Seneca Street, in the heart of Larkinville, has recently been boosted by two new and bustling businesses near the neighborhood’s main destination of Larkin Square. In the spirit of collaboration, these new neighbors will present the inaugural Larkinville Ice Festival, with free family-friendly fun in Larkin Square and at both the new Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant & Brewery and Flying Bison Brewing Company.
The festivities run from 11am-3pm on Saturday, January 31st, with each location presenting its own signature entertainment offerings. Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.) will be filled with fun – outdoor activities offering snow sculptures, snowman-building station,winter pickleball, Kan Jam, bubbles, crafts and more, including Buffalo Pedal Tours’ pedal-powered pub crawler, a 14-seat trolley that will give free rides around Larkinville on the hours of 12, 1 and 2pm.
Among the attractions inside The Filling Station in Larkin Square will be themed food and drinks along with informal talks from neighborhood historian Chris Hawley (noon- 12:45 pm) on local icon Sweet Peggy O’Neil, Community Beer Works co-founder Ethan Cox (1:00pm – 1:45 pm) on his brand new book, Buffalo Beer: The History of Brewing in the Nickel City (copies to be sold onsite by Talking Leaves Books). In addition, The Filling Station will serve a limited menu of soups, paninis, hot pretzels and drinks.
Across the street from Larkin Square, the Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.) will present its weekly Bagels & Brooze brunch with live music. (716) GAL-LERY, the antique phone booth turned into Buffalo’s smallest art gallery, will see the opening of “A Pie-Eyed Night with Peggy O’Neil” by Mickey Harmon, complete with an illustrated book about the singer from Seneca Street who became the first person interviewed on live television.
Down at the new Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca St.), tours, tastings, and a trio of food trucks will flank an outdoor ice bar and an iconic ice bison carved by culinary students at Erie and Niagara County Community Colleges.
“Our inaugural Ice Fest will serve to not only celebrate wintertime fun in Buffalo, but also to welcome our new neighbors and the entire community to the growing heart of Larkinville,” said Larkin Square Director of Fun Leslie Zemsky. “We’re excited to see all this fun enjoyed by visitors of all ages.”