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Club Med’s ‘Getaway’ Sale Offers Up to 45% Off All-Inclusive Escapes

July 7, 2022

Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda,  Dominican Republic, the first and only operating resort in the undiscovered region of Miches and Club Med’s only Exclusive Collection (5 Star) resort in North America,  offers a luxury experience wrapped in an all-inclusive vacation.

Club Med, the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, invites travelers to enjoy 45% off all-inclusive summer, fall, and winter getaways, plus perks, at its top resorts throughout Canada, Mexico, Florida, and the Caribbean. The Getaway sale is open for bookings now through August 30, 2022 with select travel dates from July 23, 2022 to February 17, 2023.

Additional perks include free stays for kids under 4, no single room supplement, flexible cancellations, and up to $1,000 of air credit – ideal for those looking to book last minute summer vacations, or upcoming fall and winter escapes, to the beach or the mountains.

Explore Club Med’s spacious, low-density resorts which are surrounded by nature and spread across an average of 50 acres, like: the eco-chic Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Club Med’s only Exclusive Collection (5 Star) resort in North America; family-fun Club Med Punta Cana, with new renovations and innovations like the Circus School by Club Med; and Club Med Québec, Club Med’s newest four-season mountain resort offering a unique waterfront experience to discover Quebec’s natural wonders.

New programming includes Club Med’s new Mini Club + program, launching this month across all Club Med resorts in North America and the Caribbean as a newly enhanced Children’s Club experience. Built on the six pillars of creativity, courage, connection, cooperation, cheerfulness, and self-confidence, children will enjoy even more engaging, fun-filled, and educational activities designed to help them make new friends and expand their imaginations. Adults can take advantage of Club Med’s new Wellness Fusion experience, which includes an itinerary of active sports, opportunities for natural reconnection, mindfulness and yoga programming, spa experiences, and healthy dining options. The Club Med Amazing Family program, a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities, is a trademark Club Med experience designed to help families bond, reconnect, and experience a greater sense of reunion.

A Club Med getaway also provides access to unlimited culinary options, premium accommodations, and activities for all interests – from hiking and biking to standup paddle boarding and snorkeling. Paired with Club Med’s flexible cancellation policy and Safe Together protocols, guests will enjoy their vacation with total peace of mind and the freedom to unwind while creating cherished memories together.

For full details on the Getaway Sale, visit https://www.clubmed.us/o/best-all-inclusive-vacation-deals.

Getaway Sale

  • Booking window: Now through August 30, 2022
  • Travel window: Select dates from July 23, 2022 to February 17, 2023 (check-out by February 18, 2023)
  • 45% off plus perks:
    • Kids under 4 stay free
    • Up to $1,000 air credit
    • No single supplement
    • Flexible cancellations

Participating Club Med Resorts

Whether travelers are looking to unwind on the beach, have fun at the pool, or explore thrilling new cultures and adventures, Club Med has something for everyone. Participating resorts include:

  • Club Med Québec, Canada: Club Med’s newest four-season all-inclusive mountain resort, and its first in Canada, is just an hour and a half away from Québec City in the Le Massif de Charlevoix region. With views of the scenic St. Lawrence River and surrounding mountains, this unique waterfront mountain resort is spread across 300+ acres and features 302 spacious guestrooms, including a private Exclusive Collection (5 Star) space with 25 suites. Families, couples, and solo travelers alike will discover Québec’s natural wonders, cuisine, and culture through locally inspired culinary experiences, a variety of activities like guided mountain biking and hikes in the warmer months, and group ski and snowboarding classes during the winter. Leave time to indulge in R&R with the resort’s expansive wellness area which features a 25-yard heated pool, 1,000+ square foot outdoor terrace with a jacuzzi, and the Club Med Spa by Sothys – all overlooking the pristine Charlevoix region and welcoming guests to connect with Canada’s great outdoors. Lift tickets and all guided sport activities are included as part of the package.
  • Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: On a 2,000-foot stretch of beach, Club Med Punta Cana caters to solo travelers, couples, and families alike with unlimited land and water sports, from learning how to shoot with a bow and arrow at archery school to flying on the trapeze at the Circus School by Club Med. Families and groups will particularly enjoy the newly renovated Exclusive Collection space featuring spacious two-bedroom oceanside family suites, a dedicated infinity pool and bar, and breakfast room service. While adults indulge in treatments at the Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE or relax in the adult-exclusive Zen Oasis area, where intimate cabanas, an oversized pool and dedicated Zen Beach await, kids can join their dedicated kids club for a day filled with water and land activities like windsurfing and sailing. Families can partake in the Club Med Amazing Family program, featuring a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities for families to bond and create memories.
  • Club Med Cancún, Mexico: An ideal location for families looking for some much-needed R&R, the only resort in Cancún with three private beachfronts offers families a variety of opportunities to reconnect. Enjoy exhilarating land and water activities, from sailing and kayaking to flying trapeze and archery, before partaking in outdoor activities as part of the Club Med Amazing Family program. Relax in the refreshed Aguamarina family oasis area, which features spacious two-bedroom oceanfront family rooms and a dedicated family pool, before kids head off to their respective kids’ clubs while adults enjoy treatments at the Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE. For added exclusivity, guests can book an ocean view suite in the resort’s Exclusive Collection (5 Star) space. Families looking for an added sense of adventure can explore the Mayan ruins at Chichén-Itzá (at an additional cost) or discover life under the sea by snorkeling through the world’s second-largest coral reef surrounding the resort with Club Med’s all-inclusive water sport activities.
  • Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Dominican Republic: The first and only operating resort in the undiscovered region of Miches – and Club Med’s only Exclusive Collection (5 Star) resort in North America – offers a luxury experience wrapped in an all-inclusive vacation. The eco-chic resort features four boutique villages specializing in wellness, adventure, kid-friendly, and adults-only concepts, catering to an array of travelers seeking a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel experience. Enjoy unlimited refined culinary options, Zen moments with treatments at the on-site Club Med Spa by Cinq Mondes, yoga in the treetop wellness canopy, and relaxation at the Zen pool. Must-try Experiences for families include learning how to plant and compost ingredients at the on-site community garden to the boho-chic Sunset Ritual, the perfect way to end the day in paradise. Families can also satisfy their sweet tooth when discovering a Secret Chocolate Room – a first-of-its-kind kid’s speakeasy featuring unlimited sweets crafted with locally-sourced cocoa (and adults can get in on the fun, too!).

