Larkin Square Blog

New Event: Larkin Moves

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 12, 2018

Larkin Square presents Larkin Moves – an urban wellness festival happening morning, noon and night on Wednesday, May 30! We’re thrilled to bring together movers & shakers in the local fitness community and offer a day of workouts and fun. Events and classes all day are FREE thanks to Larkin Square’s presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health.

Ready for this packed schedule?! The day begins with November Project – a free workout starting at 6:10am in Larkin Square. Traditionally located at Delaware Park every Wednesday, November Project will be moving their workout to Larkinville for this special event. From 12:00pm – 1:00pm, you can enjoy a free yoga class with Kelly Tripp on the Larkin Square boardwalk (BYOM!). At 4:30pm, the wellness festival will kick into high gear! The square will feature a small vendor market, food trucks, beverages, a lululemon lounge and lawn games. The final free fitness class of the day begins at 5:30pm with Fitness in the Parks instructors from the YMCA, plus teachers from Revolution Buffalo and a sunset yoga session with Love in Motion Yoga. After class, relax and have fun in the square with the Gay 5K after party! One of the most popular Pride Week events, the Gay 5K presented by Evergreen Health & the Pride Center of WNY will be happening in Larkinville on May 30. The race is open to everyone and participants are encouraged to don their gay apparel, with rainbows, drag and more! Not participating in the race? No problem! Everyone is invited to the race after party in Larkin Square at 7:30pm.

Join us for one, two or all of the events happening during Larkin Moves!
Check out the timeline for the day:

6:00am – 6:50am: November Project in Larkin Square
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Free yoga class with Kelly Tripp on the Larkin Square Boardwalk (Bring your own mat!)
4:30pm: Vendor market opens in Larkin Square with food trucks, beverages, lawn games and more!
5:30pm: November Project BOUNCE kicking off the evening class
5:30pm: Free class featuring a Fitness in the Parks instructor from the YMCA, followed by Revolution Buffalo & sunset yoga with Love in Motion Yoga (Bring your own mat and water bottle!)
7:30pm: Gay 5K after party in Larkin Square – Enjoy music, dancing, drag queens and more. Everyone is invited!

PARKING:
Check out the lots along Seneca Street and Exchange Street for free parking! Click here for more info on parking & directions to Larkin Square.

 

Food Truck Tuesdays Begin April 10

By Leslie Zemsky  
March 21, 2018

Food trucks are gearing up for another season at Larkin Square! Food Truck Tuesdays begins April 10 and runs every Tuesday until October 2. The event is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health.

New changes & old favorites

Western New York’s favorite food trucks will be back, along with several new trucks making their debut at Larkin Square. Also new this year, Food Truck Tuesday will officially open at 4:30pm. That means 30 extra minutes to feast on delicious food and enjoy the square! Each week, Larkin Square will host up to 28 food trucks with additional trucks parked at Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca Street). Visit larkinsquare.com each week to see the next roster of trucks. To round out the neighborhood-wide “dinner party,” the Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant & Brewery (716 Swan Street) will welcome diners to bring food purchased from the trucks into their beer garden, as will Buffalo Distilling Co. (860 Seneca Street) in their tasting room. In the warmer weather, the Swan Street Diner will be serving shakes from their take-out window. Guests are also welcome to enjoy their food on the plaza next to the Diner.

Getting here & parking

Larkin Square is pleased to offer abundant free parking during the event. There is also $5-dollar preferred parking in the ramp adjacent to Larkin Square. Next door to the Swan Street Diner and across the street from Larkin Square is a new bike park for those biking to the event. We are also encouraging ride sharing to Larkinville. UBER is partnering with Food Truck Tuesdays to offer new riders a free ride to Food Truck Tuesday (up to $15) by using the code FOODTRUCKTUES.

Live Music

With a 26-band lineup, Food Truck Tuesdays will showcase the best of local music. Check out the full 2018 lineup:

April 10 The Emporium
April 17 Smiley Mike
April 24 JL Fulks
May 1 Alex McArthur Sextet
May 8 The Darts
May 15 Scott Celani Band
May 22 Alison Pipitone
May 29 The Skiffle Minstrels
June 5 Lithium
June 12 Donny Frauenhofer Band
June 19 The Kensingtons
June 26 XOXO Band
July 3 Mom Said No
July 10 Big J Blues
July 17 Reggie Childs
July 24 The Jon Lehning Underground
July 31 Tim Britt Band
August 7 Intrepid Travelers
August 14 The Zak Ward Trio
August 21 Gravy
August 28 Johnny Hart & The Mess
September 4 Bad Habit Band
September 11 Flipside
September 18 The Sofa Kingz & Battle Studies
September 25 Buffalo Gamelan Club
October 2 Ten Cent Howl

Love in Larkinville Open House

By Leslie Zemsky  
February 27, 2018

Join us on Sunday, March 25 from 1pm to 4pm for The Love in Larkinville Bridal Open House at Hydraulic Hearth! Whether you envision a large wedding or an intimate gathering, Larkinville has a wide range of options for all wedding celebrations. From ceremonies and receptions to showers and happy hours, Larkinville businesses including Larkin Square and the Filling Station, Hydraulic Hearth, Swan Street Diner and Buffalo Distilling all offer unique atmospheres.

