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Tall Ships come to Erie: Explore the vessels that have sailed along the coast throughout the years

The U.S. Brig Niagara sails into Presque Isle Bay on Aug. 22, 2019, leading the Parade of Sail for the 2019 Tall Ships Erie festival.
The U.S. Brig Niagara sails into Presque Isle Bay on Aug. 22, 2019, leading the Parade of Sail for the 2019 Tall Ships Erie festival.

Tall Ships Erie returns Aug. 25-28 with seven sailing ships and the World's Largest Rubber Duck scheduled to appear in Presque Isle Bay.

It's the first time the festival has been held since 2019, but the delay was not due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is scheduled every three years.

If you plan on going, here is the information you need to know to enjoy the family-friendly event.

Tall Ships come to Erie:Explore the vessels that have sailed along the coast throughout the years

🔒 Cruise ships are sailing the Great Lakes in growing numbers, but will they dock in Erie?

The Great Lakes cruise ship Viking Octantis passes under the Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee on May 6, 2022. It is the first cruise ship to visit the city since 2019.
The Great Lakes cruise ship Viking Octantis passes under the Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee on May 6, 2022. It is the first cruise ship to visit the city since 2019.

Pearl Seas Cruises starts its six-day voyage on the Great Lakes in Toronto, Canada, and ends in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Viking Cruise Lines has trips that visit Thunder Bay, Ontario, Milwaukee and Alpena, Michigan.

Meanwhile, the Great Lakes Cruise Company has cruises that dock in 31 ports on the Great Lakes.

Those and other and others cruise ship lines that sail on the Great Lakes have one thing in common. None of them makes a stop in Erie.

Cruisin' along the Great Lakes:Cruise ships are sailing the Great Lakes in growing numbers, but will they dock in Erie?

Erie-area community fairs begin in August. Here's what you need to know

People attend the Albion Area Fair on Sept. 16, 2021, in Albion.
People attend the Albion Area Fair on Sept. 16, 2021, in Albion.

It's that time of year again when home show exhibits, craft and food judging, livestock barns, funnel cakes, amusement rides, games, tractor pulls, live entertainment and more await tens of thousands of fairgoers.

Here's a look at northwestern Pennsylvania community fairs this summer in chronological order of when they begin:

Fairgoers:Erie-area community fairs begin in August. Here's what you need to know

Discover Presque Isle: What's back, what's new, what's not to miss

Filling a bucket with water at the edge of Lake Erie, dumping it onto dry sand on a Presque Isle State Park beach and shaping a castle, a fish, a mermaid. Sculpting sand is something many people do at the shore from their earliest visits.

"That's one of the highlights of a day when you go to the beach," said Jon DeMarco, executive director of the Presque Isle Partnership.

The sand sculpture competition is one of the most popular events at Discover Presque Isle, the festival and fundraiser put on by the nonprofit partnership that supports the state park. This year's competition will take place July 30 at Beach 11, with sculpting starting at 9 a.m. and judging at 1 p.m. Entry is free and the top prize is $200 cash.

"It's so neat to see how creative people get," DeMarco said. "It's open to the imagination."

Party at the beach:Discover Presque Isle: What's back, what's new, what's not to miss

Splash Lagoon is one of Erie's top tourist attractions; why did it close temporarily?

Editor's note: This story is part of a recurring series that will provide updates on the status of properties of interest in the Erie area. Have a story suggestion? Email jmartin@timesnews.com.

More than 6 million people have walked through the doors of Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort since it opened 19 years ago.

That works out to more than 325,000 guests a year who have splashed in its waters, careened down its slides or spent time in the arcade at what's been ranked by USA Today as one of the nation's top indoor water parks.

But for nearly a month beginning in April, the splashing stopped and the doors were locked at 8091 Peach St. Some of the park's 75 lifeguards were given other assignments. For parts of another two months, Splash Lagoon was open on a reduced schedule with limited attractions while construction crews worked to make improvements.

Properties of interest:Splash Lagoon is one of Erie's top tourist attractions; why did it close temporarily?

🔒 Mazza at 50: The state's biggest winery almost died on the vine, but in 2022, it's not looking back

NORTH EAST ― At 11815 East Lake Road sits a beige stucco villa with a stone parking lot leading to a wooden staircase. If you go up and walk in, you'll see a tasting room and retail shop that can hold about 40 people. It hasn't changed much in its 50 years.

What lies below doesn't show from the road: A warren of massive steel tanks, hoses, racks of barrels and heavy machinery. There's also a cranky bottling machine that is on its way out because it won't be able to keep up with the volume of wine the Mazza family will churn out after their next expansion, coming in the next three to five years.

