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16 TOP TEN REASONS TO VISIT FT. MYERS FLORIDA
06 PLACES TO GO;
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel are a laid-back vacation option for travelers to the Sunshine State.
Off to the Fair and Summer Festivals we go. From A to Z and more!
Festivals A-Z A festival for every occasion and destination this summer!
Top Ten Reasons to Visit Ft. Myers, Florida
20 Midwest Region
Things to Do: Fishing in Michigan Places to Go: Ann Arbor Art Fair Things to Do: Enjoy Cool Cars, Family Fun Places to Go: On a Sculpture Walk Things to Do: Adventure on the Miami River People to See: At Summerfest in Wisconsin
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Eastern Region Places to Go: Hampton Cup Regatta Festivals in Charlottesville The Circus
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Northeast Region Farm to Table Vermont Things to Do: In Maine - Sail Away in Camden Places to Go: 1000 Islands/Singer Castle People to See: Paula Abdul - New Kids
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Vail International Dance Festival - Colorado Things to do: Collecting Buttons Places to Go: Kid’s World LA Things to Do: Pan for Gold - California
60 Southern Region
Places to Go: Festigals Festival - New Orleans Things to Do: Ride the Airboats - Florida
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ABOUT THE COVER: The largest attendance at a State Fair in the USA is in Texas attracting an estimated 3,000,000 people annually. The largest average per day attendance is at the Minnesota State Fair averaging over 150,000 people per day..
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“I wanted the music to play on forever_ Have I stayed too long at the fair? I wanted the clown to be constantly clever_OH have I stayed too long at the fair? I bought me blue ribbons to tie up my hair_ But I couldn’t find anybody to care The merry-go-round is beginning to slow now_Have I stayed too long at the fair? The music has stopped and the children must go now_Have I stayed too long at the fair? Our Weekender Extended Publisher, Michael D. Arnold, shown above, takes some time off from his busy schedule to enjoy the Missouri State Fair with his sons, Justin and Aaron. Share with us which fair or festival you are attending and you will automatically be entered into our summer Weekend Getaway Giveaway. Details are on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
These lyrics, written by Billy Barnes, were sung and recorded first by Patti Page in 1957, then in 1963 by Barbara Streisand. I always think of those lyrics when it’s festival and fair time. I think we all have trouble leaving a fun-filled event that we’ve looked forward to for so long. Those of you who have been readers of The Weekenders very long already know I was born and raised in
the hometown of the Missouri State Fair. I grew up straining in the back yard each summer to see the nightly display of fireworks after the concerts between the row of trees. We always made a whole day of visiting, starting with rows and rows of buildings displaying the best of the best fruit, vegetables, canned goods, baked goods, sewing, handiwork, artwork, farm equipment and farm animals. For me, I just wanted to go to the carnival. Heaven forbid we do that before dark after the thousands of colorful lights had been turned on. It was always such a great grand finale of the day. For some, it’s the live entertainment, for others it’s the food. Still others, it’s the blue ribbons won. Whatever the attraction, places to go, things to do, or people to see, I can assure you at least one or two events featu red in this issue will be sure to please each and every one of you! Happy Fair Days Ahead!!!!!
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Festivals in the U.S. A to Z Festivals in the U.S.!
lbuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
OCT. 1-9 - The 45th annual event is still the premier international ballooning event, powered by the perfect October climate and a phenomenon called the “Albuquerque Box,” (a combination of weather patterns and geographic landscape, the box allows balloonists to control and even retrace their adventure). With more than 500 hot air balloons featured, this year’s theme is “Desert Kaleidoscope.” Balloon Fiesta Park is a 360 acre Park with 100 acres of booths filled with balloons and concessions selling everything from traditional New Mexican food to balloon memorabilia. Each year balloon teams from around the world participate in the event and news coverage comes from more than 50 countries. It has become the most photographed event in the world. Favorite events include the Balloon Glows, Special Shape Rodeo and Music Fiesta. A complete schedule is at www.balloonfiest. com/event-info/event-schedule. -6- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SUMMER 2016
anana Split Festival
June 10-11/WILMINGTON, OH At a restaurant called Hazard’s, owner Ernest Hazard wanted to find a way to attract the students of Wilmington College to come to his restaurant. In 1907, he entered and won a contest held by the city for a new and unusual dish. He took a long dessert dish, arranged a peeled banana and three scoops of ice cream in it, added chocolate syrup, strawberry jam, and a few bits of pineapple. On top of this, he sprinkled ground nuts, and garnished his invention with a mountain of whipped cream and two red cherries on its peak. Today, the original is celebrated with many food, craft and collectible booths promoting the 50s and 60s, a classic car cruise-in, games for the entire family, and free entertainment. But the highlight for most will be the “build your own” banana split booth. For more information and schedule of events, visit www.bananasplitfestival.com
ountry Stampede Music & Camping Festival
June 23-25/MANHATTAN, KS - Come to enjoy the all-star lineup of concerts featuring Tim McGraw, Dierks Bently, Sam Hunt, Jake Owen and others. Live entertainment in three locations: Cenex® Mainstage, Kites Grille & Bar Tuttleville, and the NSAI Songwriters Tent.
Come early - stay late. The fun doesn’t have to end just because the festival gates aren’t open yet! Set up your home-away-fromhome in our legendary State Farm Good Neighbor Campground, located adjacent to the festival in the beautiful Tuttle Creek State Park. Hang out and have a good time with old friends or make new ones in a community of thousands centered around nothing but fun. Please be sure that you are wearing your 3-Day General Admission, VIP, or Reserved Seating wristband if you wish to enter or stay in the campgrounds! Complete information is online at www.countrystampede.com.
The following festival previews are only a few sample of the many, many festivals held across the U.S. The only ingredients required to have a successful one are food, fun, and fellowship with lots and lots of people.
Aug. 25-27/MCMINNVILLE, OR. This town is known as the birthplace of car cruising as far back as 1903. Ralph Wortman wrote about the historic cruising that got City Council’s attention and resulted in the first law concerning cars in Oregon. That car is currently on display in the Key Bank window. Today, this festival is known as “The Northwest’s Cruising Party. The festival gives participants the chance to relive the classic 1950’s car Cruising (driving) on the main street that took place for decades in small towns. The Car Show is a traditional sitting car show held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday before the main cruising event begins.The car show is held at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, home of Howard Hughes’ famed “Spruce Goose” flying boat. New this year is a warmup crusis at 7 p.m. the first night. Also, a new route has been designated for smoother traffic movement. Information is at www.draggingthegut.com
lectric Zoo Festival
airhope Film Festival
NEW YORK - Electric Zoo is an annual electronic music festival held over Labor Day weekend in New York City on Randall’s Island. The festival represents all genres of electronic music, bringing top international DJs and live acts from multiple countries to four stages. This year’s date is Sept. 2-4. Creative partners ID&T have been hired to reimagine the event with a new ‘Transformed’ theme. Examples of the new experience include the new stage design along with the curators of some of the stages. Pete Tong is bringing his “All Gone Pete Tong” party from across the pond at one of the stages. In its 2009 inaugural year, 26,000 people attended. In 2011, Electric Zoo expanded to a 3-day festival with 85,000 attendees. Electric Zoo received International Dance Music Awards nominations in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 for “Best Music Event.” For more information, www.electriczoofestival.com.
Nov. 10-13/FAIRHOPE, AL Get ready for four days of brilliant, entertaining and award-winning films screened throughout our beautiful little town on the Bay. Our selection committee has been hard at work throughout this past year, attending some of the world’s best film festivals and reviewing hours of innovative and creative films as part of our mission to deliver the Best of the Best in filmmaking. Founded as a nineteenth century utopian experiment, Fairhope has flourished as an arts community for over 100 years. Fairhope Film Festival OfficeThe five festival venues, within walking distance of each other, will be located in the famous, flower-filled downtown area—considered Carmel by the Bay–convenient to restaurants, hotels, locally owned shops and the town bluffs, which boast sweeping views of the 413 square mile Mobile Bay. Directors, actors and screenwriters will participate in the screenings both in person and via live electronic transmission.
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Festivals A to Z - Cont. Festivals!
ilroy Garlic Festival
July 19-31/GILROY CA - One of the largest food festivals in the United States, held annually on the last full weekend in July at Christmas Hill Park. Great garlicky food, live cooking competitions, arts and crafts vendors, and lots of fun for the whole family! The heart of the Garlic Festival is Gourmet Alley, the gigantic outdoor kitchen where the world-famous “Pyro Chefs” put on a spectacular flame-up show while preparing garlic-laced calamari and scampi in huge iron skillets. Try the Gilroy garlic fries and garlic bread. And don’t forget the only-in-Gilroy garlic ice cream! Live entertainment on three stages will be featured with a complete schedule listed on the festival website at www.gilroygarlicfestival. There will be cooking contests and demonstrations, arts & crafts, wine tasting pavilion, and a fun Children’s Area too. Advance tickets are now online at http:// gilroygarlicfestival.com. -8- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SUMMER 2016
opscotch Music Festival
Sept. 8-10/RALEIGH NC - An annual 3-day music festival in downtown Raleigh founded by Greg Lowenhagen while he was an employee at the Independent Weekly, a locally owned alternative weekly newspaper and media company. Lowenhagen is the festival’s director, and it is now owned by Hopscotch Presents, LLC. Featuring live entertaimnet by more than 120 different artists such as Andrew Bird, Sylvan Esso, Vince Staples, Big Freedia, and more. Hopscotch is known for adventurous lineups, memorable performances, and a fan-friendly atmosphere. From a large outdoor main stage in Raleigh City Plaza to intimate club shows, the festival features music in almost every genre imaginable. VIP and 3-day wristband packages are available online at http:// hopscotchmusicfest.com/tickets/ ranging from $165 - $225.
ndy Irish Festival
Sept. 15-18/INDIANAPOLIS - Indy Irish Fest’s mission is to preserve, promote and nurture Irish culture, arts, music, sports and history. Our annual festival is an opportunity to share Irish heritage during a weekend encompassing cultural activities and family fun. Some of the activities featured will be the Irish Market, Kilted Mile on Sunday, a Wee Folk area and a Dublin artist on site. Multiple Irish and community charitable organizations benefit.
Concert Pub Night will be Thursday, September 15 and a $5 Early Bird Admission on Friday, September 16 Highlights Affordable Entertainment. Performers scheduled to date are The Led Farmers, Off Kilter, Gailfean, Chance The Arm, and more. For updates to the activities and entertainment schedule, visit online at www.indyirishfest.com or call the info line at 317-713-7117.
A name given to a number of festivals held in honor of John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed. Sept. 17-18/FORT WAYNE, IN Food, crafts, and historical demonstrations at Johnny Appleseed Park. Festival hours are always 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (5 p.m. Sunday) SHEFFIELD PA - Sponsored by the Rotary and Lions Clubs featuring old fashioned games, lumberjack and lumberjill competitions, chainsaw carving, pie baking and chili cook-off competitions, food antique and craft vendors, old fashioned horse pulls, an Antique Appraisal, an Antique Engine Display, Fireworks, etc. APPLE CREEK OH in late July. Features a Chicken Barbecue, Bingo, and a Cornhole Tournament. CRYSTAL LAKE IL - Activities include music, entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin train, pumpkin bowling, apple pie baking/eating contests, clowns, face painting, story telling, wagon rides, Farmer’s Market, more.
ahBang Music and Art Festival
BANGOR, MN - Commonly referred to as KahBang, this 4-day music, art, and film festival features many genres of music, as well as independent film screenings and art installations. Other activities offered are boat cruises, a brew fest, “KahBlock Party,” and the closing “KahBrunch and Kickball Tournament.” At times the festival has offered lodging and camping packages, and the campsite often features additional musical entertainment throughout the event. The annual KAHBANG supports and celebrates innovative independent artists across a variety of media from around the country. The music portion in the past, has featured artists with an indie spirit such as Matt and Kim, Lupe Fiasco and My Morning Jacket. The art side of the festival showcases memorable installations and exhibits, while the film portion boasts world premieres and must-see screenings.
ouisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival
The Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival is called the “Coldest” festival in Louisiana, takes place in the heart of winter. The Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival was chosen as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society in 1989, 2012 and 2013. The festival honors nine native industries, all vital to Cameron Parish, usually on a rotating basis: Shrimp; Farming/Rice; Hunting and Wildlife; Alligator; Oyster; Menhaden (pogy fish); Fur; Cattle; and Oil. In conjunction with each festival, a queen’s pageant is held; an individual is named King Fur to represent the industry being honored; a cookbook is published which contains photographs and winners from the previous festival; a parade is held, and the festival hosts a delegation from its sister festival, the National Outdoor Show from Cambridge MD. Contests include oyster shucking, muskrat and nutria skinning, skeet shooting, trap setting, and duck and goose calling, and a Gumbo Cook-off.
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Festivals A to Z - Cont. Festivals!
usic Festivals various locations
Aug. 5-14 MUSIKFEST-BETHLEHAM, PA - The nation’s largest non-gated music festival. Concerts by Dierks Bently, Aretha Franklin, Sabrina Carpenter, X Ambassadors and More! Restaurant Row, contests, kids activities, comedy shows. http://www.musikfest.org/ Aug. 27-28/PORTLAND, OR Formerly called North by Northwest, it was considered the third largest indoor music festival in the United States. This year’s theme is “ProjectPabst” with two stages at Portland’s Waterfront Park. General admission tickets are available for single or two-day passes. Sept. 2-5/COOKEVILLE, TN Muddy Roots Music at the June Bug Boogie Ranch. It’s three days of music, camping, vintage cars, vendors, and pinups. From punk to traditional country, you will find something (if not everything) that you will love. Spend your Labor Day weekend with us.
ewport Music Festival
July 8-24/MIDDLETOWN, RI A marathon of 66 chamber music concerts in 17 days featuring a cast of 100 musicians from 17 countries. A Summer Gala will be presented: “Rhapsody at Rosecliff on July 15 at 7 p.m. Some of the most talented musicians from around the world come to Newport to perform classical music during this festival. On July 9th at The Breakers, pianist and innovator Gergely Bogányi will present the North American debut of the Bogányi Grand Piano. Gergely Bogányi exemplifies the type of artist the Festival searches the world for, so that audiences can experience the very best. A 10-concert Rachmaninoff Series will feature many of the Russian composer’s most famous and rare works. This summer, the Breakers, Chateau-surMer, The Elms, Rosecliff and Chinese Tea House will be home again to beautiful music. For more information, visit www.newportmusic.org.
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Oct. 15-16/OYSTER BAY, NY - Sponsored by the Rotary, a parade held in honor of former 26th President Theodore Roosevelt was the root of today’s festival. Approximately 200,00+ visitors from along the East Coast come to join in family fun, great food and fundraising. The Food Court offers more than 60 choices with the main feature, of course, oysters. Vendors from around the country make the tented Arts & Crafts pavilion Long Island’s premier crafts market. Many items are not found elsewhere. Oyster eating and shucking contests. Amusements, Thrill Rides & Game Midway, and live entertainment on two stages. For sports enthusiasts, join the 5-K run, a soccar clinic or NFL Punt Pass Kick. Visit Downtown USA along Audrey Avenue, as a great downtown For more information, visit online at http://www. theoysterfestival.org.
June 3 - 4/FORT VALLEY/June 10 - 11/BYRON - PEACH COUNTY, GA - Held in honor of the peach growers for their contribution to our state’s economy and to the food industry nationwide. While most Peach County residents lie asleep in their beds on the final Saturday morning of the Peach Festival, Rich Bennett and his team of volunteer bakers will be wide awake and working on Peach County’s renowned culinary masterpiece: The “World’s Largest Peach Cobbler.” And by 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, a substantial crowd will have already begun to line up for a taste, an annual event many consider to be the most anticipated highlight of the Georgia Peach Festival. Music concert by The Has Beens (four of the original members of the famed Stillwater band and one original member of the Doc Holliday Band) and Tres Hombres at North Peach Park. www.gapeachfestival.com
July/PHILADELPHIA, PA - Founded as the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the name was changed to QFest in 2009. Presented by the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance. Philadelphia QFest is an annual celebration of LGBTQ cinema. The festival features a variety of films including American independent and international selections. In addition to a long list of film screenings, the festival hosts parties, discussion panels, receptions and award events. The festival is an opportunity for a diverse and eclectic community of filmmakers and fans to come together to expand the horizons of art and culture. The event is the third largest of its kind in the US, and the largest on the East Coast. The festival is held in Center City in various venues near and on the Avenue of the Arts. Film screenings take place at The Prince Music Theater, The Wilma Theater, and other locations
BONNER SPRINGS, KS - This year marks the 40th Anniversary to travel back in time and pay heed to the exploits of Jousting Knights on thundering steeds, Roam the village shops for unique crafts, delight in comedy, music, magic and more on our 20 stages of non-stop entertainment, and feast on delicious food and drinks from the far reaches of the globe! There’s something for the whole family in our enchanted 16-acre village. More than 150 shops and vendors sell original crafts and artwork. The site itself is artistic, featuring winding tree-lined lanes, painted murals, and banner-strewn, fancifully decorated buildings. KCRF offers a free Living History Tour in which patrons can view some of these craftspeople at work as well as hear presentations by costumed characters about Renaissance art, science, medicine, and warfare. Open Weekends September 3rd – October 16th Plus Labor and Columbus Day. For more information, go to www.kcrenfest.com
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weet Corn Festival
Aug. 12-14 CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - Held at St. Jude Catholic Church as a fundraiser and carnival offering food, fun, and games for all ages. A wide variety of food items range from pork burgers, sloppy joes, broasted potatoes, and much more including dessert. Hot, fresh, Iowa sweet corn is only $.50 an ear. Volunteers shuck, scrub, and serve 14 tons of sweet corn during the festival weekend. Midway activities include bingo, children’s games, carnival rides and a variety of free local entertainment. Live bands will perform in the beverage tent with only a $3 admission. Must be 21 or over to attend. The Country Store has some of the best baked goods and handcrafted treasures in the whole Cedar Rapids area. The Country Store also has raffle items and a “huge” silent auction plus it is air-conditioned!! FREE PARKING, FREE ADMISSION makes it a perfect summer event for the whole family. We look forward to seeing you there.
Sept. 11/Takoma Park, MD - Attracting an audience from across the Mid-Atlantic region, numerous varieties of music are featured on six stages from local and national artists, including blues, klezmer, bluegrass, Celtic, and hip-hop, and traditional music and dance from around the world. Other performers specialize in traditional and progressive folk music. In addition to music and dance, the festival features traditional storytellers from around the world. Takoma Park is notable for being the home of Takoma Records, a nationally-known blues label started by blues guitarist John Fahey, who (together with other local music institutions) popularized the city as a haven for folk musicians. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Al Petteway, Goldee Han and many others have made their home in and around Takoma Park. For more information, visit www.tpff.org/
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June 27-Oct. 22/CEDAR CITY, UT- Presents life-affirming classic and contemporary plays in repertory, with Shakespeare as their cornerstone. These plays are enhanced by interactive festival experiences which entertain, enrich, and educate. The Festival is held during the summer and fall on the campus of Southern Utah University. The Festival produces an eight-show repertory season. Traditionally, four of the produced plays are written by Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries such as Christopher Marlowe, and the others are non-Shakespearean classics or works by more contemporary dramatists, one of which is usually a musical. The Shakespeare plays are usually performed in the outdoor Adams Shakespearean Theatre, which is modeled after Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The other plays are performed on an indoor proscenium stage, the Randall L. Jones Theatre.
ermont Quilt Festival
June 24-26/ESSEX JUNCTION, VT - As New England’s oldest quilt event, it has also grown into New England’s largest quilt event. Featuring a weekend of quilt exhibits, contest quilts, classes taught by renowned quiltmakers, a champagne preview, vendors, lectures and appraisals, the festival is well attended by both beginner and expert quilters alike. The Festival opens with a festive Champagne and Chocolate Preview each year which has been attended by the Governor of Vermont. VQF celebrates its 40th anniversary Ruby Jubilee this June with hundreds of eye-popping quilts in several exhibits. As part of the celebration, the Festival is very proud to present “Life’s Work: Ruth B. McDowell,” the largest exhibit ever of Ruth’s art quilts. Her quilts have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are represented in many public, private, and corporate art collections worldwide. For more information, visit www.vqf.org
orld Science Festival
Aug. 20/ MODESTO, CA - An annual celebration that bills itself June 1-5/NEW YORK, NY as a bit rock, a bit hip hop and a Science steps into the spotlight with the theme “Rethink Science.” bit funk. The festival features 50+ bands performing across multiple Fifty different events are rootstages over the course of a day. ed in science, but also conform Returning to the streets of Downto the production standards of town as the community event and professional TV and live theatrimusic festival of the summer, past cal events. There is special properformers include Bad Boy Bill, gramming for kids and families, 3OH!3, Puddle of Mudd, Sir Mix A including a Street Fair outdoor Lot and Eve 6, among others. We event at Brooklyn Bridge Park will be announcing this year’s lineand a Cool Jobs presentation.The up in the coming weeks, so stay World Science Festival takes place tuned. in theaters, auditoriums, venues, Over the past 17 years, Chris Ricand outdoor spaces as it gathers ci Presents has brought hundreds great minds in science and the of bands, on hundreds of stages in arts to produce live and digital front of over one-hundred thoucontent that allows a broad gener- sand people for Xclamation! Festial audience to engage with scien- val. This year’s X Fest takes place tific discoveries. Through discuson Saturday with the gates opensions, debates, theatrical works, ing at 5 P.M. X Fest will feature interactive explorations, musical some of the best and most popular performances, intimate salons, touring acts in the country. Tickand major outdoor experiences, ets for the Xclamation! Festival are only $20 in advance. For more inthe festival takes science out of the laboratory and into the streets, formation, call 209.523.4526 or visand parks,wwww.worldsciencef- it www.xfestmodesto.com estival.com. SUMMER 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -13-
Festivals A to Z - Cont. Festivals!
ero Film Festival
psilanti Heritage Festival
Aug. 26-28/YPSILANTI, MI Held at the Riverside Park this community festival offers free admission and all are invited to join in the fun featuring arts & crafts, live music, family activities and entertainment, historical presentations and demonstrations, and so much more. So come on down to Riverside Park and the surrounding areas to enjoy the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival. A festival is only as good as its volunteers, and for over 35 years, the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival has had the best. People from all walks of life come together to share a love of our community, meet new people, and have fun! Each Year The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival presents the best in local, regional & national entertainment. Music, dance, theater, performance and more grace the stages of the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival. With two stages in Riverside Park and one on Frog Island Park, thereâ€™s something for everyone all weekend long!
Exclusive to self-financed filmmakers. Founded by Brad Bores and Richard Hooban in 2007, Zero Film Festival holds annual festival events in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, London and Miami Beach. The American Buffalo is the symbol for the festival, representing the independent spirit.The festival presents feature length narrative and documentary films, shorts, animations, experiments and music videos. Each year the festival features filmmakers and films from a different conflict region, past countries include Georgia, Afghanistan and Lebanon. Another component of the festival is the â€œmade for zeroâ€? series, in which established filmmakers and artists are asked to create unique works with no budget. It provide sa platform in key cultural centers for self-financed films from the global independent film community. Zero Film Festival focuses on community, inclusivity and a general positive atmosphere. www.zerofilmfest.com
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Top Ten... Reasons to visit Ft. Myers
Along the Gulf Coast in Southwest Florida, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel are a laid-back vacation option for travelers to the Sunshine State. You won’t find theme parks and nightclubs here. Instead visitors find family-friendly activities, affordable accommodations and some of the best unspoiled beaches and natural habitats in the state. Oh yes, and lots of seashells. Here are our reasons for visiting:
Sea Shell Collecting The “Sanibel Stoop” and “Captiva Crouch” aren’t dance moves — they are affectionate terms for the posture you’ll take while finding seashells on these islands just off the Florida coast. The Gulf and Caribbean currents meet the East-West beaches of Sanibel and Captiva islands and bring unbroken shells from miles around to shore. Every wave is a new chance at discovering alphabet cones, lightning whelks, calico scallops, dwarf arrow tritons, rare lion’s paws and more.
Green Flash in the Sunset
The Green Flash is not a superhero. It’s when the sun sets below the horizon, and a green burst of light flashes for a moment. Sunsets are a big draw down here, and one of the most popular spots to enjoy them is at the Mucky Duck, a beachfront restaurant on Captiva. Parking can be tough, so get there before 3 p.m., spend the late afternoon on the beach, then grab a drink and watch the sun go down with your toes in the sand. If you miss the Green Flash, well, there’s always tomorrow’s sunset.
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Try some Floribbean cuisine — think fresh seafood, tropical fruits, spices and lots of flavor. This fusion is just one of the many tastes found in the area. Our deal experts recommend the beach bread at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, the orange crunch pie at the Bubble Room and the grouper sandwich at Bert’s Bar & Grill. For a yummy snack, find a spot with locally made Queenie’s ice cream.
It’s Completely Natural Beyond the palm trees, explore Jurassic-like nature parks and preserves that make you forget you’re in Florida. The largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in America, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel offers trails for hiking and biking — but might be best explored by kayak or standup paddleboard. Don’t forget binoculars for prime bird-watching — more than 200 bird species call the area home.
The Shopping On many of the islands, mom and pop shops are the norm — whether it’s galleries, kitschy souvenir shops or small restaurants. Expect many to have “island hours” — after all, they want to hit the beach too. A little retail therapy goes a long way — especially if there are a few bargains to be had in the process. Choose from 140 brand-name stores including Guess, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and Polo Ralph Lauren at the Miromar Outlets in Estero. The Sanibel Outlets in Fort Myers features Coach, a Nike Factory store and more. SUMMER 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -17-
Slower Relaxed Pace
You can leave your FastPass at home. Just about everything is on a smaller scale here — small inns and condos make up most of the accommodations, and even the bigger resorts in the area like South Seas Resort on Captiva offer up villas and cottages with kitchens. You’ll find as many bikes and golf carts as cars on Periwinkle Way, the two-lane road that travels through Sanibel Island.
Quality Family Time With calm, warm waters largely free of steep drop-offs, the white-sand beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel are a big draw for families traveling with children. There’s more than 50 miles of beach in the area — so it’s a good bet you’ll be able to find a patch of sand to call your own. When you’re not flying a kite, soaking up the sun, building sandcastles or searching for seashells down by the seashore, look out into the Gulf to see dolphins jumping out of the surf.
Canoe or Kayak There’s even more below the surface. As inviting as the beaches are, the warm Gulf water is a big draw for many visitors to the area. The gentle waves make snorkeling fun for first-timers. Canoe or kayak along with manatees and dolphins on the 190-mile Great Calusa Blueway weaving through mangrove creeks, Lover’s Key, Estero Bay and beyond
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In Good Company Two titans of American innovation, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, were neighbors in Fort Myers and their homes are now open to the public. Visitors can tour their homes, check out the inventions in the museum and laboratory, and walk through the gardens. Families will want to try the Young Inventors’ Tour with four handson scientific activities, offered at 11 a.m. on Saturdays (Adults $12, kids 6-12 $5, under 6 free).
Walking the Artwalk
There’s a vibrant arts scene in this corner of Southwest Florida. Stop by the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, the one-time Fort Myers post office has been transformed into a cool space for concerts and exhibitions. Enjoy Fort Myers’ Downtown Art Walk on the first Friday each month, when 11 galleries in the River District stay open late with receptions, music and free shuttles. You won’t find many bass-thumping nightclubs here, but there’s still plenty to do after dark. Once the sun goes down, look up. Stargazing is incredible on the islands — thanks to the lack of lights.
There’s plenty of fish in the sea — tarpon to be exact — and anglers travel great lengths to drop a line in the waters surrounding Fort Myers & Sanibel — whether it’s from a boat or from what locals call “the fishingest bridge in the U.S.” — the Matlacha Bridge between Pine Island and Cape Coral. When you’re not shelling, swimming, kayaking, canoeing or paddleboarding — there’s still plenty of outdoor fun to be had.
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CAPTAIN’S CHOICE: Traverse City Fishing Guides reveal their favorite spots. By Mike Norton
TRAVERSE CITY, MI -- For nearly a century, Traverse City’s worldclass recreational fishery was a jealously guarded secret, but it’s no secret anymore. These days, anglers from around the world are heading to northern Michigan to try the region’s legendary fishing. But when you’re faced with so many choices, it’s hard to decide where to start. Rather than try to come up with an answer, we asked three top local fishing guides what their favorites are. Captain Ben Wolfe Wolfe Outfitters Ben might have been the wrong person to ask, because he has too many favorites for one fishermen; he fishes in too many places and too many seasons. (He even takes clients out on the ice for midwinter fishing.) “We have so many opportunities to fish for different species, so many different seasons and differ-
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ent lakes and streams, it’s really hard to choose just one.” Ben caught his first fish when he was four years old, using his grandfather’s fly rod. Even when he was living in New York City working as a French chef, he’d return each summer to chase the smallmouth and salmon, and the place eventually drew him back. “The boat is my office now,” he says. “But details are everything,
in Traverse City’s
s t o p S e t i r o v a F Captain Cameron Garst
just as much on the water as in a professional kitchen.” Today he lives in Beulah, less than a mile from his parents’ house, but he’s more often found on the water. In fact, he runs three different companies -- Traverse City Bass Fishing, Wolf Outfitters and Sport Fish Michigan – and started his own line of designer coffee, called Deep Blue. “There’s a lot of exciting things happening in this place, and I’m glad to be part of it,” he says. Captain Cameron Garst Showtime Charters Cam Garst, on the other hand, definitely has a favorite spot to fish. His 21-foot Tiara fishing yacht , Showtime, only cruises one place: the West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay. In fact, he rarely ventures farther north than Power Island, so his catches mostly take place within signaling distance of downtown
Traverse City. “The fish are right here, so there’s no reason to waste time and gas on long trips,” he says. “It helps me keep my prices down.” His favorite fish: lake trout, a large native Great Lakes species (a good-sized laker weighs about seven pounds) that he finds much tastier than salmon. They’re deepwater fish, so his clients will find themselves casting into the deep canyons in the middle of West Bay, and they put up a good fight, too. (The fish, not the clients.) Like a lot of guides, Cam became a fishing guide after working a more mundane job: as circulation manager at the Traverse City Record-Eagle. He started Showtime Charters in 1982 with a 27′ Chris Craft and quit his job a year later to pursue fishing as his fulltime occupation. But the best thing about the job, he says, is the people he fishes with. Turn to Next Page... SUMMER 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -21-
“It’s a people job,” he says. “I can be out with a brain surgeon in the morning and in the evening with a guy who works in waste management, and we have the same fun, tell the same jokes.” Captain Brian Pitser The Northern Angler As a fly fishing instructor and specialist, you’d expect Brian Pitser’s favorite fishing to be casting for brookies from a driftboat on one of the area’s blue-ribbon trout streams. But what really captivates him right now is using a fly rod to chase carp in the gin-clear shallows of Grand Traverse Bay. “It’s kind of an interesting niche, going after carp in May or June out on the Bay,” he says. “I just had a group come up from Florida – during their prime tarpon season – to try it and see what it’s like.” For most of the season, though, Brian is likely to be found guiding anglers on the Betsie, Manistee, Platte or Au Sable rivers. A graduate of Hillsdale College, he worked six years in the corporate world and decide to take a couple of years off as a fishing guide before heading to law school. The “couple of years” just kept growing though, and after 14 years of guiding and instructing he bought The Northern Angler Fly Shop in Traverse City in 2010. The best part of being a guide, he says, is being able to introduce newcomers to the sport of fly fishing and the storied lore of northern Michigan – birthplace of Trout Unlimited and the legendary Adams Fly. “Fishermen come to Traverse City from all over the country, especially from Texas -- even Florida in the summer -- and I love to show off what this area has to offer,” he says. For more information about Traverse City’s world-class fishery, and for information about lodging, dining and other activities in Michigan’s “True North,” contact Traverse City Tourism at traversecity.com or call 1-800-TRAVERSE.
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ANN ARBOR, MI - The Annual Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair is one of four official partner fairs that comprise the award-winning and highly-respected Ann Arbor Art Fair. More than 500,000 people attend the event each year. The 47th Annual Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair is a juried, fine art event featuring the members of the Guild of Artists & Artisans. It is located in the heart of Ann Arbor stretching from its charming downtown to the campus of the University of Michigan. The Summer Art Fair has 375 exhibiting artist booths, art demonstrations and features special guests including the Carr Center Artist-in-Training program. One of Michigan’s finest traditions and one of the largest outdoor art fairs in the nation, the event (Thursday, July 21 thru Sunday, July 24) transforms the trendy “Big Ten” college town streets into an art lover’s paradise. From seasoned art enthusiasts to novice collectors, thousands will make the trip to discover something truly inspiring. Browse the
fabulous exhibits of original works of art, view demonstrations, enjoy the music and other street performances as well as the festive atmosphere and experience the culinary treats. There will be a variety of sidewalk sales. Plan your stay through Sunday for the perfect long weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.theguild.org
Location The 47th Annual Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair includes two locations. The campus section (booths C001 – C152 and C500 – C528) is on State Street from Madison to William. The downtown section (booths D154– D375) is on Main Street from William to Huron and Liberty Street from Ashley to Fifth Avenue.
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ENJOY COOL CARS AND FAMILY FUN DURING HOT SUMMER NIGHTS AT THE LAKE OF THE OZARKS
Lake of the Ozarks, MO. - As the sun begins to set over the waters of the Lake of the Ozarks on the second Friday of the month, the historic Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark will heat up with the sounds of revving engines and jukebox classics. One of the largest “cruise-ins” in Missouri, Hot Summer Nights, kicks off its annual summer series from 6-11 p.m. on Friday nights Every year, beginning in mid-May and continuing through mid-September, “The Strip” becomes a hotbed of hot rods, classic cruisers, muscle cars, vintage trucks and motorcycles and even a handful of custom vehicles. Visitors to the Lake will have five opportunities on the second Friday of each month (July 8, August 12 and September 9) to take in these awesome autos and enjoy all the fun the Lake area has to offer during the Hot Summer Nights events, which take place rain or shine. Over the last couple of years, Hot Summer Nights has been attracting thousands of visitors for each installment and has also been consecutively named the best annual event at the Lake of the Ozarks by Lake Lifestyles magazine.
“Hot Summer Nights has just exploded in popularity,” says one of the event organizers, Robert Schwartz. “It’s been amazing to watch it grow over the years. People really enjoy the sense of nostalgia as well as the classic Americana vibe along The Strip. And, I’m pretty sure it’s the only ‘cruise-in’ event in the nation where you can come by land or by water. Many people drive in, but a lot arrive by boat and tie off at Beavers at the Dam Bar & Grill, which is right in the heart of the action. So, that just adds to it.” This free, family-friendly event features all makes and models of classic and custom vehicles, along with live entertainment, deejays, fun activities for kids, helicopter rides, giveaways and much more.
Schwartz says that many attendees plan their weekend to the Lake of the Ozarks around Hot Summer Nights. Visitors come to explore the different activities and attractions available at the Lake and then head to “The Strip” to have a good time and to see all the sights. “It’s a fun street party and people make a full day of it. The fact that it’s so family-oriented has really been key in its growth.” Event attendees can check out all the classic and custom cars; children get to interact with a plethora of entertainers, including clowns, magicians, face painters and charcoal artists; in addition, kids can listen to stories of the high seas with Captain Scalawag while he makes his rounds in his mini-pirate ship. The overall theme for 2016’s Hot Summer Nights series is “Cruisin’ to the Lake,” but each monthly installment has it’s own mini-theme. The theme for the May 13 event was “Route 66: Detour to the Lake,” celebrating the 90th anniversary of this fabled highway, which first took root in 1926 in Springfield, Mo. Hot Summer Nights organizers have rallied multiple Route 66 associations from
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Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma, as well as other Missouri towns steeped in the history of the “Mother Road,” to set up a Route 66 “village” along The Strip. Many representatives from these associations, communities and organizations were present to tell tales of this storied thoroughfare and provide more information on Route 66 and Route 66 events. In addition, the famed Lennon Family trio from Branson opened the evening with a rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” In June, attendees were encouraged to put their tops down and cruise to the Lake to honor the classic “Rag Tops and T-Tops,” so there was no shortage of open-air carriages to check out. The event on July 8 will focus on “Rats, Rods and Street Machines,” where plenty of tricked out, street legal hot rods will be on full display. On August 12, “Since ‘66: 50 Years of Cruising the Strip” commemorates the history of the Bagnell Dam Strip as well as the Lake area; therefore, many vendors and businesses along “The Strip” will offer special 1960s prices on merchandise and more.
Team, as well as a 21-gun salute. In 2015, more than 100 local military heroes joined the “Vettes for Veterans” parade and rode down the Bagnell Dam Strip in Corvettes as onlookers waived miniature American flags. For more information and updates on Hot Summer Nights, visit the event’s Facebook page at www. facebook.com/cruisehotsummernights. For more family-friendly spring and summer events, attractions, as well as all dining and lodging options available at the “Best Recreational Lake” in the Nation, visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau website at www.FunLake.com, or call 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253).
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Joseph Sculp “The same day I witnessed two people admiring the new sculpture in front of the Allied Arts Council building, another couple came into the office to get a brochure on the new walk schedule,” said Teresa Fankhauser, Executive Director of Allied Arts Council. The Sculpture Walk is a program of the Allied Arts Council that introduces contemporary outdoor public art and sculptures to our community. The Walk is a yearlong exhibit of national, juried, outdoor sculptures displayed in Downtown St. Joseph and includes an eclectic mix of 17 sculptures from artists nationwide. This year the sculptures truly do come from all over the United States - from as far away as Brooklyn, NY; Santa Fe, NM; and Georgia, and much nearer to home from Kansas City and Nebraska. Some of the early favorites bring whimsy and nostalgia to our fair streets. Inspired by stories of wild pigs getting huge, artist Dale Lewis brings us “Hogzilla,” a steel armature piece covered in salvaged stainless steel. Likewise, “Cow and Calf” by artist James Burnes, combines the natural elements of the earth with the ingenuity of manmade steel. Burnes hopes to “explore how one informs the other and how together they create new understanding, reminding us of our earthbound roots.” Continued on Page 42... -26- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SUMMER 2016
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Sculpture Continued. . . Standing sentinel over the Allied Arts Council office is “Icicle” by artist Joan Benefiel, built to capture appears to be carved directly from it. Benefiel says she is “inspired by the spark of magic that occurs when the expressive power of the human form meets (my) favorite medium.” She sculpts her figures first in clay, plaster and wax before casting them in the most technically advanced luminous resin, resulting in breathtaking incandescent forms. Several bronze forms are also present this year, such as “William’s Secret Garden” by Pokey Park. Park used her youngest son as inspiration, immortalizing him and the rabbit he brought home from school in her piece. Human form sculptures are always popular, perhaps because it’s easy for the audience to imagine themselves in the piece. How can you be involved? Help determine the People’s Choice Award by picking up a Sculpture Walk brochure from various downtown businesses and voting for your favorite. Voting is open from now until January 2017. If you fall in love with one of the sculptures, it can be yours! All sculptures currently on display are on loan to the Allied Arts Council for a year, but are all for sale! Many of the smaller pieces are perfect for your home or office space, and the larger pieces are great for gardens, office parks or retail spaces. The sculptures come from all over the country and add creativity and sophistication to any property whether it be a home or business. For a full list of sculptors and a map for the Sculpture Walk, please visit www.stjoearts.org.
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Adventures on the Great Miami Where Every day is an Adventure Tipp City OH
By Frank Satullo ZoneFree Publishing TIPP CITY OH – With every chirping bird, splashing fish and ray of sunshine, the Ohio summer is begging for you to come out and play. Adventures on the Great Miami is a great place for you and your family to plan your fun both on and off the river. “We’ve been operating on the Great Miami River for about 8 years now,” says Chris Jackson, owner of Adventures on the Great Miami. “It started out pretty modestly with the money and know-how from my concrete business. We just kept adding to the grounds each and every year. Things have really been taking off in the last few, though. It’s an exciting time for sure.” With a fleet of kayaks, canoes, rafts, tubes and stand up paddleboards available to rent, sunscreen and dressing for the possibility of getting wet is all you really need to worry about. From the launch point and 5-miles back to the property is a nice and easy stretch of river, accommodating to paddlers of any skill levels. “It’s great seeing all of the different people we get coming through,” adds Brian Johnson, Marketing Manager. “You don’t need to worry about much besides the basic skills and safety that we share before seeing you off. The only time I’ve really been concerned about anyone getting on the river is seeing some of the nice shoes they wear.” Adventures on the Great Miami’s 17-acre grounds also include 10 primitive camping sites, a finished cabin and soon a pair of teepees, so the -30- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SUMMER 2016
fun in the sun can continue on into the night. “It’s really set up for any level of comfort in camping,” Jackson said. “The cabin is fully furnished, the teepees provide your shelter and the camp sites are set up right next to the river or tucked nicely in the woods.” Throughout the year, Adventures on the Great Miami also hosts a number of unique events. This June they hosted Southwest Ohio’s first ever river race with The Great Miami 12 Mile River Race and Fun Float. “It’s our first year but we’ve been talking about this for a while so it’s great to see all of the planning come together,” Johnson said. “It’s not just a race either. The fun float is going to have a costume and team flag contest and we’ve got prizes for the team who’s able to collect the most trash on their way down.” Jackson’s ambitions are no longer limited to his own 17-acres either as Adventures on the Great Miami has started offering boat rental at Troy’s recently remodeled Treasure Island Marina. “The city’s done a great job in remodeling Treasure Island and I’m thrilled to be a part of what they’re doing,” Jackson said. “Right now we’re doing rentals and trying to host a few classes to get people comfortable on the river. I’ve got some big plans though. Like I’d love to see us hosting an airboat rally there by next summer.” For hours, location and other information, call 937266-6252 or visit https://greatmiami.net/.
Canoegrass is back! That’s right! Mark your calendars and get your tickets today. Canoegrass is a playing in the river, laughing your ass off kind of bluegrass festival and campout. The banks of the Great Miami River will come alive with the best entertainers in the region. This isn’t your ordinary festival. Get ready to get wet, wild and stomp your feet and splash your friends all weekend long. The best seat in the house just may be from a canoe or tube! Bring a friend, a cooler, camp and celebrate river life at Adventures on the Great Miami. By the end of weekend, everyone will be yelling “Paddle Faster I hear Bluegrass! This year we plan to add more musicians and Tomfoolery to the schedule each day to get even more value out of your ticket price. The 2016 Lineup includes: Friday lineup includes Jay Cullis, Honey and Houston, The Goldsberry’s and Friends, Fox Valley Harvest and The Repeating Arms. Saturday lineup includes Sugargrove Bluegrass, The Devil Doves, Old News, Erika Hughes and the Well Mannered, Woody Pines and Blue Caboose! Arrive early Friday, set up camp and stay all weekend. Bring your own food and beverage! We will have Shakery Juice Bar, Fronana and Dayton Urban BBQ if you aren’t the cooking type. Purchase your tickets today through the link at www.greatmiami.net
Festival highlights include:
Camping Dozens of Bluegrass Musicians, Riverfront Tomfoolery – Canoe Jousting, Slip N Slide, Squirt Gun Battles, Rope Swing. Canoe Cooler Happy Hours Campfire Jams and Open Mic, Food Trucks, Fishing, Biking, Hiking SUMMER 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -31-
People to See
Summerfest The punk pop favorites are back with their highly anticipated
Blink - 182 7 p.m. July 5
seventh studio album, California, set for release July 1 on BMG. Since their humble beginnings 24 years ago, Blink-182 has sold over50 million albums worldwide and rocked audiences having become one of the defining rock bands of their generation.
With 10 studio albums and countless sold out shows under
Def Leppard 7 p.m. July 6
their belts, it might seem like Def Leppard have done it all. However, while recording their self-titled 11th full-length studio album, and first since 2008â€™s Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, the band members found themselves in a rather new position.
Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke has placed 15 singles at
Luke Bryan 7 p.m. July 7
#1 and sold nearly 8 million albums with 30 million digital tracks from his 5 studio albums. He has twice been named Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Assoc. His fifth studio album, Kill The Lights, debuted at No. 1 .
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By Norman Reed, Assistant Editor
Considered the Worlds Largest Music Festival, the headliners scheduled are better than ever. They will be performing at the Marcus Ampitheatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. July 5-10 and Tickets may be purchased for each concert online at www.summerfest.com and ticketmaster.com As with the launch of every new Paul McCartney tour, One On
Paul McCartney 8 p.m. July8
One promises to unveil a dazzling re-designed set, dozens of classics from the most beloved catalogue in popular music, spanning Paul’s entire career—as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle—and no shortage of surprises.
Weezer, the alternative rock band has sold over nine million albums
Weezer and Panich At the Disco 7 p.m. July 9
in the U.S. and over 17 million records worldwide. Panic! At The Disco is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed rock band. Their latest album, Death Of A Bachelor debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
Composer, singer, actor, author and activist, Sting has released
Sting and Peter Gabriel 8 p.m. July 10
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91st Hampton By Ryan Downey HamptonCVB.com
The nationâ€™s oldest continuously running hydroplane race celebrates 91 years racing on August 6-7 in Hampton, VA Hampton, Virginia- This August 6-7, speed into aquatic action as the 91st annual Hampton Cup Regatta, the oldest continuously running hydroplane race in North America, returns to Mill Creek in Hampton, Virginia. Join upwards of 25,000 spectators for a weekend of on-the-water thrills, chills, and racing excitement. Up to 80 hydroplanes, flat bottoms, and jersey speed skiffs from the United States and Canada are expected to compete during the 91st annual event. Mill Creek is at the entrance of Fort Monroe. This year, the Hampton Cup Regatta will welcome some of the fastest watercraft in the world. With boats as long as 20 ft., and some reaching speeds of 150 mph, these vessels often set both national and world records. Best of all, the Hampton Cup Regatta is one of the last remaining boat races in the country free of charge! In 2016, Hampton hosts up to 12 classes of the fastest hydroplanes in North America. Considered the loudest piston-powered racing boats in the world, these hydroplanes are sure to have on-lookers marveling. On Saturday and Sunday, racing starts at 12:00 noon (bridge opens at 11:00 a.m.) and ends 5:00 p.m. -34- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SUMMER 2016
*If there are rain delays, racing will continue after the rain. Races will not be canceled unless a complete rain out. in Mill Creek, located at the entrance of Fort Monroe from the East Mercury Boulevard Bridge in Hampton, Virginia. Other weekend festivities include food and beverage vendors, souvenir programs, childrenâ€™s area, racing-enthusiast clothing and collectibles, autograph sessions, racer meet-n-greets, and more. There will also be ATM machines on the bridge for the duration of the weekend. Lawn chairs are highly encouraged as bleacher seating is extremely limited. Attendees are also encouraged to bring pop-up tents or umbrellas for
Cup Regatta shade; however coolers, pets, bikes, and skateboards are not permitted. Tune in to Hampton Cup LIVE! at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday through July 30 on 1490AM The Outlaw. The show will also broadcast live from the races. Saturday, August 6: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 7: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. FREE The oldest continuous inboard race in North America, Hampton Cup Regatta was first held in 1926. The regatta is the largest sporting event in Hampton, drawing spectators from as far away as Canada and having drawn racers from as far away as New Zealand. Partially bordered by the Hampton Roads harbor and Chesapeake Bay, Hampton, with the 344,000 sq. ft. Hampton Roads Convention Center and the award-winning Hampton Coliseum, is located in the center of Coastal Virginia and the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Hampton is the site of America’s first continuous English-speaking settlement, the site of the first arrival of Africans in English North America, and is home to such visitor attractions as the Virginia Air & Space Center, Fort Monroe National Monument, Hampton History Museum, harbor tours and cruises, Hampton University Museum, The American Theatre, among others. For more information on the 91st annual Hampton Cup Regatta, check out www.hamptoncupregatta.com or dial 757/727-8311. SUMMER 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -35-
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At Charlottes By Bri Warner CACVB Director
C H A R LOT T E S V I L L E CELEBRATES SUMMER WITH THE STAPLE AND NEW FESTIVALS & EVENTS.
Itâ€™s all about the arts and agriculture with events such as LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, the Heritage Theater Festival, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, and the Albemarle County Fair The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) invites visitors and locals alike to take part in some really amazing festivals and events this summer. Presenting gallery shows, outdoor exhibits, nightly projections, and on-stage interviews along the historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, LOOK3 â€“ Festival of the Photograph celebrates the art of photography in all its forms. Gallery exhibitions are free and open to the public until June 26, unless otherwise noted. Visitors can admire the TREES exhibition, with gorgeous poster-size pho-
tographs hanging from the trees on the historic Downtown Mall. The banners feature extraordinary award-winning natural history images by National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting. Another important component of this festival is LOOK3 EDU, which provides relevant continuing education to photographers at all levels of accomplishment toward understanding creative tools available to them today and diverse paths to appreciative audiences for their work. A full event and seminar schedule can be found at http://www.look3.org/ Visual art lovers can also visit The
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Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, where the Andy Warhol: Icons exhibit is being presented through September 18. In 2014, The Fralin was the beneficiary of a gift of several works of art by Andy Warhol from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Among these were silkscreens from the significant series Saint Apollonia and Cowboys and Indians, both created by Warhol during the 1980s. In 2016, The Fralin is pleased to present these pieces within the entire larger series of prints, revealing the diverse range of subjects that captivated the iconic artist. The exhibition pays special tribute to the
sville Festivals concept of the icon, and the fluid definition of that term in contemporary society, particularly in relation to its historical definition. From Annie Oakley to Liza Minnelli and Saint Apollonia, in these prints as in other works, Warhol played on notions of celebrity through the use of the singular iconic image— repeated, reproduced, and reversed. The exhibition will highlight these practices and other similar techniques and thematic tendencies that appear throughout Warhol’s oeuvre—practices that allowed Warhol to perpetuate and perform some of the most important work of Pop art. Visit http://www.virginia. edu/artmuseum/exhibition/warhol/ for more information. On June 25, Starr Hill Brewery hosts its first-ever festival, the IPA Jambeeree, celebrating craft beers, India pale ales, and music in Virginia. IPA Jambeeree promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience for craft beer and music lovers with over 15 Virginia Breweries pouring over 50 IPAs. The festival will also include educational brewer sessions, exhibits from local and national hop growers, a home brew competition, local food trucks, games and prizes, and local music on two stages! Proceeds will bene-
fit Claudius Crozet Park’s Play Crozet Capital Campaign, an initiative to fund the building of a new amphitheater in the park. Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $25 – $60. Special pricing is available for designated drivers and attendees between the ages of 13 – 20. Children 12 and under are free. The event will take place at the Hangar Park at Starr Hill Brewery in Crozet. More details can be found at http://www.jambeeree.com/
Theater lovers are in for a treat, as the 42nd edition of the Heritage Theater Festival (HTF) kicks off an exciting five-show season on June 30. Since 1974, the HTF has been in residence during the summer months as the University of Virginia’s professional theatre. Filled with classic audience favorites and fascinating contemporary works, the HTF has an irresistible line-up of amazing productions again this summer, starting with Gilbert
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& Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance taking stage in the Culbreth Theatre. Then, Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins by Stephen Temperley will be presented in the beautiful Ruth Caplin Theatre, followed by You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, based on the comic strip PEANUTS by Charles M. Schulz will be performed in the Ruth Caplin Theatre. Comedy enthusiasts are in for a treat when The Odd Couple by Neil Simon take the Culbreth Theater by storm. Finally, The Wonder Bread Years, presented in the Ruth Caplin Theater will close this year’s HTF’s season. A full performance schedule and tickets (including season tickets) are available at www.virginia.edu/heritagetheatre/ Another staple event will return for its 38th season; the Ash Lawn Opera Festival will be presented at The Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville. The Festival will begin with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, the comedic classic full of mistaken identities, deceptive servants, jealous lovers, and sublime music, is a production you won’t want to miss. Cosi Fan Tutte will be presented on July 10, 13, and 15. The summer continues with five performances of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific on July 23, 24, 27, 29, and 30. You’ll leave the theater humming your favorite tunes from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ever-topical, Pulitzer Prize win-
ning musical. In addition to the spectacular productions mentioned above, the Festival also provides a wide range of educational programs for youth and adults; professional training for emerging artists and interns; and seeks to enrich the cultural vitality and quality of life in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region. More information is at www. ashlawnopera.org and tickets can be purchased at www.theparamount.net. The Albemarle County Fair will be held August 4 - 6 on the beautiful historic site of James Monroe’s Highland. A fun and festive “Old-Time Country Fair,” the 2016 Albemarle County Fair will be a three-day agricultural celebration, complete with farm animals, exhibits, baked goods, crafts, family entertainment, 4-H events, livestock, and grand old-time country fun! The programs strive to provide wholesome entertainment and activities that em-
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phasize the deep human, natural, and agricultural resources of Central Virginia. In addition to this year’s longer hours, 2016 features more fun-filled attractions than before. Visit http:// www.albemarlecountyfair.com/ for more information. For accomodations, and further events, please visit the official destination website for Charlottesville and Albemarle County www.visitcharlottesville.org The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB): operates the Downtown Visitor Center (610 E Main St) which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a second visitor center, the Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center in downtown Crozet (5791 Three Notch’d Rd) at the historic train depot; it is open Wednesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The official website of the CACVB is www.visitcharlottesville.org.
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Farm to B BURLINGTON, VT, www.farmtoballet. org/), a Burlington-based dance company, will stage throughout Vermont beginning in early August six performances of an original composition linking farmers and food production to music and dance. Programs are scheduled at agriculturally relevant sites. Some of the evenings that combine music, dance and food are organized as fundraisers to assist farmers. Chatch Pregger, who left the ranks of professional ballet dancing to become a teacher, has choreographed a 75-minute program that weaves together the timeless arts of farming and ballet. The company is made up of 18 volunteer dancers, five paid dancers and five paid musicians. Rehearsals are at Spotlight Vermont studio in South Burlington. Hundreds of hours of volunteer time go into the handmade costumes and props as well. This dance collaborative celebrates Vermont’s vibrant food system and helps to expand classical ballet’s audience. “Now that I’ve seen our dancers in a farm environment, I realize this is how I’ve always wanted to see ballet: in its grittiness, its reality, on nature’s perfect stage,” says Pregger. Many of the performances serve as fundraisers -44- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SUMMER 2016
to support and honor the work of conservation organizations and that of local farmers. “We were so excited to raise over $12,000 last summer to support these efforts. We had a great first season and we are excited to expand and continue the momentum of the unique celebration of dance and the environment,” Pregger adds. Last year the project received local and national attention with
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headlines in the Boston Globe, Modern Farmer, Civil Eats, the USDA blog and National Public Radio.
Currently the 2016 summer sea includes nine performances throughout the state in July an August. The venues include, among others, Shelburne Farm
July 16 to Philo Ridge Farm in Charlotte, VT July 30 to Golden Well Farm & Apiaries in New Haven, VT July 31 to Earth Sky Time Community Farm/NOFA-VT in Manchester, VT Aug. 6 to Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, VT
ting farmers, food producperformances of original/ choreography through Auermont rural landscapes.
The evenings of celebration are scheduled to come:
in Shelburne, Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock and Earth Sky Time Farm in Manchester.
Aug. 7 to GMC Cerridwen Farm, a RAFFL Benefit, in Poultney, VT Aug. 14 to Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT Aug. 20 to Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, VT Aug. 21 to Von Gal Farm in Essex Junction, VT
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Things to Do
Celebrate Lark Hotels’ Newest Property with a Summer Getaway
CAMDEN, ME - As if a getaway to mid-coast Maine’s most picturesque harbor town wasn’t tempting enough, Lark Hotels is giving travel-ers another reason to venture to Camden this summer. Guests may now make reservations for a summer escape to their newest property. The iconic hotel, which originally opened its doors in 1901, has undergone s complete renovation while still maintaining the grandeur of the original structure. Rachel Reider, the interior designer behind Whitehall and many of Lark Hotels’ style-savvy properties, has incorporated Camden’s “mountains meets the sea” aesthetic into the 36 rooms, suites, Sam Talbot. The venue will focus and common spaces. Guests will on Maine’s farmland and fisheries, featuring a raw bar and dishes such find themselves immersed in an artisan Maine atmosphere with the as Sam’s Porchetta with Eggs and mischievous touches and modern Poet Hot Sauce, Grilled Clams with amenities one has come to expect Nori Butter, Shiso, and Chinese Mustard; and his take on a Grilled from Lark Hotels. Cowboy Steak complimented by When guests are not challenging Japanese eggplant, Peekytoe Crab Croutons, Smoked Garlic Greens, each other on the property’s and Toast. shuffleboard court or sipping
poet who was discovered at Whitehall in 1912.
About Lark Hotels
Lark Hotels is a collection of boutique hotels inviting guests to experience modern luxury in the heart of an iconic destination, to feel the pull of a nostalgic getaway while surrounded by today’s amenities and to find attentive service when they want a fresh cocktail on the hotel’s it and privacy when they don’t. The “poet” in the restaurant’s oversized porches, they can enjoy For information on Lark Hotels, name is a nod to the chef’s poetic a delicious bite at Whitehall’s role in the creative process, as well the “On a Lark Club,” and the signature restaurant, Pig + Poet, as a subtle wink to Edna St. Vincent hotel collection, visit www. helmed by acclaimed NYC Chef larkhotels.com. Millay, the Pulitzer-prize winning -46- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SUMMER 2016
Sail Away in Camden The coast of Maine is best known for its lobsters and scenic beauty. What better way to enjoy both than on a statuesque windjammer? Windjammers, for those who are unfamiliar, are a fleet of historic sailboats that sail from Camden Harbor. A few boats offer day sails, but most take passengers on trips that span several days, where guests sleep on board, help to haul sails, and most of all, relax and enjoy delicious food. Guests on windjammer sails fall in love with these historic, often wooden, beauties, sleeping in cozy cabins and jumping off the topsides into the brisk Atlantic water on warm days. The crew of the ship works hard to ensure that your every need is met—as long as those needs include good company, delicious food, and beautiful views of the Maine coastline. Typically, boats set sail and spend a few nights at anchor in different spots around the islands of Penobscot Bay. There’s no real agenda, just sailing in whatever direction the wind takes you, and naturally, a good island lobster bake. The crew will head out to an island and prepare a feast for you, carefully piling high seaweed to steam lobsters, corn, and potatoes. When the food is ready, someone will row you out for dinner. You can wash any lobster juice or butter off your hands right in the ocean. That’s the Maine way! You’ll return to the mainland stronger, tanner, and completely relaxed. The luxurious Whitehall is a the perfect landing or jumping off spot for one of these nautical adventures. If you want to try out a windjammer for a day, take advantage of our special offer: 10% off a 2-hour sail on the Schooner Surprise. For a longer adventure, browse the member vessels in the Maine windjammer fleet and choose your ship. Bon voyage! Sail Away in Camden.
The coast of Maine is best known for its lobsters and scenic beauty. What better way to enjoy both than on a statuesque windjammer? Windjammers, for those who are unfamiliar, are a fleet of historic sailboats that sail from Camden Harbor. A few boats offer day sails, but most take passengers on trips that span several days, where guests sleep on board, help to haul sails, and most of all, relax and enjoy delicious food. Guests on windjammer sails fall in love with these historic, often wooden, beauties, sleeping in cozy cabins and jumping off the topsides into the brisk Atlantic water on warm days. The crew of the ship works hard to ensure that your every need is met—as long as those needs include good company, delicious food, and beautiful views of the Maine coastline. Typically, boats set sail and spend a few nights at anchor in different spots around the islands of Penobscot Bay. There’s no real agenda, just sailing in whatever direction the wind takes you, and naturally, a good island lobster bake. The crew will head out to an island and prepare a feast for you, carefully piling high seaweed to steam lobsters, corn, and potatoes. When the food is ready, someone will row you out for dinner. You can wash any lobster juice or butter off your hands right in the ocean. That’s the Maine way! You’ll return to the mainland stronger, tanner, and completely relaxed. The luxurious Whitehall is a the perfect landing or jumping off spot for one of these nautical adventures. If you want to try out a windjammer for a day, take advantage of our special offer: 10% off a 2-hour sail on the Schooner Surprise. For a longer adventure, browse the member vessels in the Maine windjammer fleet and choose your ship. Bon voyage! SUMMER 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -47-
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Singer Cast A part of American history and local folklore meets at Singer Castle on Dark Island. Located on the St. Lawrence River, Singer Castle is the only remaining castle that was completed in the early 1900s during the heyday of the 1000 Islands when ‘great builders’ and industrialists were constructing their lavish summer homes. It is a turn of the century architectural masterpiece built in 1905 for millionaire entrepreneur, Frederick Bourne, 5th President of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Architect, Ernest Flagg designed the structure after the book Woodstock by Sir Walter Scott. Flagg, inspired by written descriptions of underground tunnels, secret passageways and a turret dungeon, incorporated these features into his design for Bourne’s 5-story, 30,000 sq. ft. “hunting lodge” he called “the Towers.” The castle remained in the Bourne Family who used it during the summer months and in the Fall for duck hunting until the early 1960s when it was sold to Dr. Harold Martin who renamed the castle and island Jorstadt and used it for religious retreats and services during the summer months. In 2001 Dark Island Tours Inc. purchased the castle, renamed it Singer Castle on Dark Island and after repairs and renovations opened the castle for guided tours in 2003. The 2016 season opened in May. The castle will be open for
tours daily thru Labor Day. After Labor Day the castle will be open weekends, mid-week when boat tours are scheduled and by appointment. For those who do not own their own boat, regularly scheduled transportation to the castle will again be provided by Uncle Sam Boat Tours, Schermerhorn Harbor, Rockport Boat Lines and 1000 Islands and Seaway Boat Tours. In addition to regularly scheduled tours, we will again be offering extended private tours of the castle and grounds by appointment
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tle on Dark Island
Visitors will have the opportunity to view new displays of Bourne family treasures that have recently been returned to the castle and the Gift Shop is being renovated to improve display space. Please visit our webpage www.singercastle.com or contact us at 1-877-327-5475 or 315-324-3275 with any questions about tours, overnight stays, weddings and special events at Singer Castle. SUMMER 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -49-
People to See: M at Hersheypark
New Kids on the Block are Justin Jeffre, and Jeff Timmons. Organizers of the Mixtape Festival have announced an all- thrilled to return to Mixtape for The group was formed by Timstar pop music line-up set to hit a special engagement while they mons in Los Angeles, California, the stage on Saturday, August are on a 2016 Touring hiatus. New although all of its members orig6, including pop icon Paula Ab- Kids on the Block is an Ameri- inate from Ohio. They have sold dul’s return to stage performing can boy band from Boston, Mas- over 10 million records worlda full headlining set. Presented sachusetts. The band currently wide and achieved eight top by Live Nation, Mixtape Festival consists of brothers Jordan and 40 singles in the U.S. They are 2016 will feature sets by pop su- Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, known for hits such as “Give Me perstars and return performers Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Just One Night,” “I Do,” and New Kids on the Block, “My Everything.” Boyz II Men and 98 DeGirl group Dream grees and with Mixtape “Hersheypark Stadium is the will perform for the newcomers O-Town, time since they hit most prominent outdoor venue first Ryan Cabrera and the road on the 2001 between Philadelphia and Pitts- TRL tour with Destiny’s Dream, marking the girl group’s first perforChild and Nelly. burgh...” mance since 2001. Tickets are $29.95, James L. Dolan $49.95, $69.95 and $89.95, Boasting the title Madison Square Garden Co. with processing fees of “biggest pop music added. There is an eight festival in the U.S.” ticket limit. Tickets are and hailed by MTV now available on Tickas having “something etmaster.com, Hersheyfor every music lover,” Entertainment.com, GIfestivalgoers will be ANT Center box office treated to a line-up of or by phone (800) 745performers that won’t 3000. or 534-3911. Wood. The group’s 1988 album, be found anywhere else this sum“Mixtape has become an annumer. The combination of music Hangin’ Tough, scored five Top al summer tradition for us, and and festivities is sure to please. 10 songs, including “You Got It for so many pop music fans,” Paula Abdul makes her return to (The Right Stuff),” “I’ll Be Lov- said members of New Kids on the stage after a successful career ing You (Forever)” and “Step by The Block. “We can’t wait to be back on as a singer-choreographer and Step.” the Hersheypark stage for the current “So You Think You Can After a three-year hold on fourth year. We’ve got a great Dance” judge, known for topping the charts with six number one touring, 98 Degrees will reunite show in store.” Starting at 4 p.m. on August singles and 60 million records and mark their second performance at Mixtape Festival. This 6. Due to road construction, trafsold worldwide, in addition to earning a Grammy and two Emmy American pop and R&B boy fic volume, and security enhanceband consisting of four vocalists: ments, please allow for extra Awards. brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, travel time. -50- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SUMMER 2016
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New Kids on the Block
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Places to Go
Dance Festival Celebrating Damian Woetzel’s 10th Anniversary / 28th Season July 30 - August 13
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(VAIL, CO) – The Vail International Dance Festival announces its 2016 season (July 30- August 13) and celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its Artistic Director, former New York City Ballet star Damian Woetzel. In celebration of his 10th year, the season will feature Isabella Boylston as Artist-in-Residence, Company-in-Residence BalletX, and other companies appearing will include Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dorrance Dance, and Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance. Un-
der Woetzel’s direction the Festival has presented over 45 new works, and 2016 will add at least ten world premieres to that list with new pieces by choreographers Jodie Gates, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Matthew Neenan, Claudia Schreier, Shantala Shivalingappa, Jodi Melnick and more. This year’s special UpClose performance (Aug. 3) will feature artists who regularly make Vail their creative summer home under Woetzel’s direction, including Carla Körbes, Tiler Peck, Lil Buck, and
Robert Fairchild. “It is a real pleasure to realize how these past seasons in Vail have brought together so many dancers, choreographers, musicians, and audiences,” said Artistic Director Damian Woetzel. “For me, the spirit of collaboration has been the most vital part of the Festival, giving artists the chance to experiment and work in new forms with new partners, and for audiences, the chance to experience this work and be a part of the art itself through our community work for children and adults alike.” The 2016 season will feature Festival debuts from a number of artists and companies: MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant recipient Michelle Dorrance and her groundbreaking tap company Dorrance Dance, the iconic Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, which will take the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater stage for the first time since its reincarnation as a company dedicated to showing the works of contemporary dance voices in addition to those of its namesake founder. Dancing with the Stars luminary Anna Trebunskaya will perform in, and curate, a Ballroom Spectacular, and the International Evenings of Dance will once again present a wide array of dance styles and stars, including The Royal Ballet’s Lauren Cuthbertson and Eric Underwood; the Argentinian tango virtuoso Gabriel Missé; New York City Ballet’s Lauren Lovette, Unity Phelan, Jared Angle, Chase Finlay, Joseph Gordon and Zachary Catazaro; Boston Ballet’s Misa Kuranaga; Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Angelica Generosa; and American Ballet Theater’s Herman Cornejo, James Whiteside, Jeffrey Cirio, and Cal-
vin Royal III. To close the season on August 13, Dance TV will return, bringing together stars in a celebration of dance on television. Live music continues to be a highlight of the Festival, with select performances by musicians including acclaimed singer and multi-instrumentalist Kate Davis, Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato, tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das, the Catalyst String Quartet, and pianist Cameron Grant. Vail International Dance Festival Fan Club pre-sale ticketing begins February 23, with public tickets going on sale March 1. Schedule 2016 Season: Opening Night Saturday, July 30, 7:30 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail The 2016 Festival kicks off with an evening featuring an extraordinary range of artists from the Memphis Jookin’ virtuoso Lil Buck to American Ballet Theatre’s exquisite ballerina Isabella Boylston who leads this year’s Festival as Artist-in-Residence. This performance launches the
10th anniversary season of Artistic Director Damian Woetzel, whom The New York Times calls, “… one of the foremost impresarios of American dance.” BalletX Sunday, July 31, 7:30 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail The Vail Dance Festival’s 2016 Company-In-Residence, BalletX is Philadelphia’s acclaimed contemporary ballet company. A favorite of Vail audiences for the past seasons, BalletX presents an evening of works both familiar and new, including the hilarious dance, Slump and the 2015 new work, Show Me, hailed by The New York Times for “suspense, vitality, comedy [and] freedom.”
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Continued... Dorrance Dance in Concert
Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail 2015 MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant recipient, Michelle Dorrance and her company present an evening of tap dance, live music, original choreography and sonic creation like no other. Dorrance and her company are leading a revolution in the world of tap dance and now make their first appearance at the Vail International Dance Festival. Of a recent performance, The New York Times said, “The world of tap felt immense and young.” Isabella Boylston and Zachary Catazaro in the world premiere of Matthew Neenan’s Show Me at the 2015 Vail International Dance Festival. Photo by Erin Baiano)
Vail International Dance Festival with Damian Woetzel Wednesday, August 3, 6:30 p.m. at Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek Artistic Director Damian Woetzel celebrates his 10th anniversary leading the Festival with a unique UpClose rehearsal-style performance, focusing on the artists who make Vail their collaborative home every summer. Featuring a range of dancers including former Artists-In-Residence Tiler Peck, Carla Körbes, Lil Buck, Robert Fairchild and 2016’s addition to that growing team, Isabella Boylston. With live music by New York City Ballet and Festival principal pianist, Cameron Grant.
International Evenings of Dance I & II Friday, August 5 & Saturday, August 6, 7:30 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail A magnificent cast of stellar dance artists from around the world takes the stage in these signature Festival performances. “…This plenitude and diversity of talent alone makes it extraordinary…” –The New York Times
Monday, August 8, 7:30 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater,
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Vail A collection of new works commissioned by the Festival from renowned choreographers and performed by a cast of artists from ballet, modern and contemporary dance, all sharing the stage in this signature Festival performance. 2016 choreographers include: Jodie Gates, Lil Buck, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Matthew Neenan, Claudia Schreier, and Shantala Shivalingappa. Featured dancers include Artist-In-Residence, Isabella Boylston and Company-In-Residence, BalletX.
Dance for $20.16
Tuesday, August 9, 7:30 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail An evening for everyone with guest artists from the 2016 Vail International Dance Festival, with specially-priced $20.16 reserved seating and – in honor of Damian Woetzel’s 10 year anniversary as Artistic Director – $10 lawn tickets!
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Wednesday, August 10, 6:30 p.m. at Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek Shortly after the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., legendary African-American ballet star Arthur Mitchell was inspired to start a school that would offer children — especially those in his native Harlem — the opportunity to learn about dance and the allied arts. That dream grew into Dance Theatre of Harlem, which, four decades later, has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of creative expression and artistic excellence. In its Vail debut, DTH brings new life to ballet with a program of classics as well as contemporary groundbreaking works.
Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance
Thursday, August 11, 7:30 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance is a major new initiative from one of the great forefathers of American modern dance. This performance marks the Festival debut of Mr. Taylor’s newly-minted venture, presenting extraordinary works choreographed by the living legend himself alongside today’s preeminent choreographers representing the next generation of dance.
Friday, August 12, 7:30 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail Anna Trebunskaya from Dancing With the Stars
fame creates a unique made-for-Vail showcase with ballroom champions from around the world performing a variety of dances, from the waltz to the rumba, cha-cha, merengue, samba, tango and foxtrot. Dance TV Saturday, August 13, 7:30 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail The Festival closer brings the thrill of dance on the small screen to life, with spectacular artists from hit shows like Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and more. The Vail International Dance Festival performances take place at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Vail International Dance Festival Fan Club pre-sale ticketing begins February 23, with public tickets going on sale March 1. For Fan Club information, contact Martha Brassel at email@example.com or 970.777.2015. Visit www.vaildance.org for more information and follow the Festival on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. About Vail International Dance Festival: The outdoor splendor of the Colorado Rocky Mountains is the perfect backdrop to artistic brilliance, and each summer the unique mountain town of Vail plays host to the world’s finest dancers. Now in its twenty-eighth year, the Vail International Dance Festival has developed into a treasured celebration of dance, renowned for its artistic excellence and unparalleled programming. Nearly twenty thousand people from around the world descend on Vail, a vibrant cultural destination, for the Festival’s two-week residence. The event’s spirited atmosphere transforms the village into a culturally-rich environment that is inviting to dance aficionados and newcomers alike. For more information, visit www.vaildance.org, SUMMER 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -55-
Things to Do:
Collecting Buttons National Button Show - Denver Event Date: August 4 - 6, 2016 Collectors are discovering that these are not the ordinary buttons found in jars at flea markets, garage sales and some antique shops. These are unique, beautiful miniature works of art and sometimes curiosity with a special connection to history. Denver, Colorado, - Folks who like antiques and collectibles should join the huge crowd rediscovering antique clothing and uniform buttons as a fascinating collectible. Opportunity is coming at the National Button Show in Denver, Colorado where folks will be mining in button mountains with over 500,000 buttons available to view and purchase this August 4 through 6, 2016. Households have long followed the practice of snipping buttons from clothing headed for the ragbag. Do you remember playing with your mother’s—or grandmother’s or great-grandmother’s—button box or jar or tin? The impulse to collect is a basic part of the human psyche, and buttons have been admired and collected for centuries. Button collecting
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was recognized as an organized hobby through the founding of the National Button Society in 1938.. Collectors are discovering that these are not the ordinary buttons found in jars at flea markets, garage sales and some antique shops. These are unique, beautiful miniature works of art and sometimes curiosity with a special connection to history. These buttons are attracting a wide variety of collectors including crafters, jewelry makers and decorative artists in addition to those whose interests are strictly in preserving, studying and enjoying buttons as items of personal interest. The Show is hosted by the National Button Society with the showroom open from 10:00am to 5:00pm Thursday through Saturday, August 4 through 6 at the Crowne Plaza Convention Center, 15500 E. 40th, Denver, CO. A wide variety of programs are open to the public on subjects such as Mexican Silver Buttons, Let’s Talk About Minerals, Diggin’ for Digs, and Making Button Dolls. Those who have old buttons and would like to know more about them are welcome to bring them to the showroom where expert dealers and collectors will be happy to go through them and help folks discover their treasures. For more information on buttons, button collecting and the National Button Show visit the NBS website at www.nationalbuttonsociety.org.
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Kids World LA Here’s A Fun Thing To Do With the Little Minons: Take them to Southern California’s Exciting New Indoor Playground for the Entire Family
Fun, Safe Games and Attractions for Kids
Best Big Day out with the kids at Kids World LA
Los Angeles, CA – If you find yourself traveling to Southern California with the kids on vacation, holiday or business trip and have become exhausted of the go-to attractions, KIDS WORLD LA, Southern California’s indoor playground destination for family fun and imagination is another fantastic option for fun, fun, fun in (or out of) the California sun! This extraordinary 15,000 square foot entertainment complex dramatically raises the standards of children’s amusement with unprecedented, state-of-the-art entertainment, virtual games, skill games and more. And it’s not just for kids. Adults have been known to enjoy the fun and games at KIDS WORLD LA as well. A one-stop shop for families, KIDS WORLD LA activities include: Ballocity Play Structure – climbing tubes, slides, foam ball launchers, zip lines and more Virtual Playground – video game floor with motion activated games for the kids Atomic Rush – an arcade style game blending state-of-the-art technology with brilliant, vibrant multi colored LED lighting Toddler Corner – designed for children newborn – 3 years old for the little ones to learn through play and fun – it is a completely secure and gated environment Video Games – full arcade for kids and adults Skill Games & Prizes – a way to
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keep that brain working with challenging hand/eye/brain games Not just for the kids, KIDS WORLD LA has plenty to do for the kid in every adult with FUNdraisers, Corporate Retreats and Meetings, Parents Night Out, Mommy & Me Classes, Class Field Trips and more. To book your next party or corporate retreat, please visit: http://kidsworldla.com/ groups-events/. KIDS WORLD LA is located at 618 Lindero Canyon Road, Oak Park, CA 91377. 818.338.8888. www.kidsworldla.com. ABOUT KIDS WORLD LA KIDS WORLD LA provides the ideal venue for a wide range of events from birthday parties to indoor camping and school organized field trips and parties, community group gatherings, bat or bar mitzvahs, theme or kid-friendly weddings, or even corporate retreats, seminars and fundraisers. It offers extensive packages to suit any occasion with options for food for children and parents, party favors, popular characters, specially-decorated private party rooms with an exclusive adjacent activity/entertainment room, and festive get-togethers including “Arts & Crafts”, “Parents Night Out” and “Mommy & Me”. Additionally, the KIDS WORLD LA all-electronic system provides a convenient means to simply swipe and play and accumulate iTickets on issued Game Card – no carrying around tons of coins or paper tickets. Guests can redeem their iTickets for prizes or save up for next time. And as an indoor space, there is never a need for cancellations over weather concerns. Family-owned and operated, KIDS WORLD LA is the all-inclusive entertainment and events destination for everyone.
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Pan for Gold Jamestown, CA – In a small town in Northern Califor- gold dust. The scales and a daily notice of the price of nia, hotel guests have an opportunity to participate in a gold are located inside the hotel’s Saloon, which still uses history-rich Mother Lode tradition that no place else can the original back bar from 1859. A working cash register claim. They can pay for their stay in gold dust at the Na- dating to 1881 is also in the bar, but handicapped by the fact that a maximum of $6.95 can be rung at any one time. tional Hotel in Jamestown. The hotel has nine guest rooms beautifully appointed In the early days of the Gold Rush, newly panned gold dust was widely accepted by taverns and boarding hous- with antiques, brass beds, modern heat and air condies with a pinch buying a shot of whisky at most saloons. tioning and bathrooms with tile showers and amenities. Now, the owner of the Historic National Hotel is bringing Guests have access to the Soaking Room, an antique clawback the idea. Stephen Willey will accept gold dust as le- foot soaking tub built for two, or one strapping miner back gal tender to make purchases for rooms, meals and drinks. in the day. How likely is a greenhorn panner visiting Jamestown to “We’ve got the scales, we’re tracking daily prices, and if guests want to pay for their rooms, meals and drinks with a harvest enough gold dust from Woods Creek--where gold was originally discovered 168 few pinches, we’ll be ready,” Wilyears ago--to pay for two nights ley proclaims. (A pinch weighs lodging, a couple of dinners, botabout as much as a heavy paper tle of good wine and a few drinks clip, and prices as of May 2016 at the National Hotel? Stephen equaled about $60 a pinch.) Willey can’t say, “but being able Willey, who has owned the to brag about it is worth every National Hotel since 1974, depenny and pinch.” Willey also cided to bring back the practice takes cash and credit cards. after remembering a 2009 visit For reservations at The Nationfrom Maureen Dowd, the noted al Hotel, visit http://www.nationNew York Times columnist. Afal-hotel.com/ or call 800-894-3446. ter panning gold with a local outIt is located at 18183 Main Street fitter, she and her friends visited in Jamestown, California, with The National Hotel’s saloon for National Hotel Jamestown Proprietor lots of history on display neara round of drinks, and asked if Stephen Willey Weighs Gold Dust in by; Railtown 1897 Historic State they could pay with their newly Saloon panned gold flakes. At the time, this was not an accepted Park is less than a mile, and Columbia Historic State Park form of payment, but it sparked an idea for Willey. “That less than seven miles from the hotel. Jamestown is 130 got me thinking,” said Willey. “Why not accept gold? Why miles from San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area, in Tuolumne County, home of more than 50% of Yosemite Nacan’t we do that?” Earlier this year, he took action, getting an old-time tional Park. Is there still gold in the hills? It’s been said that the area brass balance scale with weights, and a digital model required by county weights and measures. Then he worked is still laden with gold, and the heavy rainfalls and waterout the details with brothers Brent and Brian Shock at the falls this year will unearth pieces. According to the Gold Institute, less than 2 million ounces of gold were mined nearby Gold Prospecting Adventures. Now Willey and the National Hotel are open for during the height of the California Gold Rush in 1849. By gold-bearing customers. The offer is open only to over- comparison, 10.6 million ounces were found in the U.S. in night guests, who are free to pay for their rooms, meals 1993. To learn more about gold panning, visit Gold Prosand drinks with a precisely weighed and valued stash of pecting Adventures at http://www.goldprospecting.com/ SUMMER 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -59-
July 28-30 The Original New Orleans
Girlfriend Getaway weekend NEW ORLEANS - This July, take time to unwind with the women in your life at Festigals. With insightful professional development conferences, inspiring keynote speakers, and never-ending food, drinks, and shopping, you’ll leave Festigals feeling empowered, and confident. Events will take place throughout the weekend at the JW Marriott and around the Downtown area.
Created for women by women, Festigals is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of women and providing a weekend-long venue to enjoy women-focused special events and the diverse culture of New Orleans. Nicknamed “The Ultimate Girlfriend Getaway,” women can recharge and reconnect with a relaxing and festive New Orleans experience. Special events throughout the weekend will donate 100% of the proceeds to women’s causes.
The weekend will be packed with special events to attend. From inspiring female-led seminars to shopping sprees, there’s something perfect for everyone. Stay tuned for updates on times and locations here.
Friday, July 29, 2016
New Orleans Women’s Conference: Strategies for Success Sessions & Luncheon Friday will be dedicated to sessions with incredible female speakers who will educate and challenge you. Topics will range from personal to professional development, and this year’s keynote speaker is Carla Harris. As a Wall Street banker, gospel singer, and author, Ms. Harris will be sure to deliver wisdom.
Sip & Shop
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Tickets for Festigals can be purchased online. All-access packages and individual tickets are available. Culinary Showcase
No weekend in New Orleans is complete without a glimpse into the city’s amazing restaurants. Join one of New Orleans’ most acclaimed chefs for a cooking demonstration and tasting at Festigals’ Culinary Showcase.
Bloody Mary Mixer
Saturday, July 30
Start your Saturday right with a Bloody Mary! Mix and mingle at this cocktail party before heading to brunch.
Bodacious Bras for a Cause Brunch
Everyday brassieres will be transformed into festive purses, hats, and tops with bangles, beads, and sparkles. The BBFC Brunch will feature a live Bra-art auction and a Thriver Fashion Show, featuring thriving women on their cancer journeys. Be sure to wear your best chapeau for the chance to win special prizes! Proceeds will be shared by the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans and Breastoration.
Private Home Tours
Diva Package ladies will receive an exclusive tour of private New Orleans homes. Get to know the beautiful and funky architecture and the homeowners of the city!
Stiletto Stroll: Illuminating Domestic Violence
The Stiletto Stroll is the largest all women second-line parade! This year’s theme is Illuminating Domestic Violence, which will be raising funds for the New Orleans Family Justice Center.
After Glow Party
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e l c o m e to Orlando’s Only Airboat & Gator Park
Ride the Airboats See the Alligators
Experience! As native Floridians, we have always dreamed about owning the most pristine and exciting airboat tours in Orlando. After years of searching for the perfect location, we discovered the beautiful shores of Cypress Lake at the headwaters of the Everglades and Wild Florida was born.
When it comes to airboat eco tours, there is simply no comparison to Wild Florida. Just 45 mins from the Orlando and Disney area, we offer beautiful day tours, relaxing sunset tours and exciting night tours that guests of all ages will love. Travel deep into the protected swamps, marshes and rivers that make up the Central Florida Everglades. Get an in depth look at the gators, birds, eagles, trees and plants as you glide through over 100,000 acres of beautiful wetlands. This is Natural and Authentic Florida at its best! We guarantee you won’t see any
development, homes, or signs of human life. See for yourself how good it feels to be in the middle of nowhere and what Florida looked like 1,000 years ago!
Florida cypress swamp ecosystem. With over 200 native and exotic animals, birds and alligators we promise an adventure your whole family will love.
Included in the price of your airboat tour, explore our amazing wildlife park full of zebras, watusi, deer, emu, lemurs, sloths, monster alligators and much more. Visit the tropical bird aviary, handson alligator demonstrations, gift shop and 500 ft. sightseeing dock. Discover the Hawk Swamp boardwalk through a pristine
Don’t forget to try the Chomp House Grill with smoked chicken, pulled pork, hamburgers, hotdogs and even fried alligator! Wild Florida is family owned by native Floridians that know the true meaning of southern hospitality and old Florida charm. We are also committed to safety with a fleet of US Coast Guard approved and properly
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insured airboats captains.
Groups of all sizes or individuals are welcome. We offer amazing packages for meetings, incentive travel, students, corporate team building, family reunions and birthday parties. With over 2200 square feet of air conditioned meeting space and 1500 square feet of covered deck overlooking the swamp, we can provide an incredible venue in a beautiful, natural setting. Day or night, we are prepared to offer an experience you will never forget!
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Things to Do: Achieve a Restful Vacation (Family Features) There are plenty of reasons to plan a getaway, but new research suggests that better sleep may top that list for many travelers. A sleep-inspired survey recently conducted by www.wakefieldresearch.com confirmed that people yearn for a good night’s sleep both at home and on vacation. More than half of Americans (57%) get less sleep than they need, but 59% Americans frequently struggle to sleep well when on vacation. When planning your next trip, keep in mind that some specific features of your accommodations can help ensure you have a journey filled with memories and plenty of rest. At the top of this list: your mattress. Look for a travel host that values your sleep as much as you do, such as Princess Cruises, which is rolling out skillfully designed beds created specifically to deliver the ultimate night of sleep. The new Princess Luxury Bed features a plush, 2” thick pillow top, a 9”, single-sided medium firm mattress for enhanced support and individually wrapped coils for less partner disturbance. “We’re committed to ensuring that our guests come back from their cruise vacation feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and renewed,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “With our guests’ overall wellness in mind, we‘ve invested in the design and development of our new Princess Luxury Bed with leading experts
in both the science of sleep and design to offer the most comfortable and rejuvenating sleep at sea. Princess worked closely with board-certified sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus, The Sleep Doctor and clinical psychologist, bridging his scientific knowledge of sleep with the latest technology in comfort to design the optimal mattress for guests to experience true relaxation. It is important to remember that above all, sleep is a sensory experience and all five of your senses must be prepared for slumber in order for sleep to come easily and last all night long, Breus said. “I believe we’ve come up with some really unique aspects for not just the bed itself, but the entire experience that will allow guests to sleep really well.” An environment that encourag-
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es you to relax and unwind can also play a pivotal role in allowing you to return from a vacation feeling well-rested and renewed. With this in mind, Princess also enlisted the help of renowned HGTV design star Candice Olson to ensure its new luxury beds make an immediate visual impact as guests enter their staterooms. Highlights include a European-inspired duvet and 100 percent luxurious Jacquard-woven cotton linens. I want to ensure Princess guests they can experience just how beautiful sleep can feel,” Olson said. “The goal in creating this linen set for Princess Cruises is to create a bed that is calm, soothing and tranquil.” Learn more about how to achieve a restful getaway at sea at www.princess.com”
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PAW Patrol is on a roll with the first-ever live tour! It’s the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! For the mission, Ryder summons Chase, Marshall, Skye, Zuma, Rubble, Rocky, and the newest pup, Everest. Their mission is to rescue Mayor Goodway and run the race in her place. Using each of their unique skills and teamwork, the pups make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. RYDER is a 10-year-old boy who runs the Lookout and serves as PAW Patrol’s leader. Ryder adopted each of the puppies and trained them to be a part of PAW Patrol. When he receives a distress call, he summons the pups by sounding the PAW Patrol Alarm from his PupPad. He functions as the team commander, picking the right pup for the job, organizing the pack, and – when the work is done – making sure they all get a healthy dog snack, a relaxing soak at his friend Katie’s Pet Parlor, or a run out at the Lookout’s Pup Park.
Oct. 29-30 l Old National Events Plaza First Show Scheduled: Evansville, IN
First Cities Just Announced! Evansville, IN.................Oct. 29 & 30 Memphis, TN.................Nov. 5 & 6 Detroit, MI.....................Nov. 12 & 13 Saginaw, MI.....................Nov.16 Minneapolis, MN...........Nov.19 & 20 Cedar Rapids, IA............Nov. 23 Omaha, NE.....................Nov. 26 & 27 Topeka, KS......................Nov. 30 Rockford, IL....................Dec. 3 & 4 Springfield, MO..............Dec. 7 Wichita, KS.....................Dec. 9 & 10
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West Chester/July 17 - The Turks Head Music Festival is presented by the West Chester Parks and Recreation Dept. Outdoors at Everhart Park (100 South Brandywine St,. FREE admission. www.turksheadfestival.com.
July 31/CHARLESTON - 11th Beach Music and Shag Preservation Society Concert at the Citadel Alumni Center. Featuring the Tams,,also known as the Joe Pope Tams, with the internationally-known Redd Cottle. Also appearing will be the Summerdaz Band. Full bar, dance floor, food truck, vendors, shag shoe sales. For more information, visit www. beachmusicparty.com
July 30-31/OXNARD - Spicy, fiery fun and entertainment during the 23rd Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival. An estimated 60,000 samples of specialty salsas will be dished up by local restaurants, Mexican markets and gourmet salsa vendors inside the Festival’s big-top Salsa Tasting Tent. Whatever one’s salsa preference … fresh & fruity, hot & smoky, sweet & spicy or extremely hot … it’s all available under one roof.
COLORADO July 7 - 9/CASTLE ROCK Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $10 (good all 3 days)—Find a $1 off coupon available to print online at www.quiltcraftsew.com (650) 269-0889. Find a wide variety of supplies, notions, patterns and techniques in the areas of quilting, sewing, needle-arts, stenciling, embossing, crystals, fabric crafts and more. Many featured innovative products brand new to the market. -66- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SUMMER 2016
OHIO July 22-23/ CINCINNATI -R & B Music Festival at the Paul Brown Stadium. Each year, the festival draws a wonderful mix of Old School and the hottest contemporary R & B music performers to its stage. Tickets starting at $55 & available at www.qlzproductions.com
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Aug. 12-13/ COLUMBIA Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow, a native American event. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. each day. Admission $4. Children under 12 are free. Native American art, crafts, food and products. Native American singing and dancing. See www. miamipowwow.org
SoulFest Aug. 4-6, GILFORD 9am-Midnight at Gunstock Mountain Features more than 100 world-renowned and Grammy winning Christian artists representing all musical genres on four separate stages, guest speakers and authors from across the globe. . A oneof-a-kind celebration. www.thesoulfest.com
Now thru Aug. 25/LOWELL - Showboat Sizzlinâ€™ Summer Concerts every Thursday. Begin at 7 p.m. in front of the Lowell Showboat. Admission and parking are free. Food and spirits are available. Featuring exclusively music groups based in Michigan, promoting the best of the regionâ€™s talented musicians. A diverse mix of music including Blues, American Roots, Indie-Folk Music, Country, Rock, Big Band, and Jazz.
Established in 1886, this fair has celebrated all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment.
SEDALIA Grandstand - Lady Antebellum, Brett Eldredge, Truck & Tractor Pulls, John Anderson, National Sprint Car Races, Foghat, Steppenwolf and MORE! SUMMER 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -67-
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Extended weekend travels; featuring fair and festival previews across the U.S.; Places to go, t higns to do and people to see - Summer 2016...
Published on Jun 17, 2016
Extended weekend travels; featuring fair and festival previews across the U.S.; Places to go, t higns to do and people to see - Summer 2016...