Gold Coast Arts Center Presents ‘Warp & Woof: Beyond the Loom’, Opening Sept 15 with Artists Reception

September 12, 2019
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Long Island City by Ann Cofta (medium: Fabric with hand quilting and embroidery, 16X16), on view at the “Warp & Woof: Beyond the Loom” exhibit at the Gold Coast Arts Center, Great Neck, Long Island.

LONG ISLAND, NY— The Gold Coast Arts Center is opening its newest art exhibit, “Warp & Woof: Beyond the Loom,” with a reception with the artists on Sunday, September 15, 4-6 p.m. at the Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck.

“Warp & Woof: Beyond the Loom”  features a highly intuitive look into conventional and less conventional approaches to weaving as a fine art form, not often explored, or displayed in local galleries. Taking its title from the weaving terms ‘warp,’ or the vertical and static component of the weave, and ‘woof’ which is the dynamic and horizontal aspect of the weave, this exhibition looks at both conventional and unconventional approaches to weaving.

“While weaving is traditionally done on a loom, in our latest exhibit, artists have experimented with other materials and methods, often weaving with metal, fabric, and feathers to create beautiful, unique textiles,” explains Jude Amsel, gallery curator. “The artists exhibiting their work will open a window for visitors to gain a view into the conventional and the less conventional approaches to weaving.”

Featured artists include:

Pamela Topham was the top prize winner of the 77th Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition (2015) as selected by Marla Prather, Curator for the Museum of Modern Art.

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Water Music by Pamela Topham (medium: Tapestry of silk and wool, 35X35)

Darlene Charneco has exhibited throughout the U.S. and globally at venues including the Parrish Art Museum, PINTA London, and the Korean International Art Fair. She was featured in ‘Around the Way,’ organized by El Museo del Barrio in NYC and Locate/Navigate, Exercises in Mapping – a citywide exhibition presented by the Urban Culture Project Foundation. Her work is featured in the Princeton Architectural Press book ‘The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography’ by Katherine Harmon and ‘How Architecture Learned to Speculate’ by Mihall & Serbest through the University of Stuttgart.

Ann Cofta is a visual artist who uses an extended range of media, including drawing, embroidery, beadwork, bookmaking, and printmaking. She has lived abroad in Japan and Venezuela and has traveled extensively throughout the United States. She has taught art in New York City for the past 21 years after receiving a Master’s degree in Art & Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Love by Natsuko Hattori (medium: Fabric cotton and rubber, 10X10)

Natsuko Hattori graduated from the University of Tsukuba, Art, and Design, and moved to New York in 2010.  Her work has appeared in many exhibits, and received awards, in Japan and NYC.

Zhen Guo is an artist active in the international art world. She has participated in many international exhibitions and has long been committed to the research and exploration of international contemporary women’s art. Sotheby’s and other international auction companies have repeatedly promoted her work. In recent years, she has organized and participated in the “Existence” International Women’s Art Exhibition in Changsha, China, the “Please Touch: Body Boundaries” exhibition at the Mana Museum of Contemporary Art in the United States; and South Korea’s Jeonbuk Museum of Art “Asian Women Artists Exhibition.” Zhen Guo has had solo shows at several galleries in and around New York City. She often does academic lectures at universities here and abroad.

The exhibit will run until October 27, 2019. All of the displayed work at “Warp & Woof: Beyond the Loom” runs through October 27, 2019; all the exhibited work is available for sale.

Attendance at the reception and the exhibit is free and open to the public.  For more information, call the Gold Coast Arts Center at 516-829-2570 or visit www.goldcoastarts.org.

 

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Yosemite Photos Can Win a Stay at Tenaya Lodge

August 8, 2019
Yosemite National Park, Calif.

Views of purple mountain majesty from The John Muir Trail, Yosemite National Park © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

You can win a stay in one of Tenaya Lodge’s new two-bedroom Explorer Cabins. Tenaya, located right at the doorstep to Yosemite National Park, California, is running a fun photo contest on Instagram and Twitter — all you need to do to enter is share a photo of a Yosemite adventure using #mytenaya and tag Tenaya Lodge.

The grand prize winner will receive a three night stay in the all-new Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge in addition to:

  • Full-Day Yosemite Tour for four
  • Two 90-minute Spa Treatments
  • Two on-site resort activities for four
  • $300 dining credit
  • One tandem jump at Skydive Yosemite

Plus, weekly prize winners receive Tenaya Lodge swag.

For more information, follow this link: https://bit.ly/2YUgdJL.

