The Concourse Clock on the wall of the Buffalo Central Terminal will chime this Saturday, June 27th, marking the terminal’s 80th year of operation. The once flourishing terminal had seen better days before the start of the volunteer efforts of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation in 1997, who have been working ever since to slowly bring the terminal back to what it once was.
The anniversary celebration will be a party with a World War II USO theme where party goers can see the number of improvements to this landmark structure, including the return of the concourse clock that was brought back to the region by M&T Bank. Other improvements include the replacement of railings in the mezzanine level, restorations of some doors and the work being done on a permanent merchandise area.
The party begins this Saturday, June 27th at 5PM and ends at 10PM, with music by the Vignettes, featuring songs in the style of the Andrew Sisters, and the big band sound of Dick Riederer’s Empire State Express, a gathering of WNY musicians playing the music of Glen Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Beer will be provided by Flying Bison and food by Potta Deli. Admission is a $5 donation, payable at the door.
The once crumbling structure has seen many improvements, as volunteers work hard to bring this Buffalo landmark back to its glory days. For more information about the restoration of the Buffalo Central Terminal, or ways to help, visit the Buffalo Central Terminal’s website.