Enjoy complimentary refreshments, tour Larkin Square and Hydraulic Hearth, and meet some of our favorite wedding vendors including Fern Croft, Crown, Paula’s Donuts, Rust Belt Love and more. This event is free and open to the public.

6th Annual KeyBank Live at O’Larkin

By Leslie Zemsky  
February 15, 2018

Kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend at Larkin Square for the 6th Annual KeyBank Live at O’Larkin on Friday, March 16, 2018! From 5pm – 8pm, catch live music by McCarthyizm, Irish dancers from Clann Na Cara Irish Dance and an appearance by the Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes and Drums. Plus, your favorite food trucks, specialty beverages including Irish coffee and hot chocolate, and Irish fare from The Filling Station. Continue the fun after 8pm at neighboring restaurants and bars on Seneca Street including Hydraulic Hearth, Buffalo Distilling Company and Flying Bison Brewing Company. KeyBank Live at O’Larkin is free and open to the public thanks to our presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health. Limited and free parking will be available in the lot at 111 Hydraulic Street. Ride sharing is encouraged!

Sport your green, bring the family and get ready to dance into St. Patrick’s Day! This event will be outdoors, and will happen rain or shine (or snow!)

 

 

A night of Mystery with writers Jeff Schober and Suzanne Zewan

By Leslie Zemsky  
February 08, 2018

The Larkin Square Author series presents an evening of mystery writing with authors Jeff Schober and Suzanne Zewan on Wednesday, February 28th at 5:30 pm in the Filling Station in Larkin Square.

Everyone loves a good mystery, learn more about the art of crafting a good one from Jeff and Suzanne.  This will be Jeff’s third visit to the Larkin Square Author Series and Suzanne’s first.

Jeff Schober is the author of numerous crime fiction books including Boneshaker and Broken and Profane.  His nonfiction works include Growing up Gronk and Bike Path Rapist: A Cop’s Firsthand Account of Catching a Killer Who Terrorized a Community.

Jeff’s newest book, Faces and Fingertips, while written  as a stand-alone novel, continues characters introduced in Broken and Profane and Boneshaker. When these lonely souls converge, results are hopeful, electric, and sometimes heartbreaking.

Ken Connell is a former Buffalo detective who has lost everything: his wife, his job, even his striking good looks, thanks to a shotgun blast that punctured his neck. These days he investigates insurance fraud, reminisces about the woman he loved, and dreams of moving south, while convinced he is being followed. R.J. Sorrentino has always lived on the fringe. He was angry before leaving for Vietnam and grew angrier when he returned. He’s a survivor; yet lately, surviving isn’t enough. His one chance at redemption is his ability to draw. Now working as a police sketch artist, a grisly discovery twists him back into uncertainty. Laura Pantera inhabits a world that looks different from everyone else’s. Her cheating husband is gone, and she’s haunted by a painful childhood. Days are long and nights turn surreal when she plunges into an abyss. Yet a mysterious neighbor mat just provide a lifeline to happiness.

Suzanne Zewan  is coordinator at Genesee Valley Educational Partnership and is an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College. She has a M.A. in English and Creative Writing and a M.S.Ed. in Career and Technical Education. Other publications include a poem in Jigsaw (2014), a short story and two poems in Jigsaw (2016), and a short story in Amaranth Review (2016).

Suzanne will be speaking about her novel, Shadow by the Bridge. In the book, 11-year-old Fritz Reynolds recalled his father telling him that man is the only creature who can find amusement in killing. Little did he realize that those words would become the theme for his teenage years growing up in the rural hamlet on Linden, New York. In this coming-of-age story, Fritz takes us back to a simpler time when neighbors gathered at the general store to listen to radio shows, drank barrel-aged cider and worshiped at the Baptist Church every Sunday. All was picturesque in his close-knit farming community until terror was unleashed on them.

Refreshments will be available for purchase, a Q and A and book signing will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase at the events through the co- sponsor Talking Leaves.

The Larkin Square Author series and other  public events are presented by KeyBank and Sponsored by Independent Health.