Tenaya Lodge, 1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623, 800-722-8584, tenayalodge.com.

To see more about Tenaya Lodge, see:

Tenaya Lodge Provides Luxury Lodging Resort Experience at Gateway to Yosemite National Park 

Yosemite National Park: Best Valley Hikes for First Timers 

Yosemite National Park: Surprising Diversity, Dramatic Scenes Hiking Chilnualna Falls Trail, Wawona

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Hotel PACAI in Vilnius Old Town, First Member of Design Hotels in the Baltics, Celebrates First Anniversary

August 8, 2019
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The award-winning Hotel PACAI, located in the Vilnius’s old city, Lithuania, celebrated its first anniversary. A former palace for the noble family of Pacai, the hotel is now becoming increasingly popular among travelers seeking to unwind in comfort and style and explore the city’s vibrant social scene.

Situated in the heart of the historic Vilnius Old Town of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, Hotel PACAI celebrated its first anniversary since it opened. The stylish hotel realized its promise to mesmerize guests seeking authentic experiences, offering a blend of history and sophisticated high-end design which so far has delighted nearly 25,000 guests from around the globe.

Former residence of the noble Lithuanian Pacai family, the building that hosts the hotel is a Baroque palace dating back to 1677. The historic palace outlived the Lithuanian-Polish Commonwealth, the reign of Russian tsars, as well as Napoleon and his armies. Throughout history, countless historic personalities frequently visited the Pacai mansion during their travels in Vilnius.

PACAI is currently the only hotel in the Baltic states that holds a Design Hotels membership. In order for a hotel to become a part of Design Hotels, it must meet the rigorous admittance criteria. Most importantly, a hotel must harmoniously blend into local surroundings and preserve local traditions.

Guests looking to capture the spirit of stylish and sensory Vilnius visit from nearly every corner of the world – with travelers from the USA, Israel, France, Australia, and the United Kingdom being the most frequent visitors. As a testament to its authenticity, Hotel PACAI is also appreciated by locals wanting to reconnect with their history, as well as people from neighboring countries looking to try out the best of internationally acknowledged Lithuanian hospitality.

During its first year of operation, the hotel has been awarded a 1st place in the design category at the International Hospitality Awards. Furthermore, it was also included among the best new design hotels ranked by the Surface magazine. PACAI has also been noticed in a variety of regional awards for the effort to revive historic buildings, sustainable attitude, and the quality of services.

“We are a unique hotel in Vilnius and the Baltic states in that we offer the most integrated experience. The music, the plants and the decor are all matched with our theme of un-fussed sophistication. We integrate works by local artists and blend modern aesthetics with authenticity. The 25 thousand guests that have visited us in the past year is the best testament to our creativity and effort to make staying at PACAI an extraordinary experience,” says Rūta Pulkauninkaitė-Macikė, General Manager of Hotel PACAI.

It is not only the historic appeal of the opulent Baroque palace that makes staying at PACAI a unique experience. The guests can also indulge in authentic experiences at the hotel’s restaurants and SPA.

Restaurant Nineteen18, featured in The White Guide as 2nd best restaurant in the Nordics, is located on the premises of the hotel. It invites to indulge in its tasting menus of the New Nordic Cuisine that uses Lithuanian ingredients and local food traditions. The chefs source the food from local farms located within a 100-kilometer radius around Vilnius, ensuring locally inspired gastronomical experience.

Brasserie 14 HORSES, also sourcing seasonal products from local suppliers and infused with Lithuanian and Baltic traditions, is a perfect place for breakfast, lunch or a laid-back dinner. Evenings at PACAI usually end up in SOFIJA bar, where guests can unwind in comfort and style while enjoying classic and modern cocktails, local craft beers, artisanal spirits, champagne and wine from around the globe.

One of the most unique aspects of PACAI SPA is that it’s located in the historical Hotel PACAI and is surrounded by exposed antique brick walls and artifacts.

Member of the Design HotelsPACAI is a 104 room hotel situated in a 17th century Baroque Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania. Opened in May 2018, the 5 star hotel was designed to preserve as many architectural details as possible, showcasing elegant simplicity through local aesthetics. Breaking creative boundaries, the PACAI complex is now a meeting point with local artists and entrepreneurs, and home to the Nineteen18 restaurant, a brasserie and a cocktail bar as well as a SPA, specializing in uniquely tailored treatments and beauty packages.

 

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Love ACKtually: Top Reasons to Visit Nantucket This Summer

August 8, 2019
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The famous White Elephant waterfront hotel on Nantucket.

