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  • Cirque Du Soleil’s New Show Mad Apple Comes to New York - New York Hotel & Casino

    6/30/2022 5:50:37 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Travelers looking to experience the adventure of Mad Apple for themselves can catch the show several times a week with tickets starting at just $49.

    Think you know the Big Apple? You’ve never seen it like this before. Introducing Cirque du Soleil’s exciting new Las Vegas production Mad Apple, a delicious cocktail of music, comedy, magic and mayhem that brings the magic of NYC to Sin City. Hosted by New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Mad Apple features a star-studded cast including Comedian Brad Williams, Freestyle Rapper Chris Turner and Vocalist Xharlie Black alongside 39 talented cast members.

    “Mad Apple will deliver a night of joy and entertainment with the thrilling backdrop of New York City,” said Simon Painter, Mad Apple concept co-creator and executive producer. “We’ve taken inspiration from the city’s rich musical history, legendary comedy scene and unrivaled nightlife, and combined it with the wow factor of Cirque du Soleil to create an experience that will feel like a giant party from start to finish.”

    Travelers can expect an eventful evening with pre-show magic and boozy libations at the stunning stage bar, a live band playing hits inspired by New York’s greatest musicians and composers, daring circus acts and electrifying entertainment designed to pay homage to NYC’s unique nightlife culture. Divided into six brash acts, this show is unlike anything Cirque du Soleil has ever done before.

    “We’re excited to share a completely reimagined experience from Cirque du Soleil with a show that fuses the spirit and creativity of the two ‘Cities that Never Sleep’,” said Eric Grilly, Cirque du Soleil president of resident and affiliate show divisions. “Cirque has long been known for celebrating the limits of human ability and Mad Apple will continue this revered tradition. To this, we’re adding acts and artists you wouldn’t expect to find on a Cirque du Soleil stage. The end result will be exactly what we’re known for — creative, astonishing and enjoyable live entertainment.”

    The staff at New York-New York is excited too with President & COO Mike Neubecker saying, “There couldn’t be a better fit for a resort inspired by New York City than Mad Apple. We are beyond thrilled to welcome this new evolution of Cirque du Soleil and know our guests will be in for the time of their lives.”

  • What is Juneteenth?

    6/14/2022 3:49:37 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    On June 17 of last year, President Biden signed legislation making Juneteenth, June 19, a federal holiday.

    The signing followed George Floyd’s May 2020 murder and an often-painful national focus on issues surrounding race in America. It was during this time that Juneteenth earned an unprecedented recent focus.

    Yet many Americans are unaware of the events the holiday commemorates and of its incalculable significance to Black Americans.

    Fortunately, there are many ways to learn more about Juneteenth and its central place in U.S. history through travel to sites from the East Coast and to Western states.

    What is Juneteenth?

    President Abraham Lincoln’s 1862 Emancipation Proclamation declared that as of January 1, 1863 “all persons held as slaves” in Confederate states during the U.S. Civil War “are and henceforward shall be free.

    But the executive order went largely unenforced in Southern states. Geographically isolated from Union military forces, Texas became a refuge for slaveholders who circumvented the order and concealed the war’s end and the Emancipation Proclamation from 250,000 enslaved people.

    As war raged, Union troops did not enforce the Proclamation in many southern states until January of 1863. A full two years later, the last battle ended with General Edmund Kirby’s June 2, 1865 defeat in Galveston, Texas. Kirby’s surrender came eight weeks after Robert E. Lee’s at Appomattox, Va.

    The U.S. finally took action on June 19. Leading 2,000 troops, Gen. Gordon Granger read “General Order No. 3,” at several Galveston locations, including the “Negro Church on Broadway,” as Reedy Chapel-AME Church was then known.

    Reedy Chapel AMC Church, Galveston Texas

    Granger announced that all enslaved people were free and the Civil War had ended. African Americans rejoiced in the streets following the announcement.

    Granger’s troops later reprinted and circulated General Order No. 3 across Texas' Gulf Coast and across its eastern region, where 40 percent African Americans were located by the war’s end.

    “Jubilee Day” and Juneteenth
    A year after the announcement, Black Galveston residents organized Texas’ first official emancipation celebration, which they called “Jubilee Day.” The organizers also used the events to inform their fellow Black citizens of their voting rights and guidelines. By 1872, the holiday was known as “Emancipation Day” and “Juneteenth.”

    While it originated in Texas, sites tied to Juneteenth history range across the U.S., from the east coast to western states.

    Make Plans Now

    To join our 2023 Juneteenth Celebration as we Journey Along the Civil Rights Trail and Walk In The Footsteps Of Giants. Saturday, June 17, 2023 for 9 days/8 nights. Includes 14 meals, Accommodations, Expert Travel Director, and Professional Driver. With visits to Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

    Travel to the American South and immerse yourself in its music, art, food and stories, while meeting locals, exploring the sights and hearing moving first-hand stories from the Civil Rights Movement. Meet activists, visit museums, devour delicious cuisine and pay your respects on this vibrant cultural journey.

