Andersonville’s Holiday Events 2014 and St. Lucia Festival of Lights in Chicago

When: Saturday, December 13, 2014 
Where: 5211 N. Clark Street in Andersonville in Chicago
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Attend the St. Lucia Festival of Lights in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood

St. Lucia Festival of Lights – Saturday, December 13

A candlelit, carol-filled procession down the sidewalks of Clark Street, followed by singing and treats at the Museum. Admission is $1, or a toy or a can of food to benefit Care For Real, Edgewater’s food pantry.

 

The festival of St. Lucia is a Sicilian tradition adopted by the Swedes, a celebration of lights prevailing over the darkest time of the year.

The event is held at the Swedish American Museum located at 5211 N. Clark. There is an annual candle-lit, carol-filled procession down Clark Street.

Afterwards, the Museum hosts more singing, family entertainment and treats.

The procession is free; admission to the museum is $1 or a canned food item to benefit the homeless. There will also be a special St. Lucia service down the street at Ebenezer Lutheran Church starting at 7:00 pm.

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Saint Lucy (283–304), also known as Saint Lucia, was a wealthy young Christian martyr who is venerated as a saint by Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox Christians. Her feast day in the West is 13 December; with a name derived from lux, lucis “light”, she is the patron saint of those who are blind.

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Saint Lucy is one of the very few saints celebrated by members of the Lutheran Church among the Scandinavian peoples, who take part in Saint Lucy’s Day celebrations that retain many elements of Germanic paganism.

HOLIDAY EVENTS 2014


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Look out for Santa, a Viking, a bell-ringer, a goose, and other revelers as this procession kicks off the holiday season in Andersonville!

 

holiday-thumbnailLate Night Andersonville – Friday, December 5

Andersonville stays up late for the Late Night Andersonville festival! From 6-10pm, stores and restaurants will be offering great discounts on distinctive gifts and delectable after-hours meals, plus free refreshments and entertainment.

 

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During the yearly Julmarknad festival, the Swedish American Museum features a handicrafts fair with traditional Swedish food and entertainment. In addition, select Andersonville businesses join the fun with FREE music, refreshments and more.

 

DPP_0022St. Lucia Festival of Lights – Saturday, December 13

A candlelit, carol-filled procession down the sidewalks of Clark Street, followed by singing and treats at the Museum. Admission is $1, or a toy or a can of food to benefit Care For Real, Edgewater’s food pantry.

 

holiday-shoppingLate-er Night Andersonville – Friday, December 19

Are you a procrastinator when it comes to holiday shopping? Then join us for our second night of Late Night Andersonville, just a little “late-er” than usual. From 6-10pm, take advantage of the same discounts from Late Night Andersonville, plus once again enjoy free entertainment and refreshments.

  

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

 

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Paso Robles Blendfest 2015

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Vino con Vista Map of a section of Santa Barbara Country

Vino con Vista Map of a section of Santa Barbara Country

Sunstone WineryPASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY PARTNERS WITH CAMBRIA AND SAN SIMEON TO LAUNCH “BLENDFEST”

On February 21, 2015 Paso Robles Wines Converge on the Coast for a Limited Attendee Special Event

“The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (PRWCA), in conjunction with the Cambria Tourism Board, San Simeon Tourism Board and Wine Coast Country announced a new partnership to bring a Paso Robles wine event to the north coast of San Luis Obispo County. On February 21, 2015 the 1st Annual Paso BlendFest on the Coast will showcase the best characteristics of each partner, combining the scenic beauty of the coast with Paso Robles Wine Country, only miles away. Held during off season, BlendFest is sure to become an annual marquee event helping to promote stays at the area’s lodging properties and celebrate Paso Robles Wine Country in a beautiful setting.

BlendFest will invite visitors to San Simeon and Cambria to Grow Wild beyond a glass of everyday wine and will feature 25-30 of Paso Robles’ renowned wineries, each featuring two distinct blends! Held at The Cavalier Resort in San Simeon, guests will be able to enjoy spectacular wines, only surpassed by the stunning coastal views.

“As evidenced by Paso’s recent honor as Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the region has become known for rule breaking, unconventional blends,” said Jennifer Porter, Executive Director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. “It is now time those blends got their own dedicated festival!”

In order to maximize the experience, BlendFest on the Coast is a multi-session event featuring two unique events for two audiences. Session one, held from 1 to 3 p.m. will be limited to 150 guests and feature wine tasting for $40. Session two, the “Sunset Tasting,” will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with tickets limited to 120 guests at $65 per person. This tasting will also feature passed appetizers and live music.

“We are pleased to join with the Paso Robles Wine County Alliance to host the first annual BlendFest,” said Michael Hanchett, Chairman of the San Simeon Tourism Board. “Our place on the coast is an environmentally and culturally rich area, which we look forward to showcasing through this event and encourage people to take in the many other attractions which make San Simeon and Cambria special.

San Simeon and Cambria hotel guests will receive discounted admission with their hotel stay at participating lodging properties as well as a Paso Wine bottle holder. Tickets go on sale via Ticketweb.com on December 1, 2014. Additional complementary events are in the works, including a winemaker dinner. February 2015 also marks the second annual Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Month honoring California’s rich heritage, Highway 1 Discovery Route, and the country’s first Stewardship Travel Program (STP). Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Month details can be found here – www.winecoastcountry.com/events/coastal-discovery-stewardship-month.”

ABOUT PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY ALLIANCE

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance represents wineries, growers and businesses in Paso Robles Wine Country. Centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country is California’s third largest wine region. It encompasses more than 32,000 vineyard acres and 200 wineries. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com.

