It has been a busy summer in Niagara-on-the-Lake, we saw guests here from the USA, Mexico, and parts of Europe and the UK. not to mention from across Canada. What an amazing community of events were celebrated this summer. June saw Butler Barracks transformed into a stage for active music lovers to see ‘Mumford and Sons’ in concert. July and August downtown Queen Street heard the sounds of Music Niagara Concerts. Various wineries throughout the summer hosted Blues and Jazz concerts .
In 2015 the Shaw Festival Theatre presented 10 plays in 4 theatres, 3 of which were stunning productions, Sweet Charity, Pygmalion, and Light Up the Sky.
One couple stayed with us for 9 days, seeing plays sometimes 2 in a day. This couple has been coming to Niagara-on-the-Lake for the last 10 years, and booked with us to come back next year. We were treated to an evening at the King George Theatre to see ‘The Devine’ featuring Fiona Read which was extremely well done. If you have not had a chance to get to the theatre, there are still seats available at the box office on the day of the show, but only till the end of October. The new season line up 0f plays for 2016-17 will come out in November.
One of our favorite festivals has to be the Peach Festival in early August,
During the day, Queen Street is opened up to walking traffic only, with people selling ‘ …Peach Muffins… Peach Pie…Peach Pizza…Peach Wine.’ Local merchants opening their doors and selling on the street, it was so much fun to walk and eat and drink and catch up with friends.
What a great way to end the Peach Festival than to have a dinner to celebrate it. On the Sunday night, a delightful final celebration of the peach harvest — Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Queen Street is transformed with tables and chairs into an outdoor dinner party, each guest brings tablecloth, dishes, cutlery, table settings, napkins; glassware, table decor and 7 of their favorite people to eat dinner with and dance to live music on the street.
“Life is good . . . hope yours is too ” Ed and Demi
Fall . . . is my favorite time of year here in Niagara-on-the-Lake, you still have warm weather in the day time and cooler temperatures in the evening, our backyard garden is full of fall color, and the aroma from the hostas is marvelous. I am cutting stems of hydrangeas and drying them for decorating indoors.
Farmers Market . . . Just a short drive along most roads in town you can stop at the farmers road side stands to pick up baskets of fruits and vegetables, pick up some of the local jams and jellies to enjoy when you get home too. Don’t forget to try the best homemade butter tarts at the Fruit Shack, http://www.thefruitshack.com/
The SupperMarket is a seasonal event every Wednesday night from May to September 16, this is a great collection of food trucks and farmers fruits and vegetables.
Fall Activities . . . It’s all about the harvest, the grapes are ripening on the vines, there are fall fairs and festivals in town, the wineries offer tours and tastings all year round. For a great selection of one-of-a-kind local artisans work, check out the Handmade Market, September 18, 19 at the 13th Street Winery in St.Catharines .
These goodies can all be found in stores on Queen Street
Golf . . . The Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course on the north shore of Lake Ontario has the distinction of being host to the first ever international tournament held in North America. That event – the Niagara International – was held September 5-7, 1895.
The Hornblower Boat Cruise ’15
“I hope I have given you a glimpse of life in Niagara-on-the-Lake, over the next few months Ed and I have plans to renovate parts of the house, some painting and re-decorating, nothing major. In the backyard we have a huge tree to take down, something we can only do in our down time. We would also like to do some traveling, plans not finalized yet, but it will include going to Mexico to see our son in the new year. In December we are looking forward to welcoming a new baby to the family and spending time babysitting. We have had a great year and we are looking forward to an even better year in 2016. We hope to see you back again.”
**We are open all year round, with certain dates closed for family activities.
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Demi and Ed Nasello