OLAF FUB SEZ: Our favorite line from poet Sara Teasdale, born on this date in 1884, “I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.”
GIVING TRIBUTE – A ceremony will be held at noon this Monday in the circle in front of the Central Terminal at Memorial and Paderewski drives to dedicate the circle as the Russell Pawlak Memorial Gardens. Pawlak, a preservationist who played a major role in reviving the train station, was president of the Central Terminal Restoration Corp. for eight years. He died in 2009. His widow, Bernadette Pawlak, says that a volunteer group is being formed to work on the gardens.
SUMMER SESSION – The seventh annual Buffalo Day @ Chautauqua brings a daylong schedule of talks and other activities to Chautauqua Institution, hosted by the Center for the Study of Art & Architecture, History & Nature (C-SAAHN). Admission to the grounds will be free from noon to 8 p.m.
C-SAAHN founder Dennis Galucki will lead it off at 12:10 p.m. in the Smith Memorial Library with a lecture on “The Buffalo-Chautauqua Idea: Exploring American Legacy Through Place-Based Lifelong Learning.” Other speakers include Philip Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo; Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo; and master gardener Sally Cunningham.
At 3 p.m., Ed Evans, author of “Buffalo’s E.B. Green at Chautauqua” will lead a walking tour. At 3:30, in the Hall of Christ, there will be a screening of the television special, “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo,” followed by a discussion featuring Chautauqua archivist Jon Schmitz, Martin House Complex executive director Mary Roberts and David Rotterman, vice president of television production at WNED-TV.
SHIP AHOY! – The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park will benefit from Party in the Park 2016, a gala from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday on the deck of the USS Little Rock and in the Hall of Honor at the park’s museum at Canalside.
Tickets are $50, $90 per couple, in advance, and $60, $100 per couple, on the day of the party and at the door. They include a buffet by the Liberty Hound restaurant, beer, wine and soft drinks, and live music by the Theresa Quinn Sextet. There also will be docent-guided tours of the ships and exhibits at the Naval Park.
For more info and tickets, visit the Naval Park gift shop or go online to buffalonavalpark.org.
REUNION ALERT – An all-class reunion for former students at Burgard High School will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Columns Banquet Hall, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. Spouses and significant others are welcome. Tickets are $30 in advance, $32 at the door. Advance tickets are available by mail from Dave Lata, 4 Cobblestone Drive, Lancaster, NY 14086. Checks should be made out to him. For more info, call 681-7263 or 651-0562.
The Old First Ward Reunion and Annual Get-Together will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 10 in DiTondo’s Restaurant, 370 Seneca St. Cost is $20, which will include a buffet with chicken parmesan and roast beef, plus draft beer, wine and pop.
This year, the reunion hopes to gather support to name Buffalo’s FBI office building in honor of Gen. Wild Bill Donovan, a First Warder who became one of America’s most highly decorated soldiers. Author Matt Parsons will be on hand to sign copies of his book, “Our Fallen Warriors Remembered,” which chronicles 155 South Park High School students who lost their lives in war, from World War I to the Iraq War.
Deadline for reservations is Sept. 5. Checks payable to First Ward Reunion should be mailed to First Ward Reunion, 270 Buffalo Road #68, East Aurora, NY 14052. For more info, call 652-1385.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mary Marshall, Mike Benevento, Bill Wippert, Brittni Smallwood, Robert Kresse, Phyllis Fallick, Lisa August, Geoffrey Strynadka, Joshua Kuminski, Jim Tokasz, Carter Donovan, Danica Kuminski, Tom Buziak, Karl Hawthorn Jr., Loreen Snyder, Kathy Fechter, Marsha Doherty, Jane Dabrowski, Amber Campany, Ron Ralicki, Frank Panek, Camryn Jane Panek, Chris Tuberdyke, Toni Murray and Angel Krempa.