by Doug Sitler

In the summertime, Buffalo is bursting at the seams with social events, big and small. A few weeks ago I attended the cozy “Party on the Portico” shindig at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society with a few co-workers and discovered the perfect way to wind down the week or begin the weekend. I guess the best way to visualize this event is imagine a really cool lawn party behind one of Buffalo’s most historically significant buildings.

The reason why I’m talking about a past event is because the next “Party on the Portico” is this Friday, June 25 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with the jazz-outfit Babik playing on the stately back terrace of the Historical Society.

After paying a $15 admission fee in the front lawn, which includes three drinks (including Buffalo’s yummy Flying Bison beer) and hors d’oeuvres, you walk through the musuem’s foyer to the back veranda. Strolling out onto the portico you are greeted with a signature Buffalo panoramic view of Mirror Lake and its Japanese Garden, the Marcy Casino, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

No ear-splitting rock music here, instead you’ll discover the music as the perfect background soundtrack to good conversations with friends or stimulating discussions with strangers.

The band plays on the top of the stairs, with attendees standing at the bottom of the staircase, sitting on the terrace’s walls, or off to a side lawn area. Unlike some music events, there is plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the band and the people-watching. The event is more than just music as you can take 15-minute introductory tours of the museum from knowlegable docents eager to show you the organization’s amazing collection.

If you’re looking for an intimate evening that is distinctly Buffalo, check out the next “Party on the Portico.”

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