Exciting News at the St. Louis Renaissance Faire

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) April 21, 2014

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The St. Louis Renaissance Faire is pleased to announce the arrival of new, exciting changes. The Faire will be under new management for the 2014 show and in the future.

Mid-America Festivals is the nation?s largest producer of outdoor themed events. Mid-America Festivals currently devotes its time towards developing some of the best Renaissance festivals in the country. These Renaissance Festivals include Minnesota, Michigan, Kansas City and Bay Area (Tampa, FL). Between expanding on the foundation of the St. Louis Renaissance Faire and new management, Mid-America Festivals is excited for the 2014 season.

Travel back in time to the beautifully wooded, 16th century village called Petit Lyon. Patrons can roam the 100 shops for unique crafts and goods as artisans demonstrate numerous time-period skills. Along with the 16th century feel, the Renaissance Faire has daily jousts, a royal court, nine stages of entertainment and food. The Faire also has four themed weekends planned which include special events and specialty vendors, in addition to the regular 100 artisans and food vendors. This year?s themed weekends include Quest for the Holy Grail, Kilts & Kings, Wonders of the World and High Seas Adventure.

Quest for the Holy Grail (May 17-18) will bring two new competitions to the Faire. It?s time to grab an apron and mixing bowl and whip up something delicious. The Faire is hosting its very first cupcake battle. Participants do not have to be professional bakers to partake in this battle. The second competition calls all crafters, gardeners and fairy fans to submit a house in the Fairy House Competition. There will also be a grape stomp and fudge fling to check out.

Kilts & Kings (May 24-26) is expected to wow patrons during the Highland Games. The Highland Games are a combination of modern strength training and ancient gaming practice. After the games, patrons are invited to show off their best kilt in the kilt competition, along with a keg toss. Prizes will be awarded to the participants with the longest throw.

Wonders of the World (May 31 and June 1) will begin to unveil the mysteries of the realm with live belly dance performances and participant competitions. This year, the Faire is adding Ladies Shopping Weekend. All ladies are invited to round up their friends and make their way to the Faire for exclusive deals. The $ 20 ticket includes admission into the Faire, a free glass of wine, gift bag and the opportunity to receive discounts from select artisans. Also featured during this weekend are a Fantasy Mask Competition and Steampunk Costume Contest.

High Seas Adventure (June 7-8) will bring out the pirate in patrons. The Faire is on a mission to discover the best beards in all seven seas. Participants can enter their facial hair into the Longest Beard, the Grizzliest, Most Unique, Best Mustache or the Best Trimmed beard category for their chance to win prizes. There will also be a tattoo competition for women to participate in. The categories include Best Color, Best Black and White, Best Pirate themed and People?s Choice.

New experiences and attractions don?t end with the themed weekends and special events. This year, for the shopping lover, the St. Louis Renaissance Faire will feature an Artisan Appreciation Weekend. During the first two weekends of the Faire, patrons will be able to support their favorite shoppes and get rewarded. By turning in their receipts totaling $ 150 or more, they can receive one free admission ticket to return on one of the remaining weekends. Children young and old will also enjoy the new Fairy House Forest where they can take a walk along the paths of magical fairy houses and maybe even meet a fairy or two. This year a food and blood drive along with military discounts will also be available at the Faire. Donations will go towards supporting the community and will benefit patrons with reduced admission into the Faire.

The St. Louis Renaissance Faire begins on Saturday, May 17 and ends on Sunday, June 8. The Faire is open weekends from 10 a.m. ? 6 p.m. and is located at Rotary Park, 2577 West Meyer Road, Wentzville, MO 63386. Admission is $ 15.95 for adults, $ 8.95 for children 5-12, and $ 12.95 for seniors. Children four and under are free. Visit http://www.stlrenfest.com/ or call 800.373.0357 for more information.

The St. Louis Renaissance Faire is a living history event that seeks to recreate the spirit of Renaissance France. Visitors can travel back in time into the beautifully wooded, 16th century village, called Petit Lyon! Immerse yourself in the costumes and mannerisms of the era. Thrill to the exploits of Jousting Knights on thundering steeds. Roam the village shops for unique crafts and goods as artisans demonstrate period skills. Delight in comedy, music and feats of daring do. Feast on delicious food and drink while strolling minstrels entertain. Interact with the colorful villagers, nobles, peasants and personalities of ages past. For more information, visit http://www.stlrenfest.com/.