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My Glorious Vino Con Vista Weekend in San Diego

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If you follow my posts, you already know that I wax poetic about my on-going love affair with Italy. Basically every nook and cranny of the magnificent peninsula and surrounding islands take my breath away. But you probably didn’t know that my second love is San Diego. There are 33 beaches, and 70 miles of coastline stretching from Imperial Beach to Oceanside. There are about 267 glorious days of sunshine per year. No wonder San Diego is “America’s Finest City.”

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English: San Diego Cityscape looking down Harbor Drive. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

IMG_3330 I love the Santa Fe Depot train station with its glorious mosaic domes. There are plenty interesting places to visit on the way to Los Angeles.

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In Little Italy, go to  Extraordinary Desserts for the most beautiful sweet treats you will ever witness.

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The city has a vibrant Little Italy neighborhood with outstanding restaurants and bars and plenty of gelato and Italian delis. Filippi’s Pizza Grotto on India Street is a Little Italy institution.

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Sometimes, when  I yearn to be sun-kissed by the hilly landscape of Tuscany or transported to the  glistening  azure sea that surrounds the majestic cliffs of the Cinque Terre or the Amalfi Coast; I just plan a trip to San Diego.

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A Town in the Cinque Terre

If all I have is a long weekend, I escape to the www.vino-con-vista.com of San Diego. Did I mention that the weather is always perfect in San Diego? As a college professor, I have the luxury of a Fall Break and believe me, I thank God each and every day for all my blessings.

Chef prepaing glazed shrimp in San Diego

Chef prepaing glazed shrimp in San Diego

I always celebrate Columbus Day in what I consider to be America’s Amalfi Coast. I prefer to stay at the Marriott in the Marina District for a number of reasons. I love sun-bathing at the luxurious pool while listening to the soothing sound of the magical fountains as I sip a refreshing Miami Vice from the Tiki Bar. The Marriott is within walking distance of many of my favorite San Diego attractions and it is close to the trolley.

The city is great for biking and the hotel has a bike rental service. I like the food and the view from Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant. The rooms have outstanding views and balconies. I enjoy watching the jet skiiers and boating enthusiasts. It’s fun to watch people flying their kites in the park. Gazing at the Coranado Bridge and the sailboats is basically one of life’s simple pleasures.San Diego California Marina District Sea Port Village’s 14 acre outdoor plaza has a beautiful 19th century carousel. Grab a coffee at the Upstart Crow Bookstore and Cofeehouse at 835-C W. Harbor Drive. If you go in the summer, get tickets for the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops concerts in the Embarcadero Marina Park South (behind the Conference Center). The tickets start at $20. For more informationn visit: www.sandiegosymphony.com. I’m saw Michael Bolton and Burt Baccarack in the summer of 2013!

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Sea Port Village in the Marina District in San Diego California

Rocks in Sea Port Village in San Diego

Sea Port Village in the Marina District in San Diego California

The Marina District of San Diego California

The tenth annual San Diego Wine Festival will be held in the park behind the Marriott Hotel  on November 20-24, 2013 at the Embarcadero Marina Park North. What a great “Vino con Vista” venue!! Some of the other festivals held in 2013 include: Taste of Gaslamp (June 8-9), Taste of Little Italy (June 19) Taste of Adams Avenue (June 30), Encinitas Wine Festival (June 1), the San Diego Spirits Festival (August 24-25) and the San Diego Festival of Beer (September 20), and Hillcrest City Fest on August 11th with 250 vendors. On June 15th there was a Carlsbad Beach Fest with water sport challenges. The Festival of Sail is when Tall Ships from around the world dock at downtown’s Embarcadero between August 30-September 2.

San Diego Wine Festival 2012

San Diego Wine Festival 2012

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

San Diego Wine Festival 2012 Chefs

San Diego Wine Festival 2012 Chefs

There are many other reasons why I like the Marina District. I like to watch the sea gulls strategically capture and devour left-overs from sleeping sun-bunnies. They really seem to love french fries.  I wonder if they have cholesterol issues? Sea Port Village in the Marina District in San Diego CaliforniaI adore watching the captivating sunsets from Seaport Village.

San Diego California Marina District

I can’t understand why San Diegans don’t celebrate the vistas with the same pomp and circumstance as the daily sunset festivals in Key West.

It’s an easy stroll over to the Port of San Diego. I like the USS Midway Museum with the longest-serving US Navy aircraft carrierod the 20th century. At the museum, you can “relive 50 years of world history by walking in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors” on Harbor Drive. There are 27 restored aircraft. For more information visit http://www.midway.org

Visit the “Greatest Generation Walk” that commemorates military heritage through art. My favorite WWII commemorative statue “is “Unconditional Surrender.”  This romantic 25 foot statue of a sailor kissing a nurse by J. Seward Johnson always makes my heart skip a beat.

Nurse and Sailor in San Diego California

Nurse and sailor in San Diego California

The  Marina District is also appealing because it is within walking distance to Horton Plaza, the Gaslamp District and Little Italy. These are some of my favorite San Diego destinations. Take some time to explore the bay on a Hornblower Cruise. I like the “Sights and Sips” Sunset Cruise. Pay for a reserved window seat when you purchase your ticket.

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My “Vino con Vista” San Diego adventure began in the Gaslamp District with a local wine event at the House of Blues.  Exhuberant dancers enjoyed the DJ’s classic Prince tunes. I was glad they were pouring Pinot Noir because I can be such a wine snob. We meandered over to the historic Grant Hotel at Broadway and 4th where a female San Diego attorney named Lynn Schenk broke the gender barrier at the Grant Grill restaurant in 1971. The sign at the entrance said “Men only until 3:00 pm.” The Hotel is celebrating their 100th anniversary. Long story short, the place was recently refurbished as an elegant Starwood Property and serves as a testiment to the Glory Days of San Diego. The live music was enchanting.

