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10 Must-Know Holiday Hotel Travel Safety Tips


When it comes to travel, it doesn’t matter if you are an Elite Platinum Member or just a grandparent heading out for that once a year trip. You need to be concerned with your personal safety!

Below are 10 must know holiday hotel travel safety tips you should be aware of, before you even start packing. We want you to be ready when you make your first stop along the way.

  1. Let’s start with the basics. Always beware of your surroundings, when approaching your room.
  2. Don’t let the attendant at the front desk publicize your room number. If he or she announces it out loud when giving you your key, ask for a different room. Have them write the number and hand it to you.
  3. When possible, avoid staying on the first floor. Many safety experts recommend occupying a room somewhere between the third and sixth floors — where rooms are high enough to be difficult to break into; but not so high that they’re out of the reach of most fire engine ladders.
  4. Keep the door to your room locked at all times. If you are inside the room, turn the deadbolt and fasten the security chain and or/the boat latch. I would also recommend investing in a portable doorstop alarm. This is an item you can find on our website.
  5. Check the locks on the windows (and balcony door, if applicable) as soon as you arrive, and notify the front desk if any are not functioning. It’s a good idea to check these locks again each time you return to the room, as housekeeping may open them and forget to close them.
  6. When you leave your hotel room, pull the door completely closed behind you. Make sure the latch has engaged. Take a moment before you leave to try the door and make sure it is secure.
  7. Use the security view-port (peephole) to see who is outside your door before opening it. Do not trust someone claiming to be a hotel employee if you are not expecting one. If you are unsure, call the front desk to check. Leave the security chain engaged while opening the door for further protection.
  8. When leaving your room, turn the TV or radio on, and/or put your “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. Both of these tricks will give potential thieves the impression that you’re still there. (You can contact the front desk to arrange a housekeeping visit even if the “Do Not Disturb” sign is up.)
  9. The hotel parking lot and hallways should be well lit. Report any outages to the front desk and ask for a security escort if you feel unsafe. Always try to park under a light.
  10. When entering or leaving the hotel after dark, use the main entrance.

The safety tips in this article and many others can be found on our Simple Self Defense for Women DVD. Please visit our website www.simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com for more details.

        Tracy Vega, Co-Founder- Simple Self Defense for Women

Mom Deserves a Garden of Flowers This Week

Blog_183_Mom Deserves a Garden of Flowers this Week

A heads up to all of you out there; this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day.  I can hear you all saying, “Who doesn’t know that?” But, I want to make sure that you not only know it; but that you process it.  If you are like me, you know it on a conscious level.  However, when Sunday arrives and I have not planned anything, I have forgotten a card and I am running around trying to figure out how I could have possibly not processed it. It isn’t that I didn’t know it was Mother’s Day; it’s just that I placed it on the “back-burner” to get to it. But then, suddenly it was here and I was unprepared.

So, not only am I going to make sure that you do not forget, I am going to give you excellent ideas for what to do with Mom.  Sometimes we think so traditionally when it comes to holidays, that it limits our creativity.  Don’t let a commercial decide what you are going to give mom – you decide.  This year, instead of sending flowers to mom, take her to the flowers. I have chosen a few gardens that I think would make wonderful Mother’s Day outings. But the very best part of this idea is that you get to spend the day with mom.  As someone’s mom, I can assure you that is the best gift of all.

So this week, you can grab Old Uncle Bert, the kids, the grand kids and anyone else but make sure to get mom.  After all it’s her day.  Spend the day doing things with her that you think she would like to do.  Even if it’s not visiting a garden, there are still plenty of other things to see and do.  Just use the search box above and plan something.  After all if you plan it now and let mom know, there is no way you will forget. How do I know? Well I am sure she will remind you.  I know I would!  Happy Mother’s Day!


Callaway Gardens

Pine Mountain, GA 31822

Virginia Hand Callaway was a native of Pelham, Ga., where she loved to spend time in the outdoors. She became so acquainted with native plants that she was often called a “self-taught botanist.” Callaway was later able to apply this knowledge as she and her husband Cason worked to restore the depleted cotton fields, today known as Callaway Gardens, with plants indigenous to west-central Georgia. Callaway Gardens includes the Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center, Day Butterfly Center, Sibley Horticultural Center, Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden, Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl, Overlook Garden, Discovery Bicycle Trail, Pioneer Log Cabin, Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel, fishing, World renowned Golf Course, beach, shopping, nature trails and daily programs.

Chicago Botanic Garden

Glencoe, IL 60022

Gardens and museum, rides, tram car, carillon bell tower. The Chicago Botanic Garden has a major collection of more than 2,300,000 plants consisting of 8,979 different kinds of plants (taxa). Plants are displayed in a landscaped manner, showing ways in which these plants may be incorporated into the public’s own gardens, whether large public projects or smaller residential landscapes. New plants are acquired through commercial nurseries, public gardens, plant breeding programs, and plant-collecting expeditions. In addition to horticultural displays, the Garden presents a wide variety of exhibitions, including fine photography and an array of artwork.

Birmingham Botanical Garden

Birmingham, AL 35223

Many different plant types on over 67 acres, plus many different themed gardens including Wldflowers, Japanese, Fern Glade, one of the largest and most comprehensive horticultural lending libraries in the U.S.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Whippany, NJ 07962

The beautiful 127-acre Frelinghuysen Arboretum more than satisfies that definition, offering visitors a serene place to relax as well as to learn more about plants well-suited to the soils and climate of Morris County. Surrounding a magnificent Colonial Revival mansion, the woodlands, meadows, beautiful gardens and distinctive collections of trees and shrubs of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum make the ideal setting for leisurely strolls. Self- guiding trail booklets are available at the reception desk to enrich one’s visit to this singular property.

Biltmore Estate

Asheville, NC 28801

George Vanderbilt’s 100 year old vision lives on today in this estate which is America’s largest home. It contains a winery, forests and parklands, is self-sustaining and benefits the community. It is truely a must see.

Longwood Gardens

Kennett Square, PA 19348

Longwood Gardens was created by industrialist Pierre S. du Pont (and is sometimes referred to as the DuPont Gardens) and offers 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows; 20 outdoor gardens; 20 indoor gardens within 4 acres of heated greenhouses; 11,000 different types of plants and spectacular fountains.

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

Bristol, RI 02809

Blithewold is a beautifully landscaped historic public garden situated on Bristol Harbor with sweeping views overlooking Narragansett Bay. A forty-five room mansion, trees, lawns, flowers, gardens, and the sea combine to produce an aesthetic experience that is exciting and refreshing.

Fairchild Tropical Garden

Miami, FL 33156

Fairchild is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. We are one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. As we work around the world, Fairchild’s level of dedication to native plant conservation in South Florida remains unparalleled. We also have one of the world’s greatest living collection of palms and cycads. This year we will reach over 100,000 students with our Fairchild Challenge, Explorer and Discovery programs and more than 3,000 adults will participate in our Life Long Learning education courses. With 45,000 members and over 1,200 volunteers, Fairchild plays many roles, including museum, laboratory, learning center and conservation research facility, but its greatest role is preserving biodiversity, which the garden’s scientists, staff and volunteers all contribute to on a daily basis. In 2012, Fairchild also became the home of the American Orchid Society.

Missouri Botanical Garden

Saint Louis, MO 63110

The garden is a haven of serenity and beauty for all to enjoy. Among the featured attractions at the Botanical Gardens, are the English Woodland Garden, Japanese Garden, Victorian Area, Boxwood Garden and The Kemper Center and Home Demonstration Gardens. The facility also hosts of special events throughout the year.

Descanso Gardens

La Canada, CA 91011

Beautiful plants and grounds along with family fun at this site. There are rides, trains, and a bird observation tower.

Harry P. Leu Gardens

Orlando, FL 32803

America’s largest Camellia collection outside California and one of the largest formal rose gardens in Florida. A house museum dating from the 1880’s with Palm and bamboo gardens.

