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Shaw Festival 2013 Ticket Sales Surpasses Sales for 2012

The ShawFestival theaters are a big attraction in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a historic and picturesque town

The Shaw Festival, located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, announced that ticket sales for 2013 outsold 2012 - revenues exceeded $15 million against last year’s $13.8 million - with seven weeks to go in their season.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a Canadian town located in Southern Ontario where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario in the province of Ontario.

And since autumn is a scenic time to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake, and tickets to several different plays are on sale through October, the Shaw Festival public relations team suggests people consider combining some outdoor activities with a stage play.

Among the plays listed are Peace in Our Time: A Comedy; The Light in the Piazza; Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde, and Guys and Dolls.

The play, Arcadia, has been completely sold out.

The town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has been described nicely in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette as "a village so quaintly picturesque that if you saw it in the movies, you'd assume its perfectly landscaped streets and gracious Victorian architecture were the work of a set designer."

It is located across the river from Youngstown, New York, and has a remarkable history dating back to the 18th century; its old town is designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

The drive to get there is scenic along the historic Niagara Parkway, or "River Road,"and is the route that Winston Churchill called "the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world." It follows the winding curves of the Niagara River. The most picturesque stretch in the autumn is between the towns of Queenston and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The leaves reach their peak of color in October when mornings are crisp and golden and it seems that everything is bursting with its last beauty.

Giant trees along the gorge, like the red oak and maple, turn crimson, yellow, purple and orange before their leaves fall down brown and brittle. And local farms sell apples and pumpkins and other fall foods from roadside stands and the air is filled with the scent of the ripened grapes soon to be harvested, rich from the full, red shale soil.

The town and its environs also contains such National Historic Sites as the Battlefield of Fort George, Fort George, Butler's Barracks, Fort Drummond, Fort Mississauga, the site of the Mississauga Point Lighthouse, the Niagara Apothecary (the oldest apothecary in Canada), the Niagara District Court House, Queenston Heights, Queenston-Chippawa Hydro-electric Plant, Willowbank, Vrooman's Battery, the Old Court House Theatre (1847), St. Mark's Church (1791) the oldest Anglican Church in Ontario, McFarland House, built ca. 1800, the oldest surviving building in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Visitors can also tour nearby wineries, gardens, art galleries, antique shops, and golf courses, along with one or more stage plays at one or more of the Shaw Theaters that are known as among the finest in the English speaking world.



Niagara Falls Reporter - Publisher Frank Parlato Jr. www.niagarafallsreporter.com

SEP 10, 2013