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Friday, April 30, 2010

Rare Aircraft at Madera Air Show in San Joaquin Valley

Dabuco, Inc. will bring a 2-day air show event back to Madera, California at the Madera Airport May 22 and 23 with many aerobatic performers and rare WWII bombers & fighters.

Madera is rich in military history and is situated perfectly in the San Joaquin Valley to host the Madera Air Show 2010.

Each day the show will feature several top performers such as Bill Cornick, John Collver, Spencer Suderman, Tim Decker, Greg Colyer in his T-33 jet, Silver Wings Walking Team, Doug Jardine, Dr D’s Old Time Aerobatics, and many more.

Complementing these world class aerobatic performers is a display of flying & static warbird aircraft. These are some of the finest restored aircraft in the world today and many of them will be flying. There will be several different WWII aircraft including (but not limited to) the B-25 Bomber, P-51 Mustang, Yak-11 & Yak 55, P-40E, and many other rare aircraft.

“Ground Activities” will include an Ultra light aircraft display, the Madera modelers will demonstrate the capabilities of their beautiful R/C aircraft in a brilliant aerial display show center during each day of the air show. There is a kid’s zone with several bounce houses and face painting can be enjoyed too. Many exhibitors, vendors, and, of course, lots of food and drink will be available throughout the show site.

For more information about top events in California, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in California at http://www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-california.html

For more information visit www.maderaairshow.com.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Many May Festivals in Maryland

There’s a good chance you'll find a Maryland festival in May that's right up your alley.

For starters, there are at least three spring festivals in the early part of May. Hurry to Leonardtown for the Southern Maryland Spring Festival from April 29 to May 2. Then there is the Towsontown Spring Festival in Towson on the first weekend in May and Springfest from May 6 to 9 celebrates spring and the upcoming summer season at the south end of Ocean City’s famous Boardwalk

There are folk dance performances, live music for dancing, vendors and raffles at German-American Festival on May 2 in Jessup.

There are two top fine arts festivals. Visit National Harbor along the Potomac River for the Washington International Arts Festival on May 1 and 2 – and Downtown Bethesda for the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival May 8 and 9.

For all that jazz, on May 8 the Eastern Shore town of Berlin – 15 minutes from Ocean City – becomes an outdoor blues and jazz lounge with the Berlin Blues & Jazz Bash. Also on May 8, enjoy smooth jazz amid two blocks of plant and shrub displays, craft exhibitors and food vendors at Carroll County's Westminster Flower and Jazz Festival.

Dust off your kilt and take the family to a celebration of Scottish culture at the Frederick Celtic Festival on May 8 at the Frederick Fairgrounds. A week later, May 15, the Scottish Games take place at Fairhill Racetrack and Fairgrounds.

For epicurean delights try the Calvert Wine and Arts Fest on May 8 in Sunderland. Wine in the Woods runs May 15-16 in Columbia and Wine in the Garden on May 27 at the Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock.

Kent Island Day May 15 at Stevensville commemorates the founding of Kent Island in 1631 and you can meet the Faeries at the Maryland Faerie Festival, May 15 and 16 in Upper Marlboro.

On the last day of May there is the now famous Ridgely Lions Club strawberry shortcake and ice cream – among much else – at the Ridgely Strawberry Festival in Sutton Park, Ridgely.

For more information about top events in Maryland, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Maryland at http://www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-maryland.html

For more details on events in Maryland visit http://visitmaryland.org

Monday, April 26, 2010

Myrtle Beach MayFest Hosts Wave of Celebrations

The Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina is introducing four inaugural events to its quintessential summer entertainment lineup along with the official introduction of its first-ever oceanfront boardwalk.

The month of festivities coined as Myrtle Beach MayFest will be marked by celebrity appearances, music, food and entertainment for all ages, along with a variety of special hotel deals throughout the month.

