Fairies… in the Park , Part 1

What a week end you can tell summer is here,  i had a tough decision to make, Did I want to go see the mermaid festival or.. travel a bit further and see Fairies…  the Fairies won out,Its a little over 2 hours from where i live.  What a setting it was beautiful, the place is called Art Park, in Lewiston ,NY, right at the border of Ontario Canada, heres a little history of the place. One thing i liked most about this event. You could bring a cooler and stay all day, there were tons of grills , and loads of picnic tables. really a wide open space , lots of trees. and it sits on the gorge of the  beautiful Niagara River. just a beautiful spot

Artpark, Western New York’s premier music and theater destination, sits atop 150 acres of picturesque land overlooking the Niagara River Gorge. Located in Historic Lewiston, the State Park features a 2,400-seat Mainstage Theater and seating lawn, Outdoor Amphitheater, steel sculptures, picnic areas, hiking trails, historical markers, fishing docks and children’s activities!

so this is what i saw, and  with parking you paid $10.00 a piece, cheaper for kids, and kids under 4 were free. they had all kinds of activities, for fee, i was impressed!!!

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people came dressed up, these little ones were making Fairy Dust . and they left with a small container of it as well.

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the Tea Room

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the story teller
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 i think they were going to be unicorns for a later show…

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 im as close as i want to be at the gorge of the Mighty Niagara River. the current is very very strong… after all it empties into Niagara Falls.
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the nicest thing was, if they saw you trying to take a photo.. they’d ask, would you like us to pose?

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so we stayed about 2 hours.  i never felt crowded, everyone working there was so pleasant. and because my Husband was so nice to take to take me to this, i bought him lunch , at a BBQ joint we’ve heard so much about.

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so He was Fed, and Watered, and it was time to head home.. ugh.. that 2 hour drive home.. but the day was done, we had a great time, nothing better than being by water on a nice sunny ,90 degree day.

so if you stopped by , thank you, and i hope you enjoyed my little Fairy gathering 🙂

a trip back to my Hometown

As a good lot of you know im from Buffalo ,New York.  any chance i get, i love going home to visit the water front and the down town area. but this particular visit, i brought my neighbor,she lived in the south towns for a few years but never really went down town. it was a great adventure..for me, and i do believe she loved it as well. She like most people (who arent from Bflo.)  have no clue how much it has changed ,and now recognized as a tourist destination. and it also has one of the longest bike runs and lake view parks, at least in North America.

i only wish i had original pics of what buffalo’s’ water front  looked like when i was growing up. unless you worked on the docks, in one of the gain mills, or at the steel mill..or a vagrant..you really didnt go by the water..  contamination at its highest level.

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the water is clean, and used widely for recreation of all kinds. they still get some big grain ships coming through from time to time, but not like the old days,even in the ’70s you could still see ocean vessels coming in to load and unload.

the boat in this pic. is a history tour. ive taken b4, and would have taken today,but we didnt have much time.

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this is where i grew up. just steps away from  the Buffalo River. see those train tracks.. you just never heard of any one getting run over by a train back then. and there is a neighborhood behind this building.
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so on with the tour.

We started at the very beginning, and we r working our way downtown, to the “New Buffalo” water front.

On July 3, 2003, at the climax of a fiscal crisis, the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority was established[11] to oversee the finances of the city. As a “hard control board,” they have frozen the wages of city employees and must approve or reject all major expenditures. After a period of severe financial stress, Erie County, where Buffalo resides, was assigned a Fiscal Stability Authority on July 12, 2005. As a “soft control board,” however, they act only in an advisory capacity.[12] Both Authorities were established by New York State. In November 2005, Byron Brown was elected Mayor of Buffalo. He is the first African-American to hold this office.

Economic development in the city was marked at $3.5 billion in 2006 compared to the ten year previous average of $50 million[citation needed]. New proposals and renovations were numerous, especially in the downtown area. Buffalo ranked 83rd on the Forbes best cities for jobs list, an increase from the previous year, beating out cities like New York City, Cleveland, and Detroit.

