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Newport and Bristol Reveal Serene Beauty and Traces of the Past

By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer

NEWPORT, R.I. — Travel guru Arthur Frommer once observed that tourists don’t go to a city that has lost its soul. True soul, he said, is embodied in the older buildings that render a place unique. Moreover, it’s the architecture and ambiance of the locale that distinguish one city from the next. And in  Newport, R.I. that much is true.

On a crisp fall day, a trolley ride around this quaint city on the Narragansett Bay makes the area feel like someplace – and not just any place.  When you hop aboard the Viking Tours trolley parked at the Rhode Island Visitors Center depot, immediately, you start to discover the history and histrionics that laid the foundation of this place. Nearby is the first settlement in Rhode Island, which dates back to 1639. The settlement marks the beginning of a major 18th-century slave port city, and has the highest number of surviving colonial buildings in the United States.

Less than a mile away are several remarkable buildings surrounding the trapezoid town square. One of the most significant architectural gems is the Touro Synagogue, the oldest standing synagogue in the country. Its origin traces back to the philosophy of George Washington, who helped craft tenets in the U.S. Constitution. In his August 18, 1790 letter to the growing Jewish population, whose forefathers emigrated from Barbados in 1658, Washington planted the seed of religious tolerance and encouraged the Hebrews to luxuriate in their difference. This founding father wrote his letter after Rhode Island ratified the constitution that year, saying: “Everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree. And there should be none to make him afraid.”

Moreover, the founding father and the first president of the U.S. disavowed bigotry and persecution because of difference or otherness: He writes: “For happily the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.”

After learning such rich history that gives meaning to the present, it’s easy for the bosom to heave with pride and love for country as the trolley makes its way around what is now called Washington Square, Newport’s first town center. And there you can stay for at least two hours to marvel at a place and its past. In fact, the George Washington Tavern is only a stone throw away from the synagogue. Now restored and painted burgundy with white trimmings, the tavern serves as a central meeting location for today’s politicos, business people and curious tourists.

Jennifer R Balch_4Also nearby is the first house of worship in Rhode Island, the Quaker Meeting House built in 1699. But the centerpiece of this tour is arguably the 18th century Newport Mansions. More than 300 years of America’s heritage – charming inns, a grand collection of great hotels, and iconic resorts, each with a treasured story to savor, celebrate, and share, including Jacqueline Bouvier’s residence at the Hammersmith Farm, a Victorian mansion on a hill that slopes toward the bay.

Some of the most impressive mansions include the Breakers, The Elms and Marble House, all historic Landmarks, which will be decorated with poinsettias and evergreens for Christmas at the Mansions now through Jan. 5, 2014.

Newport has long been a playground for the rich and famous with its gracious mansions lining the Cliff Walk overlooking Newport Beach. But for a relatively modest fee, visitors can stay at the Newport Beach Hotel. Built in 1940, the gracious gambrel-style inn overlooks Newport Beach. An indoor pool, whirlpool, roof-top hot tub, fire pit and spa services come with panoramic water views. Bordered by the famous Cliff Walk next to the crescent-shaped beach, the boutique hotel is close to the world-renowned mansions on one side and the beach cottages of the Esplanade on the other.


About 30 minutes from Newport is one of the most charming little cities in America: Bristol, R.I.

Bristol, the home the DeWolf Tavern, was one of the largest slave cities in New England. Like Newport, Bristol was a major stop along the Atlantic Slave Trade route. Ships sailed from that port to Africa and to the Caribbean and then back to New England, exchanging captured Africans or “black cargoes” for molasses, sugar and rum. In fact, Rhode Island, the smallest state in the union, had about 30 rum distilleries, more than Newport which had 22 alone. During the 18th and 19th century, the DeWolfs traded more than 10,000 enslaved Africans.

Today, Bristol is an exquisite tourist attraction along the Narragansett Bay with traces of its past.  After a leisurely drive from Newport to Bristol, visitors will encounter red, blue and white medians in the narrow road that leads to the center of town. On the way is the first fine-dinning restaurant in the town, The Lobster Pot, where you can have an exquisite feast that is more than worth a stop to enjoy the double-barrel lobster, their Indian pudding or Jamaican coffee.