Located 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket is the former whaling capital of the world. Today, it’s home to 82 miles of public beaches, untouched moors and dunes, dramatic cliffs, and quiet harbors. With the summer travel season in full swing, there will never be a better time to escape to the “Grey Lady.”

What’s New on Nantucket: Nantucket is booming and its hydrangeas are blooming. New restaurants complement island favorites, and accommodations are opening due to demand. Despite the development, conservation remains king, with almost half the island under preservation. As the island carefully expands its offerings, here’s a look at what is new this season.

The Wauwinet, located on the northeast end of the island and sandwiched between two private beaches, re-opened in April following a multi-million-dollar restoration of its 32 guest rooms and cottages. As part of the renovation, the hotel collaborated with Serena & Lily to re-design the property’s three-bedroom Anchorage House. The interior now features the brand’s signature coastal prints and beachy furniture.

New dining options on the island include Pizzeria Gemelle, which offers Neapolitan pies using ingredients from the nearby Bartlett Farm; Or The Whale, an American bistro whose name was inspired by Herman Melville’s Moby Dick; and Saltbox Tavern & Table, which serves comfort food favorites like fried pickles and truffle honey risotto.  Also new to the island is Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop MRKT pop-up. The general store/beach house hybrid offers curated summer items like Sperry boat shoes, Alo Yoga activewear, and Vintner’s Daughter Skincare. In other retail news, Veronica Beard partnered with local Perch boutique to feature their signature jackets; and ACK4170’s first brick and mortar outpost has goods like tote bags printed with hand-drawn Nantucket maps from the early 1900s.

JetBlue has new direct flights to Nantucket from LaGuardia Airport in New York City and Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York. The service began last month. The new routes supplement existing service to Nantucket from JFK, Boston, and Washington D.C. Southern Airways Express has also launched service from three New England-based airports: Norwood, Massachusetts; New Haven, Connecticut; and Warwick, Rhode Island.

“Pet Set” to ACK: The Woof Cottages at Nantucket Boat Basin are designed especially for guests traveling with pets. Pups are welcomed with Draper Canine beds, a basket of treats and toys, food and water bowls, dog-walking services, and personalized pet tags. For tips on the best dog-friendly activities on Nantucket, guests can contact Bailey, the Cottages’ resident golden retriever and new pet concierge at petconcierage@niresorts.com.

“Summer for Less” means 25% off at the Residences at the White Elephant if you stay at least three consecutive nights on select dates through September. For guests seeking an early week getaway, the “Hot Dates, Cool Rates” promotion offers savings up to 20% when booking directly with any of the Nantucket Island Resorts properties for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Added perk: Stay in one of the top three-bedroom suites at the White Elephant or The Wauwinet and receive the keys to a 2019 BMW SUV vehicle for your entire trip. The amenity equals a savings of up to $450 per day by forgoing a jeep rental.

COVER Swim X White Elephant: The waterfront hotel partnered with Cover Swim to create a children’s sun shirt, which is now available online and at the hotel’s boutique. The blue and white shirt is dotted with White Elephant’s “trunket” mascot and blocks 98% of UV rays in and around water. Sizes vary, for children ages 2-9 years old. Cost: $85

 

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Woodstock Inn & Resort Invites Visitors to “Get Dirty” with New Programming at the Kelly Way Gardens This Summer

August 8, 2019

The Woodstock Inn & Resort grows its garden and culinary programming at the Kelly Way Gardens and Red Barns with a variety of new hands-on classes, events, dining experiences, and Instagrammable creations.

WOODSTOCK, VT – The Woodstock Inn & Resort grows its garden and culinary programming at the Kelly Way Gardens and Red Barns with a variety of new hands-on classes, events, dining experiences, and Instagrammable creations.

This year Master Gardener Benjamin Pauly expands the garden’s “gourdwalk” to 135 feet long and nine feet high. The trellis archway, covered in 17 different varieties of hanging gourds and vines offers an emerald oasis for garden guests to stroll through, relax in the shade, or capture photos and videos. A video of last year’s gourdwalk can be viewed here.

In addition, fairies will take up residence at the Kelly Way Gardens this summer in whimsical houses hand-crafted from repurposed gourds. Children can visit the fairies’ homes, make a wish and leave a note behind.

Another photogenic creation is the sunflower house at Billings Farm & Museum. In August and September thousands of blooming sunflowers will be crafted into a series of five rooms and connecting hallways for visitors to explore and take one-of-a-kind pictures.

