SHAW FESTIVAL, NIAGARA-0N-THE-LAKE AND NIAGARA FALLS CASINO
In 1962 I attended one of the first performances of the Shaw Festival originally held for a couple of summer months in the old Court House.
Now there are three theaters including the Court House Theater, the Festival Theatre and an old movie house converted to the Prince George Theatre.
The season now extends from April into December with many student and seniors matinees. The professional repertory group of actors and producers
represent some of the best talent in English-speaking theatre.
We saw three plays at the theatres. First at the Featival Theatre we saw a rousing "Mack and Mabel," a not too successful Broadway Musical from 1977 about the lives of
famed Canadian early movie maker, Mack Sennett, with his leading lady and girl friend, Mabel Normand. Secondly, we saw a wonderful polished
production of Somerset Maughan's "The Circle" at the Prince George. And finally, we returned to the Festival Theatre for Shaw's "Saint Joan"
done in a mixture of period and World War I army costumes. While the production was tops, we continue to find Shaw too preachy and wordy.
The theatre has a small cafe and outdoor patio where we enjoyed lunches both times.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a marvelously restored old town built from 1818 after the retreating American Army burnt this former
capital of Upper Canada in 1814. It contains some of the best examples of both early Canadian and Victorian architecture.
The Holly House in the the final pictures is on sale now for just $2,000,000.
We also drove up to Niagara Falls to meet another old friend from school, David Lenchyshyn, who showed us around the new
Niagara Falls Casino recently built just above the Horseshoe Falls.
During our stay in Niagara we met with friends Minor Halliday and Michael and Sandy Hind-Smith and went out for dinner
one night to the wonderful new restaurant River Bend built in an old estate on the Niagara River Parkway. The view out the rear dining room
window was of the Pellar Estates Winery, one of the premier wineries of over 150 now located throughout the Niagara Penninsula.
On our last evening in Niagara we took brother David and his wife Elizabeth to the prestigious old Oban Inn recently converted
to a Spa. The new dining room has been leased by one of the best chefs in the area, Tony de Luca,
shown here with his new cookbook.. One small alcove of the
former bar has been preserved with its colorful tartan carpet and photos of many of the original Shaw Festival actors.
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