Our Erie Canal neighbor to the west will be our destination for the History Center fall bus trip, Saturday, Oct. 25.
The day’s adventure will begin at the Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center on Webster St. The Riviera’s restoration has given new life to this beautiful early 20th century theatre, as well as North Tonawanda’s city center. We’ll tour the Riviera and enjoy a mini organ concert on the “Mighty Wurlitzer” and a silent movie.
Then we’ll head to Pane’s Restaurant for a delicious buffet lunch. Pane’s is renowned for its fine Italian fare. We’ll enjoy a variety of luncheon specialties.
Next stop is the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, another landmark that has put the city of North Tonawanda on the map for history lovers. Our group will tour the restored Allan Herschell factory, now a museum, which features the legendary master’s vintage1916 hand-carved wooden carrousel. We’ll learn about Herschell’s remarkable talent and preservation of his work. The Carrousel Museum lives its motto: “Once Around is Never Enough.!” so of course we’ll have the opportunity to take a carrousel ride, too, during our visit.
Then it’s all aboard for the Railroad Museum of the Niagara Frontier, housed in the Erie Railroad’s restored 1922 North Tonawanda freight depot. The Railroad Museum is home to a unique collection of artifacts and a monument to the era when WNY was North America’s railroad transportation hub.
Tickets for our all-day (approximately 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) bus tour are $65 for History Center members, $70 for non-members. These bus tours often sell out, so make your plans now. Call 434-7433 to reserve your spot and see for yourself how history is giving new life and a bright future to our neighboring Canal city of North Tonawanda.