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The 10: Ellicottville Fall Fest, Masterson's Honey Harvest, Spirits with Spirits

1) Ellicottville Fall Fest, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7, but the festivities truly last all weekend in Ellicottville. It's free to attend, and shuttle rides cost $3 and some venues charge a cover.

Commentary: Rolling through the brilliant fall foliage to Ellicottville might feel like a scenic trip to a high school or college reunion, as who knows how many familiar (and vaguely familiar) faces you'll encounter while strolling around the annual Fall Fest.

Arts and craft vendors are set up on Washington and Jefferson streets, while the surrounding businesses - from Ellicottville Brewing Company to Villagio to Balloons and more - will bustle with activity. Remember, it's also the first Fall Festival that Steelbound, a brewery less than a mile from the heart of town, has been in business.

Read the thorough preview prepared by The News' Francesca Bond, which will carry special value if you enjoy "Saturday Night Live."

[Related: Smiles at Ellicottville Fall Fest 2017 and 2016 | Smiles at Rock Autism in Ellicottville]


2) Masterson's Honey Harvest Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7 at Masterson's Garden Center (725 Olean Road, East Aurora). Free to attend.

Commentary: If you've ever owned a beehive or known someone who has, the fascinating inner-workings of a honey-bee colony won't be novel to you. But Masterson's in East Aurora shines a light on the honey bees' production with a well-curated festival both educational, participatory and potentially buzz-inducing. (We had a limit of one bee pun).

Demonstrations in honey harvesting, beeswax-rendering and candle-making will be performed, while Lilly Belle Meads (Lancaster) and 810 Meadworks (Medina) dole out their signature honey drinks, East Aurora's 42 North Brewing pours a special brew and Midgard Winery (Corfu) samples its honey wine.

Honey extracted during the festival may be tasted and then voted upon by attendees.

[Read about more offbeat festivals this fall in Bond's guide]


3) Spirits with Spirits, 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 6 at Oakwood Cemetery (763 Portage Road, Niagara Falls). Cost is $30 "per body" in advance or $50 per couple; full ticket details here. Price rises to $35 at the door (unless you're captured by the resident ticket-enforcement goblin first).

Commentary: Props to the author of the Spirits with Spirits event page, as the verbiage is the work of a true wordsmith.

While Community Beer Works (coming soon to Niagara Falls), Wine on Third and BlackBird Cider Works (open Oct. 19 in Black Rock) will handle the spirits - event-goers receive one free drink and a "staycation" raffle ticket with admission - the preview of the other amenities is the section worth appreciating.

"Snack on culinary dark arts.  (NF's finest eateries will provide awesome morsels of delight)
Tour the Daredevils by the beams of your hand lantern.  (bring a flashlight)."

Take a bow, Oakwood Cemetery.


4) Cocktails for a Cause, noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at Buffalo Distilling Co. (860 Seneca St.). Cost is $20 in advance here.

Commentary: This chill fundraiser for BrewDogs and FeWines, a local merchandise business with apparel based on animals, beer and wine that gives 10 percent of proceeds to rescue efforts, invades the Larkinville distillery that was Gusto's bar feature last week.

Attendees receive one beverage and food samples with the price of admission; $8 from every ticket purchased will benefit a rescue of the buyer's choice (selected when checking out).


5) Buffalo Groundhog Day Hibernation Celebration, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at Hawk Creek Wildlife Center (1963 Mill Road, East Aurora). Cost is $8 per adult ticket, $5 for kids or $20 for a family of five; full details here.

Commentary: It's not time for Buffalo Mack to wake up and peer around in her usual February fog; it's time for the annual extended nap period to begin.

This is the first winter that Buffalo Bert - Mack's offspring - has sauntered about as a four-legged, slightly mangy local celebrity, and the live creature (sorry, Mack) will be on hand at his own hibernation party (we wouldn't list this if Bert were absent).

Head over to Hawk Creek - an annual sponsor of Buffalo Groundhog Day - for Flying Bison beer, Picasso's Pizza, tours of Hawk Creek usually closed to the public and a chance to meet some of the creatures rehabilitated by the host organization.


