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10 TOP TEN Cozy B & Bs


Get away for the weekend and excape to a cozy Bed and Breakfast destination to relax and get pampered from the cold winter weather.



Snow Sports Activities for Winter


Top Ten - Cozy B & Bs


Things to Do: Watch the Eagles Come Home to Alton, Illinois


Places to Go: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania It’s not just a steele city anymore!

20 Things to Do: Make a Quilt: Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival


Things to Do: Ride in a Mardis Gras Parade


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People to See: American Idol Winners Diamond Rio Jerry Seinfield

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Places to Go Sporting Events in Florida


Places to Go Levi Coffin House & Interpretive Center




Pittsburgh! It’s not just a steele city anymore. By guest editor Kathleen Walls Published quarterly by BarnettPRO Publishing 71 Plymouth St., Plymouth, OH 44865. PHONE/FAX 419-687-0002 Email: Publisher - Michael D. Arnold Managing Editor - Kathy Barnett Places to Go Editor: Kandy Derden Things to Do Editor: Norman Reed People to See Editor: Sheeree Oney Assistant Editors: Samantha Poe Bradley Lisa Rhoden, Rebecca Embry Graphics Design Editor Norman Reed Visit our Website for event coverage between regular issues at Online Subscriptions are FREE! Submit your name and email address & we’ll also enter it in our monthly drawing for a FREE weekend getaway! Copyright 2016 by BarnettPRO Publishing All rights reserved. Reproductions of any material from this issue is expressly forbidden without permission of the publisher. Advertisements in this publication do not necessarily carry the endorsement of the publishing company.



THINGS TO DO: Watch the Eagles Come Home By Things to Do Editor Norman Reed

PEOPLE TO SEE Jerry Seinfield - Madison Square Gardens

Up Close: From the Editor

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Well, It’s finally here! A new day, a new week, a new year! And that’s not all that’s new for our Weekender Extended Families and friends. There is a brand new expansion and renovation of our website, allowing those of you who view on your tablets or smartphone, easier accessibility and reading. Hats off to my “Things to do” editor and Graphics Design Editor, Mr. Norman Reed, for all the extra hard work and nighttime hours he put into this project in order to have it ready for the new year. We hope you enjoy browsing through the many destinations and keep checking back for new articles coming on Oh, the weather outside is .... uh... cold - when a daily basis. This is a long-time dream I there is snow involved. But so many fun have had as there are just so sports to while away the winter days - like many new places to go, things Snowmobiling in the Upper Peninsula of to do and people to see, and I Michigan, for example. See page 6.

don’t want to leave anything out. A monthly issue here and another there did not begin to cover everything we wanted to bring to you, our readers. So here is what is in store for you: We are combining all our regular monthly Weekender Magazines with our Weekender Extended - extending our coverage to all 50 states (plus a few international events). You will have the ability to share the articles you like on social media and you will even be able to comment. Distribution will switch from quarterly to bi-monthly and a newsletter will be sent to cover those pertinent events inbetween. So we want to hear from you! Let us know how you like our new format. Meanwhile, thestaff at Weekender Extended wishes you a very happy and rewarding New Year!


Snow Activities Galore! Feature Focus


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Atlanta, GA - If you haven’t had a chance to lace up your skates and head to the rink in Marietta Square, you’re in luck. The group that runs the Winter Wonderland event decided to keep the ice skating rink open until late February. “After last year’s early January closing we talked with many in the community who wanted to see it stay open into the cold, boring months of January and February,” said Stephanie Coston, the event’s operations manager. Management’s initial plan this year was to extend the time, and no exact closing date has been set, she said. “We are prepared to leave it open through February,” Coston said, “with our eye on a window to give ourselves plenty of time to remove the rink and spruce up the area so the park is lovely for the kick off of Art Walk.” -6- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ WINTER, 2017



Mammoth Mountain, CA - Located in the Eastern Sierra region, Mammoth has welcomed snowboarders onto its slopes for many years, and with a good snow record riding is often possible into May. “The village” sits on the edge of town and is the main tourist hub. A high speed Gondola then transports all guests to Canyon Lodge – one of the three main base areas that access the slopes. It’s one of the biggest resorts in America, with over 150 trails set out on a long-since dead volcano; no matter what your style or ability, there’s plenty to do. “Mammoth Unbound” is the latest development of parks on offer – providing over a dozen areas for all levels and abilities to gain confidence and progress on freestyle terrain. Overall Mammoth is a great resort for boarders, there’s good variety in terrain from trees to open bowls, an efficient lift system.



Upper Peninsula Michigan: Mid-Westerners find winter fun in the deep snows of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, or “U.P.” area. The state of Michigan is home to over 3,000 miles of snowmobile trails, making it no surprise that many towns within the Upper Peninsula cater to sled riders in the winter months. The local season usually begins in December and lasts until late Spring with deep snow and consistently chilly temperatures. www. is your Upper Michigan Snowmobiling Headquarters for winter recreation, offering up-to-date important snowmobiling information, snowmobile trail reports, gear, and links. Snowmobile trail maps are free, up-to-date and provided by the Michigan DNR. Take time to visit the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum, in Naubinway, MI containing an interesting collection of over 62 antique and vintage snowmobiles with prototypes and memorabilia. 906-477-6298.

