Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Forever Young Magazine posted online

Here is a link to archived issues of Forever Young Magazine, which I write for on a regular basis. In the past they just posted select articles, now they have the entire issue online.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Visiting nature centers

On Tuesday my daughter and I took a short day trip to a couple local nature centers. I was putting the finishing touches on an article about nature centers for the June issue of Forever Young and needed some new photos to go with it.

We first stopped at the Charles E. Burchfield Nature and Art Center in West Seneca. There are art exhibits in the visitor's center building as well as outdoor art exhibits on the grounds.

Our next stop was the Reinstein Woods Nature center in Cheektowaga, which I had never been to before. I was impressed with the grounds. There are five short walking trails, we just walked along one. I will definitely have to revisit it this summer.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

A day of art

Today we visited not one, but two art galleries. My husband and I are members at the Burchfield Penney and had planned to go see the exhibit about John Brent, the first African American architect in Buffalo, since it sounded interesting. When we asked our daughter, the future art teacher, if she wanted to join us, she asked if we could also go to the Albright Knox, since she had to go there to do research for one of her classes.

So we saw the Monet exhibit and more at Albright Knox, then headed over to the Burchfield Penney to see the John Brent exhibit, along with the other exhibits. The Albright Knox was especially crowded, but there were also quite a few at Burchfield Penney. The Monet exhibit runs until March 20, the Brent exhibit until March 27

Saturday, February 20, 2016

A few hours learning about North Tonawanda history

My husband and I visited North Tonawanda this morning, including the North Tonawanda History Museum. We had been there a few times before but they have expanded their exhibits over the last few years, so there was a lot we didn't see in the past. In addition, during this past summer I had donated an item that had been in my family and wanted to see how it looked on display.


Last summer, when I was getting ready to finalize the sale of my parents home, I had been debating on what to do with this old weaving loom in the corner of the basement which had been there as long as I could remember. My Uncle Adolf, a religious brother, had built it long before he became a brother and had given it to my dad when he joined the brotherhood. Since it was a dusty old thing, I was originally just going to leave it with the house, but that didn't feel right. Since my uncle lived in North Tonawanda, I contacted the North Tonawanda History Museum and they were happy to take it.

The loom was partly set up, although Donna, the director of the museum, said she was waiting for someone who knows more about looms to get it fully functional. Still, it was nice seeing my uncle's loom on display.

One could easily spend hours browsing through this museum, as there are hundreds of thousands of items that tell the story of the history of North Tonawanda and the people who lived there. Even if you have no connection to North Tonawanda, it's still a fascinating place to visit
North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster Street, North Tonawanda, 716-213-0554

Afterwards, we had lunch at Uncorked Café, 72A Webster Street. It's fairly new, as the last time I was here there was another little café in the same space. The food was good and the servings enormous. I had a turkey club sandwich and brought half of it home and my daughter had it for lunch.

I was sad to see that the Hodge Podge gift shop next door closed, however, another gift shop opened in its place: Michele's Motif, which has women's clothing, accessories, and jewelry. They even offer beading and wire wrapping jewelry classes.
Michele's Motif, 72 Webster Street, North Tonawanda. 716-957-4900.

It also looked like a new restaurant was going to be opening on Webster Street. Canal Club 62 Tap and Eatery, at 62 Webster Street. It looked nice from what I could see through the windows.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Day at Canalside Buffalo

Spent a nice day at Canalside Buffalo with my husband and two youngest children. We started out with lunch at 716, which was very good. Then we went to the ice rink. My husband and I rented ice bikes, while my daughter and son skated. It was my son's first time on skates and he did well one he got the hang of it.

For dinner we went to the new Pizza Plant and then afterwards we walked over to look at the silos lit up.

A nice way to spend President's Day

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Local author event November 28

Come join me and over 65 other local authors for the annual author's day at the Buffalo History Museum. Books always make a nice holiday gift, so this is your opportunity to get a variety of books on local history, architecture, local attractions, novels set in western New York, children's books, photography related books, and more. Plus you get to meet the authors and have the books personally signed by them.

It all takes place on Saturday November 28th from 12:00-2:00 pm at the Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court, 716-873-9644. Free admission to the museum during event hours.