Join Niagara Parks to Celebrate Earth Day: Saturday, April 20, 2013
In celebration of Earth Day, The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) will host a number of events on Saturday, April 20, to encourage a greater appreciation of nature and our environmental surroundings. Join us and take part in the following programs:
4th Annual Friends of the Niagara Glen Earth Day Event Niagara Glen Nature Centre 3050 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Friends of the Niagara Glen invite everyone to gather at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre for free guided tours of the Glen, home to Ontario’s
greatest concentration of Species at Risk. Tree plantings, geocaching demonstrations and a photo scavenger hunt will also be offered. The Friends Group and their partners will also be showcasing various displays and educational materials about their conservation efforts. Those planning to spend the day are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch, refillable water bottles and appropriate footwear for rugged terrain.
NPC will also be offering free mulch for pick-up in the Niagara Glen parking lot. Please bring your own shovel and bags.
“Capture the Moment” Photography Workshop with Teresa Forte Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, Butterfly Conservatory Classroom 2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Looking to stay overnight? Call us at 1-866-226-4730 or visit our website at: www.niagaracottage.com
Palette Knife with Oils Workshop
Led by Anne Reimer
Saturday, May 4 at RiverBrink Art Museum
Following a successful series of artist’s demonstrations over the fall and winter, RiverBrink is pleased to announce the second of its artist’s workshops. Under the tutelage of noted painter Anne Reimer, participants will create their own autumn landscape painting, using the techniques taught in the workshop.
Anne Reimer will conduct a mini-workshop in palette knife application of oil paint. In this “beginner” workshop, students will create their own fall landscape while learning the principles of colour and design. Anne invites you to learn the many ways you can use the palette knife, sometimes working with a full blade or with the tip to create the texture you desire. Although it would be beneficial to have some knowledge of oil paint, beginners to this medium are welcome to join the class.
Anne is known for her intuitive sense of colour, and her love and understanding of nature. Her inspirations come from the beauty of area scenes and travels, depicting barns, mills, and capturing still life from her garden. The Niagara Region offers her this wealth of resources.
Anne was born in Paraguay, South America, and immigrated to Canada in 1955 at the age of 16. Her art training from Art Instruction Schools Home Study Course has helped her gain much understanding of the fundamentals of art. Feeling a deep love for fine art, she has been inspired to perfect her technique in oil, watercolour, and mixed media.
|Date||Saturday, May 4.|
|Time:||10:30 am to 2:30 pm (half hour lunch break in between)Please bring a bagged lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided.|
|Cost:||$45.00 ($25 fees and $20 for materials: includes stretched canvas, 11” x 14”; oil paint and palette knife).|
|Class size:||10 students|
To register please contact RiverBrink by phone 905-262-4510 or by email to manager@riverbrink.
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Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Grove Music Festival Gets Phoenix, Hot Chip, Girl Talk, Earl Sweatshirt
News Mar 04 2013
Early bird and VIP tickets go on sale tomorrow (March 5) at 10 a.m. local time. These will be available while quantities last, although any available early bird tickets will go off the market on Thursday morning (March 7).
Get more information over at The GroveFest.com.
Angel Inn movie premieres at Shaw Festival
By John Law, Niagara Falls Review
Kirk Schriefer is photographed inside of the Angel Inn where he based a film he recently completed on Jan. 22, 2013. Schriefer will be holding a screening of the film at Shaw Festival Theatre on Thurs. Jan 31, 2013. Julie Jocsak/ St. Catharines Standard/QMI Agency
It’s the movie a whole lot of meat pies paid for. Some rhubarb and lemon meringue too.
When transplanted Los Angeles moviemaker Kirk Schriefer wanted to get behind the camera again, the Virgil pastry shop he owns with wife Ruth Anne made it possible. Rather, the friends and customers they’ve made these past ten years did.
To fund the flick, he offered shares in their popular bakery, The Pie Plate. More than two dozen customers snatched them up, helping him raise $20,000 to make his indie drama The Angel Inn.
Yes, that Angel Inn. The one in Niagara-on-the-Lake which was perfect for his tale of three friends reconnecting after a tragedy when they co-inherit a pub.
The Olde Angel Inn, established in 1789 and rebuilt in 1816, is among the oldest pubs in Canada. It once served soldiers during the War of 1812, but in the summer of 2010, it hosted Schriefer and a crew of volunteer film students from Humber College . Starring Daniel Kelly, Carla Albi and Matthew Gonzales, the movie has its gala premiere at the Shaw Festival Jan. 31.
“It’s very photogenic, the inside of the Angel Inn,” says Schriefer. “All the wood, pillars and low ceilings. I wanted to shoot in there but didn’t want to go through the effort of masking over all the Angel Inn signs to call it Bob’s Pub or something.”
“So I said (to the owner) ‘Can I just call it the Angel Inn in the script?’ He said, ‘Ya, sure.’”
When the owner died, just before filming was to start, Schriefer had to ask for permission again to film inside the historic pub. He got the green light a second time.
The community spirit continued during filming. When Schriefer lamented he didn’t have a crane to get some shots, a friend didn’t just suggest a cherry picker, he cut him a $400 check to rent one for the day.
