Saturday, June 12, 2010

Port Stanley Artists Show and Sale 2010

The Port Stanley Artists' Guild 20th annual show and sale is happening at the Port Stanley Legion, which is right by Port Stanley's historic and famous lift bridge, and across the road from the Rail terminal.
The opening was last night (Friday June 11) and as always it was a blast! We had lots of wonderful nibbles and beverages with music by 'Shore lines' a wonderful light jazz ensemble.
The show continues today 12-8pm, and Sunday 12-5.
Port Stanley was founded in 1812 by Lieutenant Colonel John Bostwick and named after Lord Edward Stanley the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and father of Lord Fredrick Stanley, he of the Stanley Cup.
Two of Port's (as locals affectionately call the village) most famous claims to fame are the London Port Stanley Rail Road, which in the guise of Port Stanley Terminal Rail still runs a heritage train between Port and St Thomas Ontario. When my boys were little, going to Port was synonymous with going on the train, I can hardly wait to take my grand daughter for her first train ride!
The second is the Stork Club, a big band palace, it had the largest unobstructed dance floor in North America and regularly played host to all of the biggest names of the Big Band era.
I remember going on picnics to the Stork Club grounds, and riding on the vertical railway. I also remember crying when it burnt to the ground the year I was a young bride. There is a museum devoted to the Stork Club in the Port Stanley Festival Theater building just across the lift bridge from the Rail terminal, and our show in the Legion.
The beach, the board walk, Mackie's and the Wharf are a few other famous Port Stanley traditions, you don't want to miss.

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