This week in pictures from around Western New York highlights fans celebrating the return of the Taste of Country, a look at the Allentown Arts Festival and a glimpse of the Mother, Daughter, Sister, and Friend Tea. This week also brought great sorrow as WNY came together in Niagara Square to honor and remember those killed in Orlando. Firemen from Engine 39 and 19 were on hand at Forest Lawn cemetery to properly dispose of the American Flag for the 100th anniversary of Flag Day, meanwhile tourists did their best to view Niagara Falls through construction fences. Inspiring young people and student athletes excelled in competition and overcame great obstacles.
Take a look at these events and more in The Buffalo News' best photos from the week.
Vigil for Orlando shooting victims
Buffalo added its voice to a nationwide outpouring of grief and unity with a vigil that honored the 49 people killed and the 53 wounded in the mass shooting early Sunday at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fla. Read more
Summer concerts begin
The M&T Bank Summer Concert Series, which puts on free, outdoor concerts at noon every weekday this summer, was only one of the many festivals listed in Gusto's Summer Festival Guide. Read more
Flying the flag
Sean Kirst, a contributing columnist for BuffaloNews.com, shared what Flag Day means to him and his family: "I fly it for our nation, for everything so many families have sacrificed, for all we hope and dream might come to be." Read more
A Taste of Country
Buffalo may never be confused with Nashville or Austin as a hotbed of country music, but for one night – Friday – the Bisons put down the bats and balls and Coca-Cola Field was transformed into a country Mecca of sorts. Read more
The elegant Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend Afternoon Tea Social at Hotel @ the Lafayette included about 250 people dressed in their Sunday best to watch dance performances, listen to classical music, eat finger foods, peruse local vendor stations, participate in a silent auction and, of course, sip tea. Read more
Art for the whole family
Founded in 1958, the Allentown Art Festival is the quintessential Western New York urban festival, held in the oldest part of town. Read more
Confounding construction in Niagara Falls
Tourism season has begun, but you’ll have a difficult time catching a quality view in Niagara Falls State Park right now: A visit is like strolling through a broken amusement park. Read more
Her performance before an adoring crowd of 6,000 Sunday night at Artpark made clear that her downhome charm is genuine. Read more.
Race to the top
During the two-day track-and-field competition, Western New York’s boys track stars captured eight championships, while the girls accounted for the rest of the Section’s 14 titles. Read more
Overcoming the odds
Simon Krywcun suspected something was wrong months before doctors confirmed the worst: He had a brain tumor. Read more
A suspicious package found inside a portable toilet at Canalside held police attention for at least six hours Friday. Read more
Walk a mile in her shoes
Lauren Walier has undergone intensive physical therapy to move from a wheelchair to a walker, then from a crutch to a cane. Refresh Editor Scott Scanlon shared her story earlier this week. Read more