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Ring in the New Year with ‘I Bang Down a Silver Bell,’ a Unique Collection of Poems

Ring in the New Year with ‘I Bang Down a Silver Bell,’ a Unique Collection of Poems

No Frills Buffalo has published a new book of poems from local author Tommy Blake. “I Bang Down a Silver Bell” is a collection of 14 poems written by Blake, who grew up in Buffalo. He was born deaf and with cerebral palsy. 

The poems were written over the past several years, a period of time that coincided with Blake regaining his hearing through cochlear implants, resulting in a wonderfully lyrical outburst that already has delighted readers around Western New York. Tommy Blake is the brother of journalist/author Rich Blake, who wrote the foreword to Tommy’s book. 

Explore Buffalo Announces Grain Alley Gala Event

Explore Buffalo Announces Grain Alley Gala Event

Explore Buffalo’s annual fundraising event will take place in Buffalo’s historic First Ward in 2017! Come see what the excitement is all about from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, during the Grain Alley Gala at the newly renovated Barrel Factory at 65 Vandalia St., and support the continued growth of Explore Buffalo’s educational programs.

Celebrate the Holidays with Explore Buffalo

Celebrate the Holidays with Explore Buffalo

Explore Buffalo, an organization dedicated to offering tours of the city’s most unique architecture and attractions, recently announced holiday tours to help you celebrate the season!

Home Tour
Explore Buffalo will host a special Holiday Home Tour event from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Tour a beautifully decorated home on one of Buffalo’s most exclusive streets, Chapin Parkway. Also featured on the 2016 Twilight Tour of Homes in June, the home of the Eoannou family will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland!

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Plans Strong 2016 Finish

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Plans Strong 2016 Finish

A Member’s Exhibit featuring a wide variety of artwork such as watercolor, acrylics, fiber art, pottery, mixed media and more, will debut from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. The exhibit will remain on display through Dec. 30.

A second exhibit, “Anxious” by University at Buffalo student Brianna Rine, will kick off with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and will remain on display through Dec. 23. Rine’s photography looks at and captures the emotion of anxiety.

Wine, Women & Art with artist Andrea Oswald will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. Guests will create two holiday wine glasses decorated with colored Christmas lights. All supplies, including wine and tasty goodies, are included in the $30 class fee.

Smackdab/Adults-Only Opening Winter Lights at Audubon Friday, December 16

Smackdab/Adults-Only Opening Winter Lights at Audubon Friday, December 16

Jamestown, NY – Winter Lights at Audubon opens this year with an Adults Only night featuring the exciting regional favorite live band Smackdab.

After walking a luminary-lit trail of interactive lights, you can listen to music and enjoy snacks and a beer or glass of wine at the Audubon Community Nature Center on Friday evening, December 16, 2016. Soda, hot chocolate, and coffee will also be available for designated drivers and those not interested in beer or wine.

The 5:30-8:30 p.m. event features 14 lasers and more than 10,000 LED lights, a merger of nature with cutting edge technology where YOU get to control your experience. Interactive LED lights, including a drum that changes lights in the building, firefly lasers and animal quiz boards, create a new twist on light shows.

You can warm up at the fire at the midpoint of the half-mile walk on a paved and ice-free trail, and gasp at the finale at the Blue Heron Overlook.

Smackdab/Adults-Only Opening Winter Lights at Audubon Friday, December 16

Smackdab/Adults-Only Opening Winter Lights at Audubon Friday, December 16

Jamestown, NY – Winter Lights at Audubon opens this year with an Adults Only night featuring the exciting regional favorite live band Smackdab.

After walking a luminary-lit trail of interactive lights, you can listen to music and enjoy snacks and a beer or glass of wine at the Audubon Community Nature Center on Friday evening, December 16, 2016. Soda, hot chocolate, and coffee will also be available for designated drivers and those not interested in beer or wine.

The 5:30-8:30 p.m. event features 14 lasers and more than 10,000 LED lights, a merger of nature with cutting edge technology where YOU get to control your experience. Interactive LED lights, including a drum that changes lights in the building, firefly lasers and animal quiz boards, create a new twist on light shows.

You can warm up at the fire at the midpoint of the half-mile walk on a paved and ice-free trail, and gasp at the finale at the Blue Heron Overlook.

Local Artisans Inspire Holiday Shopping at 22nd Annual Yuletide in the Country

Local Artisans Inspire Holiday Shopping at 22nd Annual Yuletide in the Country

Western New Yorkers can complete their holiday shopping and buy local on Dec. 3 and 4 as the 22nd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Artisan Market returns to the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.