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•Upcoming races Baltimore p.6 •Gilberto Santa Rosa at the Howard Theatre p.7 •The next local Red Bull competition p.8 •Carlos Vives at the Patriot Center p.10

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In this issue, a heads up for the most exhilarating events in the area This edition of Fiesta DC Magazine brings exactly what our readers are looking for. It goes beyond the DC-area nightlife as race cars and makeshift aircrafts take over daytime entertainment in the upcoming weeks. But we will not abandon our coverage of your favorite people and places. In this issue, we still have our coverage of that concert you may have missed and the club you have yet to try. For the guys, Celebration of Acceleration and the National Red Bull flugtag competition are coming up and you don’t want to miss out! Celebration of acceleration brings your favorite luxury manufacturers together for various races in Baltimore. Check out the details on page 6 of this issue. If you like Red Bull and you like their kind of stunt-driven entertainment, then be sure to check out page 8 of this magazine for their upcoming event over the Potomac River. And we can’t forget about our usual coverage for the month! Take a look at Carlos Vives (page 10) and his recent performance at the Patriot Center this past month as well as a feature on world-renowned Photographer Mo Martinez. Don’t forget about our monthly restaurant review or our review of the best clubs in the area. We are working to provide you with more artist coverage in the months to come. We know you want the exclusive coverage and we are here to provide that! Check out our future issues for even more coverage of artists like Carlos Vives. If there is anything you would like to see more of, please feel free to email magazinefiesta@gmail.com with your suggestions!

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August 9th 2013 Pasadena & Southern Persuasion @ Cancun Cantina with Rebecca Blake, Matt Solsbery and Val Jean on the front page.

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Experience the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT this labor Day weekend as they bring a Celebration of acceleration to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor! The Grand Prix of Baltimore is more than just a racing festival; it is the must-attend festival of the summer for racing fans.  

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Accelerated Sights—Experience the incredible speeds of up to 180mph as open wheel and sports cars rip around the 12-turn, 2-mile street course along Baltimore’s beautiful harbor.

event. This race event offers a chance to see Vipers, Porsches, Ferraris, Corvettes and more as they race through the streets of Baltimore! For more information, visit: www.alms.com

Accelerated Flavors—Send your taste buds into overdrive at “Taste of Maryland” or enjoy a cold drink at Budweiser Party Zone, Southern Spirit and Wine Bars as you take in the rest of the festivities.

IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama For the first time, the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT will showcase the largest single-make series in North America, the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama.  This will be the first-ever appearance by the GT3 Cup Challenge at a street course event.The GT3 Cup Challenge features semi-professional drivers competing in Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars.  The series will run two races during Labor Day weekend, complementing the Grand Prix’s two feature races: The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and the IZOD IndyCar Series. The inclusion of the GT3 Cup Challenge with the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT race festivities is guaranteed to add a new level of racing excitement to this year’s Celebration of Acceleration!

Accelerated Sensations— Feel the rhythm and exhilaration of amazing music and entertainment for the whole family all weekend long, featuring a special performance by the chart-topping band LIVE and a diverse line-up of local and regional bands and performers.  Accelerated Fun— Bring the whole family the Esskay Family Fun Zone.  The kids will have the time of their lives enjoying awesome live entertainment and interactive activities.  Includes Radio Disney performances, SNUG obstacle course from Port Discovery Children’s Museum, KIDRACERS go-karts, Pinewood Derby Races, and more!  Free with your race admission.  RACING SERIES IZOD IndyCar Series This premier american open-wheel racing series offers one of the most diverse and challenging schedules in motorsports.  Featuring races held on ovals, permanent road courses and temporary street courses, this exhilarating series brings accelerated action through the streets of Baltimore!

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For more information, visit:  www.indycar.com Firestone Indy Lights Series Firestone Indy Lights is the development series for drivers striving to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series.   “American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón” should be in RED, and copy/paste: This is the World’s premier sports car racing series, showing only the most luxurious manufacturers and greatest names in motorsports testing their skills at the

Can Hunter-Reay Repeat in 2013? 2012 was quite the year for last year’s Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay. Hunter-Reay raced the No. 28 DHL/Sun Drop Chevrolet car for Andretti Autosport and emerged as a title contender mid-season.  With race victories in Milwaukee, Iowa, Toronto, Baltimore and Fontana, California, he became the first American to win the IZOD IndyCar Series Championship since 2006!. During the 2012 Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT, Hunter-Reay won the 75-lap street-course race, crossing the finish line 1.4391 seconds ahead of Team Penske driver Ryan Briscoe.  This victory for Hunter-Reay positioned him right behind series leader Will Power.  Hunter-Reay was then able to claim victory, winning the series championship at Fontana, California. Now in 2013, all eyes are on the reigning champion for the IZoD IndyCar Series Championship. Join us and watch in person as Ryan Hunter-Reay looks to defend his title in Charm City this Labor Day weekend.

