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Naughty Girls Donut Shop–16-Year-Old Turns Dream Into Reality


Front Royal, Virginia (PRWEB) May 30, 2014

While one community anticipates the flagship opening of one of the country’s newest and most innovative donut chains, 16-yearr-old visionary and entrepreneur, Tiana Ramos is eagerly awaiting the reality of a dream. Tiana is not your average high school student, or typical person for that matter. While many people spend their entire lives wishing and fantasizing this 11th Grader not only knew what she loved to do but put enough imagination, conceptualization, business development, negotiation and hard work into making what she was recently pinning on a “Dream Board” Into Reality.

You can go to her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ngdonutshop.

Grand Opening

Natalie and Tiana Ramos are putting the “Grand” back into Grand Opening. Naughty Girls Donut Shop will debut at 20 Riverton Commons in Front Royal on Saturday, June 28. Doors will swing open at 8 a.m. Breakfast is served.

Naughty Girls Donut offerings are sweet and gooey, with flavors that surprise and delight. Breakfast options include a variety of Donut Palm Panini Sandwiches, and lunch customers can choose between Fried Chicken and Lunch Palm Panini Sandwiches or savory chicken served with honey pecan glaze. All entrees come with donuts on the side. Of course.

Sweet is swell, but quality counts. Naughty Girls Donuts makes scratch-made donuts every day. Offering an array of gourmet flavors made from fresh, local ingredients, visitors can choose between the Grable Collection (classic cake donuts with a flavorful twist); the Monroe Collection (yeast donuts with unique combinations of toppings); and the Page Collection (yeast donuts with over-the-top fillings). Customers can also personalize their donuts, by ordering hot donuts and adding their own choice of toppings.

Drinks and unique flavored coffees like “bacon coffee”are on the menu as well. And in an epic brainstorm, Natalie and Tiana came up with the idea of Drunkin Donuts — for those over 21.

Grand Opening Events

A car show sponsored by Poor Boys National Car Shows and featuring more than 50 gorgeous period vehicles will add a little festive splash to the opening celebration. Dave Jenkins of Poor Boys said, “To enter the show, all you have to do is buy a dozen donuts from Naughty Girls. A professional photographer will be available to snap pictures of you and your car, alongside a Naughty Girls pin up girl. It will be a fun day.”

Make-overs, henna tattoos and a booth with Naughty Girl items will help attendees get into the Naughty Girls spirit. For those with little ones, a Moon Bounce will offer a happy distraction, and police will provide child protection IDs.

About Naughty Girls

The Naughty Girls Donut Shop combines two of Natalie Ramos’ favorite ideas — decadent and delicious food and a fun and flirty atmosphere. She and her daughter Tiana had been fine tuning the concept for two years when the business opportunity presented itself. Naughty Girls’ time had come. “Once we decided to go for it,” Natalie said, “everything came together so quickly. I realized that we had been considering it for so long, we had already made most of the decisions.”

Natalie and Tiana share an unreasonable affection for the glamorous pin-up girls of the 1940s. The restaurant look and feel, and the carefully designed wait staff uniforms fit in with the theme. Each outfit is slightly different, and each captures the mood of the shop. Bright reds and pinks abound at every turn; the look is clean and cheerful, with a hint of wholesome naughtiness. While posters of Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Bettie Page tempt customers with their come-hither smiles, the donuts also beckon — a sweet indulgence we know we should resist, but choose not to.

Behind the Scenes

Any visitor to Naughty Girls Donut Shop will be able to see at a glance the mood of the shop and the food on display. But it’s what’s behind the scenes that makes Naughty Girls such a unique endeavor. Naughty Girls is a family business. Mom and Pop are key in running the business, but 16-year-old Tiana is the visionary.

A high school junior, Tiana was the impetus for moving Naughty Girls from concept to fruition. She confessed to her parents her desire to be a pastry chef, and it was the push her parents needed to make their dream a reality. Tiana created recipes for all the donuts, sandwiches and chicken dishes, designed the menu and the merchandise items for Naughty Girls. She will work at the shop as she finishes up high school, when she’ll attend a culinary institute before returning to the shop to take on more responsibilities.

As soon as the last bell rings at Tiana’s high school in June, she will commit to working full-time at Naughty Girls through the summer. That includes a 2 a.m. wake-up call so that fresh donuts will be ready to beckon customers when the shop opens each morning.

When Natalie asked her daughter how she was going to handle the responsibilities – and pressures — of running a business, Tiana replied, “Mom, this is what I’ve always wanted. I’ll do whatever it takes.”

Natalie is a graduate of the prestigious culinary school at Johnson & Wales University. She has worked in various restaurants, including the Hard Rock Café, Reese Organizations and the Hyatt Regency. She has also worked in numerous corporate settings for Unidine, Sodexo Corporation and the Compass Group, as the director of Food and Nutrition. Natalie is the creative genius behind Naughty Girls, conceiving and executing the delicious menu, shop decor, and running day-to-day operations.

Miguel worked for 20 years in marketing in the food industry before signing on with the U.S. National Guard and joining Amazon as a member of the management team. Miguel handles the business side of Naughty Girls.

Because Tiana is such a key motivation for Naughty Girls, she and her mom are making sure the shop has some staying power. Natalie said, “We are designing our management structure so that all of our employees feel they are a key part of Naughty Girls’ success. They will be paid well, and be financially vested in our success. As we open more stores in other locations, staff from our Front Royal shop will be chosen to lead other locations. We want this to be a place that’s fun to work, but that offers employees a future with us if they want it, and are willing to work for it.”

Naughty Girls has a room set aside as a “dressing room” for the wait staff to dress and prepare for their shifts. The unique, specially designed uniforms stay on site and are laundered there. Natalie said, “Our employees know that we respect them and appreciate the great job that they do. They are the core of our business. We couldn’t succeed without them.”

Community Mindset

Natalie and Tiana know that they need to attract customers, and keep them coming back. Their natural inclination to include the community in their plans fits into this strategy. Natalie and Tiana offer discounts for senior citizens (“My mom made me,” Natalie says.); U.S. Armed Servicemen and women; students; and for those who shop at other local businesses. Daily specials offer more chances to save on an already competitively priced menu.

Natalie and Tiana believe in supporting local farmers, and uses nearby businesses as much as possible when purchasing necessaries for the shop.







Learning Photo Editing Review Exposes Patrick’s Photoshop Course Vkool.com


Seattle, WA (PRWEB) July 23, 2014

According to the Learning Photo Editing review recently updated by Vkool.com, this is a comprehensive Photoshop course that can help users improve their photos dramatically. The course consists of 24 tutorial videos that will teach learners how to master the art of photo manipulation, compositing, and retouching.

Vkool informs in its Learning Photo Editing review that by following this course, people will learn how to:

    Use color correcting and color grading to enhance their photos
    Improve the look of their wedding photos
    Give their subjects the flawless look they always wanted
    Retouch their portraits like the professional designer
    Create cartoon characters with photo manipulation and retouching techniques
    Combine photo manipulation and compositing to produce a post-apocalyptic scene
    Create a zombie infested city
    Push the colors and reduce the shadows
    Transform their portraits with color grading
    Use color grading and advanced processing techniques to increase the details of the face
    Make a portrait pop out of the screen
    Create a super cheap lighting setup for object photography
    Create a lightbox for pocket change
    Turn a photo with strong highlights and shadows into something which looks like an HDR photo
    Bring out colors and details in their photos
    Transform a model photo into a supermodel photo
Learning Photo Editing, as it is reviewed now by Vkool, was developed by Patrick, a professional photographer, colorist, photo editor, and graphic artist. Since Patrick released the Learning Photo Editing course, many people have used it to find the best way to create better photos while spending as little money as possible.

The Learning Photo Editing review also indicates that this Photoshop course is actually available online with many special gifts. Upon ordering the Learning Photo Editing course, people will receive 24 professional Photoshop tutorial videos and some special bonuses from Patrick including:

    Video 1: Color Grading Tutorial
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    Video 5: Color Grading Tutorial
    Video 6: Lighting and Color Grading/Correcting Tutorials
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Tom Ledford from the site Vkool – Better information, Better Lives says, “Learning Photo Editing is a useful Photoshop course that teaches learners how to edit photos and create stunning images. In addition, people will have 60 days to decide if they want to keep the Learning Photo Editing course or get their money back.”

To read the full review and learn more about Patrick’s Photoshop course, visit the Vkool website at: http://vkool.com/learn-photo-editing/

To download the Learning Photo Editing video course, visit the official website

About Tom Ledford:

Tom Ledford is an editor of the website Vkool.com. In this website, Tom Ledford provides people with reliable reviews about Photoshop courses for beginners.







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Tasting, Touring and Shopping at the Gloucester Wine Festival


Gloucester, VA (PRWEB) October 17, 2013

It’s true. The wineries are coming from near and far Virginia for the 4th Annual Gloucester Wine Festival hosted by the Gloucester Chamber of Commerce at Brent and Becky’s Bulbs on Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

But so are the 50 vendors who will help shape the Gloucester Wine Festival into a tasting and shopping event.

“Jewelry, fine foods, gourmet treats, antiques, ladies fashions, art, local community groups…I could go on and on,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Makalia Records. “We are delighted to see so many businesses coming out to support the wine festival. Even more so, we’re thrilled that so many businesses see participating and supporting the wine festival as a good way to grow their business, connect to the community and meet new customers.”

This year’s Gloucester Wine Festival is expected to draw a crowd of more than 1,200. At least, that’s how many wine glasses the Gloucester Chamber of Commerce ordered.

“We are fully prepared to make arrangements to get more wine glasses for people to taste if more than that want to attend,” Records said. “We have already sold more tickets now than we sold in all of last year and we still have a couple of weeks to go before the event.”

The following vendors are confirmed to attend, Records said.

1.    Chesapeake Bank

2.    1st Advantage Federal Credit Union

3.    Wisteria Lane Antiques

4.    Sweet Kristine’s LLC

5.    All About the Beverage

6.    Fantasy Clay

7.    Jim & Linda Harrison

8.    Designs by Gerry

9.    King William Alpacas

10.    Whitley Peanut Factory

11.    AGORA The Greek Market

12.    Holly Hill Antique

13.    Gourmet Steve

14.    Plantation Peanuts of Wakefield

15.    The Silver Box

16.    Olde Town Chimney Sweeps

17.    Creighton’s Creation

18.    Arc Angels Creations LLC

19.    Commonwealth Water Treatment

20.    Mid Peninsula Pet Pantry

21.    Cathy O’Meare

22.    Church View Farms Custom Turnings

23.    Hubbard Jewelry Designs

24.    Riverwalk Restaurant / Water Street Grille

25.    Origami Owl

26.    Three Ladies Beading

27.    Yolanda’s

28.    Custom Paintings for Children’s Rooms by Andrea Weiser

29.    Melanie Bolin Artworks

30.    Murawski Photography

31.    The Pampered Chef

32.    Old & New by Janie

33.    The Court House Players

34.    Bloodys by Buz

35.    Moonstruck Soap

36.    Juan’s Mexican Café

37.    Creekside Catering

38.    The ARC of the Virginia Peninsula

39.    Virginia Blue Crab

40.    Glory Beads

41.    Gloucester Arts on Main

42.    Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal

43.    Native Creations

44.    Pioneer Chainsaw Art

45.    Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream / Green Mountain Coffee

46.    Marshall Farms Natural Cheese

47.    Jessica’s on Main

48.    Pam Carpenter

49.    Wild Tree by Dawn Brown

50.    Virginia Wine of th Month Club

Event organizers, thanks to a sponsorship by Chesapeake Bank, have also secured three live bands to play at the festival – The Deloreans, the region’s premier 1980s cover band; StonesThrow, a powerhouse acoustic duo; and Something Different, which features a rising vocalist with pipes like Adele and Nora Jones.

