How to Hold a Family Reunion at the Beach: 30-Year Veteran Shares Organizational Tips


Bolivia, NC (PRWEB) December 03, 2013

The holiday season is when families begin planning their summer reunions. According to Mitzi York, Executive Director of the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority, North Carolina?s Brunswick Islands hosts hundreds of these long-anticipated annual events. In fact, inter-generational vacations are one of the top reasons why people visit this area between Myrtle Beach, SC and Wilmington, NC.

These folks say that the area?s central Mid-Atlantic location, miles of uncrowded beaches, plenty of affordable rental homes and many fun activities make it the perfect North Carolina Beach vacation. So much so that people return year after year as their families grow.

Here are some tips on making the most of a family reunion, from planning to feeding a crowd, from a mom with decades of experience. Ohioan Cheryl Sumner has been visiting North Carolina?s Brunswick Islands for more than 30 years. What started as a few couples has grown into a 20-person, two-house annual reunion, with family and friends traveling from around the country. Here’s a video on how she does it. http://www.ncbrunswick.com/videos/55048877

Where to Stay:

For hosting a family reunion, one of the most popular accommodations is a vacation rentaI home. Cheryl recommends one or more large houses, with spacious, equipped kitchens, lots of bathrooms, laundry facilities and plenty of areas to gather.

Plan Well in Advance:

As the logistics expert, Cheryl starts preparations for each beach reunion a year in advance. ?We reserve the same two houses for two weeks every September,? she says. ?We have families that stay for various lengths of time, and attendees from the current year get first pick on dates for next year?s reunion.?

Organize and Delegate Shopping and Meals:

Feeding 20 people three times a day is no small feat. Cheryl assigns each family a night to provide dinner. ?They buy and prepare the main course, dessert and beverages,? says Sumner. Through the years, it?s developed into a friendly competition as each group tries to outdo the other. To save on labor, they use paper plates and cups. ?We don?t come on vacation to do dishes,? she laughs.

For the other meals and staples, every person contributes $ 30 to the ?kitty.? At the beginning of the trip, Cheryl and her two organizing friends, Rosie and Debbie, make a grocery store run to purchase breakfast and lunch items, paper towels, zip bags, ice and other kitchen items.

?We designate one house for breakfast and lunch,? says Sumner, ?and the other for dinner.? This provides the dinner crew a clear kitchen and enough prep time. ?But both refrigerators have drinks, snacks and condiments for everyone,? says Sumner.

Through the years, Cheryl has learned to accommodate the attendees? changing needs and preferences. ?When our kids were young, we?d come in July,? says Sumner. ?But now that they?re grown and out of the house, we visit in September, when the weather is a bit cooler and the summer crowds have dispersed.?

Themes and Games Make it More Fun:

Perhaps the most fun and memorable part of each reunion is the changing theme. ?We have a different theme each year. Once it was Christmas in July, another it was pirates,? says Sumner. ?This year?s theme is the 80s. We vote on the next year?s theme at the end of the reunion.?

Tuesday is designated as party night, with everything revolving around the theme, from costumes, d

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4th Annual Naples Stone Crab Festival Coming Soon!


Naples, Florida (PRWEB) October 09, 2013

The 2013 stone crab season is just around the corner, opening on October 15th, and the 4th Annual Naples Stone Crab Festival will be right on its heels. A weekend of food and fun starring of course, the stone crab, the 4th Annual Naples Stone Crab Festival is also a chance to explore the beautiful Naples waterfront with activities on land and by water in and around Bayfront, Naples Bay Resort, Port O’Call, Tin City and Naples Transportation and Tours General Store/Heritage Museum.

The 4th Annual Naples Stone Crab Festival will run October 25th through the 27th from with activities taking place at Tin City, Old Naples Waterfront, Bayfront, Naples Bay Resort and neighboring areas. Activities will kickoff on Friday at 5:45 p.m. when Mayor John Sorey III and other dignitaries open the event with the annual ?Cracking of the Claw.?

There will be live entertainment daily (including a Beatles tribute band) at Tin City and Bayfront Naples along with activities at Port O?Call Marina. For full schedule and details, visit the event website.

All weekend attendees will enjoy a block party with live music, Tin City vendor discounts, kids activities, shopping and restaurant vendors and more! The event is free and will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25th, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26th and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 27th.

Along with more than 30 restaurant and market vendors, Bayfront Naples will feature an all new children?s area called ?Pirate?s Cove.? There will be a wide variety of child-friendly activities including games, music, your favorite costumed maritime characters and lots more pirate treasure to discover!

