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Letter from the Editor Fall Back to a more organized schedule... Now that school is back in session and the evenings are turning cooler, thoughts are turning toward Fall sports and harvest activities. There are hayrides and wiener roasts along with a romp through the woods of turning leaves or a more challenging tour through a neighborhood corn maze. The calendars will soon fill with plans connected to the three largest holidays of the year, beginning with Halloween. I look forward to Halloween each year because it marks the beginning of my Christmas decorating. It takes a full six weeks because I add a new themed tree to the collection each year. It’s harder and harder to get them all up in the alloted time, but I refuse to take away from the popular Halloween fun. Speaking of “haunted” fun, this issue features several places to go and things to do to celebrate this

popular holiday. Celebrat Mile-High hauntings in Denver, see page 6. Or experience chilling, thrilling roller coaster rides with the spooks at Cedar Point, OH, see page 18. If seeking a milder festival style activity, Boyd Orchards has seven Fall events on its calendar. See page 16. A weekend getaway to simply relax and enjoy viewing the beautiful Fall leaves as they turn their bright colors of gold and red is featured on page 12. There is still plenty of time before the snow flies to get an extended weekend getaway in. Just study through the following pages for ideas on places to go, people to see and things to do. Just don’t let the goblins get’ya so you can enjoy the Winter Season_ coming soon!

Kathy Barnett - The Editor

CONTENTS Top Ten 6 Dining Spots in Philadelphia Places to Go: 10 The most beautiful place, MI 14 Glendale Crossing Festival, KY 16 Boyd Orchard Festivals, KY 18 HalloWeekends, Cedar Pt., OH 19 Waynesville Shops, OH 24 Civil War Freedom Gateway, MO 26 Gulf Shores, AL

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20 Food Network Chefs, OH 21 Extraordinary Women, IL 23 The Killers, Bob Segar, Fl Things to Do 8 Mile High Hauntings, CO 12 Leaf peeping, MI 15 Dine on a Train, KY 17 Cache a Ghost, OH 22 Give Thanks, FL 25 Fall Natl. Park Getaway, MO 29 Cross Champsionships VA

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Top 10 Luxury Dining Spots in Philadelphia Prix-fixe Gourmet Meals, Recession-Priced Luxury Hotels, Designer Shopping Finds & More Make Guilt-Free Extravagance Easy In The Philadelphia Region. For more information about travel to Philadelphia, visit visitphilly.com or uwishunu.com, where you can build itineraries; search event calendars; see photos and videos; view interactive maps; sign up for newsletters; listen to HearPhilly, an online radio station about what to see and do in the region; book hotel reservations and more. Or, call the Independence Visitor Those interested in indulging in a few days of luxury and pampering should consider Philadelphia, where living the high life is easier to obtain and more affordable than ever. A host of bargains, from prix-fixe dinners at elegant restaurants to overnight stays in five-star hotels to shopping deals at designer consignment boutiques, means visitors can save and still see the city and surrounding countryside in style. Below are just a few suggestions for a first-class visit to Philly:

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At Rittenhouse Square s Audrey Claire, guests experience an intimately set, open-air Mediterranean bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) restaurant without breaking the bank. Diners choose between the $35 or $45 prix-fixe menus and enjoy treats like bosc pear and gorgonzola flatbread and potato-crusted ahi tuna. 276 S. 20th Street, (215) 7311222, audreyclaire.com Iron Chef Jose Garces Peruvian and 2 Cantonese fusion spot Chifa dishes out a Page 6

budget-friendly Express Lunch menu from Monday through Saturday. Midday diners enjoy two courses of Latin-Asian cuisine for $14.00. Garces Trading Company, the chef s cafe and gourmet market, offers a tasting menu of rustic, eclectic cuisine for $40 and $55 per person. Chifa, 707 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-5555,chifarestaurant.com; Garces Trading Company, 1111 Locust Street, (215) 574-1099,garcestradingcompany.com Estia’s refined Greek fare is available for a 3 wallet-friendly cost during the $17 two-course Express Lunch (choice of appetizer and entrĂˆe, including spanakopita, moussaka, souvlaki) and the $30 three-course pre-theater dinner menu with choices like grilled calamari; spanakopita with arni keftedes; grilled shrimp with onions and tomatoes; roasted organic chicken; and walnut honey cake. 1405-07 Locust Street, (215) 735-7700, estiarestaurant.com There are many options for fine dining on a 4 budget at Old City s Famicia. First, there s happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays during brunch, featuring half-off drinks and a special bar menu. For more savings, guests can bring their own bottle to pair with the restaurant s farm-fresh cuisine (for parties with 11 guests or fewer). 15 S. 3rd Street, (215) 627-6274,farmiciarestaurant.com Building on the success of its Wednesday 5 Night Chef s Bistro Dinner, Fork:etc. now offers Chef Feury s four-course tasting any night of the week. Invite 12 to 20 friends for $45 per person and feast on a menu featuring local meats or fish. Reservations by phone only. 308 Market Street,