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Spread across 150 acres of lush landscape with a picnic area, meeting facilities and a children’s garden. Plan to picnic, birdwatch, walk, hike, paint or read on your next visit.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Madison, WI 53704

Stroll 16 acres of outdoor gardens featuring stunning landscapes and Midwest-hardy plants. Visit the tropics in the Bolz Conservatory, filled with exotic plants, flowers, orchids, birds, and a waterfall.

Filoli Center

Woodside, CA 94062

Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource. 654-acre Filoli estate includes a library, period furnishings, formal gardens, historic house and nature preserve.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Richmond, VA 23228

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden strives to bring you the best in horticultural display for each season. The more than 30 acres of gardens includes one of the largest and most diverse perennial gardens on the East Coast; an elegant Victorian-style garden; an exotic garden setting; a wetland environment with a stunning display of pitcher plants, water irises and lotuses; a Children’s Garden with colorful and interesting plants to attract butterflies and birds; and a study garden with an extensive collection of daffodils and daylilies.


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Pot Luck Events

Chrurchill Downs

“Pot Luck” – do you know the origin of that expression? It turns out that it was food-based by meaning – “take whatever is in the pot and join us for dinner.” My research shows that its origin goes back centuries.  However, I think it’s safe to say that its’ meaning has evolved to mean “taking whatever comes your way” in food, in life, in whatever.

Well, let’s not insult the events this week by calling them “pot luck.” Although I decided to throw out my usual specific theme and look at events that fall into a variety of categories labeled “pot luck,” they are really wonderful events.

I mean, do you doubt that something called Toad Suck Daze isn’t an event that you need to get to know better? How about Buc Days? Is it about earning money? Well you just may get to find out this week. Or perhaps you have an interest in dolls. If so, will you be attending the Dolly Parade? Or best of all…do you think an event called Run for the Roses is a marathon at a botanical garden?  Well this week you get to find out for sure what all of these events, and more are all about.

They are ethnic festivals, art events, sporting events, parades, food events, music festivals and more. One of the oldest and most prestigious events all year is held this week. It is the annual “Run for the Roses”, otherwise known as the Kentucky Derby.  This year it will celebrate its 140th anniversary. It may be pot luck week but it is definitely take whatever you can get. This week has some fantastic events going on all over. Use the search box to find something great to attend this week. Grab the kids, the grand kids, the neighbor’s kids, whoever you can fit in the car and head on over to a great event near you this week!


Buccaneer Days Festival

Apr 24, 2014 – May 04, 2014

American Bank Center Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Since 1939, brings back memories of Corpus Christi’s past as a hideaway for pirates. Pirates come ashore and take over the town. Activities include carnival, parades, fireworks, sailboat regatta, barbeque, sporting events, folkloric competition, water show, dance and lots of music. Many activities take place along the bayfront as well.
150,000 Attendees


Apr 30, 2014 – May 04, 2014

Flagler Drive West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Since 1983, SunFest has featured a variety of music, art and waterfront activities. More than 50 concerts by national recording artists and local musicians cover all genres including rock, pop, Latin, RandB, jazz, reggae, country and blues. Other attractions include family activities, a fine art and craft show, pedal boats, three floating waterfront barges, two food courts and one of the East Coast’s largest fireworks displays.
300,000 Attendees

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

May 02, 2014 – May 04, 2014

Downtown Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Since 1964, the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival features a fine arts and crafts show with over 300 award winning artists and craftspeople from around the nation offering first rate creations in watercolor, acrylics, oils, sculpture, clay, metal, wood and fiber. Photography, pottery, plants, jewelry, baskets, glass and more. The antiques festival offers an excellent showing of fine antiques and unique collectibles. The music festival features regional acts and local entertainment with something for the entire family includes, jazz, pop, rock, beach music, folk, country and big band. The food festival features shrimp and seafood dishes abound – all prepared with local flair and flavor. At the waterfront festival see the Pirates as they invade the festival, plus the Blessing of the Fleet, best decorated shrimp boat, fun zone geared toward the younger crowd, pirate contest and more.
150,000 Attendees

Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo

May 02, 2014 – May 04, 2014

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park San Diego, CA 92110

Since 1984, Old Town Cinco de Mayo presented by Corona and Corona Light will be going all out in by closing down the entire Historic Old Town area and transforming the streets into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border. This free Fiesta will feature three stages with live entertainment, over 40 bands, traditional ballet folklorico dancers, Lucha Libre performances, equestrian shows, a mercado with over 100 retail and food booths, beer garden and Lowrider Lane! There will be something for everyone including a Children’s Area complete with fun carnival rides and games, entertainment, stage coach rides provided by Wells Fargo and an array of interactive activities and learn about the history behind this beloved holiday. After so much excitement, appease your appetite by visiting over 15 delicious restaurants to enjoy zesty food and quench your thirst with Margaritas and Corona and Corona Light specials. Cinco de Mayo only lands on a Saturday every 6 years so don’t be left out this year as we celebrate this three-day grand fiesta.
100,000 Attendees

Toad Suck Daze

May 02, 2014 – May 04, 2014

Downtown Conway, AR 72032

Since 1982, features toad jumps, arts, crafts, musical entertainment, carnival rides, kiddie korner, melodrama, antique car show, concessions, toad tales, pet show, softball and 5K and 10K run, street dance, horseshow tournament and 5k and 10k runs. Also takes place on Front Street, Parkway Street, Main Street and Locust Street.
150,000+ Attendees

Hoboken Art and Music Festival

May 04, 2014

Downtown Hoboken Hoboken, NJ 07030

Since 1993, over 300 artists, photographers and craftspeople display and sell their work, continuous live music on 2 stages, food, pony rides and other children’s activities. Some of the activities include clowns, magic, juggling, face painting, games, sand art, candle art, balloon art, and various craft demonstrations.
60,000+ Attendees

Kentucky Derby – Run for the Roses

May 03, 2014

Churchill Downs Louisville, KY 40208

Since 1875, the most prestigious horse race in America and is the first jewel of the Triple Crown. Race for three-year- old Thoroughbreds is run over a 1 1/4 mile distance.
142,000 Attendees


Pittsburgh City Marathon

May 04, 2014

Heinz Field Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The races includes a 26.2 mile marathon, 1/2 marathon, marathon relay, and a kids marathon. There is a fee for registration.
50,000 Attendees

May Fair in Harvard Square

May 04, 2014

Harvard Square Cambridge, MA 02138

Since 1984. The neighborhood’s usual cast of artisans, street performers, vendors, restaurateurs and entrepreneurs will be taxed by offerings including art attacks, dance distractions, renegade clowns and entertainment on six separate stages.
150,000 Attendees

Old Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival

May 03, 2014 – May 04, 2014

Downtown Austin, TX 78701

Since 1979, the Old Pecan Street Fall Arts Festival has been filling historic 6th street with fine arts, live music, and great food. This event has helped Austin acheive its title as live music capital of the world with its over 80 musical performance for two days on 6 stages. Thats the most bands you can see for free in Austin at anytime. Music includes: Rock, Country, Blues, Latino, Tejano, Oldies, Irish, Blue Grass, Zydeco, Funk, and more. Also this festival has helped Austin achieve its title as cultural meca of the world 2003. We have hand made arts and crafts from all over the country by 300 different vendors. This event also includes a carnival for the kids, street performers, face painters, clowns, and other activities that make it fun for the entire family.
300,000 Attendees

Polish Constitution Day Parade

May 03, 2014

Grant Park Chicago, IL 60605

Since 1891. The Polish Constitution Day Parade is the largest Polish parade outside of Poland, and celebrates the anniversary of the ratification of the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791. This Chicago parade is in honor of this historic document, the first democratic constitution in Europe and second in the world only to the United States Constitution is once again expected to draw 250,000 eager revelers to the lakefront and untold thousands more to the television coverage of the parade expected to once again be provided by ABC-7 and Polish stations.
250,000 Attendees



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Let’s Hear it for Mother Nature

Jefferson Memorial

There is a lot of talk,these days about the environment, global warming and protecting the earth. Everyone is working, hopefully, to reduce their carbon footprint. And even though this week is a little ahead of the traditional Earth Day, I was thinking it might be nice to give a little showcase to some events that highlight what Mother Nature has given us. Not so much as an environmental celebration like the upcoming 44 year old Earth Day; but in more of the beauty, wonder and appreciation way. Let me explain.