In search for a respite from the bustling cities, visitors can stay a night at the Bristol Harbor Inn, facingNarragansett Bay. The Harbor Inn is a boutique hotel near quaint shops and next to DeWolf’s Tavern, which serves a hearty English breakfast in the morning to visitors before they explore the shops along the bay.

For passing the time, sitting on the dock of the Bay brings serenity and can make anyone feel far removed from the site’s distant past, yet still reminiscent of its troubled history as boats glide along the bay toward the barn that once belonged to James DeWolf, head of the largest slave trading family in all of North America. That serene and hauntingly beautiful surrounding is now one of the most prized attractions in New England.

Knowing the region’s history and sensing its soul is only part of the joy that comes from a visit to America’s “most patriotic city.”

Photos by Jennifer R. Balch.

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Bristol Harbor Inn

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Lobster Pot

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Blithewold Mansion

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Newport International Boat Show Draws Thousands, Aims for New Customers

By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer

NEWPORT, RI — Want to go sailing?

While navigating the Newport International Boat Show in Rhode Island, you will often hear that question as boat enthusiasts inspect new products on the market or ferry over to Goat Island to purchase yachts ranging from $644,000 to  $3.5 million.

With its elegant mahogany hull and stateroom layout, a 70-ft Vicem Yacht named Truant is an exquisite eight-sleeper with separate crew quarters. For $1.9 million, you can cruise top speed at 28 knots—or 32 miles per hour. Afterward, Truant’s broker at Northrop & Johnson, Inc. will return it to a harbor somewhere in Connecticut.

This weekend, Newport Waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue to attend the 43rd annual boat show from Sept. 12-15, the largest boat show in New England and the “kick off” to the fall boat show season. The show, which features more than 600 boats in water, power and sail, is expected to draw about 40,000 people to the smallest state in the union. And it’s a 90-minute drive from any part of Connecticut, Boston and New York for a three to four-day stay in southeastern New England.

But there’s more to the boat show than checking out dinghies, kayaks and cruisers; Mantus’s boat anchors with aerodynamic technology; or serene settings close to the water.

The maritime industry is synonymous with New England’s history. Puritan settlers livelihood included. This tradition is passed down in many New England families, such as Tom Delotto, director of thee Newport Exhibition Group that owns and produces the Newport International Boat Show.

“It’s a good way to disconnect from land and enjoy the soothing effects of being on water,” Delotto says.

The Group also has educational programs for novices, including children. Scheduled program include Discover Boating’s Hands On Skills Training (HOST) series, which allow boaters to enhance existing skills or serve as an entry-level course for understanding weather forecasting.

There’s also “a big push” to penetrate the minority population.  Up to 10 percent of African Americans and Hispanics are boaters.

And Rhode Island has its reason to ensuring the show expands. That economic value of boating and recreation sales impact on the local economy is notable.  The total annual economic value is $121.2 billion, with direct sales at $646 billion. The industry employs 338,526 people. Like many industries during the recession, outdoor recreation decreased. Now, it’s on the rise industry experts say. And people are expanding and hiring.

Chris Perry works as a prep cook at Bello’s Cafe. On Friday, he was just sitting on the dock on Goat Island—on his day off—with his dog.

“I love it this time of year,” said Chris Perry, a Rhode Island native, stroking his cockerspanial, Pandoria. “I just like being down by the water.”

Well, the water is there all year. But, as Perry may have observed, the crisp air and mild sun caressing your skin while you’re sailing in the Bristol Harbor is enough to draw you down by the water this time of year.


43rd Newport International Boat Show

Newport, Rhode Island

Show Hours: Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Homewood Suites Newport-Middletown

119 Hope Street

Middletown, RI

Opened in June 2013

Complimentary hot breakfast 


Bristol Harbor Inn

259 Thames Street Landing

Bristol, RI

Eat breakfast at DeWolf Tavern


Newport Beach Hotel & Suites

One Wave Avenue

Middletown, RI


The Lobster Pot

119 Hope St

Bristol, RI

The first fine dining restaurant that opened in 1929; it’s renowned for its seafood dishes

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CT Oktoberfest Begins Thursday in New Britain

NEW BRITAIN —  Want to be a part of the state’s largest Chicken Dance? Or sample the best in German specialty foods from Frank ‘n Stein? Or listen to the sounds of Schactelgebriger Musikanten-even if you can’t pronounce this authentic German ban’s name?

