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Bavarian Christkindlmarkts sparkle at heart of popular AAA holiday tour
DMITTEDLY, CHRISTMAS may not be on your mind at this very moment...but it should be! Especially considering everything AAA’s bigger-and-better German Christmas Markets tour offers Dec. 2-10! For AAA members, one element is a Christmas gift of sorts — a limited-time, many-dollarsoff discount based on your membership level. Premier members booking & depositing by 6/30/13 get $125 off the regular rate per room, based on double occupancy. AAA Plus members save $100, and Basic members save $75. Escape with us to experience the Old World tradition of welcoming the Christmas season at public marketplaces large and small, where walkways lined with rustic stalls hum with holiday strollers and shoppers young & old. Local artisans exhibit traditional handmade decorations, artwork and craft items; purveyors of aromatic seasonal culinary delights tempt passersby with gingerbread cookies and spice-mulled wine; and musicians and performers add a festive note to the ambience. Some markets even sport carnival-type rides and amusements. Most German cities of any significant size present at least 1 Christkindlmarkt; on this get-
in-the-spirit tour in the southeastern state of Bavaria, you get to visit at least 9 (yes, 9!), each unique in size and style — from some of the most famous and popular to some of the most intimate and charming. And, because they’re usually in the heart of the community, they’re ideal bases from which to explore surrounding landmarks like cathedrals and castles, as well as year-round brick-and-mortar shops and restaurants. This unique tour operates on the same principles of convenience and efficiency. Spend 4 nights in Nuremberg and 3 in Munich; you’ll be able
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to comfortably “settle in” in those cities, taking short rides each day to the markets and landmarks surrounding them. Forget traipsing from a hotel in one town one day to another hotel the next day to yet another hotel the following day, and so on. Best of all, forget about packing and unpacking each time! With only 2 base hotels, you’ll have more time to see and do (or rest and relax) — whatever your travel style may be. All in all, it makes for a much more pleasant, satisfying experience...and it maximizes your valuable time and energy. And all the while, you and your fellow travelers will enjoy CHRISTMAS MARKETS continues on page 6
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By Richard Hamilton Chairman, AAA East Central o matter how you get around, our nation’s roadways form an essential part of our transportation infrastructure. Americans understand the need for adequate transportation funding because most of us travel over decaying roads every day. Road congestion robs us of our most valuable commodities — time and money — an estimated $121 billion annually spent stuck in traffic. Sixty-two percent of U.S. motorists believe the federal government should invest more funds in our neglected roadways, according to a recent public opinion poll conducted by AAA. The vast majority (81 percent) think more needs to be done to rehabilitate roads and bridges. Unfortunately, policymakers and transportation advocates are failing to connect with the public on the practical issues that matter most to motorists. Nearly seven out of ten (68 percent) motorists believe the federal government should make “reducing congestion on the roads” a top transportation priority. Congestion is not only detrimental to the environment it negatively influences mood, job performance and physical well-being. A Canadian study reports that for every additional hour in a car, there is a 6 percent increase in the likelihood of obesity. As our aging infrastructure reaches the end of its natural life, the need for investment takes on an even greater urgency. The Federal Highway
Richard Hamilton Administration estimates that $170 billion in capital investment is needed on an annual basis to significantly improve roadway conditions, nearly double the current amount. One of the unintended consequences of more fuel-efficient vehicles is that the nation’s current gas tax can no longer fund all the necessary maintenance and improvements to our transportation system. AAA believes all funding options must be on the table. According to the survey, motorists who feel that the federal government should increase taxes or fees to improve roadways support a number of options: • Replacing the per-gallon gas tax with a national gasoline sales tax (55 percent);
AAA and Hertz now offering Dollar Thrifty car rentals Hertz, AAA’s exclusive car rental partner, recently acquired the Dollar Thrifty Auto Group and AAA’s partnership agreement has been expanded to include both brands. The addition of the Dollar Thrifty brands to the AAA car rental portfolio provides members with more choice for economy rentals. Dollar Thrifty’s philosophy has always been to provide the public with a combination of the best service available in the industry at the most competitive prices possible. AAA members will now receive a 10% discount on published Dollar retail rates, and an 8% discount at Thrifty Car Rental on all car classes when booked in advance using a AAA CDP Number (your club code - 215). In addition, members can receive a 10% discount on navigation units (GPS). “The addition of Dollar Thrifty marks a new era in the AAA/Hertz partnership,” said Jim Lehman, president AAA East Central. “This expanded collection of brands, exclusive discounts and unique benefits enhances AAA’s ability to satisfy the needs of a broad cross section of members.”
