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Letter from the Editor Lexington, Ky. before enjoying a live Bluegrass or folk concert at So summer is on it’s way. Are you ready for the upcoming the Kentucky swimsuit days? I’m not. In size that Theatre and is. Oh, the brain is definately ready then crawling into the plush for a Spring break. . . Lying around in a beach chair comforts of a with a good book and lots of sun- kingsize bed for a relaxing nap screen. Sipping on a refreshing back at the hotel. (I’ll get my exerdrink in an ice-frosted glass. I can cisepushing the buttons on the television remote.) see it all now. Or I could travel to South Ohio in But the body just isn’t quite there yet. Nope, Winter in the office at time for the Banana Split Festival. my computer has taken it’s toll on Yum! See page 6. Whatever your interest, there is the “not-so-trim” figure. So, perhaps a bit of history studies in sure to be something new to do, or Virginia will do the trick. See the a place to visit or someone to see feature on page 10 and 11 for all that is featured in this packed the details on the new bike tour. Spring issue of The Weekender You can also get into shape by dis- Extended. So let’s thaw out, get covering the new trails in out of the house and I’ll meet you along the way... Tennessee. See page 16. Of course, I’d really rather Kathy Barnett, splurge and dine at Jonathan’s Managing Editor located within the Platz Park Inn in

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CONTENTS Top Ten: 6 Couples Getaways Places to Go: 2 Logan, OH 3 Santa, IN 13 Feature - Colorado 19 Madison, WI Page 4

Things to Do 5 Eat a Banana Split - Wilmington, OH 8 Enjoy Gettysburg, PA - For Free 10 Bike Riding / Alexandria, VA 22 Discover the Trails, TN 17 Play with Penquins, TN People to See 18 Michael Jonathon at the Kentucky Theatre www.weekenderextended.com

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Things to Do:

Eat one (or two or three) Banana Splits

How could Ernest Hazard have known 103 years ago that his creation of the original banana split dessert would withstand the test of time and become an American symbol as familiar as "mom's apple pie?"

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As community members of the title of Banana Split Master. The Wilmington and Clinton County, Ohio, chefs are challenged to create their celebrate their bicentennial this year, own totally unique banana split. Live Music Featuring: they are particularly proud of a signifCreativity, taste and appearance are Blue Steel icant offering to the rest of the nation - Sunrise Stringband the key to winning in this stiff compeThe Banana Split. The Banana Split tition. This Banana Split Festival is Streetwise Festival (June 11-12) has become as Chairman of Broad Band the only one in the nation and word synonymous with the small city of continues to spread near and far Full House Band Wilmington, population 12,000, as about its existence. It's a hometown 338th Army Band Red's Baseball is to Cincinnati. festival that is not only family friendly, Classic Car Cruise-in Thousands travel from many states to but leaves people smiling when they Crafts • Contests make their own banana split at the leave. As the City of Wilmington and 1-877-428-4748 "build your own" bar, to enjoy the Clinton County celebrate their bicenbananasplitfestival.com '50s/'60s theme, to peruse the many tennial celebrations, what could be collectible cars on display at the clasmore appropriate than spotlighting a sic cruise-in and car show, to taste the many varivariety of genres at this year's event, providing a liteties of fun food, to play street carnival games, to tle something for attendees whose ages span the shop at the many craft and commercial booths and decades? From classic rock 'n' roll, the sounds of a to be entertained with the sounds of the rock 'n roll renowned army band, country, songs from the swing era. What's even better is that there is no admisera and more, it will be a fun cross-section of musision fee. cal entertainment. A growing highlight of the annual festival is the Festival hours are Friday, June 11, 4 p.m. to 10 Masters Competition. Regional chefs compete for p.m. and Saturday, June 12, noon until 10 p.m. Page 06

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rom theater and museums to shopping and professional sports, Chicago’s activities for couples are the perfect recipe for a great romantic getaway.