Additional participating resorts include Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico, Club Med Turkoise, Turks and Caicos, Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Port St. Lucie, Florida, Club Med La Caravelle, Guadeloupe, French Caribbean, and Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek, Martinique, French Caribbean.

Flexible Policies

To ensure added flexibility and peace of mind for travelers, Club Med also offers:

  • Flexible Cancellation Policy: For all bookings on any Club Med resort worldwide, cancel for free up to 61 days prior to arrival and receive a full refund on the land portion of your stay.
  • Emergency Assistance Program: All guests traveling before December 31, 2022 will receive coverage for emergency medical expenses during their stay, including those related to COVID-19.
  • Safe Together protocols: Implemented in all of the brand’s resorts as they reopen, including those in Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada, these newly enhanced hygiene and safety measures were developed through recommendations from the World Health Organization, local health authorities, and the advice of an International Scientific Committee comprised of a specialized team of doctors and professors.

Full details can be found here.

Club Med, founded in 1950 by Gérard Blitz, is the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, offering approximately 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Each Club Med resort features authentic local style and comfortably upscale accommodations, superior sports programming and activities, enriching children’s programs, gourmet dining, and warm and friendly service by its world-renown staff with legendary hospitality skills, an all-encompassing energy and diverse backgrounds.

Club Med operates in more than 30 countries and continues to maintain its authentic Club Med spirit with an international staff of more than 23,000 employees from more than 110 different nationalities. Led by its pioneering spirit, Club Med continues to grow and adapt to each market with three to five new resort openings or renovations per year, including a new mountain resort annually.

For more information, visit www.clubmed.us, call 1-800-Club-Med (1-800-258-2633), or contact a preferred travel professional. For an inside look at Club Med, follow Club Med on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

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New Orleans Offers Full Menu of Holiday Happenings

December 16, 2021
Revel in holiday happenings in New Orleans.

The holidays are a great time to visit New Orleans with events that include decadent four-course holiday Reveillon dinners, dazzling light displays at City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks, Audubon Zoo Lights and NOLA ChristmasFest, bonfires on the Levee on Christmas Eve in St. James Parish, festive hotel lobbies with extravagant Christmas trees and gingerbread displays (including a Waldorf Wonderland at The Roosevelt), caroling in Jackson Square, riverfront bonfires, holiday concerts, plenty of places to find unique gifts, and more.  Many hotels – including Hotel Monteleone, Higgins Hotel and Windsor Court Hotel – offer savings up to 20% with Papa Noel Rates. Read more about the holidays New Orleans-style here.

Come Dec. 31, New Orleans is a marvelous place to ring in the new year. Whether you want to grab dinner and turn in for the night early, celebrate at a children’s event during the day, or party all night long, there’s something for everyone: Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, New Orleans’ version of the Times Square party and ball drop (er, fleur-de-lis drop) in Jackson Square, Zoo Year’s Eve at the Audubon Zoo, Noon Year’s Eve at the Louisiana Children’s Museum, the Allstate Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day, fireworks shows throughout the city, and more. Here’s a list outlining celebrations, live music, LGBT events and family fun.

Beyond New Year’s Day, there are many more reasons to visit in 2022, including:

  • New developments at the National WWII Museum, including the Bollinger Canopy of Peace and Liberation Pavilion
  • Queen Nefertari’s Egypt Exhibit, March 18 – July 17, at the New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Mardi Gras, the French Quarter Festival, the Jazz & Heritage Festival, and more celebrations and events
  • Many new hotels, restaurants and attractions to experience if you haven’t already, including the Four Seasons (and Donald Link’s newest restaurant Chemin a la Mer), Virgin Hotels New Orleans, Hotel St. Vincent, The Chloe, Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, and more. 

 For more information, visit www.neworleans.com, 800-672-6124.

