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Madison Square Park – The Oval Lawn Series, hosted by Madison Square Park rings in its 10th year. The free Wednesday outdoor concerts kick off on June 20 and run through August 8. For 2012 expect a diverse array of award-winning performers including Bettye LaVette, James Maddock and Band, Nellie McKay and the Jeff “Tain” Watts Quartet. Madison Square Park Conservancy will also continue its Mad. Sq. Kids concert series every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30am. The fun begins June 12 to August 9, rain or shine. HBO’s Bryant Park Summer Film Festival starts with a fright on June 18 with Pyscho. Other classics include Roman Holiday, All About Eve and concludes on August 20 with Indiana Jones’ Raiders of the Lost Ark. Theater does offer an online lottery at www.shakespeareinthepark.org Electric Zoo 2012, produced by Made Event, is sure to cause shock waves for its fourth year. Expanded to a three-day Labor Day Weekend festival, electronic dance music fans will flock to Randall’s Island to grove to the beats of David Guetta, Axwell, Tiësto, Diplo, Skrillex, A-Trak, Benny Benassi, Martin Solveig, Boys Noize, Kyau & Albert, Above & Beyond and Steve Aoki over four different stages.. Buy your tickets in advance, it has sold out the past two years. www.electriczoofestival.com Bard SummerScape 2012 will focus on the career and works of Camille SaintSaëns for its ninth season in New York’s Hudson Valley, July 6 – August 19. Attendees can enjoy world-class music, opera, theater, dance, film, and cabaret for the 23rd annual Bard Music Festival at Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard College’s Hudson River campus. The seven-week festival kicks off with three performances by France’s Compagnie Fêtes galantes, and concludes with a fête in Bard’s Spiegeltent. Emmanuel Chabrier’s opéra-comique The King In Spite of Himself in a first staged revival of the original 1887 version; Molière’s final comedy of manners; and a film festival, “France and the Colonial Imagination,” are just a few of the surprises in store this year. fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape/2012 Museum of the City of New York has a few interest exhibits on show through the summer. Activist New York, which opened in the new Puffin Foundation Gallery on May 4 examines the history of social, political and religious activism in New York City, including movements presently taking place. The show highlights 14 examples of activist efforts. On August 9, the museum will host The Big Apple Bash for its Young Members Circle to fundraise for programming and curatorial projects.
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The Imagination Playground is an environment in which children can creatively exercise their minds as they venture through playgrounds that touch upon this historic maritime district. Here, children can take part in child-directed, un-structured free play as they explore this non-conventional play area. Brooklyn Bridge, which connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn while viewing the East River.

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The Puppet Kitchen offers Imagination Playground classes taught by awardwinning Puppet-Kitchen The Paley Center for Media chefs to kids ages ten to fifteen. The Paley Center for Media, loPut on an apron, grab a pair of cated at West 52nd Street, offers scissors, pick out your favorite many attractions including the materials and after two hours of viewings of historical and conhands-on instruction, go home temporary documentaries. This with your very own customCenter for Media also invites ized puppet! For children eight children ages six to fourteen to years and older: check out the participate in summer programs hat puppet or butterfly puppet that test their ability to actively workshops, which are even more observe, critically think, and child-friendly. interact with their peers.

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The Tenement Museum is an exciting way for you and your children to experience firsthand Immigrant life in early 20th Century New York. The main attraction of the Museum is 97 Orchard Street, a completely restored and historically accurate tenement building. This building houses six distinct apartments demonstrating the lives of six historical families, i.e. (the most recent addition) the Moore’s, a family of Irish immigrants who lived in the building in 1869. To make the most of the experience, we recommend taking a tour. For instance, Victoria Confino (ages 5+) allows guests to assume the role of newly arrived immigrants and interact with Victoria, 14-year-old historical resident.