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(215) 625-9425,forkrestaurant.com/forketc.htm It only feels like a splurge at the elegant 6 Lacroix restaurant, located inside The Rittenhouse Hotel, when diners indulge in the three-plate lunch menu Monday through Saturday (three courses for $24 includes a non-alcoholic beverage and a dessert trio) and the three-plate dinner menu Sunday through Friday ($35 for three courses with options that change weekly, plus 220 vintage wines for under $60). Sundays and Mondays are Happy Days guests get 50% off on any bottle on the wine list. 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, (215) 7902533, lacroixrestaurant.com The high-end lunches at Philadelphia s pre7 miere French fine-dining restaurant Le Bec-Fin are now more reasonably priced than ever. There s a five-course degustation lunch menu available for $55 or a three-course lunch with choices from the a la carte menu for $35 per person. If seated by 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (or all night at the bar), guests can partake in a four-course prix-fixe menu for $40. Plus, diners can bring their own bottle on Monday nights. Of course, there s always the high-value happy hour at Le Bar Lyonnais, offering small plates starting at $5, a full a la carte menu and $6 selected drinks. 1523 Walnut Street, (215) 567-1000, lebecfin.com Atop the posh Hyatt at The Bellevue 8

Philadelphia, Nineteen (XIX) features a three-course special for $20 that Philadelphia Inquirer critic Craig LaBan has called the best lunch deal in the city. It includes a daily selection of salads, baked breads and antipasti; entrees such as sage pappardelle in a roasted squash sauce or steak a brown ale sauce; a sumptuous dessert buffet; and a non-alcoholic beverage. Broad & Walnut Streets, 19th floor, (215) 7901919, hyatt.com/gallery/nineteen Barbecue enthusiasts can try literally every9 thing on the dinner menu at South Street s Percy Street Barbecue in one meal. The Lockhart special is a veritable feast a frontier-sized spread of appetizers, meats, sides and a choice of dessert for $26 per person, with a four-person minimum. 9th & South Streets, (215) 625-8510, percystreet.com Happy hour gets a little cheesy at Tria s 10 Washington Square West location. From 5:007:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, the craft wine, cheese and beer cafe offers a 5 for 5 special, including five great tastes white wine, red wine, a cheese plate and two beers for $5 each. Both Tria locations host Sunday School, an expert-taught lesson showcasing a wine, beer or cheese that students then enjoy at discounted prices. 1137 Spruce Street, (215) 629-9200; 123 S. 18th Street, (215) 972TRIA,triacafe.com

Philadelphia sits on the banks of the Delaware River and its Main Street is lined wiht outdoor porch bars and restaurants, some with great river views.

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Colorado

Denver, Co - Get ready for a spectacularly spooky October in Denver. Explore an eight-acre corn maze. Hear tales of Victorian horror. Take the kids trick or treating at the Denver Zoo or the Children's Museum of Denver. Amble through Downtown Denver with thousands of the undead in a parade of zombies. MSNBC.com recently noted that Denver is the No. 2 city for Halloween activities in a nation-wide study from Shindigz.com. Boo At The Zoo Oct. 29-30 - More than 25 trick-ortreat stations, creepy crawly animal demonstrations and exciting family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of the beautiful fall foliage of the Denver Zoo. Activities free with zoo admission. NEW THIS YEAR: Join Denver Zoo's nocturnal creatures during a special night time additional of Boo At The Zoo, Friday, Oct. 28, 6-9 p.m. Elitch Gardens: Fright Fest Weekends, Sept. 25-Oct. 31 - Once the sun goes down, Elitch Gardens Theme & Amusement Park is transformed into a scream park as haunted houses come alive and ghost, ghouls and zombies take over. Free with regular admission, this popular event is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit! DĂ­a de los Muertos at Denver Botanic Gardens Oct. 29 - Denver Botanic Gardens celebrates DĂ­a de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a festival of "welcome" for the souls of the dead. This celebration will feature live entertainment, artists and dancers. Attendees will enjoy a "Sugar Skull" making area, an area where they can create "Papel Picado", and more. Complimentary face painting stations and a complimentary photo booth will also be on hand. Denver Zombie Crawl Oct. 22 - Be a part of undead history this year, when Denver holds the largest Zombie gathering in history at Skyline Park. Put on your best zombie makeup and outfit and join this "afternoon of the Page 08