The Gloucester Wine Festival will feature 10 award-winning wineries this year, the most the festival has ever featured.

Confirmed wineries this year include Good Luck Cellars of Kilmarnock; Saude Creek Vineyards of Lanexa; James River Cellars of Glen Allen; Vault Field Vineyards of Kinsale; Notaviva Vineyards of Loudoun County; Athena Vineyards of Heathsville; Trump Winery of Charlottesville; Mattaponi Winery of Spotsylvania; Chateau Morrisette of Floyd County and the DeVault Family Vineyards of Concord.

Brent and Becky’s Bulbs is located at 7900 Daffodil Lane.

Tickets for the 4th Annual Gloucester Wine Festival can be purchased online.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available at various levels, from $ 100 to $ 3,500, and include benefits of event tickets, private tables, wine glasses and advertising.







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What’s New for Spring and Summer 2014 in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay


Annapolis, MD (PRWEB) March 26, 2014

What’s New with Events

Better Living through Chemistry— Individuals who know and love Annapolis won’t want to miss the Maryland-made movie released in 75 theaters nationwide on March 14. Written and directed by Geoff Moore and David Posamentier, the movie stars Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Ray Liotta and Jane Fonda. It’s about a small town pharmacist (played by Sam Rockwell) who is in a rut until he meets trophy wife Elizabeth Roberts (played by Olivia Wilde) and takes a walk on the wild side. Among the Annapolis locations featured in the film are: State Circle, Maryland Avenue, Main Street, Galway Bay Irish Pub, Niland & Company Jewelers’ building, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and Quiet Waters Park. Through the efforts of the Maryland Film Office, “Better Living through Chemistry” was shot in Maryland in the summer of 2012. According to the Film Office, the movie hired nearly 200 Maryland crew, cast members and extras and directly purchased or rented goods and/or services from 571 Maryland vendors. More than 200 of the businesses patronized were in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

U.S. Yacht Shows, Inc.—In December 2013, the long-time general manager of the Annapolis Boat Shows, Paul Jacobs, and his partners assumed ownership of the Boat Shows from C. Edward Hartman, II. Jacobs and a team of four local business professionals are carrying on the tradition of hosting some of the most prestigious boat shows in the world. Along with taking on the role of corporate president, Jacobs is continuing his responsibilities as general manager, and the entire management team and permanent staff remains in place. The new owners include Sheila Jones, Annapolis Boat Shows manager; Peter Trogdon, owner of Weems and Plath, an international marine industry business based in Eastport; Bob Crain, owner of Applied Lighting; and Mary Ewenson, owner of SpinSheet and PropTalk magazines. The 2014 boat show dates are as follows: Bay Bridge Boat Show, April 11-13, Stevensville, MD; Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show featuring Cruisers University, April 25-27, Annapolis, MD; United States Sailboat Show featuring the Annapolis Brokerage Show, October 9-13, Annapolis, MD; and United States Powerboat Show featuring the Annapolis Brokerage Show, October 16-19, Annapolis, MD. http://www.usboat.com, 410-268-8828.

Eco Adventures’ Earth Day Extraordinaire—What better place to party for the planet than in Eco Adventures’ rainforest? On Saturday, April 26, from noon until 4:00 p.m., visitors can indulge in a host of fun games as Eco Adventures pays tribute to Mother Earth. They’re planning to make her proud with lots of environmental entertainment and enlightenment, including live animal interactions, face painting, eco-friendly crafts, food, fun, and more. Admission to the enormous Earth Day blowout party for the planet is $ 5.00. Owned and operated by scientist, educator and TV personality Dr. Brady Barr of National Geographic fame, Eco Adventures opened just outside of Annapolis in December 2013. Its core mission is education, enrichment and conservation. http://ecoadventures.org/, 410-279-5416 or 410-987-1300

Paint Annapolis—There’s a new organization at the helm of Paint Annapolis. The Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) will be hosting the June 23-29, 2014 plein air painting event. For the first time in its 12-year history, the 2014 event invites 30 juried artists from across the country to look beyond Annapolis to the whole of Anne Arundel County for their inspiration. The four-day juried plein air painting competition attracts artists and art enthusiasts from across the country. Their artwork will be displayed and sold at the MFA Circle Gallery on State Circle through Sunday, June 29. A new addition to this year’s event is an after 5:00 p.m. Nocturne painting event in Annapolis’ Arts & Entertainment District on Thursday, June 26. The public is invited to participate in the Nocturne event as well as in the ever-popular Dueling Brushes event at City Dock on Saturday, June 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In this friendly competition, artists have 1.5 hours to paint. Their work will be displayed and sold at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. http://www.mdfedart.com/, 410-268-4566

Silopanna Festival—After a two year hiatus, the Silopanna Festival will return to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville on Saturday, August 16. Produced by Rams Head Promotions, the event is expected to attract 7,000 to 10,000 music lovers. When it was last held in 2012, the festival lineup included national recording artists including Cake, Citizen Cope, G. Love & Special Sauce, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and J. Roddy Walston & The Business, as well as several local and regional bands. http://www.silopannafest.com

What’s New with Accommodations

Loews Annapolis Hotel completed the final phase of a three-year renovation project in March 2014. The latest renovations updated the hotel’s 215 guest rooms, 17 suites and guest corridors. The rooms now include free Wi-Fi, new 47-inch flat screen smart televisions, updated bathroom amenities and new showerheads, new décor and linens, full soft goods overhaul and a partial case goods renovation, as well as new cordless speaker telephones and tech-friendly desks with USB ports and extra outlets for charging devices. The updated rooms include complimentary Keurig coffee makers, make-up mirrors and doeskin bathrobes. As a crowning touch to the renovations, Loews Annapolis installed a new public feature by hanging sails in its four-story atrium. The latest updates wrap up a renovation project that included a new lobby design unveiled in 2012 and an updated look for Loews Annapolis’ more than 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting and function space. http://www.loewsannapolis.com, 410-263-7777

O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel plans to begin top-to-bottom renovations in April 2014. The $ 2.5- to $ 3-million project will kick off with improvements to the 119-room hotel’s public spaces, including its John Barry restaurant. The updates will include new finishes, carpeting and wallpaper. Changes to the guest rooms will include new beds and furniture in keeping with the property’s Georgian theme. The renovations are expected to take three months. http://www.ocallaghanhotels-us.com, 410-263-7700.

Westin Annapolis Hotel wrapped up a $ 5-million, 14-month total hotel renovation project in February 2014. Highlights of the renovation included creation of a 3,600 square foot Annapolis Ballroom, featuring an open kitchen. The renovation also involved a refresh of the Westin’s 6,400 square foot main ballroom, along with a soft goods renovation of its 225 guest rooms, hallways, lobby and Azure restaurant. The addition of the new Annapolis Ballroom boosts the hotel’s meeting space to 18,200 square feet. http://www.westin.com/annapolis, 410-972-4300

What’s New with Attractions

Annapolis Maritime Museum (AMM) installed three new kiosks at its home in the old McNasby Oyster Packing Plant in Eastport in February 2014. The Critter Kiosk features an interactive critter identification key that allows visitors to identify all of the creatures in the AMM’s 850 gallon aquarium. Visitors can also learn more about oysters including their habitat, how they breed and eat, and more. The History Kiosk includes the history of McNasby’s as well as key events in the history of Eastport, Annapolis and the world. The kiosk also features oral history recordings from Eastport residents. The Work Boats Kiosk explains how boats were built, used and altered to meet the needs of individuals working on the waterfront through the years. http://www.amaritime.org, 410-295-0104

Annapolis Maritime Museum—For the first time this year, the Annapolis Maritime Museum will be offering summer camps. Its “Bug Eyes” camp is for children entering second or third grade in fall 2014. Chesapeake Critters (June 23-27) and Back Creek Adventures (July 7-11) will include touch and see animals, games and habitat exploration. The museum will also be offering “Skipjacks” camps for children entering fourth or fifth grade in the fall. Amazing Adaptations (July 14-18) and Catch of the Day (July 28-August 1) will include handling animals as well as doing scientific observations and experiments. http://www.amaritime.org, 410-295-0104

Annapolis Sailing Cruises: Schooner Woodwind and Woodwind II—In February 2014, Annapolis Sailing Cruises became the first Annapolis and Chesapeake Bay attraction to be designated as a Maryland Green Travel Partner by the Maryland Office of Tourism Development. The company was recognized for its waste reduction and energy efficiency efforts. It joins the ranks of nearly 50 other Annapolis and Chesapeake Bay restaurants, accommodations and marinas that have already been designated Maryland Green Travel Partners. http://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/, 410-263-1981

Annapolis Tours by Watermark’s Four Centuries Walking Tour has a new departure time beginning spring 2014. Offered twice daily through the fall, the afternoon tour now leaves the City Dock Information Booth at 1:30 p.m. Watermark’s colonial-attired tour guides escort participants to key sites – including the Maryland State House and the U.S. Naval Academy. http://www.annapolistours.com, 410-268-7601

Annapolis Tours by Watermark’s Historic Ghost Walk will begin departing from a more central location in Annapolis effective April 2014. Guests will meet their period-dressed guides in front of Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs at 100 Main Street. http://www.annapolistours.com, 410-268-7601

Banneker-Douglass Museum—A new exhibit, Who is Herbert M. Frisby?, opened in February 2014. It celebrates a Maryland resident who spent much of his life trying to build recognition for Matthew Henson, the first African American to reach the North Pole in 1909. Following his role model, Frisby achieved worldwide fame for his 26 Arctic explorations, beginning in World War II. In 1956, he was flown on a special mission to the North Pole to drop a bronze plaque as a memorial to Matthew Henson. Frisby’s Arctic artifacts will be on display through August 2014. http://www.bdmuseum.com/, 410-216-6180

Chesapeake Arts Center began offering new classes designed for the 21+ crowd in January 2014. Called Uncork’d Art: Just for Fun, the sessions are exactly as they sound – just for fun! The Chesapeake Arts team guides participants on a painting for the night, and the result is a personal masterpiece. The session includes a complimentary glass of wine and art supplies. Fun night, great art, great wine. http://www.chesapeakearts.org/, 410-636-6597

Cruises on the Bay by Watermark is offering interested individuals the opportunity to get an up close and personal look at the Wednesday Night Sailboat Races during its Wednesday Night Races Cruises aboard the Harbor Queen. Participants will enjoy views from the end of City Dock, cruise to the race course to watch the races and return dockside to catch the finish. New this season, the cruises will be offered June 18, July 16 and August 20. http://www.cruisesonthebay.com, 410-268-7601

Cruises on the Bay by Watermark is offering a new way to get from Baltimore to Annapolis. It’s a cruise from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to Annapolis aboard the Raven, the newest yacht in Watermark’s fleet. The Raven will dock at Annapolis’ City Dock where guests will disembark to enjoy Maryland’s capital city at their leisure and be back in Baltimore in time for dinner. July 10 and August 14. http://www.cruisesonthebay.com, 410-268-7601

