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Shake Up that Company Meeting

Are you looking for a great way to spice up your next company meeting? Changing things up every now and again ensures that your employees pay attention and stay focused. It is also a good way to impress visitors or prospective clients. We have the perfect way to do both: Have your next company meeting at the Tonawanda Castle!

We have plenty of unique and comfortable rooms to accommodate any size function. After the meeting, your attendees can retire to a comfortable sofa and chat informally. The historic ambiance is a great conversation starter and can really help new employees and visitors break the ice. Additionally, you and your party can enjoy delicious treats prepared by our  very own in-house chef.

Interested? Give us a call and start planning the best company meeting you’ll ever have.



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It’s Bridal Show Season!

There are two great bridal shows coming up in the Buffalo area, both of which are worth attending if you are planning on tying the knot soon!

Brides World is coming to the Buffalo Convention Center on Sunday, January 8th. The show will start at 10:30 and last until 4:30. Some great reasons to attend this event:

* Over 120 wedding specialists

*Numerous fashion shows throughout the day

* Tickets are only $7 at the door, or $5 if you register online.

The Buffalo Bridal Expo will be held at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel in Niagara Falls from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.

* High-energy fashion runway shows

* Tickets are FREE!

Make sure you arrive ready to experience all that Buffalo has to offer in terms of wedding venues, fashion and entertainment.  Hope to see you there!


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Happy Thanksgiving!

The Pilgrims may not have eaten turkey on Thanksgiving, but for most Americans today, the holiday would just not be the same without a bird! However, most of us have eaten the same roasted turkey with stuffing and mashed potatoes each year since we were kids… and switching it up a little might be nice for a change! Here are a few great ways to spice up that Thanksgiving meal without leaving Tom the Turkey out in the cold.

Barbecue it! The weathermen are calling for a sunny Thanksgiving, so why not toss that turkey on the grill with some corn on the cob and grilled sweet potatoes?

Deep fried turkey may not be the healthiest option, but there is a reason why it is becoming so popular… it is so moist and so delicious, you may never want roasted turkey again. This is a great guide to check out if you are a first-time fryer.

If you prefer a more traditional (and probably healthier) approach, and wish to roast your turkey, there are still some great ways to spice it up and deviate from the ordinary.

*Brining your turkey adds flavor and moisture without adding fat.

* Lemon-Pepper roasted turkey is a great way to add lighter, citrus flavors to your meal.

Or, you could completely disregard any sort of health recommendation and wrap your turkey in bacon… (Mmmm…)

So, did we throw you off by not posting about weddings and showers? Good! We needed a break for the holidays and we thought you could use one too.

Enjoy your turkey and have a happy Thanksgiving,

The Tonawanda Castle



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Vets H.E.R.D.

As you may have H.E.R.D., the Tonawanda Castle is hosting a Veterans’ Day fundrasier to benefit Vets H.E.R.D. on November 11, 2011. This is a wonderful organization with the goal of raising awareness about the lack of resources for Veterans in our area. H.E.R.D. stands for “Helping Empower Returning and Disabled Veterans”. This group is run entirely by volunteers, most of whom are retired veterans, their family members, and their friends. For more information on the group, check out… and don’t forget to come to the benefit on Veteran’s Day!

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Veteran’s Day Celebration and Fundraiser

Veteran’s Day is an all-too-often overlooked holiday on which we honor the members of our nation’s armed forces. This year, on November 11, 2011, the Tonawanda Castle is presenting a fundraiser to benefit Vets H.E.R.D (Helping Empower Returning and Disabled Veterans). We’ll be serving delicious hors d’oeuvres and featuring live music by the Alex Rene Big Swing Band (for those who have never heard of them, they are a very talented group from Tonawanda).  The event will run from 7pm until 10pm.

This celebration is open to the public and tickets are only $18 presale or $20 at the door. This is a great opportunity to support an organization that makes a difference in the lives of veterans. It is also a great opportunity to see the inside of the Castle and sample our talented chef’s fare. We hope you all come out and join us for the event… its going to be a swinging good time!

For more information, please email Lindsay Valois at or call us at (716) 743-8544.

For more information on Vets H.E.R.D, including the official flier for the event, visit



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New Hits on the Dance Floor

These new songs are perfect for a wedding reception! If classics from Nat King Cole and Elton John are not really your style, try including these newer hits that appeal to the younger generation.

Was there ever a more fitting song for a wedding? Train’s “Marry Me” would be a great first dance song.

“For the First Time” by The Script is beautifully written. In fact, this band’s self-titled album is full of potential wedding hits.”I’m Yours” is another one.

For the country-lovers out there, Keith Urban’s “Put You in a Song” is a beautiful slow number that can draw up feelings of new love and romance.






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A Quick Revisit…

We’re posted about a couple of unique event ideas for the Castle before… but it  has been a while! We sure do love weddings here at the Castle, but we’re certainly open to other event ideas as well! Here is a look at a few of the interesting event ideas we have come up with in the past. Just click on the links to go back to our old blog posts on the topics. If anything sparks your interest, give us a call at (716) 643-8544 to start the planning process.

Tea at the Castle? It is the perfect time of year! Just imagine cuddling up on a couch with your friends and enjoying a warm cup of tea with some scones or cookies…

My Super Sweet Sixteen… Tonawanda Castle Style! Your daughter only turns 16 once… if you have a lot of family members and friends you want to include in he celebration, we know the perfect place to throw the party!

Shake up that Staff Meeting. Trying to impress a new client? Looking for a way to give your staff a change of pace and increase their productivity? Consider having your next big meeting at the Tonawanda Castle.





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