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A New England Tradition, The Big E is in Full Gear

The Big E, the largest fair in the Northeast and fifth largest in North America, has just kicked off its 101th year with big talent, phenomenal food, animals, rides, shopping and more! The 17-day event will feature a Mardi Gras Parade and The Big E Circus Spectacular.

Some of the biggest names from the past and present, as well as those on their way to the top, have played before crowds at The Big E. From legendary entertainers, like Bob Hope, Roy Rogers and Liberace, to the musical talents of Johnny Cash, Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child, Reba and Blake Shelton, the Fair has been the venue to introduce these icons. This year top name talent like Grand Funk Railroad, Smashmouth and Night Ranger take the stage! Concertgoers are in for a ton of great shows at the xfinity arena and Court of Honor Stage, sponsored by xfinity®.

And what is a Fair without food! Our vast selection of food will have your mouth watering. Eat your way around the grounds, find unique gifts and check out interesting exhibits! Bring the kids to the petting zoo or take them on fun-filled rides in Kiddieland. For those looking for more excitement, the Midway is full of exhilarating rides! There is something for all ages to enjoy at the Fair, Sept. 15-Oct. 1, in West Springfield, Mass.


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DATES:

  • Sept. 15 – Oct. 1, 2017

HOURS:

  • Gates: 8am
  • Avenue of States: 10am – 9pm
  • Storrowton Village: 10am – 9pm
  • Most Exhibits & Buildings: 10am – 10pm
  • Midway: Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 10pm; Friday, 10am-11pm; Saturday, 10am – 11pm
  • Craft Common: 10am – 10pm
  • Agricultural Events: Agricultural activities begin early in the morning and are open to the public in the Mallary Complex.
  • Many food concessions are open to serve breakfast:
    • Sit Down: Captain Nemo’s Galley – The Firehouse – West Side Grille – Ultimate BBQ – White Hut – Yankee Boy
    • Grab-N-Go: Big EZ Café – Cinnamon Saloon – The Coffee Break – Cream Puff Bakery (9am Window service) – The Donut Family – F&W Caterers – Idaho Taqueria – Omar Gourmet Coffee – Scirrotto’s Cinnamon City – Subway

GENERAL ADMISSION:

All prices are subject to change. Advance purchase admission ticket will be accepted for admission any day. Midway rides, exhibits, games and admission to paid concerts at the xfinity arena are not included with a general admission ticket.

  • Regular Gate Admission
    • Adults $15/Children ages 6-12 $10; Children five and under are free.
    • 17-Day Value Passes are $40 for adults and $20 for children ages 6-12. Value Passes are available online now through Oct. 1 and at Big Y® World Class Market® Aug. 24 – Oct. 1.
  • Midway Magic Passes
    • $25 Advance / $30 Full Price – valid any one day Mon. – Fri.
    • Gate tickets and Midway passes sold online at TheBigE.com and Big Y® World Class Market®, Sept. 14 – Oct. 1.
    • Gate Discounts
      • Six-After-Five – Admission is only $6 after 5pm Mon. – Thurs.
      • Senior Days – Age 60 and over just $12 Mon. – Thurs.

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Delaware DOT Suspends Lane Closures on I-95 for Labor Day Weekend

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will suspend planned lane closures on I-95 as well as major roadways and resort area routes at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, August 31 until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5. Emergency lane closures may still occur at any time. The suspension will minimize delays on these roadways due to increased travel for the holiday weekend.

The E-ZPass Express Lanes are open at I-95 Newark Toll Plaza; Biddles Toll Plaza on DE 1; and Dover Plaza on DE 1, as well as most of the other cash toll booth lanes at the plazas. Motorists are reminded to slow down when approaching the toll plazas, to ensure the safety of our toll collectors.

Travelers may stop at the I-95 Welcome Center located between Exits 1 and 3 along I-95 in Newark or at the Smyrna Rest Area/Exit 119 on DE 1.


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Five Amazing Maine Beaches a Short Drive from I-95

Maine is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and by mid-summer, they’ve warmed up enough to beckon swimmers off the sand and into the waves.  Here are five of the best beaches in Maine, and all conveniently located just a short drive from I-95.

