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Plan Your Attack for a Book Sale

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People ask me all the time where I get my books. Sometimes I get them from my local indie bookstore, sometimes at a thrift store; often at garage or estate sales. But one of my absolute favorite places to go is the annual Friends of Hockessin Library Used Book Sale (FOHLUBS.) It’s hard for me to imagine what I did before I moved to this area, for the FOHLBS is a three and one-half day extravaganza featuring over 50,000 books.

There are books on the floor; books by the door. Books in racks and books in stacks. (Enough with the Seussing.) When I’m confronted with a mega-ballroom size expanse filled with books, I have to have a plan of attack or I’ll burnout before I get through the mystery section.

Here are the steps I go through to maximize my time, fun and sanity.

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Free Movies in the Park 2015 in Gloucester County, NJ

Free Movies in the Park 2015 in Gloucester County, NJ

Gather the family and bring your blankets and chairs to catch a free movie anywhere throughout the county all summer long.

Wednesday show dates will have a Thursday rain date, Friday show dates will have a Saturday rain date, unless otherwise noted. All shows begin at Dusk (8:00-8:30).

Movies are provided by the county and titles are chosen by each municipality.

Friday, May 8 

Dolphin Tale 2

East Greenwich Township

Samuel Mickle School, 559 Kings Hwy., Mickleton

 Friday, May 22   

Dolphin Tale 2

Borough of Westville

Galbraith Park, River Drive

Friday, May 29        

Annie – It’s A Hard Knock Life

Harrison Township

Ella Harris Park, 155 Commissioners Rd.

Friday, June 5           

Frozen

Deptford Township

Fasola Park, 12 Sycamore Lane

Friday, June 12     

Frozen

National Park

ACA Fields, Hessian Avenue

Friday, June 19               

The Boxtrolls

Borough of Clayton

Sandelier Park, 125 North Delsea Drive

Friday, June 26

Annie – It’s A Hard Knock Life

Woolwich Township

Locke Avenue Park, 56 Locke Avenue

Friday, July 10      

The Boxtrolls

Woodbury Heights

500 Elm Avenue

Wednesday, July 15

Annie – It’s A Hard Knock Life

Woodbury

Stewart Lake Park, 235 East Red Bank Avenue

Friday, July 17       

Annie – It’s A Hard Knock Life

Washington Township

Washington Lake Park Amphitheatre, 626 Hurffville – Cross Keys Road

Wednesday, July 22           

The Lego Movie

Borough of Wenonah

Wenonah Park, East Mantua and South West Avenues

 

Wednesday, July 29           

Dolphin Tale 2

Logan Township

125 Main Street, Bridgeport

Friday, July 31        

Paddington

Greenwich Township

Memorial Park, Memorial Avenue   Gibbstown

Wednesday, August 5   

Into The Woods

James G. Atkinson Park

138 Bethel Mill Road, Sewell

Friday, August 7    

Frozen

Borough of Glassboro

New Street Park, 410 East New Street

Wednesday, August 12         

The Boxtrolls

Mantua Township

Chestnut Branch Park, 545 Main Street

Friday, August 14     

**Rain Date – August 19

Frozen

Monroe Township

Monroe Township Public Library, 713 Marsha Avenue

Friday, August 21            

Frozen

West Deptford

Riverwinds, 1000 Riverwinds Drive

Wednesday, August 26    

Paddington

South Harrison Township

Stewart Park, 67 Ferrell Road, Mullica Hill

Friday, August 28         

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Borough of Pitman

Sunset Auditorium, Laurel Ave

Wednesday, September 9    

Frozen

Franklin Township

Malaga Lake Park, Malaga Road

Friday, September 11     

Frozen

Borough of Paulsboro

Fort Billings Park, North Delaware Avenue

Friday, September 18     

Muppets Most Wanted

Swedesboro

Swedesboro Lake Park, 701 Park Avenue

Friday, September 25   

Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Elk Township

Elk Township Park, 700 Whig Lane Road

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Prison Food Weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary

Image Courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary

Image Courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary

 

One of the most popular events on the Eastern State Penitentiary Calendar is their Prison Food Weekend, scheduled June 6 and June 7, 2015. Featuring Nutraloaf from around the United States, it’s either a foodie delight or a challenge worthy of Andrew Zimmerman. (I’m kind of surprised he hasn’t shown up yet.)

