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Landmark churches in city opening doors to public

Some of Buffalo's most impressive landmark churches will open their doors to the public this weekend, as part of a statewide program to promote preservation.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy's Second Annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend gives the public a chance to see inside historic religious facilities. It's also an opportunity for religious institutions to inform the public about the history and significance of their congregations, architecture and religious art.

Buffalo churches participating in the free event include:

*Blessed Trinity, 371 Leroy Ave., 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.

*Buffalo Religious Arts Center, in the former St. Francis Xavier Church, 157 East St., noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

*Corpus Christi Church, 199 Clark St., noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

*First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, Symphony Circle, Western New York Invitational Choral Fest, 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 200th anniversary service and celebration 11 a.m. Sunday.

*St. John's-Grace, 51 Colonial Circle, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


Fireworks, free concerts to mark holiday weekend

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Fireworks displays and free concerts are among the events planned this weekend in observance of Monday's Queen Victoria Day, a holiday in Canada.

Fireworks over the Falls will begin at 10 p.m. today, Sunday and Monday and will continue every Friday, Sunday and holiday throughout the summer until Sept. 2.

The Athertones will perform at 8 p.m. today in Queen Victora Park.


Farmers' market to start sixth season Saturday

The University Community Farmers' Market will open for its sixth season Saturday on the University at Buffalo South Campus.

The market will operate from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 13 on the Main Street sidewalk across from University Plaza. Shoppers can park for free in the Allen, Main and Bailey parking lots on campus.

New and returning vendors will offer fresh fruit and vegetables, artisan pasta, homemade baked goods, jams, jellies, relishes, dog treats, herbs, plants, flowers and seasonal items in the fall. Additional vendors are invited to apply. For information, call 829-6145 or visit


Booksellers to participate in fair this weekend

About 100 booksellers from across New York State and beyond will take part in the Buffalo Niagara International Antiquarian Book, Paper & Ephemera Fair, held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The fair is co-presented by Ronald Cozzi, owner of Buffalo's Old Editions Book Shop. Admission is $8. For a list of booksellers, go to