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The picturesque village of Aurora on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, just over two hours from Buffalo, is a perfect getaway destination any time of the year. My husband and I spent a long weekend in this village celebrating our anniversary 10 years ago. This past summer I had the opportunity to revisit the village for a few hours with my daughter. It was just as charming…

Jack Civiletto & Friends. 2 p.m. Shannon Pub, 2250 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda. The music of Frank Sinatra. 743-9348. shannonpub.com. Free. Lumagination. 6 p.m. Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. Interactive exhibit that showcases the architecture and horticulture collections. 827-1584. buffalogardens.com. $6-$14. "Co…

Inside the Market Arcade, a frosted-glass skylight stretches over three levels of shops and offices, creating one of Buffalo's most unusual and decorative spaces. Twin facades of terra cotta and brick on Main and Washington streets feature tall Corinthian columns, rounded arches, sculpted bison heads, palladian windows and egg-and-dart molding. [PHOTO GALLERY: A Clos…

New York City has the Statue of Liberty, a beacon of welcome to newcomers. Buffalo has the Labatt Blue six pack. The towering beer cans loom over RiverWorks, the complex at 359 Ganson St. on the banks of the Buffalo River. The 100 Things adventure swung by them on a summer adventure, kayaking on the river. Now we're back for a winter wonder. From Feb. 17 thro…

It's one of the great things about Western New York: You don't have to travel far to find yourself in a different world. We've delighted in this phenomenon several times on our 100 Things journey. Visiting Letchworth State Park, for instance. Or taking in the grandeur of Our Lady of Victory Basilica. Now it has happened again. The city of Buffalo was damp with rai…

The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Niagara Conference and Event Center, 101 Old Galls St., Niagara Falls. Explore all things fishing related at this massive expo. 278-2100. ccfny.com. $10 "Grounded." 2 p.m. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. One-woman story of a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot who is grounded and re-trained to fly remote controlled…

The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Niagara Conference and Event Center, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. Enjoy everything fishing at this expansive show. 278-2100. ccfny.com. $10 "42nd Street." 2 and 8 p.m. at Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. Broadway touring production of classic musical.  847-1410. sheas.org. $25-$65. "Groun…

Stuart Strickland remembered his father's stories about the most harrowing moment in his life, when William R. Strickland saw the out-of-control freighter Michael K. Tewksbury topple the Michigan Avenue lift bridge into the ice-choked Buffalo River just before midnight on Jan. 21, 1959. This weekend, Stuart Strickland plans to travel from his home in Pittsburgh to j…

"Singin' in the Rain." 2 and 7 p.m. at Elmwood Regal, Transit and Quaker Crossing. A 60th anniversary screening of beloved musical starring Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor. $12.50. Sha Na Na. 3 p.m. Fallsview Casino Resort, 6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada. Doo-Wop singers from "Grease." (888) 325-5788. fallsviewcasinoresort.com. $25 and…

Even Tesla was freezing. That is one image that sticks with me after the overwhelming experience of seeing Niagara Falls in winter. You know that oversized, Soviet-style statue of Nikola Tesla that sits on Stedman's Bluff, overlooking the American Falls? The great scientist sat hunkered down, the blueprints in his lap covered in snow and ice, and you could swear he wa…

Fans of Shea’s Performing Arts Center may want to take Route 90 three hours east to Utica to see its lavishly-designed theater. There, under a wavy, brightly-lit black marquee that proclaims “Stanley” is another movie palace-turned-performing arts center that’s as much a part of the show as what happens onstage. Walking inside is jaw-dropping. The architec…

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but the holiday season is also the most stressful, the most expensive, the most emotional. We try to squeeze more into our free time than is humanly possible to get done. Welcome to the December holiday gauntlet. In the four weekends until Christmas, we have to find time to shop and to spend with family and friends, to s…

I knew from the minute I got out of the car that Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard was going to be a place I would enjoy. Among the signs in the parking lot were “Parking for cider slush lovers only,” and “Parking for nice old ladies only (mean old lady parking in rear by dumpster).” The cider mill is in the central New York hamlet of Fly Creek, a four-hour dr…

In the shadow of the Michigan Avenue Lift Bridge, close to the Cobblestone District and across the Buffalo River from RiverWorks and the General Mills cereal plant rests one of Buffalo's most beloved attractions. The Fireboat Edward M. Cotter is both a National Historic Landmark and Engine 20, a working piece of fire apparatus. The 118-foot-long steel-hulled boat, moor…

The vibrancy of fall color is sweeping across upstate New York this week. The trees are about half-changed over throughout Erie County and the Niagara Frontier, according to this week's I Love New York Fall Foliage Report. They're nearing their peak in places such as Chautauqua, around the Batavia area and at Letchworth State Park. And they're totally ripe at Al…