Jamestown, New York comes to visit.

IMG_4196Some more cyclists came by last weekend. This time from Jamestown, New York. Did you know that Lucille Ball was born in Jamestown?  I didn’t. She also is buried there and it is home to the Lucy Desi Museum and Center for Comedy.  This summer Jamestown hosted a Lucille Ball comedy festival.  So many interesting things to learn when people come by and visit the Pantry. And our visitors went home knowing a bit more about Welland. Plus they received one of our handcrafted souvenir  lunch bags.

The world will be coming to Welland next week for the International Dragon Boat Races. Take the opportunity to chat with someone and learn a bit about their part of the world!

Bike Trips

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We have had this towel for a long time.  I am not sure if it was a gift or if we “inherited” it from family. Friesche Elfsteden refers to a “tocht” which translates into English as a journey or trip. In this case it is a 235 kilometer journey through eleven cities in Friesland, The Netherlands. The “Elfsteden Tocht” can be completed by bike, car, ice skates or by boat. This morning my eye fell on the bicycle pictured on the towel.  It got me thinking about Niagara’s Circle Route. Visitors completing the route won’t be taking home a towel like this. Perhaps bottles of Niagara wine? What else can they bring home that will remind them of their trip years from now?

The Elfsteden Tocht has been challenging people for over 100 years. Our Niagara Circle Route is a babe in arms compared to that. However, we obviously are part of an old tradition. Let’s make our visitors welcome so they go home with many special memories and hopefully some of momentos made right here in Niagara.

Do you produce something special here in Niagara? This is a call out to you or anyone who can suggest products that visitors can take home with them. Message us and we will post as many as we can here!

For more about the Elfsteden tocht  click here