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.
In 1919, Henry H. Elbers hung up his hat as director of the Buffalo Botanical Gardens to start a new adventure: founding Elbers Landscape Service Nearly a century later, his enterprise still mows lawns and equips gardeners with trowels to comb their hair. The company’s landscaping experts spend their summers enlivening yards with new shrubs and trees, installing burbling fountains, and paving walkways. Their garden center outfits green-thumbed clients with supplies such as mulch, topsoil, and perennials and annuals. During icy winters, the professionals exchange their mowers for plows to evict squatting snowmen from driveways, sprinkle salt over sidewalks, and chip ice from stoops.
Despite spending most of their 125-plus-year history as a minor-league organization, the Bisons began play as a major-league club from 1879–85. All told, nearly 3,000 players and managers have donned the Bisons uniform, including 20 who have been immortalized in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Currently, the Bisons compete every summer for an International League title, as well as the Thruway Cup—a regional- and bragging rights–based trophy chased by the Bisons, the Rochester Red Wings, and the Syracuse Chiefs. The Bisons have done half of their competing since 1988 at Coca-Cola Field, which boasts the largest video board in the minors and an infield kept moist by hoses that spray water and not soda as the field’s name would suggest.
The staff at Spinner’s Rink dispatch rented roller-skates to feet of all ages and skating abilities so guests can jump, whirl, and boogie across the wooden floor. Packs of rolling revelers lap an oval track under technicolor lights during open skate sessions on Saturdays and Sundays and spin with all the grace of a gyroscope trapped in a blender. On Friday nights, kids ages 16 and younger can mingle in supervised skate and dance celebrations, and adults can skate until midnight on the first Friday of each month. After mastering their dodecatuple axels, skaters replenish themselves at the rink’s snack bar with hot dogs, pizza, and soda.
The welcoming interior of Two Sisters Cafe is dressed in cozy earth tones that invite leisurely eating. Diners can stop in for breakfast or lunch at an indoor table or scoot under the patio awning for alfresco eats. Choose from pancakes and omelets or breakfast specials, such as the mediterranean quiche with black olives and feta. At lunch, the kitchen whips up reubens, leafy salads, and paninis with Virginia baked ham.
Boasting a rugged, 3/8-mile D-shaped oval track, Merrittville Speedway supplies a dirt-dusted course for race warriors looking to burn rubber victoriously. Cheering audiences inhale the smell of blazing tires wafting through the air as specialty vehicles such as Modified Lites, Can-Am late models, four-cylinder trucks, and umbrella-wielding Mary Poppinses blast around the egg-shaped raceway for 25 laps. With two general admission tickets in tow, automobile enthusiasts can catch the action from grandstand seating while snacking on concessions (not included in today's deal) or hugging novelty speedway items (not included in today's deal). Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m.