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Next year's planning for May: Think ahead

Next year's planning for May: Think ahead May 31st, 2009 at 2:30PM: May Day, May 1, Mother's Day, the 2nd Sunday in May, and Memorial Day, the last Monday in May are the obvious "M" days for May celebrations. Then there's Cinco de Mayo on May 5, a holiday I missed out on this year. I'll buy a Dos Equis anyway. That's not the only celebration opportunity that passed me by. I have a calendar filled with hallmark days from around the world. Here are some of them...

Southwest Airlines to offer free booze to military personnel on Memorial Day

Southwest Airlines to offer free booze to military personnel on Memorial Day May 24th, 2009 at 11:30AM: What's the best way for an airline to honor those who have fought for America's freedom? Free booze, of course! This Memorial Day, Southwest Airlines will be offering all military servicemen and women with valid ID a complimentary alcoholic beverage. Don't drink? That's okay. Southwest will also be providing free Monster Energy Drinks to military personnel-- perfect for helping you fall asleep on...

Seattle's Memorial Day tradition: Northwest Folklife Festival

Seattle's Memorial Day tradition: Northwest Folklife Festival May 23rd, 2009 at 1:00PM: Folklife--it's not what you're thinking. It's cooler. At this weekend's Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle, zydeco meets storytelling meets taiko drumming. When it comes down to it, folklife just means eclectic, spirited music and art. And if by chance you run into an act that you don't like, just follow the advice that someone gave me: keep moving until you find one that you do. There are...

Birthplace of Memorial Day offers festival and small town charm

Birthplace of Memorial Day offers festival and small town charm May 22nd, 2009 at 10:30AM: Back in 1865, Henry C. Wells, a druggist in Waterloo, New York thought that honoring all American soldiers who died in a war was a fitting gesture. The following year, Waterloo threw the first Memorial Day celebration on May 5. The holiday caught on, and in 1966 Lyndon Johnson signed a Presidential Proclamation declaring Waterloo the "Birthplace of Memorial Day," something the town takes quite...

Travel, alcohol consumption up, according to TripAdvisor

Travel, alcohol consumption up, according to TripAdvisor May 21st, 2009 at 8:00AM: We've seen travel predictions all over, such as Memorial Day travel will be up with the summer down. Everyone's weighing in. The latest from TripAdvisor is that little has changed in a year. Actually, this isn't TripAdvisor's opinion so much as that of more than 1,800 of its readers in the United States. More than a quarter of those taking vacations plan to make them last from a week to 10 days,...

Beer travel for Memorial Day: 10 options and more

Beer travel for Memorial Day: 10 options and more May 20th, 2009 at 2:30PM: Head to any state and you'll find a favorite local beer with quite the following. At HalogenLife, Kyle Anderson has come up with a favorite 10 beers in 10 states list to add perfection to a Memorial Day weekend trip. The list doesn't mean you should drink and drive your way across America. Instead, use it as a guide to the best beers whether you're beaching it, going on a picnic, or throwing a...

One town doesn't want tourists for Memorial Day

One town doesn't want tourists for Memorial Day May 15th, 2009 at 10:30AM: If you're a tourist, Ithaca, in the Finger Lakes region of New York, doesn't want you--at least not for Memorial Day. It's not a snob thing. It's not that the town wants people who live there to enjoy backyard barbeque's and parades in peace without strangers--you know, outsider types--from stopping them to ask for directions or take up their parking spots. Actually, parking spots have something...

Memorial Day travel surge to be followed by silence

Memorial Day travel surge to be followed by silence May 13th, 2009 at 1:00PM: So, there are two visions of the near future: one immediate, the other a bit further out. For Memorial Day, expect to see plenty of traffic, thanks to a drop in gas prices, according to AAA. More than 10 percent of the country's population – north of 32 million people – is expected to ht the road (though some will take planes). This stands in stark contrast to last year, when it cost...

Memorial Day 2009 airfare deals -- it's not too late!

Memorial Day 2009 airfare deals -- it's not too late! May 8th, 2009 at 12:30PM: Memorial Day is right around the corner. Have you got plans yet? Forget the fact that we're under three weeks away, the economy is flailing and that your job is on the brink. If you factor a little bit of flexibility (read: sick day) into the equation there are still a ton of great deals on flights around the hemisphere. To help you out, we've compiled our top favorite deal from every large city...

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: Changing of the Guard

May 26th, 2008 at 3:00PM: At 3:00 p.m. today, there is a supposed to be a moment of silence to honor those who have died in war. I'm not usually one to be moved by pomp and circumstance, although, during high school graduations, the song "Pomp and Circumstance" played by a high school band does tear me up. Even though this is how I am, the "Changing of the Guard" at the Tomb of the Unknowns, another name for the memorial...

Tips for taking photos of memorials on Memorial Day

Tips for taking photos of memorials on Memorial Day May 26th, 2008 at 10:40AM: Perhaps you've been one of the people jockeying for position to snap a photo of a memorial that other people are also trying to capture. Getting a photo that looks different than what the person standing next to you has taken can be a challenge. Plus, memorials are inanimate objects that might not look all that interesting in those vacation photos after all. I came across these photo tips for...

Civil War bus tour in Washington, D.C.

Civil War bus tour in Washington, D.C. May 8th, 2008 at 11:00AM: Jeffrey recently wrote a post about the Gettysburg electric map that depicts this battle in different colored electric lights. The map may become no more, but here is a new opportunity to learn about the Civil War. In Washington, D.C., starting Memorial Day weekend, the bus tour "Civil War Washington: Soldiers and Citizens" will be taking people to several sites important to the time period. On...

Festival Mizik Jakmel

Festival Mizik Jakmel Apr 27th, 2007 at 10:20PM: World music lovers listen up and get ready to pen this one on your festival calendar if you haven't already. On May 25-27, 2007 a beach not quite as well known to the world as those on the neighboring country will play host to the Haiti's first international music festival. Jacmel is just 25 miles south of the country's turbulent capital and yet worlds away from the headlines that too often keep...

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