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New York Botanical Garden Reopening

The Botanical Garden began phase 1 of its reopening plan, welcoming the general public to the grounds of its 250-acre site, on July 28.

NYBG is among the most comprehensive botanical gardens in the world, an urban oasis and integral part of the cultural fabric of New York City, anchored in the Bronx. In this next phase of NYBG’s reopening, visitors will once again be able to explore the Haupt Conservatory’s interconnected galleries, each featuring a different botanical habitat and specimens from around the globe. Outdoors, the verdant landscape is currently showcasing seasonal standouts such as striking cardinal flowers, mauve asters, and sweeping grasses among its one million plants.

Scenic paths and trails crisscross the Garden providing opportunities for discovery through encounters with nature. The gardens, outdoor collections, and natural features include the Native Plant Garden, with its meadow, woodland, promenade, and centerpiece water feature; Bronx River, with its waterfall, which runs through the 50-acre Thain Family Forest; layered and colorful patterns and plant groupings of the Perennial and Herb Gardens; lushly textured Chilton Azalea Garden; award-winning Rockefeller Rose Garden; inviting paths through the Ross Conifer Arboretum; Benenson Ornamental Conifers; and more.

Tram Tours, public programs, and group tours remain suspended temporarily as a safety precaution. The LuEsther T. Mertz Library, Edible Academy, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, and Hudson Garden Grill remain closed.

The first phase of NYBG’s public reopening was prefaced by Appreciation Week, when Garden Members, Bronx Health Care Heroes from the eight public and private hospitals in the borough, and Bronx Neighbors were welcomed with first access and complimentary tickets. Communities in the Bronx are among the most severely impacted by COVID-19 in New York City. Through this initiative, the Garden acknowledges, with gratitude, the dedication, strength, and resilience of Bronx frontline health care workers and residents. Free grounds admission for those groups, originally slated to conclude September 13, has been extended through February 28, 2021.

The Garden’s gradual reopening process incorporates enhanced safety measures based on best practices and guidance from health authorities and government agencies. New measures include requiring staff and visitors over the age of two to wear face coverings; increasing sanitization of public and staff areas; daily health screenings for on-site staff; supporting hygiene and social distancing practices; requiring timed-entry tickets purchased in advance; operating at a reduced capacity; and more.

The new, limited timed-entry ticketing system staggers visitorsߣ arrivals, promotes social distancing, and mitigates the risk of crowding in high-traffic areas. Advance purchase of timed tickets is required and will be confirmed by e-mail with the option to print or download a mobile ticket. Ticket options include the Garden Pass + Conservatory for access to the outdoor gardens and collections, the newly reopened Conservatory galleries, and the Courtyards; the Garden Pass for access to outdoor gardens and collections; and the Grounds-Only Pass, available to New York City residents only with valid proof of identification. Visitors who do not purchase advance tickets will not be guaranteed admission at this time. Garden Patrons and Members must also reserve timed tickets in advance. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website at nybg.org.

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2020 Labor Day Celebrations

By Cassandra Yany

In the face of COVID-19, Labor Day weekend looked very different his year. Absent were the large family cookouts and pool parties, or the big end-of-summer beach crowds. Many cities even had to omit public fireworks to prevent mass gatherings. Though the long weekend did not bring the celebrations we’re used to, there were still plenty of safe ways to enjoy the holiday.

Virtual events allow you to take part in more activities in different locations than you would have been able to physically. Made in America, a festival started by Jay-Z in 2012, was set to take place in Philadelphia this past weekend. On July 1, festival organizers announced that it would be rescheduled to Labor Day weekend 2021. They said in a statement “Collectively, we are fighting parallel pandemics, COVID-19, systemic racism and police brutality. Now is the time to protect the health of our artists, fans, partners and community as well as focus on our support for organizations and individuals fighting for social justice and equality in our country.”

