Tonawanda News — Well, summer’s nearly here, and you know what that means! Newspapers, including this one, are bloated with articles recommending where to go, what to see and do, an avalanche of ideas for wallet-exploding adventures and fun the whole family! You need more suggestions, right?
I refer you to a modest list of that sort of thing, herewith, and be aware, each is a Ken-Ton attraction that will not take all day or the entire savings account, but feature the kind of things you’ll long warmly remember.
Let’s start with the Children’s Concerts, on the lawn of Kenmore Middle School, five consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning July 12 at 6 P.M. This remarkable, free, kid-oriented series, produced by the all-volunteer Kenmore Village Improvement Society, brings in local bands, explains to them their evening’s music patrons will be kids who want to hop around and dance to music, then turns everyone loose until it’s bedtime. Fresh air, families on lawn chairs and blankets, everyone digging the tunes in a manner bespeaking peace, love and understanding. No fighting, and note the parents comparing the strollers they brought to the rides in which the other kids arrive.
Donut enthusiasts know Krispy Kreme was a novelty act, but Paula’s Donuts, in a Sheridan Drive strip mall, is forever. Big, fat, magnificent, overstuffed donuts, reminiscent, for those old enough to reminisce, of Freddie’s Doughnuts, a Buffalo institution until 1989 that offered donuts the size of softballs and more filling than the law likely allowed (any more and it would have been regarded a jelly sandwich). A Paula’s donut makes everyone else’s look like half a donut.
The woodwork in Kenmore’s Church of the Advent is handmade and plentiful, ornate and complex, and all designed and executed by a parishioner and Kenmore resident, Arthur Werner. If this church was in Italy or Britain it would be a tourist attraction, and visitors, especially woodworkers, would line up to be overwhelmed by vine work, frames and other carvings throughout the nave of the church. Those not practicing the art form will want to sign up for classes; those who are will be awed, then close their toolboxes forever.