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Palm Beach Zoo’s Holiday Spectacular Returns Starting Nov 19; Tickets Now on Sale

November 5, 2021
While the animals slumber, Palm Beach Zoo is illuminated for the holidays with over one million eco-friendly lights, with the return of the “Zoo Lights“ festival taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 19-Jan. 2, 2022.

WEST PALM BEACH – While the animals slumber, Palm Beach Zoo is illuminated for the holidays with over one million eco-friendly lights, with the return of the “Zoo Lights“ festival taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 19-Jan. 2, 2022.

Each evening of Zoo Lights, the Zoo reopens from 6-9 pm, aglow with themed displays throughout its 23 acres. The festive holiday fun also features photos with Santa (until Dec. 23rd), a DJ holiday dance party, and seasonal treats.

Advanced ticket purchase is recommended, and Zoo Lights attendees can select from two specific times for entry; 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets are limited each evening to allow for plenty of room to move about the Zoo.

Tickets for the event are available at http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/zoolights. Palm Beach Zoo Annual Members receive special pricing. Ride sharing is encouraged.

Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405-3035, 561-547-9453 (WILD) www.palmbeachzoo.org.

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Broadway Theater Tickets Back on Sale for Performances Beginning Sept 14

May 7, 2021
Broadway theater, New York City’s Great White Way, will fully reopen its doors this September, in accordance with the New York State’s health and safety guidance. Beginning May 6, and throughout May, tickets for Broadway shows – which begin September 14, 2021 – are already on sale at 100 percent of theater capacity © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Broadway theater, New York City’s Great White Way, will fully reopen its doors this September, in accordance with the New York State’s health and safety guidance. Beginning May 6, and throughout May, tickets for Broadway shows – which begin September 14, 2021 – are already on sale at 100 percent of theater capacity.

The announcement builds upon the reopening of performing arts and live entertainment venues at limited capacities last month and further sets the stage for Broadway shows to return to theaters throughout the fall. 

“Broadway is at the core of our New York identity, and a big part of our economy which employees countless performers and show creators, and beginning this September, the show will go on,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.”Visitors from all around the world have come to New York to experience the arts and culture and see iconic performances on Broadway, and sadly, the pandemic put this unique New York experience on pause. Thankfully, as we continue to monitor the data and reopen our economy, we are now on track to allow full capacity performances on Broadway to resume beginning this September, bringing back this beloved world-famous attraction.”

Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said, “On behalf of the nearly 100,000 people who make their living on Broadway – on stage, backstage, and throughout the city and state – we are immensely gratified by the support of Governor Cuomo today. Restarting Broadway is a complex endeavor, requiring long lead times for productions the need to reconnect with a sustaining audience from across the country and around the world. Today’s green light by the Governor to put our shows on sale now for the fall is vital to our success. Broadway is the beating heart of NYC tourism and we can’t wait for the day soon when our hearts will beat before a live joyful audience.”

The State will continue to work closely with Broadway industry partners to plan for the safe, successful return of this world-class cultural experience.  As public health conditions and the State’s guidance for performing arts and live entertainment changes, Broadway stakeholders will remain flexible and adapt to applicable health protocols, such as face coverings, health screening, enhanced air filtration and ventilation, and rigorous cleaning and disinfection. 

The availability of advance sale tickets and marketing for shows begins the months-long process of reopening to full capacity, building momentum to sustain many long and successful Broadway runs.  The Governor, Department of Health, Empire State Development, and State agency partners join with the industry in their commitment to creating safe and heathy environments for audiences, performers, and employees to enjoy, perform, and work.  If performances need to be postponed due to the public health conditions, theaters have planned to offer customer-friendly refunds and exchange policies. 

To support the performance industry in New York City, the FY 2022 enacted budget included $1 billion in Small Business and Arts Relief and Recovery Assistance, which includes the New York City Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit Program which provides up to $100 million in tax credits to jump start the industry and revitalize tourism in New York City. Under this program, productions which have their first performance scheduled through December 2022 are eligible for a 25 percent credit on eligible costs. 

Prior to the pandemic, almost 250,000 people were seeing a Broadway show every week.  Broadway supports nearly 97,000 local jobs and contributes about $14.7 billion every year to the New York City economy.

For more information, visit the Broadway League, the industry’s trade association: www.broadway.org/

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US Tour Operators Launch Global Bucket List Travel Bracket Sweepstakes for Chance to Win Trip for Two

March 11, 2021
Paris. France. Enter the US Tour Operators Association Bucket List Travel Bracket Sweepstakes for a chance to win a vacation for two, valued up to $10,000 (c) Eric Leiberman/goingplacesfarandnear.com

NEW YORK (March 11, 2021) – The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) today launched the USTOA Bucket List Travel Bracket Sweepstakes for consumers to vote on the most inspiring experiences in destinations around the globe. Participants will be entered to win a vacation for two, valued up to $10,000, to the destination that champions the bracket with a USTOA tour operator member.

US residents ages 21 or older can enter the USTOA Bucket List Travel Bracket Sweepstakes at https://ustoa.com/bucket-list-sweepstakes by voting on 64 featured travel experiences among 32 match-ups that span nearly 40 destinations across six continents. A new round of voting starts every Monday and Thursday through March 31, culminating in a champion bucket list travel experience named on April 1.