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McKenzie News Service Announces April 2014 Events

South Hadley, MA (PRWEB) April 25, 2014

California, Santa Rosa


The American Philharmonic Sonoma County will present the final concerts of its 15th anniversary season with performances on April 26 and 27 of ?Turkish Delights.? The performances feature violinist Yova Milanova in her West Coast premiere. From a family of distinguished Bulgarian musicians, she has performed with leading orchestras throughout the world.

apsonoma.org, 800-838-3006

California, Vista


The 41st Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans will be held on June 28 & 29, 2014 at the Brengle Terrance Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA. Entertainment will feature Wicked Tinkers, Highland Way, Men of Worth, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas.

sdhighlandgames.org, 760-726-3691

Connecticut, Hartford


The event takes place June 21-29, 2014. It is a nine-day showcase of Hartford?s spectacular gardens and historic architecture. Daily self-guided tours include public and private gardens. The opening weekend will feature tours of the world-famous Elizabeth Park Rose Garden, known for its two and one-half acre garden featuring more than 800 varieties of roses.

HartfordBlooms.org, 860-296-6128

Florida, Tampa


What do pirates, a monkey, storybook characters, food trucks, strolling entertainers, music, and live professional storytellers have in common? The 34th Annual Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival, held on April 26th at the Hillsborough High School, 5000 N Central Ave., Tampa, FL. tampastory.org, 813-931-2166

Florida, Miami


Grit, performed by Karen Peterson and Dancers, is a multimedia dance work choreographed by Karen Peterson and Katrina Weaver and created in collaboration with video artist Dinorah de Jesus Rodriquez. karenpetersondancers.org, 305-298-5879

Florida, Miami


The Gold Coast Railroad, home of Miami?s First National Historic Landmark, The “Ferdinand Magellan,” will be offering train rides celebrating the 7th annual National Train Day on Saturday, May 10th. National Train Day is a holiday started by Amtrak in 2008 as a method to spread information to the general public about the advantages of rail travel and the history of trains in the United States. gcrm.org, (305) 253-0063.

Illinois, Chicago


The spring 2014 concerts of Chicago Master Singers, under the direction of Alan Heatherington, will bring sacred masterpieces of Austrian, Croatian, Slovenian and American composers to Chicago area audiences on Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m. The chorus will also perform this a cappella repertoire on its European tour this summer.

chicagomastersingers.org, 800-595-4849

Indiana, Indianapolis


The 59th annual Talbot Street Art Fair will be June 14-15, 2014 from 10am-6pm, Saturday, and 10am ? 5pm, Sunday. With 270 prominent artists from throughout the nation, as well as throughout Indiana, this fair promises to be a winner with art lovers. Admission is free.

talbotstreet.org, 317-745-6479.

Missouri, Kirkwood


St. Louis invites you to celebrate its 250th birthday with a Vaudeville-style show saluting Meet Me In St. Louis film star, Judy Garland. Entertainers and vintage enthusiasts, Emily and Lacy Miller, will bring Judy’s hits and tributes to the stage in vivid color with their signature harmonies, tap dancing, and retro costuming. SwingStLouis.com, 636-751-2357

New Jersey, Verona


Experience Essex County?s Verona Park transformed into a gallery of fine art and fine craft on May 17-18 from 10-5, rain or shine. The 29th Annual Fine Art and Crafts at Verona Park show will feature more than 140 exhibitors’ creations in fine art, sculpture, photography, jewelry, pottery, woodwork, glass, clothing, specialty food vendors and much more.


New Jersey, Lyndhurst


The Big Swap Bonanza is coming to back to Lyndhurst, NJ on May 18, 2014. The Big Swap Bonanza is a unique garage and tag sale event. Area residents are offered selling space at the reduced fee of $ 35.00 for the day. Instead of running a sale at their homes they can bring their goods and items to this sale.

