Dartmouth Food Festival (24th – 26th October 2014)

August 16, 2014 on 5:53 am | In Dine Drink, Festivals, London, United Kingdom, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Hands-on workshops, fascinating cookery demonstrations, topical Eat Your Words sessions and enlightening wine seminars…whatever your age there’s something to be learnt by all at this year’s Dartmouth Food Festival (Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October). As it’s free to enter, make sure you head to Dartmouth for the opportunity to discover the fabulous world of food and drink.

Producers from the South West, as well as a few from further afield, are lining up to confirm their attendance at this year’s festival, with over a hundred producer spots available. Tideford Organics, South Devon Chilli Farm, Riverford Organic Farmers, The Dartmouth Ice Cream Company, Sharpham Wine & Cheese, Mark Lobb Fish & Game, Dartmouth Butchers and Shaldon Bakery are just some of those who have already booked their place and will be showcasing their wonderful artisan products in October. As well as the fantastic opportunity to sample, buy and talk to passionate producers, the festival has gained a reputation for attracting some of the region’s most culinary gifted chefs. With free cookery demonstrations on throughout all three days, crowds are sure to be impressed with the flair and talent of the celebrity chefs whilst gathering some invaluable top tips. Mitch Tonks, Mark Hix, Richard Bertinet, Richard Corrigan, Gizzi Erskine and Nathan Outlaw have already confirmed their participation.

The series of Eat Your Words, talks and discussions is in its second year and is already attracting both nationally renowned and international speakers. Toronto based Jennifer McLagen,the provocative food writer behind the trilogy of the books BONES, FAT and Odd Bits, is extending a European tour to attend the festival. Other big names already confirmed and certain to attract the crowds are Henry Dimbleby, the co-founder of the fast-food restaurant chain Leon, Orlando Murrin,former BBC Good Food editor and founder of Olive and Diana Henry, the Sunday Telegraph’s award-winning food writer. In addition, the author of several cookbooks and prominent food blogger, Jenny Chandler will be enchanting an audience of food enthusiasts. Eat Your Words at Dartmouth Food Festival is championed by writer and TV presenter, Lucy Siegle who specialises in environmental issues and ethical consumerism. Lucy is a regular contributor to The Guardian and the BBC’s One Show.

Back by popular demand, Susy Atkins will once again be leading the festival’s fantastic drinks’ programme. Famed for her appearances on BBC1′s ‘Saturday Kitchen’ as a regular wine expert in addition to the wine columnist for the Sunday Telegraph’s ‘Stella’ magazine and drinks editor for Delicious magazine, Susy will be joined by an outstanding line up of prominent drinks’ experts. The Guardian’s wine writer and one of the UK’s leading experts on food and drink matching Fiona Beckett, master of wine Liam Steevenson from Red & White wines, Mitch Tonks’ sommelier and director of Sommelier’s Choice, Tim McLaughlin-Green and wine consultant and educator, Rebecca Mitchell will all be hosting a unique array of relaxed and informative wine tastings and seminars, guaranteed to educate and excite.

Commenting on this year’s Dartmouth Food Festival, which is in its twelfth year, festival director David Jones says: “In Dartmouth we have the broadest appeal of any free festival in the country. Whether you are a family enjoying the atmosphere, a budding cook looking to learn new skills or a student of gastronomy wanting to hear cutting edge speakers, we have it here. The many facets of the festival will link together to create an inspirational three day event.”

In the lead up to the festival there’ll be a whole host of enjoyable activities taking place across Dartmouth for all the family. To mention just a few, there will be the annual afternoon fashion show and tea party, a highly competitive foodie quiz and the ever popular Festival Feast at The Flavel – an exquisite array of delicious dishes lovingly prepared and cooked by many of the chefs taking part at the festival. Dartmouth’s highly regarded The Seahorse has a packed schedule of events for the week. Whilst Thursday 23rd October will see the return of the hugely popular children’s day. A fun filled day full of hands-on workshops and activities with local food and drink producers, run in association with Dartmouth Academy.

Dartmouth Food Festival is delighted to announce The Seahorse & RockFish, Coast & Country Cottages, Manna from Devon Cooking School, Corinium Care, Jelf Financial Advisors, Inspirations at RGC, Café Alf Resco, Browns Hotel, Smith Street Deli and Dart Marina Hotel & Spa as its confirmed sponsors to date.

