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Tip Spoke Expands Free Service Showcasing Fun Things to Do, Insider Tips to 60 US Metro Areas

September 30, 2016
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TipSpoke.com links travelers to fun things to do in Boston and 59 other metro areas © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

SUDBURY, Mass.– Tipspoke.com has expanded its reach, enabling people to easily find fun things to do in over 60 major U.S. metro areas. Their mission is to focus on helping people and families find fun things to do to enrich their lives. The Tipspoke.com team brings together a wide range of experience to deliver Awesome Tips Worth Sharing™. Tipspoke.com is designed to be easy to navigate, so people can spend less time searching and more time having fun.

Site visitors will find that the site is clearly divided into categories, such as: Fun Things to Do Locally, Travel Tips, and Fun Things to Do at Home – including Arts & Crafts, Family Games &  Activities, Science Experiments, Magic Tricks, Jokes for Kids, Riddles & Brainteasers for Kids, Online Activities, and Food & Dining Activities.

Tipspoke.com not only focuses on covering popular destinations, but also many that are off the beaten path. For example, someone looking for an activity in Boston would find a hand-picked list of over 100 things to do in and around the Greater Boston area. The insider tips can help people have more fun while saving a lot of time and money.

Tip Spoke partners with bloggers and topical experts, who have awesome tips to share, giving them visibility to Tip Spoke’s website and newsletter readership.

Stacey Sao, the CEO of Tip Spoke, is a Villanova grad who launched the successful Boston-area website BostonCentral.com in 2001, and launched the first version of Tipspoke.com in 2015 with just a handful of tips focused on online activities.

“This next version of Tipspoke.com, expanded to over 60 metro areas, is an amazing free resource to help people have more fun. We’re excited to be partnering with bloggers and other websites who have expertise in specific areas to get the best content to our readers,” she said.

For complete information, visit: https://tipspoke.com.

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Tickets Now Available for the 2017 New York Times Travel Show

September 30, 2016
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Pauline Frommer, travel expert and radio host, will be on hand at the 2017 New York Times Travel Show to deliver her popular talk on where to go © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Annual Event to Showcase Latest in Global Travel Trends January 27-29, 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 New York Times Travel Show, the largest and longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America. The event will take place from Friday, Jan. 27 to Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Tickets are available atNYTimes.com/TravelShow.

“Welcome to the World” is the theme for this year’s Travel Show, where industry experts and travel enthusiasts come together to share the latest travel news, trends and inspiration for the year ahead. The Travel Show features more than 525 exhibitors from around the world and is expected to draw more than 30,000 attendees.

Highlights of the 2017 New York Times Travel Show

Travel for the Mind, Body and Soul – For a second year, the 2017 Travel Show will feature a Wellness Travel Pavilion, including a Best Life Stage, Get Fit Zone, and various booths. Each day, the pavilion will host and showcase leading experts in the wellness travel industry, including hotels, resorts, spas and other organizations.

Family First – New for 2017 is The Family Travel Pavilion featuring exhibit booth space, a Presentation stage and a kids demonstration area. The pavilion will showcase leading players in the Family travel space, including lodges, resorts, destinations, cruise lines and dude ranches. The New York Times Travel Show is proud to announce the Family Travel Association is an Industry Sponsor of the inaugural Family Travel Pavilion at the 2017 Show.

Trade Day – The first day of the Travel Show on Friday, Jan. 27 is reserved exclusively for travel industry professionals and members of the media. The day will include expert seminars, which will inform travel professionals of the latest industry products and services, destination information and consumer trends.

New Seminars – Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29 will be open to all attendees and feature various cultural presentations and performances, food demonstrations, and one-on-one conversations with travel experts and influencers on topics such as global travel tips for women and LGBT travel.  The 2017 show will also feature new seminar topics such as Travel Destinations and Tips for the Active Aging Traveler, The Sharing Economy:  Exchanging, Swapping & Rentals and Beyond the Selfie:  Creating Ethical Travel in Today’s World among many others.