living dead." This is an ALL AGES and FREE event which attracted more than 7,000 "zombies" in 2010. The organizers do however ask that participants bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank of the Rockies. Stanley Hotel Year-Round - See why the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park inspired Stephen King to write The Shining! King stayed at this historic hotel in the mid-1970s, and ended up writing one of the great horror masterpieces of all time. On the Stanley's Ghost & History Tour, experience it for yourself. See room #217, where the creation of The Shining began, hear stories of ghost sightings in the hotel's most haunted rooms, and take a tour through the underground tunnel! Symphony Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 30 - Thrill to a program of spooky classics and chilling favorites at the Colorado Symphony's annual Halloween concert at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Join the orchestra members in costume for a chance to win some ghoulicious door prizes. The Molly Brown House Museum Oct. 14-15 & Oct. 21-22 - Be spooked for the first time, or return and be spooked again by a fresh selection of wicked writings of long-dead authors. Classic stories are brought to life in the dim, flickering candlelight as Edgar Allan Poe, HG Wells and others haunt you with their tales of the macabre. Bring someone to hold on to! Pumpkin Festival Oct. 9-10 - Search for the perfect pumpkin in the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield's 10-acre pumpkin patch. Children's activities and vendors selling handcrafted gifts. Get lost at Chatfield's eight-acre Corn Maze, one of the most attended corn mazes in the country. This year's theme is Native Roots | Modern Form. Open weekends.

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Michigan

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Kentucky

Places to go: GLENDALE - For the past 32 years, the town of Glendale has sponsored their annual Crossing Festival on the third Saturday in October. With approximately 500 booths featuring food, crafts, antiques and more, the Glendale Crossing Festival is a shoppers paradise. Be certain to mark this on your "don't miss" list for Oct. 15, 2011. There's also a parade featuring a huge assortment of floats, cars, old tractors and everything else that makes a parade special! The Glendale Crossing Festival began in 1976 as the Glendale Community Festival, and was part of the United States celebration of its' 200th birthday. Byron Crawford was the Grand Marshall of our very first parade. Since then, the festival has grown and changed a bit, but still maintains its' country charm that everyone has come to love. Crossing Festival Hours are: Saturday, October 15th 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. Festival Parade on Main Street: 10:00 a.m. Each year hundreds of vendors participate in Glendale's annual Crossing Festival. Some of those vendors have chosen to become Friends of the

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Crossing Festival and have their product information listed on our website. So if you are trying to reconnect with a vendor or if you are just looking for unique products, please browse their listings and see what's new! As always, the Glendale Merchants Association would like to thank everyone for their support out the Glendale Crossing Festival! For more information, contact Sheree Vance at (270) 369-6188.

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Things Dine Out on a To Do: Train Ride

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sweater set) is acceptable. For men, collared shirts (dress shirts or polos) or sweaters paired with dress slacks or khakis is acceptable. My Old Kentucky Dinner Train adheres to these standards, so

please come appropriately dressed for these fine dining excursions. A gift shop offers souvenirs and gifts, such as Maker’s Mark Bourbon Chocolates or cigars for the men. The Bardstown railroad branch was originally constructed by The Bardstown and Louisville Railroad in 1860. Subsequently, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad purchased the line at a foreclosure sale in 1864. R. J. Corman Railroad Company purchased the twenty-mile branch from CSX Transportation in 1987 and developed the Dinner Train which had its inaugural run in 1988. In addition to the Dinner Train, the railroad provides www.WeekenderExtended.com

