Hot on the trail for ice cream
You've heard of winery trails and biking trails and birding trails. But how about an ice cream trail?
Eastern Connecticut's tourism people have created an official ice cream trail to guide visitors to the best spots for locally produced and often homemade ice cream.
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A brochure, “Follow the Ice Cream Trail: Sundae Drives,” lists 35 places to get your scoops, cones, shakes, rainbow sprinkles and hot fudge sauce. The list of ice cream shops and stands also offers tips on attractions and activities nearby. For example, stop in for a treat at Canterbury Cones, in Canterbury, and then head to nearby Burgess Brook Alpaca Farm. From the 99-year-old Ice Cream Shoppe, in Old Lyme, take a side trip to the Florence Griswold Museum.
Near the Mohegan Sun resort and casino, you'll find Ed's Kitchen & Creamery, in Uncasville. Or if you're heading to Foxwoods Resort Casino or the Jonathan Edwards Winery, check out Olivia's farm-fresh ice cream, in North Stonington. The brochure is available at www.mysticcountry.com.
World's onstage in Louisville next weekend
Louisville is hosting its sixth annual WorldFest on Friday and Saturday – Labor Day weekend. The free festival will take place on the city's Belvedere at Fifth and Main streets.
Nonstop music at “A World of Performances” will showcase everything from gypsy jazz to reggae, with dance and music from salsa, merengue, Celtic, African, flamenco, Indian and Chinese traditions.
About 100,000 people are expected to attend. The event will feature 20 vendors offering cuisine from around the globe and chef Nancy Russman's “Cooking Up Cultures” demonstrations. In addition to the Budweiser International Bier Garden, there will also be wine, spirits and coffee samplings.
World of Children offers family entertainment, and a Parade of Cultures takes place Saturday at noon. On Friday, over 700 people will take their oath of U.S. citizenship at a naturalization ceremony at the Kentucky International Convention Center.
Event schedule: www.louisvilleky.gov/international. Area info: 888-568-4784; www.gotolouisville.com.
Get a resort room – and a look at Mars
With Mars much in the news lately, teens and parents staying at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, in Tucson, can get a behind-the-scenes look at the University of Arizona's Phoenix Mars Mission operations center.
The hotel's “Mars Mission” package provides the Mars tour, plus a private stargazing session and interactive activities such as painting with robotic arms, soil pH testing and making “dirty ice” snow cones.
At $800 plus tax and service charge, “Mars Mission” also delivers a two-night stay for a family of four in two rooms. Details: 800-234-5117; www.loewshotels.com.