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Sunday’s Summer Solstice to Mark Longest Day of the Year

Sunday’s Summer Solstice to Mark Longest Day of the Year

This Sunday, June 20,marks the summer solstice, the day of the year with longest period of daylight and fewest hours of darkness.
The solstice is an astronomical phenomenon at which the Northern Hemisphere is tilted closest to the sun, and takes place at the same time everywhere on earth.
In 2021, the solstice will occur at 11:32 p.m. EDT, hence 10:32 p.m. CDT, 9:32 p.m. MST, and 8:32 p.m. PDT. At that …

American Tourists to Be Welcomed Back to Europe After Bloc Lifts Restrictions

American tourists, pack your bags!  Your European holiday awaits, now that the European Union gave the green light for member nations to return for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The move will allow visitors from the U.S. in time for the crucial summer travel season on the Continent.
The European Union on Wednesday added the United States to the bloc’s official white list of countries, a list …

Today Is National Doughnut Day: Here’s Where to Get A Free Donut to Celebrate

Let’s face it: Last year’s National Doughnut Day was a bust since many of us were locked away in our homes while the coronavirus wrought havoc in our lives.
The good news is that today, June 4, is National Doughnut Day and it’s a brand new year as virus rates plummet and vaccinated people in the United States are free to go about much of their day without donning a mask. Except …

Theater Review: ‘Persou’ at Cell Theatre Celebrates the Rites of Spring

Spring is here, which means it’s time to head into the Temple of Aphrodite in Paphos, Cyprus.  If that’s not an option due to distance or pandemic travel restrictions, to the Cell Theatre, where the temple has been recreated. This is “Persou,” the immersive festival to celebrate the season, created by Ellpetha Tsivicos and Camilo Quiroz-Vasquez.
The appearance of “Persou” – which takes place largely indoors with live actors – not …

Great Moments in Travel History – June 2021

June, the sixth month of the year, derives its name from the Latin name for the Junius, which in turn comes from the ancient Roman goddess Juno, wife of Saturn and protector and special counselor of the state.
The month of June includes the celebration of the summer solstice in the Northern hemisphere, the longest day of the year, where it is also the start of meterological summer. Midsummer is observed …

Non-Vaccinated People Remain at Risk as U.S. Celebrates Maskless Memorial Day

Non-Vaccinated People Remain at Risk as U.S. Celebrates Maskless Memorial Day

This year’s Memorial Day holiday weekend comes as the country hit a significant milestone in coronavirus inoculations: Over 50% of the adult population of the  United States – some 132 million people – has been vaccinated and over 62% of the same population has received at least one jab.
As the Memorial Day holiday weekend approached, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that non-vaccinated individuals remain …

Monday Is Memorial Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Monday Is Memorial Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Monday is Memorial Day in the United States, a holiday that honors Americans who died while in military service.
Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday marks the unofficial start of summer. Since 1970, it is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May.  As such, the observance this year on May 25 is the earliest the holiday can occur.
The manner of observance stems from the ancient idea of decorating …