In the last 40 years, Portrait Scene's photographers have helped to memorialize special moments in the lives of thousands of children, teens, and adults across the country. By constantly working with families, they have mastered the art of calming toddlers and keeping parents still enough to say or even pasteurize cheese. Outdoor shoots make use of natural tones, such as those of crystal-blue lake waters and green, leafy trees. In the spring months, photos brim with the pastel buds of tulips and the shine of bluebirds applying makeup for the first time all year.
A Golden Griffin emblem presides over Canisius College Athletics’ 17 sports teams, which traverse grass, water, and hard court in search of victory. As part of the NCAA Division I’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Canisius’s athletes face off against other East Coast schools including Marist College, Niagara University, and Loyola University Maryland. From the stands, a sea of blue and gold cheers on the men’s basketball, hockey, and lacrosse teams, the women’s soccer, softball, and volleyball teams, and the adjunct professors’ annual soapbox derby.
The third-oldest zoo in the United States, the Buffalo Zoo was originally founded in 1875 as a deer park in the northwest corner of Delaware Park. Since then, it has grown into a 23.5-acre home for diverse species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish, all under the care of the Zoological Society of Buffalo, an organization dedicated to advancing the conservation of the world?s exotic, endangered, and ordinary animals. Within its habitats, creatures ranging from Asian elephants to poison arrow frogs serve as ambassadors from far-off kingdoms, and at the Delta Sonic Heritage Farm?s 1800s-era barn, a collection of berkshire pigs, southdown sheep, and other farm animals represents the fauna that once commonly lived along the Erie Canal. To carry out its educational mission, the zoo regularly hosts programs such as behind-the-scenes workshops and Zoo Snooze, in which kids can stay over for the night and wake up alongside the lions roaring angrily at their rooster alarm clocks.
The frosting generals at Fairy Cakes Cupcakery create sweets for special occasions and everyday noshing. Bakers construct handheld foundations for sweet frostings, bride and groom figurines, or G.I. Joes in a variety of gourmet flavors including brown sugar, carrot, and the formidable Buffalo hot wing. Customers can see their cakes dolloped with a choice of decadent frostings such as cookie-dough buttercream, lemon curd, and chocolate ganache. Star attractions include Candy Bar Craze, which introduces rich vanilla cake to milk-chocolate frosting topped with sliced Snickers pieces, and the Coconut Cloud, rich with buttercream bliss. Like the best food fights, some cupcakes can be made gluten-free. Since the chefs bake a limited amount of cakes each day, dessert seekers in the mood for something specific should try to give Fairy Cakes at least 24–48 hours' notice.
Feeding a crowd can often mean sacrificing quality for quantity, but not at Parkside’s Pizzeria. Owner Brenda does her culinary degree proud by fashioning each piping-hot pie to order and stuffing hot and cold subs with high-quality meat and cheeses. Specialty pizzas bear toppings as diverse as broccoli and cheddar or taco meat, lettuce, and tomatoes, whereas specialty bone-in or boneless wings arrive in a choice of seven sauces ranging from extra hot to charbroiled barbecue. To cater to different-size appetites, the shop offers most of its Italian specialties in a choice of two sizes, from modest 9-inch sandwiches and 12-inch pizzas to 2-foot party subs and expansive 24-slice sheet pizzas designed to fit over any standard mattress.
Zumba's dance-infused workouts were a natural progression for certified instructor Jayme Smith, who has been dancing since the age of 2. She began teaching at her mother's studio when she was just a teen, continuing to helm her own hour-long classes at Miss Barbara's School of Dance and Erie Community College today. The easy-to-follow steps set to upbeat Latin rhythms help students of all fitness levels burn calories, tone muscles, and prepare for impromptu dance parties in the grocery-store line.