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You see it every Sunday — Buffalo fans wearing jerseys, hats and T-shirts to cheer on the team. Wouldn’t it be great if that same gear could also help a family in need? That’s the idea behind 26Shirts, a charitable initiative founded last fall by Del Reid of Kenmore. Every two weeks, 26Shirts debuts a new limited edition, Buffalo sports themed shirt, and all proce…

Wellness

Over 500 women on one island for a girls-only weekend may sound like a setup for a raucous reality show primed with wine slushies, feather boas and lots of shrieking. In reality, that island is Grand Island — and the 500 participants of the first-ever Western New York “Wild Women Unite” will be forgoing pink drinks for guns, compasses, paddles and zip lines. The w…

Travel

You know the reaction a Buffalonian gets when he confesses he’s never seen Niagara Falls? Longtime Finger Lakes residents might get the same look for never having strolled the streets of Skaneateles, an upscale central New York spot renowned for its natural beauty, eclectic shops and impressive 1800s architecture. Living only an hour from this Onondaga County village …

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In the opening minutes of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods, Little Red Riding Hood proclaims, “Into the woods — it’s time, and so I must begin my journey.” Those lyrics took on new meaning in June 2013, when Buffalo’s Second Generation Theatre tackled the modern classic as its debut production. Sitting in the theater, watching the actors transform t…

Home

There are roughly 8,000 components to every home — and when you build your own, you are in control of almost all of them. From major decisions like the floor plan, roof and siding, to relatively minor elements like electrical outlet covers and the number of pantry shelves, the customer is in the driver’s seat. “What I’ve seen — and it’s evident on HGTV shows…

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If there’s one thing that local quilters agree on, it’s that quilting has never been strictly a craft. Quilts are also examples of art, as planning and admiring them transcends decades. What’s more, quilting creates a respite in our increasingly busy lives. “Fabric is fun to do, but it is also tactile and soothing,” said Ann Shaw, owner of Sew What? Quilt S…

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When MusicalFare Theatre’s leaders were planning to remodel its lobby into a lively new performance space, one of the first local artists they spoke to was chanteuse Kerrykate Abel. “Kerrykate has been doing a cabaret act for a long time, and I knew we wanted to book her and accompanist Chuck Basil in the space,” said MusicalFare’s artistic and executive director R…

When it comes to diving into a home remodeling project, homeowners take their time. Often, a long, long time. Procrastination seems to come with the territory. Of some 7,000 folks who shared detailed kitchen remodel plans on the home design website Houzz last year, just one-third had actually taken the first step. Usually, it’s a major lifestyle change that finally…

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You’ve heard it before: Buying a home is one of the biggest financial transactions you’ll ever make. Talk about pressure. Before you proceed to make that weighty decision, if you’re like most buyers, you’ll first want to decide on a real estate agent who will help you through the process. Why use an agent? A 2013 survey from the National Association of Realtor…

Wellness

Sometimes paint and glue bond and repair things; other times they bond and repair people. That’s the short way to describe the therapeutic power of art, an activity that’s more than a fun distraction; art can promote mindfulness, channel anger, treat physical ailments, foster communication and measure and achieve goals. Take, for instance, Barbara Murak’s w…

From small innovative spaces to grand entertainment palaces, the Western New York theater scene is robust. With all this activity, where’s the primo place for seeing a show — and how do you score the best tickets? The first point to consider is comfort and convenience. Regular theater-goer Nancy Kensy of Tonawanda, who is six feet tall, heads all the way down the…

The artist has great capacity for manifesting extraordinary work. Where many fall short, I have observed, is believing they can also manifest material wealth. When I listen to artists speak about money and life, all too often it’s from the voice of the “starving artist.” It’s a mindset that comes from fear of survival, or a belief that fame and fortune come after d…

Food + Drink

When I find something I like, I tend to stick with it. I was the same way about wine until I started to write this column; I began forcing myself to try many new wines that I would have never considered before. Similarly, my wife has been pushing me to step outside my comfort zone with food. My reply is often, “Do I have to?” I like what I like, and why change what…

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I recall a conversation with my mother several years ago. We were discussing different occupations and what they contribute to society. I made a flip comment about decorators, something to the effect of, “Yeah, take decorators. How can some people be looking for a cure for cancer while others are selecting throw pillows?” My mother quickly put me in my place. “I d…