Even with all the generosity, the film’s budget quickly vanished. By the time he wrapped filming, there was nothing left for post-production. The film languished for a couple years.
“I was upset how long it was taking,” he says. “I thought at the time we had done the hardest part – shooting. I’ve come to learn since that it’s not the hardest part!”
“Every step of the way is as hard as the previous step. Nothing’s easy about making a movie.”
Now that it’s finished (with help from a Gemini-winning editor), he’s thrilled to see it screened at the Shaw Festival, of all places.
“It’s a huge, really classy theatre, and they have this huge screen set up for their film series during the winter. It’s going to be awesome.”
After its premiere, The Angel Inn will be shopped around to various film festivals, hopefully getting Schriefer closer to his next film – a comedy about a middle-aged mother who joins her son’s band.
”The best thing that could happen here is if I get the second movie made.”
- WHAT: The Angel Inn movie premiere
- WHERE: The Shaw Festival, 10 Queen’s Parade
- WHEN: Jan. 31, 7 p.m.
- TICKETS: $40. 905-933-7804 or www.angelinnthemovie.com
Who’s looking forward to toasting our Icewine Marshmallows during the annual Icewine Festival this year? Almost a week away! Check out all of Peller Estates’ Icewine activities:
MORE WAYS TO USHER IN THE NEW YEAR!!
There will be plenty of ways to welcome the start of 2013. Whether it’s New Year’s Eve events you’re looking for or a new tradition for New Year’s Day, Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding areas have you covered. Here’s a rundown on what you can do to welcome the new year:
• Party the night away at the old courthouse downtown with the St. Andrew’s Society. The New Year’s Eve Ball will feature live music by the 5th Avenue Dance Band, a gourmet dinner and a bagpiper ringing in the new year around the cenotaph/clock tower on Queen Street at midnight.
Organizer Margaret Middleton said the event is always a fun time and is open to the whole community. The evening starts with cocktails at 7:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 8:30. The meal includes appetizers, leek and potato soup with aged cheddar and two choices of mains, wine-braised boneless short ribs or pan-roasted filet of salmon with wild forest mushroom cream. Dessert is included. There will be a cash bar for the evening and the dress code is formal, men can wear suits, tuxedos or kilts. Tickets are $90 per person and must be purchased in advance.
For tickets contact Middleton at 905-468-1539 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Niagara Falls will be playing host to one of the largest New Year’s Eve parties in the country with thousands of people heading down to the brink of the world-famous falls to welcome the new year. Live performances for the Dec. 31 event include Dragonette, Hedley and Nelly Furtado.
The free show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in Queen Victoria Park. Presented by the Niagara Parks Commission and Entertainment Tonight (ET) Canada, the event will air live on TV for those preferring to stay at home. The evening also includes two fireworks display. For full details visit www.niagaraparks.com/nye.
• On Jan. 1, 2013 the Royal Canadian Legion General Nelles br. 124 will once again host its annual New Year’s Day Levee to welcome the new year. The whole community is invited out to reflect back on the year that just passed and to toast the year to come. The event will run from 1-4 p.m. at the Legion hall at 410 King St. There will be light food and refreshments available.
• When all of the partying is said and done, don’t forget to hold on to those extra bottles. The Newark Squadron 809 Air Cadets will once again be conducting a holiday bottle collection drive. On Jan. 5 the cadets will conduct door-to-door pick-ups of bottles in Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Old Town, Garrison Village, Queenston, St. Davids and Virgil. The pick-ups will take place between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Those who prefer to drop off their bottles can do so at Van Noort Greenhouses, 2069 Creed Rd., at the corner of Hunter Rd. on Jan. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call us for your accommodation needs at: 1-866-226-4730
Niagara on the Lake Cottage Rental feels very blessed to have so many wonderful friends and family. This year, was great meeting and hosting so many incredible new guests at our cottage rental. Thank you for being a part of my life and I look forward to a great 2013!! Cheers, Maria
Call us at 1-866-226-4730 to make a reservation over the Christmas Season.
Peller Estates It’s back and cooler than ever…Intense Ice wine Weekend January 19 & 20, 2012
Winemaker<http://www.peller.com/cms/peller/buy-wine/winemaker.html> Katie Dickieson has a really cool job?literally. Are you tough enough to live the life of our winemaker during Icewine harvest?
Over a weekend can you: Brave sub-zero temperatures in our Icewine vineyards? Taste over 25 wines? Tend an acre of Icewine vines? Eat and sip through 16 courses?
Peller Estates’ Intense Icewine Weekend: A Boot Camp for Bon Vivants gives guests the opportunity to experience all of these activities and more. Join Winemaker<http://www.peller.com/cms/peller/buy-wine/winemaker.html> Katie Dickieson and<http://www.peller.com/cms/peller/restaurant/chef-jason-parsons.html>
Chef Jason Parsons for an intimate, non-stop journey through the exclusive world of Icewinemaking.
Check out the<http://www.peller.com/cms/peller/visit-our-winery/intense-icewine-weekend.html> full itinerary of the weekend! Price is $550 per person, $895 per couple, exclusive of taxes and gratuities (includes accommodation at White Oaks Resort & Spa, transportation in Niagara-on-the-Lake, 2 lunches, 1 dinner and an exceptionally memorable Icewine weekend.)