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Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 9:03 am

Photos: Summer in the City rocks on despite cloud cover and cool temperatures

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Summer in the City

It was more like Autumn in the City than Summer in the City, but that didn't stop people from coming out, having a good time and enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of Batavia's premier summer event.

Terry Buchwald as Elvis was as entertaining as ever and the classic cars still managed to shine.

We didn't have a winner in our $100 T-shirt giveaway, but I did hand out five Dave's Ice Cream gift cards to fans of The Batavian.

Here's something I didn't know until a couple of days ago: Daily News photographer Mark Gutman restores classic VW buses. He had one of his buses (from 1960) at the car cruise yesterday.

To purchase prints, click here.

Friday, August 15, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Photos: Prepping for Summer in the City

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, BID, downtown, Summer in the City

Preperations are under way for tomorrows Summer in the City in Downtown Batavia.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and includes live music, food, vendors and classic cars.

Come on out, have some fun, and wear your T-shirt from The Batavian.

Photographer Amanda Earl captured some shots late this afternoon of the BID's Don Burkel, Laurie Oltramari and Jeff Gillard as they marked off vendor booth space on Main Street.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 9:14 am

Street closures for Summer in the City on Saturday

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, BID, downtown, Summer in the City

Summer in the City is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Here's the notice of streat closures for the day:

Streets closed (barricades) at 7:30 a.m.:  Main, Bank, Center, School, Jackson, Court & Jefferson:

Bank at Washington (For Race Only)
Bank at Alva
Main at Upton Monument
Main at Liberty / Summit
Jackson at Ellicott
Center at School
Court at Ellicott  / Parking Lot Entrances /Bank Drive-Thru
Jefferson at Intersection Tonawanda Valley & Wendy’s Parking Lots
Wendy’s -- Main Street Entrance

Main Stage: Will be located in front of Wendy’s / County Building #1 on Main Street facing east. Entertainment begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

Vendors: Crafters and nonprofits & KidsZone located on Main, Court & Jefferson. Food vendors will be on the north side of Main Street from in front of Larry’s Steakhouse, west to corner of Main & Jefferson. Commercial vendors on the south side of Main Street from corner of Court to Center Street. BID Businesses south side from Jackson to Center Street.

Super Cruise: Vehicles will be on the north side of Main Street from Jackson Street, east to Liberty / Summit, and the south side from Center to Liberty Street. They will also be on Jackson, School & Center streets and a segment of Bank Street.

Donny Carroll 5K Race: Start/ Finish line will be at the entrance of Bank of America Drive-Thru.  The race starts at 9 a.m. and ends finishes by 10:30 a.m.

Access To Parking Lots:  Court / Jackson access off of Ellicott Street;
                                            Alva access off of Alva Place & Bank Street (after 5K Race
                                            ends at 10:30 a.m.);
                                           Center Street access off of School Street

Reopen streets at 11 p.m.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Summer in the City is this Saturday in beautiful Downtown Batavia

post by Billie Owens in Summer in the City

Press release:

Downtown Batavia  –  “Bring Your Feet Downtown” to the Batavia Business Improvement District’s 11th Annual “Summer in the City” Festival in beautiful Downtown Batavia from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16.

More than 5,000 people attend this event annually – rain or shine.

There will be more than 65 vendors. Food concessions will be serving: BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, fried dough, lobster rolls, pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, and ice cream and lots more delicious treats.

Artists and crafts persons will have several booths featuring a variety of artwork, furniture, jewelry and unique clothing and gifts for sale.

A super entertainment lineup throughout the afternoon and evening on the Main Stage located on Main Street near Wendy’s. 

  • Corfu Pembroke Community Band starts things off at 11 a.m.
  • Old Hippies with favorites from the '60s and '70s (12-1 p.m.)
  • Area Dance Groups (1-2 p.m.)
  • BHS Trumpet Ensemble ( 2-3 p.m.)
  • Terry “Elvis” Buchwald will be rock’n' Downtown ( 4- 6 p.m.)
  • The headliner: Mitty & The Followers will have everyone dancing to their MoTown and R&B sounds ( 7-9 p.m.)

