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Broadway Is Back at The Playhouse on Rodney Square in Delaware

APtravelnews- Wilmington, DEL 4/19/15…Big time Broadway is back at The Playhouse on Rodney Square.  Previously known as the DuPont Theatre, The Playhouse on Rodney Square’s 2015-2016 production schedule has just been unveiled.  It features six high profile Broadway favorites.  The season begins with the ever popular Annie (Dec. 1-6) followed by “Chicago – The Musical” (Jan. 2-17), “Mama Mia!” (Mar. 4-6), “Blue Man Group” (Mar. 17-20), “Forty-Second Street” (Apr. 19-24) and concludes with the riveting “Jersey Boys”
(May 10-15). The Playhouse on Rodney Square is now being managed by the Grand Opera House which is also located in Wilmington less than two blocks from The Playhouse.  Steve Bailey, the Managing Director of Programming at both the Grand and The Playhouse on Rodney Square said “We recognize the Playhouse on Rodney Square as a community asset that we are managing on their (DuPont’s) behalf.”  Executive Director Mark Fields points out that “The former 102-year-old DuPont Theatre is the longest continuously operating Broadway touring house in the country.  It’s also one of the smallest.”  According to Fields, this presents a serious challenge for The Playhouse on Rodney Square.  Therefore the budget for the new season represents a 25 percent increase over last year’s expenditures when DuPont was at the helm and the new theatre leadership has teamed up with Innovation Arts & Entertainment, an innovative Chicago-based company, to ensure the success of their commitment to book the best that Broadway has to offer.  Fields said Adam Epstein, the firm’s head, “…has the connections, and quite frankly, the clout to deliver a Broadway series in Wilmington that you (theatre patrons) want and that we think you deserve.”Season tickets are now on sale at www.theplayhousede.org, by calling 302-888-0200 and at the box office.  Packages range from $140 for a four-show package to $590 for premium weekend seats for all six shows.  Individual show tickets will go on sale in late summer or early fall.In addition to the six Broadway plays, Bailey says the 1,240-seat Playhouse will also serve as an alternate venue for concerts.  If the 1,208-seat Grand is not available, event sponsors now have the option to book at The Playhouse.  Lyn Lewis
LynLewis@VisitWilmingtonDE.com
100 West 10th Street, Suite 20
Wilmington, DE 19801
P: 302-295-2212
F: 302-652-4726
VisitWilmingtonDE.comThe Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit organization founded in 1978, chartered by the Governor of Delaware, the New Castle County Executive and the Mayor of Wilmington. Its mission is to serve as the community’s customer-focused destination marketing organization, generating economic growth through leisure travel and meetings development by aggressively marketing attractions, facilities, amenities and services for visitors.

2015 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Ride Announces Waynesville as the Starting Host Town

 

Bicyclists can also enjoy the fly fishing trail through N.C. too!
Bicyclists can also enjoy the fly fishing trail through N.C. too! Bob E. Photo

APtravelnews-News Release from Waynesville, N.C-3/12/15—When Anna Smathers, Communications Manager for beautiful Haywood County, N.C. to tell me about her joy in having, after months of behind the scenes planning and coordinating, the North Carolina Amateur Sports organization and Cycle North Carolina recently announced that the Town of Waynesville has been named as the starting host town for the 2015 “Mountains to Coast” Bicycle Tour in September.  The organization made the official announcement on Sunday, March 8 at the opening reception of the North Carolina Governors Conference on Tourism in Pinehurst, NC. All participating municipalities and communities were announced and Waynesville received the distinguished title as the starting host town for the ride. “We are honored and excited to be selected as the host/start city for the event this year.  The tour will allow the 1000+ participants and their families to enjoy the mountains and scenic beauty of the area, and while they are here, gives Waynesville the opportunity to showcase its hospitality and charm,” said Marcy O’Neil, Town Manager for Waynesville.

Waynesville will serve as base camp for the initial kick-off and starting point for the cross state ride.  Participants are planned to arrive Saturday, September 26 or even earlier and will have free time to enjoy the local area.  They will begin their journey on Sunday, September 27 and travel 55 miles to neighboring Hendersonville, where they will spend the night before continuing on to Shelby.The “Mountains to Coast” ride provides participants with just enough introductions to each community to entice them to bring their families back for longer visits including vacations.

This event will bring One to two-night stays from 900+ participants, plus more than 4.6 million media/print impressions. ($250,000 value) benefits to the many communities that this event will be an Introduction of communities to participants throughout North Carolina, the U.S. and other countries. Additional revenues from concessions, catering, hotel stays, dining, shopping, attraction visits, etc. will accrue to participating businesses in this area of N.C.

