WINTER JAUNTS – 3.5.2017: Antique European Autos, Skinny Tire Road Rallies, Whale Watching from Sea and Shore, and a Giant Arts & Craft Show!by Hampton Rhodes

WINTER JAUNTS – 3.5.2017:
Antique European Autos, Skinny Tire Road Rallies, Whale Watching from Sea and Shore, and a Giant Arts & Craft Show!

This weekend — get away in your own neighborhood — discover some pretty unique things that are not too far, and enjoy some of the tremendous diversity within our great big country! In our 7th installment of Winter Jaunts across America, Z’Scoop finds awesome single-day excursion and adventure opportunities with the Antique European Cars in Nashville, Biking on Mountain trails in Moab, a Festival of Whales in Dana Point and the Arts and Crafts Festival Spring Show in Albuquerque.

Nashville, TN
Macchine Italiane at the Lane Motor Museum

Macchine Italiane: A Tour of Italy’s Motoring Spirit is a look at Italy’s love affair with the automobile — from the affordable Fiat 500 to the exotic Lamborghini Urraco, with many interesting cars between. Macchine Italiane, open May 26, 2016 through May 22, 2017 at Nashville’s Lane Motor Museum, features over three-dozen vehicles including racecars, motorcycles and even bicycles that demonstrate Italian design and engineering from 1936-2012. All items in this exhibit were drawn from the collection of Lane Motor Museum. In addition to the items included in Macchine Italiane, museum visitors can enjoy over 120 other unique vehicles, primarily from Europe and Asia, and rarely seen in the U.S.

Italy has always had a passion for automobiles and driving, perhaps best exemplified by the duo of famous road races, the Mille Miglia and the Targio Florio. The Italians’ sporting heritage is a central theme of Macchine Italiane, with a 1980 Santandrea Formula Monza 875, a 1999 Dallara IRL Car and several examples of successful sports cars, including a 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider, a 1971 OTAS 820 Grand Prix, a 1991 Lancia Delta HF Integrale and more. With Monza, the third oldest racetrack in the world, Italy’s race culture dates back to 1895 and dozens of low-volume manufacturers of high-performance cars thrived in Italy.  Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Lamborghini, among others, survive to this day.

Date: Macchine Italiane exhibit ends May 22, 2017
Hours: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM – Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – closed on Tuesday and Wednesday
Location: Lane Motor Museum
Address: 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210
Phone: 615.742.7445
Admission: Adults – $12; Seniors (65+) – $8; Youth (6-17) – $3; Age 5 & under – Free

Moab, UT
The Moab Skinny Tire Festival

Ready to do some skinny tire biking and raise money for a great cause? Here’s just the thing for you. Moab Skinny Tire Events offers exhilarating road cycling events in the spectacular red rock canyons, arches and mountains of Moab, Utah.

Cycling past the red rock canyon walls and scenic Colorado River, Moab offers a variety in landscape that can only be called awe-inspiring. The amazing cyclists attending these road cycling events have contributed $6.1 million in the past decade toward cancer survivorship, research, and treatment resources. We celebrate you!

The Moab Skinny Tire Festival in the Spring and The Moab Century Tour in the Fall all are intended to create an experience that uplifts, rewards and rejuvenates on many levels — physically with the cycling challenges, emotionally and mentally with shared stories from others about their cancer situations, losses, etc., and spiritually in the unique way that only nature can accomplish.

This event is a fundraiser for cancer survivorship and research programs. Help us end this disease! A portion of all registration fees is distributed to cancer survivorship programs and is tax deductible.  You can designate which beneficiary you want to support. Motivated to make a bigger difference? Learn more about how you can fundraise: Fundraising Made Easy.

Dates: March 11 – 14, 2017
Times: Varies – see schedule
Location: Registration – March 11 @ 8 AM, Aarchway Inn, Moab, UT
Address: N. Riverview Dr., Moab UT 84532
Phone: 435.260.8889
Website: Moab Skinny Tire Festival
Costs: See website

Dana Point, CA
The Dana Point Festival of Whales

The 46th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales features two weekends of art, beachside entertainment, whale watching and more. The festival kicks off with a parade filled with spectacular floats, costumes and giant balloons, and the festivities continue with a street fair featuring live music, a Pet Costume Contest and a special area for kids.

The jam-packed program of events also includes a Rubber Ducky Derby, a Sand Sculpting Competition, sailing adventures, stand-up paddling clinics, whale-related crafts, a classic car and vintage boat display and a fishing class for kids. There are also film screenings, several concerts, a run/walk, two BBQs, a luau, educational marine-themed events, and whale watching excursions, making for a whale of a good time!

Dates: March 4-5, 2017, and March 11-12, 2017
Hours: See Festival brochure
Location: Multiple locations in Dana Point
Address: Multiple locations in Dana Point
Website: Festival of Whales
Phone: 949.496.1945 or toll-free 888.440.4309

Albuquerque, NM
The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival Spring Show

Who needs an excuse to explore Albuquerque? No one! But from March 10 through 12, 2017, the 29th Annual Spring Show of the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival is going on in Albuquerque. Every Spring, 185 fine artists and craftsmen travel from all over the country to the historic tree-lined streets of Expo New Mexico for the Rio Grande Spring Show. Marking the state’s first major art event of the year, this juried indoor festival focuses on fine arts and crafts — while offering something fun for the whole family!

Here, festivalgoers can shop a colorful variety of works in all mediums; from leather and pottery to jewelry and woodwork, while also enjoying artist demonstrations, food sampling, and live entertainment. Take home something completely original and American-made! The Rio Grande Spring Show gives tourists and locals alike the chance to share in the enthusiasm for New Mexico’s ever evolving arts scene.

Dates: March 10 – 12, 2017
Hours: Friday & Saturday 10 AM until 5 PM, Sunday 10 AM until 4 PM
Location: Expo New Mexico
Address: 300 San Pedro Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Admission: One-Day Pass – $7; Festival Pass – $10; Under 12 kids are free
Website: Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festivals
Phone: 505.292.7457

So this weekend, pack up the family and friends and head out for some really great fun! There’s a whole lot going on and this is just for things that may be of interest to you! If you are not in the areas listed this week, check out “visit (your city)” with a Google search and see what’s going on next weekend in a town near you!

For more details on the activities mentioned in this article, visit these websites.

Nashville TN

Moab UT

Dana Point CA

Albuquerque NM

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