The Weekender Extended Magazine

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Our regular column “Top Ten” focuses on a Spring getaway for the whole family.

A U.S. National Park in celebration of its Centennial . Free Admission and Festivities for All during National Park Week April 16-24.



Garden Getaway Tour A chance to win the ultimate getaway to a new Hilton Garden Inn located in Hawaii.


Top Ten Destinations for a Spring Break for one, a couple, or the whole family






National Parks Centennial Celebration Sleeping Bear Dunes - Traverse City, Michigan


Cruise a Park




Western Region A real Dude Ranch




Midwest Region Osthoff Resort, Wisconsin


Tulip Time in Topeka, KS


People to See: Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain


South Region Classy Tallahassee


Beech Bend Park Expanding - Ky


Bald Head Island


Northeast Region Niagra Falls


People to See: Jerry Seinfield


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ABOUT THE COVER: Yosemite National Park is known as America’s first wilderness preserve. This nearly 1,200-square-mile wilderness is located in the Western Sierra Nevada. See more on page 24.



In Classy Tallahassee

Country Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan, begins his new “Kill The Lights” Tour this month.

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The annual Vera Bradley outlet sale in Fort Wayne is April 13-17. it will be hosted at the Allen County War Memorial Colliseum. The first 3 days are $5 admission per session, but with all the great bargains available, it’s worth it. Saturday and Sunday are free. I am shown above, seated front-left with new friends during a media trip for Travel Media Showcase at the Vera Bradley headquarters. See for more information.

It’s time to pack away the hats, winter coats, gloves and boots and trade the closet space for the pretty floral patterns and cool pastel colors. Smell that fresh air! Enjoy the fragrant blossoms on the trees. Welcome the chirping of the robins! I’m already refreshed, just knowing that being couped up in the house is almost over. I look forward to those Spring breaks even when I only have time for a weekend getaway. I firmly believe everybody needs, not one, but THREE spring breaks. Let me explain: The first is for rest. Get away from it all - the work, the busy schedules and the stress of everyday life. The body, mind and soul needs pampering. One great choice is an escape to the Osthoff Resort in Wisconsin. See page 26.

Next, plan a getaway to refresh and renew. A change of scenery will help replentish lost energy. How about a shopping trip? My choice is Ft. Wayne to the annual Vera Bradley sale. A girl’s only weekend helps renew old friendships or helps catch up and bond closer with those you see more often. For the guys, how about a camping or fishing trip? So many offers as all the U.S. National Parks celebrate 100 years this Spring. Start on page 14 Last, but certainly not least, it’s time for recreation and adventure! Take the whole family and do something new! So many ideas in this issue. You’ll just have to see every page. It’s so hard to decide. Let us know which one you like best and enter to win your next getaway on us. See the home page, top right corner on our website.


The Garden Getaway Tour


dmiring the Statue of Liberty up close, hanging 10 in the Pacific Ocean or exploring Europe’s most charming cities are just some of the experiences that may rank high on your travel bucket list. Creating that list is just the beginning – the real fun begins when you start making your travel dreams a reality. Inspiring people to make those getaways happen is the goal of a new effort by Hilton Garden Inn, which is helping plant the seed for travelers to embark on their next great adventure. “Through the Garden Getaway Tour, we are reminding people of all the exciting possibilities available for their next trip,” said Judy ChristaCathey, vice president of global brand marketing, Hilton Garden Inn & Hampton by Hilton. “Trekking your way through a list of all your favorite places is a great way to feel peaceful and alive, whether you spend your time discovering new places or recon­necting with loved ones.” As part of the Garden Getaway Tour, consumers will have the chance to win the ultimate getaway to a new Hilton Garden Inn located in Hawaii. To enter, consumers in each tour market must capture a photo with a Garden Getaway Greeter and share on Twitter, Instagram, or on the Hilton Garden Inn Facebook page (www. using #HGIGardenGetaway and #entry, and they will automatically be entered for the chance to win. Each tour stop will also feature fun giveaways of travel essentials, including Neutrogena® lotion and QR-coded luggage tags, giving consumers an additional nudge to take that weekend getaway they have been dreaming about. Those not able to attend the in-person events can win prizes as well via the brand’s Facebook -6- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SPRING 2016

page; prizes include Keurig® brewing systems, Neutrogena® gift sets and Hilton Garden Inn blankets. Take part in the conversation at www.Facebook. com/HiltonGardenInn. The four-city Garden Getaway Tour will kick off in New York City, during National Garden Month on April 10 and 11, at the Hilton Garden Inn New York/ Central Park South-Midtown West before visiting the city’s most popular areas, such as Central Park, Columbus Circle, Times Square and Union Square. The tour will continue on to Dallas on May 15 and 16, Los Angeles on July 3 and 4 and wrap up in Chicago on September 4 and 5.

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Great Getaway Destinations

Start planning your getaway to one of these top destination picks from the travel experts at Hilton Garden Inn: n The Colorado River at Yuma, Arizona: Spend a few days exploring the lake, spectacular scenery and canyons. n Everglades National Park, Florida: Explore one of the most unique ecosystems in the nation, and look for your chance to spot a manatee in the wild. n Krakow, Poland: Explore cultural attractions, such as the Cloth Hall, the world’s first shopping mall, or the Rynek Market and Kazimierz historical district.

An Adventure to Remember: Turn travel dreams into Reality

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heavier and prices are steeper, but on the flip side, there are more options for things to see and do. If avoiding the hustle is your ultimate goal, visiting out of season may be more your ticket.

Don’t ignore your own backyard. Though the temptation may be strong to journey far and wide, when your time away is short, you don’t want to waste precious hours on travel. A bucket list excursion doesn’t have to take you far from home. In fact, you may be surprised by what you find when you seek out the hidden gems near home.


An Adventure to Remember: Continued... Book accommodations wisely.

Look for a hotel that you can count on to deliver amenities and services that make your experience enjoyable – but know that doing so can be affordable. Options such as Hilton Garden Inn (hgi. com), with nearly 640 hotels worldwide, offer a Satisfaction Promise, along with all the amenities you need to remain comfort­able and connected while on-the-go: full service restaurants, free wireless internet access, fully-loaded fitness centers and more.

Rely on local experts. The knowledge­able staff at Hilton Garden Inn can also be a resource when looking to do as the locals do. Once you arrive at your desti­na­tion, stop by local visitor centers and ask what is unique to the region; ask for things to see that you can’t find in guide books.

Set a leisurely schedule.

Leave the beaten Path.