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The Gaslamp District has 94 historic buildings that have been  lovingly restored. Businessman Alonzo Erastus Horton spent $264 for 800 acres in 1867. These 16 blocks eventually became the Gaslamp Quarter. You can schedule a two-hour walking tour of the Gaslamp at the Historical Foundation at 619-233-4692. There are over 200 restaurants, bars and night clubs with a vast array of Happy Hour options including: Altitude Sky Lounge, Chianti, Currant, House of Blues, Hard Rock Hotel and McCormick & Schmicks.

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The next day, I had the good fortune of having lunch on the sun-drenched patio of the Hotel Del Coronado which is one of my favorite hotels in the world! I am also a big fan of Wentworth by the see near Portmouth New Hampshire.

View of Coronado and San Diego from the air.

View of Coronado and San Diego from the air. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I usually take the Coranado Ferry from the Broadway Pier behind the Convention Center when I want to visit Coranado. I put my bike on the ferry and ride down Orange Street to my final destination. I love the view of the skyline from the Coranado Ferry Landing.  Technically, the Silver Strand connects Coronado to the mainland so it really isn’t an island. It is technically an isthmus because it is attached to the mainland at the southern end of Silver Strand State Beach and is connected to Imperial Beach

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English: The pier in Imperial Beach, Southern California. South of San Diego, very close to the Mexican border. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The beach at Coronado in front of the hotel is definitely the best beach in San Diego! Have brunch at the Hotel del Coronado’s Crown Room on Sunday at 1500 Orange Avenue. . You won’t be disappointed in this Victorian gem brimming with history.

Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego California

 I love the California Historic Landmark’s  photo montage of  the 1959 film “Some Like It Hot.”  The hotel was featured in the classic film with Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. It reminds me of the pictures of “La Dolce Vita” that adorn the walls of the Hotel Majestic in Rome. I like all the cute retail-therapy shops on the lower level. One of the jewelry stores had an adorable ruby slipper necklace that I had to work really hard at resisting. I grabbed a business card just in case I changed my mind when I got home about the necklace. Although our plan involved feasting on one of the restaurant’s famous Ruben sandwiches, we realized that they had changed the menu. I ordered some delicious seared scallops instead. The breath-taking views of the beach, the Pacific Ocean and hilly peninsula of Point Loma reminded me of Mondello Sicily. If I win the lottery, I’m moving to Ocean Drive in Coronado or maybe I’ll move to La Jolla so I can be Mitt Romney’s neighbor.

After lunch, we went to the Cabrillo National Monument on the southern tip of Point Loma and paid hommage to the Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo who landed here on September 28,1542 when he anchored his “San Salvador” ship. This is agreat place to watch the sunset! Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego CaliforniaI never knew about the sandstone cliffs that surround the tide pools and precious pre-historic fossils in Point Loma, but they definitely peaked my interest. Tide pools are generally found on rocky shores that are covered and uncovered daily by ocean tides. They are best viewed at low tide when you may see an array of sea like including sea stars and urchins.

Point Loma San Diego California

Point Loma San Diego California

As I gazed at the fourteen foot structure of Cabrillo, I was magically transported to the “Monument to the Discoveries” in Lisbon that honors the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator with Magellan, Vasco da Gama and other notable Portuguese explorers lining the concrete prow of a caravel. I heard the sweet serenade of Fado music and envisioned the Manueline Belem Tower that protects Lisbon’s harbor. I remembered that I was in San Diego when I saw the lighthouse, North Island, military ships and the skyline. Senior Cabrillo looks like he was kidnapped from the monument in Lisbon. In Point Loma have a burger at Slater’s 50/50 at 2750 Dewey Road. One of my favorite lunch is Point Loma Seafoods at 2805 Emerson Street.

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We drove past the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery that was named after a Union General in the American Civil War. The tombstones made me think about my travels to Normandy.

Point Loma San Diego California

Then I thought about how much I missed my Dad. I remembered that someone from the army called me the day before his funeral to tell me that they were sorry to hear that they had lost another one of their WWII brothers. They came to his funeral and presented me with a folded flag and gave him a proper 21 gun salute. It brought  tears to my eyes. Weeks after his funeral, I received a certificate from the White House. President Bush signed a document that stated The United States of America honored my father’s memory. It says: “This certificate is awarded by a grateful nation in recognition of devoted and selfless consecration to the service of our country in the Armed Forces of the United States.”  I presume that the daughters of many beloved fathers buried at Rosecrans and other military cemeteries received the same document.

It was time for us to check out the newly-renovated Bali Hai Tiki Temple at 2230 Shelter Island Drive. Bali Hai was a famous show tune from Roger and Hammerstein’s 1949 musical “South Pacific.” Shelter Island in San Diego CaliforniaThe venue was lavishly adorned with maps and Polynesian artifacts. We sat at the bar for another incredible “Vino con Vista.” Instead of wine, I opted for a Polynesean cocktail that was so strong that  I had to dilute it with orange juice. I felt it was too early in the day to get hammered. I’m starting to sound like Ernest Hemmingway; most of his tales revolve around cocktail hour.

