Monday, April 13, 2015

My husband and I saw Singin' in the Rain at the Lancaster Opera House yesterday. It was a wonderful performance with awesome singing, dancing, and even real rain. Here is a schedule of their remaining performances:

Fri - Apr 17, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Sat - Apr 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Sun - Apr 19, 2015 - 2:30 pm SEATING LIMITED- Call the Box Office 716-683-1776
Fri - Apr 24, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Sat - Apr 25, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Sun - Apr 26, 2015 - 2:30 pm SEATING LIMITED- Call the Box Office 716-683-1776

For more information visit

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Day trip to the Strong Museum

We decided to take a day trip to Rochester today to visit the Strong National Museum of Play, since my youngest son, who loves to go there, has the week off from school. Their current exhibit, Trivial Pursuit, which runs through May 10, was very interesting. We also spent a lot of time in the e-game revolution area, which has video games from pong and pac man to the present day games. Even though my youngest two kids are 12 and 19, they still like the child-size Wegmans supermarket located within the museum.

Afterwards, we stopped for dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant in the Rochester area, the King and I Thai Cuisine in Henrietta.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Another unique and free museum

I received the following e-mail from Cindy Konovitz, Assistant Dean of the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, about another interesting and unique museum in our area, which is located on UB's south Campus:
I saw your article in the “Buffalo News” regarding the free museums, and I would like to add some additional options. With the weather becoming warmer, people might be interested in spending an hour or so on the University at Buffalo’s South Campus, viewing some health science related items from our past.
In the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, we have a “Turn-of-the-Century” Apothecary with an actual pharmacist’s work bench from the late 1800s/early 1900s+, and a number of items which were used in the provision of health care during that time period.  There are also some additional displays in our Atrium and adjoining areas.
Our Health Sciences Library has a larger display of items which cover not only pharmacy, but also nursing, dental medicine, and “medicine” (the professional practice) in general.
The sites are generally open Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, but arrangements can be made for other days and hours, particularly if groups of people are involved.   It’s best to contact us in advance.  I can be reached at 645-3002 or,  and the History of Medicine in the Health Sciences Library is managed by Linda Lohr, at 829-5737 or
Thank you.
Cindy Konovitz

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Article about things to do for free in today's Gusto section of the Buffalo News

Check out my article about things to do for free in Western New York in today's Gusto section of the Buffalo News. It's the cover story!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Take out lunch from Reuben's NY Deli

I happened to be at the plaza located at Maple and North Forest in Williamsville to pick up some equipment from the new location of Time Warner Cable, when I saw that this is the plaza where Reuben's NY Deli is located. I had seen advertising for the deli and thought that I should check it out someday. Well, today was that day! Since I was already in the plaza, it was lunch time and I knew that on Wednesdays my daughter usually texts me when she gets out of class and asks if I can get us something take out for lunch, I decided to give it a try.

Since we both like reuben sandwiches, and it is one of their specialties, I ordered a reuben combo for us to split. As you can see from the photo, which is just my portion, there was plenty for both of us. The food was very good and the sandwich was wrapped in foil, so it stayed warm until I got home. I would definitely order from there again, everything on the menu sounded good and portions are large. They also have a number of tables and a lunch counter, so you could eat-in too.

Reuben's NY Deli, 714 Maple Road, Williamsville, 716-636-0546, Open Mon.-Sat. 10:30am - 7:00pm.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A visit to the Aquarium of Niagara

We decided to visit the Aquarium of Niagara yesterday, a place we had not been to for a number of years. We had won some free passes at a fundraiser we went to a few months ago and decided to use the passes. The aquarium has made a number of improvements over the years and is currently in the process adding more exhibit space. It happened to be their annual penguin days this weekend so the place was really crowded. We had a nice time there. The sea lion show is always a favorite and they even had a special meet the penguins event. For more information visit

Afterwards we took a walk over by the Falls, but it was pretty cold out!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Day trip to Eastview Mall


Since my daughter is on spring break from college this week, we decided to take a little day trip to the Rochester area and visit Eastview Mall, one of our favorite malls. We haven't been there for a few years and they have added more stores since our last visit. The mall features 170 stores, plus a number of restaurants.

Since we needed some new dresses for some upcoming special occasions, we started out at Von Maur, which is an upscale department store, similar to Lord & Taylor and Macy's. It's a very nice store, very classy.. instead of having "canned" music, they have a guy playing a grand piano in the middle of the store! They had a nice selection of dresses and we both found ones we liked.

We also shopped in Lord & Taylor, where I found a couple of other dresses. My daughter found a few items at the huge Forever 21 in the mall. For lunch, we tried food from Nathan's Soup and Salad in the food court; they had very good sandwiches. We also checked out the Lego store for something for my youngest son and also stopped at L.L. Bean.

Eastview Mall, 7979 Pittsford-Victor Road (Route 96), Victor, NY

Take the Thruway to exit 45, get off on Route 96 and follow sign to mall.