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Crested Butte Mountain Resort Adds The Inn to its Portfolio

December 24, 2015
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Fireworks and torchlight parade at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colorado.

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. –Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has added The Inn at Crested Butte, an in-town location, to its list of managed properties.

The Inn at Crested Butte is a small, yet charming boutique hotel with 18 recently renovated guest rooms. After a great day of adventure, guests will feel like they are coming home, as they lounge in the large hot tub or sit by the fire during their complimentary wine hour every evening. The Inn is also conveniently located in downtown Crested Butte, so guests can easily spend some time shopping, eating exquisite cuisine, or catching some of the local nightlife. While getting to the mountain every morning is easy on the free Mountain Express bus taking guests directly to the slopes every fifteen minutes with the closest stop only a block away.

“The Inn at Crested Butte is the perfect addition to the accommodations that we currently manage,” explains Dale Stetson, vice president of lodging at CBMR. “With its in town location, exceptional guest amenities and easy access to skiing and snowboarding, our guests can have a well-rounded ski vacation by including both our charming town and fabulous mountain.”

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is offering great deals on both lodging and lift tickets for those interested in staying at the Inn at Crested Butte by including the property in all of their standard winter packages such as their Ski Free, Stay Free promotion. For the full list of packages, visit www.skicb.com/deals.

Ski Free, Stay Free: Enjoy some of the best conditions of the season and an additional nights’ lodging and day of skiing free. Purchase three nights of lodging and three days of lift tickets between January 1 and March 5, 2016 and receive a fourth night of lodging and fourth day of skiing for free. For an even sweeter deal, between March 18 and April 3, purchase two nights of lodging and two days of lift tickets to receive the third night and third day free. Minimal blackout dates apply. This package is available only through Crested Butte Vacations by calling (844) 993-9545 or online at www.skicb.com/deals.

For more information about Crested Butte’s lodging, conference, meeting facilities, and special packages, call Crested Butte Vacations, (844) 993-9545 or visit the web site at www.skicb.com/deals.

 

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Limoliner Luxury Motorcoach Holiday Express Offers Seasonal Perks for Boston-NYC Travelers

December 23, 2015
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The holiday festivities in New York City continue onboard the LimoLiner luxury motorcoach service between midtown Manhattan and downtown Boston © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

This December, LimoLiner, the luxury motor coach service offering premium-class travel between downtown Boston and midtown Manhattan, is offering travelers a cornucopia of festive holiday extras including cheerful onboard decorations and seasonal movies, delicious holiday sweet treats, special travel discounts and a unique chance to help out children in need this winter.

Already a popular choice for travelers wanting to avoid crowded airport security lines and long train delays, LimoLiner will add an additional sprinkle of holiday magic to its customary executive-class service featuring spacious leather seats, satellite TV/radio, complimentary meals and beverages, free Wi-Fi and seat-side onboard attendant assistance.

LimoLiner’s New York City drop-off location at the New York Hilton Midtown is just steps away from must-visit holiday entertainment destinations including Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue and Times Square. And its Boston drop-off location at the Sheraton Boston Hotel is right in the heart of the Back Bay, home to shopping meccas Newbury Street and Copley Place.

LimoLiner’s holiday trips run from Tuesday, December 1, 2015 through Sunday, January 3, 2016 and include:

  • Onboard Holiday Film Festival: Every LimoLiner trip will feature a holiday movie, ranging from such traditional favorites as Miracle on 34th Street and White Christmas, to modern classics like Home Alone and Elf.
  • The opportunity to give: An onboard container will collect donations of family friendly DVDs and K-Cup coffee boxes to benefit the Boston and New York Ronald McDonald Houses, offering a home for children with cancer as well as their families.
  • A sweet reward only for LimoLiner riders: show your LimoLiner ticket confirmation to receive a complimentary dessert with the purchase of any lunch or dinner entrée at the fabulous new Ocean Prime New York (123 West 52nd Street) or Ocean Prime Boston (140 Seaport Blvd, opening December 3, 2015), the award-winning restaurant and lounge featuring exceptional fresh seafood and prime steaks from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. Limit one per person. Offer is valid now through December 30, 2015.
  • Hilton for the Holidays: 10% off Hilton Hotel room rates in Midtown New York and Bay Back Boston, including free Wi-Fi, 20% off onsite food and beverage and complimentary museum tickets for Sunday stays. LimoLiner customers can visit http://my.limoliner.com/limoliner-deals-discounts/ to receive a special Hilton Hotel code after booking their LimoLiner ticket.