Featured speakers will include:

  • Pauline Frommer, travel expert and radio host
  • Peter Greenberg, author and CBS News travel editor
  • Julia Dimon, adventure travel writer, blogger, and TV personality
  • Patricia Schultz, travel writer
  • Rudy Maxa, travel journalist, creator of Rudy Maxa’s World with the Careys travel radio show
  • Robert and Mary Carey, co-hosts, Rudy Maxa’s World with the Careys
  • Johnny Jet and Chris McGinnis, travel experts

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

Go Nomad, Healthy Aging Magazine, ManAboutWorld, Off Metro, Passport, travAlliancemedia, Travel to Wellness, Travel Market Report, Wander Magazine and WVVH-TV serve as media sponsors.

For more information, visit www.NYTimes.com/TravelShow.

Follow the Travel Show on Facebook and Twitter for programming and speaker updates at Facebook.com/NYTTravelShow and @NYTTravelShow.

Get Best Prices on Vermont Resort 2016-17 Season Passes Before Deadline

September 30, 2016
Okemo, Vermont, where you can enjoy bubble chairs, has joined the M.A.X. Pass program so you can get a season pass and for the add on, give 5 days at 31 other mountains, including its sister resort, Crested Butte © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Okemo, Vermont, where you can enjoy bubble chairs, has joined the M.A.X. Pass program so you can get a season pass and for the add on, give 5 days at 31 other mountains, including its sister resort, Crested Butte © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Season Passes at Vermont ski resorts make for one of the best deals around for skiers and snowboarders. Many resorts offer special preseason discounts. Here are this year’s highlights and pricing deadlines for Vermont resort season passes:

 

Bolton Valley- Pricing Deadline: Oct. 31. The Ski Bum Pass- $179 for anyone ages 18-25 and full time college students. Bolton’s Bolton Valley All Access Season Pass includes the benefits of the Freedom Pass (which used to be a $50 add-on), giving unlimited visits with no blackouts to Bolton Valley and up to three days skiing at each of the 12 other ski areas, spanning the country from Alaska to Maine, for a total of 36 free lift tickets. These include Magic Mountain  in Londonderry, VT (which is just being acquired by a group of locals who are making millions of dollars of new investment), Granite Gorge on the Keene/Roxbury Line in southwestern NH is close to Keene State College; Black Mountain in Jackson, NH.

All passes can be found at www.boltonvalley.com

Bromley Mountain- Pricing Deadline, Oct. 15. Super Value Pass– $525 – Ski Bromley 7 days a week, non-holiday with the Super Value Pass, www.bromley.com.

Burke Mountain- Pricing Deadline: Oct.10. The Judge- $899, valid at both Burke Mountain and Jay Peak Resort, skiburke.com .

Jay Peak Resort- Pricing Deadline: Oct.10. Jay Adult Season Pass- $779, Ski or ride Jay Peak every day of the week, jaypeakresort.com

Killington Resort- Pricing Deadline: Oct. 15. Adult Unlimited-$1,289, Killington’s adult unlimited pass gives unrestricted access to the Beast all season long; M.A.X.ify your Killington Unlimited Season Pass: Add-on 30 resorts, 5 days at each, 0 blackout days – starting at only $299 for adults, and $199 for youths,  www.killington.com.

Mad River Glen- Pricing Deadline: Oct. 15. Adult Full Season Pass- $771; A free season pass is available for kids 12 and under with the purchase of a Family Mad Card or any Adult Season Pass. The Family Mad Card-$209. Get 3 transferable day tickets good any time during the ski season plus free season passes for all kids who are ages 12 and under.  Receive $5 off any additional full day lift ticket purchased throughout the season, www.madriverglen.com.

Magic Mountain: Pricing Deadline: Oct. 31. Couples Unlimited Pass-$858. Magic offers 2 passes for couples living at the same address at a discount this season, www.magicmtn.com

Middlebury College Snow Bowl- Pricing Deadline: Nov. 30. Adult Season Pass-$420

Ski or snowboard at the Bowl all season long for under $500; Student Season Pass- $310 (7th grade through college), www.middleburysnowbowl.com.