For further information and updates about the festival please visit www.dartmouthfoodfestival.com , ‘like’ the Dartmouth Food Festival on Facebook and follow @DartFoodFest on Twitter

Edinburgh’s Most Glamorous Festival Escape Is Back

August 16, 2014 on 5:48 am | In Festivals, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Webbandstand | Comments Off

This August Edinburgh Festival favourite, the pop-up Pommery Champagne Cafe Bar, returns to the Royal Mile as the most glamorous place to soak up the world-renowned carnival atmosphere.

The historic Signet Library on the Royal Mile which, for the rest of the year hosts the acclaimed Gran Caffè, will for the fourth year open its doors for festival fizz from Friday 1 August to Monday 25 August 2014.

While right at the heart of festival fever, the Pommery Bar itself is a luxurious haven, and the ideal place to recharge and rest weary legs. Over the past four years, the cafe bar has become known as the place to see and be seen during Edinburgh’s festivals, while providing the perfect place to escape the crowds and enjoy food cooked from scratch and a real glass of bubbly.

This year, the stylish pop-up is embracing its Scottish home, with indulgent Sunday whisky experiences; ‘Meet the Brewer’ events with samples of locally brewed artisan beers and, for a truly special evening, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Ticket & Dining packages. The tutored champagne tastings – completely sold out in 2013 – will also be returning, once again led by Sara Hicks, Pommery’s UK Champagne Ambassador.

Open daily from 11am until late, food will once again take centre stage. Favourites from last year make a welcome return: whole roast lobster with chunky potato wedges and the festival-renowned Pommery Burger. There are also gorgeous champagne afternoon teas and a range of exquisite locally sourced seafood on offer, as well as tasty sharing platters and range of delicious desserts – brand new for 2014.

The Pommery Champagne Cafe Bar is a partnership between Edinburgh creative caterers Heritage Portfolio and the Writers to the Signet, owners of the Signet Library.

Over the last year the Gran Caffè in the Signet Library has cemented its profile as one of the premier food and drink venues in Edinburgh, featuring on The List’s Eating & Drinking Guide Hit List alongside other Heritage Portfolio cafes in historic venues.

For the latest news and offers follow @PommeryBar on Twitter or Facebook or visit http://www.thesignetlibrary.co.uk/pommery-champagne-cafe-bar

Albuquerque Fall abounds with color from chiles and balloons!‏

August 15, 2014 on 12:42 pm | In Festivals, Southwest, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Ready, Set, Glow!

2014 Spirit of the Winds Balloon Fiesta happening October 4-12
It’s that time of year again! In just a few short weeks, the skies over Albuquerque will come alive with color as the city gears up to host the 2014 Spirit of the Winds Balloon Fiesta happening October 4-12. There are 10 new special shape balloons that are ready to make their appearance at this year’s Fiesta including a blue whale, an orca, a snail, a dinosaur and a roadrunner. Also, the AVCB #PictureABQ life-size picture frame will be back in action!

Westchester County is Fall Festive

August 15, 2014 on 12:41 pm | In Festivals, New York City, Webbandstand | Comments Off

As summer draws to an end, a new wave of festivities awaits in Westchester County, the first stop in the Lower Hudson Valley. From exciting competitions and outdoor family fun to craft fairs and music festivals, Westchester has so much to explore.

“As the season changes, the activities get even more exciting here in Westchester,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “Whether it’s the ToughMan and ToughKids Triathlon or the SoWe Food and Wine Festival, there is room for everyone to enjoy Westchester.”

