Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The pirates may have departed from the Olcott shores, but this week you’ll find puppets, rock n roll, daylilies, an ultimate reunion, a chicken barbecue and more to spice up your week!
• The Olcott Carousel Park is fun all summer long, and this weekend they welcome the “Janice Spagnola Family Magic Puppet Show,” live on stage at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Tom Kelley Rustic Theater. The park will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday. See the new 1940s Erie Digger Machine in the arcade. Also new to the park and located in the Skee Ball pavilion is a Pick Up a Duck game. Rides are still 25 cents. Listen to the organ music and get more info at www.olcottbeachcarouselpark.org 778-7066.
• The Lakeview Village Shoppes are now open 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.
• Saturday Night Car Cruises continue on Main Street in Olcott. Stroll down from 6 to 9 p.m. and enjoy some of Olcott’s fine eateries and businesses while you’re there. There is no cruise entry fee, and free admission for spectators.
• Do you love to see daylilies in bloom? Daredevil Daylily is located on Route 78 in Burt, less than a mile from Lake Ontario. A visit to the website shows photos of lilies in riotous colors, and you have a chance to see the blooms at a Make Your Own Daylilly Day on Saturday. Enjoy a demonstration of crossbreeding and the cultivation of this popular perennial. Each attendee will receive a free daylily plant. The event is free and the rain date is July 22. For more information, call 778-9409 or go to www.daredevildaylily.com.
• Newfane school attendees are invited to Saturday’s Ultimate Reunion, when alumni from Newfane Central School plan to take over the south end of Krull Park in a massive, one-time-only school reunion. Regardless of what year you graduated, or if you just attended Newfane schools, you’re invited to this event. More than 200 folks from 1946 to the mid-90s have already responded, and they expect about 500 people to attend. Organizers are asking participants to bring a non-perishable donation to the food pantry as well. Commemorative T-shirts will be available at a cost of $11. Since it has become more difficult for each class to hold their own reunions due to the distances many alumni must travel and the sad fact that many classes are dwindling in size, having an “Ultimate Reunion” will bring many long-lost friends together for one special event. The reunion is a bring-your-own everything event, but the committee will be providing ice, charcoal, grills, table coverings, and a few other items. From 1 to 7 p.m., this will be a chance for attendees to catch up with old friends and make new ones. This is an “over 21” only event. Many alumni have sent in donations to offset the cost of the reunion, and several local businesses have donated prizes for a basket raffle. Proceeds from the raffle will also help to offset costs, and any remaining funds will be donated to a local charity. This will be a day to remember for everyone that takes part. For more information on this event or to RSVP, please visit www.ultimateclassreunion.com or call Rebecca Banks Schweigert at 735-3677.
After the reunion, everyone — not just Newfane alumni — is invited to a free concert by “King Harvest” (known for their song “Dancing in the Moonlight”) at 7 p.m. at the Main Street gazebo in Olcott. The group will reunite after 30 years. The show starts promptly at 7; there is no warm-up act. Come dance in the moonlight at Olcott Beach.
• Enjoy a chicken barbecue Sunday at Olcott United Methodist Church on Main Street. The menu includes a half chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans, cole slaw, bread, dessert and beverage. The cost is $8 (pre-sale $7.50) or $4 for children under 10. You can buy a half chicken for $5. Serving goes from noon to 3 p.m. or sellout. Take-outs will be available. For pre-sale tickets, call Pastor Kempton at 778-8599 or Bonnie at 439-8387.
• Wednesday night Concerts at the Gazebo on Main Street in Newfane continue with “Mike & Ma” rock and roll on July 18. Bring a chair, picnic and enjoy an evening with friends and great music. These concerts are free to the public, and handicap accessible.
• The whole family can enjoy summer fun at the Equi*Star Open House from noon to 5 p.m. July 22 at the ranch, 2199 Fuller Road. The event features a pulled pork dinner, live music, pony rides, a pie-judging contest, 50/50 split drawing and 25-cent games for the kids. New this year is a trick rider and cattle penning demonstration. Admission is free and everybody is welcome to visit the ranch. For a person with disabilities, therapeutic horseback riding is much more than just riding around the ring. It is a way to discover a whole new world of adventure, freedom and responsibility, dignity and achievement. Support this jewel in our community by attending the open house with your family. For more information, call 778-8249 or www.equistartheranch.com.
• If any group, organization, or business would like to participate in the Newfane Town celebration parade on Aug. 18, call Laura Rutland 807-1104.
• Vendors who want to participate in the Newfane Town Craft and Sidewalk Sale on Aug. 18 must pick up their applications at Wilson’s Pizza Shop, 2730 Main St., Newfane. No applications will be mailed out this year. When picking up your application, you will be assigned a spot to set up the day of the event.
• The First Baptist Church invites the community to a free lunch, from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 24 at the church,6047 East Ave., Newfane. The menu will start with assorted sandwiches, with special foods designed for children, beverage, chips, and desserts. The church offers other outreach programs to the Newfane community, including a clothes closet and a Migrant Food Pantry, from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. They collect and redistribute books and magazines to promote literacy and will accept donations of school supplies for distribution in August. If you would like to donate or volunteer, call 940-8286 and arrangements can be made.
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