 

Offering quality and comfortable travel between Boston and New York City since 2003, LimoLiner is a premium travel experience. Executive-class amenities and high touch service offer travelers a haven for maximizing travel time at a reasonable cost with daily service between Boston and New York City. LimoLiner passengers enjoy travel in spacious leather seats selected in advance, complimentary Wi-Fi, onboard satellite TV/radio, dedicated work spaces and premium cabin assistance from an onboard attendant overseeing complimentary meal and beverage service. LimoLiner provides an unparalleled level of travel for those seeking a reliable, productive and pleasant trip that can rarely be found in other modes of transportation. For more information visit www.LimoLiner.com or call 1-844-40-LINER (1-844-405-4637).

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Exclusive Deals, Giveaways at New York Times Travel Show, Jan 8-10 at Javits Center

December 22, 2015
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Sponsors and exhibitors of The New York Times Travel Show will offer deals and giveaways exclusively on-site at the 2016 show, taking place Jan. 8 – 10 at the Jacob K. Javits Center © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Sponsors and exhibitors of The New York Times Travel Show will offer deals and giveaways exclusively on-site at the 2016 show, taking place Jan. 8 – 10 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.

The Travel Show starts on Friday, Jan. 8, with a Trade Day open to travel professionals and media. Doors open to the public on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 9-10) for two days of on-site deals and offers, travel seminars, tips from professionals at Meet the Experts, stage performances, book signings by notable writers, and the Taste of the World culinary pavilion, which offers samples of global cuisines and a “Kids Kitchen” for kids of all ages.

Attendees are encouraged to stop by every booth for a variety of unique experiences. For example, visit Color Spa in the Wellness Travel Pavilion for an energy tune-up using colored lights. Logbar at booth 1142 will demo a new wearable translation device.  The Curaçao Tourism Board at booth 110 will allow attendees to experience — through the lens of virtual reality video — the sights and sounds of Curaçao’s Playa Kenepa (one of Curaçao’s most popular beaches) and the Queen Emma Bridge in downtown Willemstad.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of connecting New Yorkers to the world, The New York Passport Agency will invite attendees to snap a selfie with a giant passport at booth 667
and be among the first to see what the next generation of passports will look like.

Special on-site deals, giveaways and sweepstakes will include, among many others:

Adventure to Africa: Booth 767: Book a 10-day trip to Tanzania Migration Safari, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park and get two nights free (savings valued at $1,165).

Allianz Global Assistance: Booth 726: Visit booth 726 and enter for a chance to win up to $2,500 for an ultimate bucket list trip. Go to allianztravelinsurance.com/nyt for official rules.

Caribbean Hotel Education Foundation: Booth 117: Join a fundraiser auction of 100+ Caribbean hotel and resort stays, with all proceeds going to student scholarships.  Stays include: 4 nights Atlantis, Bahamas; 5 nights Cambridge Beaches, Bermuda: 7 nights True Blue Bay, Granada: 4 nights all-inclusive Couples Tower Isle, Jamaica: 5 nights The Palms, Turks & Caicos: and 7 nights all-inclusive Coconut Bay, St. Lucia.

GuideWE Travel: Booth 362:  Show only discounts: Up to $1,000 off selected tours and trips, including adventure vacations, classic China tours and romantic trips.

Hawaiian Airlines: Booth 878: Enter to win a free trip for two to Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines and sign up for HawaiianMiles membership.

Kurotel Longevity Medical Center and Spa: Booth 1133: Kurotel Longevity Medical Center & Spa in Brazil is offering attendees an opportunity to win a five-night night Wellness Retreat valued at $2,500.

National Geographic Expeditions: Booth 682: Attend the National Geographic Expeditions seminar on national park vacations at 11am on Saturday (1/9) and enter to win an eight day trip to Yellowstone Grand Teton National Parks from National Geographic Expeditions.

SmarTours: Booth 359: Prize giveaway: Enter to win a free trip for two to Cuba, including airfare by joining the smarTours e-mail list.