KidsZone is bigger and better with five bounce houses, games, face painting and lots more for the entire family throughout the day. The Zone will be located on Court Street.

A Super Car Cruise and Motorcycle Alley for car and cycle enthusiasts with over 400 vehicles of all kinds. This includes vans and trucks. Parking will be on Main, Bank, Center and Jackson streets.

For runners and walkers the 33rd Donald R. Carroll 5K Race & Walk will take place at  9 a.m. on Bank Street. Registration is 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. Register online at: DonCarrollrace.com

*** New this year --  Chalk Art Fest with artists creating unique artwork on Downtown Batavia’s streets. Artists will begin their masterpieces on Friday, Aug.15th at 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 16.  Prizes will be awarded. Contact: [email protected]

Be healthy at United Memorial Medical Center’s Health Fair under the big tent on East Main Street featuring all kinds of heathy lifestyle tips and testing.

For more information Call 585-344-0900 or visit the B.I.D. Web site at www.downtownbataviany.com

Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 8:40 am

Photos: The biggest yet Summer in the City

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Summer in the City

There were 57 vendors at the 10th Annual Summer in the City yesterday. Don Burkel, Business Improvement District director, said more classic cars showed up than ever before. It's impossible to count how many people were there, but it sure seemed like -- and Burkel agreed -- that more people showed up than ever before.

And it was a beautiful day.

Thanks to the City Fire Department for letting me ride up into the sky over the city in Ladder 15 to get some aerial shots.

Thanks to the dozens and dozens of people who stopped by our booth and said great things about The Batavian, especially the ones who followed up by becoming members of The Batavian Club. Your support is so greatly appreciated. Thanks to Bonnie Marrocco for helping out in our booth. 

I missed Don Carroll's 5K race, so I apologize about that.

Next to our booth, I set up a big U.S. flag that I normally use for awards dinners and took photos of several people who stopped by our booth. If I took your picture and you wish to purchase a print, follow this link.

To purchase prints, click here.

Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 8:12 am

Lots to see and do Downtown today at 10th Annual Summer in the City

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, Summer in the City

It's the biggest day of the year for the City of Batavia with the arrival of Summer in the City.

This is the 10th year for the Downtown event, which opens at 11 a.m. and goes until 9 p.m.

There will be over 45 vendors. Food concessions will be serving: BBQ, hot dogs & hamburgers, fried dough, pizza, and ice cream and lots more delicious treats. Artists & crafts persons will have a variety of artwork, jewelry and clothing for sale.

The entertainment lineup runs throughout the afternoon and evening. Downtown will be rock’n with Terry Buchwald is on stage from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. performing as Elvis and also doing a country music show. Hit N Run takes the stage at 6 p.m. and performs until 8 p.m.

There is also a kids' zone and classic cars.

At 6:15 p.m. is the 32nd Donald R. Carroll 5K Race and Walk, starting on Bank Street.

City firefighters will be holding a free child passenger safety seat check at the Fire Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 18 Evans St.

The following street closures are in effect now through 11 p.m.:

  • Bank at Alva Place

  • Bank at Washington (Closes at 3 p.m. / Reopens at 
 7:30 p.m.)
    
  • Main at Upton Monument
  • Main at Liberty / Summit

  • Jackson at Ellicott
 
  • Center at School
  • Court at Ellicott  / Parking Lot Entrances /Bank Drive-
Thru
  • Jefferson at Intersection Tonawanda Valley &
  Wendy’s Parking Lots
  • Wendy’s -- Main Street Entrance

Other events going on today: The East Pembroke Mud Races, a 5K run at Frostridge and Hogs for Paws at Stan's.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Photos: Summer in the City 2012

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, Summer in the City

Well, it looks like it was a beautiful day in Batavia for Summer in the City, judging by these pictures from Steve Ognibene.

