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OLAF FUB SEZ: An admonition from writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, born on this date in 1847, “Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.”


SNEAK PEEK – Think of them as previews of coming attractions, the new list of Hard Hat tours of adaptive reuse projects just announced by Preservation Buffalo Niagara. The tours will be led by developers or others close to the projects and will include discussion of the history of the sites and architectural details.

First tour will take in the building at 1100 Niagara St. on Buffalo’s West Side, formerly known as the Curtiss Malting Co. or the Agway Warehouse, at 6 p.m. July 26. Developer Giles Kavanaugh hopes to turn the circa 1890 building, which housed an art gallery in the 1990s, into a large-scale event space.

Other tours will go to 520 Seventh St., also a former malting house, at 6 p.m. Aug. 8, and twice to the Stella Niagara Preserve, an undeveloped 29-acre tract acquired by the Western New York Land Conservancy along the Niagara River in the Town of Lewiston, at 11 a.m. July 30 and Aug. 27.

Tours are $20, $10 for Preservation Buffalo Niagara members. For info, call 852-3300 or visit


CHIME IN – What do you do with empty wine bottles? At the Winery at Marjim Manor, 7171 E. Lake Road, Appleton, they will show you how to turn them into wind chimes in a Creative Crafts session at 1 p.m. Sunday. The $20 fee includes an already-cut bottle, a choice of noisemakers and instruction on how to paint them, plus a glass of wine for those over 21. There also will be food and other refreshments.

For reservations, call 778-7001 or visit The winery’s Margo Sue Bittner notes that the last wind chime class sold out. Future craft sessions, usually held on the third Sunday of the month, will include stenciling, glass etching and cork wreaths.


CRUISING FOR BURGERS – Prizes will be awarded in 42 classes at the Rotary Club of Hamburg’s 18th annual Classic Car Show sponsored by KeyBank from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday during the Burger Fest on Main Street in the Village of Hamburg. Dash plaques will be given to the first 160 cars registered. Registration is $12 in advance, $15 day of show. For info and registration, call Sid Jack at 648-3350 or email

The Burger Fest, which runs from 11 a.m. to midnight on Main and Buffalo streets, will feature food from local restaurants and food trucks, a beer tent, a variety of children’s activities, craft exhibitors and live music by Terry Buchwald, West of the Mark and Hit n Run. For more Burger Fest info, visit


NOT YOUR AVERAGE BEARS – Teddy bears and their young owners are invited to Letchworth State Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for the second annual Teddy Bear Picnic, which will be held rain or shine at Trailside Lodge.

New this year will be appearances by Crystal from “Just Clowning Around” and the artist Mr. Scribbles, plus a Teddy Bear Hike, a guided walk through the woods with a story theme. There also will be crafts, games, face painting and bear awareness information.

Admission is free with the park’s standard $10 vehicle charge. Families are invited to bring their own picnic lunches. The Friends of Letchworth State Park, who are sponsoring the event, will provide dessert. For more info, call (585) 737-0543 or visit and search “Letchworth.”


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Gregg Borland, Judy Sirianni, Mark Derringer, Kevin Safe, Lorraine Aloisio, Jo Polowy, Tamara Franz, Krystof Joseph Piekarski, Bob Domzalski, Ken Simmons, Debbie Nichols, Lisa Musilli, Joe O’Brien, John Wojtowicz, Jim Schaller, Joann Lyons, Chad Vahue, Paul Albrecht, Emily Mueller, Anna Ihrig and Deb Schoenle.