    For more information visit https://bit.ly/3O6Xkgs or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • “Tings” to Do in Jamaica to “Feel the Love”

    6/8/2022 12:11:24 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    As Jamaica readies itself to celebrate 60 years of independence, there’s no time like the present to pay homage to the nation that made it easy to “feel the love.” And best of all, there’s no shortage of ways to do so. The only thing about this island that runs longer than the miles of gorgeous Caribbean shoreline are ways to enjoy it. Here’s how you start.

    Channel Your Inner (or Outer!) Child

    There’s a lot to evoke wonder in Jamaica—enough to leave adults as wide-eyed as children. Between its natural beauty and adventure, it’s a wholesome family destination with a lot of opportunities for enrichment and personal growth.

    For instance, take the kids for an up close and personal experience in the wilds of the lush jungle via bobsled or sky lift. Or have them board a bamboo raft and slowly glide through the lush greenery lining the Martha Brae River, slowly enough to identify endemic birds flitting overhead. For something a bit more strenuous (because what parent can’t use the downtime a tuckered-out kid provides?), how about hiking 7,000 miles above sea level? You yourself can catch your second wind trying famous Blue Mountain coffee at its source while the young ones take a dip in the cooling rivers just off the trail.

    Eat Your Heart Out

    Jamaican cuisine is a treasure and a treat, far beyond its most famous dishes. Everyone has heard of Jamaican jerk seasoning, most commonly used on chicken here in the U.S., and there are chain restaurants devoted to Jamaican patties. Now think about how good that is and amplify that to get an idea of how delicious the real deals are.

    When you visit, go beyond these famous dishes and make sure to sample other authentic icons as well. Personally, I get excited about callaloo, a spinach-like leafy green. Get you some grater cake, which is more accurately a candy but named so for its use of shaved coconut meat, or end your meal with Portuguese-inspired gizzada, another coconut treat. These little tarts are filled with sweet and spiced coconut filling and also known as pinch-me-rounds. Pick up some Busta candy for an instant pick-me-up on your adventures. It’s named after the country’s former Prime Minister, Sir Alexander Bustamante.

    Wash it all down with coconut water, Jamaican rum, Red Stripe beer, or chocolate tea, which is made from balls of chocolate grated or dissolved into hot water.

    Take a Plunge … Or Just Watch

    Rick’s Café is one of the most famous stops on the island and one of Amstar DMC’s most often-requested excursions. Located in Negril, this is the spot to answer the question, “if your friends jumped off a cliff, would you?” And the answer might surprise you—the 35-foot cliff the area’s first public bar and restaurant is set on is actually known for being a perfect spot for doing exactly that. You’ll be only one among hundreds who have taken the plunge if you choose to chase the exhilaration of the waves by leaping into the waters below.

    But of course, that part’s not for everybody, and no judgment here! Get there an hour before sunset to watch the local pros close out the day with a refreshing leap into the Caribbean Sea while you immerse yourself in the dining, the drinking, and the incomparable sunset views of this venue instead. Live bands playing real reggae sink you even deeper into the uniquely irie vibes of your setting.

    Get Wet

    For the happy medium between cliff-diving and beach lounging, it’s a great idea to book a tour through any one (or all!) of Jamaica’s freshwater, aqueous attractions. The island is rife with them, from glorious, swimmable waterfalls on molded rock faces, including the 180-foot Dunn’s River Falls in the north and the natural pools leading up to Mayfield Falls in the west. As we’d already mentioned, taking a raft ride is a lot of fun; drift down the Rio Grand on the eastern side or opt for a little more excitement by embarking on the Black River Safari, where you can go ahead and smile at the crocodiles from the safety of your tour boat.

    Get Lost in Time

    Jamaica may be celebrating six decades of independence, but its history is far more deep-seated than that. The Rose Hall Great House is one of the most legendary attractions of the country, a relic of an era from a century before. Formerly a magnificent 6,600-acre plantation, it was turned into a “hellhouse of atrocities” by the White Witch Annie Palmer, mistress of Rose Hall Great House and alleged murderess of three husbands and countless slaves.

    If you’re not into ghost stories, not to worry. The light isn’t too far from the darkness here, as its immense geographical footprint means you’ll also find mountain villages, luxury villas, plenty of resort hotels, and well-maintained golf courses among the former sugar cane fields.

    For more recent history, and one that’s far more light-hearted, don’t miss the Bob Marley Museum. Set in the former home of this international legend, it’s an exclusive inside peek at his memories, mementos, and even riffs of his favorite flavors, served up at the One Love Café on site.

    Shop 'til You Drop

    With a name like the Hip Strip, how can there be any doubt that there are great goods for the getting right here in Montego Bay? Set on Gloucester Avenue, this is the hottest street in the island nation’s most touristic city. Shopping is set to a soundtrack of local music here, where you can easily pick up typical souvenirs like punny t-shirts, as well as more unique, crafted gifts, such as items made of local wood and seashells, or even fine jewelry. Your best duty-free shopping is also here, and a bustling trade keeps the experience hassle-free and fairly priced.

    To book your Jamaica vacation visit http://bit.ly/2FQXvO5 or call 866-547-5362.

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