Sorobon Beach Resort Bonaire: Booth 428: Book an ultimate wellness vacation of seven nights in an ocean view one-bedroom chalet, and get three nights for free at Sorobon Beach resort Bonaire.

The New York Times Store: Booth 925: Enter for a chance to win a Pin Your Journeys Map. Simply subscribe to The New York Times Store emails and connect with us on Facebook and Google Plus.

Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau: Booth 75: Enter to win a travel package to Valdez, Alaska, which includes the following prizes, among others: two free round-trip airline tickets from Anchorage to Valdez on RAVN Alaska airlines; free two-night stay for two people at the Robe Lake Lodge.

Zulu Nyala: Booth 762: Enter to win a six-night safari for two at Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge and private game reserve including two game-viewing activities per day valued at $5,950.

2016 New York Times Travel Show Sponsors

Allianz and South African Tourism are gold sponsors of The New York Times Travel Show. Destination Canada, The Florida Keys and Key West, Liberty Travel, MSC Cruises, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Turkish Tourism and Visit Florida are silver sponsors.

Ferguson and Jenn-Air are presenting sponsors of Taste of the World: Kids Kitchen. Astor Wines and Spirits, FreshDirect, Institute of Culinary Education, Stephenson Custom Case Company and Tower Garden are supporting sponsors.

Industry sponsors include: Adventure Cycling Association, Adventure Travel Trade Association, African Travel Association, American Society of Travel Agents, Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation, Caribbean Tourism Organization, Costa Rica Tourism Board, Cruise Lines International Association, Cruise Planners: an American Express Travel Services Representative, Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialists Association, Family Travel Association, I Love New York, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, Millennials in Travel, National Association of Railroad Passengers, Pacific Asia Travel Association, Professional Travel Bloggers Association, Society of American Travel Writers, United States Tour Operators Association and Well-Being Travel.

Media sponsors include: Go Nomad, Hospitality 21, The Huffington Post, Man About World, NTD-TV, Off Metro, Passport, TravAlliance Media, Travel Market Report, Travel to Wellness, VVH-TV, Wander Magazine,WeBlogTheWorld.com, WhereTraveler.com and WNET-TV.

The Travel Show is the largest and longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America, featuring the Travel Industry Conference, Consumer Seminars, and an interactive Exhibition including more than 500 exhibitors from Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Mexico and the United States. In addition to discounts and special offers, the show provides educational seminars and live entertainment for families, individuals, couples and seniors. Join the conversation and follow @NYTTravelShow for the latest Travel Show news (www.NYTimes.com/TravelShow)

 

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Registration Opens for 5th Annual First Day Hikes in 38 New York State Parks, Sites

December 18, 2015

 

 

Jones Beach, Long Island

Jones Beach State Park in winter. Registration is now open for First Day hikes in 38 New York State parks and historic sites © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Registration is now open for the fifth annual First Day Hikes program taking place at 38 state parks and historical sites on January 1. First Day Hikes give people of all ages an opportunity to kick off the New Year and enjoy nature during guided walks.

First Day Hikes offer a great way to connect with the outdoors, exercise and enjoy nature on New Year’s Day. Participants can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of the season and spectacular vistas, and benefit from the company of a knowledgeable guide. State park staff and volunteers will lead these family-friendly walks and hikes, which average one to three miles or longer depending on the location.

This year, 41 hikes are being offered at 38 New York state parks and historic sites. The programs include a seal walk, winter woodlands, a walking history tour, a snowshoe waterfall hike, pet-friendly treks, crossing one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridges, and more. If weather conditions permit, some First Day Hikes may include snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Many hikes will be offering refreshments. Last year, over 2,100 participants took part in celebrating First Day Hikes across the state.

