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Adventures by Disney New Cruise Vacation Options for 2019

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Adventures by Disney Seine River Paris

Adventures by Disney, the leader in guided group travel recently revealed their new cruise vacations for 2019 offering more European river cruise sailings than ever before thus responding to public demands. The new cruise schedule includes all-new sailings down France’s Seine River too.  In addition, New Southern California land packages were also announced which can be added on to 2018 Disney Cruise Line vacations setting sail from San Diego.

All-New European River Cruises on France’s Seine River

In 2019, Adventures by Disney guests will set sail on a record breaking 21 river cruise departures on three European rivers – the Danube, Rhine and, new for this year, the Seine River in France.

The new 10-day, 9-night Seine river cruise vacation combines two days exploring Paris on land, followed by eight days of cruising to picturesque French destinations such as Conflans, Vernon and more. Sailing with AmaWaterways, a premier luxury river cruise line, the popular Adventures by Disney river cruises allow families to explore the heart of Europe in a way that’s active, immersive and easy.

Highlights of this new Seine River vacation include:

  • Interactive culinary experiences, including a gourmet food tasting tour, regional wine and cheese sampling and hands-on macaron making demonstration.
  • Guided tours of Paris icons, including Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.
  • Active excursion options for the whole family, including biking, canoeing, horseback riding, a ropes course and hiking on the stunning cliffs of Etretat.
  • Immersive local experiences, including a visit to Monet’s House and Gardens in Giverny, a hands-on painting workshop, an apple orchard visit with Calvados tastings and more.
  • Enriching visit to the Normandy American Cemetery.
  • Engaging castle tours and rich historical storytelling at Chateau de Bizy, Chateau Malmaison and Chateau Gaillard.

Adventures by Disney guests can also add on an extension package at Disneyland Paris Resort to complete their vacation.

This new Seine itinerary will include two Summer 2019 departures, offering enchanting activities for families, as well as two Fall 2019 epicurean sailings, which will be held exclusively for adults. The latter will offer a wide range of special food and wine themed experiences both on and off the ship.

“Adventures by Disney river cruising continues to be an immensely popular vacation option for families, as well as adults looking for an exhilarating and immeasurably charming way to experience the rich culture of Europe,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Adventures by Disney. “In 2019, we’re thinking bigger, expanding our river cruise offerings to include more departures than ever before. With the addition of new sailings along the Seine River, our guests now have a wealth of new destinations and experiences to enjoy in one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world, France.”

Each Adventures by Disney river cruise sailing focuses on variety and flexibility, allowing travelers to customize their trip by choosing from a wealth of carefully curated activity options.

Adventures by Disney announced all-new sailings along the Seine River

Popular Rhine and Danube River Cruises Return

Adventures by Disney will also offer a mix of family and adult-only departures of their popular Danube and Rhine river cruises in 2019.

Adventures by Disney Rhine river cruises give travelers the opportunity to delight in the beauty of four countries – France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. From riding a toboggan in the Black Forest to exploring the storybook Heidelberg Castle, these eight-day, seven-night vacations pair unforgettable adventures in port with luxurious river cruise accommodations and amenities onboard.

Eight summer departures in 2019 offer experiences designed with families in mind, while two adult-exclusive epicurean sailings will take place during the Fall, serving up extraordinary food and beverage experiences both on and off the ship.

Also in 2019, Adventures by Disney will offer seven departures of their Danube river cruise, including five family departures during the summer, a family holiday themed sailing in December and an adult-exclusive Oktoberfest-themed sailing in September. These eight-day, seven-night vacations will visit iconic locations and hidden gems in Germany, Austria and Hungary. Climb above the German treetops, try your hand at Austrian strudel making, stroll charming towns and villages, and more on these scenic adventures.

New 4-Day, 3-Night Southern California Adventure Offered in Conjunction with
Disney Cruise Line Sailings from San Diego

Adventures by Disney also launched a new four-day, three-night Southern California land tour that can be booked as a stand-alone vacation, or in conjunction with Disney Cruise Line sailings departing from the port of San Diego. This guided group vacation allows travelers to revel in a behind-the-scenes look at places where Disney magic is made, including rare private tours of The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, VIP experiences at Disneyland Resort, an exclusive visit to Walt Disney’s Disneyland apartment, a sneak peek at props and costumes from beloved Disney films at the Disney Archives, and more.

This new Southern California Short Escape package is available on select dates in Spring and Fall 2018, making it an ideal pre-cruise option for Disney Cruise Line guests sailing during this time period.

Bookings for all of these new vacations open on Jan. 25, 2018. To book, call 1-800-543-0865 or contact a travel agent.