This year’s lineup went unannounced, but last year’s festival was headlined by Travis Scott and Cardi B. Since the physical festival was canceled, a livestream showcasing the best performances took place on the music streaming service TIDAL throughout the weekend. The virtual festival included sets from Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Lizzo, Coldplay, Rihanna and many other chart-topping artists.

Nationally, a Labor Day virtual race was held by The Best Races for runners to run anywhere on their own time and submit their results. Participants who registered for the full package received a personal coach who was available Monday through Friday to provide help and answer questions during training, and provided encouragement and support on the day of the race.

Runners across the country were able to choose the distance of the race they wanted to participate in. Depending on what package they signed up for, they received a certificate of completion and digital medal, a 3-inch medal sent to their homes, a printable custom bib, a custom digital photo card that contains the race results, a digital running journal, a t-shirt, optional course maps and an optional pen pal program. 

Based in Portland, the Oregon Labor Movement held a statewide virtual Labor Day celebration and call to action on Monday. The organizers brought light to issues taking place in the state saying, “Working Oregonians are facing three crises at once: a deadly global pandemic, an economic free fall, and long-standing institutional racism.”

The event began at noon and featured talks from Oregon’s labor leaders, elected officials, and working Oregon citizens regarding their desire for change and their pursuit toward justice for workers. This event came after Portland’s rise to national prominence for their Black Lives Matter demonstrations and federal agents entering the city in recent months.

A number of virtual events were held in Los Angeles this past weekend, as well. HomeState, the LA-based Texas Kitchen, held its first Margarita Showdown in 2019, but had to move it online this year due to the pandemic and social distancing measures. The virtual event took place Saturday via livestream. Margarita makers in the area competed to see whose drink was the best.

Voters received eight bottled margaritas, along with limes and garnishing salt to try the different submissions from the safety of their homes. The winner chosen was El Compadre, a local Mexcian restaurant. The event was hosted by comedian Cristela Alonzo, and featured musical performances by Chicano Batman, Spoon, Questlove, Fred Armisen, Local Natives and Angela Muñoz. All proceeds from the event benefit the organization No Us Without You! and the Watts Empowerment Center.

The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories in Santa Monica hosted a virtual Labor Day Pies class on Sunday. In the class, participants were taught how to make a s’mores pie and key lime pie. Registration for the class included access to the Zoom video meeting, as well as the recipe and shopping list. Recipes can also be found on Gourmandise’s Instagram.

Some cities were able to hold in-person events following social distancing guidelines. Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, located in the Seaport District, upheld its tradition of free admission on Labor Day. The museum is typically closed on Mondays, but was open from 10 am to 5 pm for guests who reserved tickets. 

Monday was the last day for guests to see the exhibits Tschabalala Self: Out of Body and Carolina Caycedo: Cosmotarrayas. Also on display were the Sterling Ruby, Nina Chanel Abney and Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama exhibits. The ICA has increased cleaning and follows Massachusetts COVID guidelines by requiring all staff and visitors to wear face coverings, and allowing a restricted number of guests each hour. Spaces that don’t allow physical distancing are temporarily closed, and exhibition labels and printed materials have been made available online to reduce touch surfaces.


In New York City, a Labor Day Paint in the Park event was held in Central Park. The two-hour socially distant class was led by a master artist who gave step-by-step painting instructions. Participants were required to wear masks and sit six feet apart. Admission included a pre-sketched canvas and painting supplies, and parties were encouraged to bring food and drinks to snack on during the class.

For those who wanted to enjoy the holiday by relaxing at home with their favorite movie or TV show, a number of stores had sales to mark the end of summer. There were countless deals that shoppers could take advantage of to celebrate their work.
Many workers have faced great adversity within the past eight months, some losing their positions and having to move quickly to find a new one, and others doing their job in a way they never thought they would have to. Whether you stayed in or got out of the house for some socially-distant fun, Monday was definitely a day worth celebrating.

