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US: Fredericksburg, VA – Bourbon Barrel Regatta at Distillery’s Father’s Day Fest

Father’s Day is a special day, so why not treat Dad to a fun-filled day at A. Smith Bowman Distillery, the home of World’s Best Bourbon 2016 & 2017, for their 7th Annual Father’s Day Festival.Bourbon Father's Day Festival

Admission is FREE to the festival and entertaining for the whole family.  Highlights include: Distillery tours on the half hour, tastings & cocktails, local beer & wine, Live music, mouthwatering food, vendors, games, and the much anticipated Annual Barrel Regatta.

Bourbon Barrel Regatta FB Deep Run Regatta CoverThe Annual Barrel Regatta is an amusing watery tradition. Taking place from  noon – 1pm, individuals or teams from around the create their own boats made from used bourbon barrels and race them in Deep Run. There will be prizes and awards for the two fastest finishes, most spirited and best sinking. You don’t want to miss the race.

No pets with the exception of service animals are allowed in the festival areas.

Location: A. Smith Bowman Distillery, One Bowman Drive, At Deep Run, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Date: Sat,  June 16th, 2018
Time: 11am – 5pm
Tel: 540-373-4555
asmithbowman.com
For Regional Accommodations, Restaurants & Attractions: visitfred.com

US: Boston, MA – All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival for Cancer Research in its 36th Year

Grab your spoons and mark your calendars for Scooper Bowl – all-you-can-eat Ice Cream Festival.3 Girls in Picture 2018-05-22_11-39-13

Celebrating its 36th year in 2018, the Scooper Bowl is now a three-day event that dishes out 20 tons of the summer’s finest ice cream to more than 40,000 ice cream lovers from across the nation. Enjoy a lot of great entertainment and fun activities at this country’s largest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival.

Girl with Ice cream2018-05-22_11-19-13What is most impressive about the ice cream festival is that all ice cream companies donate all the ice cream, labor, scoopers, and products needed to make the event happen each year. Though they are competitors for 51 weeks of the year, during the first week of June they come together to create an event that is now known as the “unofficial start of summer” in New England.Fighting For a Cure 2018-05-22_11-34-39

Made possible by the generous contributions of the industry’s largest ice cream companies, the Scooper Bowl has raised more than $6.3 million in the past 35 years for cancer research and patient care at the world-renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Get Your Tickets 

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Whether you’re a visitor to the area or professional ice-cream-eater, you play a huge part their our mission to conquer cancer.Ben and Jerry's 2018-05-22_11-32-34

Ice Cream Flavors

Baskin-Robbins
Boston Cream Pie
Cannoli Be With You
OREO® ‘n Caramel
Triple Grape Ice
Beckon Ice Cream (formerly Minus the Moo) – Thursday only, lactose-free
Vanilla
Chocolate
Espresso
Sea Salt Chocolate Chip
Mint Chip
Chocolate Candy Crunch
Strawberries & Sweet Cream
Black Raspberry
Confetti
Ben & Jerry’s
Gimme Smore
Caramel Almond Brittle non-dairy
AmeriCone Dream®
Chocolate Shake It
Breyers
Nautral Vanilla
Oreo® Cookies & Cream
Mint Chip
Edy’s
Birthday Cake
Dulce
Rainbow Sherbet
Friendly’s
Triple Caramel Peanut Heaven
Hunka Chunka PB Fudge®
Rockin’ Poppin’ Cotton Candy
Cookies ‘N Cream
Black Raspberry
Haagen-Dazs
Chocolate Salted Fudge Truffle Non-Dairy
Hood
Hood® New England Creamery Limited Edition Chocolate Churro
Hood® New England Creamery Limited Edition Purple Panda
Hood® Coffee Cookies ‘n Cream
Hood® Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Lactaid – lactose-free
Lactaid® Cookies ‘n Cream
Lactaid® Mint Chocolate Chip
Lactaid® Mocha Almond Chip
Lactaid® Salted Caramel
Rosev Dairy Foods
Coconut
Rum Raisin
Purple Cow
Twisted Sea Turtle
Vice Cream
Afternoon Delight
Bourbon Mash
L’Orange A Trois
Minted
Higher Grounds
Yasso
Stick Bars:
Pistachio Brittle
Fudge Brownie
Coconut Caramel
Chocolate Chip
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip
Scoops:
Party Animal  Mint Championchip
Rolling in the Dough
Caramel Pretzelmania
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Location: City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201
Date: June 5 – 7, 2018
Time: Noon – 8pm
scooperbowl.org
For Regional Accommodations, Restaurants & Attractions: bostonusa.com

US: Florence, SC – Go Nuts for Pecans in Florence and Snag some Free Swag

April is National Pecan month so why not celebrate by following a culinary trail dedicated to the pecan.

