"Love Letters to Niagara USA" is an anthology of reflections on places and people in Niagara County, by local residents or visitors to the region. Between now and Valentine's Day, the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. will accept letters via email or mail that document the joys, heartbreak, characters and personal connections that express what means most to those who live here, or those who honeymooned, vacationed, traveled to or used to live in Niagara USA.
"Ellen Martin of Lockport was doing a love letter writing campaign with this old typewriter that she had found. So we thought, with Valentine's Day right around the corner, and Niagara Falls being the 'Honeymoon Capital of the World,' why don't we expand that to be countywide?" said NTCC Communications Manager/Interim Director of Marketing Michelle Blackley. "We always hear about couples who have honeymooned here, or grandparents who have honeymooned here, or now couples getting married here. So, there's definitely love stories to be told."
Every submission will be posted on the "Explore Niagara USA" blog (they can be anonymous, if requested). On Feb. 14, NTCC staff will choose one letter with the most "heart." The winner will receive a bottle of wine from Honeymoon Trail Winery - of the Niagara Wine Trail USA; a DVD of "Niagara," starring Marilyn Monroe; chocolates and other select sweet treats from local businesses.
Email your letter (250-300 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail it to "Love Letters to Niagara USA," NTCC, 10 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14303.
Include your contact information to be entered to win.
"You can write a love story to a person about the region; about a specific location. Be as creative as you want to be," Blackley said.