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    LAKEWOOD PARK NORTH

    by LoriPori Updated Aug 20, 2012

    Located in the Town of Tecumseh, on the north side of Riverside Drive and Manning Road, LAKEWOOD PARK NORTH just celebrated its Grand Opening (summer of 2012). It took about 50 years , but now the Town of Tecumseh finally acquired the prized 6.6 acre piece of land overlooking Lake St. Clair. It was the last remaining undeveloped waterfront property in Tecumseh.
    The new family-oriented Park features a waterfront boardwalk and Observation Pier (Pic #5) , which offers prime scenic views of Lake St. Clair. The Park includes 950 feet of shoreline, with a sand beach with access for wading, canoes and kayaks. There is also a new washroom and change rooms facility (Pic #2).
    Tecumseh's new Park is now home to some of the region's popular events - Art of Eating Festival, the Tecumseh Triathlon Weekend and the Dragon Boats Festival.

    DRAGONVIEW GARDENS
    Highlights a 28 foot, 29,000 lb. granite Dragon (Pic #1), which is in honor of the annual Tecumseh Dragon Boat Festival for the Cure. This magnificent sculpture was commissioned in China and unveiled in the summer of 2012, the year of the Dragon.

    CIRCLE OF LIFE
    A 90 foot granite wall (Pic # 3) containing the names of those who have lost their battle with cancer.
    Hand-carved granite benches surround the Circle of Life. Engravings, plaques and benches (Pic #4) are available for sponsorship , with all the proceeds going toward local initiatives in search of a cure.

    GABION BASKETS
    In homage to Tecumseh's rich French history, a collection of gabion baskets - also known as a French Line (Pic #2) - have been placed in the middle of Lakewood Park North. Gabion Baskets have historically been used to mark property lines and have also been used in the military in order to protect artillery crews from enemy fire.

    The Gabion Baskets Circle of Life Gardens Granite Memorial Bench Observation Pier

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    TECUMSEH CORN FESTIVAL

    by LoriPori Updated May 16, 2012

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    August 27 - 30, 2009
    Lacasse Park, Lacasse Blvd, Tecumseh, Ontario
    This year's TECUMSEH CORN FESTIVAL runs from Thursday August 27 to Sunday August 30, in Tecumseh, Ontario, a suburb of Windsor.
    Schedule:
    Thursday August 27
    3:00 p.m. Park opens
    Carter Shows Carnival
    Optimist Corn Booth serving hot buttered corn on the cob
    Miss Tecumseh Pageant

    Friday August 28
    12:00 p.m. Park opens
    1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Seniors Day - free corn for all Seniors
    1:30 p.m. Olde Fashioned Bingo
    3:00 The Bobby Brew Band - Nibby's Festival Stage
    5:00 Border City Barkers
    7:30 p.m. ELEVATION - U2 Tribute Band - Main Stage - $5.00 General Admission

    Saturday, August 29
    11:00 a.m. Largest Small Town Parade
    12:00 p.m. Park Opens
    1:30 p.m. Magic of Steven Scott - Nibby's Festival Stage
    2:10 p.m. Clarol the Clown
    3:30 p.m. Zoo to You - Exotic Animals
    5:00 p.m. Border City Barkers
    6:30 p.m. - FINGER ELEVEN - Main Stage - $10.00 General
    admission

    Sunday August 24
    12:00 p.m. Park opens
    12:30 BEEBO Music Review Show
    1:30 Magic of Steven Scott
    2:00 p.m. Clarol the Clown
    3:00 p.m. CORNSTOCK WOODSTOCK REVIVAL - Main Stage -
    3:30 ZOO TO YOU - Exotic Animals
    4:30 p.m. Border City Barkers
    10:00 p.m. Park Closes

    I have just mentioned a few of the events. To see more visit their website posted below

    UPDATE TECUMSEH CORN FESTIVAL 2012

    Thursday August 23 through Sunday August 26, 2012

    Corn Festival Mascot Festival Tent One of the many Food Kiosks Merchandise for Sale Stage - British Beat - Entertainment

