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‘Tis the season for merriment and childlike wonder. Treat yourself to some classic Western New York holiday events or give yourself the gift of music with an evening of young string quartet virtuosos or a festive Hanukkah concert. Through Dec. 23: Festival of Lights The Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg Load the family in the car and head to The Fairgrounds f…

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With so many markets popping up around town come holiday season, I made it my personal mission to explore as many as I possibly could last year. One thing I realized in the process? Different markets pair best with certain personality types and shopping styles. Our abundance of options made for great variety: some are more low-key while others are packed with people. So wh…

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A seasoned North Buffalo plow guy (of Brothers-in-Lawn landscape and plowing) on what Buffalo winters are like for those keeping our roads clear. What are plowing hours like? Crazy. My family knows when I leave, I may be back in five or six hours, or I may not see them for a couple of days. I’m not even joking. I don’t think people realize that we’d like to start plowing…

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From a first-ever pumpkin lighting to a gift show that’s nearly 40, these November events will inspire, enlighten and give you a head start on your holiday shopping. Nov. 1: Pumpkin Lighting Party The Foundry Give your pumpkin a second chance to shine and check out the mad carving skills of other Jack-O-Lantern enthusiasts at Buffalo’s first-ever pumpkin lighting at T…

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Life can be a little stressful at times, so finding ways to let go in a positive way is important. Some people turn to yoga to relax or box to help get that aggression out—but Niagara Falls has a different idea. Smash Brothers Rage Room lets you work through your stressors by absolutely destroying a bunch of glass and electronics in a safe environment. My first quest…

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As the 2019-20 school year hits its stride, student-athletes around Western New York have more than winning championships on their minds. Thoughts of giving back to their communities are also on their to-do lists. “(Coach Brian Baker) always brings up that there’s a bigger world out there besides Wilson,” said Megan Musall, a junior on the Wilson High School girls varsi…

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When Lisa LaTovato walked out of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s funeral in March of 2018, she knew her life was about to make a transformation. The former congressional aide had learned about women’s issues at the knee of Slaughter, the Western New York Democrat who served as the first woman to represent her district from 1986 until her death. Slaughter was one of the…

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Western New York autumns may be filled with fabulous foliage and crisp air, but there’s also plenty of inside fun to be had. From a neighborhood tour of homes to international film and jazz festivals, this lineup runs the gamut from hyperlocal to global appeal. Oct. 2: The Price Is Right Live University at Buffalo Center for the Arts “Come on down,” you could be the n…

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With fall in full swing and the beloved summer crop harvested and to market, what’s left but to venture into fields of corn for sport? Grab a pair of old sneakers or rain boots and try to find the exits through these now-yellowed stalks. The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence 2019 design: Superhero. Cost: $8 per person; $2 discount with paid festival admission Extra ke…

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Fall is still a beautiful time to catch a sunset in Western New York; while winter is not yet upon us, make the most of those waning long days. The sun sets around 7 p.m. in early October, sneaking closer to 6 p.m. by end of the month. Since a sunset looks even more picturesque over the water, you can’t go wrong heading lake or riverside for a vantage point. Nearly a…

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Museums have always been an all-ages affair, but lately institutions are upping programming geared towards adults. Whether you seek after-hour access, higher education or a boozy bash, there’s something for everyone. Buffalo Museum of Science Science After Hours are relaxed post-5 p.m. events that take place monthly at the museum or Tifft Nature Preserve. Offerings inclu…

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It’s like something out of Old Hollywood: Their eyes meet across a crowded room and there’s a connection. Her eyes widen as her eyebrows raise. His smile is tentative, then more confident. The music rises to a heart-pounding crescendo. Is this love…or just another scene to play? With thousands of arts professionals in our region’s robust creative community, it’s inevita…

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The Edsel, so it seems, is much like the Lay’s potato chip. You can’t have just one. At least, that’s the impression I got earlier this summer when I spent the day with the local Edsel owner’s group at its 26th annual summer get-together, held (as always) at the home of Mike and Cathy Brogan in South Wales. The Brogans currently own four Edsels (a number always subje…

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September can be one of the most beautiful months of the year in Western New York: still plenty warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities, but without the blazing temps and hair-curling humidity. From an annual gala at our horticultural hub to a first-time beer and barbecue festival on the grounds of an 1800s Victorian mansion, these events give you one last chance to get ou…