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As long as I’m still able to have a hit on the radio and sell a few albums and some tickets, I don’t see that it would be worth retiring. Alan Jackson

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Alan Jackson is basically country music royalty. Since he became active in the music industry in 1983, he has released 16 studio albums, three greatest hits albums, two Christmas albums, two gospel albums and put out numerous compilation cds. His most recent album entitled, The Bluegrass Album was released in September of 2013. He has remarked about bluegrass: “as country music’s gotten away from its rootsy sound in the last few years, I find myself listening more to bluegrass. It’s some of the last real music out there.” Throughout his career so far, Jackson has had 35 number one hits, 17 CMA Awards, 16 ACM Awards, two Grammy awards, two American Music Awards, two Billboard awards and a slew of other awards from a wide variety of places. Alan Jackson was born in Newnan, Georgia, and grew up listening to primarily gospel music. A friend eventually introduced him to the world of county music with greats such as Gene Watson, John Anderson and Hank Williams Jr. Jackson started a band when he was still in high school, and some years later, he moved with his high school sweetheart turned wife, Denise, to Nashville, where he could pursue his dream of becoming a full time musician. Upon arriving in Nashville, Jackson got a job in the mailroom of the Nashville Network, which was a country music orientated cable television station. It’s a job he says helped him learn a lot about the music business and gave him insights he wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. In his spare time, Jackson was recording and writing music, as well as going around doing showcases for various labels. By 1989, Alan Jackson was the first person signed to the Nashville branch of Arista Records, a record label started from scratch by songwriter Tim DuBois. His first single, “Blue Blooded Woman”, peaked in the 40s on the country music charts, but by early 1990, his song “Here in the Real World”, had reached number three. The album by the same name also included two more top five hits, as well as his first number one hit, “I’ll Love You All Over Again”. His follow up album, Don’t Rock the Jukebox, which was released in 1991, went on to have four number one hit singles.

Jackson’s third album, A Lot About Livin’ (and A Little ‘Bout Love), contained one of his biggest and most recognizable hits to date: “Chattahoochee”, a song which also earned him the 1994 Country Music Association award for Single and Song of the Year. Throughout the 90s, he released several more albums, all of which contained hit singles. He also released his first greatest hits CD during this time. As country music began to delve into more of a pop influenced sound, Alan Jackson always stuck to his country roots. This issue was actually addressed in his song, “Murder on Music Row”, in which he and his friend George Strait lamented the state of country music. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Jackson released a song he wrote titled, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning). This song became a hit, even throughout mainstream music, and Jackson won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Country Song. In 2006, Jackson released his first gospel album entitled, Precious Memories, which was essentially a gift to his mother because she enjoys religious music so much. Throughout the next several years, Jackson continued to release albums, all of which performed well on the country music charts. He won another Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, for his song with Zac Brown Band, “As She’s Walking Away”. Through his career, Jackson has been nominated for a record number of awards. He was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001, and he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010. He has continued to make his mark on the country music industry, and has cemented himself as one of the best traditional country music artists there whas ever been. “As long as I’m still able to have a hit on the radio and sell a few albums and some tickets, I don’t see that it would be worth retiring.” Alan Jackson Alan Jackson will be playing at the Fallsview Casino Resort on January 21 and 22 at 8:30PM. Tickets are available by calling 1-877-833-3110 or visiting www. ticketmaster.ca

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Events 2013/2014 November 9 to February 28

Illumination of the Falls Daily beginning at dusk Seeing the iconic Falls bathed in multicoloured lights has been a winter tradition for families visiting Niagara Falls since 1925. November 9 to January 5

EGYPT-The Gift of the Nile Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls, ON Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm, Thursdays 10am to 9pm, Closed Mondays Adults-$5, Youth (6 to 19 years old) $4, Children (under 6 years old) FREE Egypt, Gift of the Nile will allow visitors to explore an ancient civilization that flourished for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians developed from a simple agricultural community into a sophisticated society. Under a system of divine kingship, this Egyptian civilization lasted thousands of years and contributed strongly to the later cultures of the Mediterranean and Europe. Information: 905-358-5082 or nfhmuseum@niagarafalls.ca November 9 to January 31

The Winter Festival of Lights Keeps Getting Brighter The Winter Festival of Lights has been a Niagara wintertime staple since 1983, when it was formed through a partnership of Niagara Falls Tourism, the City of Niagara Falls, The Niagara Parks Commission and numerous private businesses. It has continued to grow and evolve every year since then, and now attracts approximately 1.5 million visitors to Niagara Falls every season. It is a draw not only for visitors to the area, but remains a time honoured tradition for many residents of Niagara to go down to Niagara Falls to see the lights shine. The Festival now includes not only over 120 light displays, but also plays host to numerous other activities throughout the three-month event. An exciting development this year is a new naming rights sponsor, the Ontario Power Generation, making the official name of the festival, the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights. Another exciting development for this year is a Friendship Festival agreement with the Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival of South Korea, which will result in the display of several beautiful hand painted lanterns.

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Also returning this year, is the ever popular TD RINK at the Brink, which is open for it’s fifth season, and provides the best view from a skating rink you are likely to find anywhere. The rink will be operating this year until February 28th, and is the perfect place to go for a family outing, or even a romantic date. You can skate around all day for only $8, and kids under six are free when accompanied by an adult. TD will once again be offering six free skate days, which allows anyone to skate the day away for free, courtesy of TD Bank. Free skate days this year are: December 9 and 16, January 13 and 27 and February 3 and 10. Fireworks, which are always a crowd pleaser, will be happening every Friday night at 9pm, running until January 31, and which visitors will be able to view from a number of locations. In addition to the fireworks, the waterfall itself will be lit up, and guests can enjoy such lighting displays as the world’s largest CanadianAmerican flag, the illuminated Skylon Tower, the beautiful Zimmerman Fountain and the Religions of the World display.

Fireworks over the Falls Friday evenings at 9pm Nightly: December 21 to December 28 (except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) December 31: 9pm and 12am Fireworks over the Falls supported by Fallsview Casino Resort, Tourism Partnership Niagara and Niagara Falls Tourism. December 1 to December 31

Annual Christmas Display Niagara Parks Floral Showcase 7145 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON Daily 9:30am to 5pm, with extended holiday hours $5 Adults (13+ years), $3.75 children (6 to 12 years), Children 5 and under FREE December 1 to February 28

TD RINK at the Brink Across from Table Rock Centre (just steps from the Falls) Admission: $8, Children 6 and Under: Free, Skate Rentals: $5.65 Right next to the mighty Horseshoe Falls…the ultimate outdoor skating experience! For more information, visit wfol.com/TDRINKatTheBrink November-January (various dates)

IMAGINE Magic Show starring Greg Frewin Greg Frewin Theatre, 5781 Ellen Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON Adults $34.98-$59.98, Children (ages 4 to 12) $24.98-$34.98 Experience the mystery and art of illusion with Greg Frewin, one of the most decorated magicians in the world. Join us for the evening performance of our Las Vegas Style Magical Revue featuring spectacular appearances by our rare and majestic tigers. You will be AMAZED beyond belief. Tickets: 905-356-0777 or tickets@gregfrewintheatre.com


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Mistletoe Magic Dinner Musical Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 8585 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, ON Matinee & Evening Shows Celebrate the magic of Christmas with our newest fun-filled, heart-warming and hilarious production! MISTLETOE MAGIC features over 30 of your favourite Christmas classics and some all-new festive songs. Join us for a night of laughter, music, merriment and mayhem and a festive, five-course, family-style meal! Tickets: 1-800-467-2071 ext. 1 or info@ohcanadaeh.com December 2 to 14

Oliver the Musical Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON For HALF-PRICE Adult ticket ($25) & Discounted Child ticket ($20) mention WFOLOLIVER when ordering! Experience Oliver the Musical. This spectacular, fully professional production of the Tony Award Winning Musical is only on for two weeks. Don’t miss it! Tickets: 905-357-7008 December 12 to 29

The 39 Steps, Adapted by Patrick Barlow The Seneca Queen Theatre, 4624 Queen Street, Niagara Falls, ON Evenings: 7:30pm, Thursday Matinee: 11:30am, Weekend Matinees: 2pm - $15-$35 Based on the novel by John Buchan and the film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. A man meets a mysterious woman and finds himself mixed up in a dastardly scheme for world domination. Will he survive? Will he solve the mystery of THE 39 STEPS? Hitchcock meets Monty Python and Broadway’s longest running comedy. Back to LTP by popular demand! Starring Rick Reid, William Vickers, Grey Powell and Claire Jullian, and directed by Kelly Daniels. December 14

Niagara Concerts presents Big Band Christmas with Ross Wooldridge & The Galaxy Orchestra Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON, 7:30pm $35.00 single tickets based on availability For ticket information call 905-358-6174 or email niagaraconcerts@cogeco.ca December 14-15

A Radio City Christmas Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON December 14: 7:30pm, December 15: 2:30pm - $12-$55 In the golden days of radio, families gathered ‘round, listening together to holiday classics; music, of course, but also timeless stories told by popular radio personalities. Capture that feeling again with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra’s Radio City Christmas, featuring seasonal favourites and special guest narrators. Tickets 1-866-617-3257 December 31

Family New Year’s Eve Spectacular! Americana Conference Resort and Spa, 8444 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, ON 5:00pm-12:30am - Tickets $TBA Great evening of indoor family fun! Entertainers, feature shows, buffet dinner, kiddie countdown at 9pm with streamer explosion, dance to DJ, games, contests and more. Ring in 2014 with countdown and champagne toast. Tickets: 905-356-8444 or reservations@americananiagara.com

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January 25

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Greg Frewin Theatre, 5781 Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON 7:30pm - $59.98 to $129.98 Join us this year for as we present a spectacular evening of comedy and illusion featuring International Grand Champion of Magic and 2009 Magician of the Year-Greg Frewin. You will be spellbound and amazed “Beyond Belief”. We cap the evening to ring in the New Year with dancing to the classics of the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s with popular tribute band, RENEGADE. Expect all the trimmings of a festive and exciting Las Vegas style New Year’s Eve. The evening starts with a cocktail reception at 6:30pm. Indulge in our delicious premium buffet dinner starting at 7:30pm and our Las Vegas style entertainment will commence at 9:00pm. We ring in the New Year with dancing to our live band starting at 11:00pm. Tickets: 905-356-0777 or tickets@gregfrewintheatre.com

Niagara Falls Dodgeball Mania 2013 saw teams from throughout Southern Ontario converge in Niagara Falls to compete in an action packed day of dodgeball. The 2nd annual Dodgeball Mania tournament will be hosted in Niagara Falls on Saturday, January 25th. The tournament welcomes teams of various skill-levels to compete for the Recreational and Competitive Division championships. For more information please visit wfol.com/events/sportsfestniagara or 905-374-1616 ext. 244

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New Year’s Eve Niagara Falls Queen Victoria Park (across from the American Falls) 7pm to 12:30am - FREE Join the fun at Canada’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration featuring some of Canada’s biggest names in music. Highlights include two spectacular fireworks displays, food and beverage vendors, as well as an outdoor licensed area. The two-hour coast-to-coast live television broadcast countdown will be hosted by ET Canada on Global. Visit www.niagaraparks.com for updates on this year’s exciting entertainment lineup! January 10 to 26

