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Wednesday, October 4
Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum, Laura Secord Homestead, and dinner at the Old Winery Restaurant, Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Visit the restored home of rebel publisher William Lyon Mackenzie and experience 500 years of printing technology including the Louis Roy Press, the oldest in Canada and one of the few original wooden presses remaining in the world! Then travel back in time to the lovingly restored home of Laura Secord, Canada’s most famous heroine. After overhearing a conversation in 1813 about a planned American attack on British and First Nations allies, she walked 32 kilometers through enemy lines to warn British troops of the impending invasion, helping to change the course of Canadian history. Finish the evening with fresh Mediterranean cuisine inspired by the Tuscan countryside, traditionally prepared and served in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake. (Depart 4:30 p.m.; return 9:30 p.m.)
Thursday, October 5
SAINT JOAN at the famous Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake
“Saint Joan” is Bernard Shaw’s greatest play. At its center is the most remarkable teenage girl in history. But who is she? The divinely-inspired saviour of France? A dangerously clever charlatan? Or a pathetically deluded country girl? It all depends on your point of view. Whatever she is, eventually Joan is bound to become an embarrassment to the male-dominated world she has turned upside-down. And then what? Dinner on your own before the show. (The play runs two hours and 45 minutes. We will return to the hotel at approximately 11:30 p.m.)