Fitcation in Costa Rica

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fitcation

Costa Rica is a thrilling destination because among other things it’s also the best place on earth for a fitcation – a healthy vacation where one participates in various physical activities and adventures. Being healthy doesn’t have to be placed on hold while on vacation. In Costa Rica, travelers find a myriad of options set in a tropical oasis, which will make staying fit effortless and enjoyable. The country offers a variety of adventure activities including surfing, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking and coast-to-coast treks.

If there’s a will, there’s a wave. Outdoor enthusiasts can rejoice in the wealth of water-based activities to choose from in Costa Rica. Surfing, diving and rafting are several popular favorites, and the combination of a wide range of difficulty levels create the perfect activity for everyone in a group. The Pacific coast boasts the most surfing locations, the majority of which are found in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. Tamarindo Beach in the Northern Pacific is considered one of the country’s surfing meccas. Visitors will be able to find surf camps, rental shops and ding repair all throughout the beachfront.

When in doubt, paddle out. Thanks to generous rainfall in most parts of the country, Costa Rica’s rivers offer exhilarating rafting and kayaking adventures throughout the year. With the pristine Caribbean Sea to the east, the lively Pacific Ocean to the west and a collection of rivers that flow across the country, Costa Rica is also a premier kayaking course. Tortuguero National Park is among the areas in Costa Rica that’s especially great for kayak excursions. Visitors can also kayak down one of Costa Rica’s flowing rivers giving them an opportunity to see lots of wildlife.

The best views come after the hardest climb. Considered one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, Costa Rica is home to 28 national parks, eight biological reserves and a series of protected areas that captivate outdoor enthusiasts around the world. Adventure travelers can hike through Costa Rica’s magnificent volcanoes, rain forests and jungle landscapes. One of the country’s most famous parks is Manuel Antonio. This small biological peninsula is the perfect place to encounter majestic wildlife during a visit to its hiking trails. The Guanacaste National Park, officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is another truly astounding part of the country, well-known as prime hiking grounds.

At Arenal Volcano, situated in a beautiful natural park that bears the same name, visitors enjoy hiking the area which has been determined safe by experts. For those looking to go thrill-seeking underground, the nearby Venado Caverns offer a unique cave-hiking experience throughout a 2,700 meter stretch of limestone caves, which abound with icicle formations. For an even more authentic experience, travelers can trek from coast-to-coast, with an itinerary that offers exposure to off the beaten path rural locales and exciting cultural discoveries.

Life’s an adventure. Enjoy the ride. Countless miles of trails, covering every type of terrain, await biking enthusiasts of all levels. There are an estimated 80 paths to choose from. The mountains of Talamanca or the Central Volcanic Mountain Range offer rigorous biking. The mountain ranges in Guanacaste and Tilaran, as well as the valleys and plains along the Caribbean, the Central Pacific, and the Southern Pacific also make for excellent biking destinations.

Costa Rica offers boundless adventure activities for all different ages, tastes and budgets, making it effortless for visitors to integrate fitness into a vacation. For a fitcation fit for a king, the answer is Costa Rica.

For more information on Costa Rica, visit www.visitcostarica.com

Sexy Fish Bar to Takeover The Clumsies for One Night Only

Sexy Fish

A peaceful takeover will take place on Wednesday 24th January in Athens. Asian seafood restaurant and bar, Sexy Fish will be travelling to Athens, Greece for one night only to takeover one of the World’s Best Bars The Clumsies. The Sexy Fish team, lead by Xavier Landais [Bars Director], Jérôme Allaguillemette [Bar Manager] and Giovanni Tavano [Senior Bartender], will be bringing a taste of Mayfair to the Greek capital, kick starting a mammoth year of activity for the glamorous London hotspot.

The exclusive menu of five unique serves has been created with the team’s meticulous attention to detail and unerring flair for flavours. The menu will feature a Greek twist on a classic favourite, in the form of the “Fetal One”, a savoury tipple featuring Greek feta & black olives, Ketel One Vodka, Olive oil, Malagousia, Oregano and Mastiha. This is joined by the quirky “Umami Martini” an unusual serve inspired by the sea, featuring umami infused Tanqueray No. TEN, seawater sake and King Fish sashimi from the famous Sexy Fish sushi bar. These especially created drinks are joined by an exclusive peak at the new Sexy Fish Bar menu, launching later this year. The enchanting new creations, are the “Monolith”, a herby concoction made from Zacapa 23 Rum, thyme, chamomile, rosemary and lavender, offset with a tangy sting of balsamic, and the “Golden Riviera”, a complex, sexy serve, made with chipotle-infused Don Julio Blanco, citrus sherbet, pêche, lavender and rosemary, topped off with Champagne.

