First Light in Ste Marie among the Hurons

Lights on Path and treeswith lit up church on top of a hill in the background

What better way to offset the cold and dark than finding or sharing heat and light? That is just what we did when we visited Sainte Marie among the Hurons ’ First Lights festivities early last December. Every late November, beginning of December, during three consecutive weekends, more than 5000 lights are placed around the reconstructed mission village. There are crafts, a small farmers/crafters market, native drumming and music performances, people in traditional and/or historic and all set against the village alight with lanterns and fires. A bit of Sainte-Marie…

New York’s Garment District – Immigration, Fashion and Skyscrapers

What is now known as the Fashion or Garment District, started out quite differently. When early last century the theater business and district in New York was celebrating its highs, it attracted a myriad of additional businesses that quite literally didn’t see the light of day. Prostitution, racketeering, gambling and bootlegging were the cornerstones of that part. It resulted in an area run by criminals which earned it the nickname Devil’s Arcade or Tenderloin. Due to this the area was not one anyone would willfully settle in, making rents low…