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From Finance to the Fine Arts, Ken Newton Returns to His First Love

From Finance to the Fine Arts, Ken Newton Returns to His First Love

During his younger years, Ken Newton loved to draw and hoped to one day become a famous cartoon artist. He pursued that dream until life eventually got in the way.

Today, the 48-year-old Cheektowaga resident lives a relatively quiet life as husband, father, grandfather and softball coach. While it wasn’t his dream, he’s had a nice 30-year career in the local finance industry. 

But, there’s still that pesky creative itch to scratch …

Explore Buffalo Lists August Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo Lists August Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo, a nonprofit organization providing tours and other opportunities where guests can discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history and neighborhoods, has announced an extensive lineup of August tours and events. 

DELAWARE AVENUE MIDWAY
August 1, 22 @ 6:30 PM; August 16 @ 10 AM; August 20 @ 10:30 AM
Meet: Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site at 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Parking is available in the TR Site’s parking lot accessible from Franklin Street or Delaware Avenue.
Cost: General $15, Student $5, Explorer Pass Free

Kenan Center To Celebrate 50 Years Sixties-Style

Kenan Center To Celebrate 50 Years Sixties-Style

The Kenan Center in Lockport is planning a sixties-style wrap-up to the summer to mark its 50th anniversary, and it’s shaping up to be the “party of parties.” The event called “Kenan’s Summer Shindig – Celebrating 50 Years” will take place Saturday, August 26 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. in the Kenan house and gardens at 433 Locust Street. The casual event will feature food from 80 Main and Lock 34, wine and beer, live music by Off the Cuff, plus a photo booth and silent auction.

Kenan Center to Hold Motor Exhibition

The Kenan Center in Lockport will hold a Motor Exhibition featuring cars, trucks and motorcycles, August 13 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. on the Kenan Center grounds at 433 Locust St. The event will include Chiavetta’s BBQ fundraiser with dinners at $10. Every ticket purchased will enter the individual to win box seats to a Buffalo Bills game. Tickets are available in advance at the Kenan Center Business Office, 433 Locust St., or call 433-2617.

Also featured will be music and a vendor market featuring Reid’s Food Truck, Krazy Kones, Kenan Arts Council’s Lemonade Stand, the Pearl and Stone, Stella and Dot, Mary Kay, Erin Gugluzzia Massage and Mindful Health, 31 Gifts, and more. Rain or shine. Free to the public. Proceeds benefit the Kenan Center. Co-sponsored by Lockport Monday Night Cruise Optimists Club.

Vehicle owners are $10 at the gate. Goodie bags given to the first 100 registrants. Trophies to be awarded.

Canalside to Host Third Annual Auto & Boat Show

Canalside to Host Third Annual Auto & Boat Show

The third annual Canalside Auto & Boat Show, featuring more than 150 new cars, trucks and RVs plus more than 100 sailboats, powerboats and personal watercraft, will take place Aug. 4-6 at Canalside in downtown Buffalo. Co-produced by Canalside, the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association (NFADA) and Anchor Marine, the event is free and open to the public.

Event hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. Food and drink offerings, and entertainment, will also be featured throughout the weekend show.

Parking, Security Updates Issued for 20th Anniversary Drums Along the Waterfront Event

Parking, Security Updates Issued for 20th Anniversary Drums Along the Waterfront Event

The 20th annual Drums Along the Waterfront - Tour of Champions event, featuring the top eight drum corps in the world, returns to New Era Field in Orchard Park at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6.

Sanctioned by Drum Corps International (DCI), Western New York’s premier “music in motion” event will have a noticeable “blue” theme this year. Drum corps scheduled to compete include the reigning world champion Bluecoats of Canton, Ohio, along with the 17-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils of Concord, California. Also participating are the Blue Knights of Denver, Colorado; Blue Stars of La Crosse, Wisconsin; The Cadets of Allentown, Pennsylvania; Carolina Crown of Ft. Mills, South Carolina; Phantom Regiment of Rockford, Illinois; and Santa Clara Vanguard of Santa Clara, California. This colorful lineup has captured a total of 41 DCI World Champion titles!

BPO String Quartet to Visit Elmwood Village Farmers Market on July 29

BPO String Quartet to Visit Elmwood Village Farmers Market on July 29

The popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues on Saturday, July 29, at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village. Hours at the open-air market, a program of the Elmwood Village Association, are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, through November. 

Musical entertainment on July 29 will feature the return of the BPO String Quartet at 10 a.m. This will be your last chance to catch these extremely talented musicians at the market this season. Hosting the market’s community group tables will be the D'Youville College School of Pharmacy, United Healthcare and The Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter.