Getting to know Scott Scheffler, new Marina Director

One of the biggest selling points of Newfane and Olcott Beach as a tourism destination is Lake Ontario and the surrounding fishing areas. Upkeep is important and Scott Scheffler is well aware of that. You may not know Scott yet, but you will. He was named the Town of Newfane’s new Marina director late last year and has been busier that a salmon swimming upstream.

One of Scott’s first orders of business was getting the town marina ready for the 2014 season. Years of wear and tear and the brutal winter of 2014 didn’t help the docks. “(The docks) were in bad shape,” said Scheffler. “Those that were in need of repair are now finished and are in great shape.” Over the coming months and into next year, other docks that need to be fixed will be taken care of.

Scott isn’t a stranger to Newfane and Olcott Beach; he grew up here and knows just how special the area is to natives and visitors, alike. He received his criminal justice degree from Niagara County Community College and is a graduate of NewfaneScott Scheffler High School. Scott is also a mentor of the school’s robotics team. “Being from here, I’m passionate about seeing our area succeed,” he said. “I want to see us grow further as a tourist destination.”

Fisherman’s Park on Rt. 78 is also getting improved. If you had trouble seeing the signs in the lot, that has changed. “One of the complaints was that folks could not see our signage,” Scott said. “We have a team that is going around and making sure that everything is visible.”

In the past, keeping the fuel stocked and ice in the marina refrigerator was an issue. Not any more. “We are constantly making sure that we have everything boaters and fishermen need for a day out on Lake Ontario,” Scott said.

Speaking of fishing, there are some great events coming up, including the 11th annual Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s King Salmon Tournament on July 19, Olcott from 6 a.m. to noon. There is also the 5th annual Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Derby going on now until July 27.

With a new pump out station and an upgraded boardwalk near the entrance to the marina, boaters, fishermen, and visitors will have a much easier visit, Scott stressed. “It’s all about showing people that we can offer them a great place to fish, visit, and maybe call home.”
That goes right along with the slogan on the Olcott Beach water tower: “You’ll love your visit here.”

 

 

Spend Memorial Day Weekend in OBNY!

Memorial Day Weekend is called the unofficial start to summer. Here in Newfane and Olcott Beach, however, we view it as the official summer kickoff. Two weekends ago, the Lakeview Village Shoppes got our 2014 season off to a great start. Now, Olcott Beach will be in full swing.

CarouselOn Saturday, the famous Olcott Beach Carousel Park will open for the season, beginning at noon. The park has five vintage kiddy rides: a 1946 Allen Herschell Kiddy Auto / Fire Truck Ride (originally from Olcott), a 1940’s Allen Herschell Sky Fighter, a 1940’s Boat Ride, a 1950’s Rocket Swing Ride, and a kiddy Ferris Wheel (originally located at the Whistle Pig in Niagara Falls, N.Y.). The Park will be open until 6 p.m. through Memorial Day. For more days and times, check out the Carousel website.

On Sunday, May 25, the Sunday Super Car Cruise will rev up from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Main St. in Olcott.  Be one of the DSCF0323first 100 cruise cars and get a free dash plaque. There are always great looking cars from the past and present on display. Even better? It’s a free admission event. There is also free parking. It’s sponsored by Olcott Beach Community Assoc. and area businesses.

On Monday, May 26, Newfane’s annual Memorial Day Observance, will take place at Corwin Cemetery, at Lockport-Olcott and Hatter Roads, in Newfane, at 11 a.m. This poignant and touching ceremony features music, reenactments, speeches, and military honors. The event honors the veterans, who in times of war and peace, stood strong in defense of the United States of America. Newfane American Legion Post 873 works hard every year to honor the memory of those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

To celebrate the summer kickoff, Lakeview Village Shoppes are open from noon until 7 p.m., seven days a week starting on Saturday. Don’t forget, Krull Park is great for walking and enjoying family fun, too.

Keep up to date on all of the goings on in Newfane and Olcott Beach, by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or checking out our website.