Niagara Icewine Festival Fallsview Casino Resort (Xerox Gala), various wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Twenty Valley and Market Square in Downtown St. Catharines. For three weekends in January, the Niagara Region is transformed into a wintry wonderland, celebrating one of Canada’s most cherished products, Ontario Icewine. From the Xerox Gala evening to wine and food pairings, outdoor activities, the 18th edition of the Niagara Icewine Festival offers plenty for every taste. Call 905-688-0212 or info@niagarawinefestival.com

January 26

Fairy Tales! Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON - 2:30pm - $12-$55 Sprites, visions, madmen and love abound in Mendelssohn’s lavish rendition of Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece and Suk’s Czech folk tale of unrequited love. Yes, this is the one with the world famous “Wedding March!” Tickets 1-866-617-3257 January 31

Legend in Black Greg Frewin Theatre, 5781 Ellen Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON 7:30pm - $19.98-$34.98 for adults, $17.98-$29.98 for children (ages 4 to 12) Bill Cayley has been performing around North America for more than 40 years as a duo and with several bands. The addition of a June Carter-Cash character singing and “bonding” with Bill has put “The Legend in Black” a total cut above the rest. Audiences have already been seen with tears in their eyes as the two performers re-enact the legendary show that Johnny and June performed. The three-piece back-up band was produced to give audiences that quiet country feel that the Tennessee Trio produced over and over for Johnny Cash. This trio of musicians was selected based on one criterion: respect for the music. What audiences are about to hear is the history, the sound, and feelings that Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash produced for fans to love all over the world! Tickets 905-356-0777 or tickets@gregfrewintheatre.com

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LYNDESFARNE THEATRE by Richard Nicol

John Buchan’s 1915 thriller novel has experienced several transformations, from print to radio, screen to stage, and though the book and subsequent films share a similar atmosphere, the Broadway and stage productions of The 39 Steps became more of comic parody, a melodrama played out by four actors assuming every role in the story. Throughout December, Niagara will be home to its own production of The 39 Steps through Lyndesfarne Theatre. Lyndesfarne continues the legacy of this story, and Today Magazine was onsite, speaking to Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects founders Ric Reid (professional actor) and Kelly Daniels (Artistic Director), as well as Claire Jullien, celebrated stage actor from both the Shaw and Stratford Festival productions.

“A fool tries to look different: a clever man looks the same and is different.”

Certainly, any contemporary movie goer will be familiar with the sole male protagonist, dropped into a harrowing situation, pushing him to dig deep within himself and defy all logical odds towards solving a thrilling mystery, as the story unfolds before him (and the viewer). This commonly used scenario derives one of its earliest examples in Buchan’s The 39 Steps.

the story received a lot of attention after Alfred Hitchcock directed a film version in 1935 (arguably one of Hitchcock’s best). The film, starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll, deviated slightly from the original story, adding a couple characters, and referring the “39 Steps” as the name of a clandestine organization of spies, instead of the literal, physical 39 steps described by Buchan.

Buchan, who served as Governor General of Canada, relates the story of the archetypical average-man-turned-hero (and Canadian!), Richard Hannay, who perseveres through conflict, placing the welfare of his country above his own. Hannay stumbles upon a plot involving espionage, counterespionage, and murder, with the intent to precipitate war and sabotage the British naval fleet. For most of the story, Hannay himself is considered a fugitive, wanted for murder.

Other film adaptations were made following Hitchcock’s brilliant adaptation, including: the 1959 Ralph Thomas production, starring Kenneth More and Taina Elg; the 1978 version, titled The Thirty Nine Steps, directed by Don Sharp, starring Robert Powell and Karen Dotrice; and the 2008 BBC version, starring Rupert Penry-Jones and Lydia Leonard. Though all received fair reviews, it’s no surprise that Hitchcock’s adaptation remains an untouched classic.

This one-man-against-the-world scenario is ever-present in cinema; from James Bond and Arnold Schwarzenegger, from The Bourne Identity to Argo, we just love a selfless hero defying all odds to save the world.

From screen to stage, The 39 Steps made its most significant transformation into the realm of comedy theatre, with its theatrical adaptation premiering in 1995 by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, which included a cast of four actors at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire, before going on tour across England. The script was re-written by Patrick Barlow, with the play resurrected in 2005, and continues to run in Piccadilly’s Criterion Theatre. In 2008, the play made its US Broadway premiere at the American Airlines Theatre, but transferred to and reopened in other theatres in the years following.

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The 39 Steps was met with great success, especially during the First World War, when soldiers were engaged in fighting for a free world. Radio adaptations were made, with Orson Welles starring in a 1939 production for The Mercury Theatre on the Air; however,

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—John Buchan, The 39 Steps


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From the past to present, you can now experience the excitement, suspense, and hilarity of the Lyndesfarne Theatre presentation of The 39 Steps, the Barlow edition. Lyndesfarne describes it as “Hitchcock meets Monty Python in a fast-paced ‘whodunit’ with all the intrigue and suspense of a juicy spy novel.” In this production, Gray Powell stars as Richard Hannay; Claire Jullien plays the female roles, including Annabella, the spy, and Pamela, the companion; William Vickers and Ric Reid (the “clowns”) play every other character in the production.

Jullien, hailing from Windsor, had spent 10 seasons with the Stratford Festival, and then joined up with the Shaw after arriving in Niagara in 2008. Among other productions, she has starred in Our Betters, and Peace in Our Time — the latter of which also stars Ric Reid. “The characters are really broad, and I play a Spanish señorita, and she’s angry, she’s upset, so in a way, it’s kind of preparing me for 39 Steps because of the characterization of it, and the accent, which I’ve always loved to do and never had the chance,” relates Jullien. “So I’m really glad this year, I got the chance to do some real broad comedy this winter.” With exception to Powell, Jullien and the other actors must switch between characters, whether instantly or over a period of time. When asked about trying to invoke and portray such eclectic character types, Claire responds: “It’ll be a real challenge because it’s going to be fast-paced, and gosh, learning all those lines again (laughs). There’s always humour, I find, in any great play, that comes out of the situation, or out of the innocence of the characters, discovering for the first time of experiencing emotions; human nature is what makes comedy.” Ric Reid, one of the “clowns” of the production, will be summoning a wide variety of characters in The 39 Steps. He describes the dynamics of making a seemingly difficult performance work: “It can be as simple as spinning around and taking on a whole new physicality and accent; it can be changing a hat; as a matter of fact, the simpler and almost more visible it is, the more fun it is for the audience,” says Reid. “As different shows are performed or presented, you want the audience to be engaged. In this case, the

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engagement, for a good portion of it, is watching the transitions of all the characters.” The process itself comes across as almost improv comedy; even though there are lines to learn and a story to tell, the audience becomes privy to the workings of the production, and in a way, they become a part of the production. According to Ric, this is one of the reasons why the show works so well: “One of the major reasons the piece works is because it is theatrical,” exclaims Reid. “So, the audience gets to see a bit of the process of how to use a set, how to change a character, an accent, or a location… they get to see it all; in a way they get to see the skeleton of putting a show together, which in itself is intriguing for most audiences because it’s not something you get to see. You usually get to see the theatrical reality.” Reid refers to “theatrical reality” as immersing oneself into the characters and story, which traditionally, tend to be concrete. For example, you believe Kenneth Branagh to be Prince Hamlet because he plays the character throughout the film; in spite of the fact you know it’s still Kenneth Branagh, you are soon immersed in the fantasy that he truly is Hamlet. With the unconventional dynamics of the production, the casting is a crucial part of the process, and Artistic Director, Kelly Daniels delineates the importance of casting for The 39 Steps: “I do pride myself a little bit on that because I was taught, a couple decades ago when I was a young director, casting is the be-all and end-all. It’s everything,” says Daniels. “I’m very fortunate to have the pool of actors that are available to work with in this region. There’s such an enormous range of talent towards the exceptional end.” Daniels chose each player for not only their dexterity, but through her own personal experiences seeing the actors perform, from Jullien’s brilliant performance in Peace in Our Time, to Powell’s charming and dashing execution of Lord Darlington in Lady Windermere’s Fan (a personal favourite!). “I think they’re both incredible actors, and I’ve enjoyed their work,” relates Daniels. “And Billy Vickers and Ric (Reid) are veterans, and both comic geniuses; I think the two of them will be an incredible amount of fun to work with, and I know they’re favourites with local audiences. It’s kind of a dream cast for me to work with.” Along with her “dream cast,” Kelly has also employed stage manager, Allan Teichman, and lighting designer, Kirsten Watt.

As the curtain falls, both Ric and Kelly affirm the importance of theatre in our culture, especially towards the young people in our society. Not every child will have the benefit of experiencing live theatre, so having theatre productions here in Niagara is a wonderful benefit, and local schools are showing interest in organizing trips for students to Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects. “We’re starting to now get calls from high schools as far away as Milton and Hamilton to come see our shows, and that’s fantastic. We also have Stamford and A.N. Myer here,” says Reid. “We do workshops with high schools as well, as much as we can, with school budgets and such. We’re also trying to find ways of offsetting the cost for schools.” Reid explains how ticket prices are competitive with that of going to the movies, so parents won’t have to pay $50 for their child to see a professional theatrical performance. Theatre is such a great learning experience; sometimes words on a page just don’t reach the desired effect, and drama, in its rawest form, is meant to be a performing art. As Kelly Daniels relates, “Theatre is about storytelling, and storytelling is as old as we are; it has been around since people could communicate, since there was silence, and we wanted to break that silence. And communication does not have to take place over the phone or in front of a screen – there’s something really magical and moving to actually share in an experience, live and in person.”

Previews for The 39 Steps begin December 12, while the play officially opens December 13, running until the end of the month (December 29).

