Youngstown is kinda special to me because I lived there for a short period of time as a child, and also that's where my husband and I got together and started dating. There was a 'dance' Club in Youngstown called 'Lakewood' which has since burned down, but we both loved to dance so that's how our story started. We're still dancing, but me -- maybe a little slower. My husband hasn't slowed down much.
Lewiston, New York
The Village of Lewiston was named one of the "Top Ten Best Small Towns in America" by Rand McNally in November 2012.
And per Wikipedia "Lewiston recently won an online voting contest sponsored by USA Today and Rand McNally for "Best for Food" small town in America, beating 176 other communities. Lewiston has over 30 locally owned and operated restaurant/food establishments within a mile, located primarily on Center Street, catering to a variety of tastes."
|One of several restaurants in Lewiston, NY|
|A little relaxing park 'hidden' behind some shops.|
Federated Garden Club of New York State in 1946. Each year they have a Garden Fest and this year it is scheduled for June 21 & 22, 2014. They feature quite a few activities with a walking tour of local gardens, vendors, a container contest, and other daily activities. We attended this event a few years ago and it is worth the visit if you will be in the area at that time. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
A fellow gardening blogger/photographer, Donna at GardenWalkGardenTalk, that lives in that area is also very active in their Garden Club. She does quite a bit of the photography for their activities. Her photos are used in their advertisements. Here is the poster featuring her photos. I feature a link to Donna's blog in the column at the right. I am really impressed with her blog. She is very knowledgeable in gardening, photography, art, and design. She is highly trained as an architect and Master Gardener. The photos in her blog are very impressive as well.
|Photo by Donna of GardenwalkGardenTalk|
Used with permission
Another place you might want to visit is Artpark in Lewiston. The Mission of Artpark is: "Artpark & Company produces and presents excellence in the performing and visual arts, and creates unique cultural experiences in a casual, natural setting. Artistic talent is nurtured and allowed to flourish in an atmosphere that is entertaining, educational and interactive for Artpark visitors."
Various performing artists are scheduled this season. Check out their schedule for the concerts and other visual arts.
Additional Links for Lewiston, NY:
Wikipedia Lewiston, NY
Town of Lewiston, NY
Historic Lewiston, NY
Village of Lewiston, NY
Lewiston Garden Club
Or for the more Adventurous- - -You can take a boat ride on the jet boats that will take you up the Niagara River to the Whirlpool Rapids!
|Photo by Jaime Perry (used with permission)|
Youngstown, New York
Youngstown also has a very historical background. One of the main attractions is Old Fort Niagara. This fort features some of the oldest buildings on the Great Lakes. The Fort is a National Historic Landmark. I can remember every year a certain grade level in elementary school, would have a field trip to Old Fort Niagara. Of course the only thing we were interested in were the ghost stories.
|Old Fort Niagara at Youngstown, NY|
|Lighthouse at Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, NY|
Here are two blog posts written and photographed by Donna of GardenWalkGardenTalk:
Old Fort Niagara Photo Shoot Jan 29 2012 and Inside the Ghostly Walls of Fort Niagara March 2 2014.
Niagara Jet Adventure. Another new adventure that is based out of Youngstown, NY, is the Niagara Jet Adventure. These new state-of-the-art whitewater and historic river tours take you back in time as they give a guided tour of the lower Niagara River before giving the thrill of a lifetime, all while keeping dry in climate-controlled comfort. Unless of course you want to get wet, as they can do that too! You can find their website at www.niagarajet.com
|Photo by Aaron Dey (used with permission)|
|Photo by Aaron Dey (used with permission)|
Also new to the Youngstown area this upcoming June, will be a new Internet radio station. This station will be staffed by volunteer DJ's as well as streaming music and shows. The station will be located on Main Street next to the Village Diner.
|View from Youngstown, NY where the Niagara River enters into Lake Ontario|
Link: Youngstown, NY
Need something to do while you're waiting for the snow to melt? Here is a link to some very creative birdhouses: 89 Birdhouses. Some of them would be easy to craft.
Thanks for taking the time to visit.
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