AccuWeather Fall Foliage Forecast: Exceptional Year for Northeast

September 17, 2014
The Berkshires, Massachusetts. Accuweather is predicting an exceptional fall foliage this season © 2014 Karen Rubin/

The Berkshires, Massachusetts. Accuweather is predicting an exceptional fall foliage this season © 2014 Karen Rubin/

Start planning your fall getaway! AccuWeather experts say the summer season has set the stage for potentially exceptional fall colors in the Northeast, though the weather through mid-October will ultimately determine how stellar of a display will emerge, reports Jillian MacMath, Staff Writer for

The Northeastern states have had a good to excellent growing season without any major disturbances, according to Dr. Michael Day, University of Maine research professor of Physiological Ecology.

“In addition, adequate precipitation and lack of wind disturbances has resulted in trees with an exceptional amount of foliage still attached,” he said.

Slight drought stress in the late summer helped to signal a seasonal change but did not force an early leaf drop.

The upcoming weather will play a critical role.

A cold snap in the next four to six weeks would bring out the vibrant fall colors, resulting in what Day considers an ‘exceptional’ year for fall foliage in the Northeast.

Cool, dry weather into September and October is typically ideal for producing the bright colors favored by tourists and locals alike.

The next month is forecast to deliver just what the doctor ordered with dry periods and some chilly weather in the northern areas of New York state and northern New England for the second half of September, according to Expert Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok.

Meanwhile, those in the Midwest and Southeast may be shortchanged. An abundance of wet and warm weather may hinder the display for the Midwest, southern Appalachians and Southeast.

According to the 2014 Fall Forecast, wet weather will be focused from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf coast in October.

Though the early emergence of color can already be seen in many locations throughout the East, the peak of colors will hold off for a while, according to Dr. Marc Abrams, professor of Forest Ecology and Physiology at Penn State University.

Those planning trips to see the foliage in late September should head north, but trips to the Southeast should be put off until late October, Abrams said.

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Eurail Pass Travelers Save Up to 40% on European Ferry Crossings on Grimaldi Lines

September 5, 2014

Eurail Pass travelers get even deeper discounts on ferry crossings between Spain, Greece, Sicily and Sardinia with an augmented partnership between Eurail and Grimaldi Lines.

Eurail’s benefit partner Grimaldi Lines offers a 20% discount on ferry crossings and a 10% discount on accommodation supplements such as Pullman seats, berths and cabins to Eurail Pass travelers who purchase a Eurail Pass on or after this date. These discounts apply to standard as well as special fares such as advanced booking offers. The discounts are also applicable in the off-season, providing even more value for money by saving 40% when booking ship passages between September 15 and December 21, 2104. Eurail Pass travelers can make reservations and redeem these special discounts via Grimaldiˈs Contact Centers and at its points of sales in Italy and Spain. For more information, please visit

In addition, Eurail travelers can find detailed information about the Grimaldi Lines discounts on the Rail Planner App. This free and off-line app is available from the App Store or Google Play, providing travelers with valuable information such as a complete list of Eurail Pass benefits by country, a European railway timetable and more. For further details, visit:

Grimaldi Lines, owned by the Grimaldi Group, is one of Europe’s leading shipping companies, offering ferry services to the most popular tourism destinations in the Mediterranean region. Grimaldi Lines connections are synonymous with convenience, comfort and safety, while its Cruise Roma and Cruise Barcelona routes, servicing Sardinia and Spain, offer facilities and services similar to those of cruise ships.

Eurail offers four types of Eurail Passes as part of its product portfolio to those residing outside of Europe: the Eurail Global Pass valid in 24 member countries, Eurail Select Pass, Eurail Regional Pass and Eurail One Country Pass. Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized Sales Agents.  Please visit:


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St. Maarten Resorts Entice Fall Getaway Travelers with Discounted Rates, Incentives

September 5, 2014
 St Maarten resorts and hotels are providing discounts up to 40% off standard rates, along with other travel incentives and activities for fall getaways.

