SC: Guacamole, Piñatas, Chihuahuas and More

Florence, SC Exit 160: Join Greater Florence Habitat For Humanity for their annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on Friday, May 3rd for a block street party.

Piñatas line the street while fiesta fun includes live music with The Fantasy Band, delish food and beverages, Kids Zone-Face painting, Bouncy House, Balloon making, mariachi band, Photo Booth and back by popular demand Chihuahua dog races-and Chihuahua costume contest.

Admission is FREE, but proceeds from ticket sales will go toward Habitat for Humanity, providing shelter for families in need locally in Florence.

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Location: Downtown Florence, 100 S. Dargan St block, SC 29501
Date: Fri, May 3, 2019
Time: 5:30pm – 10pm
Tel: 843-665-1624
florencehabitat.com
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FL: Sunshine, Sand Dunes and Jeeps

Daytona Beach, FL Exit 261:  Jeep Beach is a Jeep only charity event held each April in Daytona Beach, Florida to raise much needed funds for worthwhile local and national charities and organizations.

Jeep Beach enthusiasts gather to celebrate a passion for off-road vehicles with over seven days of family-friendly fun for Jeep owners.

Jeep Beach has become one of the largest Jeep events in the country, attracting thousands of participants, hundreds of vendors, and tens of thousands of spectators from across the globe. Jeep Beach brings you a week of fun in the sun with thousands of Jeep aficionados.

The family fun begins with the Monday Night Kickoff Party, off site trail rides, obstacle course, Jeep Beach silent auction, Shade Brigade Tiki Party, scavenger hunt, Beachside Main Street Block Party, Show N Shine, largest Jeep specific vendor show and over $150,000 in raffle prizes.

Festival highlights include:

April 22: Jeep Beach Kick Off at Daytona Stadium
April 23: Jeep Beach Night at ONE DAYTONA
April 24: Official Jeep Beach Luau Show and Shine at Daytona Beach Bandshell
April 25: Official Jeep Beach Main Street Block Party

Location: Citywide
Date: Apr 22 – 28, 2019
Times: Mon – Thurs 9am – 10pm, Fri 9am -5pm, Sat 9am – 9pm, Sun morning
jeepbeach.com
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FL: Celebrate Annual Turtle Day at The Marine Science Center

Daytona Beach, FL Exit 256: Enjoy close encounters with endangered sea turtles and other marine life during the annual Turtle Day at Marine Science Center.  Celebrate animal rehabilitation and raise awareness about marine life and the environment.

The Marine Science Center is an environmental learning center providing rehabilitation for sick and injured sea turtles and seabirds. Visitors can learn about marine life in the center’s exhibit hall, which includes a 1,400-gallon touch pool, a 5,000-gallon artificial reef aquarium, living reef, octopus and moray eel exhibits, and a gift shop.

 

Watch turtles and birds receive specialized care, visit   habitats for bald eagles and wading birds, walk along the nature trail, and climb the observation tower.

 

Animal rehabilitation staff will explain how they care for injured birds and sea turtles, while exhibitors from regional conservation organizations will provide information on projects throughout the area.

Other activities will include face painting, crafts and live music. Attendees can meet glove-trained birds of prey and get their hands wet in the center’s touch pool, which features cownose rays and hermit crabs.

Location: Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
Date: Sat, April 6, 2019
Time: 10am – 3pm
Tel: 386-304-5545
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SC: A Blast From the Past at Hippie Fest

Florence, SC Exit 160:  Hippie Fest is a grassroots festival where free-spirited people from across the country gather to celebrate peace, love, and all things groovy.

Returning to Lake City on Saturday March 30, 2019 this popular festival features a day full of activities such as: live music, group camping, bohemian shopping, vintage hippie car show, DIY tie-dye, giant bubble garden, cirque performers, kids activities, delicious food, and more.

Hippie Fest is a family-friendly music and arts festival featuring vibrant entertainment for all ages. Kids 10 and under free. Reserve tickets while they last at HippieFest.org.

ENTERTAINMENT LINE UP:

11AM – Camping area opens
Noon – Festival gates open
Noon – Artisan vendor booths open
Noon – Vintage hippie car show begins
Noon – Giant bubble garden opens
Noon – DIY tie-dye station opens
Noon – Tipsy-Hippie tiki bar opens

Stage Performances:
Noon – Fred Heintz – Grassroots Soul
1pm – Sugarshine – Sunny Reggae
3pm – Stillhouse – 60s Throwbacks
3pm – Interactive Drum Circle
5pm – Trauma Illinois – Jubilant Rock

Location: Graham’s Historic Farm, 843 McCutcheon Rd, Lake City, SC 29560
(843 State Rd S-21-85 in Google Maps)

Date: Sat, March 30, 2019
Time: Noon – 7pm
hippiefest.org
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FL: Good Times On Tap at Inaugural Daytona Beer Festival

Daytona Beach, FL Exit 261: Daytona International Speedway has a new event on tap for Daytona Speedweeks. The inaugural Daytona Beer Festival will be held Sunday, Feb. 10th, from noon-3 pm, in conjunction with Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger and the Advance Auto Parts Clash.

