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Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine Ushers in New Year with Inspirational Concert for Peace

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine Ushers in New Year with Inspirational Concert for Peace

One of my favorite ways to bid adieu to the year and begin anew is the annual Concert for Peace at the magnificent Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, now in its 34th year. This is a signature New Year’s Eve event that was founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984 with the idea of bringing together New Yorkers and visitors from around the world for an evening filled with uplifting music. It is an event that rings in the new year with inspiration and resolve.

Candlelight Evening in Old Bethpage Village Restoration Warms the Heart, Soothes the Soul

Candlelight Evening in Old Bethpage Village Restoration Warms the Heart, Soothes the Soul

Music abounds throughout Old Bethpage Village Restoration, the evening warmed by the orange-red glow of candlelight, fireplace embers, a bonfire. The annual Candlelight Evenings at Old Bethpage Restoration, a living history museum on Long Island, is one of my favorite holiday events.

Favorite Family Winter Holiday Places, Where Life-Long Memories are Made

Favorite Family Winter Holiday Places, Where Life-Long Memories are Made

by Karen Rubin Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com There are lodgings you choose to hang your hat after skiing, and then there are lodgings you choose because they are absolutely enchanting, especially for the winter holidays, which have the added delight of…

Favorite Places to Travel to Spend the Christmas Holidays

Favorite Places to Travel to Spend the Christmas Holidays

by Karen Rubin Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com I have so many fond memories of Christmases past, spent in charming, festive places that capture the magic and spirit of the season, and most importantly, bring our family together with experiences we share.…

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation Draws Thousands

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation Draws Thousands

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com Millions will line the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route despite record cold temperatures for the 92nd annual parade, but on the night before Thanksgiving, tens of thousands come out to take part in a…

Shops at Columbus Circle: Festive, Refined Shopping & Entertainment Destination Sparkles for the Holidays in New York

Shops at Columbus Circle: Festive, Refined Shopping & Entertainment Destination Sparkles for the Holidays in New York

by Karen Rubin Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com For a festive place to shop in New York, The Shops at Columbus Circle  is a destination within a destination that draws more than 16 million visitors per year to its 50 shops, renowned…

This Holiday Season Give the Gift that Transcends Borders and Time: Travel

This Holiday Season Give the Gift that Transcends Borders and Time: Travel

by Karen Rubin Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com   Many complain that the true spirit of the holidays have been corrupted by crass materialism. But there are ways to be less material and incorporate values – family values, social values, environmental values,…

Holidays in New York, Most Magical Time of the Year

Holidays in New York, Most Magical Time of the Year

  by Karen Rubin Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com   The winter holiday season may well be New York City’s most magical time of the year and gets underway with the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, continues with the iconic Christmas Tree…

Mountain Top Inn & Resort: The Perfect Vermont 4-Season Family Retreat

Mountain Top Inn & Resort: The Perfect Vermont 4-Season Family Retreat

by Karen Rubin, Dave E. Leiberman & Laini Miranda Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com   There are subtle things. Little surprises. Like shortly after our arrival at the Mountain Top Inn & Resort, I peek outside to see the horse-drawn sleigh gliding…

Enchanting Candlelight Evening at Old Bethpage Village Restoration is Like Stepping into a Christmas Card

Enchanting Candlelight Evening at Old Bethpage Village Restoration is Like Stepping into a Christmas Card

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com Fire light. That is the common denominator – seeing life in the orange-red glow of candlelight, a fireplace, a bonfire. One of my favorite holiday events is the Old Bethpage Village Restoration Candlelight Evening,…

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