Then pack a picnic basket this weekend and trek to downtown New Britain at the Connecticut Oktoberfest. Thousands are expected to take advantage of nonstop live entertainment, great food and German specialty beers in the center of the city Friday through Sunday, September 13-15.

Admission to Oktoberfest New Britain is free — this includes two stages of entertainment for the three days of the festival.  Secure parking is FREE in the three city garages.

The City of New Britain and the New Britain Lion’s Club is sponsoring  this event, with almost two dozen bands ranging from authentic German to funk, foods from the Frank ‘n Stein menu (many varieties of hot dogs and cold beer, get it?), and activities for kids, such as the Rock Cats Fun Zone, and on Sunday at 2 p.m., the formation of Connecticut’s largest chicken dance.

“New Britain will find its niche with Oktoberfest,” said Nick Augustino, the festival’s organizer. Augustino’s East Side Restaurant will provide the food and beer for the celebration, which will be served by volunteers from local churches and non-profit organizations, which will benefit financially, too.  Augustino, who has been contracted to host Oktoberfest for next eight years, said the festival will create long-term business in the city.

“I have been bringing people into the city with my advertising and billboards for 13 years,” said Augustino. “I expect we will see 12,000 people over the course of three days, and I’m prepared for more. Our forefathers built New Britain as a center for industry. Now, with all the highways coming through the city, I think we have the infrastructure to be a center for festivals.”

The New Britain Rock Cats will be coming to this year’s Oktoberfest, along with Petco. Petco will have a petting zoo set up as part of a “fun zone” for children. The festival, he said, coincides with National Dog Adoption Weekend.

Ann Pilla, volunteer and entertainment coordinator at the festival, said there would also be a gigantic chicken dance Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Nick will lead the largest chicken dance in Connecticut in a parade from the VIP area,” she said.

To check out this year’s  exciting lineup, go to


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Fête the Fall Harvest in Newport, Rhode Island: Food & Wine, Fairs and Festivals

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND — – As the summer sun starts to give way to crisp, saltwater breezes and the tree tops are painted in vivid hues of crimson red, brilliant yellow and burnt orange, Newport, Rhode Island enters into what many consider its most majestic season.

While Mother Nature shows off, enjoy awe-inspiring architecture, rich history, enchanting wineries, coastal charm, miles of trails, farm to fork dining and fine boutique shopping—it’s all here in the City-by-the-Sea. Some of the upcoming world-class events include:

The 43rd Annual International Boat Show, Sept. 12-15, 2013, is one of the largest in-water boat shows in the country. Held throughout Newport’s downtown waterfront locations, the impressive show is mariner’s paradise, showcasing domestic and foreign goods as well as a variety of sail and powerboats. Visit for a complete list of exhibitors and boats.

The Coggeshall Farm Museum 40th Annual Harvest Fair, Sept. 14-15, 2013, in nearby Bristol, unfolds at a living-history farm that depicts agrarian life in 1799. Activities for all ages including hay rides, face painting, craft-making, a chance to see the farm’s animals and hand-milk a cow, hay bale toss, sack races and other traditional games. Attend a cooking demonstration with farm-raised products, listen to traditional music and watch the Ladies of the Rolling Pin dance. See the work of Rhode Island artisans and enjoy local foods. For more information, visit

The 8th Newport Mansions Annual Wine & Food Festival will be held September 20-22, 2013 at The Elms, Rosecliff, and Marble House mansions, featuring over 100 of the finest New England restaurants and wines from around the world. One of the most anticipated food festivals in the country, guests will savor the opportunity to enjoy cooking demonstrations Food Network “Iron Chef” Alex Guarnaschelli and James Beard Award winner Michel Richard—hosted by Claudine Pépin. The festival will also feature a Sunday Brunch with Guarnaschelli, various celebrity chef appearances, seminars with wine experts, a two-day Grand Tasting on the Marble House lawn, a gala at Rosecliff and much more, all in Newport’s  most spectacular locations. for a complete itinerary.

