From the Niagara Gazette:
The welcome mat is out for another tourist season but neither side of the border seems dressed up for the occasion. In fact, at a glance you have the impression neither of the cataract cities was expecting company.
For starters, Terrapin Point on Goat Island that overlooks the Horseshoe Falls is a mess. Even near the Buffalo Avenue entrance to the island, construction and warning signs are more prevalent then helpful directional markers.
Not much has changed around One Niagara either, with the overall scene reminiscent of honky-tonk atmosphere on New Jersey boardwalks. And motorists need to slow down or they’re likely to hit a flag-waving parking lot attendant trying the lure them into an all-day spot for $10. It’s hardly what a visitor should encounter at the doorstep to the nation’s oldest state park. If you listen closely, you might even hear Fredrick Law Olmsted spinning above the din.
Across the bridge — if the visitor from the U.S. is lucky enough to have a passport and some other ID — a massive redevelopment of a 9-acre Clifton Hill site is under way, set to open in 2017.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Q: I was at Niagara Falls and noticed a lot of bulldozers and construction on the U.S. side, right above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. What’s going on?
A: The American observation area above the Horseshoe Falls is undergoing a major overhaul that’s expected to wrap up this summer.
When the $4.3 million US renovation at Terrapin Point is completed, it will be more accessible, more natural and more in line with the rest of Niagara Falls State Park.
From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:
With one day before his high wire walk over the Niagara Falls, Nik Wallenda spent the morning to teach some local school kids how to succeed on the tightrope.
Wallenda gave the students a behind-the-scenes look at what his walk on Friday will be like from Terrapin Point. He explained to students that the pendulums hanging from the wire now crossing the international divide will keep the wire from rolling underneath his feet.
Students asked dozens of questions. Wallenda told them he’ll be carrying a 40-pound balance bar and wearing elk skin shoes, handmade by his mother, which he says will stick to the cable when it gets wet from the mist.
From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:
Our phones lines lit up when some who tried to get their hands on the hottest tickets in town ended up left out in the cold.
Daredevil Nik Wallenda’s walk will be a huge event for the region. The world’s eyes will be focused on Niagara Falls. But while the history-making event is expected to bring in plenty of green, Friday night, many people are seeing red.
Within a matter of minutes – literally four minutes – all 4,000 tickets to be on Terrapin Point to witness Wallenda’s walk up close were gone.
- WSYR Channel 9 in Syracyse – US tickets gone for Niagara Falls tightrope walk
- WHEC Channel 10 in Rochester -Tickets gone for Niagara Falls tightrope walk
- Buffalo News -For Wallenda tickets, a race to the wire
This is getting a little beyond the Niagara Falls area, but it still sounds like an interesting event, so I figured I’d post it.
Yesterday I received the following about Drums Along the Waterfront:
Please see below a press release announcing the 14th annual Drums Along the Waterfront that is scheduled for August 8th at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Western New York and another press release announcing a unique opportunity for drum corps fans; spending the day with the best drum corps in the world, the Blue Devils.
New this year, the internationally acclaimed US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps will travel to WNY and perform a special tribute to veterans and active duty soldiers as part of the show.
This year’s event is by far the best to date, featuring some of the best drum corps groups in the country, including the most decorated and well known corps in the world, the Blue Devils from Concord, California.
The competing drum corps are quite a site to be seen, most averaging more than 150 members of the best drum and bugle corps performers in the world. These performers travel the country every summer via charter buses and living on gym floors, practicing 10 hours a day.
One of the corps will be playing on August 4th at 6ish at Terrapin Point, on the US side of the Niagara Falls, more info on appearance to come.
You can download a PDF of the press releases here.
It sounds neat! If anyone goes to check it out, email me a summary, and I’d be happy to post it.