 

Stroll on the Boardwalk in Olcott Beach

We thankfully push the harsh cold, snow, and ice of winter out of here and get excited and warmed up with thoughts of sunny days in our area. Part of those warm thoughts come from the Lakeview Village Shoppes that open on May 3 for the 2014 season.

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Since 1992, this quaint gathering of different gift, specialty and food shops on a boardwalk overlooking Lake Ontario in Olcott Beach, N.Y. has been a must-stop for tourists and locals. This year is setting up to be one of the best years yet.

Cameron’s Lakeside Ice Cream

Oak Ridge Jewelry

Up The Lake

Emma’s Tiques and Treasures

Gift Box at the Beach

Just Lookin’

K.M. Treats & Baked Goods

Nature’s Child & Sea Hag

Picasso Moon

Vacanti Arts

Karen Young, owner of Gift Box at the Beach, says it’s a little stressful leading up to opening weekend, but it’s definitely exciting. “We are excited about the three new shops on the boardwalk to give a new variety and also seeing all the new products that our current shops carry,” she said. “We are also looking forward to seeing all of our regular customers that we haven’t seen in six months!”

Seasonal hours begin on the weekend of May 3 and go until the weekend of May 18 from noon until 7 p.m. From May 24 until Labor Day, the Shoppes are open 7 days a week, from noon until 7 p.m. From Sept. 6 until Oct. 31, the Shoppes will be open on weekends only from  noon until 7 p.m.

You can connect with the Shoppes on their Facebook page and on Twitter as well!

Wine Night Returns to Newfane

Sure, the weather has been brutally cold this winter (do we need the reminder?). But, now that March is in full swing, let’s start thinking spring. We think that’s cause for a celebration. And what is great with a celebration? WINE!

wine night glassesOn March 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Newfane and Olcott Beach Tourism will host its second annual “Wine Night” at the Town of Newfane Community Center. Great tasting wines from Schulze Vineyards and Winery, The Winery at Marjim Manor, Black Willow Winery,  Chateau Niagara Winery  and Victorianbourg Wine Estate will be poured.

There will be great local food from Three Sisters Bakery and Wilson’s Pizza, as well as Barker Chocolate Box and Lakefront Olive Orchard. We’ll also have great gifts shown by Shoppe on Main, along with gift baskets and much more.

How much will it cost? Nothing. This is a free event, with free wine tastings (You must be 21 years of age or older to taste and purchase wine). There will be bottles of wine available for purchase.

Join us on March 14 and see what Newfane and Olcott Beach N.Y. has to offer you!

Christmas in Lake Country

“There’s no place like home for the holidays. For no matter how far away you roam -When you long for the sunshine of a friendly gaze… For the holidays – you can’t beat home, sweet home!”

2012-12-07 06.13.15Whether you have visited Newfane and Olcott Beach once or have been here your whole life, there is so much to offer.  During the holidays, those offerings are even more plentiful. Need a memorable gift? Looking for a great place to take a photo? We have it… and much more!

Here are a few ways you can enjoy our area and enjoy our Season’s Greetings.

Niagara Wine Trail- The weekend of Dec. 13-15, the trail has its Holiday Happening. Aside from great wine, you can celebrate this holiday season by collecting a different ornament at each winery on the trail. This year’s ornament theme is the Nutcracker Ballet.

The Living Nativity– Grace Bible Church puts guests through a memorable and touching thirty-minute experience of a guided walk through the Christmas story and beyond. While-you-wait activities include Christmas music, coffee, hot cocoa & cookies, and the kid’s corner with crafts. It takes place Dec. 13 and 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cafora’s Pizza and Pasteria On Dec. 17, this Newfane staple will have its annual Dinner with Santa. Families can bring their kids for a great photo with “St. Nick.”

Shoppe on Main– This Main Street in Newfane staple is well-known for outstanding, one-of-a-kind gifts. Want to give the gift of warmth? The Shoppe has hand knit and crocheted gloves, scarves, hats, socks, pieced quilts, and alpaca socks. Send your holiday greetings with hand made cards, mini water colors, and books written by local authors. Want to get something for that special pet? They have cat, dog, and horse treats and toys, too.