Certified organic by the Vermont Organic Farmers Association, the three acre garden will boast 385 varieties of produce including 55 varieties of tomatoes, 57 types of pumpkins, 75 berries and orchard plantings, 40 herbs and edible flowers, a mushroom glen, annual and perennial flowers, honey bees and hops. New this year will be hardy kiwis, sweet potatoes, and cantaloupes.

The Kelly Way Gardens are open to the public seasonally Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm. A full roster of activities have been planned which are complimentary for Inn guests, $5 for visitors (except where noted) and no reservations are needed.

  • Family Tasting TourTuesdays, thru August 27, 3-3:30pm; led by Master Gardener Benjamin Pauly, families can nibble their way through the garden and visit the fairy houses.
  • Wellness Whiff Walks: Wednesdays, thru September 25, 3-3:30pm; an aromatherapy tour through the organic scents of Kelly Way Gardens.
  • Can You Dig It? Agricultural Pun Tours of Kelly Way Gardens: Thursdays, thru September 26, 3-3:30pm; an insider’s look at organic garden with Taylor Hiers, Lead Gardener.
  • Summer Garden Tour Series: Saturdays now through September 21, 9:30-10:30am; $10 for non-Inn guests; each hour-long session features a different garden-specific topic such as seasonal cut flowers, how to make a garden smoothie, and herbal teas from the garden. Click here for the full schedule.
  • Sixth Annual Great Tomato TastingSaturday, August 31, 4-5:00pm$25 per Inn guests and visitors; From Aunt Ruby’s German Green, the buttery smooth flavor of Great White and the sweet profile of Esterina, the annual tasting event walks guests through the 55 varieties of heirloom tomatoes grown in the garden.

 Master Gardener Benjamin Pauly and Executive Chef Rhys Lewis work in tandem during the weekly Red Barns Dinner Series celebrating the Kelly Way Gardens’ seasonal harvest paired with the local artistry of Vermont’s cheese makers, farmers, bee keepers, and dairymen. The three course community style dinner takes place on Sundays now through October 6 from 7 pm to 9 pm; $75 per person plus tax & gratuity. To view the menus, click here.

Housed in refurbished 19th century red barns, the 11,000 square foot kitchen studio is fully equipped for culinary demonstrations and dining events. Elements of the kitchen studio and adjacent 900 square foot garden studio have been crafted from reclaimed products. Countertops throughout the spaces are repurposed, some from former bowling alley lanes; the maple dining tables in the kitchen studio and white pine tables in the garden studio are made from trees ethically harvested at the nearby Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park; the kitchen studio’s butternut backsplash was created from a tree harvested on the resort property. Salvaged light fixtures include chandeliers in the kitchen studio, wall and ceiling lights throughout, and outdoor lampposts in the garden.

Nearby Billings Farm & Museum recently launched the Learning Kitchen where Resort Chef Ryan Beaudoin of the Woodstock Inn & Resort will host culinary classes for Inn guests. Featuring simple yet inventive dishes made with the Kelly Way Gardens’ bounty and Billings Farm specialty dairy products, the demonstration classes take place on Wednesdays through August 28 from 10:30am-12:30pm for $45 per person. On Thursdays through August 22 at 10:30am-12:30pm Chef Ryan leads an interactive, hands-on cooking experience at the Learning Kitchen teaching straightforward recipes also with produce from Kelly Way Gardens and Billings Farm fresh dairy products. The class is $75 per person. Entry to the Billings Farm & Museum is free to guests of the Woodstock Inn & Resort.

More information about the Kelly Way Gardens at the Woodstock Inn & Resort can be found here: https://www.woodstockinn.com/do/things-to-do/kelly-way-gardens

Located in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont, The Woodstock Inn & Resort defines country sophistication in one of New England’s most charming and popular year-round vacation destinations.  The 142-room, AAA Four Diamond Resort and a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection, offers award-winning dining in two restaurants, ranked among the finest in New England.  The Woodstock Inn & Resort is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc.  Proceeds from Resort operations support The Woodstock Foundation and Billings Farm & Museum education and conservation programs. 

Preferred Hotels & Resorts℠ is one of the world’s largest independent hotel brands, representing more than 650 distinctive hotels, resorts, residences, and unique hotel groups across 85 countries. Through its five global collections, Preferred Hotels & Resorts connects discerning travelers to the singular luxury hospitality experience that meets their life and style preferences for each occasion. Every property within the portfolio maintains the high quality standards and unparalleled service levels required by the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Integrated Quality Assurance Program. The iPrefer℠ guest loyalty program, Preferred Residences℠, Preferred Family℠, Preferred Pride℠, and Preferred Golf™ offer valuable benefits for travelers seeking a unique experience. The Woodstock Inn & Resort was distinguished in the 2018 I Prefer Members’ Choice Awards as one of the top ten hotels in North America that deliver high quality standards and exceptional, personalized experiences to its members. For more information, visit PreferredHotels.com.

 

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YOTEL Boston Introduces Summer Vacation Packages That Feature Outdoor Experiences

July 5, 2019
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YOTEL’s SKY Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy views, cocktails, bites – and even meditation – this summer.

YOTEL, the affordable luxury hotel brand inspired by first-class air travel, is kicking off summer in Boston’s Seaport with an array of new offerings for guests, locals, and visitors. YOTEL Boston is introducing summer packages designed for experiencing and exploring Boston and enjoying its rooftop bar & terrace, SKY Bar, to the fullest.

New Summer Packages

YOTEL invites guests to explore Boston by bike this summer with its new “Pedal and Picnic” package. The experience includes overnight accommodations, usage of two of YOTEL’s new bikes along with a picnic blanket and perfectly packed picnic. Guests can choose from two picnic options: a New England Cheese Basket (including an assortment of local cheese, crackers and breads) or the All-American Basket (including choice of sandwich wrap, side salad and dessert). YOTEL will provide guests with suggested bike routes to steer them through iconic Boston neighborhoods and historic landmarks concluding at picnic-worthy destinations like the Boston Common, Christopher Columbus Park, and Castle Island. Pricing for the “Pedal and Picnic” package starts from $209/night and is available for booking now through September 30, 2019.

Back again for the second summer, YOTEL Boston offers a 2-in-1 destination experience with its “Beantown > PTown” package. With this package, guests will enjoy visits to Boston and Provincetown with an overnight at YOTEL Boston, a day trip to Provincetown with roundtrip transportation on Boston Harbor Cruise’s Fast Ferry, which docks within walking distance from YOTEL, and a $25 food & beverage allowance for rooftop refreshment at YOTEL’s SKY Bar. Rates for the “Beantown > PTown” package start from $399/per night and the package is available for booking now through September 30, 2019.

Summer at SKY Bar

YOTEL’s SKY Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy views, cocktails, bites – and even meditation – this summer. SKY Bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating along with 360-degree views of the city skyline served alongside ingredient-driven cocktails and light bites. SKY Bar also offers a collection of local brews and handpicked wines, including a robust assortment of rosés for the summer.

Starting June 25th, YOTEL’s signature meditation series, “Tranquil Tuesdays,” will move outdoors to the terrace at SKY.  Tranquil Tuesdays is a 30-minute guided meditation with The Boston Buddha, Andy Kelley, and taking place every Tuesday at 7AM. Tranquil Tuesdays are complimentary for hotel guests and $15 for drop-ins. Hotel guests also have access to Mindfresh, a YOTEL produced series of 5-minute mediation and relaxation videos, available to stream in each room. 

Opened in the Seaport in June of 2017, YOTEL Boston is one of YOTEL’s city hotels and features hallmarks of the affordable luxury brand with 326 smartly designed ‘cabins,’ of-the-moment technology, and clever social spaces for co-working and relaxing. Premium Cabins include YOTEL’s signature adjustable SmartBed™ with rejuvenating rain showers and SMART TVs, multi power and USB points and easy connectivity.

YOTEL currently operates six airport hotels in London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris, Charles de Gaulle, Istanbul Airport and Singapore Changi Airport and five city center hotels in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Singapore and Washington D.C. YOTEL is expanding rapidly with new projects under development globally, including London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Geneva, Amsterdam, Miami, Dubai, Mammoth, Park City, Porto and New York Long Island City.

 

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Long Island’s Cradle of Aviation Museum Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Apollo All Day & Night on July 20, 2019

July 5, 2019

Cradle of Aviation Museum, Uniondale, Long Island, has one of only three actual lunar modules on display. Built by Grumman in Bethpage, Long Island, the other three were left on the moon. The museum has a full day of activities planned on the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, July 20 ©Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Garden City, N.Y.– On July 20, 1969 over 600 million people watched Neil Armstrong take the first steps on the moon. It is considered one of the greatest human and technological achievements in history.  On Saturday, July 20, 2019, thousands of people will be joining together at the Cradle of Aviation Museum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission. The Cradle of Aviation, home of the Lunar Module, is celebrating all day and night with two festive events to give the community an opportunity to learn, reflect, remember, & jointly celebrate, all the wonder, achievement, and pride that is Apollo.