Save the frantic pace for the office, and leave your itinerary loose for your time away. If you must, plan one or two mustdo activities each day, but give yourself permission to go with the flow. Wander and explore and take advantage of the freedom to pass the day at your own pace. Take in incredible new sights, sounds and flavors, and don’t allow your mind to be distracted by anything but having a good time.

In each new location you visit, challenge yourself to try something new. Whether you gather the courage to parasail for the first time or sample the unfamiliar flavors of a favorite local dish, test the limits of your comfort zone and create truly unique experiences as you make your way across the country, or even around the globe.


Document the adventure. Take time to collect photos and mementos representing all the

places you visit. If scrapbooking isn’t your thing, consider a wall collage in your home office, or devise another way to capture all the memories you create

Check for special dates.

Timing your travel to coincide with unique local events is a way to make your visit extra special. The jovial vibe of a fair or festival in your dream destination only adds to the excitement. Check the local calendars for events that are sure to deliver fun eats and lots of quirky, good times.


Top Ten

Spring Breaks

I’s time to start planning your spring break getaway. To save money and avoid fighting the crowds at the popular hot spots, consider traveling to a destination that’s not typically associated with the spring break and doesn’t experience the same travel surge. Since school districts in different regions have spring break at different times from mid-March to mid-April, look for a destination where the local spring break doesn’t coincide with yours. That way you won’t have to contend with local crowds at family-friendly attractions in the area.


#10 Los Angeles, CA So many flights go in and out of Los Angeles every day that the additional spring break demand has little impact on prices. There’s plenty for a tourist family to do — from touring Hollywood to visiting the zoo. There are some great beaches to visit, too, although the weather may still be a bit too cool for swimming in the ocean.


#9 Las Vegas, NV While it may still have a reputation as Sin City, Vegas has become a family-friendly destination in recent years. Although it’s easy to spend a lot of money in Vegas, you can also find reasonable flights and save on a hotel if you’re willing to stay off of the strip.



#8 Phoenix, Ariz. Phoenix, Arizona The warm weather in Phoenix will be a relief to Northeasterners after several months of winter, and the city doesn’t get the same surge in traffic and prices that Florida sees, Klee says. If you time the trip right, baseball fans can catch some spring training games.


New York City, NY The strong U.S. dollar has softened demand from international tourists and a recent hotel boom has pushed prices down nearly 50 percent in the last two years. Take the kids to Times Square for a Broadway show or explore the nooks and crannies of Central Park.


#6 Southern Florida Airfare to this spring break mecca is discounted right now, with flights to Miami and Fort Lauderdale both trending about 25 percent less than they cost last year, according to In addition to the beaches, there are a ton of family-friendly attractions, including Everglades tours and several children’s museums.



And here are the Top Five...

5 #5 Yellowstone National Park Hitting a national park during spring break promises to create memories for the entire family, at prices that are more reasonable than many other tourist destinations. For example, a four-day tour from Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful, including lodging and two meals a day, costs about $1,000 per adult and $579 per child.


#4 Washington, DC There’s nothing quite like catching the cherry blossoms in full bloom along DC’s Tidal Basin. Visit the nation’s capital this spring and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Several special events are scheduled during the 16day festival. The Natl. Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo giving 3000 cherry trees to the city of Washington in 1912



#3 New Orleans, LA From the French Quarter to the Garden District,


abounds. The city is full of charm and soul year-round, featuring museums, entertainment and adventure. While Mardi Gras is the most noted festival in the city, other family-friendly spring parties are the Jazz and Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Festival and the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. Get a taste of authentic Cajun cuisine.

2 #2 San Antonio, TX Best known for the Alamo, visitors are welcomed year-round. Visiting in the spring months, however, attractions may be enjoyed before the summer heat and humidity set in. In April, Fiesta San Antonio, one of the country’s oldest festivals, celebrates the heroes of the Alamo with a variety of parades and free entertainment. Be sure to visit The River Walk, lined with restaurants, shops and entertainment. It’s a great place to experience the city’s history and culture.

1 #1 French Lick, IN Take a break with your family or getaway with your significant other. It doesn’t matter at French Lick Resort because we have activities to for every guest! Hop aboard at the Wizard of Oz train at the nearby French Lick Scenic Railway. Inspect, discover and explore amenities and activities planned specifically with you in mind. You never know what you might see. Not visiting with kids? We’ve got plenty for adults too. Brush up on your golf game or relax at the spas. Dine in a variety of restaurants or shop, bowl and play in the arcade. Hike, bike and saddle up at the stables by day and unwind at the Casino, Power Plant Bar & Grill or Ballard’s in the Atrium at night. SPRING, 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -13-

Things To Do

In Celebration National Park In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Weekender travelers are invited to discover the meaning of national parks to their lives and inspire others to experience and enjoy these special places with free admission during National Park Week April 16-24. The centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. We invite you to find your park to visit and discover the attractions and programs it offers. The National Park Service has launched a movement to spread the word about the amazing places they


manage, the inspirational stories that the national parks tell, our country’s natural resources, and our diverse cultural heritage. It is called: Visit your destination, then share your story with us and qualify to win an Extended Weekend Getaway for the whole family! Simple email to See the following articles on national parks for inspiration...

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Welcome to “My Park” The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore By MIKE NORTON

TRAVERSE CITY, MI -- Those of us who live here on the northwest coast of Michigan feel a special love for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A breathtaking 64-mile curve of beaches, coves, islands and hills at the edge of Lake Michigan, the Sleeping Bear Dunes have been part of the national park system since 1972. Still, we locals tend to think of it as “our park.” Of course, so do thousands of people who visit us each year, whether they’re from Grand Rapids or Cleveland, Lansing or St. Louis. After all, in 2011 viewers of Good Morning America voted it the Most Beautiful Place in America. People are constantly telling us how much Sleeping Bear means to them, how they keep returning to it year after year, and how it has become part of their lives. I know this from personal experience, because I married one of those people. As a little girl in pigtails, my wife would travel up from Ohio with her family every summer to stay at the Platte River Campground, at the southern end of the park. All her best memories were of sunsets and sunburns on that beach, s’mores and songs around -16- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SPRING 2016

that campfire. Sleeping Bear be- activities to help strengthen that came “her park,” and she made up connection between the park and her mind that when she grew up those of us who love it. there wasn’t any other place she wanted to live. “Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be I think that’s what the National more than a place – it can be a feelPark Service is getting at with their ing, a state of mind, or a sense of new “Find Your Park” campaign. American pride,” wrote Sleeping As a way of celebrating their 100th Bear’s Gary Vanderziel. “Beyond birthday in 2016, the Park Service vast landscapes, the campaign has mounted a nationwide public highlights historical, urban, and awareness and education effort to cultural parks, as well as the Naget us all thinking about the places tional Park Service programs that we think of as “our park.” Over the protect, preserve and share nature, next year, we’ll see lots of remind- culture, and history in communiers of this massive campaign – and ties nationwide.” the folks at Sleeping Bear will be creating a great many events and The truth is, “your park” doesn’t

even have to be a national park. It might be a state park, a nature preserve or a town commons or other open space. It can be as small as a woodlot in your neighborhood or a playground down the street – some place of beauty and serenity where you can recharge your energies and restore your sense of being human. Some of us do that through solitude and contemplation, while others prefer large amounts of sociability, noise and fun. But the end goal seems to be the same.

