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Celebrate the Holidays with Explore Buffalo

Celebrate the Holidays with Explore Buffalo

Explore Buffalo, an organization dedicated to offering tours of the city’s most unique architecture and attractions, recently announced holiday tours to help you celebrate the season!

Home Tour
Explore Buffalo will host a special Holiday Home Tour event from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Tour a beautifully decorated home on one of Buffalo’s most exclusive streets, Chapin Parkway. Also featured on the 2016 Twilight Tour of Homes in June, the home of the Eoannou family will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland!

Local Artisans Inspire Holiday Shopping at 22nd Annual Yuletide in the Country

Local Artisans Inspire Holiday Shopping at 22nd Annual Yuletide in the Country

Western New Yorkers can complete their holiday shopping and buy local on Dec. 3 and 4 as the 22nd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Artisan Market returns to the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State to Return on December 3

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State to Return on December 3

The Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State, an indoor version of the popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, will return to Buckham Hall on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 3. The market will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through mid April 2017.

In addition to hosting nearly 20 quality vendors, entertainment will be offered from approximately 10 to 11:30 a.m., and one community group will be invited to host an informational table each week. One group or organization from Buffalo State will also host a weekly informational table, and the market will be equipped to accept EBT customers as well.

Celebrate the Christmas Season with Special Events at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Celebrate the Christmas Season with Special Events at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

From celebrating a Victorian Christmas to dining with Santa to enjoying a holiday tea with loved ones, Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village invites you to participate in their exciting events planned for the month of December.

Enjoy a menu full of Victorian Christmas recipes at the second annual “Taste of Christmas Past” from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The evening’s program includes:
• Music by Dan Wilke, organ grinder, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
• 45-minute guided lantern tours of the village with one of BNHV’s costumed villagers (includes grounds and exterior of building) at 6:15 and 7:15 p.m.
• Music by the Hutchinson Family Revival from 7 to 9 p.m.
• Live auction at 8 p.m.
• Tree lighting ceremony and caroling on the historic bandstand at 8:15 p.m.
• Remaining auctions and raffles after tree lighting ceremony

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Sponsors to Adopt Needy Families This Holiday Season

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Sponsors to Adopt Needy Families This Holiday Season

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) in East Aurora hopes to spread some holiday spirit this Christmas season by asking local individuals, families, businesses and organizations to “adopt” a deserving family and help make their holidays a little brighter. 

“This Christmas season we anticipate assisting 12 to 15 families who are actively pursuing their goals toward self-sufficiency,” said ROC Executive Director Frank Cerny. “Those receiving gifts this holiday season will be asked to make a contribution of some sort back to their community as part of the empowerment process. Virtually all participants in the program readily agree to do this as they too want to help others in some way. We call it the ‘pay-it-forward’ portion of the program.”

Explore Buffalo and Palace Theatre to Offer Lockport Tour of Homes

Explore Buffalo and Palace Theatre to Offer Lockport Tour of Homes

The Historic Palace Theatre in Lockport and Explore Buffalo are teaming up again to offer a great tour of homes to kick off the holiday season! Participants will enjoy touring 10 historic locations in the City of Lockport from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

Starting at the Kenan Center Arena, guests will pick up their tour book containing histories of the buildings and a map with the locations of the homes. Carolers from the Palace Theatre’s production of Scrooge will be at the homes, adding to the holiday atmosphere. 

This tour is self-guided from home to home, with docents in each home. You can visit the homes at your own pace and in whatever order you choose. A map of home locations will be provided at the tour’s starting location inside the Kenan Center Arena (behind the Kenan Arts Center), 433 Locust St.

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) is pleased to announced that it has been awarded a $3,500 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY, Inc. to enhance the organization’s “Especially for Kids” program. The grant will be used to purchase therapy supplies, backpacks, school supplies and winter coat gift certificates.

Located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, the mission of the Rural Outreach Center is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas. In January, the ROC will launch its ROC Resolutions campaign to shine a spotlight on rural poverty in Western New York. Several well-known members of the local business and sports communities — including co-chairs Steve and Sarah Tasker — will assist in promoting areas of concern for those living in poverty, such as nutrition, utilities, transportation and clothing.