Winter is here! So let’s get outside and enjoy all the places to go, things to do and people to see!


ross Country Skiing

McHenry County, IL - When there’s four inches or more of snow on the ground, you can glide over 40 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails at 17 different sites throughout the county. From the half-mile trail at Pleasant Valley, to the 1.25-mile looped trail at Hickory Grove Highlands, to the specially groomed trail for “skate skiing” at Silver Creek Conservation Area, there’s something for everyone. Cross-Country Candlelight Skiing: Don’t miss your chance to cross-country ski on trails lit only by candlelight! Skiers of every experience level and age are welcome. Bring your own equipment and gather around the campfire for refreshments after your time out on the trail. Trails will be groomed for skiing if there is 4 inches of snow or more. If not enough snow, leave the skis at home and enjoy a candlelight hike and the allure of the winter woods.



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olar Blast Snow Tubing

Ely, MN - The folks at Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge invite you to participate in their dogsled experiences, which take customers through the boundary waters in northern Minnesota. The tours are crafted according to the customer’s skill levels, but no experience is necessary. Having operated for more than 25 years with customers as young as six and old as 85 riding across the frozen wilderness. You can go full Balto and do multiple-night trips where customers dog sled from lodge to lodge, or opt for a simple day trip. There are dozens of trips to choose from that vary in length, skill level, and route. There are parent-child trips, where the pair gets their own dogsled on which to explore. Each category has options for different skill levels, of course, and offers training – not just in dog sledding, but in dog care and harnessing, snowshoeing, camping, outdoor cooking, winter ecology, backcountry skiing, cold weather comfort and more.

Chesterfield, OH - Thrills, excitement and winter fun for the whole family at Alpine Valley Ski Resort near Cleveland. Just like sledding, but better! No sleds required- we provide each rider with special tubes that are fast, safe and comfortable. No skills required and anyone can participate! Simply grab a snow tube and experience a thrilling day of fast-paced runs down our specialty designed tubing lane. Polar Blast has convenient and easy to use conveyors to take you and your tube back to the top so you can get the most out of your day! It is a great way to beat the winter blues and experience the snow in a new way. State-of-the-art SMI snowmaking fan guns keep the lanes in great condition. A walk-on conveyor lifts to take you and your tube to the top of the hill to maximize your fun. New lodge building so riders can take a break and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa. No age limits; however, all riders must be able to sit alone.


Top Ten C o z y B e d & B r e a k f a s t s A wintry chill is setting in, and you’re thinking of flying south to warmer weather, aren’t you? Hold on just a moment, because these inns prove you don’t have to flee to the tropics to escape the winter blues. Instead, hunker down for a night with handmade hot cocoa or spend your days sweating it out in an on-site sauna. No matter which cozy B&B you choose, you’ll be sure to find warm hospitality and a soul-restoring getaway that just might make you fall in love with the coldest season of the year.


Portland’s White House Portland, Oregon

EDITORS PICK: Set in the historic Irving-

ton neighborhood and surrounded by Craftsman-style homes, the B&B evokes the city’s graceful past, though it’s mere minutes (and at the same time a world) away from downtown’s hot spots. Uniquely decorated guest rooms, all with private baths, take you back: Picture four-poster beds, cherry armoires, and your great-grandmother’s prized porcelain collection. Indulge in fresh scones during the ample breakfast service. 800-272-7131.

The Inns of Charlottesville, Virginia

Enhance your vacation experience by staying at one of the organization’s B&Bs while visiting. Early American history buffs might enjoy overnighting at historic properties such as The Inn at Court Square (1785), the Dinsmore House (1800’s), The Inn at the Crossroads (1820), Prospect Hill (whose oldest building dates to 1699) or The Inn at Monticello (1856). Those visiting wineries or the Shenandoah National Park might appreciate the convenience of lodging at The Inn at Sugar Hollow, Cedar Spring Inn, Foxfield Inn or Arcady Vineyard B&B – all are close to some of the best area wineries, and Arcady even has its own vines! For those who enjoy city life, restaurants, cafés, and the arts, the Inn at 400 West High is located within a few blocks of the Downtown Mall. -8- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ WINTER, 2017


A.G. Thomson House B&B Duluth, Minnesota


Discover warm sophistication. Indulge in casual elegance. Tantalize your taste buds at this award - winning Bed and Breakfast. Relaxing setting, luxurious rooms, gorgeous grounds, yummy breakfast and treats. Friendly service and all around great hosts. Located in the Historic Congdon (Glensheen) Mansion District, just minutes from downtown Duluth, Canal Park, the Glensheen Mansion, and a multitude of amazing restaurants and shops in our Lake Superior Port City. 218-729-2194,


Point Clear Cottages Fairhope, Alabama Overlooking Mobile Bay where the bay breeze beckons you to board and soak in the beauty and luxury along with gracious southern hospitality and classic comfort. Owner and innkeeper, Robert Berglin goes out of his way to surround guests with all the smallest details; such a fresh flowers in the rooms and freshly pressed 500 thread count sheets. Scrumptious breakfasts such as crab omelets, pecan waffles, shrimp & grits and other Southern delights are served. 251-928-7427


Farmhouse Inn Sonoma County, California

Fresh, luxurious rooms and friendly vibe located between the vineyards of Sonoma and the coastal redwoods. The restaurant is a can’t-miss and the small spa is beautifully redone. Refreshingly, instead of charging for every little thing, the place piles on extras like a big breakfast, a s’mores bar, and a bath-salts bar.


