Events to celebrate North Tonawanda’s history will be held this weekend and next weekend as part of the Path Through History.
• Saturday – The Brass Ring Thing XIII – A Renaissance Festival, will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., sponsored by the museum and the Society for Creative Anachronism. Visitors will travel back in time to “days of olde” and join knights, ladies and the local community to celebrate the early origins of carousels. It includes face-painting, crafts, games, music, food and dancing as well as knife- and axe-throwing displays, an archery tournament and sword fighting. Tickets are $8 per person.
• June 8 and 9 – From noon to 4 p.m. daily at the Herschell Carrousel Museum, the Path Through History event will feature wood carvers at work, with a special carving presentation at 1 p.m. June 8, craft activities for kids, and rides on the historic carousel. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 seniors and $3 students.
• June 8 – Historic Treasures Tour of Homes will be held from noon to 6 p.m., presented by the North Tonawanda History Museum. Advance tickets are available at the museum, 54 Webster St., for $18. Tickets are $25 the day of the event. The tour includes Ascension Church, the North Tonawanda Knights of Columbus, the home of lumberman/banker Wilhelm Stradella and the home of Benjamin Long Rand.
• June 9 – A program on the history of the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, featuring Jeff Weiler, will be presented by the History Museum, featuring Weiler on the “Mighty Wurlitzer” organ at 6 p.m. in the historic Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
• Saturday and June 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day – admission will be free at the North Tonawanda History Museum for the Path Through History weekends. On June 12 to 16, as part of the second annual New York State Museum Week, people will be able to buy one $5 adult admission to the museum and get one free; seniors and veterans rates will be reduced from $3 to $2, and active-duty military and their families will be free.
• June 15 – A 145-minute History Channel program, “Star Spangled Banner: Behind the Scenes of the First Invasion, The War of 1812” will be shown at 1 p.m. in the history museum. Admission is free to those attending the program.
In addition, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission has announced its eighth annual photo contest. Visitors and residents are encouraged to capture the beauty, heritage, activities and character of the canal. Winning images will be featured in the Canalway calendar. Applications and guidelines are available at the History Museum.