Letter from the Editor Spring forward to Celebrate Warmer Days Ahead Signs of Spring are everywhere. I saw my first robin from the office window this morning. Tiny buds are trying s. Little green leaves are trying so hard to break through the protective coverings of the buds. It seems, however, that the flowers know the calendar planted Easter a little later than usual as my crocuses nor daffodills have dared to show their faces. Farm markets are beginning to display their freshly painted signs and Spring break destinations are offering specials in their ad promotions. The college students are pouring over the brochures after a very harsh winter in several areas. Festivals are traditionally known for celebrating some unique aspect of the community where the event originated. Festivals go back in time as early as Bible days. In the Christian liturgical calen-
CONTENTS Top Five 6 Blossom Festivals Places to Go: 2 Vegeterian Fest, PA 10 Smithfield, VA 12 Wildcatter Ranch, TX 14 Six Flags, TX 15 Castaway Bay 17 Columbus, OH 20 Lavender Fest, PA 23 Splash Harbor, OH Page 4
dar there are two principal feasts, properly known as the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas) and the Feast of the Resurrection, (Easter). In the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Anglican liturgical calendars there are a great number of lesser feasts throughout the year commemorating saints, sacred events and doctrines. There is a multitude of festivals scheduled during Spring months, so this issue of the Weekender Extended has focused on many of the more popular ones. In fact, to kick it off, check out the “Top” five blossom festivals listed on on page 6. A vegetarian? You haven’t been left out. Check out the Vegeterian Fest in Pa., page 2. For those who wish to visit theme parks, check out Page 14, 15, 21 & 23. Most of all, have a happy Spring break, wherever you get away to...
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People to See 3 Jimmy Buffet 18 Paramore 19 New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Things to Do 5 Spring Turkey Hunting, MO 7 Restart your engines, IN 8 Race, Explore, Perform, NC 11 Spring Tee, GA 16 Dine at Pinks, OH 21 Dine in Pittsburgh 22 Birdwatching, OH
Things to Do S p r i n g T u r k e y H u n t i n g Written by: Missouri Division of Tourism November isn't the only time to think about turkey. Each year, the spring turkey hunt attracts hundreds of avid hunters to designated spots in Missouri. Regardless of where you travel in the state, you're destined to find the perfect place for turkey hunting. The Dalton Bottoms Access and Little Tarkio Prairie areas in n o r t h w e s t Missouri provide great sightlines. In the northeastern part of the state, the Rebel's Cove and Dark Hollow nature areas support thriving turkey populations as well as abundant and beautiful plant life. In southeastern Missouri, not far from the Arkansas border, Crowley's Ridge enjoys a reputation for good turkey hunting; plus, the area is steeped in Civil War history, making it a worthwhile stop for anyone interested in our nation's past. If your travels take you to the Ozark region, go turkey hunting in the stunning Barn Hollow area, where countless flowers bloom to life each spring. Spring turkey hunting season opens April 19, which gives you plenty of time to practice your marksmanship skills. Put those talents to the test at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range in Bois D'Arc. Step onto the 100-yard rifle range and take aim at targets placed at a variety of distances (between seven and 100 yards); then get some turkey-specific practice at the shotgun patterning range, where full-size decoys are provided. Also, the Andy Dalton Range offers skeet shooting and archery. On March 19, the range holds its Discover Hunting – Spring Turkey Hunting Clinic. During Spring, 2011
this eight-hour session, pros share insights about scouting, turkey calling and a whole bunch more. Want to learn to “talk turkey”? Be sure to sign up for Discover Hunting – Turkey Calling at the August A. Busch Conservation Area Shooting Range in St. C h a r l e s . Turkeys aren't really just wandering around saying “gobble, gobble.” In this two-hour class, learn how turkeys communicate, and gain insight into what calls to use while hunting. Tammy Price and Tori Price met us there and went with us. They all had rides on the pedal cars also.
• Rebel's Cove Conservation Area-Livonia This area is 4,225 acres of primarily forest habitat. Nearly five miles of the unchannelized Chariton River runs through this area. 660-7852420 • Andy Dalton Shooting Range - Bois D’Arc Facilities include: a 100-yard baffled rifle/pistol range with 20 covered booths; target sockets arranged at distances of 7, 15, 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards; bench rests and seats for shooters and more. 417-742-4361 • August A. Busch Conservation Area and Nature Center - St. Charles Nearly 7,000 acres of outdoor recreation. More than 30 lakes provide a wide variety of fishing. A number of nature hiking trails dot the area, along with a three-mile trail for hiking and biking.