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FERTEL The Story of the Empress of Steaks

By: Megan Pasche

Ruth Fertel, the woman behind one of the world’s biggest steakhouse chains probably has one of the most interesting stories in the history of the North American restaurant business. She was a true entrepreneur, she was a mighty hard worker, a people person and a generous soul. She was born Ruth Udstad into a fairly poor family living in New Orleans. Her father worked as an insurance salesman, and her mother taught kindergarten. When the Great Depression hit in the 1930s, Ruth and her family moved out of New Orleans, to the small community where her mother grew up, which was located about 60 miles out of New Orleans. Ruth was an exceptionally gifted child, especially in the areas of math and science, and not only did she skip several grades in grammar school, but she graduated from high school at the age of 15. She started at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge at 15, and graduated by age 19, with an honours degree in chemistry and physics. In 1946, she began a teaching job at McNeese State University. She was

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teaching mostly football players, and the majority of her students were actually older than she was. She taught at the school for two semesters. In 1948, she married Rodney Fertel, with whom she eventually had two sons, Jerry and Randy. Rodney and Ruth shared a love of horses, and in 1951, they opened a racing stable located in Baton Rouge. Ruth became the first female horse trainer in Louisiana, after obtaining her thoroughbred trainer’s license. The marriage wasn’t destined to last however, and Rodney and Ruth divorced in 1958. Struggling to support her sons, she found jobs making drapes, and then as a lab technician where she worked for a research scientist at the Tulane University School of Medicine. At that time, she was earning $4,800 a year. Realizing this income was not going to be enough to pay for her sons to go to college, she began combing through the classifieds. She came across an ad, highlighting a restaurant for sale. It was called Chris’ Steak House, and it was a 60-seat establishment located

in New Orleans. She began to think the whole thing was meant to be, when she contacted the owner and discovered that the restaurant was originally opened on the day she was born: February 5, 1927. So, ignoring the advice of everyone, including her banker, lawyer and friends, she mortgaged her house in order to pay for the restaurant. She knew absolutely nothing about the restaurant business at the time. The very first day the restaurant was open, May 24, 1965, she sold 35 steaks at $5 each. By the time she had the restaurant for six months, she had already earned double her salary from when she was working as a lab technician. Fertel was a hands-on businesswoman, and made sure she was involved in every aspect of her restaurant. She taught herself how to butcher steak, and even though she weighed a mere 110 pounds, she was able to saw up 30 pound short loins by hand, which she did up until the time she was able to afford an electric saw. She tried to staff her restaurant with mostly single mothers, and Chris’ Steak House


was actually one of the only upscale restaurants in New Orleans at the time to have a fully female wait staff. Soon enough, Chris’ Steak House became the place to be. It was the meeting place for business people, athletes, reporters, and even the odd celebrity, such as Fats Domino. The business suffered a brief setback in 1976, when shortly after Fertel signed another ten-year lease on the restaurant, the entire building was destroyed by fire. Luckily, Fertel had recently purchased another property close by, which she originally intended to rent out as an event centre. She was able to move the restaurant operations there, and not only that, she was able to do this within seven days, also adding 100 seats zin the process. When she originally purchased Chris’ Steak House, there was a clause that said she couldn’t use the name anywhere but at the original address, so she named the restaurant on the new property, Ruth’s Chris Steak House. It was a bit of a tongue twister, but it stuck. At the time she also purchased two houses behind the restaurant, which she had remodeled and joined together, and where she lived for the rest of her days. 1976 was also the year that Ruth Fertel agreed to sell the first franchise, which was opened in 1977 by one of her loyal customers, T.J Moran, and was located in Baton Rouge. In the two decades that followed, numerous other franchises opened up, both in the United States and overseas. Ruth Fertel was officially the First Lady of American Restaurants. Fertel continued to work into her early 70s, and in 1999 when she became ill, she sold the chain to Madison Dearborn Partners of Chicago. In 2002, Ruth Fertel died of lung cancer at the age of 75. Over the years, Ruth Fertel was the recipient of many awards, some of which included Regional Entrepreneur of the Year, Inc. Magazine in 1992, Executive of the Year from Restaurants and Institutions Magazine and Restaurant Business High Performance Leadership Award. In addition to her business acumen, Fertel was also well known for her charitable work. In 1965, after Hurricane Betsy hit New Orleans, and knocked the power out at the restaurant, she realized all the food she had on hand was in danger of going bad. She quickly cooked it up and gave free steak meals to disaster workers and Hurricane victims. She generously paid for the schooling of many children throughout the years, provided counseling for female entrepreneurs and gave money to many schools in the Louisiana area. Ruth’s Chris Steak House has gone through an amazing journey since it’s inception. It started out as a restaurant owned by a single mom, who had no experience in the food industry, and went on to become a business that has more than 135 franchises worldwide, cooks over 16,000 steaks per day and employs close to 5000 people. It’s quite a remarkable feat; and Ruth Fertel, well, she was a pretty remarkable woman. You can visit a Ruth’s Chris Steak House while in Niagara Falls; it is located at 6455 Fallsview Blvd. More info online at www.ruthchris.com

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“Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference: beauty demands to be noticed; it speaks to us directly like the voice of an intimate friend. If there are people who are indifferent to beauty, then it is surely because they do not perceive it.� - Roger Scruton 20


By: Mariana Bockarova How can beauty be defined? In The Critique of Aesthetic Judgment, the great philosopher Emmanuel Kant defined beauty as a reflective judgment, where beauty is considered aesthetic, and an aesthetic judgment is essentially a verdict of taste. Although the feelings we have towards those considered “beautiful” may vary, and even more so stray from moral goodness and pleasure, following Tolstoy’s cautionary sentiment of the “delusion that beauty is goodness” - Kant believed we appreciate beauty without reason. As the judgments we make are based on subjective feelings, they remain nonetheless uninfluenced by personal motives, at least subconsciously: our individual motives generally do not take precedence when appreciating beauty, so our taste perhaps applies universally. Although Kant’s statement of the appreciation of beauty as subjective may be sound, studies have found that a population will predominantly find unison in what they determine to be beautiful. This suggests a method, or science, behind it. In the words of Harvard’s Nancy Etcoff: “Many intellectuals would have us believe that beauty is inconsequential. Since it explains nothing, solves nothing, and teaches us nothing, it should not have a place in intellectual discourse. And we are supposed to breathe a collective sigh of relief. After all, the concept of beauty has become an embarrassment. But there is something wrong with this picture. Outside the realm of ideas, beauty rules. Nobody has stopped looking at it, and no one has stopped enjoying the sight. Turning a cold eye to beauty is as easy as quelling physical desire or responding with indifference to a baby’s cry. We can say that beauty is dead, but all that does is widen the chasm between the real world and our understanding of it.” It is believed that beauty lives in the “divine proportion,” a ratio from which the proportion all natural things in the universe are apparently based on. The ratio, 1:1.618, denoted as phi, named after Greek sculptor Phidias, is appropriately the basis of ‘beautiful’ art, and reflected in nature through insects, flowers, and animals, humans included. For instance, should we evaluate the human arm, each following finger bone is 1.618 the length of the previous finger bone. The distance from our elbow to our wrist is 1.618, the same distance from our wrist to fingertip. Though ancient mathematician Euclid was first to describe the golden ratio, Dr. Stephen Marquardt, a famed Maxillofacial surgeon and researcher, can be credited towards creating the first objective tool used to assess beauty. Based entirely on the ‘Divine Proportion,’ if one’s face were to entirely conform to this controversial mask, then such face would supposedly be considered beautiful. A series of lines traced over the width of the mouth to the width of the cheek should conform to the ratio, as should the width of the nose to the width of the cheek and the width of the nose to the width of the mouth. Acute triangles traced from the tip of the nose to the farthest corner of both eyes, including a trace from the corner of both eyes to the top of the eye similarly determine beauty. These configurations are among those that are used to create the mask. There is, however, much more to beauty than simply mathematics: Dr. Victor Johnstone of the University of New Mexico created a revealing study linking beauty to fertility. Finding that a specific type of adult female face men found

attractive was due to two measurements; the distance from the eyes to the chin, and the size of the lips. The study suggested that women with baby faces - the prime example given being Kate Moss, whose big eyes, full mouth and small nose launched her modeling career - may be found attractive because the proportions mentioned are directly linked with levels of estrogen in the female. In another of Johnstone’s studies, a female child’s face was morphed through age. When asked when the face was most beautiful, participants found that the age 24.8 years was considered the most beautiful. Interestingly enough, this age is when estrogen levels are supposedly highest and women are at their most fertile. Furthermore, the waist to hip ratio plays an enormous role when speaking of “fertile beauty,” as one may call it. Biologists have found links between the fascination for Barbie doll proportions in women and a higher disposition of fertility and health, as men were more susceptible to calling a woman beautiful and healthy, no matter her weight, if her waist to hip ratio was 0.7, in other words if the waist was 70% the size of the hips. This is perhaps why Kate Moss and Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn as well as Marilyn Monroe were all seen as attractive, even though these women are obviously very different in size and appearance, but all bear something in common: the ratio 0.7. This corresponds to research that says that women with the waist to hip ratio of 0.7 are the most healthy and fertile. This is because the waist to hip ratio negatively correlates to estrogen, meaning high amounts of estrogen lead to low waist to hip ratios, which are found to be the most attractive. A high concentration of estrogen in the female body results in nearly 35 pounds of reproductive fat deposited on the hips and thighs rather than on the waist. In the Netherlands, a study found that women of a waist to hip ratio of 0.9 were one third less likely to be able to reproduce than women with a 0.8 ratio. Furthermore, it was found that woman with a higher ratio were said to have the same health risks as women with a high Body Mass Index, including diabetes, obesity and dyslipidemia, all leading to early mortality. This could be the answer as to why the male population is fascinated with curvier women - because the lower the waist to hip ratio, the curvier, more reproductive, and healthier the woman. While the concept of attractiveness as universal is hotly debated, attractiveness is what draws us towards other people and by extension, guides our reproduction. Although we may not be able to drastically change our facial structures or morph our body proportions to appear more attractive without taking extreme measures, if we abide by the “science of beauty” there are certain steps we can take to increase our attractiveness: by adding false eyelashes, women can create the appearance of larger eyes, altering their facial proportions. Adding bangs to one’s hairstyle could likewise be considered a quick fix. In the same way, coloring one’s lips a shade closer to red also helps in promoting the contrasting of facial features, youthfulness and vibrancy all indicators of attractiveness. Before reaching for those scissors, or applying the eyelash glue, embrace your own scientific beauty and remember, in the words of Edgar Allan Poe, “there is no exquisite beauty...without some strangeness in the proportion.”

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NIAGARA’S WINTER

WONDERLAND By: Megan Pasche

Once the snow falls and covers the ground in an endless white blanket, it opens up the opportunity for a plethora of outdoor activities. From snowshoeing to skating, you can do it all in Niagara. So bundle up and get outside!

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING & SNOWSHOEING The hiking trails of the spring, summer and fall become the cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails of wintertime. There are a wide variety of trails and conservation areas to choose from, the following list is just a sample of what is out there.

Chippawa Creek Conservation Area Trail

Located at 84646 Regional Road 45 in Wellandport. This is a lovely conservation area that includes a man-made lake, as well as access to the Welland River. There are numerous marked paths that can be enjoyed in the wintertime.

Bruce Trail

This trail, which is the oldest and longest in Canada, has numerous access points. If you visit www.brucetrail.org, you’ll find more information. There are lots of scenic places to snowshoe or cross-country ski along this trail.

Haulage Rd Trail

This trail was originally used for hauling rocks, and is perfect if you are looking for a short outing. There are entrances on St. Paul Avenue and Mountain Road in Niagara Falls. The trail leads right into Fireman’s Park, which is a large space that is great for winter activities.

Waterfront Trail

This is a lengthy trail that links Ontario and Quebec; with the Niagara portion passing through Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Lincoln and Grimsby. The trail will take you along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. More info at www.waterfrontrail.org

Short Hills Provincial Park

This huge park has a wide variety of trails to follow, and you’ll be able to find beautiful waterfalls as well as varied wildlife. There are entrances on Pelham, Wiley and Roland Roads. More information can be found at www.friendsofshorthillpark.ca

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Burgoyne Woods Park

This park located off Edgedale Avenue in St. Catharines is the perfect spot for winter activities. There are lots of wide-open spaces, as well as trails through the woods, to explore by cross country ski or snowshoe.

