[BN] Things to do: Taste of East Aurora, plus new exhibits at the Buffalo History Museum, CEPA | Entertainment

[BN] Things to do: Taste of East Aurora, plus new exhibits at the Buffalo History Museum, CEPA |  Entertainment





This collage of found objects is part of a new exhibit at the Buffalo History Museum by Jackie Albarella – a former neighbor of Charles E. Burchfield – titled “Artefacts: Burchfield Themed Photographs.”


Jackie Albarella


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“Artifacts: Burchfield-Themed Photographs.” Opening from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7 at the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court. Opening reception free admission, regular exhibit hours pay what you want ($10 recommended per person).

The new exhibition by Jackie Albarella, the former neighbor of famed watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield, features a series of 16-inch by 20-inch photographs of found objects, including notes and dried flowers that form fragments of life of Burchfield. Considering herself a “sentimentalist”, Albarella adds that each collage tells a story of a given time: “a time when the written letter was cherished”, “a nostalgia for spring” or “the minutia of what makes our lives count”. This nostalgic exhibit is on view 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through September.

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Niagara County Fishing Festival. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, September 8; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, September 9; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, September 10; from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 at Academy Park, 890 Center St., Lewiston.

From the amusement park rides and parade to the Peach Queen contest and shows, this iconic festival tops off the last days of summer with great food, 5Ks, kids’ activities and, as it says on the site, “fish everything”. If you’re bringing the kids — or generally feel like amusement park rides — grab your pre-sale ride tickets for a discount ($20 pre-sale at select locations listed online or $40 at the event ).

Music is an art festival. 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, September 10 at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St. and River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St. Free.

It’s the 20th anniversary of the festival founded by Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac to celebrate all things music and art with musicians, performance artists, skaters, glassblowers, AR experiences and artisans. This year’s itinerary features more than 200 bands, dance groups, circus troupes, air shows, singers, DJs, silent discos and other attractions on its 24 stages.

Buffalo Pulaski Festival. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 10 at Niagara Square. Free.

This inaugural festival honoring Revolutionary War General Casimir Pulaski celebrates and educates about Western New York’s rich Polish history with live music, dessert and beer tents, dance bands , cultural presentations and a children’s zone. Although the festival is celebrating its first year, the Pulaski Parade rings in its 84th – and 60 years since former President John F. Kennedy joined. (Look out for Tatra Sheepdogs as well as cultural entertainers.) During the festival, food and drink purchases before noon will receive a free Polish car flag. Buffalo Polonia reusable bins are free for the first 2,500 at the dessert tent.

Taste of East Aurora. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 10 on Main Street between Olean Road and Elm Street, East Aurora. Free.

More than 30 local restaurants in East Aurora will line Main Street with a selection of their best “Taste” items, competing for accolades such as Best Bite, Best Sweet Treat, Best Healthy Option and Best Vendor Booth. You can visit vendors such as the Aurora Theater and Popcorn Shop, Blue Eyed Baker, Fat Bob’s Smokehouse @ 42 North Brewing Company, the Griffon Gastropub, Mister’s Bar and Lanes, Pizza Del Aureo’s, and Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream. The music is by the Old Hippies, a mainstay of Taste of East Aurora. Food and alcoholic beverages cost between $1 and $5, cash only. (Food tickets are not sold.)

Harvest day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 10 at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road., Amherst. Admission $10 adults; $8 senior, military/veteran, student (with ID); free for children 12 and under.

A variety of 19th century harvesting traditions await guests at this fall event. While exploring the site’s historic structures, heritage farmhouse, and indoor exhibits, visitors can gain insight into the origins of modern fall traditions and foods. Highlights include honey harvesting, making corn husks and wheat dolls, guided tours of the village, artisanal blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations, talks and demonstrations on making ‘Three Sister Stew’ and food preparation.

“Hostile Terrain 94” and “Legacies of Forced Migration”. Exhibitions on display through October 7 at CEPA Gallery, 617 Main St.

Featuring 3,200 handwritten toe tags, Jason De León’s “Hostile Terrain 94” crowd art project depicts migrants who died trying to cross Arizona’s Sonoran Desert between the mid-1990s and 2019. In “Legacies of Forced Migration”, Oscar F. Gil documents the traumatic memories of the Guatemalan War and its violent impacts on the Maya natives. Both exhibitions can be viewed during gallery hours from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

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Block Party bills. 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Rec Room, 79 W. Chippewa. Game starts at 8:20 p.m. General admission $15.10 for standing room (ticketweb.com). The Bills’ season opener against the LA Rams kicks off on Chippewa Street, which will be closed between Delaware Avenue and Franklin Street for outdoor viewing parties, food and drink specials and a live show at mid- time.

Colden Day. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 10 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 11 at 8812 State Road, Colden. A self-proclaimed “little festival with a cool vibe,” you’ll find an art exhibit, vendor area, historic horseback tours, and grilled hot dogs and burgers at this Southtowns festival dating back to 1968.

Alden Farmers Market 20th Anniversary Celebration. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 10 at Tractor Supply/Save a Lot Plaza, 13119 Broadway, Alden. This market celebrates its 20th anniversary with cake, a tour of the Alden Hook & Ladder Fire Co., car seat safety checks and music by Craig Wilkins.

Clarence Fall Holiday Art Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 11 at Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St., Clarence. An eclectic array of artists and exhibitors will showcase their crafts at this event combining Clarence’s Summer Plein Air & Art Show and Holiday Arts and Crafts Show.

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Julia P. Cluff