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    SHORES OF ERIE INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL

    by LoriPori Updated May 16, 2012

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    September 4, 5, 6 & 7, 2008
    Amherstburg, Ontario on the beautiful waterfront grounds of Fort Malden National Historic Site which is located at 100 Laird Ave.
    The Festival made Ontario's Top 100 Festivals and this will be their fourth annual.
    SHORES OF ERIE INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL will be featuring the area's finest Wineries, top chefs and live entertainment such as Sam Roberts Band, Alex Cuba, Thornetta Davis, 8ight Past Nine, Shelly Rastin, Ron Leary, Kerri Brown and Macana.
    This year's theme is "A Toast to the Tastes".
    Wineries this year include: Aleksander Estate Winery, Colio Estate Wines, Muscenere Vineyards. Pelee Island Winery, Crew - Colchester Ridge Estate Winery, Sanson Estate Winery, Erie Shore Vineyard, Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery, D'Angelo Estate Winery, Viewpointe Estate Winery, Mastronardi Estate Winery and Wagner Orchards and Estate Winery.
    In the Seminar Pavilion there will be cooking demonstrations and wine seminars.
    The event website provides schedules and ticket information.
    Day and Weekend passes available.
    Festival passes $10.00 (in advance) for a one-day pass, $13.00 at the gate and $25.00 for all Three days. Wine and food - pay as you go.

    UPDATE SHORES OF ERIE WINE FESTIVAL 2012

    September 6, 7, 8, 9 2012

    One of the many Wine Kiosks Colio Estate Wines Booth Erie Shore Vineyard Grounds of Fort Malden
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    LEAMINGTON - TOMATO CAPITAL OF CANADA

    by LoriPori Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Located on the shores of Lake Erie, LEAMINGTON has a large H. J. Heinz company factory and claims to be the "Tomato Capital of Canada" as it boasts acres of greenhouses and fields of tomatoes.
    In Downtown Leamington, the Tourist Information booth is the "Big Tomato" which was built in 1901 (Pics #1 & # 2).
    The Leamington Art Centre (Pic # 3) is a turn of the century public building which showcases works of art by acclaimed local and international artists and has the world's only permanent display of memorabilia from the H. J. Heinz Company.
    Leamington Marina is featured in Pic # 4.
    Leamington is well-known for its many fruit stands that are brimming with the season's finest and freshest fruits and vegetables (Pic # 5).

    The Leamington Tomato Festival is held every year in Seacliff Park. The Fest is usually the third weekend in August. This year it was held August 17 to 19. For further information phone 519-326-2721 or visit their website at: www.leamingtonchamber.com

    Leamington is close to Point Pelee National Park, a major site for migrating birds (See my Point Pelee National Park page ).

    Leamington's Leamington Art Centre Leamington Marina Leamington  Fruit & Vegetable Roadside Stand
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    LEAMINGTON TOMATO FESTIVAL

    by LoriPori Updated Aug 8, 2008

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    Usually held the third weekend in August, the LEAMINGTON TOMATO FESTIVAL is fun for the whole family. Hans and I have attended many times. We love the drive down to Leamington - it's about 45 minutes away from us.
    The Fest features food - family fun - festivities. This year it is being held August 13 to 17 at Seacliff Park. They have a beauty pageant, Battle of the Bands, Parade, Tomato Stomp, Car Show and Fireman Waterball Fight.
    There are over 100 food and craft vendors and you can enjoy some good free entertainment at the outdoor stage. And it wouldn't be a tomato festival without "Stewie" the mascot and his family.