 

In New York, hikes will be offered at the following locations:

Western New York

  • Allegany State Park- Red House, Salamanca, anytime 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.; 716-354-9101 x.236
    · Buffalo Harbor State Park, Buffalo; 10 a.m.-12 noon; 716-549-1050
    · DeVeaux Woods-Whirlpool State Park, Niagara Falls; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 716-285-5154
    · Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown; 1:30 p.m.–4 p.m.; 716-285-5154
    · Genesee Valley Greenway State Park, York; 10 a.m.; 585-493-3600
    · Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; 716-549-1050
    · Letchworth State Park, Castile; 1 p.m.; (two hikes – one for families with young children); 585-493-3600
    · Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; 716-285-5154

Finger Lakes & Central New York

  • Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park, Westford; 1 p.m.; 607-638-5421
    · Catharine Valley Trail, Watkins Glen; 10 a.m.; 607-535-4511
    · Chenango Valley State Park, Chenango Forks; 12:30 p.m.; 607-648-5251
    · Clark Reservation State Park, Jamesville; 1 p.m.; 315-492-1590
    · Fort Ontario State Historic Site, Oswego; 10 a.m.; 315-343-4711
    · Taughannock Falls State Park, Trumansburg; 1 p.m.; 607-387-7041
    · Two Rivers State Park, Waverly; 10:30 a.m.; 607-273-3440

North Country & Greater Capital District

  • Mine Kill State Park, North Blenheim; 11 a.m.; 518-827-8690
    · Moreau Lake State Park, Gansevoort; 10 a.m.-12 noon; 518-793-0511
    · Peebles Island State Park, Waterford; 10 a.m.; 518-268-2188
    · Point Au Roche State Park, Plattsburgh; 1 p.m.; 518-561-4213
    · Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, Sackets Harbor; 12 noon; 315-489-3642
    · Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs; 10 a.m.; 518-584-2000
    · Schodack Island State Park, Schodack Landing; 1 p.m.; 518-732-0187
    · Thacher State Park, Voorheesville; 10 a.m.; 518-872-0800
    · Wellesley Island State Park, Fineview; 1 p.m.; 315-482-2479

Hudson Valley

  • FDR State Park, Yorktown; 11 a.m.; 914-245-4434 x8
    · John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Katonah; 1 p.m.; 914-232-5651 x 105
    · Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Peter’s Kill, Kerhonkson; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m.-5 p.m.; 845-255-0752
    · Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Sam’s Point, Cragsmoor; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m.-5 p.m.; 845-255-0752
    · Olana State Historic Site, Hudson; 11 a.m.; 518-828-0135 x303
    · Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Pleasantville; 9 a.m.; 914-666-6503
    · Sterling Forest State Park, Tuxedo; 11 a.m.; 845-351-5907
    · Taconic State Park – Copake Falls, Copake Falls; 1 p.m.; 518-329-3993
    · Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park; Poughkeepsie; 2 p.m.; 845-454-9649

New York City and Long Island

  • Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale; 10 a.m.; 516-249-3560
    · Clay Pit Ponds, Staten Island; 11 a.m.; 718-605-3970 x201
    · Connetquot River State Park, Oakdale; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.; 631-581-1072
    · Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.; 516-785-3614 or 516-780-3295
    · Montauk Point State, Montauk; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; 631-668-2554

“The natural beauty of New York State makes the perfect backdrop for welcoming in 2016 with family and friends,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “I encourage everyone to start a new tradition and take a First Day Hike at their local state park or use the occasion to discover a new favorite.”

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey said, “We are proud to once again host the First Day Hikes and offer these popular outdoor events for the New Year. For 2016, we’re offering more inspiration than ever for people of all ages and interests from lakeside trails to spellbinding views of a gorge, centuries of military history, and treks through woods or waterfronts. So start off the year with a healthy hike and set the stage for enjoying the parks year-round.”

Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain, registration requirements and additional information are listed at nysparks.com.

 

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Liftopia Offers Two Ways to Give the Gift of Ski This Holiday Season

December 18, 2015
Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado Rockies

Family skiing at Copper Mountain, Colorado. Liftopia makes it easy to give the Gift of Ski. © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

With just a few shopping days to go until Christmas, there’s still time to give family and friends THE GIFT OF SKI, promising adventure, fresh mountain air, and powder days.

Liftopia, the largest online and mobile marketplace for lift tickets and other mountain activities, offers two ways to give the gift of ski this holiday season:

  • Purchase date-specific lift tickets at more than 250 resorts in North America on Liftopia.com – perfect if you’re traveling with the recipient or know when they’d like to hit the slopes. Worried trip details may change? Buy Value Plus or Flexible tickets, offering the ability to change dates.
  • Load up a Liftopia Gift Card, which can be purchased at any amount from $5 to $1,000 and used toward lift tickets, lessons and more at any of Liftopia’s 250+ partner resorts. No extra fees, no expiration dates, and they can be sent digitally or printed.

