Tomorrow, breast cancer awareness organization Rally for the Cure is hosting a tennis benefit at the Columbia Tennis Center on 218th Street in New York; it’s $20 to play and free to watch. We’ve donated several pink planners, stationery sets, and some pink fountain pen ink that will be used as prizes, so good luck to all who attend!
To learn more about hosting a Rally benefit at your local sports club or school, click here.
If you live nearby, and you don’t have any plans this evening, you might consider checking out a free concert by percussionist Glen Velez and rhythmic vocalist Lori Cotler at the Public Library in Montclair, NJ. I’m not familiar with their work (though I have it on good authority that it’s terrific), but if this YouTube clip is anything to go by, you’ll be in for an amazing evening.
It’s hot and muggy in New York, but August’s first “Where to Go” contest entrant, Janet, is already dreaming of next year’s NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park.
For the last few years, the National Hockey League has showcased a Winter Classic game. It’s how we ring in the new year; the game is on January 1st and the best part — it is outdoors! The 2010 game will feature the Philadelphia Flyers vs. the Boston Bruins in Boston. My husband and I went to Boston for our 15th wedding anniversary, that was ten years ago. We’d love to revisit for our 25th anniversary.
I would love to go to East beach on Chappaquiddick Island. I would stop at the Japanese garden (My Toi) on the way, a very shady and rustic area. Then, taking a beach umbrella, a picnic, and a good book, I would go to the beach for the afternoon. It is great to listen to the waves, smell the salt air, hear the sea gulls shrieking, and r-e-l-a-x. We would take a long walk along the shoreline letting the waves wash over our feet. As long as I’m at it, I would have my husband surf-casting for bluefish and catch a nice one, then he would clean it and I would cook it with lots of butter and lemon. We would sleep soundly after a full day of beach fun.
We’ll be raffling them off to the winners of our newest contest, the “Where to Go” sign/photo contest (not to be confused with our regular “Where to Go” contest). Here’s how it works: you send us photographs of particularly cool or unusual signs — highway signs, bathroom signs, wilderness trail guideposts, mileage signs, etc. For example, here’s a license plate Tom Hall saw in Wisconsin:
Thanks to John for our latest “Where to Go” entry… a rich and varied half-year of travel to Canada and within the U.S.
Based out of North Carolina, we have had a fun travel year this year so far. I started with a trip to Lafleche, Saskatchewan at the end of January, where the high temperature was -19 °C, and the low was around -35 °C. Big town, population currently listed as 380. My family homesteaded into Canada in the early 1900’s to a small hamlet located southwest of Lafleche, a much bigger town with current population of around 40.
During the Easter school break, we spent some family time at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Our first international “Where to Go” entry! Thanks to Woodworker for writing in from the Netherlands… about Rotterdam’s North Sea Jazz festival.
Every year I go with a friend to the North Sea Jazz festival in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). This year I also took my wife for the first time. The North Sea Jazz festival is great because they have 15 places with concerts in one big building, filled with 25.000 people on friday, saturday and sunday. My wife was amazed about the huge amount of people. We saw several acts that blew us away. We started with Gilberto Santa Rosa, a latin band, woow that was a great intro. We went on to James Taylor, SMV (with Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten, three of the greatest bassplayers).
Then came our Dutch champ Wouter Hamel. After that we had Amos Lee, George Duke. And last but certainly not the least was our own Candy Dulfer. She blew us totally away. Even when we where very tired, we could not stand or sit still, we just had to dance. It was great being in Rotterdam again. I hope next year we go again! If you like jazz/pop/blues and live-music, and you are in the Netherlands, just go there, it is a great festival with great atmosphere.
One of my favorite places is the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA. It has a lot of history as a place where famous movie stars socialized and legendary bands performed. Many important events have happened there. Certain places still have an element of glamour, but it is also gritty and dirty. There are interesting people of all kinds and hanging out on the Strip is never a dull night. There is nothing like rocking out at the clubs, hanging out with the bands and basking in marquis lighting.
June’s inaugural “Where to Go” entry comes from Tejal Kuray, who writes about her attic room (and blogs here about inks, paper, pens, and art supplies).
These days I’m spending more and more time in my attic room. Originally a storage space, we completely redesigned it and added carpet, painted the walls, installed an AC, furniture, and now it’s my private abode, far above the distractions and drama that is family life. Having redecorated it myself, I feel a special kind of connection to it. Add in things such as two betta fish, several houseplants, tons of art supplies (everything from oil paints to yarn for crocheting), an overflowing bookshelf, and the colorful origami cranes hanging from the ceiling, and we have a seriously personalized private space where I can be alone with my thoughts, my fish and my plants.
More pictures of Tejal’s room, art supplies and artwork, and sea glass collection after the jump…