Niagara, Here We Come!

Next weekend Jay and I will be touring the Falls area with artist friends Rose and Jim Gauss and Patrick the Bootlegger: catching some awesome fireworks over the Falls in Victoria Park, tasting some wine (at more than one vineyard, I’m sure) and ending the trip with a stroll through the Grand Canadian Steam Punk Exposition! Patrick has some surprises in store for us, I hear. One of them is “sticking us on the Maid of the Mist” and a walk out onto the bridge where locals tried desperately to rescue Burrell Hecock. If I have the courage to look down, I’ll try to pry my fingers off the railing long enough to take some photos of the river below. Yes, I’m afraid of heights. (But my husband is afraid of widths, so we make a good team.) During the visit, I hope to run into Dan Hill, grandson of the renowned stuntman/riverman Red Hill. Should be a hoot!

In the mean time, take a gander at my latest (but not quite finished) character poster: Jules McLaughlin, Voice of the Falls. She will be my fictional newspaper reporter who just happens to be there to do a feature on Ice Bridge Fashion Wear. I think she finds out that Grappling Irons are the latest must-have accessory.

Jules poster


The Bootlegger Shanty

Patrick Sirianni is a bootlegger/ vendor on the Ice Bridge who peddles giggle water (alcoholic drinks), quilts (alcoholic drinks that warm you up) and a Jorum of Skee (shot of whiskey). He calls his shanty “Blotto on the Bridge”, which means to get drunk as a skunk on the frozen river.

(For those of you who are taking me seriously, Patrick is a great guy from Niagara who has been helping me find photos and historical facts, as well as outlets to sell the book. He has my sincerest gratitude, which I demonstrate by Steam Punking him!)

Don’t forget: if you would like to give “Hecock, The Last Hour” as a gift for Christmas, you can order it on the blog on the Books & Goods page, along with posters and pins.

Sirianni the Bootlegger