Mount Snow- Pricing Deadline: Dec. 15. Drifter Pass-$399, offers unlimited access, with no blackout dates for those aged 18-29, www.mountsnow.com.

Okemo Mountain Resort- Pricing Deadline: Oct. 10. Peak Pass -$1,359 provides skiing and snowboarding every day at Okemo with no restrictions.  M.A.X. Pass Add On,s $299 until Oct.12, www.okemo.com

Pico Mountain: My Pico, My Way.-$449, Get unlimited access to Pico Mountain all season long for under $500, www.picomountain.com.

Quechee Ski Area: Family of 4 Season Pass-$625, www.quecheeclub.com

Smugglers’ Notch Resort- Pricing Deadline: Oct.31. Adult Season Pass-$609, www.smuggs.com.

Stowe Mountain Resort- Pricing Deadline: Nov. 6. Young Adult Pass (19-34) $599,  www.stowe.com

Stratton Mountain Resort- Pricing Deadline: Oct. 10. Strattitude Pass -$329, valid every day with no blackout dates for ages 18-32 (the age raised from 18-29), www.stratton.com

Sugarbush Resort . For20s All Mountain 7 Pass- $469, features unlimited skiing and riding at Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen for ages 19-29; Mt. Ellen 7 Plus Pass- $985, Ski Mount Ellen plus 5 days at Lincoln Peak (anytime) and enjoy spring skiing at Lincoln Peak after Mt. Ellen closes. www.sugarbush.com

Suicide Six- Pricing Deadline: Nov. 30. Adult Season Pass-$449, valid every day. All season passes at www.woodstockinn.com.

See SkiVermont.com for more info.

 

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Gold Coast Arts Center, Great Neck, Long Island, Exhibition Explores ‘Interiors’; Opening Reception Sept. 18

September 5, 2016
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Painting by Laini Nemett, one of the featured artists in the exhibit, “Interiors,” at the Gold Coast Arts Center, Great Neck, Long Island, Sept. 18-Nov. 20.

Great Neck, Long Island, NY — “Interiors,” an art exhibition of painting, sculpture and photography by artists Laini Nemett, Orestes Gonzalez, and Maxi Cohen opens at the Gold Coast Arts Center on September 18, with a reception from 4-7 pm, and runs through November 20.

Interiors is an exhibition that explores the artist’s relationship with familiar places and how they connect to interior landscapes of personal history, memory and association. The painter Laini Nemett comments that she wants the composite imagery to conjure memory but also to emulate an experience of place. Orestes Gonzalez’s photographs of interior spaces captures moments of loneliness, happiness and a time of innocence. Photographer/videographer, Maxi Cohen captures moments in the ladies room, “as a space of sanctuary and solitude”.  As the exhibit’s title suggests, their work serves as portals to interior spaces that are in plain sight, not to be missed.

Laini Nemett studied at The Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has participated in solo and group exhibitions all over the world-including New York, Italy, China, Africa, and Spain. She has an intriguing technique of constructing three-dimensional models which she then depicts in large-scale two-dimensional paintings. She has won multiple awards, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant as well as a Fulbright Grant. She currently teaches at Union College in Schenectady, NY.

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Orestes Gonzalez

Orestes Gonzalez has been taking photographs for over 25 years. His photography style is not a literal representation, but rather symbolic in spirit. “To convey a feeling of loneliness, innocence, happiness or history is what moves me to take pictures” Gonzalez stated of his work. His portfolio includes landscapes, interior design, architecture and portraits.

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Maxi Cohen

Maxi Cohen is an award-winning artist and filmmaker based in New York City. Her films, photographs and multimedia installations have been exhibited internationally and are in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum for American Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Cohen’s television work includes short films produced for Saturday Night Live, the Comedy Channel, MTV Networks, PBS, Children’s Television Workshop, and Fox Broadcasting. She has independently produced and directed shorts and feature-length documentaries, fiction and animation that have been broadcast on network, cable, public and foreign television.

The Gold Coast Arts Center is located at 113 Middle Neck Road (entrance from the Maple Avenue parking lot), 516-829-2570, goldcoastarts.org. 

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