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by: Claudia Ordoñez The Internationally recognized Salsa performer Gilberto Santa Rosa packed the newly renovated Howard Theatre on Sunday, August 25 with the help of El Zol Radio, Washington DC’s top Spanish language radio station. It was an unforgettable night full of Salsa beats and moves both on and off stage! Gilberto started the concert with one of his famous songs, “La Agarro Bajando,” and continued playing many of his well-known upbeat songs throughout the night. Gilberto, known as “El Caballero de la Salsa” or “The Gentleman of Salsa” is one of the most popular and esteemed Soneros to rise to fame in the 1980’s. He was born in Puerto Rico where he studied the saxophone and trumpet as a child. He was influenced by “El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico,” one of the most renowned Salsa groups in music history. In 1995, Santa Rosa became the first Tropical music singer to perform at Carnegie Hall in New york City. He received a Latin Grammy Award for Best Salsa Album and Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Album. He has recorded over 36 albums and holds the record for the most number one albums on the Billboard Tropical Albums chart.

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local event Interested in watching homemade, human-powered flying machines get pushed off of a multi-story flight deck and, quite possibly, crash into the Potomac River? Red Bull may be hosting the event for you. It’s called the National Red Bull Flugtag competition and it takes place on September 21 in five different cities: DC, Chicago, Miami, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Long Beach. It has been taking place for 2 years now all over the globe and, each year, the creations get more outrageous...and entertaining.

In many instances, the machines travel a fair amount of distance, usually around 20-50 feet, before landing smoothly in the water. The current record held is 207 feet! But there are many who do not even get close to the average distance as the machines get pushed over the edge of the flight deck and plummet straight down into the water below, resulting in a more entertaining show. Teams are not only judged on distance traveled, but also on creativity and showmanship, making for some very interesting submissions. Some of the craziest designs have included the “Flying Purple People Eater” (it didn’t get very far) and “Santa and his Sleigh” (the pilot fell out before it even hit the water). Since winning takes more than distance, teams usually wear ridiculous costumes, perform skits and even create their own music, resulting in quite the show! The list of judges has not been announced 8 < FIESTA DC MAGAZINE•AUGUST

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The teams are made up of a maximum of five people and each team devotes months to planning and building their machines. When competition day finally arrives, the team pushes their machine, along with a pilot, off of a 28-foot high flight deck, bracing for the three-story fall. If you were thinking of getting a team together to compete, the deadline was June 1. However, you can still scope out the action this year!

yet, but it will consist of local athletes and celebrities. The Red Bull Flugtag website includes a list of teams from all over the country. Check out the team names, machine designs and bios to get an idea of what to expect! Some examples include Rockin lincoln, a concept conceived during happy hour a week before the application was due, Duck hunt (the pilot will be dressed as the iconic dog) and Viking army SC with a design made to look like a Viking Ship. The DC event is being held at Southpointe, adjacent to the Gaylord Hotel & Convention Center. The first flight takes off at 2 p.m., but the event opens at noon. Showing up early has its perks as spectators can meet the teams and get to see the machines up close before they begin their plunge. Many of the machines won’t survive the competition so get there early to take a look! Tickets will be on sale starting August 1. Individual tickets will be $15 and a four-pack will be $50. Only 8,000 tickets will be sold and there will be no second release or tickets sold on-site. Be sure to buy a ticket quickly! For those driving to the event, ticket holders will be offered access to select parking areas with shuttle service to the event. There will be three lots: Eisenhower Metro Station/Hoffman Town Center, primarily for those coming from Virginia, Rosecroft Raceway, primarily for those coming from Maryland, and finally the National Harbor Plateau for those needing ADA parking for those who have special needs. Shuttles will be running non-stop throughout the day to all lots. For those coming by metro, get off at the Eisenhower Metro station to grab a shuttle. For more information regarding the event including teams competing, stories of other Flugtag events and an overall history, visit Red Bull’s website at: www. redbullflugtagusa.com.

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The iconic Colombian Vallenato artist shook the Patriot Center on Wednesday, July 24 with his popular Vallenato and Tropipo music genres. Carlos made a comeback after being out of the music scene, at least in the USA, for close to 8 years. His Corazon Profundo Tour “Como Le Gusta a Mi Pueblo” presented by SBS Entertainment, kicked off in Puerto Rico and hit 8 USA cities ending in Houston, on July 28th. by: Claudia Ordoñez

El Zol Radio, the primary Spanish language radio Station in the DmV filled the Patriot center with more than 6,000 fans dancing the night away to sounds of Colombian vallenato, fused vallenato, rock and pop rhythms. Carlos did not disappoint his fans as he performed most of the favorites, including his latin Grammy award winning song: “Dejame entrar” and his latest #1 Billboard song “Volvi a nacer” as well as other favorites like “Como le Gusta a Tu Cuerpo”. He stayed true to his audience

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by playing his classic vallenatos, among them “La hamaca Grande” and “Matilde Lina.” Vives kept his audience glued to the stage not only with his upbeat music, energetic moves and beautiful smile but also with backdrop projections of his lovely hometown of Santa martha and of the beautiful and historic City of Cartagena. He flirted with the audience by staging various interactive onstage appearances, including a marriage proposal to the winners of a Univision television contest as he performed his hit “Volvi a Nacer” to the roar of

the audience. Carlos Vives was the first Colombian to obtain a Grammy from the American Recording Academy and has written over 40 songs and sold over 18 million records. In 1993, Carlos began fusing vallenato, rock, pop and Colombian ethnic rhythms introduced in his album “Clasicos de la Provincia”. This album, with its adopted music style known as Tropipo, became a success in all Latin America, culminating with his hit single “La Gota Fria”. In the same year, he won the Billboard Latin Music Awards for best album.

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In 2001, his tenth album “Déjame Entrar” won him his first Grammy award for Best Traditional Tropical Latin album. In 2013, his single, “Volvi a Nacer,” from his latest album released in April 2013, went straight to #1 on The Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart. Carlos has also performed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards and Premio Lo Nuestro shows. He continues his tour in Latin America and Spain. see more pictures of the live concert tour http://www.fullpartytonight.com/concerts/

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Celebrated Hawaiian photographer Mo Martinez captures the beauty of innocence By Jeanette Dove

Photography by Mo Martinez ®

Mo Martinez lives for imagination. As an artist, he captures every aspect of beauty, style and grace in today’s top models in the most exotic locations around the world. Whether it’s arousing your senses with Maxim -style bombshells or shooting images synonymous with European fashion, Martinez highlights his artistic approach with today’s edgy and dramatic book.

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riginally from Hon olulu, Hawaii, and owner of his Zenitram Productions, Mo Martinez has been photographing the most sensational people for 20 years. “When I was 19, I was anxious to see the world and what it had to offer,” Martinez recalls. He then enlisted in the military, and during his course of service discovered what leads him to where he is today - a passion for photography. Already curious about the photography after seeing his brotherin-law’s black-and-white pictures as a child, Mo started shooting scenery but didn’t find a knack for that Style. He soon moved on to people in their natural settings and local parks, shopping malls and on the street. The only problem, he wasn’t making a cent. Mo knew he needed a new business perspective for his newfound love and responded to an ad for a bikini workshop event looking for photographers. Within three months, he was organizing his own swimsuit workshops by inviting top models form the mainland. This new approach was instantly a huge success. “Photographers and models would come from all over the globe to participate,” Martinez said. With numerous magazines, such as Swimsuit Illustrated, Oxygen Magazine and Playboy requesting his services, Martinez developed a reputation for combining edgy fashioned themes with a twist of dramatic lighting. When “Wild on E!” executive director Maggie Welter saw Mo’s portfolio, she called and ask him to be featured on one of the show’s segments , “Wild On The Big Island” - a program seen by more than 350 million homes around the world. “From there, everything fell into place,” Martinez said. “Celebrities, movie sets and the rest is history.” Mo’s most recent projects include shooting

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one of the 14 segments on TV’s newest reality show “The Casinos” under Mark Burnett Productions, the producer responsible for the hits “Survivors” and Donald trump’s “The apprentice.” His segment features the United States Bikini Bowling Team, a sport and genre Mo most treasures. He’s also working with three other publications; shooting the recent Miss Hawaii USA and Miss Hawaii pageants; managing the Hawaiian Islanders, a league football cheerleaders; judging “Dressed to kill,” a series of fashion shows founded and endorsed by former 007 heartthrob Sean Connery; and has also been asked to judge the Hawaiian Tropic regional pageant. Mo even has been contacted by the popular California game show “The Price Is Right” to provide photo services for one of Barker’s beauties. Amidst all his successes, Martinez makes sure to stay close to his roots. To show his dedication to his homeland and help boost Hawaii’s economy, Mo helped orchestrate the state’s first-ever 2000 Modeling Convention, which brought models form New York and Los Angeles. He estimates that in just one day, $40,000 was provided to an array of merchants, vendors and the community. Martinez is a serious photographer who combines art, drama and fashion in his works. He finds that utilizing a combination of outdoor natural lighting and a mini-stroke creates a dramatic effect in his photographs. “It’s not the norm, as you can see in a few of my photos, but it definitely is different when shooting this style,” Martinez said. For Mo, the right style is the one that combines fashion with an artistic edge. Inspired by style icons such as the late Gianni Versace, the European retro wear of LINEA in the latest looks imagine by Donatella Versace, Martinez drives his innovative, sensual style one step further. In one of his most tantalizing

shoots, Martinez procured an executive suite at a hotel and invited several models. Mo combined the high-end attire of Versace and LINEA’s clean-lines gear with the looks of Brazilian supermodel Giselle Bundchen, instantly creating a pure sensation and that “arouses the senses and stimulates hormones in one’s body structure.” For Martinez, sex is simply sex while sensualality is capturing an image that implies sex yet leaves much to the imagination. So what does Mo look for in a model? “Ahh! You hit the right spot,” Martinez said, adding,”I love all women and all women, although not alike, are beautiful in their own way. That is beauty! A model not only has to look good and be healthy, but to be grounded and know her roots. Many times I will see attitudes or users and quickly distanced myself on the individual. I like go-getters who are down to earth and know the value of what it takes to succeed while not forgetting where they came from.” Some photographers pose models to show “nothing but sex.” But to capture a Mo Martinez look, a provocative pose using wardrobe and makeup, is much more sexier than a picture that says “I am all SEX.” Working with top models and major celebrities like Ricky Martin, Bo Derek, Lorenzo Lamas and many others in Hawaii, Australia, Japan, Europe in even Saudi Arabia, Martinez manages to have fun during his shoots. According to Mo, Raye Hollitt, a.k.a. “Zap,” from the “American Gladiators” was one of his most entertaining shoots. “She knew how to have fun with the shoot and we both even horse-played a little on the set,” Martinez said, laughing. “She even put me in a deadlock only because I let her.” For Mo, having fun is what makes things flow smoother and relaxes the models. What truly makes Martinez’s approach to

photography stick out in a highly competitive industry is his passion for making works sensual. With his camera, Mo can capture a model any angle. But it’s his signature pose that defines who he is – when a girl lies on her back turns her hip with her legs crossed, tilts her head way back, and the shot is taken from a low angel head-on. When he shoots outdoors, Martinez prefers tropical settings incorporating earth-tone colors, assuring that nothing takes away from the model and the surroundings. Martinez’s collection is geared for the tropical wear and style. According to Mo, he would eventually like to combine dramatic lighting with a Photoshop effect, something New York-based photographers are using to create a surreal look and mood. Mo’s collection “accentuates the freedom of tropical baring enough to keep you comfortable and at the same time, giving you that sensual edge,” he says. “ I would love to have the opportunity to shoot follow/winter designs but obviously Hawaii doesn’t permit that unless I relocate.” For now, Mo will head off to another shoot in New Zealand where he hears the south island is gorgeous. So off Mo goes, onto another journey, and another chance to showcase his passion and enliven the spirit through style.

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Pines of Italy Category: Ytalian food Location: 3111 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204 Phone: 703-979-0348 www.pinesofitalyarlington.com

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The desert sandy color building situated near the corner of Columbia Pike and highland Street in arlington, Virginia is The Pines of Italy restaurant, a well-known local landmark with a history dating back to 1948, when the famous Italian architect Coco conceived and built the structure. It became a popular nightout for many Washingtonian political elites including President Harry Truman, who was a frequent patron, spending his leisure time there mingling with friends and taking puffs of a cigar. Today, Pines of Italy continues that tradition, serving fine wines and delicious foods to its customers in D.C. metropolitan. The restaurant was renovated in 2010 and is currently owned by Mr. Ali Tajalli and his partner Mr. Ali Tati. A friendly welcome gives first-timers a cozy feeling in a family oriented atmosphere. The dining room is casual with a touch of elegant Italian decorations, an array

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of carefully arranged dishes on covered tables, and soft music playing background. The menu gives diners a variety of selections, from authentic European wines to delicious Italian dishes. The generous serving portion and beautiful presentation will satisfy any customer’s taste palette. The signature dish is the Capellini di angelo alla monilino, a suave taste of thin pasta sautéed with olive oil and served with large perfectly cooked shrimps, scallops and fresh cherry tomatoes with basil leaves; it will satisfy any food critic. Other excellent dishes include the Veal Scallopini a la Francese and the Pesce Spada a la Griglia. Among the popular appetizers are Steam Clams and Steam mussels sautéed with white wine and soaked with olive oil and garlic red or white sauce. If you love Italian food, want to impress your date, or just want to be pampered, then you must book a reservation here. Prices are inexpensive to moderate.

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the bes clu Photography by: Jose Mejia ® • Cancun Cantina If you ever want to hang out in a club and learn how country dance or have some great western food, Cancun Cantina is one of the best places in the area to find it all. Voted by the Baltimore Sun as one of the 100 Best Bars, and located in Hanover, Maryland, Cancun Cantina is a great place to take your friends or a date for all-around fun. They have

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a great selection of food, including their award winning hamburger & Americana food, and 7 different bars & taverns for you to order your favorite beer or cocktail. One of the favorites for patrons is the lounge, a relaxing area where many have conversations over drinks or dinner. Come to the Cantina to enjoy the Wild West themed bar and activities, a favorite for singles, cou-

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ples and groups who want to have a drink while learning how to line dance. The Wild West bar can hold a few hundred country line dancers during their free lessons, so there is plenty of space for even the largest groups. On select nights, there are also live country and western music bands playing. Looking for a different car theme? Their beach theme is right outside the door, where you can find sand, beach chairs and volleyball nets! So too mention the great big Latin nights, every Sunday ... do not miss it

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Things to do Like all of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas has plenty of opportunities to lounge on the beach or swim in the emerald Caribbean Sea. It also boasts a bountiful duty-free shopping scene – just be prepared to brave the cruise ship crowds. Charlotte Amalie swells with Danish colonial architecture and pirate legends. Visit Blackbeard’s Castle, up Main Street, then work up an appetite by climbing the historic 99 Steps, constructed from the ballast bricks of 18th century Danish ships. Magens Bay, considered one of the most beautiful beaches, is on the north end of St. Thomas where you can relax on the beautiful sand and turquoise water. Take in a round of golf at the world-renowned mahogany Run Golf Course. On the east end, Coral World and Mangrove Lagoon provide glimpses of St. Thomas’ rich marine life. Go snorkeling or simply wade in the lagoon to watch colorful fish swim by. For the adventurer who seeks culture, Fort Christian, a U.S. National landmark, is the oldest standing structure in the Virgin Islands and home to the Virgin Islands Museum, where early island memorabilia and old maps trace the islands’ history. Take a walk in Market Square to see a bustling produce marketplace, once one of the West Indies’ busiest 18th-century slave markets. On nearby Government Hill, looming over Charlotte 18 < FIESTA DC MAGAZINE• August

Amalie, stands Blackbeard’s Castle. Known during colonial times as Skytsborg, this 17th-century fortified tower now serves as a popular restaurant and hotel, a favorite for many vacationers. Located in the hills not far from the heart of Charlotte Amalie, Government House has been the center of government in St. Thomas since the mid 1860s. Visitors interested in seeing St. Thomas’ political life may tour the building’s first two floors. The 99 Steps, made by bricks that were once used as ballast on Danish and British ships, were built into the hillside to keep the orderly grid of the city intact. Where to stay St Thomas boasts a wide variety of lodgings, from quaint Bed-n-Breakfast to vacation rentals and secluded cottages on the beach to Five Star hotels. Rated 5 out of 5 by travellers, the Virgin Islands Campground offers rustic accommodations right on the beach. A short ferry ride away from Water Island, Virgin Islands Campground is close to the St. Thomas Government House, Fort Christian, and Emancipation Garden. The campground features 7 guestrooms, furnished balconies with ocean views, barbecue grills and a picnic area. Some of the most popular resorts cater to the everyday vacationer. Bolongo Bay, Secret harbor and Magens Point are three of the most popular resorts on the Island.The

Ritz-Carlton and several Marriott resorts also offer travellers more familiar accommodations. How to get around Flights in and out of the island are serviced by the Cyril E. King Airport. Located between Lindberg and Brewers Bays, the airport is adjacent to the University of the Virgin Islands and close to the shopping district. Taxis are readily available on the Islands, but we recommend taking the Safari Cabs’ open-air bench seat trucks. At one dollar a ride, the Safari Cabs’ route takes you to the most popular tourist spots, regularly picking up island tourists and cruise ship passengers at the bays and stopping at downtown Charlotte Amalie. However, most cars are imported from the mainland United States with the steering column located on the left side of the vehicle, so it can be a harrowing experience for inexperienced drivers. Passenger and limited carferry services to neighboring islands such as Water Island, St. John, St. Croix, and the British Virgin Islands run regularly out of the Red Hook Terminal, Charlotte Amalie, and Crown Bay Marina. For more detailed information on the many popular as well as out of the way places on the island, visit http://www.visitusvi.com/ WWW.fiestaDCmagazine.com >


Explore the Beauty of Paradise Though only 32 square miles in size, St. Thomas has a million miles’ worth of things to do. Go shopping and sailing, snorkeling and sightseeing, or diving and dining. Play a round of golf on the island’s world-renowned golf course, walk on picture-perfect beaches, enjoy the colorfullytinged sunsets and spectacular nightlife. St Thomas is a slice of heaven on earth. put this part into the actual article. do not make it part of the introduction because it does not grab the attention as much you can call the section “brief history” but it should be within the article, not introduction: The island was originally settled around 1500 BC by native the Ciboney people, the arawaks and later the Caribs. Christopher Columbus sighted the island in 1493 on his second voyage to the “New World.” The Dutch West India Company established a post on Saint Thomas in 1657. The Danish conquered the island in 1666, and by 1672 had established control over the entire island through the Danish West India and Guinea Company. The land was divided into plantations and sugar cane production became the primary means of economic prosperity. In 1691, the primary settlement there was renamed Charlotte Amalie in honor of the wife of Denmark’s King Christian V and today is the biggest city on the island.

“ Driving on the island can be a challenge. It is the only place under United States jurisdiction where you drive on the left side of the road. Before the American acquisition of the island in 1917, the Danish drive on the left side of the road, and the practice continues to this day.

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By Rachel Cooper

From August through October each year, the Maryland Renaissance Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances and lots of games. This entertaining family event held is in Anne Arundel County, about 30 miles from Washington, DC. The Festival’s performances inculde a fire-eating show, jousting in full armor, jugglers and magicians, and choral groups. Enjoy a variety of fare from 42 food outlets. Shop at more than 130 craft shops for stained glass, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, wood-butchery, leather-work, inlay, clothing, and glass-blown creations. Delight your children with free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Dates and hours: open weekends 10AM - 7PM, August 24 - October 20, 2013 Location: The intersection of Route 450 and Crownsville Road in Crownsville, Maryland (about 8 miles northwest of Annapolis) Admission: This year’s pricing offers a discount if you visit early in the season. August 24 – September 15, Adults - $17.00, Seniors (62+) - $15.00, Children (7-15) - $8.00, Children 6 & under are free September 21 – October 20, adults - $22.00, Seniors (62+) - $19.00, Children (7-15) - $10.00, Children 6 & under are free Visiting Tips • At the Maryland Renaissance Festival entrance you will receive a guidebook with a map. The map is not very easy to follow so if you have questions ask someone in costume. You will see people in costume everywhere and most are friendly and helpful. • Look at the schedule and plan to attend the jousting. These demonstrations are only offered a few times a day so if you do not plan ahead, you may miss it. • Come hungry and enjoy the food. There’s lots of variety and the prices are reasonable. • Relax and enjoy some of the shows. Be aware that you can’t see them all in one day, so plan accordingly. • Spend some time people watching. It’s fun and interesting to watch the costumed characters roaming the village and the craftspeople at work. For more information, see the official site www.rennfest.com or call (800) 296-7304.

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