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Buffalo Magazine: Discover

"You’re the most adventurous Dad I know.” My 5-year-old son, Nolan, said this as we struggled through snow and ice to explore a creek in January on a day that was absolutely not creek weather. I’m not a daring person. No jumping out of planes. Taxes always filed well in advance. And yet in a virtual world far from the fight-or-flight realities of early humans, there’s a…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Performance has always come naturally to Stacy Zawadzki. “My grandmother played piano and my great-grandfather played the viola,” said the owner and director of Zawadzki Performing Arts Center (ZPAC). “I’d put on shows in the backyard, and get my brothers in costume. We’d have everybody lined up to watch at family parties.” Today, Zawadski owns ZPAC, a West Seneca-ba…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

It’s just been named the top nature preserve in WNY, yet many longtime residents have never heard of it. Friends of Reinstein Woods executive director Meaghan Boice-Green and her team are working to change that. “We’re open year-round from sunrise to sunset and offer a true four-season experience,” said Boice-Green. “You can visit in summer to observe turtles and wildfl…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

The “Miracle on Ice” — Team USA’s legendary upset of the Soviet Union hockey team at the 1980 Olympics — is one of sports’ most indelible moments. The victory gave the country an emotional lift at a trying time and inspired future NHL stars while selling the sport of ice hockey to millions of Americans. The shocking win also gave Ralph Coppola an idea. As it turns out, …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

The old knock on Western New York focuses on our weather. Buffalo, that tundra-filled wasteland somewhere west of New York City. It’s a tired thought, and not very accurate. A more realistic take is that Buffalo’s weather varies greatly. We regularly see gorgeous, sun-kissed skies in summer. Yes, we do get walloped with snow on occasion, evidenced by some recent winter …

Buffalo Magazine: Style

A few generations ago, dressing up in costume was something you did on Halloween…until you grew out of it. But in Peter Pan fashion, an increasing number of adults don’t want to grow up. Somewhere along the line — perhaps when superhero movies started being released annually — dressing up became an adult thing, too. When it goes beyond the annual Halloween party, it’s c…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Jon Duffie spends a lot of time at home working on his projects. While others might toil away fixing up a car or motorcycle, Duffie’s focus is decidedly more otherworldly. He builds droids. "I’ve been working on my R2 unit for nearly a decade," said Duffie. "I spend a lot on parts. He usually needs repairs for something." What Duffie has built is highly impressive…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Before he started grilling some of WNY’s favorite hot dogs for a living, Dennis McNaney was an industrial arts teacher. But when his position at Maryvale High School was eliminated in 1980, it left him at a crossroads. Despite months of searching, things weren’t coming together. But Dennis had noticed that Red Top — a Hamburg hot dog stand on the lake — was for sale. He…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

They’ve served up laughs on 103.3 The Edge’s “Shredd and Ragan” morning show for more than two decades. They’ve mooed at Canadians, brought notoriety to the Niagara Falls police blotter and held a lawyer’s billboard head for ransom. They’ve also emerged as a ratings powerhouse and a Western New York institution, driving the water cooler conversation, or as it exists now…

This spring, I've had the pleasure of teaching a public relations class at my alma mater of Fredonia State University. It was something I've always wanted to do, and I'm really glad I received the opportunity. As I expected, it has been a really unique and enjoyable experience.There's something really neat about being able to interact with and influence young peo…

In defending the Buffalo Bills partnership with Toronto, Ralph Wilson recently claimed that in trying to create new streams of revenue, the Bills have "overturned all of the rocks in Western New York." This couldn't be further from the truth.Dozens of other cities with pro sports teams have sold the naming rights to their stadiums in multimillion-dollar deals. The Buffalo …

I was in HSBC Arena for an event recently and it nearly broke my heart.It was a cold March evening in Buffalo, and I was at a place that has always felt like home to me. It wasn't an especially memorable day, this frosty, drab Thursday. Fortunately for Western New Yorkers, the Buffalo Sabres and the National Hockey League have been making our winter days tolerable for more…