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Watching Erin Lalley-Bauer thoughtfully craft a wreath is to witness pure creativity at work. The owner of Fern Croft Floral has cultivated a reputation for her fresh, inventive creations — her style an effortless ode to the natural beauty that surrounds us. Here, she proves just how dynamic sustainable design can be by creating a wreath for both fall and winter from th…

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What do Octo Mom, Snookie and Mayhem from the Allstate commercials all have in common? They were once very popular Halloween costumes. If these seem like random choices, it’s because they are. But some people, like Dave DeJac of DC Theatricks in Buffalo and Mike Smilanich of George and Company in Williamsville, have made it their business to track costume trends. Bot…

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Author, researcher, storyteller and supernatural historian Mason Winfield is the founder of Haunted History Ghost Walks. He has written or edited 14 books, and most recently appeared on Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum.” His September release, “The Rose Witch,” is a study of Western New York’s ethnic supernatural lore and traditions. His newest book, the second no…

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Marge and Linda Hastreiter didn’t set out to go into the business of ghost busting. “We moved here under the pretense that it would remain a museum honoring the Lovejoy neighborhood with an emphasis on railroad and military history,” Linda Hastreiter explained. The mother-daughter duo moved to the Iron Island Museum at 993 Lovejoy Street from down the road in 2000. It h…

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Tarot card readings have always been a popular activity, but now people are looking to learn the art for themselves. “Really it’s a tool to drop deeper into yourself and take a look at what’s going on in your subconscious,” said Laurel Flynn, an intuitive tarot reader and abundance coach. “In terms of learning it, it’s definitely a big trend now.” Flynn said stores l…

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When a bunch of strangers sit down to spend an afternoon together, certain topics of conversation are typically verboten — like politics and death. But for one group in Buffalo, the latter is the whole reason for gathering. Death Café Buffalo, the new, local affiliate of an international movement with chapters in 56 countries, is a discussion group where people get toge…

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Do you...check your phone every few minutes? Scroll Facebook for hours? Fall asleep clutching your iPad? We could go on, but you get the idea. Digital addiction is a thing, and now one hotel is addressing it. The Marriott Renaissance in Pittsburgh might not have a cure for your addiction, but has something fun that can point you in the right direction: A Digital Detox G…

Dialo Rivera-Stevens is living proof that your past does not define your future. The young man was recently named the Boys & Girls Club of WNY 2018 Youth of the Year, leaving his troubled early teen years and gang activity long behind. With nominees from 12 clubs around the region, Rivera-Stevens represented Butler-Mitchell Boys & Girls Club in Buffalo, where he…

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Bold graphics and brief yet thoughtful wall texts immediately draw in visitors to the new Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. The Center, which reveals authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls, is housed within the Niagara Falls Amtrak depot and an adjoining, preserved former U.S. Customs House that now…

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Five years ago, Janne Sirén moved from Finland to take over as director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. There’s been a flurry of activity since, including the largest single private donation ever given to a Buffalo cultural institution: $42.5 million. That and additional funds will support a major expansion project to house the museum’s growing collection. You’ve done a…

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At least 10 feet off the ground, Erica Cope pulls herself up and twists around two long pieces of silk fabric suspended from the ceiling. As she contorts her body and flips forward, she’s not thinking about the precarious distance between her and the floor, or even the next skill she’ll perform. Instead, she’s feeling the music and concentrating on creating an exciting per…

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As sad as we are to see summer wind down, there’s still a chance to take in some end-of-the-season celebrations and festivals. From an outdoor music extravaganza to a look inside the career of one of the ‘80s most unconventional heroes, we’ve mapped out some can’t-miss events. Sept. 6-9: Niagara County Peach Festival Academy Park, 890 Center St., Lewiston Everything’s…

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Carolyn and Bill Panzica know how to operate a bakery. For over 20 years, the couple created and cultivated Butterwood Desserts, which they grew in West Falls and sold for relocation to Buffalo almost 10 years ago. But to turn their former fire hall-turned-bakery space into a rustic performing arts center? It wasn’t something they intended, but now five years since firs…

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Built in 1928 at a cost of $100,000, the Grandstand was lauded in an Erie Independent article that year as a “fine structure, not surpassed in beauty and completeness by any similar stand on any fairgrounds in the country.” It has since been the center for many of the Erie County Fair’s most memorable moments, playing host to everything from chariot races and horse show…

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If you’ve absorbed the sounds, sights and scents of nature during a walk in the woods and emerged feeling calmer and more focused, you have dabbled in a wellness trend — forest bathing. Developed in Japan during the 1980s, Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, has gained popularity in the U.S. over the last couple of years. It’s simple and inexpensive — take a leisurely two …