very special. It’s “my park.” It’s where I go when I really want to get away – and it doesn’t bother me to share it with other people who want to do the same thing. So welcome to my park. Welcome to your park.

going on at Sleeping Bear, the best place to check in is the park’s official Facebook page at https://www. And for detailed information about other parks and attractions in the Traverse City area, contact Traverse City Tourism at 1-800-TRAVERSE PS. If you want to find out what or visit their website at www. new Find Your Park activities are

So there will be folks whose favorite way to enjoy Sleeping Bear is to join the procession of cars on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, rollerblade the Heritage Trail from Empire to Port Oneida, or gather at the North Bar Lake beach with a few hundred other sun-worshipers. And there will be others who prefer to backpack the lonely trails of North Manitou Island, explore the empty beaches of Platte Bay or seek out winter solitude on Alligator Hill. There’s room for all kinds of people here. It’s their park, too. When I first moved to Traverse City 37 years ago, the National Lakeshore was in its infancy, and those beginnings weren’t without controversy. But every time I hike to the top of Pyramid Point or stand at the water’s edge at Otter Creek, I can’t help but feel a great sense of gratitude that this place now belongs to all of us. Forever. Over the years, my family has camped, hiked and explored in national parks across the country, from Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee to Zion in Utah, from Olympic in Washington to San Juan in Puerto Rico. We’ve loved them all. But Sleeping Bear is something SPRING, 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -17-

things to Do:

Cruise A Park

With Small Ship Cruise Expert Adventure Smith Explorations


hile Alaska has the whale’s share of cruises in National Parks, and thus choices of ship size and amenities, the San Juan Islands and Oregon’s Columbia River are key players as well.


Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve covers over three million acres with open ocean and fjord coastlines spanning most of its perimeter. This means that the small vessels that AdventureSmith Explorations employs access many of the coves and landings around hundreds of miles. Examples of itineraries here are three eight-day programs: Exploring Muir’s Wilderness on the 84-guest Safari Endeavor; Northern Passages & Glacier Bay on the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer, 74-guest Wilderness Explorer or 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer; and Discoverers Glacier Country on the 22-guest Safari Quest, the 36-guest Safari Explorer, the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer or the 84-guest Safari Endeavour. Itineraries have themed departures the week of Aug. 25, 2016 celebrating the Centennial, with commemoration gifts, guest speakers, evening onboard presentations focused on the history of the National Parks, surprise birthday celebrations and special presentations by Park Rangers on board while in Glacier Bay. -18- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SPRING 2016

For those that want to see as much of Glacier Bay National Park as possible on a cruise, the six-day Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise is the only Inside Passage small ship cruise that spends most of its itinerary inside the park. The itinerary travels from waterfall-laden Geike Inlet to the barren mountain faces of the East and West arms of Glacier Bay National Park, then routes outside the park to Point Adolphus for whale watching. Hundreds of miles of glacial fjords are here for kayaking, hiking and small ship cruising. The base of exploration is the historic 12-passenger small ship M/V

Sea Wolf, owned and operated by Alaskans. Kenai Fjords National Park, on the edge of the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, covers an area of nearly 670,000 acres, 51 percent of which is ice. A number of lodgebased itineraries allow guests to

spend ample time on the water boating through Kenai Fjords. To access most of these remote lodges, guests embark by boat from Seward on a five-hour wildlife and tidewater glacier journey. Kenai Fjords Backcountry Explorer over seven days reveals by raft and boat and on shore the many of the activities and animals on the Native-owned, 1,700-acre Pedersen Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary. The eight-day Ultimate Alaska Adventure pairs backcountry adventure and wild Alaska by sea kayaking in Kenai Fjords National Park, a helicopter landing onto a glacial snowpack, a floatplane journey to a remote mountain lake and more.

Northwest. This trip recently acquired Food Alliance affiliation ensuring that local and sustainable are prominent in in every culinary presentation. Guests will be on board either 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Bird or 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Lion. Over eight days on Legacy of Discovery guests aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy that emulates a turn-of-century steamer traverse the nearly 1,000 miles of history on the Columbia River Gorge.


Olympic National Park, at nearly 1 million acres along Washington’s coast, is famed for its diversity of ecosystems and rich cultural history. Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands is an eight-day-expedition along this coastline from the comfort of the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer or the 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer. Kayaks and paddleboards sail aboard, allowing guests to actively explore the park’s coves and canals. Lewis & Clark National Historical Park at Fort Clatsop in Astoria, Oregon, is a hub focusing on the lore of early explorers. Two small ship itineraries visiting here herald the legacy of two great western rivers: the Columbia and the Snake. Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey over seven days embraces culture and history with food and wine bounties of the Pacific


Some of AdventureSmith Explorations’ itineraries define remote to its core, with guests going beyond the boat, being transported to a National Park by small plane or train. There are fly-to itineraries accessing Katmai National Park including Brown Bears of Katmai, a five-day program recommended as a cruise extension. On Denali Backcountry Explorer guests explore the wilderness from a lodge deep in Denali National Park and Preserve with access that may include a bus or train from Anchorage.

Alaska Coast to Denali is a cruise-a-park highlight, visiting two national parks over seven days via boat and train. The itinerary starts with a small boat cruise into a Kenai Fjords National Park lodge, travels overland to Denali National Park and Preserve and then concludes with a scenic train ride on the Alaska Railroad to Anchorage. See this blog post for a comprehensive list of 18 ways to “Cruise a Park”: Learn more unique ways to travel our National Parks by following AdventureSmith’s #cruiseapark hashtag. For current cruise specials and early-booking offers worldwide see: For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and 2015-2016 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. A recognized leader in small ship cruising, in 2012 owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions.