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BARDSTOWN - Take A Unique Trip Back In Time through the efforts of My Old Kentucky Dinner Train which features three beautifully restored 1940's vintage dining cars, pulled by two 1950's F-unit locomotives. The "F" units were developed for use in both freight and passenger service. During your two-hour summer excursion through the beautiful Kentucky countryside, you may view tobacco being grown along the route. The evidence of former and present bourbon production is significant as several storage warehouses and two distilleries are located on the line. You will be served a delicious meal prepared while in route, by the executive chef in the train’s kitchen car. The traditional tables of four are perfect for conversation yet cozy enough for privacy. All entrees are served with freshly baked rools, your choice of salad and a choice dessert. Coff, tea and soft drinks are also served with meals. My Old Kentucky Dinner Train operates year-round on varied schedules. Visit our calendar for a complete list of dates. For attire, My Old Kentucky Dinner Train requires business casual dress. For women, reasonable length skirts or full length trousers combined with an appropriate top (dress shirt, polo or

freight service to local industries. The four cars of the dinner train are all steel skirted cars built by the Budd Company in the late 1940's after World War II. They have been refurbished extensively by R. J. Corman Railroad Company, far exceeding the original interior design. The RJC-011 car was used in the funeral train for President Dwight Eisenhower's journey to Abilene, Kansas for burial. The RJC-007 was built for the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1941 as a fifty-four seat day coach. The RJC-021, built in 1948, was used on the El Capitan train by the Santa Fe Railroad and has been outfitted with the most up-to-date equipment to serve as our kitchen car. The RJC-777 was refurbished and added to the dinner train in May of 1992. During summer months excursions are set on weekends only. For a trip schedule, complete dining menu and prices, visit online at www.rjcorman.com Page 15


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leries where they can browse and purchase a variety of art mediums. Those looking for primitive or early American decor will find a great variety of merchandise in several specialty shops and furniture stores which may also feature custom built furniture. O t h e r shops offer an eclectic mix of trendy fashi o n accessories, gourmet food and handc r a f t e d i t e m s . There's something for everyone in Waynesville. The restaurants offer a variety of dining experiences from pizza and sandwiches to a more upscale experience. Pick your pleasure and enjoy! Waynesville is a perfect getaway where you can stay in a charming bed & breakfast or small motel. It is a great meeting place for families to spend a few days www.weekenderextended.com

together or for a girlfriend weekend in a town filled with over 60 shops. A warm welcome awaits you! Waynesville is located in S o u t h West

Ohio o f f Route 7 3 between I-71 and I-75 - just over an hour from Columbus, less than an

hour from Cincinnati and a mere 30 minutes Southeast of Dayton. It’s a great daytrip or overnight adventure! Waynesville is open year round and hosts many events throughout the year. Visit www.waynesvilleshops.com to plan your visit! Page 19

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Waynesville, Ohio awaits you! You will be warmly welcomed in this quaint village filled with beautiful holiday decorations and more than 60 'mom & pop' shops and village eateries. Christmas in the Village is December 2 – 4, Experience the nostalgic charm of horse drawn carriage rides, costumed characters and carolers. Waynesville's streets will be lined with over 1,300 luminaries. The shops have decked their halls for the season and will be hosting open houses with free refreshments. Hours are extended to 9pm on Friday and Saturday and 6pm on Sunday. A heated entertainment tent offers a place to stop and warm up while enjoying local holiday entertainers. Come stroll this enchanting village, shop, be entertained, and enjoy the magic of Christmas in Waynesville. Waynesville is one of Ohio's oldest settlements which was founded in 1797 and remains filled with historic buildings and a wonderful small town environment. If you're just here for the shopping, you'll find a great variety of quality shops filled with treasures! Waynesville is known as 'The Antiques Capital of the Midwest' so antique enthusiasts can find over a dozen independently owned antique shops and small antique malls filled with quality antiques. Art lovers will find four art gal-


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People to See: Extraordinary Women Extraordinary Women exists to help draw women closer to the heart of God… everyday. Extraordinary Women is not just a Christian women's event… it’s a lifestyle. We are excited that women attend our conferences, but we want more than just a few days with you. We want to be a part of your life! “It is our desire, our prayer, that through the Extraordinary Women Association we can keep in touch throughout the year and minister to your spiritual needs and help you draw closer to God and those you hold dearest,” says Julie Clinton, President, Extraordinary Women Association. Our Vision Extraordinary Women’s vision is to draw women closer to the heart of God and His extraordinary plan for their daily lives.

