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PLEASE RECYCLE THIS MAGAZINE
At presstime, the first lake effect snowstorm
of the season was predicted to descend within
hours, and prospects were fair for a white
Christmas—or at least some white days in
December. That information and this issue’s
theme of health said two things to me: get
outside and enjoy winter. There’s plenty of
time to sit by the fire, but it’s always more
satisfying if you earn it. Several scenarios come
• Bruce Adams writes about a really fun-sounding show at
the Albright-Knox Art Galleries, which invites visitors to hear
and smell the art as well as see it. Why not combine a visit
to our world-class art museum with a refreshing walk around
Hoyt Lake? There is plenty of wildlife and natural beauty to be
enjoyed here in all seasons.
• Gerry Rising combines a tribute to winter bird feeding with
a scoff at Buffalo’s reputation for bad weather. For an inspirational example of expert bird feeding, visit the Beaver Meadow
Audubon Center. From the visitor center windows—or from
a respectable distance outside—you can see (usually) at least
six species around the varied collection of feeders. Would it be
possible to have a set-up like this in your yard? Probably. Ask
• One of the charity events we list is Old Fort Niagara’s
Twelfth Night Ball on January 6. This would be worth attending
just to view the spectacular facility on a winter’s night.
• And then there’s a place we’ve come to know as winter fun
central: Ellicottville. If you need a special reason to go there,
other than the attractions always present in this charming village, on January 19–20, EVL offers a blues festival.
• Finally, there are two winter walks (one in moonlight) and
a cross-country skiing event at Reinstein Woods this month, a
nature preserve that always makes the most of every season.
Check them out.
There are always plenty of opportunities to keep warm in
theaters, galleries, restaurants, concert halls, and nightclubs
this month, but winter will go faster if you recognize it for what
it is: arguably the most beautiful, in its way, of Buffalo’s four