Continued... “More people are visiting dude ranches due to the desire to do something out of the ordinary,” says Colleen Hodson, from The Dude Ranchers’ Association. “These aren’t the ranches from ‘City Slickers.’ High-end ranches across the country average 45 guests. You get to know everyone. By the end, you’ll have friendships and memories to last a lifetime, and you will reconnect with your family in a way you never thought possible.” Travelers enjoy getting a taste of the dude ranch experience blended with a heaping serving of other popular vacation-type activities. Today’s dude ranches cater to a diverse crowd with attractions, services and things to do that travel far beyond the trail. “Dude ranches are the original Western adventure vacation,” says Colleen Hodson. “Though guest expectations have changed and ranchers have had to change with them, the core principles of dude ranching remain the same: horses, hats, hospitality, heritage, honesty and heart.” In addition to discovering the beauty of nature and gazing into a crackling fire, here are other top reasons dude ranch vacations are a top trend for 2016:


Indulge the taste buds Home cooked cuisine that oftentimes features ingredients from the ranch brings new meaning to farm-to-table eating. From family-style meals to gourmet al fresco dining, the food is a central part of the dude ranch experience.

Embark on a once-in-alifetime adventure

You can learn traditional ranching skills like riding a horse, driving cattle and throwing a lasso,

but adventures on a dude ranch don’t stop there. Some ranches offer overnight pack trips, rodeos, target shooting, zip lining and white water rafting.

Enjoy exclusive fishing

Casting your line has never been more relaxing than at a dude ranch. The vast acres on these private properties often include secluded rivers and ponds ripe with fish. Forget about battling overcrowded hot spots - the water will be all yours.

Embrace an R&R mindset

While the unique dude ranch activities will keep you busy, there comes a time when cowboys and cowgirls just want a little rest and relaxation. Fortunately, many ranches now offer luxury spa services so you can enjoy a little pampering. Bond over some friendly competition Looking for a fun way to connect with your family and other guests? Friendly competition can be found in many forms on dude ranches, from roping contests to talent shows. If lassoing a speeding calf isn’t your forte, you can sing, tap or joke your way to local stardom in a talent show. There are a lot of dude ranches to choose from and The Dude Ranchers’ Association can help you find the perfect one to suit your family’s unique personality. Visit or call 866-399-2339 to work with someone directly to find the dude ranch right for you and your family.


Places to Go:

El Nino Brings Waterfalls Roa Submitted by Noel Morrison Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau Yosemite Mariposa, Calif. March 15, 2016 – Yosemite/Mariposa County, home to Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove, is experiencing one of its wettest winters in more than four years, making this spring the ideal time to visit for waterfalls and wildflowers. Come early in the season to see the ephemeral falls that are at their fullest this time of the year. Among these brief, but stunning attractions, are Horsetail Fall and Ribbon Fall. Yosemite’s most iconic waterfall, Yosemite Falls, whose multiple cascades can be seen from numerous places around the valley, leaves onlookers in awe of its power and force. Don’t miss Yosemite Falls “moonbow” or lunar rainbow, visible on a clear spring night with a full moon, guided photography tours are available. To see rainbows during the day, check out Vernal or Bridalveil Fall, when sunlight hits the mist below the falls and creates a kaleidoscope of beautiful colors. A return in rainfall also means a return in some of the area’s best attractions such as whitewater rafting. Enjoy a guided whitewater half-day or full-day excursions down the sinuous Merced River to experience class IV whitewater -24- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SPRING 2016

rapids. Best time for whitewater rafting is typically April-June. Wildflowers are also making a big return this spring. The famous wildflowers of the Wild and Scenic Merced River are blazing color along the canyon in shades of poppy orange, amethyst lupine and magenta redbuds. Beginning in late April and early May, delicate white dogwood blooms

begin budding all over Yosemite Valley. Spring is the best time for taking guided nature walks to explore the beautiful profusions of wildflowers and enjoy the return of dozens of species of songbirds. After the sunsets, gather the family for a different story every night and cozy accommodations at Yosemite and within Mariposa

aring Back To Yosemite County. Families can also explore Yosemite under the starry sky on the Night Prowl guided adventure, taking place April through November, with permitting weather conditions. With something for everyone, it’s easy to start making memories in Yosemite/Mariposa County. Bring the kids, visit with friends or plan a work or group retreat. To book your spring adventure in Yosemite/Mariposa County, visit today. You can also “Like” YosemiteNation on Facebook at Facebook. com/YosemiteNation or follow on Twitter or Instagram at @YosemiteNation. About County


Located in the heart of California and home of Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County is a world class destination for all seasons. Combining the rich history of California’s gold rush with its engaging events, international iconic landscape, and welcoming locals, it’s no wonder Yosemite/ Mariposa County attracts millions of travelers from all over the world each year. For more information, visit the Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau at or call (866) HALF DOME.


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Mom’s that need a break from spring break can relax at Aspira Spa, a 20,000 square foot oasis, named one of the Top 100 Spas by Spas of America, and ranked #3 in North America 2013 by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine’s Spa Poll. This spa provides a holistic, organic approach to treatments ranging from massage, facials and salon services to the healing arts, dynamic envelopments for the body and spa classes. About The Osthoff The Osthoff is located on beautiful Elkhart Lake, just one-hour north of Milwaukee, less than two hours from Madison and approximately three hours from Chicago. This AAA Four Diamond resort features spacious and luxurious all-suite accommodations, four restaurants, a 20,000 square foot spa, classic cooking school, year-round recreation and events, gift boutiques, and a grand conference center. The resort has been featured on Travel + Leisure magazine’s list of the Top 500 Hotels and Resorts in the world, was included in Conde Nast Traveler’s #3 resort in the Midwest and is the recipient of a Certificate of Excellence winner by




PEOPLE TO SEE Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain Hal Holbrook: Mark Twain Tonight will be playing at the Holland Performing Arts Center - NE, at 1200 Douglas Street, Omaha, Nebraska. The next performance is April 8. Mark Twain Tonight Is a one-man play designed by the very popular American actor Hal Holbrook, in which he plays Mark Twain. Hal Holbrook is generally known for his roles on TV, like his character of Abraham Lincoln, in the series called Lincoln. Mark Twain Tonight became extremely popular since debuted at the Lock Haven State Teachers College in Pennsylvania in 1954. There are 59 consecutive years already Holbrook’s performed the show.