More pictures after the jump (click on the headline):

Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Downtown 5K Run/Fun Walk to benefit Toys for Kids is Saturday

Ready, set, go! Join the 5K Run/Fun Walk starting at 6:15 Saturday afternoon to benefit Donald R. Carroll's Toys for Kids program. The 5K is in conjunction with historic Downtown's Summer in the City.

All proceeds help make Christmas wishes come true for disadvantaged children in our community.

Check out the Web site at DonCarrollrace.com to register online. The first 75 entries get a T-shirt.

Preregistration is $20. High school students pay $10 (no shirt giveaway). On race day, registration is $25 and you can register from 3 to 6 p.m. at Bank and Main streets near the Senior Center.

The course is certified to be accurate by USA Track & Field ( #NY06914KL). The Start Line (6:15 p.m. SHARP) is Main and Bank by the Senior Center. The Finish Line is there also.

Trophies will be awarded to the best overall male and female; and first-, second- and third-place trophies by age category. There will be no duplicate winners.

Afterward, there will be a 31st Anniversary Party Extravaganza, free for all participants with race numbers, and guests are welcome for a $5 donation. The party will feature music and dancing, chicken BBQ, turkey dogs, yogurt, freshly sliced fruit, ice cold water, and a beer coupon.

Sponsors of the event are:

  • T-Shirts, Etc.
  • Southside Deli
  • That Taco Place
  • Wortzman Furniture
  • Jerry Arena's Pizzeria
  • Center Street Smoke House
  • Clor's Meat Market
  • Amputee Treatment Center
  • Max Pies Furniture
  • Grace Baptist Church
  • The Insurance Center
  • Coffee Culture
  • The Enchanted Florist
  • Downtown Batavia Business District
  • Lays Potato Chips
  • The Batavian
Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

UMMC holds Health Fair Saturday at Summer in the City

post by Billie Owens in batavia, Summer in the City, UMMC

At Summer in the City this Saturday, United Memorial Medical Center will have a Health Fair featuring free health screenings, giveaways, raffles, refreshments, information and more.

It will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the tent at Cary Hall, located at 211 E. Main St. -- near the car show.

Bring your kids and grandkids!

Jeremy Newman of WBEE 92.5 will have a live remote broadcast from 2 to 4 p.m.

The free health screenings offered are for blood pressure, blood glucose, total cholesterol. Also, men's prostate health checks will be available from 2 to 4 p.m.

Community partners for the event, which will be there with giveaways and information, are:

  • Genesee County Sheriff's Office
  • Genesee Veterans Support Network
  • Community Action
  • County Department of Health
  • Lovey's Imagination Station
  • UMMC Infection Prevention
  • Summit PT and OT
  • UMMC Cardiac Rehab
  • UMMC Foundation
  • Healthy Living
  • Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center
  • Maternity
  • Fidelis Care
  • Dr. William Guthringer
  • GC Office for the Aging
  • VNA of WNY
  • NYS Public Service Commission
  • Genesee ARC
  • Jerome Senior Apartments
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • MVP
  • GCASA
  • Homecare and Hospice
  • Dr. Irene Burns
  • Allergy Advocacy Association
  • Justice for Children Advocacy Center
  • ProcAir and UMMC Sleep Services
  • Crossroads
Monday, August 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

Street closings announced for Summer in the City on Saturday

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, Summer in the City

Starting at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, the streets of Downtown Batavia, will start closing so vendors, classic car owners, food stands and musicians can start setting up for Summer in the City.

Main Street will be closed in both directions from Court Street to Liberty Street. Court, Jackson, Center and Bank streets will all be closed.

For a map of closures and locations of Summer in the City attractions, click here (pdf). For more detail on closures, click here (pdf).

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