Daytona Speedweeks officially kicks off the NASCAR season with an action-packed schedule of races across several different series, all leading up to the Daytona 500. Called “The Great American Race,” this is NASCAR’s biggest, most prestigious event of the year and the season-opener to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

The DAYTONA Beer Festival will span multiple Midway Suites, allowing fans to choose from over 70 different brands of beer including Wicked Weed, Kona, Golden Road, Blue Point, Goose Island IPA, Landshark, Shock Top, Karbach, 10 Barrel, Redhook and many more, in a climate-controlled environment.

Tickets are $52 and includes a “beer passport,” allowing guests to sample 10 of 70-plus brands, as well as a general admission ticket to the Advance Auto Parts Clash – a non-points Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race comprised of select drivers – and DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger, and a collectible beer mug and lanyard.

Festival-goers will also enjoy: watching DAYTONA 500 Qualifying live on flat screen TVs throughout the event, socializing in indoor, air-conditioned midway suites, live entertainment, lounge seating and concession stand offerings.

*Must be 21 years of age or older to participate.

Location: Daytona International Speedway, 1801 West International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Date: Sun, Feb 10, 2019
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Tel: 1-800-PITSHOP
www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/DaytonaBeerFestival
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DE: Reserve Comfort and Convenience at Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware

Newark, DE Exit 1B: Road trips can be so arduous, but not when you plan on stopping and staying at the Courtyard Newark in Delaware.

There is good reason why the Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware is the winner of numerous Trip Advisor and Marriott awards for excellence in guest service, as evaluated by direct guest feedback. With over 250 years of hospitality experience on the management team, this award winning crew do an amazing job exceeding your expectations.

Sleep soundly and awake rejuvenated, enjoy modern accommodations, luxurious bedding, state-of-the-art technology, free high-speed Wi-Fi and impeccable service at the four-story, 126-room Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware. The hotel offers all of the comforts of home for your visit.

The hotel works closely with the University Hospitality Program, helping to teach future hoteliers the ropes and has always employed hearing-impaired staff. It’s not only disability friendly, it is pet friendly too – including small pet yard outside.

Breakfast area at Courtyard Marriott

Location: Courtyard Newark: 400 David Hollowell Dr., Newark, DE 19711 (GPS use 200 New London Rd)
Tel: 302-737-0900
udel.edu/hotel
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Don’t Go To Maine Without Stopping at the Original Pat’s Pizza in Orono

Orono, ME Exit 191 N or 193 S: Pat’s Pizza has deep roots in it’s community. Located in close proximity to the University of Maine in Orono this place has been around for 80+ years. Pat’s Pizza has become a favorite of University of Maine students offering delicious and affordable pizzas that won’t disappoint.

Opened in 1931, and still churning out 700 pizzas a night, this 2nd generation family business (now with 19 locations) is famous in Maine, and this is their original location with its retro vibe; original Formica counters and slate foot rests.

The thin, soft, light crust melts in your mouth, and the toppings are put on evenly so that there’s a taste in every bite. With 35 toppings like: specially made pepperoni, pine nuts, hotdog, kielbasa, zesty olives or eggplant, there is a pizza just for you! They even make gluten-free pizzas or double -dough pizzas.

The menu has plenty to offer with everything from appetizers, salads, spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, mouth-watering calzones, sub sandwiches, wraps, desserts and of course Pat’s legendary pizza.   The Pat’s Combo is the most popular pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms, and Cotto salami on it. Wash it down with Pat’s own brand of sodas: strawberry, root beer, orange, grape, cream or Stan and Sandra’s favorite – raspberry Lime Rickey, or try the local Moxie brand, made in Maine.

Take advantage of Tuesday’s  free bread sticks,  which are filled with cheese and free with purchase of a pizza. At the Orono location enjoy the Tap Room with large screen televisions, a stone fireplace and their very own Pat’s Lager Beer.

The staff works hard to make this landmark for pizza in Maine a fun, family-friendly experience and good food at a reasonable price which is why Pat’s has been around for so long.