Hal Holbrook debuted “Mark Twain Tonight” in 1954 at the Lock Haven State Teachers College in Pennsylvania, now having performed the oneman show for more than 60 years. A versatile stage, television and film actor, Hal Holbrook is an Emmy and Tony winner, and a longtime Mark Twain impersonator. Actor Hal Holbrook was born on February 17, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio. Highly respected for his stage performances of Mark Twain,

which he began as a college student, Holbrook’s career has also crossed heavily into film and television. A multi-Emmy winner, at the age of 82 he became the oldest actor ever nominated for an Academy Award, for his performance in Into the Wild (2007).

Early Years Born Harold Rowe Holbrook, Jr., on February 17, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, Holbrook was raised predominantly in South Weymouth, Massachusetts. He was the son of a retired vaudeville dancer. After attending Culver Military Academy, Holbrook enrolled at


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“Holbrook is not simply an impersonator of Mark Twain, he is an authority on the writer about whom Hemingway said, “American literature began.” performance to his CBS variety show. That in turn led to a series of off-Broadway productions. In 1966, the show debuted on Broadway earning Holbrook Tony and Drama Desk awards. He’d later go on to write a book about his experience entitled Mark Twain Tonight! An Actor’s Portrait. In 2011, Twain inspired another Holbrook book, Denison University in Granville, this one being the actor’s memoirs, Ohio, to study theater. His time called, Harold: The Boy Who Beat Denison was interrupted by a came Mark Twain. three-year stint in the Army, which stationed him in Newfoundland as Film & TV Success an engineer during World War II. The mid 1960s and early 70s Following the war, Holbrook proved to be an important period returned to Denison, where he for Holbrook, not just for his Twain turned an honor’s project on Mark show but also for his film and telTwain into career defining perfor- evision work. His credits from this mance of the iconic American au- period included roles in such films thor. Dubbed in 2001 by The New as Wild in the Streets (1968), The York Times as the “undisputed People Next Door (1968), and the monarch of Mark Twain imperson- first sequel to Dirty Harry (1971). ators,” Holbrook literally launched In 1976 he took on perhaps his his Hollywood career with his one- most famous film role, when he man show Mark Twain Tonight, played Deep Throat in the thriller, which he’s continued to do well All the President’s Men. into his 80s. On the small screen, Holbrook’s To supplement his income dur- presence continued to mount as ing the Twain show’s early years, well. He was cast in 1973’s Pueblo Holbrook appeared on the CBS and 1976’s Lincoln, both of which soap opera The Brighter Day. In earned the actor an Emmy. In fact, 1956 Holbrook caught a huge television proved to play a vital break when Ed Sullivan asked the role in Holbrook’s career as the young actor to bring his Twain years passed and his film opportu-

nities proved to be inconsistent. He co-starred with Katherine Ross in the TV movie, Murder by Natural Causes (1979), and a year later, took on the role of a father whose teenager has run away in Off the Minnesota Strip. His credits also include Civil War mini series North and South (1985) and its sequel North and South Book II (1986). Around this time, Holbrook had a regular role on the CBS comedy, Designing Women, which saw him play opposite his third wife, the late Dixie Carter. Later Years At an age when most actors show a desire to slow down or hardly work at all, Holbrook has continued his steady career. In the 2000s he made appearances on The West Wing and The Sopranos. On the big screen, Holbrook made history in 2007 when the 82-year-old became the oldest actor ever nominated for an Academy Award, for his role in the Sean Penn directed, Into the Wild.


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By Kathleen Walls, Managing Editor of American Roads Ezine

As befits the capital of a southern state, Tallahassee is pretty classy. There is nothing plastic or theme park-ish about this city. It’s filled with attractions that are for real and brimming with history and culture.


ulinary choices offer anything your heart can desire. Of course, like any flirtatious southern belle, Tallahassee has its quirky side. The mix makes it an unforgettable city. Spend a day there and you will agree. Start off with breakfast at either Canopy Road Café or Uptown Café. Both will leave you happy and very full. At Canopy Road Café, They are famous for their Sweet Potato Pancakes. All of us sampled something different and all were happy. So get quirky and try their Funky Monkey pancakes with chocolate chips and banana or the Fat Elvis with–what else–peanut butter chips, bananas and bacon. Other choices include great omelets like the Big Daddy or Big Man on Campus. If that repetitious “big” gives you the idea that the servings are very generous, you are not wrong. Uptown Café can whole its own. They serve breakfast/brunch all day long and have been doing it for 30 years. Must be doing something right. Their Banana -34- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SPRING 2016

Bread French Toast is one of the things they brag about. One taste and you’ll know why. Another special is Uptown Apricot Glazed Smoked Salmon. Take a bite, close your eyes and you are transported to Heaven. The other choices run the gamut from simple biscuits and gravy–perfectly seasoned– to their Mancakes, a pansized pancake stuffed with bacon, ham and sausage and tipped with two eggs cooked your way. Now that you are fueled up, it’s time to see the city in a spe-

cial way. Tallahassee Tour by Segway will begin in Cascades Park, a special attraction in itself, and view spots like the Korean War Memorial and Smokey Hollow. Smokey Hollow was once a thriving African American community that was torn down to make way for urban development. None of the original homes still stand but three “Spirit Houses,” roofed and studded areas offer a glimpse of what life here was like. Each of the houses is named for feelings the community valued, “Community

llahassee Spirit,” “Family Spirit” and “Enduring Spirit.” There are also gardens and fruit trees representing the community’s agricultural spirit. You will view the Capitol and the Historic Capitol. You will want to return to these sites and explore farther. For the working capital be sure to take the special elevator to the 22nd floor where is the highest place in the city and has a wonderful view from the four sided observation deck. The Historic Capitol merits a longer tour for the history that is enshrined there. The really quirky Railroad Square Art District will make you want to return there as well. It is so colorful and filled with shops, art and artists at work. If you are there on First Friday of each month, it’s a mini Mardi Gras. Speaking of art, if you’re an art connoisseur, don’t

miss LeMoyne Center for Visual Arts. When I visited, it was hosting a show for a very talented couple, Debra and Randy Brienen. The Brienens do a show called Side by Side. They each paint the same scene but each in his or her own style. The center hosts various art events each year. If you are ready for lunch now, try Paisley Café or Kool Beanz Cafe. Paisley Café Has a unique personality you will love. It’s quiet and relaxing. I liked the Sample Plate as I got to try several of the menu items. Kool Beanz is a hip modern bistro with lots of seafood as well as meat dishes. The Cornmeal Fired Oysters are delicious. Their motto says it all, Eat, Drink & Talk Loud – You’re Among Friends!



