Please Register ASAP for The Summer Picnic at Faun Lake!


Can you believe how fast time is going?  It’s now July and as you know, Saturday, July 30th is our Summer Picnic at Faun Lake.  We need all those who plan on attending the Summer Picnic at Faun Lake to Register on the site as soon as possible because we will be buying hot dogs, hamburgers, rolls, plates, knives and such so we need to know an exact count of how many people will be attending this year so we can have enough food for everyone who will be there.  We will be shopping for the food the week of the event so please make sure you are registered prior to Monday, July 25th.

We also need to know who will be attending because as you know, it is being held at my summer home and in order to get through the gate to our property you must be on the guest list that will be given to the front office for them to let you in.  Don’t be locked out of all the fun!

You can Register for the Summer Picnic by CLICKING HERE.

Thank you to those that have already registered and we’ll see you at Faun Lake!


“Bootprints” July Newsletter

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   “Bootprints”July 2011

A note from our President

We have had a pretty good summer so far with some very exciting hikes led by our event coordinators.  It is great to see so many new faces on our hikes and it has been a pleasure meeting all of you.  The rest of this summer will be jam packed with fun events so make sure to register early so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!  A big THANK YOU goes out to the Event Coordinators for putting together and leading these awesome hikes and to all of our members, new and old, who come out and hike the trails with The Buffalo Hiking Group.  I hope to see all of you at our Summer Picnic!

Happy Trails,
— Chris Henning

Website Upgrades:

We recently upgraded the website and you will notice changes were made in the Events Section. We will post instructions on how to register for events on theMessage Board. You may have also noticed some changes with the Calendar and Time Format that were requests from our members to make things easier.

Upcoming Events

Zoar Valley Hike!
10am, Tops Parking Lot in Derby

Chestnut Ridge Park Hike!
6pm, Newton Rd. Parking Area

“Buffalo’s Own High Line” DL&W First Ward Hike
9:30am, The Swannie House

Chestnut Ridge Park Hike
6pm, Newton Rd. Parking Area

Orienteering Hike at Emery Park
10am, Main Parking Area

Chestnut Ridge Park Hike
6pm, Newton Rd. Parking Area

Summer Picnic at Faun Lake
11am, Faun Lake

For more details & to register for these events, visit

BHG News: Special Events

The Buffalo Hiking Group is working on some very exciting events in the upcoming weeks that are above and beyond the scope of normal group events and will be open to non-members.  We will be having our first Wellness Event held at Minty Wellness Resort, Spa, Hotel & Restaurant and sponsored by Nourish and Grow Health Coaching.  Tickets will be on sale soon and all members get special pricing!  For more details check out The Buffalo Hiking Group Blog!  More events are in the works so keep posted!

The 1st Annual Wellness Event Is In The Works!

On Saturday August 6th 2011 The Buffalo Hiking Group will be hosting The 1st Annual Wellness Event!

For this event, members and friends are invited to join in an easy paced hike on the beautiful ground of Western New York’s only Vegan & Organic Health Spa, Hotel & Restaurant, Minty Wellness!  

After our hike we will be heading back to the restaurant at Minty Wellness for a  Gourmet Vegan Feast.  We will have a  special presentation from Chef Jay, the head chef at Minty Wellness, enlightening us on his background and what it is like being a vegan chef.

Jennifer Henning, Local Health Coach and Owner of Nourish and Grow Health Coaching (and my wife!), will share the health benefits of the food we will be eating and how changing the way we eat today can change our lives forever.  Jennifer will be on hand throughout the day if anyone has any questions about Health Coaching.

Tickets for this event will be $17.50 for Buffalo Hiking Group Members and $22.50 for non-members and will be available soon (sold online only). Includes Hike, Presentation, Meal & Taxes….Gratuity Not Included.

Email with any questions you might have and he will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!

Event Sponsors:

Minty Wellness

      Nourish and Grow Health Coaching

Meet Our New Event Coordinators!

The Buffalo Hiking Group Adds Two New Event Coordinators!

If you have been on some of our recent events you have probably met them already but I will give you a brief introduction.

Rainee VanNatter

Rainee has been a long time member of The Buffalo Hiking Group as well as Buffalo Orienteering.  She is an avid outdoorswoman who has many interests including hiking, orienteering, geocaching and bicycling.  She really is a master with the gps and can be seen dashing in and out of the forest in search of caches and orienteering controls.  Rainee has organized and led quite a few events already with many more yet to be planned.


