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

by Paul Riegler

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

by Jonathan Spira

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

by Jesse Sokolow

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

by Anna Breuer
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 …

Millions of People Take to the Skies Amidst Memorial Day in a Test for Travel During the Covid Era

by Kurt Stolz

As many as two million people per day are forecast to fly over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, serving as a kind of stress test for the latest stage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Recent figures already show the number of people traversing the nation’s security checkpoints to be as high as 90% of those from 2019 and last Sunday saw a pandemic-era high, 1.9 million.
Airline executives have seen a steady uptick …

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

by Paul Riegler
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 …

Theater Review: ‘Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Lautrec’ Transforms Greenwich Village into 19th Century Paris

by Jonathan Spira

Although travel is slowly returning, it’s nonetheless possible to be transported not only to Paris, but to the Paris of Henri de Toulouse-Latrec, without stepping foot on an airplane. All one must do is purchase a ticket to attend the delightful “Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Latrec,” as the show takes the theatergoer to Montmantre in the City of Lights’ 18th arrondissement, where the artist spent a portion of his last …