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Up north in Canada and Greenland, snow helps mold igloos on tundra-like terrain. In Buffalo, Tappo co-owner Phil Limina sees igloos as “red hot” settings for three-course meals and affordable wine. Limina is referring to the "igloos" at the two Tappo restaurants. These igloos are not made of snow, but look more like a playground dome climber with a plastic cover, she…

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Every month for three years, five friends have walked into Dragon Snack Games in Amherst to become other people. They are playing Shadowrun, a science-fiction role-playing game set in the near future. Each player has designed and created their own characters, and now determine their actions based on a story developed by another friend, who is the Game Master. There a…

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Ice skating is a beloved winter pastime and public skates are the perfect way to sharpen your skills, hang out with friends, have a romantic evening, or just embrace the season. With so many local rinks to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you – so we’re going to make it easier. Here are some of the best ice rinks around, with some important i…

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Mummies have long been known for their haunting and mysterious images from a long-ago world. A British museum with a world-renowned collection of mummies and Egyptian artifacts is taking them on the road for the first time while the museum itself undergoes a renovation. And the first stop is Buffalo. "Golden Mummies of Egypt," which opens Saturday, offers a sophistic…

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Every direction heading outside of the City of Buffalo offers opportunities for winter hiking, from wild to manicured and densely traversed to more remote. Here are six hikes, each 30 minutes or less from the center of downtown. Each hike is designed to be between 2 and 4 miles, duration depending on weather conditions, and the time spent stopping to enjoy the views. As…

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Baby Toni, 7 months old, is experiencing her first Buffalo winter. But unlike the humans that toss her fish, she’s far from bundled up. After all, Toni – a California sea lion – doesn’t need gloves or mittens for the weather. Her flippers are just fine diving in water as she zips around in her pool and strikes a pose for cameras. Toni is just one of the delightful…

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After the hectic holiday season and all the indulging that comes with it, getting back into the routines of everyday life can feel like — dare I say it — almost a relief. Along with the annual attempts at healthier choices and improved habits that come with the new year, many people also take a temporary break from alcohol consumption to help reset their bodies and minds. …

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Holiday shopping is stressful for so many reasons: the crowds, the parking, the mall madness. Even once you get inside, it's not over because then you have to find a unique – or at least – useable gift. Too often, we make the easy choice and get gift cards. But, let's face it, that's pretty impersonal. Out of ideas? We're here to help. Starting this week nearly right up…

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At the Dunkirk Lighthouse, a crew was shooting a scene upstairs for the feature film "Widow's Point." Hope Muehlbauer was in a small room at the bottom of the stairs, where it was her job to make sure it was quiet downstairs. She didn't think anything of it when someone came up behind her, even though they were so close she could hear their breathing. As long as they we…

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A step inside the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airplane is a step back in time. The first full-metal plane with multiple engines earned the nickname “Tin Lizzie” and featured eight passenger seats, originally made from lightweight wicker. This weekend, local aviation enthusiasts will get their chance to see the historic plane – one of eight still flying today – and take a ride a…

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For many in Western New York, biking is a warm-whether activity, something you do to enjoy summer vibes whether pedaling to work or strapping on your Bern helmet for a casual weekend cruise along the waterfront. But for a region that has made long-overdue improvements to its implementation of biking infrastructure and support of cycling culture over the past 10 years, l…

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Each Labor Day weekend, people travel from across the nation – and beyond – to experience the National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival at Sahlen Field. The best of the best from across the Buffalo area, and even vendors from across the pond, come together to deliver some of the most unique flavors and delicious originals to festivalgoers. As you’re filling your stomach wi…

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Some names we know from history class, others we have seen high atop buildings and many more are attached to our streets and schools. These are some of the people who have been Buffalo's "History Makers," now featured in an exhibit at the Buffalo History Museum (One Museum Court). The 20 figures included in the exhibition are an eclectic mix: presidents from Buffalo (Gr…

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On July 12, the New York Times published an article called "Move Over, Therapy Dogs. Hello, Therapy Cows." in which the writer visited Mountain Horse Farm in the Finger Lakes region. It's a bed and breakfast recently making the media circuit for its unusual (and adorable) therapy practice involving cuddling with massive, soft, fluffy cows. When The News reached out to o…