St Maarten resorts and hotels are providing discounts up to 40% off standard rates, along with other travel incentives and activities for fall getaways.

The lively and picturesque island of St. Maarten ( is enticing travelers to fall getaways with resorts and hotels providing discounts up to 40% off standard rates, along with other travel incentives and activities.

Mary’s Boon Beach Resort is offering travelers two special packages for those interested in visiting the friendly island this September. Guests who book three nights in a garden or beachfront studio will receive a fourth night free, starting from just $342 including tax and service charges. Those wanting to stay a full week in St. Maarten can book the seven-night package, with guests only responsible for the cost of five nights. The seven-night special is available for garden, beachfront and deluxe beachfront studios and starts at $570 inclusive of taxes and service charges. These fall specials include a 15% discount on additional nights, free welcome fruit/rum punch and free Wi-Fi. The specials are valid for travel through Sept. 30, 2014. To book, e-mail or call (800) 497-5834.

Oyster Bay Beach Resort is luring travelers with a variety of discounted rates throughout the fall season. Guests will enjoy 40% off standard rates when traveling through Sept. 30, 2014, 20% on travel Oct. 1 – 31, 2014 and 10% off travel Nov. 1 – Dec. 19, 2014. Oyster Bay Beach Resort is perched on a coral reef overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Oyster Pond Marina, and provides breathtaking ocean views, a white sandy beach and countless amenities.  For reservations, visit, call (866) 978-0212 or email

Princess Heights Luxury Boutique Condo Hotel is providing vacationers with a free rental car when booking directly with the hotel from Aug. 30, 2014 for reservations through Dec. 18, 2014. Princess Heights is located in a quiet and exclusive neighborhood with a multitude of activities including watersports, spas, casinos and restaurants only a few minutes away. Rates start at $139 per room, per night. Visit, call (800) 881-1744 or e-mail to book.

Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort Casino & Spa is affording travelers extra value with its Fall Into Savings special, offering a fourth night free plus $300 in resort credits for travel through Dec. 18, 2014, when booked by Sept. 30, 2014.  Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is a serene Caribbean haven and St. Maarten’s premier, limitless all-inclusive, adults-only resort. To book the Fall Into Savings special, visit

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino is also offering vacationers a Fall Into Savings special, providing a third night free, plus $200 in resort credits for travel through Dec. 18, 2014 on reservations booked by Sept. 30, 2014. This all-inclusive St. Maarten resort is a spectacular destination within a destination, offering endless activities for travelers’ enjoyment and relaxation. To book this deal, visit

Brand new to the island this fall, Sonesta Oceant Point Resort is celebrating its soft opening with 35% off standard rates, plus a tour to St. Barth’s, on reservations seven-nights or longer. This special is valid for travel Nov. 1, 2014 – Dec. 24, 2015 and must be booked by Oct. 31, 2014. To be one of the first to experience this new property, visit

The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is affording guests with discounted rates when booking two nights or more. For every night travelers pay the standard rate, they receive 40% off the next night. The property features 310 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and 15 suites, with two restaurants, a lobby bar and swim-up bar, a poolside deli, a full-service European-style spa, fitness studio, casino, retail shops and a beachfront watersports shop. The Westin is the only major resort in the Caribbean to install and utilize solar panels to replace its energy consumption. This special offer is valid for travel through Dec. 31, 2014. For reservations, visit or call (866) 716-8108 and mention rate plan ZB4.

For more information on St. Maarten, visit the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau at

Two Nations, Multi-Cultural

St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair.  As “the culinary capital of the Caribbean,” St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island’s 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions.  During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island’s scuba diving and snorkeling facilities.  The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.

Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts.  Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

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Mango Bay Hotel Group Teams with Barbados Tourism to Offer up to $200 to Spend

September 5, 2014

Mango Bay Hotel Group is teaming up with the Barbados Tourism Authority for its “Island Inclusive” program, giving U.S. travelers the chance to experience a Caribbean paradise at a great value. Those booking a vacation package to Mango Bay Hotel ( in Holetown, or Bridgetown’s Island Inn Hotel ( by Sept. 30, 2014, for travel to Barbados through Dec. 19, 2014, will receive free on-island spending money redeemable at a number of participating restaurants, attractions and car rental companies.

Cash vouchers will be allotted to guests in the value of US$150 per person with a minimum stay of five nights and US$200 per person for stays of seven nights or longer when using the booking code “BII2014.”  Upon check-in, guests will receive the vouchers in denominations of $50 in Barbadian increments and will be provided a list of all participating service providers.  The funds are based on a maximum of two persons per room and some restrictions apply.

This promotion allows travelers to pair the offer with a number of major cultural and sporting events, including the Barbados Swimming Festival (Oct. 29-Nov. 2), the Venus Williams tennis camp (Nov. 1-2), the Barbados International PRO SURF FEST 2014 (Nov. 13-16) and the 5th annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival (Nov. 20-23), among others.

For more information on the Barbados Island Inclusive package, visit, or contact a preferred travel agent.

Mango Bay is located in the Holetown area on the famed gold coast of Barbados and is a short walk from the posh Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Here vacationers can shop till they drop at global luxury retailers including, but not limited to, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Michael Kors and Cartier. After a day in the sun, the 76-room resort is the ideal place to relax. Known for its casual sophistication and all-inclusive value, guests will enjoy beachfront accommodations and a variety of watersports.

A Mango Bay all-inclusive vacation includes hotel accommodations, all meals, afternoon tea, all local and brand name drinks including glasses of wine, use of the on-site gym and nightly entertainment. Water skiing, kayaking, snorkeling, wakeboarding, pedal boats, a glass bottom boat ride and a catamaran trip to snorkel with the turtles are also included. Rates start at US$480 per room, per night, based on double occupancy, on an all-inclusive basis.

For more information on Mango Bay, call (246) 432-1384, email reservations@mangobaybarbados.comor visit

The quaint, 24-room Island Inn Hotel is the perfect setting for a tropical vacation steeped with a rich, historic past, situated just footsteps from beautiful Carlisle Bay, less than one mile from the centre of Bridgetown.  The property is just a short walk from the UNESCO world heritage site in the Garrison Historic Area of Barbados, which also boasts numerous shops and nightlife options.

An Island Inn Hotel all-inclusive vacation includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and all beverages (except specialty wines, champagne and bottled water) as well as in-pool scuba lessons. Island Inn also offers guests a brand new mini gym.  Rates start at US$350 per room, per night, based on double occupancy, on an all-inclusive basis.

For more information on the Island Inn Hotel, call (246) 436-6393; email or visit


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Bromley Introduces ‘SuperDuper’ Package for Kids; Start Fun, Start Free events; Massive Snowmaking Upgrades

September 5, 2014
Bromley is has a variety of terrain that will satisfy everyone from first-timers to those looking for an adrenaline rush © 2014 Dave Leiberman/

Bromley has a variety of terrain that will satisfy everyone from first-timers to those looking for an adrenaline rush © 2014 Dave Leiberman/

Bromley Mountain, Vermont, is removing the cost factor from that tricky trial period of learning to ski & snowboard. This season’s Start Fun, Start Free events have been set for December 21, 2014, January 19, 2015 and March 15, 2015, when up to 75 guests, ages 6 and up can enjoy a day on snow, free of charge. Registrants will receive an all-day Learning Zone lift ticket, an all-day Rental of ski or snowboard equipment, and instruction in the Learning Zone from 10:30am until noon. Call 802/824/5522 to pre-register.

Following the “free” theme, Bromley is introducing the Super Duper Ski Package, partnering its Kidsrule Mountain Camps program with Elan skis. This $599 package includes 6 Kidsrule lessons, a free pair of Elan Starr skis with Quick Trick bindings, a coupon for great deals on boots, poles and accessories, plus a Bromley Season Pass! (The Season Pass isn’t new… since Kidsrule’s inception in 2011/12, every child that completes 6 Kidsrule lessons receives a full Season Pass.) The package saves $223 on lessons alone, the free skis retail for about $220, plus the value of a season pass (check for the current rates). Limited packages available; click here for full details.

Snowmaking Efficiency Upgrades – More SNOW! This winter season, Bromley is adding 74 brand new high efficiency HKD tower guns, complete with hoses, and scrapping our 59 remaining energy-hog ground guns. The 100% efficient equipment eliminates the need to rent diesel powered air compressors (a first in Bromley snowmaking history!) and adds permanent tower gun coverage to four trails. One of the reasons Bromley was able to scrap the ground guns was Efficiency Vermont, which offered a new incentive for Vermont Ski Resorts (more on the statewide initiative here) last spring. “Get rid of all your inefficient guns, and receive really, really, REALLY good incentives to purchase new, state of the art high efficiency equipment.”

Other new and exciting happenings in the Bromley snowmaking world include: Collaborating with HKD to develop a new design for a portable tower gun. One side-effect to surrendering the ground guns is a loss of flexibility in gun placement for tricky spots, steep spots, spots the tower guns just don’t go. In order to maintain portable options, 6 of the new tower guns will be just 6’ tall, mounted on a stable tri-pod (instead of a sled, like other portable tower guns) with specially developed nozzles to allow moisture coming out of these shorter guns the appropriate “hang-time” necessary for making good quality snow with tower guns.

Is it possible to further maximize efficiency? In partnership with Efficiency Vermont, Vermont’s Sun Mountain plans to find out by installing the first Snowmaking Energy Index (SEI) in the United States this winter. This system will allow Bromley’s snowmakers to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of its snowmaking system in real time, giving its team the ability to adjust variables allowing for maximum output, best quality snow and lowest energy consumption possible at all times.

Bromley is also the first resort in Vermont to install an Intelli-Flow Controller, giving the option to increase snow output by maximizing available air from the compressors based on real time environmental factors. For greater detail on snowmaking improvements, check Bromley’s snowmaking blog.

Bromley Mountain is located at 3984 Vermont Route 11, Peru, Vermont, six miles east of Manchester. For information, visit, 802-824-5522.





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Ski NH Selling ‘Anywhere, Anytime Lift Tickets’ Offer Savings Up to 45% Off if Purchased by Sept 14

September 5, 2014

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Ski NH is selling its popular Anywhere, Anytime Lift Tickets, which offer some of the best lift ticket deals available all year at New Hampshire alpine ski resorts.

Skiers and snowboarders who purchase their tickets by the early season deadline of September 14 can save between 20-45% off weekend and holiday rates. Better yet, tickets are fully transferable to family and friends, and can be used any day of the 2014-15 ski season.
Early season tickets are available at six price points: $18, $28, $45, $56 and $67 per ticket, and tickets must be purchased in minimum packages of six total tickets. Customers can purchase as many as they’d like until quantities run out, and they can also mix tickets up from different ski areas to enjoy a sampling of what New Hampshire has to offer. Tickets are only available for purchase online at
“Ski NH’s Anywhere, Anytime Lift Tickets are an awesome deal for skiers and riders. The fact that they’re transferable and can be used anytime during the season make them ideal gifts,” said Jessyca Keeler, Ski NH Executive Director. “But people shouldn’t wait until the holidays to buy, because quantities are limited and we sell out of many resort tickets long before the first frost.”
Ski NH is the statewide association representing 33 alpine and cross country resorts and more than 200 lodging and guest service properties in New Hampshire. For more information on ski areas, lodging packages, and updated winter events at Ski NH resorts, call Ski NH at (800) 88-SKI-NH (800-887-5464) or visit the Ski NH website at

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Indulge at Twin Farms, Vermont’s 5-Star, Relais & Chateaux Country Hideaway

September 3, 2014
Twin Farms, an intimate country hideaway and a five star Relais & Chateaux Resort, is an ideal retreat for art and design lovers, romantics and gourmets.

Twin Farms, an intimate country hideaway and a five star Relais & Chateaux Resort, is an ideal retreat for art and design lovers, romantics and gourmets.

Twin Farms, an intimate country hideaway, set amidst 300 acres of meadows and woodlands in an unspoiled valley, just 15 minutes north of Woodstock, in Barnard, Vermont, is an ideal retreat for art and design lovers, romantics and gourmets.

The five star Relais & Chateaux Resort provides 20 lovely rooms in 10 freestanding cottages

Originally the home of the writer and Nobel Prize winner Sinclair Lewis, the five star Relais & Chateaux Resort provides 20 lovely rooms in 10 freestanding cottages.

In 1993, Jed Johnson, interior designer and friend of the famous artist Andy Warhol, designed 15 rooms, before Peter Bohlin and interior designer Thad Hayes completed the rest in 2005. A special combination of American folk and contemporary art gives Twin Farms its special charm. Decorative ceramics are mixed with originals by Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns and David Hockney, among others, while fine woodwork made of maple and pine relate with modern sculptures.

Gourmets will appreciate the elegant and authentic cuisine at The Main House restaurant. Chef Nathan Rich’s dishes reflect the seasons and are prepared with ingredients from the garden or from the nearby region. The wine cellar, consisting of 26,000 bottles of fine wine of international origin, completes the taste experience. Nathan Rich was honored last year as one of the world’s only three chefs with the award “Relais & Chateaux Rising Chef Trophy 2013”.

At the “Spa at Twin Farms,” guests can indulge in relaxing massages or enjoy a workout in the fully-equipped fitness center. The Spa menu offers tailor-made spa treatments, luxurious facials, rejuvenating pedicures and manicures as well as exquisite body treatments. All Spa products are handmade Vermont and contain only herbal extracts, organic herbal teas and pure essential oils.

Summer and winter, there is a lot to do, whether hiking, climbing, fishing, canoeing, skiing or ice skating.

Accommodations start at $ 1,450 for two people. The price includes all meals, drinks, cocktails, wine and the use of the spa area including the Furo – a 104 degree Japanese style soaking tub – as well as the use of recreational equipment such as canoes and fishing tackle.

Twin Farms, P.O. Box 115, Barnard, Vermont 05031, 802-234-9999,,


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AdventureSmith Explorations Reports Space Still Available for 2014 Holiday Small-Ship Cruises, Adventures

September 3, 2014

Suddenly it’s late summer with 2014 Holiday travel only months away.

AdventureSmith Explorations that offers both sea and land excursions year-round reports that there is still space available for prime holiday season December 2014 and early January 2015 escapes.

“But don’t wait too long,” said Todd Smith, founder/owner of AdventureSmith Explorations that specializes in small-ship expedition cruising that allows gusts to get up close and personal with the environments and landscapes they travel far to see.

Opportunities still available for Holiday cruises include the following destinations: Amazon, Antarctica, Australia, Baja (Mexico), Chile/Patagonia, Costa Rica, Panama Canal, Galapagos and Hawaii.

For example, Hawaii Christmas Cruises Hawaiian Seascapes Dec. 20-27, Dec. 27-Jan. 3, Jan. 3-10 on the 36-passenger Safari Explorer yacht lets guests explore four islands. This active itinerary includes time for snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, touring local farms and museums, and even night snorkeling. The 8-day cruise is from $3,595 per person double.