Sustainable Vacation Planning: Tips and Tricks

Americans aren’t great at planning vacations. So much so that a large tourism industry group, the U.S. Travel Association, is encouraging workers to begin planning their getaways on Jan. 28, dubbed National Plan for Vacation Day

But planning a sustainable vacation – one with a small environmental footprint that is respectful of a destination’s people and culture – is an even taller task, said Jonathon Day, an associate professor in The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University.

Jonathon Day, chair of the Travel Care Code initiative and author of the book, “An Introduction to Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Travel,” provided these tips for making vacations more socially and environmentally friendly:

Shop local: “Visit local businesses and enjoy authentic experiences from your destination. Visiting farm-to-table restaurants, local arts-and-crafts stores and farmers markets all make a bigger contribution to the communities you visit.”

Be waste wise: “Bring your best habits from home. Plan to recycle and minimize waste, particularly plastic waste when you travel.”

Limit your carbon footprint: “Be a fuel-efficient traveler or purchase carbon offsets for those flights you are taking.”

Harley-Davidson Museum®: Wild Ones Weekend

Harley-Davidson Museum® brings vintage style, family friendly fun and classic bikes to 6th & Canal during Wild Ones Weekend

Hot on the heels of the opening for “Daredevils: A Century of Spine-Tingling Spectacles” (open through Sept. 8), the Harley-Davidson Museum will keep the thrills coming in July. Milwaukee’s favorite “Send Me Back” Saturday returns when Wild Ones: Vintage Motorcycle Rally takes over campus on Saturday, July 13. The Victor McLaglen Motor Corps will bring their act all the way from Southern California to show off why they are a part of the “Daredevils” exhibit. Read below to see how you can get a taste of their show on Friday, July 12. But there’s so much more in July happening at the crossroads of 6th & Canal, including the return of the Division BMX Stunt Team. And don’t forget about the specials at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant this month, including some new menu items that offer up fresh tastes of the season.

EXHIBIT
“Daredevils: A Century of Spine-Tingling Spectacles” (through Sept. 8)
Step right up and behold amazing displays of danger and derring-do! Daredevils have thrilled audiences for centuries. What began with horse trick riders in circuses inspired new generations of entertainers on bicycles, motorcycles, cars – even flying sofa chairs. From touring thrill shows to Hollywood movie stunt work, “Daredevils” celebrates the exciting history of these death-defying entertainers who spend countless hours perfecting their exploits. Witness how incredible feats from long ago inspire modern-day risk-takers. The H-D Museum cordially invites one and all, children big and small to behold how daredevils are born! Please note: Select photos from the exhibit can be found at this page.

BIKE NIGHTS
Thursdays, 5-9 p.m.
All bikes unite every Thursday at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Grab your bike (or whatever wheels you favor). Join your fellow riders (and non-riders) forfree live music from some of Milwaukee’s favorite bands, fun and drool-worthy rolling sculptures. Enjoy food and drink specials inside and outside MOTOR Bar & Restaurant, including the Budweiser® Bike Night Koozie Special all-season long (koozies available at The Shop on the Museum campus) and Bulleit ® Bourbon Signature Cocktails.
Sign up for the H-D Museum Bike Night Loyalty Program, to receive a chance to win exclusive experiences, tours and more at the end of the season (for more details and the full entertainment lineup, visit H-DMuseum.com).
July 11 – (Wild Ones Bike Night) – Road Crew
July 18 – Altered Five Blues Band
July 25 – JT & The Gunslingers
Aug 1 – Zac Matthews Band

COFFEE WITH THE MORNING CREW
Friday, July 12, 8-10 a.m.
Hey Milwaukee! Come and drink some free coffee with the WISN 12 News This Morning team on Friday, July 12th. WISN 12 is teaming up with 99.1 The Mix and the Harley-Davidson Museum® to host you for a morning of fun, prizes, and FREE coffee from MOTOR Bar & Restaurant. Enter on site for your chance to win a prize pack! Three (3) Winners will receive: one (1) Harley-Davidson Museum® Prize Pack which includes the following: $50 Harley-Davidson Museum® campus gift card / H-D Museum Hat and T-Shirt / Coffee Mug / $50 Visa gift card / A family 4-pack of general admission tickets to the Wisconsin State Fair. Official Sweepstakes rules can be found here. Plus, member of the Victor McLaglen Motor Corps will offer up a sneak peek of their Wild Ones show (see below).

