BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Things cooled off a bit Thursday night, enough for people to get out and see what western New York has to offer for entertainment.
A huge crowd came out for the second Shakespeare in the Park production this summer.
One playgoer said, "Even though the heat, people are still coming out. It's something fun to do outside."
And it's their first time here.
"We've never been, so we thought we'd try it out, but yeah it's really hot," said another spectator.
And just imagine how the actors are feeling.
Artistic Director Saul Elkin said, "The play is set in a Victorian period, so the women are wearing dresses and wigs and it's hard."
But they've been told they can take layers off if the heat gets to them. Luckily, Shakespeare Hill had a cool breeze Thursday night! And the waterfront always has a breeze.
Tracy Dennis said, "It was hot in the house even with the AC on, so we came down."
Plenty of people found the one shady spot down at canalside for Thursday at the Square at the central wharf. Peggy Krasowski hasn't been outside much in this intense heat.
"In the AC until this happens then we get back out here and find the biggest tree we could find," said Krasowski.
Chris Tamutus added, "Thank goodness for the lake because it's keeping everything cooler."
"Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes" played to a smaller than usual crowd. Many people are just avoiding the outdoors all together. The Buffalo Fire Department was on hand, cooling people off with misting fans, a popular item on a hot night.
Buffalo EMS Officer Lt. Rick Hanes said, "People are coming up pretty regular. We just got some ice for them too that makes them even cooler."
And what makes everyone cool? A refreshing dip. The pool at the Asarese-Matters Community Center was packed after the dinner hour. All Buffalo pools extended their hours because of the heat.
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