Gloria Lupkin
In Her Own Words.

I decided to jump into this with two feet for the fitness aspect of it. I started a serious workout schedule about four years ago that I continue to this day (with some modifications), and although I have greatly improved my health, some aspects of my workout regimen stopped working for me. The weight training and running were taking a toll on my joints. So one Saturday I skipped body pump and went for a pretty fast paced hike and I felt as though I had run a 5K, but without pain. I felt great! So I have changed my motto from “no pain no gain” to “all gain no pain”.

A little about myself…..

I am a native of Buffalo and live in the south towns with my husband and son. I work part time for an education institution in Buffalo. I have always loved outdoor activities and have been on some amazing hikes. I have hiked the Grand Canyon, Buttermilk Falls in Ithaca, Watkins Glen, several trails in the Adirondacks and Letchworth State Park and Zoar Valley. I have also hiked a few trails in Canada, Whirlpool State Park and farther north around Lake Simcoe. I also enjoy rafting and kayaking.

I plan on coordinating mid week hikes primarily in the south towns, not to exceed two hours in length. I will also assist the other coordinators with their hikes when needed. I want to give members of the Buffalo Hiking Group an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors during the week.


The Buffalo Hiking Group welcomes our two new event coordinators and thanks them for volunteering their time to offer members some additional events during the month!

Buffalo Hiking Group March Events Bulletin

Spring Is On Its Way!

What a winter we’ve had here in Western New York!  It certainly has been a true winter, unlike many of the past!

The Buffalo Hiking Group certainly kept busy over these colder months with snowshoeing, hiking, The Powder Keg Festival, Happy Hours and The Shamrock Run but we are definitely ready to welcome back the warm weather!  As the weather improves you will see many more events being planned as it is a lot easier to navigate a lot of the areas when there isn’t a boatload of snow to maneuver around!

If you are out hiking as the seasons transition, remember to be very careful where are you hiking as there may be water underneath what looks to be packed snow.  Always hike with someone as well just in case something should happen!

We thank you all for your ideas on places to hike, keep the ideas coming because we will be planning a lot of hikes this year!

See you at the next event!

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 9th

Riverwalk Hike to The Grand Island Bridge & Ice Cream at Old Man Rivers!

This will be an easy paced hike on flat terrain down the Riverwalk in Tonawanda.
We’ll meet in the parking lot across from Mississippi Mudd’s & Old Man Rivers on Niagara Street and then we’ll hike down the Riverwalk to the Grand Island Bridge then make our way back.  We’ll then get some delicious ice cream or other delights at Old Man River’s.  They even have a clam shack in the back for those who are interested!
This will be rescheduled if the weather does not cooperate!

CLICK HERE to register for this event!

Saturday, April 16th

The Buffalo Riverkeeper Shoreline Clean-Up at Red Jacket Park

Twice a year The Buffalo Hiking Group participates in the Buffalo/Niagara Riverkeeper Shoreline Clean-Up.  This is a really impactful event that helps out our great parks and waterways.  This is a Family Event and everyone is welcome to attend, not just members. The clean-up is from 9am to 12pm and a FREE PICNIC LUNCH will follow sponsored by The Buffalo/Niagara Riverkeeper.  I hope that you all can help out and give a couple hours of your time to help save our precious waterways!

CLICK HERE for the complete details and to register for this event!

Sunday, May 1st

2011 Buffalo MS Walk

Each year, The Buffalo Hiking Group participates in the Buffalo MS Walk to help raise money for research to find a cure for MS.  MS affects many people and there is a good chance that you know someone with MS.  Maybe a family member?  A friend?  A co-worker?  Without volunteers who participate in fund raising efforts, the research it will take to find a cure for MS will be light years away so it is very important that we do what we can to speed that process up.

Can you help?

Join The Buffalo Hiking Group Team by CLICKING HEREand search for The Buffalo Hiking Group.  Then click on JOIN TEAM.  Every penny raised will go a long way in the fight against MS.

Saturday, May 7th

Riverwalk Hike to North Tonawanda & Ice Cream at Old Man Rivers!

This is an easy paced hike on flat terrain down the Riverwalk in Tonawanda.
We’ll meet at the parking area across from Mississippi Mudd’s and Old Man Rivers on Niagara Street in Tonawanda.  From there we will hike up the Riverwalk through Tonawanda and into North Tonawanda.
After we will stop for some tasty treats at Old Man Rivers!