That evening, we went back to Banker’s Hill overlooking  Balboa Park  where the San Diego Zoo is located. We watched the 1937 film “Captains Courageous” based on a 1897 story by Rudyard Kipling. In the film, a young Spencer Tracy serves as a heroic role model for the arrogant son of a wealthy tycoon played by Freddie Bartholomew.  Rudyard Kipling‘s heart-warming tale is about vices and virtues. Spencer Tracy is a Portuguese fisherman who teaches the child about respect, valor and love. This tear-jerker is a must see for the over-indulged pre-teen in your family.

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The weekend was  filled with festivals. We walked over to the Saturday morning Mercado in Little Italy. I love the fresh flowers, farm-fresh produce and wide array of merchandise offered at this weekly event. Smilin’ Jack was playing Italian songs on his accordion. When you go to Little Italy, make sure you try some of the Happy Hour Venues. I like the Glass Door Restaurant and Lounge for a Vino con Vista overlooking the Bay. San Diego’s vibrant dining scene has more than 7000 options. There are also plenty of food trucks including Mangia Mangia Mobile and Miho’s Gastrotruck. In Little Italy dine at Bencotto Italian Kitchen at 750 Fir Street or Prep Kitchen for Happy Hour.

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Little Italy in San Diego California

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We hopped on the Trolley in Little Italy that transported us to the Art Festival in Old Town where I found the perfect blush-colored  pearl bracelet to wear to my son’s spring wedding. Then for about  $20, we took a cab to Prospect Street in downtown La Jolla. I had to re-visit the historic  La Valencia Hotel and climb the stairs at George’s at the Cove for a panoramic shot of the Pacific Ocean. George’s Chef Trey Foshee serves contemporary California cuisine with breath-taking views. There’s even a rooftop terrace. Another interesting dining option in La Jolla is Nine-Ten at 910 Prospect Street inside the Grande Colonial Hotel. Chef Jason Knibb’s seasonal cuisine is served in an elegant dining room. I love the pink La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla on Prospect with the hand-painted murals

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We walked over to the Art and Wine Festival on Girard St. The festival was a school fundraiser. Wineries from Temecula were pouring $3 tastings. I found it interesting that the public school on Girard Street was located at the intersection of the Maserati Dealership and the Ferrari Dealership. That spoke volumes about the demographics in La Jolla.

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San Diego California

Plan to attend the La Jolla Music Society Summerfest between July 31 and August 23, 2013. La Jolla has an annual festival of the Arts between June 22-23. I wanted to attend the Gourmet Festival in Del Mar but we didn’t have enough time. If you have time, check out the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla Village where Nancy Rubins’ large-scale, nautical inspired  artwork adorns the museum’s west side.

One of my favorite Fall Festivals is in Little Italy. I love this annual Columbus Day celebration called  “Festa” in Little Italy.

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Live music permeates the neighborhood as the chalk artists work their magic on five- foot square sections of Date Street. Some of the chalk art is incredible!

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Litte Italy reminds me of Cefalu Sicily with the historic tales of tuna fisherman, cute shops with imported Italian ceramics and charming outdoor Italian restaurants. I had some flavorful gnocchi from Buon Appetito’s food booth.

I made my mandatory trek to Fillippi’s for pine nut cookies. They offer the perfect blend  of almond paste and pine-nuts. I was too full to order a Caprese Sandwich at Mona Lisa, one of my favorite Italian stores on India. Have a perfect expresso at Caffe Italia at 1704 India Street. There’s a summer Film Festival in Amici Park Amphitheater on Saturday nights in the summer at West Date and State Streets.

Little Italy in San Diego California

In the evening, we went to Island Prime on Shelter Island and I ordered a yummy Ahi Tuna/crab meat appetizer that was drizzled with a balsamic infused apricot flavored glaze. It was just the right mate for my Cadillac Margarita with Gran Marnier. I savored the combinaton as I admired the billion-dollar views of downtown San Diego at night. The cruise ship was parked in the Port and the configuration of the ship’s red lights resembled the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Then it was time for some  “Smooth Jazz” at Humphrey’s at 2241 Shelter Island Drive. .  I loved watching the people on the dance floor move to the rhythm of Marcus Anderson’s sexy saxophone. The passionate tatooed drummer was getting a cardiac workout.

Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay is a great venue for dinner and a show during the summer months.

No weekend in San Diego would be complete without visiting the Gaslamp Quarter. Go to Bice at 425 Island for an outstanding Happy Hour. Everyone loves Searsucker with Top Chef Brian Malarkey’s grand slam at 611 5th Avenue. I absolutely love the Grant Grill at 326 Broadway inside the elegant US Grant Hotel.

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If you have extra time, there’s plenty of biking, hiking and walking trails. Go to Balboa Park, Lake Miramar, or the Grasslands loop if  you want short and flat terrain. Balboa  Park is the site of the 1915 and 1935 international exposition.

 I think my next book will be “Vino Con Vista San Diego.” Fortunately, my research will involve many return trips to my favorite American city. How appropriate that the local flowers are “Birds of Paradise.” If you wand to browse an event calendar visit http://www.sandiego.org/events

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com

 

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Mark your calendars for the San Diego Wine Festival in November. Here’s a YouTube Video overview that you might enjoy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPmEnsU3LsY

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Buon Viaggio–

 

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Wine Spectator’s List of Maps of the Major Wine Regions in Vino con Vista France

Français : Les vignobles de la Côte de Beaune

Français : Les vignobles de la Côte de Beaune (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Vineyards in the French wine region of the Rhone valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Les vignobles de la vallée du Rhône (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I found this list on Wine Spectator; an overview of France’s major wine regions including: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc, Loire Valley, Provence and Rhône Valley. On their website you can view the following interactive maps:

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Francemap.pdf

Alsace A detailed look at the appellation’s top crus, broken out by town and the corresponding vineyard

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Alsacemap.pdf

Bordeaux A detailed look at the region’s key districts, including the Médoc and its appellations, Pessac-Léognan, the Right Bank areas of Pomerol and St.-Emilion, and the sweet wine areas of Sauternes and Barsac

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Bordeauxmap.pdf

Bordeaux is the world’s premier wine capital! The Bordeaux region of France produces some of the world’s most famous wines including: St. Emilion, Margaux and Pauillac.