Spring Blossom Time - Top 5 Redbud Weekend Apr 15 - 17 Cacapon Resort State Park Berkeley Springs, WEST VIRGINIA Contact phone: 304-258-1022 or 800-225-5982 Located at 818 Cacapon Lodge Drive, This time of year the Redbud Trees abound with their beautiful color. The roadsides and town of Berkeley Springs are brimming with the pinkish-purple hue of this flowering tree. Sponsored by the Morgan County Ecology Coalition. Several events and activities will be provided throughout the area. Wildflower walks and spring talks will be held this weekend at Cacapon. Dogwood Arts Festival April 1 - May 6 Knoxville, TN - Celebrate the arrival of spring and enjoy the Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville, taking place April 1 – May 6, 2011. This unique festival, in its 51st year, transforms Knoxville into a month long springtime celebration offering residents and visitors from across the nation and worldwide a memorable experience of the rich woven customs, perspectives, and creativity of our Southern region. Dogwood Festival April 14-17 Camdenton, MO - The 61st annual Dogwood Festival is fun for the entire family: parade; craft shows; art show; carnival; food vendors; dog contest; pageants; golf tournament; 5K run/walk; fish fry; young eagle flights; garage sales; and free entertainment. Thu.-Fri., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-9 p.m. For more information, call 573-346-2227. 99th Cherry Blossom Festival March 26-April 10 Washington D.C. - The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation’s greatest celebration of spring and occurs over 16 days, including 3 premier weekPage 6
ends. Daily events feature diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Celebrating the gift of cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan. Kids take charge during the kickoff of the Festival at Family Day. Don’t miss “can”-struction a 3-D creation built entirely of food cans from Safeway! The activities and sounds from two stages keep families entertained for hours. For more information, call 202-638-8374. Pinkest Party on Earth March 18-27 Macon, Ga. - Although this celebration may be one of the most unabashedly Westernized of the group, this International Cherry Blossom Festival can also lay claim to being one of the biggest, with over 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees spread throughout the city. It all began in 1952 after Macon realtor William A. Fickling Sr. made a fateful trip to the nation's capital. Enraptured by the pretty pink bloom, he began handing out cuttings from his backyard cherry tree to local friends and neighbors. Soon, the city was awash in pink every spring. Nowadays, the 10-day cherry blossom festival includes a beauty pageant, a huge street party, a fireworks show, and a "balloon glow" — a nighttime display of illuminated hot-air balloons. Don't Miss the Bed Race on Cherry Street, in which teams of locals race decorated beds through historic downtown For more information, visit www.cherryblossom. com
Things to Do: Restart your Indiana Engines... Restart Your Glass-Half-Full Engine: KOKOMO - In the 1800s a large deposit of natural gas was discovered in the Kokomo area, and many glass-making factories moved there to make use of it. Today you can still find studios, galleries and festivals dedicated to the craft of glass. Enjoy a public tour at Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company, the world's oldest manufacturer of opalescent and stained glass. Check out The Greentown Glass Museum, home to more than 1,700 pieces of the rare glass valued by collectors worldwide. You can also meet modern-day glass artisans in their shops along the Indiana Glass Trail.
Restart Your Swinging Engine: http://visitindianagolf.com Clubs are cleaned, balls and tees are purchased, and you're ready to hit the links, right? With more than 400 public accessible courses, don't forget to order your 2011 Indiana Golf & Travel Guide first. You'll find all the great don't-miss courses in Indiana, both public and private. When you order the guide, you'll also receive complimentary copies of the official Indiana Travel Guide and Travel Map to plan your upcoming getaways. To order, visit www.in.gov/visitindiana and then click on â€œtravel brochures.â€? Select the Golf and Travel Guide or call 800-677-9800 for more information.
Restart Your Discovery Engine: You probably know that Indiana has 24 miles of sandy beach along the coast of Lake Michigan in northern Indiana. But what's beyond the beach? Discover it all along the Beyond the Beach Discov ery Trail. Hike the forests. See five Century of Progress Homes showcased in the 1933 Chicago's World Fair. Visit a 1929 Spanish Colonial Revivalstyle train station, home to a history museum and local art. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Maple Sugar Time Festival at the Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm. Page 07
Things to do: in Charlotte, North Carolina The night will light up with fun and excitement this Skip the spring cleaning and fill up the social calendar with happenings that span Charlotte Knights summer as the “thrill capital of the Southeast” debuts an exciting nighttime lineup highlighted by home openers to family-friendly Easter excitement. the extension of its hours till 10PM every night from July 1 through August 7. Snoopy’s Starlight Race a lot A telltale sign that spring has Spectacular debuts May 28 and will light up the skyarrived, the state-of-the-art race line of Carowinds. Designed using a diverse mixture course at Brooklandwood plays host of low energy and high efficiency LED lighting, this to Queen's Cup Steeplechase always immersive light and sound spectacular stretches scheduled on the last Saturday in from County Fair through the entrance of Planet April. Some of the most athletic thoroughbreds com- Snoopy and features more than one million LED pete at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. The jockeys, lights adorned from trees and buildings. As part of dressed in bright colored silks, push their sleek the experience, guests will get the chance to walk steeds to clear four and a half foot jumps over a two through several PEANUTS™ themed areas, comand a quarter to as much as three mile rolling turf plete with light boxes and animated displays syncourse. The prestige of over $90,000 in purse money chronized to a custom designed soundtrack. For to the winning owners and the opportunity to bask more information on the nighttime lineup, visit in the glory of the winner’s circle is what it’s all about www.carowinds.com from the horse’s connections. Perform a lot Sport a sundress or seersucker and you'll fit right in as you cheer on the thoroughbreds and socialize with Best-selling blockbusters return to friends. Also not-to-be-missed at this event, don the Queen City beginning with your most elegant (or inventive) hat to compete in Avenue Q April 5 – 11 at the Knight the annual Hat Contest and check out the K-9 Agility Theater. With the charm of Sesame Expo pre-race. For more information, visit Street combined with kitschy adult www.queenscup.org or call 704-843-7070. appeal, this musical for grown-ups will have you rolling in the aisles. Then April 19 – 24, Blue Man Group brings its wildly popular comedy, music, and Explore technology to Belk Theater, a surefire crowd pleaser a lot for all ages, languages, and cultures. Open for weekends beginning The mission of the North Carolina Blumenthal April 2, join Carowinds for thrill Performing Arts Center is to present the best in the rides like the spine-tingling Intimidator, familyperforming arts and in partnership with others, share friendly fun with the Peanuts gang, live performancand employ the arts as a major catalyst to strengthen es like Charlie Brown's Hoedown, games and so education, build community cohesiveness and much more. Look for new features this summer like advance economic growth. For more information, Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular, a million dollar nightvisit online at www.blumenthalarts.org or call 704time walk-through LED lights experience, Nights of 348-5750. Fire firework shows, and extended park hours. Page 08
AAA CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS BASEBALL 704-36-HOMER; www.charlotteknights.com 4/7 – 4/10 vs. Norfolk Tides 4/11 – 4/13 vs. Durham Bulls 4/23 – 4/25 vs. Gwinnett Braves 4/26 – 4/29 vs. Scranton WB Yankees 4/30 – 5/3 vs. Columbus Clippers AHL CHARLOTTE CHECKERS 704-342-4423; www.gocheckers.com 4/4 vs. Norfolk Admirals 4/8 vs. Worcester Sharks 4/9 vs. Worcester Sharks
CAROLINA SPEED INDOOR FOOTBALL TEAM 704-231-8456; www.carolinaspeed.com 4/1 vs. Erie Explosion 4/8 vs. Harrisburg Stampede NBA CHARLOTTE BOBCATS 704-BOBCATS; www.bobcats.com 4/3 vs. Washington Wizards 4/6 vs. Orlando Magic 4/10 vs. Detroit Pistons 4/13 vs. Atlanta Hawks
For more sports events please visit the calendar at charlottesgotalot.com/events
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Sports Teams & Events:
Bojangles’ Coliseum; 1-800-745-3000; www.bojanglescoliseum.com
Time Warner Cable Arena; 1-800-745-3000; www.timewarnercablearena.com
EAST COAST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS RODEO;
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USHER AND AKON;
Mineral Springs; 704-843-7070; www.queenscup.org
QUEEN'S CUP STEEPLECHASE;
AN EVENING WITH SMOKEY ROBINSON; Ovens Auditorium; 1-800-745-3000; www.ovensauditorium.com
April 15 Friday
FOR SISTERS ONLY; Charlotte Convention Center; www.charlotteconventionctr.com
April 30 Saturday
FOOD LION AUTOFAIR; Charlotte Motor Speedway; 1-800-455-3267; www.charlottemotorspeedway.com
CRAIG FERGUSON; Ovens Auditorium; 1-800-745-3000; www.ovensauditorium.com
April 7 Thursday – 10 Sunday
April 28 Thursday
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AVENUE Q; Knight Theater; 704-372-1000; www.blumenthalcenter.org
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April 5 Tuesday – 10 Sunday
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SPRING FESTIVAL; U.S. National Whitewater Center; 704-391-3900; www.usnwc.org
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April 15 Friday – 16 Saturday
CAROWINDS THEME PARK OPENS; 1-800-888-4386; www.carowinds.com
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April 2 Saturday
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Visit Charlotte 500 S. College Street Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 28202 1-800-231-4636
Places To Go: Charming Smithfield & Isle of Wight County, located in Tidewater Virginia is conveniently located between Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. In fact this “quintessential small town” is the #1 Daytrip destination from Williamsburg! Smithfield is known as the “Ham Capital of the World.” Members of the English monarchy had standing orders for Smithfield’s famous hams prior to the Revolution and Smithfield Foods, a Fortune 500 company, is headquartered here. A trip to Smithfield is a step back in time as visitors stroll the lovely, historic Main Street or the brand new downtown riverside park. And Smithfield has just been designated as Virginia’s newest Arts & Culture District! But there’s something for history buffs as well since the area’s strategic location on the James River makes it home to several significant historical sites. Of course, the area is a favorite culinary destination as well. See the Guinness Book of World Record's oldest ham at the Ham Museum, stroll the streets where Paula Dean kicks up her heels-then dine at the fabulous Smithfield Inn where they've been serving up Southern Hospitality since 1752. Visit Darden's Country Store & Smokehouse, a classic country store and smokehouse that has been in operation since 1952. Enjoy the region’s other Page 10
favorite - seafood - at Smithfield Station-a 25 yearold award winning inn, restaurant and marina with the only lighthouse where you can spend the night!....or Capt. Chucka-mucks, featured on the Food Networks, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives!” So be sure to visit Smithfield & Isle of Wight where you’ll find everything you’ll need for the perfect Spring Getaway – a vibrant arts and culture scene, unique historic attractions, eclectic specialty shops along a historic Main Street, a riverside park, a variety of overnight accommodations and great eateries. “Hams, History, Hospitality & Heart” – in Smithfield & Isle of Wight, Virginia! For outdoors fun, visit the 200-acre Windsor Castle Park located in the Historic District. Celebrating its first anniversary on April 20, the park features a woodland trail system, picnic area, a fishing pier, bike path, and a canoe launch. The cast will host an open house and cake on the lawn from 10 a.m. to noon during anniversary activities. For more information, call 800-365-9339, or visit www.VisitSmithfieldIsleofWight.com
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"Girlfriend Get away" Package celebrates luxury & fun this Spring GRAHAM, Texas - Girls just want to have fun this year at Wildcatter Ranch, as the upscale Western resort announces its new "Girlfriend Getaway" package for 2011. The offer allows female groups to relax in style on the back porch of rustic cabin suites and catch up with friends against the beautiful backdrop of the North Texas Hill Country. "Our female guests always find the relaxation they desire at our SAGE spa, infinity-edge pool and plush guest suites," said Anne Skipper, Wildcatter's owner and general manager. "Wildcatter already has everything women need for a great getaway, so we want to offer female groups a fun, affordable option for a relaxing trip with the girls." Guests will arrive to a chilled bottle of wine in an elegant Western cabin suite, complete with a private back porch on which to relax while enjoying the amazing views of the sprawling North Texas Hill Country. After lunch and antique shopping in town, head to the pool to take in the breathtaking scenery or experience fun in the sun with a cocktail by the water. For great custom treatments, visit the SAGE spa, where guests are pampered while relaxing and forgetting about stress. Spend the day with Wildcatter's hospitable and experienced cowboys and lively activities staff while horseback riding, feeding longhorn or canoeing. For dinner, take a walk under the starry Texas sky to the Wildcatter Steakhouse for some of Chef Bob's great comfort food. Whether it's a salad, fresh fish or a hand-cut mesquite grilled steak, guests are never disappointed with the Page 12
wide variety of dinner options at the Steakhouse. The Blowout Saloon, a great place to gather for drinks, offers some of the best wine in Texas, and has received Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence four consecutive years in a row. Wildcatter Ranch & Resort, which was recognized in 2007 as one of Southern Living's "10 Top Texas Retreats," is located just 90 minutes northwest of Fort Worth near Graham, Texas. Situated on 1,500 acres of beautiful, diverse Texas landscape in the North Texas Hill Country, Wildcatter Ranch is where some of the most colorful pioneer history took place in the state of Texas. Wildcatter has 16 upscale suites, each reflecting a historical theme complete with photos and commentary that bring its fascinating Texas history to life. The luxuriously appointed suites contain the most upscale modern conveniences
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including: 300-count sateen sheets, granite vanities, Texas stone fireplaces, flat-screen TVs with CD/DVD/VHS players and satellite programming, high-speed wireless Internet access, a coffee bar area complete with a microwave oven and under-counter refrigerator, handmade Texas soaps, and his-and-her Egyptian cotton bathrobes. Most of the suites have two queen beds, a bath and a half, and can sleep up to four people comfortably. Additionally, Wildcatter Ranch & Resort opened a new deluxe, Victorian-themed hotel and conference center on Oct. 1, 2008. The development, inspired by 1800s-era Texas design, consists of 16 additional luxurious guest rooms, a cocktail lounge, four corporate meeting rooms and a grand hall conference center, complete with a dramatic double stairwell surrounding a huge, two-story fireplace, for hosting special events. For an even more private experience, guests can Spring, 2011
reserve The Homestead, a charming two-bedroom, one-bath guest cottage with an open living and dining space that's perfect for families with younger children, or O.T.'s Cabin, a new upscale guest house with two king bedrooms and two private bathrooms, beautifully decorated to reflect the ranch's strong Western heritage. Wildcatter offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, including horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, archery, hiking and biking trails, skeet shooting, pasture golf, and a hot tub and infinity-edge pool overlooking breathtaking panoramic views of the North Texas Hill Country. If relaxation is a priority, guests can visit SAGE, the spa at Wildcatter Ranch. From the Western Cleansing Facial to the Texas Stone Massage, the team of professionals at SAGE has just the right treatments to make any stay at Wildcatter Ranch soothing and unforgettable. SAGE features a full menu of spa treatments, including massages and Murad facials. For more information about Wildcatter Ranch & Resort, contact Brooke Cowlishaw of Tucker & Associates by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (214) 252-0900. Information is also available by visiting the Wildcatter Ranch website, www.wildcatterranch.com. For photography, contact Tucker & Associates at (214) 2520900.
Resort' "Girlfriend Getaway" package • A two-night stay in one of the resort's spacious suites • Complimentary Texas wine in the room • Ten percent off SAGE spa treatments, includ ing facials and massages • Ten percent off horseback riding and activities • Complimentary breakfast each morning The "Girlfriend Getaway" package, valid through December 2011, is priced at $180 per person (based on four per room) or $360 per person (double occupancy).
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SANDUSKY, Ohio, - In the face of higher gas prices, Cedar Point's Castaway Bay year-round indoor waterpark resort is offering $50 savings and extra perks on special packages geared toward young families who are looking to save money on a close-to-home vacation. With 237 rooms and suites, there are a variety of options for fun and affordable family getaways. Reduced rates on overnight stays and two-night packages offering savings of $50 or more are now available. These special deals will include free breakfasts or pizza meal, a family picture with a PEANUTS character or complimentary T-shirt or backpack. All of the packages include complimentary all-day admission to the waterpark from your day of arrival to your day of departure. Even for the day, “waterpark only” passes are available, a great idea for family outings or a birthday party for the kids. In Toddler's Tide Pool, the little ones can splash and slide all day long. Warmed to a cozy 82 degrees; it’s the closest thing to a tropical oasis. A private spa with a pool and aromatherapy whirlpool allows the adults some quiet time. Visit the fitness center or get a massage, bodywrap or facial. And kids as well as adults always look forward to the daily visits by Snoopy and his friends. “These money-saving packages make it a great time to visit Castaway Bay,” said Tyler Adams, general manager at Castaway Bay. “It is warm, conveniently located and everyone has lots of fun.” Inside Castaway Bay's 38,000-squareSpring, 2011
foot indoor waterpark, the Rendezvous Run water coaster and three body slides provide nonstop curves and dips, while everyone can splash and body surf in the Castaway Bay Wave Pool. With four slippery slides and dozens of soaking gadgets, the Lookout Lagoon Family Funhouse and the 80,000-gallon Creature Cove activity pool was a favorite for our kids. When it is time to relax, the indoor/outdoor whirlpool spa is a perfect place to rest and re-energize. Besides the waterpark, Castaway Bay also has activity centers that will provide an assortment of fun things to do. Younger children can color, play games or read a book at Camp Castaway. At night, Club Castaway has music, dancing and visits by Snoopy and his friends. A huge arcade is located just outside the waterpark. Near the resort's lobby are two gift shops and three eateries. Visit castawaybay.com for all of the details or call 419-627-2106.
Things to Do: Eat at Pinks
Hollywood Landmark Pink's To Open at Cedar Point This Spring SANDUSKY, Ohio - Labeled as the “Hot Dog To The Stars,” Pink's, a Hollywood legend for more than 71 years, will serve its special brand of hot dogs and chili dogs this summer at Cedar Point amusement park/resort in Sandusky, Ohio. This will be the first Pink's franchise east of Las Vegas. Last summer, Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, Calif., was the first Cedar Fair Entertainment Company park to operate a Pink's on its property. World renown for its premium gourmet hot dogs, chili dogs, onion rings and fresh toppings, Pink's has an impressive Who's Who list of famous Hollywood stars and dignitaries who have frequented the original Pink's in Hollywood. Among its customers are Betty White, Ryan Seacrest, Adam Sandler, Bill Cosby, Martha Stewart, Jay Leno and Bobby Flay. In 2010, the Obama girls: First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, Mrs. Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, and an entourage of 14 other people stopped in for lunch. It has also been featured on The View, The Martha Stewart Show, The Throw Down with Bobby Flay, The Travel Channel, the Food Network and the Discovery Channel. “This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce Page 16
Pink's to a new area of the country,” said Richard Pink, son of Paul and Betty Pink, who first opened Pink's in 1939. “Our premium hot dogs and chili dogs prepared with fresh toppings will become an instant favorite of park guests.” In addition to its world-famous hot dogs, chili dogs and onion rings, Pink's at Cedar Point will also serve mild or spicy Polish dogs, Brooklyn Pastrami swiss cheese dogs, Coleslaw dogs, plus hamburgers, cheeseburgers and French fries. “Pink's will be a very popular addition to the food offerings at Cedar Point,” said Gary Gochenour, Cedar Point's Director of Food Services. “Its gourmet hot dogs, chili dogs and onion rings made fresh will have a huge appeal to all of our guests.” Pink's at Cedar Point will be located just off the main midway right next to Toft's Ice Cream Parlor. Guests will order inside and be able to watch as their food is prepared in front of them just the way they want it. Seating will be available inside or on the outdoor patio. The original Pink's, opened 71 years ago at the corner of North La Brea and Melrose avenues in Los Angeles, was no more than a pushcart with a very long extension cord that was plugged into a hardware store a block away. In 1946, the operation expanded into its current building at the same location. For additional information about Pink's, please visit pinkshollywood.com, Cedar Point's web site at www.cedarpoint.com or call the park's General Information Line at 419.627.2350.
Places to Go: COLUMBUS â€“ THE WORLD WAS FOREVER CHANGED when, in 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail searching for a direct trade route to the Indies. Carrying him was the Santa Maria, a wooden 98-foot "nao", or typical cargo ship. The original Santa Maria was dismantled after being stuck ashore on Isla Espanola hundreds of years ago. More than 500 years later, you can experience the world's most authentic, museum-quality replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship. Guided tours dramatize the daring and determination it took for these explorers to set out on their mission. Fascinating displays show the far-ranging impact of the encounter of two worlds that existed in 1492. The re-creation of Columbus' flagship that sits anchored at Battelle Park on the Scioto River, is the closest thing you can get to stepping back in time and onto a vessel in Columbus' infamous three ship fleet that sailed to the new world. Forty-five minute guided tours bring history alive. Not only are you led through every part of the ship, but inspired guides educate in the ways of the Santa Maria's original explorers. You also have the opportunity to play the games of the explorers and use Spring, 2011
replicas of the original navigational instruments that would have been on board in 1492. These tours explore every part of this working wooden tall ship and dramatize the daring and determination it took for Columbus and his explorers to set out on their mission. Experi-ence the lives they led, interact with replicas of the navigational tools they used, play the games they played to pass the time. For those seeking a bit more adventure, gather 30 or more and stay overnightt to play sailor. Discover how the crews rely on each other to survive such a long and arduous journey across the sea. Make your plans now to visit the ship located at the corner of Marconi & West Broad Street, at Batelle Riverfront Park. Spring tour hours: April 1 - May 29 Wed-Fri: 10 am - 3 pm Sat-Sun: Noon - 5 pm Summer Hours: June 1 - Sept. 2 Wed-Fri: 10 am - 5 pm Sat-Sun: Noon - 6 pm Admission rates are $4 for adults, $2.50 ages 5-17. For more information, call 614.645.8760, 614.645.0351 or visit online www.santamaria.org wwwW.eekenderExtended.com
Calendar of Events April 1 Opening Day April 3 Ceremonies: at noon - Cannon Fire, Flag Raising Cceremony by the Sea Cadets. Free entertainment. May 14, 15 Pirate Weekend: 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Pirate re-enactors from around the country will participate in activities aboard the ship. They will storm the ship at 2 p.m. from the Scioto River and in the park. Additional Special Activities June 18 Gospel Sail-ABration 3-8pm in the park. Gospel music and entertainers from around the state will perform free to the public. August 7 - Navigation Sunday: A visit from the Columbus Zoo at 2pm. September 17-18 - Talk like a Pirate Weekend: 11-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Pirate re-enactors from around the country will bring their colorful language and manners to the ship for lots of fun and frolic. Page 17
To See... The last time Paramore hit the road to support their Brand New Eyes album, it was a less-than-smooth trip. On the first night, frontwoman Hayley Williams lost her voice, forcing the audience to provide her vocals for the remainder of the show. Then, the band postponed a handful of dates while Williams recovered from laryngitis. And when they finally returned to the road, Paramore battled a seemingly endless string of illnesses, leading Williams to tweet that she was "seriously considering buying a gas mask." Hopefully, things will go a little better this time around. Because on Thursday, the band announced their second batch of dates for a lean, mean spring jaunt, scheduled to kick off on April 26 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The band will crisscross the continental U.S. (including a May 1 stop at the Bamboozle Festival at the Meadowlands in New Jersey) and bring the tour to a close on May 16 with a gig at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Joining Paramore on the trek are Relient K and fun. Tickets will go on sale to fan club members beginning this Monday (February 1), and will then be made available to the general public starting on February 5 and 6.
For more information, check out Paramore.net. Dates for Paramore's spring tour, according to Atlantic/ Fueled by Ramen: » April 26 - Knoxville, TN @ Knoxville Civic Coliseum » April 28 - Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena » April 30 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Mark G. Etess Arena » May 1 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Meadowlands Sports Complex (Bamboozle Festival) » May 3 - Columbus, OH @ The LC Amphitheatre » May 4 - Grand Rapids, MI @ DeltaPlex » May 5 - Rockford, IL @ Rockford MetroCentre » May 7 - Moline, IL @ I Wireless Center » May 8 - Council Bluffs, IA @ WestFair Amphitheatre » May 10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The E Center » May 12 - Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater » May 15 - Bakersfield, CA @ Rabobank Arena » May 16 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at the Hard Rock
People to See: NKOTBSB
Absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder. And when it's two of the biggest boy bands in modern history that you're missing, go ahead and double that longing. That might explain why the boy-band supergroup NKOTBSB (otherwise known as New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys) have announced plans to nearly double the amount of dates on their firstever joint tour. After initially announcing two dozen dates slated to kick off June 2 in Uncasville, Connecticut, and run through a July 9 date in Vancouver, British Columbia, the scream-feeder pairing will now stay on the road through July 30 due to what promoter Live Nation called "overwhelming" demand for tickets. The 41-date swing will now wrap up with a July 30 show at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The additional dates include shows in Minneapolis, St. Louis, Orlando, Cleveland and Atlantic City. In their biggest tune-up to date for the outing, the group rocked it in front of millions on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" eight months after they set fans' hearts aflutter by performing onstage together for the first time at a sold-out NKOTB show at Radio City Music Hall in New York in June. Then they knocked it out of the park in November when they closed the American Music Awards with a medley that included Backstreet's "I Want It That Way" and NKOTB's "Hangin' Tough." The tour will feature appearances by all but one of the groups' original members: Joey McIntyre, AJ McLean, Jordan Knight, Howie Dorough, Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Littrell, Danny Wood and Nick Carter (BSB's Kevin Richardson left the group in 2006). Tickets for the new dates are now on sale.
NKOTBSB tour dates: » 6/2 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena » 6/3 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center Spring, 2011
» 6/4 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden » 6/5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center » 6/7 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre » 6/8 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre » 6/9 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre » 6/11 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum » 6/12 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center » 6/15 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center » 6/16 - Detroit, MI @ The Palace at Auburn Hills » 6/17 - Chicago, IL @ United Center » 6/18 - Chicago, IL @ United Center » 6/21 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena » 6/22 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena » 6/24 - Lafayette, LA @ Cajondome » 6/25 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center » 6/26 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center » 6/28 -- San Antonio, TX @ AT& T Center » 6/30 - Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center » 7/1 - Los Angeles CA @ Staples Center » 7/2 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion » 7/3 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center » 7/8 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome » 7/9 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena » 7/10 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena » 7/12 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place » 7/13 - Calgary, AB @ Calgary Stampede » 7/15 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center » 7/16 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center » 7/17 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center » 7/19 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center » 7/20 - Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center » 7/22 - Orlando, FL @ Amway Center » 7/23 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum » 7/24 - Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center » 7/26 - Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse » 7/27 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena » 7/29 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall » 7/30 - Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
Places to Go: Lavender Festival near Gettysburg Lavender takes center stage at annual festival For nearly 10 years, Tom and Madeline Wajda have opened their historic farm near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Father's Day Weekend and invited thousands to explore their senses. Their specialty - lavender. As the Baltimore Sun put it, a "field of purple ... lots of it." The festival features 75 varieties of lavender, three of which are exclusive to the Wajda's Willow Pond Farm, in Fairfield, Pa. The farm is certified organic and includes three acres of lavender. This year, you are invited to join the nearly four thousand
people for great food, music, pick-your-own lavender, garden tours and culinary presentations, on June 17-19, 2011. Lavender and other herbs are sold throughout the festival. Also included this year is a cooking contest featuring, what else but lavender. The winner in each category will receive a $25.00 Willow Pond Farm gift certificate. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $100.00 cash prize. Check out the rules on their website and bring your best! Tom Wajda calls the festival, "a sensory delight." Advance registration is open for our Festival make-and-take workshops. Learn through a
hands-on exercise with experienced teachers, with all supplies provided. Due to space limitations, workshop registration is limited. Last year many of the advance spots for workshops sold out, so take a look now and reserve your place. Willow Pond Farm is located just 90 minutes from Washington, D.C. The Pennsylvania Lavender Festival is truly one of a kind in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The event has been featured in the New York Times, AOL Travel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Baltimore Sun. For more information visit www.palavenderfesti- val.com or call (717) 642-6387.
