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Explore Buffalo to Host Autumn Tour of Homes

Explore Buffalo to Host Autumn Tour of Homes

Save the date and join Explore Buffalo and Imagine:Hamburg from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 for a rare opportunity to see the interiors of historic homes in one of Erie County’s most charming villages! 

On this Autumn Tour of Homes, approximately 10 home interiors will be open to view and admire. Take a look at some incredible 19th century interiors that have been painstakingly maintained or restored by their owners. In addition, the Village of Hamburg business community will be participating with special offerings the day of the tour, including live music, wine tasting and even a real steam engine.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit explorebuffalo.org or phone (716) 245-3032.

From Finance to the Fine Arts, Ken Newton Returns to His First Love

From Finance to the Fine Arts, Ken Newton Returns to His First Love

During his younger years, Ken Newton loved to draw and hoped to one day become a famous cartoon artist. He pursued that dream until life eventually got in the way.

Today, the 48-year-old Cheektowaga resident lives a relatively quiet life as husband, father, grandfather and softball coach. While it wasn’t his dream, he’s had a nice 30-year career in the local finance industry. 

But, there’s still that pesky creative itch to scratch …

Audubon’s Monarchs and Margaritas for Adults Only

Audubon’s Monarchs and Margaritas for Adults Only

Jamestown, NY – The Monarch Butterfly Festival is for all ages, but the night before is for adults only.

Three years ago Audubon Community Nature Center staff decided it would be fun to add a new twist to the all-day Saturday event with its activities for all ages. Since then Friday evening has been Monarchs and Margaritas – a special treat just for grown-ups.

At the 5-7 p.m. celebration, while supporting Monarchs you can enjoy an exclusive sneak peek of the Festival, plus food, games, and margaritas.

The Nature Center multipurpose room will be transformed into a butterfly house full of beautiful flowers and Monarch Butterflies and ready for visiting by the evening’s participants as well as Saturday festival-goers.

Bring your friends for a crowd-free/child-free experience with the live butterflies and a chance to win some great prizes.

Creative Summer Fun Continues at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery

Creative Summer Fun Continues at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery

Summer may be winding down, but there’s no slowing down of activities scheduled at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.

The present exhibit at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery is “Life is a Beach,” which runs through Aug. 25. If you love the beach, this exhibit is for you!

Audubon Staff and Volunteers Collecting Monarch Eggs

Audubon Staff and Volunteers Collecting Monarch Eggs

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center’s (ACNC) staff and volunteers have already raised and released dozens of butterflies this summer.

Now they are collecting eggs that will be raised for Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival in late August. These eggs will hatch and grow to be part of the migration generation that heads to Mexico.

The Festival offers much to do -- great food, photo opportunities with human-sized caterpillar and butterfly cutouts, fun patches to earn – but the real stars are the butterflies.

Visitors experience an indoor garden filled with free-flying Monarchs, where they can examine Monarch eggs, hold caterpillars and butterflies, and possibly even see one emerge from its chrysalis.

Senior Naturalist and Festival Coordinator Jeff Tome is leading the search for Monarch eggs that will develop into the stages that fascinate visitors.

Make a Beautiful Beaded Monarch Pendant at Audubon, August 21 and 24

Make a Beautiful Beaded Monarch Pendant at Audubon, August 21 and 24

Jamestown, NY – The Monarch Butterfly Festival is a delightful way to celebrate these beautiful and valuable creatures as well as the impending close of summer.

Audubon Community Nature Center is adding a pre-Festival event as a special salute to the Saturday, August 26, celebration.

At a two-afternoon workshop on Monday and Thursday, August 21 and 24, you can make a lovely beadwork butterfly pendant to wear to the Festival or give as a gift.

From 1 to 3 p.m. both days, bead artist Anne Jackson will work with you to create a life-like Monarch Butterfly using various colors of seed beads. The completed butterfly can be worn as a necklace or pendant, or it can be framed. Students will learn to do the beading stitch known as brick stitch.

Jackson is a member of the Chautauqua County Society of Artists. She teaches beading privately, as well as at Audubon.

Be sure to bring your glasses if you need them for close-up work.

Join the Harvesting at Audubon Gardening Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, August 20

Join the Harvesting at Audubon Gardening Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, August 20

Jamestown, NY – Late summer is the time for harvesting tomatoes, potatoes, squash, and berries.

“Late Summer Harvests” is the theme for the fourth in a series of five gardening classes presented by organic gardeners Scott and Pam Stoleson through Audubon Community Nature Center.

This hands-on, taste-buds-on workshop is set for 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, at the Stolesons’ home in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania.

You may get to sample such distinctive items as Black from Tula tomato, kohlrabi, multi-colored carrots, and Ma Guan, also known as fuzzy gourd.

You will learn the tasks needed to keep the veggies coming in: tying up tomatoes, snapping suckers, monitoring mildews and blights, and squishing squash bugs.

The Stolesons have been raising some of their own food for more than 15 years. They estimate that they produce 85% of the vegetables, 50% of the fruit, and 10% of the nuts that they consume.

Keep in mind that you could get dirty.