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The Ultimate Holiday Shopping Experience Begins with Christmas in the Country

The Ultimate Holiday Shopping Experience Begins with Christmas in the Country

A grand Western New York tradition like no other, the Christmas in the Country Holiday Artisan Market will celebrate its 32nd season when it returns to the Hamburg Fairgrounds Nov. 3-6. Patrons will discover over 400 artisans spread out over five buildings, numerous food trucks for dining and the addition of “The Tavern” featuring craft beverages and spirits. Patrons can connect and interact with the creators of the countless product lines at the event.

Once again this year, Christmas in the Country will offer complimentary return passes so patrons can enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of this one-of-a-kind shopping experience all weekend long. “We have always felt our patrons needed more than just one day to properly enjoy this event,” said Daniel Kaczynski of Premier Promotions, organizers of the event. “Now everyone has the opportunity to come back as much as they would like at no additional cost.”

Huge Lineup of Athletes Set to Appear at Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Huge Lineup of Athletes Set to Appear at Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Nearly 30 former football, baseball, basketball and hockey players — and one former heavyweight boxing champ — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Nov. 5 and 6 in Batavia. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

Former Buffalo Braves scheduled to appear include Bob McAdoo, Nate “Tiny” Archibald and Ernie DiGregorio, as well as NBA greats Rick Barry and JoJo White.

Scheduled to appear from the Buffalo Bills are Joe Cribbs, Jeff Nixon, Jim Cheyunski, Chris Mohr, Butch Rolle, Steve Christie and Carwell Gardner. Other former NFL stars will include Bob Lilly, Kordell Stewart, Reggie Harrison, Jeff Reed, Mike Collier, John “Frenchy” Fuqua, Milt Plum and Mark van Eeghen.

Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles to Offer Christmas in the Country Pre-sale Tickets

Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles to Offer Christmas in the Country Pre-sale Tickets

Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles, located at 794 French Road in Cheektowaga, will serve as a pre-sale distribution point for the popular Christmas in the Country event coming to the Hamburg Fairgrounds Nov. 3-6.

Pre-sale tickets will go on sale at Bases Loaded on Oct. 21 and will continue through Nov. 3. Tickets are $8 pre-sale, which is a savings of $2 per ticket. Ticket sales at Bases Loaded will be cash or check only.

Now in its 32nd year, Christmas in the Country has been recognized as the #1 Contemporary and Classic Artisan Market in the nation by Sunshine Artist, the leading publication in the art and craft event industry. Drawing almost 60,000 visitors over four days, the event has grown from a modest quilt show to a marketplace featuring more than 400 artisans from across the country and around the globe!

Gershwin Musical Event is Coming to Annunciation Church

Gershwin Musical Event is Coming to Annunciation Church

“From Song to Rhapsody – the Genius of George Gershwin” will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 12, at The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, just five miles east of Transit Road. 

The event will feature Krista Seddon on piano, accompanied by Bud Fadale on bass and Matt Harris on saxophone. Guests can come for dinner and music, or just come for the musical presentation. 

Patty Markowski Burdette Catering will provide a sit-down, family style dinner of tossed green salad, olive salad, roast turkey breast with stuffing, stuffed beef roll-ups, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans with mushrooms, rolls and butter, apple cobbler, fruit cup, coffee, tea and milk. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in Annunciation’s Selbert Hall. Guests are invited to bring their own adult beverage. 

Buffalonia Event to Support the Matt Urban Human Services Center

Buffalonia Event to Support the Matt Urban Human Services Center

“Buffalonia,” a celebration of our city, its heritage and the great work that is accomplished when all members of the community come together to fill a need, will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at 500 Seneca St., Buffalo. As the annual fundraising event for the Matt Urban Human Services Center, Buffalonia helps support programs and initiatives offered to more than 21,000 Buffalo residents each year.

This year, the Matt Urban Center turns 40 – an accomplishment worth celebrating with local talent, food and cheer! The center is named after the most decorated war veteran in American history, a WWII hero born and raised in Buffalo’s Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. The mission of the Matt Urban Center is to provide programs that revitalize neighborhoods, serve families and change lives. The center serves all members of the community, from infants and seniors to homeowners and the homeless.

Pet Connection to Hold Chicken Barbecue, Basket Auction on November 5

Pet Connection to Hold Chicken Barbecue, Basket Auction on November 5

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a maternity and special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will hold a chicken barbecue and basket auction from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Variety Club Banquet Hall, 6114 Broadway, Lancaster.

Dinners are take-out only and will include a half chicken from BW’s Barbecue plus a cream corn bake, mashed potatoes with gravy, homemade noodle salad, roll and dessert. The cost for the chicken dinner is just $10 per person.

The basket auction will feature more than 150 items, and all proceeds will benefit the homeless shelter animals at Pet Connection Programs Inc., located at 12935 Williston Road, Marilla.

Pet Connection’s popular “Doggy Bags” and “Tabby Totes” filled with treats and surprises will also be available for purchase at the event.

Explore Buffalo is Wrapping Up the Tour Season ... But Wait, There’s More!

Explore Buffalo is Wrapping Up the Tour Season ... But Wait, There’s More!

Fall is in the air and it’s the perfect time to take a walk! Stroll down Delaware Avenue, visit the Parkside and Lincoln Parkway areas, discover the hidden gems of the Delaware District or walk the Old First Ward of South Buffalo, all with knowledgeable Explore Buffalo guides! If you’ve been putting off taking a tour of Silo City and the grain elevators, do it now! If mob stories and scandals pique your interest, there’s a tour for that, too.

See up close and personal buildings by American master architects such as Louis Sullivan (Guaranty Building), Daniel Burnham (Ellicott Square Building) and Richard Upjohn (St. Paul’s Cathedral). Interested in beaux art or art deco architecture? Explore Buffalo has a tour to fit your interests. Pressed for time? The Best of Buffalo is an excellent introduction to Buffalo’s architectural heritage for visitors and Buffalonians alike.