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Bayonets Before Daybreak Recreates 1813 Capture of Fort Niagara

Bayonets Before Daybreak Recreates 1813 Capture of Fort Niagara

A special walking tour set for Sunday morning, December 19 will follow in the footsteps of British soldiers who captured Fort Niagara exactly 197 years ago. The tour will be led by a uniformed War of 1812 soldier who will walk participants through the daring night attack that delivered Fort Niagara from U.S. into British hands. The soldier will also give tour participants a first-hand look at Fort Niagara's American garrison, including uniforms and equipment of U.S. War of 1812 soldiers.

The tour begins at 7:00 am, just hours after the actual assault captured the Fort on the morning of December 19, 1813. Following the tour, participants will be served breakfast at the Fort Niagara Officers Club. Attendance is limited to the first twenty people who register. Cost is $18.13 per person and must be paid in advance by calling (716) 745-7611.

For more information, consult Old Fort Niagara's website at www.oldfortniagara.org.

Christmas Program to Feature Annunciation School Students

Christmas Program to Feature Annunciation School Students

Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will host its annual Christmas program beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 16. Performed by students from Annunciation School, the event is open to the public.

 Offering academic programs for students in Pre-K through Grade 8, Annunciation currently serves the following school districts: Alden, Alexander, Attica, East Aurora, Cheektowaga, Depew, Iroquois, Lancaster, Orchard Park and West Seneca. For more information or to arrange a tour of the school, please call 681-1327 or visit www.annunciationschoolelma.com.

HockeyTowneUSA Fan Fest Coming to Downtown Buffalo

HockeyTowneUSA Fan Fest Coming to Downtown Buffalo

The world is coming to Buffalo ... and we’re throwing a party!

HockeyTowne USA Fan Fest, four days of fun for kids, moms, dads and hockey enthusiasts, is coming to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in downtown Buffalo December 26-29. Admission is just $5 per person, and children 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission.

A private VIP party featuring The Boys of Summer will be held on Sunday, December 26. HockeyTowne USA Fan Fest will then open to the public from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, December 27 and Tuesday, December 28, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 29.

There's something for everyone!

Corwin Launches Winter Clothing Drive

Corwin Launches Winter Clothing Drive

CLARENCE, NY - Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R, C, I – Clarence) announced that she is conducting her first Winter Clothing Drive.  The event will kick-off on Wednesday, December 8 and will run through January 5.

Assemblywoman Corwin will begin collecting new or gently-used winter hats, gloves or mittens, coats, scarves and boots at her district office, 8180 Main Street in Clarence, beginning December 8.  Individuals unable to deliver items to Corwin’s office can call (716) 839-4690 to arrange a site pick-up.  

Donations also can be dropped off at The Aurora Library, located at 550 Main St. in East Aurora, and the Lockport Family YMCA, located at 21 East Avenue in Lockport, until January 5.

Pet Connection Seeks Vendors for Annual Tails on the Trails Event

Pet Connection Seeks Vendors for Annual Tails on the Trails Event

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A Busy Week Ahead at Annunciation School in Elma

You can tell the holiday season is upon us, and Annunciation School in Elma is full of the holiday spirit.

The eighth grade class is sponsoring a Christmas tree sale under the school’s pavilion from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 3; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, December 4; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 5.

Boy Scout Troop 325 will be conducting a bottle and can drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 4, in the church parking lot. Proceeds will help the Scouts purchase necessary camping and cooking equipment.

Old Fort Niagara's Castle by Candlelight

For two nights in December, visitors to Old Fort Niagara will experience the holidays as they were celebrated in early America. Historical characters will bring Christmas past alive with 18th and 19th century holiday recipes and portrayals of colonial-era people. The highpoint of the evening will be a traditional Feu de Joie (firing of joy), a nighttime musket and cannon salute.

Programs will take place from 7:00 pm through 8:30 pm on Saturday, December 11th and Saturday, December 18th. The historic French Castle (built in 1726) will be illuminated entirely by candles, as will the Fort's parade ground. The Fort's log trading post will serve as a colonial tavern complete with hot beverages and period music.