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The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is appealing to area residents to join its campaign urging the state to restore Delaware Park to its pre-1950s glory. The conservancy has launched a campaign to stop the state Department of Transportation from moving forward with a plan that would eliminate 14 acres of parkland and also keep Delaware Park divided. Construction of…

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Delaware Park has two circles. They are like two sides of the same Buffalo nickel. The more famous is the Ring Road, which loops around the golf course. Buffalonians of all stripes get together there to walk it off, amid car stereos, personal stereos and noisy games of soccer. It's a kick. But Frederick Law Olmsted, the park's designer, would prefer that you take the…

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As another sign that summer is on the horizon, the fountain in Hoyt Lake at Delaware Park is back in action. The ornamental feature – with a 50-foot-tall central jet spray – had been a mainstay on the lake going back to the late 19th century. A fountain was reintroduced there as a scenic complement about five years ago. But then, last year, the fountain malfunctioned…

An organization promoting the legalization of marijuana in New York State will hold the Freedom Festival Saturday in Delaware Park. WNY NORML, the regional chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, said the festival is both recreational and educational, and will feature musicians and vendors. Freedom Festival gets underway at noon near the steps…

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Bills coach Rex Ryan and twin brother Rob have regularly been spotted together in Western New York in recent months. A Sabres game, a Carrie Underwood concert, and now riding a tandem bicycle Friday in Delaware Park: https://twitter.com/lebronstein/status/743847629755453440 A Facebook user said the Ryans were in the park to shoot a commercial for Tops: Rob's official …

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You’re the muse behind the music, the pep inside the step, the power behind the punch; take yourself for a spin. You deserve it. To be immersed in resilient email threads and group messages is supposed to make us feel whole again, but sometimes you can lose yourself in this world of constant communication and vibrating devices. Now it’s time to find yourself. No matter you…

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Our green space is better than your green space. The Guardian's Rowan Moore lists Buffalo's Olmsted Parks system as one of the 10 best in the world, putting the Queen City's gems at the same level as the Boboli in Florence, Hampstead Heath in London, Park Guell in Barcelona and High Line in New York City. In his defense for Buffalo's inclusion, Moore, an award-winning ar…

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Every summer, something magical takes place on Shakespeare Hill, in Delaware Park behind the Rose Garden:Picnicking becomes a spectator sport.Normally, picnics in Delaware Park are regrettably rare. Too often, the picnic tables scattered hither and yon hold only water bottles and tennis rackets. But with Shakespeare in Delaware Park, a new spirit descends. Proudly, Buffalo…

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The second annual Western New York VegFest brought floods of people to Delaware Park on Sunday’s sunny afternoon. VegFest aims to bring vegans and vegetarians together in a community, a goal that Nicole Frontera of Hamburg thinks the organizers accomplished very well. “I like the sense of community it brings, with promoting health and environmental and animal rights needs,…

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The end is in sight. But before the Buffalo Infringement Festival closes out tomorrow, there are still dozens upon dozens of worthy events and performances to satisfy nearly every artistic appetite. Here are five possibilities for today: 1) Bidwell Farmers' Market #2, Bidwell Park, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Start your day with a stroll thought the idyllic Bidwell Farmers' …

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And so it was proclaimed, on a gloriously seasoned Thursday night, in the company of eager patronage, giddy company and stagehands and state’s royalty – state Sen. Marc Panepinto, in the Queen’s absentia – on the grassy knoll known colloquially as “the hill,” that the state honor Shakespeare in Delaware Park, the venerable cultural landmark that it is, on its 40th season w…

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Debates about whether Buffalo's craft-beer market has reached its saturation point seem a little premature, as local beer-based events continue to draw crowds, regardless of their intended scale. From 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning tonight, restaurateurs Jason Davidson and Mike Shatzel will host Hoppy Hour, a craft-beer-focused party on the terrace of Marcy Casino in…

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After a foggy and soggy false start on Thursday night, Shakespeare in Delaware Park opened its 40th season of free outdoor theater on Friday with a tale of two star-crossed lovers who appeared to have wandered out of the nearest Club Monaco and into one of the most heartbreaking tragedies of all time.Tom Loughlin’s stylish, occasionally raunchy and often affecting producti…