Nature gives us gifts, every minute. Some things we take for granted like the sunshine and sunsets, flowers, trees, produce and so much more. So I thought it would be nice to showcase events that use nature as a theme, sort of anyway. Ok, it’s simplistic and barely scratches the surface; but it speaks to the influence of nature in places that we might overlook.

Let’s explore what we have to offer. First up we have the Cherry Blossom Festivals and I have chosen two to include because I find them amazingly beautiful. When I was young, a street in our area had been lined with Cherry Blossoms for a few miles. Every year when they bloomed the town also placed large American flags next to each and it was one of the most beautiful and dramatic visions you every would see. So the Cherry Blossom festivals make the list. Also there is the Dogwood Festival in Atlanta that welcomes Spring and has won numerous awards for very environmentally conscious. Next up are a few festivals celebrating the earth’s harvest; like two avocado festivals, a strawberry festival and even a grits fest. Additionally we have two flower fests; a daffodil festival and a bluebonnet festival (not the margarine, the flower). And what would a tribute to nature be without a few events at the beach, one of my very favorite gifts that nature has given us. These featured events are a shark tooth festival and a sand fest.

Now I am not sure if it’s the upcoming Earth Day or the welcoming of Spring or even if it’s just that we love to celebrate what we know and appreciate it. Whatever the reason, this week our hats are off to Mother Nature and her wonderful planet Earth. Remember the next time you complain about taking the recycling out that we can never do enough to preserve what we have been given.  All you need to do is just open your eyes.


Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Apr 11, 2014 – Apr 13, 2014

Piedmont Park Atlanta, GA 30306

Since 1937, We have a fabulous artist market, an exciting kid zone, 4 stages of music, an award winning and nationally recognized Atlanta High School Art Exhibition, an International cultural program full of color and pageantry. In addition we have the best green component in any festival in the Southeast as determined by the Southeast Festival and Event Association, the Southeast Regional Disc Dog Competition, classic festival foods, a special comedy show, a Saturday night VIP Bar, the La Fete International Food and Wine event featuring a reggae band and a performance by Miss Georgia, the Friends of Dogwood Pavilion with superb food from Atlanta’s best restaurants and fine wine pairings. As a special feature of our 75th anniversary there will be a 9 story classic Seattle Ferris Wheel built in 1963 to give visitors a whole new perspective of Piedmont Park and Midtown, and a fully restored, 1965 vintage carousel for the entire family to enjoy.
230,000+ Attendees

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Apr 12, 2014 – Apr 13, 2014

Japantown San Francisco, CA 94115

Since 1967. Japanese music, dance, martial and visual arts, crafts, tea ceremonies, flower arranging and food bazaar. Event is held over two weekends.
200,000 Attendees

Avocado Festival

Apr 13, 2014

Downtown Fallbrook, CA 92028

Since 1987, celebration of the avocado in the “Avocado Capitol” with contests, entertainment, Main Street shops and street fair. Huge fun with 450 booths, arts, crafts, carnival, beer garde, avocado everything! Free admission, free parking, free shuttle. Music, contests, kids activities. A wide variety of agricultural displays are also found all along the Festival streets. What a fun-filled way to celebrate our heritage and be entertained at the same time
100,000 Attendees

Sharks Tooth Festival

Apr 11, 2014 – Apr 13, 2014

Venice Municipal Airport Festival Grounds Venice, FL 34285

Since 1992, enjoy shark memorabilia, marine exhibits, live music, pro-am volleyball, beach sports races, sandcastle contest, shark tooth scramble, fishing tournament, arts and crafts and fabulous seafood.
40,000 Attendees

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

Apr 12, 2014

Downtown Washington, DC 20001

This annual parade is in conjunction with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. It features marching bands from all 50 states as well as many foreign countries. Spectacular floats, costumed dance troupes giant helium balloons and celebrity guests. Wonderful event for children of all ages!
200,000 Attendees

Bluebonnet Trails Festival

Apr 12, 2014 – Apr 13, 2014

Historic Downtown Ennis, TX 75119

Since 1952, wildflower festival pays tribute to Texas State flower, includes close to 100 arts and crafts exhibitors, souvenirs, food, free trail maps, Bed and Breakfast and Hotel Bluebonnet specials. Also takes place throughout Downtown area.
40,000 Attendees

Daffodil Festival Junior Parade

Apr 12, 2014

Downtown Tacoma’s North End District Tacoma, WA 98406

Since 1963. A parade set up especially for the enjoyment and participation of children. Costumes, pets, music and non-motorized floats are all part of the day.
50,000 Attendees

Daffodil Marine Regatta

Apr 13, 2014

Tacoma Yacht Club Tacoma, WA 98407

Since 1953. A final culmination of the Daffodil weekend festivities with boats up and down the basin.
50,000 Attendees


Apr 11, 2014 – Apr 13, 2014

Port Aransas Beach Markers 9 and 10 Port Aransas, TX 78373

The Texas Sand Sculpture Festival, called “SandFest”, is an incredible three-day event held on the beach in Port Aransas, Texas on Mustang Island. Master sculptors fly in from all over the world to compete by creating huge life-size sand sculptures. See our web site for photos! In addition to the “Masters” contest we have sand contests for Youth, Amateurs, and Pro-Ams. SandFest has several tents with free activities such as and Entertainment Tent with live music and a Youth Tent with free games and crafts for the kids. “Lesson Mountain” has free sand sculpting lessons for ages 4 through 104. Our centerpiece is 250 tons of sand carved by over 20 master sculptors. SandFest is very family-oriented with things to do for everyone in the family. SandFest is amazing. People love the experience and return every year.
100,000 Attendees

Los Angeles AVOCADO Festival

Apr 13, 2014

La Placita Olvera Los Angeles, CA 90012

The avocado is very popular in cuisine dishes, meats, sandwiches, seafood, California sushi rolls, salads as well as a spread on corn tortillas or toast served with spices like the Mexican dip known as guacamole. At the “Los Angeles AVOCADO Festival” (free entrance to the public) in La Placita Olvera more than 15,000 people will taste a variety of dishes served with lots of Avocado or guacamole provided by all type of ethnic food vendors and local restaurants from the Los Angeles area. Attendees can also enjoy crafts, live entertainment, free raffle to win gifts, cooking recipe books, commercial products, free health screenings, services and information provided by all type of exhibitors.
15,000 Attendees


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“Men’s Toy’s and Joy’s” Events This Week

cheval et son cavalier sur un parcours de cross CCE

Oh, I know what you are thinking; this has the potential to be a very racy subject, for a blog. Well, if you are thinking that, you couldn’t be more off the mark. (Did you get the two hints I gave in the form of puns, there?) This week, I thought I would bring all the men out there a blog about events that are geared toward them. That’s right, “Boys and their Toys.”

It seems that every once in a while, the event-landscape is bursting with the type of events that appeal to the men in our lives; that includes, fathers, brothers, sons, husbands and more. Oh – not that they don’t like a variety of shows (and are not so one-dimensional as they were say 50 years ago); but, shows that would just appeal to a more male audience. More than likely, it’s because they do not appeal so much to women. I cannot be sure; but I do know that men who have had enough of bridal shows , flower shows, and art events are in for a little consideration.

This week we highlight an Auto Show, an Air Show, a Fitness race and Expo, a Sportsmen’s Classic, a Grand Prix race, a Sportshow, a Trucking Show, the MAC World expo, the Carolina Cup Steeplechase and opening day of baseball season. WOW – that is a great menu of things for the men. I am not exactly sure why so many seemed to be bunched here; but it may be that men get spring fever as well.