Malcolmson Eco Park

This is a unique park located in North St. Catharines that has many winding and scenic paths available to explore, and is located close to Lake Ontario. Check out www.ontariotrails.on.ca for more information and a full listing of all the trails in the area.

Places to Rent Equipment There are not a ton of places that rent out cross country skis and snowshoes, so if you have access to your own, it would be best to bring them. There are a couple of stores in the area that do offer the rental option though:

Outdoors Orientated

420 Vansickle Road, St. Catharines, 905-688-0160 This store offers the rental of snowshoes. The first day is $15, the second day is $10 and each additional day is $5.

Ski Pro Shop

278 Geneva Street, St. Catharines, 905-934-2682 This shop rents out cross-country skis for $15 per day.


SIPPING & SKATING A group of Niagara wineries have taken to creating skating rinks or preparing existing ponds for some wintertime fun. To put a little spin on your traditional skating outing, why not head out to one of these wineries and enjoy not only the fun of ice skating but a little wine tasting to warm you up when you are done. The following wineries prepare ice skating rinks in the wintertime, though it does depend on the weather conditions, so make sure to call ahead if you are planning to bring your skates out, as there are no set dates for ice skating given the unpredictability of the wintertime weather.

Ravine Vineyards

1366 York Rd, St. David’s, 905-262-8463

Flat Rock Cellars

2727 7th Ave, Lincoln, 905-562-8994

Hidden Bench Vineyards

4152 Locust Lane, Beamsville, 905-563-8700

Diamond Estates

1067 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 905-685-567

ICE SKATING Niagara has a great mix of different types of outdoor skating rinks to choose from.

Rink at the Brink

Open from December 1 to February 28 This open-air ice rink is true to its name, and is located right near the brink of the falls, giving skaters a great view while they swoosh around the ice. Ice skates, helmets and lockers are all available to rent. More information at www.wfol.com

Bring your own ice skates

The city of Welland maintains three outdoor rinks, offering skaters a wide variety of options, but make sure to bring your own skates and libations because there is not a rental booth or a hot chocolate stand in sight.

Civic Square Skating Rink

Enjoy outdoor skating right in historic downtown Welland! Located at 60 East Main Street.

Woodlawn Bush

TOBOGGANING Niagara has a ton of great places to go sledding; the following are some of the area’s most popular.

Burgoyne Woods

Located in South St. Catharines, this is a great park to go to for some good old tobogganing. The hill sizes vary, so there is something for everyone.

This is one of the neatest places to go skating in the area. Once enough snow has accumulated, the forest floor is flooded, resulting in a winding path through the woods that sometimes opens up into a wider skating area if you feel like doing some double axles. Located on Woodlawn Rd in between Rice Road and S. Pelham Rd.

Firemans Park

White Meadows Farm

Just because the weather may be a little bit colder, doesn’t mean you can’t get outside and have some fun. So pack on the layers, get outdoors and enjoy some of Niagara in the wintertime.

White Meadows Farm located in St. Catharines on Effingham Street has their Barnyard Skating Rink, which allows visitors to skate in a beautiful country setting for only $2 plus tax.

This large park is located off Mountain Rd in Niagara Falls, and is one of the most popular tobogganing spots in the area. Just watch out for snow ramps that occasionally pop up on the hills, sometimes they are hard to see from the top.

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JUST ONE BLOCK FROM THE FALLS It’s hard to image a street anywhere else in the world that offers as vast an array of attractions as Clifton Hill. All year long this bustling Street of Fun manages to fit in something of interest for nearly everyone – whether young or old, couples or families, extravagant or budget-minded. Attractions, entertainment, food and shopping can be found here on Clifton Hill – and the best part – it’s located just one block from the Falls!

A ROMANTIC COUPLES’ NIGHT OUT Start off with a mouth-watering dinner at Kelsey’s, then stroll to the Niagara SkyWheel for a breathtaking view of the Falls aboard the climate-controlled gondolas. Share some laughs with a few games of bowling at Strike! Rock N’ Bowl – a 14 lane bowling alley with a state-of-the-art, mind-blowing, highdefinition audio/video system. Finally, cap the evening off with a night out of dancing at the popular and electrifying Rumours Nightclub.

A FAMILY DAY FILLED WITH NON-STOP ACTIVITY Play a round or two of intense miniature golf at the glow-in-the-dark Galaxy Golf or the lushly-themed Dinosaur Adventure Golf – just watch out for the T-Rex and the active volcano! Take some time to check out the latest celebrities at the Movieland Wax Museum of Stars – Katy Perry is in town! Stop by Boston Pizza for a family refuel – dine on gourmet pizzas or lipsmacking ribs. Immortalize the day by creating a fun wax hand crafted at the Fun Factory’s Wax Hand Emporium. The kids will love it! No trip to Clifton Hill is complete without a visit to the Great Canadian Midway to enjoy its 70,000 square feet of vibrant colors, stimulating sounds, over 300 interactive games

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TEMPTING FATE

A LOOK AT NIAGARA’S DAREDEVILS

By: Megan Pasche Some people look at the thundering waters of Niagara Falls and may think about the power and beauty of nature, or maybe about how big the universe is and how small humans are by comparison; who knows, all sorts of deep thoughts can rise up in you when gazing at such a formidable sight. For the daredevils though, beauty takes a back seat. Their first thought is about conquering the waterfall. Many have tried and many have failed. Deciding to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel would seem a questionable decision to most, but for these select few, the challenge simply fuels them, and ignites their sense of determination. It’s known in psychology by a couple of different names: Freud referred to it as the “death drive”, the idea that humans have an innate drive towards death, self destruction and a return to the inorganic form. Another term is known as sensation seeking. Essentially, the pursuit of crazy, dangerous stunts without any real regard for the risk involved. Some scientists have even found similarities between the brains of drug users and those of high sensation seekers. It is also known as excitement seeking, and it is a general personality trait that shows up in varying degrees in people who love novelty, complexity and intense situations. They

seek out new experiences, just for experiences sake.

CREATING THE SPECTACLE Niagara Falls did not become a tourist attraction until after the War of 1812. Within a couple of years, hotels began to build up around the Falls and the hotel owners were keen to promote the area, so sought to draw crowds by creating a spectacle. And a spectacle they created, one that nowadays would not even be fathomed due to its cruel nature. A condemned schooner was obtained and it was to be sent over the Falls, and onboard were to be what was promoted to be ferocious wild animals, but which in reality ended up being: a dog, a bear, some raccoons and some geese. The animals were caged and tethered, and were essentially condemned to death. The boat went over the Falls, broke apart, and killed all the animals on board with the exception of one goose that managed to fly away. However crude the stunt was, it did what the hotel owners wanted: it put Niagara Falls on the map. Hotels were booked and restaurants were filled. It was officially a destination. And somewhere, someone was thinking, ‘if a boatload of animals can go over Niagara Falls, then I can too. Perhaps in a barrel’. The first person to take on the Falls was Annie Edson Taylor, on October 24, 1901. Taylor was a schoolteacher from Michigan who decided that going over the Falls in a barrel would pave the road to fame and fortune. She was the first person to attempt this, and against all odds, she survived. The feat did not gain her fame and fortune though, and she eventually died penniless. The Falls were clear of barrels until 1911, when 54-year-old Bobby Leach decided he would make the trip over the Falls in a steel barrel. He survived, but spent 23 weeks in the hospital recuperating from his injuries. He eventually went on tour to support his trip, but in a horrible twist of irony, during this tour he slipped on an orange peel, broke his leg, and died of complications after surgery. Charles Stephens was the first daredevil to die at the hands of the Falls. He went over in a barrel and never came back up again. Jean Albert Lussier was next to go over the Falls, and he did so in a contraption of his own making. It was a 758-pound rubber ball. The police chased him and tried to stop him from entering the Niagara River, but he made it in, and survived the trip without any injury. George Stathakis went over the Falls in a wooden barrel in 1930 and ended up being suffocated after he was trapped behind the wall of water and his three-hour supply of oxygen ran out. The next daredevil, William (Red) Hill Jr. drowned after attempting to go over the Falls in a rubber contraption. William Fitzgerald, the next to attempt the plunge, went over the Falls in a large ball made of metal and rubber. Karel Soucek headed over the Falls in a barrel in July of 1984. He was a stuntman who was well known for his daring escapades, and his trip over the Falls was well publicized. He survived with only a mere cut on his forehead.

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What a Trip Over the Falls Really Entails • A 170-foot free fall into icy waters and then an additional 180-foot drop underwater to the base of the Falls. • Thousands of dollars spent on customizing a barrel. • 600,000 gallons of water per second crashing down on top of you. • A high chance of a concussion and broken bones from being violently knocked around in a barrel (or whatever your vehicle of choice is).

Steven Trotter went over the Falls in August of 1985 in a barrel he made himself. Dave Munday went over in October of 1985. Both men survived and lived to tell their tales. The next daredevils took things to a whole new level: Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter DeBernardi were the first two-person team to go over the Falls in a barrel together. Jessie Sharp attempted to go over the Falls in a kayak, but sadly his body was never recovered. Dave Munday was the next to attempt, and his situation was unique because he was the first person to go over the Falls twice. This time he went over in a used Canadian Coast Guard 660 pound diving bell that he had converted into an appropriate vessel. Next up was the first couple team: Steven Trotter (who was making his second trip over also) and Lori Martin. They both survived. Martin was the first female to attempt the trip since Annie Edison Taylor almost 100 years before. Robert Overacker had the idea to go over the Falls on a jet ski in an attempt to bring awareness to the homeless problem that was happening in his home state of California. Unfortunately he drowned when his parachute failed to deploy. It should be noted that Niagara Parks absolutely prohibits any stunting on its property and anybody who attempts to do so will end up with a fairly hefty fine. This was put in place in 1951 as a deterrent, and while enacting the law didn’t stop daredevils from going over the Falls, every one of them that went over and survived since the 1950s has been saddled with a fine. Niagara Parks will allow one daredevil a generation (approximately every 20 years or so), which is a nod to the “sport” that made Niagara Falls a tourist destination to begin with. This generation had their daredevil when Nic Wallenda walked on a tight rope over the Falls in 2011. Many daredevils have said there is just something about the Falls that calls to them, an almost hypnotic power. Whether that is a good enough reason to risk their lives and tempt fate, who knows. Many called themselves heroes after their plunge, and spent the rest of their days posing with barrels and giving autographs. While the “hero” moniker is pushing it, and a more appropriate name might be, “insane person with a death wish”, I suppose there is something to be said for being so gutsy as to look death straight in the face and basically say, “just try it”. Commendable? Not really. Impressive nonetheless? Definitely. Recommended? Absolutely not.

