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2014 Lizzard Ball on May Day

If the Lizzard Ball sounds familiar, but you’re not exactly sure what it it, I broke it all down in 2013. That break-down is as follows. Simply a refresher…

Remember the Blizzard Ball? If you’ve been living in Buffalo for long enough, then you might. The Blizzard Ball was designed as a fancy-dancy tux and gown wearing function around the time of the Blizzard of ’77.
Although I never made it to the Blizzard Ball, I heard that it was quite the scene. While socialites were raising flutes of Champagne into the air, there were a bunch of common folk types who had decided that the event was too highfalutin, and it was time to start their own event (ala Infringement Festival style). They called it Lizzard Ball and believe it or not, the event is still being held to this day.
“It was started shortly after the blizzard of ’77,” Janna Willoughby-Lohr of BloodThirsty Vegans fame once told me. “When some of the richer folks in the city founded the Blizzard Ball which had $75/plate entry fee and all the Joe-Schmoes of Bflo said, “Screw that!! Let’s start our own party and call it the Lizzard Ball and make it cheap to get in.” And it has been going on since then.  I know that for awhile it was every other year but the past (now four) years it has been yearly, always at the end of April.  It used to be affiliated with the Green Party but now is organized by the Peace Education Fund and is a fundraiser for them.” 
Now it is thirty years later. People still remember the Blizzard Ball, but it’s a distant and fading memory. The LIZZARD BALL, on the other hand, is still going strong and it is going to be one crazy groove with all kinds of really awesome music and information on how to get hooked up with all kinds of cool progressive causes and lots of party people in the place to be (dressed in comfortable clothes).
This year the Lizzard Ball is celebrating the life and work of Pete Seeger. In order to do so, the event looks something like this:
The event kicks off with songs by Pete and about Pete, followed by:

Stories of Pete (Chuck Culhane)

Songs of Pete (& in his spirit):

Nan Hoffman & Joe Tumino

Jean Dickson

Dan Borodzik

History & Significance of May Day (Kurt Schneiderman)


Kilissa Cissoko

My Rap Name Is Alex

Caroline Zimmerman (Drum Circle for All)

and more… see poster below

Your hosts: John Washington and Rita Yelda

Basket auction, raffle, refreshments, etc.

2014 Lizzard Ball | Buffalo History Museum | Thursday, May 1st | Doors will open at the Museum at 6:30 p.m.; the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. A $10 admission fee will help support peace education in WNY.

The Lizzard Ball

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (check out basket auction);

Doors open at 6:30pm | program begins at 7:00 pm sharp

$10 admission supports local Peacemakers and Peace Works

Buffalo History Museum | One Museum Court (25 Nottingham Terrace) Buffalo, NY 14216



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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