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Our Mission Extraordinary Women’s mission is to host Christian women's events and provide resources that equip women to handle life’s difficulties while enriching their hearts, encouraging their souls and expanding their ministries. Our Core Values •The transforming power of the grace of God to restore lives •Walking in freedom and extraordinary faith •Bringing the message of hope and healing through our speakers and music •Modeling the love of Christ to His people •Honoring our extraordinary God in all we do Our Audience Extraordinary Women shares with all women, regardless of their religious affiliation, the love, acceptance and completeness God has for us.

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Florida

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ST. AUGUSTINE - Strong evidence exists that America’s first formal prayers of gratitude for good fortune, followed by a feast of thanks, took place at St. Augustine in 1565, 56 years earlier than the traditionally accepted first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock and more than 1,000 miles south of it. The Spanish founded America’s first permanent settlement in 1565, and Spanish explorers celebrated the first Thanksgiving of Europeans in America on Sept. 8 of that year. Archaeologists and historians have been able to locate the approximate site, which visitors can view today at the Mission Nombre de Dios and Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche in St. Augustine. A 208-foot tall stainless steel cross celebrates the founding of the city and marks the approximate location of the inaugural feast of thanks. Turkey wasn’t on the menu. Instead, the first Thanksgiving's main dish was a garlic stew called 'cocina,' made from pork, garbanzo beans and olive oil the Spanish brought from their ships. They dipped hardtack in the stew and washed it all down with red wine. The Timucuans likely contributed a variety of wild game and fish – perhaps deer, mullet, catfish, tortoise, oysters and clams. According to historians, side dishes might have included pumpkins, squash, beans and a

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Give Thanks

What brought about Florida’s earlier celebration? On Sept. 8, 1565, Spanish admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed at the St. Augustine site with about 1,000 soldiers, sailors, farmers, clergy and artisans. He led an expedition to claim the territory for his king, Spain’s Philip II. On a makeshift altar, Father Francisco Lopez The Mission of Nombre de Dios in St. Augustine marks the first Spanish Catholic celebrated a mass of Thanksgiving for Mass and mission on American soil. the party’s safe variety of fruits and nuts. The journey. A replica of the altar sits Indians did not touch wine or next to the shore in the general rum. They probably drank only area where archaeologists believe water; although, they did imbibe the Mass was held. a strong non-intoxicating herbal Today, more than 200,000 visit beverage made from a coastal annually. The city’s founding on weed. Sept. 8 is celebrated with Instead of Pilgrims in tall black pageantry, cannon fire, a mayor’s hats and broad white collars, proclamation, speeches by historobed Spanish priests and armor- rians and Mass. clad explorers held a Catholic If You Go: Mass, then shared a meal of 27 Ocean Ave., St. Augustine thanks with Native Americans – 1-904-824-2809 1-800-342-6529 the tattooed, seashell-adorned Hours Open: Timucuans of Florida. The 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; Spanish doffed their armor and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. - Sun. the Timucuans dropped their Admission: stone-tipped spears for the occaFree sion, and each group shared food www.missionandshrine.org and fellowship. www.WeekenderExtended.com

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The Killers........

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Florida

& So Many More Artists!

Orlando – This Fall’s newest music Festival Orlando Calling announced the schedule of artist sets which features full headline sets from The Killers in their only North American show this year (Saturday). Also the only Florida show all year by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band(Sunday) with Kid Rock, their first time ever sharing a major live engagement. Orlando Calling will be a weekend long action-packed festival set in America’s entertainment playground of Orlando, Florida at the world famous Citrus Bowl Park. Featuring four stages of American Artists, Orlando Calling will present platinum-selling marquee acts, icons from the genres of Blues, Country, Rock, Alternative, Nu Folk and R&B. The Festival will also showcase exciting young talent emerging from the Central Florida area and across the nation. Tickets and ticket packages are on sale now at http://www.orlandocalling.com/ . The festival will feature full sets from its headline artists. The Killers, will perform a rare US show, their first public appearance in over two years, as \Fall, 2011

