Hot 5 in May

An opinionated to-do list

A Taste of Lewiston is on May 27, noon - 8pm.


May is the month we remember what our neighbors look like. We venture outdoors, blinking at the post-work sunshine, and nod and wave at each other, maybe ask about gardens and summer plans. This is also the month we should try to be extra gentle with each other. We’re basically all hardening off for life outside the home after a long period of cocooning and Netflix bingeing. Ease into it. Then, think of venturing even farther and see what’s shakin’ in Buffalo in this merry, merry month of May.


Welcome to Night Vale

This popular podcast is presented as a radio show for the fictional town of Night Vale, located somewhere in the American Southwest, reporting on the strange events that occur within it. If Prairie Home Companion and Twin Peaks had a baby, it might sound like Welcome to Night Vale, and if you like either of those shows, you’ll soon be addicted. Peel back the curtain and watch/hear a show be created right before your eyes/ears. The series was created in 2012 by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, and you can catch up on back episodes before the show (subscribe or stream it online via any podcast app or Soundcloud), which also features the multitalented musician, writer, activist, and producer Erin McKeown

May 1 at 8 p.m. at Asbury Hall (Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.; or 852-3835)


The Miracle of Music

Warning: this music is so beauteous, you might get verklempt at the first note. But do try to join the Buffalo Niagara Choirs as it concludes its fifth anniversary season by celebrating the spiritually enlightened and uplifting choral music of our time. The Miracle of Music will include monumental choruses of Bach, Mozart, and Haydn; the final movement of R. Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem; Samuel Barber’s Agnus Dei (Adagio for Strings), Peteris Vasks’ Dona Nobis; and several jazz and gospel favorites. Doreen Rao and Garrett Martin conduct.

May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi R.C. Church (150 Broad Street Tonawanda.;


Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants Walk

As foraging becomes more popular, it’s probably useful to those venturing into the local wilds for ingredients to know which plants are delicious and which plants will just instantly kill you. Learn to identify local wild plants that can be used as food and medicine, and sample some dishes featuring wild foods. A teaser on the event page has a poster of nineteen medicinal plants that might save your life. What are they? Guess you’ll have to take this walk to find out. Materials fee is $5, $3 for Friends of Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 12+; call to register.

May 13 at 2 p.m. at Reinstein Woods (93 Honorine Drive, Depew; 683-5959 or


Buffalo Mini Maker Faire

Buffalo Museum of Science is calling all makers, artisans, tinkerers, inventors, craftsmen, and tech enthusiasts to take part in this super creative one-day event. Maker Faire events celebrate creativity, invention, and the do-it-yourself spirit. This family-friendly, hands-on event aims to inspire people of all ages to roll up their sleeves and make! Makers can include creators of all stripes, including robotics builders, bike designers, filmmakers, knitters, fashion designers, cosplayers, puppeteers, and instrument makers. Entry to Buffalo Mini Maker Faire is included with general museum admission and free for BMS members.

May 20, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Buffalo Science Museum (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.; or 896-5200 ext. 396)


A Taste of Lewiston

The town famous for its festivals is adding one more to this year’s roster. The Lewiston Council on the Arts and Corey McGowan Productions have teamed up to bring back A Taste of Lewiston. Local restaurants showcase their specialty foods and the many quaint shops and businesses along Center Street promote goods, sales, and the village in general. Expect large crowds, as this is one of the earlier festivals and people are hankering to get out and about in this adorable town.

May 27, noon to 8 p.m. at Village of Lewiston (Center St., Lewiston; or 754-0166)                    


Wendy Guild Swearingen is senior editor of Spree.


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