6) BreadHive and Barrel + Brine Have a Corny Festival, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at BreadHive Bakery & Cafe (402 Connecticut St.). There is no cost listed to attend.

Commentary: West Side cooperatively-owned bakery BreadHive joins forces with pickling pros Barrel + Brine for a Friday afternoon dedicated to Plato Dale Farm's sweet corn. Corn ice cream sandwiches are perhaps the strangest food to be offered at the event, with corn kombucha a close second.

Crush the competition in corn hole or impress judges with a corn costume or a corny joke. There will be prizes for all of these! Read more about what's planned in Andrew Galarneau's preview.


7) Turkuaz, doors at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $20 in advance here or $23 at the door.

Commentary: The nine members of red-hot Turkuaz all bring different colors and personalities to the ensemble, but merging all of them as a collective unit has been an extensive process since the group began touring seriously in 2012.

Buffalo-born drummer Michelangelo Carubba spoke at length with The News' Jeff Miers in October 2016, covering topics such as road trips with such a big group, Buffalo's tradition of funk and much more.

The Brooklyn funk stars' rise nationally has been the byproduct of all that fine-tuning, and the excitement surrounding Friday's appearance is partly due to the release of new music - "Life in the City" was unveiled Sept. 28 - as well as its past shows at venues such as Nietzsche's, Larkin Square and at Cobblestone Live.

Virginia-based five-piece Butcher Brown is the show's opener.

3 can't-miss shows: Turkuaz, mewithoutYou, the Beths


8) Allentown Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site (641 Delaware Ave.). Free to attend.

Commentary: The Allentown Association presents a top-notch family event in Buffalo, hosted outside and inside the TR Inaugural Site on Delaware Avenue.

A petting zoo, hayrides, face painting, pumpkin crafts and storytelling will entertain the younger attendees, while food trucks, other local vendors, half-off tours of the host site and live music should satisfy the adults.

If you want to get a head start on this Allentown celebration, don't miss Allentown First Fridays - the monthly gallery walk with several neighborhood businesses showcasing new exhibitions.


9) Autumn Celebration at Duende at Silo City, 1 to 8 p.m. at Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City Row). There's no cost listed.

Commentary: A mini music festival is planned to celebrate the end of the first season of Duende at Silo City, the recent art and performance-focused restaurant-bar in the shadows of Silo City.

12/8 Path Band, The Observers, Sara Rose and Too Real are the performers on the docket for the event that doubles as the farewell to Cafe Taza, which is closing in Allentown and moving to a downtown location. Music begins at 4 p.m.

[Related: Photos from InfoTech Fall Bash, held at Duende | Read about World Cup intrigue at Cantina at Silo City]


10) Sabres Party in the Plaza, 5 p.m. Oct. 6 in Alumni Plaza outside KeyBank Center; then #OneBuffalo Day at 1 p.m. Oct. 8 (Columbus Day) at the same location. Both are free to attend.

Commentary: Rejoice, Buffalo hockey fans. Sabres season has returned, and two outdoor pre-game parties are slated for the first long weekend. The first, on Saturday night, is presented by Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and involves a green-screen photo booth and live music by Dwayne Gretzky.

Monday, which doubles as Kids Day for the Sabres, is presented by Perry's Ice Cream, features music by the Strictly Hip and 10,000 #OneBuffalo car magnets will be given away. A visit from the Vegas Golden Knights - last year's Stanley Cup runners-up - adds further spice to the matinee.


BONUS: Leztoberfest, 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at Community Beer Works' new taproom, 520 7th St. Cost is $5 at the door.

BONUS 2: Trevor Noah, 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at Seneca Niagara Event Center (310 4th St., Niagara Falls). Tickets start at $95 and may be purchased here.


Five events to look forward to next week

*WYRK Acoustic Show at UB
*Steely Dan at Shea's
*Dining Out for Life at Buffalo restaurants
*Drea D'Nur sings Nina Simone at Hotel Henry
*Buffalo Women of Country at Iron Works


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