Looking for something to do this holiday weekend? See our picks for some fun local events.
The purists howled more than a decade ago when New York City was accused of Disney-izing Times Square, as the funk and grit were replaced by family fare. And with these changes came a friendlier New York. For those of you who have never been to Gotham, or who haven’t visited for years, following is my list of 10 venues that make New York New York. 1.
May 19, 2013: The Clay family's trip to Mexico In February, Kimberly and Ruthie Clay of Troutville traveled to Mexico’s Mayan Riviera with friends Kari and Kalley Sullivan for a week of mother-daughter fun in the sun. “We shopped in Playa Del Carmen, snorkeled off a beautiful reef, rode wave runners on a really wavy/windy day, ate way too much great food, relaxed by the pool and laughed a ton,” Kimberly wrote. “We visited some Mayan ruins at Tulum.
DAY TRIPS June 6 N.C. Transportation Museum Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism is sponsoring a trip to the North Carolina Transportation Museum, located on the former site of Southern Railway’s largest steam locomotive repair facility in Spencer. The guided tour includes the 1924 Roundhouse, the “Bumper to Bumper” exhibit — a collection of antique automobiles — a narrated, 25-minute train ride, pulled by an antique diesel engine touring the
DAY TRIPS May 25 Dayton and Stuarts Draft Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism is sponsoring a trip to the Dayton Farmers Market, the Shenandoah Heritage Market, Milmont Greenhouses and The Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft. Milmont is known for having the largest selection of plants in the Shenandoah Valley. The $45 per person fee includes breakfast biscuit, all tour stops, buffet lunch at the Hungry Farmer Country Cafe,
DAY TRIPS May 11 James River Rambler Botetourt County Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a bus trip to Dillwyn to ride the James River Rambler train on a 3 ½-hour round trip through rural Buckingham County to New Canton. The cost of $99 per person includes round-trip bus transportation, train ticket, boxed lunch and tour host. For further information, call 473-8326 or 366-2888. Aug. 24 Bucket List Series Part 1: Skydiving Roanoke
Cecil and Carrie McBride of Blacksburg spent Christmas 2012 in Arizona with family. The visit marked the first time the couple met their first great-grandchild, Adrienne Shelley. The panoramic photograph (above) is taken from the second floor of the Sonoita Vineyard winery where the family attended a wine-tasting session. The vineyard is about 45 miles south of Tucson. “Blue sky, white clouds and unbelievable visibility (estimate 50 miles) made the
DAY TRIPS Wednesday Graves Mountain Lodge Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism is sponsoring a bus trip to Graves Mountain Lodge in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Madison County. The group will shop at the lodge’s gift shop and visit Yoders Country Market and Hebron Lutheran Church, the oldest Lutheran church in continuous use in the United States. The cost is $67 per person and includes a
Norma and Wayne Combs of Lexington had a “fantastic” trip to Easter Island, Chile and Argentina in November and December 2012. “The trip was very diversified covering history, politics, culture, native foods/drinks, and environment,” they wrote. “The environment included seashores, mountainous rain forests, glaciers, the pampas (desert like) with temperatures from 56 to 98 degrees.”
DAY TRIPS Friday Lunch at the Greenbrier Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism is sponsoring a bus tour to the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Cost of $75 per person includes bus transportation, plated lunch and escort. Dressy casual attire is requested. Tours of the hotel and/or the bunker, golf and other activities are available at your own cost. Register at www.roanokecountyparks.com or call 772-7529. April 21 Greenbrier
The Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon might look haunted on cool evenings, as steam wafts over stone-sided hot tubs below the cascading waterfalls. Submerged lavender lights twinkle through bubbling water, casting colored shadows over the four-story inn and giving it an ethereal, dreamlike quality. If there are spirits at "the Martha," they could only be good spirits, ones that contribute to the charm and hospitable ambiance of the 180-year-old inn
DAY TRIPS April 6 Peaks of Otter Winery Roanoke Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a trip to the Blossom to Bottle open house at Peaks of Otter Winery. Wine tasting is available. You may bring your own glass, buy a souvenir glass or taste from a free plastic cup. Fee of $15 includes transportation and light snacks; deadline to register is April 1. Call 853-2236 or visit www.playroanoke.com. April 9
DAY TRIPS April 6 Peaks of Otter Winery Roanoke Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a trip to the Blossom to Bottle open house and farm at Peaks of Otter Winery. Wine tasting is available. You may bring your own glass, buy a souvenir glass or taste from a free plastic cup. Fee of $15 includes transportation and light snacks; deadline to register is April 1. Call 853-2236 or visit www.playroanoke.com.
Before he became president, the dour and disdained Herbert Hoover was known as The Great Humanitarian, an American hero who fed hundreds of thousands of starving Europeans in the wake of World War I. Presidential libraries are here to inform us that we don’t know as much about history as we think we do. The realities manage to squash the fallacies. Witness the heroism of young Hoover. The first U.S.
DAY TRIPS March 28 Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theater, Wytheville The Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is sponsoring a bus trip to see the Wohlfahrt Haus cast and band perform “Southern Nights,” a country music show. The cost of $69 per person includes theater ticket, lunch, bus transportation and escort. Registration is available through www.RoanokeCountyParks.com or by calling 772-PLAY. April 6 Peaks of Otter Winery Roanoke Parks and Recreation
Only one college or university is designated a national historic site by Congress, and it is not Harvard or Yale or Princeton. It is Tuskegee University in Alabama. History is rich on this campus, and the ghosts of its storied faculty and alumni are ever present. These include founder Booker T. Washington, botanist George Washington Carver, author Ralph Ellison and Daniel “Chappie” James, the first black four-star general. The famed
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