The Norman Bird Sanctuary Annual Harvest Fair, October 5-6, 2013, carries on tradition of family fun as it kicks off the fall with a local “small-town” festival.  Enjoy town-fair entertainment in its freshly plowed fields, a plethora of food stations as well as jam and baked good tastings, craft stations, games, home & garden competitions, and hay rides. A staple of New England fall festivals, the two-day Harvest Fair provides family activities all weekend long, including old-time favorites like Tug-O-War and the Mud Pit. Visit for more information.

oktoberfest-newportInternational Oktoberfest, Oct. 12-13, 2013, welcomes fall with the celebration of German cuisine, brews, and entertainment at the Newport Yachting Center overlooking the harbor. A celebration for all ages, this year organizers are touting Sunday as the designated “family-oriented” day. Visit the Biergarten to taste seasonal and international brews along with other American favorites. Also savor beloved brats, schnitzel, sauerbraten, potato pancakes more German cuisine.  Listen to traditional German music all weekend long in a fall celebration and reunion of family and friends.  Visit  for a complete list of activities, vendors, and musicians throughout the weekend.

The Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival, October 19-20, 2013, celebrates autumn’s bounty with seafood dishes and live music celebrating Newport’s “Harvest of the Sea.”  Local restaurants and fishermen prepare their best dishes under colorful tents around the wharf accompanied by live folk, Celtic, “sea-shanty,” and blues music all weekend long.  Spirits, soft drinks, and desserts are all available, as well as seating throughout the wharf.  Come and enjoy many local restaurants’ most prized lobster dinners, clam chowders, “stuffies,” clam cakes, shrimps, scallops, raw oysters, and even some landlubber-friendly dishes. Visit for a complete list of vendors and performers.

There’s no better time to savor New England in the fall than during Newport Restaurant Week, Nov. 1-10, 2013. Enjoy more than 50 restaurants offering 3-course $16 lunches and $30 dinners throughout the week as well as the opportunity to sample new seasonal items from Newport and Bristol County’s most talented chefs. Cooking classes, walking tours, and lodging packages will also be available in conjunction with restaurant meals.  Visit for participating restaurants, events and special offers throughout the week.

 Photos courtesy of Discover Newport

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Cooking Channel Serves Up Recipes for Caribbean and Carnival Cuisines

TV WORTH WATCHING, Caribbean Cuisine — This Wednesday, tune into the Cooking Channel, as Kelsey’s Essentials features a “Jamaican” cuisine.  In this episode, Kelsey visits Melvin at Melvin’s Juice Box where he is adding the mouthwatering tropical flavors of Jamaica into his juices.

Kelsey heads back to her kitchen inspired to make Fried Fish with Carrot Escovitch using some of the same Jamaican flavors as Melvin.  Kelsey then meets with the queen of jerk cooking, Suzanne, at Miss Lily’s to try her hand at the staple technique of Jamaican cuisine.  Back in her kitchen, Kelsey makes Grilled Lobster Tails with Jerk Sauce and Coconut Rice.


Airing Wednesday, August 21st – 8:00 pm ET | 5:00 pm PT

Also on Wednesday, check out Cuban cuisine on Not My Mama’s Meals.  Bobby Deen and his Cuban comrade, Sabrina Soto, are taking a stroll down Havana on the Hudson! They’re picking up some authentic ingredients for a Cuban inspired meal. Later, Bobby invites Sabrina over to taste some of his masterpieces. He makes his famous Lean Pressed Cubans and Cuban Cheesecake- Flan de Queso. It’s Cubano Nights in Brooklyn y’all.

Cubano Nights
Airing Wednesday, August 21st – 9:00 pm ET | 6:00 pm PT
And don’t forget the “Carnival” theme featured on the Donut Showdown. Donut-makers Robert from Florida, Carrie from Albuquerque and pastry chef Josie from Montreal compete in a mystery ingredient elimination round. The final two standing have to impress the judges by making three donuts with a “Carnival” theme. The winner takes home $10,000.





Airing Wednesday, August 21st – 10:00 pm ET | 7:00 pm PT


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Taste of Hartford to Begin Jan. 21

HARTFORD — Food lovers can sample meals at their favorite restaurant, especially those with good customer service and exquisite cuisines.

