September 28, 2021
Contact: Anna Kaplan, Executive Graycliff

Celebrate Graycliff 2021 is October 21, 2021 and Requires Proof of Vaccination

(Derby, NY) Graycliff’s annual fundraiser dinner, Celebrate Graycliff, is back in person this year and scheduled for the evening of Oct. 21st at The Roycroft Inn in East Aurora. The in-person fundraising event will require proof of vaccination to attend and be accompanied by an online silent auction. The auction, which will open for bidding in advance of the event, will be available to bidders everywhere, even if they are not planning to attend. Tickets to the dinner are priced at $150/person (Graycliff Members save $25) are now available for sale at The event starts at 5:30pm with a cocktail hour followed by a program and seated dinner. The Celebrate Graycliff online silent auction will close at 8:15pm that evening – you do not have to be present to bid or win, through the items themselves will be on view at the event.

Grayclliff is partnering once again with the Roycroft Inn (they provided food as part of the virtual Celebrate Graycliff 2020), chosen not only for its delicious food and stunning ambience, but because of how the site uniquely complements Graycliff’s architectural history. Roycroft Campus Tours will be available as a pre-program optional offering.

Graycliff Executive Director Anna Kaplan explains, “We are mindful that not everyone is ready to attend a sit-down dinner – this, paired with the success of last year’s virtual efforts, led us to continue the auction this year in an accessible online format.” The focus of the silent auction is experiential lots and included will be exciting and priceless offerings, such as a private tour of the iconic property followed by a three-course dinner enjoyed on their Pottery Terrace. Kaplan notes, “We have been blown away by the generosity of our cultural colleagues and local businesses and hope that their participation in the auction gives them visibility, bringing them new business and support.” There are also Graycliff-specific exclusive lots including the opportunity to play on the restored tennis court, which includes taking home a piece of the original court, and the opportunity for a private yoga session inside Graycliff’s main house. The celebrate Graycliff silent auction is now visible as a preview, with several lots still to be added – to view the auction.

Essential support for Celebrate Graycliff 2021 has been provided by FARM, Clarksburg Cider, Lake Shore Savings Bank, FreedMaxixk, Turner Construction, and Parkside House Bed & Breakfast, with WBEN NewsRadio 930 as our media sponsor. For more information on sponsorship, or if you have interest in donating an item or experience to the Celebrate Graycliff silent auction, please contact Ryan Gravell at [email protected] or by phone at 716-947-9217.

About Graycliff
Gracycliff is the summer home of Isabelle and Darwin D. Martin, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1926 and built between 1927 and 1931. Graycliff is located at 6472 Old Lakeshore Rd/, Derby, N.Y. 14047 For more information visit and find us on Facebook and Instagram @flwgraycliff


Tourist Railroad to Run Steam & Diesel-Powered Trips During October on Rails South of Buffalo

Hamburg, New York – The nostalgic sounds of a train whistle and “chug, chug, chug” of a vintage steam locomotive will be heard once again in Hamburg, New York for two weekends this October. The Buffalo, Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway (BC&J) is scheduled to run a series of fall foliage and Halloween themed train excursions with a special guest steam locomotive. Trips will operate out of the Village of Hamburg’s historic Erie Railroad Depot (4 Scott Street) on October 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th

The ONLY steam engine to operate in Western New York during 2021 will pull a special series of Fall Foliage train rides on October 9th, 10th and 16th, 17th. The trips will be pulled by steam locomotive Viscose Company #6. The engine was originally constructed by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the American Viscose Company of Roanoke, Virginia in 1925. Trips will depart Hamburg at 10:00a, 12:30p and 3:00p for a round trip to the picturesque Eden Valley. These rides are 1-1.5 hours in duration and will travel seven miles. Tickets are: Adult (12+) $18.00; Children (2-12) $15.00; Child on lap free (Under 2).