Facilitated for the first time by Hodges University, parking will be $ 5 and benefit their veterans program. According to program representative Joe Turner, Hodges University is now home to the national charter of American Legion Post 397, located on both the Naples and Fort Myers campuses. It is the first American Legion Post to be located on a college campus in the State of Florida and only the second in the country. Hodges University has also been formally designated as a Veteran Friendly institution for 2014 by Victory Media, demonstrating the institution’s continued commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students. Hodges University currently has nearly 300 veterans among its student body.

Another addition, attendees will also be able to visit ?Charity Row? on their way between Tin City and Bayfront. The Old Naples Waterfront Association is showcasing community collaborators on Charity Row, the site of the upcoming Gordon River Pedestrian Art Walkway between Tin City and Bayfront. Participating charities include: American Cancer Society, Collier County Honor Flight, Collier County Veterans History Project, Freedom Memorial, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Naples Spirit of 45.

ABOUT THE OLD NAPLES WATERFRONT ASSOCIATION

The Old Naples Waterfront Association (ONWA) was formed to educate residents and tourist on the people and industry of a historic and cultural destination that once served as the first economic center of the City of Naples in the 1920s. The ONWA’s mission’s is to promote the history on and around the waterfront as a ?place? or destination with a diversity of activities, good and services. For more information, visit http://www.stonecrabfestival.org/about.php.

ABOUT THE 4th ANNUAL NAPLES STONE CRAB FESTIVAL

The Old Naples Waterfront Association presents the 4th Annual Naples Stone Crab Festival in collaboration with the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau and Pinchers Crab Shack, the second largest purveyor of stone crab claws in the country. For band news, weather updates, stone crab claw deliveries and more news, attendees are also encouraged to join the Stone Crab Festival text club by texting ?STONES? to 71441 or by following ?@StoneCrabFest? on Twitter. For more information on Stone Crab Fest 2013, please visit: http://www.stonecrabfestival.org.







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Halloween Gifts for Kid Now Featured on Halloweencostumes2013z.com


(PRWEB) October 11, 2013

Halloweencostumes2013z.com has unveiled its series of Halloween gifts for kid, featuring many recognizable symbols of the holiday. Products include pumpkin bags, witch bags, and a doormat of character collections. Each product in the catalog can be customized with a person?s name, so parents can give their kids a Halloween gift all to their own.

Kids can now trick or treat with a bag featuring their name. Other types of bags include pirate, skull, cat, and monster bags plus more. Also, personalized shirts, candy baskets, mugs, and yard stakes are available.

Visitors to the website can also find personalized frames, baby clothes, banners, and even pet shirts. An ornament display tree provides a scary addition to the home during Halloween. There are now 45 personalized products in all to choose from.

Halloween gifts for kid can be ordered directly on the website. An online shopping cart is all that is necessary to order, purchase items, and have them shipped directly. Numerous departments include personalized treat bags, apparel, Casper

Get Tickets for the Zombie Mansion Halloween Party on the 26th October 13

(PRWEB UK) 17 October 2013

It’s hard to believe that summer has just ended; with the days getting much shorter, and of course the nights lasting longer it’s a sign that Halloween is almost upon us as London clubs are preparing to host their Halloween parties in the capital.

Next weekend all roads are leading to The Electric Brixton for a night of monstrous beats and haunted rhythms to entertain over 2,500 attending its boats and after parties. Guests at the ‘The Zombie Party’ can expect Zombie Asylum face painting wizards to transform visitors to the mansion into bloodthirsty vampires and zombies.

The musical soundtrack shall be provided by Terry Farley (Boy’s Own Junior), Thomas Gandey, (Cagedbaby) plus: Whipped V’s Detached, Ben Roberts, Dean Detached Clarke, LoLA (Passion FM), DJ Cassa, and Glenn Worrall.

In room two shall be: Momentum DJs, London Sound Factory and James McLaughlin (Space Resident) ensuring that this is a Halloween party to be remembered with darkest underground anthems unheard across R&B clubs in London town.

Fancy dress is optional but those that do have more fun so be sure to gather your friends to showcase your well thought out costumes, and enjoy an amazing show with top class dancers joining you in the chant and on the dance-floor.

Teaming up with the Zombie Pirate Ship shall create London’s biggest event with deep dark house rhythms and bass taking you through till 6am inside various themed rooms such as the Zombie Cabaret and Zombie Asylum.

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Yandy.com is Proud to Launch New Leg Avenue Sexy Halloween Costumes for 2013


PHOENIX, Ariz. (PRWEB) September 25, 2013

Yandy.com, the leading ecommerce website for women?s Halloween costumes and intimate apparel, is proud to announce the launch of new sexy Halloween costumes from popular designer Leg Avenue for 2013. With Halloween season already in full swing, these new costumes add to the over 2,000 choices that customers of Yandy.com have when searching for Halloween costumes. This collection features new and exciting styles that are representative of the latest trends in both Halloween costumes and women’s fashion.