Down the road, at Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, 8398 W. Main St. in Westfield, New York, are hundreds more tanks and barrels holding spirits and beer in the first winery/brewery/distillery in that state, started by the Mazza family in 2012.

Mazza Winery:Mazza at 50: The state's biggest winery almost died on the vine, but in 2022, it's not looking back

Lake Erie Wine Country includes 20 wineries along lake shore in Erie, Chautauqua counties

On Sept. 6, 2007, Nick Mobilia of Mobilia Fruit Farms and Arrowhead Winery checks a bunch of his Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in his vineyards in North East Township, Erie County.
On Sept. 6, 2007, Nick Mobilia of Mobilia Fruit Farms and Arrowhead Winery checks a bunch of his Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in his vineyards in North East Township, Erie County.

Lake Erie Wine Country includes 20 wineries found on a 50-mile stretch of Lake Erie shoreline from Silver Creek, New York, to Harborcreek Township.

There were 3 in 1973, when Mazza Vineyards opened, now the largest in Pa. See how the winery business across the region has expanded.

Wine in Erie:Lake Erie Wine Country includes 20 wineries along lake shore in Erie, Chautauqua counties

Summer 2022 in Erie: Your guide to unforgettable fun, tastes and sights

The Bicentennial Tower is shown, Aug. 18, 2020, at Dobbins Landing on Erie's bayfront. In the background is Presque Isle Bay. The artwork on in the foreground on the south side of the tower platform is titled "Flotsam," and was painted in August 2019 by internationally-known artist Rafael Gerlach, known as SatOne.
The Bicentennial Tower is shown, Aug. 18, 2020, at Dobbins Landing on Erie's bayfront. In the background is Presque Isle Bay. The artwork on in the foreground on the south side of the tower platform is titled "Flotsam," and was painted in August 2019 by internationally-known artist Rafael Gerlach, known as SatOne.

Concerts, festivals, shows and other events that were shortened or canceled in the past two years are back in a big way around Erie County. New events have been planned. New businesses have opened and others offer new services. All of it adds up to a formula for a summer worth remembering in our region, and we've pulled together a guide to some of the fun times, tastes and sights to check out while the weather is warm.

We'll update this article throughout the coming months as details about more summer fun emerge.

Summer 2022 in Erie:Your guide to unforgettable fun, tastes and sights

From rooftop to pondside to wrap-around porches, your guide to outdoor dining options around Erie

Erie isn't the kind of place you'd expect to find outdoor seating options nearly everywhere, due to our propensity for snowy forecasts into mid-May. It's as likely to be 20 degrees as 80 degrees around these parts this time of year.

But in an attempt to stem the spread of COVID, state rules allowed owners to serve food outdoors, and many owners scrambled to provide something, even if it was just a few picnic tables.

There's no way to list them all, but we've combed the region and found many options to enjoy a meal al fresco, because on a warm spring day in Erie, few things are more fun and freeing than a good sandwich paired with sunshine and a gentle breeze.

Outdoor dining in Erie:From rooftop to pondside to wrap-around porches, your guide to outdoor dining options around Erie

Free outdoor concert lineups: Bands, schedules set for live Erie-area summer shows

Memorial Day weekend is coming up, meaning it's time to honor and remember America's military veterans, attend parades and family picnics, and get ready for summer fun, including outdoor concerts in the Erie area.

Band lineups for various free concert series have filled up with event organizers making announcements in the past few weeks, with a few exceptions. As of Monday, CelebrateErie and the Blues & Jazz Festival had yet to announce concert lineups. Erie's Blues & Jazz Fest is scheduled for Aug. 5-7 in Frontier Park, while CelebrateErie returns after a two-year hiatus on Aug. 19-21.

Here's a look at who's playing when:

Shows around town:Free outdoor concert lineups: Bands, schedules set for live Erie-area summer shows

Annapurna set for fete; Erie Ale Works hosts benefits; summer hours, festivals fill Erie's plates

Erie-area restaurants are welcoming summer with extended hours, celebrations, festivals, flights of beer, fundraisers and a new brunch.

Check out all the celebrations, summer hours, beer, fundraisers, festivals set to fill Erie plates.

Erie restaurant news:Annapurna set for fete; Erie Ale Works hosts benefits; summer hours, festivals fill Erie's plates

Record numbers: Erie vinyl collectors fuel steady resurgence in old format

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of stories on collectors and collectibles.

Spinning records is not just a nostalgic way to listen to music. It hasn't been for years.

The popularity of vinyl records truly never went away for lovers of the analog music storage format.

"It's always felt more intimate. You couldn't really take it on the go and you had to commit to it," said Millcreek resident Larry Wheaton, a musician and longtime vinyl aficionado. "I always enjoy playing them and turning them over. For somebody who loves music, it's a better way of doing it than making it just background noise."

