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Buffalo River Fest Park has unveiled the 2017 Buffalo River Fest Park summer concert schedule. This popular and family-friendly waterfront music series presents its seventh season of Wednesday evening performances from 6:30 until 10:00pm, beginning June 7th and running through September 6th.
“The weekly concerts are a family-friendly way to enjoy the many developments happening on our waterfront. We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of Western New York residents and visitors to our park for another season of the concert series.” said concert organizer Peg Overdorf.
The concert series kicks-off with South Buffalo favorite “Bill LaRusch & Friends” on June 7th, followed by versatile rockers “Diva Show Band” on June 14th. One of the area’s premier pop rock bands “Wide Right” hits the stage on June 21st and WNY favorite “Crash Cadillac” closes out the month of June on the 28th.
Electric and acoustic rock band “South City” make their Buffalo River Fest Park debut on July 5th and Buffalo’s best classic pop band “FlipSide” are set to perform on July 12th. “Reset to Vinyl”, who play both current and classic hits, perform July 19th and “Breakaway” take to the stage on July 26th.
Local country music favorite “West of the Mark” hit the stage on August 2nd and “Buffalo Five” are scheduled for a performance on August 9th. Relive the sights and sounds of the ‘70’s with “Disco Duck” on August 16th and eight-piece, multi-genre band “JJ Swing” are set to perform on August 23rd. One of the top live acts in WNY – “Hit N Run” – will take to stage on August 30th.
The concert series will conclude on September 6th with a yet to be determined musical act.
In addition to the Wednesday night schedule, the annual Independence Day celebration will be held on Monday, July 3rd and will feature “Disco Duck” from 7pm-11pm.
In addition to the Wednesday night concert series, Buffalo River Fest Park will also serve as the location for the popular “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Party” on Friday, September 8th featuring live Irish music by “Crikwater”.
Buffalo River Fest Park is located at 249 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY 14204. Parking is free and widely available. No personal coolers are allowed at the park; however, refreshments are available for purchase, with proceeds supporting park maintenance and other riverfront development efforts. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended. Rain will force concert cancellations, so please check the Buffalo River Fest Park Facebook page for updates. In addition, updates will be posted on Twitter @BfloRFPark.
The Valley Community Association will be holding a Summer Day Camp from Monday, June 26th through Friday, August 25th for kids ages 5 to 12 years old (5 year olds must have completed Kindergarten). The camp will be held at the Valley Child Care Center, located at 93 Leddy Street, Buffalo, New York from 7:30am to 5:30pm daily.
Day Camp operates under the license of the New York State Office of Child and Family Services and provides kids with a safe, secure environment during the summer vacation. Kids will be broken down by age and there will be two separate camp groups – one for kids ages 5-8 years old and the other for kids ages 9-12 years old.
Lots of fun activities are planned for the summer! Field trips are scheduled twice a week to local attractions and destinations. On site activities will include computer instruction, STEM programming, physical education, guest speakers, reading groups, art classes, and more! Breakfast, lunch, and two snacks are provided as well.
The fee is $37 per child per day (with a minimum of 2 days per week required) or $175 for a full week as well as an extra $5 per day charge on field trip says. Discounts are available for families. Assistance is also available through the Erie County Department of Social Services for those who are eligible.
For more information contact Lori at 716-823-4707 ext. 4 or Patrick at 716-823-4707 ext. 117.
Back by popular demand will be Old First Ward historian Gene Overdorf to facilitate recollections of the famous Tewksbury Incident on Wednesday, May 17th at 6pm. The event, which is open to the public, will be held at The Tewksbury Lodge located at 249 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY 14204.
Attending the event will be individuals who actually witnessed the chaos created that winter night on January 21st, 1959 when the two lake freighters – the MacGilvray Shiras and the Michael K. Tewksbury – broke loose from their moorings and made their way down an ice packed Buffalo River only to collide with, and knock out, the Michigan Avenue Bridge. The flooding that resulted extended as far as South Buffalo and the power at Mercy Hospital was even interrupted. One bridge tower collapsed and demolished two ship chandlering businesses that once stood next to the fireboat house – Engine 20.
The night promises to be a fun, educational evening about a piece of Buffalo’s waterfront history with plenty of photos and stories. A limited menu and beverages will be available for sale. Reservations are suggested but not required and can be made by calling 716-840-2866. A $5 per person donation is suggested.