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Maybe it’s soaking in a hot tub surrounded by forest—or sitting on a private deck with a glass of wine. It may even involve playing a round of tennis with friends. No matter how you define it, relaxation is the essence of vacation; that’s what makes these B&Bs so incredible. They offer lovely amenities, top-notch service and beautiful spaces to sit back and unwind—taking the notion of relaxation to a whole ‘nother level.

Rabbit Hill Inn Waterford, Vermont


Not all Jacuzzi tubs were created equal. This point is well-proven at the Rabbit Hill Inn, a bed and breakfast tucked among northern Vermont’s covered bridges and forested hills. Here, in one of the inn’s luxury rooms, guests can run a bubble bath for two in an oversized whirlpool. In fact, the tub in the Jonathan Cummings Suite has a whopping 44 jets that massage muscles tired from long days spent cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Bring a glass of wine (or two) and plan for a cozy night in. 802-748-5168

Fireside Lodge South Lake Tahoe, California

Tahoe is a winter lover’s oasis, with skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and other icy activities available throughout the season. On the southern edge of the lake, Fireside Lodge is an oasis-within-an-oasis—a newly updated log cabin packed to the brim with vintage Tahoe style and plenty of warming amenities. Complimentary marshmallow roasts each night around the fire pit may win plaudits, but it’s the on-site Hibernation and Relaxation Room and its steamy sauna that will surely chase the chill away. 1-5305445515



Gaige House Glen Ellen, California


Gaige House is equal parts modern and elegant, awash in relaxing earth tones and natural light. It’s the perfect place for rejuvenation, especially when winter comes to its Sonoma County locale. Book a hot stone massage for yourself (or you and a friend) and experience the soothing rhythms of heated stones working out knotted, tired muscles. Emerge from the inn’s spa loft and treat yourself to a glass of top-notch port in the fireside Club Room as you mingle with other guests. 1-707-935-0237.


Lakeside Inn Hotsprings, Arkansas You know what they say about heat and kitchens? Put the old aphorism to the test at the Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, a guesthouse with real culinary appeal. Its on-site cooking school welcomes guests all year, with chef-led hands-on instruction on everything from baking breads to perfecting pasta sauce. After a fun four-hour day spent over the stove, relax in your suite’s whirlpool tub or by the fireplace in your airy living room overlooking Lake Hamilton. Who said cooking has to be a chore? 1-5015256155


White Gate Inn & Cottage Ashville, North Carolina

A AAA Four Diamond B&B known for its ultra-romantic gardens and warm hospitality from hosts Ralph and Frank. Overlooking beautiful downtown and the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. But it’s the gardens where you’ll find the most heat: The on-site greenhouse holds a collection of some 1500 orchids and tropical flowers in an explosive array of colors. Take a romantic stroll through the indoor gardens (a top place to propose, hint hint) or grab a book and sit amongst the blooms for a quiet afternoon of reading and listening to the burbling fountains. 1-828-253-2553. WINTER, 2017~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -11-

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Feathered Friends are Returning to their Winter Home in Alton, Illinois By: Norman Reed Assistant Editor

We’re seeing more and more eagles and trumpeter swans by the day! After last year’s floods put a damper on much of eagle season, it looks like this season will be extremely active. Don’t forget about our Alton-Audubon Eagle Ice Festival on Saturday, Jan. 7. It’s cold outside and that can mean only one thing: the American Bald Eagles have returned to the Meeting of the Great Rivers region! Every year, hundreds of bald eagles find the area between Alton, Godfrey, Calhoun County and Grafton a great place to spend the winter. And that means it’s a great place to watch for eagles from January through the first of March.


Alton-Audubon Eagle Ice Festival

Join us for the kick-off of the eagle watching season. See a live bald eagle up close and personal. Meet and greet with partners from our Eagle Watching Hot Spots to see what is in store for the rest of the season. Bring the kids for fun activities and crafts. Learn about eagle

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watching - how to spot eagles, where to look and what brings the eagles to this region each year. Then, head back across the river to Downtown Alton for ice sculpting on the streets. Admission is free. For more details, call 1-800-258-6645. Things will be a lot more cool as five eagle ice carving displays from IceVisions will be showcased, including one live sculpture being created. You can also try out your skills at an ice putt-putt event. Finally, we will host an ice cube giveaway where each ice cube will have a special offer from a downtown business for that weekend to enjoy discounts or free gifts. Also on Jan. 7, join refuge rangers from Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge for a morning of eagle watching. Visit multiple areas at the wildlife refuge that are known for eagles. A personal vehicle will be needed. Attendees are reminded to dress for the weather. Open to all ages. Space is limited, call 618-

883-2524 to register in advance. From Jan. 7 to 28th. Take a 45-minute shuttle to spots along the Mississippi River to try to spot some eagles. Pick up will be at the Alton Visitor Center with stops scheduled for Maple Island, Heron Pond, Ellis Island and at the Audubon Center. The shuttle will return to the Alton Visitor Center for drop off. These tours are $5 a person. There will be a guide on board the shuttle who will provide tips on how to eagle watch this season. Shuttles run every Saturday in January at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm For more information or to receive a free Eagle’s Watchers Guide, contact the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 258-6645. In previous years, as many as 1,000 American Bald Eagles have returned along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway between Alton and Grafton in December through February to reclaim their nests. WINTER, 2017~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -13-