“If you’re planning on celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing there is only one place you should be…and that’s the Cradle.  Fun for the whole family celebrating the most important event in our history,” said Andrew Parton, President of Cradle of Aviation Museum & Education Center.

APOLLO AT 50 MOON FEST

Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM Tickets $20 Adults; $15 Kids/Senior (Kids 2-12) A fun, family-friendly festival includes

  • COMMUNITY COUNTDOWN TO LUNAR LANDING –  Join in a Community Countdown at 4:17 pm to collectively watch, re-experience, and honor as a community, the historic “The Eagle has Landed” Lunar Module landing on the moon.
  • ASTRONAUT ENCOUNTERS with Space Shuttle Astronauts Bill Shepherd (Babylon) & Charlie Camarda (Ozone Park), both from Long Island, and Bob Cenker.
  • MOON BUGGY RACES – Traverse a lunar obstacle course driving an electric lunar rover. (kids)
  • VIRTUAL REALITY – Explore the inside and outside of the Apollo 11 up close and personal with Microsoft’s Mixed Reality and the Microsoft HoloLens technology.
  • APOLLO 11 FIRST STEPS in IMAX – Experience  a free showing of the new highly-acclaimed documentary, Apollo 11 First Steps Edition in our immersive Dome Theater.  Playing hourly.
  • SOLAR TELESCOPES- Explore the sun with a special purpose solar telescope.
  • LAUNCH ROCKETS – Build, decorate, then launch a water bottle rocket.
  • ROBOTICS DEMONSTRATIONS – View and interact with student-built robotics from  the First Lego League.
  • VISITS FROM THE UNIVERSE – The not-for profit, NY Avengers Cosplayers are assembling at the Cradle to celebrate the American heroes who contributed to the successful lunar landing.
  • And so much more…

Museum opens at 9:30 am. Family activities are 12 – 4 pm. Countdown begins at 4 pm.

APOLLO AT COUNTDOWN CELEBRATION 

Saturday, July 20, 2019 7-11 PM Tickets $125.  A Dinner ticket automatically gives admission to Apollo Moon Fest Events

A lively dinner and champagne toast with music and dancing, as the community comes together to watch and re-experience the unforgettable first steps on the moon at 10:56 pm with a special moon landing viewing and countdown.

GO BACK IN TIME

  • Dance the night away with live music with a 1960s style band.
  • Dress to impress in your favorite vintage 1960s clothing.
  • Watch original Apollo 11 footage in a re-created 1969 living room.
  • Share stories with family members and learn about Long Island’s contributions to space while visiting our Apollo Exhibit showcasing the largest collection of Lunar Module artifacts, parts, images, & documentation.
  • Countdown and toast to the first steps jointly as a community!

Space Shuttle Astronauts Bill Shepherd (Babylon) & Charlie Carmada (Ozone Park), both from Long Island, and Bob Cenker, will be in attendance.

Tickets to either event can be purchased at www.cradleofaviation.org/apollo or by calling Reservations 516-572-4066 (M-F) 10:00am-4:00pm) Grumman Retirees and Museum Members, may call Reservations for discounted tickets. Proceeds to Benefit Museum Education and Preservation Programs.

The Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center is home to over 75 planes and spacecraft representing over 100 years of aviation history and Long Island’s only Giant Screen Dome Theater.  Currently, the museum is celebrating  “Countdown to Apollo at 50”sponsored by the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation, showcasing Long Island and Grumman’s significant role in the Apollo program. The Museum was recently recognized and listed on New York State’s National Register of Historic Places as a significant part of American history. The museum is located on Museum Row, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., in East Garden City.  For more information call (516) 572-4111 or visit www.cradleofaviation.org.

See also:

Long Island’s World-Class Cradle of Aviation Museum Hosts Special Events for 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

Apollo Astronauts Look Back During Gala at Long Island’s Cradle of Aviation Museum Marking 50th Anniversary of Lunar Landing

 

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Summer at Alta, Utah’s Wildcat Basecamp Will Be Different This year

July 3, 2019
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Summer in Alta, Utah

Summer at Alta will look a bit differently this year. First, there is plentiful snow covering many beloved hiking trails and second, construction will close the Albion parking lot and Sunnyside lift this summer. The summer road into the Albion Basin is scheduled to open July 16th (conditions permitting). With limited parking in the Albion Basin, an amenity fee per vehicle will be charged. Your best bet for free parking and base area trailhead access can be found at the Wildcat base or as we call it, Wildcat Basecamp.

