My family went on a staycation of sorts this weekend, and I’d add our destinations — Allegany State Park and Letchworth State Park — to the list of recommendations.
We wanted to take a mini family vacation before my brother gets married and moves out of the country in a few weeks.
I find that traveling with my parents and brother intensifies our family dynamics, leading to more cheesy jokes than usual, bad renditions of “The Ants Go Marching Home” and spontaneous imitations of Monty Python’s “silly walks” by everyone but my mom, who just rolls her eyes.
I can’t deny that my family is strange, but I like our peculiar combination.
CHICKEN AND MUSIC — The Clarence Summer Orchestra, under the direction of maestro Arie Lipsky and with soloist Michael Ludwig, concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, will be combining Mozart with selections from “Chorus Line,” “The Sound of Music” and other pops hits during a concert on Sunday, July 22.
The concert starts at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a chicken barbecue held by the Clarence Rotary Club and benefiting the Concert Association. The barbecue will begin at 5 p.m. at the Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St., Clarence. The barbecue is $9 presale or $10 on concert day.
Concert admission is free. The next concert will be the Family Night Concert “Disney Comes to Clarence” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 29. For more information, call 759-6428 or go to www.clarence concert.org.
FOR THE WHISTLEBLOWERS — The Town of Clarence has a “Whistleblower Hotline” which allows people to anonymously share their comments and concerns. The hotline is available from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at 741-8929.
If callers wish to receive a response from the town, they can leave contact information. Councilman Peter Di- Costanzo referenced a recent call to the hotline during his report at the July 11 Town Board meeting. He said someone called to complain that a person was living in a garage on Strickler Road. The garage was checked and no living quarters were found, although the possibility that someone was staying there cannot completely be ruled out, he said.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY — Join Western New York Independent Living Inc. in celebrating the annual birthday of the Americans with Disabilities Act from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, in Shelter 2 at Sheridan Park, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda, next to the golf course.
The ADA was signed into law in 1990. The birthday celebration will include a full picnic, games and ADA trivia.
For additional information about the event, contact 836-0822, ext. 164.
OLYMPIC DREAMS — The Clarence Bee is looking for people who will attend the Summer Olympics in London. If you are planning to go, email email@example.com or call 204-4921.