Tarsitano's Artisan Winery used to be a dairy farm. "But I would rather squeeze grapes than cows, so I started a winery," Ken Tarsitano says. This isn't the only reason Ken turned his 17 acres—which has been in his family for five generations—into a vineyard. His grandfather, Michael Tarsitano, "always had something bubbling away in his cellar," and it was Grandpa's ability to transform elderberries, apples, and even dandelions into wine that inspired Ken.
Today, Ken is the owner, vineyard manager, and winemaker at his eponymous winery and vineyard, whose 25 grape varieties have been organic since its 1998 inception. Wine isn't the only thing visitors dine on here: winery goers savor flatbreads and cheese plates. Tarsitano's Artisan Winery even hosts events, such as moon-viewing parties, where guests gather to launch sky lanterns in the light of a waxing moon.
Helmed by veteran knitter and patternmaker Kate Jackson, KNOTS - Knitting on the Square's in-depth classes help fledgling needlers build practical masterpieces row by row. Knot-makers study the nuances of knitting, learning how to cast on, bind off, and create the raised loop of the purl. During their two sessions, students fashion a pair of cotton dishcloths, adding a cozy sense of teamwork and enhanced high-five possibilities to routine kitchen chores. Supplies are not included and can be purchased at the establishment ($10–$12). The helpful hands at KNOTS also offer step-by-step guidance to knitters and crocheters of all skill levels during free Saturday morning workshops.
Just Your Image's transfer team transports precious, tape-contained memories to digital discs. The skilled technicians treat sentiment-saturated spools with care, preserving tapes' fettle while extracting and upgrading copies of its nostalgia. Transferring stories to DVD safeguards them for future generations, offering protection from wear, tear, and jealous Betamaxes. This Groupon is good for a year’s time, allowing purchasers plenty of time to root through their attics, movie collections, and life-sized Monopoly rooms to find the VHS tapes most ripe for repeated viewing.
Since opening in 1999, Pentagon Paintball has earned the distinction of being one of the tri-state area’s largest paintball complexes, as well as the only safety-certified arena in Erie County. With a more-than-2,000-square-foot pro shop and six different outdoor fields, Pentagon provides ample opportunity to ambush friends, strangers, and renegade blades of grass with paint guns year-round. Add heightened realism to Road Warrior reenactments with 30-foot towers on the Urban Jungle field, or play cards and trade war stories while crouching in one of more than 50 bunkers inside The Depot field—one of the most popular fields for recreational players. The playing courts’ short and tall grasses are traipsable all year long; Pentagon Paintball plows all fields when snow amasses more than 10 inches, swiftly quashing any Frosty the Snowman-led insurgencies. Gas grills are available on site for complimentary use, so bring some cookables with which to refuel. When questions arise over who hit whom, what the boundaries are, and exactly what Georges Seurat’s motives were when he invented competitive paintball in 1886, just ask one of the knowledgeable referees, who are on hand for every match.