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Help! There is a Megalomaniac loose in the cellar!!

This past Sunday was about as good as it gets...gardening, pancakes, church, friends to play with, friends who came to visit - a charming, intelligent adult and one great kid, wine tasting and cellar party at Megalomaniac, kids playing at Nataschia's, followed by a wine tasting and and impromptu bbq at the Wielinks. It is days like this that drive my passion to bring you the best of Niagara - I want you all to have perfect days like that and enjoy everything this beautiful region has to offer.

The Niagara things I got to enjoy, that you should try......ice syrup on your pancakes - buy it at Ravine Winery, hanging out with the gracious folks at Niagara Convention and Civic Centre, led by the awesome Kerry Painter and the company is made even better by the great wine at Megalomaniac - my fave is the 2007 Merlot... overseen by the incomparable John Howard. I told Kerry when I grow up I want to be John Howard - she thought I was odd, then she met him and she understands - gracious, helpful and supportive of everyone else - he's an example of how people create community. A real pleasure to be around.

Then, the best photographer I know,  who happens to have this great, awesome family (maybe because she is so great and awesome!) Miss Nataschia's lovely family was watching the wee ones, and as we scooted over to pick them up - she greeted us with a glass of wine and then her amazingly nice husband Mike decided there were enough hamburgers, we should all stay for the bbq - and viola - the perfect Sunday was completed.

We confess, on the way home we scooted over to Toute Sweet for a little ice cream goodness.. After a bath and a bedtime story, Stacy and I chatted and we agreed - awesome day all around.

So call, or write and let's create your own perfect day in Niagara - all of these products and people have done corporate events with me - and you will fall in love with them just like I did, I promise!

These are the people in our neighbourhood…

Last Sunday it came to me in one of those Oprah AHA moments (it might have actually been my first aha moment!) that what juices me up is having these visitors (you!) come into our neighbourhoods and experience a destination the way we can as locals. That creates a bond, a sense of belonging, so that you can take an ordinary experience, a conference or meeting - and elevate it to something that changes your day, your week or your life - by trying something new, seeing something new - or more typically - meeting someone new. At the end, it's the people that make the community - and I want you to meet people like MIchele Bosc at Chateau des Charmes, Karen and Jamie at the Ice House, Paul at Ravine or Sheila at Double Decker - or even our own famous lady, Ruby (who will no doubt, soon have her own website!) - these are great folks who will extend hospitality and work with you to ensure your event needs are met - and create a sense of community when they do it.

Although you will hear me raving about some of the fabulous people in our community, we have to keep our loyalty to the needs of the client - and because the variety of options is so vast, the only way to discern the best recommended options is based on the objectives of the event and what each venue or service can reasonably provide. That means being objective - so while we rave, and we do really love our community - fitting a square peg into a round hole will not create any fans for Niagara - we need to have proper fit.

So while musing these, we have a weekend planned to go see a few new places that have popped up - and a few places that are not so new, but we haven't seen in person yet - so look for our blog next week on our ever expanding community and a few cool spots around Niagara.

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