A Memory of June
"The linden, in the fervors of July, Hums with a louder
- William Cullen Bryant, Among the Trees
ON THE MOVE From Celeste Lawson
Greetings, After50 friends! Here we are in July and getting ready to jump headlong into the dog days of summer, celebrated from July 3rd right through until August 11th, and considered to be the most hot and muggy days of the year. Named so by the ancient Romans because typically at this time of year, Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun between these dates and the ancient Romans always used the relationship between the sun and stars to define time periods. This particular time benchmarks a period of extreme heat that can also bring about draught or deliver strong thunderstorms; I think we have witnessed both these phenomenon across the country recently.
Other special occasions that we can have fun with during the month of July include celebrating National Ice Cream Month, National Blueberry Month, and National Picnic Month all great things to enjoy in July!
This is also the month we can show our love for our children on July 16th, Global Hug Your Kids Day, which is always recognized on the third Monday of July. Parents Day is July 22nd and is always the fourth Sunday in July; Cousins Day is July 24th and Aunt and Uncle Day is July 26th. July 30th is Father-in-Law Day as well as International Day of Friendship. So, all in all, July is the made-to-order month to enjoy family and friends in extra special ways. Lets not forget our neighbors to the north who celebrate their birthday on July 1st, as Canada Day or Dominion Day, and our friends across the Atlantic in France celebrating the cause of liberty on July 14th, Bastille Day. We also certainly cannot overlook our own nations big celebration of our 232rd birthday this July 4th.
Whew! Lots of celebrating going on this month and there are plenty of things to do that are fun and both enriching and entertaining as you go about learning interesting aspects about the city we live in while taking advantage of these dog days of summer. I hope you make time to explore, discover, and make even more friends by attending a couple of the events listed in this months calendar. Please remember to send out good vibes to the men and women who serve in our military forces to keep them safe as they keep us safe. Peace! Enjoy your dog days!
MERTON AND LAX: IMAGE AND WORD
Now August 26
Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14222
Thomas Merton and Robert Lax were internationally recognized artists and spiritual leaders. Western New York was their growth culture. Merton taught at St. Bonaventure and in 1941 entered the rigorous life in the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky. His life was one of prayer and writing about it. Lax wandered the Western world writing for Time, the New Yorker, Parade, and Jubilee. He made long, skinny, contemplative poems and he made photographs, largely hidden until recently. This is an exhibition of the two friends work. Admission: $10 adult, $8 seniors, $5 students. Call 878-6011 for information.
QUEEN CITY SOCIAL
Now August 9, Thursdays from 5-8pm
The Queen City Social is a happy hour in downtown Buffalo at Main and Chippewa Streets at Fountain Plaza featuring local music, local craft beer, and of course local food! This event features a different live band each week. Show your love for the city and party along Main Street in this beautiful public space.
GATEWAY HARBOR FOOD TRUCK THURSDAYS
Now August 23, Thursdays from 5-8pm
Held at the beautiful Tonawanda Gateway Harbor. You will have a hard time deciding which food truck to patronize! Special events each week, including kids/family activity nights. On July 5th and August 2nd, there will be a large craft vendor show. Check the Gateway Harbor website site for the line-up of music acts. No event on July 19th.
THE ROAMING TABLE LEWISTON FOOD TOURS
Now September 23, Weekends, 1-4pm
The Roaming Table, Center Street, Lewiston, NY, 14092
This guided food tour offers unique one-of-a-kind, hearty food tastings while exploring the rich history of this quintessential small town. Sample tastings from six local restaurants nationally featured on Food Networks Man vs. Food and the Travel Channels Best of the Road. Beer pairings included at two locations (21+). Explore Lewiston with history that includes links to the Underground Railroad, the War of 1812, and much, much more. Enjoy a seasonal tasting from Buffalo Eats 2015 Restaurant of the Year Carmelos (open Wednesdays and for private events). Come discover why Rand McNally (Best of the Road) calls Lewiston one of the Best Small Towns in America Best for Food. For information, call 1-800-656-0713.
ELEVATOR ALLEY KAYAK TOUR
Now Sunday, August 26. Start time at 9am.
Elevator Alley Kayak, The Barrel Factory, 65 Vandalia Street, Buffalo, NY, 14204
Appreciate Buffalos many grain elevators from the water! From a kayaking perspective, the massive scale of the grain elevators and silos will be awe-inspiring. Learn about the history of the grain elevators in Buffalo. Many terrific photo opportunities on this guided kayak tour! Tickets: $45.
DOUBLE DECKER BUS- MURDER MYSTERY TOUR
Now September 29, Saturdays from 6-8pm
Flying Bison Brewery, 840 Seneca St., Buffalo, NY, 14210
This is an interactive evening of sleuthing. You see the crime scene, you interview the witnesses, and you collect clues to solve this mystery. The evening includes the murder mystery, double-decker bus ride, and stops at three historic taverns in Buffalo.
