Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Last weekend’s Newfane Fest was a big hit, and thanks go out to all the organizers and volunteers who helped out. I got to chat with many Newfane readers from my spot under one of the tents. Thanks for stopping by to say hello.
Trivia this week takes on some historical facts about school supplies. In colonial America, paper was scarce and children heading back to school would each carry a slate board and slate pencil to the classroom. The slate board was a thin flat layer of shale rock in a narrow wooden frame. The slate pencil, used like chalk today, was a long slender piece of shale.
Many children also carried what was known as a hornbook. Primary hornbooks contained the ABCs, frequent letter combinations and the Lord’s Prayer. This information was then written on a sheet of parchment, placed on a piece of wood and covered with a slim, transparent layer of cow’s horn for protection.
Scissors were found in crude forms as far back as 1500 B.C. in ancient Egypt and improvements, such as the production of shear steel in the 1740s by Benjamin Huntsman, have made scissors a staple.
Paper was invented by the Chinese around 105 A.D.
Crayons, in eight basic colors, came on the scene in 1903, and continue to be a staple on supply lists.
The ballpoint pen was patented by Lazlo and George Biro in 1938, and a plastic binder to hold looseleaf paper was the brainchild of R.M.L. Douvry in 1933.
It took until 1968 for Yukihiro Yoshida to bring the pocket calculator to students.
The Glue Stick was invented in 1969, to replace messy glue in bottles.
Newfane’s First Baptist Church is collecting school supplies for distribution to families who cannot afford them. There is a big need for binders, paper, pencils, pens, pencil pouches and the like. If you can help, call Denise Noble at (585) 205-6928.
Need a hobby? Crochet classes at Shoppe On Main are held every Thursday. Student classes start at 3:30 p.m. and adult classes start at 4:30 p.m. Beginners and advanced learners are welcome. The fee is $5 per class. For more information call Lisa at 751-6723.
From 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, one of Shoppe On Main’s knitting artists is teaching knitting for beginners through intermediate level. Classes are $5 each. For more information, call 778-5273. Walk-ins are welcome.
Music Under the Stars at Black Willow Winery is donating a portion of proceeds to Save-A-Pet. The event runs from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday at the winery, 5565 West Lake Road, Burt, with music from Busted Stuff. The $15 admission charge includes a pulled-pork and chicken dinner and a glass of wine. There will be a 50/50 raffle as well as a chance to win a five-string electric violin. Call 439-1982 for information.
Three Sisters Bakery, presently located in the rear of 2716 Main St., will now be on Main Street proper on Saturdays. Look for those great baked goods under the tent, in front of Red House Music, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On Sunday, enjoy a free concert in the Olcott Main Street Gazebo. The Grandfathers Big Band will play from 2 to 4 p.m., so bring a chair or blanket and join in the free family fun.
Also Sunday, Olcott Beach Carousel Park will present its Roaring 20s Community Appreciation Day. Celebrate the 11th season of the park and the carousel’s 85th birthday, Roaring 20s style, from noon to 6 p.m.
Special guests include Popeye and Olive Oyl. Entertainment on stage at 12:15 and 3:15 p.m. is “Gumshoe McMonocle and the Strange Case of Rumpelsomething.” The show is “Rumpelstiltskin” done as a 1940s detective story, by the Omnipresent Puppet Theater from California. Look for the antique 1920s car display, free washable tattoos for the kids, face painting, balloons, a Skee Ball Challenge (3 divisions; winners of each division receive a Regal Theater Gift Card), cookies and free rides on the Olcott Fire Company truck from 1 to 3 p.m.
To show appreciation to the community for their support of the park, carousel rides will be free, and you’re never too old to take a nostalgic spin on the carousel. All other kiddie rides cost 25 cents. The park is at 5979 Main St., Olcott. For information call 778-7066.
Newfane Free Library reminds adults that they have until Sept. 3 to enter tickets to win one of four reading-themed mugs. Every library book read is a chance at winning.
It’s back to school for adults, too! The AARP Safe Driver Course can get you a 10 percent reduction in insurance premiums or help remove license points.
Pat Ludwig’s courses at Faith Lutheran Church, Transit Road, Newfane, are very popular and fill up fast. Register by Sept. 10, by calling Pat at 433-0976. Students must attend both classes, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13.
The fee is $17 for AARP members and $19 for all others. Payment must be made by check or money order, made out to AARP.
The Niagara Celtic Fest will be held Sept. 14 and 15 at Krull Park. Discount tickets are available online until Aug. 31 at www.NiagaraCeltic.com. This year, for the first time, a 5K run will begin and end at the festival; see the website for information. Admission on Sept. 14, a Saturday, costs $12; Sunday admission is $8; and weekend passes cost $15. Children 12 and younger are admitted at no charge. Watch for the feature article in the US&J’s Sunday Lifestyle very soon.
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