Weekly Feature

2014-03-05 / Entertainment

Special Events

thurs. 6

SEAsonings — The Original Taste of Niagara — This mouth-watering benefit for the Aquarium of Niagara is all about tasting and enjoying good food from area restaurants and fine wines from regional wineries and other vendors, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls; $55 per person, $100 per couple. 285-3575, ext. 216, www.aquariumofniagara.org

thurs. 6 - sun. 9

The 2014 WNY Sports & Travel Expo — Event provides outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors all under one roof, noon-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 6 and 7; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, March 8; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Event Center, Expo, Grange, and Marketplace Buildings of the Fairgrounds Gaming and Raceway, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg; $. 649-3900, www.the-fairgrounds.com

fri. 7

The Wake — An evening of feigned grief and genuine merriment in the memory of the late and lamented R. Hugh Cryan — an entirely fictitious Irishman. This is a benefit for Irish Classical Theatre featuring music, food, drink and wares, 7 p.m. Friday, March 7 at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 453 Porter Ave., Buffalo; $. 853-ICTC, www.irishclassical.com

Irish American Party — The Amherst Gaelic League Inc. presents this 42nd annual event that will feature music by Crikwater, Irish dance by ClanNa Cara, pipes by the Gordon Highlanders, food and beverages, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew; $30 (presale); $35 (at the door). 857-0237, www.amherstirish.com

fri. 7 & sat. 8

Lewiston Cocktail Festival — Quench your thirst for history at this event where you can sample signature cocktails at each of the “Libation Stations,” meet Catherine Hustler, the inventor of the cocktail, along with her historical friends from the Marble Orchard Tours, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8; $25. Visit www.lewistoncocktailfestival.com for participating locations.

fri. 7 - sun. 16

Buffalo Home Show — The 2014 Buffalo Home Show is back and celebrating its 70th anniversary with two weekends at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Enjoy hundreds of exhibitors, celebrity guests, participate in interactive seminars and meet some exotic animals. Show hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 7 and 8, and 14 and 15; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, March 9 and 16, at 153 Franklin St., Buffalo; $. www.buffalo.com/contests

sat. 8

St. Practice Day Pub Crawl — This second annual event will feature various Williamsville establishments along Main Street: The Pizza Plant (2-3 p.m.); The Glen Park Tavern (3:15-4 p.m.); The Creekview Restaurant (4:15-5 p.m.); Milo’s (5:15-6 p.m.); Parings Wine Bar (6:01-6:45 p.m.); Cabernet Cafe (7-7:45 p.m.); the Eagle House Restaurant (8-8:45 p.m.); Sorrentino’s (8:45-9:30 p.m.), Saturday, March 8; $5.

Monte Carlo Night — Includes blackjack, wheels, dice, raffles, 50/50, beverages, food and music, 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Orchard Park American Legion Post 567, 3740 N. Buffalo Road, Orchard Park. 662-9780

Old Neighborhood Parade Fundraiser Party — The Valley Community Association will formally announce their selections for the Grand Marshal and Parade Dedications for the 21st annual Old Neighborhood St. Patrick’s Day Parade at this fundraiser party, which will also include Irish music with Crikwater, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Valley Center, 93 Leddy St., Buffalo, near the junction of South Park Avenue and Elk Street; $. 823-4707, Ext. 4, www.thevalleycenter.com

Shoppers Gift Card Raffle — Doors open at 6 p.m., and raffle is at 7 p.m. and features food and beverages, 50/50 drawing, Saturday, March 8, at the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 527, 2 Memorial Drive, off Evans Street, Village of Hamburg; $.

Songwriting Circle — Three of WNY’s top songwriters, Doug Yeomans, Chris Panfil, and Pat Shea, will appear for an informal evening where the artists share songs and the stories behind them, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Springville Center for the Arts, 37 N. Buffalo St., Springville; $. 592-9038, www.springvillearts.org

Tavern Nights — Food, beverages, live music, and historical vignettes in an 18th century tavern, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Old Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown; $. 745-7611, www.oldfortniagara.org

sun. 9

Rock & Roll for AROCC — Presented by the Association for Research of Childhood Cancer and featuring music with Strictly Hip, a Chinese auction, free buffet, and two cocktails, 3-7 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at The Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St., Buffalo; $30. 983-7639, AROCC.org

It Takes a Woman — Join Forest Lawn as they present O’Connell & Company in “The Music of Forest Lawn,” as part of Forest Lawn’s Sunday in the Cemetery concert and lecture series, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Forest Lawn’s historic chapel, 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $. 885-1600, www.forest-lawn.com

Chefs, start your ovens! Season six of WNY’s first culinary competition, Nickel City Chef, continues at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Artisan Kitchens and Baths, 200 Amherst St., Buffalo; $. www.nickelcitychef.com

St. Joseph’s Day Table — Attendees can make a donation that will go to the Food Pantry at the Clarence First Presbyterian Church, St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish in Cheektowaga, and SS. Columba and Brigi. Over the past 19 years, $75,000 has been donated to WNY food pantries, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Our Lady of Peace Church, 10950 Main St., Clarence; Free, but donations accepted.

Karing for Kristina — Kristina Lewis suffered a traumatic brain injury in February 2013, and is currently in a long-term care facility. Event features Chinese auction, entertainment, beverages and snacks, 1-7 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Ironworkers Hall, Local 6, 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca; $. 805-0069, 652-9958

Victorian Tea — An old favorite is back. Join the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens for a light lunch, delicious tea and a memorable presentation, and teacup terrariums will be available for purchase, and don’t forget to don your Victorian bonnet, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

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