Thursday, September 22, 2011

Family Events in Western New York This Weekend

1. War of 1812 Bike Tour

Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members
More Information: Website

See the city of Buffalo on two wheels! Grab your helmet and discover battlefields and monuments for a war that tore apart a continent.

2. Annual Civil War Living History Weekend

Time: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $5 Adult, $2 Child, Free for Kids Under 10
More Information: Website

Travel back in time at the Hull Family Home & Farmstead in Lancaster, dating back to 1810. You'll meet Union and Confederate military, civilian and medical re-enactors and watch demonstrations of 1860s-era weaponry and open-fire cooking. Exhibits, vendors and tours of the circa 1810 Hull Family Home are included.

3. Harvest Festival Family Day

Time: Sunday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $5 Members, $10 Non-members
More Information: Website

The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society's second annual Harvest Festival features demonstrations by blacksmiths and spinners and weavers. Activities include pony rides, pumpkin painting, and making corn husk dolls. Docents will offer free tours of the newly refurbished Oishei Pioneer Life Gallery.

4. Friendly for Families Film Night

Time: Sunday, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost: $3
More Information: Website

Film Night at Hallwalls in Buffalo entertains kids with animated films in the gallery while providing juice, water and popcorn. Adults can enjoy the cocktails bar in the gallery.

5. Trek Tifft

Time: Sunday, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; Suggested Donation of $2
More Information: Website

Take a guided tour of the Tifft Nature Preserve, which features Five miles of nature trails, three boardwalks, and a bird watching area.

6. Busti Historical Society Apple Festival

Time: Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $3
More Information: Website

Learn about pioneer and 19th century life and see demonstrations of spinning and weaving, quilting, flax breaking, candle making, log hewing, and soap making. A live one-room school demonstration and a Civil War reenactment are also included in the day's events. Handmade craft items and locally grown produce will be available for sale.

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