ADVERTISEMENT

Hey, Martha!

The editors of Martha Stewart Living highlight "Western New York's architectural gems" in the magazine's monthly feature On Our Radar. "Since most of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy is concentrated in the Midwest, we were excited to find out that the Buffalo area is home to a few prime examples of his work," they write.

"As an alternative to Vermont leaf-peeping, head west to take in the fall foliage and tour one of Wright's buildings, such as the Darwin Martin House," they tell readers. Find out more about a visit at www.darwinmartinhouse.org.

Road trip

With the weather starting to make us think about warm and fuzzy sweaters, it's a natural time for National Alpaca Farm Days, coming next Saturday and Sunday at alpaca farms across the country, including those in Western New York.

Most farms will host special activities and tours for the weekend, like meeting the soft and curious animals; fiber demonstrations (spinning, felting, weaving); and finding out more about the uses for the products that come from them.

According to a press release, "Alpacas are shorn, without harm, every 12 to 18 months. They produced five to 10 pounds of luxurious fiber. Long ago, alpaca fiber was reserved for royalty. Today it is purchased in its raw fleece form by hand-spinners and fiber artists."

There are nearby alpacas in Lockport, East Aurora, Collins and Ellicottville. For a complete list of participating farms and ranches, visit www.National?AlpacaFarmDays.com.

Backstage pass

Look behind the scenes at how it all comes together on stage when the Shaw presents Behind-the-Scenes@the Shaw Festival on Saturday and next Sunday, from 11 a.m. to noon. See what the actors see while the audience awaits them out front; wardrobes and wigs, dressing rooms and secret doors. Members of the production crew will reveal how they make those quick change-overs and keep track of a treasure chest's worth of props.

For more information, please visit www.shawfest.com or contact the Box Office at 1-800-511-7429 (local 905-468-2172) to reserve your spot.