OLAF FUB SEZ: It was English poet Thomas Cowper, born on this date in 1731, who wrote: “Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more.”
Explosion of colors rippling the sky,
Layers of light in a maze,
Tints of exotic hues
Filtering the drab gray of the heavens.
Etchings of pastels in nervous patterns
Slowly ebbing into a mystic black,
Shrouding into nothingness
Fading into night’s stillness.
– Honey Snitzer
ROCKS OF AGES – Town of Wilson Historian Francis Gallagher will make a special presentation entitled “The Cobblestone Corridor: Historical Architecture with a Truly Local and Unique Style” at 7 this evening in the Wilson Historical Society Barnum Building, 645 Lake St., Wilson. Admission is free. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
SWEET HARMONY – The Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus will offer “Celebration in Song,” the first concert of its 25th anniversary season, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St. All four of the group’s choirs will perform, including the newly created adult chorus, the Buffalo Master Chorale.
The program includes choral works from Bach to Lauridsen, ending with “Hope for Resolution” by Sean Ivory and Paul Caldwell, featuring the combined choirs with instrumental accompaniment.
WAR PATH – There were three sides in the War of 1812 – the Americans, the British and the Native Americans. Three scholars representing each of their views will talk about the war in a roundtable discussion at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court, Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Drive.
Outside the museum’s auditorium there also will be a display of 10 panels compiled by the Black Rock Historical Society depicting historic buildings in Black Rock and the role that the village played in the war. The lecture is included in the museum’s admission fee. For info, call Warren Glover at 836-2903.
CHRISTMAS PAST – Two holiday programs with a 19th century flavor are planned next weekend at the Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St. at Pavement Road, Lancaster.
On Saturday, there will be a Christmas tea, with seatings at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Hostesses in Victorian dress will serve tea sandwiches, homemade scones, muffins and petite desserts. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 children 10 and under. It’s not suitable for very young children. Reservations are a must. Call 741-7032.
A Christmas Open House will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, with hot cocoa, cider, cookies, stories and crafts for kids and a visit from Father Christmas.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for youth aged 10 to 16. Kids under 10 are free.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Dawn Fortuna, Donna Smolinski, Glenn Hoffman, Patricia E. Kelley, Jean Sullivan, Dr. Emmekunla Nylander, Theresa Mazur, Kathleen Szentesy, Brian Zakrzewski, Taylor Baldwin, Diane Maher, Erin Williams, Millie Driscall, John Lysenko, Theresa Woloszyn, Betty Mahony, MaryAnn Transki, Jason Cornwall, Jennifer Sieracki, Donald Pieczynski, Pat Martinez, Chester Danner, John Luterek, Chris Plewinski, Amy Popp, Carol Gajkowski, Andrew Dabek, Josephine Manuel, Luke Catanzaro, Gregg Leonard.