tiques. The city is also an international shopping capital, with a vibrant retail scene that caters to the needs of every shopper. For more information visit www.chicagofashionresource.com. 8. Museums – The Museum of Modern Art and The Art Institute of Chicago are both great options for a relaxing afternoon of art. The Art Institute is one of the world’s leading art museums with over 300,000 works, including an extensive impressionist and postimpressionist collection. The Museum of Contemporary Art explores art dating from 1945 to present-day with a strong focus on surrealism, minimalism, conceptual photography and work by Chicago-based artists. 7. Restaurants – Featuring more than 7,000 restaurants and more 5diamond restaurants than any city in the nation, for a dinner spot with a romantic view, try the Park Grill in Millennium Park. In the summer months dine alfresco, people watch, and gaze out over the sweeping city views. For a more interactive experience where you and your date can work together to cook dinner, try Geja’s Café in Lincoln Park. Geja’s features traditional fondue and is hailed by many to be the most romantic restaurant in the city. 6. Hotels – The W Hotel Lakeshore and the Trump International Hotel and Tower offer some of the best views of

Lake Michigan and the Chicago River around. For prime location and proximity to shopping and nightlife, the Park Hyatt and The Peninsula Chicago are unrivaled. And for their cool urban vibe, the Dana Hotel and Spa and the Affinia Hotel will not disappoint. 5. Architecture – A view of the city's buildings by boat offers a unique perspective. Visitors to Chicago may take one of many architectural river cruises to experience the preservation of ageless architectural styles in classic and modern structures along the Chicago River. For a more detailed look, the Chicago Architecture Foundation offers more than 50 walking or bus tours, conducted by knowledgeable guides. 4. Spas – After a long day of exploring head to one of Chicago’s spas to relax before a night out on the town with your significant other. Chicago’s Spa Space, exhale spa, and Kiva Salon and Spa are all perfect options for any treatments you desire including manicures and pedicures, aromatherapies, massages, and scrubs. The Trump International Hotel and Tower features 53 relaxing spa rooms that are designed to enhance your entire spa experience at the property. For the budget conscious, Cortiva School of Massage Therapy in Chicago’s Loop offers great discounted massages and treatments given by students and instructors.

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10. Gardens and Parks – With more than 7,500 acres of parkland, two world-class conservatories, 26 miles of lakefront and 600 acres of nature areas, Chicago lives up to its motto “City in a Garden”. Chicago is home to two beautiful conservatories, the Garfield Park and Lincoln Park Conservatories, both are located in the city’s public parks. Chicago’s downtown area is home to two world-class parks, Grant Park and Millennium Park. Both parks are convenient to downtown lodging and perfect for a romantic stroll with a cup of coffee or an ice cream cone. In the colder months ice skating is available in ten Chicago area rinks. In the warmer months, couples can enjoy one of Chicago’s free outdoor concerts or movies. 9. Shopping – Shopping can be very romantic, especially if you are on the receiving end of a gift. Chicago is a leading center for fashion and design, home to more than 400 fashion designers and 375 independently owned retail bouPage 6

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Top Ten 3. Walk or bike Chicago – Chicago’s scenic views and flat landscape make it the perfect city for exploring either on foot or bike. It is no wonder that Chicago was named the one of the top five running cities in the country by Runner’s World. No matter how you choose to explore, Chicago views are sure to evoke romance with stunning skyline and lakefront views. A favorite of Chicagoans is to start your trip south of downtown at the Museum Campus and walk north along the lakefront path to Monroe Street. Along the way you’ll see the iconic image of sailboats along Lake Michigan flanked by the Chicago skyline. Bicycles can be rented at a number of locations around the city.

Continued... 2. Recreation – Take a cooking class at either World Kitchen or the Chopping Block; take a Segway tour of the city; or a moonlight kayak trip down the Chicago River. Depending on your interests, other romantic activities for couples include attending one of Chicago’s professional sporting events with a Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, or White Sox game. 1. Theater – Enjoy a classic date in Chicago with dinner and a show. From storefront theaters and Tonyaward winning regional companies to major Broadway shows, Chicago theater is recognized throughout the world for its diverse selection and criticallyacclaimed productions. Purchase half-price tickets to a show at www.hottix.org.

