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July 28 to Aug 4th

Added: Jul 28, 2013
Category: Stuff Eric & Janet Recommend

Well this is unfolding to be the busiest week of the summer for us! Which is happy news for all of us because there is so much to do and see around town… and our forecast is perfect for a beautiful day of getting outside !   I tell ya this week shows NOTL off at its prime! Makes me want to move here…oh yeah but I did!


In addition to all the normal stuff, like the plays at the Shaw, the events at Fort George, walking tours, winery events, culinary events, and just chillin’ at your vacation home, here are a couple of things going on in town that you might find worth checking out!


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As always we have the farmer’s market Saturday mornings and Wednesday early evening, by the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot on Hwy 55, across from Jackson Trigg’s.   Food trucks, local farm produce, local bakeries and crafts …. So much fun!


While you are here, you might want to know about some local events :

·         Music Niagara continues with its series of concerts! If you can’t make it they have an amazing schedule of events this year and free Music Mondays! This Sunday at Simcoe park is also a free concert of amazing Japanese drums celebrating their music and culture!

On Aug 4, Sunday in Simcoe park is another free concert of swinging blue grass and country music!

·         Neat stuff in the vineyards

o    Beer in the vineyard… well Stratus has teamed up with Oast to provide a Sip & Hops experience every Sunday at 11:30 am! … little early for me, but hey, I’m not on holiday!

o    Strewn has complimentary Sangria tasting at 10:am on Monday the 29thWinemakers Lunceon with Klaus W Reif at 12:30 Pm Saturday Aug 3rd. $60 905-468-9463

o    Harvest Table Dining Series at Trius, Sat 1:00 PM, $115 1888-673-5537 ext 2

o    Gourmet Vineyard Stroll – Winery Chef and Cityline personality Jason Parsons hosts this evening of culinary delight at Pellar. $115 1-888-673-5537

o    By appointment only special tours of Stratus July 27 at 2:00 $20


·         Sunday August 4th has the Annual Art by the Lighthouse and Studio Tour at the Niagara Pumphouse (trivia: birth place of the game Trivial Pursuit right here in little old NOTL!)

·         War of 1812 Poetry & Prose courtesy of the Niagara Historical Society at the Niagara Historical Museum on Castlereagh St. (just north of the Prince of Wales Hotel) Donations welcome! Sunday August 4th at 2:00 PM!


·         The music nights at some of the wineries continues all summer long, how is it possible to choose just one! Ravine has music nights Tues, Thurs, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and Trius has Jazz on Saturday! Stone Church always has something going on from music to picnics to star gazing, there is something every weekend!



·         Corks: Little Red Riding Hood From Sunday, July 7th 2013 2:00 PM 4:00 PM . Something-Something Productions presents its first show for children in Niagara-on-the-Lake! A modern, funny version of the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, will come to life with adult actors on stage every Sunday afternoon at Corks' Playhouse Theatre, upstairs at Corks Winebar & Eatery. Show opens Sunday, July 7 and runs until Sunday, September 29. Tickets are only $5.00 for children, $10.00 for adults with a portion of the proceeds supporting Big Brothers & BIg Sisters of St. Catharines - Thorold & District. Children MUST be accompanied by at LEAST ONE ADULT. Tickets on sale at Corks, 19 Queen Street or by phone 289-868-9527.



·         Petticoats, Boots and Muskets offers a glimpse into the domestic side of life during the war of 1812, told in song, words, and humour. Local heroes, saints and sinners all have their moment to shine in this cabaret version of Canada’s historic war – told with a nod to the absurd, as well as the facts.   Come and celebrate Niagara’s local history with some authentic period snacks – made by Pam Mundy who will also serve you some lemonade and share secrets of the kitchen. (Not to be missed – Pam’s rosewater iced cookies, and her famous shortbread.) In a tent tavern “The Black Swan” (affectionately remembering one of Niagara’s early pubs) a group of young actors challenge some of the myths and legends of the War of 1812. Why did General Brock charge up a steep hill directly into the face of the enemy? Did Laura actually walk with a cow? And what about those plucky local women who personally attacked invading Americans? You can find out more, and leave singing a song or two, in this lunchtime romp through history. When: Saturdays & Sundays at 12.30 pm from July 6 to August 25. (no shows on August ¾ & 10/11) Tickets: $15 includes admission to the Museum (on Castlereigh and Davy St)


·        1812 WALKING TOURS:June till September, 2013  Special walking tours put on by the museum on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 11:00 am from Queens Royal Park and Sundays at 2pm. Small fee includes admission to the Museum.  Call 905-468-3912. Following the tours on Saturdays and Sundays, see the comedy show at the Museum entitled Petticoats, Boots and Muskets from 12:30 from July 6 to August 25 (no shows Aug 3-4 or 10-11) Tickets $15.00  Contact the Niagara-on-the-Lake Historical Society and Museum at 905-468-3912NIAGARA UNDER OCCUPTION:June 1 to October 2013 - commemorating the occupation of the Town of Niagara by US troops for 6 1/2 months- The American Flag will fly !  -See American and NY State Militia soldiers patrolling Niagara on the Lake's main street!  SEE:


On-going events this Summer: FLAMES OF WAR - June till October,2013    at Fort George Monday evenings at dusk. Come and see a spectacular multimedia sound and light presentation.  More information please contact Parks Canada 905-468-6614


Don’t forget that if you have little kids that there is a wading pool and playground in Simcoe Park, just across from where the Horse and Carriages are parked at the corner and King and Queen!   Bigger kids there is the public swimming pool on King and Centre streets, for those who are still   are kids at heart, you can cool off there too!  I also need to go to Happy Rolph’s Petting Zoo just by the Welland Canal on Lakeshore Rd. Don’t forget to have lunch at MJ’s best French fries in town, then go to the old fashioned dairy bar on Scott’s Rd for the best banana split ever!! Ask for extra spoons to share!


Hope you have a great stay, and don’t forget to talk to us about your booking your vacation home for your next visit to the prettiest little town in Canada which is now also the culinary capital of Canada, the 2nd most romantic town in Canada, one of the top 10 classic stays north of the 49th parallel!


For more information about things to do in NOTL, check out our travel guide at


Also book mark our web page we seem to be opening up a new vacation home all the time!


Hope you have a great stay!

Eric , Janet and Debbie!

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