Thanks to the Greater Hartford Arts Councils annual Taste of Hartford.

From Jan. 21 to February 3, participating restaurants will offer special multi-course, price fixed tasting menus, including thier signature dishes for $20.13.

From dishes ranging from home-style barbeque to world-class sushi, Hartford’s finest restaurants prepare three-course tasting menus that showcase  variety of culinary experiences the city has to offer.

Participating restaurants include Black-Eyed Sally’s, Casa Mia Ristorante, CASONA, City Steam Brewery and Café, Costa del Sol,  Hot Tomato’s, The Royal Masala,  and Tisane Euro Asian Cafe.

Interested food connoisseurs can visit for the most up to date list.


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Stellar Performances From Beres, Maxi, Shaggy and UB40 at Historic Reggae Concert

By Anthony Turner, Contributor

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — As the reggae thirsty crowd from the tri-satate area slowly filed out of the arena at 12:05 a.m. early Wednesday morning, their excitement for the concert’s solid lineup was palpable.

The newly minted Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn was the venue for the Sounds of Reggae Concert on 12.12.12 with headliners Beres Hammond, Ali Campbell, Shaggy and Maxi Priest.  And what a smasher it was. Jay-Z and the incomparable Barbara Streisand are just a few of the marquee stars who have played sold out dates at the new facility that is now home for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.

Maxi, who got the concert started threw down a glittering performance for more than 10,000 screaming fans in a glam-filled coming-out reggae party. His energy ricocheted throughout the jam-packed venue as the legendary reggae crooner belted out classic hits like “How It Feel To Be Loved,” “Just A Bit Longer” “Wide Wide World,” “I Believe In Love” and “She Gives Me Love.” Maxi was later joined by NJ based dj Beniton who lite up the stage, partnering with him on crossover hits ‘House Call” and “Jamaica Nice.”

ISHAGGY - Ajamu photot was a homecoming party of sorts for international reggae star Shaggy, who at one time called Brooklyn home. Performing with his long time friends from the area Rayvon and Red Fox, the former US Marine demanded the entire arena get on their feet during his energetic set and fans obediently obliged, danced up a storm for the duration of his performance. Shaggy’s set was spiced with all his big hits and more including ‘Mr. Boombastic,’ ‘It Wasn’t Me,’ ‘Big Up,’ ‘Angel,’ ‘Church Heathen’ and the ballad Strength of A Woman that he dedicated to Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller who celebrated her birthday last Wednesday.

Reggae singer Beres Hammond, who made a scheduled stop at NBC’s Late Night show with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots band prior to his performance, had the women in the palm of his hands from the moment he crooned his first note. The Grammy-nominated reggae hit maker could do no wrong as he reeled of hit songs from his catalogue including ‘Step Aside,’ ‘Putting Up Resistance,’ ‘Come Back Home,’ ‘Give Thanks,’ ‘Doctors Orders’ and ‘Rockaway.’ 90 minutes later when the sweat drench singer made his way off stage, the consensus was he was the “Boss” for the night.

BERES HAMMOND - Ajamu photoHaving Ali Campbell close a reggae concert in downtown Brooklyn could have been a dismal disaster. Campbell, being the consummate performer, pushed those concerns aside. While he did not enjoy the same crowd support that Beres or Shaggy enjoyed, he certainly made a good first impression and connected with fans as he belted out ‘Would I Lie To You,’ ‘Running Free’ and the curtain closer ‘Red Red Wine.’

Earlier, Ann-Marie Grant, Executive Director of the American Friends of the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) organization accepted a $10,000 donation from title sponsor BioLife for the University of the West Indies Scholarship fund.

Also present at the concert was the Hon. Herman LaMont, Consul General of Jamaica, New York who endorsed the event. Promoter George Crooks and his hardworking team at Jammins Entertainment must be congratulated for producing one of the biggest reggae concert for 2012 inside the tri-state area.

Photo Credit – Ajar

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African Travel Supports Earth Day With Special Tour Packages

On April 22, more than one billion people around the world will participate in the 42nd annual Earth Day to help raise awareness of global environmental concerns.

For Earth Day and every day, African Travel, Inc. will work to bring more awareness to the plight of Gorillas and Chimpanzees in the wild, organizers said.

