In the 18th century, taverns were places to catch up on the latest news and gossip, enjoy a variety of food and libations, and even find lodging for the night. On Saturdays, March 5 and 12, Old Fort Niagara recreates the atmosphere of a colonial tavern when the historic site presents "Tavern Nights," a fundraiser to benefit the fort's educational programming.
Event organizers report tavern-goers will enjoy live period music, sample traditional tavern fare, and encounter numerous period characters - including a few land swindlers, wenches and crooked politicians. A recruiting party will be drumming up soldiers for the British Army, and tavern patrons will be on the lookout for runaway servants.
In the photo, British grenadiers Brian MacDonald and Ryan Clark quaff a pint of ale in preparation for "Tavern Nights."
The event takes place at the Fort Niagara Officers Club from 7 to 10 p.m. each night. Tickets are $30 per person and include the cost of food and beverages. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the fort at 745-7611. (photo by Wayne Peters)