Teaser 1
Did you know that 2016 SAVE/VA Canada conference attendees will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Marilyn Monroe?  The President’s Reception on Sunday night will be in the Rainbow Room of the Crowne Plaza Fallsview, which is part of our conference hotel complex. Not only can you enjoy spectacular views of Niagara Falls, but you have a chance to savour some history. This is a historic property that dates back more than 80 years.  Originally named the General Brock Hotel, planning began in 1927 with construction taking just over half a year to complete, at the time, establishing a record for this particular type of construction. Built at a cost of $1.5 million dollars the Brock Plaza boasted 260 guestrooms, and featured a roof garden, fireproof construction and a large Grand ballroom.  As Niagara’s first luxury hotel, it has long been a favourite of Hollywood elite and royalty. Since it’s opening, the Crowne Plaza has hosted many notable guests throughout history including Walt Disney, Shirley Temple, Jimmy Stewart, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth, and perhaps the most famous guest, Marilyn Monroe, who made the Crowne her home while filming the movie “Niagara”. In recent years the Crowne Plaza has been graced with appearances from Sylvester Stallone, Matt Dillon, Bruce Willis, and Jackie Chan. The Crowne Plaza has even appeared on film, the ending of “A whole nine yards” starring Matthew Perry was filmed on the balcony terrace on the 11th floor.
A lesser known fact is that there is another favourite hideaway of Marilyn Monroe’s in Niagara a short drive away from the conference hotel in St. Davids.  This unassuming property started life as the first government owned grist mill more than 200 years ago.  By the 1950’s it had been converted to a quaint inn and now is a private residence.  It is unknown exactly how Ms. Monroe found the inn or why she came back so frequently.  Rumours are she may have even been accompanied by a US President. 
Teaser 2


When you mention Tesla these days many people think of the high-end electric cars produced by Tesla Motors. However, these cars are actually named after famous engineer, physicist and inventor Nikola Tesla (see  Picture of new statue) and there is an important connection between Nikola Tesla and Niagara Falls. Most electric cars run on Direct Current (DC) power, but like its namesake the Tesla runs on Alternating Current (AC) as Nikola Tesla is famous for the Alternating Current induction motor that led to the ultimate wide-spread distribution of Alternating Current power to our homes. It was after Tesla was brought to Niagara Falls that he got involved in the competition for the best way to harness the power from the Falls, which ultimately led to the first AC generating system at the falls. While you are at the 2016 SAVE/VA Canada conference in Niagara Falls it is a short walk down the street to see a statue of Nikola Tesla and part of an AC induction device.
Teaser 3
People who were at the 2012 SAVE Conference in Orlando Florida will remember a keynote about renovations to the White House in Washington, DC. What they may also remember was that as part of the renovations there were certain burn marks on the exterior that had to be preserved. Did you know that those burn marks have a connection to Niagara? During the War of 1812 American forces occupied territory for a time on both sides of the Niagara River, during a retreat late in 1813 American forces burned the village of Newark (now part of Niagara-on-the-Lake), this led to burning of other villages in the area by both sides over the following months. Ultimately this culminated in a group of British soldiers and Niagara militia heading south to burn the White House in August of 1814. Luckily this was the culmination of these escalating tactics between the two sides and the war ended only a few months later. In the end General McClure who had initially ordered the burning of Newark was relieved of his command and dismissed from the US Army. You can learn more about the war of 1812 and the burning of Niagara during your visit to the 2016 SAVE/VA Canada conference in Niagara Falls – but please leave your matches at home…
Teaser 4
Do you know the function of a Butter Tart?

While scoping out the 2016 Conference location past SAVE Conference Director Rick Johnson was introduced to his first butter tart by Value Analysis Canada immediate past-President and current Conference Director Mike Pearsall.  If you haven’t experienced one, a butter tart is a hand-sized pie-like pastry filled with a sweet gooey mixture with a hint of maple flavour.  They get the butter in their name from the fact that adding butter to the sugary mixture while cooking it causes it to froth up and form the desired top crust.  Butter tarts are a Canadian delicacy that many shops and restaurants pride themselves in making one that is the best.  If you want to start a lively discussion between aficionados ask them whether their tarts should include raisins or pecans or ‘gasp!’ both.
Oh, and if you are still wondering about the function of a butter tart – while at the conference look up Mike or Rick and ask one of them…

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