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Happy Easter 2014!

By: Maria King
Date: April 13, 2014
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I hope you don't mind but this week is a reprint of my blog from Easter 2012. In almost 4 years, I have never missed a weekly blog but on holidays I think that they could never be better than those already covered. I hope that you agree! Well you knew it was going to... (Read More)

Let’s Hear it for Mother Nature

By: Maria King
Date: April 6, 2014
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There is a lot of talk these days about the environment, global warming and protecting the earth. Everyone is working, hopefully, to reduce their carbon footprint. And even though this week is a little ahead of the traditional Earth Day, I was thinking it might be nice to... (Read More)

Perfecting the Event Experience

By: Maria King
Date: March 30, 2014
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I often wonder what makes things work. Is it an idea whose time has come, like say Starbucks? I mean there was coffee before Starbucks what makes them so special? Now you see Starbucks everywhere; and I do mean everywhere. Do I understand it, no. Do I buy coffee in... (Read More)

"Men’s Toy’s and Joy’s" Events This Week

By: Maria King
Date: March 23, 2014
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Oh I know what you are thinking this has the potential to be a very racy subject for a blog. Well, if you are thinking that, you couldn’t be more off the mark. (Did you get the 2 hints I gave in the form of puns there?) This week I thought I would bring the men out there a... (Read More)

Finally, It's Spring (at least that's what the calendar says)

By: Maria King
Date: March 16, 2014
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Well I know that you are all very happy to hear this but it is FINALLY spring this week. I am a lover of winter as you all know but this year has even tested the strength of my affection. I don’t know about you but I have grand designs to make a lawn ornament shrine to my... (Read More)

What do we really know about Saint Patrick's Day?

By: Maria King
Date: March 9, 2014
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Saint Patrick was a religious figure in Ireland around the 5th century. There have been discussions and arguments over the years about whether he was really Irish. Some say he was British, Scotch or Welsh or perish the thought, maybe even Italian. His origin doesn’t matter... (Read More)

When a Weekend is Not Enough

By: Maria King
Date: March 2, 2014
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Events can be fun, serious, historical, commemorative, topical and celebratory; they can be held for almost any reason. But while the themes may be interesting and different, overall most events have several pieces which are the same. One is the days an event takes place.... (Read More)

Something Snow Free to Do this Week

By: Maria King
Date: February 23, 2014
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I was debating whether to venture outside for some events this week. I mean it will be March this coming week and that means only a few more weeks of winter. It must be getting close to the end of cold and some kind of warming trend, right? Well that lasted about 10 minutes... (Read More)

Food Can be FUNDamental

By: Maria King
Date: February 17, 2014
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I am pretty sure that you already know that one of the all time great food events is taking place this coming week. It is the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. The reason I am pretty sure that you know about it is because it is a media juggernaut. First it is sponsored by... (Read More)

Art Festivals Fit for a President

By: Maria King
Date: February 9, 2014
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Presidents weekend is the time of year that some of the very best art events are held. Because it is known as an artist paradise, Coconut Grove is one area of the U.S. that features a veritable art explosion on Presidents weekend. This peaceful enclave on the edge of the... (Read More)

A Full Stage of Events This Week

By: Maria King
Date: February 2, 2014
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When I say stage here I mean a metaphorical stage; this blog, which is a showcase of the events of the week. It is winter, it is cold and we just found out, from the famous Pennsylvania groundhog, we can expect 6 more weeks of winter. So it's great for everyone that this... (Read More)

Baby it’s Cold Outside

By: Maria King
Date: January 26, 2014
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In case you didn't hear, there is a football game coming this week. For many people it is the culmination of a great season with a fabulous finale and a bittersweet moment; for others it is a "Thank God it's over" moment. Whichever camp you are in, the excitement is... (Read More)

If it Floats, it Could be a Boat!

