Love In The Wild

One of my favorite things to do is go to events and take photos. That’s why over the weekend I decided that the Night Lights at the Botanical Gardens would be a good photo opportunity. So, I headed up to Buffalo to check out the transformation that the people who host Night Lights at the Heron had upon the already neat experience available at the Botanical Gardens. I love the concept of taking something that people wouldn’t normally visit during the evening and creating a unique experience for both those who have never been to the gardens and for those who wish to see it in a new light.

Night Lights at the Botanical Gardens will continue until Saturday. The gardens are located at the entrance to Buffalo’s historic South Park, which was created in the late 1800s. Within view of the gardens is the Our Lady of Victory Basilica, which is a breathtaking church built in 1925 that is now open for tours.

For more information visit www.heronnightlights.com or www.buffalogardens.com.

I also went to Adams Art Gallery in Dunkirk to check out the exhibit that it is hosting as a fundraiser for Lakeshore Humane Society.

The exhibit, entitled “The Art of Animal Love” features work of area artists that is inspired by animals. The types of media represented ranged from paintings, to photography, paper mache, drawings and ceramic. Several of the artists include: Jenifer Mack, of Jamestown; Susan TeWinkle Wolfe, of Sherman; Trinton Garrett, of Buffalo; Audrey Schaffer, of Dunkirk; Ann Bowers, of Fredonia; and Stephanie Brash, of Fredonia.

The exhibit will be on display until Friday, Feb. 22. The gallery is open to the public on Thursday and Friday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and by appointment by emailing adams.art@live.com.

As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.

HIGHLIGHTS

Breakfast With Belle Is Set For Feb. 23: Breakfast With Belle and her enchanted friends from “Beauty and the Beast” will take place at First Covenant Church on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 9:30 a.m.

Children are encouraged to come in costumes and pictures will be taken with Belle and her friends. Tickets are $6 for children and $10 for adults. There are a limited number of seats to this event and reservations are required by calling 450-2272.

The evening of Saturday, Feb. 23, will feature a dinner theatre production, “Dinner at the Enchanted Castle,” with Belle and her enchanted friends. Lumiere is the host of this event at Falcon’s Nest, 2001 E. Main St. in Falconer. Catering will be by 3C’s and reservations are $25 per person by calling 450-2272.

Marion Art Gallery To Host Fredonia Showcase: Exhibition Art works by students from the Department of Visual Arts and New Media at SUNY Fredonia will be displayed in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at Rockefeller Arts Center through Sunday, March 3. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

According to Tina Hastings, director of the art gallery, each spring, the faculty of the Department of Visual Arts and New Media submit work for inclusion in the Fredonia Showcase, an exhibition that provides an opportunity for the faculty to recognize work from exceptional artists across many different disciplines within the department.

The Fredonia Showcase will feature works by Visual Arts and New Media students from various class levels. The exhibition is an opportunity for students to see their work displayed in a gallery.

Gallery hours are 2-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 2-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2-6 p.m. on Sunday.

SUNY Fredonia Travel Series To Feature “Wales: Land of Song”: The World Travel Series at SUNY Fredonia continues on Saturday with the presentation of “Wales: Land of Song” with Monty and Marsha Brown at 7:30 p.m. in King Concert Hall.

Wales is a small country about the size of Massachusetts with its own language and a rich musical history. It is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain, bordered on the east by England.

This film explores this historic land on the shore of the Irish Sea and its connection to the United States – particularly to upstate New York.

Tickets will be available at the door or in advance through the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office in the Williams Center, by calling 673-3501 or by visiting fredonia.edu/tickets. One child 12 and under is admitted free with each adult ticket.

HAPPENINGS

To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email drader@post-journal.com or call 487-1111 ext. 253 by Monday.

Tonight

Pete Pepke With Andrea & the Giants: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg. Pepke was named Jazz Man of the Year 2006 by the Musicians’ Union.

Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron. Area bluegrass musicians are welcome to sit in and play.

Friday

Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 6 p.m., Southern Tier Brewing Company, 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood.

Movies At The Reg: 8 p.m., “Lincoln,” 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

Stan Barton Jazz Mandolin And Violin: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.

The Haybalers And A Banjo Workshop: 7-9 p.m., Infinity Cafe, 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

Saturday

4 Dollar Mistake: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.

Movies At The Reg: 8 p.m., “Lincoln,” 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

Rap It Up: 8 p.m., CC Lodge, 540 N. Union St. in Olean. Featuring Boom Docs, CJAY, Pipes Dirty, Scripture and Relly Rell.

777 Sweetheart Ball: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron. Featuring a prime rib buffet and DJs UNLIMITED.

Cindy Haight: 9 p.m. to midnight, Jammin’ Vine, 11884 E. Main St. (Route 20) in North East, Pa.

American Ride Band: 9:30 p.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.

Sunday

Cindy Haight: 2-4 p.m., Todd Crowley’s Musical Petting Zoo, 5 W. Main St. in North East, Pa. Jam session at 2 p.m. followed by Live Music at 4 p.m.