Eco Adventures—Owned and operated by scientist, educator and TV personality Dr. Brady Barr of National Geographic fame, Eco Adventures opened just outside of Annapolis in December 2013. Its core mission is education, enrichment and conservation. Visitors to the 4,000-square-foot facility in Millersville can experience the tropical sights and sounds of a two-story simulated rainforest, explore an underwater discovery room and visit with animals, including a crocodile, 22’ python, tarantulas, scorpions, frogs, toads and more. Just outside Eco Adventure’s back door lies the neighboring Severn Run Wildlife Area. Its 1,700 acres of pristine wilderness is ready to be explored and admired by Eco Adventure’s young conservationists. Dr. Barr has hosted more wildlife documentaries (including Reptile Wild and Crocodile Chronicles) than anyone in the 120-year history of National Geographic. Now, his goal is to share his knowledge and love of nature and the environment with young people and help combat what he calls “nature deficit disorder.” http://ecoadventures.org/, 410-987-1300

Food Tour Corporation (FTC) will be introducing three new culinary events for groups in Annapolis this spring. The Culinary Cooking Challenge is a competitive team-building event where groups work together to cook the “best” meal as determined by a panel of judges. After the teams present their dishes to the judges, guests will enjoy additional drinks and a seated meal. Victuals is a culinary exploration where the FTC will bring an area’s food, drink and culture directly to a venue for an interactive culinary experience. Guests will enjoy a series of experiences during a walking tour led by a local guide. The experiences will include hands-on cooking demonstrations, sit-down stops, cultural tastings, wine pairings and mixology demonstrations. Crab Cake Cooking Demonstration: Guests will enjoy a cooking demonstration at a celebrated restaurant. They’ll discover unique flavor profiles, learn innovative cooking techniques and hear a local chef describe his/her best kept secrets. http://www.foodtourcorp.com, 202-683-8847

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts—The first phase of an $ 18-million renovation project to modernize and improve the performing arts wing at Maryland Hall is slated to begin in June 2014. With an anticipated completion date of September 30, the $ 2-million first phase will include renovation of the theatre’s orchestra level seating, improvements to the stage’s proscenium and cosmetic improvements to the stage. The changes are designed to significantly enhance the patron/performer experience. The entire $ 18-million multi-phase facility modernization includes renovation of the main theatre, construction of two theatre wings, the creation of a new 150-seat community theatre and the addition of several flexible gathering spaces. http://www.marylandhall.org, 410-263-5544

Maryland State House—Two new interpretive panels were installed on the State House grounds in March 2014. The first panel tells the story of Dred Scott, a slave whose freedom was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1856. Scott was finally emancipated by the descendants of his original owner in 1857. The second interpretive panel introduces Roger Brooke Taney, the U.S. Chief Justice who handed down the decision that denied Dred Scott his freedom. Taney wrote that persons of African descent did not possess the rights of citizenship because the framers of the U.S. Constitution had not included blacks, either free or enslaved, in the original community of people covered by the Constitution. The panels are located on the walkway directly behind the statue of Taney that sits near the entrance to the State House that faces Maryland Avenue. http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdstatehouse/html/memorials_main.html

U.S. Naval Academy—In an effort to reach more international visitors with its message, the U.S. Naval Academy Museum at Preble Hall is expanding its audio tour to include foreign languages. At present, visitors can learn about 30 different museum artifacts in Spanish as well as English. The Naval Academy Languages and Cultures Department is working with the Museum to produce two-minute audio recorded descriptions of the 30 artifacts in Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Mandarin by the summer of 2014. Each of the languages is taught at the Naval Academy. Visitors will be given a map of the museum with tour instructions and locations of the 30 artifacts. The displays combine historical artifacts with video and audio technology to bring to life the stories of the men and women who have served their country at sea. The Naval Academy Museum receives more than 125,000 national and international visitors per year. http://www.usna.edu/Museum/, 410-293-2108

Westfield Annapolis Farmers’ Market—Individuals wishing to patronize Westfield Annapolis’ Farmers’ Market this summer should find it easier to locate this year. Instead of operating from within the mall’s orange parking garage, it will be freestanding at the corner of Bestgate Road and General’s Highway. To celebrate the move, there will be live music, free popcorn and face painting on opening day, Sunday, April 6, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Patrons of the farmers’ market will discover a larger selection of locally produced agricultural products this year, including organic options, seasonal produce, milk, yogurt, cheese, beef, pork, chicken, eggs, baked goods, jams candies, soaps, jewelry and herbal products. Local wineries will also be showcasing a selection of their wines. The market will be open the first and third Sundays of the month through November 23. http://www.aaedc.org, 410-349-0317

What’s New with Dining

AIRMALL® at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is partnering with Greenlight Biofuels to implement an environmentally-friendly method of recycling the waste cooking oil generated by tenants in the airport’s concession program. In December 2013, AIRMALL® USA announced that Greenlight Biofuels is working with the company to collect waste cooking oil and convert it into biodiesel, a greener fuel alternative that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 78-percent. AIRMALL® USA is the leading airport concessions developer in North America and operator of the AIRMALL at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. The new initiative is designed to further improve BWI’s renowned recycling program. http://www.airmallusa.com/BWI.aspx, 410-859-9201

Bean Rush Café—Crownsville’s Bean Rush Café is plans to open a second location at the site of the former b. b. Bistro on Annapolis Street in West Annapolis in June 2014. Owners Mark and Shannon Abrahams will be selling coffee, sandwiches, salads and pastries at the 1,250-square foot restaurant. http://www.beanrushcafe.com/

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport—A report by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine released in the fall of 2013, ranks BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport fourth in the nation when it comes to U.S. airports offering travelers the healthiest food options. The report found that 80-percent of the restaurants at BWI offer healthy menu items that include vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes. In the nationwide survey, Denver International Airport was ranked first in healthy airport dining, followed by Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Chicago O’Hare International in second place. Reagan National tied with Los Angeles International for third place. Dulles International tied with BWI for fourth place. http://www.bwiairport.com/en, 1-800-IFLY-BWI

Cleo’s Fine Oils and Vinegars—In search of a new and fun way to catch up with friends? Cleo’s Fine Oils and Vinegars at the Annapolis Towne Centre in Parole might just fit the bill. In January 2014, the store began offering tastings the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interested individuals are invited to drop by after work or shopping to enjoy Cleo’s extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars along with small appetizer tastings and a glass of wine. http://www.cleosfineoils.com, 410-266-5540

Corner Grille of Shady Side opened at 6127 Shady Side Road in Shady Side in February 2013. Offering a sports bar-type atmosphere, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner. 410-867-3400

5 Waterside—The old Calypso Bay Boatyard Bar & Grill at Herrington Harbour North will be re-opening with a new name and a new look in July 2014. 5 Waterside at 421 Deale Road in Tracys Landing will feature farm-to-table cuisine with a focus on the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay. A waterfront tiki bar is expected to be the main attraction. It will be complemented by dining in the sand and a new fire pit that will extend the season when the weather cools. The year-round family-oriented restaurant still plans to offer what it considers to be the best Orange Crushes on the Bay. https://www.facebook.com/CBontheBay, 410-867-9787

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill opened at the Festival at Riva in Annapolis on February 19. The restaurant prides itself on providing fresh, healthy and authentic Mediterranean food. Their pitas are made from scratch onsite throughout the day. Their hummus, falafel, shwarmas and salads are made from fresh, high quality ingredients. http://www.eatgarbanzo.com, 443-321-2999

John Barry Restaurant at the O’Callaghan Hotel has a new executive chef. David Wells joined the John Barry team in February 2014. With a background in food and beverage and culinary teaching, Chef Wells is rejuvenating the Irish restaurant’s menu with traditional Irish dishes and Maryland favorites. Popular items on the menu include crab cakes, spicy pecan chicken and strawberry spinach salad. The restaurant is named after Captain John Barry of the Continental Navy. http://www.ocallaghanhotels-us.com/dining-en.html, 410-263-7700

Lima’s Chicken – Pollos a la Brasa opened at 1901 West Street in Annapolis in the fall of 2013. Specializing in Peruvian cuisine, the restaurant focuses on providing its customers with delicious rotisserie chicken, grilled steak and Peruvian dishes prepared with high quality ingredients in a relaxed family atmosphere. http://www.limaschicken.com, (410) 267-5491

Maggiano’s Little Italy—The first Maryland location for Maggiano’s Little Italy opened in at Westfield Annapolis Mall in October 2013. The new restaurant is located between Macy’s and Café Rio. Its Italian menu includes pastas, salads, steaks and seafood. http://www.maggianos.com, 410-266-3584

Preserve Restaurant—Chef Jeremy Hoffman is planning to open Preserve Restaurant at 164 Main Street (former home of Aqua Terra restaurant) in Annapolis with his wife Michelle in April 2014. Formerly the Chef de Cuisine at the renowned Restaurant Eve of Alexandria for nearly 15 years, Hoffman and his wife envision the Preserve as a farm-to-table venture that relies on local co-op farms and creameries to supply them with fine ingredients for their American casual menu. The Culinary Institute of America graduates are planning a menu filled with creative small bite selections as well as full entrees. Hoffman anticipates offering some vegan dishes as well as heartier fare for meat lovers. Maryland crab rolls, oyster mushroom po’boys, quinoa and kale soup as well as smoked eggplant basil gnocchi are a few of the dishes planned. http://preserve-eats.com/

Vivo Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve in December 2013. The second George Martin Group restaurant at The Hotel, the contemporary, casual Italian restaurant features antipasti, homemade pastas, artisanal pizzas and traditional fish and meat entrees. Among the favorites are: crab imperial pizza with mars Capone cheese, lemon panko and slivered jalapenos drizzled with red pepper aioli; Mafaldine bolognaise, a wide, flat noodle with curly edges in a sauce of sweet sausage, braised short rib and warm ricotta; and Charlie’s Chicken, brick-oven-fired on the bone with balsamic, red wine and San Marzano plum tomatoes. Vivo’s design is inspired by Italy’s mountainous Tuscan region. The space combines rustic materials with a soft color palate and natural textures, creating the earthy feel of the countryside. http://www.vivotrattoria.com, 410-799-7440

What’s New with Services

Alchemy Healing Arts Center at 107 Ridgely Avenue in Annapolis held a ribbon cutting in October 2013. The holistic center specializes in therapeutic massage, advanced light touch therapies and the healing arts. Their therapeutic massage and specialty bodywork is designed to relieve pain, restore health and bring its clients ease and comfort. http://www.alchemyhealingartscenter.com, 410-263-1272

Annapolis Urban Adventures is launching a new service in March 2014. Called Annapolis City View, the service is designed to give visitors the lay of the land. Targeted at families and/or individuals who have limited time and/or who prefer to ride rather than walk, Annapolis Urban Adventures uses an electric-powered, six passenger eCruiser to give its patrons an overview of Maryland’s capital city via Annapolis City View. The 45-minute sightseeing adventures include plenty of time for pictures, fun stories and pointers about what visitors can do to make the most of their time in Annapolis. Plans are to offer the service on the weekends in March and seven days a week in season. http://www.urbanadventures.com/Explore_the_Heart_of_Annapolis, 443-510-1348

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport—In October 2014, Southwest Airlines will begin offering nonstop service from Dallas Love Field to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines employs nearly 45,000 individuals and serves more than 100 million customers annually. Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, and it operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world. It serves 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries via its wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways. http://www.bwiairport.com/en 410-859-7111 or 1-800-I-FLY-BWI

