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Letter from the Editor My first memory ... We were on our way to Ohio, then a loop around Lake Erie through Detroit, Canada and New York. Many times while growing up, Mother asked if I was sure I didn’t remember a tour through the Kelloggs Plant or Niagra Falls or boat ride to Kelly’s Island. Dates on the pictures in the family album prove I was only two. What I do remember was the long, long car ride in the dark. I remember the red metal ice chest that held gallons of potato salad we ate with breakfast, lunch, and dinner for what seemed like weeks. I remember my first night in a motel room with no bathtub. Instead, there was a shower. I loved all the “raindrops” hitting my face. A huge black box sat against the wall with a rounded gray glass pasted on the front. Daddy put a quarter in the slot and the glass came alive with people. It was my first view of television. I remember visiting a family Mother called “cousins” where we picnicked in the back yard. (Finally got rid of the rest of that potato salad.) Other kids my age were having a grand time with the garden hose and a round blow up thingy that held some of the water.

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They called it a swimming pool. Twentysome years later, I moved to Ohio. When my parents came to visit, we took an afternoon drive in a nearby town to see relatives. We drove up to this house and I immediately recognized it. So this is where my first memories originated from so many years ago! The bushes were much taller, but I knew this was the porch where someone had taken my picture wearing sunglasses and holding a beach ball. So many happy memories came flooding back that I hadn’t thought of for so long. To me, that’s what makes a successful weekend. Creating pleasant memories to last a lifetime. As I leaf through the family pictures, I am reminded that most of my happiest memories are centered around a family vacation or extended weekend outing. So I guess that’s why it seems so fitting to edit a magazine themed around all the fun places to go, things to do and people to see in our area.

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Things to Do 2 Cruise In Fundraiser - Sedalia, MO 3 Grand Opening: Pirates Bay 5 Ride the Magnum - Cedar Point, OH 6 Harding Symposium - Marion, OH 10 Wine Tasting - Lake Erie Shores & Islands 11 Light up the Night - Savannah, GA People to See 9 & 19 Blues artists at various Blues Fests www.weekenderextended.com

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been awhile since I have visited. Last week I watched my boys load onto the platform of the Magnum for the very first time. Ages 8 and 10, I relived my fun through their eyes of excitement from the gate’s opening to the final ride closing at 10 p.m. They would have stayed all night if the park remained open. By arriving early, we were able to park close to the front, convenient enough to return for a change to dry clothes after taking in the new Shoot the Rapids water ride. We rode through rock canyons, then a pitch black tunnel. Once out, we plunged straight down. It’s not tagged a coaster, but it ranks up there with the best of the best. For me, the top thrill of the park is still the Top Thrill Dragster. Our oldest rode it three times. This was www.WeekenderExtended.com

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for the jolt to 420 feet in the air. And it’s only at Cedar Point. Our youngest chose the Magnum Force as his favorite. They say you can see Canada from the top of the lift hill on a clear day. But then, whose watching? We were too busy bracing for the first drop from over 200 feet. “The worst thing about a Cedar Point roller coaster is not being on one,” said Aaron at the end of a full day. I don’t think we’ll be adding any pictures of bored kids against a mailbox to Mom’s collection any time soon. The boys are already counting the days before next summer when they can return to Cedar Point! For schedule and more information about the rides in the park, visit online at www.cedarpoint.com. Page 05


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resurgence of interest in the often maligned presidency of Ohio’s native son, President Warren G. Harding, is being driven by revelations and a renewed outlook on the Harding administration, its accomplishments, and impact on American history. Ohio’s flagship university is leading the drive for an annual public exchange of research and knowledge by authors, professors, and historians called, “The Warren G. Harding Symposium, The Man, the Myth, and the Legacy.” The symposium, in its inaugural year, will be held July 23rd & 24th in Harding’s hometown of Marion, Ohio. The event will feature a reception and tours of the Harding Home, the Harding Memorial, and the Marion County Historical Society. Workshops by Harding researcher and author James Robenalt, Warren G. Harding III (the president’s grandnephew), and local historians Gale Martin and Sherry Hall, will be offered Saturday with each exploring different aspects of the mythology and legacy surrounding Warren G. Harding. The workshop sessions will be held on the Marion campus of The Ohio State University. The weekend-long event will be capped Page 06

