Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — What fun it was at the Olcott Carousel Park last Sunday! The great weather brought out droves of families looking to savor the nostalgic jewel in Olcott. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces.
• The First Baptist Church in Newfane is collecting donations of school supplies for the upcoming school year. If you can donate, they are in special need of 1-½ inch and 3-inch binders, dividers, pens, pencils, pencil cases, etc. Drop them off at the church.
• Newfane Free Library is having a bag sale for used books at the library through Friday. Fill a plastic shopping bag for $2 or a paper bag or box for $5. All funds raised go towards the purchase of new books.
• Saturday brings the 23rd annual Olcott Beach Classic Car Show, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Krull Park. Organizers expect more than 600 classic cars competing for trophies and prizes in a beautiful lakeside setting. Register cars from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (there is a fee). Free admission and parking for spectators. For more information, check out the sponsors at wwwtimetravelersWNY.com.
• Summer flea markets are almost over! Stop by the one at Niagara Hartland Campground, 2383 Hartland Road, Gasport, is holding a flea market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. There will be lots of treasures, so come and see what they have.
• The Lakeview Village Shoppes are currently open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to dusk Thursday through Saturday. You can also hook into free WiFi on the boardwalk. It is a great place to shop, have something to eat and enjoy the Lake Ontario view.
• Sunday concerts in Olcott continue in the Olcott Gazebo, featuring the Barker Community Band from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The gazebo is located on Main Street next to the Olcott Carousel Park. On Labor Day, you can catch the Barroom Buzzards from 4 to 6 p.m., after a concert by Then and Now from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Lions Bandstand at Krull Park. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy some great music.
• Celebrate Labor Day at the Olcott Beach Carousel Park. It’s the last day of the season, and open from noon to 6 p.m. Rob and Carol Allen will be performing magic on the Tom Kelly Rustic Theatre Stage at 12:30 p.m. and there will be balloon animals from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Don’t miss your chance for one last summer ride on the carousel.
• Don’t miss the summer spectacular at the new Community Market on Tuesday night, when they are treating vendors and customers to free hot dogs or sausage and beverages, to say thanks for their support. The Olcott Beach Banquet, Conference Center offers spaces to vendors, inside and out. Possible vendors next week are E. Antonio’s Bakery, brown eggs and fresh-cut bouquets from Fish Creek Farms, Ashford Hollow microwave fudge, flavored tea and fudge mixes, etc.; Nando’s flavored pizelles, and cat and dog treats and toys from Sunny’s Natural Pet Market. Black Willow and Schulze wineries have samples and are selling full bottles of their products, and there’s a Tupperware booth. You may find handmade jewelry, angels and hair ties and hand-crafted bird houses, wishing wells and other woodworking art for your garden. Fresh farm produce is available. There’s a food truck with white and red hots, burgers, beef on weck, walk-away tacos, strawberry shortcake, Sno-cones, slushies, beverages and more. There’s music and a 50/50 raffle, so stop by and support the newest local venture. The Countryside Market will be open indoors. Community groups are invited to get involved to showcase their organizations. Vendors can rent a space for $5. For information, call owner Bob Stedman at 778-7912. Look for them on Facebook at Olcott Beach Banquet Hall for updates.
• Coming up soon is the annual Niagara Celtic Heritage festival at Krull Park. This spectacular two-day celebration on Sept. 15 and 16 features so many wonderful things for the whole family. Savor Scottish, Irish and Welsh culture, music, dancing, traditional foods and beverages, re-enactments, activities and more. Admission is $15; $10 for kids 12 and under. Plan on spending the whole day to see the parade, hear the pipe bands, watch the Scottish games and soak up the rich history of the Celts. Free parking and program booklet. Get tickets online before the end of August at www.niagaraceltic.com and get a free gift!
• Looking for something to do when the summer fun ends? Shoppe on Main offers lots of classes and events. Crochet classes are held every Thursday. Student classes start at 3:30 p.m. and adults at 4:30 p.m. Beginners and advanced learners welcome and the cost is $5 per class. For more information call Lisa at 751-6723. Every Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, one of Shoppe On Main’s knitting artists will be teaching knitting for beginners through intermediate level. Classes are $5 each. For more information call 778-5273. Walk-ins are welcome.
• Organizers are hard at work on a benefit for the Johnson Family, who lost their daughter/sister Sarah Johnson and their home in an explosion. Daughter Katie faces many surgeries after critical burns. The event is planned for 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Olcott Fire Hall Saturday and the performing is “Blues Mongers.” Save the date and watch for details on how you can help.
Please say a prayer for our children as they go back to school next week. Pray also for those faced with the devastation of Isaac in the south. Be thankful for all your blessings and savor the moments.
I will be laid up for a few weeks after surgery on Wednesday, but hope to keep the column coming. Please email your events as early as possible for the next few weeks.
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