October 30, 2013 - 11:11 PM
A friend in Kaisertown sends out an SOS:
"OMG! Out of candy! And they show no sign of stopping!"
That was a little while ago. We presume they have stopped by now. Although you never know!
Meanwhile we notice Buffalo is given special credit in the Wikipedia entry on Beggars' Night. Here we were looking it up wondering if it was some ancient medieval tradition and no, it is indigenous to Ohio and Iowa and, you guessed it, Western New York.
There is a Facebook page for Beggars' Night in Kaisertown.
Whether 'tis for Beggars' Night or Hallowe'en, Buzz wonders if anyone in Kaisertown dresses up as the Kaiser.
How could you resist?
October 28, 2013 - 11:01 AM
Perhaps it is only natural that the restless dead seek out restrooms. That is all we can think thanks to Buffalo ghost raconteur Mason Winfield's haunted history pub crawls in the Allentown district, which we were delighted to recount in Gusto.
When Mason visits Fat Bob's he tells of a ghost in the Fat Bob's men's room.
And we keep thinking about that ghost in the billowy red dress who is seen going into the men's room at Founding Fathers.
Hey, a ghost's gotta go like anyone else, right? No, Winfield says. He says that because the building is so old, the men's room used to be something else, or maybe she is even going into a long-gone door in a long-gone building that used to stand on this site.
Hold it right there, we say, no pun intended.
We think that the ghost is the manifestation of the resentful energies of women who, packed into Founding Fathers during the Allentown Art Festival or the St. Patrick's Day Parade, were forced to use the men's room because the ladies' room was too crowded.
Could that be the case?
"I might use that," he said.
October 23, 2013 - 1:03 PM
Halloween is off to an early good start with the appearance, on one of Mason Winfield's Haunted History Pub Crawls, of a descendant of Augustine Washington, George Washington's brother.
It is Anne Apfel of Amherst! She came forward with the truth about her ancestry -- where else? -- in Founding Fathers Pub, where the tour was convening.
If you are descended from somebody from one of our country's first families, Founding Fathers is certainly the place to declare it! With George Washington looking down approvingly from the door of the men's room. Coincidentally, Winfield spoke of the ghost of a woman in a billowy red dress sometimes seen emerging from that same men's room. Maybe that has something to do with Anne's revelation, who knows? Here we have a woman emerging from the house of Washington.
Buzz had the honor of exploring the smorgasbord of Western New York ghost walks and pub crawls in a story running in tomorrow's Gusto. It confronts not only Founding Fathers but other taverns such as Williamsville's Eagle House, pictured above.
Buffalo is awash in spirits.
In more ways than one!
October 21, 2013 - 12:41 PM
This is so Halloween creepy-crawly! Snapped at the Clinton-Bailey Market:
And more mutant squash:
Got to love this time of the year!
October 16, 2013 - 11:59 AM
It has been 24 hours now and the calamitous news of the sale of Budwey's is still sinking in. Just now we were staring at the picture of Frank Budwey, disbelieving.
We never even knew what Frank Budwey looked like. He looks younger than we would have expected. And it is no accident he was photographed by the meat counter. Budwey's is famous for their meat. The packages can be messy! But there are great bargains.
What if the Kenmore Avenue Budwey's is bought by Dash? That is the rumor flying around. It is great how: "Joseph Dash, owner of Dash's Markets, could not be reached for comment."
Should that happen, here is an idea for the old Dash's Market on Hertel, which would then be vacant.
How about it become a food co-op? Not the Lexington Food Co-op, which has become too upscale and expensive for our tastes. But a food co-op like the old place that the Lexington Food Co-op used to be?
Cheap beans, pastas, cheese, produce, grains, coffee beans, tofu, herb teas, etc., piled in bins and tubs and baskets, with a hippie sitting there at the checkout, people hanging around, and a boom box playing Old and In the Way?
Now that's what we would call a super market!
October 11, 2013 - 3:53 PM
Though others flock to Trader Joe's,
With Buzz they're out of luck!
We'll stay away, until the day
They carry ...
(May be sung pompously to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne.")
October 4, 2013 - 4:58 PM
Buzz's cousin Gretchen is on vacation in Charleston, S.C. and took this picture at the Charleston City Market.
No Goal, we say. You know how you can tell it's not authentic?
It should be Buffalo Wing Pop!
October 3, 2013 - 11:56 AM
Airborne Eddy of Forgotten Buffalo snapped this picture at City Hall.
October 1, 2013 - 2:09 PM
We should have bought this! It stole the show today downtown at the Main Street farmers' market.
Here it is in a still life with the Two-Headed Carrot.
October 1, 2013 - 8:43 AM
The story in today's Buzz column about the mystery of the China Star grows even more mysterious in the expanded version with pictures. (Click on that link.)
Subsequent to that telling, one person has told Buzz that there are millions of China Stars. The China Stars are as numerous as the stars in the sky!
Another friend told our friend: "I hope you got your pancakes."