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Back-to-back days of celebration can be a lot to handle. Easter typically brings baskets of chocolate bunnies (with odd expressions) and jelly beans, family meals with heaps of ham, and the awkward cutting of a cute butter lamb. Dyngus Day immediately follows with awkward squirt gun and pussywillow flirting, a longer parade route and a chance to revel with Polish bee…

Food and Drink

Every Easter Week, the Broadway Market is the destination thanks to its lengthy list of vendors, array of foods for purchase and sense of history. To accommodate the rush of patrons, the market's hours expand considerably through Saturday, and even then the shopping haven's 90,000 square-feet will be a tad congested. The buzz of activity and holiday joy can be felt on B…

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Like many Buffalonians, it was tradition for the families of Lake Effect Ice Cream owners Jason Wulf and Erik Bernardi to stop at the Broadway Market before Easter to buy Malczewski's butter lambs for their holiday meals, a ritual that's carried on to their adulthood. How could the local tradition apply to their ice cream business? The idea for a Butter Lamb Ice Cream C…

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Michael Feldman makes a compelling case. Despite what might look like tremendous proof to the contrary, the last two years have been among the best of his life. He will tell you of the day not so long ago when an Amish farmer to the far north of Watertown handed him Duncan, a then-tiny border collie. The dog has grown into a role as Michael's comfort and companion, his …

Festivals

1) Dyngus Day at the Buffalo Central Terminal, 3 to 11 p.m. April 2 at 495 Paderewski Drive. Cost is $15 to attend - ticket details here - and it's a 21+ event. Commentary: Even as the Central Terminal continues slow progress toward restoration, the Art Deco venue attracts attention on Dyngus Day for a few reasons: its vast size is convenient for large crowds, it doesn'…

Food and Drink

When Teddy and Hanna Robieniek came to the United States from communist Poland with just two suitcases and $100, they could not have predicted their future success. They were forced to leave behind their children, Ania Duchon and Monika Poslinksi, with family as they set out to achieve the American dream. They began working at the Broadway Market and eventually were reu…

Erie County

The Town and the City of Tonawanda each will offer Easter egg hunts for its residents on March 24. Prize winners must be residents. The City of Tonawanda Recreation Department will hold its hunt beginning at 10 a.m. with a special "kiddie hunt" for ages 4 and under in the caretaker's building in Veteran's Park. Hunts for ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 10 will be held in the park.…

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For those who like to take things right down to the wire, we just learned about Ru's Pierogi Easter Feaster package that can be ordered online until 11:59 p.m. April 12 (Wednesday). Pick up is April 14 and April 15 (Friday and Saturday). For $85, the Easter Feaster includes 24 of each pierogi: cheddar potato, farmer's cheese and sauerkraut; two and a half pounds of fres…

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Because we have made pierogi, we have license to advise: If you can find good pierogi, buy them. Trust us. Unless you can convince at least two willing victims to spend the day toiling away in the kitchen, purchasing pierogi is not a sin. It’s money well spent. (Watch the fruits of your labor disappear at the dinner table at an alarming rate and you’ll understand our pl…

The Town of Tonawanda and Rotary Club of Kenmore will hold their 34th annual Easter egg hunt for children beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8, inside the Lincoln Arena, 1200 Parker Boulevard. The free indoor event regularly draws about 500 children. Participants must be  Kenmore or Town of Tonawanda residents, aged 2 to 10. "This is a community favorite," said …