Tuesday, December 26, 2006

It's Party Time

Ithaca, New York, invites you to spend winter recess there. From February 17th to 24th, they have all sorts of attractions and discounts to entice you.

“We’ve looked, and can’t find a city anywhere that’s tried this before,” said Fred Bonn, director of the Ithaca Tompkins Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It’s risky committing your entire town to a celebration of teaching, but we feel strongly about this. Ithaca is built on education. It’s our industry. With this event, we’re coming together as a community to acknowledge teachers across the state and say, thanks—we get it.”

The weeklong celebration offers a packed calendar of family events, headline concerts, theater performances, winter recreation, winery tours and more. Most events are free or steeply discounted for visiting educators. Among the notable speakers and performers:

  • Louis Sachar, author of the Newbery Medal-winning “Holes”
  • Bluegrass artists Rani Arbo and Jerry Douglas
  • Comedian and Tonight Show regular Jeff Dunham
  • Renowned concert violinist Leila Josefowicz
  • From the PBS Nova series, “The Elegant Universe,” physicist Sylvester James Gates

I'm a big Jerry Douglas fan. He plays dobro with Alison Krauss and Union Station, and if you haven't heard them yet, you oughta run out and buy their CDs. My favorite is So Long So Wrong, and they also have an excellent live double CD.

Thanks to Eduwonk
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