The addition of Dollar and Thrifty to AAA’s portfolio of car rental providers is a natural evolution of Hertz’s partnership with AAA. Hertz has been AAA’s exclusive car rental partner for 20 years and members enjoy a suite of value added products and services, including guaranteed best rate availability and no charge for additional qualified AAA drivers when renting with Hertz. To make reservations members can contact their local AAA travel agent, or visit www.AAA.com/travel.
• Creating a new national sales tax dedicated to transportation (47 percent); • Expanding the use of tolls to Interstate highways where tolls are not currently collected (47 percent); • Creating a carbon tax on fossil fuels (45 percent); • Replacing the federal gas tax with a per-miles-driven fee (37 percent); • Creating an energy tax on all sources of energy (35 percent); • Increasing the federal per-gallon gas tax (27 percent). Stabile funding solutions should go hand-in-hand with reforms that target waste, mismanagement, and ensure greater transparency and accountability in federal and state transportation programs. Motorists overwhelmingly (83 percent) remain concerned about wasteful government spending. AAA is dedicated to examining all funding options and educating policymakers on the need to fully fund improvements for America’s roads and bridges. We have worked diligently with Congress to implement reforms, such as eliminating earmarks, and streamlining bureaucratic oversight. We will continue to push for reforms that accelerate project development and reduce wasteful spending. Finding workable solutions will entail a host of challenging policy and revenue issues, but these efforts should be viewed as an opportunity to move transportation into the 21st century, bolster economic recovery, and improve our quality of life.
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the company and insider knowledge of your professional English-speaking native European guide. From start to finish, you’ll have peace of mind knowing an experienced expert is at your side and at your service to provide practical information and interesting background about all you see and tour. He’ll even be able to offer suggestions about what to do during free time after touring. When you are on your own, you can explore cobblestone streets lined
with festively decorated boutiques and charming squares brimming with high-quality crafts and gifts (toys, wood carvings, jewelry, nutcrackers, fashions and delicate ornaments, among others). Discover Christmas goods that aren’t mass-produced — traditional nativity figurines, puppets, beeswax candles and lambskin shoes. This may be an ideal opportunity to make a dent in your gift shopping list! Few items may be as difficult to resist as the baked apples and Glühwein (“glow-wine,” from hot irons once used to mull this red wine spiced with cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, star anise, citrus and sugar). Enjoy them all beneath twinkling lights, evergreen garlands and other holiday decorations. Nuremberg’s Old Quarter market, the world’s most famous, is opened each year by a youngster playing the Christ Child. Kids of all ages love the Kinderweihnacht (children’s Christmas area) and its carousel featuring an upper tier, reindeer and Santa’s sleigh. Nuremberg’s also known for its honey and its thin brown sausages. Rothenburg ob der Tauber (“Red Fortress above the Tauber River”) on the Romantic Road offers, fittingly, one of the most romantic markets. An ancient walled town largely untouched for centuries, it boasts some of Europe’s most impressive medieval architecture. The Schneebälle (“snowballs”) made from deep-fried dough dusted with sugar are a local specialty. Four markets in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Bamberg come in different shapes and sizes — traditional, medieval, Advent and arts & crafts. A “Route of Nativity Scenes” links 40 churches, museums, public buildings and other places via a series of diverse Christmas creches. Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, has markets sparkling with decorations, Nativity scenes, toys and other very practical presents; the creative people who fashion the objects happily explain their traditional techniques. Other booths invite you to sample
ICE CASTLE — Ludwig II built this fairytale castle in order to withdraw from public life; ironically, 1.3 million people now visit here every year!
