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Flower power: Summer garden walks bloom – even in Buffalo?

While at first I was happy to hear that Buffalo got some good press in the USA Today travel section, I was disappointed with the headline as well as the lead-in. So disappointed in fact that I actually attempted to dig myself out of my igloo moments ago to see if I could find a hard copy. Unfortunately my car battery was frozen and my garage door was sealed tight due to permafrost. It’s too bad because I really could have used some extra paper to stoke my fire… oh well, ultimately I opted to read the online version, which was tough because I had a hard time typing the keys on the keyboard with my gloves on. You get the point.

“… even in Buffalo.”
Yes, even in Buffalo. Maybe that headline should have read, “Especially in Buffalo”, considering that this city has the largest garden walk in the nation. I’m a big fan of the four seasons that we have here. Personally I’ll take a crisp, cold winter day over a 90 degree heatwave (yes, there are heatwaves… even in Buffalo). I also like the spring and fall – fall being my favorite season. And yes, summer is especially nice. It might not last forever, which is fine because I always find myself looking forward to fall and winter after a good run of prolonged warm weather. 
If I sound a tad put off by the USA Today article, it’s because I am. While I’m accustomed to national media stereotyping Buffalo ad nauseam, I find it tough to swallow that the writer or editor couldn’t have just titled the piece “Flower Power: Summer garden walks bloom in Buffalo”. Then the writer could have followed with the cliché first sentence, which is what I normally expect. The only writers that don’t appear to follow the old snow routine have actually spent some time in Buffalo and have the ability of writing on all sorts of subject matter other than the gratuitous snow and shovels bit. At least she didn’t mention chicken wings and The Bills.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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