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An opinionated to-do list for November

Make some room for the feast to come bright and early on Thanksgiving morning at the YMCA Turkey Trot.


When the skies of November turn gloomy, we can find lots of fun stuff to do to cheer us up. This month is not all about stuffing our faces, you know. We can also walk, race, dance, shop and, yes, even watch the Bills. (As of this writing, they’ve got their first win in a trouncing of the Vikings. I’m not predicting anything after that, but what a game it was!) Cheers to November, a veritable cornucopia of activities.



My Pick:

Turkey Trot

Known to be the oldest consecutively run footrace in North America, the YMCA Turkey Trot is an 8K (4.97 mile) Thanksgiving Day tradition that attracts over 14,000 runners of all ages and abilities to the city of Buffalo each year. To add to the excitement, many participants also choose to run in costumes. The costume contest is held before the race outside the Delaware YMCA, just north of the start line. The starting gun goes off at 9 a.m. sharp. Be sure to bring canned food to donate to the WNY Food Bank to help combat hunger!

November 22, 8:30 a.m., at Delaware Ave. and Tacoma (ymcabuffaloniagara.org/annual-events/ymca-turkey-trot)



Tribute to Edmund Fitzgerald

It’s more than a Gordon Lightfoot song. The American Great Lakes freighter sank during a storm on Lake Superior, losing the entire crew. Tom Asklar, local artist and Edmund Fitzgerald enthusiast, hosts this tribute. The evening begins with a multimedia presentation covering the ship’s history, timeline of the tragedy, and theories of its destruction. A tolling of the bell will honor the souls of the crew, plus lots of music throughout.

November 3, 7 p.m.–9 p.m., at Lewiston Opera Hall (732 Center St., Lewiston; artcouncil.org or 754-0166)


Buffalo’s Original Art Walk

Alert: Artists in Buffalo’s beloved annual walk has changed dates. This is a big shakeup to/with Holiday Open Studios and Galleries. This year, the event is in relatively calm November, so you can actually enjoy some holiday shopping. Details: more than fifty creative artists have work on view and for purchase at numerous locations; visitors can explore extraordinary galleries, studios, and homes not frequently open to the public. It’s also going back to its roots with more, smaller, and more-intimate venues–no location will have more than fifteen artists. This multisite event is app-ride friendly.

November 9, 5–9 p.m.; November 10–11, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.



A little bit poetry, a little bit rock ’n’ roll (and other magical musical stylings), this is WNY’s premier noncompetitive open-mic event for spoken-word artists. WORDISM features local JFT, who provides tailor-made musical backdrops for each poet. The event is back by popular demand and “All the love, warmth, and comfort you all have become accustomed to will be here.” So, bring a friend, experience the growing movement, and share the love. Finger snapping optional.

November 17, 8 p.m., at PAUSA Art House (19 Wadsworth St.; pausaarthouse.com or 697-9069)


Local Author Book Signing

Want to know who’s writing what in WNY? Meet and greet local authors at this favorite annual event. More than sixty-five local authors are on hand to meet and greet readers and sign purchased books. The wide range of publications—including cookbooks, neighborhood, regional and military history, novels, and coffee table books—makes this a perfect opportunity to shop for a variety of tastes. Museum admission is free during this event.

November 24, noon to 2 p.m., at the Buffalo History Museum (1 Museum Ct.; 873-9644 or buffalohistory.org)


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