FlutterbyMore than 120 Green Exhibitors and Businesses Will Participate on August 10

Buffalo, N.Y. – The Flutterby Festival, Buffalo’s new, premier eco-event, will showcase environmentally friendly businesses and organizations, green-themed art installations, informative eco-focused exhibits, and many other activities on Saturday, August 10 from 11 am to 7 pm in the Elmwood Village.

Designed as a fun, family-friendly, multi-generation experience, festival-goers will stroll along 1.6 miles of sidewalks from the Gallery District to Summer St. as Elmwood Avenue is transformed into an urban eco-corridor.  They will be informed and entertained by organizations and individuals who are committed to educating and demonstrating the positive environmental changes that can be made to benefit our city and, ultimately, the planet. 

The event will feature more than 125 businesses, organizations and pop-ups that are already mobilized and engaged in environmental change including: urban farmers, beekeepers, milkweed growers, green transportation advocates, eco-clothing companies, solar system installers, water conservationists, and sustainable building developers.  Many activities are planned to both educate and entertain:  Grass Roots Gardens will plant two micro pollinator gardens; two prolific Buffalo street artists will paint two significant green-themed murals; PAL will host a kids’ bike rodeo; 15 of Vivid Buffalo’s plein air artists, sponsored by Trattoria Aroma, will be stationed up down the streets as they compete to enhance realistic street scenes with the beauty of nature; a Slow Roll Buffalo bike brigade and a marching band will help to celebrate the event; Thin Man’s specially brewed eco-beer, Flutterby Honey Blonde, will be available at Elmwood bars and restaurants; insect burgers, a sustainable source of protein will be served and mushroom coffee, tea and cocktails will be available; and an environmentally focused children’s book will be created onsite with profits from its sale donated to an environmentally conscious organization for the development of a future project.  Stephanie Crockatt, Executive Director of Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy will make a major announcement concerning a significant environmental initiative within the park system.  A butterfly tent, outdoor yoga classes, two nature blessings, the installation of a Lorax steel sculpture created by Tyler Griffis and Mark Madden and donated by Paul Ciminelli, along with scores of other earth-friendly advancements and announcements scheduled for the event – will turn Elmwood Avenue into Buffalo’s first eco-corridor. 

Newell Nussbaumer, founder of the Flutterby Festival stated: “This event is an appropriate adjunct to Buffalo’s economic renaissance.  As the city moves forward with a new business model that embraces advanced manufacturing, professional services, entrepreneurial start-ups, and other businesses that are hallmarks of the information age, its citizens need to be aware of the significance of their connection to the environment and the impact of a healthy environment on their well-being and success. The time is right to transform ourselves from the ‘Queen City’ to the ‘Green City’ of the Great Lakes.  In fact, our collective future depends on it.”

Businesses and foundations lending support to this non-profit 501(c (3) event include:  Solar Liberty, ROAR Logistics, Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation, Madd Ink, Westfield Capital Management, ProjectME, National Grid, Hunt Real Estate, Mindful Market, Hyde Foundation, Baird Foundation, Skyworks, Sinatra and Company Real Estate, Fourth Idea, WKBW-TV, Persimmon Development, Schuele, Hyatt’s, Positive Approach, ScottAlexanderWood Design, and Buffalo Common Council Member Joel Feroleto.                                                              





Linda Schineller