Weekly Feature



2014-07-17 / Entertainment

Walking Tours

fri. 18

Evening Riverwalk — This 6-mile walk is presented by the Foothills Trail Club, 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, meet near the Riverwalk across from Mississippi Mudds, 313 Niagara St., Tonawanda; Free. 833-3851, www.foothillstrailclub.org

Buffalo Classics Walking Tours — This downtown walking tour showcases many of Buffalo’s best local architects who designed some of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, presented by Explore Buffalo, 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, July 18, meets at Spot Coffee, 227 Delaware Ave., at the corner of Delaware and Chippewa Street; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

Grover Cleveland: Buffalo’s Other President — One of Buffalo’s most famous citizens, Stephen Grover Cleveland is still often overlooked or casually dismissed by the history books. Join this entertaining tour as you trace the life of Buffalo’s “other” president, 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 18, meet at City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

fri. 18-sun. 20

North Tonawanda — Hear fascinating facts about historic North Tonawanda, “The Lumber City,” and its integral relationship with the Erie Canal, 10 a.m.-noon Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, and Sunday, July 20, meet at Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

sat. 19

Masters of American Architecture Walking Tour — See signature works by some of America’s greatest architects on this tour, presented by Explore Buffalo, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 19, meet at The Archer Restaurant, 268 Main St., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

Walk at Knox — “Knox Pond Dippin.” You’ll visit and collect from two of the ponds at Knox, and get dirty with hands-on learning, 9 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at Knox Farm State Park, 437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora; Donation. 585-457-3228, email info@buffaloaudubon.org

Roycroft Campus In-Depth Tour — Will take you to all the spaces included on the basic tour, plus additional interior areas including the First Print Shop, the Chapel and the Salon of the Roycroft Inn, during this two-hour tour, noon Saturday, July 19, at the Roycroft Campus Corporation, 31 S. Grove St., East Aurora; $. 655-0261, www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com

Roycroft Campus Basic Tour — Will give an introduction to the arts and crafts movement, Elbert Hubbard, and the Roycroft Campus during this one-hour tour, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Roycroft Campus Corporation, 31 S. Grove St., East Aurora; $. 655-0261, www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com

Eastside Overland Trail, Chautauqua, N.Y. (Map R-V) — This 7.2-mile walk is presented by the Foothills Trail Club, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19, meet at Seneca Square, 1900 Ridge Road, West Seneca. You will drive to Harris Hill Road and Route 50, Gerry, N.Y. The drive time is approximately 70 minutes. This trail is at the southern end of the Eastside Overland Trail and passes through state forest land with a moderately hilly terrain. Bring lunch and water. 866-1233, www.foothillstrailclub.org

Silo City Vertical Tour — Participants must be physically able to go up approximately 100 feet (10 stories) of stairs, and not recommended for people with a fear of heights, presented by Explore Buffalo, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 19, meet at 120 Childs St., Buffalo; $40-$45. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

Delaware Avenue Midway Walking Tour — Historically the most prestigious address in Buffalo, Delaware Avenue is full of historic and architectural treasures, presented by Explore Buffalo, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 19, begins with a tour inside Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center and Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

Grassroots Gardens — Community gardens are springing up throughout Buffalo, bringing new life to once vacant plots of land and reinvigorating the surrounding neighborhood. On these walking tours, meet several of the neighborhood gardeners who work tirelessly to keep these gardens beautiful, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 19, meet at First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

Elmwood Village Victorians — Exploring the streets and neighborhood in and around the Elmwood Village, guests will see a varied assortment of architectural styles and details. Discover 100-year-old houses, apartment buildings, businesses and more, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, meet at Coffee Culture, 448 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

sun. 20

Hidden Gems of the Delaware District — Take a walk around the block to discover stories of the Goodyear family compound, luxury apartment buildings, and homes on Linwood Avenue, Summer Street, and Oakland Place, and a stop inside a Queen Anne mansion is planned, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 20, meet at Coffee Culture, 448 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

Silo City Vertical Tour — Participants must be physically able to go up approximately 100 feet (10 stories) of stairs, and not recommended for people with a fear of heights, presented by Explore Buffalo, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, July 20, meet at 120 Childs St., Buffalo; $40-$45. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

West Side Mob Tour — Buffalo’s West Side was once a hotbed of mob activity and government surveillance as law enforcement tried to make a dent in the criminal underworld, often with little success. Find out how the mob succeeded at eluding the government men for decades on this entertaining tour, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 20, meets at the Providence Social Restaurant, 490 Rhode Island St., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

