The Lewiston Council on the Arts released its schedule of 2012 events on Tuesday.
Tai chi in the Peace Garden
Instructor: Bob White. Tai chi is an ancient exercise that embodies the principles of health and movement, and strives for true harmony between body and mind. The exercises are soft and spiral-like "meditation in motion." Tai chi slows down the effects of aging and brings the entire body into harmony with natural cycles, rhythms and forces.
Yoga in the Peace Garden
Instructor Laura Vendryes. Take an hour each week to re-discover yourself with yoga. Increase your energy and sense of wellbeing, and infuse some restorative relaxation into the hectic week with gentle poses perfect for students of all levels. Bring an open mind, a yoga mat, water to hydrate, and wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Drumming For Peace
Bring your percussive instruments to our weekly drum circle. Dan and Gail Reinbird and their guest musicians introduce multicultural beats, resulting in an evening of improvised fun for people of all ages and abilities. The main objective is to share the rhythm and feel the beat. Free, relaxing, therapeutic and very cool!
This event is made possible, in part, with funds from the Arts Niagara Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Tonawandas' Council on the Arts, Carnegie Center.
The Ties that Bind
The Lewiston Peace Garden, in partnership with the LCA, will participate in Binational Doors Open 2012, June 15 to 17. One of the most significant cross-border regions for War of 1812 activities, the focus in 2012 is on the celebration and commemoration of our rich shared history and heritage.
The program will begin with a "Christoesque" art installation called "The Ties That Bind." Hundreds of scarves, in myriad shapes and colors, will be tied together and strung throughout the garden. The colorful display, donated by both Canadian and American women, will signify the many ways that women in both countries are bound together in 200 years of peace and friendship.
Also in the Peace Garden this weekend: A participatory "Drumming Circle for Peace" (Friday at 6 p.m.) and excerpts from the "The Marble Orchard: Spirits of 1812" (Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.).
Chainsaw Art at Olde Sanborn Days
In partnership with the Rotary of Niagara County Central, LCA presents a chainsaw artist during this weekend residency. With engines screaming and sawdust streaming, a Master of the Chainsaw will create a masterpiece before your eyes. Enjoy the charm of this old-fashioned country fair and craft show, with plenty of activities and demonstrations for the entire family. Free event.
Recipient of Blues Beat Magazine's prestigious "Muddy" Award, "Blue Mondays" comes back to the Hennepin Park Gazebo for its 18th year of great blues music. Considered by many to be one of the best blues venues in Western New York, the concerts attract a faithful following of blues lovers from all over.
Sponsored by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and Souvenir City
"Summer of '69"
Where were you in the summer of 1969? Tune in, turn on and reunite at the grooviest summer happening of the year. Most of Lewiston's 1960s rock musicians have moved on to more "respectable" jobs, but for one night only they will reunite at the gazebo for an evening of favorites from the '60s, '70s and '80s.
Featuring the Loved Ones, the County Orphanage, the Invaders and, as a special guest, Grammy winner Gary Baker.
For the finale, all players will take the stage for a classic jam.
Sponsored by Sevenson Environmental Services
"The Marble Orchard: Spirits of 1812"
Lewiston played an important role in the War of 1812 and its destiny was changed forever after it was burned to the ground in 1813. Hear dramatic and inspirational stories of the impact that the war had on the lives of everyday people. The award-winning Marble Orchard Players bring history to life in the telling of these true stories that celebrate the pioneer spirit.
Sponsored by Niagara River Greenway Commission.
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KeyBank Chalk Walk Competition
Watch the chalk fly at the 28th Annual Chalk Walk Competition - a highlight of the Lewiston Art Festival. Teams of student artists create spectacular murals and compete for cash awards, trophies and bragging rights.
The 2012 theme is: "Diversity is___." Students will complete the statement and create a mural to represent their statement in a positive way.
Sponsored by KeyBank and Mount St. Mary's Hospital & Health Center
46th annual Lewiston Art Festival
Lewiston's signature event features work by more than 175 exceptional artists and fine crafters. Located just five miles north of Niagara Falls, the charming streets of picturesque Lewiston have long attracted visitors to its unique shops, restaurants and parks.
Meet the artists one-on-one and enjoy more than 20,000 original works of art - from functional to surreal, one-of-a-kind and limited edition art works form an unparalleled collection that can only be seen once a year.
The featured artists this year are Simon Brascoupé, Rosemary Hill and Karen Hodge Russell. They will demonstrate authentic and contemporary Indian art and conduct workshops in front of the Tuscarora and Friends Gallery, 736 Center St.
College Alley features student artwork. Make your own art at the "Make & Take" workshops sponsored by the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University.
Sponsored by Modern Corporation, Tin Pan Alley and Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.
"Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall"
Caitlin and the Jamie Moses Band will perform at the LCA's last free concert of the season.
Marble Orchard Ghost Walks
Take a walk on the dark side to explore the grim and ghastly deeds of Lewiston's best ... and worst. Hear local ghost stories, myths, and tales of tragedy, crime, murder and mystery. Step back in time with this historical and educational tour as the offbeat, theatrical guides take you through the historic section of the village and into the cemetery. They'll provide you with an eerie, yet fun-filled adventure as you learn about graveyard etiquette, tombstone symbols, and the people buried within.
Rain or shine. Bring a flashlight.
Tuscarora Bead Work Exhibit
The social history of the Tuscarora and Six Nations people in the Niagara region is illustrated through samples of traditional beadwork. The exhibit will include samples of Tuscarora raised beadwork from 1812 until the present, with narrative to provide historical perspective to the evolution of this traditional art form.
An exhibit and sale to benefit the historic Lewiston Opera Hall.
Created by artists and crafters, the recycled window frames have taken on the personalities of their creators.
For information on creating a window, call the LCA at 716-754-0166.