Erie collectors and collectibles:Record numbers: Erie vinyl collectors fuel steady resurgence in old format

Eager for music to fill the air in Erie this summer? Here's where you can listen

Grab your lawn chair or beach blanket and get ready to listen and dance, if you're so inclined, to the music at outdoor venues throughout the Erie area this summer.

Starting in June, the area calendar is packed with bands performing under the sun and stars. The increase in the number of outdoor shows this year resembles a pre-pandemic schedule as many events were postponed or scaled back the past two summers.

There are numerous outdoor music performances scheduled, with most of the band lineups yet to be announced. Here is a sampling of some of them hitting an open-air stage near you:

The sounds of Erie: Eager for music to fill the air in Erie this summer? Here's where you can listen

There are plenty of local ice cream shops to choose from in the Erie region. Here is a list of many of them

The Dairy Supreme ice cream shop in Edinboro is shown on Sept. 11, 2021.
The Dairy Supreme ice cream shop in Edinboro is shown on Sept. 11, 2021.

Mom-and-pop ice cream stands still dominate the sweet-cold-treat landscape in the Erie region. While that's great for the local economy, it makes for some difficulties in tracking them all down. The following list is as exhaustive as we could make it. Most area ice cream stands will open April 1 or shortly after, if they aren't already serving up creamy, frozen delights. Feel free to let us know any stores that are missing from this list.

Ice Cream in Erie: There are plenty of local ice cream shops to choose from in the Erie region. Here is a list of many of them

Arts in Erie: Art After Dark, Blues & Jazz Festival among diverse entertainment in Erie

This week's Erie-area entertainment calendar features art and music.

In addition to several ongoing exhibits, the Erie Art Museum will host an Art After Dark event with gallery tours, drinks, light refreshments and live music.

Grady Champion, Person2Person and Davy Knowles are scheduled to headline the free, three-day outdoor arts and music event at Frontier Park known as the Erie Blues & Jazz Festival. A number of other outdoor concert series also continue this week.

Also, Erie Events just announced the iconic rock, blues and boogie band ZZ Top will be bringing its Raw Whisky Tour to the Warner Theatre on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Art in Erie:Art After Dark, Blues & Jazz Festival among diverse entertainment in Erie

🔒 From Mississippi to Pennsylvania: How two Black communities are linked decades after the Great Migration

It's known as the Great Migration.

An estimated 6 million Black people left the South through much of the 20th century for better-paying jobs in the North, Midwest and West. A number of them came to Erie, helping to boost the city's Black population from 749 in 1920 to 13,086 in 1990, according to U.S. Census data.

By the turn of the 21st century, Erie's Black community estimated that about 1,000 of the "migrants" had come to Erie from just one southern city, Laurel, Mississippi, many at the urging of two Erie pastors.

During Black History Month, the staff of the Erie Times-News and GoErie teamed with the staff of the Hattiesburg American to retell the stories of why so many moved north and how their migration shaped both communities.

The Great Migration: From Mississippi to Pennsylvania: How two Black communities are linked decades after the Great Migration

🔒What's ahead for Erie? Take a look at our full economic outlook for 2022

The new Erie Insurance office building, foreground, shown Sept. 10, 2021, will to be dedicated and named during a ceremony on September 15, 2021.
The new Erie Insurance office building, foreground, shown Sept. 10, 2021, will to be dedicated and named during a ceremony on September 15, 2021.

As the staff of the Erie Times-News and GoErie set to work on Erie 2022, we found the county's economic output was hit hard by the pandemic and related shutdowns.

Erie 2022 highlights some of the success stories of the past year — people and businesses — that came away with some good news from a challenging time as we entered year two of the pandemic.

We also looked at the ways that 2021 changed our community and what those changes could mean to us in the months and years ahead.

We hope you are informed and perhaps encouraged by Erie 2022, our annual economic report.

Full coverage of Erie 2022: What's ahead for Erie? Take a look at our full economic outlook for 2022

🔒 Jan. 6 Capitol riot: Congress members reveal details of escape

From top left: Rep. Andy Kim, D-NJ, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-NJ, Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pa., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY. From bottom left: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-NY, Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.
From top left: Rep. Andy Kim, D-NJ, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-NJ, Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pa., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY. From bottom left: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-NY, Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.

The growing echo of angry voices buzzing down the corridor. Strangers pounding on doors. Glass shattering and wood splintering, and officers uttering the unimaginable: “The Capitol has been breached."

A year later, the sounds still haunt members of Congress who were in their chambers during the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C. Many were frighteningly close to the rioters who had amassed to protest the certification of the election of now-President Joe Biden.