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BOOK & DEPOSIT THROUGH 6/30/13 gingerbread and Christmas cookies. Dating to the 14th century, Munich’s Marienplatz market offers live Alpine holiday music from Town Hall’s balcony and creative activities for kids. While in town, savor an included traditional dinner featuring Spätzle (dense egg noodles; name means “little sparrow”) and Strudel (“whirlpool” — layered pastry filled with fruit or sweet cheese). Escape on a fun excursion to Mad Ludwig’s Alpine castle, Neuschwanstein. Spectacularly located, the shy king’s palace appears prominently in many movies and inspired Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Füssen holds its market in the festively illuminated monastery courtyard of St Mang in the heart of the town’s historic cobblestone streets. Ettal’s market, in a narrow valley 3,000 feet above sea level, is dominated by a magnificent abbey surrounded by baroque buildings, green pines and snow-covered mountains. Bonfires in carved stumps provide warmth (as does mulled wine). Nearby Oberammergau offers worldfamous wood carvings; see a Holy Family so small they fit in a nutshell! If these markets/treats whet your wanderlust/appetite, visit AAA.com/ GoEurope for more information!
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CALIFORNIA New Yearʼs Getaway including reserved seats for the worldfamous Tournament of Roses Parade!
Dec 29–Jan 3 AAA Member Rate: $3,305 Start in LA, touring historic Farmers Market, glitzy Rodeo Drive and star-studded Hollywood. At the Chinese Theatre (née Grauman’s, then Mann’s), see celebrity signatures immortalized in cement. Follow the bronze medallions studding Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. At Hollywood & Highland, a shopping & entertainment complex housing the new home of Academy Awards extravaganzas, enjoy a great view of the iconic HOLLYWOOD sign from the upper level. Continue to downtown LA if time permits, then relax and get acquainted with your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner at at a bayfront restaurant in Long Beach. Day 2 takes you to Pasadena to see floats in the final stage of parade preparation; watch volunteers & professionals hand-apply flowers. Tour Burbank’s Warner Brothers Studios for a behind-the-scenes look into making films and TV shows; be alert for star sightings! Return to your hotel to relax poolside or enjoy beachside paths for walking, jogging and biking. Dining on your own allows you to explore Long Beach. On Day 3, drive to Simi Valley’s Reagan Presidential Library & Museum, the nation’s largest and most elaborate; see a full-scale Oval Office replica, Air Force One, a re-created White House state dinner and numerous videos & displays. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway through exclusive Malibu to fun & funky Santa Monica; explore its
variety of sights in your free time. Attend an exclusive New Year’s Eve party in Long Beach on the magnificent Queen Mary — a luxurious setting for sophisticated dining, dancing and bidding farewell to 2013 in grand style. Usher in 2014 with a toast from the best seat in Long Beach for a gigantic fireworks display off the ship’s stern! Day 4 finds you in Pasadena, at your reserved seat for the Roses Parade — 60 flower-covered floats, marching bands, equestrians. Stop at Victory Park to view the floats up close. Enjoy lunch in see-&-be-seen West Hollywood, then drive to your all-suite hotel on San Diego’s waterfront. Explore this unique city on Day 5; see Cabrillo Monument atop Point Loma, with commanding views of the Pacific, the harbor and the city skyline. Drive through Mission Bay, continue to Old Town (California’s birthplace) and La Jolla, a chic beachside hideaway where you’ll have time to explore. Established in 1868, Balboa Park is the country’s oldest and one of its largest city parks. Take a guided tour on a doubledecker bus at San Diego Zoo, then board the luxurious Lord Hornblower, designed to resemble the grand steamships that once plied the harbor; enjoy entertainment, dancing and a sit-down dinner while cruising past glittering harbor lights under radiant stars in the sky before debarking at the Embarcadero. All too soon, fly home on Day 6.
Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Buffalo– Los Angeles, San Diego–Buffalo), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, hotel luggage handling (1 per person), 10 meals (including 2 dinner cruises), 2 cocktail parties, reserved parade seat, taxes/gratuities on included items, local tour manager and services of a AAA Tour Manager (if participation goal is met).
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THE AMERICAN WEST
AAA MEMBER RATES are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, motorcoach sightseeing & admissions as indicated, services of a AAA Tour Manager and more. Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/USA for complete itinerary details.
Napa Valley & San Francisco
New Mexico Balloon Fiesta
So many delights in one tour — from San Francisco’s endless charms to the natural splendor of the Muir Woods redwoods. Cross Golden Gate Bridge to enjoy 5 vineyards (participate in a “Blend Your Own Merlot” event) and 3 nights at Tuscan-style Vino Bella Resort in Napa. Savor a 4-course dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train. With your hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf as your base, tour San Francisco’s famous landmarks, cruise by ferry across the bay and enjoy free time for shopping and exploring. 2 meals.