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Pittsburgh: no Pittsburgh was once a place of smoky steel mills and polluted air. Not anymore. The transformation is unbelievable. Now it’s a go-to place for fun and the best food in the nation. Pittsburgh won Zagat’s coveted top food city title in 2015. Downtown

Pittsburgh’s history still is shaped by its location, the intersections of three rivers. Here, the Allegheny River and Monongahela River merge forming the Ohio River. It is known as the City of Bridges thanks to the numerous and colorful bridges that span the three rivers. The earliest was the Monongahela Bridge, Pittsburgh’s first cable suspension bridge built in 1846. After it was destroyed in the fire of 1845, Pittsburgh rebuilt it and went on building many more bridges. Today that number is 446 bridges, most of which are pedestrian friendly. Many of the bridges are painted the city’s official colors, Aztec gold and black. The colors also honor another big draw for sports minded visitors, their football and baseball teams, The Steelers, Pirates and Pelicans. Pittsburgh’s history as a city began with the 1764 Fort Pitt Blockhouse, the oldest structure in the city. It’s located at the intersection of the rivers in Point State Park where the fountain is a centerpiece of the park. The English then built Fort Pitt Blockhouse on the site of earlier French-built Fort Duquesne which also had been built on the site of an even earlier English structure, Fort Prince George. Today only medallions and a marker path show where these earlier structures once stood. You can tour Fort Pitt free of charge. There is also a museum that tells the history of Western Pennsylvania where Fort Pitt’s Monongahela Bastion once stood. -14- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ WINTER, 2017

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PittsburghContinued. . . , Downtown Pittsburgh is known as the Cultural District, thanks to a renovation began in 1971 mainly to save the historic Loew’s Penn Theater, circa 1927. Today, the area is filled with retail stores, restaurants, theaters, public parks and public art and galleries. Another downtown treasure is PPG Place Complex. It’s a Neo-Gothic style complex with a central 40 story tall skyscraper nicknamed “the crown jewel in Pittsburgh’s skyline.” The PPG building and courtyard are part of an area called Market Square. Its plaza with a 15 foot interactive fountain that is transformed at night by its ever changing light display and in winter is transformed into an ice rink. The plaza is favored by locals to enjoy an outdoor lunch or just relax. The lobby is home to a variety of music concerts, art shows, and other events. The Strip When it comes to food, The Strip is the place to visit. It’s a mile-and-a-half long section where you are able to find every type of ethnic dish that ever was popular in Pittsburgh. From well-known names like Lidia’s Pittsburgh of Lidia’s Italy fame, to small shops that sell spices or popcorn. There are -16- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ WINTER, 2017

retail shops too so you will see a lot of Steelers and Pirate items. Senator John Heinz History Center is located where downtown merges with The Strip. It’s a prestigious Smithsonian Affiliate consisting of several museums in one. There is the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, the Conservation Center, and the history museum. In spite of what you may think it’s not all about ketchup although the museum does have an exhibit telling the Heinz family history. St. Patrick Church has a unique feature, the Holy Stairs. You must climb them on your knees. The only exception is a bride on her wedding day. The 28 steps represent the supposed distance between Pilate and Jesus at his trial. For the less pious or athletic, there is an elevator. If you are ever at a loss for words there is a good reason to visit St. Patrick. A piece of the Blarney Stone from Blarney Castle in Ireland resides in the tower above the baptistery. Mancini’s Bakery is the stop for fresh Italian or other bread. They have been making bread for more than 70 years. They began making 90 loaves per night and now between their Strip location and

two others they make over 10,000 loaves nightly. joyed the pancakes so much he invited them to the Primanti signature sandwich, stacked high with White House twice. its cold slaw, French fries and meat on slices of thick Colangelo’s Bakery will thrill your sweet tooth. Italian breads is world famous. Just a little ways farther up Penn Ave. you will find Jimmy and Nino Sunseri’s is a part deli/grocery, Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grill and one of the part bakery and 100percent old school Italian. most unusual Bloody Marys ever. Pennsylvania MacaS and D Polish Deli roni Company is a third serves genuine ethnic generation deli/Italian items like pierogi, grocery that‘s a go to Kielbasa sausage, for any kind of Italian cabbage, sauerkraut food from olive oil to and even tripe dishes. pastrami and every size The owner, a Poland shape pasta you ish immigrant, uses can imagine. traditional family Enrico Biscotti Comrecipes. pany biscotti in almost Wigle Whiskey any flavor you can is another strip fun imagine. It’s fun to take spot. You learn a lot the bisciotti around of Pittsburgh’s disthe corner and down tilling history along the alley to Carlo’s with a fun tour and Garage Winery. It’s is tasting. Pittsburgh’s first urban Above: Pamela’s P & G Diner There are a variety Below: Colangelo’s Baker winery. l of Farmer’s Markets Pittsburgh’s first scattered around The culinary is located here. Strip. You’ll probaIt’s just off Smallman bly see a few street St. and the founders are musicians playing for navy guys, the name, donations. Smallman Galley, was Oakland Phipps a natural. The program Conservatory and helps chefs open their Botanical Gardens first restaurant. Chefs looks like a slice of picked get free rent Victorian life in the and business training midst of modern in exchange for 30% or times. It’s much more the profits and run their than a garden. It is restautrant as their own composed of several business. Four chefs, indoor and outdoor Stephen Eldridge, Jessigardens. Along with ca Lewis, Rafael Vencio, some amazing plants and Jacqueline Warand flowers there’s dle, earned their spot first-rate sculpture through competition and an impressive culminating with a judged cook-off at Pittsburgh home gardening learning experience. Their SEED Public Market between the top eight. (Sustainable Education Every Day) modular classPamela Cohen and Gail Klinginsmith’s opened room is built with recyclable materials non-toxic Pamela’s P & G Diner in 1980. Pittsburgh loves them materials, generates its own energy, and recycles and so does President Obama who ate here and enwater on site. WINTER, 2017~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -17-