Old Orchard Beach

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Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Old Orchard Beach is a seven-mile strand with a classic pier and a waterfront amusement park, arcades and fireworks. Located on the inner side of Saco Bay on the Atlantic Ocean, the town is a popular summer beach destination. The downtown contains many tourist-oriented businesses, including clam shacks and T-shirt shops. A wooden pier on the beach contains many other tourist businesses, including a variety of souvenir shops. Find Your Perfect Room Near Old Orchard Beach

Directions: from I-95, exit 36, take I-195 east to ME 5 to Old Orchard Beach. Approximately 5 miles (9 minutes)


Scarborough Beach State Park

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Scarborough Beach, Maine

Scarborough Beach State Park: Scarborough Beach offers some of the best swimming in New England with water temps in the high 60’s through out July and August. Rip Currents do occur on a daily basis and we firmly recommend swimming in the designated lifeguard area. Parking is limited, so plan to get here early on the weekends. Find Your Perfect Room Near Scarborough Beach

Directions: from I-95, exit 42, take Haigas Parkway east to US 1 North to Black Point Road ( ME 207) east to Scarborough Beach State Park. Approximately 7 miles (13 minutes)


Ogunquit Beach

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Ogunquit Beach, Maine

TripAdvisor rates Ogunquit Beach in Ogunquit, Maine as one of the Top 25 Beaches in the United States. This long peninsula of sandy beach and grassy dunes stretches for three and a half miles, forming a natural barrier between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ogunquit River. You can swim, bodysurf, search for shells and driftwood, and rent chairs, umbrellas and floats. Find Your Perfect Room Near Ogunquit Beach

Directions: From I-95 northbound, exit 7, take US 1 north to Ogunquit. Approximately 8 miles (15 minutes). From I-95 southbound, take exit 19 to ME 109 east to US 1 south to Ogunquit. Approximately 9 miles (20 minutes)


Goose Rocks Beach

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Goose Rocks Beach, Maine

Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport has three miles of soft sand and moderate surf, ideal for a family day out at the beach. A barrier reef offshore known as Goose Rocks, visible at low tide, helps protect the soft, white sands of the beach. This is a perfect spot for you to spread out the beach blankets, chairs and umbrellas for a fun day of sunbathing, relaxing, swimming and combing the shore for sand dollars. Find Your Perfect Room Near Goose Rocks Beach

Directions: From I-95, exit 25, take ME 35 east to Ross Road, to US 1 north to Old Post Road, to Lombard Road to Goose Rocks Road to Goose Rocks Beach. Approximately 10 miles (19 minutes)


Popham Beach

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Popham Beach, Maine

Popham Beach is a wilder beach in Midcoast Maine in Phippsburg, a beach with offshore islands. Bordering the south side of the mouth of the Kennebec River, Popham Beach State Park is truly one of Maine’s rare geologic landforms that features a long stretch of sand beach. Sunbathers relaxing on Popham’s sands can see Fox and Wood islands offshore, and the Kennebec and Morse rivers border each end of the beach. Find Your Perfect Room Near Popham Beach

Directions: I-95 to exit 52, then the Falmouth Spur to I-295 north to exit 28, then, US 1 north to Bath then ME 209 south to Popham Beach. Approximately 48 miles (59 minutes)


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“Wicked Free Summer Fun” in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) has accumulated over 600 totally free events and activities for all to enjoy now through Labor Day weekend 2017. With offerings ranging from concerts to culinary tastings, visitors and residents have ample opportunities to enjoy gratis entertainment all summer long. Complete details and events featured chronologically are available at www.massvacation.com/free.

The online listings are divided by tourism super regions: Greater Boston, North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley, South of Boston, Cape Cod & the Islands, Central Massachusetts, and Western Massachusetts.

Wicked Free Summer Fun includes 85 museums and cultural events from the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program. Participating venues touch all corners of the state, such as: Jacob’s Pillow Dance (Becket), Emily Dickinson Museum (Amherst), Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton), Maritime Gloucester (Gloucester), Franklin Park Zoo (Boston), New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford), and Edward Gorey House (Yarmouth Port).