Wildcat Basecamp Provisions

Wildcat Basecamp provides all the essentials snacks, beverages, restrooms, parking and more. Enjoy food and beverages at the Wildcat Basecamp concession area after hiking among the wildflowers. The concession stand will be open from June 29th through September 2nd, weekdays 10-7 pm and on holidays/weekends 8:30-7 pm.

Hiking

Beginning July 20th hikers can load a shuttle from Wildcat Basecamp for a fee of $5 per person into Albion Basin. The shuttle will operate on weekends and holidays July 20th through September 2nd from 9-6 pm. We highly encourage hikers to start from Wildcat Basecamp to get the full breath Alta has to offer and due to limited parking in the basin. There will be knowledgeable mountain hosts to answer questions at the Wildcat Basecamp on weekends and holidays. All hikers are encouraged to stay on designated trails.

Lunch and Brunch

Let Alta Lodge do the cooking on the weekend. Savor, Saturday lunch from 12-2 pm or Sunday Brunch served from 9:30-2 pm. Check out the new Snowpine Lodge restaurant Swen’s, open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8-2 pm or the Gulch Pub is open daily from 3-9 pm.

Stewardship Programs

The Alta Environmental Center and community partners host sustainability events and educational events throughout the summer. Escape the heat and join us for one of our monthly volunteer days or other stewardship days. For more information on summer stewardship or educational events: GET INVOLVED.

Friday HawkWatch Bird of Prey Show and Hike

Town of Alta Restoration Day

Wasatch Wildflower Festival

Volunteer Day

With the bees buzzing, and blooming flowers, we are excited for summer at Alta. For more information on all things summer at Alta visit: Events and Summer at Alta.

See also: Alta, Utah: If You Can See It You Can Ski It!

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The Equinox to Open First Hotel in NYC’s Hudson Yards With Exclusive Offers for Virtuoso Travelers

June 29, 2019
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The Shed, the newest cultural/performance venue in New York City, is one of the attractions in the city’s newest neighborhood, the Hudson Yards, where the Equinox is opening its first hotel. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

NEW YORK, NY Equinox Hotel, New York City, the first property by the celebrated fitness brand debuts July 15, 2019. Based on the same philosophy as its clubs, Equinox Hotels will inspire people pursuing their maximum potential. With only weeks until its opening, Equinox Hotel, New York City is giving guests a multitude of enticements to reserve their stay through a Virtuoso® travel advisor, including complimentary advantages available only through Virtuoso’s Preview Program:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, if available
  • Early check-in and late checkout, if available
  • Continental breakfast daily for two
  • US$100 hotel credit, once per stay
  • Wi-Fi
  • Airport transfer for Suite reservations of two nights or longer
  • Private helicopter airport transfer for Equinox Suite reservations of two nights or longer

Virtuoso guests also receive one of these exclusive extras available from June 15 – December 31, 2019:

  • Additional US$100 spa credit, per stay
  • Complimentary personal training session
  • Two complimentary SoulCycle classes with swag

Equinox Hotel, New York City will open in the luxurious new Hudson Yards neighborhood on Manhattan’s West Side, where guests will also find The Shed, the city’s newest cultural and performance venue, the Highline, an elevated urban park which has become one of the most popular attractions in New York State, and the intriguing Nest.

Over 25 years, Equinox has developed a brand representing service, quality, expertise, leadership and results. Equinox Hotels, where the science of fitness meets the art of travel, will continue this commitment to excellence.

“Equinox Hotel, New York City is reinventing luxury lifestyle travel for people who play as hard as they train and work,” says Albert Herrera, Virtuoso’s senior vice president of Global Product Partnerships. “The distinction in its holistic approach to everything from sleep to dining to spa treatments is evident in the innovative details. Hudson Yards will add to this this next-level lifestyle movement, offering world-class shopping and dining in thoroughly upscale surroundings.”

The 212 rooms, including 48 suites, will be the ultimate slumber chambers featuring soundproofing and blackout blinds. Beds use natural-fiber mattresses that adapt to any form and employ a Scandinavian technique of two duvets for temperature regulation. An Equinox Sleep Coach will be available to optimize a restful night.

