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    Just say Yes: Hall of Famers headed to Niagara Falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Days after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, members of the legendary progressive rock enclave Yes have announced a date at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

    Though the group performed at the UB Center for the Arts last fall beneath the moniker Anderson Rabin & Wakeman, when Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman come back to the area on Oct. 7, they will be trading beneath the banner “Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman.”

    Marriott earns TripAdvisor honour

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    From the St Catharines Standard:

    The Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel has earned Hall of Fame honours from travel review site TripAdvisor.

    The Marriott recently earned the site’s Certificate of Excellence for the fifth year in a row, which qualified it for the lofty status.

    The Beach Boys Headline April’s Concert Line-Up at Fallsview Casino

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    From a marketwire press release:

    The popular 60’s rock band The Beach Boys kick off April’s concert line-up at Fallsview Casino Resort. The group, which hails from California, was formed 50 years ago and became a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. The Beach Boys bring their timeless classics to the Avalon stage, including “Good Vibrations”, “California Girls” and “Surfin’ U.S.A.” for two shows on April 7 and 8.

    The Magic of Harry Houdini

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    This isn’t directly Niagara Falls related, but it does have a tie-in…

    Last week I was listening to an episode of On Point, a radio show on NPR out of WBUR in Boston. The episode was called The Magic of Harry Houdini and had information from one of his biographies, as well as information about a new museum exhibit. This got me looking on the Internet for more information about Houdini. I had forgotten about the Niagara Falls connection, but was reminded of it when reading the Wikipedia entry about him:

    1968 – The Houdini Magical Hall of Fame was opened on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. At its opening, this museum contained the majority of Houdini’s personal collection of magic paraphernalia. One of Houdini’s death wishes was that his entire collection be given to his brother Theodore (also known as the magician Hardeen) and burned upon Theodore’s death. Against his wishes, forty years after Houdini’s death, the items were taken from storage and sold. Two entrepreneurs purchased the items and renovated a former meat-packing plant on Clifton Hill, Ontario, Canada, to house the museum. The Hall of Fame was moved in 1972 to its final location on the top of Clifton Hill. Séances were held every year at the museum on October 31, the anniversary of Houdini’s death. A fire destroyed the museum on April 30, 1995.

    Criminals Hall of Fame in Summer 2010

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    A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to the Criminals Hall of Fame on Victoria Ave at the top of Clifton Hill. I have been there before, but it has been many years since that visit, so I was looking forward to going again. The wax museum has been in the area for a long time, but doesn’t seem to get much publicity. The only recent publicity has been a result of their admission price. For a couple of years now, they have been charging $5 or $6. It seems to have settled at $5 (although they could, of course, change it at any time). For the price, you can’t really beat it.

    The museum was much larger than I expected. After you have paid, you head off to the left and are greeted by a large wax figure of Hitler. The other wax figures you will see along the way are of similarly despicable people. There are sets showing wild west bandits, gangsters, and more “modern” killers. Each set has a sign explaining who is in the set and what crimes they committed.

    The wax figures themselves mostly looked fine, but since I don’t really know what the people looked like, all I could look at was whether they looked like people or not. That actually might be one of the best things about the Criminals Hall of Fame. When I go to Tussaud’s or Movieland, I know what the people look like, so I end up focusing too much on little things about the figure. I guess when you see certain stars so often, you end up knowing a lot about them. On the other hand, since I wasn’t familiar with the looks of most of the criminals, I wasn’t distracted by those little things.

    The lighting in the museum is very poor. This may be intentional (it adds to the criminal theme?), but it was a little uncomfortable around. The other drawback of the museum is that all of the sets are behind Plexiglas, which makes it difficult to take pictures.

    As I said above, it’s worth the price.

    I did manage to take a few pictures without too much glare. As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below, and you can see all of them along with the larger versions in the Criminals Hall of Fame in Summer 2010 gallery.

    As a side note, there are now 3,151 images in 250 galleries in the Niagara Falls Image Gallery.

    I’ve also scanned the most recent leaflet. You can see it below, or view the entire Criminal Hall of Fame 2010 leaflet here

    Lace up with Lord Stanley’s Mug

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The Stanley Cup is coming to Niagara Falls.

    A slogan for the event being passed around the city is “two icons, one location.”

    The Hockey Hall of Fame put together a package specifically for the 27th year of the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights at the Rink on the Brink on Saturday, Dec. 19 for families to attend.

    Rink on the Brink is an outdoor skating rink (18-by-36 metres) located next to the Table Rock on the Niagara Parkway right across from the Falls.

    “We’re trying to encourage all of the youth in local sports, boys or girls, whether it’s travel or house league, or even sports enthusiasts to come down and participate in leisure skating, enjoy the memorabilia and get your photograph taken with the Cup,” said Rick Morocco, the manager of sponsorship and sales of WFOL.

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