Get Outdoors: 7 Summertime Events in WNY

Now that 4th of July over, it may feel like summer is almost done. But there’s still plenty of summertime left, and plenty of outdoor events to enjoy. Here are 7 great summertime events in Western NY.

1) Food Truck Tuesdays:

Every Tuesday, dozens of food trucks and hundreds of hungry customers fill up Larkin Square. You can grab a meal from your favorite truck, enjoy the live music and have some fun!

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2) Canalside:

Most people know about the concerts Thursdays at Canalside, but there are plenty of other events that go on throughout the week as well. You can join in on a yoga session, bring the kids for family fun events, or just pop by to take a picture with shark girl.

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3) Darien Lake:

Head on over to Darien Lake, where you can feel the adrenaline rush of a roller coaster drop or cool off in the water park. There are also campgrounds available if you’re looking to stay the night.

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4) Shakespeare in the Park:

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the unique experience of Shakespeare at an outdoor theater. Located in Delaware Park, This years performances are of King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing.

Buffalo Shakespeare
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5) Bisons Game:

There’s nothing quite like the combination of a baseball game and a hot dog. Head on over to Coca-Cola Field and cheer on your favorite team.

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6) Transit Drive-In:

Come to Transit Drive-In and watch a new double-feature or come in on Retro Movie Tuesday for a little bit of nostalgia.

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7) Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts:

A great way to check out the local art scene, the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts takes place August 25th thru the 26th. You can enjoy some of the performances and shop hundreds of artist’s booths.

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4 Simple Ways To Go Green For Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day. It’s a time for people to give back and do their part to care for the planet. A number of events across the world are held each year. If you would like to do your part, here are four simple things that you can do to help the environment. Use these ideas for Earth Day and year-round!

Turn Off Those Lights:

If you’re not in a room, why would you keep it lit? We’re all guilty of doing it, but leaving lights of when they’re not needed is simply a waste of electricity. By simply flipping the switch when you leave a room, you can decrease your impact on the environment.

Unplug Your Appliances:

Did you know that your appliances can still use electricity even when they’re not in use? Be sure to unplug your phone charger, toaster and other non-essential appliances and devices when you’re not using them.

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Bring Your Own Shopping Bags:

Those grocery bags you use can really take a toll on the environment. Once you’ve unloaded your groceries, these bags generally go straight to the trash and eventually fill up landfills. Avoid using those paper or plastic bags at checkout and help the environment out by bringing your own reusable shopping bags.

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Plant a Tree:

It may seem like a pretty generic activity for Earth Day, but that’s with good reason! Trees offer a number of benefits to the environment, including absorbing carbon dioxide and providing a natural habitat for wildlife. Planting just one tree can make a difference.

A Great Outdoor Selection Available At Dave’s

It’s finally starting to warm up outside, which means we can enjoy the fresh air and take in the sun without wearing so many layers! There’s no better place outside to relax than in your own backyard, but just like the inside of your home, you don’t want your yard to be an eyesore.

Luckily, Dave’s All -Season Store has everything you need to complete the look of your yard. Each of our locations has a great selection of pool, patio, garden & outdoor decor. Bring your patio to life at night with some patio lights or add some wicker furniture to your patio and get it ready to invite over some guests.

Are you looking to improve your garden? Come and browse the garden centers at our Cheektowaga and Depew locations. We have a supply of gardening tools as well as garden gnomes and hanging baskets to complete the look.

Do you lack a green thumb, but still would like to add a few plants to your home? Not to worry, we also have artificial plants available! You can enjoy all the beauty, but skip all the upkeep with our selection of life-like greenery, perfect for decorating your patio, kitchen and more.

With the selection of pool, patio and garden supplies available at Dave’s, you’re sure to find what you need to complete the look of your yard. Stop by and browse the outdoor selection at one of our locations today!

Spring Cleaning Tips From Dave’s

It seems like it took forever for it to come, but spring is finally here! Pretty soon you’ll be able to fill your weekends with fun outdoor activities. Before that though, it’s time for a little bit of spring cleaning. Although it’s not the most exciting thing to do, spring cleaning can be a satisfying and rewarding activity. Here are a few tasks to help you clean and declutter your home.

Thoroughly Dust Your Home

Floors, tables, bookshelves, ceiling fans, you name it and it’s sure to have some dust on it!  Not only will dusting help your home look better, but it can reduce the amount of allergens in your home as well.

