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Autumn is finally here, so grab one of those pumpkin spice latte beverages and make your way to one of the many fall festivals. This month we’re focusing on those events dedicated to all things pumpkin, so here are five picks for pumpkin festivals doing their thing this month:
Circleville Pumpkin Show – Circleville, Ohio
Between October 16 and October 19th, one Ohio town turns into all things pumpkin. There’s a Miss Pumpkin Show that crowns a new gourd-geous—couldn’t resist, sorry—to reign over the annual festival. Farmers from around the state and region roll their pumpkins to the festival, as past winners have weighed in at well over 1,300 pounds. There’s a parade, live music, arts and crafts, and creatively arranged pumpkins and gourds all over downtown. Admission is free, but we’d bring spending cash for some of the attractions or for pumpkin this or that when you’re hungry.
Keene Pumpkin Festival – Keene, New Hampshire
We try to be fair and balanced in our assessment of this year’s pumpkin festivals, but the one in Keene, New Hampshire might just be the best thing going on this fall. They’ve got a food and craft court and a pumpkin road race, but what sets this festival apart are all the jack-o-lanterns. The town carved and brought in nearly 30,000 jack-o-lanterns last year, and they illuminate each and every one right around the town’s center. As you can imagine things look pretty darn awesome once the sun goes down, so bring your own pumpkin and head to New Hampshire on October 19th—just bring cash for parking.
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Okay—so it’s finally happened, summer has faded into the distance and now it’s time for autumn. The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing color, and it’s time to enjoy some seasonal selection—like apples. Here are a few festivals coming up the next couple of weekends dedicated to all things Macintosh, Red Delicious, and Granny Smith:
Cory Apple Festival – Cory, Indiana
They’ve been doing things here for over forty years, and this weekend is the 44th Annual Cory Apple Festival. Things begin on Friday and run through Sunday as fish frys, hog roasts, and chicken noodle dinners will ensure you’re well fed. Arts and craft vendors will be on hand, as well as plenty of antiques and other flea market finds. As for the apples, expect plenty of opportunities to enjoy some fresh fruit and pressed cider. Just be sure to stick around for the Redneck Riding Lawnmower Demolition Derby—hilarious. This certainly is a small town festival, as organizers are quick to point out that the town lacks an ATM, which means you better BYOCash.
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Today we remember the lives lost during the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
While crowds and ceremonies will likely restrict access to the 9/11 Memorial at the actual World Trade Center (which requires advance tickets anyway), there are a variety of other sculptures and remembrance parks within the area deserving of a little attention.
Here are seven other NY/NJ area September 11 memorials to visit year-round:
· Jersey City, NJ "Empty Sky" (above)
One of the newer memorials, it's also our personal favorite for the modern design and poignant placement just across the harbor from where the Twin Towers once stood. "Empty Sky," opened in 2011, sits in Liberty State Park and consists of two 30-foot-high rectangular towers, etched with the names of the 746 New Jersey-resident victims. The negative space between the monuments is oriented to highlight the area on the Manhattan skyline where the actual buildings once were.
The New York Comedy Festival is one of the world's best fests and not only because it features today's best stand-up comics, but also because it brings them to NYC's best venues.
The highlights of this year's festival, which will run from November 6 to November 10, include a conversation between Larry David and David Steinberg at Town Hall, Kathy Griffin at Carnegie Hall, and an Evening with Bill Maher at the Beacon Theatre.
Tickets to most performances are still available and range in price from around $50 - $100. You can find links to the appropriate ticket vendors for each show (it varies based on venue) at nycomedyfestival.com/schedule.
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This Sunday, the final episode of the first season of Bravo’s Princesses: Long Island will air. Although the embarrasingly addictive show only had ten episodes, that was plenty of time to see a wide swath of Long Island.
Should you find yourself in Jewish Princess withdrawal while waiting to find out if the show gets renewed, perhaps you can check out one of these spots that you saw on the series?
What a tangled little story this is. It begins with a strange but seemingly confirmed story about how TSA agents are now searching valet-parked cars parked at airports.
We write "strange" because, well, that's a very new thing TSA would be doing. You'd think they would have told have told someone in advance. Yet it's also "seemingly confirmed" because a local news station in New York went to Greater Rochester International Airport, where the car searches occurred, and found a bunch of evidence.
If you haven’t been to Niagara Falls, we’d highly recommend you up and go. It’s definitely worth a look, but we would hardly call it the coolest location or destination. However, that might be changing a little bit as an infusion of cash and some catchy advertising is looking to give Niagara Falls a cool new attitude.
As far as we know the falls themselves aren’t changing—ha—but the tourist areas and extras just might be. Specifically we’re talking about the region on the United States’ side of the border, as over in Canada they have their own issues.
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Haven't yet made plans for USA's birthday celebrations next week? If your palms just got sweaty and you panicked a little bit, we've got you covered with our picks of the best ways to ring in the 237th year this fine country has been a republic.
Maybe you just convinced your boss to give you the long Fourth of July weekend off or maybe you simply need a getaway; whatever the reason, so long as you're looking to get your year's fill of fireworks, hot dogs and potato salad, these are the places for you:
Tickets for the New York City Wine & Food Festival finally went on sale to the public yesterday, June 24th.
The sixth annual fest takes place October 17-20, 2013 and is the only NYC food festival to bring together culinary icons from around the world and America’s most beloved television chefs including Mario Batali, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, and Rachael Ray.
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Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream's motto is "it's never too cold for ice cream." That said, it's a real treat to visit the newly revamped ice cream mecca in Lockport, NY in the summertime.
The locally owned and operated Lake Effect began in a small storefront and became popular with locals for their Ice Wine and Frozen Hot Chocolate flavors. No wonder! Now, they're keeping up with insane demand with a newer, bigger location in Lockport just across the street from the Erie Canal.
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Someone told us the other day that the word 'Brooklyn' has entered the French lexicon—as an adjective, used to describe something that's super trendy. While we think that's going overboard, nobody can deny how fashionable the borough has become over the past 10 years, and that popularity isn't likely to dwindle anytime soon.
Most tourists tend to migrate towards northern Brooklyn when they visit, and while we love us some Williamsburg and Bushwick, there's another new 'hood that's emerging as a ground zero for art, culture and lip-smackin' good eats: Gowanus.
For better or worse, the neighborhood is best known as the home of the Gowanus Canal—a.k.a. one of the most toxic bodies of water in the country—though that's all about to change, as city officials recently announced a multi-million dollar project to clean up the gunky waterway and make Gowanus a little easier on the eyes (and the nose).
This is all great news for visitors, though locals have been tuned into this spot—with its growing artillery of cool performance venues, cozy coffeeshops, and (yes) clam shacks—for quite some time.
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It's one of NYC's oldest and best attractions, and on May 24th, it opens for the season. Here are all the thrills you need to experience next time you visit...
Wonder Wheel: The king of rides at Coney Island contains 24 fully enclosed passenger cars, which can each hold up to 6 people (though if you're here on a date, you can keep the whole car to yourself). Not only are the views of the Atlantic Ocean awesome, but each individual car is on an 'S'-shaped track, so as the wheel turns, there is some lurching action that's sure to make your stomach flip.
Four more after the jump!