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"The Shaw" - Great Fall Destination

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If you didn't manage to get away during the summer, we have a great fall travel idea for you. Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario, just a short drive beyond Niagara Falls is a destination with scenic beauty for culture buffs as well as wine and food lovers.

One production in the town's famous "Shaw Festival" is getting a lot of attention this year.  It's the musical production of "Guys and Dolls," staged in the Shaw Festival Theatre. According to Valerie Taylor, Director of Marketing, Communications and Sales for The Shaw, the show has multi-generational appeal.  "We love it, our parents and grandparents love it, so it's just been hitting the mark and I must admit there are standing ovations for every performance," said Taylor.

"Guys and Dolls" is one of 10 productions programmed on the festival's four stages in three theater buildings this season.  Because of its popularity, the run has been extended into November. "The appeal of the show from critics and also from our audiences just demanded an extension, so we extended the show by three weeks," said Taylor.  "It's now closing November 3, which gives people a lot of opportunity to come and enjoy "The Shaw" and the Niagara region during the glorious fall time period."

Although the festival began in tribute to playwright George Bernard Shaw 52 years ago, it's expanded over the years to showcase the best in contemporary theatrical thought.  The Shaw marketing department says 40% of its ticket sales come from the United States, 10% of those from Pennsylvania.

Great theatre, though, is not the only reason to visit the Niagara-on-the-Lake region.  It is a region of great natural beauty and history along the Niagara River, with a quaint town featuring charming shops, boutique hotels, B & B's and a fast growing wine industry. In fact there are now 70 wineries and miles of grapes surrounding what locals refer to as NOTL.

According to Taylor, where there is great wine, there are great chefs and restaurants.  "So you've got this great kind of destination for culture buffs and pleasure seekers, it's close to major cities, but it's a world away.  It's home to award winning wineries, boutique hotels and fall is a wonderful time to come and explore."

To learn more about the plays, you can visit shawfest.com.

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