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"The March wind roars
Like a lion in the sky,
And makes us shiver
As he passes by.
When winds are soft,
And the days are warm and clear,
Just like a gentle lamb,
Then spring is here."

- Author Unknown

ON THE MOVE From Celeste Lawson

H Greetings, After50 friends! Here we are leaving winter behind and rolling into spring! March plays such a key role in the transition of seasons. Many different types of celebrations are held in this month, both secular and non-secular. This year, March is the month we have Palm Sunday and Good Friday, and is also the month that Passover begins. The first Friday of every March is World Day of Prayer.

March is also Women’s History Month with International Women’s Day being celebrated on March 8th. March 12th is when we honor Girl Scouts. The Girl Scouts were established in 1912 by Lady Olave Baden-Powell of Great Britain and at that time called “Girl Guides.” On March 12, 1912 Juliette Gordon Low of the United States started America’s first Girl Scout group in Savannah, Georgia with eighteen girls.

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, which is always fun, and March is recognized as National Irish American Heritage Month (designated by Congress in 1995).

Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated on either March 11th or September 26th. The September date is Appleseed's acknowledged birth date. Johnny Appleseed was a real person, born John Chapman on September 26, 1774. He was among the American settlers who were captivated by the movement west across the continent. As Johnny Appleseed travelled west, he planted apple trees along the way, and sold trees to settlers. With every apple tree that was planted, his legend grew until he was only known as Johnny Appleseed.

The “Ides of March,” March 15th, is commonly referred to as the first day of spring in the Roman calendar and is always associated with the warning given to Julius Caesar to “Beware the Ides of March,” the day he was murdered by a gang led by Marcus Brutus. However, this year, March 20th is the Vernal Equinox (first day of Spring). Yay! March 20th is also International Earth Day. John McConnell of Davis City, Iowa, established International Earth Day in an effort to make people aware of their responsibilities to care for the planet. In 1970, McConnell wrote an Earth Day Proclamation that was ultimately signed by United Nations Secretary General, U Thant, on March 21, 1971.

March is when we learn who goes home with an Academy Award because Oscar night is this month. For the math and science fans, March 14th is National Pi Day because 3.14 is the value of Pi. Lastly, for those of you who are in the business of caring for others, or, if you are like me and find that you now have the responsibility of caring for a family or family members, then find a moment to take a breather if possible and remember how important you are in the lives of those you are supporting. November is also often referred to as National Caregiver Appreciation Month as well – but we can have both! We earn and deserve it! Happy March everyone and please remember to think positive thoughts and send them to the men and women who are serving or have served in our Armed Forces! Lots to see and do this month of March, Enjoy!

Outdoor Ice Skating – Now through Saturday, March 31st

Regular ice skating hours at the MLK Jr. Park Basin are Monday through Friday, 1:30pm to 5:30pm and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5:30pm. Ice skating is weather dependent. For the most up-to-date information on ice conditions, please call 838-1249 ext. 17. Free.


Monday, Feb. 19th - Sunday, May 27th - Tues-Sun: 10-5pm

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14222

This exhibit examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color. The exhibition features a wide array of work by a diverse group who lived at the intersections of avant-garde art worlds and radical political movements. Call 882-8700 for information.

Picturing Niagara - Now through Sunday, March.25th; Tues-Sun: 10-5pm; Fri: 10-10pm

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14222

The beauty and power of Niagara Falls has come to symbolize the country’s distinct natural heritage. Many artists made pilgrimages to the site in an attempt to capture its awe-inspiring majesty. Admission $15. Call 882-8700 for information.

Buffalo Film Seminars – Now through Tuesday, May 8th – 7pm

Dipson Theatre – Amherst, University Plaza, 3500 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, 14226

Each week, film and history aficionados host a film screening that includes an introduction and post-viewing open discussion. Handouts with production details, anecdotes, and critical comments about each week’s film are available in the theatre lobby 45 minutes before each session. There is ample free parking close to the theatre. No film seminar on March 20th. Tickets: $9.50; Call 834-7655 for information.

We Can Do It! Women of Buffalo! - Thursday, March 8th – 7pm

First Presbyterian Church, One Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY, 14201

This session of the Winter Speaker Series includes two parts: “They Worked Hard for Their Money,” exploring the plight of working women at the turn of the century, and “Married to the Mob: Buffalo Style,” where you can hear the unique stories of the women who married into the Magaddino crime family. They were just as interesting as the men! Tickets: $10. Call 245-3032 for information.

Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials – Thursday, March 8th, 7pm

Sportsmen's Tavern, 326 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY, 14207

For the second straight year, blues legends Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials won the coveted Blues Blast Magazine Award for Blues Band of the Year.

Humanities to the Rescue - Friday, March 9th, 8pm

UB Center for the Arts, 103 Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY, 14260

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty volumes of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s literature. Deeply engaged with history, her best-known novels include Surfacing, The Edible Woman, and The Robber Bride. Tickets: $30 - $64. Call 645-6915 for information.

The Art of the Piano - Friday, March 9th, 8pm

Kleinhans Music Hall, 370 Pennsylvania Street, Buffalo, NY, 14201

Distinguished pianist Michelle Alvarado performs Eric Starr’s Twelve Pieces for Solo Piano in the Mary Seaton Room, followed by a question and answer period with the composer and Ms. Alvarado. This is a world premiere event. Tickets $25. Box Office: 885-5000.

Wurlitzer Organ Concert – Celebrating Irish Songs and Stories - Sunday, March 11th, 2pm

The Chapel, 1411 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY, 14209

Celebrate the wearing of the green and sing along with organist Adria Ryan playing a snappy selection of Irish tunes on the newly restored Wurltizer organ. Admission: $15. Call 885-1600 for information.

Gryphon Trio - Tuesday, March 13th, 8pm

Kleinhans Music Hall, 370 Pennsylvania Street, Buffalo, NY, 14201

The Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences with its highly refined, dynamic performances and is firmly established as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from traditional to contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, they are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century. Tickets: $25. Box Office: 885-5000.

William Fargo: The 165th Anniversary of the Founding of Wells Fargo - March 18th, 2pm

Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center, 1990 Main St., Buffalo, NY, 14209

William G. Fargo was one of this nation’s most important business leaders during the mid to late 19th century helping found American Express and Wells Fargo. A devoted citizen of Buffalo, he served as the city’s 27th mayor during the turbulent days of the Civil War. Tom Schobert will bring William Fargo to life in this first person portrayal. You will learn Mr. Fargo’s life story as he discusses his successes and failures, both personal and professional. Tickets: $10. Call 885-1600 for information.

BABEL: Viet Thanh Nguyen - Friday, March 23rd, 8pm

Kleinhans Music Hall, 370 Pennsylvania Street, Buffalo, NY, 14201

Born in Vietnam, Nguyen came to the U.S. as a refugee at age four. The feeling of being an outsider or “other” defines his writing. Last year, his novel The Sympathizer topped more than 30 book-of-the-year lists. His latest book, The Refugees, is a beautiful collection of short stories exploring universal and urgent themes of love and family, the histories we hold within us and the people “we can’t afford to forget.” Tickets: $35. Call 832-5400 for information.

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Celeste Lawson is a long-time arts advocate, arts administrator, and artist in WNY. Over the years she has worked with arts organizations locally, statewide, and nationally including the National Endowment on the Arts, Americans for the Arts, NYS Council on the Arts, the NYS Council on the Humanities and the NY Foundation on the Arts.