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Submitted by JERRY ASHLEY, LMSP Manager

In recognition of our many loyal, local volunteers and in celebration of the 6th Anniversary of New York State Canal Corporation's Canal Splash!, residents of Lyons are invited to spend an evening with their families, friends, and neighbors picnicking and watching a classic Walt Disney family movie. Join us for family friendly fun at 7 pm, Friday evening, August 12th, behind the Hotchkiss Building on the Erie Canal for our first "Summer Magic Picnic on the Canal". 

Canal Splash! is a coordinated series of locally organized events and activities, including nature and history walks, museum and gallery exhibits, rowing regattas, kayak and canoe outings, musical performances, boat tours and more that celebrate the history, culture, recreational appeal, and beauty of the New York State Canal System and Erie Canalway Trail. Bring a picnic dinner, spread out on the lawn of the Hotchkiss Building and Dobbins Park and watch the movie "Summer Magic" starring Hayley Mills, Dorothy McGuire and Burl Ives.

Our featured movie, Summer Magic (1963), is a story about a Boston widow and her children taking up residence in a small town in Maine and is based on the book "Mother Carey's Chickens" by Kate Douglas Wiggin. Widowed Margaret Carey (Dororthy McGuire) prepares to move her family into a depressing apartment, but her eldest daughter Nancy Carey (Hayley Mills) writes to Osh Popham (Burl Ives), the caretaker of a millionaire's country home they saw while on vacation in Maine. Popham lets the Careys have the house for a pittance and contributes major labor and materials to make it livable, much to the consternation of his wife Mariah (Una Merkel). Nancy is grieved when her snooty cousin Julia (Deborah Walley) shows up, especially when the self-styled debutante steals the attention of the handsome new teacher Charles Bryant (James Stacy). Nancy gets unexpected compensation in the form of the even more desirable Tom Hamilton (Peter Brown), not realizing he is the owner of the house that his factor Popham has basically given away.

Lyons has seen a resurgence of tourism and new businesses due to the efforts of many volunteers and organizations. The "Summer Magic Picnic on the Canal" is the first canal event resulting from the Lyons Joint Erie Canal Committee comprised of volunteers from The Village and Town of Lyons, The Lyons Chamber of Commerce, The Lyons Heritage Society, The Lyons Erie Canal Volunteers headed up by Bob Stopper and Jack McCranels and the Lyons Main Street Program. Volunteers from these and other Lyons organizations will be recognized during a short presentation at the picnic. For additional information, please contact the Lyons Chamber of Commerce (lyonsnychamber@gmail.com) or the Lyons Main Street Program (lyonsmainstreetprogram@gmail.com).


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1 Comment to "Summer Magic Picnic on the Canal!!"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    "Resurgence of tourism and new businesses" really come on. If true maybe we can all meet somewhere and celebrate. Maybe Trombino's or The Bridge Tavern, or Lyons Restaurant. Come on even Studerbakers which we are lucky to have closes on Sunday and Monday becuase business is so slow here in town. The people who volunteer deserves our gratitude but don't burry your head in the sand and think things couldn't be better here in Lyons.

    Posted on Tue Aug 02, 06:00:00 PM EDT


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