The 2015 menu focuses specifically on Nutraloaf, the “food product” issued as punishment in many American prisons. Courts have generally upheld the rights of prisons to punish inmates with these diets, but the practice remains controversial. I’m not sure about the source of these recipes, but they have been attributed to Illinois, Washington State and Maryland.

The list of ingredients doesn’t look too bad, but it’s the preparation that renders them unappetizing. The process is designed to produce a meal that is healthful but repugnant. It’s also eaten by the prisoners three times a day for as long as the punishment lasts, which adds to the ordeal. No matter how much you might love a particular dish, it will get tiresome with repetition. And Nutraloaf is not a beloved favorite recipe.

Visitors to the Eastern State Penitentiary can sample Nutraloaf created using the official recipes from five U.S. states. They can then record their thoughts on a tasting card and decide for themselves whether serving Nutraloaf is a form of cruel and unusual punishment.

Prison Food Weekend activities are available from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm each day, included with admission. Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.

 

Prison Food Weekend: Nutraloaf from around the U.S.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 – 11:00 am – Sunday, June 7, 2015 – 4:30 pm

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Fish Free in Maryland June 6, 13 and July 4, 2015

Image Courtesy of Maryland DNR

Image Courtesy of Maryland DNR

Everyone is encouraged to grab a rod, get outside and take advantage of Maryland’s excellent angling opportunities during free fishing days June 6, June 13 and July 4. No license or trout stamp is required to recreationally fish in state waters on these days. Maryland also features 23 unique license-free fishing areas, where anglers can fish without a license throughout the year.

As always, anglers must adhere to regulations, including size and possession limits, which are available online in the digital 2015 Maryland Fishing Guide. Printed copies of the guide are offered at most Maryland tackle shops and at the seven regional DNR Service Centers.

Anglers 15 years old and younger do not need a license to fish year-round.

The Department of Natural Resources invites young anglers to keep up-to-date on youth fishing events by joining the free Maryland Youth Fishing Club. DNR also hosts an active online Maryland Angler’s Log where anglers of all ages share their photos and fishing experiences.

Anglers looking for fishing guides or charters should visit the Map of Licensed Charter Boats & Fishing Guides to find a nearby pro.

While you are fishing, keep in mind that catching a fish meeting or exceeding the minimum Angler Award size for that species will earn you a certificate and an invitation to the Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale at Sandy Point State Park in September, where you may win a prize. To enter, simply take your fish, or a clear photo of your fish if you released it alive into the water, to an Angler Award Center (participating tackle store) to have the species and size confirmed and to receive your ticket and registration information. Catch and Release entries require a photo clearly showing the length of the fish measured on or next to a measuring tape.

Source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources 

 


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Road Closures in Delaware for Biden Funeral

Many roads will be closed, and traffic will be heavy in Wilmington and throughout the state as Delaware residents pay their last respects to Beau Biden. If you will be driving to any of the viewing locations or the funeral, allow lots of time and check for road closures. The following streets will be closed around St. Anthony of Padua.

Wilmington police say the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 a.m. Friday through 2 p.m. Saturday:

Du Pont Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Howland Street.

Lincoln Street from Eighth Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.

10th Street from Clayton Street to Union Street.

Howland Street from Du Pont Street to Lincoln Street.

Scott Street from Eighth Street to 11th Street.

In addition, parking is prohibited, beginning at 6 a.m. Friday and continuing through 2 p.m. Saturday, on the following streets:

Union Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Ninth Street.

Lincoln Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Ninth Street.

Scott Street from Howland Street to 10th Street.

Du Pont Street from Howland to Pennsylvania Avenue.

Ninth Street from Union Street to Du Pont Street.

Additional temporary closures also will occur in the immediate area of the viewing and service. St. Anthony of Padua is located at 901 N. Du Pont St.

DART First State will provide an alternative for getting to and from the church: A complimentary shuttle service that will run both days from Salesianum School, 1801 N. Broom St. in Wilmington.

On Friday, buses will carry passengers to and from the church from 10:30 a.m. until about 8:30 p.m., according to Geoff Sundstrom, director of public relations for the Delaware Department of Transportation. On Saturday, bus service will run from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Parking will be available in the school parking lot; the buses can accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices.