The wine regions of Bordeaux encompass a large number of wine growing areas of the Gironde department of Aquitaine.

The Bordeaux region is naturally divided by the Gironde Estuary into the Left Bank and the Right Bank. The Left Bank area includes the Médoc and Graves. The Right Bank area includes the Libournais, Bourg and Blaye.

“The Médoc is divided into Haut-Médoc (the upstream or southern portion) and Bas-Médoc (the downstream or northern portion, often referred to simply as “Médoc”).”

There are various sub-regions within the Haut-Médoc, including St-Estèphe, Pauillac, St.-Julien and Margaux. Graves includes the sub-regions of Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes. Sauternes includes the sub-region of Barsac.

The Libournais includes the sub-regions of Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. There is an additional wine region of Entre-Deux-Mers, so called because it lies between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, which combine to form the Gironde.

All of these regions (except the Libournais) have their own appellation. They are “governed by Appellation d’origine contrôlée laws which dictate the permissible grape varieties, alcohol level, methods of pruning and picking, density of planting and appropriate yields as well as various winemaking techniques.”

Bordeaux wine labels will usually include the region on the front of the label.

The permissible grape varieties in red Bordeaux are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

A general rule of thumb is that the Left Bank is predominately Cabernet Sauvignon based with the Right Bank being more Merlot based. The Graves area produces both red wine and white wine from the Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle grapes.

“Saint-Émilion is an Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) for wine in the Bordeaux wine region of France. It is situated in the Libourne subregion on the right bank of the Dordogne.”

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Burgundy / Red Wine A look at key red-wine producing villages in the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Redburgmap.pdf

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French wine region of the Cote de Nuits in Burgundy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vintages in the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy

Vintages in the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Burgundy / White Wine An overview of the appellations of Chablis, the Côte de Nuits, the Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/BurgWhitemap.pdf

Champagne The heart of Champagne, including the districts of Côte des Blanc, Montagne de Reimans and Vallée de la Marne, plus key grand cru villages

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Champagnemap.pdf

Photo of a vineyard in the Loire Valley, France.

Photo of a vineyard in the Loire Valley, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Loire Valley A detailed look at the appellations along the Loire River, from Muscadet to Chinon and Vouvray to Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Loiremap.pdf

Côtes-du-rhône villages red 2007 Français : Cô...

Côtes-du-rhône villages red 2007 Français : Côtes-du-rhône villages rouge 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rhône Valley / Northern A detailed look at the appellations along the northern Rhône River, including Côte-Rôte, Condrieu, Château Grillet, St.-Joseph, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas and Saint-Péray

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Rhonenorthmap.pdf

Rhône Valley / Southern A detailed look at appellations including Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras, as well as the Côtes du Rhône and named Côtes du Rhône-Villages

In the glass in partial view is the Hubert Lig...

In the glass in partial view is the Hubert Lignier Gevrey-Chambertin 2003. French wine from the Cote de Nuits region of Burgundy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Rhonesouthmap.pdf

Southern France An overview of the appellations in the Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence and southern Rhône regions

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/SoFrancemap.pdf

Thanks Wine Spectator–we love wine regions at www.vino-con-vista.com

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Eleventh Annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival 2014

A tower in Balboa Park, San Diego.

A tower in Balboa Park, San Diego. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I must confess, my house is adorned with San Diego Wine and Food Festival Posters. One of my favorite Southern California events is the week-long culinary feast known as the San Diego Wine and Food Festival.

If you’re looking for interesting things to do in San Diego check out: “My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in San Diego.” You can read it here: http://wp.me/pRq9Q-fC

At San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival.

At San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who doesn’t love San Diego? Every year the Festival posters get better and so does the annual 5 day, star-studded San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival line-up.

For more information and to buy tickets tickets visit: http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/

Look who’s Cooking: http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/about.html

San Diego Mardi Gras 2014 062Check out this event: 100 Years of Inspiration & Innovation: Trailblazing Cuisine Throughout The Century
Featuring Chefs Sam Burman, RJ Cooper, Katsuya Fukushima and Bodega Numanthia Estate Director Manuel Louzada

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Location: US Grant Hotel – The Palm Court
Attire: Upscale Chic

WHEN: November 16-23, 2014San Diego Mardi Gras 2014 060

To purchase tickets and learn about all of the festivities visit http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/

Chef prepaing glazed shrimp in San Diego

Chef prepaing glazed shrimp in San Diego

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Twitter Feed

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Twitter Feed

Live Entertainment at San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event

Live Entertainment at San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

Silent Auction Items at Taste San Diego 2012

Silent Auction Items at Taste San Diego 2012

Silent Auction Items at Taste San Diego 2012

Silent Auction Items at Taste San Diego 2012

Silent Auction Items at Taste San Diego 2012

Silent Auction Items at Taste San Diego 2012

Silent Auction Items at Taste San Diego 2012

Silent Auction Items at Taste San Diego 2012

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event in San Diego 2012

Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event in San Diego 2012

Creator/Artist of 2012 San Diego Wine Festival Poster

Creator/Artist of 2012 San Diego Wine Festival Poster

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2012

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2012

San Diego Wine Festival 2012 Chefs

San Diego Wine Festival 2012 Chefs

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2011

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2011

Chef at the San Diego Wine Festival 2012

Chef at the San Diego Wine Festival 2012

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2011

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2011

San Diego Wine Festival 2012

San Diego Wine Festival 2012

Join over 9,000 fellow wine and food enthusiasts, along with winemakers, brewmasters, 70 of San Diego’s top chefs, gourmet food producers, authors, media personalities and celebrity chefs during this celebration of all things gourmet.

