Whenever a significant vessel of interest makes its way into the Buffalo Harbor, you are rest assured that the Buffalo Maritime Center (BMC) will be close at hand to guide her in. The BMC is an organization that has gone through great measures to recreate and smaller crafts that were once indigenous to the waters of Lake Erie. Visitors to Canalside can view the crafts, as they make their way in and out of the Erie Canal Terminus on any given day.
Aside for recreating the beautiful replicas of the boats that once cruised the harbor, the BMC has also established a Hand-to-Hand Program at its headquarters in Riverside. The program is designed to provide life skill to young people who might not be heading to college, but are interested in acquiring hands on training skills that will help them to secure a job involving knowhow when it comes to building and repairing trades.
As important as the Hand-to-Hand Program is, the non-profit does not receive any funds from the Buffalo Public School System. That means that operating funds must be acquired in other ways.
On Saturday, September 12 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Canalside, members of the public are invited to spend an evening aboard the US Brig Niagara ($60 per person or $100 a couple). The money raised at the event will go directly towards BMC programming efforts. This is a fantastic opportunity to spend an evening on a tall ship in the Buffalo Harbor. It’s also a worthy cause that will help to fund valuable training for young people who are looking to gain hands on experience in the trades department.
Tickets include cocktails and hors ‘d oeuvres. Only 250 tickets will be sold. For more information on tickets, contact Brian Hellner at 716-778-5704.