Those riding the complimentary shuttle are encouraged to leave baggage in their personal vehicles, as there will be security checks entering the church, Sundstrom said. All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, backpacks, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids or signs will be allowed in the venue.

Source: delawareonline.com


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American Visionary Art Museum Announces Kinetic Sculpture Race Date Change

 

Sweeping an astonishing collection of awards, Tick Tock the Croc was awarded Grand Mediocre and Art by the judges, People’s Choice by the people, and Marine Posse Favorite by the Kinetic Kayak Rescue & Repair teams. Image Courtesy of http://kineticbaltimore.com

Sweeping an astonishing collection of awards, Tick Tock the Croc was awarded Grand Mediocre and Art by the judges, People’s Choice by the people, and Marine Posse Favorite by the Kinetic Kayak Rescue & Repair teams. Image Courtesy of http://kineticbaltimore.com

 

One of the wackiest, fun-filled, free family activities is scheduled to take place Sunday, June 14, starting at 11:00 a.m., at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) in Baltimore, Maryland.

Totally human powered works of art have been designed to travel on land, through mud, and over Baltimore Harbor waters at the prompting of the AVAM. Those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to join in the madness over the last 14 years have missed a folly -illed afternoon cheering on teams of eccentric artists and lunatic geniuses. They’ve teamed up to craft mobile art machines out of bicycles, gears, old flotation apparatuses and whatever other nonsense they can find in their garages, basements or recycling centers. The devices can be simple, small crafts, piloted by one brave soul, or over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots.

2013: Go Ask Alice (winner of the People’s Choice award) Image Courtesy of  http://kineticbaltimore.com

2013: Go Ask Alice (winner of the People’s Choice award) Image Courtesy of http://kineticbaltimore.com

Pilots (“Kinetinauts”) compete for the most coveted GRAND MEDIOCRE EAST COAST CHAMPION AWARD (finishes right in the middle), and the highly prized NEXT TO THE LAST AWARD (finishes, well, next-to-last), and other serious trophies including ART, ENGINEERING, BEST BRIBES and more. The all-day race kicks off at 11:00 a.m. at American Visionary Art Museum.

The museum’s staff worked closely with city officials to secure a new date for its annual competition of human-powered works of art, which has always been dedicated to the delight, communal participation; peace and love of Baltimore. This year’s race will be sporting an “Out of This World” theme in tribute to The Hubble Space Telescope, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary at AVAM.

 

For all official Kinetic Sculpture Race updates, follow: KineticBaltimore.com.

http://avam.org/news-and-events/events/kinetic-sculpture-race.shtml

 

 

 


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Win a Family Fun Getaway to the Laurel Highlands

Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands

Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands

 Summer is just around the corner, and the Laurel Highlands Sweepstakes is sure to start your vacation off with a bang. Enter for a chance to Win a Family Getaway for Four to Idlewild & SoakZone and Fort Ligonier.

Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands

Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands

You’ll have the perfect summer setting for tons of fun at Idlewild & SoakZone, named “Best Kids’ Park in the World” by Amusement Today, and Fort Ligonier, a reconstructed and restored French and Indian War fort. Get out and enjoy the warmer weather with the family, followed by a delicious meal at the Ligonier Tavern, a scrumptious treat at the Ligonier Creamery, and a relaxing stay at the Ramada Ligioner.

Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands

Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands

The Summer Family Fun getaway package for four includes:

•4 tickets to Idlewild & SoakZone

•4 passes to Fort Ligonier

•1-night stay at the Ramada Ligonier

•$75 gift card to dine at the Ligonier Tavern

•$25 gift card to the Ligonier Creamery

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Click on the link and enter today! The winner will be notified in June.

http://www.laurelhighlands.org/deals/sweepstakes/

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Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands


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Celebrate the Sea Services during Fleet Week New York– May 20-26, 2015Mid

 The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) transits the Hudson River during the Parade of Ships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Danals/Released)

The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) transits the Hudson River during the Parade of Ships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Danals/Released)

Fleet Week New York, now in its 27th year, is scheduled to take place May 20-26, 2015. The weeklong celebration is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services, and an unparalleled opportunity for the visitors from the Mid-Atlantic region to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. Fleet Week New York has been held nearly every year since 1984, and it is anticipated that nearly 1,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate this year.

