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Weekend in WNY: Stroll with soup, swim for sight

BIG 5 EVENTS

Johnny G. Cansdale Soup Stroll, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 along Main Street in Williamsville. Each 3-ounce sample is $1.

Banana pepper soup from Eagle House, greens-and-beans from DiCamillo and cheddar pale ale soup with bacon from sparkling-new BriteSmith Brewing – just three of more than 20 soups planned for the stroll, an annual Williamsville Business Association event that supports FeedMore WNY.

Some of the venues welcome community soup-makers from local churches and fitness centers to share their crockpots, too. We're told Calvary Episcopal's "tempting tater and leek" concoction is tremendous.

[Photos: Smiles at the 2019 Soup Stroll]

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Polar Bear Swim for Sight, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at Krull Park by Olcott Beach (6108 E. Lake Road, Olcott). Minimum fundraising goal is $25.

Roughly 400 people annually brave the chilly Lake Ontario waters (a positively balmy 36 degrees!) to support a range of sight-based organizations, many based in Niagara County. A series of processions and awards leads up to the 2 p.m. swim, but there's plenty of mingling, eating and drinking throughout the day in Krull Park.

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"Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets" with the BPO, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28; 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 at Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). Tickets start at $49.50.

Three showings of "The Sorcerer's Stone," complemented by a rousing performance by the BPO, proved this film-music combo could work last year, so "Chamber of Secrets" steals the thunder for 2020.

Few tickets remain for Friday, with more available for Saturday. Grab a small wizard and waltz over to Shea's for this stimulating treat.

[Related: 5 things to know when bringing your kids to "Harry Potter" at Shea's]

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The Wake for Irish Classical Theatre, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $50 in advance.

Relish the warm memories of (fictional) Helen Back – say it slowly – at Irish Classical's fundraiser. Her fondness for spider monkeys will not be forgotten, the cleverly concocted story says.

Pub food by Rosalind's, a bagpipe performance by David Gray, Irish dancers and an open bar for beer and wine create the mood. It's quite the spectacle.

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Blue Line for Buffalo, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 at LECOM HarborCenter (100 Washington St.). Tickets are $15.

K-9 police dogs are not cheap; a News report notes they cost $7,500-$9,000 to purchase, then roughly that much to train. This fundraiser for the Buffalo Police Department's K-9 unit features a hockey game between the BPD and Buffalo Firefighters, plus a silent auction and refreshments for purchase.

[Related: Why drug-sniffing K-9s are in need]

SOLD OUT:
"The Office" Trivia Night at Hydraulic Hearth
• Buffalo Beer Goddesses' Winter Formal
Buffalo Whiskey Riot at RiverWorks
• Science After Hours: "Golden Mummies"

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TWO EVENTS DEDICATED TO DRINKS

Rev. Czeslaw Krysa, Rector of St. Casimir Church, learned the art of making krupnik, a traditional Polish honey liqueur, from his father, and has made a batch every year since he was a young man. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Krupnik Leap Fest, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 at at Polish Villa 2, 1085 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. $25 donation to St. Casimir food pantry and church.

Roman Catholic priest Fr. Czeslaw Michal Krysa has carried on his family's tradition of making krupnik, the Polish honey-based liqueur that's withstood the test of time. Part of the event's charm is just as much the person of Fr. Krysa, who will be on hand pouring shots of his homemade creation.

Green Beer Sunday, noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at Gateway Harbor (Tonawanda/N. Tonawanda). Free.

The Tonawandas join hands over pre-St. Paddy's Day festivities, with a parade over the Webster Street bridge at Gateway Harbor at noon followed by live music from Poor Ould Goat under a heated tent. Corned beef sliders and salt potatoes will represent Irish cuisine, while four beers – Guinness, Harp, Smithwick's and Guinness Blonde – lend further Irish flair.

FUNDRAISER TO KNOW

Sammy Strong, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.). Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Sammy Hypnarowski's brain aneurysm had the 10-year-old Iroquois student fighting for his life, and even though he's more stable now, the shock and fear are still fresh. His father, Jeff, coped with the diagnosis through music, which he shared with his son; an emotional piece by The News' Jeff Miers tells the tale. There's a chance to support the struggling family Saturday.

Jeff Hypnarowski and his son, Sam. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Hypnarowski)

GRAB BAG OF MORE EVENTS FOR THIS WEEKEND

Variety Kids Telethon Live at Seneca Niagara
Cavalcade of Cars at Hamburg Fairgrounds Event Center
Sip & CSA Fest at Mass Ave. Project
The Floozies in Town Ballroom
Cornhole Tournament for JDRF at Valley of Buffalo
Buffalo Brewing History Lecture at Adam Mickiewicz Library
Fight for Air Climb fundraiser at Flying Bison

5 EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT WEEK

The Revivalists at Town Ballroom, via The Edge
History of Bell Aircraft at Steel Plant Museum
JAUZ at Buffalo RiverWorks
Reel Big Fish in Town Ballroom
Super Tuesday Watch Party at Flying Bison

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