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Francesca Bond


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One late spring night during my first official summer living in the city, I spent hours ferociously Googling. I scoured Facebook, blogs and media sites for festivals, concerts, events and restaurants. I jotted everything down, organized by date, in my notes app and sent the finished list to nearly everyone I knew. Of course, I didn't end up crossing everything off my li…

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Borderland Music & Arts Festival has a couple of announcements for the folk-listening, guitar-strumming music fans people whose minds jump to album art and concerts instead of giant fluffy dogs at the word "sheepdogs." Single-day tickets and the daily lineups have been announced for Borderland Music & Arts Festival, taking place Sept. 21 and 22 at Knox Farm Stat…

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On the tree-lined corner of Lexington and Ashland avenues, a blue, metal cow denotes the Farm Shop. The store's exterior is coated in a homey pale yellow with baby blue trim. A milk jug reads White Cow Dairy, the name of the East Otto farm that sells its goods at this Elmwood Village storefront. Inside, the place is as cute as a button. Grab a silver metal basket and fi…

Attractions

As a kid, I spent many Saturday mornings driving down empty roads, hopping out of my dad’s mini-van for garage sale after garage sale. The sales were always on random lawns, inside garages decorated with one too many bikini girl beer signs, inside musty houses and dusty barns. I would sneeze and cough and ask how much this teacup costs, then turn around and ask my dad if h…

Art

Sixty-two years ago, a group of Allentown business owners started an outdoor art festival. In the ensuing decades, the Allentown Art Festival has connected locals and tourists on the streets of Allen, Delaware, Virginia and Franklin, to shop booths of arts and crafts, eat fried dough and drink frozen lemonade, finding rare shade under the blanket that is Delaware Avenue…

Food and Drink

Iced coffee season for the most devout cold caffeine consumers knows no time limits, but for the rest of us casual drinkers who dabble in hot coffee (depending on the weather), the iced coffee season runs approximately from 70 to 105 degrees, or usually June through September. For the brief window of time when our hands can benefit from holding an icy beverage, here are…

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Welcome to our weekly grab bag guide of things to do and places to go in and around Buffalo this weekend. Friday Get competitive at a pool hall Live out an old-school Friday night fantasy of drinking whiskey on the rocks while shooting pool at a hall with 20 other electric blue pool tables at Pocketeer Billiards (2444 Clinton St.). Aside from pool, the hall has more t…

Fashion

"Dressed smart like a London bloke, before he speak his suit bespoke ..." Aside from that memorable line in the R&B song "American Boy," by Estelle and Kanye West, bespoke suits are seen but not heard. They're subtle. No Supreme logo or pattern of crisscrossed LVs indicate each suit's exclusivity, which instead lies in the suit's lack of perceivable flaws. One glan…

Bisons and Baseball

Shannon Michaels knew something was up when her friend told her to look presentable for the Buffalo Bisons game, but she just thought she was nominated for “Military Family of the Night.” “I hate attention," Michaels said. Tom Michaels, Shannon's husband, is stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, where he had been for the past five months. (He's from Spr…

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Welcome to our weekly grab bag guide of things to do and places to go in and around Buffalo this weekend. Friday Pizza, craft beer and skeeball A lot of change happens slowly, but some change happens all at once, especially when $50 million is involved. Black Rock's Chandler Street is metamorphosing from an area of abandoned warehouses, siphoned off by residential str…

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What separates breakfast from brunch? Time, some might argue, though plenty of popular breakfast spots serve eggs and bacon into the early afternoon. Others might say menus differentiate brunch from breakfast since restaurants tend to offer more upscale brunch items, elevated from regular omelets or pancakes. But the biggest difference is likely alcohol. Breakfast…

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Well-behaved dogs are welcome at most outdoors festivals, on many patios with water bowls and inside many parks. But what's in it for them? Leftover Taste of Buffalo scraps (hopefully) and being marveled at and baby-talked to by strangers. At the following dog-related events in June, dogs aren't an afterthought. The vendors cater to them (and you, with beer and wine)…

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Welcome to our weekly grab bag guide of things to do and places to go in and around Buffalo this weekend. Friday Pre-karaoke cocktails and appetizers You know when a downtown restaurant has fun cocktail names, lavender vodka and a living wall, it will be a 2019 hit. Marble + Rye (112 Genesee St.), isn't just trendy, but also well-received. The News' Andrew Z. Galarnea…

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Last year, The New York Times chose 52 places worldwide to visit, sending travel reporter Jada Yuan. Buffalo made the list. When Yuan wrote about Buffalo, she said the city went from "a place I didn’t think about, ever" to somewhere she would consider moving to. A few months before her summer trip to Buffalo, she ran into the University at Buffalo women's basketball tea…

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How do cities earn reputations for having nothing to do? A city, by nature, bleeds with things to do. Where there are people with interests and needs to make money, there will always be things to do. If we were planning your weekend, here's what we would do. From gaming over Breadhive baked goods and iced tea at a new board game cafe to drinking $3 mimosas inside an …