Julie Belle's - White Russian Pecan PieFlorence is home to the South Carolina Pecan Trail, showcasing 17 local restaurants and specialty shops offering pecan dishes or products, putting pecans in the spotlight. From pecan-encrusted grouper to pecan pie martinis, those venturing on the trail will experience a variety of originality.Rebel Pie - Danish Pizza

Pick up a passport at the visitors center, 3290 W. Radio Drive, or any of the participating restaurants to start the journey. Earn a stamp in the passport by feasting on the featured pecan item at each establishment.

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Return your passport to the Visitors Center in person or by mail for some sweet Pecan Trail swag. Show up with four stamps, and receive a charming metal nutcracker. Eight stamps will get you a drawstring bag and the nutcracker. Present a fully stamped passport and  walk away with a T-shirt, drawstring bag and the nutcracker. SC Pecan Trail

 

Get your stamps and enjoy tasty pecan offerings at these restaurants and specialty shops:

Block and Vino: Seasonal praline pecan cheesecake; candied pecan brie-stuffed chicken

Clay Pot Coffee Shop: Signature BIG cookie: Southern Maple Pecan Oatmeal Cookie

Dolce Vita: Double chocolate chip pecan muffin

Freeman’s Bakery: Assortment of baked goods, including cakes, Danish pastries

Julian Belle’s: White Russian pecan pie

The Library: Bourbon pecan pie

Rebel Pie Wood-fired Pizza: Danish pizza

Red Bone Alley: Chicken salad with pecans; apple crisp; chocolate chip cookie pie

Seminar Brewing: Pecans Gone Wild smoked brown ale

Struttin’ Turkey: Turkey salad with cranberries and pecans

Top Hat Special-Teas: Top Hat Pecan Scones

Town Hall: Braised oxtail ravioli, local sweet potato puree, espelette-spiced pecans and sage oil

Tubb’s Shrimp and Fish Co.: Sweet potato cheesecake

Venus Restaurant and Catering: Pecan (Belgian) waffle, Southern pecan pancakes

Victors: Pecan pie martini

Wholly Smokin’: Goat cheese salad, features warm goat cheese patty encrusted with local pecans

Young Plantations: Variety of flavored pecans

Location: Visitor Information Center, 3290 W. Radio Drive, Florence Center Upper Level, Florence, SC 29501
Time: Daily 9am – 5pm
Tel: 800-325-9005
visitflo.com

Canada – Montreal – Bakerfield Mist: Artsy Fartsy Tryst at Centaur

It is really hard to take the boring authenticity-proving side of the modern art world and make it into a delightful audience loving (2 standing ovations on opening night) theatre piece.

Stephen Sachs, the playwright, took on the true story of Terry Horton, a former truck driver who scavenged a painting for $5 at a second-hand shop as a gift for a friend who needed cheering up. Maude Gutman, as she is called in this play, is a lover of kitsch – her trailer is overwhelmed by it (A congratulatory shout out here for the jam-packed shelves created by set and costume designer Pam Johnson, who really needed my Smart Shopping Montreal book to find all that stuff!). At a yard sale, the local art teacher noticed the painting and mentioned it might be a Jackson Pollock; and so begins the tale. Somehow Gutman managed to get a major art house in NYC to send an expert over to check out her claim.

And therein lies this sparring pied-a-deux. A foul-mouthed bourbon drinking trailer park madam vs. the snooty elitist artsy gentleman. Human authenticity versus art authenticity is set to be proven. Nicola Cavendish walks the walk and talks the talk. Her sneaker grounded stalking moves her around the trailer while her expert verbal comedic timing keeps the pace going. She even manages to give the garbage pail “a line”.

Jonathan Monro (Lionel Percy), himself a renaissance man (competitive swimmer, piano prodigy, singer, director, lyricist, actor), glides around her, expertly dodging her verbal and physical attacks. My take-away forever (as a former NYC art teacher) is the exuberant and sexually suggestive way in which Monro teaches us the how and why a Jackson Pollock painting is important – and not just a bunch of paint splashes on a canvas.
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Though Percy always trusts his “first blink”, it is Nicola Cavendish who summed it up brilliantly when she observed Pollock’s paintings, “You can see that what emerges is layers and layers and layers. I think it’s a lesson on how we can learn to look more closely, whether we are talking about a piece of art or whether we’re talking about the woman who lives across the street who’s offensive.” Modern art is beyond the understanding of the ordinary citizen, and this play opens the door a crack as to what it is all about, how it works and doesn’t work. The show makes it all fun and drives Maude’s trailer expertly to the end to find out if she goes from rags to riches.

Location: 453 St-Francois Xavier
corner: Notre-Dame
Tel: 514-288-3161
Dates: Jan 31-Feb 26, 2017
Prices $28- $51
www.centaurtheatre.com
Metro: Place d’Armes

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