RICHARD HUTTON/Niagara This Week
NIAGARA FALLS – Polish off those loonies because Dollar Day at museums in and around Clifton Hill is here again.
And as it turns out, residents are already chomping at the bit, one of the women organizing the Jan. 13 event says.
“The phone has already been ringing. People are calling wanting to know the date,” Rosemary Croteau, who handles publicity and is the right hand for organizer Nancy Clayton.
Now in it’s 25th year, the event allows Niagara Falls residents entry to a selection of Clifton Hill museums and attractions for $1. All proceeds will go to Cystic Fibrosis Canada to be used toward research into the fatal disease.
“The life expectancy for children is getting higher but half of those children will not reach the median life expectancy (35 years of age), Clayton said.
The disease touched her family and Clayton serves as vice-President of the Niagara chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
She came up with the idea for the event more than two decades ago and the first Dollar Day began 1989 with a handful of attractions participating.
“There were four or five,” Clayton said. “I was a young woman when it started.”
The roster of participating museums rose to 14 by last year’s event which raised about $17,000 for CFC.
This year’s event will feature 15 attractions, including the debut of the Upside Down House, located on a side street just off of Clifton Hill behind Burger King. Other attractions participating in this year’s event include Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium, Ripley’s Moving Theatre, Guiness Wold Records Museum, Lego Brick City, Rock Legends Wax Museum, Crystal Cave Mirror Maze, Criminals Hall of Fame, The Haunted House, The Fun House, The House of Frankenstein, Bronto’s Adventure Playland, The Mystery Maze, Ghost Blasters Dark Ride and the Sponge Bob Square Pants 4D Ride. Additionally, Beaver Tails will be serving up mini versions of iconic Canadian treat for just $1.
“Sally Peck at the Guiness museum has been an ardent supporter,” Clayton said. She works behind the scenes to get the museums onboard. She’s my silent partner.”
She added that all the managers of the museums — Tim Parker (Ripley’s), Don Lombardi (Criminals Hall of Fame), Dino DiCenzo (Sponge Bob), Harry Oakes (Ghostblaster), Ian Paul (Frankenstein, Crystal Caves), Nick Ramunno (Rock Legends), Charlie Burland (Lego, Bronto’s, Fun House, Haunted House and Mystery Maze) and Marek Cyran (Upside Down House) — have all been supportive.
Cystic Fibrosis is fatal, inherited disease, affecting the lungs and digestive system. In the lungs, CF results in increasingly severe respiratory problems. There is no cure.
Dollar Day is open to Niagara Falls residents only. Dollar admission hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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