This plan is a part of their efforts they offer special packages to see incredible creatures in their natural habitats while simultaneously working to protect them.

Mountain gorillas are among the most famous of all endangered animals. These majestic animals are lately finding it very hard to survive, and as recently as 2006, they were at the brink of extinction. Fortunately, recent conservation efforts have been quite successful, the primary factor responsible for this positive trend being an effort by organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda to protect the gorillas and their habitat.

Another significant contributor towards protection of the Mountain Gorillas is tourism. When travelers visit Africa using a knowledgeable company such as African Travel, they are making a huge contribution to the conservation of Mountain Gorillas. Despite these positive efforts, Mountain Gorillas are still under threat of extinction, and more conservation efforts will be necessary to remove gorillas from the endangered animals list.

Organizers said it is now an excellent time to visit these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.

By joining an African Travel safari to view Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees, Americans can help the cause while enjoying an exotic vacation.

Two African Travel, Inc. safaris where you can see these beautiful animals in the wild:

The Pearl Of Africa—8 days. Uganda, Rwanda. Renowned for its physical beauty, Uganda offers a variety of wildlife viewing experiences in the Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi . The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a sanctuary for 13 different species of primate, colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many birds (such as hornbills and turacos).  The photographic opportunities are plentiful as you experience Uganda, a country considered to be a source of the Nile River.

Remote Tanzania: Katavi and Mahale—9 days. Tanzania is one of the most spectacular places for wildlife viewing in Africa, and African Travel Inc.’s unforgettable adventure to Remote Tanzania: Katavi and Mahale will surpass your wildest expectations. Wildlife viewing in Katavi can be nothing short of breathtaking, especially the huge herds of buffalo and amazing numbers of hippo. Observe them as they groom, wrestle and forage across the leafy floor.

For more information and reservations contact your favorite Travel Professional, or visit


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Choice Hotel Kicks off Facebook Caribbean Vacation Giveaway

As winter wanes and warmer weather beckons weary travelers, Choice Hotels is looking to send one lucky Facebook user on a wonderful Caribbean vacation getaway.

From now through April 30, 2012, Facebook users who “Like” Choice Hotels can learn how to enter into the “Caribbean Dreamin’ Sweepstakes” where they’ll have the chance to win a trip for two to the Caribbean.

The sweepstakes grand prize winner will receive cash for round-trip airfare for two and 100,000 Choice Privileges rewards points to redeem at one of our 11 different Caribbean island hotels.

Don’t like your odds? Well in addition to one grand prize winner, Choice Hotels will also give away instant prizes right on its Facebook page. After each consumer enters the sweepstakes, they’ll have a chance to play an instant win game where they can win dozens of travel prizes including Amazon Kindles, Apple iPod Shuffles, and Gift Cards.

What’s more, consumers who enter the sweepstakes and then share the promotion with their family and friends will get a bonus sweepstakes entry.

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Film Festival To Serve Up Film Feast

CAPE ANN, MA. — Feel like going to the cape to catch crisp ocean breeze and watch films? You might want to check out the Cape Ann Film Festival.

The Cape Ann Film Festival kicks off this week at the Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main St. in Gloucester, and anyone who wants to catch all 24 movies is going to have to rest up and do some serious planning.

That’s because there is so many movies and so little time to see them all.
“Consider it a glimpse at how I spend some of my days,” says Robert Newton, the creative director of the Festival and the Cinema. “Wake up, watch a movie, watch a movie, watch a movie, and if there’s time, do silly things like eat and sleep.”

For every film that screens at the Festival, Newton notes, another ten don’t make the cut. That means that a line-up of 24 films represents about 500 hours, or about 3 solid weeks spent watching.

The three weeks that comprise the Festival open on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. with a Festival Trailer Round-Up, followed by a short documentary to commemorate 20 years since the actual Perfect Storm (of Oct. 31, 1991). There will be prizes (such as movie passes and a private movie party at the Cinema) and surprises, and the night is sponsored by Cape Pond Ice of Gloucester.