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Carnegie Museum of Science and Natural History is ranked among the top five natural history museums in the country. The building is impressive and showcases dinosaur sculptures and one of Andrew Carnegie. The museum contains 20 exhibition halls. Their Dinosaurs in Their Time is the third largest exhibit of its kind in the country. Across the street from Carnegie Museum, you’ll find Schenley Plaza with several good street restaurants. We ate at one of them called Conflict Kitchen. It’s a unique take-out restaurant serving food from countries in conflict with the United States. Iran was the food choice when we visited but it is always changing. Blaine Siegel, director of outreach and education, explained the concept. It’s a way for people to discuss a supposedly “enemy” country’s culture and customs while enjoying the country’s cuisine and learning a little about their culture and customs. Besides the food there’s a local radio show about the country they are currently featuring. From the plaza the University of Pittsburgh’s 42-story Late Gothic Revival Cathedral of Learning soars into the skyline. It’s the tallest educational building in the Western hemisphere. We visited the Cathedral of Learning’s Nationality Rooms. These rooms are also used as classrooms. Each room features one of the many ethnic groups that made Pittsburgh the city it is today. The tab for creating the room was picked up by the ethnic group it represents. The rooms create a small cultural nationality museum for that ethnicity. You can pick up a recording for a self-guided-recorded tour -18- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ WINTER, 2017

or if you have a large group (10+) you can request a guided tour. There are 30 Nationality Rooms in all. The tours are limited to weekends and times when school is not in session. Check with the university before you go. Some of the rooms can only be glimpsed through a peephole in the door. One is the Syria Lebanon Room, representative of a library in an upper-class Damascus’s home circa 1782. The walls are elaborately hand painted in shades of red and gold. The floor is covered with an Oriental carpet. When you enter the Romanian Room you are in a 17th century orthodox Christian monastery. The Irish Room transports you to a 12th century oratory with a replica of The Book of Kells. Each room is done so accurately you feel like you are in the represented country not a classroom in Pittsburgh. Southside You can cross the Monongahela River to the Southside using the Smithfield Street Bridge. It is the most walked bridge in the area as well as a National Historic Landmark and a National Historic Civic Engineering Landmark. Station Square has transformed some of Pittsburgh’s history into an entertainment/dining/shopping landmark. Once the terminal of Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad in the late 1800s it fell into disuse until Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation turned it into Station Square. Bessemer Court, the heart of the Station Square, commemorates Pittsburgh’s steel history with a

state-of-the-art Fountain featuring Waltzing Waters Liquid Fireworks Show. Another part of Pittsburgh’s railroad history is Freight House Shops housed in a restored a railroad warehouse. Three attractions that offer very different tours of the city are located in Station Square. Just Ducky and Gateway Clipper Tours have ticket booths near the court gate. Molly’s Trolleys is located next to Buckhead Saloon. Just Ducky places you in an old WWII amphibious version of the 2-1/2 ton General Motor’s army cargo truck developed during World War II to transport cargo and men ashore easily. The DUKW, its actual name, gives you a different view of Pittsburgh. Gateway Clipper Tours offers river tours aboard one of their four replicas of old fashioned paddleboats; The Empress, The Duchess, The Three Rivers Queen, and The Countess. We took a jaunt around Pittsburgh on Molly’s Trolleys. It was fun and educational with a driver who was knowledgeable about Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Your trolley fare includes a trip on the Duquesne Incline, something uniquely Pittsburgh. It’s a real funicular railway that brings you to the top of 400-foot slope on Mt. Washington. The upper railway station has an interesting little museum about the history of the incline. USA Today Magazine calls it “one of the most beautiful views in the country.” When you reach the top, you’re on the Grandview Avenue with a wonderful view of the city. The telescopes here let you really enjoy a close-up look. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, just a block and a half down the street from the railway, is a good dining choice. The view is as great as the food. In front of Monterey Bay Fish Grotto there is a piece of public art, a bronze by James A. West called Point of View, showing George Washington and Seneca leader Guyasuta in a serious discussion while Washington was surveying the area in 1770. Northshore Kayak Pittsburgh located under the 6th St. Bridge is a good way to see Pittsburgh form the water. You can paddle around the point to the Ohio River or go up the Allegheny. I enjoyed the trip on the river but

was wishing for my own lifejacket as the one they provided was not the most comfortable. Almost next door to the launch site is PNC Park, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. You can follow the path along North Shore Riverfront Park to Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers if you’re a sports fan. Even if you’re not a fan, there is a beautiful greenway/pedestrian and bike path along the Allegheny River with a Vietnam Veterans Memorial erected between PNC Park and Heinz Field. Our next stop was the Andy Warhol Museum. It’s the largest museum dedicated to an individual artist in the country. You probably think of Campbell’s Soup cans when hear Andy Warhol. There is so much more to know about Andy Warhol. For art lovers, it’s a must-see. National Aviary is a bird lover’s paradise. You

get nose to beak with some fascinating and colorful creatures. The penguins are a special treat. They are the warm weather variety so you don’t freeze watching them. The Avery is home to 500 birds of 150 different species. It is the only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated to birds. You will find tiny shaft-tailed finches who watch you as you view them. The colorful pink flamingos are in a realistic watery habitat. The larger birds of prey are housed outside. One thing I didn’t see anywhere in Pittsburgh was a steel mill. WINTER, 2017~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -19-