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport—In January 2014, Spirit Airlines announced its plans to offer new nonstop seasonal service from Minneapolis-St. Paul to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Anne Arundel County. The new service will consist of one daily nonstop flight from May 1, 2014 through November 1, 2014. Spirit’s all-Airbus fleet currently operates more than 250 daily flights to over 50 destinations within the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. http://www.bwiairport.com/en, 410-859-7111 or 1-800-I-FLY-BWI

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport—On July 1, 2014, Southwest Airlines will make its first international flights, including flights between Baltimore and Aruba, the Bahamas and Jamaica, as the carrier takes over routes flown by subsidiary AirTran Airways. Daily flights will operate between Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Aruba and Nassau, Bahamas. The airline will operate twice-daily flights between BWI and Montego Bay, Jamaica. AirTran flies on those routes today. AirTran currently offers direct flights from Baltimore to Cancun. Together, the two carriers serve 70 percent of BWI’s passengers. Southwest acquired AirTran in May 2011 in a deal it valued at $ 3.2 billion. http://www.bwiairport.com/en, 410-859-7111 or 1-800-I-FLY-BWI

Destination Paradise introduced new “Do-Gooding” teambuilding events in the fall of 2013. In keeping with the theme, Goodness is as Goodness does, the company custom creates teambuilding events to benefit the charity of the participating organization’s choice. Each of the activities is customized to meet the client’s objectives. http://www.destination-paradise.com, 1-800-391-6560

Odyssey Massage held its grand opening at 31 Maryland Avenue in Annapolis in February 2014. Founded by Martina Ferret and Tim McClennen, the business is committed to taking its clients on an individualized holistic journey into wellness. Odyssey Massage focuses on providing rigorous massage treatments in an elegant environment. Included on its team are an athletic trainer, a massage therapist and a former professional boxer who works with athletes. Plans are to add a doctor of chiropractic. 410-263-3646

Parking Meter Rates Lowered—Individuals who use parking meters in downtown Annapolis have a little bit more money to spend on shopping and dining, thanks to a cut in hourly parking meter rates through March 31, 2014. Beginning on January 15, 2014, the city instituted a short-term lowering of parking meter rates at its 384 downtown meters from $ 2 to $ 1 an hour. The City understands there might be a loss in revenue during the trial period, but it also realizes the lower rates might trigger increased meter usage. When the trial period is over, the City will evaluate the benefits and determine whether or not to extend the reduction period. http://www.parkannapolis.com/, 410-216-9436

Poiana Nail Spa held a ribbon cutting at its 1901 West Street, Suite 106 location in Annapolis in November 2013. Operated by owners Tiffani Tran and Melissa Nguyen, the fully licensed salon specializes in hand and foot care of all kinds, as well as waxing, threading, eyebrow tinting, creative freelance nail art and individual eyelash extensions. In addition to offering an extensive range of nail and pedicure services provided by a skilled team of eight, the shop also offers casual meeting space for birthday celebrations and wedding parties.

Professional Sports Care and Rehab held a ribbon cutting at its Eastport, Annapolis clinic at 1013 Bay Ridge Avenue, Suite 410 in October 2013. Annapolis is the 50th location for the provider of physical therapy and sports medicine services. The Annapolis center provides services and treatment, including sports medicine and athletic training as well as physical and aquatic therapy. Owners Tom Yoviene and Chuck Mutschler say the facility offers state of the art equipment and cutting edge treatments in a community-based setting. http://www.prosportscare.com, 443-221-7743

The Copper Bowl Spa & Holistic Studio opened its doors at 5954 Deale-Churchton Road in Deale in January 2014. It offers manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, massage, acupuncture, energy modalities, yoga and more. http://www.thecopperbowldeale.com/, 443-294-6612

What’s New with Retail

Annapolis Resale Furniture and Finds moved from 1825 George Street to its new location at 17 Lincoln Court in Annapolis. A ribbon cutting was held at the new location in November 2013. The business specializes in buying and selling unique and vintage pieces as well as new items. A self-professed “Annapolis antique junkie,” owner Hilly Hoyle showcases home furnishings that include desks, tables, paintings, glassware, sofas, lighting and accent pieces. http://www.annapolisresalefurniture.com, 443-458-5666

CleaVe THE BOUTIQUE celebrated the opening of its 45 West Street store in Annapolis with a ribbon cutting in January 2014. Owner Valerie Yancey says the wedding and party planning, gifts and accessories boutique features more than 3000 products to help individuals satisfy all of their wedding and party planning needs. In addition to offering everything from invitations to party favors, the boutique showcases fashion apparel and accessories, jewelry, perfume, aromatherapy candles and bath gels, and a host of other gift items, some of which are made by local artisans. The boutique has a team of in-house consultants that provide wedding tips for brides or individuals looking for recommendations on how to plan an event. The boutique hosts party planning workshops and other specialty classes monthly for those interested in learning more about wedding etiquette, event planning, and design. http://www.cleavetheboutique.com, 410-263-3330

Grand Paws Pet Salon and Spa marked its move from West Annapolis to a new, larger location at 921-B Chesapeake Avenue in Eastport, Annapolis with a ribbon cutting in October 2013. Grand Paws strives to provide the best environment possible for pets and the highest quality of service. The salon and spa offers quick turnaround times, minimal time in a kennel, pet playtime and socialization and a variety of unique spa services. http://www.grandpawsannapolis.com, 443-949-7199.

HERE. A POP UP SHOP has been popping up roughly every eight weeks in the Annapolis and West Annapolis area since March 2013. Featuring almost all local artists and designers, a selection of jewelry, art, photography, home goods, gifts, on-trend scarves, clothing and more, the pop up shops typically fill a vacant storefront for a ten-day period. Opening parties for the shops generally include live music and special events. Run by Amy Fresty and Ellen Lunay, each of the pop up shops includes a give back day that benefits a specific local charity. Thus far, Here. A Pop Up Shop has popped up at seven different locations. The next one is scheduled to run from March 27 through April 6 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Pop up shops are trending in other cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and Austin. http://www.hereapopupshop.com, 443-676-8729

WRABYN Women’s Boutique officially opened its doors at 12 Annapolis Street in West Annapolis in November 2013. The women’s clothing and accessories shop features fashions from a curated selection of designers. The focus is on helping patrons to discover and enhance their signature style. Wrabyn welcomes private events and personal styling sessions by appointment. 410-267-0757

Significant Anniversaries

Annapolis Amblers Walking Club will celebrate its 25th anniversary at its Walk Annapolis event on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Sanctioned by the Maryland Volkssport Association, the event starts at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts at 8:00 a.m. The trail is 10 km (6.2 miles). A 5 km (3.1 miles) is also available. Participants are invited to walk, jog or run at their own pace. The Annapolis Amblers Walking Club was formed in the summer of 1989 by a small group of avid walkers. http://www.annapolisamblerswalk.com.

Banneker-Douglass Museum—In February 2014, the Banneker-Douglass Museum began celebrating thirty years of documenting, preserving, and promoting Maryland’s African American heritage. To memorialize the anniversary, the Museum commissioned famed visionary artist Loring Cornish to create a one-of-a-kind work of art from fragments of the site’s original stained glass windows. http://www.bdmuseum.com/, 410.216.6180

Infinity Theatre Company celebrates its fifth anniversary season in 2014 with its June 7-29 regional premiere of the Off-Broadway hit, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, directed by the show’s Tony Award nominee, Randal Myler. The play follows legendary singer-songwriter Hank Williams through his turbulent career. Infinity Theatre’s season will continue with performances of I Do! I Do! from July 12-August 3. http://www.infinitytheatrecompany.com/, 877-501-8499 or 443-424-5067

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2014 by embarking on a milestone renovation project designed to enhance and expand creative opportunities for the community. Work on the first phase of improvements is slated to begin in June 2014. http://www.marylandhall.org/, 410-263-5544

Boatyard Beach Bash celebrates its tenth anniversary on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Produced by the Boatyard Bar and Grill to benefit the Annapolis Maritime Museum, the event has a Jimmy Buffett/Parrot Head theme. With the help of Florida singer/songwriter John Frinzi, past musical guests have included long time Coral Reefers Doyle Grisham and Michael Utley. The 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. rain or shine celebration will be held at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Eastport, Annapolis. It will include an extensive grilled buffet dinner by the Boatyard and signature cocktails in a beachside setting. The event is expected to raise more than $ 50,000 net of expenses for the Annapolis Maritime Museum. http://www.boatyardbarandgrill.com/events/beach-bash, 410-216-6206

Oyster Recovery Partnership celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014. Recent accomplishments for the Annapolis-based ORP and its partners include the production of 1.2 billion native baby oysters (spat) at the University of Maryland’s Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery. The majority of the spat was planted into the Harris Creek Sanctuary. This is the first time a hatchery in the United States produced more than one billion Eastern oyster spat in a single season. ORP has also grown its Shell Recycling Alliance (SRA), which now collects shells from approximately 200 restaurants in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, DC. The SRA has collected more than 30,000 bushels of shell, making it the largest recycling program of its kind. Twenty years ago, the Oyster Recovery Partnership was commissioned as a cooperative coalition of multiple partners that contribute toward a large-scale restoration program that plants disease-free oysters back into the Chesapeake Bay. http://www.oysterrecovery.org, 410-990-4970

Kudos

Amtrak—More than 31.6 million passengers traveled on Amtrak in Fiscal Year 2013, which ended September 30, 2013. This marked the highest annual ridership total since Amtrak started operations in 1971. It was also the tenth ridership record over the last eleven years. During FY 2013, Amtrak’s state-supported corridor services grew to a new record of 15.4 million passengers. In addition, all long distance routes combined had the best ridership in 20 years with 4.8 million passengers. Ridership for all Northeast Corridor services reached 11.4 million passengers, the second best year ever. As evidence of a strong ridership rebound following Super Storm Sandy, the Northeast Regional service set a new record. Similarly, FY 2013 produced eight individual monthly ridership records, the single best month in Amtrak history and new records on 20 routes. Its ticket revenue increased to a record $ 2.1 billion. http://www.amtrak.com/home, 1-800-USA-RAIL

City of Annapolis—The City of Annapolis has been awarded Sustainable Maryland Certification status for its commitment to protecting Annapolis’ natural assets and revitalizing the community. The City received its certification for demonstrating a commitment to local food production by partnering with a local non-profit, Fresh Farm Markets, to establish a downtown farmers market. The City also partnered with local non-profit, Grow Annapolis, to establish the City Dock Community Garden. In a similar vein, Maryland’s capital city passed an innovative ordinance permitting the keeping of urban backyard chickens, among other initiatives. http://www.ci.annapolis.md.us/government/city-departments/neighborhood-environmental 410-263-7946

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Arizona

OVER THE BRIDGE SHOPPING GALA IN TUBAC, ARIZONA

Tubac, Arizona – The Over the Bridge Shopping Gala is held in The beautiful K. Newby Sculpture Garden in the Historic Artist town of Tubac, Az featuring Arts & Crafts booths, live Music and Flash mob dances. This Free event is every Saturday & Sunday from October 5- December 22, 2013 this is a kid friendly event with hands on craft classes at some of the participating booths. This Artist Colony consists of over 100 galleries and restaurants in a three block area. Contact Vesta Abel: 520-449-9249. overthebridgeshoppinggala.com

Arizona

HOLY TRINITY MONASTERY HOSTS 33RD ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, ST. DAVID, ARIZONA

St. David, Arizona – The Fall Festival at the Holy Trinity Monastery in St. David, Arizona, will take place from 10 am to 5pm on Saturday, Nov. 9th and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, Nov 10th. Artists and crafters will be offering jewelry, wood and metal working, natural beauty products, and yard ornaments; shoppers strolling in the beautiful fall weather will find a wide array of unique gifts for their holiday list. A $ 2 donation for parking that includes a free raffle ticket is requested. For Fiesta information, go to holytrinitymonastery.org/calendar.html#Noon or call (520) 686-1589.

