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Western New York is nothing if not an incubator for talent. Our fertile creative ground has spawned countless and wide-ranging talents who now work famously in fields too numerous to count.

For longtime cultural champion Charles Griffasi Sr., the time has come to recognize some of those names by etching them into the concrete sidewalks of Elmwood Avenue -- Buffalo's no-nonsense alternative to a Hollywood star. On Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m., Griffasi will launch his "Cultural Walk of Fame" with a modest festival at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway.

The walk's initial inductees include Mark Twain, Ray Evans, Pete Johnson, Robert Creeley, Evelyn Rumsey Carey, John J. Albright Jr., Taylor Caldwell and Katharine Cornell. The event will also feature booths and exhibits from seven of Western New York's vital cultural organizations, including Studio Arena Theatre, the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society and the Riviera Theatre.

It is by honoring Buffalo's past successes, Griffasi said, that its future will be more secure.

-- Colin Dabkowski

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