Don’t miss the action-packed week of festivities sure to please your inner foodie and wine lover!

Here’s the event schedule:

http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/events.html

English: Southeastern part of the Marina Distr...

English: Southeastern part of the Marina District of Downtown San Diego viewed from Marina Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For more information visit www.sandiegowineclassic.com

The Museum of Man in Balboa Park, San Diego.

The Museum of Man in Balboa Park, San Diego. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love to attend the wine auction on the day after the festival where you can meet the artist that creates the wine poster. Here’s the artist and the poster from the 2011 festival:

Creator/Artist of 2012 San Diego Wine Festival Poster

Plan to attend the incredible  Annual Grand Tasting Event held in November at the Embarcadero Park North behind Seaport Village.  This is the largest wine and food festival in Southern California and celebrates the bounty of local chefs, brews and wines.

English: Ocean Beach Pier at sunset.

English: Ocean Beach Pier at sunset. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2012

San Diego Wine Festival 2012 Chefs

San Diego Wine Festival 2012

For a preview of this year’s week-long extravaganza, CLICK HERE.

Purchase Tickets > >  here!!

Chef at the San Diego Wine Festival 2012

Enjoy classic San Diego cuisine from 70 of the city’s most talented chefs. Taste over 700 wines from 200 wine and spirit perveyors. There will be legendary California and international wineries as well as spirits and exceptional craft beers.

Wine at the San Diego Wine Festival

There will be 30 gourmet food companies and a “Chef of the Fest” competition with $50,000 in cash and prizes. Musical performances will take place on both ends of the Festival.

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2011

The venue is sublime. How can you possibly beat San Diego’s cuisine, weather and ocean breezes? There will also be an All-Star Mixologist “After Party” and a Special Luncheon/Wine Auction at the Marriott where you can mingle with the Wine Poster Artist and bid on his original work!

Plan to attend the winter San Diego Restaurant Week from January 13-18, 2013

www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com

For additional events and attractions visit www.sandiego.org

Watch this video for a flavor of the festival: http://savorsd.com/articles/editors-corner/san-diego-food-and-wine-festival/

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2011

Moon over San Diego.

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Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Top 15 Iconic Vino con Vista Destinations in Chicago

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower

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If you are looking for a great place to dine or have drinks with iconic views of Chicago’s dramatic landscape there are plenty of options in “Foodie Nation” Chicago.

Salmon with mash potatoes and broccoli at Gibson's on Rush Street

Salmon with mash potatoes and broccoli at Gibson’s on Rush StreetIn

In Chicago, if you want a great view, there are 4 basic options: a rooftop, a waterfront, a skyscraper or a sidewalk café with something interesting to look at like Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, Rush Street or the architectural gems like the Art Institute. I call these places “Vino con Vista” destinations.

Chicago's Buckingham Fountain At Night

Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain At Night

Here are my top choices for a Vino con Vista in Chicago. Put them on your bucket list.

1,  The Dec at the top of the Ritz Carlton at 160 E. Pearson www.fourseasons.com

Jay Pritzker Pavillion Concert Venue

Jay Pritzker Pavillion Concert Venue

Smyth Tribeca logo

Smyth Tribeca logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Roof at the top of the Wit Hotel at 201 N. State Street in the Loop www.roofonthewit.com/

Rush Street Chicago

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4. Drumbar on top of the Raffaello Hotel at 201 E. Delaware Place www.drumbar.com

DrumBar in Chicago on Delaware

DrumBar in Chicago on Delaware

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Hotel Raffaello in Chicago

Chicago Hotels

Raffaello Hotel in Chicago

5. Mile North Rooftop Bar on the 29th floor of the hotel with the same name at 166 E. Superior www.milenorthhotel.com

Phone at Booth # One at the Pump Room

Phone at Booth # One at the Pump Room

Chicago Gourmet 2012 Dine Around Receipt Holder

Chicago Gourmet 2012 Dine Around Receipt Holder

6. The J Parker has 55 seats on the 13th-floor vista at The Hotel Lincoln’s rooftop lounge at 1616 N. Clark Street www.jparkerchicago.com

7. For a fabulous river-front view check out Quay Restaurant and Bar at 465 E. Illinois http://www.quaychicago.com/docks.html

8. Chicago Cut at 300 N. LaSalle is another great river-front destination with award-winning steaks!

Scallops in Chicago at Aria

Scallops in Chicago at Aria

Cured and braised beef at Terzo Piano

Cured and braised beef at Terzo Piano

Flat iron steak over blue cheese mashed potatoes

Flat-iron steak

9. Howells and Hood sidewalk café at 435 N. Michigan www.howellsandhood.com
Foodie Nation Chicago

Foodie Nation Chicago

10. Tortoise Club at 350 N. State http://tortoiseclub.com/

11. Grab on of the 80 seats at Homestead on the Roof at 1924 W. Chicago Avenue  www.homesteadontheroof.com

 12. Vertigo Sky Lounge on the 26th Floor of the Boutique Hotel at 660 N. State has a year-round indoor/outdoor lounge with a fire-pit. www.vertigoskylounge.com
Club Lago Italian Restaurant in Chicago

