After record subzero temps that froze everything from eyelashes to Niagara Falls, Western New Yorkers are ready to put another winter in the books. This list includes events that remind us spring is just around the corner, like an orchid show that will surround you in exotic blooms and a home show full of ideas for tackling improvements once the weather breaks.
March 3: A Night at the Oscars
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo
It’s the next best thing to hobnobbing with the Hollywood elite. Dress for your red carpet moment at this event that will bring you the music of Oscars past, including Academy Award-winning music from “Ben Hur,” ”Tara’s Theme” from “Gone with the Wind,” selections from “West Side Story” and “Les Miserables,” and suites from “Forrest Gump” and “The Lord of the Rings.” Stay for the after-party with live music and dancing, movie-inspired cocktails and snacks, and plenty of Oscar-themed decorations. Show starts at 8 p.m. (885-5000; Bpo.org)
March 3-4: Orchid Show
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo
Once considered a hobby for only the rich and royal, orchids created such a stir that hunters were paid big bucks to find rare varieties in the wild. Lucky for you, this event gathers dozens of award-winning orchids under one roof. Exhibits will take over the Botanical Gardens, with educational programs both days on growing and caring for the coveted plants, along with other indoor gardening tips. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Orchids and supplies will be available from several vendors. (827-1584; Buffalogardens.com)
Admission: $11 adults, $10 seniors, $9 students, $6 kids 3-12. Garden Members and kids 2 and under are free.
March 9: Blues and Brews
Ellicott Square Building, 295 Main St., Buffalo
Grab your friends and your dancing shoes for this event to benefit Kevin Guest House, which provides a home away from home for patients and their families traveling for medical care. Chill out to great local blues from the Hayden Fogle Band before heating up the dance floor with tunes from DJ Seitz & Sounds. Great grub from Dinosaur BBQ will be served, along with beverages from Flying Bison, Labatt and more. Party goes from 6-10:30 p.m. (882-1818; Kevinguesthouse.com)
March 9-11 and 16-18: Buffalo Home Show
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Planning your next home improvement project? This event offers tons of information and inspiration. Visit the Feature Stage for exciting presentations and insider tips, learn from the experts at the Make It Take It workshops, enjoy a sneak peek at the latest products in the custom-built design home, get landscaping ideas from the lobby backyard oasis, and relax at the craft beer Happy Hour each Friday. Celebrities include TLC’s “Trading Spaces” carpenter Brett Tutor and Jason Cameron, host of DIY Network’s “Desperate Landscapes,” “Man Caves” and “Sledgehammer.”
Show runs Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (429-6626; Buffalohomeshow.com)
Admission: Adults, $11 ($8 online); children 6-12, $3; five and under, free.
March 10: Sound & Soul Gala
Adam’s Mark Hotel & Event Center, 120 Church St., Buffalo
Think hippie meets hustle meets hair metal. This fundraiser for Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center Foundation has expanded to include the music of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. In addition to the popular costume contest, guests will enjoy live music, a celebrity speed painter, live and silent auctions and a sit-down dinner. Event runs 6 p.m. to midnight. VIP pre-party starts at 5 p.m. and includes hors d’oeuvres, wine pairings and specialty cocktails from Chocolate Bar. (885-8871 ext. 2202; Soundandsoul.org)
Admission: $175; VIP, $225
March 23: Finnegan’s Farewell
Michael’s Catering & Banquets, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg
You may find yourself singing Irish drinking songs and stepdancing at this interactive dinner theater performance by the Lancaster Regional Players. Help say goodbye to Patrick James Finnegan — a mailman turned slot-playing millionaire — while enjoying a huge theme basket raffle, cash bar, dinner and dessert. All proceeds will support Sasi’s mission to bring dignity, purpose and confidence to people with disabilities and special needs. Show runs 5:30-9:30 p.m. (805-1555; Sasinc.org)
Admission: $43 individual, $325 table of eight, $400 table of ten