Take Inventory

Over time your fridge, freezer and pantry are sure to become cluttered and unorganized. There may be some food hidden that you just forgotten about! Go through your food supply and organize everything you have. While your at it, check the expiration dates and throw out anything that has gone bad.

Raid Your Wardrobe

As you transition from winter to summer gear, this is the perfect opportunity to get rid of some old clothes. Go throw your closet and drawers and see if you have anything that you can get rid of. Some of your clothes may be out of style and haven’t been worn in years, while others might not even fit you anymore! You can set aside the clothes you no longer need and donate them.

Give Your Home A Deep Clean

Floors, counters, sinks, windows, everything in your home is sure to need a deep cleaning. Take out the vacuum, mop, polish and degreasers and clean every nook and cranny! There may be corners of your home that you have neglected to clean for a while. If it seems like too much, just take it one room at a time and see how much you can get done. It doesn’t need to all be cleaned in one day!

Decorate For St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and Dave’s Christmas Wonderland has all of the decorations you need to get your home ready for this fun holiday. Whether you’re looking to decorate for a party, or your own home, we’ve got you covered.

Decorate With Ornaments:

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In addition to lights and garland, ornaments are also a versatile decoration that can be used for many holidays and occasions. We have a selection of St. Patrick’s Day ornaments available, including this “Irish Blessings” ornament, which is adorned with Celtic knots. You can hang these ornaments on a mantel, or attach some ribbon and dangle your ornaments from windows or chandeliers.

Add A Window Silhouette:

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A window silhouette is a great way to decorate without taking up space or cluttering your home. This pot of gold window silhouette is a very simple way to decorate for St. Patrick’s day. It comes with warm white bulbs and is easy to use. Simply hang it up and plug it in.

Decorate Your Lawn:

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Let anyone passing by your house see your spirit this St. Patrick’s Day with this inflatable lighted yard art decoration. Perfect for any lawn, this self inflating decoration comes with its own blower. It can blow up in minutes and collapses quickly for easy storage.

Spring Activities in Buffalo

Spring is just around the corner! The weather is starting to get warmer, and the sun seems to be shining brighter each and every day. If you’ve been hibernating this winter, it may be time to step outside and enjoy the wonderful spring weather. Here are a few great activities in Buffalo to check out this spring:

Go to the Buffalo Zoo:

Isn’t it great to see all of the different animals at the zoo? On a nice spring day, you can take a stroll through the Buffalo Zoo and learn information about some new animals, or head straight to your favorite exhibit to see the animals you love!

Take a Stroll Through Elmwood Village:

An often overlooked part of Buffalo is just how walk-able some of the neighborhoods are (once the snow clears of course). For example, the Elmwood area of Buffalo is a fantastic area to take a stroll through. You can browse some of the local shops or even walk down a connecting side street to look at some of the historical houses. There are also frequently a number of activities around the Elmwood area like Porchfest that keep the neighborhood alive.

See the Cherry Blossoms:

For a short time each year, pink clouds of cherry blossoms come alive and provide parts of Buffalo with beautiful scenery. This year, don’t miss out on the Cherry Blossom Festival taking place on May 5-6. The Japanese Gardens behind the Buffalo History Museum are filled with cherry blossom trees. You can also enjoy them at your own time; just remember that these flowers don’t bloom for long!

Go for a Bike Ride:

In recent years, the city of Buffalo has put an effort into increasing the amount of bike paths have been made all over the city. There are plenty of different bike paths that you can now take to get some exercise and get a view of the city. You can take your bikes and head down to the outer harbor for a nice ride or simply take a few laps around Delaware Park.

Mix Things Up With These Date Night Ideas

Is dinner and a movie becoming a bit too repetitive? Below are four different date night ideas to help break the norm. These can be ideas for the upcoming Valentine’s Day or just to bring some excitement back into your date nights.

Go on a Brewery Tour:

Instead of just going out to your local bar for a beer, why not take a trip and head to where the beer is made? There are a lot of local breweries in the Buffalo area to go enjoy a pint or two & take a brewery tour: including Hamburg Brewing, Flying Bison Brewing, Resurgence Brewing and more.

Learn Something New:

Have some fun and learn a new skill by taking a cooking, painting, or dancing class together. This can even eventually lead to another date night where you actually test out the skills that you’ve learned!

