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Delaware Park ~ Olmsted’s Buffalo Paradise

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One of the great things about living or vacationing in Niagara, is it’s proximity to some pretty outrageous scenery, cities, parklands and more. Delaware Park, in nearby Buffalo, is one of our favorites! It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and mainly completed in 1876. Olmsted is of Central Park reknown.  https://www.bfloparks.org/ and http://www.pbs.org/wned/frederick-law-olmsted/learn-more/olmsteds-buffalo-park-system-and-its-stewards/ *Also, keep in mind our previous posts regarding America’s Oldest State Park, the Niagara Reservation State Park http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/Americas-Oldest-State-Park.aspx

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At the beginning of the park is the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The Greek Revival structure was dedicated in 1905. This is a spectacular building, adding to the ambiance and beauty of the park.

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Let’s stroll the perimeter of Hoyt Lake together…

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There is nothing like a bike ride around the Lake on a lazy summer day.

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Marcy Casino is open to the public as a beer garden and also for private events. http://marcycasino.com/historic-location/

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Lovely flowers are placed around the park, especially by the entrance to Hoyt Lake, by the art gallery, and the beautiful rose garden as well. Japanese gardens are on the other side of the park. (Another post, yet to come).

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Reading lake-side.

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Shakespeare in the Park, a summertime Buffalo tradition.

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Weeping willows are an art unto themselves.

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Olmsted’s glorious vision.

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The end of the park gives way to less manicured gardens, and more natural growth.

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Silver light slicing through sky and water as the sun begins its descent.

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The sun setting over the statue of David.

A stunning replica of Michaelangelo’s classical statue of David. It stands 17ft high x 5.17ft wide x 3.5ft of depth, not including the base.  http://buffalovr.com/david/

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Arriving again at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

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The sun getting low over the museum.

The Buffalo History Museum ‘bookends’ the Albright-Knox on the other half of Delaware Park.

http://www.buffalohistory.org/Visit/

We hope you’ve enjoyed your visit with us, and plan to come back again for a tour of another of our area’s jewels!

Artsy-Fartsy Niagara

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Western New York is home to a diverse art scene. We take great pride in our artistic history, and its diverse expressions – from the well known architecture to its museums and art galleries. We would like to focus our attention today on the visual arts.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery of Buffalo began in 1862, and is among the oldest public arts institutions in America. It is an easy 25 minute drive from Niagara Falls.

http://www.albrightknox.org/

The Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State College has a multi-arts focus, and is only a few minutes from the Albright-Knox.

http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/

One of the most up and coming neighborhoods in Buffalo is the Elmwood Village. A vibrant and creative community, there are plenty of boutique-type shops, small art galleries and stores, and trendy restaurants. Both the Albright-Knox and the Burchfield Penney are located in this area of the city.

http://www.elmwoodvillage.org/

Located less than 1 hour from Niagara Falls is the small town of East Aurora, NY. Back in 1895, an artistic community was started, and has been maintained in one form or another ’til this day. It began as a printing house and grew into a community which evolved into various forms, including the Arts and Crafts movement including the creation of beautiful glass, furniture, and copper work. It is now a campus with several buildings, including the Roycroft Inn. Tours and classes are available, and eating at the Inn is a special experience.

Some examples of the glass work:

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The Roycroft Inn:

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Niagara Falls itself is home to Niagara University, which has its own art gallery, The Castellani Art Museum housing various exhibits,and is open to the public.

http://www.castellaniartmuseum.org/

Recently the 24 Below Cafe and Art Gallery has opened, just feet from Niagara Reservation State Park, and Niagara Falls itself. Many local artists offer their wares in a pleasant atmosphere in the hub of tourist central. Concerts, classes, and activities are offered. One of the “Chicks” happens to be an artist there! 😉

https://www.facebook.com/24belowgalleryandcafe

For those of you who are inclined to appreciate the arts, you will find many things to discover, and won’t be disappointed.

2chicks2go… Where?

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Welcome to our blog. We are the two chicks! Jennifer and Sherrie, Daughter and Mom. We live in Niagara Falls, NY.

During our travels, people always ask “where are you from?” and we say “we’re from Niagara Falls.” Inevitably. they know just where that is, with their only question being, “which side of the border?” because Niagara Falls is the “world’s most famous address.” And the second question is “living in a tourist area, where do YOU go for vacation?”

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So, we thought that we would answer those questions and more in the form of a blog. First of all, for those coming to visit our world famous attraction, we will happily give insider information, tips, and tell you what we like to do.

Secondly, for those of us that live in the Western New York area, you know we’re sitting on a treasure. Wouldn’t it be nice to have consolidated where-to information, schedules and reviews at your finger tips? We would also like to share our enjoyment of local fare, markets, restaurants, and the wine trail. Jennifer and Sherrie also enjoy cooking- we will contribute some recipes of the bountiful produce that Western New York has to offer here on our blog.

Living in such a centrally-located area, we have access to so much. World class events, dining, entertainment, hiking and scenery. For people that are visiting our area, they may not be aware of how this hub can lend to an exciting extended vacation and for locals to enjoy day trips. As anative born Canadian, Sherrie has a unique perspective of both sides of the border.

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That brings us to where we like to vacation. Sherrie has traveled extensively across most of North America, where as Jennifer has traveled abroad on several different occasions. We would also like to share some of these experiences with you.

So put on your yellow rain slicker, and lets get ready 2 go.

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