Consumers can cast votes once per day as the brackets advance. Every vote is an entry to win a trip for two to the bracket champion destination with a USTOA tour operator member of their choice. The vacation prize value is up to $10,000.

“USTOA is launching this bracket challenge as a fun and engaging way to inspire consumers to start vacation planning again,” said Terry Dale, president and CEO of USTOA. “The bucket list worthy experiences featured in the bracket are merely a sampling of the exhaustive collection of travel, adventure, and cultural experiences that our 142 different tour operator brands offer to a wide variety of destinations across all seven continents.”

The sweepstakes opens today for the first round of voting which closes at 11:59pm ET on Sunday, March 14, as the brackets advance to a new round of 32 destination travel experiences across 16 match-ups. Winning destination experiences advance every Monday and Thursday until the final two destination experiences are revealed on March 29. The destination experience that champions the bracket will be unveiled on April 1, and the grand prize entry winner will be selected on April 5, 2021.

For eligibility and sweepstakes rules, click here

Representing nearly $19 billion in revenue, the member companies of U.S. Tour Operators Association provide tours, packages and custom arrangements that allow 9.8 million travelers annually unparalleled access, insider knowledge, peace-of-mind, value and freedom to enjoy destinations and experiences across the entire globe. Each member company has met the travel industry’s highest standards, including participation in the USTOA’s Travelers Assistance Program, which protects consumer payments up to $1 million if the company goes out of business.  As a voice for the tour operator industry for more than 40 years, USTOA also provides education and assistance for consumers and travel agents.

For more information on USTOA, visit www.ustoa.com, call 212-599-6599, or email information@ustoa.com.

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Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn offers Special Elopement Wedding Packages

January 23, 2021
Proving that an elopement can be synonymous with a “destination wedding”. Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn offers special wedding and elopement packages that keep intimacy and romance in mind.

CARMEL, Calif., — First used in the 14th century, the word elope came from aloper, which meant to leap. While origins of elopement paint the term as something last-minute or secret, modern couples now see it a bit differently and favor less stress and less urgency, with more focus on a true celebration of love. Proving that an elopement can be synonymous with a “destination wedding”. Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn offers special wedding and elopement packages that keep intimacy and romance in mind.

Designed for 2 to 20 people, the Highlands Elopement Package allows couples to exchange vows on a romantic gazebo overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This package includes:

  • Wedding Changing Room (Makeup, Hair and First Look)
  • White Folding Chairs and Cocktail Tables for your ceremony
  • Site Fee (Monday-Thursdays) starting at $1,500, limited to 1.5 hours of event time
  • Site Fee (Weekends) starting at $3,000, service charge and tax not included.

The special package is available to book for a weekend elopement (Fridays-Sundays) within 60 days of saying “I do.” There is not a restriction in booking a midweek elopement (Mondays-Thursdays).

Couples can elect to add the following:

  • Additional Event Time: $500 per hour
  • Officiant: $300 for Elopement Ceremonies
  • Photographer: $650/1 hour, $1,200/2 hours
  • Florals: $500 allowance, with choice of bouquet, boutonniere, or other floral decorations

Believing a Carmel Highlands wedding should be an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime event, the Events Team takes great pride in handling the special details so couples can spend time on what’s most important — creating memories in a magnificent and romantic environment. Prospective guests may schedule a site or a virtual tour with Hyatt events specialists by calling 831-622-5461. More information on weddings and elopement packages are available here.

Perched on the hillside of the Carmel Highlands with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Hyatt Carmel Highlands combines true Carmel luxury with an approachable and sophisticated spirit. A haven for artists and discerning travelers since its opening in 1917, the property also offers spectacular dining at the award-winning California Market at Pacific’s Edge, 4,800 square feet of meeting space, heated outdoor swimming pool, three spa tubs and a StayFit fitness facility. Situated only four miles from downtown Carmel, Hyatt Carmel Highlands’ idyllic setting and personalized service has attracted families, weddings, honeymooners and privileged travelers for nearly a century.

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Gold Coast Film Festival Goes On With Virtual & Drive-In Films, Free Opening Night Virtual Gala to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

October 8, 2020
Actor Bruce Dern, in 2011, was honored as the first recipient of the Gold Coast International Film Festival’s Legend award. This year’s film festival features Dern starring with Lena Olin in The Artist’s Wife © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

LONG ISLAND, NY — The 2020 Gold Coast International Virtual Film Festival and Drive-In Series will celebrate its 10th anniversary from October 13 – 20 with a host of unique offerings that will appeal to a wide range of audiences throughout the Long Island, New York, region and beyond.  The Virtual Film Festival, powered by CineSend, will be available via mobile and desktop web browsers as well as Apple TV and Roku apps. This special digital platform will allow you to customize your Film Festival experience either through an All-Access pass or single-ticket option, and special discounts will be offered to Gold Coast Film Society members. Films offered as part of the Virtual Festival will be available to view throughout the Festival week. The Festival will also feature four Drive-In events that will take place at various venues across the Town of North Hempstead including in Great Neck and Port Washington.