Sexy Fish Bar

Completing the drinks list is the “Frida” cocktail, a firm favourite from the current Sexy Fish menu. This drink features a significant nod to TheClumsies signature stye of using fermented and preserved ingredient as well as syrups and cordials made from vegetable or fruit waters. Tonic cordial is combined with peppercorns, Don Julio 1942 and gold dust for a characteristically extravagant serve.

The collaboration between two of Europe’s most sought after bars will showcase the daring, adventurous attitude of the Sexy Fish team, in the surroundings of one of the most established bars in the world. Signalling the start of an exciting phase for the Sexy Fish bar, the takeover will mark the beginning of a year of travelling and thrill-seeking for the exceptional Sexy Fish team.

 

What to Do and See January and February in New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels, Texas

New Braunfels is one of Texas’ top tourist destinations. While traditionally a summer hot spot where thousands cooling off in New Braunfels rivers and lakes, winter offers the opportunity for new experiences, thinner crowds and better prices.

Fishing

Whether you love fishing or have never fished before, the nearly 20,000 rainbow trout that are stocked in the Guadalupe River are a great incentive to try it.

Gruene Outfitters in New Braunfels Gruene Historic District offer expert instruction for beginner fly anglers to learn key components of fly fishing. Novices can learn the basics of fly fishing on a two-hour, on the water class. Trips include rods and tackle and lunch, snacks, and beverages.

Troutfest 2018, February 16-18, hosted at the Lazy L & L Campground by the largest chapter of Trout Unlimited in the country (5,500+ members) includes an Expo with fly-casting lessons, presentations by expert guides, outfitters, and gear manufacturers. There are women-focused events, on-water watercraft demos, kids events and a banquet featuring Trout Unlimited CEO Chris Wood.

Live Music

The Texas Hill Country is hopping with live music venues – honkey-tonks, dance halls, outdoor concert venues, and theaters. Coming up soon:

On January 20, John McEuen, member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, producer (and musician) on the recent Steve Martin banjo album, and American Banjo Museum Hall of Famer, plays at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre.

There’s a George Jones Tribute February 8, polka king Alex Meixner celebrates Fat Tuesday on Feb 13, Marty Stuart and Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith perform February 15, and there’s a Guy Clark and Steve Earle Tribute February 19.

Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas, hosts a New Orleans-styled Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist at the Hall Feb 11.

Food, beer and wine

With its own great restaurants, wine bars, and craft breweries, New Braunfels is a perfect headquarters for exploring nearby Texas Hill Country culinary destinations.

Food

In New Braunfels check out the local German fare at several restaurants:

Krause’s Biergarten and Cafe – Serves classic Deutsche meals – with a Texas flair. The biergarten houses one of the largest tap walls in New Braunfels, offering a wide selection of local craft brews and hometown favorites.

Alpine Haus Restaurant – Specializes in Bavarian style cooking with influences from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They also offer an extensive collection of German beers and wine with pairing information on the menu.

Friesenhaus Restaurant features classic German fare and 16 German beers all on draft and served in traditional 0.3 liter to 2-liter glassware. Favorite German wines like Pinot Gris or Spätlese are also available.

New Braunfels is headquarters for the Hill Country Craft Beer Tour and makes a great home base for a tour of the Texas Hill Country’s 52 wineries – now second only to Napa Valley in popularity.

Beer

New Braunfels Brewing Company, a reincarnation of the original 1915 brewery, produces an assortment of wheat and sour beers along with experimental and limited brews.

Guadalupe Brewing Company focuses on beer made from local ingredients, such as honey from an Amish community in Beeville, TX, and wheat from Marion, TX.

The Faust Brewing Company, housed in the 1929 Faust Hotel, has two signature beers, three “Character Signature” beers and a selection of seasonal drafts on tap.

Wine

“Come & Taste It” in the Gruene Historic District of New Braunfels, offers tastings of a Texas winery’s newest release, top-selling or hard-to-find wines February 15.

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, a small boutique wine producer, makes a “Texas Style” wine that includes wines made with native Black Spanish Lenoir grapes.

La Cruz de Comal Winery produces wines processed in a “natural” way – fermentations on natural yeasts; and no additions of acid, sugar, grape concentrate, powdered tannins, artificial coloring agents or sulfites.

More Outdoor Fun

Check out these favorite local attractions for more outdoor fun in New Braunfels:

Think out of the box and find a new experience in January and February. Make some great memories and break up that long cold time of the year. For more information, see vacationing in NewBraunfels.

 

Hilton Lake Como

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Hilton Lake Como

Set in one of the world’s most idyllic locations Hilton Lake Como with its upscale accommodations and awe-inspiring lake views will undoubtedly impress every traveler.

