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October 11, 2013

DAVIS: Savor the fall festival season

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Fall is in full swing. Splendor is everywhere as the leaves transition and the world around us transforms before our very eyes. Colorful mums, golden pumpkins, crisp, ruby red apples, the sweet smell of cider and cinnamon ... ahhh! What a wonderful season!

I see the creative work of God the Master Artist everywhere I look and I am reminded of Ecclesiastes 3:11 —  “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

For over 20 years, our family has made our home in Western New York. There is so much to savor and enjoy here in the fall: Oktoberfest, Pumpkinville, Scarecrow villages, the Niagara Wine Trail, the Discovery Center, the Kenan Center. We have watched the Pumpkin Fiesta at Becker Farms grow into a major event that is celebrated by countless families every year. All four of our sons had their very first pony ride and hay ride at Becker Farms. For many years, it was a regular family event and it harbors a million memories. I still enjoy its charm and beauty to this day.

This past week I attended the kick-off celebration of the Flight of Five Restoration in the Lockport Locks Heritage District. With the children of Emmet Belknap singing, countless leaders and dignitaries speaking, and numerous vendors of the Community Market surrounding the gazebo, it was a wonderful event. The weather could not have been more beautiful. I watched a video showing the planned renovations of the original Erie Canal locks. The plans are simply amazing. 

The restored Flight of Five will be yet another reason to celebrate our history and visit the wonders of Western New York, especially in the fall when everything is a blaze of autumn glory. I will remember this day and reflect on watching the beginning of history in the making.

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