Take in the Arts at The Albright Knox:

Take a stroll through the Albright Knox. Make your way around the art gallery with your significant other and discuss the paintings that you like. You can even make a cheap night out of this, as general admission is free the first Friday of every month!

Choose Your Own Dinner & Movie Adventure:

Sure, we said to do something different than the old dinner and movie, but why not just put a twist on a classic? Instead of going to a restaurant & movie theater, you can stay at home and be in charge of the experience! Light some candles and share a bottle of wine and a blanket while you snuggle up and watch a romantic movie, or pick a theme and match a dinner and movie to it. The choice is yours!

Outdoor Lighting Tips

Hanging your Christmas lights is a lot of work and can be a frustrating endeavor. Below are a few tips to make sure that hanging your Christmas lights is a safe and easy task.

Plan your Attack: First, decide on the area of your home that you want to cover and figure out how many lights you’ll need. Then test out your lights to make sure they still work properly. If you need more lights to cover your home, we have a great selection of lights available at our store!

Keep your Extension Cords Safe: Before using extension cords, you should first make sure that the cords are suitable for the outdoors. Also, make sure that when they are set up, your lights and extension cords are kept out of high-traffic areas. They should also be kept off the ground to prevent being covered in snow or dipped in puddles of water.

Make Sure your Lights are Suitable for the Outdoors: There are a variety of lights that you can choose from. Like your extension cords, make sure that your lights are rated for outdoor use. Never use indoor lights for the outdoors, as these lights won’t be waterproof.

Don’t Hang your Roof Lights up Alone: If you are hanging lights on your roof or anywhere that requires the use of a ladder, make sure that you have someone there to hold the base of the ladder for you. You don’t want to risk falling off and hurting yourself!

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips & Times for WNY

Happy Halloween!

Stay Safe This Halloween!

Trick or treating seems like an easy thing, after all, you’ve been doing it since you were a kid right? Well, sort of. While some aspects of it have remained the same over the years, a lot has changed. You now have to consider elaborate costumes, smartphones, and new trick or treat times.

Before writing this post, I chatted with a few different parents. I asked them about the most common Halloween headaches and how to avoid them. I uncovered a lot of funny and usefull information. To help you have a seamlessly smooth holiday, I put together a list of pro-tips for Halloween night.

Prepare Before Getting Dressed

Consider everything your child needs to do before putting him or her in a huge costume. Think about things like dinner, juice, and bathroom breaks while your kids are still in reasonable clothing. There’s nothing worse than finally getting your son or daughter into the costume, only to hear “I have to pee”.

Research the Best Times and Plan a Route

Look up a few surrounding neighborhoods in your area. Consider going to a new location this time, if the times are better. For example, in Cheektowaga the trick or treat times go from 630-8. However, close by, in Lancaster and Depew, they go from 6-830. Tonawanda is a bit further away, but their hours are from 530-830! Check local cities near you and find the ones with the longest schedule. Most hours range from 530-9. Also, be sure to plan which streets you’re going to hit and how long it will take. This will help avoid getting lost or too tired before the fun ends.

Consider Costume Temperatures and Footwear

You want to ensure your kid isn’t too cold or too warm while walking around for a few hours. Comfortable shoes are crucial, even if you have to get creative in order to make them fit the costume. Avoiding blisters and sore feet is more important than looking perfect.

Stay Illuminated

Make sure you always carry a lantern or a flashlight with a group. Pedestrians are at a greater risk on Halloween. There are too many kids and their travel patterns are very unpredictable, so even careful drivers can make mistakes. It’s best to stay bright so there are no mishaps.

Keep Costumes a Sensible Length

Make sure you hem any costumes that are too long for your child. Also avoid dangling parts that touch the ground. They may look cool but they’re dangerous and they track dirt.

Check the Candy

Yes, we covered this in our post about Halloween Myths. There are little to no documented case of compromised candy. You don’t have to open every piece looking for needles. However, you should inspect the bag and check for any unwrapped candy. Unwrapped candy is unsanitary and if anything is easy to alter, it’s the unwrapped goods. Just say no thanks to anything that isn’t sealed.

Practice Extra Caution When Driving

As we stated in a previous paragraph, pedestrians are at a higher rick on Halloween night. Make sure you stop at each crosswalk, look both ways of course. You should also make sure you make eye contact with the driver so he or she knows you’ll be crossing. It’s just safer and better this way.