Additional highlights with all-ages appeal: Friday Night Movies on Children’s Beach (Nantucket), Yoga on the Terrace at the Clark (Yoga on the Terrace at the Clark (Williamstown), DCR Family Fishing Clinics (various locations), live music and classic car shows (Lowell), festivals in the historic North End (Boston), and much more.

For comprehensive listings, visit www.massvacation.com/free.


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Massachusetts DOT: Plan Ahead, Expect Heavy Traffic for Holiday

MassDOT advises holiday travelers to plan ahead, utilize MassDOT’s many “real time” travel tools and use public transportation if possible to reach their destinations between now and the end of the July 4 holiday weekend.

“We expect heavy traffic volumes on our highways during this upcoming holiday period,” said Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “With many people driving to destinations we encourage people to leave extra time to reach their destinations, exercise safe driving behaviors, be patient on the roadways, and consider taking public transit if possible.”

MassDOT is taking steps to facilitate the flow of traffic during the holiday and will be postponing scheduled roadway construction effective at noon, Friday, June 30, with scheduled construction activities resuming with the start of normal business hours on Wednesday, July 5. In addition, the High Occupancy Lane (HOV) between Quincy and Boston on I-93 will be deployed on normal morning hours now through Thursday afternoon and then Thursday, June 29, will open early for the afternoon commute at 2 p.m. On Friday, June 30, the HOV lane will open at 1 p.m. The HOV lane will be closed on Monday, July 3, and on Tuesday, July 4, and will then re-open during regularly scheduled hours on Wednesday, July 5.

Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, through 5 a.m., Wednesday, July 5. The plazas serving free coffee include 11 service plazas along I-90 plus plazas along Route 3 in Plymouth, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 128/I-95 in Newton and Lexington, Route 6 in Barnstable, and the Route 24 northbound and southbound plazas.


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Delaware DOT Suspends Road Projects 4th of July

To accommodate heavy traffic during the 4th of July, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will suspend planned construction-related lane closures at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 3 until 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, July 6. Ongoing sustained lane shifts and/or lane closures may still be in effect in certain areas. The Department reminds travelers to exercise caution as heavy holiday traffic is expected. Emergency lane closures may still occur at any time.

The E-ZPass Express Lanes are open at I-95 Newark Toll Plaza; Biddle’s Toll Plaza on SR 1; and Dover Plaza on SR 1, as well as most of the other cash toll booth lanes at the plazas. Motorists are reminded to slow down when approaching the toll plazas, to ensure the safety of our toll collectors.

Travelers may stop at the I-95 Welcome Center located between Exits 1 and 3 along I-95 in Newark or at the Smyrna Rest Area/Exit 119 on SR 1.


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Georgia DOT Limits I-95 Lane Closures During 4th of July Weekend

To ease 4th of July holiday weekend traffic congestion, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on Interstate Highways from noon on Friday, June 30 to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5.

“As people head to festivities like parades, barbecues and fireworks, we expect heavy traffic” said Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer John Hancock “By restricting lane closures, we hope drivers will encounter fewer delays and less stress.”

Safety is always a primary concern. The Department reminds motorists that crews may still work in proximity to highways; and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place. Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route. Whenever you approach a work zone: slow down; allow extra
distance between vehicles; read signs; obey road crew flaggers; and expect the unexpected. Work zone safety is in your hands.

Georgia DOT urges drivers to Drive Alert Arrive Alive – to always buckle up, stay off the phone and focus on driving.

In the event of a crash or breakdown, GDOT advises motorists to never get out of the car on a freeway,  unless your life is in imminent danger. If possible, pull off the road, turn on your hazard lights and stay seat-belted in the vehicle with the doors locked.

For HERO assistance in metro Atlanta or CHAMP service on highways in other regions of Georgia call 511, a free phone service that provides real-time statewide information on Georgia’s interstates and state routes, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays due to inclement weather. Callers can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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Towns In The Palm Beaches Tempt Cultural Tourists This Summer

Cultural tourists are treating themselves to a bounty of activities, exhibitions and experiences on the streets of Palm Beach County this summer season.