WILD ONES: VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE RALLY
Saturday, July 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Come celebrate Harley-Davidson’s unrivaled motorcycle heritage with a vintage 1940s-style motorcycle rally at the H-D Museum. The daylong activities include the 17th Annual Knucklehead Company Reunion antique motorcycle ride-in show and the AMCA Badger Heritage Chapter authentic motorcycle field games (slow race, plank ride, barrel race, T-ball, ball on cone and weenie bite), with proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin. Plus, the Victor McLaglen Motor Corps – a motorcycle stunt and drill team featured in the H-D Museum’s special summer exhibit, “Daredevils: A Century of Spine-Tingling Spectacles” – will bring its bag of tricks all the way from Southern California. Food & Beverages available all day at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant, CAN ROOM and Outdoor Concessions featuring Budweiser, King of Beers.

Antique Motorcycle Ride-In Show Classes: Stock Knucklehead / Custom Knucklehead / Sidevalve / Panhead / Shovelhead / Other Pre-1970 American-Made models. Entry is just $20 per bike with all proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin.

Easy Rider returns to theatres July 14
The classic 1969 motorcycle film Easy Rider is returning to local Marcus Theatres July 14 to celebrate its 50th anniversary! Show your Easy Rider ticket stub or Magical Movie Rewards membership card to receive BOGO* adult admission to the Harley-Davidson Museum from July 14 to Sept. 2!

GALLERY NIGHT
Friday, July 19, 5-9 p.m.
Take a spin through the H-D Museum’s special summer exhibit, “Daredevils: A Century of Spine-Tingling Spectacles.” From touring thrill shows to Hollywood movie stunt work, this exhibit celebrates the exciting history of these death-defying performers. Enjoy free gallery talks at 6, 7 and 8pm.

DIVISION BMX STUNT SHOW
Saturday, July 20, 1-4 p.m.
In partnership with the Harley-Davidson Museum and its special summer exhibit, “Daredevils: A Century of Spine-Tingling Spectacles,” the Division BMX Stunt Team will bring their squad of elite BMX riders to 6th & Canal to wow audiences visiting the H-D Museum campus. Headed by Micah Kranz, a Wisconsinite who is featured in the “Daredevils” exhibit, the Division BMX riders have been keeping spectators on the edge of their seats for more than 15 years. Watch in awe as riders perform tricks that take them to dizzying heights. Their brand of high-flying, death-defying entertainment brings a high-energy atmosphere to every performance. All shows will be followed by an autograph session where you can ask, “How’d you do that?!”

SATURDAY H-D MUSEUM DEMO RIDES
9 a.m.-4 p.m., through Sept. 28
Demo Rides are now available at the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum! Visit the Museum campus Saturdays* from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and throw a leg over a 2019 motorcycle to experience the fun and freedom that only a Harley-Davidson can deliver. Visitors with their motorcycle license will be able to choose from more than a dozen of the latest and greatest #FreedomMachines from Harley-Davidson, including Touring, Softail, Sportster and Street models. A pre-determined scenic route through the Menomonee Valley will give riders the chance to explore the Museum’s surrounding neighborhoods.
• Demo Rides will run Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., weather dependent.
• Motorcycles available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
• Riders and passengers must be at least 18 years of age.
• Riders must hold a valid license with a motorcycle endorsement.
• All riders and passengers must wear a helmet, eye protection, shirt, long pants and closed toe shoes with heel strap. A limited selection of helmets, chaps and jackets will be available on site.
*Demo Rides will not be available on Saturday August 31, 2019.

