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Summer burns bright and fast like a star, and perhaps your money has, too, so here are free events and activities to last you through the autumnal equinox. For the creative Sunflowers of Sanborn As August rolls on, peak sunflower season begins. A few years ago, when photos of friends in sunflower fields flooded Instagram and Facebook feeds, people found out that the I…

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In Buffalo, we often tell an underdog tale of a once-flourishing Rust Belt city on the rise, ridden with snow, famous for chicken wings, notorious for inebriated football fans and fiercely defended by lifelong residents. While those are absolutely a part of our story, we leave out multiple facets of Buffalo life in that narrative, such as our theater, arts, culture and …

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Say what you want about midsize cities, but the perks of being simultaneously big and small show themselves in unusual ways in Buffalo. Take, for example, the city dining parking lot. As a city that has plenty of dining options and enough people to flood street parking, our spread-out, low-rise city can afford a few personal parking lots. For some, a parking lot is less…

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Revel in our fleeting summer on a romantic patio. "Romantic" by its Dictionary.com definition, is "of, characterized by, or suggestive of an idealized view of reality." But romance isn't limited to romantic love here. Being romantic, for a patio, could simply mean altering reality with candles, twinkle lights, jazz music or white wine to craft one of those nights where …

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#Picnic has 6,265,314 posts on Instagram. The outdoor arrangement of blankets, baskets and food has been popular for centuries. The Atlantic wrote that picnics arose during the period of romanticism immediately following the Industrial Revolution. Apparently, picnics used to be more popular back then, although six million Instagram photos might beg to differ. Around …

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The Erie Canal, in all of its bicentenary beauty, connects Albany to Buffalo through its man-made, 363-mile long waterway. Once responsible for New York State's booming industrial economy, the canal has more leisurely responsibilities these days, serving casual boaters, bikers, strollers and mean Canada geese. Our curious predispositions to take things for granted somet…

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On the tree-lined corner of Lexington and Ashland avenues, a blue, metal cow denotes the Farm Shop. The store's exterior is coated in a homey pale yellow with baby blue trim. A milk jug reads White Cow Dairy, the name of the East Otto farm that sells its goods at this Elmwood Village storefront. Inside, the place is as cute as a button. Grab a silver metal basket and fi…

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Sixty-two years ago, a group of Allentown business owners started an outdoor art festival. In the ensuing decades, the Allentown Art Festival has connected locals and tourists on the streets of Allen, Delaware, Virginia and Franklin, to shop booths of arts and crafts, eat fried dough and drink frozen lemonade, finding rare shade under the blanket that is Delaware Avenue…

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Iced coffee season for the most devout cold caffeine consumers knows no time limits, but for the rest of us casual drinkers who dabble in hot coffee (depending on the weather), the iced coffee season runs approximately from 70 to 105 degrees, or usually June through September. For the brief window of time when our hands can benefit from holding an icy beverage, here are…

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Welcome to our weekly grab bag guide of things to do and places to go in and around Buffalo this weekend. Friday Pizza, craft beer and skeeball A lot of change happens slowly, but some change happens all at once, especially when $50 million is involved. Black Rock's Chandler Street is metamorphosing from an area of abandoned warehouses, siphoned off by residential str…

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How do cities earn reputations for having nothing to do? A city, by nature, bleeds with things to do. Where there are people with interests and needs to make money, there will always be things to do. If we were planning your weekend, here's what we would do. From gaming over Breadhive baked goods and iced tea at a new board game cafe to drinking $3 mimosas inside an …

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Nineteenth-century American poet Emily Dickinson once wrote a poem about Saturday afternoon, in which boys and girls "ecstatically" leaped into the "only afternoon that prison doesn't keep." Like Dickinson knows, and you know, and we know, a mild jean-jacket-weather May afternoon can't go to waste. For this weekend, our itinerary focuses on quaint East Aurora. As a vill…

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We all know about some of Buffalo's most famous landmarks. Our architectural king Frank Lloyd Wright steals much of the spotlight (deservedly) and the rest of it is lent to the silos of our rust belt roots, massive contemporary art gallery and those big waterfalls a little to the north. But wait, there's more. We have a tree that is 309 years old. As part of our Satu…

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Wake up. Go to class. Do homework. Work. Do more homework. Go to another class. Go to a coffee shop. (Do some more homework.) At least we're nearly in the final stretch. There's just that one paper, a couple of quizzes, maybe three exams and one more paper between you and waving a final goodbye to the professor who clearly doesn't understand that his c…

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You could spend this Saturday afternoon doing the same old thing. Or you could follow this (admittedly fairly bizarre) itinerary of carousel-riding, American raga music, bubble tea and Italian food. North Tonawanda is home to all of the above, and who says you shouldn't explore it all in one afternoon? By Saturday night, you should feel more well-rounded. You did, af…