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"fifty' by Ryki Zuckerman [In Honor of JFK]

"fifty' by Ryki Zuckerman [In Honor of JFK]

 

fifty

the crackle of the overhead speaker,
usually mute after morning announcements,
interrupted our lesson.
someone must have thought
we should know what had happened in dallas.

what happened in dallas
that sent us streaming into the halls,
sobbing and confused,
leaning against the shoulders
of teachers and friends,
pained and numb all at once.

pained and numb all at once
that he was gone, not yet
knowing it would all change now,
the bright future diminished, and our eyes
fixed on tv screens for days after,

tv screens during the day,
usually verboten until after dinner,
while history played out in front of us
inside the little black and white box:
the bloody pink suit, the riderless horse, the casket
lying in state

Heritage Village to Celebrate Small Business Saturday All Weekend Long

Heritage Village to Celebrate Small Business Saturday All Weekend Long

 

First there was Black Friday, but who wants to stay up all night and battle unruly crowds? Then came Cyber Monday, but it’s difficult to get into the holiday spirit while sitting at a computer. 

And now there’s Small Business Saturday, when shoppers are encouraged to avoid the mall scene and support local businesses. That sounds like a winner to the wide variety of vendors that will take part in the weekend long Kris Kringle Market, Nov. 29 through Dec. 1, at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst.

Unique Holiday Gifts Aplenty Will be Available at the Roycroft Winter Festival

Unique Holiday Gifts Aplenty Will be Available at the Roycroft Winter Festival

 

The highly anticipated Roycroft Winter Festival, a holiday tradition for shoppers looking for something truly unique and special to place under the tree, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 in East Aurora Middle School, 430 Main St., East Aurora.

Friends of Harmony to Perform Benefit Concert for Food Bank of Western NY

Friends of Harmony to Perform Benefit Concert for Food Bank of Western NY

The Friends of Harmony will be holding its third annual Christmas benefit concert on Friday evening at 7:00PM at Sacred Heart in Bowmansville, NY located at 5337 Genesee Street.   Tickets are $15.00.   Kids under 12 are FREE.   Everyone is encouarge to bring a non-perishable food item.  All money and food received by this concert will go to the Food Bank of Western NY.  Questions?  Call Don Ehrenreich at (716) 573-5911

Dialogues on disABILITY: "Good Blood, Bad Blood"

Dialogues on disABILITY: "Good Blood, Bad Blood"

The Museum of disABILITY History is pleased to welcome its latest addition to the Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series: author Michael L. Wehmeyer, PhD., who will focus on his book, Good Blood, Bad Blood: Science, Nature, and the Myth of the Kallikaks. The event will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street in Buffalo. It will include a candid question-and-answer with the author.

Canisius College Chorale to Perform at Annunciation Church

Canisius College Chorale to Perform at Annunciation Church

The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will continue its 2013 Sacred Spaces concert series with a program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. The concert will feature works by  Hogan, Vivaldi, Dawson, Ticheli and others, and admission is free.

Sacred Spaces stems from an idea the choir proposed nine years ago to feature its music in some of Western New York’s most beautiful and acoustically resonant environments — namely, the sanctuaries of area churches. As a result, the choir has visited nearly 40 houses of worship with its repertoire of sacred and secular music spanning five centuries.