The SAM Foundation, since our inception over four years, has tried to become a voice of the entire music community in Western New York. We’ve presented shows in a variety of venues, offered free tickets all over town and offered our education programs in many different school settings.

Several months ago, we co-sponsored a music event at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, formerly called the Amherst Museum. Now we’re co-sponsoring a full weekend event on March 30 and 31, a Saturday and Sunday. BNHV is at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst, 14228. Look them up at

The Brothers Blue

The SAM Foundation will have a table set up with our membership information and merch, and we’re presenting The Brothers Blue as the music for both days. Most of you are probably familiar with The Brothers Blue; they’ve played several SAMF festivals, as well as frequent appearances at the Sportsmen’s Tavern and other music venues. They have a couple great CDs out and will appear at the Tavern on March 2 as part of the “Cross the Pond” show, which was terrific last year at this time. At the Maple Weekend, they will be playing approximately from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, formerly called the Amherst Museum, is an open-air museum located in Amherst, New York. The Museum is dedicated to preserving the history the Town of Amherst, the Village of Williamsville and the Niagara Frontier. A 35-acre site, the Museum includes 12 historic buildings moved from their original sites, including homes, one-room schoolhouses, a barbershop, and a church; a main exhibit building; a collections storage facility; the Niederlander Research Library; and, the Country Store.

If you’ve never been there, it’s great site that offers the Sottish Fest every August along with many other events throughout the year. This place is about as “Americana” as you can get. We look forward to an exciting collaboration with the BNHV.

Bob McLennan

More Maple Weekend Info:

  • Maple Weekend features a lumberjack breakfast and educational programming.
  • Featuring maple science demonstrations provided in partnership with Reinstein Woods and a maple sugar tour covering the history of maple sugaring, led by Maple Sugar experts and the BNHV’s oxen, Jack and Flynn. This tour features hands-on, interactive stops such as a tree tapping station, a 19th century sugar arch, maple sugar making in Elliott House, and maple taffy making in the Steffen Education Building. Hay rides will also be provided (weather permitting).
  • Museum, Farmstead (don’t forget to visit our chickens, sheep, ram, and oxen) and Historic Village will be open, with demonstrations by costumed interpreters, the Woodwrights Guild, the Blacksmiths Guild, the Quilters Guild, the Lace Guild, and the Weavers Guild.
  • The Museum Gift Shop and Rubeck House will have locally produced maple products for purchase.
  • Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for outdoor exploration.
  • Menu: Pancakes, Maple Syrup, Sausage, Eggs, Fruit Cocktail, Hot and Cold Beverages
  • Seatings: Breakfast will be served from 9:30 a.m. until noon in open seating style. Prepaying for your ticket(s) is encouraged, as it allows for ease of check-in at the Will-Call area on the day of.
  • Please note, tables can be reserved for large parties only (8+). To reserve a table for a large party, call 716-689-1440. Tables are reserved for 9:30 a.m. only. Party must check-in by 9:45 am or table will be released to open seating.
  • Tickets:
    Pancake Breakfast and Programming Tickets: Adult Ticket, $12; Child Ticket, $8
    Programming Tickets: Adults and Children are $8 each for Programming ONLY. For SAMF members, programming only tickets are only $5.   Programming only tickets are available for purchase at the door only.
  • Reservations recommended. Pancake Breakfast seatings sell out fast! Walk-ins are welcome, but the SNHV cannot guarantee a seat without a reservation.

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