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Sunday, June 22, 2014
The new paddleboat from Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises heads west through Locks 34 & 35 this evening. The canal was very busy this first weekend of summer — as was everywhere else in East Niagara. (PHOTOS BY HEATHER N. GRIMMER / CONTRIBUTOR)


This procession of boats sailed along to "Amazing Grace" being played on
the bagpipes from one of the boats around 4 p.m. Saturday off the shores
of Olcott in Lake Ontario.
If you were bored this weekend, you weren't trying very hard.

From the county line to the lake, there seemed to be everything going on all at once — and the weather made it easy to enjoy.

Saturday was the first day of summer and people were out in droves enjoying it. Krull Park in Olcott saw a wedding, in addition to the scores of families out for picnics or just to relax. About an hour later, what appeared to be a funeral procession made its way along Lake Ontario near the Olcott shore line — complete with "Amazing Grace" being played on the bagpipes of one of the boats. Families enjoyed ice cream and walks along the boardwalk. Dads took in the car cruise along East Main Street.

Cami Smith's crocheted animals was just one of over a dozen
options provided by vendors at Faith Lutheran Church's 
Summerfest outtoor vendor and craft show.
Saturday was also Faith Lutheran Church's Summerfest outdoor vendor and craft show. The event brought in parish members and non-members alike for a day of family fun at the church's Transit Road home. Vendors were on hand with everything from knitted hats to painted masks to oils and lotions. Cami Smith's crocheted stuffed animals were a big hit with the kids.

Another Saturday event, the 39th Annual Niagara Auto Swap Meet brought in car lovers and people watchers from miles around. The event also went on on Sunday, which was probably a good thing since at least one attendee said he'd have to go back for the second day just to take everything in.

Today brought about 80-degree weather — perfect for walks along the canal, fishing and ice cream at any number of local ice cream shops. The line inside Lake Effect went to the door around 5 p.m. and customers lined the wall overlooking the Erie Canal taking in their sweet treats and the view of the locks — and boats passing through those locks.

Today was also the opening of the Buffalo Niagara Art Association exhibit at the Kenan Center. The exhibit, featuring 65 works by 33 artists, continues through July 20.

With summer now officially started, so has the fun.

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