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Life hasn't been quiet for Chad and Louise Brachmann, the owners of Danielewicz Farm and Sunflowers of Sanborn, which sparked a viral photo craze in 2017. After a cease-and-desist order from the Town of Cambria abruptly shortened their 2018 season, the Brachmanns had their work cut out if they wanted their rural attraction to return this year. Like wineries, brewerie…

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You voted, and we listened. The Battle for the Borderland contest – in which local artists competed for an opportunity to perform at the Borderland Music + Arts Festival, Sept. 21 and 22 at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora, with headliners including Gov’t Mule, Greensky Bluegrass, the Infamous Stringdusters, Shakey Graves and Keller Williams' Grateful Grass featuring…

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Social media is a little weird sometimes. A tweet by Clarence High School alum Maddy Smith featured a still shot from the Instagram story of her friend, Marisa Miosi – confusing enough already, right? – that exulted the perks of being a member at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. It spread like wildfire, earning nearly 24,000 retweets and more than 200,000 l…

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They start as passion projects. No one is really making any money. In fact, money is often lost, but the dream remains. As any dreamer will tell you, the dream is the master. You’re only here to do the dream’s bidding. Yet somehow, sometimes, if you’ve enough dogged determination and plain old bull-headedness to keep on keepin’ on – despite the naysayers, the nagging do…

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Since we led with the Erie County Fair for this week's newsletter, it only makes sense to highlight rubber ducks for the weekend. Think of it like the Kentucky Derby, just for inanimate objects near Buffalo's waterfront. The Rotary Duck Derby is a quirky highlight for a weekend notable for quality new events: the environmentally friendly Flutterby Festival on the sidewa…

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Newell Nussbaumer is doing his part. For the past year, Nussbaumer (who runs the blog Buffalo Rising) has contacted “every single eco-organization” he could think of and walked into every business on Elmwood Avenue between the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Summer Street, for one goal: to save the planet. Nussbaumer convinced the organizations and businesses to hop on…

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The Erie County Fair, a Buffalo tradition for 180 years, is a must for your summer bucket list. I’ve been going to the Fair with my family and friends since I can remember, and every year there are certain things I always need to taste, see and experience to make the annual trip worthwhile. To me, the Fair is the epitome of summer. The weather is always hot as you’re wa…

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You could always count on seeing horse racing during the Erie County Fair. This year you'll also be able to see a new kind of competition: drone racing. More than 50 drone pilots from around the world will compete in the race on Aug. 10 and 11, one of three master-level events conducted internationally this year. It's one of many ways the fair is a paradox: It is …

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The 53rd annual Lewiston Art Festival will feature the work of 175 professional artists this weekend in the Niagara County village. Artists from 13 states will compete for $6,000 in prizes at the show on Center Street on Saturday and Sunday. Works will include painting, photography, graphic arts, sculpture, artistic crafts including ceramics, fiber and glass, wood and j…

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It really seemed like competitor pig "Jim Smelly" was the favorite in one of last year's Erie County Fair Swifty Swine races. He had the first challenge – facing the proper direction at the starting gate – down, more than could be said for "Russell Bo-swine," who looked thoroughly confused by the obstacle course in front of him. As it turned out, neither pig named after…

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The third annual Cobblestone Live Music & Arts Festival kicked off at happy hour Friday, as a diverse lineup of local and national acts filled several stages in the now booming district, between Illinois Street and Michigan Avenue. Each year, the festival has grown, moving outward from its home hub – Buffalo Iron Works, at 49 Illinois St. – to surrounding environs, …

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Submissions for the Battle for the Borderland contest – in which local artists competed for an opportunity to perform at the Borderland Festival, Sept. 21 and 22 at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora, with headliners including Gov’t Mule, Greensky Bluegrass, the Infamous Stringdusters, Shakey Graves, and Keller Williams Grateful Grass featuring Oteil Burbridge – have been…

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Organizing a downtown music festival is tough work. There are bands to book, schedule and accommodate, a smattering of paperwork to submit, local food vendors to attract, workers/volunteers to find and a litany of other duties necessary to ensure a seamless experience. It's exhausting and overwhelming. Music venue Buffalo Iron Works and part-distillery, part-music host …

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Its lengthy name is a hint that there's a lot going on at the Western New York Movie Expo and Memorabilia Show. The fourth annual event, to be held from Aug. 1 to 4 in the Buffalo Grand Hotel (formerly the Adam's Mark Hotel), is a classic film festival, a celebration of vintage TV and collector's candy store - with a twist. In the more than 100 movies, shorts and tel…

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Faith-based cinema is increasingly popular with audiences, and the same is true of the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival. The fifth annual event runs from Aug. 2 to 4 at the Millennium Hotel (2040 Walden Ave.), and features more than 150 film from 15-plus countries.  The roster includes narrative features, documentaries, animation, music videos and even trailers, all …