Halloween Train rides will take place on October 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st Each trip is 2.5-3 hours long and will depart the Hamburg Depot pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. There will be pumpkins for children (12 and under) riding the train and costumes are encouraged. The train route is from Hamburg to Water Valley Trestle, then North to Zittel’s Country Market, then back to Hamburg. There is a stop in the middle of the trip for approximately one hour at Zittel’s Country Market, where we have fun activities for the kids such as face painting, a hay maze, and a petting zoo. Tickets are: Adult (12+) $20.00; Children (2-12) $15.00; Child on lap Free (Under 2).

NOTE – Trips schedule on the Buffalo, Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway on October 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th will be the only steam powered train excursions operating in Western New York during 2021.

Passengers will travel in vintage railroad equipment that includes two late 1920s era passenger cars that once shuttled commuters in New York City on the Long Island Railroad. The trip will also feature an open-air car for those who want to photograph the sights along the way as well as a snack bar car which will offer light refreshments for purchase. (Due to the vintage nature of the steam locomotive, the railroad reserves the right to substitute motive power without notice.)

The trips are being conducted by the Buffalo, Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway Company, Inc. The BC&J was founded in 2011 and is chartered as a New York State 501c3 not-for-profit corporation. The BC&J’s mission is focused on developing and operating educational steam and diesel-electric passenger train excursions in the Buffalo-Jamestown corridor as a way of promoting Western New York’s industrial, transportation and agrarian heritage. The railroad right-of-way is owned by Erie County and leased to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency who manages the property. Buffalo Southern Railroad, a locally owned Class III Common Carrier shoreline railroad, operates the line.

Tickets for these diesel and steam powered train trips may be purchase online until midnight before departure date at Tickets may also be purchased at Artcraft Toy Trains located inside the Hamburg Railroad Depot at 4 Scott Street Depot during business hours or on the day of departure based on availability. For information call 833-722-5778. Passengers are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time for parking and boarding.


Celebrating Three Years and Expanded Footprint in Hamburg’s Cobblestone Suites

Hamburg, NY – Graphic-Poetry is pleased to announce the upcoming grand opening festivities October 21, 2021 in Hamburg’s Cobblestone Suites. Guests are cordially invited from 5-8PM in the newly expanded Suite 201 facing Buffalo Street, to enjoy Graphic-Poetry’s birthday theme extravaganza. The official ribbon cutting ceremony is set for 4:30pm. Public is welcome for the event and ribbon cutting.

With planning assistance from Events by Lauren Marie, many collaborations by various women-owned and local small businesses will be a big part of the festive evening. Decor from Quaint Rentals, Letterwood, Buffalo Lettering Shop, Alpha-lit, and Little Finch Balloons will serve as the backdrop for the evening along with fall-themed items by Rustic Barn Designs for purchase. Sweet treats from Haaks Cakes, Buffalo Girl That Bakes, and Comfort Zone Café, along with charcuterie boards by Chuckuterie will be accompanied by local Niagara Wine Trail wines and a signature champagne drink served by Bar Club bartending service. A complete list of partner businesses for the event may be found on the Facebook event page.


Graphic-Poetry makes the world a little more beautiful through thoughtful, handcrafted stationery. They provide paper products to help people celebrate, communicate and connect through life’s important moments with designs that are eclectic, witty (and sometimes a little cheeky), made with old and new printing methods.

Women-owned businesses make up at least 80% of the brands in store. All merchandise is sourced from a mix of national and local brands by independent artists and small businesses.

Graphic-Poetry carries stationery items, greeting cards, graphic tees and sweaters, accessories, gifts, drinkware, candles and more. Fully customizable invitations, Christmas/holiday cards, personalized note cards, promotional items and favors for events, wax seals stamps and address stamps are also available.

Owner Liz Maute is the lead designer at the shop with her studio on site. She specializes in custom wedding stationery design and day-of event products. Graphic-Poetry also serves B2B clients with graphic design services, logo and brand design, and website design. Clients enjoy an intimate area devoted to meeting with clients and for showcasing the invitation products.