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Chicago's visitor information centers are conveniently located in two of the city's most popular areas. Plan to visit the information centers when you arrive in Chicago and receive free brochures featuring attractions and special events. Friendly information representatives will answer your questions and assist your family in planning an action-packed itinerary. The visitor centers are located in the Chicago Cultural Center at 77 East Randolph across from Millennium Park and at the City’s historic Water Works pumping station on Michigan Avenue. Additionally, the Chicago Office of Tourism is home to the Chicago Greeter program. Chicago Greeter links friendly, knowledgeable Chicagoans with visitors looking to see the sights through the eyes of a local. The Greeter program can tailor their tours to meet the needs of the entire family. The Chicago Office of Tourism, a division of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, is the official city agency dedicated to promoting Chicago to domestic and international visitors and to providing innovative visitor programs and resources. For more information please visit www.explorechicago.org or call 1.877.CHICAGO. Page 7


Things to Do: Enjoy Gettysburg Free of Charge!

Free is certainly everybody’s favorite word. In a summer travel season when vacationers will certainly be looking to spread their money further, the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau has put together a list of free attractions in the destination for visitors to enjoy. “Vacations should be enjoyable and not a burden on visitors’ finances,” said Norris Flowers, President of the Gettysburg CVB. “Our destination is still rich in free opportunities, which give our visitors a great, inexpensive experience.” These attractions focus on both Gettysburg’s rich history and its other great attractions, including outdoor recreation, agriculture and the lighter side of Gettysburg: • Gettysburg National Military Park - Known by most as simply “the battlefield,” the Gettysburg National Military Park is the country’s largest history classroom. It remains one of the few free national Page 08

historic sites in the United States and draws 2 million visitors annually. With 6,000 acres of preserved battle ground, the park is a place where visitors come to honor and pay their respects to the fallen soldiers, reflect on a nation torn by war or learn about the most documented battle in U.S. history. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/gett. • Gettysburg Train Station When President Abraham Lincoln arrived in Gettysburg to deliver what would become known as the Gettysburg Address, this small Pennsylvania town was in the midst of a massive cleanup effort after the battle just four months earlier. The train station – Lincoln’s first stop in Gettysburg – explains that story and demonstrates the world the 16th president would have seen when he stepped off that train on Nov. 18, 1863. Historic Roundbarn It was probably the most ingenious – yet expensive – barn design of its time – the Roundbarn.

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Only a handful of them remain today – including the one outside Gettysburg in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Fruit Belt. Built in 1914, this Roundbarn now houses one of the best Farmer’s Markets in the region. This rare structure has become one of Adams County, Pa.’s most popular landmarks. For more information, visit www.roundbarngettysburg.com. Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum is as much of a must-stop attraction as the battlefield itself. Seeing one of the largest collections of elephant figurines in the world won’t cost you a cent. What started out as a simple wedding gift has turned into a nationally known museum with more than 10,000 elephants. For more information, visit www.mistereds.com. Soldiers’ National Cemetery Before Arlington, there was Gettysburg. It featured the most recognized dedication the country has ever seen. President Lincoln was asked to share “a few appropriate remarks,” and of course, those ten sentences – a mere 272 words – would become on of the most famous speeches of all time. And it happened here in Gettysburg. The cemetery’s gates are now open for the world to enjoy. It’s not only a place to honor soldiers killed in Gettysburg but to appreciate the magnitude of what our 16th president said here. Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve There are many ways to enjoy Gettysburg’s countryside, but Strawberry Hill Nature Center is a remarkable experience and one that’ll challenge your body yet relieve you of the stress of your daily life. With 600 acres – plus a new adjoining 2,500-acre plot of preserved forest – Strawberry Hill is not just a hike in the woods. It’s an experience that will put visitors face-to-face with nature. For more information, visit www.strawberryhill.org. Self-Guided Tours Explore on your own at your own pace. The Scenic Driving Tour and the Historic Conewago Valley Tour take you out of town and into the great countryside of Adams County, Pa. Along the way, you’ll find orchards, farmer’s markets, antique malls and plenty of picturesque stops. Our Downtown (Gettysburg) Walking Tour and New Oxford Historic Walking Tour give visitors a chance to stretch their legs, learn a bit of history and an opportunity to explore shops, galleries and diners along the tour. Camp David Museum Not far from Gettysburg, down U.S. Route 15 in Thurmont, Md., is one of the most unique places around – The Cozy. It’s a restaurant, it’s an inn, but it also houses a museum you won’t find anywhere else, and it’s dedicated to the famous presidential retreat just a couple miles away. Inside, you’ll learn about the handful of presidents and international dignitaries who’ve stayed at Camp David, and you’ll see that the Cozy itself has played an important role in the vacation spot. For more information, visit www.cozyvillage.com. Willow Pond Farm This 1760s vintage stone farmhouse is best known as the centerpiece of the Pennsylvania Lavender Festival, but outside those three days in June, Willow Pond Farm is a great place to enjoy a warm spring or summer morning, strolling through gardens of herbs. Varieties include culinary herbs, edible flowers, mint, scented geraniums, medicinal herbs and, of course, lavender. For more information, visit www.willowpondherbs.com. “This list of free attractions showcases Gettysburg’s unique diversity,” said Flowers. “Certainly, we are rich in Civil War history, but Gettysburg and its countryside provide our millions of visitors with a wellrounded vacation experience.” For more information on Gettysburg’s free attractions or other events and activities in Gettysburg, visit www.gettysburg.travel or call (800) 337-5015. Page 08

