8/21/2009

Int. Thunderbird Convention

Posted by MJ

 
Image - Ford T-bird East Side Buffalo
  
 Image - Ford T-bird at Buffalo St. Patrick's Day Parade
Keep your eyes open for a massive flock of Ford Thunderbirds around the area the next few days (this weekend thru the 30th.) International Thunderbird Club Convention is being held in the city this year (headquartered at the Holiday Inn) and they will be visiting local WNY attractions throughout the week. I plan on seeking some out for photo ops.
LUSJ article here
I hope they enjoy visiting here as much as I enjoy living here. ;) 

8/15/2009

Taste of Lockport Tomorrow

Posted by MJ

The 9th annual Taste of Lockport (Official Site) is tomorrow Aug 16th at Ida Fritz Park. There are 33 vendors including restaurants and 8 wineries with 10 new vendors present this year. Sales are on a cash basis (bring lots of dollar bills) with no tickets needed.

The LUSJ and Buffalo News have a few articals on it:

TASTE: Garlock’s Restaurant has deep roots in the City of Lockport
TASTE OF LOCKPORT: Awards to be given to the best in several categories
TASTE: 2009 Taste of Lockport will feature new vendors, more wineries
In ninth year, festival has grown in size, popularity 


Last Years  Winners:

People's Choice Award
Cammarata's Restaurant
Best Appetizer
The Basket Factory
Best Sandwich
Cammarata's Restaurant
Best Entree
Mrs. Ribs
Best Dessert
Thaxton's Restaurant

Last year we had some kind of rueben egg roll. If anyone remembers who was offering it, please let us know!


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8/05/2009

Palace Theater Movies.

Posted by MJ

A thank you to LockportGal for the comment giving the heads up for the current movie lineup at The Palace

UP
ANGELS & DEMONS
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: Battle of the Smithsonian
THE PROPOSAL
ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS
TRANSFORMERS:REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
G-FORCE
MY SISTER’S KEEPER
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE
JULIE & JULIA
ALIENS in the ATTIC
G.I. JOE THE RISE OF COBRA

All shows are $5 and run in various blocks up until the beginning of September.

8/02/2009

No retraction here...

Posted by Black Phillip

It looks like my opinions over the downtown wine shop will stand as is...

Questions raised over wine store - US&J

Important quotes for the skimmers out there:

“I have no desire to help bring people to this town any more,” Martin said. “I think the mayor made the biggest tactical error ever by screwing with me. I will never, ever, lift a finger for the city again, that’s my bottom line.”

and

Bittner said her business will be different from the one Beautiful Visions proposed in several regards. Theirs was a cooperative and hers is to be controlled solely by The Winery At Marjim Manor. Theirs envisioned making shelf space available to all Trail wineries to display as little or as much product as they wanted. Hers will invite Trail wineries to showcase one or two products a month based on themes. Both incorporated local, packaged product displays and a local tourism-promotion component, but Bittner said she intends to create event and education centers as well.

And the Mayor seems to be guilty of trying to get something, ANYTHING into canal street at any cost.

So what's the end result?

  • Pissed off a well respected local busnessman and property owner downtown who was known for their charitable work, to the point that they have pulled back from the City and the County, and might just move somewhere else.
  • Allowed Margo Bitner to take the idea and distort it to the point that the winery will be all about her, and in order to make it seem like she's playing nice she's allowing one winery a month to sell one or two wines.

Good job!

I just hope Martin reconsideres his decision to pull out of the area. He just got screwed over by a greedy busnesswoman, and the mayor was just too willing to turn around and give full support for someone else with the same project.

-Erik.