Florida’s past comes to life in the Pioneer Village and Big Bend Farm. Big Bend Farm takes you into rural Florida in life on a farm and visit the Turpentine commissary. Pioneer Village gives you a feel for the plantation lifestyle in the 18 tation house, Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, Seaboard Airline Caboose, and Concord Schoolhouse. Mission San Luis takes you way back to the earliest days of Florida History. Costumed docents dressed as Spanish settlers make the experience realistic. Recreated structures perfectly represent both native and settler’s homes and culture. Another place that recreates early Florida is Tallahassee Museum. This treasure combines environmental history and cultural history. The wildlife exhibits are set on a chain of lakes with cypress forest and native plants as a background for Florida native wildlife. Bears, wolves, deer, panthers and other wildlife are set in natural environments. Be sure to see the young cougar cubs. Florida’s past comes to life in the Pioneer Village and Big Bend Farm. Big Bend Farm takes you into rural Florida in the 1880s. Experience life on a farm and visit the Turpentine commissary. Pioneer Village gives you a feel for the plantation lifestyle in the 1800s with Bellevue plantation house, Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, Seaboard Airline Caboose, and Concord Schoolhouse. Moving forward, Jim Gary’s dinosaurs all created from old car parts are a different kind of art. If plantation life at Pioneer Village had sparked an interest in looking into African American History, visit Meek-Eaton Black Archives at Florida A&M University. This is a combination of research facility and historical museum. By now you probably need a little pick-me-up. There is no better place for that than Lofty Pursuits. -36- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SPRING 2016

It combines an old fashioned ice cream parlor with a candy making operation, If you time it right you can see the candy made right in front of your eyes while you sip a root beer float or a old fashioned soda. Various types of ice cream abound in the cases for you to choose. Should the little ones get bored while you are fascinated watching hot masses of sugary ingredients pulled and chopped into delicious candy, there are lots of toys available for them to enjoy. Goodwood Museum & Gardens for another trip into the past. Our docent really was into her role as Margaret Hodges Hood. She tells how her first husband bought the most expensive bed in history and ended up owning the 1830’s Goodwood estate. There is another home you must see. Spring House was built by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Lewis family in 1954. Byrd Lewis Mashburn, the daughter of the family who grew up in the house, will share her life experiences growing up in Florida’s only private home in Florida designed by Wright with you. It is also one of only two pod type houses Wright designed. By now you are ready for some refreshment and relaxation. You could amble over to Proof Brewery or go more sophisticated and enjoy Happy Hour at Level 8 Lounge in Hotel Duval. Proof gives you an opportunity to have a quiet brew in the tap room or enjoy live music, bocce ball, table tennis, and other activities in the outside Beer Garden. Food trucks

You can fill a day (or a week) with fun activities and will leave understanding why the city’s tag is “I Heart Tally.”

the 1880s. Experience 800s with Bellevue planare usually set up just outside, You’re in the Railroad Square Art District so you may want to explore. Level 8 Lounge offers some interesting cocktails and a extensive tapas menu. My choice is the Meat Board. The atmosphere is sophisticate and fun in a rooftop lounge. You can choose glass enclosed or outdoor surroundings. For supper, choose between Nefetari’s Fine Cuisine & Spirits Uptown Café, The Edison or Cypress. All good choices so if you are staying longer you might try them all. Nefetari’s is almost a museum. It’s also an entertainment venue as, along with unusual food that you can tailor to you needs, there are local bands playing their original music. If it’s a special occasion when you visit you might consider reserving The Queen’s Table and enjoy being an Egyptian Queen for a Day. The Edison offers a look at Tallahassee’s history as well as superb food. It was formerly a 1921 power plant converted coal into gas to providing lighting and heat for the city’s residents. Today, it is a smart contemporary restaurant with a historic feeling. It is located in Cascades Park where you started your segway tour. My favorite dish was the Brick Chicken. Cypress is the two times winner of Florida Trend “Golden Spoon” so you know you will get quality food and great service. The food is Southern Regional. It’s locally owned and operated David and Elizabeth Gwynn and has been in business since April of 2000. David is a graduate of the Culi-

nary Institute of American. If you are in Tallahassee on Friday or Saturday, check and see who is playing at the Capital City Amphitheater. This is located in Cascades Park, OAR preformed the nioght I attended and I can tell you acoustics are great. After the show, head out to the Bradfordville Blues Club. This is a real old-fashioned juke joint. It’s way out in the woods down a narrow dirt road but it is well worth the drive. Some of the best blues bands play on weekends and between sets there is a bonfire blazing in the back yard where you can buy some catfish fried as you order right out there in a small wood hut. This has been named as the only stop in Florida on the Mississippi Blues Trail. You can fill a day (or a week) with fun activities and will leave understanding why the city’s tag is “I Heart Tally.”


HISTORY MAKING WATERPARK EXPANSION ANNOUNCED Beech Bend Park has announced the largest water park expansion in park history! The multi-million dollar expansion includes Cyclone Saucers, the FIRST EVER North American installation of ProSlide’s FlyingSAUCER ride. This history-making, ground breaking water slide will offer a very unique ride experience. Riders will fly around the edge of three “flying saucers” at high speeds. At nearly 500 feet long with a 55 foot elevation change, Cyclone Saucers is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Joining Cyclone Saucers in 2016 are three more new iconic rides. Tidal Wave positions riders face to face as they surge up a thrilling wall and hang weightless before rocketing back down. Riptide features an intensedark ride section, before plummeting into two separate funnels. Polynesian Plunge drops riders from the top of the slide


tower into a swirling bowl. All four slides are being custom designed for Beech Bend Park by ProSlide Technology, Inc. The new rides are expected to open in June, 2016. Beech Bend Park is a family owned park which employs approximately 300 people per season. The new expansion will increase those numbers by approximately 25 people, which includes positions for life guards and slide attendants. Beech Bend is also seeking a ride mechanic/safety inspector supervisor, a food and beverage manager, an aquatics manager, and a marketing manager. Beech Bend Park is part of a large entertainment complex that includes Beech Bend Raceway and Beech Bend Campground, and brings almost one million visitors to the Bowling Green area each year. Renderings of new rides: Cyclone Saucers, Tidal Wave, Riptide, and Polynesian Plunge,