Kicking off MayFest is the Arts & Film Celebration on May 1 with a lineup that includes free celebrity meet-and-greets with Alex Meraz of “Twilight: New Moon” and Catherine Bell of Lifetime Movie Network’s “Army Wives.” Visitors will enjoy outdoor movies, R&B and jazz bands, food, arts and craft vendors, fireworks and more. The event will be held in conjunction with Arts & Film Celebration Week, now through to May 2, with the F.A.M.E. (Film, Arts, Music, Entertainment) Festival.

On May 15 Myrtle Beach will officially unveil its brand new, mile-long, oceanfront boardwalk with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Beach Music Festival.

The month-long party continues with the Beach Blast! Christian Music Festival on May 22. To conclude the May festivities, Memorial Day weekend will feature a free concert with headliner Jordin Sparks - winner of American Idol’s sixth season - along with other Disney & Nickelodeon performers.

The Myrtle Beach area, popularly known as the Grand Strand, stretches from Little River to Pawleys Island, comprising 12 distinct cities along the South Carolina coast. It is home to world-class golf, 60 miles of sandy beaches, an assortment of entertainment and family attractions and Southern hospitality.

For more information about top events in South Carolina, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in South Carolina at www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-south-carolina.html

For specific dates/times and more information on Myrtle Beach MayFest visit www.MyrtleBeachMayfest.com

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest Spotlights Wineries

With food, flavors, and free fun, the third annual Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest™ will spotlight area wineries, and so much more, on Memorial Day Weekend May 29 and 30 in Lancaster County.

This tasty feast for the senses will offer some of the region’s finest wineries sampling their vintages, cooking demos by area chefs, specialty foods for taste and sale, master artisans, live music, the Crafty Kid’s area, and free admission & parking.

The FlavorFest will be held on the grounds of the Mount Hope Estate and Winery and is organized in collaboration with the PA Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau.

In addition to sampling wines and foods, there will be a host of unique PA-based artisans demonstrating their crafts, and local attractions with mascots in tow to highlight the marvelous day trip options in the area. Fun and educational cooking demonstrations and “side dish” talks will be served up by regional and local chefs and vintners. To round out the celebration, a mix of Pennsylvania-based musicians will provide fabulous musical entertainment, creating an “entertainment in the park” atmosphere.

At the Crafty Kid’s area young patrons can get hands-on in exploring Pennsylvania’s culinary and artistic world. They can decorate a t-shirt using locally grown fruit and vegetables, learn about healthy eating options and the food pyramid, create their very own chef hat for helping out in the kitchen, and much more.

Mount Hope Estate and Winery is located on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Route 72, ? mile south of PA Turnpike Exit 266, 15 miles north of Lancaster and 14 miles east of Hershey.

For more information about top events in Pennsylvania, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Pennsylvania at www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-pennsylvania.html

For more information on the Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest™ visit www.parenfaire.com/flavorfest.html

Monday, April 19, 2010

Norfolk’s Array of Cultural, Music and Food Festivals

The beautiful seaport city of Norfolk, Virginia has kicked off its festival season – the annual showcase of the region’s sounds, sights and tastes through more than 100 public events, the majority of which are free and open to the public.

Town Point Park, which has served as the scenic backdrop to many of the events in the past, will continue to host beloved festivals with a fresh face following a multi-million dollar renovation.

Among the early Festival favorites are The Virginia Arts Festival (through to May 30), Virginia International Tattoo (April 30 – May 2), an exhibition of marching bands, massed pipes and drum teams, gymnasts, Scottish dancers, choirs, and more, International Azalea Festival: A Salute to NATO (April 26 to May 1), the Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival (May 8), the Virginia Beer Festival (May 15), and Harborfest® (June 11 to 13), Hampton Roads’ largest summertime event featuring an astounding 700 international tall ships, sailboats, battleships and cruise ships; national, regional and local entertainment; children’s activities; fireworks and more.