A blog post detailing who the gift of ski is perfect for this holiday season can be found here.

As a reminder, with Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on a Friday this year, it’s the perfect time to plan a holiday weekend on the slopes. While everyone else is inside unwrapping presents on Dec. 25 or watching football (or nursing hangovers) on Jan. 1, ski areas will be free of crowds and long lift lines, meaning wide-open runs and more powder time! To draw people out of their homes and onto the slopes, Liftopia partner resorts offer some of the biggest discounts of the season on lift tickets, in some instances up to 85% off window rates when purchased online and in advance.

 

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Parker&Morgan Launches Online Retail Site For Virgin Hotels

December 17, 2015

virgin hotels shop

Parker&Morgan, purveyors of luxury sleep and wellness products, has partnered with Virgin Hotels to create an online retail shop where buyers can create their own Virgin Hotels-like environment, including the patented and award-winning Lounge Bed. Guests who experience the reimagined hospitality experience are now able to bring elements of their stay into their own homes.

“The Virgin brand has a tremendous history in driving innovation and change,” says Parker&Morgan CEO Peter Whitford. “Bringing that expertise to the hotel industry is nothing short of a game-changer. We are thrilled to be able to extend the room experience beyond the property to further support brand loyalty.”

Parker&Morgan partners with marquee hotels and small luxury hotel groups to create exclusive online retail shops, reflective of the distinctive experience of each hotel. The company works closely with hotel designers and brand partners to expand the retail offering to gifts and decor reminiscent of their stay as well as products from prominent local artisans.

“Travelers want to make a connection to the places they visit,” adds Whitford. “There is nothing more intimate than bringing products into your own home.”

Virgin Hotels at Home Store features iconic room items like the SMEG mini-bar fridge and the Vespa Italian scooter desk chair. The showcase item is the Lounge Bed, which features an ergonomic, padded headboard and a unique corner seat at the foot. The Lounge Bed is offered exclusively through the Virgin Hotels At Home site.

Parker&Morgan manages all aspects of the online site as a seamless extension of the hotel’s own website. Parker&Morgan are retail and luxury experts who curate and manage the shopping experience including an on-call Sleep Concierge who can walk guests through the personal details of creating the most restful night or identifying elements from their hotel stay.

Visit http://virginhotels.pmathome.com

Parker&Morgan is headquartered in Pasadena, CA and operates in the U.S., Southeast Asia and Australia as purveyors of luxury sleep and wellness products. Their businesses include consumer-direct sleep and wellness stores, luxury hotel lines and the P&M Studio lifestyle brand. CEO Peter Whitford is the former Worldwide President at The Walt Disney Company overseeing Disney Store, Catalogue and Internet businesses. Prior to that role, he served as President and CEO of Structure, part of The Limited (Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath and Body Works. (www.parkerandmorganglobal.com)

Virgin Hotels is a lifestyle hospitality brand “that combines heartfelt service, straightforward value and a seamless, personalized hotel experience with the track record of innovation and smart disruption that Sir Richard Branson’s global Virgin Group has pioneered for over 40 years.” Each property intermixes a passion for food and beverage with music and culture, fusing with the local landscape and providing a vibrant and inclusive environment for travelers and locals alike. Chicago opened in 2015, with New York, Nashville, Dallas and others to follow (www.virginhotels.com).
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Open Call for Submissions to 4th Annual ‘Your Big Break’ at Gold Coast Arts Center

December 17, 2015
Gold Coast Arts Center/Acoustic Cafe 3rd Annual 'Your Big Break'

Katie Zimmer headlining with the Como Brothers at the 2015 Your Big Break Finals at the Gold Coast arts Center © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Think you are the next Beatles? The next Adele? The next Justin Bieber? The next Big Thing? The 2016 fourth annual “Your Big Break” Showcase gets underway in January 30 and three subsequent Saturday nights, Feb 6, March 12, and Saturday April 2 2016, when young artists compete for major prizes from the music industry designed to give them a big leg up.

