The Grant-Amherst Business Association, in association with the
Block Watchers, is again sponsoring their popular Rediscover Amherst Street
festival. This year is the Associations 12th Festival, taking place June 20th. The
Association is once again providing a free trolley that will connect the two
farthest venues with stops along the way.
As you walk thru downtown Black Rock, you will find yourself in
the midst of urban progress that is redefining Amherst Street. One
of Buffalo’s newly rediscovered neighborhoods, Black Rock has new and exciting progress in the works.
From the reopening of Dog Days pet daycare center to the
development of the Buffalo Religious Arts Center, the area is making a
BR readers already know the story of the neighborhood efforts to
rebuild the 504 building and get one of Buffalo’s best breakfast spot, Nick’s
Place, back in action, in record time, after a late night fire. The
efforts were amazing as well as all local. From the building’s owner, to
the general contractor and architect, as well as the tradesmen & suppliers,
“buy local” was strictly enforced.
There is also environmental activism in full swing at Joe’s
Service Station, under the direction of the next Grant-Amherst Business
Association President, Mark Kubiniec. This year’s Scajaquada Creek
clean-up, a combined effort between the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers & the
Grant-Amherst Business Association, was a terrific success with approximately
300 community volunteers. Clearly,
this neighborhood is invested and making great strides.
The arts scene continues to flourish, led by the areas
Cultural Ambassador, Doreen DeBoth of Artsphere Studio & Gallery, and now
joined by 464 Gallery’s Marcus Wise & Jill Hart. A new stained glass
artist is currently joining the arts district, as well as the The
Preservation Studio, with their conversion of the historic Ladder 12.
Loose Lumber Woodworking is currently finalizing their plans for the
development of their new home at Engine 36 on Elmwood & Great Arrow.
The Polish Cadets, anchoring the Grant-Amherst
corner, under the direction of their energetic new President, Wendy
Higgins, has new life being infused in their organization. Down the
street, the Ukrainian American Civic Center is engaging in community outreach
and becoming more of a positive factor in the neighborhood under their new
The area anchors continue to be Wegmans, Spars (sausage and
more), Kolono’s Funeral Home, and, of course, Dwane Hall’s Sportsmen’s Tavern.
This year, Hall went out on a limb & booked several major national
acts, such as music legends Poco, Maria Muldaur, & Asleep at the Wheel. All
booking were a great success. The Honkiest Tonkiest Joint in town
continues to flourish with the great local groups such as the Jambalaya Jazz
Band, Gretchen Schultz & the Morvells, John & Mary & the Valkries,
and Buffalo Polka legends, three time Grammy Award nominees, Jerry Darlac &
the Buffalo Touch.
With the cooperation & support of the Mayor’s Office, D
District of the Buffalo Police Department, and North District Councilmember Joe
Golembek, efforts to reduce crime & improve the quality of life are clearly
This year, the association’s long awaited Black Rock Historic
Photo project will have it’s public premier, with a narrated slide show, from
11 – 2PM, at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, admission to the
show will be free. At the other end of the festival, St. John’s Church
will be holding their annual Strawberry Festival.
Festival highlights include the Best Pie in Black Rock Contest.
And rumors are strong that County Legislator, Maria Whyte will be
defending her title. Spar’s European Sausage will be holding their 3rd
Annual Wiener Eating Contest, and two time past winner, association President,
Caleb Basiliko is said to be in training to retire the trophy.
The arts community will be well represented in the Gallery
District, as well as the second Artisan market in the mid block. There
will be live music & entertainment at the Sportsmen’s, the 464 West Stage
at the Polish Cadets, the 464 East Stage at Casey’s, and at Spars.
The festival opens at 10AM, the Parade is at Noon, and festivities
wrap up at 6PM.
after parties continue at the ALT Theater, with their New ALT Performance Group
at 7:30PM ( $15 suggested donation ), the Sportsmen’s Tavern, 464 Gallery,
American Legion Post 1041, and Buffalo’s Best Bingo at Assumption Church.
To read more about the history of Black Rock, click here.
Business Association Parade at 12 Noon
Best Pie In Black
Celebrity Judges •
Prizes Awarded • Pies Must Be In By 9:30 am • Judging @ 10:30 am
• Special Catagory for Kids 14 & Under, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
Prizes for Each Category
First Prize for Adults
is a 15″ LCD Television donated by Max Willig Architect & Modern Kitchens
of Buffalo Inc.
Prizes Awarded After
the Parade at the Assumption Church.
Call Joanna at 863-2154 for
Business Association Trolley :
FREE 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Annual Collectible Tee
Shirt Sale: 50 / 50
Raffle • Tickets Available Until
3:30 pm Drawing at 4 pm.
Grant Amherst Block
Watchers: Baked Goods Sale •
Kids Bounce Room At Assumption •
Popcorn For Sale
Market: Balloons, Face Painting,
& Prize Giveaways on the Front Lawn
Supply, Inc: Handcrafted
Bird Feeders & Houses • To Benefit Assumption Church Preservation Fund.
Center: Hot Dog Sale &
Balloons for the Kids
Bargain Beauty Outlet: Deep
Discounts on Pro Hair, Skin, & Nail Products / $6.95 or 3 for $20 / Buffalo
& Gallery: Color the Black Rock
Map Contest ages 6-12 with
Prizes • Buffalo Jugglers with Instruction 1-3 pm / Pottery Sale
Victorian Restorations: Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest • Prizes
Galore • 10 am – 3:00 pm
Sausage: Grilling Famous Sausages 11-3 pm / Live
Music by “Rhubarb”
2:00 pm Wiener Eating Contest • $5.00 Entry Fee
• Wiener Takes All……!!!!
Buffalo Fire Department: 1:30 pm Kids Contest For The Fireman
Outfit • Prizes For Various Age Groups
Group & 464 Gallery Artisan Market: Sale 10-6 pm
Sportsmen’s Tavern: Live Music @ Family Friendly
Musician’s Park Outdoor Stage in Rear Yard
Civic Center: Ukrainian Menu All
Barry’s Bar &
Grill: Polish Food
Specials • Pierogi’s $1.00 & Polish Sausage
Arts Center: $5.00 Hourly Tours 10 – 5 pm • St. Francis Xavier Church @ East Street
Clown: Sponsored by Grant Amherst Business Association, Niemiec’s,
& Victorian Restoration
Hoyt’s “Community Breakfast”: 10 am at Polish Cadets Hall
TOPS Supermarket “Food
& Fun”: 12-5 pm Food, Ping Pong & Goldfish Games
Buffalo & Erie
County Historical Society 11-2 pm :
Narrated Slideshow of the Historic Black Rock Photo Collection
464 Gallery • All About Buffalo Art
Sale: 10-5pm • Opening 6-9pm • Face Painting for Kids
• 1-4pm • NT Art Club &
464 Gallery Live
Music & Entertainment @ Two Stages –
West Stage @
the Polish Cadet’s: 12-6 pm, Alt
Theater, NT Trio, Davey O, The Karma Salesmen,
East Stage @ Casey’s
Lot: 1-6pm Shapes of
States, Noel Smith, Raymond Lorigo, Kilissa Cissoko from Black Rock, & The
Riverside & West Side Neighborhood Housing Services: Information Table
ALT Theater: New ALT Performance Group 7:30 pm ALTerior
Motives Evening Fundraiser $15
After Parties @
Sportsmen’s Tavern, 464
Gallery, ALT Theater, American Legion Post 1041
PRIZES & RAFFLES
AWARDED AT 4 pm • 416 AMHERST