Did You Know, Travel


The Mayflower was the little three-masted sailing ship that brought the Pilgrams to the New World in 1620.  A tough little ship of 180 tons, about 90 feet long, roughly the size of harbor tugboat.Before the Pilgrams hired it, the ship had been carrying wine from France to England.On September 20, 1620, the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England with just over 100 men, women, children including a crew of about 28 men.  The Mayflower crossed the Atlantic Ocean at its stormiest season.  Sailing westward across the Atlantic Ocean was very difficult, the wind almost always blows strongly right from that direction-west- in which the ship must go.

They ate the same food everyday – sea biscuits, salted meat, dried fish and cheese, washed it all down with beer. Some people were seasick for weeks.  Just before they landed one young man died, but the number of passengers remained unchanged because a baby boy was born on shipboard a month after the vessel arrived safely.

The first landfall was where Provincetown, Massachusetts is today. they then went on to the site of Plymouth, across Cape Cod Bay.  The Mayflower Compact was written and expressed the idea that everyone would have fair treatment in the government that would be set up to rule the colony.  41 men signed the compact in the ships’ cabin and agreed to obey the laws they themselves would pass.  The Mayflower Compact was a very important step along the road to self-government in the New World.

There is a replica of the wonderful old ship near a reconstruction of the early colony at Plymouth.  More than 250,000 visitors go abroad the Mayflower II, gaining a new admiration for the courage and fortitude of a little band of men, women and children who sailed in a ship with no engines, only sails to America more than 350 years ago.

posted by liz

source :Grolier/Alan Villiers



American Idol at Nassau Coliseum

AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! OK, American Ideal lovers, here is your chance to see the 2011 lineup which  promises to be the most memorable yet.

The top 11 in this tour—Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Lauren Alaina, Naima Adedapo, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, Scotty McCreery, Stefano Langone, and Thia Megia — they are  primed and pumped to give fans a night of unique and unforgettable performances.

Get off the couch and get into the real action and see AMERICAN IDOL as it is happening, experience real time not at home time.

Past tours have featured current pop luminaries such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, David Cook, Adam Lambert, Lee DeWyze and so many more.  Get up close and personal this summer with this tour.  ” This top eleven will have crowds on their feet singing along to every word. Get ready… The AMERICAN IDOL season finale will air on FOX May 26, but the action will continue live on stage all summer with AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! Don’t miss it when it hits a town near you.”

Coliseum Connection members can buy tickets before the general public during this exclusive, online-only pre-sale, by clicking on this link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0000468E88417063?artistid=838399&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1 entering code “NVMC” in the box marked Venue /

Internet pre-sale starting this Wednesday, May 11th @ 10am until Thursday, May 12th @ 10pm. Tickets will go on sale to the public @ 10am on Friday, May 13th through Ticketmaster. *If tickets remain, they will be available for sale at the Nassau Coliseum box office beginning @ 9:30am on Monday, May 16th.

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Did You Know

Kentucky Derby – Hat-tastic

Plaza Suite Fireworks Hat


Giddie up horsey!  Ah, the Kentucky Derby, did you watch the race?  I did.  It is always exciting to cheer the horse you want to win.

I was partial to Mucho Macho Man.  But the Kentucky Derby  is not just about horses, you know.                                                    It is also about the HAT.

The word derby is a dead give away.  Derby is a type of hat, “a stiff felt hat with a round crown and a small curved brim”, but the hats that are worn, by the women attendees, are far from small or stiff.

Hats! What a way to make a statement.  No matter how large, frilly, lacy, tiny, or wacky, wearing a hat is definitely an attention getter.

I am happy that the tradition of hats is still in play at Churchill Downs.  At one time a hat was a necessary part of a wardrobe.  I understand you could not leave home without one.  Whoa to those who did not wear a hat. You were labeled a common beggar if you did not have one on your head, this was a standard rule for both men and woman.  Hats played an important role in the history of horse racing for many centuries, going as far back to the world famous Royal Ascot in the United Kingdom, where a dress code was strictly enforced.

Hats are still in vogue, but not always worn.  I happen to love a great hat.  I really use it to keep the sun off my face, but I found out that when you put on a hat you suddenly transform into someone else.  I have had people comment, “Great hat”, “Looking good” and “You look like a famous person”, who knew a simple hat would attract so much positive attention.  Remember the Easter Parade?  Now that was a hat show. The more outlandish the hat the more attention it was given.

The next time you want to complete your outfit top it off with a great hat, and watch the transformation.

Your friends will be saying,”You look hat-tastic.”

Check out the top 10 hats at the Kentucky Derby 2011