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February 28, 2013

Village readies for Lewiston Cocktail Festival

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Niagara Gazette — Parking will be available at each of the establishments, as well as on the street. The Village Bake Shoppe also has parking available for festival-goers.

Anyone who purchases a ticket will receive a commemorative feather and a passport book with information on all of the samplings the bars will be offering, as well as historical information about the cocktail and its Lewiston history.

That history has been important to DiBernardo since he flirted with the idea of the festival. Lewiston, in some circles, is believed to be the birthplace of the drink.Such claims stem from Hustler's Tavern, a drinking establishment owned by Catherine Hustler and her husband, Tom, on what is now Center Street before Lewiston was burned to the ground in 1813. It's said she hosted author James Fenimore Cooper, who wrote in his novel, "The Spy," that Betty Flannigan – a character he based on Hustler – plucked a tail feather from a rooster and used it to stir a drink.

There are stories of cocktail creation around the world, but Lewiston's claim is what's being celebrated Saturday. And with the help of nine members of the Marble Orchard Players, the history will come alive as actors travel from bar to bar to make their presence known.

For more on the festival, go online to www.lewistoncocktailfestival.com. The website has a full list of participating bars and restaurants. It is an all-ages event with non-alcoholic drinks also available.

Editor's Note: Reporter Timothy Chipp is a member of the Marble Orchard Players and portrays Cooper. He will participate in Saturday's festival along with the rest of the cast.

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