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that water ? the buffalo river. those buildings? now clean up and renovated  , all lit up at night. next to the Labatts Blue (which were silos) is a huge restaurant . the lake is just on the other side .
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still working on things…theres some recreational  boaters   .. usually its packed.. but we were very early  and it was only in the low 70’s.
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a view from above

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 beautiful city hall
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one of those freighters i was talking a bout..maybe on its way to Cleveland?? or Canada… way over to the right of this photo.that land is Canada
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another tour boat,heading back .
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there is actually a bike ferry, a 5 min. ride, that will take you across the river For $1.00 and a buck to come back over. to pedal all along the  Buffalo shore line(of Lake Erie). its pretty flat, and a very long stretch, most of it is built for bikes and pedestrians.

there  are lots of places to stop along the bike route for  bathroom breaks and  food or drink.

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the naval museum. growing bigger every time i come here.

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well thats it for this trip, i sure hope you liked it as much as my neighbor did :)and if you took the time to stay a while, thank you in advance. i love my home town. i take every opportunity to go and visit. and always find something new and wonderful. if you ever have the chance.. get off the the thru way and visit, you’ll be glad you did.

have a wonderful  rest of the week.

let the festivals begin

Well its that time of year again, festivals every week end, sometimes over lapping, so one needs to pay attention, as to which one to go to… im not a fan of crowds at all, so where ever i go..i go early and leave in the middle.this last weekend,the fest.was in my little town,on the Erie Canal.

i had to park a good mile or more away, because im to cheap to pay ..upwards of 10 dollars. if i had a car full of people that would have been a different story, but i was alone…so here we go

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no bikes or pets allowed.
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you never know what you’ll see walking the banks of the canal:)
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ive been on this boat so many times, lots of history. i waved and got a few waves back
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we have a few row clubs
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i have never seen a boat like this, and it looked like the dog was going after a fish ?:)

and if you notice that snowy stuff..its dogwood..it makes a mess, its everywhere, for a few weeks.

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how cute..picking flowers for…. i dont know who, but my kids would not be standing past that fence!!!!!
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whew.. i made it, good thing the weather was tolerable  in the 70’s nice shade, perfect for my walk into town…. now where the ladies room!!!!
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 i thought of Fragglerocks ‘ hubby when i saw this guy… because of His shirt. Phil love going to this record place when they visited us
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 also thought about fraggy here too..im not a wine drinker at all, but i loved that guys shirt. and if you look closer you can see my reflection on some of the bottles.

well for what ever reason im having a terrible time on wordpress today…  so..im going to leave now, and return in a few days with more?:)  anyone else out there having problems?    anyway, if you stopped by, thank you!! and have an awesome day… and a better week end:)!!

Memorial Week End

what to do with out of town family…. well take them out of town.. so off we went  about 1 1/2 hours from my home to where else, my home town…Buffalo ,NY.  with the temps being in the 90’s i thought for sure there’d be a breeze blowing off of lake Erie. well i was wrong. And most of you know i cant handle crowds.. but i made the best of it.after all, i got to show off the “New Buffalo” its a pretty big week end everywhere, so the fact that there was a carnival , no biggie. But i was on my Lake, and Home. so… here we go

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of course there are always music makers around.
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plenty of people.
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ahh some elbow room.
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ok, we got things to do….lets get moving.
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well this guy saw my camera ,and had to pose.so i obliged:)
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she made her own space and shade. i couldnt decide if i liked this in color or b&w.
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in a very long line waiting for the bike ferry. no we didnt have bikes.
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hopefully there will a breeze on the boat.
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got a seat in the shade,anyway
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we’ll be shoving off shortly
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yep thats the gang..of course my husband ..couldnt wave
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we wondered around a bird sanctuary  and we found these guys.
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and then i saw these, and thought about my buddy Fraggy
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well.. not much to do over on the outer harbor, unless you have a bike..so back in line.. no shelter from the  blazing sun… good thing its only a 5 min jaunt across the canal/river.

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the Naval Park

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Buffalo has a light rail,1/2 or more is underground.
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i knew if i got them back to the beer tent i could get a shot of my nieces with their boyfriends.

well that does it for my jaunt to my hometown, with family in tow. hopefully things will settle down now. and next time i might even post a pic of the newest addition to our family. Yep you guessed it. we are finally Grandparents . Shes going to be 2 months old already.

if you took time to stop by, i thank you very much. i know ive been a stranger all month.

Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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