CLICK HERE to register for this event!

Saturday, June 4th

National Trails Day 2011


As a member of The American Hiking Society (founders of National Trails Day), The Buffalo Hiking Group believes in giving back and helping Mother Nature as much as possible so in an effort to do just that we will be holding a Trail Clean-Up and Educational Day on June 4th 2011 to celebrate National Trails Day.  The location for this event is still to be determined but we are looking for suggestions.  If you have any, please email them

The activities we would like to run are:

1)  Litter and Garbage pick-up on the trails.

2)  Eduction on the principles of “Leave No Trace”.

3)  Group led trail hikes.

4)  Kids Outdoor Safety Education.

5)  Adults Outdoor Safety Education.

We are going to need volunteers to help out in all of these areas. Is there any area where you think you can help?  Please email Chris at and let him know in what area you would like to help.

For more information about National Trails Day check out the American Hiking Society’s web page all about it byCLICKING HERE.

CLICK HERE to Register for this Event!

Saturday, July 30th

Summer Cook-Out & Family Hike at Faun Lake!

Chris & Jen Henning invite you out to their summer home at Faun Lake for a day of hiking, swimming, hot-tubbing, kayaking and cooking out!
The last event was a great time and so many people brought so many wonderful dishes to pass! Faun Lake is a private eco-friendly community with miles of hiking trails, 2 huge lakes for kayaking & fishing, swimming pool, beach, hot tub and playgrounds for kids.  It is located in the Wyoming County town of Bliss and is about 45 minutes from Buffalo.
We will have everyone meet at 11am at the parking area by the beach, from there we can take the food back to the cabin while we hike.  We’ll take a couple mile hike on the nature trails then come back and fire up the grills at the park next to the beach for lunch.  After lunch you can make use of the swimming pool, hot tub, bocce courts, beach or whatever you would like to do.  I am sure there will be food enough left so if you want to make an entire day of it and cook up dinner you can as well.  For those who would like to stay later, bring some marshmallows for roasting over a camp-fire at Chris & Jen’s cabin.
CLICK HERE to Register for this event!

Happy Hour at Ireland’s Own! With Leon & The Forklifts Performing!

Saturday, February 26 · 7:00pm – 11:30pm

Ireland’s Own (Buffalo’s Finest Bar)

2163 Seneca St.
Buffalo, NY

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Come on out for an evening of fun at Ireland’s Own in Buffalo! The bar/restaurant was just purchased and still has the awning on it that says “Buffalo’s Finest Bar” but the name has changed to Ireland’s Own and has new owners Ron & Dave.

Ireland’s Own is a very spacious place. It has two pool tables, darts, shuffle bowling, 2 bars and a huge back room for dining and hanging out. They serve food and many different drinks as well, all at very affordable prices.

Here is Ireland’s Owns Facebook Page:

We will meet at Ireland’s own starting at 7pm for drinks and fun times. At 9pm you are all in for a treat, Leon & The Forklifts are playing! If you have never heard Leon & The Forklifts before they are a must see. They are known as The Sultans of Swing, Rock & The Blues and really live up to their name. Check out their website for some samples

Stay as long as you like, I am sure that it is going to be a great time because Leon & The Forklifts never disappoint!

There is plenty of parking on the street, in the parking lot next door or the parking lot behind the building.

I hope to see you all there!


Shamrock Run Anyone?


So I’m thinking of participating in the Shamrock Run this year.  I wouldn’t be running in it since my hip doesn’t allow for it and I am in no way in shape enough to run 8k.  If members of The Buffalo Hiking Group or just a bunch of friends are interested in participating in it as well maybe we can all walk in it together as a group.  I have always went down for the party after and it is always such a good time.  The entrance fee goes to a good cause as well.

Here are the details of the Shamrock Run:

Distance 8K (4.97 miles)
When Saturday March 5th 2011 12:00pm
Registeration Old 1st Ward Community Center
62 Republic St (Gene McCarthy Way)
Buffalo, NY 14204
Cost $22.00 late registration $25.00 starts March 2nd
first 3,000 get a Shamrock Run Hooded Sweatshirt.
Awards Given proportionally up to 10th place Male & Female 14 and under 15- 19, 20-24, 25-29, 30- 34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84 and 85 and over.
Post race Party at the OFW Center, includes refreshments, beer in beer tent (bib number need to enter) Non runners may enter for $10.
Any Questions call the Old 1st Ward Center 716-856-8613  or email