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Places Colorado to Go:

From Mountaintop Tees to Bike Trails and Fishing Tales, Colorado’s Recreational Diversity is Unrivaled. Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and

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renowned ski resort areas. The state's breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of four major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, nine national parks and monuments, and 54 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet. River-Ready Kayaking and

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rafting steal the recreational spotlight in spring, when the snow melts and rivers swell. Colorado boasts 13 river systems across the state and dozens of outfitters offering everything from white-water rafting to kayaking on waters ranging in degrees of difficulty from Class I to Class VI, as rated by the International Rapid Rating Scale. The hands-down favorite is the Arkansas River and, at its upper

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Submitted By Jennifer Bartlett end, Salida captures kudos as the white-water rafting and kayaking center of the Rocky Mountains. Experienced rafters and kayakers head to the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, a 150-mile stretch from Leadville, through the Sawatch mountain range to Pueblo, dotted with sites offering raft and kayak access. For first-timers, the Colorado River Outfitters Association stands ready to help visitors choose the best river and river outfitter to meet their needs. And then there is rock climbing. Not every rock climber starts off on Black Canyon (www.nps.gov/blca/) in Gunnison National Park. Many cut their climbing teeth on a 45-foot rock climbing wall like the one in REI’s flagship store in Denver. Located in the restored 1901 Denver Tramway building, the store is a historic landmark that does double duty as a complete outdoor outfitter. In Estes Park, the Colorado Mountain School (www.crms.org/) also offers a full range of indoor climbing courses for children, adults and families. Here, aspiring climbers can test their skills, then head to Lumpy Ridge in Rocky Mountain National Park for its beginner-friendly complex of crags. Less strenuous hikes are found in the Garden of the Gods Loop near Colorado Springs, where easy-to-moderate trails afford views of snow-capped Pikes Peak, and Dillon Pinnacles in the Curecanti National Recreation Area (www.nps.gov/cure), which rises over the Blue Mesa Reservoir. A Sunday afternoon lecture series in February and March brings some of the best speakers in Colorado to the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. From the history of chocolate to live birds of prey, this series has something for everyone. The lectures start at 2 p.m. and last an hour. Donations for the Park are accepted. Earth Day at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center will be celebrated in April this year. The festivities begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 3:00 p.m. Earth Day activities and programs are free and open to the public. Some of the activSpring, 2010

ities to enjoy include Native American Dancer Performances, live birds of prey from Pueblo's Greenway Nature Center, children's craft activities, nature walks and free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Call 219-0108 for information. To volunteer for park clean up, call 385-5947. For more information on times and dates, visit www.gardenofgods. com. For more information or a copy of the Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, call 1-800-COLORADO or visit www.COLORADO.com

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olorado is home to a distinguished collection of world-class museums and cultural institutions that showcase the state’s rich history and heritage. Art museums, film festivals, symphony orchestras and operas fuel a flourishing arts and culture scene that rewards visitors with international-caliber performances, exhibits and educational opportunities. A headline-grabbing addition to Denver Art Museum www.denverartmuseum.org which Time magazine dubbed “the most captivating new building to appear in the U.S. in a while,” has propelled the renowned museum onto the world’s art stage. Designed by celebrated architect Daniel Liebskind, the new 146,000square-foot wing is a jagged titanium-clad showplace for the museum’s

