Niagara Gazette — If there’s one thing that can’t be disputed about Niagara Falls comedian Ernie Bivins, it’s that he is always thinking of ways he can make a difference in his community.
Whether it’s fashion shows for cancer, bringing famous comedians like Mike Epps into the city to speak with kids about bullying, or just donating money from his shows, Bivins is always finding a way to make his hometown a better place. This weekend, he’s bringing charity together with history and good times at his “Weekend at Ernie’s” party at the Echo Mansion.
“Day parties are what’s happening right now,” Bivins said while visiting the historic home. “It is an opportunity for adults to have a chance to get away from the nightlife and enjoy the daytime.”
Bivins described the event as a festival complete with food, games, sports, live music and of course, live comedy. In pairing up with the Echo Club, the event will also offer $20 tours of the home that was originally constructed by Thomas Vincent Welch in the late 1800’s.
The home, which had functioned as a Polish club for much of the twentieth century, has been restored and completely filled with antiques appropriate to the time period it was built in. The Echo is four stories including the basement which comes complete with a jail cell and an old-style bar. $20 tours will be offered during the party.
“I have lived in Niagara Falls my whole life and never stepped inside (the Echo) until I did a show there, I was amazed,” Bivins said. “There is so much history there, I love it. Everyone should see this place. I know I can do some great stuff here.”
Echo Mansion owner Deborah Sirianni reopened the club recently after three years of renovations. She says she’s excited to work with Bivins to let people know all the things happening at the mansion and also to put on a unique event for the community.