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OLAF FUB SEZ: Shakespeare in Delaware Park concluded its run of “Romeo and Juliet” on Sunday. English film, television and stage actor Patrick Stewart, born on this date in 1940, had this to say about the Bard: “Having spent so much of my life with Shakespeare’s world, passions and ideas in my head and in my mouth, he feels like a friend – someone who just went out of the room to get another bottle of wine.”



Oh Lover if thou will depart – depart!

Set thy sights upon the starry blue – alight!

And looking down from firmamental height,

Do not despise that errant speck below

That strains and pains to reach you so.

And if I, being earthly bound and tethered tight,

Fail to follow, let my heart be depossessed.

And growing wings as keenly feathered

Pursue yours through all heaven’s aethyrs

‘Til mine is resting warmly near your breast.

– Kayleigh Smith


A LITTLE NIGHT MUSICThe first of seven concerts in Williamsville’s free outdoor summer series Tuesdays in the Parks kicks off at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Glen Park with the Mark Weber Trio. The series continues July 21 in Island Park with the Williamsville Community Band.

The weekly summer Children’s Concert Series on the Kenmore Middle School lawn kicks off at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday with Rosie Flores. They call Austin, Texas-based Flores “the Rockabilly Filly” for her dedication to the high-energy mutation of country music and rock in the 1950s.


WATER TOURExplore the Buffalo River’s iconic grain elevators, the “Grand Ladies of the Lake,” and learn about the region’s industrial heritage at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday during a guided paddle tour offered by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. Tickets are $25 if you bring your own kayak; $45 if you rent a single-seat kayak; or $80 for a tandem kayak. Tour starts at Mutual Riverfront Park, 41 Hamburg St. Visit for more info.


SPEAKEASYThe Bootleggers Ball, a Roaring Twenties-themed event that will benefit Lockport’s Historic Palace Theatre, will be held in front of the theater, 2 East Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. A street party is scheduled with a wide range of entertainment, including music by Jonesie and the Cruisers, food vendors including Scripts Cafe, a beer tent for those of legal drinking age, and a costume contest for the best flapper and bootlegger in town. Inside, the party continues with gambling tables and spotlight performances from the cast of the Curtain Up production of “Guys and Dolls,” which is running at the Palace through July 19. Tickets for the party are $10.


WINNER, WINNER – For $10, take a BW’s BBQ chicken dinner home from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Mother of the Rosary Catholic Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster.

Or, try the $10 chicken meal at St. James United Methodist Church from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls. Call 297-6421.


FAMILY FUN – North Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Village at North Church are teaming up Wednesday for an afternoon of family fun at 300 North Forest Road, Williamsville. There will be a car show, disc jockey, face painting, bake sale and Zumba class. The Snyder Fire Department will be there, as will pianist Gerry Cole and the R&R BBQ food truck. The event goes from 3 until 7 p.m. Call Cynthia at 632-1330, or Jenna at 631-3430 for more info.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Tim Newell, Vince Jones, Lori Hannah, Denis Camp, Catherine Tokasz, Ed Vidler, Jeff Hodge, Ron Morello, David Drebot, Mike Starzynski, Brittany McCabe, Kyra Meyer, Shawntae N. Warren Sr., Aileen Marie Wroblewski, Sister Mary Nicolette Wichrowski, Cherie Linger, Jordan McGuire, Josh Taylor, Dan Sasiadek and Elizabeth Clancy.