Christmas castle

Every year, the award-winning Youngstown ?Garden Club decorates the French Castle at Old Fort Niagara for the holiday season. This year's theme – "Upstairs-Downstairs" – is a study in contrasts. The commandant's rooms and officers' quarters will feature sparkling silver and fleur-?de-lis while rustic is the word in the kitchen and soldiers' barracks. Here, visitors will see woodland elements reflecting the country life ?of the early settlers.

The season officially kicks off today with the annual members' social. The Castle by Candlelight programs with guided tours will take place Saturday and Dec. 22. For information on these events and visiting Old Fort Niagara call 745-7611 or visit The decorations will remain up until early January.


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The Ralph. The Square. ?The Aud. Dyngus Day and Pussy willow.

Find them all on the fridge. Magnetized refrigerator words aren't just for love poems and Spanish lessons anymore – they have gone local, and the Buffalo edition is right on target. Brought to you by the Buffalo-based City Dining Cards people, Fridge Phrases has enough options – more than 200 – to be as tasteful (or not "OJ Shot McKinley at the Canadian Ballet" is a sample on the cover) as you like. Touted as a great gift for locals and those in the Buffalo diaspora, they aren't kidding. The slim packet would be easy to mail or stuff in a stocking. It's $20 for the collection, online at or at Valu Home Centers and other local retailers. (Also available at, this year's deck of dining discounts, plus a revamped cocktail edition, with buy-one-get-one cards, an improvement over last year's deck, which required guzzling at least $30 worth of booze to get the discount.)