OUR PREMIER COMPANION PAPER TO THE PBS TV EPISODES
Welcome to the Small Town WNY TV Show companion paper! Over the years creating & producing Discovering WNY, it was always a future goal to be able to produce a free regional companion paper for that show for everyone in WNY to enjoy. So, with that show and the pandemic now behind me and Small Town WNY in front of me, I thought it was finally time to bring an accompanying paper to the show to fruition. Physical copies of each new issue will be available exclusively through the sponsors locations you'll find in each current issue and will change with each issue. This way, it gives people another reason to stop by our awesome sponsors businesses as well as it will help spread the issues around a bit more than we would otherwise if we only had a few set regional locations to pick up your physical copy of the paper. You'll also be able to find all the digital online issues here on the website and you can always just subscribe to the physical paper HERE and get the issues delivered right to your door. All our subscriptions come with our super-cool Book Shelf Box Se collector's case for all of that year's issues plus, you'll receive an exclusive Collector's Box Set Small Town WNY logo sticker too! Thank you for checking out the paper and I truly hope you enjoy everything you'll find inside! ~AA
Fresh off of the hot-heels of the pandemic and my initial PBS travel show, Discovering WNY, Small Town WNY is my second PBS series (my 9th TV series overall) that finds me exploring small towns throughout the entire state. And while you'll still find the more popular destinations on the show, I'll mostly be digg'n deep and "discovering" the lesser known and off the beaten path small towns that I believe, truly deserve a visit or two or even a weekend stay. It's a show whose time has been a long time coming for the WNY region. ~AA
A monthly impromptu review of the 4 towns I visited during the month for the PBS TV show with occasional regional/town guest interviews & a few fun & interesting feature segments like "Just another day in Ebenezer's Woods", "Towns & Tales", "Small Town Potential" & more!
On this episode of the Small Town WNY Podcast, I have a great conversation with Bob, the owner of the Fitting Place, an awesome & long-standing Children's shoe store in Southgate Plaza in West Seneca about all things life & running a decades old, established small business.
Small Town WNY (The Fitting Place - West Seneca, NY).mp3
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A bit about... Sifl & Herbert
Sifl is a salamander & Herbert a turtle. Together, they are the primary characters of the Small Town WNY comic strip. They were captured by two brothers, Francis and Henry, while they were on a camping trip with their Grandparents in the Adirondacks and taken back to their home to a small town that sits perched on the shores of a beautiful lake in Western New York State. Now, instead of exploring and having adventures every day in their natural habitats, Sifl and Herbert spend a good deal of their time plotting their pretty regular escapes while occasionally watching the TV and computer screen that Francis keeps on for them 24/7 on his desk across the room to keep them company while him and Henry are in school. But the only thing the TV and computer screens really ever seems to serve is to twist & distort Sifl and Herbert's already cynically dark view of human existence as they ponder the meaning of it all and take the piss out of each other to pass the time and fixate on their own little, literal window to the outside world.
READ THE TALE OF... "THE COAT THAT WOULDN'T COME OFF!"
A timeless tale of humility & gratitude
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THE COAT THAT WOULDN’T COME OFF! An Ebenezer’s Woods Tale by A. A. Augustine
Johnny was a rich boy. He lived on a Grand Old Estate on the South side of town. He was as spoiled as a Sultan’s son and that’s probably much more than you or I can ever imagine it to be. One day, the family servants were on Holiday and Johnny’s Mother had to send him to the store to pick up some groceries for the evening meal. “Now don’t talk to strangers and please don’t pick up anything else along the way. Only to the store and home! Got it Mr.?!” Said Johnny’s Mother sternly. “Yes, Ma’m, only to the store and straight home!” parroted Johnny. “Here’s the list and five dollars and make sure
The 700+ photographs below were all taken on my location scouting trips. They are also what I use to gauge the overall look and feel for the cinematography for all of the travel shows as well as to simply keep me on-point during the actual video shoots as they can sometimes go off in unforeseen, tangential directions. Do the shows look exactly like these photographs? Well, not quite yet, but it's getting there. I am continually learning, improving, digging deeper and taking more chances with each and every segment I create and produce. My philosophy is simple. If I can capture it
a still camera, then there's no reason that I can't translate that into the gorgeous imagery I have in mind for the show's cinematography. Many people tell me it's good as it is, but "good" is never "good enough" around here and if you know anything about me at all, you know how brutally true that statement can be. I am unbearably hard on myself and continually working toward world-class-best, hyper-creative, raw-real-candidly open-expressionism with all of the imperfectly perfect mistakes and warts that can come with it. The photographs below are just a tiny glimpse of what I have in store for you! ~AA
If you head to my band, solo or especially my engineering and production sections on my "Anth-ology" page, you'll probably be left scratching your head at the stylistic differences between what you'll hear in the music I wrote below and the caustic, visceral music I seemed to gravitate to, wrote and performed in my solo, band and production projects for my record label. You see, I've had a deep love for Dave Brubeck, Vince Guaraldi, Glenn Miller, Gershwin, Ellington, Carmichael and Berlin etc... etc... ever since my Grandparents first weened my fragile, impressionable ears on them all when I was too little to even remember. Where would modern music be without these composers? In their own way, to me, these are the original punks as they each stretched and
moved boundaries like no other generation before them. And as much as my kids TV shows were pretty dang punky themselves, they owed a lot to the mid-century kids TV shows I grew up watching on UHF and local cable stations when I was a kid in WNY. There was just something about the hyper-loose-creative and unique energy of these shows simply because they had no references to follow and they had no idea what the hell they were doing. They were making it all up as they went along and I always found that era so inspiring that I literally have created six kids TV shows honoring the era! All in all, the music I write for my TV shows is vastly different than the music I would write for myself, but I think it suites them pretty well, thank you very much! ~AA