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Buffalo’s Transportation Museum Began With a Curious Child and a Peek Behind the Curtain

Buffalo’s Transportation Museum Began With a Curious Child and a Peek Behind the Curtain

By Joe Kirchmyer

Their website says that “Jim Sandoro and his wife, Mary Ann, have spent more than 45 years collecting memorabilia, antique vehicles and historic artifacts to visually display the rich transportation history of Western New York.” That statement says a lot, yet somehow, it doesn’t come close to capturing the enormity of that collection, a portion of which is on display at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum in downtown Buffalo.

Collectors & Artisans Expo to Benefit Two Local High Schools

Collectors & Artisans Expo to Benefit Two Local High Schools

Two high schools located in Buffalo’s Irish Heritage District will benefit from the second Collectors & Artisans Expo taking place just one week before St. Patrick’s Day in the historic Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo.

The Saturday, March 10 event will feature dozens of local vendors and artisans selling a wide variety of merchandise, from antiques, collectibles and memorabilia to unique handcrafted items.

A portion of the proceeds collected at the event — including 100 percent of the $2 admission price — will be donated to Mount Mercy Academy and Bishop Timon - St. Jude High School. The Buffalo Irish Center will also receive a portion of the proceeds.

Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Annual Roycrofters-At-Large Winter Festival

Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Annual Roycrofters-At-Large Winter Festival

Nearly three dozen juried artisans from near and far will come together from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3 for the 41st annual Roycroft Winter Festival! This highly anticipated Western New York holiday tradition will take place in East Aurora Middle School, located at 430 Main St. in the village.

The juried artisans, including several Roycroft Artisans and Master Artisans, will offer a wide variety of beautifully handcrafted items. Artisans taking part in the event offer everything from jewelry, wood, clay and books to metal, tile, glass, leather, pottery, sculpture and more. 

Shadow By the Bridge is Latest Release From NFB Publishing

Shadow By the Bridge is Latest Release From NFB Publishing

NFB Publishing in Buffalo announces the release of Shadow By the Bridge by author Suzanne Zewan.

Set during the time of the infamous Linden, N.Y. murders, Shadow By the Bridge is written from the perspective of 11-year-old Linden resident Fritz Reynolds and focuses on how these terrible events change his hometown and himself. In the book, Reynolds recalls his father telling him that man is the only creature who can find amusement in killing. Little did he realize that those words would become the theme for his teenage years growing up in the rural hamlet. 

In this coming-of-age story, Reynolds takes us back to a simpler time when neighbors gathered at the general store to listen to radio shows, drank barrel-aged cider and worshiped at the Baptist Church every Sunday. All was picturesque in his close-knit farming community until terror was unleashed on them.

‘The Last Descent’ Screening to Include Discussion With Lead Actor

‘The Last Descent’ Screening to Include Discussion With Lead Actor

AMHERST, N.Y. – “The Last Descent,” starring Daemen College alumnus Chadwick Hopson, ’10, will be screened at a campus premiere scheduled for 5 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Research and Information Commons Room 120.

A question and answer session with Hopson will be held at 7 p.m. following the special film screening. Daniel Shanahan, assistant professor and coordinator of the entrepreneurism program, will serve as moderator.

The critically acclaimed “The Last Descent” is inspired by the 2009 rescue attempt of John Jones, a medical student who became trapped in Nutty Putty Cave in Utah. For his role, Hopson earned his first major award as best leading actor in a feature film at the 2017 Utah Film Awards.

Vendors Sought for Collectors & Artisans Expo; Event to Benefit Local Organizations

Vendors Sought for Collectors & Artisans Expo; Event to Benefit Local Organizations

Fresh off a successful first Collectors’ Expo in September, a second Collectors & Artisans Expo has been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the historic Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo.

“We’re very excited to be bringing the Expo back to Buffalo’s Irish Heritage District just one week before the city celebrates St. Patrick’s Day,” said Joe Kirchmyer of West Seneca, organizer of the event. “We are currently accepting new vendors who can bring interesting items to the Expo such as sports memorabilia, coins, stamps, antiques, original artwork, handcrafted goods, trains, toys, bottles, comic books, music and theatre memorabilia, and more.”

The Ultimate Holiday Shopping Experience Begins with Christmas in the Country

The Ultimate Holiday Shopping Experience Begins with Christmas in the Country

Popular event to feature Food Truck Rodeo, expanded Tavern, Brian Moorman’s P.U.N.T. Foundation and 40 new artisans

An iconic Western New York tradition like no other, the Christmas in the Country Holiday Artisan Market will celebrate its 33rd season when it returns to the Hamburg Fairgrounds Nov. 2-5. Patrons will discover more than 400 artisans spread out over five buildings, a Food Truck Rodeo for dining and The Tavern featuring handcrafted beverages, wines and spirits. Patrons can also connect and interact with the creators of countless product lines at the event.

Once again this year, Christmas in the Country will offer complimentary return passes so patrons can enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of this one-of-a-kind shopping experience all weekend long.