Leg Avenue, one of the most established and well respected companies in the Halloween costume vertical, has been offering sexy, stylish and fun choices for women for over a decade. As the creator of some of the most popular styles throughout the years, including the Candy Corn Witch, Honey Bee and SWAT Hottie, this new update from Leg Avenue continues their tradition of offering fashion forward costumes that are both timeless and relevant. From cops, to pirates to schoolgirls to ninjas, Leg Avenue has created new looks for popular segments while maintaining the style and fit that women have come to expect from their costumes year in and year out. Yandy.com is proud to offer these costumes as part of their 2013 Halloween costumes collection, helping customers find the right outfit that will make them feel both sexy and stylish this season.

With the popularity of Halloween continuing to increase year after year, Yandy.com knows that their rabid fanbase of loyal customers wants new and exciting looks that will help them stand apart from other partygoers, all while attracting the most attention. To meet this demand, Yandy.com is excited to offer more costumes from brands like Leg Avenue than any other costume distributor online. These new and exciting Leg Avenue costumes, coupled with the over 2,000 other costumes, makes Yandy.com the best place for both women, groups and couples to find costumes that will make 2013 the best Halloween to date. To shop Yandy.com’s collection of Leg Avenue costumes, click here – http://www.yandy.com.

About Yandy.com

E-commerce is on the rise and Yandy.com is one of the largest online retailers of lingerie, sexy Halloween costumes, swimwear and clothing on the web. Founded in 2005, Yandy boasts more than 7,000 products always in stock at easily affordable prices. Yandy ensures that every costumer will receive a safe, secure and private online shopping experience and is backed by COMODO online security and Google Checkout. Yandy is dedicated to customer service and only sells what is in stock which allows for quick, same day shipping. Offering the highest quality products at the most affordable prices in the market, Yandy has become a leader in ecommerce. Yandy works closely with all of the manufacturers they distribute for and hand select all of the items on the Web site to ensure customers have the largest and most diverse collection to choose from. In addition, the customer service team at Yandy is unrivaled. With attentive and helpful operators, should a question or problem arise, the customer service team at Yandy is always willing and able to assist. At Yandy, every customer can Be Sexy.







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SexyWearAvenue.com Offers the Most Popular Halloween Costumes for 2013


Encino, CA (PRWEB) September 27, 2013

With Halloween right around the corner, shoppers have started planning to find the right finishing touches to their sexy costumes, and at SexyWearAvenue.com, online retailer of women’s Sexy Halloween Costumes, Clubwear and lingerie, provides the hottest styles available this year and all at the most affordable prices. Sexy Wear Avenue has an amazing customer base that year after year makes the website more popular. According to Mr. Leylekian, the CEO of the company, “Sexy Wear Avenue strives to meet the needs of its customers by offering exclusive promotions such as coupons, free shipping or giveaways, in addition, to prompt delivery services and excellent customer service”

This Halloween season, SexyWearAvenue.com is offering its customers the most sexy, trendy and attractive costumes, with more than 45 new costumes added to their wide range of costume collection. In addition, Sexy Wear Avenue’s way of saying Happy Halloween to all its customers is by offering them a coupon code of 15% Off the entire order. So ladies, it’s never too early to start planning for the ideal costume.

Sexy cop costumes are a hot treat this Halloween. With Sexy Wear Avenue thrill and adventure make for fun times. Customers can choose anything from the five-piece, deluxe sexy swat agent costume that features a black long sleeve fishnet crop top with black wet look bodice, black waist cincher with a lace-up back, crossover straps, buckle details, black pants. For sure the classic eight piece sexy police woman costume features a blue crop top with zipper front, black faux leather cuff and collar with studded trim detail, matching high-waisted shorts and accessories takes center attention!

Pirate costumes are always a hit at SexyWearAvenue, and this year the company offers some of the most fantastic and intricate designs available on the market. Pirate costumes are recognizable and fun to wear because it gets one to act the character with a personalized twist. Same goes for the stunning Caribbean couture costume that steals the festival with absolute glamour and style. The three-piece sexy pirateer costume includes a white ruffled bra top with jeweled ornament front detail, attached peasant sleeves, gold waist cincher with a lace-up back. Another new costume is the five-piece seductive pirate wench costume that features a peasant-style top with ruffle trim, brown, dual lace-up front corset, zipper back, black capri pants, belt with rhinestone buckle and sword. Interested customers are also encouraged to consider the hot and attractive pirate maiden, pirate princess or the classic and sexy pirate costumes.

Superhero costumes are always a popular choice at SexyWearAvenue. This year Sexy Wear Avenue is proud to introduce the sexy American hero costume, Heroine hottie costume, comic cutie costume and the sexy All American Costume that is expected to will the top seller this season.

