Hanging On the Fringe

Hamilton’s Fringe Festival kicked off Wednesday night, and to get everyone in the spirit of the event, the Hamilton Aerial Group performed in a parking lot off Rebecca St. The event runs through July 27; for more info, head to hamiltonfringe.ca Here’s a look at the athleticism  and grace of the performance in the air. – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, July 16,2014 - Hamilton Aerialists Group kicked off Fringe Festival festivities on Rebecca St. Wednesday night with a display of their skills.  Pamela Gardner performs on a ring. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, July 16,2014 – Hamilton Aerial Group kicked off Fringe Festival festivities on Rebecca St. Wednesday night with a display of their skills. Pamela Gardner performs on a ring. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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The Amazing Race

 Andrea Morrison helps Vlad Cologi , centre,  and Jarrett Earl ( in chair) choose how many banana to purchase while shopping at Fortinos for lunch ingredients on a budget .Betty Anne Collingwood looks on right.    Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

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Close-Ups at the Urquhart Butterfly Garden

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Photos by Cathie Coward, The Hamilton Spectator

At Urquhart Butterfly Garden, there’s a small natural world waiting for the nature photographer’s keen lens.  The garden,  in Centennial Park in Dundas, is hosting a photography contest this summer. Nature lovers are invited to stroll the garden’s paths to snap photos of its many butterflies, moths, spiders, bugs and other insects. Entries must be shot between July 5 and Aug. 30 at the gardens and submitted no later than Aug. 30. An award ceremony will be held Sept. 20 at the Airforce Club at 128 King St. E. in Dundas. For contest information, visit urquhartbutterfly.com or email urquhartbutterfly@gmail.com Read More

Lapping Up Summer

The dog days of summer are upon us; adults and kids both looking for fun ways to fill their days. What better way than zipping around a go kart track. Lakeland Go Karts, a fixture on the beach strip for nearly 60 years, still offers NAScAR wannabes a chance to feel the need, for speed. – Barry Gray

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Praying for Resurrection

There is plenty of construction happening in downtown Hamilton these days. But anyone walking downtown on James St. South over the past several weeks has seen a lot of deconstruction. James St. Baptist Church, across from the YMCA, now resembles a Hollywood set – A fine looking front, and nothing behind it. The entire back portion of the church, decayed and crumbling, has been demolished. Although it’s uncertain what will rise in its place, this much is certain: Spectator photographers were there to document this demolition. Have a look. – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, April  14,  2014 - Baptist church on James St. S., slated for demolition. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, April 14, 2014 – Baptist church on James St. S., slated for demolition. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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