Whatever the reason, be sure to look for events in your area that would be just perfect for the guys in your life. And be sure to go along if you get an invite. I mean think of all the times that we are keeping them from watching sports on TV when they join you at an event of our choosing. It will be fun showing interest in the things that are important to him. Who knows, you may find that baiting a hook isn’t as bad as it seems. OR maybe you will find that it is as horrible as you have always imagined. But who cares as long as you share it with the people you love it is always a special moment!


Florida International Air Show

Mar 28, 2014 – Mar 30, 2014

Charlotte County Airport Punta Gorda, FL 33982

Since 1981, Spectators can look forward to a feature performance by The Florida International Air Show will trace the history of aviation with acts from many of the top aerobatic pilots in the world. Featuring the world famous Blue Angels, this year’s show will be filled with amazing demonstrations in the air and on the ground. Attendees will enjoy seeing aircraft dating from before World War II to the present day tactical fighters. The Air Show benefits dozens of charities throughout Southwest Florida — The Florida International Air Show is a not-for-profit corporation, and is an all-volunteer organization raising more than $2.5 million for Southwest Florida working charities.
50,000 Attendees

Atlanta International Auto Show

Mar 26, 2014 – Mar 30, 2014

Georgia World Congress Center Atlanta, GA 30313

Features a showcase of the newest model year import and domestic vehicles: cars, vans, light trucks and sport utilities. Factory and dealer representatives from the 35 exhibiting car lines are on hand to answer questions. There are cars to suit every budget and life style in this largest car selling event of the year for auto dealers. With the car lines all under one roof, it’s easy to compare prices and features, saving both time and money. Plus see concept cars, new intros on display, over 50 exhibitors display and sell their wares and more. The auto show is great entertainment for serious shoppers, car buffs and the entire family.
368,000+ Attendees

Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic

Mar 28, 2014 – Mar 30, 2014

South Carolina State Fairgrounds Columbia, SC 29201

Since 1985, wildlife and hunting exhibits are the centerpieces of this festival. Demonstrations in archery, fishing and hunting are special attractions. No dogs or other pets are allowed on the fairgrounds or in buildings, except service animals or pets contracted as part of the show.
50,000 Attendees

Mid America Trucking Show

Mar 27, 2014 – Mar 29, 2014

Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center Louisville, KY 40209

Since 1972, the largest trucking show in North America covers the entire spectrum of the trucking industry with 1,000,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 1,100 exhibiting companies. Equipment and service of every conceivable description, representing the most innovative technology and advanced developments in the industry will be on display. Special attractions include Paul K. Young Truck Beauty Championship, Mid-America Jamboree, Mid-America Driver Recruitment Center, Mid- America Trucking Technology Center and Mid-America Trucking Safety Center Ol’ Blue.
76,000 Attendees

Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Mar 28, 2014 – Mar 30, 2014

Pioneer Park Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

Since 1997, the race will be run on a waterfront circuit that includes a combination of adjacent downtown streets circling Pioneer Park, the Bayfront Center and extending onto runways at Albert Whitted Airport that overlook the Bay and picturesque St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina.
100,000+ Attendees


Carlsbad 5000 Race and Health and Fitness Expo

Mar 29, 2014 – Mar 30, 2014

Downtown Carlsbad, CA 92008

Since 1986, America’s premier 5K road race with over 10,000 runners. Series of people’s races leading to Elite Invitational where 9 world records have been set. Plus the Health and Fitness Expo will feature a weekend of exhibits, free samples and great buys highlight this weekend consumer exposition. Participants pick up their race number, timing chip, T-shirt and goodie bag at the Expo. The Carlsbad 5000 starts on Grand Avenue and ends on Carlsbad Village Drive.
50,000 Attendees

Carolina First Carolina Cup

Mar 29, 2014

Springdale Race Course Camden, SC 29020

Since 1930, steeplechase race is made more exciting by elaborate tailgating picnics and special events. The Carolina Cup race-meeting is a time honored South Carolina tradition that has achieved premier social event status. The annual ‘rites of spring’ draws fans from throughout the southeast, to enjoy the thrilling sport of steeplechase horse racing amid a flurry of spring fashions and elaborate tailgate parties. From our Hospitality Terrace to College Park, old friends meet and new friends are made during the afternoon of six races.
65,000 Attendees

Northwest Sportshow

Mar 26, 2014 – Mar 30, 2014

Minneapolis Convention Center Minneapolis, MN 55403

Since 1933, over 600 exhibitors displaying new year model power boats, fishing boats, pontoon boats, motors, marine electronics, trailers, lifts, docks and personal watercraft. Also featured are ATV’s and motorcycles, plus a complete line of RV products including motorhomes, fifth-wheels, travel trailers, van campers, folding camping trailers, truck campers, conversion vans, truck and SUV’s. Other exhibitors will feature new products for hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities and travel booths featuring fishing, hunting, family vacations and adventure travel destinations from across the U.S. and Canada.
215,000 Attendees

Macworld Conference and Expo

Mar 27, 2014 – Mar 29, 2014

Moscone Center San Francisco, CA 94103

Macworld/iWorld is the world’s premier event focused solely on the Apple products platform. For 30 years, Macworld/iWorld has championed innovation in the Apple product marketplace. Apple-product users and buyers, developers, top media outlets and industry experts come to Macworld/iWorld annually for the unique value that comes from meeting face-to-face, seeing new products, experiencing an acclaimed technical training and educational program and participating in cultural and social opportunities that set the agenda for the Apple–products industry.
60,000 Attendees


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Finally, It’s Spring

Blog_176_Finally, its Spring

It is FINALLY spring, this week. I am a lover of winter, as you all know; but this year has even tested the strength of my affection. I don’t know about you, but I have grand designs to make a lawn ornament shrine to my snow shovel. It has served me well and I think it should retire. (Of course, that’s assuming one will see the lawn again.) Even as I write this, the forecast includes snow, here. It will be one of more than 14 snow storms we have endured. If we get more than 2.3 inches, it moves into 2nd place for the all-time snowiest winter on record.  I was driven to find some sign of spring this week and luckily, I did. What is more spring-like then flowers, so I opted for some flower and garden shows.

Now, these are not the largest, nor are they the most well-known. However, they are wonderful shows to break the winter hold. They will get you and me, out of the dullness of winter into the sunshine of spring; at least in our minds, if not in reality just yet. For that these shows are perfect!

Many are a combination of home and garden shows. With the national trend toward the outside of your home (lovingly referred to as “curb appeal”), becoming almost as important as the inside of your home, these home and garden shows are reflecting this trend.  The garden side of the show has been raised to almost equal heights with the home side of the equation. Many of these shows feature full displays of gardens as well as the latest in equipment and products. A good number of these shows also have flowers on display and for sale as well. That means you can enjoy what we have been denied for so long…color! No more solid white with shades of gray. Now we can see yellows, greens, reds, purples all around us. I, for one, cannot wait!

So, let’s all shake the winter doldrums and embrace the colors and fragrances of Spring. Grab the kids from the computers, handhelds, cel phones or whatever other electronic equipment has mesmerized them for the last few months and reintroduce them to the great outdoors. This is your chance to see that wonder again in your child’s eyes when they see something for the first time. I mean you cannot appreciate flowers by looking at a screen the way you can when you look at it with your naked eye. It is good therapy this week and I highly recommend it.

Capital District Garden and Flower Show

Mar 21, 2014 – Mar 23, 2014

Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY 12180

Since 1988, The Capital District Garden and Flower Show is the Capital Region’s only gardening exhibition of its magnitude. The 60,000 square-foot McDonough Physical Education Complex at HVCC transforms into 18 beautifully designed, fully blooming gardens, over 100 floral design arrangements and a garden marketplace. Experts will give advice on a wide variety of gardening topics such as tools, landscaping hints, trees, and much more. Free parking.
14,000 Attendees

QCCA Flower and Garden Show

Mar 21, 2014 – Mar 23, 2014

Quad Cities Expo Center Rock Island, IL 61201

Enjoy the exquisite displays of gardens and landscapes, room and patio settings and floral bouquets, plus an impressive array of lawn and garden products from the marketplace.

