December 4, 2013 - 1:23 PM
Let other towns settle for silent nights, for carolers singing a quiet "Jingle Bells." In the arena of Christmas celebrations, Lancaster -- pictured above in a recent News photo -- reaches for, well, the arena.
It must have started small, when the town inherited those AM&A's window displays.
But then it grew. And now don't bother knocking, Lancaster's a-rocking! A recent evening found the town's Christmasville throbbing to the beat of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, with wildly blinking snowflakes and synchronized lights.
"It definitely could be heard through the walls of Lancaster Opera House during Monday's Town Board meeting," marvels one woman who was there.
Eventually her head began to pound too. "It gave me a headache and an eyeache."
Hmmm. If your ears, head and eyes are all hurting, that could actually give the burg a boost. So laughed one sympathetic villager. "He told me there's all of about three main Central Avenue businesses."
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which encourages this light-synching activity, must love this riot of rock and light. We get the idea most villagers do, too. But there are at least three people who aren't happy.
Those would be Mssrs. Adam, Meldrum and Anderson.
Surely they are turning in their graves!
October 30, 2013 - 4:09 PM
Act your age, not your shoe size, as our teachers used to tell us. But still. Buzz had to crack up at Kleinhans Music Hall, seeing these critters at the recent Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra kids' show.
Elmo tried to cajole our niece, Barbara, into posing with him. No go.
Elmo had better luck with Barbara's dad.
Parents all wanted to get their pictures taken with Elmo! What was with that? This is supposed to be for the kids and the grown-ups are having the good time.
We loved these creatures standing by the stairs.
We loved seeing Matthew Kraemer, the BPO's Associate Conductor, in a chicken suit. That alone, you have to figure, is worth the price of admission.
And the best was, we saw Mickey Mouse walking into the Mary Seaton Room, looking sweaty and exhausted, taking off his giant Mickey Mouse head. Ha, ha! We wish we had gotten a picture of that.
Some things never grow old!
September 21, 2013 - 5:16 PM
Buzz's buddy Ryan Lysarz saw this sign today. If you hurry you can still get to this picnic.
What kind of a church is this, anyway?
Whatever, it sounds like quite the event!
September 8, 2013 - 7:00 AM
Buzz's new friend "Doctor John" Bisci, voice of Club 747, passes along this picture of himself and his fellow disco DJs gathered for a charity reunion, the Hustle for a Cure Charity Event at First Niagara Center on Friday night.
Priceless! If this is not a clip-and-save picture Buzz does not know what is.
This explains Doctor John's stealth flight into Buffalo.
Thing like this do not happen by accident!
September 3, 2013 - 6:00 AM
Fantasy Island is open for a few more weekends and Buzz hit the park yesterday. There is so much that is fun about this park.
The classic water fountain pictured above (note the Buffalo News box, one of many sprinkled throughout the park). The bumper cars with their music by the Electric Light Orchestra. The pirate show!
Somehow we ended up on the Mega Disko, a weird spinning ride. The kids wanted to ride it. But our nephew George Henry, boarding it, had second thoughts.
"If I scream, can you stop the ride?" he asked the operator.
She shook her head.
Buzz, trying to be entertaining, spoke up.
"He can scream pretty loud," we told her.
She rolled her eyes.
"I hear it all day, every day," she sighed.
August 26, 2013 - 2:48 PM
What's a guy to do when the main stage of the Lewiston Jazz Festival is practically right in his own back yard?
Work on his car, of course! Or truck, as the case may be.
Buzz took this idyllic picture Saturday on a Lewiston side street as we arrived for the jazz festivities around noon. The street was right around the corner from the main stage and we could hear the Mike Kaupa Quintet wailing away.
When we emerged from the festival, hours later, that motorhead was still there, under his vehicle!
He must have heard us laughing because stuck his head out and talked with us. He said he has lived in Lewiston a long time and yes, he could enjoy the music from where he was.
Hats off to this gentleman.
A man enjoying his Saturday!
August 15, 2013 - 2:41 PM
The Extreme Chicken Wing Hip-Hop Video was a sign. For one moment, one brief shining moment, Buffalo is the food capital of the world.
Our food is weirder and better than anybody's!
In today's Gusto, Food Critic Andrew Galarneau writes of a “seafood trio presented in dessert forms,” starting with octopus and squid ink “Oreos." And foie gras doughnuts with Jamaican coffee crema dipping sauce. They are at Butterwood Sweet and Savory.
Meanwhile, let us wallow in the new foods that have debuted at this year's Erie County Fair. There is a Bacon Bomb. A Deep-Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll. Alligator and Shark Kabobs. Deep-Fried Gummy Bears. Shrimp Dogs. And our favorite, immortalized in a photo by our friend Ryan Lysarz ...
Pig Butt on a Stick!
Not Pork Butt, Pig Butt!
Alas, gather ye pig butts while ye may, because time is a-flying. The fair runs through Sunday, and at Butterwood, Andrew writes that the chef is soon to be simplifying many of the menu items. No more foie gras doughnuts, alas! None of these delicacies is here for long.
The moral of the story: Eat up.
For a few precious days, this is one great gourmet town.
August 13, 2013 - 9:52 AM
Just the way everyone hears a Beethoven symphony differently, each in his own way, so is the Erie County Fair experience unique to every person. In today's News Buzz writes about our experience with pigs, heifers and the Parking Lot exhibit. We also love the story in today's News about the couple who have been going to the Erie County Fair every year since the 1950s.
Our friend Ryan Lysarz has his own particular spark.
Ryan hit the Erie County Fair yesterday. He was watching the Indian dancing, entranced -- Ryan is of Mohawk heritage -- when his attention was diverted.
Continue reading "An electrifying story from the Erie County Fair" »
August 12, 2013 - 3:23 PM
The story about the Fantasy Island Silver Comet and the old Crystal
Beach Comet brings back memories of stories we have heard about the old
Cyclone at Crystal Beach. The Cyclone's steel was recycled into the Comet.
Buzz used to hear from our dad how wild the Cyclone was. It took us
till now really to understand what he meant. Because there is a video on
YouTube that lets you ride it, virtually.
Continue reading "You, Too Can Ride the Crystal Beach Cyclone" »
Love this sign at the Erie County Fair, which just opened: