Category Archives: Entertainment

Holiday Trains in Action.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train came down from  Rouses Point to Kenwood (Albany).  Saturday with shows at Mechanicville and Saratoga. Read more about this train.


As the holiday express train rolls into the historic Steamtown site in
Scranton. Carolers and elves are at the ready to help kick off the holiday season for hundreds of people. Read More

Steamtown Holiday Express
Steamtown Holiday Express


Warner Bros VIP Studio Tour


Last week I had the chance to go to the Warner Bros VIP Tour. With a group of people from school I went to Burbank. It was sunny; I had ‘Vanilla Bane’ and ‘Superman Salted Caramel’ ice-cream. It was a great start, and things got even better.

First we were brought into a screening room, where they showed a short movie about Warner Bros and the many films that it has created. There was The Life of Emile Zola, Casablanca, and My Fair Lady from ages past. There was our beloved Harry PotterThe Lord of the Rings, and The Matrix. And of course, there is FriendsPretty Little Liars, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and too many other awesome works to get us excited.

We then went into a tour cart and drove around the lot. It was fairly empty, but the buildings were beautiful. Each street…

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Smugglers Cafe at Hosmer’s Marina

The River Blogger


Today I ate lunch at Smugglers Cafe at Hosmer’s Marina in Ogdensburg, NY.  It is located on the Oswegatchie River, a tributary of the St. Lawrence River.  Every table in the cafe has a river view and from our table, we could see youngsters fishing on the shore.

IMG_0700This place has the right amount of riverside charm.  Local photographs and vintage St. Lawrence River Navigational charts draped the walls.  The windows are outfitted with lanterns that can be seen by passing boaters by night.  There is an on-site bait and tackle shop as well as a full bar area.  Outside dining is also available right on the river.  The menu is extensive and items are cleverly named with sea-faring puns, like “sand-bar-wiches.”

IMG_0704The atmosphere was quiet, clean, casual, and comfortable.  Our server was  pleasant and helpful.  We ordered chicken wings and salads.  The food arrived quickly and it was…

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Train ride on vintage cars to Santa Barbara with Inspirato


Where in the world are Tim and Joanne?

A Note From Abroad

Saturday, March 14th ~ Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, California

We were told to arrive at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles no later that 7:15 in the morning.

Union Station, Los Angeles Union Station, Los Angeles

Ceiling inside Union Station, Los Angeles Ceiling inside Union Station, Los Angeles 

Not sure how the traffic might be, we allowed plenty of time, and were blessed with that golden light that photographers get goofy over.

Los Angeles in the early morning light Los Angeles in the early morning light

This had been a last-minute invitation from our traveling buddies, Dick and Karen. In fact we were hiking on top of the mountain overlooking Palm Springs when the phone call came in…

“Do you want to join us for a special train ride and lunch in Santa Barbara tomorrow?”

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Concert At The Stanley Decades in the Making

Ancien Hippie

It was 34 years ago that three bands gathered at Utica, New York’s Stanley Center For The Arts for a performance that was meant to last one night. But the legacy of that show continued through the years – a reminder of the community that a venue such as the Stanley can create.

Those three groups — the Todd Hobin Band, The Justice McBride Band and The Dust Devil Band — took the stage at the Stanley once again March 21, 2015.

When the three bands originally appeared on the old stage in 1981 they did so to help keep the theater open. So when the theater again found itself in need, Jerry Kraus, executive director of the Stanley, thought it would be cool to round up the original members for another fundraiser.

“We understand that this place (the Stanley) has a cut of history, so it’s a great opportunity…

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