San Francisco Flower and Garden Show

Mar 19, 2014 – Mar 23, 2014

San Mateo County Event Center San Mateo, CA 94403

Since 1986, Eighteen full-sized garden installations from top garden designers, 70 do it yourself seminars and workshops are led by well-known experts and cooking demonstrations by top garden-to-table Bay Chefs will provide ideas and inspiration to encourage attendees to celebrate all aspects of gardening. See the World’s Largest Living Globe of Earth made from over 30,000 succulents depicting land and seas as it rotates on its axis! Tickets, information and photos are located by visiting the website.
40,000 Attendees


Festival of Flowers

Mar 20, 2014 – Mar 23, 2014

Providence Hospital Campus Mobile, AL 36608

Since 1994, features signature flower and garden displays, food, seminars and demonstrations, plus 40 commerical vendors will offer everything from garden accessories to garden tools and plants in the Gardener’s Galleria. Its breathtaking showcase covers over eight acres under tent and sky. Recognized by the American Bus Association (ABA) as one of the Top 100 Events in North America and by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) as one of the Top 20 Events, the Festival has received acclaim from community and industry leaders as well as tourism officials. The floral extravaganza promotes an interest in gardening and beautification, and encourages the preservation of the natural beauty that is so much a part of Mobile’s heritage, all while furthering the health care mission of Providence Hospital.
15,000 Attendees

Boise Flower and Garden Show

Mar 21, 2014 – Mar 23, 2014

Boise Centre on the Grove Boise, ID 83702

Since 1996. Shop for the latest in landscape design, garden art and decor, yard furniture, plants, decks, greenhouse, and more. You will also enjoy spectacular display gardens; educational and fun gardening seminars; orchid and bonsai displays; a silent auction of beautiful and unique container gardens and much, much more!
12,000 Attendees

Fredericksburg Home and Garden Show

Mar 21, 2014 – Mar 23, 2014

Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Since 2006. Ideas. Did that leak turn into a waterfall? Does your backyard look more like a desert than an oasis? Come to the Annual Fredericksburg Spring Home and Garden Show for an expert’s opinion on your home-improvement needs! Not only can you hire contractors, remodelers, and designers onsite, but you can see their work firsthand! Landscapers and hardscapers spend days creating beautiful showcases to help you realize your own backyard’s potential. The 9th Annual Fredericksburg Spring Home and Garden Show offers a one-stop shop for all of your redecorating, remodeling, and building needs. 2014 Appearances By: Daniel Buck Soules Antique Appraiser. Mike McGrath, WTOP’s Garden Guru


Home and Garden Show

Mar 21, 2014 – Mar 23, 2014

Southwest Washington Event Center at Yard Birds Chehalis, WA 98532

Since 1965. The Home and Garden Show, the areas largest and oldest is here. Both shows are very popular – get there early for best seating! Sunday is Family Day. Over 80 vendors…with free Parking – and all exhibits, shows and demos are totally free.
10,000 Attendees


The Patio, Home and Flower Show

Mar 21, 2014 – Mar 23, 2014

National Guard Armory Morristown Morristown, NJ 07960

Since 1994. For three days the Hall will be filled with beautiful gardens, floral arrangements, lush shrubbery and bubbling water features. Designers will dazzle visitors with a colorful display of their artistic talents. Feature displays will offer something for everyone. From an English Tea Garden to Relaxing Spring Park and Serene Meditative Sanctuaries. Water Displays will feature Koi filled ponds, gentle falls and relaxing fountains. Visitors will also learn how to create their own private retreat or Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment Area. Professionals will be on hand to guide you through the whole creative and constructive process. So, regardless of the size space you have to work with, you can enjoy the rewards of your own special place.

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What Do We Really Know About Saint Patrick’s Day?


Saint Patrick was a religious figure in Ireland around the 5th Century. There have been discussions and arguments over the years about whether he was really Irish. Some say he was British, Scottish or Welsh; or, perish the thought, maybe even Italian. His origin doesn’t matter, so much as his devotion to Ireland and its people. That is what has made him the patron saint and symbol of Ireland for centuries.

Corned beef and cabbage is the traditional food of the holiday, here in North America. (You knew I would be getting food in here, didn’t you?) The traditional Irish food was more like a bacon-type product. Some theories are that the use of corned beef was more economical rather than traditional. Poor immigrants used it because it was cheaper and more available in the lower east side of New York a few centuries ago than the bacon product. Whatever the reason, I remember as a kid my mother always getting excited about being able to get corned beef and cabbage because it was Saint Patrick’s Day. I won’t disappoint her, telling her what they actually serve in Ireland was not corned beef at all.

And while in Ireland it was celebrated as a quiet, religious holiday for centuries, what we celebrate is vastly different from that tradition. However, I do not want to make it sound like we corrupted the holiday. My theory is that what happened was the same thing that happened to all the other European religious holidays when the immigrants came to North America. Longing for the traditions and customs of their homeland, immigrants started processions of patron saints which evolved into parades which evolved into celebrations which lovingly and longingly evolved into parties celebrating cultural pride. It was and is a way to hang on to a vanishing ethnic connection.  And, although it is removed from the solemnity of religion, it is no less respectful of a people and culture.

This week, we spotlight some of the very best Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations taking place in the United States.  I am sure that somewhere near you there are parades, parties and even corned beef and cabbage specials at some of your local restaurants. Show some allegiance with your Irish friends and neighbors by visiting a Saint Patrick’s Day event and wear some green this week to celebrate another culture in the melting pot that is America.


Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Mar 15, 2014

Balboa Park San Diego, CA 92101

Since 1982, a very traditional Irish festival and parade. Music, marching bands, Irish food and dancing and much more. With over 120 entries, includes Marching Bands, Floats, Police and Fire Department units, the Emerald Societies, Clowns, equestrian entries, Border Patrol units, Scout Troops, bagpipe contingents, dancing groups, drill teams, roller skaters, antique cars, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, representatives from Ireland, and the reigning Miss Colleen and Smiling Irishman. Parade begins at 6th and Juniper Streets at the park
25,000 Attendees

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 17, 2014

Downtown Kansas City, MO 64112

Since 1973. One of America’s largest St. Patrick’s day parade fills the streets of downtown. The largest one day event in Kasas City all year. Midtown starting at Linwood and Broadway and proceeding south along Broadway to 43rd Street. The area around Redemptorist Catholic Church where the Parade starts was traditionally called Kerry Patch in the 1800s after the large Irish immigrant population living there. Many of the stone buildings in the neighborhood were built by Irish with limestone quarried by Irish in the Penn Valley Park area.
150,000 Attendees

St. Patricks Day Parade and 5K Run

Mar 15, 2014

Union Station Saint Louis, MO 63102

Since 1970, features a 5k run with over 13,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair racers of all ages welcome. There are 13 different age categories for both male and female competitive runners, ranging in age from under14 to 70-plus years. Prizes will be awarded in age categories for both men and women, including “14 and under” and “70 and over.” The parade follows stepping off at 18th and Market Streets and proceeds east on Market to Broadway and then south on Broadway where it will disband. Parade units will stage starting at 7:30 a.m. from Compton to 18th Street. The parade, also known as St. Louis’ “Rite of Spring,” will feature over 130 units, including floats, bands, marching units, large helium-filled balloons, and over 5,000 marchers. A Marine color guard from the 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment based in St. Louis will lead the parade. In the past with good weather, more than 350,000 spectators have gathered along Market Street to watch the elaborate floats, marching bands, marching units, dance groups, animal units, novelty units, and motorized units. View the children’s favorites – giant cartoon character helium-filled balloons – from Aloe Plaza designated family friendly area.
250,000+ Attendees