This year’s lineup showcases more than 70 feature-length and short films, many with pre-recorded filmmaker Q&As, including documentaries, foreign films, narratives, dramas, comedies and more.

The Festival will launch on October 13 with a free Opening Night Virtual Gala to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Gold Coast Arts Center, the non-profit organization that produces the Festival. Included in this year’s virtual film screening lineup are several new films saluting the visual and performing arts including BILLIE, a documentary about the life and music of iconic jazz singer Billie Holiday; MATISSE, From MoMA and Tate Modern, an intimate behind-the-scenes documentary celebrating the giant of modern art; a 10th anniversary screening of the NAACP Image Award-winning film Thunder Soul, a heartwarming documentary showcasing the Kashmere High School Stage Band and word-class funk powerhouse; and Beyond Moving, which tells the inspirational story of a South African ballet prodigy on his ‘Billy Elliot’-like journey to become a professional dancer, followed by a special conversation with the film’s director Vikram Dasgupta and ballet dancer and star Siphe November.

Other highlights include the Sundance Grand Jury Award-winning film YALDA: A Night for Forgiveness, a provocative new film from Iran about a woman who accidentally kills her husband and must plead forgiveness from his family on a reality TV show; The Artist’s Wife, starring Lena Olin and Bruce Dern (GCIFF 2011 Legend Award winner); SXSW winner for Best Documentary The Donut King, about an immigrant achieving the American Dream by baking one of America’s favorite desserts; and Thou Shalt Not Hate, a tense drama about an Italian doctor and son of a Holocaust survivor, who comes across a traffic accident victim with a Nazi tattoo on his chest. In honor of National Emergency Room Nurse’s Month, and as a tribute to all essential workers, the Festival will also present a free online screening of the new documentary In Case of Emergency which profiles the life and work of several emergency room nurses around the United States. This screening is being presented in partnership with Northwell Health’s Katz Institute for Women’s Health.

In addition to its Virtual Festival, GCIFF will present several films as part of a new Drive-In Series including The Beatles in their feature film debut A Hard Day’s Night, one of the “most deliriously entertaining movies of all time”; a fabulously fun program of Family Short Films appropriate for children of all ages and the award-winning classic suspense film North by Northwest by Alfred Hitchcock, best viewed on the big screen.

For more information regarding the complete schedule of virtual film screenings and filmmaker Q&As and drive-in events, and to purchase passes and tickets, visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org

To RSVP for the free Opening Night Virtual Gala celebrating Gold Coast Arts 25th Anniversary, and for ways to help sponsor or support this important event, visit www.goldcoastarts.org/gala25.

Gold Coast International Film Festival

Since 2011, the festival has brought the latest Hollywood hits and Indie favorites to standing room only audiences throughout the fabled Gold Coast of Long Island. Add A-list celebrities and unforgettable events to the mix, and it’s easy to see why the Gold Coast International Film Festival has become the “go to” festival for film buffs and the public. The Gold Coast International Film Festival is produced by the not-for-profit Gold Coast Arts Center.

Previous honorees and special guests of the festival and the Gold Coast Arts Center include film industry VIPs Francis Ford Coppola, Hugh Grant, Baz Luhrmann, Brian Dennehy, Paul Sorvino, Ed Burns, Bruce Dern, Isabella Rossellini, Lou Diamond Phillips, Morgan Spurlock, Eli Wallach, Gabriel Byrne, Jacques Pepin, Bill Plympton, Phil Donahue, Phylicia Rashad, Joan Allen, Jay McInerney and Michael Cuesta, as well as composer Morton Gould, artists James Rosenquist, Oleg Cassini, Edwina Sandys and Bob Gruen, comedian Susie Essman, Broadway stars Kelli O’Hara, Melissa Errico and Savion Glover, and 4-time Oscar winner for production and costume design Catherine Martin

Sponsors and partners of this year’s Festival include: founding partner, the Town of North Hempstead; Nassau County Industrial Development Agency; Warner Media; AT&T; AARP Long Island; A.L. Sarroff Fund; TD Charitable Foundation; Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; The Katz Institute for Women’s Health at Northwell Health; Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock; The Bristal Assisted Living; Liman Video Rental; Sid Jacobson JCC; Great Neck Parks District; Landmark on Main Street; The Inn at Great Neck; WLIW21; Altice; Blank Slate Media; and many local businesses.

Gold Coast Arts is a 501(c)(3) multi-arts organization dedicated to promoting the arts through education, exhibition, performance, and outreach. For a quarter-century, it has brought the arts to tens of thousands of people throughout the Long Island region. Among the Center’s offerings are its School for the Arts, which holds year-round classes in visual and performing arts for students of all ages and abilities; a free public art gallery; a concert and lecture series; film screenings and discussions; the annual Gold Coast International Film Festival; and initiatives that focus on senior citizens and underserved communities. These initiatives include artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher-training workshops, and parent-child workshops. The Gold Coast Arts Center’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Gold Coast Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts “Partners in Education” program and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit www.goldcoastarts.org.