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Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XVIII Returns to the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA February 23 - 26 HAMPTON - This February 23 – 26, 2017, celebrate 28 years of quilt, wearable, and textile art as the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXVIII, one of the largest and most anticipated quilt gatherings on the eastern seaboard, returns to the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA. Presented by Mancuso Show Management and drawing upwards of 10,000 attendees, this show is a must for any quilting or art enthusiast. The theme of this year’s festival, entitled “From Atlantic to Pacific” gives entrants an opportunity to tell show-goers how they live now or grew up affects their quilting! The accepted quilt entries compete in Traditional, Innovative, and Wall Quilt categories as well as for the “Best of Show” title. In addition, this year’s festival will include a Modern Quilt Category entitled “Mid Century Mod.” Other highlights include a Merchants Mall (with over 250 vendors) offering the best machines, fabrics, notions, wearable art, embroidery, and everything for the quilter, textile artist, and home sewer. For an additional fee, individual workshops and lectures are available to attendees. Don’t -20- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ WINTER, 2017

miss the miss the “best time you’ll ever have” at a quilt festival at the Game Zone: Quilter’s Strip Poker/ Quilt-O Combo, held Friday, February 24. While at the festival, be sure to explore the Wearable Art Competition and cast your vote for the “Quilt” and “Wearable Viewer’s Choice Awards.” This competition features works from some of the finest quilt and textile artists in the country and includes submissions such as vests, jackets and coats. Hours for the festival are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closing at 4 p.m. Sun.) For more information, including workshop and lecture schedules, visit or call the Hampton Roads Convention Center at 757/315-1610. General information Call Center at 757/727-8311.

a Quilt Left: Springtime in the Geisha’s Garden by Margaret Solomon Gunn Right: Best of Show (and yes, this really is a quilt!)

Admission: 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.

$15 (includes re-admission) $13.00 admission- SUNDAY ONLY Children under 16- FREE *Discounts for 20 or more can be arranged by calling 215-862-5828

Hampton Roads Convention Center 1610 Coliseum Drive Hampton, Virginia 23666


Things to Do: Win a Rid From the Shreveport-Bossier CVB SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – The Northwest Louisiana community of Shreveport-Bossier is preparing for a huge Mardi Gras season in 2017 featuring masked balls, massive parades and quirky neighborhood celebrations. Shreveport-Bossier is home to nearly a dozen parades that range in size from neighborhood festivities like the Krewe of Sobek Parade (1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14) and Krewe of Harambee Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade (1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16) to huge parades that draw hundreds of thousands of attendees, such as the Krewe of Centaur Parade (4:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18) and the Krewe of Gemini Parade (4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25). The season will officially begin with a Twelfth Night Party and Mardi Gras Mass on Saturday, Jan. 7 and will continue through Fat Tuesday on Feb. 28. Shreveport-Bossier’s Mardi Gras season is uncommonly diverse, accessible and family-friendly. Many parades take place during daylight hours, including the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade (12 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19) and the Krewe of Highland Parade (1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26). Float-loading parties such as those hosted by the Krewe of Centaur and the Krewe of Gemini give visitors the rare opportunity to go “behind the scenes” and see giant floats being loaded with beads while mingling with krewe royalty and collecting limited edition throws. Extravagant masked balls hosted by the larger krewes are open to the public so that anyone who purchases a ticket can experience the pageantry and grandeur of Carnival season. Designed to provide a “one stop shop” for groups of 10 or more who are seeking an authentic Mardi Gras parade day -22- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ WINTER, 2017

experience, the annual Red River Mardi Gras Bash is an exclusive tent party for visiting groups that will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 during one of Louisiana’s largest Mardi Gras parades – the Krewe of Centaur Parade. Admission includes access to a private tent with live music, Creole and Cajun food, special behind-the-scenes Mardi Gras experiences and more. Tickets are $40 each and may be purchased by contacting Erica Telsee at 800-551-8682. The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau is giving away the rare opportunity to ride in a Mardi Gras parade. One winner of the Mardi Gras Vacation Sweepstakes will receive two spots aboard a float in the 2017 Krewe of Highland parade as well as hotel accommodations for two, a generous supply of “throws” to toss to the crowd during the parade and a gift certificate to dine at a local restaurant. The Krewe of Highland parade will be held in the historic Highland neighborhood of Shreveport, Louisiana at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. Visit the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau website to enter the sweepstakes. Now in its 22nd year, the massive Krewe of Highland parade is one of the largest “neighborhood parades” in North Louisiana. Held during daylight hours, the parade is family-friendly, diverse, funky and unpredictable. Floats in the Krewe of Highland parade are known for their unusual throws including grilled hot dogs, packaged ramen noodles, Moon Pie confections and more. The parade is also known for its “do it yourself ” spirit – marching units in the parade frequently push colorful homemade floats. The Krewe of Highland parade is just one of nearly a dozen Carnival season parades held annually in Shreve-

