If you are looking to get more involved in the community and meet new friends, the answer may be in the paint -- and I am not referring to basketball, though I’m sure that would be a good way to meet potential friends, too. 

 

Veronica DeAngelo Compton has been an artist for several years, and she recently started to share her love of art through fun classes that show you how to create unique works of art.

Kadie Daye

The classes are typically held weekly on Thursday nights from 6-8pm in Veronica’s studio, which is located in the Bewley Building at 4 Market Street Room 420, Lockport, NY. Every week, Veronica selects a different artwork to paint with the group, and this week, the group painted “Bird on a Wire.”

 

Kadie Daye

Don’t be fooled -- this is only the beginning of my painting. I promise birds will be added later if you keep reading. I really enjoyed going to this painting class on Thursday night because all of the art supplies were provided by Veronica. She had all the canvases set up on their stands, the necessary paint colors set up, a cup of water at every seat, and there was coffee and snacks provided.

Kadie Daye

Ah...now we have bird bodies. I should mention that there is a fee for the class and reservations must be made in advance because there is limited seating in Veronica’s studio. It is a small fee of $35 for a two hour painting session, and again -- everything is provided for you and Veronica walks you through the selected artwork for the night. You will just need to make sure you reserve your spot in her class.

Kadie Daye

Doesn’t this look so cool? I should note that I am not very artistically inclined, but Veronica’s class helped me create something unique and colorful for the no-longer bare wall of my apartment. The conversations with the other painters in the studio are light-hearted and fun, and you can make your reservation for Veronica’s next class by finding her Facebook page @VibeRantArt.

Kadie Daye

Hope to see you there sometime in the future!

Relive the Glen Amusement Park and Casino

There are parts of Western New York that you never knew existed, and one of those places may be the Glen Amusement Park and Casino.

If you can’t remember an amusement park at this location in Williamsville, that may be because Harry Altman’s Glen Amusement Park and Casino, a center of attractions for western NYers, was destroyed by a massive fire September 1968. A fire destroyed the park in September 1968.

Thankfully, Ron Urban, who grew up in WNY and lived inside the Glen Amusement Park and Casino complex, has held onto photographs from as far back as 1946 when he lived in that childhood home, along the banks of Ellicott Creek and located below the falls.

Even if you weren't able to see the Glen Amusement Park and Casino in person, now you can relive the memory of this historic part of WNY -- all thanks to Ron Urban and the photographs he has kept over the years.

25 Things You Absolutely Need In Your Buffalo Home

However, there are some materials that you absolutely need when you move into your Buffalo home, and here is my top 25 (with, of course, saving the best for last).