Spring into history at the April First Friday in Downtown Camas, Washington

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay Every month, Downtown Camas has a theme for its First Friday. This month, it's "Spring into History". Take a self-guided historic walking tour, enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants, and see the exhibits at the art galleries. The shops are open late and some will be offering Easter goodies. … Continue reading Spring into history at the April First Friday in Downtown Camas, Washington

Celebrate the Chinese New Year virtually with the Portland Chinatown Museum on February 20

Chinese dragon by artyangel, courtesy Pixabay Celebrate the Year of the Ox with the Portland Chinatown Museum on Saturday, February 21, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Pacific time. This virtual celebration is a rountable community event featuring highlights from past Chinese New Year parades in Chinatown in Portland, Oregon. Community members will share about … Continue reading Celebrate the Chinese New Year virtually with the Portland Chinatown Museum on February 20

Learn bachata dance at home in time for Valentine’s Day

For couples, celebrating Valentine's Day is more challenging this year because of restrictions from the COVID pandemic. Here's an idea that's fun, allows you to learning something new, and can be done at home. The Eugene Ballet is hosting a Bachata dance class on Saturday, February 13, 6-6:45 p.m. Pacific time. Florabelle Moses teaches this … Continue reading Learn bachata dance at home in time for Valentine’s Day

Stream the Commonwealth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker en Masque” for free through January 31

Image by Goran Horvat from Pixabay One of my traditions during the holidays is to catch a performance of the Commonwealth Ballet's version of The Nutcracker during my trips to New England. With large gatherings restricted this year due to COVID-19, the Commonwealth Ballet could not hold live performances this year, so they created a … Continue reading Stream the Commonwealth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker en Masque” for free through January 31

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