The following is a list of upcoming events and attractions:

Get Active
If you’re an athlete or sports enthusiast, get ready. Adults and children can show their strength by participating in the 2014 ToughMan ToughKids Triathlon on Sunday, September 7. It includes a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike race and a 13.1-mile run in Croton-on-Hudson. There is also a race for children so that the entire family can join in on the fun. Registration for the clinic and course preview is now open for both ToughKids and ToughMan participants on Saturday and Sunday, August 23-24. It allows the perfect opportunity to learn, train and ask questions. The clinics include swimming in the Hudson River, riding the course with coaches and support vehicles, and running the course. For more information or to register, visit http://www.toughmantri.com

The American Gold Cup, rated as the United States No. 1 competition by the North American Riders Group, returns to Old Salem Farm on September 10-14, Wednesday through Sunday. The state-of-the-art equestrian sports training and event facility widely recognized by competitors as a premiere venue welcomes elite equestrian athletes, horse owners, VIPs, celebrities, young riding hopefuls along with enthusiastic fans gather to enjoy this extraordinary show jumping event. Amongst a fanfare of family friendly activities such as pony rides, face painting and musicians, spectators delight in exceptional shopping from headliners like Hermes, Lugano Diamonds, Roberto Coin, Orvis and Porsche on boutique row. There are also celebrity sightings and the signature Just World International Horseless Horse Show for kids. Old Salem Farm is located at 190 June Road in North Salem. For more information, visit http://www.TheAmericanGoldCup.com

Get Art, Crafts, Music and More
The Lower Hudson Valley’s only corn festival, CORNucopia, returns to Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow this Labor Day weekend. Featuring a bounty of corn-centric delicacies and a bevy of interactive, corn-related activities, CORNucopia will take place Saturday through Monday, August 30 – September 1, from 10 am to 5 pm each day. All visitors get a free bag of popcorn and other maize-inspired food selections available for purchase include fresh roasted corn, cornbread, corn salad, kettle corn, corn salsa and chips, and corn chili, plus draft beers and draft root beer from Captain Lawrence Brewery. Blue Pig of Croton-on-Hudson will feature sweet corn ice cream. Activities include a corn shucking contest, a barn dance, corn-husk doll and scarecrow making, and play games like Conk the Crow, Cornhole, and Ring-a-Cob in the CORNival gaming area. Live bluegrass and folk music by the Tappan Cowboys will be heard throughout the day. There will also be open-hearth cooking demonstrations using corn as the main ingredient and kids can enjoy a “mini maize maze.” Philipsburg Manor is a living history museum owned and operated by the non-profit Historic Hudson Valley. All CORNucopia proceeds support its education and preservation mission. Tickets are $14 for adults; $12 for seniors; $8 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3 and for Historic Hudson Valley members. Tickets are available online at http://www.hudsonvalley.org

Philipsburg Manor is located at 381 North Broadway (Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow. For information: 914-366-6900.

September sizzles with a three-day celebration – White Plains Jazz Fest – in downtown White Plains, Tuesday through Sunday, September 2-7. Now in its third year, the highly anticipated event has expanded from three days of performances to a six-day festival that includes Latin, smooth, classic and contemporary styles of jazz – a globally influenced art form that originated in America. ArtsWestchester will be a significant contributor to this year’s festivities, hosting two events in The Arts Exchange, its historic landmark building on Mamaroneck Avenue, and co-hosting a third event with the White Plains Performing Arts Center. For a full schedule of events, visit https://artswestchester.org/aw/2014/08/06/jazz-fest-comes-to-white-plains-september-2-7/.

Re-awaken your spirit at the 30th anniversary of Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst, which takes place Friday through Sunday, September 12-14. Set on the grounds of the grand and historic Lyndhurst, families can discover the unique designs and creative artistry of more than 275 leading artists and crafts people as they exhibit, sell and talk about their work amidst the unique beauty of Lyndhurst’s grounds with magnificent views of the Hudson River. The show will include one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry, fashion, and accessories, furniture and home décor pieces, as well as functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal painting, photography, wood and mixed media. Admission is $12 for an all-weekend pass, $11 for seniors, $4 for children 6-16 years old and free for children under 6 years old. Proceeds benefit the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Lyndhurst is located at 635 South Broadway in Tarrytown. For more information, visit http://artrider.com/lyndf2014.html

For the foodies and wine lovers, the Southern Westchester (SoWe) Food & Wine Festival is the perfect excuse to indulge with a spouse or a group of friends in a festival that provides loads of fun. The popular event, which takes place Friday through Sunday, September 19-21, will include a Celebrity Chef Battle; a Grand Culinary Village including BBQ, food trucks, wine and beer, as well as celebrity chef demos, live music and a Kids Zone; and a grand tasting event. The three-day event takes place in various locations in White Plains, Mamaroneck and Scarsdale. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit http://sowefwf.com

