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Remember Lucille Ball’s skit where she stomped grapes in a vat while on her Italian vacation?Well the good people of Jamestown, home of the Lucy Desi Museum and Center for Comedy, want to re-create that scene, but with a lot more people and a lot more grapes, and in the process set a world record for the most people stomping grapes at one time.The record is 977. T…

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While Foster the People sealed the summer slate of top-notch outdoor gigs in Western New York, attractive live music options don't suddenly disappear -- they just change form. The genres of shows that dominate Artpark, Canalside and Darien Lake -- classic rock, Top 40, indie, country and hip-hop -- take a backseat, while different branches of music grab the spotlight. Thr…

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Summer may be all but officially over on the calendar, but September is still a great time to enjoy outdoor activities. This weekend, for example, you can bring the entire family to the 10th annual Pig-a-Palooza, from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of Ransomville Free Methodist Church (3924 Ransomville Road, Ransomville).The event promises plenty of fun activities for…

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Before summer ends, three festivals in the area are offering days to revel in peaches, boats and music.Three necessities of any good summer.This weekend hosts the Lewiston Kiwanis Peach Festival in Lewiston, Antique and Classic Boat Show and Race Boat Regatta on Grand Island and the Freedom Waters Festival at Canalside.With today’s forecast in the mid-to-high 80s an…

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The Summer of 2014 unofficially came to a close this week, and it was an eventful one. Years from now, what will you remember most? The outdoor concerts? The unhealthy food? The sculpture that combines girlhood and carnivorous marine life? Take this quiz and see how much of the season stayed with you.1. Which Canalside performer did nothing to endear himself to the crowd h…

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A year ago, after an invigorating performance for an exuberant crowd at the South Buffalo Irish Festival, Larry Kirwan, the lead singer of the popular Irish rock band Black 47, had an unusual thought:Maybe it was time to wrap it up.A year later, with the band headed back to the South Buffalo Irish Festival on Saturday near the end of its yearlong “Last Call” …

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Just because Labor Day weekend signals the unofficial end of summer doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty of summer fun to be had. You have options.Winging it at the ballpark The best thing about the National Buffalo Wing Festival is the variety. Wing merchants have been reinventing Teressa Bellissimo’s classic sauce since she unveiled it 50 years ago.…

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All this talk about summer winding down is becoming quite the buzz-kill. Look, we have a full month of (official) summer remaining, and then at least a few weeks of tolerable fall weather -- unless this Vortex-which-must-not-be-named is hellbent on starting winter early. (Vortexmort?) So, don't panic that we'll dip below freezing tomorrow -- that won't happen, as the temp…

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If Buffalo deserves a signature aroma, let it be chicken wings. And that mouthwatering smell hovered over Niagara Square on Wednesday. The traffic circle doesn’t typically smell delicious. But at a news conference to promote the 13th annual National Buffalo Wing Festival, fast becoming a regional if not nationally recognized event, several variations of the city’s signat…

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By Shawn Campbell NEWS STAFF REPORTER Steeped in tradition, the Erie County Fair offered the usual delights over its 12-day run – the 61-car carnival train, a Ferris wheel and fried dough among them. But as the 175th edition of Western New York’s biggest summer fair ended Sunday, it was clear fair officials had made room for new offerings, too. It all added up to a reco…

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We’re righting a great wrong here. And we are, at long last, fully explaining why. Please note the accompanying piece by Dale Anderson explaining why he did not cover one of the greatest musical events of our era, Woodstock. We covered it the wrong way at the time, but even that was a triumph (of which more later). I ought to know. I was the wrong way that we covered th…

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It's the Fair's final Friday -- the fairgrounds' festivities have flown by. Aggressive alliteration aside, the weekend will begin with a bang -- and probably several revs, thuds and roars. Friday's featured event is the Lucas Oil Truck and Tractor Pull -- which includes the Western New York Pro Farm Pullers -- at 6 p.m. at the Gusto Grandstand of the Hamburg Fairgrounds.…

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In a safe environment, a massive collision can be exhilarating. The metal-on-metal crunch, the deafening roar of an engine and that eerie instant of silence before impact all stimulate the senses, often producing a simultaneous wince and grin. The Erie County Fair's headline event for Thursday is the Ultimate Night of Destruction, raging at 7 p.m. on the dirt track betwee…

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It’s that time of year again. The NFL preseason has started and we are into the last weekend of the Erie County Fair – both sure signs that summer is coming to an end. So let’s face it, there are a limited amount of weekends left in the season, and you are slowly realizing that you did not do and see all those things you dreamed about during the long months of the polar v…