    The Wonderful Leamington Tomatoes
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    LEAMINGTON ARTS CENTER

    by LoriPori Written Aug 27, 2007

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    Located in Uptown Leamington in a turn of the century public building, is the LEAMINGTON ARTS CENTER. Its main attraction is the grand first floor main gallery, the community's premier space for showcasing works of art. The bi-monthly exhibits by acclaimed local and international artists and arts organizations utilizing a variety of art forms.
    For information on Current and upcoming exhibits and events in the main gallery of the Arts Center for the 2007 season, phone 519-326-2711.
    Tuesday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Leamington Arts Center
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    HISTORIC ESSEX MURALS

    by LoriPori Updated Aug 26, 2007

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    Come visit beautiful downtown Essex and their outdoor gallery of HISTORIC MURALS. There are thirteen murals all together, depicting transportation, agricultural roots, Essex Train Station, Liberation, Sports in Essex, Corner Grocer and Street Car Days - just to name a few. I will highlight some of them for you. I guess you'll have to make a trip to Essex to see the rest.
    A walking tour map has been created that provides an easy route for visitors to see all the murals that adorn the town. I picked one up at the visitor information kiosk at the Railway Station.
    Pic # 1 & #2 "Liberation" - A scene from a typical Dutch countryside with Canadian troops liberating the country in 1945.
    Pic # 3 "Our Station - Our Town" - An old car and train and wagon of people with the Essex TRain Station in the background.
    Pic # 4 "Tradition Continues" - A mural of the Kingsville-Essex Associated Band which is the longest operating community band in Canada, begun in 1937.
    Pic # 5 "Sharing the Past" - A panorama melding the past and future in downtown Essex.

    Liberation Liberation Our Station - Our Town Tradition Continues Sharing the Past
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    ESSEX RAILWAY STATION

    by LoriPori Updated Aug 26, 2007

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    Built in 1887 of Michigan field stone, the ESSEX RAILWAY STATION has been fully restored to its natural beauty. The original ladies' waiting room is now a meeting room. The fireplace still adds to the ambience. An arched entranceway was once the driveway for horses and wagons.
    Visitors can enjoy an historical photo tour of Essex, a variety of railroad memorabilia, a gift shop, antique cabooses and a lovely walk through their beautiful heritage gardens.
    The Station is also a unique and beautiful setting for many types of occasions, like birthdays, showers, anniversaries, meetings, weddings & rehearsal dinners. A good friend of mine who lives in Essex, held an 80th birthday party here for her mother-in-law. What a lovely spot to have a party.
    Catering is available upon request, but you can bring in your own trays of food.
    Renovations on their 1909 caboose are now complete and is now open to the public. Inside you will discover a working model train set and telegraph system.
    You can also take a walk through the beautiful Heritage Gardens, just next to the Railway Station.

    Located at 87 Station St. Essex, Ontario

    Directions from Windsor:
    Take highway # 3 to County Road #8 then turn right onto Talbot St. left onto Cameron, right onto Fox and left onto Station St.

    Essex Train Station Caboose Caboose
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    COLIO ESTATE WINES

    by LoriPori Updated Aug 26, 2007

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    While taking KitKat ( Keida84 ) and Kristi ( Dabs ) on the Essex County Circle Tour, one of our stops was to visit the COLIO ESTATE WINES. It is housed in a beautiful building surrounded by fields of grape vines. We were allowed to have four tastings. I especially liked the Colio Spumante and bought myself a bottle.
    Award-winning vintners since 1980, the winery is located on Lake Erie's North Shore,which is a VQA designated viticultural area.
    Their picturesque winery in Harrow boasts over2.4 million litres of cooperage including a climate-controlled barrel aging room, a technologically advanced bottling line that produces in excess of 240,000 cases per year and a Hospitality Centre & Retail Boutique.
    Their Colchester Vineyards are located at a latitude parallel with Northern California and the Tuscany region in Italy.

    Directions from Detroit/Windsor Bridge.Take Huron Church Line which becomes Hwy #3 to Walker Road. Right on Walker Road and head south for 23 km to Harrow. 1 Colio Drive is on the right as you enter Harrow.

