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Buffalo Spree is not the only one celebrating a big birthday in 2017

The historic Colored Musicians Club turns 100 this year.


Buffalo Spree is not the only local icon celebrating a big birthday in 2017. Far from it—here are just a few significant celebrations also happening this year:


Kenan Center: 50

Spree has had a relationship with the Kenan Center since the late sixties, when the Lockport arts center hosted Spree fashion shoots. The Kenan is celebrating its birthday in several ways, including this month’s Burchfield show, a Community Day on July 8, the return of locally produced plays to its Taylor Theatre, and, of course, 100 American Craftsmen, June 2–4. 


Colored Musician’s Club: 100

See our article in the July issue for a salute to this local treasure.


Just Buffalo Literary Center: 40

Spree is proud to be a media sponsor for Just Buffalo’s Babel series, which features internationally known writers, but the center is an arts mainstay in WNY for so many other reasons. Just Buffalo provides workshops and readings for local writers, creative writing programs for local schoolchildren, a writing center for young people, and more. 


Delta Sonic: 50

A perennial winner for customer service in our annual Best of WNY issue, here’s a local mainstay that has managed to make car upkeep comfortable—even enjoyable—with its focus on cleanliness, courtesy, and excellent amenities. 


Pano’s: 40

Like Spree, Pano’s has grown over the past twenty years, from a one-story Greek-American diner on Elmwood to a two-story dining destination, complete with patio. When Spree’s Foodies visited in 2009, right after the renovations were complete, they enthused, “Even though almost everything about it has changed, the food and the great variety offered have not.” For forty years, Buffalonians have relied on Pano’s for exactly this reason.


Canada: 150

Our neighboring nation’s sesquicentennial celebrates the British North America Act of 1867, which unified the (then) four provinces of Canada (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick) to become the Dominion of Canada. In the decades following, affluent Buffalonians began to establish clubs and buy property on the Canadian shoreline from Fort Erie to Port Colborne, establishing this area as a summer home for many. For this and many other reasons, Western New York’s maintains a strong and affectionate relationship with Canada, especially Ontario. 


To these and so many other local organizations, institutions, and businesses celebrating their milestones this year—happy anniversary!


Elizabeth Licata is editor of Spree.


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