Customers can fulfill their fantasies in the school girl costume. Mixture of naughtiness and innocence, the school girl costume has been a long-time favorite for Halloween or for any theme party. It?s no surprise that theFrench Maid Costumes are high on the popularity list on SexyWearAvenue.com’s website. It is another super flattering costume which has been popular for decades. It generally comes in slimming black, accented with white ruffles under the short skirt.

Sexy Wear Avenue does not leave out an important group – beautiful ladies who want to feel sexy and have fun in plus size costumes. A wide range of Plus Size Costumes are also found on the website.

Army costumes have always been a hit at Sexy Wear Avenue, and this year the company offers more than 50 sexy army and military costumes for all the beautiful ladies that want to stand out from the crowd. Always a frontrunner is the Native American Costume; this year Roma introduces the top seller One piece Native American Temptress, along with the Indian Mistress and the Indian Hottie Costume.

Sexy Wear Avenue strives to make this Halloween season unforgettable and fulfilling of its customers’ fantasies.







KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts Offers Fall Fun in the Florida Keys this October With Up to 50% Off, Complimentary Nights & Book Now Pay Later


Key Largo, FL (PRWEB) September 27, 2013

This October, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas presents three exciting reasons to enjoy the perfect vacation and save while in the Florida Keys: “The Longer You Stay in Paradise, The More You Save? special discount offers a lower nightly rate for each additional day booked; guests can receive a generous up to 50 percent off rates or complimentary night stays at all KeysCaribbean luxury resorts all season; an advance booking special that requires no deposit until two weeks prior to arrival date; plus a 100 percent cancellation guarantee.

The Florida Keys showcase many signature events during October, including a 10-day fantasy fest, a pirates? bash and a stone crab eating contest.

From Oct. 18-27, the city of Key West will come together for the 34th Annual Fantasy Fest. This year, the outrageous 10-day event will be themed “Superheroes, Villains … and Beyond!” and will feature thousands of people and diverse events that include costume competitions, promenades, street fairs, and a grand parade with marching groups and lavish floats. Attendees have the opportunity to enjoy first-rate Key West accommodations at Ambrosia Key West where a complimentary night with a four night minimum stay or up to a 50 percent discount is offered.

Avast, ye mateys! On Oct. 25, the Pilot House Pirates Bash will take place at Pilot House Restaurant in Key Largo. Celebrate the adventurous, carefree life of a pirate with a one-day bash that features Wild Wench competitions, Walking the Plank excursions, and hourly sales on pirate ships to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Attendees and participants can enjoy luxury Key Largo accommodations at Mariner?s Resort Villas & Marina and Ocean Pointe Resort Suites & Marina, which offer courtesy Wi-Fi Internet and unlimited local and long distance calls, the up to 50 percent off special discount and every fourth night on-the-house with a minimum three night stay.

The 3rd Annual Stone Crab Eating Contest will take place Oct. 19 in Marathon. Challenge yourself in this tasty test of crab-consuming capacity. The top three contestants that can crack and cleanly consume 25 stone crab claws will receive a prize. Nearby, Coral Lagoon Resort Villas & Marina and Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina in Marathon, and Village at Hawks Cay Villas & Marina in Duck Key, offer luxury Florida Keys accommodations with free Wi-Fi Internet and free unlimited local and long distance calls. The resorts also offer the up to 50 percent special discount or a complimentary night with a minimum stay of three nights at Village at Hawks Cay or five nights at Coral Lagoon or Indigo Reef.

“October in the Florida Keys includes some of the most uniquely Keys-centric events of the entire year. With so much to do and see, we are pleased to provide our guests with great deals, including our special discount of up to 50 percent off our normal rates, as well as our complimentary night stay packages and advance booking rate,? said Sam Schorr, KeysCaribbean managing director.

Discounts are subject to availability. Some restrictions apply to the 100 Percent Cancellation Guarantee. To receive the advance booking special, booking must be made a minimum of 30 days prior to arrival date. Complimentary night stays require minimum night stays, have limited availability and certain restrictions apply. Please see the KeysCaribbean website for more details. For reservations book direct at http://www.keyscaribbean.com or call 305.853.5000.

About KeysCaribbean

KeysCaribbean is a dynamic, boutique resort company specializing in operating Florida Keys resort villas and marinas from Key Largo to Key West. CEO Craig Hunt, the former vice chairman of Intercontinental Hotel Group and past president of Holiday Inn Worldwide, along with managing director Sam Schorr, possess more than 60 years of experience in operating and marketing unique and exclusive destination resorts and marinas.

KeysCaribbean is committed to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Green Lodging Florida program. Mariner?s Resort Villas & Marina is designated as a Green Lodging property by the Florida Green Lodging Program.