The awesome thing about retired parents (from girl bird) is that when you can pry them away from yard work, dinner with their friends, painting the deck, gutter cleaning, grandkids, and doctor appointments- they can come visit you in Buffalo on a THURSDAY! <<insert slight sarcasm with a hint of happiness>>
That happened yesterday, July 24th, as we ventured out first to Larkin Square for lunch and a little music. The Hot Club of Buffalo was on the schedule- a group we love love love and think you should, too! Beautiful weather, perfect instrumentation, and mouth-watering pulled pork sandwiches at The Grill = we could stay here all day, which is sort of what happened! Shaded at the high-rise chairs, we devoured our pork and grabbed some potato salad and pea & parmesan crostini from The Black Market Food Truck (who was parked at the Square for lunchers).
The Square and Boardwalk were filled with families, kids hula-hooping and tossing the frisbee, Larkin business workers, and retired folks like girl bird’s parents. Many were basking in the sunshine as they relaxed in Adirondack chairs, canopy cabanas, oversized rocking chairs, and their own blanket spreads. The Hot Club of Buffalo, a superior gypsy jazz group, filled the air with their upbeat Django Reinhardt tunes and entertaining musicianship. After topping off with delicious pastries from the Filling Station, we promised Leslie Zemsky we would be back to check out the Larkin Market (on our to-do list!). After peeling retired Dad out of a rocking chair, we headed down the road for five minutes and landed at the Pierce-Arrow Museum.
Open Thursday-Sunday from 11am-4pm, the Pierce-Arrow holds antique automobiles, carriages, historic artifacts, bicycles, and the new Frank Lloyd Wright Filling Station installation. Learning about the Pierce-Arrow history and its impact and life in Buffalo is incredible. There isn’t a day that goes by where we do not daydream of what Buffalo once was like. We took a unique tour in to the Filling Station area where we finally saw FLW’s futuristic architecture. Copper roof…fireplace-filled seating area, two sky-reaching totems atop the structure, and interesting water-pressure designed suspended pumps. Once again, we had to pry away retired Dad from the cars.
Ready for a pick-me-up, I steered us in the direction of Coffee Culture on Elmwood so we could grab some coffees and do what the country folk love- people watch. <<oh, c’mon, you know you do it, too>> After the mini siesta, we headed back to Larkin Square to scope the market that occurs every Thursday 4-7:30pm until September 19th. The Square transformed from a quiet lunch atmosphere to a vendor-filled market with several musicians playing around the area.
The Larkin Market has something for everyone: handmade jewelry, soaps, fresh vegetables and fruit from farms, flowers from greenhouses, antiques, donuts, books, paper goods, records…and the vendors are slightly different every week. Many use Square (on site cards) and everything is at a reasonable cost. We scooped up some farm goods and Rochester’s Duke’s Donuts (!!). And we just could not get over Public Espresso, Fern Croft Floral, a Birch Beer stand (House of Munch crew), and…a yogurt cart. Yes, froyo with toppings and all. (The Yogurt Shack)
How much do you love our city? We are having so much fun simply waking up and seeing where the day takes us. We like to say- if you want to do it, have talked about doing it…THEN JUST DO IT. With a fifteen minutes radius of downtown, the harbors, Elmwood, and pockets within the East and West sides- you can’t go wrong and you will never, ever run out of something to do in our Queen City.