Written by: Sandy Howe
Can you believe that Orientation Week is over already?! It (hopefully) flew by, leaving great memories and friendships that will continue, just like this entire school year will!
It’s pretty tough during O-Week to venture off campus, or go too far beyond your neighbourhood, but now that we’re back to regular classes, the focus is shifting to establishing a “normal” schedule (what is that?!). We’re finding classrooms and seminars, figuring out where the closest grocery store or Starbucks is, and learning how to get around campus and Niagara. This is a great time to try new things and explore new places, making it part of your regular routine before life gets too busy and we focus on other priorities. I mean, why not?! It can only make you a better person in the end, having more great experience, places to go back to, and fun stories to share with others.
This week, Niagara has plenty going on that’s worth checking out:
- Handmade Market – Friday & Saturday, September 12 & 13 at 13th Street Winery (just passed the St. Catharines General Hospital on 4th Ave.). Check out over 75 artisans offering jewellery, hand-sewn bags, fashion accessories, preserves, natural bath + body products, original art, home decor, wood products, leather goods, as well as live music, gourmet food and food trucks, wine by the glass and more!
- Niagara Yoga Expo – Saturday, September 13 from 11:00am-6:00pm in Montebello Park (free). This is your chance to try multiple styles of yoga by some of the best instructors and studios across Niagara! Purchase the latest yoga gear, clothes, mats and more from a variety of vendors and take in an evening Kirtan Concert (tickets available on-line or at the door).
- Thorold City-Wide Garage Sale – Saturday, September 13 from 9:00am-4:00pm. Visit the Thorold website for more information or to register your address and take part.
- Country Music Festival – Saturday, September 13 from 5:00-10:00pm at Peller Estate Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Enjoy Canadian country music artist Brett Kissell along with mechanical bull rides, 8+ food trucks, a pig roast and wonderful harvest wines. Purchase your tickets on-line for $39 + tax.
- Niagara Regional Exhibition – Thursday – Sunday, September 11-14, Welland ($5 for students, $8 for adults). “Livestock & Living Well” is the theme for this year’s exhibition, which features livestock races, cattle and horse shows, a demolition derby, illusionists and midway rides – something for everyone!
- Great Canadian Steampunk Exposition – Friday –Sunday, September 12-14, Fort George, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Enjoy music from all over the continent, artisans, workshops, guided tours of the Fort, ghost tours of Niagara, entertainment including dancers, magicians, hot air balloon rides, and even a flea circus. You don’t have to know a thing about Steampunk to participate, and you don’t have to have a costume – just come on down, explore everything, and enjoy yourself!
Have a great weekend getting out to #ExploreNiagara, share your thoughts, highlights and photos with us, and please contact Sandy at email@example.com if you know of anything great happening in Niagara that we can include here!
Enjoy this great region!