Location: 11 Mill Street, Orono, ME 04473
Hours: Sun thru Sat 10:30am – 12:00am
Tel: 207-866-2111
patspizzaorono.com
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FL: At Daytona Be Wowed by 1.5 Miles of the Magic of Lights® Holiday Display

Daytona Beach FL, Exit 261: During this year’s holiday season, families will be able to enjoy a festive drive through experience at Daytona International Speedway. The “World Center of Racing” will be transformed with hundreds of light displays into a holiday spectacle, a 1.5 mile long Magic of Lights, using the latest in LED and digital animation technologies specifically designed for this iconic venue.Magic of Lights Car81

Experience the holiday spirit drive-through from the comfort of your own car. At every turn, and in every direction, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays and animations. Be transfixed when Santa’s team of reindeer cross in flight above your vehicle, see the sweetest 200-foot long Candy Cane Lane, a delightful Snowflake Forest and even more festivities.

Magic of Lights is a fun and memorable family entertainment. To commemorate the season of giving a portion of every ticket to Magic of Lights benefits the Florida Hospital Foundation.Magic of Lights Reindeer1

Location: Daytona International Speedway, 1801 West International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Dates: until Dec 31st, 2018
Hours: every night from dusk – 10 pm
Tel: 330-441-4255
magicoflights.com/daytona
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FL: Celebrate the Holidays at Whitehall in Guilded Age Style

Palm Beach FL, Exit 70: The Flagler Museum’s Whitehall’s first floor is decorated in traditional Gilded Age splendor through Christmas Day each year. The focal point is a 16-foot-tall Christmas Tree in the Grand Hall, adorned with colored electrical lights and traditional Gilded Age style ornaments. Bring your family and experience holiday traditions and festivities including holiday music played on Whitehall’s original 1,249-pipe Odell organ and the 1902 Steinway art-case grand piano. This annual performance is the only opportunity visitors have to hear both of Whitehall’s majestic instruments.

Special choir performances, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus complete the afternoon’s activities. The event culminates with Henry Flagler’s youngest descendants lighting the Grand Hall Christmas Tree. Each visitor will receive a box of Animal Crackers, a treat invented in the Gilded Age. The iconic circus box was originally designed as a Christmas Tree ornament.

For more than four decades the Flagler Museum has observed the tradition of Henry Flagler’s descendants and relatives lighting the Museum’s Christmas Tree on the first Sunday of December.

Schedule of Events

Seasonal refreshments in the West Room – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Santa Claus in the Pavilion – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Brief Organ Performances in the Music Room

3:30 pm, 3:50 pm, and 4:10 pm

Installed in 1902, the J.H. & C.S. Odell pipe organ incorporates 1,249 metal and wood pipes powered by massive bellows. The Flaglers employed an organist to provide music for all their social functions held at the estate throughout the Season.

Brief Piano Performances in the Drawing Room

3:40 pm, 4:00 pm, and 4:20 pm

Holiday music will be performed on the Steinway Piano. Original to Whitehall’s Drawing Room, the grand art case piano was custom designed to match the aluminum leaf detailing of the Louis XVI style room.

Holiday Caroling in the Courtyard  – 4:30 pm

A choral performance will celebrate the season with holiday carols. Entertaining during the Flagler era often centered around musical events. Musicale, concert, and orchestra performances were often held at Whitehall during the winter Season.

Christmas Tree Lighting – 4:55 pm
Henry Flagler’s descendants and relatives will light the 16ft. tall Grand Hall Christmas tree. The Flaglers celebrated Christmas in a traditional Gilded Age fashion, with a tree richly decorated with ornaments, colored electric lights, and gifts for the local children. The Museum continues that tradition and will hand out Animal Crackers, a snack invented in the Gilded Age.

Free with Museum Admission – Celebrate the Holidays at Whitehall

Location: Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480
Date: Sun, Dec 2, 2018
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Tel: 561- 655-2833
flaglermuseum.us
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MD: An Old Fashioned Holiday At The Surratt House

Clinton, MD Exit 7A: Why not bring Christmas past to Christmas present at The Surratt House’s Old Fashioned Holiday. Celebrate the Christmas of yesteryear amid period decorations, special exhibits and seasonal histories.

The Surratt House will be festively decorated in the style more appropriate for the mid-1800s with a tabletop tree, antique toys and dolls, and a special display of vintage  Victorian Christmas cards and ornaments.

Enjoy a relaxing historic tour amidst the chaos of the modern holidays. The house will be full of dressed docents, in garb of the period, and enhancing the regular tour with anecdotes of what Christmas would have been like for our ancestors of that period in Southern Maryland.

A booklet on Christmas history and customs will be given to each visitor as well as a 15% discount in the museum’s shop. This is the last time you can see the house decked with boughs of holly and other festive decorations before the museum closes for a month.

The museum will be closed to tours from December 10-January 15; however, the gift shop will remain open through December 22.

Location: Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD 20735
Date: Nov 28 – Dec 9, 2018
Hours: Wed – Fri 11am – 3pm, Sat -Sun 12 – 4pm
The Surratt House Museum is closed from Dec 12th to Jan 17th.
Tel: 301-868-1121
surrattmuseum.org
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