The signs of summer in Niagara County
In Niagara County, there are many events happening, representing the true meaning of summer.
In Lockport, the Labatt Canal Concert Series began this weekend with Govít Mule and will continue through Aug. 24.
Other performers are Eddie Money on July 6, Ed Kowalczyk of LIVE on July 13, Big Wreck on July 20, Theory of a Dead Man on July 27, 54-40 on Aug. 3, George Thorogood on Aug. 10, Kenny Wayne Shepherd on Aug. 17 and the Tea Party on Aug. 24.
The show starts at 6 p.m. rain or shine in the Ulrich City Centre Plaza.
This week there will also be a number of Fourth of July events throughout the area, so grab your lawn chair, put on sunscreen and get out to the various parades and firework displays for Independence Day fun.
Lockportís parade will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and their firework display will be held at dusk on Wednesday. In Royalton, their parade will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday and their firework display will also be held at dusk.
Summer time is also when you will begin to see various roadside stands and community markets filled with fresh vegetables and fruits. It is important to remember, especially at this time of year, to shop local.
Being in Western New York there are so many products that are grown close to home and fit everyoneís taste buds. You can buy lettuce, tomatoes, corn, strawberries, raspberries, apples, pumpkins, honey, maple syrup, wine and so much more.
On a warm summer night, there is also the opportunity to watch a movie under the stars. Niagara County is lucky enough to have two drive-in theaters.
The Transit Drive-In is now open daily, opening at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights and 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. The Transit Drive-In features four screens. Visit www.transitdrivein.com for more information.
The Sunset Drive-In in Middleport features three screens. Visit www.sunset-drivein.com for more information.
Finally, there are the festivals and events. Those events are the number one way you can tell that summer is here. Later this summer there will again be the Taste of Lockport, along with various other events throughout the next couple months.
On Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8, the Lockport in Bloom event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free citywide garden tour gives people the opportunity to walk/drive around the area and view a number of beautiful gardens.
Garden tour brochures are available prior to the event at several local businesses. Visit www.lockportinbloom.com for more information.
So remember it is summertime and donít spend the next couple months inside. There is much going on in Niagara County that celebrates this season.