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Our visit to five wineries left us believing that every winery is an adventure that transcends the wine itself. Go with a friend or by yourself. Taste the wine, or not. Talk to the winemakers, proprietors and tasting room associates. Talk to other visitors. Buy gifts for yourself of others (wineries typically sell other local treats – jams, cheese, honey, etc.). Study the …

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Our visit to five wineries left us believing that every winery is an adventure that transcends the wine itself. Go with a friend or by yourself. Taste the wine, or not. Talk to the winemakers, proprietors and tasting room associates. Talk to other visitors. Buy gifts for yourself of others (wineries typically sell other local treats – jams, cheese, honey, etc.). Study the …

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There is nothing like waking up with the thought:Today I am hitting the wine trail.The skies could be gray, the temperatures terrible. It doesn’t matter. You are about to toast – literally, in many cases – the essence of Western New York. Not just our wine, but our heritage.Wine, whether or not you drink it, reflects who we are. It involves geography, weather, land, people…

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There is nothing like waking up with the thought:Today I am hitting the wine trail.The skies could be gray, the temperatures terrible. It doesn’t matter. You are about to toast – literally, in many cases – the essence of Western New York. Not just our wine, but our heritage.Wine, whether or not you drink it, reflects who we are. It involves geography, weather, land, people…

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Christmas is here and finally we can relax and truly enjoy the holiday spirit with family and friends. For some, that will mean hosting an open house or perhaps a fun ugly sweater party. Others will want to chill with a holiday movie, cutout cookies and hot cocoa. For those seeking fresh air and a festive spirit, we have some ideas that are great for the entire family. The…

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Christmas is here and finally we can relax and truly enjoy the holiday spirit with family and friends. For some, that will mean hosting an open house or perhaps a fun ugly sweater party. Others will want to chill with a holiday movie, cutout cookies and hot cocoa. For those seeking fresh air and a festive spirit, we have some ideas that are great for the entire family. The…

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1) Buffalo On Tap, 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Tickets are $40 when purchased in advance or $50 at the door. Here's the list of breweries expected to attend. Commentary: There's nothing tricky about Buffalo On Tap. Three reasons to be pumped: 21st Amendment -- the brewery that makes trendy Hell or High Watermelon, will be p…

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This weekend’s fourth annual Trans Wellness Conference at Evergreen Commons (262 Georgia St.) offers a packed program of education, training and discussion on transgender-related health and wellness issues while also delivering a stunning showcase of art and talent from trans advocacy powerhouses Angelica Ross, Scott Turner Schofield and the local community’s matriarch, Ar…

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We're just going to cut to the chase this week, mostly because you probably don't want to hear me fawn over fall, which is unquestionably my favorite season. 1) Ellicottville Fall Festival, 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 9; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 10; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Village of Ellicottville. It's free to attend, and the Ellicottville website has a very useful schedul…

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Fluff up your flannels and make your weekend count. Fulfill every beer fantasy with your friends, catch up on the rhythms of fall that you miss out on at your desk, and whisk yourself away with a weekend in Ellicottville.On Friday and Saturday, you can be one of the thousands who travel to Ellicottville for the 40th annual Ellicottville Fall Festival, one of the small vill…

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FinnFest USA, a celebration of Finnish and Finnish-American customs, history and heritage, will be taking over Buffalo from Oct. 9-13. Founded in 1983, the annual event is described as a cultural, entertainment and educational symposium. One of its goals is to unite modern Finland with historic and contemporary America. Kleinhans Music Hall will be a central gathering spac…

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Think of it as fall’s version of the ball drop.A 1,000-pound pumpkin will be hoisted up by a crane, then dropped from a height of 50 feet Monday in Clarence, a Columbus Day weekend tradition at the annual Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival.The pumpkin drop is scheduled for noon Monday at the farm, 11199 Main St. The regular weekend admission price of $7 per person will app…

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Downtown Niagara Falls will celebrate German heritage this weekend when it hosts the sixth annual Old Falls Street Oktoberfest from 1 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3. Situated on Old Falls Street’s Middle Block. The event will be held rain or shine and is free.Live German-themed entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the Bergholz German Band, the German American Musicians a…

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Ransomville is bringing home the bacon. It’s time for Pig-A-Palooza, a free festival of music, inspiration, entertainment, a bounce house for the kids and, of course, pulled pork. A big crowd is expected, and the organizers are ready. Music includes two popular Western New York Christian rock bands: Lily Among Thorns, featuring vocalist Cheyenne Cleveland, and Uncut Stones…

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In the past year or so, few issues have moved into the mainstream cultural conversation with more speed and intensity than gender.In the wake of Caitlyn Jenner’s big reveal, it seems everyone is thinking or talking about gender – its mutability, its liquidity, and now its place in the commercial landscape – in a new way. Of course, many great scholars and performers have b…