Tonawanda News — KENMORE — In an age where the neighborhood welcoming committee is a bit of an anachronism, the Kenmore Village Improvement Society isn't just embracing the notion — it's throwing a party in celebration of it.
The KVIS New Neighbor Welcome Party will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kenmore Community Center, 135 Wilbur Ave. In particular, residents who have moved to Kenmore from January 2011 to the present are invited to attend the free event, but KVIS President Melissa Foster said the party is open to all, from those who've called Kenmore home for decades to any Western New Yorker who's interested.
"We really want to reach anyone who just moved to the village, to Kenmore, and say, 'Here are all the parts ... from schedules to menus to what churches are here, what clubs and organizations are here,' " Foster said. "We want to make it a really fun time ... so we decided to throw a party.
"Anyone can come. We did that because we realized that, if they come to this, they're still going to be learning about the village, even if they've lived here for 20, 30 years. It's really a pretty fun atmosphere."
Groups including the Kenmore Lions Club and the Zonta Club will have a presence, as will a number of local churches and businesses including Record Baron, Hofert Jewelers and more. There will also be demonstrations, gift bags for children and prize giveaways, Foster said.
In addition, representatives from local restaurants including Marco's, Jovi's Italian Grille & Bistro, Mike's Subs and Vince's Pizza Plus will attend — and many will provide opportunities to sample the menu.
One participant is the Kenmore Village Restaurant of Military Road, owned by Manny Skaros.
His wife, Barbara Skaros, whom Foster called "The Pie Lady of Kenmore," said the items on display will range from pies to a two-layer pineapple upside-down cake, baklava and a Greek specialty called bougatsa, asparagus bivan and créme brulee French toast, Get-Fit Kenmore items (fruit and nut salad and garden souvlaki), their beef shish-kabab soulavki dinner and decorated ice-cream-cone cupcakes. Samplings from the restaurant will include dutch apple squares, homemade rice pudding and cupcakes in flavors including bubblegum swirl, chocolate peanut butter and root beer float.