off with a Harding Gala Dinner in Maynard Hall’s Guthery Community Room featuring extensive exhibits of Harding memorabilia, period antique automobiles, and a panel discussion. According to noted Harding author and expert James Robenalt, the time is right to get past the scandals that broke after Harding’s death in office and look at the substance of his presidency. “I really think it is the time right now to take another look at Warren Harding. My research in writing this book led me to see pretty clearly that his reputation as a president was totally overwhelmed by scandals, innuendo, and mythology that grew up after his presidency,” explained Robenalt. Those interested in learning more about the Harding Symposium can find registration information, pricing, a schedule of events, directions and more at: http://osumarion.osu.edu/harding or by calling Ohio State Marion at 740-725-6340. Those interested in taking part in any of the weekend events and lectures are encouraged to sign up before June 30, 2010, to take advantage of early bird registration discounts. The Warren G. Harding Symposium is a collaborative effort between The Ohio State University at Marion, the Ohio Historical Society, Marion Technical College, the Harding Home & Memorial, and the Marion County Historical Society. Proceeds from this event will benefit Home Town History on Wheels, a charitable outreach of the Harding Home.

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Top Ten

Restaurants in Maumee, OH

10. Balance Pan Asian Grill – ingredients and no shortcuts are meals.The lounge is a casual alterWith a five star rating from Judysbook.com, this restaurant focuses on big taste and better health. The decor depicts a sleek and modern New York atmosphere. Owned and operated by Chef Banger, his signature dish is “Bangin’ Noodles. Only open since April, this is one of the newest restaurants listed... www.balancepanasiangrill.com 9. China Chef – A great “order online” then take out restaurant. Some delivery is available locally. As it’s name indicates, an authentic chinese menu features a steamed dieter’s corner, lunch special, chef’s special, pork and chicken. It is tasty and they have a reputation for always being consistent with flavors. www.chinachefmaumee.com 8. Gino’s Pizza – This is the kind of pizza that you will drive all across town for at midnight. They don't deliver but they don't need to, it's that good. Their secret? “It’s made with love and tradition,” say the owners. The home recipes use the freshest of

native where adults can relax, meet friends, watch the game, and enjoy the same full service menu. Today there are 25 restaurants in 7. Aubuelo’s Mexican Food 11 states spread across the and Northeast. Embassy – Truly the flavor of Midwest Mexico known as America’s #1 www.groundround.com 5. Briarfield Cafe – A family Mexican owned and operated business. Restaurant. The staff They take pride in maintaining works daily high standards with recipes to provide featuring the very finest of an outstandingredients, such as zero trans ing and fat oils, fresh grade AA eggs, u n i q u e fresh garden vegetables and experience fresh beef. All the dressings and for their sauces are made fresh daily in g u e s t s . Service strengths make this Texas their very own kitchen.. chain restaurant shine. Dining B r e a k f a s t , rooms are decorated to give you a lunch, and beautifl court-yard dining experi- dinner are ence. And the salsa is hard to beat! s e r v e d www.abuelos.com seven days a 6. Ground Round – Since week. Be 1969, this restaurant was a pio- sure to save neer in casual dining style. The some room for a slice of Ground Round Grill & Bar, with Schmuker’s Pie for dessert! its two-room concept, provides an www.briarfieldcafe.com atmosphere and menu that is 4. Sam’s Diner – A classic inviting to families and fun for American/Greek diner adults too. with consistently excellent A substanservice and food at even tial broadbetter prices. Daily speb a s e d cials are offered with two menu with a high sides. The 12-oz. burgers quality/ are as good as burgers can g o o d get. A great place to take value relathe whole family for an tionship is economically-priced meal. offered to guests. Adults can enjoy www.oursamsdiner.com full liquor service with their

taken with preparation. There are five convenient locations in the Toledo area. www.originalginos.com

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in Maumee, Ohio 3. Don Pablos – From the front door to the dessert, everything is bright, colorful and festive h e r e . Friendly staff and comfortable booths provide an enjoyable dining experience in this Mexican kitchen. Choose from a generous menu of classic enchiladas, soft or crispy tacos, mesquite-grilled shrimp, or sizzling fajita platters. The madefrom-scratch salsas complete the meal. Plan to wait in line, however, on the weekends.

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2. El Salto Authentic where you need to go. This Italian Mexican The food is what the Grill offers flavorful, handmade name boasts: Authentic Mexican! Cosy atmosphere and quick, friendly service, they have many, many selections to chose from on the menu. It's really difficult thought, to not make your meal on the homemade chips and salsa alone!

Italian dishes prepared to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Guests enjoy Carrabba family recipes handed down for generations including crispy calamari, homemade lasagne and a variety of fresh fish, seafood and meats cooked over our wood-fired grill.

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1. Carrabbas If you’re looking for high quality restaurant without the high price, this is

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People To See: St. Marys, Ohio — The Riverside Bluesfest is on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-5. Presenting a balance of national, regional and area blues acts, the Riverside Bluesfest attracts its audience from a six-state area. World-famous artists Kenny Wayne Shepherd and The Chris Duarte Group are the Sunday and Saturday headline acts. Performances by international touring acts Nick Moss and the Flip Tops (from Chicago) and rocking blues newcomer Shane Dwight set up the headliners. Ohio has quietly become one of the musically bluest states in the country, and some of Ohio’s best blues bands will perform on the Riverside Bluesfest stage this year. Anyone arriving after 1:30 pm either day will miss some of the best music played anywhere this summer. Held in a tree-lined corner of K.C. Geiger Park on the bank of the St. Marys River, the Riverside Bluesfest is a great time and place to relax as you close out the summer. Children, 12 and younger, are admitted free with a paying adult. All the bands perform on a single stage so you don’t miss a thing. Plant your lawn chair in front of the stage, or further on up the hill, and take in the music from five great bands each day. The sound quality is excellent, and a bigscreen video (with a live feed from our amazing volunteer camera crew) enhances your view of the performances from any angle. A tempting variety of savory foods are vended on-site, and adult beverages are sold at the venue by the organizers. Columbus’ blues heart and winners of the 2007 International Blues Summber, 2010

Challenge, The Sean Carney Band, anchors the center of the Sunday show. The Jimi Vincent Band returns to the Bluesfest this year from Savannah, Ohio. The dean of Columbus blues bands, Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers, kicks off the 2010 Riverside Bluesfest on Saturday. Cincinnati’s Sonny Moorman Group is the definition of a power trio; Sonny’s band follows Lima’s shockingly good The Hipsters on Sunday afternoon. Add a young group from Nick Phoenix called The Sugar Thieves, known as the best Moss blues band in Arizona, and the 2010 Riverside Bluesfest fields a solid lineup of ten outstanding acts. K.C. Geiger Park is a popular recreation area rich in history. The St. Marys River, on the west side of K.C. Geiger Park, was once part of an ancient nativeAmerican route connecting Lake A trading post at Erie with the Ohio River. A 14mile overland portage trail connected the north end of the portage trail, operated by James Girty, was estabSt. Marys to the headwaters of the lished in 1788 across the river from Great Miami River, which flows south into the Ohio River. This route today’s K.C. Geiger Park. Visit the festival web site at www.StMarys was used by the Shawnee, Miami, Wyandot, Delaware, Huron and other Blues.com for band bios, music samples, and ticket information. native tribes. www.WeekenderExtended.com

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Things to Do: Wine tasting LAKE ERIE SHORES & ISLANDS, OHIO – Just like the miles of vineyards in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region the always popular Toast of Ohio Wine Heritage Festival, held on Sandusky’s waterfront, is growing! To celebrate the area’s heritage as the largest wine-producing region in the nation prior to Prohibition, the traditionally oneday event is expanding to three days of wine tasting, gourmet food eating and art show shopping fun! The wine festivities begin Aug. 12 with a wine-tasting cruise aboard the Goodtime I. Passengers will enjoy a leisurely sight-seeing cruise on Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie and witness a spectacular sunset. Departing the Jackson Street Pier at 7 p.m., Specialty Wines will feature their Italian imports. Hors d’ouvres will be provided by Creative Cuisine. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center.

The festivities kick into high gear August 13 - 14 at the waterfront Sandusky Bay Pavilion where 12 Ohio wineries, gourmet food, live musical entertainment and an artist’s showcase are featured. Open 4 – 9 p.m. Friday and noon – 8 pm. Saturday, admission is $5 per person. Admission includes a souvenir Toast of Ohio wine glass and two complimentary wine tastings. Patrons who visit the festival Friday can bring their 2010 glass back to the event Saturday for free admission. Admission fees benefit the sponsoring museums, the Maritime Museum of Sandusky and Merry-Go-Round Museum. Tickets will be available to purchase for exchange of wine tastings and food purchases. Wine tasting tickets are four for $3.00 and glass pours will vary by vendor. Food offerings will range from $1 - $5. Ticket packages – including a combination of food tickets and wine tickets – also will be available for purchase – rang-

ing from $5.00 to $20.00. The $20 package includes admission, glass, ten food tickets and ten wine tastings. Wine related merchandise and souvenirs will be sold separately. A variety of musical entertainment and family fun activities will occur throughout the festival. The Maritime Museum of Sandusky and the Merry-GoRound Museum, co-sponsors of the festival, will host tours and activities. The Lake Erie Shores & Islands once featured huge vineyards that spread from east of Sandusky to the western region near the bay because of the lakeshore climate. The Toast of Ohio event was developed to celebrate the area’s winemaking heritage. Today, dozens of wineries still operate in the region. Make a weekend of it with lodging packages available at SHORESandISLANDS.com and tour the area’s wineries.

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To Hear: Aug. 2 - Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra in the Savannah Swings Monday Night Big Band Blast at the Savannah Theatre from 8-9:30 p.m. The full 20-piece orchestra will feature four of the country’s most amazing singers and entertainers plus the most amazing jazz musicians the area has to offer. The show includes original musical arrangements of classics that range in style from Sinatra to Louis Prima and Ray Charles to James Taylorall in that classic big band style but with a fresh, hip musical perspective. For more information, call 912.547.3196 or visit www.savannahtheatre.com Page 12

To Go, To Do, and See... Aug. 6 - The First Friday Oyster Roast & Fireworks at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. The Westin will host a riverside evening celebration with live music, libations and great food in a relaxed resort setting. Fresh succulent oysters from the cool New England waters, Lowcountry boil, tasty grill items, a full bar and s'mores by the fire pit satisfy the young and old as well as landlubbers and seafarers alike. Catch the complimentary water ferry from River Street or take advantage of easy parking at the resort, validated with purchase. Buckets of oysters, a bar and a band – a great way to jump start the weekend! The fireworks are the First Friday Fireworks on the River, a Savannah Waterfront Association event sponsored by Wet Willies. For more information, please call 912.201.2000 or visit www.westinsavannah.com

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To See: Wormsloe State Historic Site Experience three centuries, in two hours on one site. Located on Isle of Hope, Wormsloe was settled by Noble Jones, one of Georgia’s first colonists. Wormsloe was received into the Jones family by a royal grant in 1756 and has remained the only Savannah plantation in possession by its original owners until 1974, when it was given to Georgia Heritage Trust. This historic site has a visitor center with exhibits and audiovisual programming on Georgia’s colonial period and is the site of the ruins of tabby fortification and the Fort Wimberly earthworks. For more information, please call 912.353.3023 or visit www.wormsloe.org.. To Do: On Friday, September 3, starting at 6 p.m., enjoy the tastes of the Lowcountry while sampling craft brews that Summer, 2010

have been chosen to enhance the flavor at the Craft Brew and Food Pairing Dinner. This event will feature live entertainment, the best of Southern cuisine and craft brews from Highland Brewing Company. On Saturday, September 4 from Noon-6 p.m. overlooking the Savannah River, the Craft Brew Grand Tasting will feature more than 130 different craft brews, live entertainment, delicious food offers and souvenir items for sale. Both events will be held on the Esplanade at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. For more information, please call 912.644.6452 or visit www.SavannahCraftBrewFest.com To Stay: The Presidents' Quarters Inn Considered the ultimate destination to experience all things Savannah and voted “Best Savannah Inn” for 2010, 2009 and 2008, this quietly beautiful historic B&B invites you to Sunday in Savannah - 50% off Sundays with a three-day stay. Sixteen overly spacious rooms, plus inclusive amenities - WiFi, turndown, cordial, pillowtop praline, wine hour, chef's breakfast and onsite parking. Summer doesn't last forever so what are you waiting for? For more information, please call 800.233.1776, e-mail info@presidentsquarters.com or visit www.presidentsquarters.com

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ASA’s Kennedy Space Center and Visitor Complex unveils a new exhibit this Spring, Science On a Sphere, at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville. Science On a Sphere is a global display that takes visitors on a three-dimensional journey around the world and throughout the solar system via dynamic, animated images of the atmosphere, oceans and planets. The sphere provides guests with a representation of a view of the Earth and planets as if they were viewed from space. This engaging new exhibit at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame will allow students and the general public to examine the planets and moons of our solar system. Guests will be able to learn how space technology can aid in meteorological sciences such as hurricane prediction and global weather trends. The images are displayed onto the surface of a six-foot in diameter suspended sphere in a darkened room, and visitors can walk around the entire globe for a complete perspective of the phenomenon being viewed. “This new instrument will enhance our ability to tell the NASA story, and help illustrate earth and Page 14

Outer Space Imagine looking at Earth from space, witnessing a season of hurricanes moving across the Atlantic, watching commercial air traffic movements all across the planet, and examining changes in sea currents and temperatures across the globe.

space science to people of all ages, and improve our ability to deliver inspirational science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning,” said Bill Moore, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Chief Operating Officer. The system is pre-programmed with hundreds of data sets created by the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA, and also includes several films, such as Footprints and Largest, that have been produced by NASA. Science On a Sphere is included with admission to the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, and the operating schedule will vary throughout the day. The Astronaut Hall of Fame is included with admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The new Science On a Sphere exhibit at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame is a collaboration between NASA Education and Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, operators of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Science On a Sphere® is a room www.WeekenderExtended.com

sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Researchers at the NOAA developed Science On a Sphere as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain what are sometimes complex environmental processes in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by season. The Visitor Complex is open daily Admission includes the Shuttle Launch Experience, Kennedy Space Center Tour, 3D IMAX¤ space films, Astronaut Encounter, all exhibits, and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame¤, including the new Science On a Sphere ¤ . Admission is $38 + tax for adults and $28 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com. Summer, 2010


Places To Go:

Northcentral Kentucky

BARDSTOWN, KY - Visit the

"Bourbon Capital of the World." Celebrate the history and making of Kentucky's finest product, Kentucky Bourbon. Enjoy distillery tours, displays, musical entertainment, good southern food and contests. Plan now to attend the 19th Annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival, celebrating the passion, history and art of making great Kentucky Bourbon Sept. 14 - 19. “The people of Bardstown have been making Bourbon since 1776,” says Pam Gover, Festival Chairperson and Hospitality Director of Tom Moore Distillery. “And today, 69 percent of the world's Bourbon is made in and around the Nelson County area, including the adjacent counties of Bullitt and Marion; that's why Bardstown is indeed the Bourbon Capital of theWorld®.” Bardstown is known as Kentucky’s second oldest city. While the city has a great deal of history, it is the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and the Kentucky bourbon Fstival that beckon most visitors in late summer. The Kentucky Bourbon Festival offers the opportunity to sample fine Bourbon whiskey from all of Kentucky's great distilleries, lively entertainment, unique competitive events, Southern cooking and a big dose of Kentucky hospitality making this festival truly one of a kind. Family-oriented events are also available. Summer, 2010

Approximately 45,000 people, from 43 states and 13 countries attended the 2009 festival. The 36 event chairs and hundreds of volunteers arealready preparing for an even larger attendance in 2010. More than 35 major events and attractions will be featured including The World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay, Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting & Gala, the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History; and Culinary Art: Bourbon Style Cooking School. The Kentucky Bourbon Festival has been named one of the top events by Southeast Tourism Society, The American Bus Association, Business First and The Kentucky Tourism Council. Today it is one of the Commonwealth's leading community festivals, saluting and showcasing the Bourbon making process and the storied history of Kentucky's renowned industry. Many distilleries, plus genuine Kentucky arts and crafters, display their wares…on the lawn of Spalding Hall from Friday evening through Sunday. Events during the Festival are open to the public, most are free but some require reservations and tickets. For event and ticket information visit www.kybourbonfestival.com or call 800-6384877 or 502-348-3623. While in Bardstown, be sure to visit My Old Kentucky Home State Park, where Steven Foster was inspired to write the official state song. See the next page for article on this destination.

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My Old Kentucky Home BARDSTOWN, KY - is considered Home to Federal Hill, the inspiration for Stephen Foster’s famous ballad My Old Kentucky Home. This Georgian-style mansion is as endearing to visitors as it was in 1852, the year Foster wrote what has become the official state song while visiting his cousins, the Rowan family. Step into the days of the antebellum South as costumed guides escort you through the stately mansion and formal gardens. Tours are given daily from 9-5. During summer months, the outdoor drama "Stephen Foster, The Musical" is performed under the stars in the park’s open-air amphitheater. The story line follows the musical life of Stephen as he struggles to become a published, professional songwriter. It also entwines his love for Jeannie, for whom he wrote the song, “I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair.” Considered America’s first great composer, several of Foster’s classic songs are featured including “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” and “Beautiful Dreamer.” For tickets and schedule, visit www.stephenfoster.com Bardstown is a community rich in history, beauty and legends. Nelson County was created out of Virginia in 1785 and seven years later it became part of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Another notable landmark is the Old Talbott Tavern on Court Square. The tavern was built in 1797 and was the first stagecoach stop west of the Allegheny Mountains. St. Joseph's Proto-Cathedral, now a nationally-recognized minor basilica, was built between 1816 and 1819. Wickland, the former home of three Kentucky governors, is a prime example of Georgian-style homes. When visiting, take a moment to imagine what this city must have been like in the 19th century. Tour the backstreets in a horse - drawn carriage provided by “Around the Town Carriage” to experience the nostalgia of this beautiful historic city and listen to the tales spun by local historians. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit online at www.visitbardstown.com

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Stay at Parkview Dine at Kurtz

When visiting Bardstown, Ky., your small stay won’t be complete without a museum of When relaxing dining experience at Kurtz family hisstaying Restaurant, conveniently located right tory and overnight across the road from My Old Kentucky portraits as or for the Home State Park. well as a whole You will not find any form of “fast display of weekend, food” prepared here. Instead, it’s like a postcards their visit to Grandma’s house with the aro- and other Bardmas of wonderful old-fashioned home souvenirs. stown cooking greeting you at the door. Once Parkview Actually, that’s exactly what it is as seated in Motel Marilyn Kurtz Dick continues her par- the dining offers ents tradition of serving skillet fried area, you are once again reminded of you a chicken, Kentucky country ham, the warmth and atmosphere of visiting comforthomemade soups and casseroles. Since Grandma’s place as soft dinner music able visit 1937, four generations of the Kurtz plays in the background. You immediin a tradifamily has been known for their sig- ately become one of the family as the tional setnature dishes of award-winning biscuit waiters cater to your every need from ting similpudding, skillet fried cornbread and thestart to finish. Those with a hearty iar to a bed and breakfast. Take a dip homemade cobblers and pies. appetite should try the combo meal, as in the outdoor pool or enjoy the What was once the upstairs living shown at right. Meals are served with aevening family-style in Grampa quarters for original owners, Merrill choice of salad, two sides and their Kurtz’s Korner Lounge with a stone and Annette Kurtz, now accomodates yummy fried cornbread muffins. The fireplace, big screen TV and bar. For larger groups for parties, banquets, or main difference here is you don’t have more information, visit www.bardcorporate events. The lobby provides a to help do the dishes. stownparkview.com.

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

Major League Baseball Chicago boasts two Major League baseball teams, the Cubs and the White Sox. No summer trip to Chicago would be complete without a visit to Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs) or U.S. Cellular Field (home of the Chicago White Sox). Parents and kids alike will enjoy a history lesson while at Wrigley Field, the nation’s second oldest major league baseball park. U.S. Cellular field offers family fun with its Pontiac Fundamentals area where kids can access baseball clinics, batting cages, and practice pitching areas. Both ballparks are accessible by rapid transit, which is part of the overall experience. If you miss going to a game, both parks offer tours at reasonable rates.

Lincoln Park Zoo Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers and is free to the public 365 days a year. The zoo includes polar bears, penguins, Page 22

gorillas, reptiles, monkeys, and other species totalling nearly 1,250 animals. There are two designated sections of the zoo for children, the Pritzker Family Children's Zoo and the Farm-in-the-Zoo, presented by John Deere. In the Children’s Zoo kids can observe red wolves, black bears, river otters, and beavers in a woodsy outdoor setting, then head inside to play on the Treetop Canaopy Climbing Adventure. At the Farm-in-the-Zoo, the family can learn the origins of the food we eat, climb aboard a tractor, and visit with sheep, pigs, ponies, cows, and chickens.

Navy Pier Navy Pier is free to the public and is Chicago’s most visited tourist attraction. The Pier features attractions such as a permanent 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, a musical carousel, an old-fashioned swing ride, remote control boats, daily musical and theatri-

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cal performances, and an 18-hole miniature golf course. Navy Pier is also home to the Amazing Chicago Funhouse Maze, Chicago Children’s Museum, and IMAX Theater at Navy Pier. Wednesdays and Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Navy Pier hosts a fireworks display that fills the sky over Lake Michigan.

Hancock Observatory / Willis Tower Skydeck Chicago is home to two of the world’s most famous skyscrapers, the John Hancock Center and the Willis Tower. Guests can see Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois from the top of each structure. Built in 1973, the Willis Tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 1,450 feet tall. The Hancock Observatory features talking telescopes, so visitors can hear and see the sights. The Willis Tower Skydeck features knee-high displays and scavenger hunts for the kids. Both buildings have skydecks, which are open to visitors daily for a small entry fee.

Millennium Park Millennium Park is in the heart of downtown Chicago and features world-class architecture and entertainment year-round. Guests will marvel at the Cloud Gate sculpture where you can see your reflection framed against the city’s dramatic skyline. The park is free to the public and in warmer months, kids of all ages will love playing in the park’s Crown Fountain, which includes two 50-foot glass towers at each end that project video images of the faces Chicagoans. Each summer the park features hundreds of free events like the Great Performers of Illinois and Summer, 2010

Family Fun Festival.

Chicago Lakefront Chicago enjoys 26 miles of lakefront offering biking, swimming, fishing, boating, or walking along Lake Michigan while enjoying Chicago’s stunning skyline views. Make sure to check out the boats in Monroe Harbor; enjoy the evening light shows at Buckingham Fountain; play in the water at Oak Street Beach; and enjoy the scenery at Promontory Point in Hyde Park along the way. There are plenty of stopping off points to have a picnic, throw a football, or fly a kite.

International Chicago cuisine While Chicago has more five-star restaurants than any other city in the world and is famous for pizza, hotdogs, and popcorn, the city is also home to a diverse dining scene. The international community in Chicago is thriving and by trying one of its many restaurants you can give children a peek into other cultures and traditions. Families can discover the history and neighborhoods of Chicago by eating their way through the city. Children can taste food from countries around the world in any one of Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods.