In addition to public visitation of participating ships and military band concerts, there will be numerous exhibits and aviation demonstrations throughout the week showcasing the latest technology of the maritime services and the skilled expertise of our dedicated service members. Or, you can take a “Selfie With a Sailor” to send to all your friends.

Three U.S. Navy (USN) ships, four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats, and two U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutters will participate in the 2015 Fleet Week New York, beginning with the Parade of Ships, May 20.

Public visitation on USN ships and USCG cutters in Manhattan and Staten Island begins Thursday, May 21 and continues through Monday, May 25; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Public visitation on USNA Yard Patrol boats runs Thursday through Friday, May 22; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visitors are reminded that lines may be capped early so that the last people in line have an opportunity to complete their tours.

USS San Antonio (LPD 17) and USCG cutter Spencer (WMEC 905) will be moored at Pier 92 in Manhattan; USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Stout (DDG 55), and USCG cutter Sturgeon Bay (WTGB 109), will be moored at The USS Sullivans Pier at the Staten Island Homeport; and the USNA Yard Patrol boats will be moored at Pier 86 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Spencer and the USNA Yard Patrol boats are scheduled to depart on Saturday, May 23.

 Sailors spell out the message "I Love New York," on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Aaron Glover (RELEASED)

Sailors spell out the message “I Love New York,” on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Aaron Glover (RELEASED)

Visitors should plan to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. All bags and/or camera cases will be searched prior to entering. Ships are considered an industrial environment and guests are encouraged to avoid open-toed sandals, high-heels, necklaces or other items that can get caught, as well as bags that are too heavy to carry comfortably. Sunscreen and/or sunglasses are advised.

There is no age requirement to tour USN, USNA and USCG ships during Fleet Week New York, however, adult visitors over the age of 18 are required to show a valid state or federal issued picture I.D. prior to touring. Additionally, tours may not be appropriate for small children or those with certain medical conditions. Strollers or baby carriages are permitted on the pier, but not allowed on the ships.

USN, USNA and USCG ships are not handicap accessible. The pier facilities in both Manhattan and Staten Island – including the exhibit, observation, refreshment, and restroom areas – are handicap accessible.

Photography is permitted aboard the ships during tours, however, photos of security personnel or procedures are prohibited.

Bottles, cans or containers of any type; banners, posters or signs of any type; mace, pepper spray, or other defensive sprays or chemicals; knives, firearms, fireworks or any explosive; illegal drugs or paraphernalia; flammable liquids or aerosol spray cans; club weapons; and animals are not permitted. Smoking is also not permitted aboard any ship or anywhere near the piers. The USN, USNA, and USCG reserve the right to prohibit other items not listed above. 

Food will not be available on the ships, but visitors will be able to purchase bottled water and some food items at concession stands on the piers.

In addition to public visitation of participating ships, there will be numerous exhibits and aviation demonstrations throughout the week showing off the latest technology of the maritime services and the skilled expertise of our service members.

Events include:

Thursday, May 21st

• Noon – 12:30 p.m., Coney Island, New York – U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will conduct a Search and Rescue demo in the water off of Coney Island for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 23rd

• 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, New York – USN (10 a.m. – noon, including MH-60S helicopters) and USMC (noon – 2 p.m., including MV-22 Osprey, CH-46E Sea Knight, and AH-1W SuperCobra aircraft) will display aviation and operational equipment. USN EOD personnel will also be in attendance. After the air demo, USN and USMC helicopters will land and be available for display. U.S. Navy Band Northeast “Show Band” will perform. Event is free and open to the public.

• Noon – 12:30 p.m., Pier 92, Manhattan, New York – USCG will conduct a Search and Rescue demo in the water off of Manhattan for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, May 24th

• 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rye Playland, Rye, New York – Event will include a ceremony in honor of Memorial Day at 11:45 a.m. followed by a barbecue for veterans and their families. A USMC Aviation/Marine Air-Ground Task Force demo will take place from 2 – 4 p.m. including MV-22 Osprey, CH-46E Sea Knight, and AH-1W SuperCobra aircraft. Event is free and open to the public.