TOUR OFFERINGS
Saturday 3 Pub Cruise (Saturdays, through Sept. 28)
Enjoy an afternoon pub cruise by boat and sample food and drinks from three great riverside locations on one of our captained vessels, either the Brew City Queen II (Red Boat) or Milwaukee Maiden II (Orange Boat). Our new Saturday stops include The Twisted FishermanMOTOR® Bar & Restaurant at the Harley-Davidson Museum® and Riverfront Pizzeria Bar & Grill. Price includes boat cruise between all three locations and drink and appetizer tickets at each location.

Inside H-D: All-Day Experiences (July 31, August 2, August 14, Sept. 6 and Sept. 11)
The Inside H-D: All-Day Experience is an in-depth immersion into the world of Harley-Davidson. This guided tour kicks off in front of The Shed on the Harley-Davidson Museum® campus, where you’ll learn about the humble beginnings of the world’s most iconic motorcycle brand. Then it’s time to go inside the Harley-Davidson Museum for an exclusive guided tour featuring new exhibit content and conversation with the Curatorial, Archives or Conservation professionals who are behind the engaging stories on display and behind-the-scenes at the Museum. After the tour, the group will head over to Harley-Davidson Corporate Headquarters located on Juneau Avenue – which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lunch is served while employees from HDMC and the Harley-Davidson University will swap stories and provide a glimpse of the inner workings of H-D. Upon returning to the Museum, tour participants are invited to enjoy a special discount for The Shop at the H-D Museum™, where you’ll find unique clothes and merchandise found nowhere else. The day concludes with happy hour at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant.

Bikes Brats & Beer Tour (Thursdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m., through August 29)
Get an authentic taste of American history and culture on Harley-Davidson Museum’s Bikes Brats & Beer Tour, offered in partnership with Milwaukee Food & City Tours®.
The 3 1/2-hour excursion begins with a guided H-D Museum tour, highlighting Harley-Davidson’s journey from backyard shed start-up to iconic global brand. Next, you’ll board the tour bus for a close-up look at Milwaukee’s legendary beer- and sausage-making heritage, traveling through the Menomonee and Miller Valleys and downtown Milwaukee.

Highlights Tour (Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
Our Visitor Experience Associates offer an engaging guided tour, “Journey through the History of Harley-Davidson.” This tour is available on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and lasts approximately 45 minutes and is sure to get your gears turning. For groups of 12 or more, please call 414-287-2799 or email groups@h-dmuseum.com for more information or to book your Highlights Tour. Learn more about our Group Tours offerings by visitinghttp://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/museum/visit/group-tours.html.

SAVE THE DATES:
Rally Weekend, Aug 29-Sept. 1

About the Harley-Davidson Museum
A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum™ is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. A visit to the H-D Museum™ is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum® at H-DMuseum.com.

Contact:
Tim McCormick
Tim.McCormick@Harley-Davidson.com
414-534-6180

MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant is bringing some new items to the menu that highlight the season of sun-splashed patios and ice-cold refreshment. New summer sides, a sundae to end all sundaes and fresh monthly specials will make MOTOR your destination for brunch, lunch, cocktail hours and dinner. Book your reservation now.

NEW MENU ITEMS
Big Bore Belly Buster Bucket Sundae ($49.95, serves 8-12)
Grab your crew and indulge in this unbelievable giant sundae with a cake bottom, piled high with loads of ice cream, Twinkies®, Ho Hos®, M&Ms®, chocolate and caramel sauces, whipped cream and cherries. All of this served in a Harley-Davidson souvenir bucket that you get to keep!

Kale Salad ($13.95)
Fresh kale with beer-braised red quinoa, toasted pine nuts, Kalamata olives and goat cheese. Tossed in homemade honey vinaigrette

Beet Salad ($13.95)
Spring mix and arugula tossed in shallot chardonnay vinaigrette topped with roasted beets, red onion, shaved fennel, goat cheese and toasted pine nuts

Summer Sides
* Baked Beans – Homemade baked beans with peppers, onions and brown sugar
* Broccoli Salad – Fresh broccoli with chopped bacon, red onion and craisins
* Cheddar Bacon Potato Salad – Shredded cheddar and chopped bacon

JULY SPECIALS
MAC DADDY BURGER
An 8-oz., hand-packed beef patty with lettuce, tomato, onion and bacon. Topped with cheese sauce and deep-fried mac and cheese. Served on a brioche bun ($15.95).