Not only are Norfolk’s events and offerings easily accessible, they are affordable with the Sail into Savings promotion, where many Norfolk hotels offer discounts on admissions to the Norfolk Botanical Garden, Chrysler Museum of Art, numerous sailing expeditions such as the American Rover, Victory Rover and Spirit of Norfolk and much more.

For more information about top events in Virginia, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Virginia at www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-virginia.html

A comprehensive list of events and information about Norfolk’s cultural venues, world-class restaurants and historical landmarks and museums can be found at http://www.visitnorfolktoday.com

Friday, April 16, 2010

Medora Musical in North Dakota Badlands

Every year, from June to September, the Burning Hills in the North Dakota Badlands resound with music and laughter.

Billed as the "Greatest Show in the West", the Medora Musical is held in the outdoor splendor of the Burning Hills Amphitheatre a mile west of Medora. The all new Medora Musical will be performed nightly from June 2 through September 5, 2010, at 8:30 p.m. Kids are invited on stage to join in the fun at every performance.

This western musical variety show is great family entertainment, full of high-energy song and dance routines, yodeling and clog dancing, and a star-spangled, patriotic finale. A portion of the show is dedicated to 26th US President, Theodore Roosevelt.

The 70,000-acre Theodore Roosevelt National Park and its rugged topography on the Little Missouri River 35 miles north of Medora honor Roosevelt, who ranched in the Badlands and later established the national park system. He came to the Badlands in 1883 to hunt and established the Maltese Cross and Elkhorn open-range cattle ranches. The park is home to Roosevelt’s cabin and marks the original Elkhorn ranch site.

The romantic history of the Wild West lives on in historic Medora and the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame there showcases the history of Native Americans, ranching, rodeo, and the western lifestyle of the plains and Badlands.

For more information about top events in North Dakota, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in North Dakota at www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-north-dakota.html

For more information visit http://www.medora.com

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sip and savor at three culinary festivals in New Orleans

As New Orleans continues to celebrate its newfound superstar status as Super Bowl Champions there are three more reasons to visit one of Travel + Leisure’s "America's Favorite Cities" this summer.

The 19th annual New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) kicks off summer with its five-day extravaganza May 25–29, 2010. Long sultry days are welcomed with an abundance of fresh Louisiana seafood at the 3rd annual Louisiana Seafood Festival June 11–13, 2010. And the 8th anniversary event of Tales of the Cocktail is sure to raise the spirits of any summer-loving, food and spirit connoisseur July 21–25, 2010.

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is nationally recognized as one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind and features over 175 wineries, 1000 wines, dozens of international wine and food experts, and now continually raises over $125,000 annually for local charities.

The event is packed with extraordinary wine and food seminars, wine dinners at some of the cities most celebrated restaurants, one-of-a-kind wine tasting events, and two Grand Tastings on the floor of the famed Louisiana Superdome. The popularity of NOWFE has grown so much over the past 19 years that many events sell-out.

The events take place right in the heart of the city, where guests can enjoy the wine and food, while partaking in shopping, live entertainment, French Quarter revelry or just one-of-a-kind people-watching.

For more information about top events in Louisiana, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Louisiana at www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-louisiana.html

For more information on the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience and event tickets visit www.nowfe.com.

Monday, April 12, 2010

2010 Wichita River Festival – Something for Everyone

From May 7 to May 15 families will enjoy a variety of participatory and spectator events at the 2010 Wichita River Festival, one of Kansas’ largest celebrations, annually attracting more than 350,000 visitors.

Festivities kick-off with opening night fireworks and a concert with Bret Michaels Roses and Thorns World Tour, and ends with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture performed by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Kansas Army National Guard and carillon bells.

The 2010 entertainment features artists from across the musical genres – classic rock legends, hot country artists, local musical talent and many others. In between, attendees will enjoy additional concerts, parades, hot air balloons, a Cajun food fest, open air markets, ice cream socials and more.

