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While there might not be any mules named Sal, there's lots to be done this week by the Erie Canal. (Sorry if that song gets stuck in your head). Aside from the Erie County Fair, Canal Fest of the Tonawandas offers the longest opportunity to take part, touching on two separate weekends and five weekdays with activities to appease both kids and adults. The bustling can…

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June is a drinking month. National Cognac and Moonshine Days were June 4 and 5 respectively,  National Bourbon Day is June 14, National Martini Day is June 19 and National Mai Tai Day is June 30. World Gin Day was June 8 and that sent me on a quest to find five of the best gin cocktails in town. Normally I'm a craft beer/IPA guy, but exploring Buffalo's gin scene ope…

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With a good amount of competition, it's important for bar and restaurant owners to establish an element of surprise and authenticity. Bartenders are challenging themselves to think creatively and experiment with flavors and ingredients to stand out. In the first of our new occasional series on cocktails, here are five colorful drinks to try. These stood out because of t…

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Whether love makes your spine tingle or spurs immediate pangs of nausea, it's Valentine's Day Week, and Buffalo is strewn with classic dinner-and-a-movie offers for couples. Fortunately, there's plenty of other options, and that's what we're here for. Consider a "Parks and Rec"-inspired Galentine's Day, a bluster of concerts - both sentimental and sad, and a dance party…

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Bob Seger's gig, which hits KeyBank Center Thursday, is the marquee event of the week, but only re-sale tickets remain available. The interest locally isn't shocking: this is likely the last time the "Travelin' Man" will be a traveling man. If you're looking for another event option, there's a range of music, art, networking events and festivals to occupy your free time…

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The World's Largest Disco, running Saturday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, is the weekend's biggest event, but alas, it sells out well in advance every year, with 2018 no exception. But if you're looking to fill out your weekend or battle the FOMO of a disco-less year, here are several other Buffalo-area activities worth considering as part of this week's "Th…

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Holiday market season brings together a few of life's simple pleasures: eating, drinking, music and shopping. You could always go on Etsy if you wanted a handmade gift, but instead, you fight the crowds and scour downtown for parking because like all seasonal activities, it doesn’t feel like the holidays without it. Aside from the annual markets you've grown to expec…

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1) Niagara County Peach Festival, 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 6, 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 7, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9 in Academy Park in Lewiston. Free to attend. Commentary: With apologies to pineapples, bananas, currants and figs - four fruits slighted in their quests for a Buffalo-area festival - peaches take center stage for four days in Lewiston. From a performance by …

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When National Geographic listed Buffalo as one of the best food cities in the world, back in 2015, it was reasonable to think the Queen City had received its first and final "world's best" nomination. Not so. Time.com's World's Greatest Places for 2018 includes Hotel Henry, the 88-room boutique hotel on the grounds of the Richardson Olmsted Campus, among its 100 sele…

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Ask most successful artists if they'd like to show their work in a hotel, and you're likely to get a hard no. The notion of "hotel art" brings to mind sad pastel landscapes or wilted still-life paintings hanging lifelessly between double beds. Travelers are so used to this kind of bland, corporate art that they barely distinguish it from the wallpaper. So the organiz…

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Eventgoers celebrated Fat Tuesday and Valentine's Day (a little early) with a Fat Valentine's Party in Hotel Henry on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Drinks, dancing and free beads were among the highlights.

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Community Beer Works celebrated the limited relaunch of the Iroquois Beverage Co. with a party on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in the Hotel Henry's 100 Acres dining room. Iroquois beer lead the Buffalo market in the 1950s, and the brand - though long gone - remained a nostalgic favorite.