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Skytop Lodge
Skytop Lodge is a 5,500 acre estate in the Pocono Mountains that boasts a beautiful stone lodge that first opened its doors in 1928 and is currently a member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. Skytop is also home to an inn and individual cottages for a more private experience. In addition to the stunning accomodations, the Lodge boasts lushly landscaped grounds including over thirty miles of mountain trails for hiking and biking, flower gardens, a lake for fishing, boating or kayaking and an incredible Adventure Center that offers paintball and shooting, among other adrenaline-friendly activities. For golf enthusiasts, the hotel also offers a championship golf course and, for those who just want to relax, the Skyview Spa at Skytop has a plethora of pampering options. In between activities, guests can treat themselves to the many culinary delights in the Lodge’s multiple dining rooms. There is a pub-themed Tap Room, a Tea Room and the elegant Windsor Dining Room where male guests mustn’t forget to bring their jackets. Skytop also offers special white-gloved Butlered Picnics and every Sunday through Labor Day the resort hosts a Jazz Brunch. “Visiting Skytop Lodge is like visiting an English countryside manor house. It’s like stepping back in time to savor cocktails on the patio with F. Scott Fitzgerald,” explained Bob Baldassari, director of sales and marketing. At only two hours outside of New York, it can be the perfect family vacation or hideaway for couples looking for a relaxing break. For professionals, Skytop’s 17 meeting rooms, executive suites and 10,000 square foot Executive Conference Center ought to do the trick. The Skytop also is ideal for unforgettable special occasions hosted in the 4,200 square-foot Evergreen Ballroom. Skytop.com
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If you’re looking to escape in the mountains without springing for a plane ticket, the idyllic Inn at Pocono Manor offers yearround outdoor activities just two hours north of the city in the picturesque Pocono Mountains. Along with shooting, hiking, fishing, golf and horseback riding, the Inn at Pocono Manor offers a full service spa for visitors who would prefer to spend their vacation being pampered with hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, tanning, waxing and a variety of massage services offered by a certified, professionally trained staff using the most luxurious spa products available including the Inn’s signature line. Visitors have been seeking refuge from the stresses of the city at the Inn at Pocono Manor for over 110 years and this rich history is on display throughout the Inn with antiques dotting the rooms and common areas. Though there is no shortage of rustic charms, the Inn recently underwent a $5 million renovation ensuring all the most modern comforts and amenities. “I love the sense of history, recalling an earlier era

when guests arrived for the summer,” said Ken Ellens of the Inn at Pocono Manor. “What I love about The Inn is the escape one feels when driving up the mountain to the main lodge, which is an historic building wonderfully preserved.” The Inn at Pocono Manor is one of Pennsylvania’s historic springs resorts and the grounds include picturesque natural waterfalls, crystal clear springs, 3,000 acres of trails and dramatic views of the Delaware Water Gap. “One can still visit an original spring house on the property,” Mr. Ellens said. Though the Inn is a perfect destination for families with a variety of kid-friendly activities, it is also an ideal location for a romantic retreat or wedding in one of the lush ballrooms with mountain views that can accommodate groups of 25 to 300 people. poconomanor.com

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There aren’t very many options for luxurious beachside escapes that haven’t already been taken over by swarms of sun worshipping tourists. However, Delaware remains a wellkept secret despite its proximity to some of the most beautiful beaches in

the Northeast. For travelers looking to explore America’s smallest state, we recommend the Boardwalk Plaza, an oceanfront AAA Four Diamond Award winning establishment that has been a choice spot for those in the know for 20 consecutive years. This year-round haven offers 84 individual rooms outfitted with a mix of Victorian-style furnishings and all high tech conveniences like free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Foodies will also relish the Boardwalk Plaza’s gourmet restaurant, Victoria’s, where they can enjoy top quality cuisine paired with beautiful Atlantic seascapes from every table and on the outdoor boardwalk patio in the warmer months. “For cocktails and lighter fare, guests also have the option of our cozy Plaza Pub,” Jennifer Zerby director of marketing at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel said. “Entertainment is provided by our house pianist, Jeff Irwin, who entertains guests with his ‘great American songbook’ style and who can accommodate almost any musical request.” In the summer months, visitors can enjoy a heated soaking pool, rooftop hot tub and supervised children’s activity hours for parents who want to sneak away from the kids for some alone time. Nearby, there are several shopping areas and

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ful weekend getaway for all ages. If you’ve never been to Newport before, tours of Ocean Drive, Downtown and the renowned Bellevue Avenue offer great insights into the history of the city and impressive views of the famous preserved mansions. Another great option is a stroll along the 3.5 mile Cliff Walk overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Newport’s multiple beaches. One of the yachting capitals of the world, Narragansett Bay is perpetually busy with sailboat races and provides a great show to tourists dining on fresh seafood at many of the fine restaurants. Boasting other attraction such as the International Tennis Hall of Fame, America’s Cup Charter tours, and nearby polo playing fields in Portsmouth, Newport is an undoubtedly friendly and fun location for a summer weekend.

Glimmerglass Festival

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The Glimmerglass Festival is a one-of-akind opera event and a fantastic summer destination for music lovers. Founded in 1975, the repertory company produces unique and lesser-known operas during the summer season only. Located at the 43-acre Alice Bush Opera Theatre nestled between the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains (7300 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326), the 2012 Summer Festival opens on July 7th and will feature productions of Aida, Armide, Lost in the Stars, and The Music Man.