Ideally located in the residential heart of the city, between central Como and the Swiss border, the hotel places guests steps away from a haven of romantic villas and luscious gardens including the promenade along Lake Como and the neoclassical Villa Olmo. As one of the most culturally rich and historically significant regions in the world, guests will be able to explore the city’s many world-famous works of art, churches, museums, theatres, parks and palaces. If seeking an active holiday, the hotel provides easy access to a number golf courses, tennis courts and water activities including boat trips and sailing lessons. For those looking to explore the glamorous style of Italy, Milan is only 45 minutes away and there are several authentic shopping outlets nearby the hotel.

Additional Hilton Lake Como hotel features and amenities include:

Contemporary Guest Rooms

As the largest hotel in Lake Como with 170 guest rooms, visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of the lake from modern and elegantly designed rooms. All rooms have parquet floors, wood and glass furnishings and large windows that invite light to illuminate the guest room space. The hotel has 21 suites, three of which offer lake view private terraces complete with private whirlpools and sunbeds.

Dining

Guests can enjoy a variety of gourmet offerings from the hotel’s various dining outlets. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Satin, serves up inspired cuisines from the Southern Swiss, North Italian and Valtellina regions surrounding the lake and features a wine library and cheese room. Guests can share smaller bites at the hotel’s Taffeta lounge and bar or soak in the lake views at the pool adjacent, rooftop dining venue, Terrazza 241.

Relaxing Amenities

Guests can experience the ultimate in relaxation at the rooftop infinity pool and whirlpool or unwind in the hotel’s solarium. For a truly blissful experience, guests can book a massage or treatment at the hotel’s eforea Spa and Health Club. There is also an indoor pool perfect for a relaxing swim or hydro-massage and a state-of-the-art fitness center open 24 hours for guests.

Meetings and Events

The hotel offers attractive meeting space for up to 300 guests across six different meeting spaces. The pillar-free ballroom offers natural light, catering options and a private terrace – perfect for wedding receptions and special events.

 

Hilton Lake Como is located at Via Borgo Vico 241, Como, 22100, Italy. For more information, or to make a reservation visit lakecomo.hilton.com or call +39-031-3382611.

 

Hurtigruten Launches Exclusive Offers to Celebrate 125 Years of Exploration Travel

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Travelers can save up to $1,250pp on cruises to Norway, Antarctica, The Americas, and The Arctic
Photo Credit: © T I Bergsmo

Hurtigruten, the global leader of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, is celebrating 125 years sailing to some of the world’s most uncharted territories. For a limited time, travelers can join in on the fun and explore rugged natural beauty while kayaking through Antarctica’s icebergs, hiking in pristine environments in The Americas, or meeting astounding wildlife in Norway and The Arctic. By booking a discounted cruise travellers can save up to $1,250pp on cruises to Norway, Antarctica, The Americas, and The Arctic starting April 1, 2018.

  • Applicable voyages include:
    • The Roundtrip Cruise: Bergen – Kirkenes – Bergen
      • Discover the coast of Norway and search for the Northern Lights, join more than 90 excursions, and enhance the experience with access to onboard expedition teams that expound on the hidden cultural and natural gems during this 12-day cruise. Pricing starts at $1,531 per person.
  • The Cruise North
    • For seven days, travelers can connect with their inner Norwegian and come face-to-face with the rugged coastline, featuring major coastal cities, remote communities, and the Arctic Circle. Pricing starts at $977 per person.
  • The Cruise South
    • For just $897 per person, travelers can explore the Arctic wilderness of northern Norway to the world’s most beautiful islands and fjords, featuring exciting sea- and land-based excursions.

Travelers seeking “off the beaten track” destinations can Book online at Hurtigruten.us or through a Certified Hurtigruten Specialist by March 31, 2019 for the best cabins and prices.

*These offers do not apply to cruises outside dates listed above.

Things to Do and See in Annapolis 2018

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Annapolis has a lot to offer.

There are many activities and many exciting events that will be taking place in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County 2018. Whether you want to learn about history, to explore the natural beauty of the area, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery, Annapolis has a lot to offer.

2018 Major Events Calendar

January Events

Fiddler on the Roof
Thursdays through Sundays, January 4-21
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Compass Rose Theater, 1623 Forest Drive, Annapolis 21401
http://www.compassrosetheater.org/
410-980-6662

Winner of nine Tony awards, the musical play tells the story of the village of Anatevka, a Jewish settlement in Czarist Russia. Though poor in possessions, the family of Tevye, a milkman, is rich in daughters and happiness. Traditional values face changing social mores and growing anti-Semitism as the daughters fall in love and marry.

