Author: queenseyes

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-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator of 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. Coming soon... 'fig' Fashion Show. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

The weather has miraculously shifted in favor of Buffalo’s 9th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The 2022 Festival, brought to us by The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, The Buffalo History Museum, Friends of the Japanese Garden, and Music is Art, will be a real celebration of spring, culture, hope and peace, the strong bonds that tie Buffalo to sister city Kanazawa, and the magic of the cherry blossom. Photo by Vincent Berbano “Nothing says spring in Western New York like the return of the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival and the beautiful blooms behind our museum,” Buffalo History Museum Executive Director Melissa Brown said. “This celebration of history, Japanese culture…

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This coming Saturday, April 30, is Independent Bookstore Day. That means that small bookstores across the region are anticipating support from regular customers, as well as those who may have slipped through the cracks over the years. With the advent of internet shopping, and sites like Amazon setting out to capture more and more of the market, it’s more important than ever to support the independent sellers. “We’re really excited for our first Independent Bookstore Day,” said Meg Howe, owner, Alice, Ever After Books (in North Buffalo). “Independent Bookstore Day was established in 2013 to promote, celebrate, and highlight the…

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On Saturday, May 7 from 10am-8pm, the Botanical Gardens will be hosting the first ever, ‘One-Stop, Mom-Shop’ – a brand new plant and vendor sale, just in time for Mother’s Day (the following day). The one-stop-mom-shop will feature a ton of special goods and services, perfect for pampering our favorite moms. Visitors to the event can expect to find: the Bubble Bar A wide variety of plants for sale, including hanging baskets, orchids, mini roses, succulents, etc.Jewelry, soaps, scents, teas, etc.Food trucksBubbly from Buffalo’s only mobile wine trailer, the Bubble Bar (on-site all day) Vendors at the event include: Chicory Kin Floral and…

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On Wednesday, May 4, from 6-8 pm, the League of Women Voters Buffalo Niagara, Our Outer Harbor coalition, and Buffalo-Niagara Waterkeeper, will host a discussion on what it would be like if the Outer Harbor was preserved as an Olmstedian park that it was once intended to be. Obviously, a world-renowned park was just one facet that Buffalonians would have been proud of. Another was the natural setting at the waterfront, in tandem and in synch with the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem. Unfortunately, that vision never came to pass. Similar to LaSalle Park, and other waterfront parks along the Niagara River,…

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When I first came across The Story Garage on Niagara Street, I spoke to owner Neil Gerard about the possibilities of creating a market atmosphere on the corner. You see, The Story Garage is located on Market Square in Black Rock, a location that once served the neighborhood’s market needs. This coming Saturday, April 30, Gerard is hosting his first ever Vintage Sidewalk Sale, where he will feature 25 vendors (possibly more). The sidewalk – thus Market Square – will come alive with the sound of barkers and marketeers, as they interact with people looking for “all things vintage!” The…

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Photo by Brendan Bannon I must say that I’m fascinated by this new gamelan music movement in Buffalo. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been following Matt Dunning’s (Artistic Director, Gamelan Sari Raras Irama) epic adventure, ever since he moved back to Buffalo in 2013. Rarely do I come across someone who is not only passionate about starting a movement, but who is able to pull it off with such zeal and fortitude…. in a relatively short amount of time. After all, we’re not talking about a small feat here – we’re talking about a herculean lift that saw Dunning and company…

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Home Sweet Pride Everybody starts a business for different reasons. Some people do it for the money. Others for the freedom. Still others for the challenge. For Lola Caraballo, she did it because she needed a place to store her garden tools. I kid you not. For years, Lola lived in Allentown, before eventually relocating to the city’s West Side. While she lived in Allentown, she took care of a number of tree plots, making sure that they were properly planted and maintained. You might say that she was obsessed with her duty, which was not a paying gig. In…

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Once summer weather rolls into town, it’s going to be great, for a lot of reasons. One of the main reasons is getting back out on the water, whether it’s via a paddle board, a sailboat, or Buffalo Pedal Tours’ newest addition to its touring fleet – a 48 seater sightseeing party boat that is perfectly suited for intimate concerts, craft tastings, weddings, or team meetings.  Buffalo Pedal Tours owner and operator Ken Szal told me that the addition of the excursion boat is the result of an extensive search that had him zig-zagging across the country in search of the…

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On Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, Buffalo will host the 2022 USA Rugby Atlantic Super Regional Rugby Festival at Knox Farm. For anyone who has wanted to check out some of the fast-paced, hard-hitting action, delivered by teams from four senior men’s and women’s clubs geographic unions along the east coast, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Not to mention the idyllic setting that is Knox Farm. “The Atlantic Super Regional is one of four Regionals that are the ‘sweet sixteen’ and ‘elite eight’ of USA Rugby’s National Club Championships,” said event director, Lex Maccubbin. “The…

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There are a few days left to catch CEPA’s installation of “The City and its School” – the culminating efforts of University at Buffalo’s Venice Biennale entries in 2018 (See It Through Buffalo) in tandem with a more recent exploratory contribution – “Buffalo Constructing Buffalo: From Olmsted to Van Valkenburgh.” Both exhibition components “…explore the urban landscapes of Buffalo and the School’s work within them over the past 50 years.” The show has been extended, and now runs through May 19! For anyone who has been following the shifting-forward landscape of Buffalo over the last few decades, this is a…

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