Rick Ohler, award-winning columnist for The East Aurora Advertiser and author of the local bestseller "Have You Lived Here All Your Life?" . . . Not Yet," will speak at the Roycroft Power House, 31 S. Grove St., East Aurora, on March 9 at 1 p.m. The talk, sponsored by Preservation Buffalo Niagara, is part of its "Buffalo Talks" series.
A $5 donation is suggested for the general public. Admission is free for members of Preservation Buffalo Niagara and the Roycroft Campus Corporation; donations will support both organizations.
Ohler grew up within hailing distance of the Roycroft Campus on Oakwood Avenue. With the exception of a few months in Kenmore as an infant (and a "regrettable two-month experiment in Texas"), he has been a lifelong resident of East Aurora. He lives with his family just outside the village in a century-old home that was once part of the Henry Jewett Farm - site of the world famous One-Mile Covered Racetrack in the early 20th century.
Ohler writes the popular "View From Right Field" column for The East Aurora Advertiser and covers local sports as well. He writes for The Gow School and freelances for Buffalo Spree Magazine. For the past 29 years, he has been offering creative writing and memoir writing classes and hosting travel writing bus trips and weekend workshops. Visit rickohler.com or find him on Facebook for more information.
For the March 9 presentation, Ohler will talk about the notion of hometown, read from his book, and engage the audience in a discussion about the challenges facing small towns everywhere. There will be complimentary reprints of some of his published work available, as well as signed copies of his book and Right Field logo wear for sale.
After the talk, if weather permits, Ohler will take willing participants on an optional walking tour of his childhood neighborhood, ending at his Right Field satellite office - better known as Wallenwein Hotel -where refreshments and further discussion will round out the day.
Formed in 2008, Preservation Buffalo Niagara provides leadership in identifying, protecting and promoting the unique architecture and historic legacy of Western New York communities. The group conducts historic preservation education and training, and advocates for the preservation of the region's historic resources.