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Rallying Through The Rain @ Niagara Square

Thanks to all of the venders, the performers and the visitors who came down to Niagara Square yesterday for Cirque du Square, despite the tepid weather conditions (see images below). Although we had hoped to have a sunny day, it just so happened to be the first rainy Saturday this summer. Alas, there was a groundswell of diehard Buffalonians who decided that “The Show Must Go On.” And what a show it was!

BlueCross BlueShield provided the hula hoops via their Health Zone Cruser, Buffalo Acro Yoga amazed onlookers with their feats of strength and agility. Buffalo Wellness Center rallied together an A-list group of sellers. Locally made granola snacks by Mazra and Buffalo’s Public Coffee and Espresso provided visitors with healthy treats and hot cups of joe. Slyboots School of Music braved the weather, as did the Random Ninjas. Martin Cooks fired up the grill, sending savory smoke signals to hungry passersby, while Three Sisters Tamales cranks out some spectacular food. Other primo sellers included Ashker’s (their pressed juices are to die for) and Sweet Melody’s (what a medley of tasty gelato to choose from). 

Reflex Productions gets a Storm Trooper medal for handling the live music in the rain – the only band that got washed out completely was Vitamin D. Production coordinator Jessica Marinelli made sure that there were no hiccups. Mindful Market ensured that the day was awash with plenty of local and spiritual energy. 

We couldn’t have done it without the help of Osteria 166 (thank you, thank you!), Greg Stevens (you braved the rain for hours), Buffalo Kubb (spectacular showing my friends), Buffalo Place (A+ job) and j-WAY Games (making Buffalo proud). 

While Mother Nature certainly didn’t cooperate today, I believe that we proved that Niagara Square is one of the greatest assets that this city has to offer. We’re going to do it all over again on Saturday, August 16 from 11am to 5pm. Be there and be square!

If you have a group that would like to get involved with this healthy, fun, social adventure in Downtown Buffalo, please reach out to me via email – See background. Follow on Facebook.

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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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