Club Lago Italian Restaurant in Chicago

13. The Shanghai Terrace at the Peninsula Hotel at 108 E. Superior was voted the number one “Chinese Restaurant in Chicago” by Zagat so go checkout the Cantonese cuisine on the 4th floor terrace. www.chicago.peninsula.com

Learn about French Impressionism at the Art Institute in Chicago

Learn about French Impressionism at the Art Institute in Chicago

14. Terzo Piano in the Art Institute at 159 E. Monroe Street overlooks Millennium Park. www.terzopianochicago.com/

Renoir at the Art Institute of Chicago

Renoir at the Art Institute of Chicago

Restaurant Reservations are required at the top places in Chicago

Restaurant Reservations are required at the top places in Chicago

Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago

Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago

15. I love the outdoor cafes at Tavern on Rush and Gibson’s, but who doesn’t?

Fabulous Margarita at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Fabulous Margarita at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush

Fort Dearborn Chicago

Historic Fort Dearborn Chicago

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Magnificent Chicago

Magnificent Chicago

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Lobster Boil at Tavern on Rush in Chicago

Lobster Boil at Tavern on Rush in Chicago

Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago...

Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago as seen from the Chicago river (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Chicago River is the south border of ...

English: Chicago River is the south border of the Near North Side and Streeterville and the north border of Chicago Loop, Lakeshore East and Illinois Center (viewed from Lake Shore Drive with Trump International Hotel and Tower at jog in the river in the center. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Genoa Italy: The Legend of Christopher Columbus and the UNESCO Connection

Christoper Columbus arrives in America

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English: Christopher Columbus Česky: Portrét K...

English: Christopher Columbus Česky: Portrét Kryštofa Kolumba od malíře Sebastiana del Piomba (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Genoa, Piazza Principe: Monument to f...

English: Genoa, Piazza Principe: Monument to famous Genovese Christopher Columbus. Italiano: Genova, Piazza Principe: Monumento al famoso genovese Cristoforo Colombo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Genoa, Italy

Genoa, Italy (Photo credit: jimbo0307)

Genoa is the capital city of Liguria. It is located in northwestern Italy, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Genoa, which forms the southern corner of the Milan-Turin-Genoa industrial triangle of north-west Italy, is one of Italy’s major economic centers.

Genoa. Monument to Christopher Columbus".

Genoa. Monument to Christopher Columbus”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a Genoa Video for all my Italian friends on Columbus Day http://youtu.be/wujacerrsp8. Christopher Columbus is very popular in this part of the world.

On October 12, 1492, Columbus landed in the Bahama Islands on his first voyage. This event spawned the “Columbian Exchange” of goods from the New World” to the “Old World” and visa versa. The Columbian Exchange was the widespread exchange of animals, plants, culture, human populations (including slaves), communicable disease and ideas between the Eastern and Western hemispheres (Old World and New World). His ships were nicknamed the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.

Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. These voyages led to general European awareness of the American continents in the Western Hemisphere. The events led to the establishment of permanent settlements in the island of Hispaniola. This initiated the process of Spanish colonization which eventually led to the European colonization of the “New World“.

Columbus boats in Genoa Italy

Columbus boats in Genoa Italy

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

Marvel at the 16th and 17thcentury “New Streets” of Genoa that can be found in the historic city center. There are many interesting sites in Genoa. The Cathedral of St. Lawrence (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo) is a church in the Italian city of Genoa, and is the seat of the Archbishop of Genoa.

House of Christopher Columbus in Genoa, Italy.

House of Christopher Columbus in Genoa, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visit the Aquarium in Genoa. Genoa has the largest aquarium in Europe.  Elaborate Renaissance and Baroque palaces are located on Via Balbi and Via Garibaldi.

Neptune in Genoa Italy

Neptune in Genoa Italy

Genoa Italy

Genoa ItalyThe area around the Cathedral of San Lorenzo is medieval, but the 12th century Duomo is Romanesque. Genoa is Italy’s most important commercial port. The “Lanterna” lighthouse is a vestige of Genoa’s medieval glory. Visit the open space dedicated to Columbus Voyage with the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. Genoa Italy Sites

In this childhood home of Christopher Columbus; his memory permeates the town. Genoa’s historically impressive “urban development projects represent plans by the public authority to parcel out a system of lodging based upon legislation.”( UNESCO) These palaces can be found on the Strada Nuova.

Genoa Italy: Stada Nuova Palazzo Rosso

Stada Nuova Palazzo Rosso

On Via Garibaldi, Genoa’s most beautiful street, the 16th century Palazzo Bianco houses an outstanding collection of Genoese art by Luca Cambiaso, Bernardo Strozzi and Giovanni Benedetto. At the Palazzo Rosso, Carravaggio’s “Ecce Homo” (Man of Sorrows) can be viewed; as well as frescoes by de Ferrari and Domenico Piola.

The Palazzo Ducale was the seat of Genoa’s ruling doges and also contains important masterpieces. The Palazzo Reale was used by the kings of Savoy and has an ornate 17th century interior.

Via Garibaldi in Geona Italy

Via Garibaldi in Geona Italy

The “Rolli” palaces were patrician residences built by the wealthiest and most powerful aristocratic families of the Republic of Genoa. These dwellings were built at the height of Genoa’s seafaring prowess.

