Ten Things You Won't Want to Miss in Buffalo This Fall

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Frank Lloyd Wright, Open Studios, Arts & Crafts, Architecture Tours, Nature Walks & a New Museum Highlight Autumn in Buffalo

Buffalo, New York, is a city at the center of America's historic interest in art and architecture, from famous buildings - by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and H.H. Richardson - to exceptional modern and contemporary art collections and a tradition of nurturing working artists. This fall, don't miss out on Buffalo's art exhibitions, historic houses, new museums, and natural wonders. Here are the top ten things to see and do in autumn in Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

After almost ten years of planning, fundraising and construction, the new Burchfield Penney Art Center will open to the public on November 22, 2008. Designed by Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects, the new 84,000 square foot Burchfield-Penney Art Center will make its debut with an exhibit entitled "Entering Burchfield's World" that will feature significant works from the museum's collection and several pieces that have never before been shown in public. The Burchfield-Penney Art Center is a museum dedicated to Charles E. Burchfield, America's greatest watercolorist, and distinguished artists of the Buffalo Niagara region.

Visit the National Historic Landmark Roycroft Campus in nearby East Aurora and re-discover the handcrafted Arts & Crafts Movement designs of Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters. Stop by the Copper Shop Gallery for unique handmade gift items from over 60 Roycroft Renaissance artisans and have the chance to see live letter press demonstrations and museum displays. Experience all of this and more at "The Connection 2008," the 5th Annual Arts & Crafts Conference, at the beautiful Roycroft Inn from Friday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, October 26th.

Gusto at the Gallery at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery provides visitors the chance to see the gallery's world-famous collection of art for free, every Friday from 3-10 p.m. The night's festivities include free music, dance, poetry, and an endless variety of other diverse, fun and intriguing events.

You'll also be stunned by the eye-dazzling images in "Op Art Revisted," the newest exhibit at the gallery, featuring more than 43 paintings and sculptures from the Optical Art movement, spanning more than fifty years. Make plans to visit one of North America's great museums of modern and contemporary art.    

The Focus Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House Complex is held every 4th Saturday, year-round. The tour reveals how the Martin House is the creation of a brilliant architect and his client. Expert storyteller, Duane Churchill, unravels Frank Lloyd Wright's genius in weaving a portrait of Darwin Martin into the fabric of this breathtaking residence. Visitors also have the opportunity to visit buildings in the Martin House complex that are not included on the basic tour, including the Barton House and Gardener's Cottage.

Established in 1888, the Broadway Market is the oldest indoor market in the United States. Famed for its old world shopping atmosphere, the Broadway Market is comprised of family-owned, family-operated butcher shops, poultry stands, fruit/vegetable stands and bakeries.

Nearly 50 independent merchants help to preserve the Eastern European heritage and traditions. The annual Christmas Food Fair on November 28 and 29 is a special celebration highlighting all that the market has to offer with unique ethnic delicacies, seasonal sweets and locally made products.

Forgotten Buffalo Tours, the region's authority on unique landmarks, classic taverns, old world neighborhoods and "Nickel City" oddities kicked off its fall schedule with tours commemorating Buffalo Niagara's rich cultural legacy and the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. Tours allow "urban explorers" to eat, drink and laugh through history! Each tour will give you a sense why Buffalo Niagara is one of the most unique urban communities in the world.

The 7th Annual Binational Doors Open Niagara weekend Saturday, October 18th and Sunday, October 19th allows visitors free entry to over 90 historic and architecturally significant buildings in the Western New York and Southern Ontario regions. Many rarely seen heritage sites will open their doors to the public for a unique viewing opportunity. Find out why architecture buffs love Buffalo.    

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world famous Radio City Rockettes returns to Shea's Performing Arts Center for 36 performances from November 13-30. The show features the Rockettes signature eye-high kicks and precision choreography in multiple show-stopping numbers. Shea's Performing Arts Center is a baroque architectural masterpiece designed by the men now regarded as the masters of movie palace architecture - C.W. and George Rapp - complete with an interior design from the studio of the legendary Louis Comfort Tiffany.

During Holiday Open Studios, Dec. 5-7, artists from all across Buffalo's Elmwood Village, recently named one of the top ten neighborhoods in the United States by the American Planning Association, will open the doors to their studios and galleries, providing an opportunity for visitors to experience artists' workspaces and purchase select works. Start your Christmas shopping at Buffalo's Holiday Open Studios.

One of American's great nature walks can be found at Devil's Hole State Park, located two miles down river from Niagara Falls and a mere 30 minute drive from downtown Buffalo. The Devil's Hole hike to the base of the Niagara Gorge offers one of the most spectacular autumn hikes anywhere. Descending 300 feet down a stone staircase to the turbulent Niagara River, this 2.5-mile trek offers breathtaking encounters with the gorge's powerful rapids, geological formations, and wildlife.

For more information about Buffalo's cultural and heritage attractions, please visit http://www.wrightnowinbuffalo.com.

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