There are two Baja, Mexico, Christmas Cruises. The first is Wild Islands & Treasures of Baja Dec. 20-27, Dec. 27-Jan. 3 on the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird. This expedition unites its twin facets: culture and wildness. Guests explore pristine desert islands, rife with endemic species, rare plants and towering forests of cacti, and spot Humpback whales migrating in the Sea of Cortez. The 8-day cruise is from $5,690 per person double.

Cousteau’s Aquarium of the World Dec. 20-27, Dec. 27-Jan. 3 uncovers the area of Dabo Pulmo where French Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau led numerous expeditions in a setting of steep bluffs and sandy beaches. This Baja expedition through marine-life-rich waters aboard the 84-guest Safari Endeavour offers opportunities to snorkel among gentle whale sharks and sea lion pups, and explore the desert landscape explored by Cousteau. The per person rate for 8 days is from $3,395.

Baja, Costa Rica, Chile/Patagonia, Guatemala, Panama and Peru offer opportunities for both pre-set and on-request land departures that may also include itineraries suited to families. These combine hiking through rainforests, sourcing indigenous wildlife, sometimes whitewater rafting and explorations of archaeology, culture and history.

For example in Peru, the Peru Mountain Lodge Trek Dec. 20-26, Dec. 21-27 Dec. 24-30 Dec. 27-Jan. 2 is the very first trans-Andean lodge-to-lodge trek to one of the ancient world’s most extraordinary sanctuaries: Machu Picchu. After full days of trekking, guests spend evenings unwinding by the fireplace, stargazing and enjoying a comfortable lodge. The 7-day program is from $3,489 per person double.

Costa Rica Christmas Tours, Quest for Pura Vida Dec. 20-28, Dec. 27-Jan. 4, combines the cloud forests of Monteverde and the active Arenal Volcano with the verdant lowland tropical forests of Tortuguero to highlight Costa Rica’s diversity of nature and culture. This 9-day program combining mountains, rainforest and the Caribbean is from $2,700 per person double.

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. In 2012, owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious 14th Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. A distinction he received again in 2013. For information, availability and 2014 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit


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Labor Day is ‘Dollar Day’ at the 2014 Great New York State Fair

August 29, 2014

The Great New York State Fair is ending its 2014 run on Labor Day, September 1, by offering an unbeatable bargain: admission to the fair will be just $1, rides on the all-new Wade Shows Midway will be $1 and selected vendors will offer $1 specials on food or merchandise.

“This deal is yet one more reason why the Great New York State Fair lives up to its name,” Governor Cuomo said. “From expanding ticket sales to online, to securing convenient Amtrak service to the Fairgrounds and expanding our Taste NY selection, this final bargain gives fans and first-timers alike one more great opportunity this year to come and see why this is the best state fair in the nation.”

More than three dozen Fair vendors have agreed so far to sell items for $1. Among the food items are $1 meatball-on-a-roll sandwiches, $1 snow cones, $1 for a small kettle corn and $1 for two pieces of maple sugar. Merchandise values include jewelry, pet products, key chains and more as vendors continue to add to the list daily. Visit the State Fair website for the current list HERE.

The day includes the Fair’s new “Summer Sendoff” event, featuring a free concert by the Grammy-award winning group The Doobie Brothers at 6:00 p.m. at Chevy Court, and the return of fireworks at dusk sponsored by National Grid after a hiatus of several years.

The “Summer Sendoff” will cap a holiday weekend of excitement at the Fair. Saturday, a sellout crowd of approximately 17,000 will pack the Grandstand to see country superstar Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. Last year, 31,000 people jammed into Chevy Court in a downpour to watch Florida Georgia Line for free, and Aldean sold out the Grandstand for his 2012 show. Uncle Kracker plays Chevy Court at 2:00 p.m., followed by Bell Biv Devoe at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, a monster truck show takes place at the Grandstand. MKTO provides youthful pop at Chevy Court at 2:00 p.m. and a large crowd is expected for Phillip Phillips’ show at 8:00 p.m. The New York State Demolition Derby Championships rounds out the major entertainment on Sunday at the Grandstand.

