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Aquarium Fundraiser Sept. 19 To Celebrate Grape Harvest

From the Convention & Event Center in beautiful downtown Niagara Falls, the Aquarium of Niagara will present its annual Winds, Waves & Wines, XIV on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Billed as a harvest celebration of the grape, it is the Aquarium’s premier fundraising event of the year.

While the fruiting berry can be eaten raw or used for making raisins, jam, juice, jelly and grape seed oil, at this event the emphasis will be on the results after the fermentation of the clustering berry, which for at least the last 8,000 years, has been known to grow on deciduous woody vines.

After harvesting, a fermenting process converts grape juice into a beverage known for its crisp taste, its healthful, hygienic properties, its effect on promoting sodality, mirth and laughter, and it ability to make people seem less tedious and food less bland.

It is generally sipped and tasted and known as winam, or vinum, as it comes from the vine.

Local wineries will provide a continuous supply of it.

Gust of Sun, Black Willow, Chateau Niagara, Dr. Frank’s, Long Cliff, Merritt Estate, Midnight Run Wine Cellar, Niagara Landing, Standing Stone Wines, Vetters Vineyard, Victorianbourg Estates, and Willow Creek Vineyard have their products for the enjoyment of the guests.

There will also be gaiety, merriment and dancing as the Aquarium of Niagara will be presenting the music of the Rod Nickson Project.

For the harvest supper, there will be culinary delights from the Conference & Event Center, Four Points by Sheraton, Just Say Cheesecake, Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Niagara Honeymoon Sweets, Quality Hotel & Suites, Starbucks/Niagara and Webster’s Bistro & Bar.

Aaron Mentkowski of WKBW Channel 7 will be the host.

M&T Bank will be the grand marque sponsor which means they made a substantial contribution to the support of the event.

Deejay Pat Proctor will play music in the courtyard. A silent auction is planned with prizes donated by Whitenight’s Jewelers, Art Effects Glass, Fichte, Endl & Elmer Eye Care, and WELCOME magazine.

Tickets are $55 each or $100 a couple. They can be purchased in advance or at the door.

For more info call 285-3575, Ext. 204.

The Aquarium of Niagara is a not for profit and requires support from the community to survive. It boasts dozens of exhibits with 300 plus specimens and more than 100 species of aquamarine life.



Niagara Falls Reporter - Publisher Frank Parlato Jr. www.niagarafallsreporter.com

SEP 10, 2013