Ice Castles opening January 14 in North Woodstock, New Hampshire

Photos by Cheryl Landes Explore sculptures, tunnels, thrones, tunnels, slides, fountains, and other objects handmade from thousands of icicles at Ice Castles. The event is held in four cities in the U.S.: Dillon, Colorado; North Woodstock, New Hampshire; Midway, Utah; and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Ice Castles in Colorado and Utah are open already, and the … Continue reading Ice Castles opening January 14 in North Woodstock, New Hampshire

Need an escape to nature but can’t leave home? Tune into the sounds of a forest.

A forest near the Cape Horn viewpoint on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge (photo by Cheryl Landes) If you're longing for a long walk in a forest to hear the soothing sounds of the breeze and the birds but can't leave home, there's a new website that brings the forest to you. … Continue reading Need an escape to nature but can’t leave home? Tune into the sounds of a forest.

Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston, Massachusetts

The giant globe at the Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston, Massachusetts Editor's note: The Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine was cancelled in 2020 due to safety concerns from COVID-19. While it's uncertain yet whether the festival can return this year, I'm posting photos from a … Continue reading Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston, Massachusetts

Christmas at the Gillette Castle

Decorations on one of the Christmas trees inside Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Connecticut Photos by Cheryl Landes In November and December, volunteers decorate the Gillette Castle inside and out for the holidays. The 24-room mansion overlooking the Connecticut River Valley resembles a medieval-style castle. It's the former home of William Gillette (1853-1937), an actor … Continue reading Christmas at the Gillette Castle

Armchair photo tours: A fall day trip in the Connecticut River Valley with a stop at Gillette Castle

A view of the early fall colors in the Connecticut River Valley near East Haddam Photos by Cheryl Landes The Connecticut River Valley is a beautiful mix of scenery, history, and wildlife. In the fall, the changing colors enhance the experience. I joined some local friends on a day trip through the valley one day … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A fall day trip in the Connecticut River Valley with a stop at Gillette Castle

Leavenworth Chamber cancels Bavarian Ice Fest, but Village of Lights shines on

A view of the town square from a previous Village of Lights in Leavenworth, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) The Bavarian Ice Fest and fireworks in January is a favorite after-holiday celebration in the beautiful town of Leavenworth, in Central Washington. Sadly, the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce cancelled the 2021 event because of safety concerns … Continue reading Leavenworth Chamber cancels Bavarian Ice Fest, but Village of Lights shines on

Stream the New Year’s Eve celebration at Grand Park in Los Angeles

The fountain at Grand Park in Los Angeles (photo credit: NYELA at Grand Park) Los Angeles rang in 2021 last night with a festive celebration, minus a live audience, at Grand Park in Los Angeles. The one-hour, forty-five-minute show called "NYELA" features music from popular local artists, comments from Los Angeles County residents, and a … Continue reading Stream the New Year’s Eve celebration at Grand Park in Los Angeles

2021 Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair reduced to drive-in night glow and movie

The eleventh annual Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair will look a lot different this year. Instead of the usual four-day event, the event has been reduced to a drive-in balloon night glow and movie at the Special Activities and Recreation Area (SARA) Park at the Rodeo Grounds in Lake Havasu City, Arizona (weather permitting). "It … Continue reading 2021 Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair reduced to drive-in night glow and movie

Seventh annual Race for Warmth 100% virtual

Help Clark County, Washington, residents in need pay for their utility bills at the seventh annual Race for Warmth. The event is 100% remote this year January 29-31 due to safety restrictions from COVID. Choose from suggested routes from Clark Public Utilities, the sponsor, or create your own 5K or 10K journey. Registration is $30 … Continue reading Seventh annual Race for Warmth 100% virtual