Here it is, the end of July….if you haven’t already been to the Welland Museum this summer, there’s still time! Here are some things you need to know now and for later.


The 2015 TD Niagara Jazz Festival celebrated a very successful four days of jazz, wine, culinary events, artisans, and art across Niagara Thursday July 23rd through Sunday July 26th. Now in its second year, the TD Niagara Jazz Festival saw record crowds enjoy Canadian and internationally acclaimed jazz musicians by way of headline concerts, jazz education sessions, wine andculinary packages, jazz performances, artisan markets, and free events throughout Niagara-­‐on-­‐the-­‐Lake and across Niagara.  

This past week Robert Nero presented a donation to the Welland Museum offered through CIBC's Employee Volunteer Program. Accepting the donation on behalf of the Welland Museum is Nora Reid, Executive Director, and Wayne Campbell, President of the Board of Management. Much thanks to Robert and CIBC #CIBCCommunityMatters

With limited space, please call as soon as possible to reserve your child's place for September. At College Street Montessori, we have a beautiful classroom environment entirely dedicated to learning and exploration. Not only will your child receive loving care but your child will receive a quality Montessori education provided by a certified Montessori directress.

Congratulations to S. Cyopik & G. Hubbard, both Winners of our Pelham Summerfest draw for 4 hours of FREE service!  Look for our new store front location opening soon!

In celebration of JULY 24th being the 157th Anniversary of the City of Welland there will be a light show on the Downtown Welland Bridge immediatley following the Concerts on the Canal MADE IN WELLAND NIGHT Concert at the Merritt Park Amphitheatre.

The Welland International Flatwater Centre is thrilled to partner with Dragon Boat Canada to host the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships – the first time they will be held in Canada. Consisting of approximately 4,000 accredited individuals in attendance from 30+ countries.


Cheer on your nation this summer in Welland, Canada as the best dragon boat paddlers from around the globe compete on the world stage. Dragon Boat Niagara 2015 tickets are NOW available for purchase.

Each year, the Welland-Pelham Chamber of Commerce celebrates the spirit of business in our community with the Ruby Awards. Ten unique awards highlighting excellence in the areas of local business, community involvement and youth enrichment are presented at our Gala Reception. Named after instrumental Chamber founder Ruby Quaker, the awards are a commemoration of excellence in local business and community involvement. 

At first glance it’s just a fine summer day in August 1969, and the Park Theatre marquee on East Main Street has a message referring to a film it was showing. I’ve included two shots, the top one for quality sake and the other one, poorer technical quality (it was the photo we sent out to Canadian Press that day) but the better image. Note the guy in the middle distance doing a real look-around. He’s not posed, but the foreground guy, and the girl, both found downtown, were directed by me and several shots were taken. I could write words about how things could get sensual in the balcony of the Park and about the fashions of the day …… 1969 was certainly around the high-water mark of mini-skirt hemlines and note the guys were more flamboyant too. I don’t recall anyone’s name or the name of the film.


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