201.998.1144, jcpromotions.info

New Jersey, Lyndhurst


The JC Vintage Marketplace, held June 8th, will feature 50+ exhibitors selling antiques, vintage and collectibles. There will be an appraiser available on site to assess your valuables. Visitors can enjoy the live entertainment and a wide variety of gourmet foods being served by many New York food trucks.

jcpromotions.info, 201.998.1144

New York, New York


Light Opera of New York presents Victor Herbert?s rarely performed gem Orange Blossoms on April 25 & 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia, Peter Norton Symphony Space. See what shocked and titillated Broadway on opening night in 1922.

lightoperaofnewyork.org/OrangeBlossoms lightoperaofnewyork.org

New York, New York


North/South Consonance continues its 34th consecutive season of free-admission concerts on Monday evening May 5th when Max Lifchitz celebrates the Cinco de Mayo Holiday performing a recital devoted entirely to the piano music of composers from M

Go Blue Ridge Travel Announces Nationwide Jimmy Buffet Concert on a Mission to Save the Drive In Theaters

Stephens City, Virginia (PRWEB) May 21, 2014

On June 19th, Jimmy and the Coral Reefer Band will be at The Coyote Drive-In Theatre in Ft. Worth, TX. The concert is being broadcast LIVE and EXCLUSIVELY via DIRECTV to over 80 drive-in theater audiences. This could be a world-record event in the number of people seeing his concert all at one time! Buffett will perform a 2 hour concert –with interactive technology that promises to be unique.

?I am extremely excited about this concert! Jimmy had a representative approach many drive-in owners way back in February about doing a unique concert JUST FOR DRIVE-IN fans!! – and I hope that this is just the first concert that I will be able to bring to our patrons,? said Jim Kopp, manager of Family Drive In Theater in Winchester, Virginia. The Family Drive In Theater is the only operating drive in theater in the Washington metropolitan area. ?I am pleased to be part of this historic event,? said Kopp.

In the tradition of Buffett concerts, The Family Drive-in Theater will offer concert fans a family style event which will include live parrots, a Pirates and Parrots costume contest for kids; limbo contests, a live band performing before Buffett. There will also be volleyball, a water slide, corn whole tournaments, virgin margaritas, and Key West style foods. Live broadcasts will be from 92.5 WINC and B105 radio. Gates will open at 6:30 pm with the concert set to begin at 9 :50 pm.

There are 360 drive in theaters left in the United States. “Over 171 have not made the transition of going from 35MM to a digital format allowing them to compete with the indoor conventional theaters,” said Kopp. “Our fans made it possible for the Family Drive In Theater to go digital last year. Ten percent of this concert will go toward helping these other drive in’s to make the digital transition which is over a $ 100,000 investment each.”

Tickets for this concert are: $ 18 per person, with a minimum 2 ticket purchase for those who wish to park their vehicles at the theatre. Walk-in tickets are also available. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the theatre or via: http://www.Margaritaville.com/liveatthedrive-in website. Concert fans will need to select ?Virginia? from the state listing on Margaritaville.com and then select Family Drive-In Theatre.

Voted by Go Blue Ridge Travel ‘a must experience childhood experience’, come out and celebrate one of America?s favorite roadside attractions and re-live the 50?s, 60?s and 70?s and experience how much fun it is to see a movie ?under the stars? at one of America?s remaining drive-in theaters!

The Family Drive-In Theater, 5890 Valley Pike (US Rt 11) in Stephens City is Virginia’s largest drive-in, offering two screens, a playground for the children, classic car speakers on lighted poles, family affordable concessions and the latest Hollywood films for their patrons.

Today, 366 drive-in theaters remain on America’s roadsides, still ushering in family fun, a chance to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster on the largest movie screens available, and offering magical memories that will last a life time.

For more information on the concert visit the theater?s website: http://www.thefamilydriveintheatre.com.

About GoBlueRidgeTravel.com

In 2011, GoBlueRidgeTravel.com (GoBRT), a division of Encore Event Partners was launched to be a travel getaway guide for trip planning in Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. GoBRT is the only Tri-State regional website showcasing the activities, events, and accommodations in the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Piedmont, and Shenandoah Valley. With a ten year relationship of marketing the region to brides for their wedding destinations, GoBRT is now reaching out to families branding the trademark ‘GoBRT’s Kids Bucket List’ showcasing the experiences tots to teens should have prior to turning eighteen in the valley. In July 2013, Go Blue Ridge Travel with eight Virginia partners received a Marketing Leveraging Grant from Virginia Tourism to develop a mobi website, Shenandoah Valley Kids Trail, with the target market being families. Expanding to Natural Bridge in 2014, Go Blue Ridge Travel?s goal is to brand this 160 mile radius as a travel and wedding destination both nationally and internationally.

Contact: Nancy Craun Founder and President GoBlueRidgeTravel.com Phone: 540.533.1853 Email: info(at)GoBlueRidgeTravel(dot)com

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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.?

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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.


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.


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