Blues @ Home: Mississippi’s Living Blues Legends by H.C. Porter
Monday, January 8 to Saturday, March 3
Gallery reception, Thursday, January 18 at 5:30 p.m. Meet the artist and living Blues legends; 8:00 p.m., performance by Bobby Rush and Company
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Chaney and Martino Galleries, 2nd Floor, 108 Chase Street, Annapolis 21401
Admission: Free for exhibit. Visit website for concert prices.
https://marylandhall.org/
410-263-5544, 410-280-5640

The exhibit provides a glimpse into America’s music and the unique cultural heritage of Mississippi’s blues legends. Thirty-one portraits created by internationally known artist H.C. Porter are paired with the music and oral histories of the legends to create a multimedia experience. Hear the Blues. See the Blues.

Blues legend Bobby Rush headlines a special performance following the January 18 gallery reception. Fellow blues legends Vasti Jackson and Eden Brent join Rush in concert. Rush is a 2017 Grammy award winner for his latest album, Porcupine Meat. A Blues Hall of Famer and ten-time winner of the Blues Music Award, Rush was named B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. He has a 50+ year career as a musician, composer and singer.

Annapolis Maritime Museum Winter Lecture Series
Thursdays, January 11, 18, 25 and every Thursday through March 1
7:00 p.m.
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis 21403
Admission: $10; free for AMM members First Mate and above
http://amaritime.org/
410-295-0104

Engaging speakers on eight diverse topics will challenge you to question and learn. Topics include: maritime history, local history, science and maritime art. For a complete lineup, visit www.amaritime.org.

Henry the VIII
Thursday, January 11 and Fridays-Saturdays, January 12-13 and 19-20
8:00 p.m.
West Arundel Creative Arts, 1788 Dorsey Road, Hanover, MD 21076
Admission: Visit website
https://www.wacarts.com/
443-827-1359

A chance meeting, a single dance, can change a man’s life – what he believes, who his friends are, whose advice he listens to. If the man happens to be a king, his country is swept along with his passions, leaving his courtiers, his archbishops and his queens to maneuver the unstable political landscape. This rarely performed Shakespearean play is infamous for excessive pageantry and pandering to royalty. Strip away the glitz, and what’s left is a very human drama of intrigue and duty, ambition and love. Presented by the Rude Mechanicals.

About Prints: The Legacy of Stanley William Hayter
Tuesdays-Sundays, January 11 to February 25
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.sjc.edu/mitchell-gallery
410-626-2556

Stanley William Hayter (1901-1988) was a preeminent, influential printmaker and founder of Atelier 17. He was a strong advocate for experimentation and development of new printing techniques as a tool for artistic ideas. The 58-work exhibition highlights Hayter’s personal checklist of distinctive prints and their importance to the understanding of 20th Century graphic arts. Included are etchings, lithographs and other printmaking techniques by Picasso, Marc Chagall, Henry Moore and other visionaries and technical innovators, including Andre Masson, Max Ernst, Joan Miro, Karl Schrag, and Mauricio Lasansky.

Beauty and the Beast
Fridays-Sundays, January 12-28
Fridays, January 12, 19, 26, 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 13, 20, 27, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sundays, January 14, 21, 28, 2:00 p.m.
Children’s Theatre of Annapolis, 1661 Bay Head Road, Annapolis 21409
Admission: $15, adults; $12, seniors, kids 12 and under, and military
www.childrenstheatreofannapolis.org
410-757-2281

Children’s Theatre of Annapolis presents a musical production of Beauty and the Beast, an adaptation of the beloved Disney movie, featuring talented local teen performers.

Quartet
Friday, January 12 through Sunday, February 4
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8:00 p.m.; Sundays, 2:00 p.m.
Colonial Players, 108 East Street, Annapolis 21401
Admission: Adults, $23; Seniors, Students and Military, $18
http://thecolonialplayers.org/
410-268-7373

Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred live in a home for retired opera singers in Kent, England. Each year, on October 10th, there’s a concert to celebrate the birthday of Giuseppe Verdi. Their equilibrium is disrupted when Jean, previously married to Reggie, arrives at the home. Jean is invited by the others to sing the quartet from Rigoletto for the gala. Ever the diva, she refuses to sing. But the show must go on in this funny and poignant play! Written by Ronald Harwood; directed by Darice Clewell; produced by Kaelynn Miller.

Martin Luther King Celebration
Saturday, January 13
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis 21401
Admission: Free
http://bdmuseum.maryland.gov/
410-216-6180

Join artist/performer Culture Queen as she hosts a “Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” celebration that honors Dr. King’s life and legacy with an interactive civil rights-themed show and crafts. Afternoon includes activities for families with children of all ages that celebrate the legacies of other African American Kings and Queens of Social Justice from the State of Maryland. Museum guided tours and scavenger hunt will also be available. Part of Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration.