• The chance that the barrel will hit the jagged rocks at the bottom and break open where you will likely drown or be battered to death by said rocks. • The chance of getting caught behind the waterfall and running out of air before being rescued. • Experiencing a free-fall sensation that many surviving daredevils have said was similar to a big drop on a roller coaster. That’s a lot to risk only to end up with a hefty fine, internal bleeding and public interest that diminishes fairly quickly once the stunt is over. Daredevils have always been a source of fascination for people. People turn out in droves to watch them (this might be akin to slowing down on the highway to gaze at a car crash), and there are always more stunters in the wings, waiting to pull off bigger and more intense stunts. It’s an ingrained part of Niagara Falls history. So it only makes sense that Niagara Falls has their very own daredevil museum that is part homage, part cautionary tale. Located inside the IMAX theatre, the museum lets you read the in depth stories about all the daredevils, as well as see and touch the actual barrels that brought stunters over the brink. The IMAX Theatre itself has a 60-foot high screen, and a 620-seat auditorium that puts you smack dab in the middle of the action. There are usually a couple of different films playing, including Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic, which delves into the history of Niagara Falls. The exhibit alone is $8 for adults and $6.50 for children, though there are combo deals if you wish to see a movie as well. The IMAX Theatre and Daredevil Exhibit is located at 6170 Fallsview Blvd and more information can be found at imaxniagara.com

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Every Woman is a Wine Woman By: Angela Aiello During the Second World War, the character of ‘Wonder Woman’ was created as a warrior princess who fought for the greater good. She was tenacious, with a passion for justice, peace, love and equality. As an icon of wisdom, beauty and strength, she was considered “the new type of woman who should rule the world.” Years later, we still aspire to be like Wonder Woman – adventurous, powerful, attractive and fashionable – and with a glass of wine in hand we now call these super females the modern day ‘Wine Woman’. I’ll cheers a glass of local VQA Niagara sparkling to that!

Build Your Toolkit Wine is all about learning your preferences, sharpening your skills and enjoying the journey. A skilled Wine Woman speaks the wine talk, walks the wine walk, and masters wine tools like corkscrews, decanters and glasses. She’s on trend with new grape varieties, regions, and food pairings. And, most fun of all, she is a top-notch hostess and loves to share her wisdom and knowledge with others. Mastering the art of wine service is like completing your outfit with the perfect accessory – it gets noticed. To show off your love for the local juice in Niagara, know what VQA stands for – Vintners Quality Alliance. It’s the symbol you need to look for on the label of local bottles that means the wine in your glass is made with grapes that are 100% from Ontario.

Find Your Match Although you may not be fighting crime like Wonder Woman, you’re sure to encounter your share of wine you don’t love along your journey! Try to take the bad with the good, and learn from it. By understanding why you do or don’t like a wine, you’ll become more confident in your preferences. When it comes to Chardonnay, know and understand that they can taste very different. Some are completely un-oaked, while some spend time in a barrel for complex and deep flavour profiles. This grape variety is a tough one to ‘date’ as you might find bottles that don’t fit what you’re looking for. But don’t give up, and you’re sure to find a Chardonnay you love – it’s out there! Ontario has some of the best Chardonnays in the world – trust me I’ve been around! From our Sparkling to Icewine made from Chardonnay, there is a Niagara Chardonnay that is your perfect fit.

Discover Your Super Sense Although wine isn’t only a woman’s drink, many females love their vino. Interestingly enough, it is also said that women have super senses when it comes to smelling and tasting wine. So the next time you’re visiting a local Niagara winery or enjoying a glass in the comfort of your own home, embrace your inner Wine Woman and take the time to swirl, smell, sip and savour your wine. Trying new and different wines from across the region allows you to expand your horizons – and your senses. With attention and patience, you will continue to broaden your knowledge and your capability for tasting wine.

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Spread the Word Understanding the intricacies of wine from across the globe will make you a well-versed and balanced Wine Woman. When you’re hosting wine gatherings at home (as any Wine Woman should), try throwing themed parties around countries and regions. A Niagara/locally themed party is a great way to start! You can explore the world with friends by enjoying many great bottles of wine together. A Wine Woman who loves local Niagara wine becomes an Ambassador for the region – and there can never be too many of those! Also, when it comes to wine, people always ask friends and family for recommendations, so spread the VQA love and share your knowledge! Are you a man looking to swoon your lady? Take her to Niagara Wine Country – she’ll love the thought and the local wine too! It’s a great holiday gift, way to spend Valentines Day, or to say “I Love You” for no reason at all.

Uncover Your Wine Personality Wonder Woman had an alias, by the name of Diana Prince, who was said to work as an army nurse. Deep down in your Wine Woman soul, there might be a super wine geek waiting to be unleashed. What’s your wine identity and personality? Are you monogamous with Rieslings and have flavour flings with Chardonnay? Are you a mysterious Malbec or a fun Pinot Grigio? Are you thin-skinned like Pinot Noir, or sassy like a Sauvignon Blanc? Me, I’m a lover of local Niagara. Some call me the Robyn Hood of Wine, because I always bring wine to the people on local wine tours. But personally, I love strongly supporting Niagara wines because they really are fantastic. It’s all about finding your style!


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Suit-up for Cool Climate Wonder Woman’s Amazon training makes her as beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, as swift as Hermes and as strong as Hercules. Use your wine knowledge and accessories as skills and resources. It’s no secret that wine is fashionable, so put your Wine Woman suit on and tackle your wine journey head on. Get to know the cool climate wines that Niagara and Ontario do best, like Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot, and Pinot Noir (there are more too!) and start sipping! The world, or should I say the world of local wine, is waiting for you.

Celebrate Your Conquests with VQA There is a Latin phrase worth knowing, which means “In wine there is truth.” If Wonder Woman drank, I can guarantee wine would be her beverage of choice. Wine is the drink of the Gods – and since she is the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta, maybe that makes her a wine princess. She would definitely have enjoyed a glass of VQA Sparkling wine to celebrate her conquests and relax after a long day. Or perhaps, she would have savoured an Ontario Icewine martini with friends and discovered new VQA bottles each week to build her wine confidence.

Become a Wine Woman Just like fashion, wine is about accessorizing and details. Knowing how to properly use a corkscrew, serve into great glassware, decant and swirl are fundamentals. Get to know your favourite wine varieties from Niagara and begin collecting glassware for each one. When you’re hosting, the attention to detail won’t go un-noticed and will impress your guests. Wonder Woman had her accessories and they were her tools to success, so create your wine tool belt and become the Wine Woman you were meant to be! Ever heard of “#winewednesday? It’s the day of the week when a glass of wine celebrates the completion of the beginning of the week, and keeps you motivated for the days leading up to the weekend. Local wine is the perfect choice. There is an ideal bottle for every mood, every dish, every personality and every woman. Inside of you there is a Wine Woman waiting to be released, all it takes is unleashing your passion, intrigue, adventure and style. Remember to use your the #VQA hashtag to show your love for Ontario grapes and local #wine!

Photograph Credits: Regen Chen, Photos were originally published in Chloe Magazine Fall 2013

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When the cold weather rolls around, there is nothing quite as comforting as curling up in a comfy spot with a blanket and a nice, hot beverage. Here are some options to make for a holiday gathering, or just a quiet day at home.

THE ULTIMATE HOT CHOCOLATE

THE BLIZZARD COCKTAIL

HOT ALMOND N CREAM

Ingredients 1 ½ ounce Irish whiskey or rum ½ ounce hazelnut liqueur, such as Frangelico ½ ounce Irish cream liqueur, such as Bailey’s Dollop of whipped cream

Ingredients 1 cup butter, cubed 1 cup sugar 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened 2 teaspoons almond extract Ground nutmeg

Serves: 1

Directions In a glass coffee mug, stir together whiskey, hazelnut liqueur and Irish cream; top with coffee. Garnish cocktail with whipped cream and serve immediately. Source The Martha Stewart Show, December 2008 www.marthastewart.com

MULLED WINE

Serves: 16

Directions In a small saucepan over low heat, cook and stir butter and sugars for 12 to 15 minutes or until butter is melted. Pour into a large bowl; add ice cream and extract. Beat on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth, scraping the bowl often. Source Originally published as Hot Almond Cream Drink in Country Woman, January/February 1997 www.tasteofhome.com

Serves: 4

EASY CHAI TEA

Serves: 6

Serves: 4

Ingredients 4 cups milk 1 cinnamon stick, 6 sprigs fresh mint or 2 split vanilla beans (optional) 10 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate, cut into small pieces Whipped cream (optional) Chocolate shavings (optional) Directions 1) Heat milk to scalding in a medium saucepan. Add cinnamon, mint or vanilla, if desired. Let steep 10 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; strain and return to saucepan. Reheat milk; using a whisk, stir in chocolate until melted and milk is frothy. Serve immediately with a dollop of whipped cream garnished with chocolate shavings, if desired. Source www.marthastewart.com

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Ingredients 1 large orange 2 cardamom pods 6 whole cloves 6 allspice berries 6 whole black peppercorns 1 cinnamon stick, plus 4 for garnish 1 bottle fruity red wine ½ cup sugar ¼ cup brandy Directions 1) With a fine grater, zest, then juice the orange. 2) With the flat side of the knife, press firmly on the cardamom pods to bruise them. In a large pot (not aluminum) combine the zest, juice, cardamom, cloves, allspice, peppercorns, cinnamon, wine, sugar and brandy. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes. 3) Reduce heat to low, simmer until flavours have melded, about 30 minutes. Pour through a finemesh sieve; garnish with cinnamon stick if desired. Serve immediately.

Source Everyday Food, December 2005 www.marthastewart.com

Ingredients 8 cardamom seeds 8 cloves 4 black peppercorns 2 cinnamon sticks 1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced 2 cups whole milk 4 bags black tea 8 teaspoons sugar or more Directions 1) Place the cardamom, cloves and peppercorns in a resealable plastic bag and crush with a heavy skillet. 2) Place the crushed spices in a medium saucepan, along with the cinnamon sticks, ginger, milk and 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add the tea bags, cover and let steep for 10 minutes. 3) Stir into cups. To each cup, add 2 teaspoons sugar to more to taste. Source Recipe by Sara Quessenberry, March 2010 www.realsimplefood.com


AMAZINGLY GOOD EGGNOG Serves: 12

BUTTERSCOTCH COFFEE

Serves: 8

CHOCOLATE CHERRY CAPPUCCINO

Serves: 48

Ingredients 4 cups milk 5 whole cloves ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 12 egg yolks 1 ½ cups sugar 2 ½ cups light rum 4 cups light cream 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg Directions 1) Combine milk, cloves, ½ teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon in saucepan, and heat over lowest setting for five minutes. Slowly bring milk mixture to a boil. 2) In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk together until fluffy. Whisk hot milk mixture slowly into the eggs. Pour mixture into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for three minutes, or until thick. Do not allow mixture to boil. Strain to remove cloves and let cook for about an hour. 3) Stir in rum, cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla and nutmeg. Refrigerate overnight before serving. Source Recipe by “Nataliesmom” on All Recipes allrecipes.com

WARM VANILLA CIDER Serves: 6

Ingredients 6 cups fresh apple cider 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar 2 whole nutmeg seeds 1 vanilla bean (split and scraped) 6 ounces (3/4 cup) bourbon Whipped cream (optional) Honeyed walnuts (optional)

Ingredients 1 cup butterscotch chips, divided 8 cups hot brewed coffee ½ cup half and half cream 5 to 8 tablespoons sugar Whipped cream in a can Directions 1) In microwave, melt ½ cup butterscotch chips; stir until smooth. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry of plastic bag, insert a #4 round tip. Fill with melted chips. Pipe eight garnishes onto a waxed paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes. 2) In a large pitcher, stir coffee and remaining butterscotch chips until chips are melted. Stir in cream and sugar. Pour into mugs. Top each serving with whipped cream and a butterscotch garnish.