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Plan your Spring getaway to Bald Head Island, leaving behind your worries - and car. Once you take the 20-minute ferry ride from Southport, you’ll embark on a journey of quiet beaches, scenic tours, and feels a world away. There is wildlife exploration and oceanfront views and not to mention the world-renowned seafood that awaits, and two beach clubs offering the leisurely amenities you desire. While lush nature preserves cover more than 80 percent of the island, protecting views seen by the Spanish explorers who first mapped it about 500 years ago, there’s still room for the lodging, activities and amenities to make your vacation memorable. The island has its own transportation system, and this will be your first encounter with the true definition of “getaway” you’re embarking on. Cars are prohibited, so park yours in secure lots at the mainland terminal. But before you board the ferry, reserve seats on the island tram. It will take you and your belongings from the ferry to your vacation rental. Each person can bring up to six pieces of luggage on the ferry at no cost. The ferry, tram, island and many rentals are dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your pet and its leash. Some rentals include a golf cart, which is the preferred means of getting around the island. If not, rent one or a bicycle for your entire stay or a quick -40- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SPRING 2016

sight-seeing tour. The quiet, narrow streets make walking a great way to explore. You’ll need less than 30 minutes to stroll the main branch of M. Kent Mitchell Nature Trail, though walking its secondary paths can turn it into a longer hike. It is level and has wooden boardwalks that cross protected salt marshes that are perfect for kayaking. Unique plants and animals thrive in Bald Head Island’s subtropical climate. The island is the northernmost point in the U.S. where sabal palms naturally grow. Walk among them and stands of live oaks, cedars, junipers and wax myrtles at Bald Head Woods State Reserve, one of the East Coast’s largest maritime forests. The many greenspaces make the island feel cooler than other beach destinations, which is especially desirable during summer months. Bald Head Island is home to alligators, foxes and

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Want to Leave! more than 260 species of birds. Watchers flock here to see snowy egrets, brown pelicans and vibrantly colored painted buntings. Have Bald Head Island Conservancy naturalists point them out during a tour. They can introduce you to another special resident that they work to protect. The island is an important East Coast nesting site for endangered loggerhead sea turtles. Sign up for a Turtle Walk and you could see a female turtle nesting in early summer or her hatchlings racing to the ocean a few months later. Bald Head Lighthouse is the oldest still standing in North Carolina.

Fishing and crabbing are popular beach activities.

Climb all 108 steps of Bald Head Lighthouse – the oldest still standing in North Carolina – for a 360-degree view of the state’s southernmost barrier island and its offerings. Commissioned by Thomas Jefferson, “Old Baldy” was built in 1817, and it was a recognizable location in the cult classic Weekend at Bernie’s. Hear more of the iconic lighthouse’s story at the Smith Island Museum and on the history tour, which includes Fort Holmes, used by the Confederates to keep Civil War supply lines open, and British Fort George, site of a Revolutionary War amphibious attack, the first in U.S. military history. Watch boats from the patio at Mojo’s on the Harbor, whose varied menu includes the popular toasted coconut shrimp. Arrive early for coffee or breakfast at Maritime Market Café because it gets crowded fast. Choose from daily specials or its popular breakfast sandwiches and grits.

Nesting site for loggerhead see turtles.

Dining at Mojo’s on the Harbor


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If you desire to prepare a meal or two during your stay at the vacation rental, you’ll find fresh ingredients – from local produce to seafood – at the market, which also offers grocery delivery. There’s shopping in the area, too. Bring home a local artist’s work from All About Art or island-inspired fashions from Bald Head Blues. Start exploring Bald Head Island’s 14 miles of beaches at Cape Fear Point, where notorious navigation hazard Frying Pan Shoals extends offshore for 30 miles. But the shoals you’ll want on your radar is the Shoals Club, where there’s fun for the whole family, including the clubhouse, pool, and boardwalk extending to South Beach. The club also hosts special events such as scavenger hunts recently underwent a $4 million and outdoor movie nights. renovation. The redesign incorporates many island inspired elBeachcombing is best on South ements such as sand dunes and Beach, which runs east and west. freshwater lagoons. It even helps It also is the site of a special win- your score – the fairways were tertime spectacle. You can watch widened to compensate for cross the sun rise, glide low across the breezes from the ocean, which southern sky and set from the you can see from seven tees. same spot. Fishing and crabbing are popular beach activities. Take Schedule the tram to return a swim or try surfing with a rental you and your belongings to the and lesson from The Sail Shop or a landing when it’s time for your stand-up paddleboard from Coast- Bald Head Island trip to end. If al Urge. you’re leaving anytime between Memorial Day and Labor Day, sit Between the beach and the on the ferry’s upper deck, where lighthouse is Bald Head Island you can savor the ocean and isClub. Play its tennis courts, cro- land views one more time. quet course or golf course, which -42- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SPRING 2016







Seinfeld Will Perform Once a Month with his new show entitled , “Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand” NEW YORK, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Madison Square Garden Company (NYSE:MSG) has announced that legendary New Yorker and comedian Jerry Seinfeld will perform once a month at the Beacon Theatre in 2016 as part of a residency entitled, “Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand.” Tickets fare now available for the following performances, April 14, May 5, and June 8.

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are honored to welcome Jerry to The Beacon, his neighborhood theater, for ‘Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand.’” “My favorite theater in New York to perform in has always been The Beacon. Comedians live for certain houses that just feel ‘alive’ for some reason,” said Jerry Seinfeld. “The Beacon is

winning numerous Emmy, Golden Globe and People’s Choice awards, and was named the greatest television show of all time in 2009 by TV Guide, and in 2012 was identified as the best sitcom ever in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll.

Seinfeld has also starred in, written and produced movies (Comedian, Bee “Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most Movie), directed and a Broadway influential and respected comedi- produced hit (Colin Quinn Long ans of all time and through both Story Short), and even his groundbreaking hit series, wrote a best-selling book (Seinlanguage) Seinfeld, and his newest venture, and a children’s book Comedians in Cars Getting Cof- (Halloween).


“Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most influential and respected comedians of all time and through both his groundbreaking hit series, Seinfeld, and his newest venture, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, he has permanently changed both the modern comedy and television landscapes,” said James L. Dolan, executive chairman, The Madison Square Garden Company. “As a renowned New Yorker whose brand of comedy is rooted in the Big Apple, we -48- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SPRING 2016

Seinfeld’s latest project is critically-acclaimed web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, seen exclusively on Crackle and comediansincarsgettingcoffee. com, which has garnered over 100 million views, and which the New York Times describes as “impressively complex and artful” and Variety calls “a game changer.”

