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The 12th annual Indiana Wine Fair
is set for April 26, 2014, at the Story Inn, 6404 South State Road 135, Nashville, Indiana. Hours are 12:30 to 7 p.m.
This is the largest wine fest featuring exclusively Indiana wines. For more than a decade, Indiana’s vintners have descended upon the little town of Story, Indiana (a wide spot on SR 135 south of Nashville), on the last Saturday of April to dole out one-ounce pours of their Reislings, Malbecs and Cabernets.
Admission to the festival is limited to persons at least 21 years of age. The price is $30 at the gate if you intend to imbibe ($10 if you are a designated driver). The first 4,000 people under General Admission will receive a Story Inn keepsake wine glass.
Those of you who’ve driven SR 135 know that it’s not exactly a wide road. The Story Inn offers free shuttle service from the Nashville Courthouse at 20 East Main in downtown Nashville. The shuttle from Nashville starts at noon and runs every 15 minutes.
The “Bacchus Bus” offers round-trip shuttle service from the Orange Lot at the Indiana…
1. Brazilians see personal relationships as the foundation of business success.
Establishing a rapport is the first step toward building the trust that is the cornerstone of business relationships.
2. Brazilians have a relaxed view of time. Since time is seen as something beyond human control, lateness is tolerated.
Arriving an hour late for a party is typical. Given this free-flowing view of time, meetings seldom start when scheduled.
3. Brazilians emphasize how something is said as much as the words spoken. They pay attention to eloquence and speaking with flair.
They may use hyperbole, assuming their colleagues will understand it as an exaggeration.
4. Never use the “Okay” symbol in Brazil as it means something vulgar. Instead, use the thumbs up to indicate approval or agreement.
5. Brazilians are tactile communicators. They often put their hand on the other person’s arm, hand, or shoulder when speaking.
Pun Pun Organic Farm near Chang Mai, Thailand, combines local culture and farming with permaculture-inspired philosophy. Photo courtesy of Andy Bustin.
Growing populations and shrinking resources strain the environment and stress its human inhabitants. Developed in 1978, permaculture aims to better prepare people for an uncertain future by embracing sustainable living. At the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, dining halls serve food grown in student-started gardens on campus. Volunteers re-build areas demolished by natural disasters with eco-villages of self-sufficient solar houses.
An organic farm in Thailand educates the public and shares seeds of vegetables, fruits, and medicinal herbs to empower farmers around the world. Third-world communities support themselves by harvesting water and growing food in almost uninhabitable places in Africa.
What is Permaculture?
Initially coined as a fusion of “permanent” and “agriculture”, permaculture aims to create a more sustainable world. Permaculture takes a holistic approach to revolutionizing more than just farming. A regenerative design system creates edible landscapes, low-impact architecture, self-sufficient economies and ethical communities. Australian Bill Morrision, the “Father of Permaculture” since 1978, describes this approach,
“Permaculture is a
The Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC)
unveils key strategies for wellness tourism growth – helping governments and the travel industry shape this growing sector.
The strategies evolved from discussions with leaders from tourism ministries across Europe and Africa and organizations like The World Travel & Tourism Council.
The Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC) held its first roundtable at the Dorchester, London on April 1st. Discussions will continue at future roundtable events and during the GWTC taking place Sept 10th in Marrakech, Morocco. The invite-only event attracted leaders from within the Finnish, Greek, Moroccan, Portuguese, Spanish, Swiss and UK tourism ministries and organizations, as well as executives from powerful travel and healthcare establishments like The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and Bupa, the global healthcare group.
Since the GWTC released the “Global Wellness Tourism Economy” report in October, finding that wellness travel is already a $439 billion USD market, forecast to grow another 50% through 2017, this emerging travel category has seen national and regional tourism authorities taking action to promote their wellness offerings.
In a Q & A moderated by GWTC executives Anni Hood and Susie Ellis, the tourism and health experts assembled discussed the…
The Loire Valley, specifically Sancerre. Photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre.
No education in wine would be complete without learning about France’s Loire Valley. The Loire Valley is composed of a number of different wine regions within the wine region, each home to its unique unique climate and terroir, as well as grapes. Within these regions, 69 distinct appellations dictate which grapes can be grown where and what methods should be used to make the wine.
While you’ll find much diversity in the landscape, one thing you can almost always count on is that a Loire Valley wine will be light and fresh, as well as lower in alcohol content due to the cooler climate. And because cooler climates tend to produce lighter, more acidic wines — warmer climates ripen fruit more easily, leading to higher sugar contents — whites are popular here, as acid is important in giving whites their zest and crispness on the palate.
The beginnings of Muscadet. Photo courtesy of Jameson Fink.
One of the wine regions you’ll find within the Loire Valley is Nantais, which is renowned for its dry, light-bodied white Muscadet…
Do you love to travel but despise packing? I know I do, but the worst part for me are the toiletries. I end up with 3 or 4 different plastic bags that I have acquired over the course of buying travel size toiletries. Juggling all of these bags and trying to fit them into my suitcase is a nightmare. I have now found the perfect solution: David’s Been Here Toiletry Bag. The beauty of this bag compared to most other toiletry bags is the fact that it lays flat in your suitcase taking up very little room. Even if it is packed to capacity, it remains flat, leaving you the ability to lay it across the top of your clothes and know that you have everything you need.
After using this bag on 2 different trips, I recommend this toiletry bag. I was able to pack toiletries for both my husband and I with room left over. I fit 2 toothbrushes, travel size toothpaste, a sleeping mask, 2 deodorants (one of them full size), razor, face wipes, toning spray, face moisturizer, travel size mouthwash, travel size shower gel and…
I love when unplanned strolls through NYC turn into something a little extraordinary. This past Friday, an attempt to meet a friend and her son at Turtle Pond in Central Park. Here’s a little bit of what I saw …
How beautiful is this area of the park, where the trees overlap to create a canopy? Gorgeous.
Loved these school kids, performing beautiful songs both out loud and in sign language.
Filed under: Back in the Borough Tagged: Central Park, The Boathouse, The Faberge Big Egg Hunt, The Great Lawn, Turtle Pond
If you haven’t had étoufée, you haven’t spent nearly enough time in Louisiana.
Here’s a good event to add to your itinerary, the 29th Annual Étouffée Festival
in Arnaudville, Louisiana, is set for this weekend: April 25 through 27, 2014.
It takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at St. John Francis Regis Church, 370 Main Street, Arnaudville, Louisiana.
You just might get a taste of the competition at the Mayor’s Cook-off, which will feature a diverse variety of étouffées, including crawfish, seafood, vegetable, and even wild game.
The festival is held the fourth weekend of April every year. In addition to étouffée — that classic Cajun/Creole stew — there’ll be carnival rides, bands and bingo.
(Photo of crawfish étouffée courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)
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