Plan a fall lakeside gathering at Edith Macy Conference Center, conveniently located just 45 minutes from mid-town Manhattan, in Westchester County. Gather friends and family and enjoy its Oktoberfest package with an extensive menu for guests at the mountainside retreat. Outdoor seating and recreation including volleyball, tetherball, badminton, horseshoes, basketball, catch and release and fishing (NYS license required) are included. Also, seating for up to 200 people is available indoors with a fire place, ping pong, foosball, karaoke and board games. For $44.00 per person, guests can enjoy delicious cuisine reflecting the fall season including braised red cabbage, potato pancakes with apple sauce and black forest cake. And Franziskaner or Spaten Oktoberfest beer can be added to the package. The event must take place before October 31. Book before September 15 and receive 50 percent off the lakeside rental fee. Edith Macy Conference Center is located at 550 Chappaqua Road in Briarcliff Manor. For more information, call (914) 945-8097 or visit http://www.edithmacy.com

Get Comfy
Enjoy all the festivities then rest at one of many nearby hotels. The Hilton Westchester’s Instant Getaway hotel package includes a complimentary drink upon arrival and in-room breakfast for two, starting at $169 per room. The Hilton Westchester is located at 699 Westchester Avenue in Rye Brook. For more information, call (914) 939-6300 or visit


For more itineraries, visit http://escapes.visitwestchesterny.com/ and to get the latest events and happenings in Westchester, log onto http://www.visitwestchesterny.com, like us on Facebook (facebook.com/westchestercountytourism), follow us on Twitter @westchestertour or call 1-800-833-9282. To view the Westchester County Destination Guide, please visit http://digital- editions.mediatwo.com/westchester-destination.

About Westchester County Tourism & Film
Tourism & Film is Westchester County’s official destination marketing organization. Its mission is to generate economic benefits by enhancing the image and promoting Westchester County as a premier business and leisure destination in the Hudson Valley region. The Tourism & Film Office in Westchester County is a division within County Executive Robert P. Astorino’s Office of Economic Development.

“Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion” Classic Car Show “Gears Up”

August 15, 2014 on 12:37 pm | In Adventure Travel, California, Festivals, Road Trips, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Classic car lovers from throughout the U.S. and around the world are revving up for this year’s Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion, September 19-21 with thousands of vintage automobiles, colorful high octane vendors and three days of food, live music and entertainment, and spectacular 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the iconic Mustang and GTO brands.

The 2014 show will be a full-throttle affair, fueling three days with some 250,000 fans and more than 2,000 classic cars expected plus more action, food and entertainment than ever before. Block upon block of vintage automobiles, motorcycles, chrome and steel will line tree-shaded historic Euclid Avenue.

In addition to the world’s largest nighttime neon light cruise featuring a dazzling “moving light show on wheels” for which some participants have spent years producing specially lit vehicles, other highlights of this year’s event include:

50th Anniversary Celebrations of the Mustang and GTO
Poker Run traveling along historic Route 66
Model Car Contests
Von Hot Rod’s Shindig including Pin-striping Circus and Nostalgia Rod & Kustom Display
Headliner Performers (to be announced)
Food, Fun and Family Entertainment

“Southern California thrived because of its rich love affair with the automobile,” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, which produces the event. “This is a chance for folks from everywhere in the world to gather and enjoy the nearly mystical passion that is shared by so many and embodied in Route 66, California and of course amazing cars. We’re also incredibly excited to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang and GTO.”

For information or to register vehicles, visit http://www.Route66CruisinReunion.com . Online pre-registration at $60 ends August 31; onsite registration at $80 takes place September 19 -21. This family-friendly automotive extravaganza is free for car-loving spectators.

