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July 6, 2013

Community Market season opens today

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Live entertainment is scheduled every week. Today at the Canal Street gazebo, the Dixieland band 23 Skidoo is performing at 10 a.m. and a troupe from the Historic Palace Theatre will present a preview of the upcoming musical Les Miserables at 1 p.m.

The nearby Erie Canal Discovery Center got in on the Community Market act last year by hosting children’s activities. These were such a hit with parents, Peck said, there’ll be more of them this year, plus new, one-time Saturday programs for adults, such as a bread making class.

Also today, Lakeview Animal Sanctuary will have a petting zoo; and painted works by local artist Manning McCandlish, featuring Lockport and the canal locks, will be on show on the second floor of the Discovery Center.

Every Saturday, all the while the market is open, the Discovery Center will host a “shiny new penny” scavenger hunt for kids. In addition, Flight of Five canal locks walking tours, guided by the local character-reenacting Step Back In Time Players, start at 11 a.m. The tour passes through the market on the way to the locks.

The range and quality of vendors at the Community Market is increasing every year as Canal Street becomes a destination in its own right, according to Peck. The Locks Heritage District is abuzz after the opening of businesses including Sweet Ride bike rentals and Lake Effect Ice Cream on Canal Street, the new Lockport Cave Tour ticket office around the corner on Gooding Street.

“This is a place to be now, a place where vendors want to be. We’re pretty excited about it,” she said.

Vendors, entertainers and special activities for the season are still being scheduled; to see who’s signed up by the week, visit www.LockportCommunityMarket.com.

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