fri. 8 Fall Festival — The entire family is invited to come enjoy the petting zoo, horse and pony rides, hayrides, crafts, face painting, bounce house, climbing wall, food trucks and entertainment, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Randall Church, 6301 Main St., Williamsville; Free. 634-9800, www.randallchurch.org fri. 8-sun. 10 Niagara County Peach Festival — An old-fashioned festival complete […]


St. Paul’s Episcopal turns 75 today

I usually use the privilege of writing columns to speak to topics of general interests to Christians and hopefully to people of faith more generally. This week, however, I am going to brag just a little bit about my own congregation, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Harris Hill Road. We are celebrating our 75th anniversary this year and the actual […]

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

... opens MusicalFare’s 28th season

The 28th season of MusicalFare Theatre begins Wednesday, Sept. 6, with the story of a boy who would not grow up. “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a Tony-winning musical and grown-up prequel to Peter Pan, follows Molly, a starcatcher in-training, and Peter on an adventure at sea. More productions lined up for the 2017-18 season include “Violet,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” “Once” […]


thurs. 14 Ford Gum — Ford Gum has not just Akron history but a much wider recognition and business scope, with company president George Stege, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron. Finding Genealogy Records in Erie County — Presented by the Polish Genealogical Society of New York State, with Patricia Fulwiler, records […]


thurs. 7 Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story — Documentary on one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most influential guitar players, Mick Ronson, directed by Jon Brewer, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St., Buffalo; $. 834-7655, www.dipsontheatres.com Drive, Play, Sleep — Elizabeth Jancewicz and Eric Stevenson’s 2017 documentary film about full-time touring bands on the […]


thurs. 7 DeeAnn DiMeo Thompkins — With DeeAnn DiMeo Thompkins (vocals), Stu Weissman (guitar), Avery Weissman (bass), Reggie Evans (drums), and Jason Moynihan (sax), 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St., Buffalo; $ (cash-only cover charge). 697-9075, www.pausaarthouse.com fri. 8 The BBC Band — The Buffalo-based Beatles tribute band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, […]


thurs. 7 Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Buffalo — Night of social dancing and instruction to lively Scottish tunes — jigs, reels and strathspeys. No partner, experience or kilt required, soft-soled dance shoes or sneakers suggested, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway, Snyder; $ (first two classes free for new-comers). www.rscdsbuffalo.com


sat. 9 Mark’s Poetry Blast — 20 scheduled readers with no intermission. Feel free to bring your own refreshments, 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St., Buffalo; Free.


thurs. 7 Artist’s Talk by Karen Lee Lewis: Surfacing Exhibition — Artist Karen Lee Lewis will discuss her inspiration and process behind creating her photography, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda. 694-4400, www.carnegieartcenter.org fri. 8 Kozo: Experimentation and Tradition — A collaborative exhibition by 12 WNY artists and WNYBAC members who […]

Family Activities

thurs. 7 Toddler Time — Stories, songs, movement and activities for children 2 to 5 years old, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Tonawanda; Free – registration required. 332-4375 After-School Escape — Together, kids and their parents or caregivers can enjoy a different fun hour-long outdoor activity each week, for children in grades K […]