. From 5 to 8:30 p.m., “Live at Larkin” welcomes an impressive array of local talent. Typically, there are two or three bands, with all the musicians jamming together at the end. It’s... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Friday, July 15, 2016

There’s another Canalside in town. Downtown Buffalo’s is fine and dandy, and has played a starring role in our 100 Things list. But from July 17 to 24, the spotlight shoots to another part of the Erie Canal – the romantic, historic stretch where the fabled cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda meet. Canal... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Monday, July 11, 2016

The Buffalo News’ Jazz at the Albright-Knox series got rolling Sunday with a classic afternoon in the sun. The mood was, as God intended, sweet and lazy. Taste of Buffalo, gobbling up most Western New Yorkers, made for a modest crowd on the back steps of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. That meant more room in the... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Friday, July 8, 2016

One unforgettable summer, I volunteered at Taste of Buffalo. A friend and I sold tickets in a booth. Suddenly, a crisis hit. Our tickets ran out. We had to wait for more. Talk about pressure. The festival has always been well-organized, and probably our wait was only a couple of minutes. But I recall it as forever.... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, July 7, 2016

Want to get close to the world’s top rock guitarists? Won’t happen. Even the foremost jazz saxophonists? You’ll need some luck. And yet a half dozen globally acknowledged accordion champions – virtuosi that accordion vendor Frank Busso Jr. referred to as “giants of the accordion world” – are, for a... Read More

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