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Local artisans will inspire holiday shopping at 23rd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Market

Local artisans will inspire holiday shopping at 23rd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Market

Western New Yorkers can grow their holiday spirit while buying local on Dec. 2 and 3 as the 23rd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Artisan Market returns to the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. This year’s event will feature more than 150 predominately local artists!  

Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Annual Roycrofters-At-Large Winter Festival

Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Annual Roycrofters-At-Large Winter Festival

Nearly three dozen juried artisans from near and far will come together from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3 for the 41st annual Roycroft Winter Festival! This highly anticipated Western New York holiday tradition will take place in East Aurora Middle School, located at 430 Main St. in the village.

The juried artisans, including several Roycroft Artisans and Master Artisans, will offer a wide variety of beautifully handcrafted items. Artisans taking part in the event offer everything from jewelry, wood, clay and books to metal, tile, glass, leather, pottery, sculpture and more. 

St. Martin of Tours Church to Host Thanksgiving Musical Event

St. Martin of Tours Church to Host Thanksgiving Musical Event

St. Martin of Tours Church in South Buffalo will host a free “Praise-A-Peel” music event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. The event will feature the music of Father Bill Quinlivan accompanied by a few other musicians and vocalists.

“The goal of the ‘Praise-A-Peel’ musical event is to prepare people for Thanksgiving,” said Fr. Quinlivan. “The event will also include a blessing of potato peelers and likely a telling of the story of how I once ended up in the emergency room as a result of preparing a small part of Thanksgiving dinner for my family.”

WNY Children’s Book Expo to Host Authors From Around the Globe

WNY Children’s Book Expo to Host Authors From Around the Globe

The WNY Children’s Book Expo, presented by Monkey See Monkey Do … Children’s Bookstore in Clarence, has released an extensive list of authors and presenters scheduled to take part in the Expo on Saturday, Nov. 11. This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in downtown Buffalo.

Featured authors at the BlueCross BlueShield of WNY Main Stage, Room 106B, will include: 

• 10:10 – 10:35 a.m., Barney Saltzberg, Explore your World: Find Art Everywhere 

• 10:45 – 11:10 a.m., Nick Bruel, Explore the World of Storytelling with Bad Kitty! 

• 11:20 – 11:45 a.m., Jennifer Hanson Rolli, Explore Moths and Butterflies … Alike but Different! 

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Lists Holiday Classes and Activities

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Lists Holiday Classes and Activities

The holiday season will be on display at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca thanks to a variety of upcoming classes, exhibits and events.

November’s featured event, the Evans Art Guild Member’s Exhibit, will run from Nov. 1-25 with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. December’s gallery member’s exhibit, “The Artist & Their Subject,” opens on Nov. 29 and will run through Jan. 2. An opening reception will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and will feature live music by Dana Eric Misenheimer.

Sports Collectors Expo Coming to Batavia in November

Sports Collectors Expo Coming to Batavia in November

Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia, will host an impressive lineup of professional athletes at the Sports Collectors Expo the weekend of Nov. 18-19.

Scheduled to appear on Saturday, Nov. 18, are:
NBA/Syracuse University: John Wallace, Billy Owens, Lawrence Moten, Roosevelt Bouie, Dale Shackleford and Rafael Addison.
NHL: Jacques Cloutier, Gary Bromley, Mike Palmateer, Doug Favell and Hall of Fame member Marcel Dionne,
MLB: Frank Viola, Bill Lee, Floyd Rayford, Glenn Gulliver, Ross Grimsley and Sammy Stewart.
NFL: Hall of Fame member Leroy Kelly.

Scheduled to appear on Sunday, Nov. 19, are NFL stars Eric Moulds, Greg Bell, Billy Shaw, Butch Byrd, Jerry Butler, Darryl Talley, Cornelius Bennett, Russell Copeland, Ron McDole, Paul Guidry and Mike Stratton. Also scheduled to appear is Notre Dame football legend Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger.

Pet Connection to Hold Annual Chicken Barbecue and Basket Auction

Pet Connection to Hold Annual Chicken Barbecue and Basket Auction

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a maternity and special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will hold a chicken barbecue and basket auction from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Variety Club Banquet Hall, 6114 Broadway, Lancaster.

Dinners are take-out only and will include a half chicken from BW’s Barbecue plus a cream corn bake, mashed potatoes with gravy, homemade noodle salad, roll and dessert. The cost for the chicken dinner is just $11 per person. Vegetarian and vegan dinner options will also be available for just $7.

The basket auction will feature more than 200 items, and all proceeds will benefit the homeless shelter animals at Pet Connection Programs Inc., located at 12935 Williston Road, Marilla. Prizes are valued from $25 to $1,300, with drawings beginning at 6 p.m. You do not have to be present to win.