Explore Albuquerque, the Land of Enchantment’s largest city. At the International Balloon Fiesta, witness the mass ascension of hundreds of balloons. Explore landmarks along Route 66, visit Old Town & its Plaza and tour the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Ride Sandia Peak’s Aerial Tramway and visit an artisanal winery. See the Balloon Fiesta’s evening “Glowdeo” & fireworks. Explore historic Chimayo village, artistic Taos and charming Santa Fe. Take a guided desert wilderness hike with llamas! 14 meals.
Grand Canyon Adventure Luxuriate in Red Rock Country at the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa. Take a Pink Jeep backcountry tour. Ride first class on the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to your national park lodging just a quarter-mile from the South Rim. Visit Glen Canyon Recreational Area and a night at Lake Powell Resort. A tour highlight is your guided half-day float trip on the Colorado River! Motorcoach to the Luxor Hotel on the Strip in Las Vegas. Flirt with Lady Luck, relax by the pool or take in a top-notch show on your free full day in Vegas. 9 meals.
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From Salt Lake City to Denver, take in some of America’s favorite landmarks. Visit Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone NP (Old Faithful & Mammoth Hot Springs), Devil’s Tower National Monument, Mt Rushmore National Memorial (evening light ceremony), Ft Laramie National Historic Site and Buffalo Bill Historic Center. Float down the Snake River and ride a Jeep safari in the Black Hills. Hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (schedule permitting). See Crazy Horse Monument. 15 meals, including a chuck wagon dinner.
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Rates are per person (double occupancy), are subject to change/availability at time of booking and include hotel/pier transfers, 2 nights at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, USS Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor tour, 7-night cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals and government taxes/fees. Ship’s registry: USA. Ask about available add-on airfare.
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PARE DOWN This year, the people of Ireland are hosting an unprecedented year-long celebration of everything that is unique & great about Ireland. It’s called The Gathering. Communities, villages and towns are organizing gatherings, festivals and events to welcome visitors. With the focus on Ireland’s vibrant living culture, heritage and people, it’s a chance to experience Ireland like never before.
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• Bunratty Folk Park • Medieval banquet in a 15th-century castle • Cliffs of Moher • Flying Boat Museum • Killarney National Park, including Muckross House • Ring of Kerry drive, including the Skellig Experience & Moll’s Gap • Waterford Crystal tour • Russborough House mansion • Dinner & song at a real pub • Dublin: city tour & free time ...AND MUCH MORE!
Oct 13-20 • AAA Member Rate: $1,399 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, guided motorcoach sightseeing, entrance fees, 11 meals (including Bunratty Castle medieval banquet/entertainment & Merry Ploughboy pub dinner/entertainment), in-Ireland tour director, hotel luggage handling (1 piece per person), hotel taxes & service charges. Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/GoIreland for itinerary and more information.
Edinburgh: welcome drink & dinner • Spean Bridge Woolen Mill • Loch Ness cruise • Scottish Highland evening • Culloden Battlefield • Whisky tasting/tour at Blair Athol Distillery • Edinburgh Castle & city tour • Ferry to Northern Ireland • Belfast: city tour, Titanic Center • Dublin: city tour, Book of Kells, canal dinner cruise with live music • Rock of Cashel • Blarney: Castle & Woolen Mills • Killarney: national park “jaunting car” ride • Ring of Kerry • The Skellig Experience • Sneem • Moll’s Gap • River Shannon ferry • Cliffs of Moher (pictured) • Bunratty Castle medieval banquet • AND MUCH MORE!
Nov 9-19 • AAA Member Rate: $1,699 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, guided motorcoach sightseeing, entrance fees, 16 meals (including medieval banquet, canal dinner cruise), in-Ireland tour director, hotel luggage handling (1 piece per person), hotel taxes & service charges. Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/GoIreland for itinerary and more information.
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You’ll love Paris when it sizzles It’s summer in the city in the City of Light
aris is a city so ingrained in our romantic imaginations that any visit becomes a journey into “la vie sentimentale.” Where the French love of art, philosophy and food overcome all but the passion of young lovers. The most romantic city on earth is also the world‘s most popular, drawing almost 80-million visitors a year. Île de la Cité, the small island in the River Seine is where the story of Paris began. Here you’ll find the Flower Market, the gem-like Saint Chapelle with the largest expanse of 13th century stained glass in the world, and the Gothic spires of Notre Dame. The Pont Neuf, the city’s oldest bridge with its sculpted masks and famous half-moonshaped turrets, has seen the entire history of Paris flow by. The river divides the Paris into its two constituent parts. The Left Bank is older and home to Montparnasse, which, during the 1920s, drew artists and writers from around the world. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the precinct of grand penseurs like Sartre and Camus, while the stone-cobbled streets of the Latin Quarter were named after the nearby Sorbonne, where Latin served as the language of academia. The Right Bank is more modern, cleared in the 19th century to make way for the grand boulevards. L’Arc de Triomphe straddles the Champs
Those who find the Louvre a bit too intimidating should try the newly renovated Musée d’Orsay, located across the Seine from the Jardins des Tuileries, and with an excellent collection of works by Monet, Cezanne, Degas, and van Gogh. Venice has its gondolas, Montmartre its steps. The cluttered hillside is crowned by the white parapets of the Sacré-Coeur, the second most-visited site in Paris, and surrounded by a labyrinth of extraordinary little streets and raucous Pigalle, home of the Moulin Rouge. The view from the top is stunning. To the left is the Eiffel Tower, and still further, Les Invalides, where Napoleon’s tomb lies under the goldribbed dome.
A FREE MAN IN PARIS — Hôtel des Invalides as seen from the Eiffel Tower. Elysées, where the streets converge in a massive star-shaped pattern. You can take the stairs to the top of the monument for a glorious view of the city — a straight line running from the Louvre, up the Jardins des Tuileries, pinned down by the Obelisque in the Place de la Concorde. Paris’ famed Père Lachaise cemetery is one of the city’s most popular attractions. The unusually large number of notables buried here include
Marcel Proust, Frederic Chopin, Isadora Duncan, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. Napoleon once planned to make the Louvre his private residence. It was here that he married Joséphine, and here where he carted back the spoils of his empire. Today, the collection ranges from Egyptian antiquities dating back to 5000 B.C., to works from the 19th century. Its most celebrated work — the Mona Lisa — once hung over a bathtub at Fontainebleau.
SKIP THE LINE
AAA Travel partner Pleasant Holidays now offers unique “Skip the Line” tours in three of Europe’s most popular cities — Rome, Paris and Florence. The Paris Skip the Line package includes hotel accommodations, daily breakfast and tours of Père Lachaise cemetery and the Louvre. Take advantage of a $50 AAA Member Benefit off each booking during 2013! FOR MORE INFORMATION
See this issue’s Departures Guide or visit AAA.com/Europe for more information on planning your European vacation.
AAA releases annual ‘Your Driving Costs’ study Reduced depreciation can’t offset higher fuel prices
ars are expensive but it might surprise you to learn that it costs about 62% more to drive a Hyundai Genesis, than a Ford Focus. Or that it makes more financial sense to own a Chrysler minivan, which costs almost 20% less to operate than a Chevrolet Suburban SUV. These are just some of the findings from AAA’s annual study on driving costs. AAA has published the report every year since 1950, when driving cost just 9 cents per mile, and gasoline sold for 27 cents a gallon. Results from the 2013 edition of ‘Your Driving Costs’ study reveal a 1.96 percent rise in the yearly costs to own and operate a typical sedan. The average costs rose 1.17 cents per mile to 60.8 cents per mile, or $9,122 per year, based upon 15,000 miles of annual driving. Typical SUV costs climbed to $11,599 yearly, or 77.3 cents per mile. While several vehicles included in the Your Driving Costs study had increases in fuel economy, it was not enough to offset higher maintenance, depreciation and insurance costs. Gas prices were relatively stable compared to the previous year, increasing just 1.93 percent to 14.45 cents per mile on average for sedans. The costs associated with maintaining a vehicle had the single largest
driver, driving habits, issuing company and geographical region. AAA insurance cost estimates are based on a lowrisk driver with an excellent record. For 2012, average insurance costs for sedans rose 2.76 percent to $1029 yearly. Large sedans had less of an increase than small- and medium-size sedans. The cost of tires did not change from 2012 to 2013, remaining at one cent per mile on average for sedan owners. The stable price is attributed to a leveling off of past increased costs for raw materials, energy and transportation from factories to distributors. AAA calculates the average costs of owning and operating five top-selling models in three popular size classes: small, medium and large sedans. Though not part of the AAA composite average, SUV and minivan cost are also included.
READING THE NUMBERS — Stable fuel and tire prices helped keep increases in car costs down this year. percentage increase from 2012 to 2013, growing by 11.26 percent to 4.97 cents per mile on average for sedan owners. AAA’s estimates are based upon the cost to maintain a vehicle and perform needed repairs for five years and 75,000 miles including labor expenses, and replacement part prices and purchase of an extended warranty.
Depreciation costs were up slightly in 2013, increasing .78 percent to $3,571 a year. This change may be a consequence of recovering new vehicle sales, resulting in more used cars available in the marketplace and thus the softening of the resale value of clean older models. Insurance rates vary widely with
HOW MUCH ARE YOU PAYING
AAA’s 2013 Your Driving Costs brochure can be downloaded at AAA.com/ PublicAffairs. To assist members in determining their individual driving costs, the AAA ‘Your Driving Costs’ brochure contains a worksheet that can be filled out and personalized for a specific area, driver and vehicle.
Celebrating sports history in New York See where legends are born in the Empire State
hen Saratoga Race Course kicked off its sesquicentennial season in May, it looked much the same as it did 150 years ago. The oldest major sports venue in the United States, the iconic red and white awnings, brass bands and gingham picnic blankets spread under the pines on the lawn, harken back to a more innocent time. Racing greats such as Man o’ War, Whirlaway and Secretariat are enshrined at the National Museum of Racing and Thoroughbred Hall of Fame, across the street from the track, where new attractions include a mechanical horse synchronized with jockey cams that simulate the thrill of racing. Saratoga is just one of New York State’s contributions to sporting history. All across the state, historic venues, museums and halls of fame memorialize the greats of baseball, boxing and many other sports. When the townspeople of Canastota wanted to honor hometown heroes, boxing legend Carmen Basilio, and his nephew, Billy Backus, who won the welterweight title in 1970, they created the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Since then, stars of the sweet science like Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Rocky Marciano have been inducted and honored. The museum displays life-size fist castings, robes, gloves used in world championships and videos
THEY’RE OFF — Saratoga Race Course is the oldest major sports venue in the United States. of classic fights. There’s even a boxing ring, straight out of Madison Square Garden, where Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier battled in the 1971 “Fight of the Century.” This summer, Rochester will become “Golf’s Titletown”. The LPGA Championship June 6-9 at Locust Hill Country Club and the 95th PGA Championship August 8-11 at Oak Hill Country Club, mark the first time that men and women will play major tournaments in the same community, giv-
Celebrating sunshine and shiny cars
ost of us have had enough of the extended winter and cold spring that blanketed much of the country. With warmer temperatures finally here it’s prime time to give family roadsters and hot wheels alike a good wash and wax. Here are some car care tips from the experts at Turtle Wax:
Park in a cool, shady spot to avoid dried-on spots and streaks. Rinse the car with a garden hose or bucket of water. Then, using a sponge or mitt, wash your car one section at a time, starting from the top and working your way down. Use a detergent designed specifically for car finishes. Use lots of water and a light spray to avoid scratches. Excessive water pressure can blast dirt into the surface. Never use grease-cutting dishwashing liquid and laundry soaps to wash your car. Their high PH content will remove a car’s wax coating and harm its clear-coat finish. Rinse and dry immediately with a soft towel or chamois to bring back that brand new car sheen.
It’s best to wax your car after you’ve washed it so any abrasive particles or dirt won’t scratch the surface while you wax. Waxing leaves a protective barrier between the car’s paint and dirt, rain,
and the destructive rays of the sun. Waxing also helps prevent water spots and lets the original shine come out. Avoid direct sunlight for best results and spread the wax evenly with a microfiber cloth. Lightly wipe to a brilliant shine.
Wheels & tires
Cut through dirt, oil and brake dust build-up with a cleaner that’s made for the job. Spray it thoroughly on the wheel and tire sidewall and allow 30 to 40 seconds for the cleaner to loosen and penetrate. Wash with a sponge or soft wheel brush and then rinse completely with a strong stream of water. Clean your tires and wheels before you wash your car because you’ll want to rinse after applying. And remember to use a tire shine product last.
Over time, the sun can cause your car’s interior to crack and fade. Using a protectant can help screen out harmful UV rays while safely removing dirt, revitalizing interior surfaces and leaving a refreshing scent. Spray onto a cloth or directly on non-porous surfaces like plastic, vinyl and rubber. Let it penetrate for 2 minutes and then wipe it lightly to bring out the original beauty. For leather seats use a conditioner specifically formulated for leather, one that does not contain silicone or alcohol.
ing golf fans in Western New York the opportunity to see the best of both tours compete on golf’s biggest stage. Lake Placid in the Adirondacks, is one of only three places in the world to have hosted two Winter Olympic Games and it remains a prime yearround training ground for athletes thanks to facilities built for the 1980 Winter Olympics. Visitors can experience Olympic thrills, skating on the indoor Olympic Center rink where, in a surprise win, the U.S. defeated the
Russians in the “Miracle on Ice” game in 1980. The Lake Placid Olympic Museum explores the legacy of the winter games. Visitors can view video highlights, athletes’ uniforms and equipment, Olympic Games torches and medals, including the first gold medal ever awarded. Watch the next crop of Olympic hopefuls practice graceful routines on the rink and soaring jumps at the Olympic Jumping Complex. Visitors can even take a trip up to the top of the jumping tower themselves to catch the breathtaking view. Not to be missed is the thrill of bobsledding with a pro — on wheels in warm-weather months — down the Olympic track. Survivors are rewarded with a bobsled lapel pin and membership in the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. TAKE A AAA DRIVE TRIP
Longing for the freedom of the open road? AAA Drive Trips feature more than 100 flexible, two- to five-day driving itineraries for popular U.S. and Canadian destinations. Each online itinerary includes an overview map, estimated drive time, mileage, photos, sightseeing information and links to information on cities, attractions and events. To start your journey just click on AAA.com/drivetrips and before you know it, the entire continent unfolds across your screen.
Three out of four cars on the road need service Take care of your car and it will take care of you
hances are if you own a car, it needs some work. According to the Car Care Council most consumers neglect simple maintenance of their cars, with 77 percent of vehicles in need of service or parts. Basic maintenance can go a long way toward improving the safety and dependability of your vehicle. With the start of the summer driving season AAA encourages owners to give their cars some extra attention. Following 10 basic maintenance procedures will keep your car operating at its best: 1) Check the oil, filters and fluids. Oil should be checked at every fill-up and changed per the owner’s manual recommended intervals. Brake, transmission, power steering, coolant and windshield washer fluids should also be checked regularly. Your car’s filters, including those for the transmission, fuel system and interior ventilation, need regular inspection and replacement. 2) Inspect hoses at each oil change and have them replaced when leaking, brittle, cracked, or swollen. Check V-belts and serpentine belts for looseness and condition, and have them replaced when cracked, frayed, glazed or showing signs of excessive wear. Replacing the timing belt at the interval specified in the owner’s
IT PAYS TO MAINTAIN — Now is the perfect time to focus on your vehicle’s maintenance needs. manual can avoid a breakdown or serious engine damage. 3) Have the brake system checked every year and have the brake linings, rotors, and drums inspected at each oil change. 4) Make sure battery connections are clean, tight, and corrosion-free. If the battery’s three years old or more, it should be tested and replaced if necessary. 5) Inspect the exhaust system for leaks,
damage, and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay. 6) A tune-up will help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions. 7) Check the car’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) which is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons, such as defrosting.
8) Inspect the steering and suspension system annually, including shock absorbers and struts, and chassis parts, such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components. 9) Check the pressure of all tires, including the spare, at least once a month. Check the tread for uneven or irregular wear and cuts and bruises along the sidewalls. Maintaining proper tire pressure can also ensure your vehicle’s best fuel economy, as well ensure safe handling while driving. Have your car’s alignment checked at least annually to reduce tire wear and improve fuel economy and handling. 10) Test exterior and interior lights and have bulbs that are not working checked immediately. Replace windshield wiper blades every six months or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering for optimum wiping performance and safety. Keeping up with basic maintenance helps avoid costly repairs down the road and raises the value of your vehicle when it comes time to sell your car.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Visit AAA.com for information on all things automotive including tips on buying, operating and maintaining a vehicle.
aroundtown CELORON RIB FEST & CLASSIC CAR SHOW — (June 5-8) Experience Celoron on the lake and the first event of the summer! Great BBQ ribs and fun for all ages at the expanded Kids Zone. Classic Car Cruise-in on Saturday and live music. The times are Wednesday & Thursday 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Lucille Ball Memorial Park, 1 Dunham Avenue, Celoron N Y. Contact: 716.487.4175 or www.celoronribfest.com. DIRTY DUATHLON TRAIL RUN & MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE — (June 6) Hundreds of athletes from Western New York and several surrounding states descend on Ellicottville for an amazing day of off-road athletic action. Challenging, heart pounding off-road courses demand training, skill and sure-footedness. A fun post-race party, awards ceremony and great door prize awards round out an amazing day of competition. Proceeds help support HEART Animal Shelter of WNY. The time is at 8:00 a.m. at Holiday Valley Mountain Sports Center, Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville, NY. THE WRECK AND ROLL FESTIVAL — (June 7-8) Unique entertainment both on and off shore combining multiple Rock & Roll acts with virtual dive tours of historic shipwrecks. Events include Build-Your-
Own-Boat Regatta, Chicken Wing Cook-off and Firemen’s Hose Race. There is also a bounce house Kidz Zone to entertain the youngest guests. The time is from 1:00 to 11:00 p.m. Location: Dunkirk Pier on Lake Erie. Contact: 716.366.0452 or www.cityofdunkirk.com. BACH & BEYOND BAROQUE MUSIC FESTIVAL — (June 14-16) Bach & Beyond is a lively celebration of Baroque music, happening in early June each year. Spirited performances of some of the greatest music ever written take place in an acoustically ideal setting. Treat yourself to top-flight performances by Baroque specialists will leave you applauding for more! Event location: 1891 Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St., Fredonia. For schedule of events and tickets, call the Box Office at 716-679-1891 or visit www.fredopera.org. RANDOLPH ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL — (June 15) Celebrate summer at the 41st Annual Randolph Arts & Crafts Festival. Located along Main Street in the village of Randolph, the festival includes: an outdoor arts & crafts show featuring over 70 unique food and craft vendors, live entertainment, kids’ events and a petting zoo. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 716-358-9701 ext. 208 or visit www.randolphny.net.
HOLIDAY VALLEY MUDSLIDE OBSTACLE RUN — (June 15) Holiday Valley Resort is hosting the second annual Mudslide Obstacle Race on June 15. This off-road run takes place on the Holiday Valley ski trails where participants must navigate 8 obstacles along the very muddy 3.5 mile or 5.4 mile courses. The event will begin at 11 a.m. Contact: 716.699. 2345, or www.holidayvalley.com. FAMILY FILM NIGHT – HUGO — (June 16) This year’s LakeArts Film Festival Family Film is the Academy Award-winning Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese. Follow the mysterious adventures of a boy who discovers the magical world of early movies and animation. The curtain rises at 6:30 p.m. at the Chautauqua Cinema, 25 Wythe Avenue, Chautauqua. Admission: $10; free for children under 12. For more information, visit www.lakeartsfoundation.org. RACCOON RALLY — (June 29-30) Allegany State Park plays host to another wild weekend of cycling action during the Annual Raccoon Rally. Road Races, Mountain Bike Trials and Mountain Bike Adult and Kid’s Races are all featured. The Action kicks off with Saturday’s USAC Road Race at 9:30 a.m. around the demanding roads of Allegany State Park plus Mountain Bike Trials Competition at Thunder
Rocks. Allegany State Park. Camp Allegany is located about a mile from Red House Lake off ASP Rte.2 near Salamanca, New York. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TRIBUTE CONCERT — (July 4) Ring in Independence Day with Bruce Springsteen Tribute band “Jersey.” Jersey brings the music of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to life like no other. They’ll cover all your favorite Springsteen hits including “Thunder Road,” “Dancin’ in the Dark,” and “Born to Run” and more. Stay after the show for the fireworks display. Concert starts at 8 p.m. Part of the Bemus Bay Pops Summer Concert Series. Event location: Bemus Bay Pops Stage, 61 Lakeside Drive, Bemus Point. For tickets, visit www.bemusbaypops.com. GREAT BLUE HERON FESTIVAL — (July 5-7) Annual music festival includes over 100 performers on the main stage, a large dance tent, songwriters’ circle, instrumental workshops, square and swing dances. Over 100 performers include Donna The Buffalo, and The Hindu Cowboys. Festival grounds offer 300 plush acres with marked hiking & biking trails, swimming, children’s activities and vendors. Location: Sherman, New York. For more information visit their website at www.greatblueheron.com.