On Saturday my family went down to Queen Victoria Park for the opening ceremony of the CAA Winter Festival of Lights. The kids were excited to see Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and I was looking forward to seeing Greg Frewin. Well, it turns out that Greg Frewin wasn’t scheduled to be there, so that was a little disappointing, but it was still good.
Once you got past all of the speeches from the politicians and other dignitaries, the show had several performances. There was a local dance group, singers from Oh Canada Eh?, and more. The highlight of the night for the kids was seeing Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they came out to help turn on the lights. The highlight for me was the fireworks. They were great!
I took a few pictures and videos during the ceremony. As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below, or you can click through to the CAA Winter Festival of Lights 2012/2013 Opening Ceremony gallery to see all of the thumbnails and full-size images. Please note that the pictures of the fireworks were screen captures from the video, so they aren’t the greatest.
There are now 3,611 images in 273 categories in the Niagara Falls Image Gallery.
One little side note about the fireworks video… when the video was finished uploading, there was an error. Apparently the music playing during the fireworks set off an alarm about a copyright violation. I’ve faced this before and it’s always been wrong, but I thought, “Here we go again!” Anyway, there was a brief form to fill out to dispute the copyright claim, and within a very short period of time I received an email saying the dispute had been released (ended). Quick and easy.
Some of the most popular locations at the Niagara Falls State Park will be closed to the public for a while as workers began nearly $3.2 million in renovations.
State officials and local politicians gathered at a park press conference Tuesday to announce what were called “much needed renovations” at Luna Island and Three Sisters Island. The islands will be receiving new pedestrian walkways, overlook improvements, enhanced landscaping, new benches, light posts and railings, among other improvements.
Recent media reports out of Toronto that Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. plans to recommend a casino be built in Toronto have some Niagara Falls businesspeople and politicians nervous.
Provincial government officials insist the 2005 moratorium it placed on building new casinos has not been lifted.
In an e-mail response to The Niagara Falls Review Tuesday, a spokesperson for Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan said the minister will not “speculate” whether or not Queen’s Park will alter its moratorium stance until it sees OLG’s report on the future of gaming in the province.
While officials remain relatively tight-lipped about ongoing negotiations for a new people-mover project — which appear to be wrapping up — snippets of information continue to be released, painting a slight picture of how the bus system could operate.
An agreement between the City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Parks Commission to shuttle tourists through some of its respective properties is now before lawyers.
Officials are careful not to say anything that could jeopardize what has been a decades-old dream for some politicians and tourism industry stakeholders.
But on Wednesday, Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati told The Niagara Falls Review the plan is for the people-mover system to include three routes by 2012, spreading tourists around the city in a “seamless” and “integrated” fashion.
A new 7,000-seat entertainment centre, planned to be built adjacent and connected to the gaming floor at the existing Fallsview Casino, should not just cater to adults and gamblers, say city council.
The venue, expected to host national and international-scale concerts, as well as sports and entertainment events, should also be open to younger people who might want to catch certain shows, say local politicians.
“It should be an all-ages venue, not just for those 19 and older,” said Coun. Carolynn Ioannoni. “It should be accessible to teenagers.”
Ioannoni was backed by her council colleagues this week when her motion was approved to “send a strong message” to the company managing the city’s two casinos that the new facility be family-friendly.
If they want to play, they’re going to have to pay.
Niagara Parks Commissioners have decided they’ll no longer take free passes to play golf on NPC courses, ending a practice that some saw as a perk and others a useful promotional tool.
Politicians too, with few exceptions, will have to bring their wallets with them when they hit the links. And that’s just fine says Niagara Falls Coun. Vince Kerrio Jr., the city’s representative on the commission.
“I think it’s a signal we’re going in a different direction,” said Kerrio.
Last Saturday I went to the opening of ceremonies for the CAA Winter Festival of Lights. It is the first time I’ve ever been. I spoke to my wife about it earlier in the week, and we thought our kids would enjoy seeing Mickey and Minnie Mouse, as well as Greg Frewin, so we made the trek down. The ceremony was about an hour long. It doesn’t sound that long, but for the kids, it was an eternity. They enjoyed some of the songs and dancers, but they certainly didn’t understand why there were people standing at the podium every few minutes speaking for a minute. Ultimately they really enjoyed themselves. My sons were thrilled by the fireworks, but my daughter didn’t look at them at all as she couldn’t stop looking at the Disney Princess display 🙂
Anyway, I took some pictures while I was there. As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below. You can see the rest of the images, along with all of the full size images, in the Winter Festival of Lights in Winter 2010/2011 gallery.