From Small Town Art Festivals to Big-City Symphonies, Diversity Energizes Colorado’s Thriving Arts and Culture Scene. impressive collections of Western and American Indian art. The museum also features the only Asian art collection in the Rocky Mountain region and dozens of other collections and exhibits. Art fans will also appreciate the Aspen Art Museum where worldclass exhibits of contemporary art make it a must-see. Housed in an historic brick building on the scenic Rio Grande Trail, the museum offers stimulating year-round programming that includes educational workshops, gallery tours by prominent artists and art talks. In Colorado Springs, the Fine Arts Center features works by renowned artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, John Singer Sargent and John James Audubon. Its brandnew FAC Modern is entirely devoted to contemporary arts.

Colorado’s Living History A visit to the Colorado Chautauqua House (www.chautauqua.com ) is a journey into the state’s living history. Located at the foot of the Flatirons in Boulder the historic landmark recalls the turn-of-the-century movement to further educate and enlighten working-class citizens by creating gathering places dedicated to learning. Known as Chautauquas, the public spaces offered a place for traveling lecturers, politicians, writers and entertainers to deliver their message to large crowds. In continuous operation since July 4, 1898, the Colorado Chautauqua is one of only three remaining Chautauquas in the country. Today, it is home to concerts, cultural events, educational programs, recreation and historic preservation.

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ABOUT COLORADO

Focusing on Film Colorado is fertile ground for filmmakers and movie buffs. The state is home to several influential film festivals, including the Telluride Film Festival (www.telluridefilmfestival.com), a Labor Day weekend event that allows visitors to mingle with Hollywood’s bold- faced names. Other top-notch festivals include the Breckenridge Festival of Film where classic films such as American Beauty and The Shawshank Redemption made their premiere, as well as the Durango Film Festival and Vail Film Festival. Music in the Mountains The Central City Opera House is the fifth oldest opera company in the U.S. and an icon of Colorado’s mining days. More than 40 performances are scheduled throughout the year. Summer sets off a series of music and dance festivals, including the acclaimed Aspen Music Festival and School which affords visitors a

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Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and renowned ski resort areas. The state's breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of four major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, nine national parks and monuments, and 54 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet. For more information or a copy of the Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, call 1-800-COLORADO or visit www.COLORADO.com. chance to experience one of the country’s leading summer music programs – a showcase for more than 350 varied performances ranging from symphonic and chamber music to opera and choral. Likewise, Breckenridge and Vail host highly regarded summer music festivals and, in Telluride, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June is considered one of the country’s best. In Denver, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Opera Denver are world-class institutions where visitors can experience are range of dynamic concerts and operas.

ater will be engaged by Colorado’s thriving theatrical scene. In summer and early fall, the Creede Repertory Theatre (www.creederep.org presents a rigorous, rotating schedule of performances in repertory. Denver boasts the region's largest resident, professional theatre company. A part of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (www.denvercenter.org) the Denver Center Theatre Company performs nearly a dozen plays in repertory from fall through early summer. Its newest artistic endeavor, the Colorado New Play Summit, is committed to encouraging great new American writing for the Repertory in the Rockies Visitors with an appreciation for the- stage.

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Things to Do... Discover the trails

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he Sunny Side Trail, a mapped driving route covering 12 East Tennessee counties and including nearly 300 points of interest will soon be open for traveling. Sunny Side Trail is the second of 16 regional trails launching over the next several months as part of a statewide tourist development initiative, “Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways.” The effort is the result of multiple agencies working together to showcase local gems such as wineries, historic main streets, quaint restaurants, and scenic spots for outdoor adventure. The Tennessee Departments of Tourist Development and Transportation worked in partnership with Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association and tourism organizations in Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties to

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develop and launch Sunny Side Trail. “The trails initiative is one of the most comprehensive marketing and branding initiatives ever to be launched from the state’s tourism department,” said Whitaker. “Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways is an opportunity to showcase tourism’s major sites as well as our state’s exceptional off-the-beaten-path attractions which are some of Tennessee’s greatest assets.” The trail’s name was inspired by the Carter Family, one of the most famous performers from the Bristol Sessions. Their theme song on radio was the Christian hymn, “Keep on the Sunny Side. Sunny Pickens, a rambling musician character created to promote the trail via social media will provide an insider’s guide to the best of the Sunny Side Trail at www.sunnysidetrail.com. For more information on the state trails initiative, go to www.tntrailsandbyways.com.

