Niagara Gazette — According to tentative agreements, the festival will feature a pre-paid brochure with stamp squares available to indicate where patrons have attended among participating restaurants and bars. The booklets will also provide historical information about the
Many of the participating bars will be offering trial-sized cocktails for free with the booklet, allowing each location to offer tastes of their offerings.
Small samples would also allow the participating members to sell their full courses and drink menus to new patrons, should they choose to stay longer.
Members of the arts council felt a few other suggestions could liven the festival up. The council believes it has worked hard to bring Catherine Hustler into local fame through its Marble Orchard Ghost Walks, held each fall in the village, and that a little pageantry might be in order during the festival.
"There needs to be some sort of experience," Eva Nicklas, artistic director for the arts council, said. "Otherwise, this is just a pub crawl. Maybe Catherine could make an appearance, or maybe all of the cocktails should come with a feather for stirring like the original. Also, Lewiston is a community which prides itself in its historical significance, but there are no bars or restaurants that have their employees in period clothing. But there needs to be something."
Meanwhile, Historical Association President Bruce Sutherland said he's excited to assist in the project and will do whatever he can to make it successful.
"I think it fits in real well," he said. "The cocktail is part of our history. It's a perfect fit. It's something we can do in the winter months. It can certainly be a positive for the community and the businesses in the community."