WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE COMMUNITY?

Every once in a while Ann and I talk about what’s going on in our community. Well, this weekend we have one of the great summer festivals happening. The Locke Street Festival takes place this Saturday, September 7th from 10AM until 9PM.

Something that I find interesting this year is the festival is featuring the music of Westdale High School. If you didn’t already know, Westdale High has a great history when it comes to Rock and Roll music. Groups such as Teenage Head and Harlan Pepper had their roots at Westdale.

While you are exploring at the Locke Street Festival be sure visit all the unique shops on the street. They range from antiques to gifts to spas and more. You won’t be disappointed.

One more thing I would like to remind you about is the FOOD!! It is impossible to go hungry on Locke Street. There are great places to eat on both sides of the street from end to end. There is fine dining, pub and diner style food, gourmet burgers and pizza, just to name a few.

So if you have never been to the Locke Street Festival before and you don’t have anything planned for Saturday then I highly recommend you check it out. You won’t be disappointed!!

 

Summer is Coming! Summer is Coming!

Just trying to be positive here… Our Spring weather isn’t giving us much hope for summer, but it is time to start thinking about what to do when those warm summer days finally arrive.

I think there is nothing better to do than spend as much time as possible outdoors once the weather gets nice. It doesn’t need to be steaming hot, just pleasant. My favourite summer pastime is golf, and we are lucky enough to be surrounded by more courses than we could play in a summer. (I do have a job you know, for those that think they could get to them all).

If you are planning family outings, keep in mind all the local attractions, such as Wild Water Works, African Lion Safari, Christie and Valens Conservation areas, and more, that I don’t have room to name.

Now is also the time to be planning summer getaways, whether it’s the kids to camp, or the family off to the cottage. Don’t miss out by waiting to see what the weather is going to do… There are lots of things to do regardless of the temperature or precipitation.

Other summer pastimes for me include trips to Stratford and to the Shaw Festival. I enjoy turning them into day trips so we can sample what the areas have to offer, in addition to some fine entertainment.

I also enjoy going with friends on the wine tours in Niagara. Yes, pick the one who will be the DD that day, and go enjoy some of the fine wines Ontario has become so well known for. Drop in to one of the winery restaurants and enjoy local cuisine prepared by some of the best chefs around.

Looking for something more local? Spend a day walking through our abundant conservation areas, and then stop in to one of our local restaurants. Enjoy your beverage of choice on the patio…

Relax… Refresh. That’s what summer is all about.

If you have any favourite things to do, please share. We are always looking for great ideas to enjoy summer.

SUMMER FESTIVALS ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

Yes I know summer isn’t here yet, but its’ coming, I think. After the mild winter and early summer we had last year people seem to be a little impatient this year with the slow arrival of the warmer weather. You should take this time and start to plan which of the great summer festivals in our area you would like to attend this year.

One of my long time favourites is the Festival of Friends held in August each year. They have great artisans selling their creations, many different food vendors to satisfy any appetite, and let’s not forget the stellar line-up of entertainment. Over the years I have enjoyed the likes of David Clayton Thomas, Lighthouse, Randy Bachman, Eric Burden and the Animals (they we fantastic), to name but a few. And don’t forget, IT’S FREE.

Another favourite is the Dundas International Buskerfest in June. The wide range of entertainment is astounding. And we must not forget the Dundas Cactus Festival in August. Again, there is great entertainment, crafts, food, and more.

I have not been to the Winona Peach Festival or the Oh Canada Ribfest in Waterdown but I have heard great things about them so I am adding them to my summer to-do-list.

So, if you’re looking for some great family fun this summer, go to one of the many summer festivals in the Greater Hamilton Area.

For a list of festivals, dates and places, go to

http://tourismhamilton.com/events/events.php?sub=*Festivals&offset=10

I invite you to share your favourite festivals with our readers, so they too, can enjoy a great festival experience.

Summer in the City? Absolutely!

The calendar may be telling us it’s spring, but the thermometer has me thinking about summer.

A while back I penned a blog entitled Hamilton is Not JUST a Steel City.  If I had to pick a time of year that made this obvious, it would have to be summer.  Contrary to what many strangers to our area believe, we are immersed in nature, which means lots of fun things to do outdoors!  I have mentioned in the past, many of our conservation areas, and gardens etc., but this time of year makes me think of the summer festivals, the local farmers markets where you can buy produce grown in your own neighbouthood, and also of summer fun for kids at camp.

I have pulled a few of my favourite sites to visit, and want to share them with you.

We are fortunate to have some of the best and most extensive farmers markets around.  The Hamilton Market, which runs year round has local competition this time of year, when the outdoor markets start up.  For example, the Ancaster market   http://www.ancasterfarmersmarket.com/ancasterfarmersmarket_location.html and Dundas market http://www.downtowndundas.ca/dundas-farmers-market.php both operate one day a week, selling vegetables, cheeses, meats, bakery items and more from the local farmers.  The links I have included will give you all the details.  For other area markets, here is the link for Ontario Farmers Markets  http://www.farmersmarketsontario.com/Markets.cfm  See what the markets in your own area have to offer this year!

Our areas also host some of the best summer festivals around.  Festival of Friends, Ancaster Heritage Days, Dundas Buskerfest, Dundas Cactus Festival, and Winona Peach Festival, just to name a few.  To find our more information, check out these sites:

http://www.hamilton.worldweb.com/Events/AllEvents/

http://www.creativearts.on.ca/

http://www.dundasvalley.ca/I-FestivalsAndEvents.html

http://www.ancasterheritagedays.com/

http://www.winonapeach.com/

And for the perennial favourite, summer camp whether it be day camp or a week off in the wilds… check out:

http://www.ourkids.net/burlington-hamilton-camps.php

These links just provide a taste of what is available this summer in the area.  We’re lucky to live in such a diverse area, with so much to offer a short drive away.

Enjoy your summer!

Do you have any favourite summer events or traditions?  Please leave a comment and share any suggestions you might have to help others enjoy the seasons.