Saturday night’s headline act. Sunday night’s headliner, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, will perform on an outdoor festival bill for the first time in decades, and for a rare and unique festival appearance, Kid Rock will join the bill. Other artists will include seminal indie rock acts The Raconteurs and Pixies, and the popular folk rock ensemble, The Avett Brothers. Main stage Headliners will be the only action on the main stage during their headline set– but during the weekend, festival fans will be able to experience all the action from multiple stages and performance areas in a way that is accessible, inclusive, and designed as a shared celebration of American music heritage and culture. Additionally, a ‘coffee house’ venue will spotlight traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz and other legacy artists, and will promote the work of local and regional artisans, visual artists, and craft vendors. Fans will be able to enjoy a downtown music festival in a major regional hub, utilizing local hotel accommodations and free and frequent shuttle bus service directly from downtown to the www.WeekenderExtended.com

festival site at the Florida Citrus Bowl Park. Additional late night shows and other activities are planned throughout the weekend in Downtown Orlando.

SET SCHEDULES: SATURDAY: 9:45 P.M. The Killers (Full Set) 7:50 P.M. The Raconteurs 6:10 P.M. Pixies 4:35 P.M. The Avett Brothers 3:10 P.M. The Roots 1:50 P.M. Gogol Bordello SUNDAY: 9:00 P.M. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (Full Set) 7:00 P.M. Kid Rock (Full Set) 5:25 P.M. Blake Shelton 3:55 P.M. Doobie Bros 2:35 P.M. Warren Haynes TICKETING PACKAGES Tickets on-sale now at http://www.orlandocalling.com/ also Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Single Day Tickets: $80 – Stage One Field Access and Reserved Seating options / $165 – VIP 2-Day Weekend Tickets: $145 – Stage One Field Access and Reserved Seating options / $285VIP www.festivalrepublic.com Page 23


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Places to Go: Civil War in St. Louis As America remembers the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, this French-founded city on the Mississippi River might not be the first destination that comes to mind. But St. Louis and Missouri played a pivotal role as a slave-holding state that stayed in the Union and a place where neighbors and families found themselves on opposite sides of the war. Start your journey through time online at www.FreedomsGate way.com, a network of St. Louis institutions where you'll find everything you want to know about the region's rich Civil War. At the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park, explore "The Civil War in Missouri," a long-running special exhibit on the war's "Western Front." See the museum's permanent display on St. Louis' role during the war and another exhibit on Dred Scott's role in St. Louis' history. Learn more about Scott - an enslaved man who sued for freedom for himself and his wife, Harriet - at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. St. Louis' historic homes also tell stories of the war. Stop at the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion, home to southern sympathizers who added wrought iron bars to their home for protection against Union soldiers stationed at the nearby Federal arsenal. At the Eugene Field House, exhibits honor Roswell Field, the lawyer for Dred Scott, and "A Room Divided," depicts life inside and outside of slavery. At the Missouri Botanical Page 24

Garden, walk through the beautiful grounds to Tower Grove House, the Victorian home of garden founder Henry Shaw where displays interpret the lives of enslaved people who lived and worked at what is now one of the top public gardens in the world. Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia were frequent guests at the home of fur trader Robert Campbell. Tour his 1851 Campbell House Museum with its original furnishings in downtown St. Louis. President Grant's hand-built log cabin home is on view at Grant's Farm from April through October. A fence made of Civil War gun barrels surrounds a portion of the estate near the cabin and annual Civil War reenactments take place on the grounds. General Grant's second St. Louis home, White Haven, is open nearby as a National Park Service site. Head to Laclede's Landing, where French fur traders founded St. Louis in 1764, to see the 19th century river warehouses and cobblestone streets of old St. Louis. This is where a young first lieutenant named Robert E. Lee designed a system of piers to keep the Mississippi River from changing course, saving the port of St. Louis. Just a few miles south, engineer James Buchanan Eads produced ironclad gunboats www.WeekenderExtended.com

for the Union. His work was credited with important Union victories along the Mississippi. Along the banks of the Mississippi, a marker notes the first nationally designated Underground Railway site in Missouri - the Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing - named for the African-American abolitionist who used it as an escape route to the free state of Illinois. Pay your respects to famous Civil War figures at St. Louis' two historic cemeteries. Former slave Dred Scott and Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman are interred at Calvary Cemetery. St. Louis' Bellefontaine Cemetery contains the gravesites of Conf. colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark; Edward Bates, U.S. Attorney Gen. under Abraham Lincoln; Major General Don Carlos Buell who led Federal troops in the battle of Shiloh; CSA General Sterling Price; James B. Eads; Roswell Field, and many others. More than 12,000 Union and 1,000 Confederate soldiers are laid to rest at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery overlooking the Mississippi. Several monuments honor both sides of the conflict including an obelisk in memory of 175 non-commissioned officers and enlisted personnel of the US Colored Infantry who died of cholera in 1866. In early 2012, the Missouri Civil War Museum will open at Jefferson Barracks with exhibits, a library and an educational center. It is the nation's 4th largest Civil War museum and is among the largest Civil War research libraries in the U.S. Fall, 2011