Guests, who automatically become Equinox Fitness Club members during their stay, will have 24-hour access to the largest-ever 60,000-square-foot flagship Equinox Fitness Club. Group fitness classes, private Pilates, personal training, 25-yard indoor salt-water pool, hot and cold plunge pools, outdoor pool and terrace as well as a next-generation SoulCycle studio will also be offered. Equinox’s digital experience connects the club and hotel, streamlining needs from check-in to room service to booking sessions and amenities.

Crafted by experts and backed by Equinox’s Health Advisory Board, the Spa will emphasize recovery-based treatments, science-grounded technology, regeneration and relaxation. It will offer inter-modal experiences including cryotherapy, infrared sauna, quantum harmonics, massage, bodywork and skin therapies.

The hotel will feature Stephen Starr’s new signature restaurant and bar, Electric Lemon, boasting an 8,000 square-foot terrace providing views over Manhattan and the Hudson River from the 24th floor. Menus balancing flavor and fuel will be offered in the restaurant, guestrooms, and social spaces. Other in-room dining options will include high-performance breakfasts, nourishing dinners, nutritious performance kits, sleep-promoting items and next-level mini-bar snacks. Guests will even have access to in-room IV vitamin drips for energy or hydration.

Equinox Hotel, New York City is the latest property to premiere with a boost from the renowned Virtuoso Preview program, which provides advantages exclusively through the network’s 20,000 travel advisors. Preview is part of Virtuoso’s industry-leading Hotels & Resorts Program, with over 1,300 properties in more than 100 countries.

These complimentary benefits at Equinox Hotel, New York City are offered only through booking with a Virtuoso travel advisor or at www.virtuoso.com, where guests will be paired with an advisor to facilitate the reservation and other trip elements. To find Virtuoso’s roster of advisors, visit https://www.virtuoso.com/advisors#.

 

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Insight Vacations Offers Discount on Air Fare on European Fall Itineraries Booked by Aug 29

June 29, 2019

Visit scenic Seville on Insight Vacations’ “Amazing Spain and Portugal” itinerary © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Insight Vacations shows travelers the wonders of Europe in relaxed style that puts them into the heart and soul of a destination, premium hotels in the best locations, iconic sites and experiences. And for bookings through August 29 on travel from from Sept. 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, the tour operator is offering a discount on the air fare on a selection of itineraries:

Best of Ireland and Scotland: Trace back to Gaelic roots, gaze at marvelous landscapes and cherish warm-hearted communities on this 14-day journey across Ireland and Scotland. In Dublin, enjoy VIP priority entrance to the legendary Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity College with a university insider. Meet one of Northern Ireland’s best storytellers, Ronan, as he walks with you inside the 17th-century, gothic city walls of Londonderry. In Ardgowan, learn the wonderous and exciting history of the Shaw Stewart family on a tour with Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart, who will personally show you his 10,000-acre coastal estate. Along the way, you’ll get the chance to walk inside the historic walls of the Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg and also venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and villages in the magical Ring of Kerry.

Italian Escapade: Revel in city riches and observe the beauty of Italian landscapes on this 13-day adventure filled with history, food and art. View the mighty Colosseum and stunning architecture of Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches throughout the ancient city of Rome. In the charming hill town of Assisi, marvel at beautiful stone-built structures that overlook the grand Mount Subasiom and visit the actual birthplace of St. Francis at the Basilica of St. Francis, that’s filled with colorful medieval paintings, gold plated ceilings and mosaic-tile floors. Take time to relax on a cruise through the famous sun-kissed Isle of Capri, surrounded by beautiful blue Mediterranean waters. In the glistening city of Florence, enjoy a mouth-watering, traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner and sip on decadent wine at a historic winery in Lake Iseo.

Amazing Spain and Portugal: Delve into the heart and soul of each destination on this 9-day journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Tour the celebrated Alhambra Palace with a Local Expert, taste authentic Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon, and see the ancient Roman arches across the river Tormes in Salamanca. Embark on a scenic drive to Seville to explore the maze of narrow lanes and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter, and see the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, along with his tomb, at the grand 15th century Seville Cathedral. In the historic city of Toledo, visit the workshop of a master craftsman and see how Damascene swords are made. In Jabugo, taste the famous jamon Iberico (Iberian ham) and learn about its history and production.

From now until August 29, travelers can take advantage of an air offer of $150 off per person on economy, $200 off per person on premium economy and $250 off per person on business class with British Airways, American Airlines, Finnair or Iberia Airlines. This exclusive offer is valid for travel from Sept. 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 and can save travelers up to $500 per couple. Offer is valid on our Europe, Morocco, Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean Itineraries.

To find out more, visit insightvacations.com.

 

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