Huge yard sale – with historical flourishes
On Saturday, not far from Asbury Park, the Historic Village at Allaire hosts a massive daylong flea market. The village, in Wall Township, says there will be new and used items for sale, as well as summer treats such as hot dogs and funnel cake. You'll also be able to tour the village museum, which is something like Old Salem and Colonial Williamsburg Village (people wearing bonnets and re-enacting the past). It's 8 a.m.-3 p.m., $5 per car. Details: 732-919-3500; www.allairevillage.org.
Casino near Detroit debuts after fix-up
Caesars Windsor casino, in Windsor, reopened last month under its new name after a $439 million makeover designed to compete with expanded casinos in nearby Detroit.
Operators of Casino Windsor announced its re-branding as Caesars Windsor in December 2006.
The casino includes a 27-story, 369-room Augustus Tower hotel and 100,000 square feet of convention space.
The roster of performers at the 5,000-seat Colosseum theater this summer has included Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, Ringo Starr, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, Neil Sedaka and Donna Summer. Windsor's first casino opened in 1994. Detroit has three state-chartered casinos. Details: www.harrahs.com (click “Casino Locator,” then click map of Ontario).
Summer is sizzling in Traverse City
If a Michigan road trip beckons, keep in mind that Traverse City's beaches and bays are just as alluring midweek as on the weekends, especially with the “Sizzling Summer Special.” This promotion offers lodging at 23 hotels and resorts for room rates starting at $115 per night plus tax on Sundays-Thursdays. The same special turns up the heat even more by adding discounts at area restaurants, stores, golf courses, wineries and spas.
Reservations must be made through the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau. True to its name, the “Sizzling Summer Special” goes cold after Aug. 28. Details: 800-872-8377; www.visittraversecity.com.
Early line on a frightening time in Nashville
Consider the Comic & Horror Festival – Oct. 18-19 in Nashville – your pre-party for Halloween. Besides the screenings and costume contests, the fest features appearances by Frank Serrao, one of the prominent zombies in ”Dawn of the Dead”; Daniel Emery Taylor, of ”The Return of Swamp Thing”; and special effects and stunt guy Jim O'Rear. It's $10 ($15 for two-day pass) at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Details: 615-573-4537; www.comiccitytn.com.