Larkin Square Blog

Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin speaking on Thursday May 12th

By Leslie Zemsky  
May 04, 2016

Join us for a very special edition of the Larkin Square Author Series, Presented by First Niagara and Sponsored by Independent Health, as we welcome Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin to Larkin Square on Thursday May 12th at 5:30 pm.

Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin are the co-authors of the new book, Five Presidents My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford (Gallery Books, May 2016). Clint Hill brings to life the extraordinary moments in history he experienced during his career as a U.S. Secret Service Agent to five U.S. Presidents. Mr. Hill pulled Jackie Kennedy from the Limo when President Kennedy was shot. He documented his time with Mrs. Kennedy in his NY Times bestseller, Mrs. Kennedy and Me. Read More

Live at Larkin 2016, presented by First Niagara and sponsored by Independent Health, kicks off Wednesday, June 1st, 5-8:30 pm

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 23, 2016

With more theme nights and more acts than ever including 24 of 38 making their Live at Larkin debut, Larkin Square will celebrate its fifth summer of free Wednesday concerts with another diverse collection of Buffalo-bred musical acts.

Beginning earlier than ever with a wild June 1st kickoff, Live at Larkin will again offer 14 Wednesdays of at least two bands, complete with its signature collaborative encore in which the acts perform together for a uniquely fun finale.

Just a few highlights of the series include a six-act Opening Night headlined by annual favorites John and Mary & the Valkyries, with each act representing at least one local music nonprofit organization; new theme nights in “Buffalo ’66: Cash & Stones Revisited” marking the 50th anniversary of the week in which both legends performed in Buffalo (June 29th), “Latin at Larkin” complete with dance lessons before each band (July 6th), and “Sinatra’s Second Century” featuring a look both back and forward on the Frank Sinatra songbook (August 24th); and a rare performance for closing night from special-occasion supergroup The Buffalovebirds (August 31st).

Admission is free. Free parking available along with $5 premium parking in the ramp behind Larkin Square. Each event also features food trucks, beverages for purchase and an occasional visit from community groups.

Thank you to Presenting Sponsor First Niagara and Sponsor Independent Health for Buffalo’s best night for music, food and fun!

Here is the full line up: Read More

Ellen Wayland-Smith speaks on the history of Oneida May 2nd

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 08, 2016


9781250043108The Larkin Square Author Series welcomes Ellen Wayland-Smith, author of the new book, Oneida: from Free Love Utopia to the Well Set Table- An American Story (Picador/hardcover/May 2016) on Monday, May 2nd from 5:30pm – 6:45 pm. Join us for an author talk, signing and book sale.

Author Ellen Wayland-Smith is one of the many direct descendants of John Humphrey Noyes, who in the early 19th century received visions from God anointing him as a new spiritual prophet. His philosophy was called Perfectionism, a form of Christianity based on self- perfection and communalism. His gospel was one of sexual liberation, communal living, and the perfectibility of human nature here on earth. Along with several followers, Noyes started a community in upstate New York to put his ideas into practice. Scandal,  resulting from the free love movement, surrounded the Oneidas. Read More

Food Truck Tuesdays return on April 19th!

By Samantha Epps  
March 21, 2016

Call it a sign of the times – while the sight of a single robin is traditionally deemed the first sign of spring, this year a FTT2much larger sight will appear in the form of Food Truck Tuesdays in Larkin Square, which will begin in April for the first time in the four-year history of the free event. Read More

4th annual Live at O’Larkin

By Samantha Epps  
February 22, 2016


Continuing with the new tradition of ringing in Buffalo’s wild weekend of St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Larkin Square is set to again welcome thousands of fun-seekers for its fourth annual free Live at O’Larkin concert, featuring three hours of nonstop live Celtic music and dance under the covered, heated boardwalk, surrounded by a fleet of food trucks and a local vendor market.

LAOL1Set for Friday, March 18th, from 4:30-8pm, Live at O’Larkin will present four performances – the rollicking Celtic rock of McCarthyizm, traditional acoustic sounds from Poor Ould Goat, civil servant salutes from Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes & Drums, and youngsters in unison from Clann Na Cara School of Irish Dance. Guests of all ages will have plenty of choices for food and drink, including season-inspired offerings from neighborhood residents Flying Bison Brewing and Buffalo Distilling, and the year’s first mass gathering of local food trucks, just one month before before Food Truck Tuesdays return to Larkinville in mid-April. The event will also feature a Irish marketplace featuring Larkinville favorites: Buffalo Cake Pops, RetroBuffalo, Buffalo Distilling Co., and Undergrounds Coffee House & Roastery, selling festive food, drink and accessories!The Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant & Brewery and Flying Bison Brewery will both be open during the event for an all-around St. Patricks’ celebration in Larkinville.

Live at O’Larkin is presented by First Niagara and sponsored by Independent Health.

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