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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!

The Tewskbury Lodge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Friday, June 3rd, 2016, The Valley Community Associations’s Executive Director, Margaret “Peg” Overdorf cut the ribbon on The Valley Community Association’s latest enterprise The Tewksbury Lodge in Buffalo River Fest Park. More details on this to come but until then look forward to a June 15th Grand Opening of the Tewskbury Lodge. And, learn more about the Buffalo history and the original, infamous Tewskbury ship below.


Read about Tewskbury Lodge’s Namesake

The Tewksbury Incident remains an unforgettable event to those who lived through it on Jan. 21, 1959. After days of extreme cold and heavy snow packed the Buffalo River and Cazenovia Creek with ice, a sudden thaw and wind-driven rain on Jan. 21 broke up the ice, and about 10 p.m. the pressure of the shifting floes snapped the mooring lines of the freighter MacGilvray Shiras, which was tied up for the winter beside the Concrete Central Elevator at the foot of Smith Street. The MacGilvray Shiras, the length of a football field, drifted downriver, somehow navigating the sharp turn opposite Smith Street before ramming the Michael K. Tewksbury, which was tied up at the Standard Elevator, near the foot of St. Clair Street. Both boats passed beneath the Ohio Street bridge, which was raised for the winter, but the bridge crew, taking a break in the Swannie House, could not raise the Michigan Avenue bridge in time. The Tewksbury smashed into the bridge at 11:17 p.m., demolishing it, and wedging itself across the river. The flow of frigid water and ice spilled into the neighborhood, flooding an 18-block area. – Read More Buffalo News

River Fest

River Fest

Thank you Buffalo Rising and Newell Nussbaumer for writing this great article on Buffalo River Fest.

by queenseyes

Buffalo’s original celebration of the Buffalo River is set to take place from Friday, June 17 to Sunday, June 19, 2016. In recent years, the festival has organically grown in attendance, as the river has become a sort of rallying cry for the rebirth of the city. There was a time when the Buffalo River was considered ‘dead’ back in 1967. Today the river is being rejuvenated, and thousands of people are discovering the beauty of the natural resource for the first time.

One of the celebrated offshoots of the revitalization of the river is River Fest Park. The park was established along the banks of the river, so that visitors could interact with the waters, while having a welcoming place to picnic, listen to music, and enjoy the sights of the water and the majestic grain silos. Today River Fest Park has a dock for boating, a bandshell, gardens, and a restaurant and community lodge (opening for the festival). The park is also connected by bike path to myriad other waterfront destinations.

Live entertainment will be taking place all weekend! Entertainment includes

Buffalo River Fest is a celebration of the Buffalo River, and all that it has to offer. The three day festival features numerous activities, including 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, and a Father’s Day fishing contest.

The festival is super family friendly, and is one of the most anticipated waterfront events of the summer.

The Valley Community Association’s 16th Annual Buffalo River Fest

6pm to Midnight on Friday, from 11am to Midnight on Saturday, and 11am to 5pm on Sunday at Buffalo River Fest Park, located at 249 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY, near Michigan Avenue.

Proceeds from the Buffalo River Fest will benefit Buffalo River Fest Park including capital maintenance, utilities, insurance, dock maintenance, and grounds maintenance. For more information on the 16th Annual Buffalo River Fest visit our social media, “like” Buffalo River Fest Park and the Valley Community Center on Facebook, follow on Twitter @VCAssociation or @BfloRFPark, see us on Instagram at buffaloriverfestpark


call 716-823-4707 ext. 2