Riverfest is teaming up with the Kansas Food Bank to aid the fight against hunger in the community. Admission for adults to the West Bank Stage concerts will be $10 plus a Riverfest button. Children ages 6-10 will be able to get in for free with their button and a donated food item for the Kansas Food Bank. All children five and under will get in for free.

Creating an economic impact of approximately $22 million, Riverfest has become one of the top special events in Kansas and was recognized in 2006 as one of the top 100 events in the United States by the American Bus Association.

For more information about top events in Kansas, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Kansas at www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-kansas.html

For more information on Riverfest entertainment, go to www.wichitariverfestival.com

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Multiple Mark Twain anniversaries in New York’s Finger Lakes

Over 50 special events in New York’s Finger Lakes will honor American author Mark Twain’s enduring legacy on the 175th and 100th anniversaries of his birth and death respectively. It is also the 125th anniversary of the release of his renowned novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Twain spent a significant number of happy and productive years in the Finger Lakes region, spending summers in Elmira, a quiet city in the Finger Lakes, for over 20 years. His home there was a respite from the stresses of everyday life. Cynthia Raj, Manager of Tourism Promotion for Chemung County, explained, “Elmira was where Twain married, summered with his in-laws, buried his beloved wife and three children who preceded him in death, and chose as his final resting place.”

Twain also wrote a great deal of his beloved literature in the Finger Lakes. “He drew inspiration from the spectacular views of the Chemung River Valley to pen such classics as Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from his tiny study perched in the hills,” said Raj.

A large number of events will celebrate Twain’s life and literature. On April 21, the anniversary of his death, actor Hal Holbrook will perform his Emmy and Tony award-winning show Mark Twain Tonight! at the Clemens Center. On April 21-23 Hill Top Inn will be holding “Dine Like Twain Dinners,” where visitors can enjoy Twain family recipes while looking out over the same river view Twain himself gazed at while writing. To complete the experience, there will be a re-enactment of Twain’s burial at Woodlawn Cemetery on April 24.

Several ongoing promotions and specials will also honor Twain, among them the “Mark Twain in Elmira” exhibit at Chemung County Historical Museum which opens on April 15.

For more information about top events in New York state, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in New York at www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-new-york.html

The Mark Twain celebration will be ongoing throughout 2010. To view a full calendar of events and learn more about the region, visit www.MarkTwainCountry.com.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Rovin’ with Rover on Oregon’s People’s Coast

The dog days of summer are still months away, but April is Four-Legged Friends month on The People’s Coast, Oregon.

It would be a doggone shame to miss the fetching opportunities just begging to be explored this month (and in May) on The People’s Coast. There’s the Doggie Olympics and a costume parade, special pet-friendly rates and always lots of really cool things to smell! So don’t be a heel. Collar your whole family, go for a visit – and stay! You’ll have a ball! But before you do, pause for a moment to read the regulations regarding leash requirements in Oregon’s state parks. Okay? Good boy!

Think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Then check out the Mutt Masters Dog Show and Olympics in Lincoln City on May 15. Strut your stuff at the Doggie Costume Parade and then enjoy a free pontoon boat ride during Doggie Weekend at Loon Lake Resort in Reedsport. Lap up the sites and suds at Brewer’s Memorial Ale Festival, “the world’s largest dog-friendly beer festival,” in Newport. Or simply enjoy a nice old-fashioned jog with Rover on Cannon Beach.

When it’s time to stay, you won’t have a rough time finding a pet-friendly deal. The Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City is offering a “doggie discount” package that includes treats, chew toys, a Frisbee and a stylish bandana. The Land’s End Motel in Cannon Beach is waiving pet fees during April. Daisy can snuggle into her very own bed and enjoy a lovely biscuit for no extra fee this month at The Best Western Pier Point Inn in Florence. And chew on this: Donating a can of food will fetch you a 20 percent discount at Fireside Motel in Yachats.

For more information about top events in Oregon, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Oregon at www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-oregon.html

For more information on Oregon’s Four-Legged Friends month and on the People’s Coast visit http://visittheoregoncoast.com/