Lodging Chicago hotels have many top-notch accommodations to fit the needs of the most discriminating traveler. Several hotels are rolling out the red carpet for children and families! See next page... www.WeekenderExtended.com

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Chicago...Cont. Hotels such as the Hotel Burnham, Hotel Allegro, Hotel Monaco, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, The Westin Michigan Avenue, and Residence Inn Chicago Downtown have developed hotel packages that are designed to please the entire family. Packages include some of the following amenities: complimentary CityPass admission booklet, free meals and room service for children, opportunities to create your own pizza or ice cream sundae, milk and cookies before bed, Nintendo, and a pet fish in your room.

Chicago Museums Chicago has a very impressive collection of worldclass museums to call its own, with many that are both interactive and educational. Adults and children alike will marvel at Chicago’s collections and exhibitions by visiting the Art Institute of Chicago Kraft Education Center, learning about history at

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the DuSable Museum of African-American History, boarding submarines at the Museum of Science and Industry, looking in on “Sue” the preserved Tyrannosaurus rex at the Field Museum, checking out the sharks up close at the Shedd Aquarium, and gazing at the stars at the Adler Planetarium. Along with such a stellar collection of institutions come two that cater specifically to children. Families can learn about African-American history at the Bronzville Children’s Museum and take advantage of three floors of hands-on exhibits at the Chicago Children’s Museum.

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Rivers of Pittsburgh

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ittsburgh is the city of rivers, so it is only fitting that it be a premier location for recreational boating, fishing and a variety of other water sports. Residents and visitors alike can delight in catching fish along Pittsburgh’s 38.3 miles of Downtown shoreline or in the region’s many lakes. Also, just a short drive outside of Pittsburgh in the Laurel Highlands, Class III and IV rapids await thrill-seeking rafters along the Youghiogheny River. At one time, the Ohio, Allegheny and Monon-gahela rivers were recognized only as tools of industry. More people are realizing the rivers’ recreational potential. In an effort to promote the city’s water resources, the Three Rivers Water Trail, a partnership with various conservancy and sporting organizations acts as an informational resource on how to navigate and enjoy the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. The Three Rivers Water Trail provides clear information for boaters, fishermen and adventure seekers about issues such as river safety, how to use the area’s locks and dams, and historical and natural points of interest along the rivers. The Western Pennsylvania FieldInstitute sponsors a number of weekly water adventure activities. On Monday evenings, visit Washington’s Landing for their Sea-kayak Eco-tour. Co-sponsored with the Three Rivers Rowing Association, these tours explore Pittsburgh’s rivers as well as offer participants the Summer, 2010

chance to experience the area’s history and nature with the help of local guides. Families interested in a full day of adventure can try the Multisport Adventure for Families program, which includes hiking, bike riding and canoeing along regional rivers and lakes. The institute also sponsors fishing trips, Pittsburgh canoeing excursions and overnight island camping trips. Located an hour north of Pittsburgh, Moraine State Park’s Lake Arthur is a great place for a Saturday afternoon fishing excursion. The lake’s 3,222 acres of warm water are home to a number of popular fish species, including northern pike, largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie and bluegill. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission also stocks the lake regularly with muskellunge, walleye, channel catfish and hybrid striped bass. Hailed as the birthplace of white water rafting and home to the Youghiogheny River, Ohiopyle is the area’s premier water recreation area. Located in the Laurel Highlands, Ohiopyle State Park encompasses approximately 19,052 acres of wilderness including fantastic river gorges and vast wildflower meadows. The park contains two sections of the Youghiogheny River that are popular white water rafting areas due to their Class I through IV rapids. Several private businesses including Laurel Highlands River Tours, White Water Adventures and Wilderness Voyagers Inc., offer craft rental as well as tours. In addition to being a prime white water rafting destination, Ohiopyle is close to Fallingwater, Fort Necessity Battlefield and Bear Run Nature Reserve. For more information and a visitor’s guide, visit online at www.visitpittsburgh.com or call 412-281-7711.

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