Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Last FREE Weekend at National Parks This Summer

Posted in fun, Life, Pursuit of Happiness, useful information tagged , , , , at 10:30 am by Elaine Petrowski

Looking for something family and budget-friendly to do this weekend? National Parks across the nation are  once again offering FREE  admission on August 15 and 16. This is your last chance to take advantage of the fee-free weekend program this summer.

“The entrance fees being waived at the 147 sites that usually charge for admission range from $3 to $25.( The 244 other parks do not charge entrance fees.) The waiver does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors—such as fees charged for camping, reservations, tours and use of concessions.”

For full story click HERE.

Look for a park HERE.  If you drill down on this page, you can find specials that save even more money at some of the parks.

Amtrak makes the point that some of the parks ( in NYC, D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, Arlington, VA) are even accessible by train.  Click here for a list of the parks you can reach via train.

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Morristown National Park

Friday, July 17, 2009

Calling all NJ, NY, PA Area Gardeners For a Fun Event This Sunday

Posted in fun, gardening, Life, Pursuit of Happiness, useful information tagged at 5:19 pm by Elaine Petrowski

oakleaf hydrangea

Here’s a link to a nearly free fun event for local gardeners –a garden art swap at The Frelinghuysen Aboretum. Click here for details.

Now, what did I do with that flock of  pink flamingos?

See you there?

(And if you do go, take a picture of your trade to post here.)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy 4th of July

Posted in fun, Liberty, Life, Pursuit of Happiness tagged , , , , , , , at 5:45 am by Elaine Petrowski

by LIz Noffsinger from www.freedigitalimages.com

by LIz Noffsinger from http://www.freedigitalimages.com

Here’s a link to a terrific little video with some gorgeous photos of our country. ( It opens with a shot of  the Arizona Memorial, in Pearl Harbor, near Honolulu, HI, which is as solemn, moving, eerie and haunting a place as you will ever visit. Just seeing the photo produces a lump in my throat.)

The background music is “America, The Beautiful”, which, if I had my way, would be our national anthem.

Though I’m not sure how it sits with Native Americans — when you read all the words, and not just the verses we sang in school — I’d much rather we’d be known around the world for “amber waves of grain, purple mountain’s majesty, fruited plains and brotherhood, (though just plain personhood would be nice to acknowledge. But that’s yet another post!)  then for “rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air.”

On the 4th, we’ll be waving at friends who are marching in the parade here in Ridgewood, NJ and then reconnecting with other dear old friends at the July 4 bash they’ve hosted for more than thirty years.

And, there’s no RAIN in the forecast. Perfect.

What are YOU doing for the 4th? (Leave a comment, below so I know someone’s out there.)

Enjoy the day.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

National Parks are FREE This Weekend 6/20 and 6/21

Posted in fun, Life, Pursuit of Happiness, useful information tagged , at 3:22 pm by Elaine Petrowski

Just in time to celebrate the summer solstice and the longest day of the year, and in an effort to provide an affordable getaway for families, the National Park Service is offering fee-free access to

See the wild ponies that roam Assateague Island for FREE this weekend.

See the wild ponies that roam Assateague Island for FREE this weekend.

parks across the nation,  from Hyde Park and Sagamore Hill in the New York area, to Assateague Island in Maryland, Valley Forge in Pennsylvania, Fort McHenry (of Star Spangled Banner fame) in Baltimore,  Big Bend in Texas, and Shenandoah, about 75 miles from DC. And even more than that:

“The entrance fees being waived at the 147 sites that usually charge for admission range from $3 to $25. The 244 other parks do not charge entrance fees. The waiver does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors—such as fees charged for camping, reservations, tours and use of concessions.”

This is the first of three fee-free weekends this summer. The others are July 18-19 and August 15-16.

For full story click HERE.

Hey, who can complain about that?

Look for a park HERE.  If you drill down on this page, you can find specials that save even more money at some of the parks.

Do come back and comment if you go.

Let’s see… how long does it take to get to … and where did I put those watercolors?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

You Gotta’ Laugh

Posted in fun, Humor, Laughs, Liberty, Life, Pursuit of Happiness tagged , , , , at 3:46 pm by Elaine Petrowski

or you’ll cry, for sure!

check this out… made me chuckle

Worst Slide Story

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Garden & Gun?

Posted in fun, gardening, Life, Pursuit of Happiness tagged , , , at 12:45 pm by Elaine Petrowski

Received an email today inviting me to subscribe to a recently launched, upscale, lifestyle magazine titled — of all things– Garden & Gun.

Check it out. Looks great, doesn’t it?

And take it from a long-time freelance writer.  A new magazine in this economy is certainly something to crow about.

As a self-avowed magazine junkie, I’ll do my best to pick up a copy on my next trip below the Mason-Dixon line.

But what about that title– Garden & Gun?

A bit  incongruous, especially given the chi-chi content.

Is it just me?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

“Playing for Change” Releases CD/DVD

Posted in fun, Life, Pursuit of Happiness, useful information tagged , , , , , , , , , at 3:39 pm by Elaine Petrowski

I was first moved to write about Playing for Change, Mark Johnson’s peace-through-music organization, last year.

Today, Playing for Change, “a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music” released a CD/DVD, “Songs Around the World”.

“The album demonstrates that regardless of our religion, race, gender, or political views we can unite through music.”

And despite the fact that I am on self-imposed knitting supplies- shoe- handbag etc.- purchasing  probation,  I am planning to purchase a CD for myself and  a few more for gifts so I can support this international peace work of building schools to teach music.

(Click here to listen to preview.)

Let me know what you think, and if you decide to buy one,  via the comments below.