By: Maria King
Date: January 19, 2014
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Do you know the difference between a “boat” and “ship”? I do, I think. A few years ago I was told, when I incorrectly referred to a cruise liner as a boat, that there is a very distinct difference. It is simple; a ship is something that is big enough to carry a boat.... (Read More)

"I Do" Have Great Event Selections This Week

By: Maria King
Date: January 12, 2014
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“Aisle” be surprised if you don’t get the theme of this weeks events from that title! Ok you guessed it, this week I am talking about wedding and bridal shows. My disappointment at being unable to attend a family wedding this coming weekend in South Carolina perhaps entered... (Read More)

Someone Care to Shovel My Driveway?

By: Maria King
Date: January 5, 2014
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As you may or may not know, I live in the Northeastern U.S. I love it. I have lived here all my life and although I get to spend time in other parts of the country on a regular basis, I still like to be home. It’s the trees and lakes, the beaches, the four seasons; the... (Read More)

It's a Bird, it's a Plane, it's a Pickle?

By: Maria King
Date: December 29, 2013
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Happy New Year! That's what will be heard around the world come Tuesday at 11:59pm. Well in English speaking countries anyway. Probably a more appropriate way to put it would be that it will most likely translate to "Happy New Year" around the world. Whatever you call... (Read More)

The Perfect Event Recommendation for Christmas

By: Maria King
Date: December 22, 2013
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I was trying to think of the events that I could recommend this week. There are quite a few and some of them are really great. But in the spirit of the season, I thought I would just suggest any event that includes family and friends. It might be a Christmas Eve get... (Read More)

Home(s) for the Holidays

By: Maria King
Date: December 15, 2013
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Christmas decorating has always been a favorite holiday activity for me. I really enjoy the transformation that takes place when my home is wrapped in the warmth of the Christmas spirit. It’s a labor of love for me and a long standing comfort level for my children. The... (Read More)

A Tuba Christmas

By: Maria King
Date: December 8, 2013
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This week I wanted to take a little different turn with my selected blog events. Usually I give an overview of many events in a certain category taking place in a given week throughout the U.S. But this week I wanted to spotlight one event that takes place in many venues... (Read More)

Waving as Christmas Passes By

By: Maria King
Date: December 1, 2013
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There is no shortage of holiday event choices for families this time of year. You can participate in Breakfasts with Santa and workshops to build gingerbread houses and watch the lights of the local illuminated homes, etc. It is rare however that any of those experiences... (Read More)

Running with the Turkeys

By: Maria King
Date: November 24, 2013
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I know what you are thinking, “has she finally flipped her lid?” What is “Running with the Turkeys”? Well it isn’t exactly like the running of the bulls, and you don’t really run with turkeys, but you do run on Turkey Day. Now I don’t know about you, but when I think of... (Read More)

Lights, Camera, Action!

By: Maria King
Date: November 17, 2013
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I bet you think I am going to talk about making movies, don’t you? Well I am not; at least not in the form of big Hollywood productions. They could be potential smile winning home movies to cherish. Just don’t expect to hear, "the envelope please." What I am talking about... (Read More)

Christmas Shopping Ideas at Events

By: Maria King
Date: November 11, 2013
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Oh it’s already starting to happen. The constant barrage of the Christmas Shopping season is upon us. You know what I mean. Everything is perfect for Christmas shopping because everyone wants a few pieces of shiny silver from your pockets. That doesn’t mean that everyone... (Read More)

Make Every Day Veteran's Day

By: Maria King
Date: November 3, 2013
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When events associated with special holidays roll around, I always think, “has it been a whole year already?” This week is an exception however because I think these kinds of tribute days should be every day, not just once a year. I am talking about special days set aside... (Read More)

Museums: Old Stuff with a New Twist

By: Maria King
Date: October 27, 2013
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In an age when every business needs to be more conscious of their marketing, the museum is no longer immune. Competing for every dollar in the entertainment world with other more glamorous options is front and center on their minds right now. Families today do not have the... (Read More)

Ghosts and Goblins on Parade

By: Maria King
Date: October 20, 2013
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Well in case you didn’t get the hint from the title, this week I decided to highlight Halloween parades. I have such fond memories of parades as a child because as a girl scout, our troop had our fair share of opportunities to participate. I thought it was pretty amazing... (Read More)

