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May 2012: Spree Insider

It’s another busy month in the Spree world, and we’re especially excited about our first-ever Refresh, Revive, Rejuvenate event, and a lecture/discussion tying in with this month’s issue.  

Buffalo Spree’s Grow Your Own Lecture/Discussion
Spree has covered the urban farming movement with regularity, but this month’s issue is our first devoted to the subject. To keep the conversation going once you’re done reading, attend our “Grow Your Own” lecture and discussion from 7 to 9 p.m. on May 10 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium. 
Topics covered by a panel of experts will include growing your own vegetables, starting a community garden, using edible weeds, foraging for mushrooms, keeping chickens, harvesting the rain, preserving food, and becoming more self-sufficient by taking advantage of this powerful movement. At presstime, the panelists include urban farmers Daniel Ash and Mark Stevens, Spree writer and chef Joe George, and Massachusetts Avenue Project director Diane Picard.
Attendance is free; for more info, call 783-9119 or visit buffalospree.com.

Buffalo Spree’s Refresh, Revive, Rejuvenate!
In other Spree news, it’s time once again for the release of our eagerly anticipated Beauty Book, an annual exploration of all things beauty. To launch the publication, and benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in the process, we’ve put together an exciting new event: Spree’s Girls Night Out: Refresh, Revive, Rejuvenate!
From 5:30 to 9 p.m. on May 3, the Gardens (2655 South Park Ave.) will be the scene for an evening of beauty, shopping, and more. Beauty, style, spa, and retail merchants will be on hand, DJ PROJEX provides the music, Curly’s Grill & Banquet Center offers food, and a photo booth adds to the fun. You can feast your eyes on wearable art creations and a fashion art exhibition, and participate in a silent auction of artwork.
The event is sponsored by Corto’s Salon and Seasons Spa, Curly’s, and Tony Walker & Co. Body + Beauty. For more information or to buy tickets, call 783-9119, ext. 2202, or visit buffalospree.com.

Modern Kitchens of Buffalo COOKS: A Benefit for Re-Tree WNY
Modern Kitchens of Buffalo (1680 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga), the popular appliance and kitchen retail dealer, brings together great food for a great cause from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 17. Modern Kitchens of Buffalo COOKS, a benefit for Re-Tree WNY, will feature food by Chef JJ Richert of Torches Restaurant, a wine tasting from Global Wine & Spirits, live jazz from Jagg, and door prizes.
Re-Tree WNY was formed on November 3, 2006, following the infamous freak October storm with a mission to replant all the trees lost in public areas during the storm—an astounding 30,000. Since the group’s first planting on Arbor Day 2007, they have planted more than 23,000 trees.
If you are interested in helping Re-Tree complete its goal, while having a fun evening, call 783-9119, ext. 2202, or visit www.buffalospree.com.

BECHS 150th Anniversary Gala
In March, the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society announced a new partnership with the Hotel at the Lafayette, and one of the first events held at the restored location, fittingly, will be the BECHS 150th Anniversary Gala on May 10, at 6 p.m.
Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and silent auction kick things off, while a dinner, live auction, and entertainment are scheduled for 7:15 p.m. And of course, festive finery and creative historic accessories are encouraged.
For more info, call 873-9644 or visit www.buffalohistory.org.

The World’s Largest Yard Sale
Have you ever found items you have wanted at an unexpected place? Are you a collector or lover of yard sales? If so, you should not miss the World’s Largest Yard Sale held May 12 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. It’s a giant cornucopia of, well, anything you can think of—jewelry, sports equipment, pet toys, comic books, children’s toys, antiques, furniture, memorabilia, and more.
Note that vendors do not take credit cards, so bring cash (there are ATMs, on site). Also, pets are not allowed.
The sale will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 12. For details, visit theworldslargestyardsale.com.

**Note also that an event from last month’s Spree Insider, 96.1 Joy FM’s Taste of the Town Wine Tasting Party at the Statler City, has been moved from April 19 to May 17. For info, visit www.961JOYfm.com or call 319-7098.                   



Spree editorial intern Anna Walters is studying to receive an M.S. in Publishing from Pace University. Editorial intern Ann Therese Hendricks is a senior journalism major at Buffalo State College.

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