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Explore Buffalo Lists Unique February Tours

Explore Buffalo Lists Unique February Tours

The interesting architecture of St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, adventures in Buffalo history and Buffalo’s breweries are the topics of tours being offered by Explore Buffalo during the month of February.

Inside St. Mary’s School for the Deaf
Feb. 3, 6 to 8 p.m.
2253 Main St., Buffalo

St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, established in Buffalo in 1853 as the first academic school for the deaf in the country, was relocated from Edward Street to its current location on Main Street in 1898. This two-hour walking tour highlights the beautiful architecture of this historic building and offers fascinating information about the history and culture of deaf people in the Buffalo area. The tour also offers a glimpse into the current world of educating deaf and hard of hearing students in the 21st century.

New Owner Brings Friendly, Professional Atmosphere to Sink or Swim Tattoo

New Owner Brings Friendly, Professional Atmosphere to Sink or Swim Tattoo

Sink or Swim Tattoo, located on the second floor of a commercial building at 1040 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, is under new ownership, with a familiar face now running the operation.

Former Sink or Swim tattoo artist Keith Kuzara took ownership of the business on Oct. 1, 2015, after working at the shop for nearly four years. Kuzara is a self-taught and award-winning tattoo artist with six years of industry experience.

“I was planning on opening my own shop eventually, when this opportunity suddenly popped up,” said Kuzara. “With the previous owner moving out of state, the timing and situation was right to take over the business.”

Sink or Swim now employs five tattoo artists, including the multi-tattooed owner.

Buffalo Publishing Company Releases Novel by Fredonia’s Al Sorci

Buffalo Publishing Company Releases Novel by Fredonia’s Al Sorci

“Come the Thief in the Night,” a book by Fredonia novelist and screenwriter Al Sorci, is the latest release by Buffalo-based No Frills Buffalo publishing company.

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village to Host Costuming Bee, First Ladies Tea, Timber Framing Workshop

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village to Host Costuming Bee, First Ladies Tea, Timber Framing Workshop

Need motivation to finish a project? Want a support network to get you through your ambitious costuming project? Come out to Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14 and Thursday, Jan. 28 for the museum’s very first Costuming Bee. Bring your projects and sewing tools with you for a social gathering with like-minded folk. Historic costumers, re-enactors, sewing enthusiasts, dressmakers, tailors and beginners are all encouraged to attend. The event is free and coffee and tea will be provided.

BNHV is also planning their First Ladies Tea, which will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, in the museum’s ballroom. The event will be catered by the English Tea Ladies and will include various flavors of tea, traditional tea sandwiches, scones, quiche and desserts. 

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Lists Upcoming Beatles Exhibit, Classes

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Lists Upcoming Beatles Exhibit, Classes

From an exhibit inspired by The Beatles to a career development class for artists, Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca has announced an impressive calendar of activities as we enter 2016.

“An Evening with the Beatles,” an exhibit featuring artwork inspired by Beatles songs, opens from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8. Guests can listen to the music of the Beatles while enjoying artwork with a “Fab Four” connection. The exhibit will remain on display throughout the month.

Explore Buffalo to Offer Docent Training Classes

Explore Buffalo to Offer Docent Training Classes

Explore Buffalo, offering tours of Buffalo’s most unique architecture and attractions, will host 2016 docent training classes from Feb. 13 through April 30.

What do Explore Buffalo docents do? Volunteer docents lead all of Explore Buffalo’s walking tours, including regularly scheduled and private group tours for the general public and school tours for thousands of students from elementary to high school. With hundreds of tours given each year, there are many opportunities to participate!

Dog Ears Bookstore to Exhibit the Work of Artist Walter S. Mayo

Dog Ears Bookstore to Exhibit the Work of Artist Walter S. Mayo

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, will feature the artwork of Walter S. Mayo beginning Jan. 4. The exhibit will run through February.

“My life journey has taken many different turns in the arts,” said Mayo. “While my professional training is in the performance and teaching of music, visual art has been a life-long interest and passion. My first influence was my Aunt Pearl, our family’s first artist. It was not only her passion for art and life which I remember, but also her jolly laugh and the flamboyant color of her life. Perhaps it was looking at her paintings or just listening to her describe how she painted plates and bowls that caught my imagination. My mother was always proud of any artwork that she obtained from my aunt.