CONTACT INFO: Elizabeth (Liz) Maute, 716-812-4866, [email protected]

18 Buffalo St. Suite 201, Hamburg, NY 14075

Contact: Melissa Stephen, Director of Business Development, DuBois & King, [email protected], 802-728-3376

Andrew Hoak, PE, PG, Promoted to Lead Environmental Services at DuBois & King
Andrew Hoak, PE, PG, has been promoted to Director of DuBois & King’s Environmental Services Division. Andy, who also leads DuBois & King’s Hamburg office, is a hydrogeologist and civil engineer working on dam rehabilitation and removal, stormwater, water quality enhancement, hazardous material remediation, and civil engineering, including water sourcing, slope protection, and on-site wastewater disposal systems. He also enjoys agricultural water quality projects and is a Natural Resources Conservation Service Technical Service Provider in New York and Vermont. He is currently supporting projects in New York, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Andy’s objectives include growing the division and expanding the range of environmental services DuBois & King offers. For decades, DuBois & King’s Environmental Services Division has provided local, state, and federal permitting support and all phases of NEPA documentation assistance and wetlands services. Under Andy’s direction, the firm has expanded staffing in the areas of botany and wildlife, including bat habitat evaluation.

Established in 1962, DuBois & King is an employee-owned multidisciplinary planning and engineering firm that provides services in the areas of public infrastructure, environmental services, natural resources, and facilities. DuBois & King is located in Hamburg, New York, as well as Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Buffalo, NY – Special Olympics New York today opened student registration for its first-ever Cool School Polar Plunge, an entire day dedicated to Western New York students who commit to raising funds for local Special Olympics athletes by plunging into the cold water at Woodlawn Beach State Park Friday, Dec. 3. First Student will award $1,000 scholarships to the top male and female fundraisers, who will also be crowned “king and queen” at the event.

School teams can register at

This year marks the 15th annual Buffalo Polar Plunge, which is scheduled for Dec. 4 at the same location. The Polar Plunge is one of the most popular and exciting fundraisers hosted by Special Olympics New York in the Western New York region. Participants raise money by asking friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances for donations.

“Polar Plunges are some of the most valuable – and fun – events we host each year,” said Special Olympics New York President and CEO Stacey Hengsterman. “They’re an excellent opportunity for people from throughout the community to come together and support our athletes while also raising awareness about the abilities of people with intellectual differences. If you join us for a Polar Plunge, you’ll see why so many people return year after year.”

For more information about the event or assistance with registration, please contact Erica Raepple at [email protected] or 716-909-6444.

Hamburg, NY – The Board of Directors and staff of the Erie County Agricultural Society are pleased to announce that the promise to allocate a portion of the ticket sales from the 2021 Erie County Fair to FeedMore WNY resulted in a donation of $64,763.00. This monetary donation will be used to support the many programs of FeedMore WNY.

Jessica Underberg, CEO/Fair Manager of the Erie County Agricultural Society presented the donation to Anne McKenna, Marketing Director, FeedMore WNY on Friday, August 10 at the FeedMore WNY Warehouse.  [photo attached] “The Erie County Fair is proud to partner with FeedMore of WNY and help fill the warehouse shelves at a time of year when it is most needed through our donation of $64,763,” said Mrs Underberg.

“As the pandemic continues to disrupt the lives of many Western New Yorkers, countless people depend on the many programs of FeedMore WNY,” Lisa Woodring, Chief Development Officer for FeedMore WNY, said. “We are so grateful to the Erie County Fair for their generous support of FeedMore WNY and the work we do in the community.”

