The 9th Annual Boom Days Celebration occurs this weekend, April 15th and 16th, 2011.
Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER will host a Boom Days Party this Friday from 8-11pm at McCarthy’s Restaurant at 73 Hamburg Street with live music, food and Flying Bison’s Ice Boom Bock. A $10 entry fee is good for free food, one drink and the opportunity to vent a Winter's worth of pent-up energy!
Boom Days is the region’s grassroots celebration of the advent of Spring, commencing each year with the lifting of the Lake Erie- Niagara River ice boom. Boom Days commemorates the Niagara region’s bustling waterways of days gone by, glorifies our natural, artistic and cultural wealth, and sends Winter on its way.
Festivities get underway at 6:30pm, Friday, April 15, as three local landmarks – Harry’s Harbour Place Grille, Pearl Street Grille and Templeton Landing – compete in a Boom Days Ball Race as we launch three 5-foot high balls into the Niagara River over the railing of the E.M. Cotter, the world’s oldest operating fireboat. Join in the excitement of the race at each participating restaurant as they offer food and drink specials from 6-9pm or follow the action on 97 Rock. The restaurant with the first ball to go over Niagara Falls will be offering additional specials to visiting patrons, then end your night at McCarthy's.
Boom Days continues on Saturday, April 16, from 9am-12pm, as more than 1500 volunteers and The Buffalo Sabres Green Team partner with Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER to clean up 77,000 linear feet of shoreline throughout the region. More than 40 sites are badly in need of clean up and offer the opportunity to win a free rain barrel by sharing your finds on Facebook and Twitter. All volunteers will receive a free stainless steel water bottle and are invited to our Volunteer Appreciation Picnic at 12pm that day. This fun, family-friendly event is filling quickly. Call 852-RIVER, extension 19, or visit the RIVERKEEPER website at bnriverkeeper.org to register today!