Let the Spirit Sing: A Martin Luther King Celebration
Sunday, January 14
Concert, 3:00 p.m.; Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, Francis Scott Key Auditorium, St. John’s College, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis 21401
Admission: Free
www.sjc.edu/mitchell-gallery
410-626-2556

Ramocille Johnson leads the non-denominational “Extensions of Faith Praise Choir” of more than 30 voices accompanied by bass guitar, drums, percussions, and keyboard. Performing throughout Maryland, the group is known for its vibrant interpretation of Gospel music, as well as traditional spirituals and hymns. The encore concert is back due to the enthusiastic response the group received for its 2017 Martin Luther King concert held during the Mitchell Gallery’s Ruth Starr Rose exhibition. Part of Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration.

The Skin You Live In
Monday, January 15
10:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Children’s Museum, 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis, 21403
Admission: $10 per child; Group rate of $8 per child for five or more. Free for accompanying adults
http://www.theccm.org/
410-990-1993

Honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with hands-on activities addressing the simple yet complex topic of skin color. What does the sun have to do with it? How are people like potatoes? For ages 6 to 12 years. Must pre-register. Includes museum admission. Part of Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration.

Blind Love
Thursday-Sunday, January 18-21
Thursday-Saturday, 7:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 3:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Arts Center, Hammonds Lane Theatre, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park 21225
Admission: Visit website
http://www.jmichaelsolutions.com/productions/

What do you do when just as you prepare for life to take off, you are blinded by circumstances that you can’t control?

Annapolis Shakespeare Company Concert and Cabaret Series presents: From Jazz to Broadway featuring Rachelle Fleming
Monday January 22
7:30 p.m.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 1804 West Street, Suite 200, Annapolis
Admission: $30 to $48
www.AnnapolisShakespeare.org
410-415-3513

Rachelle Fleming has touched audiences with a wide variety of styles from cabaret to classical. A versatile performer and recording artist, Ms. Fleming’s featured vocal, “After the Love Has Gone,” garnered praise from Jazz Weekly for a voice “as agonizingly penetrating as a Dear John letter.” Ms. Fleming has collaborated with Cuban ensemble Tiempo Libre; multiple Grammy-winning opera star Renée Fleming; and international jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch. Her love of the American Songbook has led her to perform with world-class jazz pianist and award-winning educator Shelly Berg at the Rochester International Jazz Festival and with the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra.

Captain Avery Museum Winter Luncheon Series
Wednesdays, January 24 and 31 and every Wednesday through February 28
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
Admission: $95 for six-part series for members; $100 for non-members; $22 for individual luncheons for members; $25 for non-members. Reservations required.
http://www.captainaverymuseum.org/
410-867-4486

Beat the winter blues by participating in a six-part luncheon series featuring engaging speakers on a variety of topics. Programs are followed by luncheons of homemade soups, specialty breads, dessert and beverages. Presentation begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. January 24: Bert Drake, Ph.D., Evolution of the Wood and Canvas Canoe. January 31: Author Andrew Och, Unusual for their time – On the Road with America’s First Ladies.

22nd Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge
Thursday to Saturday, January 25-27
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on-site registration; First plunge, 1:00 p.m.; Second plunge, 3:00 p.m.
Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis
Admission: Free to spectators. Plungers must raise $75 or more in pledges.
www.plungemd.com
410-242-1515

Experience the coolest event of the year. For just $75 in donations, plunge participants take a chilly dip in the Chesapeake Bay to raise funds for Special Olympics Maryland. Not ready to bare it all? Join in the festivities—fully clothed—in the Rams Head Ice Lodge that includes vendor booths, live entertainment, zoo animals, food court, carnival amusements, sandcastle building, a “kids’ zone” and more. Come celebrate Maryland’s largest winter festival. The event typically attracts more than 10,000 courageous plungers to benefit more than 7,500 athletes of Special Olympics Maryland. Sponsored by the Maryland State Police.

Midshipman Classical Recital by Naval Academy Symphony Orchestra
Friday, January 26
7:30 p.m.
U.S. Naval Academy Main Chapel, 108 Blake Road, Annapolis
Admission: $16. Tickets on sale January 9
https://www.usna.edu/Music/
Tickets: 410-293-8497

The Brigade of Midshipmen possesses a vast number of talented instrumentalists who come from disciplined backgrounds from early childhood. There are a variety of solo performance opportunities as well as ensembles, including the Midshipmen String Quartet, among others. For years, midshipmen have been actively honing their instrumental skills and talents and have performed on a variety of levels from recitals to the concert stage.

Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents BLITHE SPIRIT
January 26 to February 25: Fridays, 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sundays, 3:00 p.m.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 1804 West Street, Suite 200, Annapolis
Admission: $30 to $48
www.AnnapolisShakespeare.org
410-415-3513

A smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of PRIVATE LIVES offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira, who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. BLITHE SPIRIT is Noël Coward’s comic masterpiece! Directed by Sally Boyett.

The Billy Goats Gruff: A children’s Opera
Saturday, January 27
11:00 a.m.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis 21401
Admission: Visit website
http://annapolisopera.org/
410-267-8135

Set to favorite opera arias, this exciting adaptation of a classic fairy tale is the perfect way to share the magic of live opera with the children in your life! Presented by Annapolis Opera in partnership with Towson University’s Opera in a Can.

Having Difficult Conversations about Race: Part I
Saturday, January 27
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis 21401
Admission: Free
http://bdmuseum.maryland.gov/
410-216-6180

Latisha Monique Jones facilitates the first in a two-part series of highly interactive workshops around anti-racism. Part 1 focuses on developing conversation skills, including active listening; compassionate confrontation; and clarifying complex terms such as racism, prejudice, and discrimination. The workshop includes games, visual arts, theatre, and conversations aimed at developing the communication skills essential to managing difficult conversations in everyday settings. Open to individuals 18 years old and above. Registration is required. Maximum available seating is 30. Please register by emailing: bannekerdouglassmuseum@gmail.com or calling 410- 216-6180. Conversations about Race Part II takes place on Saturday, February 10th. Part of Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration.

U.S. Army Field Concert Band
Saturday, January 27
7:30 p.m.
North County High School, 10 East First Avenue, Glen Burnie 21061
Admission: Free
www.mdconcertseries.org
410-768-1854

The Concert Band is the oldest and largest of the Field Band’s four performing components. Founded in 1946, the elite 65-member instrumental ensemble has performed in all 50 states and 25 foreign countries for audiences totaling more than 100 million. Tours have taken the band throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, the Far East, and India. The group has appeared in a wide variety of settings, from world-famous concert halls, such as the Berlin Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall, to state fairgrounds and high school gymnasiums. The Concert Band presents a diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music and patriotic selections.

2nd Annual Pass, Pick & Play Collection Drive
Sunday, January 28 through Friday, March 2 (Collection Drive)
Various Collections Sites in and around Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.facebook.com/passpickplayannapolis/
410-263-7958

Annapolis Recreation and Parks, in partnership with the Armstrong Family, is hosting the 2nd annual Pass, Pick & Play sporting goods collection and distribution event. It provides Annapolis area children with free, gently-used sporting goods. Individuals are invited to bring their used sporting goods to one of the designated collection sites: “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center, Key School, Calvary United Methodist Church, Historic London Town and Gardens, Anne Arundel Medical Center. The free sports equipment will be distributed to kids at the “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis 21403 on Saturday, April 7.

Annapolis Shakespeare Company Concert and Cabaret Series presents Tumbledown Dreams: An Actor’s Journey by Terrence Currier
Monday January 29
7:30 p.m.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 1804 West Street, Suite 200, Annapolis 21401
Admission: $30 to $48
www.AnnapolisShakespeare.org
410-415-3513

Spend a musical evening of song and dance with Broadway veteran Terrence Currier (Damn Yankees).

For a more comprehensive overview of events large and small throughout 2018  visit http://www.visitannapolis.org/.

 

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Scheduled To Join Hong Kong’s Skyline

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St. Regis Hong Kong will offer 129 guest suites

Located in the heart of historic Wan Chai, with its skyscrapers, high-end shopping and commercial buildings, the new St. Regis Hong Kong, set to open early 2019, will be within walking distance to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, as well as and Victoria Harbor.

With interiors created by acclaimed Hong Kong-based designer, André Fu, the 25-story St. Regis Hong Kong will offer 129 guest suites, many of which will feature stunning views across Victoria Harbor and Kowloon Bay. Guests will enjoy the brand’s legendary St. Regis Butler Service, signature Chinese and French restaurants, a 320-seat banquet hall and a heated swimming pool, among other luxurious amenities. An open-air terrace next to a grand Lobby Lounge will provide the ideal venue for al fresco gatherings, and a St. Regis Bar will serve up the hotel’s rendition of the brand’s signature cocktail, the Bloody Mary.

