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‘Darkest Hour’ Wins Best Picture Award at Gold Coast International Film Festival

‘Darkest Hour’ Wins Best Picture Award at Gold Coast International Film Festival

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com The results are in: Darkest Hour, a new film starring Gary Oldham as Winston Churchill, is the winner of Best Narrative Film at the 7th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival. Best Documentary award…

Fall Getaway in the Great Northern Catskills: Frederick Edwin Church’s Olana

Fall Getaway in the Great Northern Catskills: Frederick Edwin Church’s Olana

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com Just over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge from the Thomas Cole National Historic Site (#1 on the Hudson River School Art Trail), you see this grand mansion perched on the hillside, poking out from…

3-Day Fall Getaway in the Catskills: Fairlawn Inn is Superb Hub for Exploring the Hudson River Valley

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com Two hundred years ago, Thomas Cole, the father of the Hudson River School art movement, sailed up the Hudson River to the Catskills and was smitten by the landscape, by the natural world, by…

Nassau County Museum of Art Becomes Destination for Arts Education with Opening of Manes Center

Nassau County Museum of Art Becomes Destination for Arts Education with Opening of Manes Center

  By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com   Housed in what was Childs Frick’s natural history laboratory where he studied paleontology, the newly opened Manes Family Art & Education Center on the grounds of the Nassau County Museum of Art…

Saratoga Springs, Age-Old Mecca for Horse Racing, Gets Better with Age

Saratoga Springs, Age-Old Mecca for Horse Racing, Gets Better with Age

    By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com   Tucked just above Albany, New York, small-town Saratoga Springs’ fortunes have been tied to tourism since forever. Its mineral springs has been drawing visitors since the 14th century, when Native Americans…

Mansions on Fifth Historic Hotel is Steps Away from Pittsburgh’s Top Cultural Attractions

Mansions on Fifth Historic Hotel is Steps Away from Pittsburgh’s Top Cultural Attractions

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com I must admit to relishing my stay in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood, where I am staying at Mansions on Fifth, two mansion homes originally built in the early 1900s by Willis F. McCook, a prosperous…

Alan Gilbert, in His Final Season Leading NY Philharmonic, Conducts Big Hug-and-Kiss to New Yorkers in Free Parks Concerts

  By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com   This year’s New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – its 52nd summer – provided a way to say farewell to Music Director Alan Gilbert. The series, presented for the past 11…

Barging through Burgundy, Day 5-6: Walking Tour of Dijon’s Old City

Barging through Burgundy, Day 5-6: Walking Tour of Dijon’s Old City

by Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com Thursday: Arrival in Dijon We are only a few miles to the last lock before Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, and the French landscape, though still predominantly countryside, becomes more and more populated…

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