Competitions reach their finals during the last weekend. The new Miss New York State Fair Pageant takes place on Saturday, emphasizing intelligence and talent and featuring a show by some contestants in the afternoon. The pageantry of the Six Horse Hitch Championships takes place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the Toyota Coliseum. There is a special Wine and Cheese Pairing Competition, pitting the winners of the commercial wine and cheese competitions in an event designed to find the best combination of winners. There is also championship boxing, the Taste NY Wine Seminar and more.

Sunday, there’s a contest to see who can turn wool from fleece into a shawl the fastest, an opportunity to find out how to milk a goat, wine seminars featuring the winners of the commercial wine competition and a show featuring several couples from the reality competition shows “Big Brother” and “The Amazing Race.”

Labor Day Monday opens with a special performance on Chevy Court by several area funk and soul bands, the annual Labor Day parade and rally, the championships of the Fair’s Rooster Crowing competition, a wheelchair basketball tournament and free seminars on how to make one’s own home brewed beer.

Every day features free music on the Fair’s seven stages, talented street performers, exhibits with wild wolves and animatronic dinosaurs, one of the best midways in the nation and much more. The Fair’s signature 25 cent cup of perfectly chilled white or chocolate milk and its $1 baked potato with all the toppings will be available right up until the end of the day.

The regional Centro bus service operates buses all day to and from the Fair to Park & Ride lots in Onondaga, Oswego and Cayuga Counties. The buses provide an efficient and safe alternative to driving to and parking at the Fair. A full schedule of locations and times can be found HERE.

Amtrak offers daily train service to a special train station at the Fair for those coming from other parts of the State. Riders can check train schedules HERE.

Operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the New York State Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment. This year’s tagline, “New Attractions, Old Favorites, Timeless Fun,” highlights the more than two dozen new events and attractions and the expansion or enhancement of several Fairgoer favorites.​ The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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Film About US Diplomat’s Efforts to Rescue Jews from Holocaust Premieres in NYC and LI

August 29, 2014


“A Voice Among the Silent: The Legacy of James G. McDonald,” a new documentary by Shuli Eshel about James G. McDonald, a U.S. diplomat who helped rescue Jewish refugees from the Nazis, will have its world premiere in New York with two showings on October 19 and 20, 2014.

First, the NYC (and world) film premiere will be held on Sunday October 19, 2014, at Park East Synagogue, 164 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065.  A pre-screening reception will begin at 6:00 PM and screening of the film will start at 7:00 PM.

Then, the Long Island premiere will happen on Monday October 20, 2014 as a Pre-Gold Coast International Film Festival Screening at Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck, 115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck NY. Doors open at 7 pm and screening of the film starts at 7:30 pm.

In both events, the film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Barbara McDonald Stewart (McDonald’s daughter); historian Dr. Rafael Medoff; and filmmaker Shuli Eshel.

After a face-to-face meeting with Hitler in 1933, McDonald was one of the first to warn world leaders, including President Franklin Roosevelt and the future Pope Pius XII, about Hitler’s threat to “get rid of the Jews.” As the League of Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees and then as chairman of President Roosevelt’s Advisory Committee on Political Refugees, McDonald worked tirelessly to find safe havens for Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.

Later, as America’s first ambassador to Israel, McDonald helped build the foundation for American-Israeli friendship.

The incredible story of McDonald’s efforts and foresight were almost lost to history until his meticulously kept diaries were discovered in 2003. “McDonald spoke up when others were silent. McDonald’s bravery is a role model for human decency and courage that is as relevant today as it was 80 years ago.”

Admission for the reception, film and post film discussion is $20 per person.

Tickets go on sale on September 8 at

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Documentary about ‘Sugihara Visa’ Jewish Refugees Escaping Nazi Europe Inspires New Tour of Japan

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