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NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players Mount First-Ever, Free Virtual Gala, Oct. 20, Kicking Off Virtual Season

October 7, 2020
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players taking bows at the end of “Mikado” last season. The 2020 season will be virtual, starting off with its first-ever virtual gala Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 7PM, which can be enjoyed free © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com 

(New York, NY) New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players has postponed their traditional NYC season of live performance full productions until 2021-2022. But in its place, an exciting and creative virtual season is underway as the company toasts the best of Gilbert & Sullivan at NYGASP’s first ever Virtual Gala, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 7PM. 

NYGASP will be celebrating “With Unusual Revelry,” like those famous Pirates of Penzance, and deliver the company’s signature brand of musical merriment in an entirely new way. NYGASP is honored to feature exclusive performances by Broadway stars and Honorary Board members, Victoria Clark and Robert Cuccioli, as well as appearances by NYGASP’s unrivaled roster of artists. Grab the best seat in (your) house, as the beauty and wit of this repertoire is served up sofa-side. Connect with the NYGASP community via live chat during the show and stick around for the official After-Party on Zoom, hosted by some of your company favorites. 

The event is free and registration is at www.nygasp.org 

Victoria Clark is equally at home in plays, musicals, film, television, and the concert stage, she maintains a wonderfully diverse acting career, including Broadway’s The Light in the Piazza (TONY award), Gigi, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Sister Act (TONY nominations). She is also an accomplished stage director with work spanning from original musicals to opera to educational programming. She fostered a love of G&S at Yale University, appearing as some of the duo’s most beloved heroines.

Robert Cuccioli isknown by many for his critically acclaimed TONY nominated performance as the title role in the Broadway hit musical Jekyll & Hyde (earning Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and FANY Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Musical), he began his career starring in Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas with The Light Opera of Manhattan. Broadway: Les Miserables (Javert); Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark (Dr. Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin). Robert is also a sought-after director and concert performer.

On Sunday, November 15th at 3:00 PM, NYGASP will present The Heroines of Gilbert & Sullivan: We Really Know Our Worth.  Laurelyn Watson Chase hosts a musical exploration and discussion of women in G&S works from their premieres to modern day.  How do today’s women interpret and feel about the heroines of Gilbert & Sullivan? Get the opinions that really matter! Featuring Claire Leyden, soprano; Amy Maude Helfer, mezzo-soprano; Angela Christine Smith, contralto; Alena Gerst Daily LCSW, RYT, Dr. Jamé Heskett, and Lauren Wenegrat, Esq. Registration is at: www.nygasp.org

NYGASP’s grand finale for 2020 will feature David Macaluso, Matthew Wages and Daniel Greenwood reprising their roles in Cox and BoxSullivan and Bernand’s comic operetta, Cox and Box, is now a premiere cinematic stage performance adapted especially for NYGASP. In this one act farce, Mr. Cox and Mr. Box dig in their heels, and Victorian formality is thrown to the wind, when they discover the mischievous scheme of their landlord Sgt. Bouncer. The premiere will be streamed at 7PM on Sunday, December 27, 2020, and includes a virtual meet and greet afterwards with the cast and producers. Tickets will be available soon on www.nygasp.org.

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Can’t Get to Martha’s Vineyard for Springtime Getaway? Bring the Vineyard Home

April 2, 2020

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Picturesque Martha’s Vineyard is an easy drive when the all-clear signal comes for a well-deserved getaway © Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

Can’t get to Martha’s Vineyard for springtime getaway? Bring the Vineyard to your loved ones. With much of America confined at home under stay at home or shelter-in-place orders and travel to just about everywhere disrupted, many people have cancelled planned holidays and getaways. But the renowned merchants and artisans of the enchanted Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard have merchandise evocative of the island to bring the cheer of the island right to Vineyard lovers’ doorsteps.

The merchandise and other offerings run the gamut from handmade jewelry; handmade chocolates; Vineyard sea salt; alpaca fleece merchandise from ultra-soft, warm socks to blankets; to renowned photographer Alison Shaw’s Vineyard photos books; hand-blown art glass, bowls, pitchers and vases; Aquinnah jewelry; and Menemsha Blues line of casual wear.

A loving gift can lift the spirits and bring much-needed smiles to the faces of weary friends and family at this difficult time. Also, the new Martha’s Vineyard Visitor guide has just released and can be viewed here. And with Easter a little more than one week away, gifts to grace Easter baskets would be most welcome.

Be cheered by having a Martha’s Vineyard experience delivered to your doorstep. Local Vineyard retailers offer a wide variety of Island made and inspired products. Peruse their websites, shop til you drop, and in a few days time, a part of Martha’s Vineyard will come home to you:

Additionally, New England lovers might like this great campaign, called “Rally for Retail.” It allows lovers of Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Newport and more, to support the areas they love by visiting their favorite retailers on-line. It’s a win/win, and you get to have a reminder of your special place delivered to you to enjoy until we can travel well and safely again.

Alison Shaw Gallery

Support local photographer Alison Shaw and shop online for a few of the books she has photographed over time. Includes local cookbooks and more.

CB Stark Jewelers

The classic Martha’s Vineyard jewelers are online for your shopping pleasure – order a significant piece that represents the island.

Enchanted Chocolates

Craving locally made chocolates? You can order these tasty treats online but if you’re on island, they will also deliver to your front door.

Faherty Brand

Faherty is a family business working tirelessly to create great products that last a lifetime. They make thoughtful decisions for our community, customers and planet and you can find their shop in Edgartown, but can also order their full line, online.

Island Alpaca Co. of Martha’s Vineyard

Why not bring the softest items, made from alpaca wool, into your life right now? We all need that comfort and you can purchase socks, sweaters, and so much more on their website.

Katama General Store

Shop for gift cards and locally made items here – Katama General Store is a favorite in Katama.

Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt

We are all cooking and baking more at home these days, so make sure to sprinkle and finish your food with locally harvested Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt.

Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks

Looking for a piece of glass art that’s hand-blown right here on Martha’s Vineyard? MV Glassworks offers a few gorgeous pieces on their website.

Morrice Florist of Martha’s Vineyard

Order books online and, if you’re local, floral arrangements to brighten your home during these times.

Menemsha Blues

We are all living in sweats lately – and there’s nothing comfier than those Menemsha Blues sweatshirts.

Nell MV

A small boutique shop in Edgartown, with an online shop that currently has sales of up to 70% off, so make sure to check them out.

Not Your Sugar Mamas Chocolate

Craving chocolate? Why not have the healthiest kind – dairy-free, refined sugar-free, vegan chocolate made on Martha’s Vineyard. Plus, they’ve come out with a cookbook, so get baking with chocolate at home!

Rainy Day MV

Not only does this Vineyard Haven shop have online shopping but if you follow them on Instagram, you can shop through their social media as well.

Stefanie Wolf Designs

Ocean inspired jewelry handmade in Edgartown, and you’ll find everything from stud earrings to bracelets, necklaces, and much more.

Soft As A Grape

Another cozy clothing option, this time from the classic shop, Soft As A Grape.

Third World Trading Co.

Shop your favorite eclectic boutique at the end of Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs.

The Boneyard Surf Shop

Looking for surf goods, shirts, and more? This surf shop in Edgartown offers great items online.

Vineyard Vines

The classic New England brand and a Vineyard favorite, you can order online with 30% off and 50% off their sale section (limited time).

Aquinnah Jewelry

Nothing like a locally made, made to order piece of jewelry that you can carry with you and remind yourself of your favorite place in the world.

Bibi’s MV

Luxury bedding, furniture, decor, and more can be found in this online shop. You can even personalize items for a fun and unique gift idea.

Bunch of Grapes Bookstore

At home and not enough books to read? Instead of purchasing books from the big online retailers, support our local Vineyard Haven bookstore by ordering books from them.

Citrine X Trust

Everything from this Martha’s Vineyard boutique shop uplifts your spirit – or protects it! Find clean beauty and wellness products, as well as trendy yet sustainable clothing and locally made jewelry.

Driftwood Jewelry

This Oak Bluffs jewelry shop carries a variety of local artists and jewelers – from wampum bracelets, sea glass necklaces, and much more.

Kenworthy

A mother-daughter collaboration that spun into being after countless trips throughout Asia, Central America, and the Middle East. Inspired by the textiles from their travels, more than what’s leading the current trend, they look to personify the laid back island lifestyle that their home practically breathes. Each piece is hand sewn at their studio on Martha’s Vineyard and purposely designed to outlive fashion cycles.

Salte

Looking for thoughtfully curated home goods? Everything from candles, blankets, and much more available here. Unique items!

Slate

Do some spring shopping at this boutique shop in Edgartown, offering a 20% discount with a special code.

Sea Legs MV

A new boutique in Edgartown, Sea Legs has a variety of goods you can pre-order online.

Slip77

Known for their beach to bonfire clothing line, this Oak Bluffs shop is definitely a favorite.

Martha’s Vineyard is an easy drive of most places in the Northeast and, once we get the “all clear”, its fans can start making their pilgrimages once again. From Aquinnah to Edgartown, there is no shortage of seasonal happenings and many of the Vineyard inns are offer special rates to incentivize booking.

Get your copy of the 2020 Martha’s Vineyard Travel Guide.

Whether an armchair traveler or planning your visit, see our feature: Cruising into Martha’s Vineyard’s Warm Embrace

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National Comedy Center, Jamestown NY, Named Best New Museum in the Country by USA Today

February 29, 2020

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The National Comedy Center, the nation’s official cultural institution and state-of-the-art museum dedicated to comedy as an art form, was named the “Best New Museum” in the country by USA Today as part of the 2020 USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards.

Jamestown,  NY — The National Comedy Center, the nation’s official cultural institution and state-of-the-art museum dedicated to comedy as an art form, was named the “Best New Museum” in the country by USA Today as part of the 2020 USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards.

The National Comedy Center was one of 20 new museums nominated for the award by a panel of nationally-recognized travel journalists, tourism experts and USA Today editors for this USA Today travel award series, which celebrates outstanding destinations, attractions and experiences. All of the nominees were museums that opened over the past two years, including art galleries, science museums and children’s museums in cities across the United States and Canada, including Dallas, New Orleans, St. Louis, Seattle, New York City, St. Petersburg, FL , St. Paul, MN and Edmonton, Alberta. The Comedy Center was selected as the #1 museum in the “Best New Museum” category by popular vote after a four-week voting period from January 20 through February 17, 2020.

“We are tremendously proud to be named the Best New Museum in the United States and Canada,” said Journey Gunderson, National Comedy Center Executive Director. “We have reimagined the museum experience with immersive exhibit design and unprecedented personalization. This distinction is a testament to the significance of comedy, and talented comedic artists, to our culture and our daily lives.”

“Our visitors — from all 50 states and 18 countries — already know what a must-see destination the Comedy Center is,” added Gunderson. “We look forward to welcoming thousands more comedy fans from across the country and around the world to the Best New Museum, here in Jamestown, New York.”

“The National Comedy Center team is grateful for the incredible support from our local community, the entire Western New York region, and from comedy fans across the country, all of whom voted for the Comedy Center to receive this national recognition and high honor” said Tom Benson, National Comedy Center project chairman. “It’s tremendous validation of the hard work and vision of our staff and board, our partner organizations, and our community, who believed in this project and worked tirelessly to make it happen.”

“The National Comedy Center is one of my favorite places in the world, and I am thrilled that everyone will now know what I already knew —  it is absolutely the best new museum in the country. It’s an extraordinary showplace for all things comedic –- and interactive from the moment you walk in. I promise you will smile from beginning to end. Now that the Comedy Center is officially the country’s Best New Museum, you need to make plans to visit. You won’t be disappointed,” said Lewis Black, comedian, actor, author and National Comedy Center Advisory Board member.

New York State Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, “We are very excited that USA Today readers chose the National Comedy Center as the best new museum in the US and Canada. Anyone who loves comedy should plan a pilgrimage to this world-class, one-of-a-kind attraction as part of a New York State vacation that includes nearby destinations like the Lucy Desi Museum, the Chautauqua Institution, Panama Rocks and Niagara Falls.”

Last summer the National Comedy Center was named by TIME magazine as one of the “World’s Greatest Places” and People magazine selected it as one of its “100 Reasons to Love America.”

In early 2019, the National Comedy Center was nominated for the USA Today Readers’ Choice “Best New Attraction” award, where it was voted #2 out of 20 new attractions by USA Today readers and chosen as the #1 museum and #1 ticketed attraction in the USA Today poll.

The National Comedy Center is the United States’ official cultural institution and museum dedicated to presenting the vital story of comedy and preserving its heritage for future generations, as formally designated by the U.S. Congress in 2019. Opened in August 2018 in Jamestown, New York, the museum complex offers an unprecedented visitor experience using state-of-the-art technology, interactivity and personalization to create the first true 21st Century museum environment.

Comedy industry authority The Interrobang named the design team second on its list of “Innovators Who Changed Comedy” in 2018. Visitors from all 50 states and eighteen countries have given the Center a rare 5/5 raring on TripAdvisor, ranking among the highest in the attraction and tourism industry.

Based on the vision of Jamestown native Lucille Ball for her hometown to become a destination for comedy, the National Comedy Center showcases comedy’s great minds and unique voices in ways that engage, inspire, educate and entertain. As a non-profit institution, the National Comedy Center was funded by a mix of federal, state and private philanthropic support, including partnerships with I LOVE NY, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State’s Empire State Development.

Design for the National Comedy Center was led by the most prominent cultural and interactive design firms in the world, whose portfolios collectively include the award-winning 9/11 Memorial Museum, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, The College Football Hall of Fame, SNL: The Experience, and more.

The National Comedy Center has been embraced by the entertainment industry, with props, costumes and archival material provided by many of the most revered names in comedy. The Comedy Center recently announced a major initiative to preserve Carl Reiner’s personal “Dick Van Dyke Show” script archive. Exhibition partners include the Kelly Carlin and the George Carlin estate, George Shapiro and Jerry Seinfeld, Dan Aykroyd, Alan and Robin Zweibel, Joan Dangerfield, The Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation, Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner, The Harold Ramis Family, The Garry Shandling Estate, George Schlatter, Bill Marx and the Harpo Marx Family, the Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams estate, Desilu Too, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Corporate Archive, and many more.

The National Comedy Center operates the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, which explores the lives, careers and legacy of the “First Couple of Comedy,” and the incredible impact they had on the world.

Now in its 30th year, the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown has showcased comedy’s greatest stars and rising young comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Trevor Noah, Lily Tomlin, Jay Leno, Amy Schumer, Brian Regan, Lewis Black, W. Kamau Bell, Jim Gaffigan, Paula Poundstone, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, the Smothers Brothers and more than one hundred other comedic artists. The 2019 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, presented by the National Comedy Center last August, was headlined by Sebastian Maniscalco and John Mulaney. The 2020 festival will feature Jeff Foxworthy and Legends of SNL David Spade, Rob Schneider and Kevin Nealon.

Stay connected to the National Comedy Center:

Website: www.comedycenter.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nationalcomedycenter/

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Follow on Twitter and Instagram at @ntlcomedycenter

 

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