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 16, 2014

Downtown Parkway Area Philadelphia, PA 19121

Philadelphia’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a long-standing event of great civic pride. The Annual Parade is held on the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day. If March 17th falls on a Sunday, the Parade Board has the option of having it on March 10th, since so many groups who march are already committed to other events. This Delaware Valley event is the largest Philadelphia Parade by number of participants, approximately 20,000. More than 150 groups are represented in the parade including: Marching bands, dance groups, youth groups and Irish associations. Thousands of spectators line the Parkway to enjoy the Parade each year. Irish Americans have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in Philadelphia since their arrival in America. George Washington, a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, actively encouraged Irish American patriots to join his colonial army. Over the years, these celebrations reflected the times with several themes emerging;- religious, patriotism honoring military service, remembrance of the political struggles in Ireland and a celebration of Irish culture. The common theme remains honoring St. Patrick’s work.
50,000 Attendees

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Fair

Mar 15, 2014

Margaret G. Hance Park Phoenix, AZ 85004

Since 1984. Celebrate the culture and heritage of the Irish with tradtional foods and vendors selling Irish and Celtic merchandise and crafts, music and dancing, prizes, children’s activities and much more. The faire takes place immediately following the parade at the Irish Cultural Center in Margaret T. Hance Park.The fair includes live Irish music, vendors selling Irish items, food and three stages of entertainment.
40,000+ Attendees

St. Patrick’s Day on the River

Mar 14, 2014 – Mar 17, 2014

Downtown Rousakis Plaza Savannah, GA 31401

Since 1825, Honoring St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland. This is an Irish celebration and the second-largest in the country. One of the very best riverfront parties ever. Come out and have some fun with lost of good food and drink, dancing, sponsor booths, music and much more. Extended hours of service: 2:55 am closing for bars/restaurants (formerly 1am).
200,000 Attendees

Hibernian St Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 17, 2014

Dogtown Neighborhood Saint Louis, MO 63110

Since 1984. The Ancient Order of Hibernians Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, kicks off at 12:30 p.m. It starts at the Tamm Avenue overpass at Oakland Avenue and travels south on Tamm Avenue, past historic St. James the Greater Catholic Church ending at Manchester. The parade is held annually on the saint’s feast day, honors Irish heritage, culture and faith and highlights the many contributions of the Irish people to America. There are over 100 units in this year’s parade and many St. Louis Irish will be marching as clans under their family crests and banners. The 2014 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade’s Grand Marshal is cartoonist Mike Peters, who grew up in St. Louis’s Dogtown neighborhood. Peters draws the long-running comic strip Mother Goose and Grimm, that appears daily in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
50,000 Attendees

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 17, 2014

Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10028

Since 1762. The New York City St Patrick’s Parade marched for the first time in 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence was signed in Independence Hall, Philadelphia. The Parade is regarded as the most popular of all the Parades in New York City, and honors Saint Patrick – the patron Saint of Archdiocese of New York and Ireland. The New York Parade consists only of marchers and each year hosts some 250,000 marchers and two million spectators. The Parade has many outstanding marching bands from throughout the United States and from all over the world. The Parade is the world’s oldest and largest civic parade and celebrates “The Faith of Ireland, Irish heritage and Culture.
1,000,000 Attendees

Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration in Dublin!

Mar 15, 2014

Crowne Plaza Dublin, OH 43017

It’s the Luck of the Irish…St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin is one week earlier this year! Mark your calendars and plan to attend the “Greenest, Grandest Parade.” As always, Dublin’s parade steps off at 11am from Metro Center and travels through Historic Dublin. And, before the parade, enjoy the Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast at Sells Middle School and attend the Inflation Celebration in the Crowne Plaza Hotel parking lot. Watch as giant helium character balloons are inflated and small balloons are twisted into hats and even your favorite animals. Complimentary refreshments will be served.
12,000 Attendees

South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 16, 2014

South Boston Neighborhood Boston, MA 02101

Since 1900, The South Boston, St. Patrick’s Parade is Listed as the second largest parade in the country, being viewed by nearly 600,000 to one million people every year; in addition to having the entire parade seen on Live TV.
600,000 Attendees

Murphy’s St. Patrick Day River Parade and Festival

Mar 15, 2014 – Mar 16, 2014

Downtown at Riverwalk San Antonio, TX 78205

Come watch this exciting parade along the 2.5 mile Riverwalk. Barges of entertainment and the dyeing of the river green. Floats release 35 pounds of environmentally friendly green dye into the San Antonio River. The event transforms the 2.5 mile river into a miniature Emerald Isle where a proclamation is read, temporarily re-naming the river “The River Shannon”.
45,000 Attendees



St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 15, 2014

Lower Downtown Denver, CO 80205

Since 1963. A very traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade where they will be wearin’ the green. The Mile High City is home to one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the nation with 10,000 marchers, more than 240 entries, and nearly 250,000 spectators! On behalf of the hundreds of volunteers who work diligently year-round to bring this parade to the streets of lower downtown Denver, the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is honored to invite you to join us.
250,000 Attendees

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Fest

Mar 17, 2014 – Mar 22, 2014

Downtown New London, WI 54961

Join us for Wisconsin’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and an Irish Fest in downtown New London, Wisconsin. The legendary week of festivities begin when local Shamrock Club leprechauns change the town’s name to ‘New Dublin’. The Grand Parade typically has a full lineup of multiple bagpipe bands, marching bands, festive clowns, specialty units, clans, Finnegan’s Wake, and business floats–well over 100 units. Bring the whole family to watch this renown event! The New Dublin Irish Fest is a music festival held under a huge heated big top that each year features two dynamic Celtic bands. There are beverages, Irish food, and market booths. The 2012 bands are Green Tea and Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys.
20,000 Attendees

Dyeing the Chicago River and St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 15, 2014

Columbus Drive Chicago, IL 60604

Start the day’s festivities with mass at Old St. Patrick’s Church at 9 a.m. Then listen to the wailing of the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band and watch the Chicago River turn green. The parade begins at noon starting from Balbo and Columbus.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival

Mar 15, 2014

Center City Charlotte Charlotte, NC 28202

The Charlotte Goes Green celebration will follow the longtime Charlotte tradition, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The festival features live music, Irish dancers, pipe bands, drum bands, Irish vendors, amusements for children of all ages, lots of food and drink and more.
50,000 Attendees

San Francisco’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Mar 15, 2014

Civic Center Plaza San Francisco, CA 94102

Since 1851, The addition of the Festival after the parade provides a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about Irish history and culture while having fun experiencing the day. A full day of activity is planned for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. The colorful festivities surrounding the parade will showcase Irish Culture through live performance and entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, and food and beverage concessions, children’s rides and inflatables, cultural displays, a petting zoo and pony ride and a number of non-profits booths representing the Irish community. Parade leaves at 2nd and Market and proceeds to the Civic Center.


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When a Weekend is Not Enough

King and Queen

Events can be fun, serious, historical, commemorative, topical and celebratory; they can be held for almost any reason. While the themes may be interesting and different, overall, most events have several pieces which are the same. For example, consider the days an event takes place. Typically they take place one day or over a weekend. (There are, however, cases where events are held for longer periods of time. And while they are not that common, they aren’t extremely rare either.)  This week, we are featuring events that fit that profile.

Now, there can be various reasons why events need multiple days. Sometimes the event is so well-attended that the idea is to spread out the crowds for the enjoyment of everyone. Also, that way the event can accommodate anyone who wishes to go by offering more options. The promoter can afford to occupy facilities for longer periods because the attendees are so high in number that they offset the costs. A great example of such a show is The Philadelphia Flower Show. It is a monumental undertaking to create this event and it would not be worth the time and expense involved if it were only a weekend. Also, the ticket demand could never be met in that short span. The crowds would be so huge that you would need a ladder and binoculars to see the displays. So for practical reasons, it is actually held for 10 days.

Another reason why events are stretched out over longer time periods is that they are more then one event under one umbrella event name. A great example of this taking place now is Carnivale in Miami. There is one main event, Calle Ocho that is celebrated the last Sunday of the event however there are many other events taking place prior to that day. You could consider Calle Ocho like the closing ceremony at the Olympics; the culmination of all the other events.