Ingredients 3 cups sugar 2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 1/3 cups powdered non-dairy creamer 1 1/3 cups instant coffee granules 1 cup baking cocoa 1 envelope unsweetened cherry KoolAid mix Each serving will need: 1 cup, 2% milk 2 tablespoons mini marshmallows Directions 1)In a large airtight container, combine the first six ingredients. Store in a cool, dry place for up to two months. 2)To prepare cappuccino, place two tablespoons of the mix into a mug. Stir in hot milk until combined, top with marshmallows.

Source Originally published as Butterscotch Coffee in Quick Cooking May/June 2008 www.tasteofhome.com

Source Originally published as Chocolate Cherry Cappuccino in the Taste of Home Cookbook. www.tasteofhome.com

SLOW COOKER CARAMEL APPLE CIDER

Serves: 12

Directions Combine apple cider, dark brown sugar, nutmeg seeds and vanilla bean in a medium saucepan. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and add bourbon if desired. Remove and discard solids. Divide among six mugs or heatproof glasses and top weach with a dollop of whipped cream and a few honeyed walnuts.

Source Martha Stewart Living, October 2009 www.marthastewart.com

Ingredients 8 cups apple cider or juice 1 cup caramel flavouring syrup ¼ cup lemon juice 1 vanilla bean 2 cinnamon sticks 1 tablespoon whole allspice Whipped cream, caramel dip and cinnamon sticks Directions 1) In a 3qt slow cooker, combine the apple cider, caramel syrup and lemon juice. Split the vanilla bean and scrape seeds; add seeds to cider mixture. Place

the bean, cinnamon sticks and allspice on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Add to cider mixture. 2) Cover and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours or until heated through. Discard spice bag-pour cider into mugs; garnish with whipped cream, caramel topping and additional cinnamon sticks if desired. Source Originally published as Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider in Taste of Home Christmas Annual www.tasteofhome.com

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urder M In my 20+ years of counseling experience I have worked with many clients who have emotional issues. Some of these clients are emotionally murdered every day by people that are close to them; this could be from their spouse, family members or friends, but unfortunately no one punishes the culprit.

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What does it mean when I say someone is being emotionally murdered? This occurs when someone day after day is told that they are not good enough, not smart enough, or not worthy enough. They are sometimes told that their life is just a waste, and they do not deserve to be happy. It can go as far as being told that they should be dead, and the world would be better off without them. These verbally abused people, after a while, begin to live in fear. They are worried, paranoid, terrified, anxious, and they begin to believe that they are worthless, that they are bad, and that they should die. Fortunately, we all have a strong part inside that tries to fight – some people tap into it and some don’t. The people that try to be stronger meet a great resistance from their aggressor. The aggressor will come back fighting even stronger to wear down the victim. They won’t stop until the victim gives in and becomes weak again. Some victims, as long as they are awake, will live in hell and the only time they get a break is while they sleep. But often sleep isn’t even a reprieve because of the constant anxiousness and worry. It is not uncommon for the victim to wake up in the night with a feeling of pressure in their chest from the anxiety, and a feeling like something terrible is about to happen. It then takes time to calm the mind and fall back to sleep. Sleep never feels restful. The moment they open their eyes in the morning the hell starts all over again. Some people will live in hell almost 24 hours per day. Even when they try to sleep they cannot find peace. Often those who are emotionally and verbally abused feel there is no way out. Some come to a point where they can’t take it anymore, and their mind turns to thoughts of suicide. They start to believe death is the only way out, and the only way to find peace. They do not really want to die, but the thought of suicide enters their mind often because the emotional abuse is too much. They do not ever see it stopping or their situation changing. Some victims turn to alcohol or drugs to cope with the abuse; some turn to shopping and over spend in an attempt to feel better. Some victims become obsessive compulsive, but nothing is ever good enough. The escape mechanism they choose to use is greatly based on their cultural and religious beliefs. But by doing any of these things, they are adding to the problem, and it will continue to lead to more self-destruction. A lot of people will suffer in silence. Some will pretend that everything is okay and some will act in a strange behavior. In our society we often stereotype emotional and verbal abusers with a certain social and economic class of people, but this is the furthest from the truth. It is common to see emotional abuse taking place in all levels of society, from the richest to the poorest of people. Often in affluent families the victim is afraid to break out of the cycle of abuse because of what he or she feels

they have to lose. The abuser may be an affluent member of society or a professional businessperson, who in public puts on a good front as being a kind, caring person. The person being abused may feel that they will ruin the abuser’s public persona and/ or reputation, which will in turn effect their financial situation. On the other hand, if they do decide to speak out, the abused person may also worry that they will not be believed. Emotional murder is unfortunately happening every day. It could start in the school yard (eg. verbal bullying), there could be hurtful messages being sent through email or texting, or constant face to face verbal abuse where the person is constantly demeaned in order to make the abuser feel empowered. We watch t.v. programs on the topic of emotional abuse and the damage it causes, but unfortunately if there is no physical abuse, the culprit goes free without any consequences. There is no law that punishes emotional murder. There is always hope and help for those who are ready to break free from a life of emotional abuse and hurt. There is support and resources to help take the first steps to freeing one’s self from this cycle of emotional abuse. We must remember that we all have a free will to either except or reject the negative energy that may come into our life and we are all worthy of being treated with respect. Nothing will be taken away from us, without something better to take its place… we must have faith and believe in this possibility, as it is a universal law. In order to understand our behavior we must understand that we are often victims of certain situations or circumstances. Events that occur in our life shape our belief system. Once the conscious part of the mind makes a decision to believe that a particular event, act or situation is true, a belief is created. The moment something becomes a belief, the unconscious part of the mind will take it over and will automatically act on it. What this means is, even if the conscious part of the mind wants to do something, but the unconscious part of the mind disagrees, the conscious mind will lose. The belief set in the unconscious mind will always win. Most people do not understand that if the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind are not in line, there will be an internal battle. In the end the unconscious part of the mind will always win unless the limited belief is changed. The good news is, beliefs ‘can’ be changed to shape our lives in such a way that they support us, rather than limit us. The greatest disservice that we can do is to let a culprit of emotional murder get away with it. If someone shoots another person, or harms another person physically, they are punished accordingly. But if someone emotionally murders another person, they get away scot-free. Where is the justice in this? People who have been emotionally murdered are often so negatively affected by this emotional abuse that they feel dead inside and it wears them down until they become physically sick and weak.

To every negative situation there is a silver lining. If a person finds enough courage and strength to speak out, they can be helped quite easily by a competent therapist. Unfortunately drugs and talk therapy do not work – the best these things can do is mask the symptoms. Individuals who have suffered from emotional murder share the same symptoms as those that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.). The great news is, there are excellent tools and techniques that can be used to resolve the issues and help the individual regain strength and peace. In my experience in dealing with individuals who have been emotionally murdered, we must first work with anger, then fear, then guilt and then with all other emotions that the person may be feeling. If the person feels they have lost a part of themselves, then they must learn how to take all of those parts back. Then they must learn to let go of all other negative memories they may have, and replace any limiting beliefs with more empowering ones. For those reading this article, the situation described may apply to you, or perhaps to someone you know and care about. If you are suffering from emotional murder or know someone who is, it is important to take action, ask for help, and don’t stop until you find the help you need. You also must remember that you have a free will, so ultimately it is up to you to decide about your future and how you want it to unfold. You are in charge of your own destiny, so take action right now and get excited about your journey. Be strong, speak up, and don’t let the emotional murderer go free. For more information visit: www.drflavio.ca Dr. Flavio Iammarino, Ph.D, C.Cht Niagara P.T.S., Anxiety & Stress Management Centre 905-684-1717 personalgrowth@cogeco.ca

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Experience Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Country! We’re 27 wineries nestled below the Niagara Escarpment amidst a landscape of vineyards and orchards stretching from the picturesque Niagara River Parkway to the shores of Lake Ontario. We’re a close-knit neighbourhood of wineries each with a unique personality. You’ll see this when you step up to our doors and you’ll taste it in our wines. Visit our large estates, medium-size operations and boutiques (we recommend that you mix it up) and you will see that when it comes to our wines size does not matter. Behind the doors to each winery you’ll find friendly staff, stylish and relaxed tasting rooms and a wide range of wines to sample. Here you can experience the life of a winery. Sign up online to receive regular e-updates from wine country. BETWEEN THE LINES GPS: N43° 11.579’, W079° 6.475’ 991 Four Mile Creek Road Niagara on the Lake 905.262.0289

JOSEPH’S ESTATE WINE INC. GPS: N43° 13.961’, W79° 6.511’ 1811 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 1.866.468.1259

CATTAIL CREEK ESTATE WINERY GPS: N43° 12.053’, W79° 8.129’ 1156 Concession 6 Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.988.9463

KONZELMANN ESTATE WINERY GPS: N43° 15.007’, W79° 8.473’ 1096 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.935.2866

CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES GPS: N43° 9.458’, W79° 7.508’ 1025 York Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.262.4219 COLANERI ESTATE WINERY GPS: N43° 9.751’, W079° 8.058’ 348 Concession 6 Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.682.2100 COYOTE’S RUN ESTATE WINERY GPS: N43° 9.751’, W079° 8.058’ 485 Concession 5 Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 1.877.269.6833 DIAMOND ESTATES GPS: N43° 12.339’, W79° 8.594’ 1067 Niagara Stone Road Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.685.5673 HINTERBROOK WINERY GPS: N43° 15.074’, W79° 8.214’ 1181 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.646.5133 INNISKILLIN WINES GPS: N43° 12.702’, W79° 3.902’ 1499 Line 3 Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 1.888.466.4754 ext. 5400 JACKSON-TRIGGS NIAGARA ESTATE WINERY GPS: N43° 14.689’, W79° 5.560’ 2145 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.468.4637 Ext. 3

RAVINE VINEYARD ESTATE WINERY GPS: N43° 9.513’, W79° 6.299’ 1366 York Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.262.8463 REIF ESTATE WINERY GPS: N43° 3.037’, W079° 3.615’ 15608 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.468.9463

LAILEY VINEYARD GPS: N43° 13.914’, W79° 3.706’ 15940 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.468.0503

RIVERVIEW CELLARS ESTATE WINERY GPS: N43° 12.348’, W79° 3.545’ 15376 Niagara Parkway RR # 1, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.262.0636

MARYNISSEN ESTATES WINERY GPS: N43° 12.346’, W79° 4.254’ 1208 Concession 1, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.468.7270

SMALL TALK VINEYARDS GPS: N43° 13.448’, W79° 10.296’ 1242 Irvine Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.935.3535

NIAGARA COLLEGE TEACHING WINERY GPS: N43° 9.034’, W79° 10.003’ 135 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.641.2252 ext. 4070

SOUTHBROOK VINEYARDS GPS: N43° 11.469’, W79° 9.713’ 581 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 1.888.581.1581

PALATINE HILLS ESTATE GPS: N43° 14.704’, W79° 9.060’ 911 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.646.9617

STRATUS VINEYARDS GPS: N43° 14.473’, W79° 5.847’ 2059 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.468.1806

