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Afternoon of music, poetry benefits WNY Land Conservancy

The Western New York Land Conservancy invites the public to an afternoon of exquisite music, poetry, and locally sourced wine and hors d'oeuvres from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve in Wales.

The fundraiser will feature viola music from folk and classical traditions performed by Leslie Bahler, paired with original poetry read by Robert M. Giannetti, set against Kenneglenn’s colorful autumn backdrop. The Conservancy owns the 131-acre preserve at 11663 Old Strykersville Road, and if weather permits, the event will take place outside overlooking a colorful meadow and fall foliage.

Giannetti, a Lewiston poet, also has been a teacher and antiquarian bookshop owner. He received the Best Book of Poetry Award at an international literary festival in Poland in 2011 for a bilingual edition of his book, “Winter Vision.” He was honored by the Univerity at Buffalo’s Poetry Collection with the publication of a chapbook in celebration of National Poetry Month, April, 2014. He received his bachelor's degree from Niagara University and a Ph.D. in Renaissance English Literature from Duquesne University.

Bahler teaches at the Community Music School. The Williamsville resident has a bachelor's degree in musical education from Temple University and a master’s in viola performance from West Virginia University. She has been a member of numerous symphonies and orchestras in Virginia and Florida, and has additionally performed with the Slee Sinfonietta, WNY Chamber Orchestra, Ars Nova, Erie (PA) Philharmonic, Camerata di Sant’Antonio and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Bahler also currently performs with the Freudig Singers.

“We are very excited to host this special event at Kenneglenn,” said Nancy Smith, executive director of the Land Conservancy. “This will be a simply magical afternoon for our guests as they enjoy poetry and music inspired by Kenneglenn’s stunning panoramic view in full fall color.”

Tickets are $100 per person, and all proceeds will support the conservation work of the Land Conservancy. For reservations, visit or call 687-1225.

The Western New York Land Conservancy is a regional, not-for-profit land trust that permanently protects land with significant conservation value in Western New York for future generations.

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