Larkin Square Blog

Margaret Creighton to speak at Larkin Square Author Series, November 21, 2016

By Leslie Zemsky  
November 09, 2016

electrifying-fall-of-rainbow-city_978-0-393-24750-3We are delighted to welcome Margaret Creighton to Buffalo and the Larkin Square Author Series. Margaret will be speaking on Monday, November 21st from 5:30 – 6:45 pm about her new book,  The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World’s Fair  (W.W. Norton).  Margaret will be joined on stage with Buffalo News writer Mark Sommer to talk about her book.  Questions will be welcomed from the audience as well. Read More

Celebrate Halloween in Larkinville! Truck or Treat, Oct 21, Halloween Pet Parade, Oct. 29

By Leslie Zemsky  
October 10, 2016

Celebrate Halloween in Larkinville!  The very popular Truck or Treat returns Friday, October 21st, 5-8pm with trick or treating for the kids with the Food Trucks, Pumpkin carving contest between the Food Truck operators, and live music by Workingman’s Dead. A special bonus musical performance by the Stamplickers, headlined by Amys Truck operator Amanda Amico!

Our neighbors, Animal Outfitters, located here in Larkinville at 500 Seneca Street, are organizing a Halloween Pet Parade and celebration through Larkinville on Saturday, October 29th from 11am – 1pm.  Costumes encouraged for pets and owners or come as you are. This has been a popular event in the Elmwood Village. We are delighted that Animal Outifitters owner Omar Zahzouhi has decided to move the parade to Larkinville this year!

IMG_4818To join the parade, meet at 11am at 500 Seneca Street. (near Hamburg). Free parking is available in adjacent lots. The parade will “march” down Seneca Streets with stops for treats, water and an activity for the pets near the Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant & Brewery, 716 Swan Street and the new Buffalo Distilling Company at 860 Seneca St. Be one of the first to peek inside the windows of their new distillery.

The parade returns to Animal Outiftters for a post-party celebration.  The Hydraulic Hearth will be open during the parade with the return of their popular Bagels and Brooze collaborative brunch with BreadHive bakery from 10:30am – 2:30 pm.

Mark Slouka speaks on November 15th.

By Leslie Zemsky  
October 10, 2016

Bestselling author Mark Slouka returns to Buffalo and Larkin Square to speak about his new memoir Nobody’s Son: A Memoir (W.W. Norton & Company; October 18, 2016) .  Mark first spoke in Larkin Square about his best selling, critically acclaimed novel, Brewster.

Nobody's Son_ 978-0-393-29230-5As noted on Mark’s website: “Born in Czechoslovakia, Mark Slouka’s parents survived the Nazis only to be forced to then escape the Communist purges after the war. Smuggled out of their own country, the newlyweds joined a tide of refugees moving from Innsbruck to Sydney to New York, dragging with them a history of blood and betrayal that their son would be born into.

From World War I to the present, Slouka pieces together a remarkable story of refugees and war, displacement and denial, admitting into evidence memories, dreams, stories, the lies we inherit and the lies we tell—in an attempt to reach his mother, the figure at the center of the labyrinth. Her story—the revelation of her life-long burden and the forty-year love affair that might have saved her—shows the way out of the maze.” Read More

Nancy Davidoff Kelton speaks on October 20th

By Leslie Zemsky  
October 10, 2016

Join us in welcoming Nancy Davidoff Kelton to speak at the Larkin Square Author Series on Thursday, October 20th at 5:30pm inside the Filling Station.

b6afe7_998963f5a0ae49d7bbfde9d35abbd284Nancy will be speaking about her new memoir Finding Mr. Rightsein. 

Nancy was born in Buffalo and has lived the majority of her adult life in New York City. Her memoir is both heartwarming and funny. She writes with honesty about growing up in Buffalo, followed by marriage, divorce and finding love again in New York City. As for many of us, life throws plenty of  curveballs and obstacles, some happy, some funny and some sad.  Nancy has a gift for chronicling life’s ups and downs. The book is a series of essays that when combined read like a novel. As a reader, I was rooting for Nancy to find “Mr. Rightstein.”  You will have to read the book to find out if she is successful in her quest…or better yet, come to the author talk, enjoy a glass of wine, meet Nancy, purchase a copy of her book from Talking Leaves, at the event, or ahead at their store and have it signed!

Nancy’s essays have been published in the New York Times, Hadassah magazine, The Boston Globe, Redbook, Parents and other publications. She teaches writing at the New School and New York University.

I will join Nancy in her talk with a conversation on writing a memoir ( Nancy teaches classes on this), growing up in Buffalo, dating after 50 and more! The audience will be invited to join the conversation with questions.

Beer, wine, coffees, tea and light fare available for purchase. The Larkin Square Author talks are free, including parking, thanks to the support of Presenting Sponsor KeyBank, and sponsor Independent Health. Talking Leaves co- sponsors the events.

Hope to see you on the 20th!
Leslie Zemsky

Truck or Treat in Larkin Square!

By Samantha Epps  
October 06, 2016

The treat is a fleet of food trucks spread around Larkin Square; the trick is to pick a winner with so many options!

IMG_0406That’s any given Tuesday in Larkin Square from April into October, as in 2016 Food Truck Tuesday furthered its place as Buffalo’s biggest dinner party with another successful six-month season.

IMG_0384Topping it off with an annual tradition, “Truck or Treat” will return on Friday, October 21st, 5-8pm, with dozens of Buffalo and Rochester trucks serving their usual creative fare while competing in a pumpkin-carving contest and offering candy for kids in costume. As is Truck or Treat tradition, local Grateful Dead tribute band Workingman’s Dead will don its own musical costume onstage, plus a bonus this year in the zombie-like revival of The Stamplickers, the long-lost underground party band fronted by Amy’s Truck owner Amanda Amico.
“We’re thrilled to again get into Halloween spirit with the food trucks and community this year,” said Larkin Square Director of Fun Leslie Zemsky. “We’ll be keeping an eye on our life-sized caricatures of the late pioneers John Larkin and Darwin Martin, in case they come back to life to join the fun!”

IMG_0416Admission is free; beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Food Truck Tuesdays are presented by KeyBank and sponsored by Independent Health. For more information about this and other Larkin Square events, please visit


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