12/11 Radio Show: Dr. Kriner Cash

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Dr. Kriner Cash, Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools

Together, Peter and Kriner discuss the challenges and impact of the pandemic on the public school system and on local communities, along with the differences in education within the city center versus out in the suburbs.


There may be a chill in the air, but holiday and winter happenings across New York State are just heating up. Looking for something to do in your area this winter? We’ve put together a list of activities to get you in the spirit of the season!

Christkindlmarkt – Hofbrauhaus Buffalo

  • Location: 190 Scott St, Buffalo, NY 14204
  • Date: Every Friday-Sunday through Sunday, December 19th
  • Cost: Entry to the market is free of charge.
  • Details: An outdoor market that will include a variety of local vendors selling high quality, unique handcrafted gifts and food, including Gluhwein (mulled wine), hot chocolate, food and bier in a traditional German Christmas setting, and different activities each weekend! A portion of all proceeds from Christkindlmarkt will be donated to FeedMore WNY.

Website: https://www.hofbrauhausbuffalo.com/the-christkindlmarkt/

Fairgrounds Festival of Lights Drive Thru

  • Location: 5600 McKinley Pkwy, Hamburg 14075 (Fairgrounds, Erie County/Hamburg
  • Date: Wednesday, December 1st – Friday, December 31st (closed December 24th and December 25th)
  • Cost: Prices starting at $20
  • Details: The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights Drive Thru will brighten up the holiday season for families across Western New York! This event is drive through only and will include a variety of new displays consisting of over 70 variations of LED light displays, arches and light tunnels.  
  • Website: http://www.the-fairgrounds.com/festival-lights/

Festival of Trees and Light

  • Location: 401 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
  • Date: Thursdays-Sundays, December 4–19
  • Cost: Children (12 and under): Free except for Saturday Winter Wonderland activities ($5), Non-Members: $10 for adults, household max of $25, Member or Student (13-22): $5
  • Details: This year’s festival includes incredible live performances, art-making and storytelling activities for children, stunning displays of seasonal items and trees for purchase, and a holiday marketplace featuring artist-made wares and locally sourced products to meet all your gift-giving needs! Refreshments are available throughout the festival. 
  • Website: https://everson.org/connect/fotl2021/

Holiday Festival of Lights

  • Location: Shepard Park – Canada St, Lake George, NY 12845
  • Date: Open through December 31
  • Cost: The vendor market and the events at Shepard Park are free to attend, other events are ticketed.
  • Details: Canada Street will feature decorated storefronts and a light display in Shepard Park. The festival also includes standout events for all ages, a holiday artisan market with free photos with Santa, and more than 50 vendors.
  • Website: https://www.visitlakegeorge.com/events/holiday-festival-lights

Holidays at the Market

  • Location: 280 North Union Street, Rochester, NY 14609
  • Date: Sundays December 12, 2021 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. & Thursday December 16th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Holidays at the Market features dozens of holiday-focused vendors (fresh-cut trees and wreaths, decorations, specialty foods and beverage products, handcrafted items, and much more!). 
  • Website: https://www.cityofrochester.gov/holidaysatmarket/

The Ice at Canalside

  • Location: Canals at Canalside, Buffalo, NY
  • Date: Check website for hours
  • Cost: Activity dependent, check website for details
  • Details: From ice skating to ice bikes, from curling to igloos, Canalside has something for everyone during the winter season!
  • Website: https://buffalowaterfront.com/events/wintertime-events-2021-2022

Jingle Falls USA

  • Location:
  • Location: Downtown Niagara Falls – check out website for events and their specific locations
  • Date: Saturday, December 11 & December 18
  • Cost: Free parking, check website for specific event pricing
  • Details: Celebrate the holiday season in Niagara Falls, NY. This two-weekend event is jam-packed with fun activities, indoor and out, that is sure to get you and your family in the holiday spirit! 
  • Website: http://www.jinglefallsusa.com/

Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll

  • Location: Lake Placid Village, Lake Placid, NY 12946
  • Date: Friday, Dec 10, 2021 until Sunday, Dec 12, 2021
  • Cost: Most events free; charges may apply for some
  • Details: The Lake Placid Holiday Stroll includes a full schedule of events with a Skating Party, an Ugly Sweater Party, the Adirondack Health Jingle Bell Run/Walk, Grinch at the Little Blue House, Santa at Mid’s Park, a Tree Lighting, and more!
  • Website: https://www.holidayvillagestroll.com/what-we-do

Lights on the Lake

  • Location: Onondaga Lake Park, 106 Lake Dr, Liverpool, NY 13088
  • Date: Nightly through January 5, 2022
  • Cost: Admission is $6 per car on Monday and Tuesday, $10 on Wednesday and Thursday and $20 Friday through Sunday. 
  • Details: Lights on the Lake is a two mile long drive-thru show featuring towering holiday displays, larger-than-life Land of Oz, a twinkling fantasy forest, colorful section arches, memorable animated scenes and a fairy tale magic grand finale!
  • Website: https://www.lightsonthelake.com/

The Rink at the Lake

  • Location: 700 S. Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424
  • Date: Now through end of February, 2022
  • Cost: $5 under 12 years of age, $10 for 12 years and up
  • Details: Located just outside of Sand Bar at the Lake House on Canandaigua, you’ll truly feel like you are skating on the lake! Open through February for family-friendly fun. 
  • Website: https://www.lakehousecanandaigua.com/event/the-rink-at-the-lake-2022-01-23/

Roc Holiday Village 2021

  • Location: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park – 353 Court St., Rochester, NY 14607
  • Date: Varying dates from December 3 – December 19
  • Cost: Free general admission, some special events may require ticket purchase. 
  • Details: The downtown Rochester fest features free ice skating & rentals, outdoor seats & fire pits, unique shopping village, visits with Santa, live music, indoor bar with tasty food & drinks, free crafts for kids & more!
  • Website: https://rocholidayvillage.com/
Do you know of any great events happening in your area this season? Please comment below to share!

Beyond The Yard Sign: Matthew Frazee

Matthew Frazee

Matthew Frazee joins Sarah today to talk about why he chose to start his career in real estate right out of college. He shares his experiences (so far) and offers his advice as a new agent to others considering the same move.

11/27 Radio Show: Stephen Fitzmaurice

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Stephen Fitzmaurice, Senior Vice President of HUNT Property Solutions.

Together, Peter and Stephen discuss how the pandemic affected how people think about their office space, the new COVID variant and associated challenges, large investors and their impact on the market, and more.  

11/20 Radio Show: Robert McDonnell and Michael Vavonese

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Robert McDonnell, Chief Operating Officer of HUNT Commercial, and Michael Vavonese, rising star in commercial real estate.

In this episode, Peter, Robert, and Michael discuss commercial real estate, including the current market, the fundamental differences between commercial and residential real estate, significant challenges in the industry, and development in the Buffalo area.


Beyond The Yard Sign: Peter Hunt

11/13 Radio Show: Cathleen Chaffee


Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Cathleen Chaffee – PhD and Chief Curator of the Albright-Knox-Gundlach Art Museum. 

Together, Peter and Cathleen discuss the history and local economic impact of the museum, community outreach, and the status of the current expansion project. 

Beyond the Yardsign Podcast: Gina Hammar

Go Beyond the Yard Sign with our new HUNT Real Estate podcast!

Gina Hammar

In this episode, Sarah’s guest is Gina Hammar, a sales professional from our Wheatfield branch. Gina talks about what she loves about real estate and the factors that led her to move from her previous real estate broker to HUNT.