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port-Bossier. For a complete guide to Carnival season events in Shreveport and Bossier City, as well as useful parade day tips, parade route maps and more, download the Gris Gris Guide to Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier. This sweepstakes is limited to one entry per person. All entries must be received by 12 a.m. CST on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The sweepstakes winner will be responsible for his or her own travel to and from Shreveport, Louisiana. Winner must be 21 years of age or older in order to claim the prize. For complete sweepstakes rules or more information, visit The Krewe of Highland Parade is a unique Mardi Gras parade set in Shreveport’s historic Highland neighborhood. It features unique floats - many of which are quirky and homemade - and unusual throws like hot dogs from the Krewe of Bar-B-Q. Other major seasonal events include float-loading parties, masked balls and festive food events. Shreveport-Bossier, known as Louisiana’s Other Side, is a mixture of the spicy Cajun attitude and wide-open Texas spirit. It’s a unique destination in northwest Louisiana where Creole meets cowboy. It’s where hot crawfish meets

big Texas steaks. Our blend of cultures have a tendency to sneak up and surprise you. You have to come here to experience the vast musical heritage and stand on the stage where Elvis Presley had his first professional debut, cruise on the mighty Red River, shop on the riverfront, tango with Lady Luck at six Vegas style casinos or catch a heart pounding race at the racetrack. If you are looking for a destination that offers variety and spice of life, then you’ve come to the right place. Six Riverboat Casinos Our riverboat casinos are floating palaces, tributes to the frontier tradition of 24-hour fun and excitement. Along with traditional gaming, our casinos host fabulous entertainment and an assortment of restaurants and buffets. And don’t be surprised to find a famous star or two at your gaming table or favorite club. Find out what so many people already know . . . this is a great place to be, Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana’s Other Side. For more visitor information on Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana’s Other Side, visit the website at or call 800-551-8682. WINTER, SPRING, 2016 2017~~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM || -23-23-

People to See:

HENDERSON - Join us for HAAA’s first-ever Signature Season Bonus Show as we reunite four favorites from FOX’s American Idol for one night only! Winners and finalists from television’s hottest singing competition will perform many of their solo hits that garnered their award-winning spot on the iconic show. The show will be from 7 - 10 p.m. on February 3 in McCormick Hall at the Henderson Fine Arts Center. Group numbers and a special audience participation will make this unique Henderson Area Arts Alliance show a spectacular performance. Those scheduled to perform are Janelle Arthur from Season 12; Season 2 winner, Ruben Studdard; Melinda Doolittle, third runner up from Season 6; and Seasons 8 winner, Kris Allen. Music is by Michael Orland. Secure your tickets early for this one-time event featuring four vocalists performing together right here in Henderson, Kentucky. Current season subscribers will have first option on purchasing seats for this one-time, one-night only event. Prices are $38-55, depending on seating choices. For more information, call 270.831.9800 or visit online at -24- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ WINTER, 2017

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Sporting Bring your game face and get ready for an action-packed calendar of sporting events this winter

Schedule In the Palm Beache

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (December 20, 2016) – During the winter months, The Palm Beaches in Southeast Florida are the premier destination for sport enthusiasts to get in on the action – whether you’re an active participant or cheering from the sidelines. Stretching 47 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter and Tequesta, visitors to this collection of 39 cities and towns are often found outside basking beneath sunny skies that are accompanied by an average winter temperature of 76 degrees. From December through April, The Palm Beaches’ sporting schedule includes a post-season collegiate bowl game, two stops on the PGA TOUR, spring training for four Major League Baseball teams, the Winter Equestrian Festival and prestigious polo matches, the world’s only combined ATP World Tour/ATP Champions Tour tennis event, and an extensive roster of recreational activities for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. From football, baseball and golf to croquet, polo and racing, there is a sport to thrill every athlete and sports fanatic in The Palm Beaches. A sample of upcoming sporting events include:


International Polo Tournaments: January 1 – April 23 Starting on January 1, 2017, the weekly Sunday afternoon event will be the epicenter of social activity, as many of the world’s finest competitors come to show their riding skills in High and Medium Goal matches. The 2017 Palm Beach Polo -28- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ WINTER, 2017


Season will conclude on Sunday, April 23 with the USPA 113th U.S. Open Polo Championship® final. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, stadium seating, field-side champagne brunch at The Pavilion, and exclusive sponsor boxes. SuperCar Week: January 7 – 15, 2017 More than 100,000 auto enthusiasts will join together for the 7th Annual SuperCar Week, January 7 through January 15, 2017. A variety of events will take place throughout Palm Beach County over the course of the nine days, culminating with the free Sunday SuperCar SuperShow on the West Palm Beach Waterfront. Other must-see events include Lamborghini Palm Beach Cars & Coffee, Supercar Week Race Experience and Palm Prix at Palm Beach International Raceway and the SuperCar HorsePower exhibition on opening day of Polo season. Grand Champions Polo Club Tournaments: January 6 - April 25, 2017 There will be three major high goal tournaments hosted by the 10-year-old club located in the heart of Wellington horse country on the corner of South Shore Blvd. and Lake Worth Rd. The club has 11 polo fields where low, medium and high goal tournaments are held. Season highlights are the Feb. 22-March 11 Sterling Cup, March 1-11 $50,000 National 12-Goal Tournament, March 15-April 1 National 20-Goal and


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April 1-15 winner-take-all $100,000 World Cup Tournament. Polo matches are held in a relaxed atmosphere. Admission is free except for a few special events. There is also complimentary food and refreshments. Winter Equestrian Festival: January 11 – April 2, 2017 Dubbed the “Winter Equestrian Capital of the World,” Wellington, which is one of The Palm Beaches’ 39 cities and towns, is a top lifestyle destination for equestrian athletes and fans. From January 11 through April 2, 2017, see many of the world’s finest horses and riders compete at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center during the Winter Equestrian Festival. This celebrated event brings together the partnership of horse and rider during the thrills and grace of show jumping and the elegance of classic equestrian dressage. Admire the best and most experienced individuals in the largest and longest running horse show in the world. One of its most popular weekly events is Saturday Night Lights, a Grand Prix equestrian event featuring food, family fun, live music, and the highest level of competitive show jumping that starts at 7 p.m. Best of all, admission is free of charge.


