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From the Home Front: Celebrate spring at these events

With the official start of spring just days away, it’s time to make note of some events you may not want to miss.

For starters, presale tickets are now available for the 2017 Decorators’ Show House. This year’s house is the August Feine House, 766 Ellicott St., on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Presale tickets, $20, can be purchased until April 28 at, at all Wegmans locations, or at the Junior League of Buffalo’s office, 45 Elmwood Ave. They can be purchased at the door for $25. Private tours are also available.

Decorators’ Show House is a major community fundraiser presented by the Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News that takes place every other spring. The Junior League estimates that more than 20,000 people will visit the Show House during its three-week run, April 29-May 21.

The 7,800-square-foot home is being restored as part of the Expansion Campaign for Kevin Guest House, located next door. Kevin Guest House purchased the house from a local law firm in 2015 and began its restoration. It was selected as the 2017 Decorators’ Show House last fall.

A few details from the Junior League in a recent press release:

• More than 40 local decorators, artists and landscapers were selected to transform the house’s 33 spaces. M P Caroll Hardwood, a major Show House sponsor, is refurbishing and replacing wood throughout the home.

• When the renovation of the August Feine House is complete, it will be renamed the Russell J. Salvatore Hospitality House on the Kevin Guest House Campus. The remodeled house will provide additional housing for families and patients traveling to Buffalo for medical care.

• Since 1981, Decorators’ Show Houses have yielded proceeds totaling $3.975 million to benefit 21 local cultural and human service organizations. Applications for the proceeds of the 19th Show House are expected to be available at the end of 2017.

Ready to welcome spring? Other events are coming up fast, too:

Plantasia, the garden and landscape show, is scheduled for March 23-26 at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Artisan Hall in Hamburg. This year’s theme is “Gardens Through the Ages.” Attractions include landscaped gardens; a children’s garden; educational seminars, and more than 100 vendors. Visit for ticket and seminar information. Plantasia is presented by PLANT WNY – the Professional Landscape & Nursery Trades.

For those who can’t get enough flowers, the Spring Flower Exhibit is planned for April 1-23 at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. The 4-H Farm coincides with the exhibit; think bunnies, chicks, pigs and more. For information on these events as well as the Taste of Paradise tropical-themed cocktail party (March 31), Easter Bunny visits and egg hunt, visit

Finally, a fashion show is scheduled as part of a Kentucky Derby Celebration scheduled for April 29 and 30 at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. The fashion show, which follows a luncheon, will highlight styles from the beginning of the Derby in 1875 through the 1950s. Pre-paid registration is required. For ticket information and seating times, visit or call 884-0095.

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