The Fatima Shrine is a large and gorgeous shrine that is dedicated to the veneration of Our Lady of Fatima (Mary), who is said to have appeared to three children in the city of Fatima, Portugal in 1917 on the 13th of each month for 6 months (from May to October). She foretold the children's deaths to them, the deaths of religious figureheads, and forewarned them of the need to "consecrate Russia" lest war and suffering befall the world. Lucia Santos reported the Virgin Mary coming to her at various times later on. These accounts are a bit creepy but very interesting.
The shrine features a large statue of Our Lady of Fatima standing atop the world, which makes up the ceiling of the shrine. In front is the Rosary Pond, shaped like a heart with lights as the rosary beads and a large crucifix on the ground on the opposite side. There are over a hundred statues of saints and religious figures, as well as monuments for martyrs, and a replica of the Fatima Shrine in Portugal.
It's an amazing place to roam around and look at all of the statues. You can come whenever you like to see the shrine and the shrine grounds. It's a great stop for those in the Buffalo/Niagara area.
In Lewiston, NY, the Barnabite Fathers have constructed a Basilica and gardens dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima.
Their goal is to spread the words of hope to the world that were spoken to the shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal.
quote ["A prayerful life consists of doing everything in God, with God, and for God. She emphasized a daily simple formula of paying called the Rosary, during which one reflects upon God's personal love for us. She stressed the fulfillment of one's daily duty according to the Gospel principles."]
There is a massive domed church with side naves. Scheduled masses are celebrated and individual devotions are possible in the naves. Three additional chapels are adjacent to the main building.
The grounds are expansive, with gardens and fountains and a pond and statuary.
Near the parking lot (which could use some donations to get into good repair), are bookstore, gift store, cafeteria and picnic area.
The whole complex is operated by volunteers and runs on donations and profits from the stores and cafeteria.
Located in the town of Lewiston, on a New York State park, is a wonderful place called Artpark. Artpark is a wonderful venue that focuses on the arts - be it live theatre, a musical concert or an art exhibit - you can always count on having an enjoyable time.
It's also a great place to just go and walk around and enjoy the beauty of nature.
We were enjoying a pleasant day walking around the village and decided to get something to eat. We had seen Casa Antica before but had never stopped in until today.
The menu and wine list were both full of gems, and the specials made our choice even more difficult. Italian food with choices like Ossa Buco, Pork braggiole, shrimp scampi, and way too many more choices to list. The wine list was diverse and reasonably priced.
We definitely recommend that you try it and we will definitely be returning.
Lewiston grew from a hamlet to a village to a township over the span of fifty years. And during that time it accumulated many nearby communities into its governing body.
The active communities that are represented on the Lewiston town board are:
Colonial Village... hamlet south of town on route 31 (Saunders Settlement Road)
Dickersonville... northeastern of town on route 104 (Ridge Road)
Falcon Manor... south of Lewiston and east of Colonial Village
Model City... a village on route 104
Pekin... hamlet east of town
Sanborn(South Pekin)... southeast of Lewiston on route 429 and route31
Tuscarora Reservation... Iroquois confederacy reservation
"it never smelt so good"
That is the logo for the Lewiston Smelt Festival. It is held annually in early May.
Smelt is a small silvery fish like a big sardine. Lewiston has had a fishing industry for years and celebrates this little swimmer. The Niagara Anglers and the Niagara River Chamber of Commerce will fry hundreds of pounds of smelt in tents at the waterfront. Local restaurants will join in the festivity by serving thier version of smelty dishes.
Entertainment is live: weather-permitting.
See the website below if you are interested in coming by for a taste.
to get there:
route 104 or route 18 to get to route 18F. go west on route 18F through Lewiston (road changes from SeaWay Trail to Center Street) to the waterfront.
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Lewiston is in the top 5% of safe towns in the U.S.
There is only 1 sex offender registered, 3 murders in 5 years, 4 rapes in 7 years, only 20 burglaries per year. Those are very low occurences for a city with population of about 15000.
You can feel safe when you visit Lewiston, but you do not have to act like a silly tourist. Remember to lock doors and be aware of where your are and don't venture into unfamiliar areas alone or late at night. Better Safe than Sorry.