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that place for me and I am so excited to make it my new home.” Entertainment icon Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy career took off after his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1981. Eight years later, he teamed up with fellow comedian Larry David to create what was to become the most successful comedy series in the history of television: Seinfeld. The show ran on NBC for nine seasons,

Seinfeld most recently directed the off-Broadway production of Colin Quinn: The New York Story with a limited engagement at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village.

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Seinfeld resides in New York City with his wife and three children. He remains active as a standup comedy performer, continuously touring both nationally and internationally. Acquired by The Madison Square Garden Company in 2006, the Beacon Theatre is one of New York’s most revered theaters and is a beloved New York landmark. In 2008, the 2,800-seat venue located on the Upper West Side underwent a seven-month restoration period focused on bring-

ing the venue back to its original 1929 grandeur. For the past two decades the Beacon Theatre has operated as a successful concert and special events venue, hosting some of the biggest names and events in entertainment. The Beacon Theatre is part of a portfolio of world-class venues under The Madison Square Garden Company including Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall; the Forum in

Inglewood, California; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. Ticket prices for “Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand” are $175, $99.50 and $79. Tickets for the first six shows go on-sale December 7, 2016 at 10 a.m. and will be available online at and and Ticketmaster Charge By Phone at 866858-0008. Tickets will be available at the Beacon Theatre box office.


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Mar 30 - Denver, CO April 1 - Las Vegas, NV April 18 - San Antonio, TX April 27 - Tulsa, OK May 5 - Green Bay, WI May 8 - Cleveland, OH June 11 - Country Fest North Lawrence, OH

Carrie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. She has expanced dates to her “Storyteller” Tour. See www. for more information.

April 7 - Portland, OR April. 8 - Spokane, WA April 20 - Broomfield, CO April 22 - Omaha, NE May 2 - Las Cruces, NM May 5 - Austin, TX May 6 - Tulsa, OK May 19-20 Niagara Falls

April 8 - Grand Rapids, MI May 6 - Virginia Beach, VA May 20 - Roanoke, VA May 21 - Gastonia, NC June 11 - Columbus, OH


Jeff Dunham has turned a life-long obsession with ventriloquism into a highly successful career performing stand-up around the world. Laugh the night away with Achmed, Melvin, Walter, Peanut, Sweet Daddy Dee, and the rest with Jeff Dunham tickets for an upcoming show.

The Gaither Vocal Band will crisscross North America in all directions bringing some of gospel music’s most-loved songs to audiences in 12 states, beginning in Texas this January.

By Norman Reed, Assistant Editor

What better way is there to spend an evening other than with friends, family or loved ones at a concert? Here are a few of my favorites...

April 6-11 - Hidalgo, TX April 14-18 - Houston, TX April 21-24 - Corpus Christi, TX April 27-May 1 - New Orleans, LA May 12-15 Tampa, FL

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. With a cast of over 50 and Mouseter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, Relive the magic of Disney’s Frozen with Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf!

Luke Bryan kicks off his

April 14 - Toledo, OH April 20-21 - Missoula, MT April 30 - Fresno, CA May 11 - Holmdel, NJ May 12 - Burgettstown, PA May 13 - Wichita, KS

brand new “Kill The Lights” Tour in 2016 at Evansville, IN. A country music singer-songwriter known for such hits as “Drink a Beer” and “That’s My Kind of Night,” He won Entertainer of the Year in 2015.

April 9 - Fort Worth, TX April 16 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL April 30 - Live Oak, FL May 6 - Live Oak, FL May 7 - Fredericksburg, VA May 21 - Dana Point, CA

Lynyrd Skynyrd Undeniably one of the most resilient bands in music history since forming in 1964. Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a constant force in the touring circuit and continues to release new albums with a stable of talent that includes the late Ronnie Van Zant’s brother, Johnny, on lead vocals. SPRING, 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -51-


Celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial by visiting Gettysburg National Military Park, just one of PA’s 18 national parks, 7 national heritage areas, and 167 national historic sites. -

Things to Do: See more at: Downtown Traverse City Art Walk Various Locations 5 p.m., May 6


Six wineries on the Indiana Wine Trail will pair their wines with a variety of breads, cheeses, and dips. For information call 800-559-2956, Those participating are: Ertel Cellars–Batesville Stream Cliff Farm – Commiskey Lanthier Winery – Madison Madison Vineyards Estate Winery & Thomas Family Winery – Madison The Ridge Winery – Vevay

Spring Into the Valley April 16 @ 11 a.m. / April 17 @ 5 p.m. Starting at Ertel Cellars Winery 14th Annual NC Railroad Expo 9 - 4, April 16 Hickory, North Carolina



Enjoy an evening of art, refreshments, food and music on a self guided tour throughout Downtown Traverse City. Walking maps are available at each participating location and the Downtown Traverse City office. -52- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ SPRING 2016

All scales- HO, N, O and more! Lanterns, locks, paper, slides and photographs, plus videos, DVDs and books. At the Hickory Metro Convention Center. Approximately 250 tables of items, and over 1000 people expected to attend. For more information, call 828-527-6520.

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Celebrating bountiful supply of water with entertainment, water sports, crafts, fish stocking of Spring Creek and children’s activities. Food vendors will also be on hand. Non Profit Group Activities & Fundraisers will be part of the day.


Classic performances by R&B, Pop, and Soul Legends- for yet another soulful weekend of unforgettable entertainment including Gladys Knight; Michael McDonald; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue New Edition; Babyface; Judith Hill, Forte Jazz Band , Charlie Wilson and more!Tickets: $65 per seat each show.

Big Spring Festival May 15, Noon - 4 p.m Talleyrand Park, in Bellefonte.

49th Annual Hampton Jazz Festival Hampton Coliseum: Tickets at ticketmaster June 24-26, 2016

Spring Wildflower Event - April 16 Montauk State Park, Salem Phone: 573-548-2225

Kentucky Derby is May 5-7 Born & Bred Derby Experience Galt House Hotel, Louisville


9-11:30 a.m. Enjoy spring wildflowers at Montauk State Park. For this educational activity, meet at the park naturalist’s office. From there, the park naturalist will lead a group in a handson wildflower search. Wildflower books will be available. Bring your camera.


THE OFFICIAL HOST HOTEL OF KENTUCKY DERBY™ 142 - featuring Local, Authentic & the most exciting 3-night race stay starting with a call to the Post Party Thursday evening! Fashion, mint juleps, roses and extras you’ll only experience here. Only a few pkges still available. SPRING, 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -53-




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