Some lay on the floor and prayed, fearing for their lives. Others were so disoriented by the chaos, unaware of the severity in the moment, that it has taken them months to process what happened.

Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection a year later: Congress members reveal details of their escape

Erie's iconic Warner Theatre re-lights its marquee

On Dec. 3, officials relit the marquee and signs on Erie's historic Warner Theatre, 811 State St.

About 200 people were on hand to see the sign, a replica of the original now filled with 6,910 LED lights turn on and light State Street.

With the Warner Theatre's new marquee in the background, from left, are: Gwendolyn White, chairman of the board of the Erie County Convention Center Authority, the governing body of Visit Erie, which oversees the Warner Theatre, Thomas B. Hagen, chairman of the board of Erie Insurance, and Casey Wells, executive director of Visit Erie.
With the Warner Theatre's new marquee in the background, from left, are: Gwendolyn White, chairman of the board of the Erie County Convention Center Authority, the governing body of Visit Erie, which oversees the Warner Theatre, Thomas B. Hagen, chairman of the board of Erie Insurance, and Casey Wells, executive director of Visit Erie.

It's part of a $27 million renovation of the theater, which is expected to reopen in January.

Breathtaking: For the first time in at least 40 years, iconic Warner Theatre marquee, signs are re-lit

🔒 'Ghost kitchens' no apparition; virtual restaurants hide in plain sight in Erie

Corry Heard, an employee at New York Lunch, 922 East Ave., prepares to send out a delivery order for Mrbeast Burgers, one of the restaurant's virtual brands.
Corry Heard, an employee at New York Lunch, 922 East Ave., prepares to send out a delivery order for Mrbeast Burgers, one of the restaurant's virtual brands.

Did you know that if go onto food delivery service Door Dash and order a Mrbeast Burger that your order is cooked at New York Lunch, 922 East Ave.?

How about Burger Experience? Any idea where that is? Well, it's an option on Door Dash, Grub Hub and Uber Eats. And it's prepared at Smokey Bones, 2074 Interchange Road. So is Wing Experience.

These are just three examples of what those in the know call "ghost kitchens." And the concept has nothing to do with things that go bump in the night.

A ghost kitchen is a restaurant that has at least one other menu besides its own that includes food with a "virtual brand" — or one that only exists on the menus of commercial delivery services or through the restaurant's own take-out and delivery service.

Eating in Erie: 'Ghost kitchens' no apparition; virtual restaurants hide in plain sight in Erie

Here are the Erie County properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Shown are four Erie County properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Clockwise, from left, Erie Masonic Temple, Boston Store, Hagen History Center and PACA building.
Shown are four Erie County properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Clockwise, from left, Erie Masonic Temple, Boston Store, Hagen History Center and PACA building.

Erie County now has 48 properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places following the recent addition of the Performing Artists Collective Alliance Building in downtown Erie.

The National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation, according to the NPS website. The register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America's historic and archeological resources, the website states.

Historic places in Erie: Here are the Erie County properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Glazed, filled or iced: Here are places in the Erie area to find your favorite doughnuts

Crystal Smith fills a box of assorted freshly made donuts at H&K Donuts, 3712 West Lake Road.
Crystal Smith fills a box of assorted freshly made donuts at H&K Donuts, 3712 West Lake Road.

Everyone knows what that white cardboard box sitting on the counter means. For good or for evil, it is filled with deep-fried, sugar-filled dough, glazed, iced and/or sprinkled or full of surprises, there are doughnuts in there.

These days, with all the Tim Hortons and Dunkin's in the world, doughnuts aren't hard to find, but several local purveyors still hold tight to the mom-and-pop variety, and many doughnut lovers are a dedicated lot, loyal to a fault. Their glaze twist must come from a certain place on Parade Street, or their cream-filled has to start life on West Lake Road. We did our best to find all the places you could quell your doughnut cravings in the Erie region. If we left someone out, feel free to let us know.

Sweet treats in Erie: Glazed, filled or iced: Here are places in the Erie area to find your favorite doughnuts

Take a selfie: 10 of the best scenic views in Erie County everyone should see

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When it comes to inspiring natural scenery, Erie County doesn't disappoint.

Prefer spectacular beach sunsets? There's plenty of sandy spots at Presque Isle State Park where you can park a lawn chair and watch the sun dip below the horizon as you call it a day.

If you fancy views from aloft, you can't go wrong with a visit to Erie's Bicentennial Tower, or a trek along an Erie Bluffs State Park trail overlooking the Lake Erie shoreline.

Erie scenery: Take a selfie: 10 of the best scenic views in Erie County everyone should see

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