• Noon – 12:30 p.m., USS The Sullivans Pier, Staten Island, New York – USCG will conduct a Search and Rescue demo in the water off of Staten Island Homeport for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

Monday, May 25th

• 1:30 – 2 p.m., Pier 86, Manhattan, New York – USCG will conduct a Search and Rescue demo in the water off of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

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A U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team demonstrates how troops can be inserted into a remote area during a joint air and ground demonstration during Fleet Week New York (FWNY). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Magen Weatherwax/Released)

• 2 – 5 p.m., Glen Island Park, New Rochelle, New York – USMC Aviation/Marine Air-Ground Task Force demo including MV-22 Osprey, CH-46E Sea Knight, and AH-1W SuperCobra aircraft. The event will showcase airborne insertion and extraction of aircraft with combat equipped Marines. Event is free and open to the public.

• 11 a.m., Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Manhattan, New York – A missing man formation aerial salute comprised of FA-18 Super Hornets based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va. will be performed in conjunction with the Intrepid Memorial Day Commemoration at Pier 86.

• 1:10 p.m. Citi Field, Flushing, New York – Two FA-18 Super Hornets based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va. will fly over the annual New York Mets/USO Military Appreciation Day at Citi Field, signifying the start of the game. The Mets will take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The Joint Service Color Guard will present colors, and a member of Navy Band Northeast will sing the national anthem.

In addition to showcasing the world’s largest maritime force, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) are scheduled to host a variety of music concerts featuring Navy Band Northeast and the USMC Band, May 18-25, in celebration of the 2015 Fleet Week New York.

Sailors assigned to the Navy Band Northeast perform for guests on Pier 92 during the parade of ships. US Navy photo taken by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephen M. Votaw/Released)

Sailors assigned to the Navy Band Northeast perform for guests on Pier 92 during the parade of ships. US Navy photo taken by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephen M. Votaw/Released)

Events include:

Monday, May 18th

• 4 – 5 p.m., Brooklyn Central Library, Brooklyn, New York – Navy Band Northeast “Pops Ensemble” will perform a public concert at the Brooklyn Central Library, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza. Comprised of 35 talented professional Navy musicians from across the country, the band performs a wide variety of musical styles, specializing in traditional concert band literature, popular standards, jazz and patriotic favorites. Event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 19th

• 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Bryant Park, Manhattan – Navy Band Northeast “Pops Ensemble” will perform. Comprised of 35 talented professional Navy musicians from across the country, the band performs a wide variety of musical styles, specializing in traditional concert band literature, popular standards, jazz and patriotic favorites. Event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 21st

• 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Bryant Park, Manhattan – USMC will host Marine Day in Bryant Park featuring boot camp style exercise session (6:30 a.m.), followed by USMC displays, demonstrations and a performance by the USMC Band. Event is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 22nd

• 5 – 7:30 p.m., Military Island, Times Square – Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” and the USMC Band will perform at Military Island in Times Square. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Silent Drill Team will also perform. Line-up: USCG Silent Drill Team – 5 – 5:30 p.m.; Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.; USMC Band – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.. Event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 23rd

• 10 a.m. – noon, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, New York – Navy Band Northeast “Brass Band” will perform. Event is free and open to the public.

• 5 – 6:30 p.m., Military Island, Times Square – Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” will perform at Military Island in Times Square. The USCG Silent Drill Team will also perform. Line-up: USCG Silent Drill Team – 5 – 5:30 p.m.; Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, May 24th

• 1 – 2:30 p.m., Military Island, Times Square – Navy Band Northeast’s “Brass Band” will perform at Military Island in Times Square. The USCG Silent Drill Team will also perform. Line-up: Navy Band Northeast’s “Brass Band” – 1 – 2 p.m.; USCG Silent Drill Team – 2 – 2:30 p.m. Event is free and open to the public.

• 1 – 5 p.m., Fleet Week New York Community Music Festival, Flagship Brewery, Staten Island, New York – Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” will perform from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Local bands will also perform. Event is free and open to the public.

Monday, May 25th

• 1:10 p.m. Citi Field, Flushing, New York –The Mets will take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The Joint Service Color Guard will present colors, and a member of Navy Band Northeast will sing the national anthem.

For up-to-date information on all Fleet Week events, visit the official Fleet Week New York website at http://www.fleetweeknewyork.com, “Like” FleetWeekNewYork on Facebook, or “Follow” @FleetWeekNYC on Twitter. Fleet Week New York photos can be viewed on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/fwnypao. Join the conversation on social media by using #FleetWeekNYC.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Art is Everywhere in Chester County, PA

Image Courtesy of Sarah Baptist. Urban landscape plein air oil painting.