The Historic Buffalo River Tour — 29th season of this two-hour tour covers the history, architecture and technology of the grain elevators, flour mills, and other industries along the Buffalo River and City Ship Canal, along with a general history of the inner harbor area, current events reflected in the news, and more, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20, leaves from the Miss Buffalo Dock, Erie Basin Marina, Buffalo; $. 856-6696

Buffalo Classics Walking Tours — This downtown walking tour showcases many of Buffalo’s best local architects who designed some of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, presented by Explore Buffalo, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 20, meets at Spot Coffee, 227 Delaware Ave., at the corner of Delaware and Chippewa Street; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

Down By the River — This waterfront walking tour will explore some of the oldest neighborhood of Buffalo, presented by Explore Buffalo, 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, July 20, meets in front of the Swannie House, 170 Ohio St., at Michigan Street, Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

Roycroft Campus In-Depth Tour — Will take you to all the spaces included on the basic tour, plus additional interior areas including the First Print Shop, the Chapel and the Salon of the Roycroft Inn, during this two-hour tour, noon Sunday, July 20, at the Roycroft Campus Corporation, 31 S. Grove St., East Aurora; $. 655-0261, www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com

Roycroft Campus Basic Tour — Will give an introduction to the arts and crafts movement, Elbert Hubbard, and the Roycroft Campus, during this one-hour tour, 12:30, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at the Roycroft Campus Corporation, 31 S. Grove St., East Aurora; $. 655-0261, www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com

Eastside Overland Trail, Cassadaga, N.Y. — This 4.5-mile walk is presented by the Foothills Trail Club, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 20, meet at the Park & Ride on Route 20A off of Route 219. The drive to 8300 Park Road, Cassadaga, N.Y., takes one hour and is the starting point of the hike. This hike in the woods passes a pond, lean-to, fresh water pump and has a steep incline. Call 866-1233 if you plan to drive directly to Cassadaga. www.foothillstrailclub.org

Explore Buffalo! — This 3- to 4-mile walk is presented by the Foothills Trail Club, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20, meet at Spot Coffee, corner of Delaware Avenue and Chippewa St., Buffalo. You will walk through some of Buffalo’s most beautiful and historical neighborhoods. 882-3488, www.foothillstrailclub.org

tues. 22

Historic Waterfront Tour — Presented by the Valley Community Association, Gene Overdorf, a native Old First Ward historian, will offer two hour walking/shuttle tours of the Old First Ward and waterfront, 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, meet at Mutual Riverfront Park, 41 Hamburg St., Buffalo; $10 donation. Pre-registration required by calling 823-4707, Ext. 2. www.thevalleycenter.com

Goat Island Saunter — This 4-mile walk is presented by the Foothills Trail Club, 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, meet at Main and Fourth streets, Niagara Falls, N.Y. There could possibly be lunch at the Culinary Institute. 759-6442, www.foothillstrailclub.org

Stiglmeier Park — This 4-mile walk is presented by the Foothills Trail Club, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, after entering the park at the entrance on Losson Road, turn right and go to the last parking lot (past the playground). 873-0913, 439-0062, www.foothillstrailclub.org

wed. 23

Villa Maria Illuminated — This special tour explores some of the architecture, history, and art of the Villa Maria Convent and college campus near the border of Cheektowaga and Buffalo, 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, meet at the “new” convent entrance facing Pine Ridge Road, behind the Grotto; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

Roycroft Campus In-Depth Tour — Will take you to all the spaces included on the basic tour, plus additional interior areas including the First Print Shop, the Chapel and the Salon of the Roycroft Inn, during this two-hour tour, noon Wednesday, July 23, at the Roycroft Campus Corporation, 31 S. Grove St., East Aurora; $. 655-0261, www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com

Roycroft Campus Basic Tour — Will give an introduction to the arts and crafts movement, Elbert Hubbard, and the Roycroft Campus, during this one-hour tour, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at the Roycroft Campus Corporation, 31 S. Grove St., East Aurora; $. 655-0261, www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com

Wednesday Night Mini-Hike - Lehigh Memory Trail — This 4-mile walk is presented by the Foothills Trail Club, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, meet in the Park & Ride lot on Main Street and Union Road in Williamsville. 548-8039, www.foothillstrailclub.org

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