A-Mazing Fall Events

By: Maria King
Date: October 13, 2013
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That was a pretty corny title wasn’t it? (sorry it was just too darn easy not to exploit) I found a great idea this week for all of you who love fall, being outside and who enjoy family outings; Corn Mazes. I promise you that just because it is a maze do not conjure up... (Read More)

Fitness for a Cause

By: Maria King
Date: October 6, 2013
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Since I was nine I never really wanted to do anything that was “good for me”. It came with such negatives. For instance, I am still wrestling with why I was told as a child that I should eat my vegetables because “they will put hair on my chest.” Seriously, that’s your... (Read More)

Volunteers Are a Valuable Asset

By: Maria King
Date: September 29, 2013
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I love volunteering. So recently I jumped at the chance when a local event was looking for volunteers. I was told the job consisted of taking food and serving food orders at the counter. I thought, “ I can do that!” I worked my way through freshman year of college at the... (Read More)

Fall into Tasty Treats this Week

By: Maria King
Date: September 22, 2013
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Well I know what you are thinking…Fall, Tasty Treats, Halloween of course. Well no not exactly. I was concerned naming the blog with “food” in the title for obvious reasons, lol. But the temptation was just too great this week, I couldn’t resist. Not the food, the food... (Read More)

Fall is the Perfect Time for Outdoor Events

By: Maria King
Date: September 15, 2013
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If you have been following these blogs for the past 3 years, you will already know that fall is my favorite time of year. I am a lover of all 4 seasons because I relish the changing of the seasons. Fall however, with the leaves changing colors and the cooler temperatures,... (Read More)

Gathering Together to Compete or Attend

By: Maria King
Date: September 8, 2013
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Few things are more fun about events than the “gathering together” element. That’s not to say that the ancillary benefits like rides, entertainment and food aren’t important, but they are the fringe benefits of gathering, not the reason. The reason for the gathering is what... (Read More)

Free is Good

By: Maria King
Date: September 2, 2013
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Not exactly a quote from Wall Street, is it? Every week I try to find interesting events to get you excited about what could be a great idea for your weekend plans. Usually it is a series of events that follow a pattern. Food events (well you knew that was coming), art and... (Read More)

Labor Day is NOT the Back to School Holiday

By: Maria King
Date: August 25, 2013
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I think of Labor Day as kind of a step child of a holiday. As a youngster, Labor Day was always a sad holiday as it signified back to school; as a parent of three boys, it was the most joyous holiday for the same reason! Just as Memorial Day is the unofficial start of... (Read More)

Summ-ER Bigger than Others

By: Maria King
Date: August 18, 2013
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Oh that was bad, even for me. Once in awhile I go too far and a bad pun attempt, morphs into a sigh-inducing pun. This may not have reached the highest degree of sighing but it was pretty close. I was trying to get a point across that the summer months bring out a... (Read More)

Serving up Some Food Events This Week

By: Maria King
Date: August 11, 2013
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Anyone who has read a few blogs of mine knows that I like food and food events. One reason I have this fondness is because food is an excellent way to get a quick peek at a culture or get a local feel. Our blending of cultures and our varied landscape both contribute to the... (Read More)

"Fair"ly Great Month Ahead

By: Maria King
Date: August 4, 2013
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In case you haven’t heard, August is “Fair” month around here. No, not because it is especially mediocre, but because more fairs take place in the US in August than during any other month of the year. County fairs, state fairs and agricultural fairs are everywhere. I love... (Read More)

Contribute to the Support of Local Events

By: Maria King
Date: July 28, 2013
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Soap Box time! Ok I heard the groans but really, it’s not too bad. Last week I talked about things that you could do to try and stay safe and make your event experience a good one. But this week I wanted to turn the tables and ask you to help support the future of your... (Read More)

Tips to Keep You Safe at Outdoor Events this Summer

By: Maria King
Date: July 21, 2013
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Can someone else say it’s hot outside? It’s been about 3 minutes since I said it last and quite frankly, I am getting sick of the sound of my own voice. (a rare occasion indeed) It really has been hard to think of anything else these past few weeks. So with everyone heading... (Read More)