The glamorous, fast-paced city of Hong Kong has long been considered a place where ‘East Meets West’, due to the fusion of its deep Chinese roots and its recent history as a British colony. Beneath its ultramodern, 21st-century façade of glittering skyscrapers and world-class infrastructure, old traditions remain and ancient concepts such as feng shui are still deeply respected throughout the city. Truly a cosmopolitan city and a hub for international finance and trade, Hong Kong still boasts age-old Cantonese cuisine found in small noodle shops next to chic designer boutiques.

 

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts is one of the world’s fastest growing luxury brands, more than doubling its footprint in recent years. There are currently more than 40 St. Regis branded hotels open worldwide, with nine properties in the Greater China region.Marriott International has nine properties in Hong Kong, but this will be the first property for the St. Regis brand in the city.

 

Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport

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Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport is part of the established Gateway Gardens business quarter

Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport is designed specifically to blend comfort with convenience and offer guests, who are constantly on the move, what they need to make their journey easier, more productive and successful.

Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport is part of the established Gateway Gardens business quarter, just a few minutes walk from Frankfurt Airport and a 10-minute rail journey from Frankfurt’s bustling city center. Its prime location and excellent transport links mean the hotel is within easy reach of the wider Rhine-Main Region, including the cities of Mainz and Wiesbaden.

Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport offers:

  • 312 spacious rooms, fit with a Cozy Corner and sofa-sleeper. The rooms also include the signature Hyatt Grand Bed, luxury bath toiletries and hi-tech amenities, including a 42” flat screen TV, to guarantee the optimum comfort for guests
  • Free Wi-Fi and remote printing throughout the hotel and guestrooms
  • Gallery Kitchen Breakfast, a hot breakfast for guests available daily in the Gallery Kitchen, features hot breakfast items, fresh fruit, steel cut oatmeal, Greek yogurt, and more
  • Zoom Glocal Dining, welcomes guests for both lunch and dinner and features a combination local and worldly dishes
  • 24/7 Gallery Market, offering perfectly packed grab-and-go items, ranging from freshly prepared snacks and sandwiches to salads and pastries
  • Coffee to Cocktails Bar, which serves a variety of specialty hot beverages as well as premium beers, wines and cocktails
  • 24/7 Gym featuring Life Fitness machines, free weights and exercise balls for those who want to keep up their workout regimes
  • 24/7 Business Center to cater to guests with demanding schedules
  • Meeting Spaces offer more than 3,000 square feet (300 square meters) of flexible meeting and event space

To learn more about Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport, visit bookhyatthotels.com/whysettle.

Hilton Fuzhou A Modern Skyscraper Hotel

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Hilton Fuzhou

Hilton Fuzhou  is the second Hilton property in Fuzhou, one of China’s fastest growing cities.The hotel itself, which offers access to some of the most striking views in the city occupies levels one, four and 39-55 of the iconic Sandi Lianbang Building and is conveniently located in the thriving Jiangbin region, near the Fuzhou International Finance Center and Wanglongtai Park.

Hilton Fuzhou has 331 well-appointed, building-top rooms and suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that offer breathtaking views of the city and riverfront. The guest room bathrooms feature contemporary amenities including stand-alone bathtubs and showers stocked with a full set of refreshing bath products. The Executive guest rooms and suites come with Executive Lounge privileges such as daily buffet breakfasts, afternoon tea and evening cocktails.

In addition to the Executive Lounge, Hilton Fuzhou boasts three restaurants that offer authentic local and international flavor:

  • FAM Kitchen:  FAM is located on the 39th floor, offering a variety of cuisines, including local Fuzhou specialties. Guests can enjoy striking 360-degree river and city views in a modern dining environment.
  • Green House: The Green House, located on the 39th floor, offers panoramic views and nutritious dishes for guests looking for healthy options.
  • Sky Lounge: The Sky Lounge is located high above the hustle and bustle of the city on the 40th floor, offering a cozy space where guests can enjoy a wide selection of drinks, afternoon tea and irresistible pastries.

The hotel also offers recreational facilities including an indoor, infinity pool and a 24-hour Fitness Center equipped with treadmills, cardio machines and strength-training equipment, enabling guests to exercise any time of day or night.

The hotel provides 11 versatile function rooms, including three ballrooms, featuring state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and access to a special vehicle lift, making it the ideal destination for any meeting or event. From corporate events to social gatherings and weddings, our dedicated Team Members help guests plan and execute successful events down to the last detail.

The hotel is conveniently located, five km from the city center, 11 km from the Fuzhou North Railway Station and 54 km from the Fuzhou Changle International Airport.

Hilton Fuzhou is owned by Guoshi Group Co., Ltd., and managed by Hilton. It is located at No. 55 & 57 Zhenwu Road, Taijiang District, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, China, 350009.

For more information, or to make a reservation, visit Fuzhou.hilton.com or contact the hotel at +86 591 8830 7777.

 

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