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January 2016


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. 

Sign up for the 2016 Conference now so you can say you walked in the footsteps of Marilyn Monroe.