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Travellers planning to vacation close pandora necklace uk to home www pandora jewelry this summer will find lots of special events to enjoy just south of the border.
New York, Michigan and Vermont are among the states hosting big celebrations this year that range from a tall ships festival to military re enactments as well as special art exhibits, musical events, tours and more. Here's a sample:
SCHOONER FESTIVAL IN TRAVERSE CITY, MICH.
Schooners, cutters, sloops and other tall ships will ply the waters of Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay this fall in the first ever Michigan Schooner Festival. The brainchild of the Maritime Heritage Alliance, the three day event (Sept 11 13) is expected to begin with an evening "grand parade of sail" as the vessels make their way south to Traverse City's Duncan L. Clinch Marina.
Other activities will include tours, passenger rides aboard the vessels, maritime musicians, a progressive dinner and wine tasting from ship to ship, children's games and a Sunday morning "Pancakes with Pirates" event.
The festival will feature an array of sailing vessels from sleek two masted cargo schooners and classic yachts to little Mackinaw boats and even a replica British armed sloop from the War of 1812.
From an historic standpoint, Michigan seems an ideal place for such a festival. The waters of Grand Traverse Bay and the nearby Manitou Passage were some of how much do pandora bracelets cost the busiest in the country, bustling with schooners, cutters, sloops and Mackinaw boats, and later with side wheelers and steamships. This year is the 250th anniversary of the siege of the fort and the event will be commemorated with a full scale re enactment.
"Fighting for the Fortress," July 3 5, will be the largest "battle" on the grounds of Old Fort Niagara since the original siege in 1759, with more than 2,000 re enactors taking part. In addition there'll be fireworks, living history camps, colonial merchants and musical entertainment.
The original siege lasted 19 days when 2,300 British soldiers and 1,000 Iroquois warriors surrounded the post held by 600 French soldiers. The fort was bombarded day and night until the French surrendered.
Other commemorative events at the fort this pandora charms jewelry stores year include interactive living history programs, offered daily from June 20 to Aug. 31, led by interpreters portraying people on both sides of the siege. British cannon crews will bombard Fort Niagara as French soldiers defend it with musketry. Visitors can also take part in siege activities by helping to build fortifications, practice cannon drills, prepare rations, handle a musket and try on clothing like that worn by the Fort's defenders 250 years ago.
The fort will also mark the anniversary of the surrender on July 25 with food, entertainment, artillery and musketry salutes from all of the cultures that played a role in the 1759 siege. daily year round. The state of Vermont is commemorating the 400th anniversary of Champlain's arrival with a year long celebration featuring more than 100 events, including musical performances, art exhibits, bike and paddling tours, culinary events, history and natural history tours, cultural demonstrations and festivals.
The City of Burlington will host the Celebrate Champlain Burlington International Waterfront Festival Signature Event (July 2 14), featuring music, comedy, film and performance stages for Vermont, New York and Quebec artists. A few days after the festival, the Vergennes French Heritage Event begins (July 17 18). It will feature re enactors, Franco American music, French Canadian fiddling, response songs, step dancing, fencing demonstrations, French food and traditional crafts such as spinning, weaving, chair caning and fiddle making.
Other major events include the St. Albans Franco American Heritage Festival (June 19 20), and the Festival of Nations at Chimney Point (Sept. Many events will take place in New York City, a metropolis that's grown beyond anything Henry Hudson and his crew aboard the vessel Halve Maen could have imagined in 1609.
Highlights include NYC 400 Week (Sept. 8 13), and the New Amsterdam Plein Pavilion, a gift from the Netherlands designed by Ben van Berkel, to be unveiled in Battery Park in late 2009.
Elsewhere in the city: Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson at the Museum of the City of New York (April 4 Sept. 27) explores the Dutch influence on the city. The New Amsterdam Trail a self guided walking tour focusing on Dutch influence on lower Manhattan.
Glory of Dutch Bulbs: A Legacy of 400 Years at the New York Botanical Garden with 50,000 bulbs inspired by the tulip and lily gardens of Holland (May 1 June 7). New Amsterdam Festival featuring renowned Dutch and American musicians (Sept. 10 13 and 17 20).
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