Newport, Rhode island

Located in picturesque southern Rhode Island, the beachside attractions of Newport can provide a beauti-

The second largest city in Canada, Montreal is a great destination for a weekend away with distinct European flair. Between historical attractions like the Notre-Dame Basilica and an extensive array of high-end shopping options in Montreal’s “underground city”, there are plenty of ways to pass time along the St. Lawrence River. Located just south of the equally lovely Quebec City, there are many fine cuisine options available to visitors looking for a Parisian dining experience. There are also plenty of choices for nightlife in the inner city, but a popular option for visitors is to try their luck at the Casino de Montreal, easily accessible across from the Parc Jean-Drapeau. In short, vacationers

looking for a taste of a “Parisian New York” without flying across the pond will absolutely enjoy a weekend in this international city.

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Off the coast of southern Maine, Mount Desert Island and its popular tourist town, Bar Harbor, offer a serene escape from busy city life. Home to Acadia National Park, the island provides visitors with numerous options for recreational activities, including hiking, sailing, biking, and kayaking. Lodging options range from small Bed & Breakfasts to historic inns and even luxury mountaintop cottages. Between the months of May and October, Bar Harbor boasts popular whale watching adventures and other exciting options for adults and children alike.

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the final perforNewsies, the mance is schedbreakout new uled for August American mu19th. Newsies, sical, opened produced by at Broadway’s Disney TheatriNederlander cal Productions, Theatre (208 is directed by W 41st St) on Tony nominee March 29th for Jeff Calhoun a limited run (Big River refollowing its vival) and chocritically-hailed Time Out New York reographed by stint at Paper Mill Playhouse last fall. The musi- Tony nominee Christopher Gattelli cal, featuring a score by eight-time (South Pacific revival). Academy Award® winner Alan Men- Newsies has established itself ken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, as the top grossing new musical Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and of the spring, setting and then a book by four-time Tony® Award breaking the Nederlander Thewinner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage atre house record within weeks of aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy), its opening.

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Susquehanna River valley, Pa
Here’s a secret: Less than a three hour drive from Manhattan you’ll discover the Susquehanna River Valley - conveniently accessible and located in Central Pennsylvania. This breathtaking region offers a wide variety of things to do – which includes…doing nothing! Let’s face it; sometimes what we really need to do is do nothing. You know what I’m talking about…wake up only when the Universe beckons; finish that book that’s been sitting on the nightstand for the last few months; listen to the sounds of nothing more than mourning doves on a sunny day, or the seductive serenades of the crickets at night while savoring artisan wine and resting in an overstuffed porch chair. Forget the drivers, the cabs, the appointments, the needy yet much-needed assistants, the nannies, the dog-walkers, the PCs, the Smartphones… the STRESS!!! Nooks should be the window seat you crawl into with a nice cup of tea as you overnight in a Victorian Bed and Breakfast. Kindle should be what you do to the firewood at your secluded cabin or what you do with your loved one when there are no interruptions. Do yourself a favor this summer and escape – even for just a little while – to the Susquehanna River Valley where you can rest, explore, discover…breathe. Make a long weekend of it. Take that extra day; get up at 8am; hit the road by 9am – and before you know it – you’ll be checking into your cabin, hotel or historic B&B well before noon. The Susquehanna River Valley offers a wide menu of things for everyone to enjoy. If you love the great outdoors you’ll revel in the opportunities to go bicycling, mountain biking or hiking in beautiful R.B. Winter State Park, or embrace the region’s namesake –the Susquehanna River – and enjoy kayaking or canoeing to view the wildlife and greenery from the river’s perspective. After a homemade breakfast from your innkeeper’s kitchen, the local café or bakery, explore the many antique shops – “considered hot spots by many antique dealers from New York and Washington, D.C. – followed by a lazy afternoon visiting and tasting award-winning wines from the region’s four family-owned wineries. End your day enjoying delicious foods found in fine-dining eateries, local pubs, or savor the home cooked goodness of an authentic Amish meal served in the quaint home of two delightful Amish sisters. Summer offers a variety of festivals and attractions for the entire family. Whether it’s the two of you; the entire family or your best guy and gal pals, let your inner escape artist OUT and discover the nearby Susquehanna River Valley as your new “go-to” getaway and the best kept secret outside of Manhattan. To learn more, call us at 800-5257320, go to VisitCentralPA.org, Facebook.com/SusquehannaRiverValley or download their mobile apps from our web site.
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