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Monday, June 1, 2015

Holy smokes, Batman . . . Heritage Weekend, Munro festival . . .

   One-Tank Trip for May 30/15

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Pop culture is about to take over Niagara Falls as “The Hoff” and a star-studded lineup of iconic vehicles highlight Comic Con.
   And, for culture of a different kind, there’s Heritage Weekend in Stratford, the Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story in Huron County and doors are opening for sports milestones in Oxford.

   Don’t ‘hassel the Hoff’
David Hasselhoff and K.I.T.T. from the Knight Rider TV series will be at Comic Con in Niagara Falls.
   A headliner at Comic Con Niagara Falls from June 5 to 7 is David Hasselhoff, actor, singer and producer who played Michael Knight in TV’s Knight Rider and Mitch Buchannon in Baywatch.
   He will be accompanied by K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Two Thousand), an “artificially intelligent electronic computer module in the body of a highly advanced, very mobile, robotic 1982 Pontiac Trans Am” featured in the show.
   Also look for Dukes of Hazzard pinup queen “Daisy Duke,” played by Catharine Bach with a replica of the iconic General Lee car.
Holy smokes Batman, the 1966 Batcopter from the TV series will be at Comic Con.
   And “holy smokes Batman,” the show includes the 1966 Batcopter and Batcyle from the TV series.
   There’s also Mad Max Interceptor, the iconic evil-looking black police car from the Mad Max film series.
   “We feature a star-studded line up, cosplayers, memorabilia, movie screenings, workshops, comic books and more,” said Chris Dabrowski, show manager.
Thousands of fans will fill the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls for Comic Con.
   Among the celebrities will be Alfonso Ribeiro (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air); Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars); Linda Blair (The Exorcist); Cassandra Peterson (Elvira); John de Lancie (Star Trek); Manu Bennett (Arrow); Robert Davi and Joe Pantoliano (The Goonies Fratelli Reunion); Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead); and wrestler the Iron Sheik.
   Joining the lineup is Ryan Hurst known as Harry "Opie" Winston from FX TV’s Sons of Anarchy.
   New is the Falls Horror Fest with exhibits, movie props, workshops, celebrities, costumes and question sessions and 30 coin-operated 1980’s arcade games.
   Comic book fans will find an expanded offering with more than 85 featured artists and independent publishers.
   It’s at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, ON. Tickets are from $25, online at nfcomiccon.com and at the door.

   Remembering 1945
   Stratford’s Heritage Weekend, June 6 and 7, features Reflections of 1945, a commemoration of 70 years since the end of the Second World War.
   Events will reflect life at that time in Stratford and around the world.
Second World War stories will be featured at 12 sites including the Stratford cenotaph.
   “As well, the Stratford Festival is presenting The Diary of Anne Frank and The Sound of Music, both reflecting World War II themes,” said Cathy Rehberg of the Stratford Tourism Alliance.
   There will be a Holocaust survivor photo exhibit, Perth County war brides exhibit, the Ladies of the CNR dramatic vignette, Anne Frank exhibit and a Remembering 1945 concert along with heritage walks, cycling tours and home tours.
   The weekend coincides with Doors Open Stratford and the opening of the Stratford-Perth Archives on June 6 at 9:30 a.m.
   The public open-house event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. includes city landmarks along with war stories at 12 sites including the cenotaph. visitstratford.ca/doorsopen; 1-800-561-7926

   Sporty Oxford
   Oxford County out Woodstock way is celebrating its sports history at Doors Open events on May 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
   Visitors can find out where the first recorded baseball game in North America was played and who won the tug-of-war contest at the 1893 Chicago World Fair.
    Learn about where the World Crokinole Tournament is held annually and what basketball team once formed the nucleus of Canada’s Olympic team.
    There are 18 sites to tour to learn about a championship badminton club, a world-class soccer facility as well as sailing, dragon boat racing, remote controlled aircraft and more. doorsopenoxford.ca

   Short tales
Lisa Moore

   Huron County will “celebrate the short-story form” in the landscape that inspired a Nobel Laureate.
   The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story from June 4 to 7 in Wingham features readings, book signings, presentations and masterclasses with some of Canada’s most respected authors and literary figures, said publicist Laurel Armstrong.
   It will culminate with a Jubilee Gala when short story awards will be presented.
   Gala speaker will be author Lisa Moore while there will also be readings in Clinton and Bayfield. Details: alicemunrofestival.ca; 1-877-862-5984


Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
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