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Barbara O'Brien


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Garrett Strickland is on a journey — one that is becoming increasingly common and sadly familiar. As is the case for just about anyone struggling with addiction, his journey hasn’t been a simple one.

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Arts Services Initiative of WNY welcomed a slew of bands for its formal fundraising event, the longest-running black-tie gala in the area. The Abruptors, C.O. Jones, Buffalo Brass Machine, Nerds Gone Wild and more were on the bill.

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Bills fans looked forward to seeing the continued progress of rookie quarterback Josh Allen on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, at New Era Field where the Bills took on the New York Jets. See the fans who tailgated before the game.

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Santa costumes, Christmas pajamas and more festive attire could be seen on Chippewa on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, for the annual SantaCon Buffalo. See who strolled to several downtown bars.

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Businesses all along Hertel Avenue kept their doors open late for Hertel Holidays, with Santa, Mrs. Claus and several elves adding festive spice to the event on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. See who strolled the bustling North Buffalo neighborhood.

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This shop local spectacular in South Buffalo featured businesses on Abbott Road, Seneca Street and South Park Avenue, among others, with a post-shopping outing party at Doc Sullivan's on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.

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Ramp Global Missions, which has opened Buffalo's first home for those escaping human trafficking - the Mona House - hosted a fundraising gala on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in rehabilitated Shea's Seneca. Food, auctions, live music and live art were among the activities.

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The Allen Degenerates and Aircraft handled the music responsibilities at Thin Man Brewery's Christmas street party, the Elmwood Avenue hot-spot's third street party of the year, on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.

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Ignite Buffalo, a business grant organization and mentorship program to help small businesses, hosted its holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in the Gold Dome in Fountain Plaza. 43North and M&T Bank, also involved in Ignite Buffalo, were also well represented.

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The coffee concert for JoAnn Falletta's Classical Christmas was a popular gathering on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, as many supporters of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra enjoyed coffee and doughnuts before the show. Very festive.