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    Red Bull Crashed Ice course taking shape

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    When Mayor Jim Diodati got to the top of the Red Bull Crashed Ice course, he got that churning feeling in his stomach and could only think of one thing: “Imagine going down a roller coaster in skates!”

    Lucky for Diodati, he was only taking a tour of the 460-metre-long course, which starts at the Skylon Tower, along Murray St. and into the Niagara Pkwy. near the Edgewaters Tap & Grill.

    Organizers of the event — a combination of downhill skiing, hockey and boardercross — took media and local dignitaries for a Wednesday walkthrough of the twisting ice course, which is still under construction.

    ‘Holiday Lights of Niagara’ opening soon

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Several business and civic groups are combining efforts to stage the Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail that will feature more than 60 illuminated displays in Hyde Park and around the city. The event opens Nov. 21 and runs through December.

    In addition, the event organizers said area business owners along Pine Avenue, from Hyde Park Boulevard to Main Street, and along Third Street to the Holiday Market on Old Falls Street, have been urged to decorate their store fronts to create an inviting atmosphere for families.

    Marineland stormed by protesters

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    Sounds there was quite a bit of excitement at Marineland on Sunday!

    From the Toronto Star:

    The last day of Marineland’s operating season drew hundreds of protesters outside the Niagara tourist attraction’s gates on Sunday and escalated when about 150 people stormed inside, yelling “shut it down.”

    Organizers said they hadn’t planned to enter the park but set up a demonstration outside in hopes of keeping attention on sea mammal captivity in Canada, even after Marineland shuts down for the winter. The protest, which appeared to draw a crowd of at least 500 at its peak, follows a Star investigation that reported accounts by former trainers who blamed poor water quality and short-staffing for animal sickness and death.

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    Falls tourists unaware of Wallenda’s plan

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    A number of visitors to the Niagara Falls State Park — some living within a day’s drive — were surprised to learn about Nik Wallenda’s plans to walk on a tightrope above the falls.

    Virtually none had even heard that Wallenda, 33, has been given permission from the parks commission on both sides of the border to make the walk this year, possibly in late spring or early fall. Wallenda’s team and the event organizers have yet to decide on the date.

    It suggests a local task force and Wallenda’s management team has a lot of work to do before the walk, scheduled for sometime later this summer.

    Sleep Cheap exceeds $1-million mark

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    They made it!

    The annual Sleep Cheap Charities Reap event raised $175,988 this year, which pushes their eight year history total over the $1-million mark.

    Mayor Jim Diodati said when they started this event they had no idea that “it would just grow wings and take off like this. We are very proud of the fact that 100 % of the money goes directly to local Niagara charities.”

    The event added a fifth night this year on Sunday, Nov. 13, and organizers were confident they would break the $1-million mark before it wrapped up on Nov. 17.

    Twenty-seven hotels offered a record 7,800 room nights to only Niagara region residents as a way of letting them know what’s available and hopefully spreading the word when family and friends visit this area.

    “This is one of the benefits we have of living in a tourist town for all the locals,” said Diodati.

    Winter tourism’s guiding light

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    From the Toronto Sun:

    It started as a way to keep up with our American competition.

    Now, nearly three decades later, the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights has no competition.

    When rumblings of a winter lights festival first started in 1982, organizers watched what was happening across the border with envy. Established two years earlier, the Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, N.Y., was an immediate hit, attracting 250,000 people during its first year. It was one of the rare times our American counterpart got the tourism jump on us.

    Rink at the Brink to Return for 2010-2011 Season

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    As previously announced, the Rink at the Brink will be back on Niagara Parks Commission land this year. The official press release is available here:

    Thousands of visitors to Niagara Falls will once again be able to experience the thrill of skating just steps from the Horseshoe Falls, thanks to the decision taken today by The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) Board.

    During its regularly scheduled Commission meeting, the NPC Board voted to rescind their August decision to terminate the agreement between Niagara Parks and Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL) organizers concerning the operation of the Festival’s iconic Rink at the Brink ice skating attraction near Table Rock Complex.

    Ongoing meetings among staff members at both organizations have allayed concerns expressed by NPC and have resulted in plans and commitments to alleviate operational concerns and expedite future on-site rehabilitation once the skating season is complete.

    The King dethroned

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The King was here, but his followers missed the memo.

    The first annual Niagara Falls Elvis Festival was marred by slim crowds and some angry vendors over the weekend.

    Most wondered why the event wasn’t promoted more, and felt sorry for the top notch entertainers gathered at Oakes Garden Theatre.

    “One of the Elvis’ said (on Friday), ‘I’m not sticking around, there’s no one to sing to,’ ” said vendor Sheila Szalai, who paid nearly $600 with her husband Karl to operate a jewelry booth for the three-day event. By Saturday afternoon, they had made just two sales.

    “We won’t be back.”

    The sour mood hung over the venue Saturday as Elvis tribute artists played to barely 150 people by late afternoon. It was a far cry from the thousands organizers expected for the inaugural event.

    “This is stupid, this place should be packed,” said Niagara Falls resident Della Meunier. “I love Elvis, and I am very disappointed for this. Fans just didn’t know it was going on.

    “Why was it kept so secretive?”

    FREWIN PART TWO: Magician can make crowds appear

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The whiff of free magic and being on TV has them lining up early.

    The show doesn’t start until 6:30 p. m., but by 5 p. m. the lobby is already starting to fill up at the Greg Frewin Theatre. Before they enter, they’re greeted by a sign telling them they will be filmed tonight: “If you attend this event, your image may appear in the production and you hereby give consent to the use of your image.”

    For many, that’s the reason they’re here. Two kids decked out in Greg Frewin T-shirts have already seen the show. But mention being on TV, and their eyes light up.

    Frewin’s CBC special will take three weeks to film, and this is one of the biggest nights. A good crowd is crucial. A good-looking crowd is equally important. Organizers seat some of the more ‘camera friendly’ patrons near the stage, where they’re more likely to be filmed.

    Hats and shirts with corporate logos are a no-no. A greeter asks everyone to smile. A lot.

    Oh, and don’t look at the cameras.

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