Political satirist Jimmy Tingle opens the first official night of the Festival on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. with an encore of his JIMMY TINGLE’S AMERICAN DREAM: LIVE ON STAGE & SCREEN. October’s show that marked the CACC’s 3rd birthday was sold out. Tickets are $22.00 and are available in advance at

Writer-director Jay Burke presents a work-in-progress version of his fishing drama WHALING CITY on Saturday, November 12th at 7:30 p.m.. This dramatic narrative feature film is set in New Bedford, Mass. in the rapidly-changing world of the modern fishing industry. It tells the story of a 3rd-generation independent commercial fisherman, struggling to keep a grasp on his way of life – and a long-held family boat – as costs rise and the heavily-regulated fishing industry is pushed towards a corporate model of efficiency. While developing an unlikely relationship with a marine biologist, he is tempted to do whatever it takes to keep his boat.

Other Festival guests include “Who Does She Think She Is?” director Pamela Tanner Boll (Sat. Nov. 12 @ 2:30pm), “The True 1692” writer/director/producer Paul Van Ness (Sat. Nov. 19 @ 5:00pm), “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” star Gunnar ‘Leatherface’ Hansen (Sat. Nov. 19 @ 10:00pm), “Nuremberg” restorationist Sandra Schulberg (Sun. Nov. 20 @ 2:30pm) and “Take Shelter” producer Sarah Green (Sun. Nov. 27 @ 5:00pm), who will close the Festival.

As has been part of the Cinema’s mission since it began in 2008, this year’s Festival features three fundraisers for local organizations. “The Legend Of Pale Male” (Sat. Nov. 12 @ 5:00pm) benefits Kestrel Educational Adventures, “The Economics Of Happiness” (Sun. Nov. 13 @ 5:00pm) benefits Cape Ann Timebank and for the fourth Thanksgiving running, “Alice’s Restaurant” (Thurs. Nov. 24 @ 6:30pm) benefits Cape Ann’s food bank, The Open Door.

On Sunday, November 20th at 7:30pm, the Festival offers a sneak preview of the new sports drama “The Hammer,” a Massachusetts exclusive. The film is based on the life of the UFC fighter Matt Hamill, and is a coming-of-age drama about the first deaf wrestler’s journey to win a National Collegiate Championship. Raised among those with the ability to hear, Matt finds himself no less an outsider amidst the Deaf community. But through sheer determination, he turns what could be a disability into an asset and in the process serves as an inspiration for both those who can hear and those who cannot. The film will encore at 7:30pm on both Friday and Saturday and Sunday, November 25th and 26th.

The Festival features a series of five film classics: “His Girl Friday” [1940] (Mon. Nov. 14 @ 2:30pm), “Meet John Doe” [1941] (Tues. Nov. 15 @ 2:30pm), “Detour” [1945] (Wed. Nov. 16 @ 2:30pm), “The Inspector General” [1949] and “D.O.A.” (Fri. Nov. 18 @ 2:30pm). All films in the Free Classics series, which continues in January, are completely free to attend.

The rest of the films playing at this year’s CAFF are “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey,” “Chico & Rita,” “Mia And The Migoo,” the ‘restored’ “Monty Python & The Holy Grail,” “My Afternoons With Margueritte,” “Weekend,” “The Whale” and “The Women On The 6th Floor.” A full schedule, including synopses and trailers, is available at

In that the Cape Ann Community Cinema is “the film festival that never ends,” the magic continues this winter. On Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30pm when the Cinema hosts Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton and filmmaker Alexia Anastasio and her new documentary about Plympton called “Adventures In Plymptoons.” On Wednesday, December 28th at 7:30pm, the CACC welcomes Oscar-nominated writer/producer/director John Sayles and his creative/partner Maggie Renzi, with whom he has been working since they made “The Return Of The Secaucus Seven” together in 1979. They will host a Q&A (moderated by Sarah Green) after a screening of their new film “Amigo” (his 17th). On Saturday, January 14th at 7:30pm, former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci lands for a screening of the documentary “Buddy,” a Q&A and a book signing. Tickets for all of these post-Fest events are available at

Tickets for most films are $9.50 adults, $8.00 students & seniors (60+) and $6.50 for Cinema Members. For a full list of films both regular price and premium-priced, visit

For more information on the Festival or the Cinema, contact Robert Newton at (978) 309-8448.

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