California

SAN FRANCISCO’S HOLIDAY SEASON NEVER LOOKED BRIGHTER… AND IT ALL STARTS ALONG THE CITY’S WATERFRONT

San Francisco, California – San Francisco is renowned for celebration on a grand scale and the coming holiday season in the city-by-the-bay will be decked out in magical tradition this year. It all starts where this town of holiday lights meets the revitalized Waterfront… and the Hyatt Regency San Francisco sits center stage with its virtual, over-sized “snow globe.” Promising daily snowfall in its Guinness Book of World Records largest lobby, the hotel is San Francisco’s home for the holidays. The Holiday Destination Room Package features all the benefits of the hotel’s holiday amusements as well as all the nearby festivities. For reservations and information, visit sanfranciscoregency.hyatt.com or call (800) 233-1234.

California

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, WITH SPECIAL HOTEL RATES & MORE

Irvine, California – Irvine hotels invite visitors to experience all of the holiday happenings in the center of Orange County with special offers including complimentary breakfast and late checkout, along with gift cards and shopping certificates. Irvine’s family-friendly holiday activities, events, and special hotel offers, along with the destination’s close proximity to all of Orange County make it an ideal destination for visitors to celebrate the holiday season. For a complete listing of holiday events and hotel specials, visit destinationirvine.com/holidays.

Connecticut

CONNECTICUT’S WOOD MEMORIAL LIBRARY’S 3RD ANNUAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE FESTIVAL-FREE FAMILY FUN

South Windsor, Connecticut -Wood Memorial Library is hosting its 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Festival from November 29 thru December 15, 2013. This Festival is free to the public and features row upon row of colorful candy coated houses created by experts and novices alike. A “Gingerbread Shop” offers tasty take-home treats and the chance to do some holiday shopping. Located at 783 Main Street, South Windsor, Connecticut the Festival hours are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 8pm, weekends from 10am-6pm closing on December 15th at 2pm. woodmemoriallibrary.org

Connecticut

CONNECTICUT SOCIETY OF SANTAS 4TH ANNUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL, NOVEMBER 2ND – 3RD, WATERBURY

Waterbury, Connecticut – The Connecticut Society of Santas, a 501 (C)(3) non-profit, will hold their 4th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday November 2nd and Sunday November 3rd, at CoCo Key Resort in Waterbury. Over forty amazing vendors, Festival of Trees, Parade with Santas, Mrs. Claus and Elves, music, magic, face painting and more, will provide guests of all ages a memorable time as they participate in the captivating sights, sounds, tastes and aromas of the holiday season. Donations of unwrapped toys or non-perishable food item suggested. Prize drawing tickets available. ctsocietyofsantas.org

Connecticut

FOURTH ANNUAL CANTON HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR PRESENTED BY CANTON DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS, CANTON, NOVEMBER 23RD

Canton, Connecticut – Canton Dollars for Scholars sponsors their fourth annual Canton Holiday Craft Fair, to be held on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 at Canton High School, 76 Simonds Avenue, Canton, Connecticut, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Up to 75 vendors showcase wood, jewelry, fiber arts, gourmet food gifts, handmade soaps, photography, home and holiday décor and more. Lunch items and delicious baked goods too. Vendor fees support CDFS scholarship fund. Contact Tammie Coffey at dremkr(at)aol(dot)com for more information.

Florida

TRUMP INTERNATIONAL BEACH RESORT CHALLENGES GUESTS TO ULTIMATE HOLIDAY RECIPE CONTEST, SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FLORIDA

Sunny Isles Beach, Florida – ‘Tis the season for traditions and Trump International Beach Resort wants to hear (and taste) yours! Just in time for the holidays, the resort is kicking off its first ever Trump International Beach Resort Holiday Recipe Contest by asking creative cooks, bakers and spatula-lickers to submit their favorite original recipes at trumpmiami.com/holiday-recipe-contest-en.html from October 21st through November 15th for the chance to win the ultimate grand prize: a six day, five night escape to Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.

Florida

THE 14TH ANNUAL TAMPA BAY BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL, JAN.16-25 2014

Tampa, FL – The 2014 Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival is the premiere destination hot-spot leading up to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend. This lively, 10-day celebration will be held Jan. 16-25 with the weekend Music Fest taking place Jan. 18-19 at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa. The Music Fest kicks-off with Throwback Saturday. The Fest also features Jazz Sunday with R&B and soulful group Pieces of a Dream whose hits include “Keep It Smooth” and “Baby It’s Your Turn Now.” The Music Fest will also feature local and regional recording artists, food and craft vendors, celebrated authors, authentic cuisine and much more. TampaBlackHeritage.org or contact Ruby Jackson at 1-888-224-1733 x3143 or at info(at)tampablackheritage(dot)org.

Florida

42ND ANNUAL SOUTH MIAMI ART FESTIVAL, NOVEMBER 2ND – 3RD

South Miami, Florida – The 42nd Annual South Miami Art Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd and 3rd, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, sponsored in part by presenting sponsor First National Bank of South Miami. Held on Sunset Drive in the heart of South Miami, it is an ideal destination for holiday shoppers. Over 120 international artists as well as musical entertainment, children’s activities and an emerging artists section are included. This is a free, family friendly event and is open to the general public. It was recently named one of the top 200 shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine. chambersouth.com/events/south-miami-art-festival.

Florida

FLORIDA’S NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN BRIGHTENS UP THE HOLIDAYS WITH SPARKLING ‘NIGHT LIGHTS’ EVENT

Naples, Florida – Thousands of twinkling lights, glowing orbs, and sparkling décor illuminate one of Naples’ most popular outdoor venues this December. Naples Botanical Garden announces its annual Night Lights the evenings of December 18 – 23, December 26 – 30, and January 2-5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Award-winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel will perform acoustical arrangements featuring their famous “New American Folk” music. Admission is $ 7 for adult Garden Members and $ 15 for adult non-Garden members. Admission is $ 3 for Garden Member children (ages 4 – 14), $ 5 for non-Garden member children. Children 3 and under are free. naplesgarden.org/show/night-lights-5

Georgia

‘Tis the season for Christmas at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia, December 14-22

Athens, Georgia – Celebrate the holiday season this year at Christmas at The Classic Center in downtown Athens, December 14-22. The Classic Center’s Grand Hall will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland featuring a festival of trees, ice skating, pictures with Santa, Santa’s workshop and more. In addition, the internationally renowned State Ballet Theatre of Russia will present three performances of “The Nutcracker” Dec. 21-22 in The Classic Center Theatre. Admission to Christmas at The Classic Center is $ 5 and admission for ice skating is $ 10. Call 706.357.4444 or visit ClassicCenter.com for tickets.

Georgia

2ND ANNUAL TIMOTHY LUTHERAN CHURCH CRAFT FAIR, DEC 7TH, WOODSTOCK, GEORGIA

Woodstock, Georgia – There will be a free to attend Craft Fair held on December 7th from 9am to 3pm at Timothy Lutheran Church in Woodstock GA. This event will feature artisans from the local area selling all types of crafts from crochet hats and scarves, dresses and tutus, doll accessories, jewelry, handmade paper goods, even homemade BBQ seasonings just to name a few. Admission is free. If you would like to be a vendor, visit TLC Woodstock at tlcwoodstock.org for details. Timothy Lutheran Church is located at 556 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock, just off of Highway 92 and Trickum Road (after exiting to Trickum Road take Barnes Road to Arnold Mill).

Illinois

CATCH THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT IN GALENA, ILLINOIS

Galena, Illinois – Enjoy the magic and celebration of cherished traditions that will make memories for you and yours for years to come. Chestnuts roasting over an open fire. Carolers. The romantic glow of a town filled with luminaria. Snow. And everyone enjoying simple pleasures. Step back into time and into a small town and find where the peace, romance and love shared in the season abounds. Holiday celebrations begin November 1 and span through January 1. For a complete listing of events, visit: visitgalena.org.

Indiana

SHOP HOOSIER HANDMADE FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT THE 5TH ANNUAL HOOSIER ARTISAN BOUTIQUE, NOBLESVILLE, INDIANA

Noblesville, Indiana – The Hoosier Artisan Boutique is a single day experience showcasing the diversity and talent of artisans and crafters from across the state of Indiana. Saturday, November 30th from 10am until 4pm at the Hamilton County 4H Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall in Noblesville, Indiana, discover artisan sweets and sauces, clothing, accessories, jewelry, indulgent bath and body items, as well as fine arts and crafts all made in Indiana. More than seventy Indiana based artists and crafters will have their unique, handmade work available for purchase at this juried event. Admission is free and light refreshments will be available. HoosierArtisanBoutique.com

Indiana

38TH ANNUAL “THAT SOMETHING SPECIAL” ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR, BEECH GROVE, INDIANA

Beech Grove, Indiana – Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Nu Tau Chapter, Greenwood, Indiana presents their 38th annual “That Something Special” Arts and Crafts Fair. The Fair will take place on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The event will feature over 140 booths of handcrafted, original works of art from around the state. The event will take place at Beech Grove High School, 5330 Hornet Avenue, Beech Grove, Indiana. A $ 2.00 donation at the door benefits local charities of Greater Indianapolis. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Email: tamarahermesch(at)Comcast(dot)net, Phone: 317-458-0024

Kentucky

KENTUCKY PROUD HOLIDAY MARKET SEEKS VENDORS, CAVE CITY, KY

Cave City, Kentucky (October 7, 2013) The Cave City Convention Center is seeking Kentucky Proud artisans and producers to participate in the first annual Kentucky Proud Holiday Market. The Kentucky Proud Holiday Market will be held December 6, 5-9pm; December 7, 9am-6pm; and December 8, 10am-4pm at the Cave City Convention Center, 502 Mammoth Cave St., Cave City, KY. Vendor applications can be obtained online or by calling 270-773-3131. Deadline for submission is November 15, 2013. cavecityconventioncenter.com/pdf/KY_Proud_Holiday_Market_Application02.pdf

Maryland

BALTIMORE HEBREW CONGREGATION SISTERHOOD HOLDS ITS 19TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE AND SILENT AUCTION

Baltimore, MD – The Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood will hold its 19th Annual Holiday Boutique and Silent Auction on Sunday November 3, 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday November 4, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. BHC is located at 7401 Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore. Admission and parking are free. All proceeds will allow the BHC Sisterhood to continue its extensive list of charitable works throughout the year. There will be dozens of upscale American an Israeli vendors offering for sale jewelry, men’s and women’s clothes, pens, stationery, crafts, books, household items, gifts, Tapestries/lithographs, Judaic items, and much more. Call 410-764-1587 ext. 270 or visit:

bhcong.org/index.php?submenu=SHSpecialEvents&src=gendocs&ref=SpecialEvents&category=Sisterhood.

