Every year this grassroots festival adds more events and attractions. It also attracts more and more visitors as the street's shopping district continues to flourish. Now reawakening with cafes, galleries, bars and restaurants, there's even more reason to celebrate Amherst Street and Black Rock.
Along with the local business flare, I love the different aspects that the Discover Amherst Street Festival has to offer. There's a Best Pie in Black Rock contest, a down-home style parade, a Strawberry Shortcake Festival and plenty of food and festivities for both kids and adults. But the best part of the event, for me at least, is exploring all of the different shops and eateries. You really get the feeling that you've stepped back in time to a place that is steeped in history - while some things have changed dramatically, it can be hard to tell at first glance. I believe that old world vibe is part of Amherst Street's special appeal.
Discover Amherst Street Festival
Saturday, June 16, 2012
10:00am until 6:00pm
Fun & Games For The Entire Family 9:30am - 5pm
Best Pie in Black Rock Contest • Pies Due Between 9 & 9:30am @ Assumption Church (New for this Year - No Pies That Require Refrigeration & Limit One Pie for Judging)
••• Parade at Noon • War of 1812 Theme • Contact Greg Rohall for Info 716-812-0582 •••
Best Decorated Bicycle In The Parade Contest for the Kids / Great Prizes Age Groups Grades 1 - 4 • Grades 5 - 8 • Grades 9 - 12
Festival Headquarters • Black Rock Heritage Museum • Historic Displays & Festival Tee Shirt Sale
Niemiec Builders Supply • Come & Explore Old Fashioned Lumber Yard 7:30 - 1pm • 800 Grant St.
Rob's Handcrafted Birdhouses & Feeders $15 @ Ladder 12 To Benefit Assuption Preservation Fund
Free Amherst Street Trolley Rides After The Parade
Free Horse & Carriage Rides • Starting at Amherst & Peter Streets
Strawberry Shortcake Festival • 11 - 4pm at Our Lady of Black Rock School • Assumption Church
Used Book Sale & War of 1812 Chalk Contest 10 - 3pm • 3 Prizes In Each Age Group
Chicken & Rib BBQ at the American Legion Post 533 Amherst Street 1 - 6pm
Singer Songwriter Acoustic Music @ 498 Amherst Street
Wegmans Family Tents All Day with Special Musical Groups
Spar's European Sausage - Sausage & Music • Wiener Eating Contest at 3:30pm
Joe's Service Center Celebrity Dunk Tank @ Assumption Church 1 - 4pm
Kids Bounce House @ Assumption Church by the Grant-Amherst Block Watchers
Upstate Ink - Temporary Tattoos While Supplies Last 1 - 5pm
Delish.....!!! Goodies, Beer & Wine Garden with Live Music 9 - 7pm
Westside / Black Rock & Riverside NHS - " Home Matters "
Homebuyer Education, Down Payment & Closing Cost Assistance, Rehabilitation Loans, & Foreclosure Prevention
Artsphere Gallery & Salon Daneen • Jewelry, Pottery, Prints & Card Sale 10 - 4pm
464 Gallery • Outdoor Art & Yard Sale 10 - 5pm • Inside Exhibition of Photography
Polish Cadets • Family Fun 10 - 5pm • Buffalo Zoomobile 10-12pm, Waterslide, Bounce House,
Cotton Candy, SnoKones, Popcorn, Polish Sausage, DJ 12-5pm, Arts/Crafts, Community Yard Sale
Ukrainian - American Civic Center 3-10pm - Pani H. Will Be Serving Holubsi, Pyrohy & Borsch
Puppet Show for Kids 4pm - Music Live From Ukraine All Evening