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Sally Cunningham

Certified Nursery& Landscape Professional (CNLP), professional speaker, and author of Great Garden Companions (Rodale Books). She leads Great Garden Travel for AAA of Western & Central New York, teaching and showing travelers the wonders of gardens in Europe, Canada and the U.S.  Sally is also a weekly Buffalo News columnist, featured Buffalo Spree Magazine writer, and has provided gardening advice weekly for nearly twenty years on Channel 4 (WIVB-TV). She provides education and consults at Lockwood’s Greenhouses in Hamburg, New York and was a Cornell Cooperative Extension agent. She co-founded and was Executive Director for the first four years of Buffalo’s own National Garden Festival. Sally is offering one talk every day, with drawing for prizes as well!

Thurs. Feb. 21 
Get Ready to Garden!
Sally’s high-speed primer for great gardens: Soil prep, Choosing flowers and veggies, Planting, Watering, Pest prevention, and What’s new this year…. All questions welcome! Door prizes and book signing to follow: Buffalo Style Gardens by Sally with Jim Charlier)

Friday. Feb. 22
Buffalo Style Gardens
Based on her new book, Sally shows you the amazing gardens of the Buffalo Niagara region with ideas you can take home about garden design, art and hardscape, and great plants. (New book just out: Buffalo Style Gardens by Sally with Jim Charlier–signing to follow) Door prizes to be drawn 

Saturday, Feb. 23 
Landscape and Garden Myths and Wisdom—What we’ve learned
Things have changed during the last decades about planting, pruning, soil, lawn care, design, and  pest management—not to mention the plants available for your yard and gardens! Sally will bust some myths, recommend best practices, and answer any questions. (New book just out: Buffalo Style Gardens by Sally with Jim Charlier–signing to follow) Door prizes.

Buffalo Style Gardens
Based on her new book, Sally shows you the amazing gardens of the Buffalo Niagara region with ideas you can take home about garden design, art and hardscape, and great plants. (New book just out: Buffalo Style Gardens by Sally and Jim Charlier–signing to follow) Door prizes.

Sunday, Feb. 24
The Most-asked Garden Questions
Wherever Sally goes people ask about hydrangeas, deer, Japanese beetles, clay soil, garden products, and what’s happening with their trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Hear some answers and ask your own questions. (New book just out: Buffalo Style Gardens by Sally with Jim Charlier–signing to follow) Door prizes.

(Talks free with show admission)

Sally’s Schedule

JoAnne Lenart-Weary

Are you addicted to decorating?  Is your DVR filled with shows that inspire you? Then you don’t want to miss JoAnne Lenart-Weary, an award winning , respected and in-demand industry leader, who has created beautiful rooms in 29 states and 4 countries. JoAnne is well known for her fun and informative presentations on color, decorating, and home staging. She is a frequent speaker at both consumer and industry events around the country.  JoAnne has also appeared on HGTV, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.  She appeared on a regular morning segment on WJET-TV-an ABC affliate, as the “Queen of Decorating.”  JoAnne is celebrating her 20th anniversary of founding The Decorating and Staging Academy, where she has created many certification programs for people launching their own interior decorating and home staging businesses.   Plus, she has offered many consumer seminars for Stein Mart, Kirklands, At Home, and other retail outlets around the country.  See JoAnne at where she offers tips, tricks, classes, and inspiration for both the DIY and Professional Decorator and Home Stager.  JoAnne was named 1 of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the Staging Industry in 2018, and won many HOUZZ awards.  She recently spoke on the same stage as the Property Brothers, Sabrina Soto, Genevive Gorder, and others.

JoAnne’s topics are:

8 Things Every Well-Decorated Room Needs

The best rooms appear evolved not contrived.  But that casually pulled together look is actually well-planned and deliberate. This plan incorporates the 8 elements every room needs to create balance, interest, and function. We will discuss the Decorating Zones in a room, the importance of room anchors, on-trend color palettes, space planning tips that will transform the space, and “I Never Would Have Thought of That” decorating ideas.  It’s less about budget and more about creativity. Don’t miss this fun and informative seminar.

25 Measurements Every DIY Decorator Should Know

Understanding design fundamentals is critical for creating beautiful rooms for selling or staying. All that math you hated in school…well, those numbers are the difference between a room that feels off and one that nails it.  It is the difference between the polish of a room professionally decorated and a DIY room.  Learn the numbers and add the polish to your space. In this jam-packed seminar, JoAnne Lenart-Weary, will share the numbers you need to create beautiful rooms. From space planning to lighting and more, learn the numbers you need to implement to create beautiful rooms.

JoAnne’s Schedule

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Host of This Old House

Steve Thomas
The Serial Renovator

Presented by: 

The WNY Minority Media Professionals & Cortese Brothers Construction




Appearing Saturday

About Steve Thomas:

Known as a serial renovator, Steve Thomas helped catapult This Old House to the top of PBS’s list of most-watched ongoing series of all time. He was honored with a 1997-1998 Daytime Emmy Award, and a total of nine nominations for “Outstanding Service Show Host.” He went on to highlight historical restorations on Save Our History on The History Channel and green renovation across America on Renovation Nation on Discovery’s Planet Green. 

He has renovated his own homes for more than 35 years, starting with a run-down 1920‘s craftsman cottage in Olympia, Washington, then two historic homes in Salem, MA, and a cabin and barn on an island off the coast of Maine. He just completed renovating Sea Cove Cottage, a 1905 Victorian in the center of a classic Maine lobstering village, which he featured on his popular Facebook page, SteveThomasHome. He’s a speaker, video producer, writer, blogger, photographer, renovator, and branding consultant. He consults on green, sustainable building and renovation for clients all over the U.S.

In between early renovation projects, Steve’s yen for adventure, which he attributes to his late grandfather, a missionary in the Alaskan Arctic, inspired him to combine his love of fine woodworking with his passion for the sea and sailboats. In the early 1980’s, he journeyed to the remote Micronesian island of Satawal to learn the ancient technique of star path navigation under the late master navigator, Mau Piailug. Steve’s research resulted in the critically acclaimed book, The Last Navigator, and a documentary for the Adventure series on PBS. It was in 1989, in between research trips to the Alaskan Arctic for a second Adventure book and film, when Steve got a call from the Adventure series publicist, who also worked for This Old House. The show’s producers were conducting a nationwide search for a new host, and the rest is history.

Steve received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He lives in midcoast Maine with his wife, Evy, and their dogs, Emma and Lucy. His son, Sam, a videographer, and his wife, Amanda, executive director of ArtSmart, live and work in Santa Fe, NM.


Help the WNY Minority Media Professionals and their efforts to restore the BROADWAY THEATRE.  The Broadway Theatre is located in Buffalo, NY at 512 Broadway Street. On February 1st, 2008 the WNYMMP purchased the Theatre in effort to create a training center for students in multimedia technology. 


The Sattler Theatre, now known as the Broadway Theatre

The theatre was commissioned to be built in 1914 by John G. Sattler the owner of

Sattler’s Department Store located at 998 Broadway Street, Buffalo, NY. There were crowds of shoppers flocking to the Broadway Street area because of the great deals and customer service that Sattler’s was always known for.

With the Broadway Theatre’s restoration and the growing Broadway business

district, crowds of happy shoppers will flock to this area once again.

Please Donate to the Restoration of the Historic Broadway Theatre and help to rebuild the Broadway Business District !!!



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WNY Home & Outdoor Living Show

Get a Jump on Spring!

February 21st – 24th, 2019

At the Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY

Thursday: 2pm – 8pm
Friday: 12pm – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Admission: $8.00 – 10& Under Free

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