PELLER ESTATES WINERY GPS: N43° 14.512’, W79° 3.839’ 290 John Street East, Niagara-on-the-Lake 1.888.673.5537

STREWN WINERY GPS: N43° 15.160’, W79° 7.484’ 1339 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.468.1229

PILLITTERI ESTATES WINERY GPS: N43° 13.749’, W79° 6.807’ 1696 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.468.3147

SUNNYBROOK FARM ESTATE WINERY GPS: N43° 15.168’, W79° 7.233’ 1425 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.468.1122

PONDVIEW ESTATE WINERY GPS: N43° 13.054’, W79° 7.673’ 925 Line 2, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905.468.0777

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With winter comes the inevitable shutting down of most of the outdoor attractions in the Falls; luckily for everyone though, there are more than enough indoor adventures to keep us entertained until the snow melts away. And what makes these things all the more fun? When they glow in the dark! Niagara Falls has two glow in the dark mini putt adventures that are open for year round fun. Galaxy Golf is located at 4960 Clifton Hill, right by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. It is an 18-hole mini golf course and is open year round. Tons of different exhibits surround the holes, including dragons, astronauts, planets, sea creatures and more. Captain Jack’s Pirate Cove has a 3D Glow in the Dark mini putt that is a ton of fun for all ages. It’s 18 holes of pirate themed adventures! It is located at 4942 Clifton Hill. If bowling is more your thing, why not lace up and try some glow bowling? Located at 4942 Clifton Hill, there are 14 full size, 10 pin bowling lanes. Enjoy the fun times, and glow and bowl the

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night away! The bowling alley is also conveniently located inside a Boston Pizza, so delicious food and drinks are only steps away. There are also billiards, arcade games and racing simulators to enjoy. If you feel like being spooked, you can head down to Ghost Blasters at 4950 Clifton Hill, and try your luck at busting some ghosts. It is an interactive, black light adventure and includes animatronic characters, moving props and enough spookiness to tingle your spine. As you make you way through the haunted house in a moving car, you will be armed with a laser gun that will help you to blast away all the lurking ghouls. This ride/game is tons of fun and is located within the Great Canadian Midway complex. If you are looking for a bit more physical activity to go with your glow in the dark adventures, check out the games at Captain Jacks. Laser tag, the glow in the dark adventure, has you battling friends in a hi-tech battle zone, as you run around the play area, shooting and dodging. Another laser adventure at Captain Jack’s is the laser maze, where you race against the clock to make

your way through a maze of lasers in order to find the hidden treasure. Another laser tag place has recently opened up in the area: Zap Zone Niagara. It is located at 4238 Bridge Street and provides a 2500 square foot area, all for laser tag fun. The arena is multi-leveled, and while you play, the music blares, the smoke swirls and the lights flash as you run around and try to zap your opponents before they zap you. This is a great time for all ages! With all these fun activities, you’ll never be bored while staying in Niagara! More information is available at: www.piratescoveniagarafalls.com www.cliftonhill.com www.zapzoneniagara.com


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WINTER 2014

ACTS

Fallsview Casino’s Christmas On Ice Fallsview Casino Resort November 22 – December 8

(excluding November 27 & December 4) A thrilling high paced spectacle of world-class ice skating and holiday cheer, Fallsview Casino’s Christmas On Ice features a winter wonderland of national championship ice skaters, dancers and singers that will fill you with the magic of the season.

SHOWTIME November 22, 29 & December 6.......................... 9:00PM November 23, 30 & December 7. ..........................3:00PM & 9:00PM November 24, December 1 & December 8 . ...........3:00PM & 7:00PM November 25, 26, 28, December 3 & 5. ................3:00PM & 8:30PM December 2............................................................... 3:00PM

Tickets Start at $25

Buy your tickets at Fallsview Casino Resort’s Box Office (open Noon on show days), at all Ticketmaster locations, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-833-3110 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca. Must be 19 years of age or older to purchase tickets or attend Avalon Theatre performances. Know your limit, play within it! www.knowyourlimit.ca

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Jersey Nights

38 Special

Fallsview Casino Resort

Fallsview Casino Resort

January 3 – 13 (excluding January 8)

January 18

Celebrate the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with Jersey Nights, featuring many of their greatest hits such as “Sherry”, “Lets Hang On”, “Oh What A Night”, “Walk Like A Man” and many more.

Known for their live show intensity, power chords and hard rock blues, 38 Special’s timeless hits such as “Rockin’ Into The Night”, “Teacher, Teacher”, “Back To Paradise”, “Somebody Like You” and “Back Where You Belong” are southern rock staples.

SHOWTIME

SHOWTIME

January 3 & 10...........................9:00PM January 4 & 11..........3:00PM & 9:00PM January 5 & 12........................... 3:00PM January 6, 7, 9 & 13..3:00PM & 8:30PM

January 18 ..................9:00PM

Tickets Start at $30

Tickets Start at $25

Buy your tickets at Fallsview Casino Resort’s Box Office (open Noon on show days), at all Ticketmaster locations, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-833-3110 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca. Must be 19 years of age or older to purchase tickets or attend Avalon Theatre performances. Know your limit, play within it! www.knowyourlimit.ca

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Alan Jackson

The Commodores

Fallsview Casino Resort

Fallsview Casino Resort January 24 - 25

January 21 & 22 Selling nearly 60 million albums worldwide while topping the country singles charts 35 times, Grammy Award-winning Alan Jackson performs fan favourites such as “Chattahoochee”, “Don’t Rock The Jukebox”, “Remember When”, “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”.

Motown’s largest selling act, The Commodores, are icons of 70’s and 80’s funk and soul music. As Vocal Group Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy Award winning artists they continue to amaze audiences with their ongoing success performing such hits as “Nightshift”, “Lady”, “Easy”, “Three Times a Lady” and “Brick House”.

SHOWTIME

SHOWTIME

January 21 & 22 .......... 8:30PM

January 24 - 25....................9:00PM

Tickets Start at $90

All Tickets are $35

Buy your tickets at Fallsview Casino Resort’s Box Office (open Noon on show days), at all Ticketmaster locations, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-833-3110 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca. Must be 19 years of age or older to purchase tickets or attend Avalon Theatre performances. Know your limit, play within it! www.knowyourlimit.ca

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“Magique”

Songwriters In The Grand Hall

Starring Grand Illusionists Kevin & Caruso

Fallsview Casino Resort

Fallsview Casino Resort

January 25

January 30 – February 5

With decades of crafting legendary songs that have influenced a span of musical genres, Jim Peterik, Kyle Cook and Bob DiPiero share their innate talent for songwriting at Fallsview Casino Resort.

A stage spectacular of epic proportions, Kevin & Caruso fascinate audiences with their award-winning production “Magique” featuring the excitement of the grand art of illusion, glamorous costumes and special effects.

SHOWTIME

SHOWTIME

January 25....................8:30PM

January 30...................................8:30PM January 31...................................9:00PM February 1...................3:00PM & 9:00PM February 2...................3:00PM & 7:00PM February 3, 4 & 5........3:00PM & 8:30PM

All Tickets are $20

Tickets Start at $20

Buy your tickets at Fallsview Casino Resort’s Box Office (open Noon on show days), at all Ticketmaster locations, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-833-3110 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca. Must be 19 years of age or older to purchase tickets or attend Avalon Theatre performances. Know your limit, play within it! www.knowyourlimit.ca

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& Straight Up! Shaken Stirred

By: Andrea Kaiser

Icewine

is Canada’s gift of nature, a sweet nectar produced by allowing grapes to freeze on the vine and then pressing only the concentrated juice to be fermented into a luscious dessert wine. Growing up in the family wine business I had the luxury of savouring Icewine on most holidays and special occasions. However it was with the remaining mouthfuls days later that I often had the most fun experimenting and often experienced even greater enjoyment. Lucky for me a large bottle of Icewine can be a challenge to appreciate straight up all in one night, as the intensity of flavour is revealed with just an ounce or two. So it

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was about two weeks after a family celebration that a bottle of ‘leftover’ Icewine first beckoned me to be re-opened. I hadn’t planned on ‘wasting’ this luxurious liquid on a pie but it seemed like the perfect thing to stir into the fresh local apple filling bubbling gently on the stove; and it was.

is a must for my red concoction full with local berries. My favourite discovery in the kitchen: duck a l’orange and Icewine.

This simple act opened the door to the many recipes that would later reap the benefits of my generous hand with Icewine in the kitchen. My rationale: there are many liqueurs, brandies and whiskeys regularly stocked in restaurant kitchens across the world, so I often substitute Icewine where a sweet liqueur is called for. My summer sangria is sans the Cointreau and instead a Vidal Icewine lifts the taste profile of my peach sangria while a Cabernet Icewine

The classic - an Icewine Martini - one and a half ounces of cold Vodka shaken with a half ounce of Icewine, garnished with a sugar coated frozen grape. Quite simply, delicious. I am also a big fan of sparkling wine with an Icewine ‘dosage’. It’s like a Kir Royal, but better.

There are so many great ways to cook with Icewine both sweet and savoury but a special nod goes out to the one who introduced Icewine to the world of cocktails.

And each year during the Icewine Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake I can’t wait to bundle up for the annual Icewine Cocktail


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Competition when local bartenders take up the challenge to create the most amazing tribute to our Canadian gift of nature. The street is always buzzing with excitement to see who will have bragging rights. Last year Zee’s Grill won top honours with their ‘Orange Snow Berry’. Being in the wine business, admittedly my access to Icewine was and still is beyond that normally enjoyed, but with so many amazing ways to get delight from such a small bottle, it is worth the investment. And the beauty is,

unlike a table wine, it can be stored chilled for up to eight weeks as the natural sugars act as a preservative, giving home entertainers ample opportunity to extend their pleasure derived from one bottle of this opulent wine. So yes, open your Icewine and take delight in your Icewine straight up with blue cheese, stir it into your favourite sauce or shake things ups and create a new libation for your next cocktail party!

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About WEGO

WEGO Routes & Schedules

Ride to Fun! This state-of-the-art bus system connects accommodations and tourism attractions throughout the city of Niagara Falls, the Niagara Parks, and along the Niagara Parkway from the Rapidsview Parking area to Queenston Heights Park.

All bus lines meet at the Table Rock Centre. This is the main transfer hub between the Blue, Red, Purple, and Green lines. Scan the QR code below to see bus arrival times.

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All WEGO buses travel directly to the Falls. While there, transfer onto buses travelling to all the major attractions throughout the Niagara Parkway, Lundy’s Lane, Victoria Avenue, Clifton Hill, Fallsview Area, Main and Ferry, and Queen Street. Nia

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Boarding a WEGO bus is easy! Buy a summer Niagara Falls Adventure Pass*, a winter Niagara Magic Pass*, a WEGO Pass, use a Niagara Falls Transit 30-day pass, or ask your accommodation host if they take part in the “Host Card” program. Exact fares only. Operators do not provide change. Stanley Avenue

WEGO Destinations

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Purple Line Map

WEGO Routes & Schedules

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It’s the Most

Beautiful Time of Year Of the millions of visitors that come to see Niagara Falls each year, very few of them come in the winter – pity.

