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CHANGING ITS COURSE

Now that there's no longer a Crystal Beach Amusement Park to sail to, the Buffalo-based excursion ship Americana is taking another tack. This season the craft is turning into a floating restaurant and nightclub and going out for theme cruises. For example, next week includes a Polish night Wednesday, with music by one of the city's leading polka bands, the Dynatones. Following that up Thursday is an oldies night, featuring a classic rock group called the Bebops. Boarding both nights is at 7 p.m.
Future excursions include a Sunday afternoon party July 1 with the rock group Great Train Robbery, a series of ladies' nights on Tuesdays starting July 3, big band nights on Saturdays, Sunday brunch cruises and Friday fish fry cruises. The Americana sails from the foot of Main Street next to the Naval Park and still steers a course for Crystal Beach. These days, however, it doesn't dock there.

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