Friday Evenings: Killing at Buffalo Creek This western themed murder mystery will keep you laughing and guessing about who dunnit.
Saturday Evenings: Death at Dougs Dive Its Buffalos notorious waterfront, circa 1860. Theres trouble when Doug, the owner of the worst dive on the Erie Canal, is found dead.
Tickets: $30. Call 246-9080 for information.
ERIE CANAL TROLLEY TOUR
Now September 22, Saturdays, 10am12pm
Forest Lawn Cemetery, 1411 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14209
Celebrate the Bi-Centennial of the Erie Canal. On this trolley tour, you will learn about many of the movers and shakers that helped to make Buffalo the terminus of the Erie Canal. Tickets: $20. Call 288-5999 for information.
ELMWOOD VILLAGE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES 2018
Now August 14, Tuesdays, 7-9pm
Bidwell Parkway, between Elmwood Ave. & Potomac, Buffalo, NY, 14222
The Elmwood Village Picnic in the Parkway Summer Concert series kicks off its 21st season! The Picnic in the Parkway Summer Concert Series showcases local musicians for family-friendly evenings of entertainment. Free.
BUFFALO RIVERFEST PARK CONCERT SERIES
Now September 5, Wednesdays, 6:30-10pm
Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY, 14203
This concert series is a perfect way to enjoy the waterfront with family and friends. Lineup as follows:
July 11- Rock band, The Kensingtons
July 18- Classic pop band, Flip Side
July 25- Heard of Buffalo
August 1- Crash Cadillac
August 8- The Buffalo 5
August 15- Relive the sights and sounds of the 70s with Disco Duck
August 22- Breakaway
August 29- West of the Mark
Free parking is nearby and refreshments are available for purchase. Bring chairs or a blanket to sit on (no coolers). Call 823-4707 for information. There is no concert on Wednesday, July 4th.
SHOP, ROCK, AND STROLL
Now August 31, Fridays
1400 Block of Hertel Avenue, between North Park and Norwalk
Shop, Rock, & Stroll showcases all that is great about Hertel Avenue. Visitors get a chance to check out live music performed along the avenue. Hertel Avenue businesses participate with longer shopping hours, drinks, specials, and street vendors.
ALL WRIGHT ALL DAY TOUR
Now October 27, Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30am-5:30pm
Margaret L. Wendt Archive & Resource Center, 1990 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, 14208
Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience a variety of Wrights residential, functional, recreational, and monumental designs during this all-inclusive day package that begins at Forest Lawns Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center and proceeds on the enclosed, climate-controlled Forest Lawn trolley to key Darwin Martin landmarks, including Graycliff, viewings in Forest Lawn, and then back to the Archive and Resource Center. Tickets: $150. Package includes a lunch buffet. Call 856-3858 for information.
FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR ENCAMPMENT
Friday, June 29 Sunday, July 1, 9am-5pm
Old Fort Niagara, 102 Morrow Plaza, Youngstown, NY, 14174
Bring the family for a live history lesson at Old Fort Niagaras annual recreation of the historic Siege of 1759. Admission: $12. Call 745-7611 for information.
ELLICOTTVILLE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday, June 29 Sunday, July 1, 5pm
Holiday Valley Resort, 6557 Holiday Valley Road, Route 219, Ellicottville, NY, 14731
Street vendors, arts and crafts shows, live music, entertainment and more. The first fairway at Holiday Valleys Double Black Diamond Golf Course becomes one of the best outdoor concert venues in the region for Independence Day weekend. Theres plenty going on in the village over the weekend as well. Tickets: $12 $25. Call 699-2345 for information.
JULY SNEAK PEEK!!
THE GREAT AMERICAN GARAGE SALES
July 1 October 20, Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-4pm
Antique World & Marketplace, 11111 Main Street, Clarence, NY, 14031
Free admission. Call 759-8483 for information.
INDEPENDENCE EVE WITH THE BUFFALO BISONS
Tuesday, July 3, 6pm -11pm
A Western New York tradition! A night of baseball, music by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and fireworks! Admission: $28.
FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Wednesday, July 4, 7pm
Celebrate Independence Day with live entertainment and enjoy a dazzling fireworks display that begins at dusk over Lake LaSalle.
Friday, July 6, 5pm
Celebrate with Scharfs on their 4th Anniversary on Clinton Street under a tent, Oktoberfest style! Authentic German food, drinks, and music. Tickets are $7 and available at Scharfs during business hours.
Any thoughts, you can email me at Clawson@onthemove.com.
Artist, arts administrator and
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.