Image Courtesy of Sarah Baptist. Urban landscape plein air oil painting.

Touring museums is a pleasant way to spend a weekend afternoon, but the experience can often feel sterile. While the artwork is beautiful, I often wonder about the story behind the piece, what the artist found inspiring, or how they created their work. As a result, I look forward to events like the Chester County Studio Tour, Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 2015, which allows art enthusiasts and the curious to experience and meet a variety of astonishing artists as they exhibit their work. This unique and intimate opportunity gives the visitor free unlimited access to the artists, and a clearer understanding of their story and creative process. 

Chester County Studio Tour invites friends, families, art enthusiasts and the curious to experience and meet a variety of astonishing artists as they exhibit their work during this two-day event. This unique and intimate opportunity gives the visitor free unlimited access to the artists, and a clearer understanding of their story and creative process.

Image Courtesy of John Pompeo. Water soluble oil.

Image Courtesy of John Pompeo. Water soluble oil.

There are 100 artists and 47 studios participating on the 2015 tour. The Chester County Studio Tour website provides several easy to follow maps which will allow you enjoy meandering drives over winding roads and hills until your reach your destination.

No tickets are needed for the tour, and the event is free. All you need is an appreciation for art and a spirit of adventure.

You are invited to browse the participating artists, and if you fall in love with a work of art, take it home with you. Prices range from art t-shirts for $25 to large, lush paintings for $25,000. The Chester County Studio Tour also provides an unprecedented opportunity to purchase a work of art by your favorite artist for only $75.

For 2015, the participating artists have created one unique 6- x 6- inch piece of original art and will be selling it for $75. Chester County Studio Tour wants to make art affordable for everyone and wants to show that art can be everywhere.

Image Courtesy of Lele Galer. Welded steel sculpture.

Image Courtesy of Lele Galer. Welded steel sculpture.

Whether this is your first time buying original art or you are a seasoned collector, the tour now has something for everyone. In some instances, a favorite artist might be out of someone’s price range, but now with the County Collectors Club, art is within reach. Some art enthusiasts are out of wall space yet enjoy the thrill of adding new art to their collection. This becomes possible with the County Collectors Club since the pieces are considered small.

All the pieces are uniform in size and framed with a simple, elegant black frame. To assure quality and uniqueness, all pieces will have a specially-marked certificate printed on the back commemorating this year’s studio tour. Chester County Studio Tour has asked each artist to create only one commemorative piece of art, so plan your day and get out early to ensure you have art on your walls by Monday.

To preview the pieces available as part of the County Collectors Clun, visit: http://chestercountystudiotour.com/2015_collector/collectors_2015.html

 

 

Chester County Studio Tour

Saturday, May 16: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 17: 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

http://chestercountystudiotour.com/index.html


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Tubing Down the Delaware is Officially Open at Bucks County River Country

Image Courtesy of Bucks County River Country

Image Courtesy of Bucks County River Country

 The weather is great, the sun is out and it’s a spectacular weekend to get out and have some family fun. Take Mom to Bucks County River Country for a Mother’s Day adventure everyone can enjoy. River Country has been the Delaware Valley’s Tubing Capital for 35 years. 

Tubing the waters of the Delaware offers a chance to relax floating past some of the most beautiful scenery in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Observe wildlife, and the surrounding cliffs and rock formations. No paddling is required, just relax and let the current pull you along. It is a great way for families, friends and groups to stay cool and enjoy the outdoor sun. 

The Delaware River has been referred to as the “Eden of the East” with waters that are a refreshing. 

Life jackets are mandatory for children 12 years old and younger and is mandatory for non-swimmers and anyone with a health condition. Nothing beats the heat better than a tubing adventure. 

No longer just a black inner-tube, River Country’s standard tubes are custom manufactured with dual chambers (for safety.) They have tubes in four different sizes, to accommodate most people. New in 2014 was their Snuggle Tube, a double tube that people share. 

Check their coupon page for special discount days. 

Bucks County River Country

2 Walters Ln

Point Pleasant, PA 18950

Phone :(215) 297-5000

Fax: (215) 297-5643

http://www.rivercountry.net/