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There's not one correct approach to eating at the Taste of Buffalo, but entering with at least a simple plan can make a difference when exploring the largest two-day food festival in the United States. The iconic summer event runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 13 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 14 in Niagara Square and north on Delaware Avenue. There's no cost to wander the fe…

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Fireworks across the area may have left ears ringing into Friday morning, but the colorful explosions were merely the first spark of another busy weekend ahead. Don Felder, the former guitarist for the Eagles who was integral in the timeless riffs of "Hotel California," will rock Ellicottville with Caitlin Koch, a country singer-songwriter who embarked on a musical care…

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Mary Badami knew the day. She just did not know the time. She traveled into Buffalo in spring 1946 from her home in Geneseo. Mary was about to meet her boyfriend, Dominic "Monte" Montemarano, who was coming home on a train after a couple of years away in World War II. Joined by one of Monte's sisters, Mary went to Buffalo's Central Terminal. The young women were exci…

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There's an ample contingent that welcomes summer months as a time for laid-back ease, with days and nights best spent with no agenda, no concerns and no care for the constraints that clamp down throughout the region's less idyllic months. This may sound lazy to some. To others — such as the late English banker, scientist and scholar Sir John Lubbock — it's entirely purp…

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American pop star Katy Perry invented fireworks in 2010. Just kidding. (That was the song, "Firework," for anyone who didn't listen to the radio during the summer of 2010.) Fireworks have actually been around since sometime between 600 and 900 A.D., the History Channel estimates, when Chinese alchemists mixed a few of the right chemicals together, stuffed them into bamb…

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A nod to Buffalo's fame as a 19th-century port city and the city's intimate connection with the Great Lakes, 12 tall ships from around the world will converge upon the waterfront from July 4-7 in a festival dubbed Basil Port of Call. It's a special time, News contributor Michael Farrell explains, and the eye-catching fleet is here for more than just ogling from afar. Ti…

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There's a tendency for Buffalo natives to become insular, like when we adore when outsiders pump us up and lash out defensively when others put us down. While some might view these knee-jerk reactions as negative and excessive, they're also signs that Buffalonians are fiercely proud of their hometown. World Refugee Day and the Taste of Diversity, both running this weeke…

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Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay seems like an odd place to hatch a plan for heightened appreciation of Buffalo’s maritime history. Not for Mike Vogel and Paula Blanchard, the chair and co-chair of the forthcoming "Basil Port of Call: Buffalo," a four-day family event that will bring the most dramatic tall ship fleet to the city’s waterfront since the Erie Canal’s 1800s heyday…

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It's the 16th year of the Taste of Diversity, an annual summer festival that celebrates the West Side's culturally diverse community through food, dance, music and shopping. Be warned: If you're reading this article in an office while eating a sad salad, or basically anywhere that isn't a kitchen or restaurant, it might be hard to get through. Words like sesame cookies,…

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Buffalo is blessed with a marvelous lineup of cheap, weekly events, usually centered around local musicians and/or food trucks. But scattered throughout the city's summer event calendar are worthy fundraisers, sometimes one-offs, that support landscape-changing projects. This week, for example, lends an opportunity to scope out the Massachusetts Avenue Project farmhouse…

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It was an often deeply moving cultural mashup, structured around themes of connectivity, compassion, mutual respect and inclusivity. On Saturday, the inaugural Strawberry Moon Festival took place at Artpark. Not just a music festival, Strawberry Moon celebrated the fact the sky does not acknowledge borders, as different cultural factions from Western New York and Canada…

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Buffalo's summer event schedule would be more dull if it just repeated festivals year after year. There's nothing wrong with tradition - this weekend's Ride for Roswell and Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle are reasons to look forward to each summer - but the spice of new, creative options injects a little more excitement to this list of things to do. Artpark's Strawbe…

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The Strawberry Moon Festival starts at 3 p.m. June 22 at Artpark. It is free between 3 and 5 p.m. All-day access tickets are $28, and cover all activities between 3 and 11 p.m., including the mainstage concert performances. Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free. Re-entry will be allowed until 5 p.m. Carry-in chairs will be allowed in designated areas. Ticke…

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We all love a good festival. Sometimes just throwing a slew of strong acts together on a bill, popping up a beer tent or two, and having a party is enough. At other times, however, we’re looking for something a little bit deeper, even if we don’t realize it consciously. We’re in need of a ritual that seeks to connect us. To each other, yes. But to our natural environment a…

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One late spring night during my first official summer living in the city, I spent hours ferociously Googling. I scoured Facebook, blogs and media sites for festivals, concerts, events and restaurants. I jotted everything down, organized by date, in my notes app and sent the finished list to nearly everyone I knew. Of course, I didn't end up crossing everything off my li…