KENAN CENTER LAUNCHES 50TH CELEBRATION

20 Feb

In 2017, the Kenan Center celebrates 50 years of enriching lives in the community through cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities for all ages.

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Sen. Ortt and Mayor McCaffrey were among the dignitaries in attendance.

“Looking back with pride, looking ahead with promise,” officially began this month with the reading of official proclamations from Senator Robert Ortt (R, C, I – North Tonawanda) and Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey. There was also an awards ceremony, announcement of exhibitions and events throughout the year, unveiling of 50th Anniversary wines by Schulze Vineyards & Winery, and viewing of artworks from the forthcoming, historic exhibit opening in the Kenan Gallery on April 30, Three Generations of Burchfields: Works from the Schoene Collection. Samples of the 50th anniversary fine art calendar will also be available, with local artists on hand. Leading the planning committee that is preparing an extensive schedule of special 50th Anniversary events are Kenan Center board officers Chris Marra and Selena Truax Morello.

 

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Essay award winners.

“Over the past fifty years, the Kenan Center has grown in so many ways beyond the concept of a community center that was first presented to William Rand Kenan,” said Kenan Center Executive Director, Susan Przybyl. “The buildings and grounds have undergone continual updating and improvement; programs and events have evolved as the community has changed, and our recognition as a significant regional tourism and cultural site is astounding when you look back at our humble beginnings. We are indebted to the countless volunteers who, over the years, have served on the board, guiding the Center to financial and organizational stability; to those who taught classes, hung art exhibits, maintained the gardens, donated their time to events, sat on committees, and literally kept the doors open through their unwavering financial support. They are the backbone of the Kenan Center. We are also fortunate to have had the support of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust from the onset, and most especially Thomas S. Kenan III, Mr. Kenan’s great-nephew, whose affection for Lockport has been a great gift to the community as well as the Kenan Center. Guiding us through the years has been Mr. Kenan’s stated wish that his property be used for the benefit of the community, with education being at the heart of his vision. We look back with pride at the five decades that the Kenan Center has fulfilled his intentions, and we look ahead with promise to what we will accomplish in the future.”

image2Located in a mid-19th century Victorian mansion that belonged to Mr. and Mrs. William Rand Kenan, Jr., the Kenan Center has become one of the premier cultural facilities in the Buffalo Niagara region. Located one-mile from the historic Erie Canal, the Kenan Center plays a significant role in local heritage tourism, offering annual popular programming that includes the prestigious 100 American Craftsmen show of fine, contemporary craft art, the Niagara Wine & Beer Tasting Festival, and year-round gallery exhibits featuring local and regional artists. The Center also serves as the starting point for the annual Lockport in Bloom garden walk while the Kenan Center Arena hosts major sporting competitions, antique shows, and community events throughout the year.

Several exhibitions and events will mark the year’s celebration:

Three Generations of Burchfields: Works from the Schoene Collection

Opening April 30, 2017

This rare exhibit will feature works by noted American watercolorist, Charles E. Burchfield, his daughters Catherine Burchfield Parker and Martha Burchfield Richter, and his grand-daughter, Peggy Richter Haug. Guest curator is Gerald Mead. The exhibit has special significance as the very first exhibit held in the House Gallery was of Charles Burchfield works from the collection of Charles Rand Penney on April 30, 1966, which was also Kenan’s birthday. In celebration of this special anniversary exhibit, a Tea & Tour will take place May 21 with an overview provided by Mead and collector Louise Simon Schoene.

Erie Canal ~ Spirit of Structure: Platinum/Palladium Images by Dennis Stierer and Tillman Crane

August 13 through October 1

This second major exhibit will feature images of the Erie Canal in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the canal that took place on July 4, 1917. A special afternoon luncheon/talk is scheduled for September 17.

The Kenan Speaker Series, hosted with the First Presbyterian Church of Lockport, will celebrate its fourth year of presenting distinguished speakers on topics related to religion and faith in 2017 with two notable speakers. The first program on February 11 will feature Jeremy Begbie, musician, scholar, author, and director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts at Duke Divinity School, North Carolina. On September 23, the Kenan Center and First Presbyterian will welcome Sister Joan Chittister, one of the most influential religious and social leaders of our time. Chittister is the author of more than 50 books, and is in high demand as an international advocate for peace, human rights, women’s issues, and church renewal. The major interfaith engagement will take place at the First Presbyterian Church and will honor the founding members of the Kenan Center.

Space enthusiasts, young and old, will especially enjoy our special speaker on October 28:

Air Force pilot Ron Franco who will talk on his experiences as a NASA Mission Simulation Specialist.

The most extensive event is planned for July 8 when the Center presents a campus-wide Community Day. Planned is a 5K race along with games, food, music and theater performances, and recreational activities in the arena, with much more to be added to the day of fun for the whole family.

Additionally exciting is a return of performances in the Taylor Theater. A new group called the Carriage House Players launched by two former Lockportians and veterans of Taylor Theater productions, Kathleen Rooney and Peg Merrill, along with the Kenan Center, will present both theatrical and musical performances including a new Jazz Series. The first concert takes place

February 25 and will be “A Tribute to Dexter Gordon” featuring Kelley Bucheger’s What Would Mingus Do? Quintet.

Wrapping up the 50th anniversary events will be a special Harvest Gala, October 14. More information will be announced.

In addition to the anniversary events, the Kenan Center has a full calendar of programming that will include the 47th Annual 100 American Craftsmen, June 2-4; the Biennial Quilt Show hosted by the Kenan Quilters’ Guild, November 3-5; the Kenan Arts Council Holiday Gift Show, November 17-19; the six-week KidQuest Summer Youth Program that includes special programs in theater, art, science, and recreation along with family—oriented performances and activities; additional gallery exhibits; art classes for children; Paints Uncorked for adults; a Montessori Preschool; and soccer and other team sports in the Kenan Arena.

For more information about the Kenan Center, including an updated calendar, visit kenancenter.org.

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Louie’s Texas Red Hots Celebrates 50 Years

10 Jan

louies_greek_key-2Since opening its doors in 1967, Louie’s Texas Red Hots has proudly been serving its delicious Sahlen’s hot dogs, special sauce, Greek favorites and more. The name has become synonymous as one of Western New York’s landmark chain restaurants and they’ve recently partnered with Sahlen’s, another Buffalo original. This year, as the restaurant celebrates its 50th Anniversary, they will show gratitude to its customers with “Take it Back Tuesdays” until May.

The community that has helped Louie’s grow from one to seven locations is welcome to stop by any of its restaurants on the first Tuesday of every month until May, and if they purchase one hot dog they receive a second at a “retro” price.

“When I opened there were about 20 Texas Hot places and they all went family style. We stayed true to the Texas Hot to make it the leader of his business,” said Louie Galanes, owner, Louie’s Texas Red Hots. “We are extremely grateful to Western New Yorkers who have made Louie’s Texas Red Hots a culinary institution. Without them we wouldn’t be able to serve residents and visitors throughout Niagara and Erie Counties. ‘Take it Back Tuesdays’ is a way for us to show thanks as we think about the past 50 years.”

In addition to “Take it Back Tuesdays,” Louie’s is celebrating its 50th anniversary by being the official sponsor of the Buffalo Bandits, a new app; and promoting it’s “Skip the Dishes” amenity, an online delivery and pickup service.

Louie’s Texas Red Hots may be best known for their Sahlen’s hot dog grilled on a flat top, served on a steamed roll with mustard, silver onions and topped with Louie’s special, 100-percent beef, spicy meat sauce, but certain locations serve a variety of dishes 24/7. There is a full breakfast all day, in addition to made-to-order sandwiches such as Souvlaki Beef and Chicken along with Gyro’s and homemade spanakopita. Try Louie’s Old Fashioned Milkshakes made with real ice cream, milk and syrup, which has been popular for 50 years.

Louie’s Texas Red Hots originally opened May 2, 1967 on Bailey and Delevan Aves, and now has seven other locations. Its newest location is on Webster St. in North Tonawanda. They also have locations at Delaware and Hertel Ave., Bailey Ave. and Route 33, Elmwood Ave. near Forest, Harlem and Mineral Springs, Transit near Losson Rd., and Southwestern Blvd. and Abbott near New Era Field.

Public Relations Intern

5 Jan

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Full Plate Publicity, a small public relations firm handling busy clients, is looking for an intern interested in learning all aspects of the public relations field. The intern who fills this position should expect to learn the field from top to bottom, and will complete graduate from this program ready to enter any fast-paced public relations firm with excellent skills. It’s essential that applicants to this position have excellent communication skills, demonstrate creativity, and understand the importance of attending to even the smallest details.

Responsibilities

  • Monitor all forms of media
  • Schedule and coordinate speaking engagements, appearances, photo shoots, and other special events
  • Write press releases and other materials
  • Conduct follow up phone calls
  • Assist with mailings, print production
  • Create interview preparation materials
  • Compile contact lists
  • Search for press clippings
  • Create or update databases
  • Comfortable interviewing sources, especially on camera

Requirements

Students applying for this internship must have strong communication skills and should be majoring in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing or Journalism. Applicants should also have strong writing skills, as well as a solid understanding of social media. Only interns proficient with Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office applications, with phone and Internet connection should apply. An interest in the travel, hospitality, culinary and luxury lifestyle industries is necessary.

Majors

Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Journalism

If interested, please submit a resume and three writing samples to Michelle Blackley Glynn via email to shellblackley@gmail.com.

This position is unpaid but available for course credit. A stipend may be available for events.

Happy New Year! — Cooking without Limits

2 Jan

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Find the holidays in the golden state

29 Dec

fortybefore40No one thinks of the spending the holiday season in shorts, but when you are visiting a place like Los Angeles, it’s hard to have the Christmas blues when it’s 70 degrees and sunny outside.

Fly: Getting to Southern California via Long Beach Airport is a favorite among those who appreciate art deco architecture and old Hollywood. Three miles northeast of downtown Long Beach, it’s also historic for its convenience. Feel like Grace Kelly as your de-board the plane on the tarmac and enjoy a pre-flight provision on your way out, at the oval shaped bar that overlooks the runways.

Eat: Many residents of Long Beach are transplants from across the country. Those who do not return home often host “orphan” dinners. Friends and co-workers gather for a meal at someone’s home and then head to Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach or the Broadway Corridor for light barhopping.

A current popular eatery is the Federal Bar. Originally a bank from the early 1900s, patrons enjoy its “swanky” atmosphere, excellent cuisine (try the Fried Chicken & Biscuit) and the handcrafted cocktails created by friendly mixologists. Located on Pine Avenue, lined with palm trees decorated with Christmas lights, it would be hard not to be in a festive mood.

For a more upscale dining experience, climb aboard the legendary Queen Mary, where she is permanently docked in the Port of Long Beach; or brunch at the scenic Schooner or Later for their Crabs Benedicts and a wine-based Bloody Mary that will cure a holiday hangover.

 

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Shop: For a unique shopping experience, head to retro row where eclectic small business owners will help you navigate their shops for you or anyone on your nice list, while bargain hunters can head to the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles. A flea market that stretches several city blocks, discover great bargains on high-end designers like Dior and Gucci, but be prepared to haggle with vendors! While downtown, it’s always great to visit the Standard Hotel’s Rooftop Lounge or Perch. Both venues feature fresh so-cal cuisine and sweeping views of the Los Angeles skyline. Make sure you depart by 9 p.m. if you’re over 30 and want to avoid the millennial crowd.

 

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Catch a glimpse of the “Real Housewives of Orange County” being filmed in Newport Beach, while perusing retail favorites like Nordstrom, Neiman’s and Bloomingdales. A quick drive down the Pacific Coast Highway is worth the view of surfers catching waves in Huntington and Sunset Beaches.

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Fashion Island, Newport Beach

Explore: A visit to Southern California would not be complete without being at an event at the Staples Center or photographing the Hollywood Sign. The world famous landmark on Mt. Lee may be visible from all over the city, but it is possible to hike to the sign (but illegal to get too close). The best viewpoints are Hollywood and Highland, The Griffith Observatory and Mulholland Drive.

 

Michael Blackley contributed to this post.

Happy Holidays! — Cooking without Limits

26 Dec

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No drink no problem

22 Dec

Pregnancy and health concerns can have a way of taking the festivity out of holiday events, but partygoers do not have to forgo their favorite provisions just because there’s a baby on the way.

img_0182-2Non-alcoholic mocktails let pregnant women and teetotalers enjoy the flavor of the holidays; and the good news is staying sober does not have to be boring.

A simple online search can reveal delicious and some nutritious virgin drink recipes, however, it may take asking a friendly bartender (and unfortunately, sometimes this can be a challenge). Thankfully, Canadians are friendly and a recent trip to Toronto led to discovering a new drink recipe.

 

Blueberry Mule

Courtesy of Café Boulud

 

Best served in a Moscow mule mug

 

Ingredients

8 oz. ginger beer

2-3 cinnamon sticks

1-cup blueberry juice

1-cup grapefruit juice infused with cinnamon*

Crushed ice

Sprig of mint

 

Instructions

Place cinnamon sticks in a carafe of grapefruit juice (1:1 cup works well). Infuse from 4 to 24 hours. Let sit out for 30 minutes before use, otherwise refrigerate when not in use.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add blueberry and grapefruit juices. Shake vigorously until well chilled.

Fill mugs or glasses with ice and pour the mixture over.

Top with ginger beer and stir.

Garnish with mint.

 

*Cinnamon is excellent for regulating blood sugar and improving alertness and concentration.

Get cozy and warm with holiday apple desserts

27 Nov

Winter is creeping in, it’s getting colder, and depending on where you live – – the snow may be starting to fall. Here are a few recipes from a Toronto bakery to stay warm and cozy, by celebrating with friends and enjoying a comforting dessert treat. What could be better?

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Photo credit: Yvonne Duivenvoorden

“Baked apples always signify the beginning of cold-weather cooking to me,” said Linda Haynes, ACE Bakery’s co-founder. “They’re a great fruit to use during the cold months as there are so many ways to use them, and the varieties available are plentiful.”

Apple desserts aren’t just for keeping you cozy, they’re also perfect and easy to make for holiday entertaining.

Baked apples smell divine while they’re being prepared and baked. Stuffed with fragrant and full-flavored ingredients, such as nutmeg, dates, and orange peel, this recipe is tied together beautifully with decadent custard.

For a sweet ending to a wine and cheese party, apple cardamom topped bread is a fun way to use your favorite holiday tastes like cranberry, apple, and vanilla, and a twist of cardamom gives it a floral burst of flavor.

No matter which dessert you choose, it will be the hit of your party.

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Baked Apples Stuffed with Dates, Walnuts, and Ginger with Marsala Custard

Serves 6

Marsala, a fortified wine from Italy, gives the custard a scrumptious lift. Medium-sized apples work best for holding the ingredients in, and if you prefer a dessert with no alcohol, substitute unfiltered apple cider for the Marsala and red wine.

4 to 6 large dates, pitted

16 walnut halves

1 tsp. roughly grated orange peel

1/8 tsp. freshly grated ginger

large pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

5 Tbsp. fine fresh breadcrumbs

2 tsp. Marsala

6 Russets, Golden Delicious, Cortland, McIntosh or other medium-sized baking apples

1½ cups red wine

2 Tbsp. liquid wildflower honey

1 Tbsp. unsalted butter

unsalted butter to grease baking dish

 

Marsala Custard

2 cups homogenized milk

½ vanilla bean (cut in half lengthwise) or 1 tsp. vanilla extract

5 egg yolks

3 Tbsp. sugar

1½ Tbsp. Marsala

 

For the Apples

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Chop the dates and walnuts into ¼-inch pieces. Place in a medium-sized bowl and add the orange zest, ginger, nutmeg and breadcrumbs. Toss. Sprinkle in the Marsala. Gently mix together.

Cut a small slice off the bottom of each apple so it can stand upright. Using a melon baller or a sharp small spoon and starting at the bottom, core out the middle of the apple almost to the top, making sure to get out all the seeds. Peel the skin off the top third of the apple. Stuff each apple firmly from the bottom with the date and walnut mixture. Put the apples, peeled-side-up, in a buttered baking dish small enough so that they almost touch.

In a small saucepan, warm the red wine, honey, and butter just long enough to melt the honey, then pour the mixture over the apples. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until soft, basting the apples every 10 minutes or so. Let rest 10 to 20 minutes before serving. Serve each apple atop a generous puddle of room-temperature Marsala Custard.

 

For the Marsala Custard

Bring the milk and vanilla bean to a simmer. Remove from stove.

In a bowl large enough to accommodate the milk, gently whisk the egg yolks and sugar for about 1 minute. While continuing to whisk the egg mixture, slowly pour in ¼ cup of the warm milk. Continue until all the milk is used.

Place ice in a large bowl until half full and rest a bowl in it large enough to accommodate all the custard. Set aside. Pour the egg and milk mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon for about 6 to 9 minutes or until the mixture has thickened to the consistency of very loose whipped cream. To tell if the custard is ready, lift the spoon out of the liquid and draw your finger down the back of it. It’s ready when the line doesn’t fill in. Stir in the Marsala.

Pour the custard into the bowl resting in the ice to stop the custard from continuing to cook. Remove the vanilla bean. Scrape out the seeds and whisk them into the custard. For a smoother, velvety texture, pour the custard through a sieve after cooking. Bear in mind you may lose some of the vanilla seeds.

 

Cook’s Tip

Making custard for the first time can be intimidating. There is less chance of the mixture “scrambling” if you use a double boiler. Make sure the water in the lower pot doesn’t come in contact with the top pot of the double boiler. Follow the same procedure as cooking directly on the heat. The custard may take a bit longer to thicken.

©This recipe is from The ACE Bakery Cookbook by Linda Haynes.

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Grilled Cranberry Raisin Focaccia with an Apple Cardamom Topping

Makes 4 servings

This is the perfect sweet ending for a wine and cheese party or a midnight supper, and is a breeze to put together.

 

Topping

1 Tbsp. unsalted butter

1/3 cup light brown sugar

½ tsp. cardamom

4 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 8 wedges

1 cup ice cream or crème fraiche

 

Bread

4 slices, ¼-inch thick ACE Cranberry Raisin Focaccia

4 tsp. unsalted butter, melted

 

For the Topping

Melt the butter in a hot pan, add brown sugar and cardamom and cook for 1 minute. Add sliced apples and cook for about 5 minutes or until the apples are tender and the liquid has slightly thickened. Remove from the heat.

 

For the Focaccia

Brush both sides of focaccia slices with the butter and grill on both sides until golden.

 

Assembly

Lay warm apple wedges on top of the focaccia and drizzle with sauce from the pan. Serve with ice cream or crème fraiche.

 

Cook’s Tip

Apples can be made up to 1 hour in advance and warmed before assembly.

Recipe developed by the chefs of ACE Bakery.

 

Grain-free Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Macaroon Crust and Cinnamon Vanilla Meringue — Tasty Yummies

21 Nov

Don’t send a Thanksgiving lynching mob after me, but I generally don’t care too much about pies. I am already not a huge dessert person, but if I am going to have a little something sweet, I’d probably always opt for chocolate. Gimme this Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Tart and I’ve got everything I need. But, I am…

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Last contiguous state but not least

17 Nov

fortybefore40Arizona is made for taking in the desert landscape and embracing the hot and dry climate in the winter, but it can also be appreciated for more than it’s natural beauty.

Years ago, after one bitterly cold winter in the Northeast, a hectic work schedule winding down, and recently ended relationship, Phoenix welcomed me with open arms.

Wear: Spring in Phoenix can offer a hot sun, so lather on the SPF. Both long pants and shorts work in almost all resorts, and the former is fine if traveling for work. A light sweater or sweatshirt should be enough to layer. Flip-flops are a must for poolside activity, as are sneakers – even if your schedule permits just a walk among the cul-de-sacs, you’ll be protected against the cacti and burn off the margaritas with a powerful stride.

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The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

Shop: If you’re lucky enough to be staying in one of the 80 stylish casitas at The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, be sure to visit the gift shoppe where you’ll find fashion forward apparel, including perfect-for-the-weather tunics, authentic Native American art and a variety of Southwest-themed souvenirs.

Explore: Discover the jewel of the desert at the historic Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. This grand space has been hosting vibrant social events since 1929 and 87 years later, charming architecture still greets its guests. If you’re lucky enough to stay here, experience world-class golf and dining; but if you are just passing by, it is still possible to see this majestic site. Schedule a tour with the concierge.

Eat: On the property at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is the Hole-in-the-Wall, a favorite of guests and locals. The iconic eatery is housed in an original 1940s era ranch house and dishes up mouthwatering smokehouse. Open seasonally for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the latter menu includes grill and BBQ including baby-back ribs, smoky mesquite-broiled steaks, and kettle-smoked brisket. End the night with cocktails on the sunken bar, at the adjacent Saloon.

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Bring the savory, southwestern goodness home with you in the form of a rub. This BBQ spice is mild enough to use on just about any meat, especially before grilling. Dry rub gives chicken breasts a nice flavor boost and no sauce is needed when using on ribs or other meat.