ASIAN SESAME WINGS
One pound of chicken wings smothered in a sweet and savory sauce with a little kick ($12.95).

BLT SALAD
Spring mix, arugula and cherry tomatoes tossed in a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Topped with smoked pork belly and finished with crumbled Boursin cheese. Served with ciabatta toast points ($14.95).

BLACKBERRY SPIKED ICED TEA
Nothing is more perfect than a sweet iced tea while sitting in the sunshine! Our fresh brewed tea, spiked with vodka, blackberries and a hint of citrus and mint cut from our garden compliments the cool breeze while sitting on the patio ($7).

Brewery of the month: Cigar City Brewing, featuring Jai Alai (IPA), Maduro (brown ale) and Florida Cracker (Belgian-style white ale)

Mac Mondays
Build-your-own Mac ’n Cheese all day, every Monday. Mondays are best spent with a bowl of MOTOR’s delicious homemade Mac ’n Cheese. Create your own custom Mac with special toppings!

Bike Night Thursdays (5-9 p.m.)
Enjoy free live music and $3 koozie beer specials as Bike Nights return to the great outdoors all summer long. Exclusive giveaways and specials from 5-9 p.m. make this a weekly must-do! Plus, in May, select drafts from Milwaukee Brewing Co. are just $4.

Friday Night Fish Fry
What’s a Friday night in Wisconsin without a fish fry? At MOTOR, the all-you-can-eat Wisconsin Fish Fry is available open to close and features golden fried cod, crispy French fries, fresh jicama coleslaw, homemade southern-style cornbread and tartar sauce for only $14.95.

BBQ & Blues
Every Saturday, take in live performances from a rotating lineup of blues musicians, plus all-you-can-eat, hickory-smoked BBQ chicken, pulled pork, smoked brisket and grilled sausage links for $29.99. Add an order of Memphis-style, dry-rubbed ribs for just $5 more. All platters come with French fries, jicama coleslaw, BBQ baked beans and made-from-scratch cornbread.

About MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant
The only Harley-Davidson Museum® restaurant, MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant offers guests riverfront dining and Midwest camaraderie with a dose of genuine Harley-Davidson® attitude. MOTOR™ takes diners on a culinary road trip of great American food and drink from its location in downtown Milwaukee. Guests can enjoy burgers, BBQ, seasonal favorites and a whole lot more. For more information and to learn about the latest menu, visitmotorrestaurant.com or call 414-287-2778.

A Taste of South Africa

Short on vacation time but still have the tendency to get out and explore before the summer ends? Look no more!

Discover how a trip to sundrenched South Africa can be an exciting and fun-filled getaway over just a long weekend.

With an unparalleled combination of nature, culture AND an exciting adventure, South African Tourism highlights how you can explore the destination in just 72 hours. That’s right.

With direct flights from major cities in the US, a favorable exchange rate and affordable packages it’s never been easier to explore the beauty that South Africa has to offer you.

Here are just some of the most to-do attractions for any visitor planning a quick getaway to this captivating yet marvelous country:

  • Bunny Chow & Beaches. Durban and KwaZulu-Natal. Visitors looking to experience the natural beauty South Africa has to offer should head on over to the KwaZulu-Natal region. It has a wealth of scenic and cultural attractions, stunning hot beaches, and also offers a unique blend of African-Indian influences.
  • Durban. A coastal city with a laid-back lifestyle and a favorite amongst you sun-lovers, It has the most beautiful sandy beaches along The Golden Mile. Serving as a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
  • The Drakensberg region in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. A World Heritage Site that is only a two-hour drive from Durban, visitors will find a lush green countryside brimming with charming historic towns. Guests can catch a glimpse of The Big Five at the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Reserve, which is one of the best places in the country to see the endangered rhinos along with other members of The Big Five.