Lazy Days of Summer-Long Events

By: Maria King
Date: July 14, 2013
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I always hear that expression, “lazy days of summer” and I wonder what actually makes the days of summer lazy. Is there something in summer which makes people lazier than other seasons of the year? To find out, I sang along with Nat King Cole’s, Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of... (Read More)

A Guide to History, American Style

By: Maria King
Date: July 7, 2013
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As the celebrations for July 4th come to an end, I am struck by the feeling that it is always such a fun holiday. While family and friends gather yearly to commemorate this occasion, I often wonder how many people know exactly what the July 4th holiday represents. It plays... (Read More)

Let Freedom Ring!

By: Maria King
Date: June 30, 2013
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July 4th is the quintessential American celebration It has it all; parades, barbecues, lawn games, cold lemonade and of course fireworks. You would be hard pressed to find a better example of a unique American summer event. My July 4th memories are many and wonderful. It... (Read More)

Born in the Age of Aquarius, Caught in the Age of Confusion

By: Maria King
Date: June 23, 2013
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I am so confused by what the music of today is all about. To verbalize that makes me sound like my mother when she said the Beatles were the ruination of civilization as we know it. I hardly think I am that extreme but I just do not understand music that doesn’t follow the... (Read More)

Choosing a Great Event is in the Moment

By: Maria King
Date: June 16, 2013
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More times then you would think I get asked, “What makes a great event?” I always respond by asking, what food would you like to eat today, tomorrow or next week? After people get through with the "deer in headlights" look and the sarcasm about everything I say revolving... (Read More)

Did Someone Say “Fire up the Grill?”

By: Maria King
Date: June 9, 2013
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Well it is the obvious choice this week to look at events that are potential Father’s Day outings. I know, it’s sort of taking the easy way out but I rather think it’s more like I am trying to help those who are looking for some suggestions of things to do with dad. (I have... (Read More)

There is Always a “First” for Everything

By: Maria King
Date: June 2, 2013
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Some of the most wonderful events that an area can host are events taking place in the business/shopping districts. There is a movement in the country to have fun, free things to do in the “main street” downtown of a community. These things can be everything from “First... (Read More)

And now for something completely different…..

By: Maria King
Date: May 27, 2013
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Now many of you will think this is a reference to the Monty Python movie but it actually goes a little further back then that movie. One of my favorite cartoons as a child were reruns (yes they were reruns) of Rocky and Bullwinkle. And for some reason I remember Rocky... (Read More)

Memorial Day Weekend: The Unofficial Start to Summer

By: Maria King
Date: May 19, 2013
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To all those out there that love to be “out there”, it is finally the unofficial start to the summer season. Where I live within a few miles of the Jersey shore, Memorial Day weekend has always been a super big deal. The boardwalk and the beach have their “grand re-opening”... (Read More)

Cultures Aren't Just in Petri Dishes

By: Maria King
Date: May 12, 2013
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I took a look at the events taking place in the upcoming week and one thing stood out to me; Culture. As much as I would like to “think” of myself as cultured I have to admit I don’t really follow the line of preference that leads to ballet or opera. My tastes run more to... (Read More)

Honor Mom this Weekend

By: Maria King
Date: May 5, 2013
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It’s Mother’s Day this weekend. It is a time honored tradition to spend the day with our Mother’s to thank them for all that they did and still do, for us. My mom lives with me and I have a feeling that her ideal Mother’s Day might just be if she doesn’t have to spend it... (Read More)

When you’re alone and life is making you lonely, you can always go, Downtown!

By: Maria King
Date: April 28, 2013
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Ok if you remember when that song came out, you are old. I happen to have heard it while listening to oldies stations in my youth. (cough). No matter how you heard it, it is so appropriate this week. I am not sure if the songwriter was thinking of festivals when he/she... (Read More)

Gardens of Choices This Week

By: Maria King
Date: April 21, 2013
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I was trying to think of something I could do this week to get people motivated to get outdoors. It’s that time of year when it is too cold to swim and too beautiful to stay inside. One of my go to places in really nice weather like this is naturally events. There is a... (Read More)
 
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