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Festival Fest featuring "Small Change, BIG Impact"

Three new exhibits debut this weekend at the Buffalo Museum of Science.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — For this week's Festival Fest, we went to the Buffalo Museum of Science to preview "Small Change, BIG Impact" which opens Saturday, October 8. We chatted with David Cinquino, Director of Exhibits at the Buffalo Museum of Science.

Kelly Dudzik: "It's time for the Most Buffalo Story of the Day and today we're at the Buffalo Museum of Science with David Cinquino to tell us about three new exhibits opening this weekend and lots of bees. So where are we?" 

David Cinquino: "We're in the exhibit called The Fragile Bee. It's artwork by an artist named Nancy Macko. She resides in Southern California, and most of the work you see around the walls here will be from images and flora from Southern California, but right behind us in this display case here is our local component. We tied the exhibit to Tifft Nature Preserve, which is a an organization that we manage that's right here in the city limits of Buffalo, and we have our own beautiful flora and fauna there as well." 

Kelly Dudzik: "And the three exhibits all have this common theme. We'll get to the snow exhibit in a minute, but there is a giant rhino right over there in the other room. Tell us about the rhino."

David Cinquino: "The rhino is actually life-sized. We worked with an artist from Chicago who was very concerned about the plight of the last northern white rhino, moved so much that she wanted to create a piece in honor of that and try to help people understand why these things are important, why conservation and ecology are important things to us."

Kelly Dudzik: "So we made it to the snow exhibit and this I feel like is the most interactive of the three."

David Cinquino: "It allows you to interact and look at the seven different kinds of snow crystals and have some fun with it. In other parts of the world, some see snow, some do not, but it's very important to all of our ways of life."

"Small Change, BIG Impact" opens Saturday with a special event being held at the museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Here's the rest of Festival Fest:

The Slask Tour, featuring the Polish song and dance ensemble, is Thursday night at 8 at Hilbert College. Tickets are $60.

Party For The Park is Friday night from 6 to 9 at the Chestnut Ridge Park Casino with food, drinks, a silent auction, and live music. It's $50 a person. Funds raised support the Chestnut Ridge Conservancy. 

The 50th Annual Black Achievers Awards are Friday. The red carpet is at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Tickets are $125 a person.

The 46th Annual Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show & Sale runs Saturday through Monday at the Village Park in Perry. It opens at 10 a.m. all three days and includes the work of more than two hundred artists.

Pink with Purpose to support breast cancer awareness is Saturday from 11 a.m. to  4 p.m. at Lavocat's Family Greenhouse and Nursery in East Amherst. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation.

The Buffalo Gateway Chorus Meat Raffle is Saturday night from 7 to 9 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Depew. Pop, wine, and beer are included. Presale tickets are $8. You'll pay $10 at the door. 

The Wellsville Elks Scholarship Breakfast is Sunday morning from 7:30-11. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. It's to benefit their local scholarship fund.

And Trick-or-Treating for Adults runs all month long on the Niagara Wine Trail where you can pair wine and candy for $30 a person.

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