Buffalo’s Dyngus Day celebrates spring and Polish heritage

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

By: CWGC Blog

On the Monday after Easter, we are finally free from the constraints of Lent, so why not have a party? The folks in Poland thought that was a good idea, and for centuries, theyve celebrated on Easter Monday. Polish communities in America have continued the tradition. In places like Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh with large Polish-American population, people mark the end of Lent and the arrival of spring on Dyngus Day with feasting, flirtation and festivities. But when it comes to Dyngus Day festivals, Buffalo is the unofficial Dyngus Day capital of America! This year, Dyngus Day is April 17th. 

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Lights! Camera! Action! Buffalo stars in famous movies

Posted: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

By: CWGC Blog

We all know Buffalo is a beautiful setting, and many film directors have thought the same thing. 

They’ve found that the city and citizens of Buffalo were welcoming to film crews and made them feel at home. Not to mention that it’s far less expensive to film in Buffalo than in New York. 

One of the best-known productions associated with Buffalo was The Natural, a 1984 film adaptation of the novel by Bernard Malamud. The film, directed by Barry Levinson, follows the ups and downs of lead character Roy Hobbs’ life and baseball career. Robert Redford played Hobbs, and the cast also included Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Barbara Hershey, Joe Don Baker, Darren McGavin and Michael Madsen.

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What’s in a name? Origin of ‘Buffalo’ is a mystery

Posted: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

By: CWGC Blog

How did Buffalo get its name? There’s no debate that the city was named after Buffalo Creek, a stream that meanders through Erie County before its waters eventually flow into the Buffalo River. But why the creek got called Buffalo is a matter about which historians disagree. 

Historian Nancy Blumenstalk Mingus posited several possibilities in her book, Buffalo: Good Neighbors, Great Architecture, published in 2003 by Arcadia Publishing. 

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Downsizing clears the way for an exciting retirement life

Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017

By: CWGC Blog

When you’re getting ready to leave for a trip, one of the big decisions is what to pack—what to take and what to leave behind. 

The people who will be moving into the elegant apartment homes at Canterbury Woods Gates Circle will need to make similar decisions, on a much larger scale. The spacious, beautiful apartments at this state-of-the-art retirement community range from 800 to 2,000 square feet and will have plenty of room for your most treasured possessions. But if you’re moving from a much larger home you’ve lived in for years, you’re likely going to want to edit your possessions and ask, is this the right size for my new home? 

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Five steps to a fulfilling New Year

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2017

By: CWGC Blog

Often when we make New Year’s resolutions, we lose our resolve within a few weeks. 

According to Dr. William Schiemann, CEO of Metrus Group and author of Fulfilled! Critical Choices – Work, Home, Life, research has shown that more than 90 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail. So he offers a different approach: Think about what would make you more fulfilled in 2017. 

In his book, Dr. Schiemann has explored the concept of life fulfillment, defined as an enduring quality that includes both daily happiness and achieving your dreams by creating a lifestyle that brings inner peace. During his research at the Metrus Institute, he studied people who were most fulfilled and found that, no matter their age, they had a vision for their lives. 

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Now’s the time to get in on the ground floor!

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016

By: CWGC Blog

It’s that time of year when you keep your snow shovel at the ready. Some of us look at snow removal as our winter workout, but others just dread the next snowfall. 

Imagine what it would be like if you never had to shovel your sidewalk or clear your driveway again, or fix a banging screen door, or even cook dinner if you didn’t feel like it1 Without the burdens of home maintenance, you could be even more active and independent than you are now. 

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Downtown Buffalo sparkles and shines for the holidays

Posted: Friday, December 23, 2016

By: CWGC Blog

Buffalo is all decked out for the holiday season! Trees sparkle with lights; downtown buildings like One M&T Plaza and the Electric Tower glow red and green. Homes throughout the city gleam with charming holiday decorations, and Buffalonians young and old are enjoying holiday traditions. 

The lighting of the massive tree on Dec. 3 at the Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza marked the start of this Most Wonderful Time of the Year—and free skating season at the rink. This year’s 11th annual tree lighting featured speeches by local dignitaries, a dramatic countdown before thousands of lights were switched on, and a fireworks display. Afterwards, folks enjoyed visiting with Santa, taking horse and wagon rides and whirling around the ice rink. Skating at the rink is free through March 19, 2017.

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A tip of the hat to New Era Cap Company

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2016

By: CWGC Blog

When you see someone sporting a baseball cap with a team logo, it’s highly likely that it was made by New Era Cap Co. These head-toppers are more than just hats; they are a canvas for self-expression. 

For nearly a century, New Era, one of Buffalo’s signature companies, has redefined and revolutionized the headgear industry. 

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Thanksgiving Turkey Trot is a fun Buffalo tradition

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2016

By: CWGC Blog

Some 14,000 runners in Western New York won’t have to worry about burning off their Thanksgiving calories. They’ve signed up to participate in the 121st YMCA Turkey Trot, a Buffalo Thanksgiving tradition. 

Several other cities hold Turkey Trot races during the holiday week, but Buffalo’s is special. Started in 1896, the Thanksgiving Day jaunt is not only the oldest Turkey Trot race but also the oldest consecutively run foot race in North America. 

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Construction forges ahead on unique retirement community

Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

By: CWGC Blog

With the placement of the final beam, the steel framework of Canterbury Woods Gates Circle was completed Oct. 28! 

Project leaders, elected officials and some of the folks who have joined the Priority Wait List watched as the beam, adorned with an American flag, was lifted into place. 

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