OLAF FUB SEZ: Wintry words from Scottish-Canadian poet Robert W. Service, born on this date in 1874: “Were you ever out in the Great Alone, when the moon was awful clear, And the icy mountains hemmed you in with a silence you most could hear; With only the howl of a timber wolf, and you camped there in the cold, A half-dead thing in a stark, dead world, clean mad for the muck called gold ...”
SNOW TREK – Put on your snowshoes and take a walk back to 1757 Saturday at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown.
The program begins at 10 a.m. with demonstrations of 18th century skills, games, fur trading, Native American storytelling and presentations on the life of soldiers more than 250 years ago.
At noon, Toronto author Kevin Gladysz will demonstrate the winter survival techniques used by French-Canadian voyageurs and discuss how people traveled great distances through the wilderness in bitter cold.
After the education office of New York State Parks gives a history of the snowshoe at 1:30 p.m., visitors will put on snowshoes and follow the fort’s French garrison into the woods. They’ll meet an English scouting party, which will skirmish with the French and drive them off. Then the English will treat the visitors to free hot chocolate.
The program will be held with or without snow. Advance reservations are not needed, but snowshoes will be available on a first-come basis. Visitors should dress for cold weather, since most of the program will take place outdoors. For info, call the fort at 745-7611 or visit www.oldfortniagara.org.
CENTURY MARK – Celebrating her 100th birthday Thursday will be Carmen Harper, a resident of the Seneca Health Care Center in West Seneca since February 2011. Born in Puerto Rico on Jan. 17, 1913, she came to New York City at age 18. The wife of a merchant seaman, she raised four daughters.
When her husband retired, they returned to Puerto Rico but came back to New York after 11 years. She volunteered at an adult day care center until she was 90 and was an active member of the Premera Iglesia Metodista Unida for more than 25 years. She has 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
WITHIN OR WITHOUT – The Senior Youth Group at Elma United Methodist Church, 2991 Bowen Road, offers guests a choice Saturday when it hosts a Krolick’s chicken barbecue. Drive through and pick up a dinner for $10 from 4 to 5 p.m. or eat in for $12 at 5:30 and stay for a talent show.
All dinners include salt potatoes, salad, roll and butter. Eat-in also includes a beverage and the show. For presale tickets, call 652-5427.
CALL OF THE WILD – Zookeeper Jack Hanna, former director of the zoo in Columbus, Ohio, and a frequent guest on television talk shows, brings his “Into the Wild Live” tour to the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Hanna, who won an Emmy Award as host of “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild,” will introduce some of his favorite animals on stage and show footage from his worldwide adventures.
Tickets are $32.50 and $35.50. For into and tickets, call 692-2413 or visit www.rivieratheatre.org.
ICE TIME – While we wait for the hockey season to officially begin this weekend, Diamond Estates-The Winery, 1067 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., is offering a chance to join some retired pro players on its 100-foot outdoor rink from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in a family skating day called Skate with the Greats.
Lacing up their skates will be NHL alumni Mark Napier, who helped the Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup in 1979; Ric Nattress, who played with the Canadiens and four other teams in the 1980s and 1990s; and former Chicago Black Hawk Steve Ludzik, who finished his pro career with the Buffalo Sabres. If the ice won’t allow skating, bring running shoes for a round of street hockey.
Diamond Estates will be offering tastes of its NHL Alumni Hat Trick wines. The Southern Smoke food truck will be on hand, serving brisket, chicken and pulled pork at market prices. Pouring hot drinks will be Manual Labour Coffee.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Marissa Kelley Saloman, Sally Schoellkopf, Barb Schnurrstein, Addison Kukelka, Charlie Hall, Zollier Simmons, Lenny Kostelny, Sandra Marszalek, Dahlia Meeks, Gordon Tross, Autumn Raine Perce, Michael J. Beyers Jr. and Kaya Swart.
AND THURSDAY – Derek Wojciechowski, Jerry Geiger, Jack Gallo, Rachel Shoemaker, Ella McKenna, Kris Robillard, Nicole Stelmach, Janelle Miller, Josh May, Nicole Stelmach, David L. Rooth, James P. Smith, Ella Farrell, Angela Prabucki and Conor Doran.