There is an open call for submissions for musicians age 15 to 25 who do not currently have a recording or publishing contract to submit for the showcase events; interested artists must perform with a band or solo with an acoustic guitar or sing to a backing music track. There is no fee to submit.

Prizes and judges include: the chance to open for national acts at major venues like The Emporium and their manager Neil Rubenstein will be a judge, recording time at IndiMusic Studios and Online TV streaming opportunities on IndiMusic TV w/ Chris Pati (judge), a feature at Reverbnation.com from Lou Plaia (judge), a PR and social media campaign including management, booking and label services consultation with Rick Eberle Agency, musical equipment from All Music Inc and Guy Brogna (Judge) and ZOOM North America, and more TBA. All the things a young performer needs to get started on a musical odyssey.

For the second year in a row, there will also be mentors assigned to the finalists. The mentors will work with the artists to help them hone their craft before performing at the finals. This year’s mentors are yet to be announced. Last year’s mentors were New York based hit makers Ryan Star, John Hampson, Ido Zmishlany and Mark Ambrosino.

Come down to the show and network with some of the best and brightest people in the music business because–along with the judges–the audience have a vote in determining this year’s winner as well.

Performances on four Saturday nights, January 30, Feb 6, March 12, and Saturday April 2 2016, is when the audience can join the Gold Coast Arts Center and Love Revolution Org, as they present the Gold Coast Acoustic Cafe’s Fourth Annual “Your Big Break” Showcase Series taking place at The Gold Coast Arts Center, located at 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck NY.

Doors open at 7:30 pm and the first act will perform starting at 8:00pm each night. Price is $10 for students and $15 for adults. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Past winners Youth Be Told, Katie Zimmer and Annika and finalists SEE and Zofolk have gone on to work with major producers managers and agents. Past artists who have performed in headline slots at Your Big Break have included Iridesense, John Hampson of Nine Days, The Brady Brothers, Sir Cadian Rhythm – all local musicians who have had some success in the business to hopefully further inspire the next generation of stars presented at Your Big Break and Acoustic Cafe.

For more information or to submit your act to the showcase, send one MP3 song, one photo, and a short bio to GNACBIGBREAK@GMAIL.COM or visit: http://goldcoastarts.org/yourbigbreak/

Gold Coast Arts Center is located at 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021 (516) 829-2570

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Kuwait Airways axes NYC-London route after US orders carrier to fly Israelis

December 17, 2015

Kuwait Airways reportedly is terminating service between New York JFK and London Heathrow after the US government threatened legal action over its refusal to sell tickets to Israelis, according to ETN Global Travel Industry News.

On October 29, US Department of Transportation ordered Kuwait Airways to “cease and desist from refusing to transport Israeli citizens between the U.S. and any third country where they are allowed to disembark.”

“Today, Kuwait Airways informed the U.S. Department of Transportation that they will be eliminating service between JFK and London Heathrow,” the US DOT spokeswoman said.

“At the moment, however, the airline will continue to operate its thrice-weekly Kuwait City-New York JFK service, with just the second (and final) leg of its thrice weekly Kuwait City-London Heathrow-New York JFK service affected,” ETN reported (www.eturbonews.com).

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2016 New York Times Travel Show to Bring Interactive, Cultural, Culinary Experiences to Javits Center in January

December 17, 2015
Malaysian dancers at the New York Times Travel Show  The 2016 show taking place at the Javits Center, Jan. 8-10, will feature a variety of exclusive discounts, cultural performances, kid-friendly activities, culinary tastings and new offerings for the spa and wellness traveler © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Malaysian dancers at the New York Times Travel Show The 2016 show taking place at the Javits Center, Jan. 8-10, will feature a variety of exclusive discounts, cultural performances, kid-friendly activities, culinary tastings and new offerings for the spa and wellness traveler © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The 2016 New York Times Travel Show will feature a wide variety of exclusive discounts, cultural performances, kid-friendly activities, culinary tastings and new offerings for the spa and wellness traveler.

This year’s Travel Show, taking place at the Jacob K. Javits Center, will begin Friday, Jan. 8, with its Trade Day, which is open exclusively to travel industry professionals.

The Travel Show will be open to the general public Saturday, Jan. 9, and Sunday, Jan. 10.

