This time, executives of key WNY nonprofits join other community members in adding their suggestions for pulling Buffalo out of its malaise. And columnist Bruce Eaton
suggests a mayoral role model.

By Nancy Cardillo, Bruce Eaton, Donna Evans,
Glenn Gramigna, Gwen Ito, Louis Petrucci,
and Heather Violanti


Roots Rituals
Krakow cribs, Santos, and Advent Wreaths are all part of the special celebrations of Western New York’s ethnic communities.
By Glenn Gramigna
and Elizabeth Licata
Private Celebrations—of All Denominations
From a Peachstone game to a Kwanzaa story-telling session to an old-fashioned cookie-making marathon, people have all kinds of ways to celebrate together during
this time of year.
By Reine Hauser
A Spree Recipe File
True comfort food. Spree staffers share some of their most treasured family recipes.
Get Out!
Spree writers tell about their favorite spots for their favorite winter sports: Horseback riding, skating, sledding, and skiing.
By Donna Evans, Susan Johnson,
and Lou Petrucci
Home Shopping, Buffalo-style
Many area artists open their homes and studios to the public at special times during the holidays, offering Western New Yorkers unique gift choices. Also, a look at the options offered by Holiday Open Studio and the Albright-Knox Rental Sales Gallery.

By Anna Geronimo Hausmann
and Elizabeth Licata


A new strategic plan, soon a new director, and a host of new staff members and facility improvements will continue the work to make the AKAG a top tourist magnet.
By Nancy Cardillo

The Science of Snowflakes;
Last-chance cultural excursions
By Elizabeth Licata

Mamma Mia and ABBA
By Bruce Eaton and Wayne Johnson
Prelude to Preservation:
The Coit House
By Linda Levine and Maria Scrivani
Squeaky Wheel Merrily Rolls Along
By Ron Ehmke
Joyful Noise: Sacred Holiday Music
By Donna Evans
Art Preview: At the AGO
By Elizabeth Licata

The Great Indoors:
Buffalo, MTV Style
Photos by Nancy J. Parisi;
Story by Arthur Page
Health: Managing Menopause
By Katherine Radeff
Mental Health:
Unlocking Your Creative Block
By Nicole Urdang

Chef’s Best: Home for the Holidays
By Ann Blask
Cooking 101: A Cookie Muse
By Joe George
Wine: To Serve with the Bird
By Mark Criden
The Continuing Adventures
of the Foodies
By Vicki G. Marshall and Margaret M. Toohey