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Traveling Feet - January 10, 2009 - Shownotes & Audio Archive

The Northeast in the Winter: Travel Destinations and Events

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There is always a way to weave travel into the conversation. “Traveling Feet” begins on the topic of the cold New England weather and transitions to a discussion on shopping in Montréal, QC, Canada. The stores in Montréal have some of the best warm and fashionable clothing to keep oneself insulated during the winter. Like visiting Europe, the value added tax on a sale is deducted from the purchase amount once you leave the country. Make sure you show your passport at the time of purchase.

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Berkshire County is home to Traveling Feet and a rich cultural community. In the Berkshire town of North Adams is MASS MoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. In November of 2009 MASS MoCA renovated and opened a new building. Currently on exhibition in that space are 105 wall drawing's conceived by Sol LeWitt, the granddaddy of conceptual art. LeWitt is famous for the quote, “The idea becomes the machine that makes the art”. The retrospective features wall-sized drawings executed by artists who followed the late artist's sets of instructions.

Friday, January 16, 2009 Phillip Glass will be at Mass MoCA for Philip on Film. Glass will discuss the work he has done for cinema as well as perform on the piano. Thursday, January 15, 2009, is the premiere of a documentary on Glass entitled “Glass: A Portrait of Phillip in Twelve Parts” directed by Scott Hicks. The film is the start of a Thursday night documentary film series held in Club B-10. The series features biographical films of artists and other public figures.

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Also in Berkshire County is Camp Unleashed a summer and early fall program that puts an emphasis on the visitors' pets. People and their dogs will partake in three days of activities including Frisbee, training exercises, canine water sports, arts and crafts, hiking and canine massage. There is a session available from February 20, 2009 through February 22, 2009 at a bed and breakfast located in Canon, New York, between Lenox and Pittsfield on the New York side of the Berkshire Hills. The lodging provided is a renovated inn that was originally an old shaker gristmill. Winter activities include cross country skiing, snow shoeing and hiking. Dogs are invited to run alongside their people off their leashes. The winter camp also includes wine tasting, massages (for people and pets) and a demonstration on spinning your dog's hair into yarn. Camp Unleashed provides a rustic getaway and promotes outdoor exercise for both people and their dogs.

For more information visit or call 518-781-0446

James Hess joins “Traveling Feet” to discuss the service dog he handles, Sky. Sky is a Border Collie that works with James at Southwest Florida International Airport. Border Collies originate from the border between Ireland and Scotland hence the name “border”. Sky is trained to chase birds from runways and taxiways. She was bred in Texas and then purchased by a trainer in North Carolina who trains Collies to herd birds. “Traveling Feet” recalls a sheep herding competition held in Clonbur, County Galway, Ireland.

Caption: Sky (Canine), handled by James Hess, Southwest Florida International Operations Agent and Handler. Image courtesy of Lee County Port Authority.

Click here for more information about Clonbur Ireland's Sheep Herding Competition.

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“Traveling Feet” discusses the hidden costs involved in cruising. Cruises are especially popular during winter months but be wary of what is not offered in packages. Airfare is not necessarily included in the quoted cost and while meals may be all inclusive in the main dining area they may not be in additional dining halls. Gratuity may already be included in the multiple dining areas.


Guests Include:

Katherine Myers,Communications and PR Director, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA.

Annie Brody, Founder and Owner, Camp Unleashed.

James Hess, Southwest Florida International Operations Agent and Handler of Service Dog Sky.

Sky, who chases birds from the runways and taxiways this Fort Myers, Florida airport.


Hour 2

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February 6-8, 2009 come to the Jacob Javits Center and visit the New York Times Travel Show. Friday February 6, 2009 is reserved for travel professionals. Saturday February 7 and Sunday February 8, 2009 the show is open to the public from 10am-6pm. Come meet Stephanie Abrams at Booth # 1000.

Visit booth #863 at the New York Times Travel Show to learn more about Maine. Maine is a four season world class tourist destination. It is the home of the lighthouse and of lobsters and moose. It offers fresh air, relaxing hikes, clean beaches, wildlife watching, outlet and handicraft shopping, culinary tourism, 5,500 miles of rugged coast and sandy beaches, 2000 islands, and more than 2000 lakes, rivers and streams.

If you were to plan a trip to travel up the state you might choose to start at the southern beaches in Wells, Kennebunkport and Ogunquit. Head next to the vibrant city of Portland and visit the heart of culinary tourism. Further up the coast is Freeport where you can shop at the outlets and witness the natural phenomenon of the Desert of Maine. Up north at the mid-coast, in Rockland and Camden, you can take a historic windjammer cruise. To then reach Northern Maine travel up the coastal Route 1 and visit Bar Harbor, the home of Acadia National Park. Acadia is a hiker's paradise and offers a world class view of the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain. The Maine Office of Tourism's booth #863 will have Acadian fiddling, Indian basket weaving and lobsters to view but not eat.

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New England is a twelve month tourist destination and so is Sunday River Maine, the sister property of Sugarloaf resort in Carrabassett Valley Maine. Currently Sunday River is sponsoring “Children's Festival Week” where children stay, rent, learn and ski free. Other highlights of the event include a scavenger hunt and live entertainment. The property is 90 minutes north of Portland and covers a lot of terrain. It is comprised of 668 acres, eight peaks and 131 trails. Last year $14 million was invested into the resort; the biggest capital investment in over a decade. Sunday River has added a brand new “chandola”, a chair lift and gondola hybrid, as well as additional snowmaking machinery. The resort has also added more skiing hours so that a full twelve hours of skiing and riding is available. January 26-30, 2009 features the “Go 50 Weekend” with specials for those aged 50.

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The Thaddeus Clapp House is a bed and breakfast located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. It was built in 1871 by Thaddeus and Lucy Clapp. Thaddeus was an 8th generation descendent of Rodger Clapp who came over to America from England in 1630. Thaddeus' father was the first to come to Pittsfield and was the superintendent of the famous Pomeroy Mills. Thaddeus was the superintendent, and later president, of the Pontoosuc Woolen Mill. The Clapp family was well-established in Pittsfield and their historic home contains eight suites available for booking. If you like ghosts, you will be interested to know that many guests report having seen or heard the ghost of Lucy Clapp during their stay.

For more information visit or call 888-499-6840.

Fun Facts
The cheap cost of lobster this holiday season encouraged many to have lobster alongside their turkey dinners during Thanksgiving 2008.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow married a girl from Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Many guests of the Thaddeus Clapp House report having seen or heard the ghost of Lucy Clapp during their stay.

Guests Include:

Pat Eltman, Director of the Maine Office of Tourism.

Darcy Morse-Liberty, Director of Communication, SundayRiver & Sugarloaf.

Rebecca Smith, Innkeeper, Thaddeus Clapp House Bed and Breakfast, Pittsfield, MA.

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