Port of Genoa Italy

Port of Genoa Italy

The Palaces in Genoa are generally three to four stories high and feature spectacular staircases, courtyards and loggias overlooking gardens. The owners of these palazzi were obligated to host official visits of State as decreed by the Senate in 1576.  These formal visits contributed to the dissemination of their architectural model, which attracted famous artists like Peter Paul Rubens.

Genoa Italy

Genoa Italy

Genoa Italy

Genoa Italy

Genoa Italy Sites

Genoa Italy Sites

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides. To learn more about Italy, visit www.vino-con-vista.com

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Chicago’s Columbus Day Parade 2014

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A attend the annual Columbus Day Parade in Chicago. The parade celebrates the historic 1492 voyage of Christopher Columbus as well as Italian-American Culture. Columbus is from Genoa Italy. Here’s a Genoa Video for all my Italian friends on Columbus Day http://youtu.be/wujacerrsp8

When: October 13, 2014

Where: The parade will be on Columbus Dr. from Balbo Avenue to Monroe Street.

Photo credit: City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

 

Hours:

  • 12:30 p.m.
Columbus Before the Queen.

Columbus Before the Queen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There will also be a Columbus Day Reception sponsored by Casa Italia in Stone Park. Festivities begin with 9 a.m. Mass at The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, followed by a 10 a.m. wreath laying ceremony at Arrigo Park, Chicago. The parade will run from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. on Columbus Drive between Balbo & Randolph.

Statue of "Christopher Columbus" fir...

Statue of “Christopher Columbus” first dispalyed-published 1933. Grant Park, Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A reception will be held at Casa Italia at 3:30 p.m. Bus transportation from Casa Italia to Pompeii will leave promptly at 7:30 a.m., and from Casa Italia to downtown leaving promptly at 10:30 a.m. Bus transportation and reception is $30 per adult; reception only $20 per adult; children under 12 free all day.

There will be a cash bar with beer and wine. Parade Chairman Vincent Naccarato, Grand Marshal Stella Foster, and Honorary Parade Marshals Florian Barbi and Frank Cerrone.

Call 708-450-9050 for bus and reception reservations. Click here to download a flyer. Click here to read the Fra Noi article.

Christopher Columbus ( 1451 –1506) was an explorer, colonizer  and navigator. He was born in the Republic of Genoa, in northwestern Italy.

English: The routes of the four voyages of Col...

English: The routes of the four voyages of Columbus. Español: Rutas seguidas por Colón en sus cuatro viajes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Columbus_1892_Issue-$5.jpg Christopher columbus” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The event is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States. It is celebrated in many countries around the world: Día de la Raza in many countries in Latin America; Discovery Day in the Bahamas; Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional in Spain and as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Uruguay.

Christoper Columbus arrives in America

Christoper Columbus arrives in America (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com. After the Parade, the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will hold a Columbus Day Parade Reception at Casa Italia. at 3:30 p.m.

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Chicago’s Andersonville Arts Weekend 2014

English: View of Andersonville, Chicago, near ...

English: View of Andersonville, Chicago, near Foster and Clark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Plan to attend the 12th annual Andersonville Arts Weekend from Friday,  October 10th to Sunday, October 12th, 2014 in the general vicinity of Clark and Foster.

Andersonville

Andersonville (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Andersonville Arts and Design Weekend


October 10-12, 2014

Andersonville Arts WeekendGet your creative juices flowing by celebrating Andersonville’s artistic community and fabulous array of locally-owned businesses. Features original artwork by dozens of local artists and designers showcased in businesses throughout the neighborhood, plus a variety of live shows and performances.
For the 12th year, Andersonville is thrilled to celebrate many of the artists and designers who live and work in the neighborhood with Andersonville Arts and Design Weekend. We hope you will take the time to explore the dozens of artists on display in many of your favorite Andersonville businesses. Friday night will kick off with the always popular Night of 100 pARTies!, an evening of receptions up and down Clark Street.

Visit the Andersonville Arts and Design Weekend website!

On Friday night, there will be parties throughout the neighborhood. The event will feature original artwork by many local artists.

Andersonville Arts Weekend

On Saturday and Sunday, Andersonville businesses are hosting visual and performing artists. Pick up an “Art Walk Brochure” and enjoy charming and Historic Andersonville in Chicago.

In the 1850, the area north of Foster and east of Clark Street was a large cherry orchard. After the Chicago fire of 1871, wooden houses were outlawed in the city of Chicago. The Swedish immigrants who couldn’t afford to build homes of brick or stone, began to settle in this area  outside the city’s northern boundaries. Swedish Americans are Americans of Swedish descent, especially the descendants of about 1.2 million immigrants from Sweden during 1885-1915.

Here’s an Andersonville Video showcasing the neighborhood highlights http://youtu.be/-kdsehoFM6M.

Today, 2nd and 3rd generation Swedes live in harmony with the diverse ethnic Korean and Lebanese inhabitants. In the late 1980’s, a large creative, gay population came in and started renovating the beautiful grey stone buildings in Andersonville.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com.

For more information about Andersonville Arts Weekend visit www.andersonville.org/artsweekend.

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Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Ressearch Foundation 2014 Fall Benefit Luncheon in Chicago

Fall Benefit Luncheon

LSCRF-Fall-Benefit-2014-STDOctober 14, 2014
Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

“Their largest fundraiser, the annual Fall Benefit Luncheon, includes a captivating keynote address from a famous personality affected by breast cancer and the popular Purse-sue the Cure™ silent auction which features designer and collectible high-end purses. This event attracts over 1,200 attendees. To purchase tickets or sponsor this event please call: 312.926.7133.”

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To help Purse-sue the Cure™! Please consider donating a new or collectible designer purse to our 7th annual silent purse auction.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com

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