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Buffalo 5 @ River Fest Park


On Wednesday, July 13th Buffalo River Fest Park will host their “Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series” at the park, located at 249 Ohio Street, Buffalo, New York. The concert will run from 6:30pm to 10pm and will feature the local band The Buffalo 5.

The Buffalo 5, a rock, pop, country, and oldies dance band, consists of five friends – Greg Skulicz (lead guitar and vocals), Brian Overdorf (rhythm guitar and vocals), Dave Lansom (bass and vocals), Carolyn Lansom (hand percussion and vocals), and Jeff Garner (drums).

Their set list includes everyone’s favorite party songs as well as the tried and true standards. Some of the artists included in their repertoire include The B52’s, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, CCR, The Drifters, Grateful Dead, Billy Joel, Journey, Tom Petty, The Rightous Brothers, Rod Stewart, The Tragically Hip, Van Morrison, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, and more! They have played in various locations throughout Western New York including The Armor Inn, JP Fitzgerald’s, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Holiday Valley, and Doc Sullivan’s.

For more information on the band, visit their website at www.thebuffalofive.wix.com/five and “like” them on Facebook – The Buffalo 5. To see more about Buffalo 5 at the River Fest Park visit our Buffalo 5 event page.

Admission is free and food and refreshments will be sold at the concert, with all proceeds supporting Buffalo River Fest Park maintenance and other riverfront development. No coolers will be allowed and spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Parking is free and is available on surrounding side streets.

The Wednesday Night Concert Series will feature some of the best local bands playing against the backdrop of the historic Buffalo River and grain elevators. For a full schedule of concerts and events visit www.thevalleycenter.com. Keep up with park events on social media

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UB Dental’s clinic on wheels to bring a week of dental care to Buffalo River Community


The University at Buffalo mobile dental van is on the move, soon travelling to the Valley Community Center to bring healthy smiles to the Buffalo River community.

For five days, the 42-foot dental clinic will provide a range of affordable oral health care services, including cleanings, fillings and educational outreach. The mobile unit is outfitted with three dental chairs, an X-ray imaging machine, a sanitization center and more.

The services will be available from July 11-15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Valley Community Center at 93 Leddy St. in Buffalo.

Patients of any age are welcome. Medicaid, and Child and Family Health Plus are accepted. Prior registration is not required.

The program is provided through S-miles To Go, an initiative led by the UB School of Dental Medicine that aims to deliver access to oral health care to underserved areas in Western New York. The initiative also serves as an opportunity to train dental students and introduce them to the challenges faced by patients who lack access to dental care. The mobile dental van has served the oral health needs of the local community for 15 years, providing more than 38,000 patient visits.

For more information about the S-Miles To Go, visit https://dental.buffalo.edu/CommunityOutreach/MobileDentalVan.aspx or call UB Dental at (716) 829-2732

Hoppin’ and Boppin’ at the VCA this Week

Ribbon Cutting Tewskbury Lodge

The VCA is hoppin’ and boppin’ this week with the opening of the Tewksbury Lodge, BackBeat ’64 at the Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series, and Buffalo River Fest! And don’t forget on June 18th is the River Fest Regatta. Read on to hear an exciting announcement from Rigidized Metals.

The Opening of Tewksbury Lodge

The Tewksbury Lodge will open to the public on June 15th. The lodge will be open as follows:

  • Monday – Closed for Private Events
  • Tuesday – Closed for Private Events
  • Wednesday – 11am-2pm (Lunch)
  • Thursday – 11am-2pm (Lunch)
  • Friday – 11am-2pm (Lunch) & 5-10pm (Dinner)
  • Saturday – 10am-2pm (Brunch and Lunch)
  • Sunday – 10am-2pm (Brunch and Lunch)

The lodge is available for private rentals – weddings, rehearsals, birthday parties, graduations, reunions, corporate meetings and more. Contact Kristin at 716-840-2866 or email BuffaloRiverFestPark@thevalleycenter.com

…and join the party online at

facebookThe Tewksbury Lodge and River Fest Park

twitter@BfloTewksbury & @BfloRFPark

instagram@tewksburylodgebuffalo & @buffaloriverfestpark

BackBeat ’64 at the Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series

The Wednesday Night concert series continues for its third week with BackBeat ’64. This band plays tribute to the Beatles entire collection of music from beginning to end, striving for tonal and vocal authenticity.

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 River Fest Park and Valley Community Center Facebook pages for updates. In addition, updates will be posted on Twitter @VCAssociation and @BfloRFPark.

Join Us for Our 16th Annual Buffalo River Fest

The Valley Community Association’s 16th Annual “Buffalo River Fest” is scheduled for:

Friday, June 17th from 6pm to Midnight

Saturday, June 18th from 11am to Midnight

Sunday, June 19th 11am to 5pm

Buffalo River Fest Park, located at 249 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY, near Michigan Avenue.

There will be fun for the whole family! Events include the Rigidized Metals River Fest Regatta, a waterfront photo and memorabilia display, “I Got It” Bingo, food and refreshments, a kids area, vendors, historic walking tours, live entertainment, a Father’s Day fishing contest, and more!!

Float Down the Buffalo River for the Rigidized Metals River Fest Regatta

Saturday, June 18, 2016 – 11AM start

ENTRY FEE (non-refundable):

  • $20/boat pre-registration ($25 day of event) for kayaks and canoes
  • $30/boat pre-registration ($35 day of event) for ‘build your own’ boat*

* One fee per boat. All crew members are required to fill out the registration form. Be sure to include the boat’s name you will be sailing with for proper credit.

Launch Information:

  • Kayak, canoe and paddle board launch: Harlem Rd. & Clinton St., or foot of Smith St.
  • ‘Build Your Own’ (3 mile trail only) launch: Foot of Smith St.
  • Both end at Dead Man’s Creek

United States Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) are MANDATORY per the United States Coast Guard. Shuttle Information: Drop off craft at Harlem Rd. or Smith St.; drive vehicle to Ohio St. to park. Board shuttle bus back to start point to begin Regatta.

Design, build and “Float Your Boat” at this year’s Rigidized Riverfest Regatta and find Treasure! No restrictions and no limitations other than your imagination. All entries will be judged for creativity by an esteemed panel of Buffalo River Enthusiasts. Start dreaming and get building.

Sign up HERE. For more information, please visit www.rigidizedregatta.com or call (716) 823-4707 ext. 2


Rigidized Metals heard from Elevator Alley Kayak! They will be renting kayaks from Red Jacket Park during the Regatta and 100% of the rental fees will go to The Valley Community Center. Thank you Jason Mendola!

We’ll see YOU at River Fest Park!