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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.
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.
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.
Updated Aug 20, 2012
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.
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
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
Updated May 16, 2012
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
Updated May 16, 2012
Phone: 519 730 1001
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 ).
Updated Apr 4, 2011
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.
Updated Aug 8, 2008
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.
Written Aug 27, 2007
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.
Updated Aug 26, 2007
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.
Updated Aug 26, 2007
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.
Updated Aug 26, 2007
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.
Updated Jul 13, 2007
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