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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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Exploring the beautiful villas along the shore of Lake Como, Italy


Outside Stefano Sioli's villa in Cernobbio
Could this place be any more beautiful? The three-story villa is directly on the lake shore located in Laglio between Cernobbio and Tremezzo on Lake Como, with private dock and lake access. more
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George Clooney’s temporary neighbors discover the virtures of a Lake Como villa


Our group getting a tour of Villa Mahonia on Lake Como
I think George Clooney is lucky to have a villa in the tiny village of Laglio—just 700 people on Lake Como in northern Italy. I can say that from personal experience because I am the Clooneys’ neighbor—well, their temporary neighbor at a lakefront villa more
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Taking the Kids to Deer Valley, where guests say ‘no snowboarders!’


Kids skiing at Deer Valley
Instead of frustrating hours at the airport, we spent a blue sky day on Deer Valley’s famously groomed slopes, stopping for an excellent lunch. (Deer Valley is as famous for its eats as it is for its grooming and customer service.) more
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Using interpretation and technology to revive the 18th Century in Williamsburg VA


A tinsmith explains his craft in Colonial Williamsburg
The idea in the Historic Triangle — home not only to this recreated 18th-century city but also to the living-history museums Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, is to use interactive activities, 21st-century technology and costumed interpreters more
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After the wedding, time to explore the Charlottesville VA area


Saturday farmers market in Charlottesville
Correspondent Melissa Miller had time to spend touring the Charlottesville VA area after a spectacular wedding this month. Here is her report. more
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A family visit to New Bedford MA, once America’s whaling capital


Whaling boat in New Bedford
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the largest museum in the country devoted to the story of whaling and the history and seafaring traditions of Massachusetts' south coast region. more
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Monticello is super kid-friendly, just like Thomas Jefferson was


Guide Aurelia Crawford leads a family tour of Monticello
It is only fitting that the home of our third President and the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence is so kid friendly. Jefferson was very fond of his 12 grandchildren, many of whom lived here with him after his retirement more
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A high schooler leaves his comfort zone to help others in Costa Rica


Luis learning to surf
Luis Cruz had never traveled far from home. This summer he got the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica with a group that sponsors community service trips. This is his diary of the trip. more
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What the kids say about 18th Century Williamsburg VA


Kids playing with hoops in Colonian Williamsburg
What’s it like to see 18th Century history unfold in the street of Colonial Williamsburg, VA? We asked some of the “junior interpreters” what they thought. more
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21st Century meets 18th in Colonial Williamsburg – huzzah!


Turncoat Benedict Arnold arrives to hector the residents of 18th Century Williamsburg
21st Century meets 18th Century—that’s the idea of Colonial Williamsburg. The audience was enthralled by the street theater Revolutionary City where costumed interpreters play out different aspects of the politics surrounding the American Revolution. more
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