On our continuing discovery of interesting weekend jaunts across America, this week we visit Portsmouth, NH for a river tour on a gundalow, Philadelphia’s over-the-top Flower Show, D’Iberville MS’s Annual BBQ throw-down, and Crested Butte Colorado’s Crafted Brew Tasting Event.
Unique and different strokes for unique and different folks — like yourself — all across America.
Gundalow Piscataqua Tour and Charter
For centuries, gundalows connected up-river Seacoast towns to Portsmouth, the region’s seaport and primary market town. Harnessing the wind and riding the tide, the sailing barges moved bricks, hay, firewood, and goods crucial to the economy and everyday life.
A full-scale replica of the last commercially operated gundalow — the “Capt. Edward H. Adams,” built in 1886 — was constructed in Portsmouth in the 1980s. A second, named “Piscataqua,” after the river, was constructed in 2011 after a five-year fundraising and planning effort.
Operated by the nonprofit Gundalow Company, the “Piscataqua” provides sailing excursions and dockside programs up and down the Piscataqua River and around Great Bay. Trips depart Memorial Day through Columbus Day, from the dock at Prescott Park. Tickets are available on the organization’s website. The programs combine maritime heritage, marine ecology, history, science, mathematics, literature, social studies, and stewardship. The Gundalow “Piscataqua” is also available for private charters from May through October, and can accommodate up to 46 people onboard. It’s not too soon to make your reservations now!
Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer
Hours: Sailing & visiting hours change weekly
Location: Prescott Park
Address: Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: (603) 433-9505
Cost: See website
Philadelphia International Flower Show
An annual blockbuster event in Philadelphia, and the world’s oldest and largest indoor event of its kind, the Philadelphia Flower Show draws hundreds of thousands of people to Center City Philadelphia every year. Run by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), the show, which enters its 189th year in 2017, invites visitors to take in spectacular floral displays of all shapes and sizes and to take advantage of all the floral action in Philadelphia long before spring comes into full bloom.
The show was recently awarded the Grand Pinnacle Gold award from the International Festivals & Events Association’s annual competition, which includes the world’s top festivals and events. The Flower Show’s impressive large-scale gardens, landscapes and floral creations will all rally under this year’s theme, “Holland: Flowering the World.”
Visitors will reap opportunities to explore Dutch garden innovations like Holland’s futuristic eco-dome, rainbow landscapes patterned with hyacinths, daffodils and tulips of all shades, mosaic-crafted gardens, classic canals, bridges and more. In addition to the multiple displays and exhibitions that fill the show, the Flower Show also returns with several of its popular themed events, shopping opportunities and live entertainment.
Dates: March 11- 19
Location: The Pennsylvania Convention Center
Address: Center City East, 12th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Website: The Philadelphia International Flower Show
Tickets: Adults $28, Students $20, Child $15
Buy tickets online (up to $7 off) or at box office: website
11th Annual D’Iberville BBQ Throw-down
Just north of Biloxi, Mississippi is the quaint southern town of D’Iberville, and this week they host their 11th Annual BBQ chicken, ribs & brisket cook-off with teams competing for over $6,000 in cash and prizes. The event continues to grow yearly with the addition of a Youth BBQ cook-off, so bring the kids. They can win cash and prizes as well. Live entertainment all day, arts and crafts, face painting, children’s activities and games, pulled pork taste tent, and of course … all the barbeque you can eat!!!
Date: March 4, 2017
Time: 9 AM until 4 PM
Location: D’Iberville Civic Center
Address:10395 Automall Parkway,
Phone: 228.392.9734 or 228.257.9734
Price: Free – BBQ Competition Entry Fee
Crested Butte, CO
Crafted Tasting Event
Among avid skiers, Crested Butte is known as a place where anyone can find the right challenge — whether it’s the resort’s innovative QuickStart beginners’ program, inviting intermediate bowls and non-threatening glades, or the double-black diamond Extreme Limits, the finest adventure skiing in the Rocky Mountains. Crested Butte leads the state in teaching first-time skiers; the country’s best and boldest skiers and snowboarders also gather in Crested Butte each year for national extreme skiing and snowboarding championships.
Though Crested Butte feels like a world removed — nestled in a valley at the road’s end, surrounded by towering peaks — it is as accessible by air as any ski resort in America. Skiers can easily fly into the Gunnison/Crested Butte airport from anywhere in the United States, with convenient international connections as well.
Colorado Crafted — the best après scene all year round! Ski Crested Butte Mountain Resort this spring and enjoy a craft tasting that features the best breweries, distilleries and local fare that Colorado has to offer! Held Saturday, March 4 from 2 – 6 pm, you will enjoy delicious beverages, and tasty treats slope side with views of the Elk Mountains, live music and the company of your friends!
Date: March 4
Time: 2PM until 6 PM
Location: Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Address: 12 Snowmass Road, Crested Butte, CO 81225
Tickets: $26 in Advance or Online; $30 at the door (if available)
Website: Colorado Crafted
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Crested Butte, CO
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