Archive for February, 2009



Stop by your local wineries this weekend March 7 and 8th and join in on the fun looking for who dunnit. For $20 you get a wine glass, tastings and also clues to find out the solution to the mystery. Stop at each place for a clue.

Participating wineries are: Eveningside Vineyards, Leonard Oakes Estate, Vizcarra Vineyards, Niagara Landing, Winery at Marjim Manor, Schulze Vineyards & Winery, Honeymoon Trail Winery, Freedom Run, Warm Lake Estate and Arrowhead Spring Vineyards


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     The new calendar for the 150th Year Anniversary will be available at the opening event for the Village . The calendar with historic pictures will run from March 2009 until February 2010. It’s full of Middleport Pictures-old and new, as well as historical facts about the Village courtesy of Middleport’s Historian Anna Wallace.

   Sesquicentennial events begin with an official opening ceremony on March 28,  Light refreshments will be served at the Middleport Fire Hall at 7 p.m. If anyone or organization would like to help with refreshments please contact Mayor Julie Maedl.

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 Stop by the Brickyard Pub& BBQ on Mondays from Feb 16th to March 23 from 7-10pm. It is located at 432 Center St in Lewiston. The 10th Season of Toast and Jam was recently announced by the Lewiston Council on the Arts.

  Singer/Songwriter Dale Campbell hosts this six week series of open mic, entertainment which welcomes singers, dancers, musicians,poets, actors,comics and performance artists of all ages . Here you can enjoy your moment in the spotlight in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

  This event is filmed and broadcast on LCTV throughout the year. For information, call Lewiston Council on Arts (716) 754-0166. The event is sponsored by the Brickyard and LCTV.


Dale Campbell-Host of Toast and Jam

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A friend sent me the link to this website about the history of Niagara Falls. If you are a resident or former resident( like me) or just an interested visitor- it’s packed with history and wonderful photos.

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 Janet Lyndaker, Exe. Bd. announced the new Honorary Fund Drive Chairpersons for 2009. They are April Serianna and Crystal Buchan.
 MATBC is delighted to have Alternative Grounds Caffe as our 2009 Honorary Fund Drive Chairpersons for the Middleport Area Tourism and Beautification Committee Annual February Fund Drive.
This drive provides the funds for the committee to continue its work improving the village in whatever way it sees a need.  If you have any projects or suggestions you would like us to explore, please send us a note @ P. O. Box 63, Middleport, New York 14105.

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Niagara Wine Trail

  Spend the weekend with your sweetheart or your favorite wine pal and sample chocolates paired with wine at each winery. Ticket includes a wine tasting at each winery, a commemorative wine glass and chocolates at each winery.


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             Winter is winding down slowly and the grass is peeking through. It was windy and cold on Saturday but it was a great day to Wine about Winter in Medina.  Organized by Cindy Robinson with members of the Niagara Wine Trail ,the day started at the Chamber Office . We paid 10$, received our wine glasses and our map of historic downtown Medina. Each shop that was participating had balloons out front and you walked the area up and down Main St to shop and try different wines.

   We tried Ruby wine from Schultze Vineyards and Winery on Coomer Rd. Ann Schultze was showing her wines in Blissets with some lovely formal dresses. It was wine taster and shoppers dream come true, with me being the taster and my mother being the shopper in the family.
        My Mother Betty came along on the wine tasting trail with me and we were delighted to meet up with the owner of a winery that we did not know, Schwenk Wine Cellars. I was informed this is the only winery on the WNY Country Barn Quilt Trail, they are located in Kent NY. Owner Cathy Schwenk talked to us about their wines and we tasted Santa’s Secret . It was one of my favorites, and the quaint Whole Nine Yards Fabric store was playing Dean Martin music in the background, I could have stayed all day and I don’t even sew.
    For more information you can check out  www.countrybarnquilttrail.com
The Book Shoppe held warm wines from Vizcarra Vineyards in Gasport at Becker Farms.  Leonard Oakes had their wines at two different locations so it was a treat to stop and try theirs at two places.
  The Wine about Winter was a different way to try wines, not like in a winery setting but I enjoyed it and was reminded that Medina holds lots of great shopping  plus desserts at the Shirt Factory Cafe looked really good !
  We met some visitors from Bergen NY while waiting to go inside to sign up, who said waiting in line isn’t fun?
 Left to right, Michele Smith, Joan Mitchell and Rachael Millspaugh. Waiting in line to Wine about Winter..

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