About FeedMoreWNY

FeedMore WNY offers dignity, hope and a brighter future by providing nutritious food, friendship and skills training to its Western New York neighbors in need.  Through its food bank distribution center and partner hunger-relief agencies, as well as its home-delivered meal program and other targeted feeding programs, FeedMore WNY alleviates hunger and assists community members of all ages throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara Counties.  More information can be found at

About the Erie County Fair

The Erie County Agricultural Society is a private not-for-profit membership organization. Established in 1819, the Society is the oldest civic organization in Western New York. The mission of the Erie County Agricultural Society (ECAS), sponsors of the Erie County Fair, is to preserve and enhance, by educational endeavors, the agricultural and historical legacy of New York State. The Fair strives to fulfill appropriate aspects of the agricultural, educational, entertainment and recreational needs of Western New York. The 2021 Erie County Fair was held August 11th – 22nd  (


One Premier Travel Company Focused on the Future

BUFFALO, NY —September 8, 2021 Niagara Scenic Tours, a local motorcoach company servicing transportation and travel needs, announced that they have rebranded their three regional tour divisions. The formerly known tour divisions, Know How Tours, Covered Wagon Tours and Bradford Travel have rebranded to become Scenic Excursions.

Niagara Scenic took this past year to focus ahead on developing an unparalleled brand with a concentrated approach on moving forward together, stronger and with continued growth. The tour divisions serve the Buffalo/Niagara region, Southern Tier New York, Greater Rochester, and Northwest Pennsylvania regions.

The company has updated their brand identity in their name, logo, and tour offerings. Scenic Excursions offers diverse travel opportunities from one day excursions to worldwide travel destinations. The types of tours and excursions will expand as the demand in travel continues to grow. The company has launched a new website,, that provides an inclusive easy to use online booking experience and will continue their printed mailings to guests with a catalog of upcoming excursions.

“Our team of travel professionals focused on developing a strong, strategic brand to blend together three amazing tour divisions into one, innovative travel and event company,” commented Maria Burridge, Scenic Excursions Regional Manager. She adds, “we are poised with a diverse travel platform, creative travel planning and unmatched product development that will attract all age demographics.”

NIAGARA SCENIC TOURS, a locally owned and operated business, offers the personal touch that differentiates us from the competition. As a Fisher Family company, they have been serving the travel and transportation needs across the Western New York Community for over 90 years.

Our free day for scouts is back! Join us Saturday September 18 from 9 am to 3 pm for Scouting Rocks! at Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve in Hamburg.

The program includes a short guided tour, fossil collecting, the use of basic fossil collecting tools, and a free commemorative patch for the first 250 scouts.

Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 9:15 am. Last entry at 2:45 pm. Guests are welcome to stay until the park closes at 4:30 pm.

Some form of official scout apparel/insignia is required for free admission; a full uniform is not needed. Non-scouts are welcome to participate at our regular admission rates. Reservations are recommended but not required.

Full info:


Penn Dixie is ranked as the number one fossil park in the Unites States and welcomes science enthusiasts from around the globe to uncover trilobites, brachiopods, crinoids, and corals that lived in a shallow ocean 380 million years ago.

Orchard Park, NY – Scott P. Horton, labor & employment attorney and founder of Horton Law PLLC, has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Upstate New York attorneys in 2021 by Super Lawyers. This is Scott’s 9th consecutive year being listed by Super Lawyers, and first receiving the Top 50 designation.

“I was, frankly, shocked to see myself on this list of such prominent attorneys,” Horton noted. “Hopefully, it’s a reflection that I have been serving my clients well, exhibiting professionalism toward my fellow practitioners, and making an overall positive contribution to the legal industry and my community.”

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Horton Law PLLC was founded in 2017. Based in the Buffalo-Niagara metropolitan area, the firm advises management in labor, employment, and education law matters throughout New York State. The firm represents public and private employers across industries such as education, manufacturing, hospitality, transportation, health care, real estate, and non-profit organizations.

