Our Streets Belong to People

Our Streets Belong to People

May 11, 2022


Part of the charm of Amherstburg every summer is the ability to stroll the beautiful downtown with streets that are closed to traffic. For a while last fall it didn’t look good for the continuation of Open Air Weekends.  But the Tourism & Culture Department lead by Anne Rota, supported by T.H.R.I.V.E., championed its continuance, with some positive changes that addressed the concerns of a couple of downtown businesses. Importantly residents and visitors also spoke up. Nine hundred people answered a poll with 87% saying  that it should be continued. 

Open Air is great for Amherstburg. It differentiates the town versus other towns in the county and makes it an even more attractive, healthy and physically active destination on the weekends. Two nice changes for us this year is the closing Richmond from Ramsay to Dalhousie and closing the street from 3 pm Friday night till Sunday night. 

The River Bookshop along with our two new partners, Evelyn’s Candy House and White Woods Home, will have displays and activities out on the street. Come down and check out what’s new, play a game of corn hole, or simply relax in a comfortable chair.  And remember that Sunday Story Time for littles will be held right in front of our shop at 1 pm every Sunday. 

See you there! 


Summer Reads!

It's almost summer reading season and that means it's time for beach reads! Some of our newer releases available for purchase of pre-order...

Trust by Hernan Diaz, The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb, Hotline by Dimitri Nasrallah, 22 Seconds by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro.

Be sure to pop in and see us for these titles and more - we've got your perfect read just waiting for you!


Upcoming things to watch for...

May 29 - Storytime begins with WSO Maestro Robert Franz who will be hosting our first session of the season.

June 16 - Brewed in Windsor - Chris and Elaine from Walkerville Publishing are back talking about their newest local flavour book, Brewed in Windsor. Watch for our neighbours Lot 10 Brewing to be here too!

June 20 - Essex County Field Naturalists Club President, Karen Alexander talks about all things nature.

June 23 - Bellevue - a presentation about the property by Amherstburg historians, Robert and Deborah Honor.

June 30 - Pop Up Art installation in The Hole in the Wall.