Debuting this year, the Wellness Travel Feature will showcase wellness travel brands that attendees may experience first-hand at the Travel Show.  Wellness samplings will include:

  • An aromatherapist from The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, to help you identify your unique chakras
  • A quick test to discover your dosha and personal Ayurvedic constitution from The Art of Living Retreat Center
  • A close-up on the new Body Science program at the BodyHoliday, St. Lucia
  • A 10-minute energy tune-up with colored light from the Color Spa
  • Dr. Mariela de Silveira, of Kurotel Longevity Center and Spa, speaking on brain health
  • A presentation on how to find the “best fit” wellness vacation and where to go in 2016
  • Wellness travel experts talking about what’s new on the wellness travel scene
  • 10 ways to work wellness into your next trip, courtesy of EVEN Hotels
  • Fitness demos in the Mezzanine

Attendees also will enjoy visions and sounds of the world on stage through cultural performances that bring global destinations to life across five different stages on the exhibition floor.

The Travel Show’s “Taste of the World” culinary pavilion will provide attendees with samples of cuisines from around the globe.  “Taste of the World: Kids Kitchen” will invite children of all ages to participate in fun food experiments while learning about nutritious eating and international dishes.

Ferguson and Jenn-Air are presenting sponsors of the 2016 New York Times Travel Show Kids Kitchen.  They are also supplying the kitchen that will be used on the Taste of the World stage.

Astor Wines and Spirits, FreshDirect, Institute of Culinary Education, Stephenson Custom Case Company and Tower Garden are supporting sponsors, supplying staging and assistance, for the 2016 New York Times Travel Show Kids Kitchen.

FreshDirect will provide all groceries for Taste of the World and Taste of the World: Kids Kitchen.  FreshDirect subscribers will also receive a discount of $3 toward New York Times Travel Show admission.

Attendees will have access to exclusive discounts and deals, plus prizes and giveaways, available only at The New York Times Travel Show.  New deals will be announced at NYTimes.com/TravelShow in the weeks leading up to the show.

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New-York Historical Society: Toys, Trains, SuperHeroes

December 15, 2015
New York City

New-York Historical Society, the oldest museum in NYC, offers fascinating exhibits © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

One of the most fascinating museums in New York City is the New-York Historical Society. Here are highlights of the current exhibits:

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection, through February 28, 2016
This holiday season, the New-York Historical Society  transforms into a magical wonderland with a dynamic installation from its renowned Jerni Collection of model trains, scenic elements, and toys from a bygone era. Featuring several treasures exhibited for the first time since New-York Historical acquired the collection, Holiday Express unfolds over a broad swath of the first floor and continues throughout the lower-level DiMenna Children’s History Museum. With the aid of theatrical lighting, an ambient audio “soundscape,” and other visual effects, visitors are engaged in an all-new and captivating holiday experience. Organized by New-York Historical’s Mike Thornton, Assistant Curator of Material Culture.

Superheroes in Gotham through February 21, 2016
Superheroes are a part of our daily lives, engaging our imaginations on the pages of comic books, on television, and movie screens, as well as across the Broadway stage and in the virtual world of gaming. Since their introduction in the late 1930s, superheroes have been societal role models, inspirational, and enviable. Based on mythological archetypes, they navigate the twists and turns of modern life. Through comic books, original drawings, posters, video clips, costumes, early merchandise, and props, Superheroes in Gotham tells the story of comic book superheroes in New York City; the leap of comic book superheroes from print to radio, to television, and ultimately to film; the role of fandom, including the yearly mega-event known as New York Comic Con; and how superheroes continue to inspire the work of contemporary comic book artists, cartoonists, and painters in New York City. Organized by New-York Historical’s Debra Schmidt Bach, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, and Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations.

Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York through April 17, 2016
The New-York Historical Society celebrates New York’s central role in the digital revolution, highlighting the pioneering work and technological innovations that have transformed daily life. Silicon City presents New York as a technological hub where the intersection of commerce and innovation gave rise to the first computers and tech companies. Featuring more than 300 artifacts from the late-1800s through the 1980s, Silicon City will include early computers and telecommunications hardware, archival materials, photographs, digital artworks, and interactive experiences that immerse visitors in the decades-long evolution of technology. Organized by New-York Historical’s Chief Curator Stephen Edidin with assistance from Research Associate Cristian Panaite.

Maestà: Gaddi’s Triptych Reunited through March 20, 2016
After conservation and exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum and at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the New-York Historical Society’s Madonna and Child Enthroned with Ten Saints: Maestà is back on Central Park West. Painted circa 1330–34 by Taddeo Gaddi, the major disciple of Giotto, this panel was originally the central section of a triptych with two shutters (sportelli). Following new research the Maestà will be exhibited with the two double-sided wings from a private collection that have been linked to it. One features the artist’s amazing solar eclipse (Gaddi was temporarily blinded by one). Its frame will also be reconstructed and its conservation highlighted. In addition, this exhibition will showcase other 14th- and early 15th-century Italian panels donated to N-YHS in 1867 by Thomas Jefferson Bryan, a pioneering New York collector of Italian “primitives,” (i.e., painters before Raphael). Organized by Roberta J.M. Olson, Curator of Drawings, New-York Historical Society.

Picasso’s Le Tricorne, Ongoing
The show positions Picasso’s curtain in a dialogue with other New-York Historical Society objects, including paintings from the European tradition that provide background to the artist’s work as well as to the traditions against which the revolutionary artist rebelled. Other thematic threads pivot around dance subjects and explore roughly contemporary American paintings, sculpture, posters, and watercolors. Among the works included are examples by William Adolphe Bouguereau, Will H. Bradley, Philippe de Champaigne, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Childe Hassam, Malvina Hoffman, Ricardo de Madrazo y Garreta, Elie Nadelman, Edward Penfield, Maurice Prendergast, John Sloan, and Adriaen van Utrecht.  Organized by Roberta J.M. Olson, Curator of Drawings, New-York Historical Society.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

The Story: A Reporter’s Journey
Judith Miller, Bret Stephens
Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 6:30 pm
$34 (Members $20)
In an intimate conversation, Judith Miller turns her reporting skills on herself and her career, discussing her early years at The New York Times, her controversial work regarding Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and the decisions she made during the Scooter Libby investigation.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Jill Lepore
Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6:30 pm
$34 (Members $20)
Since her introduction in 1941, Wonder Woman has remained the most popular female superhero of all time, but the history behind her creation has remained largely unknown. American History Book Prize winner Jill Lepore uncovers the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes and how it holds within it a fascinating family story, as well as a crucial connection to 20th-century feminism.

The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton
William E. Leuchtenburg, Douglas Brinkley
Saturday, January 16, 2016, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
$44 (Members $32)
From the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 to Bill Clinton’s last night in office in January 2001, the American presidency—and the nation, as a whole—experienced a tremendous growth in power and influence. Celebrated presidential historian William E. Leuchtenburg chronicles the presidents of the past century, highlighting their moments of high drama and triumph.

Leaders in War: Charles de Gaulle
Andrew Roberts
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 6:30 pm
$38 (Members $24)
In June 1940, General Charles de Gaulle showed that sublime heroism was possible even during the chaos surrounding the Fall of France. Andrew Roberts discusses de Gaulle’s leadership, showing how his response to that catastrophe was always admired by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, even while they clashed with his rebarbative personality.

America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve
Roger Lowenstein, Byron R. Wien
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 6:30 pm
$34 (Members $20)
In 1913, after a series of disastrous financial panics shook the nation, Congress was persuaded to approve the landmark Federal Reserve Act. Renowned financial author Roger Lowenstein reveals the rich history and key players behind the drama-filled creation of America’s central bank, which ultimately enabled the young country to become a global financial powerhouse.

Sherman’s “Other” March: Burning the Carolinas
John F. Marszalek, James M. McPherson, Harold Holzer
Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6:30 pm
$38 (Members $24)
After making Georgia “howl” by marching his army from Atlanta to the sea, Union General William T. Sherman led an even more destructive march—through the Carolinas. Join three eminent historians as they explore Sherman’s devastating follow-up campaign to break Confederate resistance and end the Civil War.

Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City. New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. It is located across 77th Street from the Museum of Natural History.

New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (at 77th Street), New York, NY 10024, 212-873-3400, www.nyhistory.org