History and Wine adventures:

  • Cape Town. Known as the Mother City, it is renowned for its scenic beauty, bustling downtown, and old charm makes it a favorite destination for international travelers. Table Mountain and Robben Island are two of the most famous landmarks and are important stops for any first timers.
  • Constantia Valley. Nestled beneath the Table Mountain National Park, this stunning region is home to eight award-winning wine estates and miles of lushes vineyards. The most perfect place to indulge in some of the country’s best wines.

Culture and Nature adventures:

  • Johannesburg. Known as South Africa’s booming urban playground, packed with cultural sites, shops, and boutiques, it is a trendy culinary scene and contains vibrant art galleries.
  • The Mandela House. Located in the township of Soweto, it can’t be missed. A guided tour of the home of the iconic former President Nelson Mandela and his family, it provides guests with an insight into his life during the apartheid era. The house continues to stand as an unwavering symbol for the right for human rights.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your suitcase and get packing!

 

 

Splash House this Weekend!

What is another way to celebrate your summer without heading down to Splash House? The three day event is closing in this weekend August 10-12 in Palm Springs, so make sure you check it out! With a great lineup of artists awaiting, this has been a highly successful event throughout the years thanks to its dedicated fans. This is definitely a festival you don’t want to miss. The shows are being hosted at the Renaissance, Riviera, and Saguaro hotels, with an afterparty taking place inside the Palm Springs Air Museum, filled with vintage aircrafts. The music festival is hosted along a poolside stage near all three resorts. GA passes come with admission to all three resorts and shuttles running all weekend.

Robb Report – Health And Wellness

ROBB REPORT ANNOUNCES 3RD ANNUAL HEALTH + WELLNESS EXPERIENCE World-Renowned Physicians and Health Experts Convene at 1 Hotel South Beach for Transformative Weekend of Wellness.

Robb Report has announced its third annual Health + Wellness experience, taking place March 15–18, 2018, at 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. Just in time for the upkeep of wellness-themed New Year’s resolutions, the annual event returns with an enlightening, energetic, and educational program that features exclusive conversations with the leading minds in medicine and cutting-edge health, headlined by Dave Asprey, CEO and founder of Bulletproof. Acclaimed physicians from some of the nation’s top wellness institutions, alongside a collective of fitness experts—including Steve Jordan, trainer to the stars; George Foreman III, former pro boxer and founder of EverybodyFights; and Pilates guru Erika Bloom— round out the weekend’s roster of featured talent.

1 Hotel South Beach will serve as the idyllic setting for the weekend of wellness, situated alongside 600 feet of pristine white-sand beach on the Atlantic Ocean. With a farm stand in the lobby and carefully placed remixes of recycled and repurposed woods, preserved moss, petrified branches, and driftwood, the 18-story landmark on Collins Avenue has been revolutionizing sustainably chic design in Miami since it opened its doors in March 2015.

“We’ve seen a growing awareness nationally that good health remains our greatest individual wealth,” says Robb Report health & wellness editor Janice O’Leary. “This year at our event, we’re excited to introduce new ways for attendees to reach optimal wellness through the latest medical research, lifestyle changes, and cutting-edge technology. This is an opportunity to not just hear the talk about longevity but also walk the walk—literally.”

Robb Report’s Health + Wellness experience will kick off with a welcome dinner and accompanying keynote on Thursday, March 15, in which Dave Asprey will dive deep into the concept of biohacking—techniques to drive self-improvement and transform your own health. Asprey founded Bulletproof after successfully biohacking his way to a 100-pound weight loss. With a mission to share his learnings with the world, Asprey’s presentation will dig into this concept and provide attendees with tips to achieve their personal health and wellness goals.

