Connie Morrow is on a mission.
You might have seen the West Seneca resident, also known as Punkin the Clown, out and about lately, handing out fake noses, making balloon characters and posing for pictures as she promotes International Clown Week, which runs Aug. 1 - 7.
Morrow, who performs at birthday parties, corporate events and local charitable events, is on a mission to win the 2014 CHARLIE [Clowns Have a Real Love in Everyone] Award, which goes to the individual who best documents and celebrates Clown Week. She’s compiling a scrapbook of photographs, proclamations, letters - and newspaper clippings - that will be considered in naming the winner at next April’s Clowns of America International convention in Erie, Pa.
“I want to show that Western New Yorkers, my town ... and basically the entire region has a sense of fun and humor. We almost have to with our Super Bowl losses, snow and No Goal,” Morrow said. “I think a lot of times having something like this almost takes away the worries of the world, even if it’s just for a minute when you see a goofy-looking clown. I’ve had people hanging out of car windows taking pictures of me while I’m driving – and the looks I get on the road are priceless.”
• Works in Fiber, an exhibit featuring pieces by fiber artists Doreen Kelly and Mary Fisher, opens today and runs all month long at Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road. A free public reception is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. The center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
• Main Street Marketplace is held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the grassy hill at Main Street and Union Road – adjacent to Town Hall. In case of wet weather, vendors will be on the hockey rink parking lot behind Town Hall. Make sure each item ends with a paragraph mark like this one does. A radon awareness outreach program will be hosted this week by Erie County Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo, C-West Seneca, and the county’s Department of Environment and Planning.
• The second annual Wild Card Music Festival begins at noon Saturday at “The Chicken Coop” at Post 8113, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 299 Leydecker Road. General admission is $5. There will be a basket raffle, and food and drink from local establishments. Proceeds benefit local scholastic music departments.