5th Annual Napa Truffle Festival, January 16-19, 2015

August 15, 2014 on 12:36 pm | In Dine Drink, Festivals, Webbandstand | Comments Off

If you missed this year’s (fourth annual) Napa Truffle Festival, you’ll have an opportunity to join us for the fifth annual in January 2015. Highlights from 2014 included two new signature programs…

a Scientific Grower Truffle Cultivation Seminar to provide growers with a detailed technical overview of the science and methodology of truffle cultivation, and All About Truffles for people interested in the lore and culinary delights of truffles. The festival also featured the Science of Canine Truffle Scent Location and Practical Implementation presented by Truffle Dog Company’s Alana McGee. Leading the Michelin star chefs, host Chef Ken Frank of La Toque brought together a Truffles & Wine Dinner featuring truffle-infused warm mushroom-potato salad, Nantucket Bay scallops, ravioli di piccione (pigeon), rack of lamb and a hazelnut truffle cream pie. This year’s Winery Truffle Lunch hosts, Nickel & Nickel and HALL, paired their superb wines with menus created by Michelin star guest chefs. Other annual festival favorites included the Wild Mushroom Forage, Sinskey Vineyard Truffle Orchard Tour and dog training demo and one big/free Marketplace at Oxbow Public Market. Click here to check out festival image gallery.

London’s major cultural institutions come together

August 15, 2014 on 12:23 pm | In Festivals, London, United Kingdom, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Over two million visitors expected to attend world-class fall 2014 season

LONDON – London’s most well-known cultural institutions are coming together in a new initiative to promote the capital’s exceptional fall season, as forecasts show over two million tourists are expected to visit a collection of blockbuster exhibitions and events taking place throughout the city*. Overseas visitors to London’s cultural institutions generate an estimated £4 billion annually to London’s economy as the city continues to see record tourism figures.

The stellar line-up of shows and exhibitions taking place in the autumn includes Turner at Tate Britain, Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy and Ming: 50 years that changed China, a major exhibition covering the Ming Dynasty reign at the British Museum featuring some of the most beautiful objects and paintings ever made in China. In “The man who never lived and who will never die”, the Museum of London will invite visitors to delve into the mind of Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most famous fictional detective, and the museum will recreate the atmosphere of Sherlock’s London through film, photographs and original artefacts.

In an effort to maintain London’s position as the most visited capital city on earth** and highlight the spectacular season ahead, London & Partners – the Mayor’s official promotional company for the capital – and the GREAT Britain campaign have produced a short film previewing the Autumn Season in London as preparations start for the key period in the cultural calendar. Narrated by the respected British actor David Harewood MBE, the film highlights some of the key artistic, literary and theatrical events available across the capital and the great historical treasures that domestic and international visitors can enjoy. (Access details for broadcast quality version below)

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “This autumn’s outstanding programme of exhibitions, plays and shows is another great reason to put London at the top of your list of places to visit. Throughout the year, the capital offers an unbeatable variety of arts and culture, attracting people in their millions from around the world.”

David Harewood MBE, said: “As someone with strong connections to London’s cultural scene, I am delighted to support this campaign. Our vibrant city is building on centuries of history to create new exhibitions, shows and events that are truly inspiring.”

Culture remains the leading driver for tourists, with eight out of ten citing it as the main reason they visit the capital. The blockbuster autumn season includes the largest exhibition of British First World War art for almost 100 years at the Imperial War Museum; a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the passion and innovation of Rembrandt’s influential late works at the National Gallery; and a major exhibition offering a new interpretation of one of Britain’s best-loved artists, John Constable, at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Lower Austria Wine Festival

August 15, 2014 on 12:20 pm | In Austria, Dine Drink, Festivals, Webbandstand | Comments Off

The lively Lower Austria Fall Wine Festival season begins in August and continues through November. Numerous wine and culinary events from rustic and boisterous to elegant and glamorous are staged in a stunning landscape.

Between events take a leisurely bike tour through the wine villages and romantic cellar lanes and enjoy a picnic in the vineyards. Enjoy breathtaking views of the fall colors and steep vineyard terraces as you sip exquisite Riesling Smaragd while cruising the Danube River on a ferry boat. It is easy to put your own custom-tailored wine harvest vacation together. The locals will make sure that you try the “sturm” which is the newly harvested, fresh, fizzy white wine that is still fermenting.

And every future fall as the leaves begin to turn color, you’ll remember the sweet, aromatic, fruity flavor and the warm hospitality of Lower Austrian wine country.