Things to Do: Experience a Fall National Park Getaway in Missouri

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Ozark Timber. I am a tie hacker” sticker. Enjoying the Ozark outdoors is a local tradition that first-time visitors can embrace. Camping under sycamore trees, floating along the winding Jacks Fork and Current rivers, and hiking the Ozark Trail are activities enjoyed by newcomers and old-timers alike. If you time it right, you can visit the Alley grist mill or take part in one of the park's many special events, such as the longheld “Haunting in the Hills” annual festival. Connect to nature and enjoy the fellowship of friends and family by the glow of a crackling campfire, along a trail, or while dipping your toes in a cold, crystal clear river. (Shown at right) This year's Haunting in the Hills weekend, Oct. 8-9, 2011, features regional musicians, storytelling, and skilled artisans who will demonstrate a variety of pioneer crafts, including making household supplies like soap, candles, rope, brooms, and apple butter. Basket weavers, lace makers, spinners, wood carvers, and metal-smiths will all be on hand to share their trades. Stop in at Alley Spring to www.WeekenderExtended.com

see the bygone life of the Ozark people become a modern day reality. While you're at the festival, learn even more about Ozark history by stopping at the Fur Trapping Rendezvous and Civil War Encampment. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways will not disappoint leaf-peepers. Nowhere else rivals the fall colors of the area. Observe the canopy colors at Big Spring, Rocky Falls, Alley Spring, Round Spring, Blue Spring, and Devils Well. Come to recreate, reconnect, revitalize, and experience your heritage.

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By Faye Walmsley, Chief of Interpretation, Ozark National Scenic Riverways rilliant fall colors are on their way, adding to the allure of Ozark National Scenic Riverways and enriching views of the bluffs, hollers, springs, and rivers of the Ozark plateau. Here you can find year-round adventure: some come to canoe, fish, hike, or camp; others to explore historic structures and reflect on the Scotch-Irish settlers who left Appalachia to start anew in southeastern Missouri. Begin your journey at the visitor orientation center, open daily in Van Buren. You'll find park and area information, a bookstore, and an exhibit on the late-1800s Ozark lumbering era — when several mills in the region provided the timber needed to feed an expanding United States in its westward movement. The exhibit, focusing on the height of timbering, chronicles the hard work of bringing in logs and tie-hacking to create railroad ties. Kids can learn if they have what it takes to be a tie hacker by completing an activity sheet to earn an “I work the


Places to Go: Gulf Shores, Alabama

40th National Shrimp Festival Oct. 13-16, at Gulf Shores' Main Public Beach. The event attracts more than 300,000 people for the great, fresh gulf seafood, live music from major national recording artists and local favorites, more than 300 fine artand-crafts vendors and a popular Children's Activity Village. Daily hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and admission is free. Visit www.nationalshrimpfestival.com or call 251.968.4237.

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Powerboat races, seafood festivals and golf packages starting at less than $100 per night provide a gravitational pull to Gulf Shores this fall, where playing conditions are now ideal. "The weather is consistently beautiful now through November along the Gulf coast," said Duncan Millar, executive director of Golf Gulf Shores. "Attractive rates on our nine courses and a wealth of area events like our Annual Shrimp Festival make for a fun weekend getaway option." Travelers seeking activities in Gulf Shores will find many diversions: Thunder on the Gulf 2011 Oct. 6-9. Located off Orange Beach at Gulf State Park Pavilion Page 26