WHAT:            Opening Ceremony of the 181st Erie County Fair

WHO:              Erie County Fair Representatives; Announcement of the 2021 Ultimate Fairgoer; Introduction of Scholarship Winners, National Anthem performed by the Erie County Fair Marching Band, remarks from Assemblyman Rivera and Fireworks

WHEN:           Wednesday, August 11th

TIME:             11:15p – Game Inspection

11:40a – Opening Ceremony; Fireworks at Noon

Noon – Gates Open

WHERE:         Historic McKinley Gate, McKinley Parkway, Hamburg Fairgrounds.

HAMBURG, NY – The 181st  Erie County Fair will officially open to the general public at noon. There will be a short ceremony beginning at 11:40am at the Fair’s historic McKinley Parkway gate. The program will also include remarks by Fair Officials, introduction of the 2021 Ultimate Fairgoer, introduction of the students that have received a scholarship from the Erie County Agricultural Society and a flurry of fireworks at Noon. The national anthem will be performed by the Erie County Fair Marching Band.

Here is what you need to know for Day 1 of the Erie County Fair: 

  • Parking – There is no additional fee for parking, parking attendants will be on site to assist in parking
  • Bring your gate admission – bring your printed gate admission ticket or show it on your mobile device
  • Daily Schedule – available online, visit or download the new Fairgrounds Mobile App for complete schedule
  • One Price Ride Day.Unlimited ride wristbands are available for just $30 on the Strates Midway.
  • Food Coupons – A variety of special cost savings are available from select food vendors, coupons areavailable online, visit or download the new Fairgrounds Mobile App

Special Events

  • Midway Game Inspection.The Erie County Sheriff will be inspecting the midway games to ensure they are fair for our guests. Inspection will begin around 11:15.
  • Ceremonial Keg Tapping.To celebrate the new Erie County Fair Beer and the Erie County Fair Cider, a ceremonial keg tapping will take place at 5:30pm at Grapes & Hops. The Erie County Fair Beer was brewed by Hamburg Brewing using the recipe of the Fair’s Homebrew Competition winner, Rick Felser.  The Erie County Fair Cider was brewed by Blackbird Cider Works from the recipe provided by Tim Hall.
  • Skylighters Fireworks presented by Channel 2 On Your Side. Opening Day will end with an actual bang when Skylighters Fireworks light the night sky.  The show is scheduled to begin at 9:30pm.
  • Daily Flag Retreat Ceremony. During the ceremony the American flag, which was flown during that day at the Fair, will be lowered and presented to a veteran and/or active military member of the military who will be the “Flag Retreat Honoree of the Day.” This ceremony is beginning August 11that 6:30pm in Slade Park and will happen every day of the Fair compliments of the Made in America Store.

Live in the GUSTO Grandstand

  • Jay and The Americans.JAY AND THE AMERICANS’ first recording was Tonight (from the musical West Side Story); but their breakout hit song was She Cried. The group’s next chart hit was Only In America, followed by top-ten hits Come A Little Bit Closer, Cara Mia, and This Magic Moment. These songs and many others are featured in JAY AND THE AMERICANS show, along with stories of the artists and writers who influenced this 1960s super-group. JAY AND THE AMERICANS’ recording of Some Enchanted Evening holds the record for most copies sold of this legendary musical masterpiece. The group also holds the distinct honor of recording the great Neil Diamond’s first hit song, Sunday and Me. Their recording of Crying pays tribute to the legendary Roy Orbison, with whom they toured, along with many other acts including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
  • The show is part of the GUSTO Grandstand Concert Series and will begin at 7:30pm with special appearances from personalities from WECK. This concert is included with your gate admission.

About the Erie County Fair 

The Erie County Agricultural Society is a private not-for-profit membership organization. Established in 1819, the Society is the oldest civic organization in Western New York. The mission of the Erie County Agricultural Society (ECAS), sponsors of the Erie County Fair, is to preserve and enhance, by educational endeavors, the agricultural and historical legacy of New York State. The Fair strives to fulfill appropriate aspects of the agricultural, educational, entertainment and recreational needs of Western New York. The 2021 Erie County Fair will be held August 11th – 22nd  (