Massachusetts

AMERICA’S HOMETOWN THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION, PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS, NOVEMBER 22ND – 24TH, 2013

Plymouth, Massachusetts – America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration will take place November 22nd- 23rd- 24th in Plymouth, MA, site of the first Thanksgiving. For more than a decade, hundreds of thousands of people have made the pilgrimage to Downtown Plymouth to experience a bounty of authentic Americana. A free Patriotic Concert Friday evening, November 22nd, kicks off featuring Tops in Blue. On Saturday, November 23rd, the Grand Parade winds along Plymouth’s Historic Waterfront at 10:30 am. The parade begins with a military flyover followed by the only chronologically ordered parade in the country. Enjoy the day along the Plymouth Waterfront visiting the Crafter’s Pavilion, the Children’s Learning Center and be sure to sample the food and cast your vote at The New England Food Festival. Tickets available on usathanksgiving.com.

Minnesota

KIWANIS HOLIDAY LIGHTS WILL OFFER OVER ONE MILLION LED LIGHTS IN MANKATO’S SIBLEY PARK, MINNESOTA

Mankato, Minnesota – Kiwanis Holiday Lights illuminates Mankato’s Sibley Park with over one million LED lights from November 29 to December 31, 2013. This free event is open Sunday – Thursday, 5 – 9 p.m. and Friday – Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Drive or walk through the lights display. Enjoy the new Mary Dotson synthetic Skating Rink, live reindeer and visits with Santa on the weekends. Warming houses and concessions are available. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 29 with a holiday parade featuring illuminated parade floats. kiwanisholidaylights.com

Missouri

FALL ROTARY CRAFT FAIR EVENT WITH OVER 450 CRAFT ARTISANS, NOVEMBER 23-24, ST LOUIS, MISSOURI

St Louis, Missouri – On November 23-24, the Crestwood Sunset Hills Rotary will host its 32nd annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Enjoy strolling through more than 450 craft artisan booths which represent the very best in the region. This wonderful show is attended by 25,000 people. Free admission and free parking. Concessions are available both days. This is a family friendly event. Rotary’s motto is: Service above Self… 100% of the proceeds benefit local and international charities. The Crestwood Sunset Hills Rotary Club’s Arts and Crafts Fair began in 1982 with 100 crafters. This humble beginning was the start of something very special as the Fall Show grew into one of the best Arts & Crafts Fairs in the Midwest. 636-230-2300 rotaryfair.com

Missouri

HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW & EXPO COMING TO ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI, NOVEMBER 22 TO 24, 2013

St. Charles, Missouri – Visit the 6th annual Holiday Craft Show & Expo will be held at the St. Charles Convention Center. The Show will be held from 12:00 noon to 7:00pm on Friday, November 22; from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, November 23; and from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday, November 24, 2013. Parking and admission are free. Door prizes throughout the weekend. Come shop booths filled with handmade, unique and one-of-a-kind items. Admission and parking are free. There’s something here for everyone on your gift list. treasurechestshows.com

Mississippi

HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE IN PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI FEATURING UNIQUE ARTS AND CRAFT AND GIFT ITEMS

Philadelphia, Mississippi (September 3, 2013) – The First Church of God, 435 Columbus Ave., Philadelphia, MS, will sponsor a Holiday Marketplace featuring unique arts and craft, and gift items. Saturday December 7, 2013 from 8am to 5pm in the Family Life Center. Booth spaces will be assigned as applications are received with the appropriate fee. The fees will be $ 30 for non electric and $ 35 for electric access. For information and or application call Richard Adams at 601-650-8135. Web: adams-specialties,net, Phone: 601-656-8113

Nebraska

NORTHEAST NEBRASKA’S ANNUAL CRAFT & HOME SHOW, NOVEMBER 2ND

Pender, Nebraska – Northeast Nebraska’s Huge Annual Craft and Home Show, aka “Fall~i~day Boutique” will be held in the quaint village of Pender, Nebraska on November 2, 10am to 3 pm. 2013 will be the 10th annual event, and it will be the largest show yet. There will be hundreds of dollars of door prizes, handmade gifts, wood artisan, personalized gifts, arts and crafts, and long-time favorites and high quality companies. Admission is $ 1.00. facebook.com/hugecraftshow

New Hampshire

24TH ANNUAL “CHRISTMAS IN STRAFFORD” CRAFT FAIR, STRAFFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Strafford, New Hampshire – Christmas in Strafford is a time when the local artisans and craftspeople of Strafford, NH open their homes and studios to the public. Over twenty locations are open (local homes, along with the Bow Lake Grange Hall and the Waldron Store). Hand-crafted items are available for sale. Many of the craftsmen are juried “League of New Hampshire Craftsmen,” and all the craftsmen offer high quality hand-crafted products. The Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8 2013, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Maps with details of each stop of Christmas in Strafford will be available throughout November and December. christmasinStrafford.com, Phone: (603) 664-9396

New Hampshire

HOLLIS ARTS SOCIETY “I LOVE ART” EXHIBITION AND SALE, HOLLIS, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NOVEMBER 16 TO 17

Hollis, New Hampshire (October 23, 2013) – The Hollis Arts Society is hosting its 7th Annual Membership Holiday Exhibition and Sale entitled “I Love Art” on November 16th & 17th, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (both days), at the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road, Hollis NH. Free admission and refreshments. Participating artists and craftspeople include: fused glass, jewelry, wood, painting (acrylic, watercolor, oils), photography, felting, mixed media, weaving/fiber arts. hollisartssocietynh.com

New Jersey

SOMERSET COUNTY 4-H 5TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES, BRIDGEWATER, NEW JERSEY, DECEMBER 14 TO 15

Bridgewater, New Jersey – Spend some time with Santa at the 4-H 5th Annual 4-H Festival of Trees. Check out all the wonderful trees for ideas, buy crafts from local crafts people and have some complimentary cookies and juice. There is a craft table for kids of all ages; try your hand at making snowflakes. Dress up and bring your pets. New this year is a photo opportunity for large and small pets. This is a free event, no photo charge, but bring your own camera. The event is held at the 4-H center, 310 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater, NJ, on Saturday, December 14th from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, December 15th from 10am to 3pm. Call 908-526-4466 for details. somerset.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/pdfs/4h-2013-Festival-of-Trees.pdf 4histops.org

New Jersey

CRAFT & VENDOR FAIR, NOVEMBER 17, 2013, ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ

Kenilworth, New Jersey – The Craft & Vendor Fair will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2013, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at St. Theresa School, 540 Washington Avenue, Kenilworth, NJ. Get an early start to your holiday shopping. Back by popular demand, this fundraiser event supports St. Theresa School, an Infant through 8th grade Grammar School. There is limited space available for crafters and vendors. Call 908-276-7220 x 301 for information and vendor registration form. Details: mysts.org/home-school-association

New Jersey

HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS AT “CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY TRAIL,” THREE AWARD-WINNING WARREN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY FARMS

Belvidere, NJ – Christmas in the Country Trail brings together three award-winning Warren County, New Jersey farms, all within four minutes of each other. Commemorating traditions and the farms’ distinctiveness is what sets them apart as much as it brings them together. Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm, Mackey’s Orchard and Four Sisters Winery embraces Holiday Family Traditions’ and brings over 250 years of experience together. When visiting all three farms with a minimum $ 5 purchase at each, you receive the “Christmas in the Country” brochure stamp. Once completing your ‘trail brochure’ you will receive a pair of embossed, red wine glasses and a chance to win a $ 200 Gift Certificate. christmasinthecountrytrail.com

New York

SHOPPERS AND VENDORS WANTED FOR THE HOLIDAY GIFT AND CRAFT SALE ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH, BRONX, NY

Bronx, New York – Shoppers and vendors are wanted for a Holiday Gift and Craft Sale on Sunday, November 17th at Riverdale Temple, 4545 Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471 from 9-3. The sale will feature merchandise suitable for gift giving for Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, etc. There is no charge for admission and ample free parking is available on site. Public transportation is close by. The Temple is wheelchair accessible. Refreshments will be sold and there will be fun activities for the children. For further information contact: ritajoshed(at)aol(dot)com

New York

VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOLARSHIP COUNCIL HOLIDAY CRAFT FESTIVAL, NOVEMBER 23RD, MONTGOMERY, NEW YORK

Montgomery, New York – The Valley Central Scholarship Council Holiday Craft Festival will be held on Saturday November 23rd, 2013, from 10 am to 3pm at the Valley Central High School, 1175 RT17K Montgomery, NY. Over 90 crafters, photos with Santa from 11am-1pm, Orange County Sherriff’s Operation Safe Child, homemade soups, baked goods, raffles and more. Admission is $ 2 adults, $ 1 students/seniors children under 5 free. Additional information contact Gina Zwart, 845-457-1181, swimtaxi88(at)gmail(dot)com.

New York City

“HOLIDAY TIME IN NEW YORK CITY” – A PHOTO SAFARI

New York, NY – “Holiday Time in New York City ” is the theme of a special photography training workshop offered by DC-based Washington Photo Safari on Friday afternoon, December 20, 2013, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The Safari is led by professional architectural photographer and ex-New Yorker E. David Luria, who, will provide guidance on composition, lighting, white balance, exposure, how to shoot through store windows, and how to capture the excitement of the city and its people in a camera. The fee is $ 99/photographer (for instruction only, no transportation, lodging or meals included), kids or non-photographer companions come free. For more information and registration, go to WashingtonPhotoSafari.com.

New York

A EUROPEAN-INSPIRED EVENT IN HISTORIC CANANDAIGUA, NEW YORK

Canandaigua, New York – November 8, 9, 10, 2013 marks the seventh year for the Canandaigua Christkindl Market. This event is held on the lawn of the majestic Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum in a series of decorated heated tents and brings together over 150 juried artisans and unique food vendors. German food along with traditional fare, wine, beer and “Gideon’s Grog” will be available. Live entertainment and holiday music fill the tents throughout the show. Admission $ 6.00 per person, children 12 and under, free. canandaiguachristkindlmarket.com

North Carolina

CHOOSE-AND-CUT THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS OF NORTH CAROLINA

Haywood County, NC – Every holiday season, starting in mid-November, the choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina attract visitors in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Tree-seekers search the mountainside for the ideal Christmas tree or choose a pre-cut tree of their liking. The farms share a partnership with the local agritourism initiative, Buy Haywood, which unites high-quality farming products with community-minded consumers to create an unique agricultural experience. Prices start around $ 35.00 and increase based on height. For a listing of tree farms visit buyhaywood.com. For information on where to stay and what to do in Waynesville and Maggie Valley, North Carolina, visit visitncsmokies.com.

North Carolina

CAPE FEAR MODEL RAILROAD SOCIETY HOLIDAY TRAIN EXPO 2013, WILMINGTON, NC

Wilmington, NC – The Cape Fear Model Rail Railroad Society is announcing their Holiday Train Expo 2013 will be at 705 S. Kerr Ave, Wilmington, NC. Grand opening Friday, Nov. 29th from 1-6pm and every Saturday and Sunday from 1-6pm. Open every Saturday and Sunday through December 22nd. The event will showcase a series of spectacular holiday villages filled with model trains of all kinds running the rail across a large exhibit space. Visitors will be enchanted by this spectacular display of model trains as they travel across several miles of scale track through a wonderland of villages, parks and landscapes. Admission is $ 3 and $ 2 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 admitted free. capefearmodelrailroadsociety.org or Facebook

North Carolina

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR PRESENTED BY THE COASTAL CAROLINA ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS GUILD, JACKSONVILLE, NC, NOVEMBER 9TH

Jacksonville, North Carolina – On Saturday, November 9, 2013, the Coastal Carolina Artist and Crafters Guild presents the Holiday Craft Fair in Jacksonville, NC inside the American Legion Building. Hours are 9am to 4pm. The event showcases the amazing talent of artist and crafters near and far. Shoppers will find something for everyone. In conjunction with the Holiday Craft Fair there will be a Car Art contest featuring art made of, on, or out of car parts for cash prizes. All mediums accepted. ccacguild.org, email: ccacguild(at)yahoo(dot)com or call 910-938-7077.

North Carolina

2ND ANNUAL CHARLES DICKENS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL 2013, SOUTHPORT, NORTH CAROLINA

Southport, North Carolina – The Brunswick Arts Council and the City of Southport, NC are teamed up to once again offer the 2nd Annual Charles Dickens Christmas Festival, November 22 – 23, 2013, a special day of cultural events featuring juried artisans, craftsmen, exhibitors and performing artists. The streets of Southport will be transform them into everything Dickens. There will be singing groups, juried artists and specialty craftsmen; a gingerbread village, a Christmas tree and costume contest; and, of course, food and froth. Tickets vary for different events. brunswickartscouncil.org/dickens-2013-program

Ohio

I-X CHRISTMAS CONNECTION JINGLES BACK INTO CLEVELAND, OHIO

Cleveland, Ohio – A holiday tradition for 28 years, the I-X Christmas Connection at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio, jingles back into town November 22-24, 2013, with hundreds of unique gifts, homespun crafts, and great live holiday entertainment. Show features include breakfast with Santa, photo opportunities (including a new walk-in giant snow globe that allows up to six people inside), Santa Land, the Sugar Plum Shoppe, Gingerbread Square: the first 700 kids can design and eat their own holiday cookie. Discounted tickets will be offered through Discount Drug Mart at all participating Discount Drug Mart locations for $ 8.99 per person. Visit for updates, entertainment performance times, vendor listings and more. ixchristmasconnection.com

Ohio

4TH ANNUAL ARTISAN HOLIDAY MARKET, WOOSTER, OHIO, DECEMBER 6 – 7

Wooster, Ohio – The 120 Artists CoOp will host the 4th annual Holiday Artisan Market, December 6, 4pm-8pm and December 7, 10am-4pm. Located in the historic Wayne Center for the Arts, 237 S. Walnut Street, this juried event will showcase 44 artists and fine crafters. Carolers will be keeping shoppers in the Christmas spirit and Spoon Market & Deli will provide lunch for purchase. Free admission. Vendors are still welcome to apply. Contact Cindy at cmbwatercolors(at)aol(dot)com for more information or an application. facebook.com/events/181096458726853

Switzerland

100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CARLTON HOTEL, ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND

St. Moritz, Graubünden, Switzerland – The Carlton Hotel St. Moritz will be opening its doors for the winter season 2013-2014 with the added excitement of celebrating 100 years since it first opened for business at Christmas, 1913. To make the most of this anniversary, the Carlton Hotel has dreamed up two special offers for the coming winter. With the “100th anniversary” arrangement, guests will receive a personal 100th anniversary gift (special package) during their stay while the “300th anniversary tour” offers guests the chance to visit two other renowned luxury hotels in Switzerland – the Gstaad Palace and the Bellevue Palace Bern – in addition to the Carlton Hotel, both of which can also look back on 100 years in the hotel sector. For bookings and further information, call the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz at +41 (0)81 836 70 00. The arrangements can also be booked online at carlton-stmoritz.ch.

Texas

11TH ANNUAL DICKENS ON CYPRESS CREEK CHRISTMAS MARKET, SPRING, TEXAS, NOVEMBER 22 & 23

Spring, Texas – The 11th annual Dickens on Cypress Creek Christmas Market will take place on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 2013, from 9 am to 5 pm at the Cypress Creek Christian Church, 6823 Cypresswood Dr. in Spring, Texas. Shop 79 vendors/artists of crafts, merchandise, collectibles, antiques and food with a Victorian flair. A raffle benefiting the Pipe Dreams Organ Project, a project raising funds for a pipe organ in the Centrum, will be held hourly with over 80 Market items being given away. Tickets are $ 1 or 6 for $ 5. cypresscreek.cc/dickens

Texas

FUN, ECO-TOURISM AND CITIZEN SCIENCE TAKE FLIGHT AT LOST PINES CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, TEXAS

Austin/Bastrop, Texas (October 7, 2013) – Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, LCRA’s McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Bastrop County Audubon Society and TPWD’s Lost Pines Master Naturalists invite birding enthusiasts to join the Third Annual Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count Saturday, December 28 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. A special dinner and several complimentary birding workshops will be offered Friday, December 27, including one featuring National Geographic author/illustrator Jonathan Alderfer. This weekend program combines eco-tourism and citizen science, meanwhile helping birders grow their skills and celebrate their feathered friends. Hyatt Lost Pines has created a special room rate for the nights of December 26 – 29. Rates start at $ 146 per night plus tax and resort fee. To book, call 512-308-4757 or visit lostpines.hyatt.com (Special Offer Code: birds).

Texas

KICK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING WITH THE CHI OMEGA CHRISTMAS MARKET, DALLAS, TEXAS

Dallas, Texas – The 36th annual Chi Omega Christmas Market, November 20-23, 2013, will once again offer more than 10,000 shoppers a unique holiday shopping experience showcasing gifts for every age. More than 165 handpicked vendors from around the country will fill hundreds of coveted merchant booths transforming Centennial Hall into a luxury gift marketplace. General admission will run Thursday, November 21 from 1 to 9 p.m., Friday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $ 15 at the door or can be purchased in advance for $ 12 at Dallas-Fort Worth-area Tom Thumb stores and online at chiomegaxmas.org.

Utah

UTAH’S SIMPLE TREASURES HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE TO BE HELD IN FARMINGTON NOVEMBER 6-9, 2013

Farmington, Utah – Simple Treasures Holiday Boutique will be held on November 6-9, 2013, at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington, Utah. Over 100 of Utah’s premier local crafters will be in attendance with unique hand crafted gifts, home and fabulous fall décor, fashion chic accessories, handmade jewelry, baby gifts, metal décor, yummy treats and much more. Admission is only $ 1. simpletreasuresboutique.biz/nov-6-7-8-9-legacy-events-center-in-farmington

Utah

UTAH’S SIMPLE TREASURES HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE TO BE HELD IN OGDEN, DECEMBER 4-7, 2013

Farmington, Utah – Simple Treasures Holiday Boutique will be held December 4-7, 2013, at Ogden’s Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden, Utah. The Grand Opening will be Wednesday December 4 with treasure hunts and free treats. Show runs through Saturday December 7 with over 100 of Utah’s premier local crafters in attendance with unique hand crafted gifts, home and fabulous fall décor, fashion chic accessories, handmade jewelry, baby gifts, metal décor, yummy treats and much more. Admission is only $ 1. simpletreasuresboutique.biz/dec-4-5-6-7-ogdens-union-station

Washington

A VICTORIAN COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: SUPERB CHRISTMAS SHOPPING, PROFESSIONAL ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY FUN, TACOMA, WA

Puyallup (Tacoma), Washington – Shop at 550 one-of-a-kind stores, see outstanding holiday entertainment and taste sumptuous cuisine and wine at the at the 26th annual A Victorian Country Christmas, December 4-8, 2013, at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., in Puyallup. The holiday festival is a quaint Victorian village tended by Victorian clad shopkeepers. The must-see extravaganza is complemented by free professional entertainment and strolling musicians, incredible shopping, numerous how-to events, a wine garden, and a wealth of family activities. Admission is $ 11 for adults; $ 9 for seniors 62 and over and juniors 6-17. Children 5 and younger are free with an adult. Parking is free. For more information, visit avictoriancountrychristmas.com.

Wisconsin

10 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS AT THE OSTHOFF RESORT’S OLD WORLD CHRISTMAS MARKET, ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin – While lyrics to the popular holiday sing-along song have carolers intoning the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, it’s the “ten days of Christmas,” as in the resort’s annual Old World Christmas Market, to be held this year December 6 – 15. The event has timber booths featuring the wares of juried regional and international artisans, German food delicacies, fresh pine trees, and thousands of twinkling white lights. The event is staged inside a heated tent the size of a football field. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $ 6 per adult, with children 14 and under complimentary with an adult ticketholder. christmasmarketatosthoff.com

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Registered Dietitian & Fitness Magazine Contributor Dawn Jackson Blatner Shares the Best Foods for Your Sweat Session


West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) June 10, 2014

With the first day of summer kicking off next week, many people are looking to slim down and get the most out of their workouts. Registered Dietitian and Fitness Magazine Contributor, Dawn Jackson Blatner, says “Choosing the best foods to eat both before and after a workout is one of the keys to maximizing your exercise results.”

Blatner presented audiences with her favorite pre- and post- workout fixes to jumpstart the summer slim down:

BEFORE A WORKOUT:

1.    Overnight Oats: Overnight oats are similar to regular oatmeal, but the biggest difference is that they’re served cold. To make them, simply mix 1/2 cup rolled oats with 1 cup of dairy or plant-based milk and let soak in the fridge overnight. In the morning, top with fruits, nuts and/or yogurt.

Blatner notes, “Oatmeal is filled with fiber, so it’ll gradually release energizing carbs into your bloodstream, to help maintain a steady stream of energy throughout a workout.”

2.    Raisins: Raisins help with boosting energy levels. “New studies have found that two tablespoons work just as well as sports gels to fuel your muscles pre-workout,” adds Blatner.

3.    Pomegranate Juice and/or Green Tea: Pomegranate juice before exercise can have some great benefits. A recent study found that healthy compounds in pomegranate juice, called polyphenols, may help decrease muscle soreness.

Blatner notes, “Green tea contains catechins, which is a substance that may increase fat burning during exercise.”

AFTER A WOKOUT:

“The best recovery combination for your body is lean protein to repair muscles and carbohydrates to replenish energy,” suggests Blatner.

1.    Tuna: Blatner says, “My go-to protein after a workout is tuna,” suggesting single serve StarKist Tuna Creations® as a convenient and tasty option.

StarKist Tuna Creations® come in a variety of flavors, like Sweet & Spicy and Ranch, and all are 110 calories or less. Each provides 12-16 grams of protein and is a natural source of omega-3s fatty acids. Omega 3-fatty acids may decrease the amount of fat the body stores and have been linked to decreased muscle soreness.

“You can keep these tuna pouches in your gym bag, tear them open and eat with whole grain crackers or toss on a salad and you are all set,” adds Blatner.

2.    Latte: Milk is the secret ingredient to this coffee house treat since it has both the protein and carbohydrates that the body craves post-workout. Easily make a latte by combining milk with tea or coffee.

“I enjoy iced versions since it’s especially refreshing after a workout,” says Blatner.

3.    Green Smoothie: A new study found that a healthy compound in leafy green vegetables helps muscles work more efficiently. In a blender, puree 1 cup of leafy greens such as spinach or kale, 8 ounces of low-fat milk and 1/2 cup frozen unsweetened berries. “You can even freeze this smoothie into popsicles for a sweet treat,” suggests Blatner.

For more information about inspirational recipe ideas, visit http://www.StarKist.com or check them out on Facebook.

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Vocational Rehabilitation Helps People with Disabilities Become Entrepreneurs


Orlando, FL (PRWEB) August 20, 2014

Dawn McCleary’s bright, colorful designs have to be seen to be believed. That three-tiered wedding cake? There’s no cake in there. It’s made up of hundreds of pieces of brightly wrapped candy woven into an intricate design that mimics a cake but is even better – it stays fresh for weeks.

Dawn has Stevens-Johnson syndrome – a rare, serious disorder in which the skin has hypersensitivity to medication – but that doesn’t keep her from spending hours making her specialty cakes. She also makes bouquets and baby favors. The cakes are made of candy, the flowers in the bouquets are really a blowpop wrapped in colorful paper with candy pieces attached to look like petals, and the tiny baby buggies are made out of a real diaper and candy.

Dawn launched her new business, Candy Dezign Studio, on April 10th with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. She began her quest years ago with a clear vision of her designs and business. She just needed help in putting all the pieces together. That’s where Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), a state agency that helps people with disabilities get or keep a job, came in.

While looking for assistance with her housing needs, Dawn was referred to VR where she met VR Counselor Anna Bachman. Anna paired Dawn with April Schauer and Rogue Gallant from the Central Florida Disability Chamber for guidance in creating an official business plan so the business could be successful. VR also provided Dawn with a website (candydezignstudio.com), business cards, a computer, candy, fabrics, craft tables, shelves, paints, easels, and custom boxes.

Dawn worked hard to create her business and appreciated the support she got from April and Anna. “Whatever I needed to do to make this happen, that’s what I was willing to do,” said Dawn. “I said ‘I’m going to do it,’ and Anna never ever said this can’t be done. She said we’ll figure out a way to get this done.” She also appreciated the support she got from family and friends throughout the long journey.

“It’s wonderful watching the process as she’s been moving along with her business,” said VR counselor Ann Bachman. “The best part is seeing the finished product. You hear about it and know it’s going to be great, but seeing it is wonderful. It keeps you in awe.”

Dawn’s first goal is to have a successful home business. She was recently asked to be a regular vendor at the Orlando Lake Eola Farmer’s Market on Sundays. Her long-term goal is to grow her business and one day franchise it. “I’d also really like to have a boutique to teach kids how to do this. People don’t like every kind of candy, but everyone likes some type of candy. It would be customized. Customers can come in, pick their candy, tell me their ideas, and I can draw up a picture of it right then. I just love doing this!”

About Vocational Rehabilitation

Florida’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program committed to helping people with disabilities become part of America’s workforce. Our employer-focused website, http://www.FLJobConnections.com, allows businesses to search at no charge for employees who are ready to go to work, as well as to post available jobs. VR has 80 offices across Florida, and last year helped 6,523 Floridians with significant disabilities find or keep a job. For more information about VR and its services, call (800) 451-4327 or visit http://www.Rehabworks.org.







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August 2014 Gives Five Weekends To Explore ARTS In Franklin County


Franklin County, PA (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

This August, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau wants to share the amazing art of Franklin County, PA. August 2014 has a very special phenomenon–five Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The calendar only aligns like this every 823 years, so it is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for five chances to get in a late summer, three-day getaway to explore Franklin County and an array of performing and visual arts.

The first of the five weekends offers Totem Pole Playhouse’s smashing performance of The Foreigner, on August 1, 2, and 3. The comedy stars Ken Jenkins, well-known from Scrubs and Cougar Town, Jill Larson of the long-running soap All My Children, and Dan Jenkins, nominated for a Tony Award in Big River. Totem Pole is one of a handful of summer stock theatres in the U.S. For more than 65 years, Totem Pole has been bringing the quality of Broadway to south central PA. On the remaining four extended weekends, Totem Pole is staging the family musical Godspell, directed by Rowan Joseph and featuring the talent of local church choirs. Friday shows are 8 PM, Saturday shows are 3 PM and 8 PM, and Sunday shows are 3 PM.

Throughout all five August weekends, Destination ARTS in downtown Waynesboro brings art to the streets of downtown in six galleries displaying oil paintings, watercolors, pottery, fiber arts, sculpture, photographs, furniture, prints plus live musicians on the square. The six galleries are located at 42, 50, and 74 West Main, 10 and 20 East Main, and 13 South Church Street. Galleries are open on Fridays from 5 PM to 8 PM, on Saturdays from noon to 6 PM, and Sundays from 1 PM to 4 PM. It is an amazing display and immersion in all forms of art.

POP A Cork For The Capitol on August 16 is the centerpiece of art weekend number three. POP A Cork is a wine-tasting fund-raiser in the historic, art-deco theatre, which opened in 1927. Winemaking is an art, and the art of seven PA wineries is offered for tasting throughout the day, along with a variety of live music inside and outside the theatre. Relax and enjoy a summer wine festival; it is living art.

Franklin County, PA is located just over the Maryland-Pennsylvania border along I-81. It is less than two hours from the Washington, DC and three-and-half hours from New York City. Travel the trails of Franklin County through acres of farmland and forests. Trek back to frontier settlements and forts, stopovers along the Underground Railroad, and sites of Civil War raids and invasions. Woven between the stories that make America’s history are the verdant, rolling hills and azure skies; old-fashioned ice cream parlors and bakeries with shoo-fly pies and sticky buns, orchards with succulent sweet peaches in July and crisp, juicy apples in October; theatres and inns; ski slopes and golf courses; and clean, charming towns where people still smile, stop, and speak.







Easy-care Container Flowers from The Suntory Collection Add Color to Any Outdoor Space


Tokyo, Japan (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

Outdoor celebrations are in full swing. From weddings to a simple family barbeque, the nation’s backyards and outdoor spaces will be places of sparkling sophistication and leisurely fun.

To dress up the great outdoors for any special occasion, party throwers can decorate patios, decks and balconies with The Suntory Collection by creating summer flowering containers, cascading with splashes of color that are great performers in the garden.

Professional garden designer and lifestyle expert James Farmer has years of experience helping clients prepare their outdoor spaces in the summer for entertaining.

“The simple act of adding color to a space with flowers is one of the quickest and most cost effective ways to decorate an outdoor area,” Farmer says. “Putting flowers in containers allows you to add that surprising splash of color anywhere—on a table, in a large urn, at the end of a garden path, hanging from a fence or even a tree—not just in a garden bed.”

Choosing the color elements to beautify these containers is as easy as turning to the vibrant flowers in The Suntory Collection, which are extremely heat tolerant due to being bred in Japan where the climate can be quite harsh. With more than twenty different types and styles of plants in a rainbow of flower colors, fashioning just the right containers to accessorize a patio, deck or backyard is a breeze.

Farmer offers tips for creating containers for summer entertaining and family enjoyment using the “top-shelf” flowers from The Suntory Collection:

Create a Focal Point

“Go big and tall with at least one container,” advises Farmer. “Placed at the far end of the patio, garden path, or even within the garden bed, it becomes a focal point and draws the eye through the space.”

One way to create that focal point container is with Sun Parasol Mandevillas. Sun Parasols are glossy-leafed vining tropical plants, the largest of which grows as long as 10-15 ft. Placed in a large pot with a wire garden trellis or obelisk for climbing support, this plant’s big and beautiful tubular blooms are showstoppers. Give the container even more pizzazz by pairing multiple colors.

Colorful Combinations

Like mixing the right blouse, jacket and decorative scarf, combining different plants in the same container is a way to display one’s unique personality and style.

“A sure bet for a spectacular plant combination is choosing a plant that spills downward, another that will grow around the middle, and a third that grows up,” says Farmer. “The multi-layered look gives gardeners a chance to experiment with color, texture and size.”

Some of Farmer’s favorite flowers to work with in combinations are the popular Million Bells Calibrachoas for sunny areas and Summer Wave Torenias for use in shade. Both need little to no maintenance, produce loads of blooms in a range of hues from spring through fall, and give containers that cascading look. When planted in mass on their own, both create lovely mounding pots and baskets heaping with flowers.

One-Plant Workhorses

While combinations show off one’s creativity, containers with just one type of plant are the workhorses of the outdoor patio or back yard. “These mono baskets create a backdrop against which the focal point and colorful combos can really shine,” says Farmer.

One tip Farmer promotes is buying hanging baskets of these one-plant wonders and popping them into urns and pottery at home. “Baskets of flowers are already potted up and ready to go at the local garden center, so they are ready to go for those last-minute backyard get-togethers.”

Farmer recommends the Surfinia Summer Double Petunias not only because their blooms are beautifully rose-shaped, but also because these plants truly are workhorses, standing up to both rainy weather and hot conditions. In rose, white and pink, Summer Doubles are just about perfect, no matter what pot they are in.

To learn more about The Suntory Collection of beautiful flowers, visit http://www.suntorycollection.com.

About Suntory Flowers:

Since the groundbreaking introduction of Surfinia, the first vegetatively propagated petunias, to the world markets, Suntory has led the way in bringing innovative new varieties to market. These include Million Bells calibrachoas, Tapien and Temari verbenas, Summer Wave torenias and more recently Sun Parasol mandevillas and Senetti pericallis. From Suntory’s origins as a beverage company in Japan, the company’s goal is to create new products that enrich people’s lives. Suntory Flowers’ message for consumers is “Kantan, Kirei, Jobu,” which means “Easy to Grow, Gorgeous, Longevity” in Japanese. Suntory guarantees a plant’s garden performance and offers consumers the chance to enjoy beautiful plants. Enjoy Suntory’s “top-shelf” varieties.







Summer Breeze Senior Living Hosts Sweet 16 Lifestyle Experience

Wilmington Island, GA (PRWEB) October 22, 2013

Help Summer Breeze Senior Living celebrate their Sweet 16 on Oct. 24. From 4:30-6:30 p.m., Summer Breeze is hosting a cocktail reception with live entertainment.

All are invited to come celebrate Summer Breeze’s 16 years as a senior living community unlike any other. Guests will learn how Summer Breeze’s unique lifestyle offerings and programs have earned them a reputation for excellence and compassionate care. Guests will also enjoy the award-winning cuisine, “Happy, Healthy, Homemade,” that Summer Breeze is known for, as well as hors d’oeuvres.

To attend, please RSVP by Oct. 18 by calling 914-228-4473. Summer Breeze Senior Living is located at 351 Wilmington Island Road Savannah, G.A. 31410.

In the Summer Breeze Senior Living community, residents are relieved of the burden of maintenance that is involved in owning one’s own home. Residents are offered a wide array of services and amenities that allow them to live as independently as they wish. For more information on Summer Breeze Senior Living, please visit their website.

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Summer Breeze Senior Living is a senior living community dedicated to the mission that every resident, and every staff member, is a vital part of their extended family. In keeping with that commitment, their ‘family values’ are the guiding force behind everyone and everything at Summer Breeze Senior Living.

Summer Breeze’s staff of senior living professionals are highly experienced, knowledgeable and caring; devoted to making certain that our residents are always treated with respect and dignity and that they receive the personal attention they deserve — whether it’s help with the challenges of daily living as they grow older, or simply lending a listening ear as a resident recounts a beloved story.

Indeed, Summer Breeze Senior Living is redefining excellence in senior living by ensuring that every resident enjoys an independent lifestyle, and yet, they and their loved ones will know that the finest senior living services and healthcare are here. For more information visit their website at http://www.summerbreezeseniorliving.com.