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Archive for October, 2012

Liquid History

By Linda Tancs

At the Lanesborough, a five-star luxury hotel in London’s Knightsbridge district overlooking Hyde Park Corner, a little libation awaits in the Library Bar.  Well, maybe not so little.  The Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003 (a trifling £240 per bottle) is served with a complimentary 10g blinis canapés of Baerii caviar from Aquitaine,   France.  Maybe you’d like their signature Bloody Mary instead.  In any event, you’ll want to sink into one of those deep leather wing chairs and take in the Regency era ambience of this room, bedecked with leather bound books, vintage cognacs (their “liquid history”), display cabinets and subdued lighting to complement a roaring fireplace.   Withdraw in style.

Aw Shucks

By Linda Tancs

Do you know how to shuck an oyster?  The folks in Wellfleet, Massachusetts would be happy to show you during the annual OysterFest.  Contestants in the shuck-off competition can open 24 oysters in a matter of minutes, but aesthetics count, too.  May the best presenter win.

Apple Scrapple in Delaware

By Linda Tancs

If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s this:  Bridgeville, Delaware’s Apple Scrapple Festival always takes place during the second weekend in October.  Of course, apples are ripe and ready for harvesting and storage in October.  But you can’t miss the smell of scrapple being processed in the summer months in this western Sussex County town.  Come celebrate their export at the festival this weekend.  The fun begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday with the carnival, food court and street dance.  Enjoy Saturday’s full day of events, including the Little Miss Apple Scrapple pageant, the skillet toss and scrapple chunkin’, and the scrapple slingin’.  So who’ll be this year’s King of Sling?

Thoroughly Bred in England

By Linda Tancs

The October Yearling Sale takes place today through 12 October at Tattersalls, the oldest bloodstock auctioneer in the world and the largest in Europe.  Offering the best thoroughbreds to be found anywhere, the Newmarket firm’s annual Yearling Sale is Europe’s premier yearling sale, producing four Derby winners in the past decade alone.   Only 60 miles from London, Newmarket (England’s home of racing) is just a short rail or bus ride away.  Enter the Tattersalls premises via The Avenue.

Iceploration in Florida

By Linda Tancs

For those adults who want the kids in their lives to put down their electronic gadgets long enough to see what else the world has to offer:  Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida offers you Iceploration.  Featuring a journey to the four corners of the globe, the show brings to life the African Serengeti, Great Barrier Reef, the Arctic and the Amazon rainforest in a production including skaters, puppets and animal acts.  This is one 30-minute show that just might seize their attention.

The Royal Coconut Coast

By Linda Tancs

In Kapa’a, Hawaii, they’re eager to celebrate the coconut.  This typical island delicacy was cultivated in plantations along Kuhio Highway from Wailua to Kapa’a, giving this coastal region the designation Royal Coconut Coast.  So what better place to hold an annual Coconut Festival than at Kapa’a Beach Park (next to the library).  Taking place on 6 and 7 October, the event will feature entertainment on a main stage and children’s stage, cooking demonstrations by Kauai’s best chefs, the largest gathering of Kauai artisans, coconut games, pie eating contests, and a coconut cook-off contest.  They’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts just waiting for you.

High Flying Pumpkins

By Linda Tancs

It’s pumpkin season.  What better way to celebrate than with a good old-fashioned pumpkin catapult, like the one in Milford, New Hampshire at this weekend’s Pumpkin Festival.  The annual event at the Milford Oval will also include beer tasting, a craft fair, a talent show, the pumpkin weigh-in, a chili roundup and scarecrow making for the kids.

Basket Village USA

By Linda Tancs

Dresden, Ohio is the proud host of the world’s largest basket, a replica of the classic Longaberger basket created by native son Dave Longaberger.  Doyennes of household basket display will love the manufacturing tour.  You’ll find plenty of basket accessories in the village’s quaint shops, along with other fine articles like pottery, glassware, jewelry, clothing, collectibles, artwork, home décor items, and more.

America’s Wilderness Beach

By Linda Tancs

Cumberland Island in Georgia proudly identifies itself as “America’s Most Beautiful Wilderness Beach.”  Operated by the National Park Service, this national seashore is home to over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated wilderness.  No wonder, then, that the area is so richly populated by wild horses, sea turtles and wild turkeys among the dunes, salt marshes and mud flats.  This is a wonderful camping destination, accessible via the Cumberland Queen ferry from historic St. Mary’s.

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