The Blue Lady– This old, Greek Revival building that once was Olcott’s general store. Open from Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., you will find antiques, vintage furnishings, folk art, handmade dried florals & wreaths, jewelry, handmade soap, greeting cards, and other unique gifts.

Need a great place to take a photo? Try these spots.

Main Street in Newfane, dusk. The street is lined with holiday spirit. Festive lights, huge Christmas tree. And new this year, the Gazebo with lights and a sign that says “SEASONS GREETINGS.” Not a bad spot for a future Christmas card.

Olcott Beach, Gazebo near Carousel Park. For the last few years, Olcott Beach has had its own beautiful display. It’s a perfect background for the season and for those that remember days of winter’s past.

Join us this holiday season… you’ll be glad you did!

Raise the Jolly Roger in Olcott!

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Ok, so Captain Hook may not be on the banks of Lake Ontario this weekend (or will he?). But, there will be plenty of other pirates invading our area as the annual Pirates Festival takes over Olcott Beach. If you haven’t attended this event, you and your family are in for a great time.

On Friday, July 12, the festival kicks off with some great pirate-themed rides, food, music and terrific entertainment that will go on until midnight. The fun continues on Saturday with the third annual wnycruiser.com  Pirate Festival Car Show, which is held in Krull Park from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Olcott Fire Dept. Awards will be handed out for the top show cars and music provided by DJ the Dee Jay. There will be 50/50 raffles and (even better) free admission for spectators.

At noon, the traditional pirates parade officially gets Saturday going. It features pirate-ship parade floats and entertainers who throw bead necklaces into the crowd. Come in your best pirate garb and join in on the fun.

Don’t have a car to show off? Take the family over to the Olcott Beach Carousel Park on Saturday and Sunday for
the Family Magic Puppet Show by Janice Spagnola’s Family Magic Puppet show. It will take place live on stage at the Tom Kelley Rustic Theater at 2:00 p.m.

Gather your crew and sail to Olcott Beach this weekend. It can be a pirate’s life… at least for a few days!

It takes a (Lakeview) Village

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Whether it be a rainy day or one with a picture postcard backdrop, the Lakeview Village Shoppes bring an extra measure of creativity and brightness to Olcott Beach. Since 1992, the shoppes have created an experience like no other, with a “down home” feel and unique gifts that are sure to have you telling your family and friends about them. Oh, and the view is pretty good, too.

There are ten shops in Lakeview Village. They are: Cameron’s Lakeside Ice Cream, Corner at Olcott Beach, Emma’s Tiques and TreasuresGift Box at the BeachJesse’s Girl, Just Lookin’, K.M. TreatsNature’s Child & Sea Hag, Picasso Moon, and VacantiArts.

973038_770009198701_727019164_n“I think the stores are the icing on the cake for a perfect one-tank getaway for western New Yorkers,” said Janet Vacanti, co-owner of VacantiArts. “Family fun, weekly festivities, food, and shopping are the perfect recipe for a destination.” This season, VacantiArts has expanded to make shopping a more 
comfortable, relaxed experience. “We’ve added Fair Trade products to our inventory 
to promote cultural diversity and have expanded our gem and mineral collection,” added Vacanti.

983541_770009258581_60071422_n“The shoppes have been getting better and better every year because of the variety on the boardwalk,” said Karen Young, owner of Gift Box at the Beach. “We have a great group of stores here now and the owners not only take pride in their own shop, but in the boardwalk as a whole.” If you are a fan of the “Life is Good” clothing line, you’ll find it at Gift Box, as well as Robert Rothschild Dips & Sauces.

Besides the staples in the village, you could also see some spontaneity. The weather may bring out an acoustic music 
jam on the corner of the boardwalk. Did we mention the views were pretty nice, too?

Photo courtesy of Lakeview Village Shoppes

Photo courtesy of Lakeview Village Shoppes

If you are looking for ice cream or gems, jewelry or antiques, the Lakeview Village Shoppes are the spot to visit for travelers and locals. The shops are open Monday thru Thursday from Noon to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from Noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday from Noon to 6 p.m.