Explore Detroit

August 14, 2014 on 10:06 am | In Festivals, Great Lakes, Midwest, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Explore Detroit this summer and submerge yourself in the traditions that articulate America’s great comeback city. Detroit offers plenty of summer activities combining cars, culture, gaming, music and sports. Come out and spend a summer day in The D. The DMCVB hosts individual writers on assignment on a regular basis. All interested writers can contact Deanna Majchrzak, Manager, Media Relations, at dmajchrzak@visitdetroit.com or 313-202-1999.

Learn, celebrate and participate in Arabic and Chaldean culture at the 43rd Annual Arab and Chaldean World Festival Aug. 2-3 at Hart Plaza. The largest Arab and Chaldean festival in North America features music, an art gallery, children’s fair and fashion show. Visit arabandchaldeanfestival.com for more information.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History hosts the African World Festival Aug. 15-17. This event bursts with cultural traditions, including African drumming and dance. Have a taste of ethnic foods, listen to poetry and shop among the 150 vendors, all while gaining an insight of the African culture. Learn more at www.thewright.org

Cruise Woodward like a real Detroiter in the 20th annual Woodward Dream Cruise Aug. 16. Thousands of people line the streets of Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac to catch the endless procession of classic cars. Eat, drink and watch as this Detroit tradition cruises by. Find out more about things to do at this year’s cruise at www.woodwarddreamcruise.com

Take a trip back in time to the late 16th century at the Michigan Renaissance Festival Aug. 16-Sept. 28 (weekends only). The 35-year-old tradition in Holly lets you explore the fictional English village of Hollygrove. Interact with pirates, Vikings, wizards, rogues, mermaids, fairies, trolls and other fantasy characters. Fire-juggling, sword swallowing, comedy and costumes capture the Renaissance era. Learn more about the festival’s theme weekends at www.michrenfest.com.

Romeo marks the end of the summer with the Michigan Peach Festival Aug. 28-Sept. 1. Parades, sports tournaments and craft shows take place throughout the weekend. Beers around the world, a famer’s breakfast and of course, homemade peach pies, top off the food options.

The festival also includes music and Vegas games. The most anticipated event is the coronation of the Romeo Peach Queen. Visit www.peachfestofromeo.com for more information.

The Detroit Jazz Festival exposes music lovers to the city Aug. 29-Sept. 1. The lineup not only includes local flair, but also features worldwide jazz performers. Detroit area food and vendors also accompany the festival. This year’s theme is Jazz Speaks for Life and the festival’s artist in residence is Joshua Redman. Other headlining acts include Christian McBride Trio, Marcus Belgrave and a tribute to the legacy of Louis Armstrong, Tim Ries and the East Gypsy Band, Tom Harrell’s Colors of a Dream with Esperanza Spalding and many more talented performers. Visit www.detroitjazzfest.com for a complete lineup.

Ford Arts, Beats & Eats is a Labor Day weekend tradition and one of the most anticipated festivals of the summer for many metro Detroiters. Tons of great food, live music and enough art to inspire a city outline the streets of downtown Royal Oak Aug. 29-Sept. 1. The performer lineup will be available in early August so be sure to check it out at www.artsbeatseats.com

Get a glimpse of Michigan agriculture at the Fifth Third Michigan State Fair at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi Aug. 29-Sept. 1. The traditional state fair activities include livestock, agriculture exhibits and a carnival. Performances include the Detroit Shrine Circus and State Fair Superstar competition. Visit www.michiganstatefairllc.com for ticket information.

Hippies young and old can be found at Dally in the Alley Sept. 6 in downtown Detroit. The event features the collaboration of local artists depicting the American music scene. Kids are also welcome to take advantage of the kid’s fair. Be sure to check out the art, merchandise, food and beer. Visit www.dallyinthealley.com for more information.

Experience the art, history and lifestyle of the 1800s at the Northville Victorian Festival Sept. 12-14. Strolling entertainers, vintage baseball and the saloon set the tone of the era. A carnival and animal show are also a part of this family-oriented event. Find out more about the festival at northville.org.
Gear up and see The D from a different perspective. Explore the streets of downtown by bike with Tour de Troit. The 30 mile, police escort, leisure ride starts and finishes at Roosevelt Park by Michigan Central Station, passing by all of Detroit’s hot spots. For more experienced bikers, Tour de Troit offers a metric century (62 miles) option. The ride takes place on Sept. 20. Register at www.tour-de-troit.org.

On Display

Wanna rock? Don’t miss Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power at Henry Ford Museum now through August 17. The exhibit pays tribute to the strong female artists who’ve made a lasting imprint on the history of rock and roll —names like Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and many more. Check out handwritten notes, concert posters, photos and even musical instruments. Get an up-close look at Joan Jett’s black leather jacket, Madonna’s Blond Ambition bustier, and Carol King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” sheet music. The exhibit is presented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Visit www.thehenryford.org/events/womenWhoRock.aspx
See and touch living sea creatures found on coral reefs and other tropical habitats in Stingray Cove at the Michigan Science Center through Aug. 31. Learn about freshwater stingrays, starfish and other coral inhabitants. Gaze at sea horses, tropical fish and much more in this hands-on exhibit.

New to the Michigan Science Center is the hands-on exhibit Kidstruction Zone. This 3,000 square-foot space is designed with 10 separate build zones for the architect or engineer inside us all. Build large structures with giant LEGO® bricks, create detailed buildings with Keva planks, invent futuristic vehicles with k’nex and get inspired with other Kidstruction building supplies. For more information, go to www.mi-sci.org.

In June of 2006, preeminent photographer Bruce Weber travelled to Detroit for the first time while on assignment for W, a monthly fashion magazine. The idea was to photograph a well-known model—in this case Kate Moss—as a starting point for a much broader exploration of an unfamiliar place, its culture, and, most importantly, its people. While many photographers at that time were recording the vulnerability of Detroit, Weber was completely taken with the vitality of the city and its citizens. He returned to the Motor City again last year, to partner with the Detroit-based company Shinola. This time, Weber sought out familiar faces as well as new individuals who could speak to the city’s dynamic evolution. Theexhibit, Detroit – Bruce Weber, on display at the DIA through Sept. 7, is the result of these two assignments, presented together with portraits of prominent friends and colleagues who have strong ties to the city. For more information, go to www.dia.org

Jetstreams for Travel Discounts

REO Speedwagon to Rock The Orleans Showroom September 19-20‏

August 14, 2014 on 9:38 am | In Adventure Travel, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Night Clubs, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Las Vegas— “Keep On Loving You” rockers REO Speedwagon will bring nearly 40 years of hits to the Orleans Showroom September 19-20.

Loosely formed in 1967 playing frat parties at the University of Illinois, REO Speedwagon signed with Epic Records in 1971. The band released nine albums throughout the ‘70s, culminating with the twice-platinum “You Can Tune a Piano but You Can’t Tuna Fish” in 1978.

REO Speedwagon exploded to the top of the charts, setting the bar for other rock bands with their 1980 release “Hi Infidelity.” The colossal hit spent 15 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 10 million copies. The group’s most commercially successful album, it remained on the charts for 65 weeks and spawned the #1 single “Keep On Loving You” as well as hits “Take It on the Run,” “In Your Letter” and “Don’t Let Him Go.”

The band continued releasing hit albums into the ‘80s, including 1984’s “Wheels Are Turnin’” and its #1 single “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” REO Speedwagon released “Find Your Own Way Home,” their 15th studio album, in 2007. Two years later, they teamed up with fellow Midwestern rockers Styx for the single “Can’t Stop Rockin’,” which became the title track for the groups’ hit summer tour with .38 Special.

The current lineup includes founding member Neal Doughty, iconic lead singer Kevin Cronin, longtime bass player Bruce Hall, former Ted Nugent guitarist Dave Amato and former Wang Chung drummer Bryan Hitt.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $59.95 plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.636.7075, or by visiting www.orleanscasino.com

About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., The Orleans includes more than a dozen restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 70-lane bowling center, 827-seat showroom featuring theater-style seating, and a 9,500-seat Orleans Arena. The property has a 135,000-square foot casino with 60 table games including Blackjack-21, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Pai Gow. Guests will also find more than 2,800 slot and video poker machines. Additionally, The Orleans includes a keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at www.orleanscasino.com. The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 16 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com

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