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From Finance to the Fine Arts, Ken Newton Returns to His First Love

From Finance to the Fine Arts, Ken Newton Returns to His First Love

During his younger years, Ken Newton loved to draw and hoped to one day become a famous cartoon artist. He pursued that dream until life eventually got in the way.

Today, the 48-year-old Cheektowaga resident lives a relatively quiet life as husband, father, grandfather and softball coach. While it wasn’t his dream, he’s had a nice 30-year career in the local finance industry. 

But, there’s still that pesky creative itch to scratch …

Creative Summer Fun Continues at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery

Creative Summer Fun Continues at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery

Summer may be winding down, but there’s no slowing down of activities scheduled at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.

The present exhibit at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery is “Life is a Beach,” which runs through Aug. 25. If you love the beach, this exhibit is for you!

Explore Buffalo Lists August Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo Lists August Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo, a nonprofit organization providing tours and other opportunities where guests can discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history and neighborhoods, has announced an extensive lineup of August tours and events. 

DELAWARE AVENUE MIDWAY
August 1, 22 @ 6:30 PM; August 16 @ 10 AM; August 20 @ 10:30 AM
Meet: Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site at 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Parking is available in the TR Site’s parking lot accessible from Franklin Street or Delaware Avenue.
Cost: General $15, Student $5, Explorer Pass Free

Parking, Security Updates Issued for 20th Anniversary Drums Along the Waterfront Event

Parking, Security Updates Issued for 20th Anniversary Drums Along the Waterfront Event

The 20th annual Drums Along the Waterfront - Tour of Champions event, featuring the top eight drum corps in the world, returns to New Era Field in Orchard Park at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6.

Sanctioned by Drum Corps International (DCI), Western New York’s premier “music in motion” event will have a noticeable “blue” theme this year. Drum corps scheduled to compete include the reigning world champion Bluecoats of Canton, Ohio, along with the 17-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils of Concord, California. Also participating are the Blue Knights of Denver, Colorado; Blue Stars of La Crosse, Wisconsin; The Cadets of Allentown, Pennsylvania; Carolina Crown of Ft. Mills, South Carolina; Phantom Regiment of Rockford, Illinois; and Santa Clara Vanguard of Santa Clara, California. This colorful lineup has captured a total of 41 DCI World Champion titles!

BPO String Quartet to Visit Elmwood Village Farmers Market on July 29

BPO String Quartet to Visit Elmwood Village Farmers Market on July 29

The popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues on Saturday, July 29, at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village. Hours at the open-air market, a program of the Elmwood Village Association, are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, through November. 

Musical entertainment on July 29 will feature the return of the BPO String Quartet at 10 a.m. This will be your last chance to catch these extremely talented musicians at the market this season. Hosting the market’s community group tables will be the D'Youville College School of Pharmacy, United Healthcare and The Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter.

Vendors Lining Up for First Annual Collectors’ Expo Event at Buffalo Irish Center

Vendors Lining Up for First Annual Collectors’ Expo Event at Buffalo Irish Center

Sports memorabilia, original artwork and handcrafted items, coins, music memorabilia, comic books, antiques, local products, political memorabilia, movie and theatre memorabilia, photography, and car and train collectibles are just some of the items that will be represented at the first annual Collectors’ Expo. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in the historic Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo.

Admission at the door will be just $2 per person. Food will also be available for purchase during the event thanks to the Irish Center kitchen staff. Additionally, 100 percent of the door proceeds will be donated to three South Buffalo organizations, including the Buffalo Irish Center, South Buffalo Alive and Dog Ears Bookstore & Café!

Local Schools to Host World’s Top Drum Corps for Drums Along the Waterfront event

Local Schools to Host World’s Top Drum Corps for Drums Along the Waterfront event

Eight local schools will host the top drum corps in the world when they converge on Orchard Park for the annual Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions event taking place on Aug. 6 at New Era Field.

“The visiting drum corps will spend one night at each of the host schools, where these musical athletes will eat, sleep and practice,” said Drums Along the Waterfront Director Jack Gaylord Jr. “We thank the schools and the entire community for being so welcoming year after year. We could not pull off an event of this magnitude without their cooperation.”

Local school serving as hosts include: