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Live Music in Buffalo

May 27, 2016 by asaransom

Buffalo, New York boasts a wide range of music and theater productions and venues: ‘Live Music in Buffalo’ features live music at Canalside, the Buffalo Philharmonic at Kleinhans, operas at Lancaster Opera House and Broadway productions at Shea’s Performing Art’s Center. Many of our music venues are also rich in history.

Shea's
Built in 1926, Shea’s Performing Art’s Center has grown to be a favorite attraction in Buffalo, NY. Shea’s is beautifully designed with architecture from all around the world. It opened just years before the Great Depression and still manages to thrive, ninety years later. This National Historical Site just announced their 2016-2017 season; featuring Finding Neverland which is launching it’s National Tour right here in Buffalo! Be whisked away to France with the music of George and Ira Gershwin in An American in Paris. Join Ralphie in his quest to get a Red Ryder bb gun in A Christmas Story: The Musical. Enjoy the humorous musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Relive the classics The Sound of Music and Cabaret. Plus special engagements include Stomp, 42nd Street, Wicked, and The Little Mermaid.
Another local favorite is the Lancaster Opera House. It opened for the first time in 1897. Through the years it has not only served as a stage for productions, dances, and commencements, but also: a food and clothing distributor during the Great Depression, a sewing room for war supplies during World War II, the Civil Defense Headquarters in the 1950s, and town hall. They re-opeLOHned for productions 35 years ago. Their 2015-2016 season is well under-way. This April experience three time Tony award winning comedy Lend me a Tenor. Be transported to New York City with Bette and Barry: Ya Gotta Have Friends. Join the mystery behind a murder with Night Watch. In May, Get stuck in the middle of two families feuding during a wedding reception with Lovers and Other Strangers. Enjoy a multi-course dinner with Asa Ransom House before heading over to Lancaster with our special Dinner Theater package.
Every Thursday night in the summer hosts free ‘Live Music in Buffalo’ at Canalside. Concerts are rain or shine with the headliner beginning between 8pm and 9pm. Located downtown, you will be able to experience the historic canals as you listen to the music. If you have not visited Canalside in recent years, you are sure to be impressed by the many renovations that have taken place. Enjoy the hisCanalsidetoric Concert listings for Summer 2016 will be released in May.

 

 

Buffalo is proud to have the Buffalo Philharmonic which performs at the National Historic Landmark, Kleinhans Music Hall. The hall has outstanding acoustics and is beautifully designed. The Buffalo Philharmonic’s 2016-2017 season begins this May with Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and A Journey througBPOh the Alps in June. View an entire listing of their events on their website.
Asa Ransom House also hosts concerts on our front lawn throughout the months of June and July. These concerts are sponsored by the Clarence Hollow Association. Last summer featured: Shakespeare in the Hollow, Beatles play the Hollow, Kindred plus Irish Dancers, and Salute to Broadway. The 2016 concerts begin July 14 with Chris Maloney -Pop,Sole & Gospel. July 28 – ‘Magic of course – a unique brand of music and comedy for all ages. August 4 features Flipside – Voted top Classic & Pop Band in Buffalo.
Whichever style of musical arts you prefer, we encourage you to try a venue in Buffalo, NY. Of course, we would love for you to begin and/or end your evening with us, at Asa Ransom House. We are located 18 miles from Shea’s, 9 miles from Lancaster Opera House, and 19 miles from Kleinhans and from Canalside. We would be happy to host you for dinner and overnight in one of our ten beautiful rooms. Call our front desk at 716-759-2315 for details.

Visit Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

July 27, 2015 by asaransom

Visit Buffalo Niagara Heritage VillageWhen you explore Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, you’ll travel back to a time when life moved at a gentler pace… when families shared work and played together… when the proud heritage of our region was just beginning. You can experience that heritage as it comes to life on the beautiful 35-acre grounds. Tour historical homes, a rural church and one-room schoolhouses from the Buffalo Niagara region. Interact with costumed interpreters who will graciously welcome you to our quaint Village and show you what life was like in the 19th century. Visit our working blacksmith shop and watch in amazement as members of the New York State Designer Blacksmiths perform daily demonstrations.

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village was originally established in 1972 as Amherst Museum. As a department of the Town of Amherst, the museum focused on the history of the Town and its impact on the Buffalo Niagara region in the 19th century.

Buffalo Niagara Heritage VillageIn order to engage a broader audience and highlight the rich heritage of the entire region, Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village became a fully independent 501c3 non-profit organization on January 1, 2011, widening its focus to help visitors of all ages live the history of our region.

The 20,000 square foot Shaw Exhibit Building is open year round – ‘From Forest to Front Lawn’ and features exhibits as:   Suiting Up : American Uniforms, uniforms from 1898 to present day. Vice and Virtue: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, explore how the 18th Amendment sought to bring on a age of temperance and virtue, which instead resulted in an increase in excess, indulgence, and vice.  Pioneer Kitchen, visit a replica of a pioneer kitchen offering hands-on learning experiences for children. Erie Canal Exhibit. Street of Shops, this re-creation off a Main Street.including a General Store, Watchmaker, Barbershop and Pharmacist. Martha C. Schmidt Decorative Arts Gallery, collection of 19th and 20th century glassware and pottery. Tuning In and Reaching Out: A Story of Radio & Television, a newly updated exhibit of television, radio, and communication equipment from 1920-1950. Others areas include: 9/11 Remembered, Niederlander Research Library, How they Moved Here and museum Store.

Located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road Amherst NY 14228. For additional information, www.bnhv.org or call 716-689-1440

Many of our overnight guests here at Asa Ransom House Country Inn include the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village on their list of ‘things to do’ while visiting Western New York. Asa Ransom House, a member of Select Registry, “Distinguished Inns of North America” for 40 years. Voted #1 B&B in Buffalo News Readers Survey.  www.asaransom.com

Hull House (Hull Family Home & Farmstead)

July 2, 2015 by asaransom

The House

The Hull House is the oldest stone dwelling in Erie County, New York. Built c.1810 by Warren Hull for his wife, Polly, and their children, the federal style dwelling was built into a hill so that, from the street, two stories are apparent. From the back, however, the basement level is accessible. Throughout the house, one can find the original woodwork in flooring, doorways, some original windows, window seats, stairways, banisters and fireplace mantels and jambs.

 The main floor of the house consists of an entrance hallway with a common room (kitchen), pantry and back hallway on the right (east) and the parlor and sitting room on the left (west). The original fireplaces in the parlor and the sitting room are still in place, while the larger common room fireplace had at one time been removed but is now fully restored.
The second story includes the Hulls’ master bedchamber and the boys’ bedchamber on the left (west) and the girls’ bedroom, the north bedchamber, on the right. The original fireplaces in all these rooms are still intact. A small room at the top of the staircase may have been an office for Mr. Hull or a bedchamber for hired help.

In the attic, one can see the 40-foot hand-hewn timber that serves as the main beam under the gabled roof. The four chimneys have been restored along with the oval windows facing east and west.

 In the basement of the Hull House stands the foundation of the large kitchen hearth which has been rebuilt. The original cistern lies beneath the basement floor. It was used to collect rainwater for household use. The most unique feature, however, is the original beehive oven which is in such good condition that it will be used for cooking demonstrations in the near future.
The Hull Home & Farmstead, a rare surviving example of early Federal style architecture is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently undergoing extensive restoration, the house is open throughout much of the year for tours, seasonal events and educational experiences for students of all ages. Revolutionary and Civil War re-enactors bring history to life, and an Ice Cream Musicale and “Sheep-to-Shawl” event take visitors back in time. In addition, Sunday restoration tours are held June through September.
More further information on events, tours, membership, and volunteer opportunities, check www.hullfamilyhome.org!
The Historic Asa Ransom House Country Inn provides accommodations and dinner, is just 5 miles from The Hull Family Home and Farmstead. With its 10 rooms from 1853, 1975 and 1993 give guests a wide variety from which to choose. Rooms,  menus and other area attractions can be viewed at www.asaransom.com

Buffalo Tours by Preservation Buffalo Niagara

June 16, 2015 by asaransom

Edgar_W._Howell_House_Dec_09When an area includes attractions like Lake Erie and the Niagara Falls, like the Buffalo Niagara area does, you know there’s a lot to see – and miss, if you’re not acreful! Buffalo Tours will help you see it all.

Buffalo Tours is an education program of Preservation Buffalo Niagara. Its mission is to provide leadership in identifying and protecting the unique architecture and historic legacy of Western New York Communities. Preservation Buffalo Niagara are official partners of the Preservation League of New York State, the New York State Historic Preservation Office and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Some of the many tours available include:

“Inside the West Side” Tour of Homes – Enjoy interior home visits and hidden gardens, and glimpsethe unsurpassed view at Front Park in Buffalo’s only historic lakefront community.

The Whole Grain Tour – Explore “Concrete Atlantis” in and around the famous grain elevators of the Buffalo River on this family-friendly walk.

Millionaire’s Row – In Buffalo’s glory days the mansions of Millionaire’s Row constituted a tightly knit neighborhood where every one knew each other and many were related. Now a National Historic District, we’ll discuss these architectural treasures and business barons who built them.

The Larkin District – Explore the legacy of soap entrepreneur John D. Larkin and architect Frank Loyd Wright with a tour of the Larkin Exchange Building.

Queen City Downtown – Our beautiful downtown landmarks provide a stunning backdrop for Buffalo’s most important stories. These including the Erie Canal, several Presidents, master architects like Sullivan, Burnham, Upjohn, and Green, and the “Best Designed City” designation by Frederick Law Olmsted. See these stories come alive on this two hour walk. The Guaranty Building, St. Paul’s, and Ellicott Square are as magnificent on the inside as on the outside.

Queen Annes of Elmwood Village – Find works by renowned architects such as E.B. Green and Louise Blanchard Bethune.  These include a colorful array of architecture styles, and excellent examples of rehabilitation and adaptive reuse.

Allentown Historic Walking Tours – Allentown Central, a two-hour tour of Allentown’s most picturesque and best-preserved street: Delaware Avenue, Irving Place, and Park Street. Victorian homes and lovingly-tended gardens, Irving was the birthplace of Allentown’s renaissance in the 1050’s, when the beat generation rediscovered Allentown’s marvelous architecture and nurtured its reputation for the arts.

Hull House – Built around 1810 by Warren Hull, the oldest stone dwelling in Erie County is now a rare piece of early American architecture. Visit the home undergoing restoration and see how historical exhibits on display, including an archeological dig for Native American artifacts.

Lockport: Stories in Stone – “Step Back in Time” in Lockport on two historic tours. During “Explore Main Street”, visit architectural interiors of several 19th century buildings along the famous Flight of Five locks. On “Cemetery Tales”, meet several costumed “residents” of the Glenwood Cemetery, est.1863.

For additional Information about Buffalo Tours by Preservation Buffalo Niagara – www.P-B-N.org  716-853-3300

The Asa Ransom House Country Inn is centrally located for the Preservation Buffalo Niagara tours. Located in Clarence, just 18 miles from downtown Buffalo, the historic Asa Ransom House (1853, 1975, 1993) is located on the site of the first grist mill in Erie County. Rooms have a fireplace, and many a porch or balcony for viewing the grounds. View rooms at www.asaransom.com Book early for your first choice!

Buffalo’s Top Attractions

April 29, 2015 by asaransom

Buffalo's Canalside District

Buffalo’s Canalside District

Buffalo’s Top Attractions include the new Canalside District – the perfect balance of history and family fun. In the 19thy and early 20thy centuries, Buffalo’s position as the western terminus of the Erie Canal made it one of the country’s most important transportation and industrial centers. Today, Canalside, Buffalo’s $295 million waterfront redevelopment, offers some 750 events, ranging from outdoor yoga to crafts for kids to free Thursday at Canalside concerts by national rock acts.

You can walk through WWII warships at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park (America’s largest inland naval park). One can set sail on an excursion with the Queen City Ferry, Spirit of Buffalo, Buffalo Harbor Cruises or Seven Sees Sailing Center. Prefer to make your own waves? Explore Lake Erie and the Buffalo River (home to the mammoth grain elevators) with a canoe, kayak or SUP (stand-up-paddle board) rental from BFLO Harbor Kayak. Pedal your way down the river with Water Bikes of Buffalo, or a guided paddle tour with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site with State-of-the-art exhibits and a guided tour of the Ansley Wilcox home. It takes you inside the moment when “Teddy” Roosevelt became the nation’s youngest president ever due to the shocking assassination of President William McKinley in 1901.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 150 years old in 2012. Albright-Know has amassed an extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art, which shares through a constantly changing program of exhibits, classes and special events.

Buffalo’s Top Attractions include the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex, built for a wealthy Buffalo businessman between 1903-1905, stands as one of the architect’s masterpieces and also as a pinnacle of his Prairie School era. For examples of his later work, head to nearby Derby to see Graycliff Estate, three buildings set amid 8.5 acres of rolling lawns and gardens.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Victory. Lackawanna’s basilica is a stunning early 20th-century church built almost entirely of white marble. Guided tours highlight the shrine’s hundreds of paintings, sculptures and mosaics. A museum describes the multiple charitable works of its founder, Father Nelson Baker. Ourladyofvictory.org

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum  Take a ride on the 1961 #1 Special carousel, listen to the Wurlitzer band organ, see how music rolls are produced and view our exhibits and vintage ride collection. www.carrouselmuseum.org

The Medina Railroad Museum. A collection of artifacts, memorabilia and one of the largest HO scale layouts in the nation. Enjoy a leisurely 34-mile, two-hour round-trip ride through the scenic Erie Canal Heritage Corridor aboard a vintage 1947 passenger coach. The museum is the largest freight depot museum in the country. www.Railroadmuseum.net

The Roycroft Campus. The Roycroft Campus in East Aurora was in the vanguard of American Arts and Crafts style in the early 1900’s. Today the Roycroft standard of clean lines and simplicity of design can be explored in the classes and demonstrations. Visitors may shop the gallery and tour nine original structures, such as the inn, the chapel, the print shop, the furniture shop and the copper shop.

A centrally located, convenient and comfortable Inn to rest and dine is the historic ten-room Asa Ransom House, just north-east of Buffalo in Clarence. A full country breakfast is included,  some rooms offer a porch or balcony, and most feature a fireplace. Near the NY&WS  hiking/biking trail, Antique World and interesting village shops. View rooms & menu at asaransom.com  Call 1-800-841-2340 for last minute specials and events.  We look forward to serving you! Bob Lenz – Innkeeper

 

 

 

 

 

 

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