I also included this week others that are excellent examples of longer events. There are a few fairs, a Renaissance Festival and an Auto Show. There is a commemorate, historical event such as the Bridge Crossing Jubilee which is also a series of events. And then there are the North Dakota Winter Days and Snowfest which use the time of year and the weather as the basis for their theme. And still others celebrate something famously local like the Strawberry Festival, Charro Days and the Ostrich Fest.

Whatever the reason or theme, these events have proven that they need to offer many opportunities for people to come and visit. Try to make sure that you check out events like these because they offer a multitude of options for attendees. Not just in the number of days but also in a variety of different events within an event.  Be sure to grab the kids, the neighbors and your significant other and head on out to an event this week. It is a great way to spend a day, or even a few days, having fun with family and friends.


Greater Cleveland International Auto Show

Mar 01, 2014 – Mar 09, 2014

I-X Center Cleveland, OH 44135

Since 1928, one of the nations four major auto expositions. New cars, trucks, vans, sport utility vehicles, antiques, classic, custom and competition cars. Parking is always free at the Cleveland Auto Show compliments of your New Motor Vehicle Dealer. 635,000+ Attendees

North Dakota Winter Show

Mar 04, 2014 – Mar 09, 2014

North Dakota Winter Show Event Center Valley City, ND 58072

An indoor state fair, the winter show features a rodeo, country music, dances, livestock competitions and horse shows, along with farm and home exhibits. 71,000+ Attendees

Central Florida Fair

Feb 27, 2014 – Mar 09, 2014

Central Florida Fairgrounds Orlando, FL 32808

Since 1912, food, exhibits, music, rides and entertainment for the whole family. 185,000 Attendees

Charro Days

Feb 27, 2014 – Mar 09, 2014

Downtown Brownsville Brownsville, TX 78520

Since 1938, promotes international harmony and cooperation by honoring the legendary Mexican horseman, forerunner of the American cowboy, and features a carnival, live entertainment, fiesta, children’s activities, food and more. Great Food, Folklorico Dancers, El Mariachi Mexico Lindo and much more. There are three large parades culminating on the final day of the fiesta with The Grand International Parade down Elizabeth street at noon. 94,000+ Attendees

Florida Strawberry Festival

Feb 27, 2014 – Mar 09, 2014

Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds Plant City, FL 33567

Since 1953, this festival celebrates Plant City’s position as a winter strawberry capital of the world. With over 300 exhibitors, high profile entertainment, arts and crafts, livestock, agriculture exhibits, homemade goods, competitions and contests. 850,000 Attendees


Chandler Ostrich Festival

Mar 07, 2014 – Mar 09, 2014

Tumbleweed Park Chandler, AZ 85225

Since 1989, festival includes ostrich races, daily ostrich alley, parade, 2 midways, thrill rides, 3 stages of live local, regional and national entertainment, kid’s entertainment and activities, large marketplace and food court. Exhibitors displaying arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, novelties, imports, pre-packaged foods, gift baskets, herbs and plants.
300,000 Attendees

Midnight at the Oasis Festival

Mar 07, 2014 – Mar 09, 2014

Ray Kroc Complex Desert Sun Stadium Yuma, AZ 85365

Since 1993, featuring cars and music of the 50’s and 60’s. Concerts and dance, vendors displaying and selling their wares, Show n’ Shine of 800+ pre-72 cars and trucks, good food and great entertainment.
50,000 Attendees

Philadelphia Flower Show

Mar 01, 2014 – Mar 09, 2014

Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia, PA 19102

Since 1829, one of the largest and most prestigious indoor flower shows in the world. The Philadelphia Flower Show week will pay tribute to Philadelphia’s Horticultural Heritage, 60 major exhibits and 130 vendors.
275,000 Attendees

Bridge Crossing Jubilee

Mar 06, 2014 – Mar 10, 2014

National Voting Rights Museum and Institute Selma, AL 36702

Commemorating and Celebrating “Bloody Sunday,” The Selma to Montgomery March and The Voting Rights Struggle with over 40 events. Various events featuring the re-enactment of Civil Rights Bridge Crossing. Events held throughout Selma.

Carnaval Miami

Feb 23, 2014 – Mar 09, 2014

Little Havana District Miami, FL 33299

Since 1976, features many events on different days, including Sun Day On The Mile featuring an upscale musical event celebrating the very best in Latin Jazz. Noche De Carnaval features an international line-up of top Latin performers, held at American Airlines Arena. Carnaval Miami Internacional features a concert of “salsa” groups and balladeers of the Americas, televised from the Bayfront Park Amphitheater. Carnaval Miami Poster Contest, where hundreds of artists submit their work from all over the country and internationally as well. Cooking Contest features A “El Concurso de Cocina de Calle Ocho”, well known among local community chefs, Carnaval Miami Golf Classic, 8K Run and Calle Ocho, Spanish for 8th Street is the single largest celebration of Hispanic culture in the United States. Most events takes place at different locations throughout the area. 1,000,000+ Attendees


Knights and Queens rejoice, the Florida Renaissance Festival arises to its throne

Feb 08, 2014 – Mar 16, 2014

Quiet Waters Park Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Six entertainment weekends full of Romance, Pirates, Wenches, Time Travelers, Game of Thrones and Celtic Fun… Premier musical acts such as festival circuit favorite Cantiga; performing historical music on original instruments such as the medieval bagpipes, shawms and bombastic Wolgemut; bringing traditional sea music, history and stories to the stage, Rambling Sailors. First time ever at Deerfield Beach, the comedy acrobatic sensations known as Kamikaze Fireflies and back due to popular demand, The Duelists, with their dazzling display of comedy and sword fighting brilliance. Labeled as “Don’t Miss” acts in festivals throughout North America, The Limeybirds, combining high-energy antics with sharp wit, banter and their stunning harmonies, and vocal arrangements.


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Something Snow-Free To Do This Week

Blog_173_Something Snow Free to Do this Week

I was debating whether to venture outside for some events this week. I mean it will be March this coming week; and that means only a few more weeks of winter. It must be getting close to the end of cold and some kind of warming trend, right? Well, that lasted about 10 minutes until I heard the weather report and the fact that snow is expected at least twice this week.  Sigh.  Well, just think how happy we will all be when it finally goes more than a week without snow! However that left me with no real theme to write about this week.

First, I thought well how about highlighting some great attractions. I thought of the many amusement parks that are starting to open on weekends. That’s a great theme to get people in the mood for summer! But then it occurred to me that I would recommend them and it would snow all weekend and who needs that, right?

Then, I thought that one of my very favorite “arrival of spring” shows is coming this week, The Philadelphia Flower Show. Why not highlight gardens around the country? That is perfect for getting people in the mood for spring. But it turns out that not much is blooming outside at gardens right now. That means that saving that discussion for a few weeks from now might be better for everyone.

Finally, I thought, how about continuing the art discussion? It is certainly something that works anytime of year and, we have some really great art museums we could feature. So we put together a list of some of our favorites around here. It is by no means scientific and it certainly isn’t saying that the art at these museums is better then the art at any others. We certainly couldn’t make that statement because art is so personal. But, if you are asking for a great choice of what to do this week, this is a wonderful way to find beauty in a snow-free environment.

Whatever your choice of art happens to be, why not take a trip to an art museum near you?  These are our personal favorites but there are great art museums all over the U.S. Grab that significant other, a good friend or just a fellow art lover and head out to one this week. Oh and don’t forget to wear your boots. Chances are it will be snowing when you come out!

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia, PA 19019

American Indian, Far and Near Eastern Art; European medieval and Renaissance art including Foulc and Barnard collections. European paintings, sculptures and decorative arts; Eastern and Western period rooms from the 12th to 19th Centuries; contemporary art and prints.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Since its inception in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles’s uniquely diverse population. Today LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes over 120,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art. Among the museum’s strengths are its holdings of Asian art, Latin American art, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary artists; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities that attract over a million visitors annually, in addition to serving millions through digital initiatives, such as online collections, scholarly catalogues, and interactive engagement at lacma.org. Situated in Hancock Park on over 20 acres in the heart of Los Angeles, LACMA is located between the ocean and downtown.

Denver Art Museum

Denver, CO 80204

A traditional art museum with multiple media represented such as Asian Art, Native American, Western American art, modern, contemporary, textile, painting and sculpture. A new expansion project adding additional galleries and exhibit halls will be completed in 2006.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

New York, NY 10128

This museum was founded by Solomon Guggenheim to educate the public in a new kind of art seen in a new kind of space. The building, as famous as the collections themselves, was created by Frank Lloyd Wright and houses a famous permanent collection as well as changing exhibits.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, NY 10028

This museum has collections of ancient and modern art of Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near and Far East, Europe, Africa, Oceania, pre-Columbian cultures and the United States. These collections include paintings, sculpture, architecture, prints, photographs, drawings, glass, ceramics, metalwork, manuscripts, furniture, textiles, costumes, arms and armor, musical instruments and decorative arts.

The Barnes Museum

Philadelphia, PA 19130

The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine and Giorgio de Chirico, as well as American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin and Maurice Prendergast, Old Master paintings, important examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, American paintings and decorative arts and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia. The Barnes Foundation’s Art and Aesthetics programs engage a diverse array of audiences. These programs, occurring at the Philadelphia campus, online, and in Philadelphia communities, advance the mission through progressive, experimental and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, IL 60603

This art museum has various collections including all period of European and American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, decorative arts and textiles, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Middle Eastern art, European medieval art, classical art, photography, African, pre-Hispanic and Native American art, architectural drawings and fragments and arms and armor.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Washington, DC 20001

This art museum housed in the 1836 old Patent Office building displays collections of American art from the colonial period to the present, including painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, folk art and contemporary crafts.

Perez Art Museum Miami

Miami, FL 33132

Pérez Art Museum Miami serves one of the most diverse populations in one of the fastest growing regions in the country, where a unique confluence of Caribbean, North and South American cultures adds vibrancy and texture to the civic landscape. The city’s thriving community of artists, designers and collectors and its avid and growing art-engaged public are driving Miami’s demand for a world-class museum and dynamic center of visual arts education. The new PAMM transforms Museum Park into a central destination on Miami’s cultural map, promotes progressive arts education, builds community cohesiveness and contributes substantially to downtown revitalization.

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Food Can be FUNDamental

Blog_172_Food Can be FUNDamental

I am pretty sure that you already know that one of the all time great food events is taking place this coming week. It is the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. The reason I am pretty sure that you know about it is because it is a media juggernaut. First it is sponsored by The Food Network – which means that it features many of the network’s chefs. Second, it means that the media power of all those chefs and that network are talking it up. Third, the event plays host to many of the chefs and personalities from other food related shows on other networks. That makes it hard not to see at least some promotion for it somewhere. And finally, it is promoted in the media as a big news making event. That means the morning shows are covering it as well as almost all the national and international news programs and newspapers. I said a juggernaut and I meant it.

Now having said all of that, I bet that I can tell you something that you do not know about this event; it is a fund raiser.  Oh not one that gives $10,000 to charity but one that has given close to $18 million to FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. This is one of the more extraordinary events at the very top of the “fund raising with food” well… food chain. They have done a remarkable job and deserve high praise for sure.  However it isn’t really necessary to produce something quite so elaborate to raise money with food.

For instance, my local fire department has a Chicken BBQ to help offset costs. The local Boy Scouts here have a pancake breakfast to raise money for camp. It is all relative because there isn’t anything that you can’t raise money for using food. We all like to eat, (some of us more than others) and we all like to feel that we are helping people. It’s the perfect combination. So it is no surprise why it is used for just about everything. For instance the Hearts of Fire Chili Cook-off raises money this week by soliciting donations that will be used for new downtown Christmas Decorations. It may not be a new facility at a University but the effort is no less passionate to those who need new decorations in these tough economic times. Many of the events that I highlight this week use food as a means to raising money. Many also incorporate some local popular food into the mission and that gives it a more personal, local touch.

If you are hungry and want to feel like you can eat something that will be giving something back to your local area, look for some fund raising food events this week. Chili cook-offs, BBQ cook-offs, fish fry’s, seafood festivals, cookie sales, bake sales, pancake breakfasts, ham suppers, ice cream socials etc. I know that you can find something delicious to support. Grab the family, jump in the car and head for a fund raising food event near you this week.


Newport Seafood and Wine Festival

Feb 20, 2014 – Feb 23, 2014

Newport’s Historic Bayfront at Port Dock 7 Newport, OR 97365

Since 1978, this Central Coastal festival has featured seafood and wines from Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho. Over 120 exhibitors featuring Northwest wines and seafood specialties along with merchants selling arts and crafts are on hand. Wine competitions for both professionals and amateurs take place as well.
15,000 Attendees

Hearts on Fire Chili Cook-Off

Feb 22, 2014

J.E. Hamilton Community House Two Rivers, WI 54241

Since 2011. Two River Main Street Hearts on Fire Chili Cook-Off in the Behringer Room at the JE Hamilton Community House. Make chili from 9 to noon, public sampling from noon to 2, judging from 2 to 3. Donations also accepted for new downtown Christmas decorations!

Taste of Fond du Lac

Feb 23, 2014

Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Fond du Lac, WI 54935

Features more than 25 area restaurants serving taste size bites of some of their most popular items. Plus music and entertainment.

The Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival

Feb 20, 2014 – Feb 23, 2014

Ritz Carlton Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival presented by FOOD and WINE is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Hosted by Southern Wine and Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU), the Festival benefits FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine and Spirits Beverage Management Center. To date, the Festival has raised more than $18 million for the School. Events take place at various venues throughout the area.
65,000 Attendees

Smokin on the Rio State Championship BBQ Cook-Off

Feb 21, 2014 – Feb 22, 2014

Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Grounds Mercedes, TX 78570

Since 2004. Featuring over 160 cooking teams in the Texas State Championship Bar-B-Que Cookoff, team roping and concert. Categories include Fajitas, Pork Ribs, Chicken, Brisket and Beans. Kids “Q” Cook-Off.
7,000 Attendees

Winter Beer Festival

Feb 22, 2014

Stoudt’s Brewery Adamstown, PA 19501

Visitors can enjoy 4 hours of beer sampling from a variety of breweries along with live musical entertainment, food buffet, free shuttle bus service and more.

Andy’s Family Pasta Dinner

Feb 23, 2014

Signature Grand Davie, FL 33317

Since 2002. Hosted by Andy Cagnetta, CEO of Transworld Business Brokers. For over eleven years, Andy’s Family Pasta Dinner extravaganza has been a huge success, drawing over seven hundred people and raising over $380,000 for LifeNet4Families. Everyone in attendance has enjoyed this fun-filled family gathering that includes activities for children.
500 Attendees

A Taste of New Orleans: Mardi Gras Celebration

Feb 22, 2014

Historic Main Street Palestine, TX 75801

Since 2013. The culinary tastes of Mardi Gras will fill the Main Street District during A Taste of New Orleans. This celebration of Louisiana-style cuisine, set against a backdrop of historic buildings decorated for Mardi Gras, showcases the talents of local chefs and highlights the offerings of local wineries. A Taste of New Orleans begins the culinary tour at 11 a.m. and the festivities continue at various locations until the 5pm parade. Local chefs will be doing free food demonstrations and samples every 30 minutes which can be paired with a wine tasting from a local winery.
7,000 Attendees

Outhouse 500 Chili Cook-Off

Feb 22, 2014

Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center Coopersville, MI 49404

Part of the Outhouse 500 festivities. The cook-off takes place from 10am – 1pm. Come and sample chili inside the Farm Museum, live music, free kids activities, get set for the Outhouse 500, which starts at 1pm.
5,000 Attendees


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