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(2013 - Spring/Summer Issue)


Tickets are on sale for the 24th season of the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in Vancouver, which returns to its seaside home in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park from June 12 to September 14. On stage for the 2013 season are Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Measure for Measure and Timothy Findlay’s Elizabeth Rex. bardonthebeach.org

The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting the Canadian exclusive exhibition of artwork from acclaimed American glass artist Dale Chihuly, from June 8 to October 20, 2013. Chihuly, considered the “Tiffany” of our time, is inspired by nature, playing with colours, reflections and organic shapes. Much of the exhibition of glass sculptures has been specifically designed for the museum’s interior architecture. mmfa.qc.ca

Named the world’s Best Leisure Airline in 2012 by Skytrax, Air Transat is trying to help passengers beat jetlag with new mood lighting aboard its recently launched Airbus A330 flights to Europe. The theory behind the new day-to-night LED mood lighting is that the brightness and colour of light can be invigorating or relaxing. Warm white light during overnight flights helps to stimulate melatonin production and increase passenger relaxation while warm lighting reduces the heart rate and yields improvements in sleep patterns. Blue-rich cold light in the morning increases alertness. Reddening the colour slightly at dawn and dusk, simulating sunrise and sunset, can reduce fatigue during long-haul flights. In addition to mood lighting, other ways to beat jetlag include drinking plenty of water, eating small meals frequently and walking around the aircraft when possible. airtransat.com

The Statue of Liberty in New York City is expected to reopen on July 4, once repairs are completed following the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Another must-visit landmark in the Big Apple is the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, the former president’s childhood home—a brownstone townhouse built in 1848—hidden in plain sight in midtown Manhattan. There are 2,540 national historic landmarks in the United States, and the National Park Service recently designated 13 new ones including Camden Amphitheatre and Public Library, in Camden, Maine; Camp Nelson Historic and Archeological District, Jessamine County, Kentucky; Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama; Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Hartford, Connecticut; Old San Juan Historic District/Distrito Histórico del Viejo San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York. nps.gov/history/nhl

Experience Honua Kai Resort & Spa in Maui with the “Road to Hale” package (“Hale,” pronounced “Ha-lay” means “home” in Hawaiian). Priced from $1,970 US for two, the package, which allows guests to experience life as an owner, includes a three-night stay in a two- or three-bedroom home, in-residence dinner prepared by a private chef (based on a menu by local Chef Allain de Leon), private cabana and poolside lunch from Duke’s, a welcome basket of fresh Hawaiian goods and a $100 resort credit. Another is the five-night Aina Gourmet Coffee package, which includes a gift basket, a complimentary car rental, a tour and lunch at O’o Farm and a $200 gift card toward a coffee-themed three-course gourmet dinner at Pacific’O restaurant in nearby Lahaina. Prices start from $464 US for a one-bedroom suite and $594 US for a two-bedroom for stays through December 20. The new spa at the oceanfront resort is set to open late summer. honuakai.com

California’s Napa Valley hosts outstanding events throughout the year. From July 12–21, Festival del Sole features 60 events including concerts, five-star cuisine, art exhibits, wellness and community programs and wines from 100 wineries. In its 19th season, Music in the Vineyards brings together musicians from the U.S., Canada and Europe in unique winery settings from August 7–26. The third annual Napa Valley Film Festival lights up the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga from November 13–17. Discover 100 new independent films screening in 12 eclectic venues throughout four walkable villages, as 300 visiting filmmakers interact with audiences at screenings and intimate events. festivaldelsole.org; musicinthevineyards.com; napavalleyfilmfest.org; visitnapavalley.com

Nestled between the majestic mountains of north Baffin Island and Bylot Island, Sirmilik National Park in Nunavut is the place to experience abundant wildlife in the land of the Midnight Sun. Participants on Arctic Kingdom Polar Expeditions’ cruises and safaris may see polar bears, narwhal and a variety of species of seals and sea birds including thick-billed murre, kittiwake, guillemot and ivory gull. Bowhead and beluga also frequent this area. arctickingdom.com

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Dallas Museum of Art is exhibiting the works of art installed in the president’s suite at the Hotel Texas during his fateful trip in 1963. The original installation, orchestrated by a small group of Fort Worth art collectors, was created especially for the president and first lady in celebration of their overnight visit to the city and included paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Thomas Eakins, Lyonel Feininger, Franz Kline and Marsden Hartley, and sculptures by Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore. Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy is on view until September 15. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is located in the former Texas School Book Depository where evidence of a sniper was found following the assassination of President Kennedy. The museum presents the social and political landscape of the early 1960s, chronicles President Kennedy’s assassination and its aftermath, and reflects upon his lasting impact. dma.org; jfk.org; visitdallas.com

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