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!

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An Apple (Blossom) A Day…

We saw a bit of wintry weather this week… and it sure got many grumbling (for good reason)!  But, nothing says spring is here in our area more than the annual Apple Blossom Festival.

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As much as “apple” is in the name of the event, which is sponsored by the Town of Newfane Historical Society, there is more than just great fruit. It’s somewhat of a history lesson.

There’s a Civil War encampment with re-enactors, a period era schoolhouse, blacksmith, printer, country store and more, all is a country fair atmosphere.  There is also plenty of food, music, dancers, and crafters. You can’t beat free admission and parking, either. Oh, and the weather is looking like it will great, too. (Weather.com says sunny and 70’s!)

It all takes place at the corner of West Creek Road and Ide Road. We’ll see you there!