    Colio Estate Wines Colio Winery Wine Tasting Grapes on the Vine
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    BELLE RIVER

    by LoriPori Updated Jul 13, 2007

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    Just a short ten minute drive from our home is the lovely community of BELLE RIVERwhich is located on the south shore of Lake St. Clair, within the township of Lakeshore.
    Founded by French settlers from the Detroit River area, settlement of this area began around 1793.
    Today Belle River is a very popular jet skiing and boating destination.
    The town has lots to offer - many shops & restaurants - two parks - Optimist Park & Lakeview Park - a marina - Belle River Marina - Fish from the pier of the Marina for walleye, perch, smallmouth bass & musky. Charter boats are also available here, as is great boat launch ramps with plenty of parking. Hans and I often go here in the evening to watch the sunset from the Belle River Pier.
    Belle River area is growing by leaps and bounds, as many young couples are moving towards this area as it's not that far a drive from Windsor and is a nice, small community with good schools and plenty of recreation.

    Playground at Lakeview Park Belle River Marina
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    Miles of Riverwalk

    by staindesign Written Jun 19, 2007

    Windsor has a very beautiful river walk, i believe it is the best thing in Windsor. It is so peaceful and there are so many people out walking, riding bikes, and rollerblading. We really didn't know what to do during our trip in Windsor, and on this rivierwalk we meet people that told us of many things to do.

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    PELEE ISLAND WINERY TOUR

    by LoriPori Written Aug 12, 2006

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    PELEE ISLAND
    Naturally endowed with ideal soil and climate conditions for growing grapes, Pelee Island was home to Canada's first estate winery, Vin Villa, founded in the 1860's. In 1979 the Pelee Island Winery was re-established by a group committed not just to building a world-class winery, but also to the natural heritage of the island which is home to the rarest natural habitat in the country.
    PELEE ISLAND WINERY TOUR
    Located on the mainland in Kingsville, Ontario, The Winery welcomes visitors year-round and offers a tour which takes you through every step of the wine-making process. After the tour you are invited to a wine-tasting seminar, introducing some of Pelee's unique tastes. Tours take place every day at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. Janet and I just missed the 2 p.m. tour, but they still offered us a wine tasting, consisting of three samples.

    Pelee Island Winery Pelee Island Winery Store
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    Sooters photoshop

    by kris-t Updated Feb 23, 2006

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    Pretty expensive, but some works are not bad.
    20 Wedding pictures cost as minimun 1500 CAD !
    portret - small 60 CAD + 15% taxes, medium - 135 CAD +15% taxes...

    BUT we can't recomend this place - servis is not just extrimly expensive but the same extrimly slow !!! - 3 mont. and more... but money - before... hm... clients are for them - not they're for clients...

    5432 Tecumseh Rd E.
    Windsor, Ontario N8T 1C7

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    POINT PELEE NATIONAL PARK

    by LoriPori Updated Jun 23, 2005

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    Located only one hour from the Windsor/Detroit border, near Leamington, POINT PELEE NATIONAL PARK has more rare and endangered plants and animals than anywhere in Canada, thus making it the most popular park in Canada's National Parks System. It is a naturalists paradise with over 700 species of plant life and is renowned as the finest place in North America for birdwatching.
    There are 22.5 km of sand and pebble beaches, a mile long boardwalk and nature trails.
    For more on Point Pelee ,see Point Pelee page

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    Malden Park

    by windsorgirl Updated Jan 22, 2005

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    Who says Essex County is flat? There happens to be one very large hill located in Windsor from which you can get a panoramic view of the Detroit skyline from the Ambassador Bridge all the way to the Renaissance Center.

    Okay, I'll admit this hill was formed not by glaciers or volcanoes or tectonic plates.....it was formed by man to cover up a garbage dump. However, they have done a superb job at disguiseing this eyesore and turning a liability into an asset. As they say, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

    Today Malden Park and its giant hill are enjoyed by cyclists, joggers, dog walkers and in the winter, tobogganers.

    Location:
    Malden Park is located on Malden Rd in west Windsor between Prince Rd, and EC Row Expressway. You can access Malden Rd from Huron Church Rd.

    Malden Park in March
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