From June through August 31, visitors to the West Palm Beach waterfront will be transported into a colorful collection of classic tales during the City of West Palm Beach Summer in Paradise, a creative series of events offered all summer long.

Guests are invited to enjoy a whimsical art installation, featuring classic fables, where even the picnic tables are art. “Aesop’s Tables” is an installation of colorful picnic tables and benches adorned by Palm Beach County artists. There will be interactive story-telling activities for all ages, and larger-than-life versions of favorite games—including human foosball. Families can extend the reading theme with a visit to the wonderful Children’s Library at the Society of the Four Arts across the bridge in Palm Beach. Here, children borrow books, use computers and enjoy special event programs free of charge. The library’s Mary Alice Fortin Children’s Art Gallery features exhibitions of special interest to young people.


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Among free activities during Summer in Paradise are Screen on the Green, a movie theater under the stars, and two concert series—Clematis by Night and Sunday on the Waterfront. Not to be missed is a stroll around the West Palm Beach Art & Entertainment District, where large-scale murals, wall paintings and sculpture installations transform downtown into an outdoor museum.


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The nearby Norton Museum of Art’s Annual Bastille Day Celebration is a must for lovers of all things French. This year, the celebration will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on July 15. The museum, which has a world-class collection of French art, will present music, film, language lessons, food, drink and art—all focused on France. And don’t miss the Norton’s Art After Dark evening series on Thursdays.

In Downtown Boca Raton, the Mizner Park Amphitheater is celebrating summer with its Summer in the City entertainment series through August 12. The series provides something for everyone including live music concerts, along with a craft beer garden, games, food trucks and more. Outdoor family movie nights feature special pre-show entertainment featuring magic and a Polynesian dance show. A performance with a Space Odyssey musical theme, performed by The Symphonia, Boca Raton, will be a highlight of the celebration.


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Summer continues in Downtown Boca with the Annual Brazilian Beat at Mizner Park Amphitheater on Saturday, September 9. Live music, street entertainment, a Capoeira circle, carnival dancers, samba drummers and Latin Grammy songstress Vanessa de Mata, will be accompanied by authentic Brazilian food and cocktails.

Mizner Park Amphitheater is located at the north end of Mizner Park in Downtown Boca, which features a wide array of shops and dining and is home to the Boca Raton Museum of Art, which has several treats in store for the cultural tourist this summer.

Four powerful simultaneous exhibitions await visitors to the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Cuban artist Carlos Luna’s drawings depict Latin American culture using cultural symbols, materials and processes in the “Deep Line Drawings” exhibition on view from August 8 through the end of the year. “Photography from the Bequest of Isadore and Kelly Friedman” will be on view from August 8 until October. Paintings, collage and constructions by Patricia Nix make up the “American Baroque” exhibition, showing from August 8 through October. Iranian artist Shirin Neshat defies Iranian stereotypes in the “Fervor and Turbulent” exhibition from August 8 through October.

For more information, visit: www.palmbeachculture.com


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AAA: This Independence Day will be Historic, More Americans to Travel than Ever Before

This Independence Day, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways to honor the red, white and blue. With 1.25 million more travelers than last year, 2017 will be marked as the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever.

“Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence bode well for the travel industry, in particular this Independence Day weekend,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “A historic 44.2 million Americans will travel to celebrate our nation’s freedom this year, adding to an already bustling summer travel season.”

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The Best Amusement Parks for Families in 2017

Family Vacation Critic, TripAdvisor’s family travel site, has just named the Best Amusement Parks for Families in 2017 – naming the best parks in the U.S., and sharing the year’s newest attractions and highlights for every age group.

“Amusement parks are one of the most quintessential summertime activities for families,” explains Lissa Poirot, editor-in-chief of Family Vacation Critic. “But for those traveling with family members of various ages – including kids-at-heart – finding a park that caters to thrill-seekers and the younger set isn’t always so easy. This list includes parks that successfully cater to both, and those that also have exciting new features for the 2017 season.”

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