The following morning, guests will be greeted with a selection of wake-up wellness activities, ranging from morning meditations with expert Kelly Howell to sun salutations and beachfront workouts. A thought-provoking series of health talks will follow focused on hot-button topics presented by Dr. Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, followed by one-one-one health coaching with Dr. Param Dedhia, director of sleep medicine at Canyon Ranch. Afternoons will be filled with a number of intimate fitness offerings, among them stand-up paddleboard classes, training at Spartan Gym, and Robb Report–exclusive SoulCycle training at SoulCycle South Beach.

Guests will enjoy a holistic approach to health and wellness throughout the entirety of the weekend, with healthy cooking classes from chef Matthew Kenney—the celebrated plant-based- cuisine chef and mastermind behind plnthouse, 1 Hotel South Beach’s plant-based restaurant— along with relaxing spa treatments at Bamford Haybarn Spa and bio-organic wine tastings.

Health + Wellness guests will further enjoy a Luxury Lounge featuring the latest innovations in wellness gear and the finest health-inspired luxury products!

To learn more about Robb Report’s Health + Wellness Summit and to register to attend, visit rr1.com/event/health-wellness, and follow @robbreport on Instagram with #RRHW2018.

National In-Store Event to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Make to Give for St. Jude – All JOANN Stores Tomorrow

As Cyber Monday continues America’s busiest shopping weekend, retailers are also preparing to embrace the seasonal spirit of Giving Tuesday. Tomorrow, November 28, the nation’s leading fabric and craft retailer, JOANN, is encouraging customers of all ages to get creative with this special day.

At every JOANN store across the nation, shoppers can make holiday ornaments with free supplies, which they can keep or give to loved ones. For every ornament made, JOANN will donate $1 to its newest charitable partner, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Make to Give campaign is also living digitally, as people share photos of their handmade ornaments and special messages to the children of St. Jude on social channels using #maketogive.

This effort comes as the retailer launches a partnership with one of the nation’s most renowned hospitals. In addition to the Make to Give event, customers can also donate to St. Jude in all of JOANN’s nearly 900 stores, and online at www.joann.com/st-jude.

For a complete list of store locations, visit www.joann.com. For more background on the campaign, see this Pinterest case study.

If you’d be interested in an interview or more information on the partnership, contact Amanda Hayes at amanda.hayes@joann.com

Event at-a-glance

What: Make to Give event offers opportunity to create handmade ornaments shoppers can give to family and friends for the holidays. For every ornament made, JOANN will donate $1 to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

When: Giving Tuesday – November 28, 2017, 2-7 p.m.

Where: All JOANN Store locations nationwide

Why: JOANN is proud to partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to further the hospital’s critical mission to understand, treat and defeat childhood cancer. This season, JOANN is helping shoppers give a special handmade gift to their loved ones, and also give back to this charitable effort.




LA Soul Music Fest 2017

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Article and Photography by Archie J Howard III

The second annual 2017 LA Soul Music Festival ended abruptly with the cancellation of  Sunday’s performances. Fans didn’t get a chance to hear the sounds of Musiq Soulchild, After 7, Blackstreet, and others that were scheduled for the weekend’s finale, but refunds will be issued out for the canceled performances.

 

 

The LA Soul Music Festival is a 3-day event where the diehard music fan, young or old, can enjoy the live sounds of their favorite artists. Friday and Saturday, Exposition Park was flooded with music lovers ready for the festivities to begin. Friday kicked off with performances by MAJOR, Yuna, Ro James, August Alsina and K. Michelle.

 

Saturday’s event was met with canceled performances from a few of the artists, including the headliner Tyrese. Fans did enjoy amazing shows by Avant, Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick, and Anthony Hamilton and the Hamiltones.

 

During the weekend, people were met with food, clothing and wine vendors throughout the venue as well as a DJ that kept the crowd’s interest between acts.

 

 

Though the weekend didn’t end the way most people would have liked, many still enjoyed their time.

 

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