Last week, I traveled to Texas for a celebration of my grandfather’s 80th birthday. Many of my aunts, uncles and cousins were also able to make the trip, and we spent time going to the beach, hanging out at the hotel pool, eating delicious food and shop- ping.
We also enjoyed listening to my grandfather’s stories — you are never sure until the last sentence whether he’s recounting a factual anecdote or telling a joke.
I appreciated the opportunity to meet my cousin’s 9-month-old son and reconnect with everyone on the trip. I hope the next reunion is not far in the future.
CLOCKMAKER — The Clarence Historical Society is sponsoring a program next month that will highlight the life and career of Charles Rohlfs, the innovative furniture maker whose clock is on display at the Clarence Town Park Club House.
“An Evening With Charles Rohlfs,” set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, at the clubhouse, 10405 Main St., will feature historic personality performer Joseph Smith as Rohlfs.
Rohlfs (1853-1936) was a businessman and actor who gave up a fading career as a stipulation of his marriage to Anna Katharine Green, the first female mystery writer. He began making furniture about 1887 and later opened a workshop in Buffalo.
His work, which featured such styles as Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and proto modernism, included the hand-carved Flemish oak clock exhibited at the Pan American Exposition in 1901 and now on display at the clubhouse.
It has also been displayed at the Burchfield Penney Art Center and at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. An exhibit of Rohlfs’ work has also traveled throughout the United States in recent years.
The clock came to Clarence after it was donated to the Automobile Club of Buffalo for its country home in the town. It was included in the sale of the property to the Town of Clarence in the mid-1950s.
Smith, the New York City performing artist who will present the Rohlfs program, researches, writes and performs living history portrayals.
The society is asking for a $5 donation for the program, and reservations are preferred. Call 759-8575. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served.
ICE RINK INFO — An informational meeting to discuss the newly proposed ice rink at Eastern Hills Mall will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at Clarence Middle School auditorium, 10150 Greiner Road, Clarence Center. There will be representatives from the Clarence Community Recreation Corp. in attendance to present the rink information and answer questions. For details, call 830-4825.