I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the year – there’s still so much to do! If your schedule isn’t full already, here are a few things to fit in for July.
|The Ponies at last year's Man Up|
Car and Bike Show
“Man Up” for a good cause – On Saturday, July 18th, the “Man Up” Car and Bike Show is being held at East Amherst Fire Hall, 9100 Transit Rd. in East Amherst. Last year, proceeds from the show went to Make-A-Wish of WNY and Carly’s Club – here’s my piece from last year, and the 2015 event Facebook page.
Mustang madness – I’m a ridiculous fan of Mustangs (my dad brainwashed me early on!) and love the Mustang show each year at the Eastern Hills Mall on Transit Rd. in Clarence. This year’s was scheduled to be held Sunday, June 28th, but Mother Nature decided it would be good to RAIN…ALL WEEKEND…because we needed it (NOT!). Thankfully, it’s been pushed back to Sunday, July 12th, so we should be able to get the Ponies ready for a test run for the previously mentioned show.
Sample the flavors of Buffalo – there are plenty of opportunities to sample some great food this month: Buffalo History Museum’s Food Truck Rodeo (July 1st), the Taste of Lockport (July 5th), the Taste of Buffalo (July 11th and 12th), the Italian Heritage Festival (July 16th through 19th), Hamburg’s Burger Fest (July 18th), the Taste of Orchard Park (July 22nd), Wines in the Wild (July 22nd), the Niagara Wine and Culinary Festival (July 25th and 26th) and the Taste of Lancaster (July 31st and August 1st) – just to name a few!
Celebrate your independence – get ready for fireworks all over the Buffalo-Niagara area (as long as Mother Nature cooperates!). Head to Ellicottville for the Summer Music Festival or Rodeo, get on the MetroRail and go downtown to Canalside or Coca Cola Field, head to Varysburg for some great country music and spectacular fireworks at Jam in the Valley, or attend one of the many events in your home town.
|The beautiful backdrop for the Glen|
Park Art Festival
Visit an up-and-coming art festival – it’s only in its fifth year, but the Glen Park Art Festival in the Village of Williamsville is quickly becoming one of the go-to art festivals in a summer already packed with great events. This year’s event takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 25th and 26th.
all photos: paulathompsonfreelance.com