Allianz Championship: February 6 – 12, 2017

Televised on the Golf Channel, the Allianz Championship brings together the best of golf’s legends in Boca Raton. Watch these golfing legends tee up in the 2017 championship from February 6 to February 12, or upgrade with the Pro-Am experience to match strokes side-by-side with golf icons, mingle in the VIP Partner’s Club and have the opportunity to meet a favorite golf celebrity for an autograph. Skyboxes and preferred seating are available. For those under 17 and over 65, general admission is free. Honda Classic: February 20 – 26, 2017 Here, 144 of the best golfers in the world will compete on the first stop of the “Florida Swing” for their share of a $6.4 million purse and the Honda Classic’s Waterford Trophy. Beyond the green, The Honda Classic offers a week of events including a Pro-Am, concerts and more. Delray Beach International Tennis Championships: February 17 – 26, 2017 The world’s only 10-day tennis event consisting of an ATP Champions Tours event (February 17 – 19, 2017) and an ATP World Tour event (February 20 – 26, 2017) is expected to welcome more than 50,000 spectators to the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. WINTER, 2017~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -29-

Places to Go:

The Coffin

By Kathy Barnett Managing Editor FOUNTAIN CITY - When I first visited the former home of Levi and Catharine Coffin and learned of their connection with helping escaped slaves travel northward to freedom, I was intrigued. I grew up in Missouri, a “border” state of the Civil War. History books report men sent to both opposing sides, as well as supplies, had its star on both flags, had separate governments representing each side, and endured a neighbor-against-neighbor rally during the actual war. So I don’t remember too much about the Underground Railroad other than thinking it had to literally “be under the ground.” Of course, as I grew older and moved to Ohio, I learned the true meaning of the whole Taken during construction affair as I discovered several in the fall of 2015 houses told to be connected to the Underground Railroad. tinued their work until the end of The Coffin House is a National the Civil War. Historic Landmark located in the The Coffin’s home, at the time present-day town of Fountain City known as Newport, received the in Wayne County, Indiana. The nickname Grand Central Station two-story, eight room, brick home in the Underground Railroad. was constructed circa 1838–39 in Just this last month, the Coffin the Federal architectural style. Interpretive Center opened it’s Levi (1798-1877) and Catharine doors right across the street from (1803-1881) Coffin were Quaker that Grand Central Station to help abolitionist leaders that played preserve the history and relics of a significant role in the Under- Levi Coffins freedom efforts. ground Railroad in Indiana. From As part of the Indiana State the 1820s through 1847, the cou- Museum’s INVision Campaign ple successfully hid hundreds of of historic site renovations, the slaves as they traveled from their new 5,156 square foot interpretive southern slave homes. The Coffins center “symbolizes and celebrates later moved to Cincinnati and con-30- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ WINTER, 2017

the spirit and enduring courage of freedom seekers – escaped slaves – and the 19th-century anti-slavery activists Levi and Catharine Coffin,” explains site manager Joanna Hahn. The new center has been listed as one of 12 top new museums to visit. Operated by Indiana State Museum and the Historic Sites Corporation, the house and the new $3.8 million interpretative center allows for visitors to understand the role the Coffins played in context of the national abolitionist Underground Railroad operation, or what Levi Coffin referred to as the ‘Mysterious Road.’ Within the center is an exhibition entitled Souls Seeking Safety: Bringing Indiana’s Underground Railroad Experience to Life. The three-story facility features a theatre, meeting facilities, gift shop, and exhibition space. The center and house are open Tues-

n House Interpretive Center days through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Admission to the center is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for children ages 3 through 17. Mr. Coffin strategically built his home around the family well (shown below) so visitors could draw water without traveling to and from the outdoors. This made it easier for them to hide

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites’ INVision Campaign seeks to revitalize their central museum and reinterpret, or restore eleven other state historic sites by the ISMHS’ This portrait of Levi Coffin is displayed over the sesquicentennial in 2019. Along desk where he worked, featured in the home. with the Indiana State Museum, the other sites include Angel Mounds, the original capitol building Items displayed in the home showing the at Corydon, the Culbertson Mansion kitchen utensils used for cooking in the 1800s. in New Albany, the Gene Stratton-Porter historic site in Rome City, historic New Harmony, the Lanier Mansion in Madison, Limberlost in Geneva, the T.C. Steele homestead in Nashville, the Vincennes historic site, the refurbishment of the Ben Franklin III canal boat at the Whitewater Canal state historic site, and of course, the Levi and Catharine Coffin House and Interpretative Center. The ISMHS has raised $15.7 million for the effort and anticipate being complete by 2019. WINTER, 2017~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -31-


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