diversion For just $99, folks who participate in the Oct. 21 Gulfcoast Golf Expo Tee Off Tournament at Gulf Shores Golf Club receive a spot in the tournament, cart, lunch, surprise grab bag, unlimited range balls and a two-day VIP expo admission ticket to the Expo, which is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf. The Expo includes Simulators; manufacturer demo stations; long drive, putting and chipping contests; seminars; and giveaways from top manufacturers. Tickets: $8 (door), free (under 14). Free parking is. Visit www.rv expo.net/ site/orange-beach-golfshow/ for more information or to The Gulfcoast Golf Expo Oct. 21-23. At the Wharf. sign up for the Gulfcoast Golf Provides the perfect off-course Expo Tee Off Tournament. is rated as one of the Southeast's Top 20 Events, according to the Southeast Tourism Society. Open to the public daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., this family friendly event allows race fans to observe the monster race boats and their teams, purchase official race merchandise, check out the vendors, enjoy a boat parade and live entertainment, and lets kids play at the Kids Pavilion. Shuttles will run from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to all racing venues. Admission is free, VIP Passes are $100 each, plus tax. Call 866.954.7223 or visit www.thunderonthegulf.com.

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The "Win Your Golf Trip for Free" sweepstakes is also a hot topic of conversation among savvy golf travelers and buddy-trip groups. Each group booking a golf getaway at www.golf.gulfshores.com will be automatically entered into a drawing to have the value of their golf package rebated, up to $4,000. Stays must conclude no later than Nov. 7 to be eligible; see www.golf.gulfshores.com/plan/quotes/ for the "Win Your Golf Trip for Free" promotion entry/details. Here's a sampling of "starting-at" package prices for family, buddy trip and couples getaways including all taxes and fees - from a few of Golf Gulf Shores' accommodation partners.

About Golf Gulf Shores Golf Gulf Shores is the moniker for the Gulf Shores Golf Association, the partnership that promotes the destination and its custom golf packages built by its partners, for golf groups, families, and corporate outings. The destination offers nine golf courses, countless lodging options and a wealth of outdoor activity on its 32-mile waterfront destination. Course highlights: Fall, 2011

Cypress Bend at Craft Farms - The sister Honours Golf property to Cotton Creek, the Arnold Palmer Signature Design meanders through cord-grass accented lakes which come into play on nearly every hole. Glenlakes Golf Club - Scottish-style links course designed by Von Hagge and known for its extensive bunkering and postage-stamp greens. Kiva Dunes - A "Top 100 Course in America" by Golf Digest, the Jerry Pate design is the only beachfront resort course in Gulf Shores. Lost Key - The stunning course, redesigned by the Arnold Palmer Design Group in 2006, rewards accuracy off the tee and with approaches as it winds through woods and wetlands. It also boasts a new state-of-the-art clubhouse. Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club - Owned and operated by Honours Golf, the 27-hole facility offers chilled apples on the tee. The 830-acre park includes 30 lakes and fairways surrounded by Bon Secour Wildlife Preserve. Rock Creek Golf Club - Also owned by Honours Golf and boasting rolling terrain and fairways lined by pines, the Earl Stone design overlooks freshwater wetlands and the Rock Creek basin. TimberCreek Golf Club - This 27-hole design was crafted by Earl Stone and feels like an inland Carolina course with fairways lined by loblolly pines, dogwoods and magnolias. Gulf Shores Golf Club - Formerly known as The Golf Club of the Wharf, this was the Gulf Shores' first course. Opened it 1960, it was redesigned by Jay and Carter Morrish in 2005. For more information: www.golfgulfshores.com, 888-815-1902.

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Family Golf and Gulf Trip: 2 Bedroom Gulf Front Condominium Starting at $89.54 per person per night for golf and room based on 4 people staying in a two-bedroom condominium with Gulf Coast views, with one king bed, two twin beds and a sleeper sofa. Valid through Nov. 6. • Buddy Trip: 2 Bedroom Golf Course Condominium Starting at $73.31 per person per night for golf and room based on 4 people staying in a two-bedroom condominium with golf course views and four queen beds. Valid Nov. 7-Feb. 26, 2012. • Couples Golf Getaway: Double Queen Hotel Room Starting at $81 per person per night for golf and room based on 2 people staying in one room with two queen beds and a deluxe continental breakfast. Valid Nov. 7-Feb. 26, 2012. All packages are based on a group of four golfers staying four nights and playing three rounds of golf at three different pre-determined courses. Visit http://www.golf.gulfshores.com/stay/allrates.aspx for more information.

Cotton Creek at Craft Farms - Arnold Palmer Signature Design with generous fairways lined by Southern Hardwoods, undulating greens and a championship test from 7,028 yards, and owned and operated by Honours Golf.


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