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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author Herman Melville, born on this date in 1819, “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”


SIZZLE AND FOAM – How many ways can they serve up bacon Saturday at the third annual Beer and Bacon Festival? Plenty.

In addition to bacon cheeseburgers and BLT sandwiches, the offerings from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday in Island Park, 5565 Main St., Williamsville, will include Nutella and bacon pizza, crawfish mac and cheese with bacon, bacon chocolates and ice cream sundaes topped with bacon toffee crunch.

As for the beer, nearly a dozen local and regional brewers will be pouring. For a change of pace, there also will be hard cider.

To work up an appetite and a thirst, there’s also the new Beer & Bacon 5000 (5K) Run.

General admission is $5. Craft beer tasting tickets, good for 20 tastes at either the first or second tasting session, are $30 online and $40 at the gate.

Runners can choose from three ticket packages. Proceeds benefit Traci’s Hope and Team RWB. For info, registration and tickets, visit


MEATLESS MEET – The Turkey Trot goes vegetarian at the first WNY VegFest on Sunday at Marcy Casino in Delaware Park.

The schedule kicks off at 11 a.m. with the Tofurky Trot, a sanctioned 5K run and walk with prizes for the top three finishers, for leaders in the Kids’ Division and for best costume.

Accompanying the runners will be the Buffalo JoyWalkers, who will dance the entire course, and the Wild Juggler, who will run and juggle at the same time.

The course also is wheelchair-, stroller- and dog-friendly, provided that the dogs are well-behaved and on short leashes.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., there also will be food and cooking demonstrations, exhibitors, a children’s activity area, speakers, live bands and dancers. Admission is free. For info and to register for the Tofurky Trot, visit


PRICE IS RIGHT – The award-winning men’s a capella chorus Friends of Harmony returns to the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park for a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday aboard the USS Little Rock. In addition to the ensemble’s new selections of music from the 1960s, the show will feature several barbershop quartets and a set dedicated to our servicemen and women.


BRIDGING THE YEARS – Exactly 200 years ago Sunday, British forces in the War of 1812 were advancing toward Buffalo along the American side of the Niagara River when they ran into a problem. The Americans had wrecked the bridge over Scajaquada Creek.

Three times the British tried to repair it, and three times the Americans drove them back. Eventually, the British retreated and returned to Canada.

The Battle of Scajaquada Creek Bridge will be re-enacted from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday by adults in War of 1812 uniforms and Boy Scouts from both sides of the border at the foot of Peter Street, off Amherst Street, in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood. Admission is free.

There also will be a lecture on the battle by Douglas Kohler; a working blacksmith; a restored model of a War of 1812 bateau military transport boat; and horse-and-wagon rides.

The program, which is sponsored by the Black Rock/Riverside Good Neighbors Planning Alliance and the Black Rock Historical Society, will conclude with a ceremony honoring War of 1812 soldiers from both sides who fell in the battle.


EVERYTHING MUST GO – Furniture, clothing, workout equipment, books, DVDs and baby and children’s items will be available as the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center holds a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 950 Amherst St. Entrance is on Great Arrow Avenue between Elmwood and Delaware avenues, across from Tapestry Charter School. Admission is free.


OUT FOR LUNCH – Marilla United Methodist Church, 1910 Two Rod Road, between Bullis and Jamison roads, will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 and include corn, coleslaw, potato salad or salt potatoes, a beverage and homemade pie.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Angela Jurowicz, Tiffany R. Crews, Betty A. Lewis, Mark Butler, Cleveland Fleming, Selina Volpatti, Teresa Reile, Jeanette Shields, Stella Barnashuk, Peter Nowicki, Denton Jajkowski, Lt. Dan Burke, Ashlyn Tiberio, Frances Klys, William F. Delaney, Jo Polowy, Ed Marschner, Sue Cummings, Kenny Liszewski, Clare Kurzanski, Patrick Rameriz, Sam Palmisano, Father John L. Kuhlmann, Elaine Schroeder and Matt Macmillan.

SATURDAY – Cynthia Conides, Dale Volker, Debbie Keller, Rachel Kingston, Arlan Peters, Sister Mary Angelette Helak, Sister Mary Louis Rustowicz, Suzi Czech, Sue Farry, Kathy Karla, Jack Plevniak, Tom Brodfuehrer, Mark Tuzzo, Paul E. Quagliana, Joseph Florea and Sandy Nizinkiewicz.

AND SUNDAY – Richaelle Rey, Mavis Kirkwood, Mary A. Morrow, Cecile Calabrese, Marv Levy, Mary Jean Jakubowski, Larry Desautels, Kate McGowan, Lori Merrell, Nancy Nolf, Michael J. Sliwinski, Annmarie R. Cellino, Sister Mary Antonia Sikorski, Marie Muffaletto, Debbie Murphy, Jim Scinta, Barbara Slisz, Tina Marie Kumiega, Mary Potter, Robert Joseph Posson and Bill Kotarski.


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