Things to Do: Bird Watching Lake Erie Shores and Islands is becoming the capital of May Birding in North America. The biggest week in American birding is so big, it lasts 10 days. Lake Erie Shores and Islands®, located halfway between Cleveland and Toledo, is largely regarded as the best place for observing spring songbird migration. The reason, quite simply, is the abundance of preserved ecosystems along marshy coast, woodlands and diverse settings friendly to spring migration. The region includes more than 15 areas designated by Audubon as “Important Bird Areas.” It’s this southern edge of Lake Erie that serves as a barrier that birds are reluctant to cross; so they hold up just long enough for the big twitch. Twitch is a British term reserved for those who travel long distances to see species of birds that can be ticked off a checklist. The act of the pursuit itself is referred to as a twitch or a chase. A rare bird that stays put long enough for people to see it is twitchable or chaseable. Ideal habitats for birding at Lake Erie Shores and Islands include Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Magee Marsh, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Kelleys Island, Old Woman Creek State Nature Preserve and Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve. A diverse list of species entices birders from around the globe to visit northwest Ohio each spring, including more than 30 species of warblers, masses of thrushes, vireos, flycatchers, and orioles, shorebirds, raptors, and an abundance of waterfowl. The Biggest Week in American Birding is May 5-15. Kenn Kaufman’s all new Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding will be out just in Page 22
time for The Biggest Week in American Birding. During the 10 day event, Kaufman will head an entire series of bird identification workshops based on his book. The much anticipated event features guided activities, half-day guided tours, workshops such as Birding by Ear, and evening keynote speakers. Visitors can Nest with the Birds or join in Bird Banding on Kelleys Island. Welcome migrating song birds to this 2,800 acre island during morning and afternoon guided bird walks and lectures from May 19 – 22. A Bird Banding program is held on the island at Long Point on May 21. Bird banding is used to determine how far birds travel, longevity of life, where they nest and winter. It is also a technique used to see if populations are rising or falling. This can prompt important questions that lead to examination of reasons why. For example, if a population is in decline, it may be due to climate change, poisoning from pesticides, disease, predation or other factors. If populations are seen as increasing, experts can look at data such as bird release programs which may explain the trend. Another key event is International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). On May 14, individuals and organizations throughout the Western Hemisphere will participate in activities dedicated to the conservation of migratory birds. Many local IMBD celebrations are planned with bird-related activities for the whole family! Visit www.shoresandislands.com for more information. The Lake Erie Shores and Islands region is referred to more and more as the “Warbler Capital of the World,” during the spring migration. The May birding events in the region are open to all levels of expertise from expert to novice. They deliver unsurpassed social networking opportunities for any birding enthusiast. Find more information at www.SHORESanISLANDS.com.
Places to Go: Splash Harbor By Kathy Barnett Managing Editor As this article is being written, the weather channel predicts blizzard warnings for much of the Midwest and an “ice bath” for the north half of Ohio. Those not suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) will be by the time this weekend is over. Sometimes we just need a break from all the winter weather; but what about the budget? Look no further. Bellville is home to the Comfort Inn® South featuring Splash Harbor water park. The bright red 49foot looping water slide and dumping water buckets are favorites among kids of all ages while two hot tubs (one for adults and one for families) are popular with adults. One side of the main pool is lines with water basketball hoops for the guys, and tomboys. The smaller toddlers haven’t been forgotten as a whole pool area is reserved for them. It’s the atmosphere and temperature that draws me to this tropical setting. Lounges and poolside tables grace the area among palm trees, making me feel like I’ve traveled to a southern beach or or exotic island. This Bellville hotel is conveniently located near Snow Trails Ski Resort for those who do want to combine an outdoor winter sport with a tropical oasis adventure inside. Many great amenities include a free newspaper, game room, fitness center, and meeting rooms. A complimentary breakfast, complete with fresh hot
waffles, juice, cereal, boiled eggs, and various pastries allows for a great start to any day. Business travelers will appreciate data ports, large work areas, spacious desks and access to copy and fax machines. The family pet is even welcome to a point, but some rules do apply. So make sure to make arrangements during reservations. Microwaves and refrigerators are in some rooms and a public microwave in the snack area is also available for use. Guest laundry facilities are located on the property. Handicap accessible and non-smoking rooms are also available. The Comfort Inn® South is home to the newly opened Splash Harbor water park, featuring a 49-foot looping water slide, dumping buckets, shooting geysers, two hot tubs (one for adults and one for families), water basketball hoops, a floating raft and kids pool area. Up to four water park passes are included in all room rates. Be sure to enjoy traditional Amish cooking at the adjacent Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant and gift shop. The hotel also offers a gift shop, a great place to find souvenirs of your stay. When you want to relax and get away for the weekend, the Comfort Inn South in Bellville is as far as you need to go. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, they will make sure your stay in the Bellville area is an enjoyable experience for all involved. Rates start from $119 for a family of four and include wristbands for the water park. For more information, visit online at www.splashharbor.com
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