By: Lynn Orgyzlo “So when do they turn off the falls?” asks Judy Honey of Fort Worth, Texas. It’s a hot summers day and Judy and her family are visiting Niagara Falls for the first time. She thinks it is “the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” The falling water in front of her is a glistening, light green colour that turns white as it falls into billowy clouds of mist that float through the air, leaving a wet film over everything around it. It’s the combination of height and volume of water flowing over the falls that makes it so beautiful, 6 million cubic feet per minute to be precise. That’s an awful lot of water and Judy turns to look back at the falls with a sense of amazement in her eyes. “So that explains the mist,” she mumbles. But like many visitors, Judy was surprised to hear that Niagara in on the 43rd parallel, similar to northern California or south of Bordeaux, France. Like others that cross the border in July with skis fastened to the top of their cars, she believes it is always cold in Canada. So it makes sense then to turn off the falls in the winter, otherwise “wouldn’t they freeze solid?” The speed and volume of water that flows over the falls makes it impossible for the water to freeze solid, but everything else around it does. “It’s the most beautiful time of the year,” says Elbert Wiersma of Niagara-on-the-Lake. He should know, Elbert is Executive Chef of Elements on the Falls Restaurant, perched directly in front of the falls. Chef Wiersma gets a front row view of Niagara Falls every spring, summer, fall and winter. “Niagara Falls in the summer is beautiful, but Niagara Falls in the winter is pure magic,” says Chef Wiersma. Just imagine the freezing temperatures of January; the falling water stirs up mist that is carried by the wind to land on everything that surrounds it. Trees, rocks, railings, light posts and fences are coated in a thick layer of ice, dressed with icicles of all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it’s covered with a layer of beautiful snowflakes, other times it shimmers like diamonds. It’s the

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stuff fairy tales and dreams are made of. During the day the sun’s reflection makes the icy wonderland a shimmering oasis of beauty. Every evening, beginning at dusk, the Falls are lit in the colours of the rainbow that twinkle in the ice and the stunning beauty is romantically breathless. On Friday evenings and special occasions, the magic of the shimmering ice is amplified by explosive fireworks. It’s the Niagara Parks Commission’s fireworks series and it’s the longest running fireworks series in Canada (www. niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-attractions/niagara-fallsfireworks). “Winter is the best time to be at Niagara Falls,” claims Chef Wiersma. Of the more than 12 million visitors that come to see Niagara Falls each year, very few of them come in the winter – pity. While the surrounding vineyards and orchards may be dormant in the winter months, Niagara Falls is anything but. If you’re looking for a weekend at the Falls this winter, here are a few good suggestions to make your stay a great one. With the purchase of a Niagara Parks Wonder Pass (www. niagaraparks.com), parking is free and so is the WeGo bus service. The WeGo bus runs from the Floral Showcase (with plenty of parking) down the Niagara River Parkway into Niagaraon-the-Lake and back again stopping off at many beautiful destinations such as the Laura Secord Homestead, McFarland House, the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and the Butterfly Conservatory. If you’re staying at one of the hotels with a magnificent front row view of the Falls, bundle up and head towards the Falls Incline Railway down to the Table Rock Welcome Centre. The new Falls Incline Railway takes you down the escarpment ridge in a warm, comfortable, civilized manner while offering up a spectacular view of Niagara Falls.


At the bottom of the escarpment, right in front of the Falls is the most beautiful skating rink in the world, the TD Rink at the Brink (of the Falls). Rent skates and helmets and have some fun during the day but it’s most spectacular at night when the area is illuminated. The lights sparkle all over everything from the ice beneath your skates to the ice surrounding Niagara Falls and every inch of frozen surface in between. It’s amazingly stunning. After a good skate, you’ll be ready for a warm cup of hot chocolate, coffee or better yet, a sip of some fine Niagara wine. Walk through the aqueduct-style passageway that leads into the Table Rock Welcome Centre. Inside you’ll find Elements on the Falls Restaurant. Look for a front row seat because here the water is the fastest, the rapids most violent and thunder the loudest. If you want a nibble, order the Apple Barge. It’s filo pastry with warm cinnamon apples drizzled with Icewine and topped with a bit of whipped cream. The desserts are created by Chef Wiersma who gets his inspiration from the wintery wonderland around him. If the Apple Barge is not available, try the yummy Icewine Fruit Tartlet and beware if he adds his own homemade raisins for they’re soaked in pure rum – yum! When you’re warm and fortified, walk (in the same building) down to the Journey Behind the Falls path. It takes you below and behind the falling water and you’ll find yourself standing right in the mist and spray of the falling water. Reach your hand out for you can almost touch it; it is exciting and thrilling in a frightening sort of way. After being thoroughly chilled, it’s time to warm up again. Niagara’s Fury is a short movie of the formation of Niagara Falls. It takes you back in time 10,000 years to follow the Falls from the mouth of Lake Ontario to where it is now. Niagara Falls is the fastest moving falls in the world, travelling at a whopping speed of 12-inches per year. Niagara’s Fury is a spectacular example of aerial photography over Niagara Falls and just good, wholesome entertainment. If you’re not ready to head outside yet, do a bit of shopping in the Table Rock Welcome Centre. On the second level is Pop & Lolly’s, a fun and interactive Candy Shop. There’s also

Canadian Treasures for Canadian Diamonds, Roots brand name wearables, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Kids Explor-it. Walking is the best way to see the Falls, so dress warmly and head north along the Niagara River with full views of the American side of Niagara Falls. Breath in the pure, pristine, cool winter air, it’s nothing short of invigorating. Take a left up Clifton Hill and hop on the Niagara SkyWheel. It towers 175 feet over the falls in heated pods for pure comfort. From here you get a great view of the river, falls and surrounding parklands covered in a white blanket of snowflakes and twinkling icicles. For Judy Honey who is visiting Niagara Falls in the heat of the summer, she’s sorry to miss it at it’s most glamorous and magical time. For everyone else who can take advantage of the winter beauty, here is more to see and do: Floral Showcase All dressed up for the Christmas holidays including a display of the Cullen Gardens miniatures. Queen Victoria Park New Year’s Eve Celebrations Celebrate Canada’s largest, free New Year’s Eve celebration with two spectacular fireworks displays (9 p.m. and midnight) Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights This year the Festival of Lights is all about Korea and the celebration of its culture with Korean ice sculptures, fire artists, Korean dancing and drumming troupes, Taekwondo, children’s face painting and lantern making demonstrations. For more information on how to make the best of a winter visit to Niagara Falls, go to www.niagaraparks.com www.niagarafallstourism.com www.niagaratourism.com www.visitniagaracanada.com Lynn Ogryzlo is a food, wine and travel writer, international award winning author and regular contributor to REV Publications. She can be reached for questions or comments at www.lynnogryzlo.com.

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(NC) PREP TIME: 20 minutes COOK TIME: 35 minutes

SAVOURY MUSHROOM STUFFED PORK TENDERLOIN

INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp vegetable oil, divided 8 oz fresh Mushrooms, finely chopped 1/4 cup Each finely diced red pepper and onion 1 tsp Each dried savory and sage leaves 1/2 tsp Each salt and pepper 4 tsp Dijon mustard 1 cup fresh whole wheat bread crumbs 2 pork tenderloin (about 1 lb each) METHOD In medium skillet heat oil over medium high heat; sauté mushrooms, red pepper, and onion, sauté 3-4 minutes or until moisture is released from mushrooms and evaporated. Add savory, sage, salt and pepper, sauté 1 minute; remove from heat and stir in mustard and breadcrumbs. Cut tenderloins almost in half lengthwise so it opens like a book; pound to flatten slightly. Spread and lightly pack stuffing down the centre of each, leaving 1”(2.5 cm) border around the edges. Fold long edges over stuffing overlapping as necessary, and fold in the narrow end; secure with skewers or string. In large skillet heat remaining oil over medium high heat, sear both sides of tenderloins, about 5 minutes. If skillet handles are not oven proof cover with foil

(NC)—Gingerbread is an iconic holiday treat enjoyed all over the world. So this year, why not update this favourite tradition with a beautiful gingerbread pie? Ingredients like molasses, brown sugar and nutmeg deliver festive flavours in every bite, and cute pastry gingerbread men add a whimsical and stylish final touch. More seasonal recipes are available at www.tenderflake.ca.

BAKE GINGERBREAD WITH A TWIST

INGREDIENTS: 2 Tenderflake frozen deep dish pie shells, defrosted 1 egg, lightly beaten 3/4 cup (150 mL) unsalted butter 3/4 cup (150 mL) brown sugar 3/4 cup (150 mL) whipping cream 1/4 cup (60 mL) molasses 3 egg yolks 1/4 cup (60 mL) cornstarch 1 tsp (5 mL) ginger 1/4 tsp (1 mL) nutmeg 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cloves 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt 1 1/4 cup (300 mL) milk 1/2 cup (125 mL) whipped topping White icing DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). 2. Bake one pie shell according to

or transfer pork to baking pan and place in 400ºF (200ºC) oven; roast for 20-25 minutes or until juices run clear or when an instant read thermometer reads 155ºF (75ºC). Let stand covered with foil for 5-10 minutes, remove skewers or string, slice and serve fanned out on serving plates. Drizzle with pan juices or apple drizzle (below) Makes 8 servings TIP 8 oz/250g mushrooms is about 3 cups finely chopped. Pork may be slightly pink inside when sliced; don’t overcook. VARIATION Add ¼ cup diced apple with the onion and red pepper, reduce mustard to 2 tsp APPLE DRIZZLE: In a small saucepan mix 1 cup (250 mL) apple juice with 1tbsp (15 mL) corn starch until smooth; bring to boil, stirring constantly and boil 1-2 minutes or until thickened and clear; stir in pan juices from the skillet. Drizzle over sliced tenderloin. For special occasions reduce apple juice to 3/4 cup (175 mL) and add ¼ cup (50 mL) calvados after it has thickened. For more holiday recipes visit www.mushrooms.ca

package directions. Remove the second pie shell from the foil pan and place on a lightly floured work surface. Using a 2” (5 cm) gingerbread man-shaped cookie cutter, cut 8-10 pieces and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Brush lightly with egg and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool. 3. Heat butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until bubbly. Whisk in cream and molasses and stir until it begins to simmer. 4. Whisk together egg yolks, cornstarch, spices and salt in a small bowl. Slowly add a small amount of the hot mixture into the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Add the egg mixture back into the hot cream mixture and continue to stir over medium heat until thickened and just starting to boil. 5. Pour the filling into the baked pie shell. Cover the surface with plastic wrap directly on the filling and chill until set, at least four hours. 6. Decorate the gingerbread man pastry shapes with icing. Arrange shapes on top with whipped topping just before serving.

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Niagara's newest lounge is now open! Street level in the heart of the Niagara Falls entertainment district, you will be in the centre of the action. Located in the Hilton Niagara Falls and connected to the Fallsview Casino, Spyce offers a sophisticated and lavish escape from life's hustle and bustle. With nightly entertainment and a full lounge menu, Spyce will be your perfect way to start, end, or enjoy your entire night! We'll see you there. Located in the Niagara Falls Hilton ¡ 6361 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, ON niagarafallshilton.com ¡ Across from the Fallsview Casino Resort 66


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