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Play with the Penguins

African Black Footed Penguins have arrived at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies! GATLINBURG – Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has opened “Ripley’s Penguin Playhouse,” a new indoor/outdoor multi-million dollar habitat featuring a colony of African Black Footed Penguins. The 4,000-square-foot exhibit features a habitat that closely models the home of African Black Footed Penguins, also known as Jackass Penguins for the distinctive braying sounds they make. Naturalistic rockwork and plantings surrounded by more than 30,000 gallons of temperature-controlled saltwater depict the coastal island rookeries along the coast of South Africa. “Our penguin habitat is a wonderful family experience that showcases these beautiful birds and adds a new dimension and added value to our guest’s aquarium visit,” said Ryan DeSear, general manager of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. “Each penguin has its own little personality and charisma. The habitat is an entertaining and playful environment for both the humans and the penguins. I’m not sure which species is having more fun.” Aquarium guests can view the penguins, with names such as Fast Eddie, Little Joe, Fearless Frank and Stormin’ Norman, by crawling through clear underwater acrylic tunnels and popping up on the penguin’s private beach to view the birds nose to beak. The highly interactive habitat has two wave machines and multiple spa jets that will create continual water movements, which in turn will create an inviting watery playground for the birds. The penguins have all been bred at Spring, 2010

other zoos and aquariums and are a part of the Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. When these young birds reach breeding age, they too will contribute to the survival of this species in the wild. The exhibit is the largest and costliest expansion ever at the aquarium, now celebrating its 10th year in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. More than 14 million visitors have visited the aquarium since its opening in December 2000.

For more information, please visit online at: www.ripleysaquariumofthe smokies.com.

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People To See: Michael Jonathon LEXINGTON, KY - Michael You don’t have to be Johnathon, famous folk singer, famous, you just have to author, and “tree hugger” is the crebe good!”, says Michael. ator and producer of the weekly synAt the age of 19, dicated WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Jonathon worked as a DJ Hour which allows a live audience in Texas. While listening and features grassroots acoustic to the 60’s folk song artists. ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ by the The name of the show comes from Byrds, he decided to pura song Michael wrote for a friend as sue a career as a a tribute to every artist, author, song folksinger. Two months writer, and poet who dares to pursue later, he bought a guitar, his dream. It started in 1999 in a a banjo, and moved to small recording studio in Lexington, Kentucky. He spent the KY with only 12 people in the audinext three years learning ence. Today WoodSong’s fills the the music of the mounhistoric Kentucky Theater, airs on tain people. He began performing at 470 radio stations, and now brags a colleges, then Earth concerts and worldwide audience of over one mil- benefits for homeless or shelters lion listeners each week. helping battered women and children. Expect to see artists, such as the Billboard Magazine headlined him son of Willie as an Nelson, “UnSung “ Take the inventiveness of Bob Dylan, newcomers Hero” after the melodic voice of John Denver, add Homemade singing to Jamz Blues the showmanship of Garrison Keiller more than two Band, or million people and that’s Michael Johnathon.” legendary Bob Spear - in a four-year artists like Publisher, HEARTLAND REVIEW stretch. Richie The Havens or WoodSongs Odetta. Enjoy talent from the beauti- Old-Time Radio Hour has become a ful world of folk, bluegrass, songglobal success in large part because writers and poets from the of the support and participation of a Appalachian Mountains and further. loyal audience and a volunteer crew,

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says Michael Johnathon. “They are working from their heart, not their wallet.” The television version of the show is available to all PBS TV stations nationwide. Tickets to view the weekly Monday night taping of the live show are available online at www.woodsongs.com. Come for an extended weekend and stay at the historical Platz Park Inn conveniently located a few blocks from the Kentucky Theatre. Be sure to visit with Chef Jonathon for a superb authentic Kentucky dinner. Jonathon’s is located within thehotel - a perfect combination. For reservations, visit www.gratzparkinn.com

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