Summer in Buffalo is truly spectacular
My wife and I have spent the last four months in this beautiful Queen City of the Great Lakes. I grew up in Amherst, but I found employment in Miami right after graduating from Buffalo State and have spent the last 43 years living in the Sunshine State. When I left Buffalo, it was a dirty industrial city on the decline. What a joy to spend the summer engaging in so many great activities in a city that has made a remarkable revival.
Organizations like Explore Buffalo showed us the history, architecture, culture and lore of the city. Riding our bicycles with Slow Roll Buffalo every Monday night took us to neighborhoods we would never have ventured into on our own and we got to see the people and lifestyle of all Buffalonians. We went to Canal Fest for great fireworks, and Wing Fest for Buffalo’s signature food.
Canalside beckoned many times for entertainment, education and the world’s largest rubber duck. The Miss Buffalo showed us the Inner Harbor and a set of locks on the Black Rock channel that I never knew existed, while a friend’s sailboat took us out on Lake Erie to look back at a fabulous skyline.
As a retired professional firefighter, I found a connection with brother Buffalo firefighters who adopted me into their golf league at Grover Cleveland Golf Course every Tuesday morning. I couldn’t ask for a nicer bunch of guys. Hiking great trails in Niagara Falls, bicycling Rails to Trails in Clarence, listening to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the stars at Old Fort Niagara with a finale of fireworks, a stop at Swannie House or Gene McCarthy’s for some food and beverage or a sweet treat at Sweet Jenny’s in Williamsville are things you will never find in Miami.
The City of Good Neighbors has lived up to its moniker, and we will see you after the snow melts.
Amherst and Miami, Fla.