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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…

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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…

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It may be almost summertime, but no one knows more than Buffalonians that weather doesn’t always follow the rules. If rain and clouds are in the forecast and you’re going stir-crazy at home, check out these spots around town to still have a fun summer day — all for $13 or less. Buffalo Museum of Science. Is the last time you visited the science museum a field trip with …

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The annual Historic Buffalo River Tour is back this summer for the 34th consecutive season. Five two-hour summer tours will leave from the Miss Buffalo dock at Erie Basin Marina. The tours, which pass by some 14 grain elevators, are scheduled July 4, July 14, Aug. 3, Aug. 18 and Sept. 2. Tickets are $20, children 4 to 11 $13. For reservations, call 856-6696 or go to …

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Maid of the Mist will open its 2019 season at 9 a.m. today, with boats departing every 15 minutes for close-up views of the base of Niagara Falls. “As one of North America’s longest running tourist attractions, we are looking forward to once again welcoming guests from around the world,” said Christopher M. Glynn, president of Maid of the Mist Corp. Maid of the Mist …

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An elevator malfunction at a tourist attraction in Niagara Falls, Ont., stranded approximately 200 tourists at the base of the Niagara Gorge late Sunday afternoon, said a Niagara Fire Department official. White Water Walk, a self-guided tour of the Niagara Gorge, experienced a disruption of service just before 5:30 p.m., said a representative with the Niagara Parks Comm…

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Every summer, the Buffalo Niagara region, Rochester and southern Ontario are transformed into holy ground for fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga, horror and other delightful forms of entertainment. If geekdom and fan-love were a religion, then it’s time to get ready to worship. Here are this summer’s offerings: Nickel City Con When: 3 to 8 p.m. May 17, 1…

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The Buffalo Zoo's latest attraction is something of a blast from the past. The zoo announced Monday morning that "OMG Dinosaurs!" will be a part of their offerings this season. The zoo said the attraction consists of 11 "life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs" that will be located throughout the zoo's campus, "from the ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex to the majestic Tricerato…

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The Buffalo History Museum and the Richardson Olmsted Campus are joining together to offer monthly "Fridays on Forest" tours. The tours, now beginning their second year, provide a chance for the public to look inside the museum's resource center, at 459 Forest Ave., and the campus at 444 Forest. Visitors to the resource center will get a guided tour of "Spirit of the…

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Many international wrestling stars are set to return to Buffalo, as Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling begin their “War of the Worlds” tour at 7:30 p.m. May 8 at Buffalo RiverWorks. Now five years into its strategic partnership, the two companies are fresh off one of their biggest shows ever, as they joined forces to produce the sold-out G1 Supercard in Madison S…

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There are bad ideas. And then are epically bad ideas. Night Nation Run – which bills itself as “The World’s First Running Music Festival,” because, hey, who can believe no one thought of this sooner? – is coming to Buffalo’s Outer Harbor in June. It fits the epically bad idea bill rather snugly. I became aware of this day-glo cynicism-fest – cynical because this is a…

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It was the first place I landed in Buffalo, in 1989, on a day-trip from SUNY Fredonia, where I was wrapping up my BA. In many ways, it has maintained its gravitational pull on me since. The Elmwood Strip – now known by a slightly more bougie moniker, the Elmwood Village, indicative of its upgrade from cheap-college-and-bohemian-artist lodgings to urban mecca, with most …

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Howard Zemsky had an unenviable assignment during Gov. Andrew Cuomo's appearance at SUNY Buffalo State on Wednesday, but he did the best he could with it. Zemsky, Cuomo's economic czar, was tasked with introducing the scores of luminaries at the event who didn't merit a name check from the governor himself. Zemsky went through names for about six minutes, but he …

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"Cheers to the freakin' weekend," Rihanna sang in her viral 2010 pop ballad, reverberating the Friday feeling so much of the working-class experiences in unison every seven days. After work or school is done for the week, we retreat home, free to stay up all night (or crash immediately) with the comforting knowledge that we don't have to turn around and do it all over agai…