The “Mountains to Coast” tour is major step in the right direction to grow this specific tourism market in Haywood County,” said Lynn Collins, Executive Director of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. For more information on the event, visit  http://cnc.ncsports.org/.
 Along with its picturesque beauty, Haywood County and its five towns of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde offer year round activities and events centered around food, heritage, music, art and the outdoors. No matter what experience you choose, N.C. guarantees you will always experience Authentic Appalachian, Pure & Simple! For more information visit  www.visitncsmokies.com  or contact the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority at 800-334-9036. Note* Barb and I spent a week in this area and it was the best trip ever!!!!

To download a PDF click here: 2015 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Ride Announces Waynesville as the Starting Host Town

Florence, South Carolina Going North or South on I-95 A Travelers Terrific Stopover!

Love is in the air when Terry moves in!
Love is in the air when Terry moves in!

APtravelnews-January 25th, Frederick, MD.-“Bob and Barb on the Road Again-When we left our S. Florida home on the way to Frederick, MD to visit our sons new Market Street Fusion Restaurant, we again calculated that the half-way point for some rest, relaxation before heading another 500-miles was our favorite stopover; Florence, S. Carolina-this was not our first stopover there. Florence has one of the very best tourism representative in the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau   in the person of Holly Beaumier. She told us that the very new Home 2 Suites by Hilton would be a great place for us to visit as they are very pet friendly, and Terry our “Critter” who loves and is loved by everyone he meets along with us, would be comfortable there. And we were! Dinner was a wonderful experience as well! We ate at Victors in downtown Florence, an area totally being revitalized into all manner of shops and restaurant locations. Victors was in Hotel Florence and the fare was quite excellent-this was no off the highway fast food joint! Barb and I along with Holly and her associate enjoyed fish and various seafood and meat dishes. We topped our dinner off with wonderful desserts with a few excellent quite home-made cheesecake offerings-very memorable all the way around!

 

"Modern and pretty" was our reaction when first entering our dog friendly hotel. Our suite was "sweet" and very comfortable bed too!
“Modern and pretty” was our reaction when first entering our dog friendly hotel. Our suite was “sweet” and very comfortable bed too!
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Breakfast had egg sandwiches and whole grain delicious waffles. The coffee tasted like “coffee!”

 

 

 

 

Appetizing foreplay!  this scallop wrapped in bacon on grits from the Gods was spectacular!
Appetizing foreplay! Victors
scallops wrapped in bacon on “grits from the Gods” was spectacular!
The filet on a rice pillow surrounded by tasty grilled shrimp and scallops "gave me a "buzz." It was "Oh, so good!" Barb and our table mates also fared very nicely with fish, chicken and a N.Y.strip steak.
The filet on a rice pillow surrounded by tasty grilled shrimp and scallops “gave me a “buzz.” It was “Oh, so good!” Barb and our table mates also fared very nicely with fish, chicken and a N.Y.strip steak.

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A Victors cheesecake to remember!
A Victors cheesecake to remember!
Over dessert. Barb and the fine ladies from Florence relaxed with some of the best desserts in the South!
Over dessert. Barb and the fine ladies from Florence relaxed with some of the best desserts in the South!

Note***Look for upcoming articles on Florence, showcasing “dog-friendly kayaking, a museum for all ages, the Florence Hotel story, equestrian events and a whole lot more!!!!!

MOVING TO ST. PETERSBURG-THE UN-TOURIST GUIDE-136-PAGES OF KNOWLEDGE FOR NEW RESIDENTS AND OLD ONES TOO!

Moving To St. Petersburg book offers the info. you'd need to transition from anywhere to Gorgeous St. Petersburg!
Moving To St. Petersburg book offers the info. you’d need to transition from anywhere to Gorgeous St. Petersburg!

APtravelnews-Dec. 21st- Book review from Bob and Barb–Cindy Dobyns  book: “Moving To St. Petersburg-The UN-Tourist Guide” is just that! The 136-page book lets every reader know all about the “real” St. Petersburg from the generally, non-tourist paradigm. The book offers all types of information and non-static, statistics in an interesting format for anyone considering a move to St. Petersburg.

Just a few of the informational things a potential new resident would love to know about are: Cost of living-real estate-Art, music and other cultural amenities-all about the enjoyment of the outdoors-shopping-schools-finding jobs-property taxes-History of St. Petersburg-Boating and beaches- media-Fishing-Sport teams and just about everything else you would want to know. In pictures and words, this is a must have book if your considering a move or even for locals who really do not know much about the many things available to them would like this book. Barb and I are happy where we are now, but after looking over this book we’d certainly consider St. Petersburg as the next best place we’d move to in our retirement years!

The book is published by the Voyager Media, Inc. Copyright in 2014 by Cindy Dobyns. We met her and received our signed copy. Yes, after review we can highly recommend this book-Period! Check the book out on Google! Or go: ISBN-978-0-9899523-3-0 in soft cover. The book is also available as an e-book.

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