Music and Comedy Festival in Portland
Gather your family and enjoy a full day of music and comedy during Guster On the Ocean, an all-day music festival at Portland’s Thompson’s Point beginning August 13 at 3:00 p.m. (Tufts students in 1992), Shovels and Rope, Amythyst Kiah and local favorites Darlingside and Pete Kilpatrick. Don’t miss the Q&A with Guster, children’s events and live karaoke. Grab a bite to eat from many of the city’s best food trucks including Mainely Burgers, Falafel Mafia, PB&Me and Gouda Boys. Tickets $10 for 13 and under, $55 for 14 and older in advance or $60 on the day of the show. www.ontheoceanfest.com.
A luxury ranch in Wyoming
When traveling to Wyoming, check out the new luxury cabins and guest rooms at The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, recognized as the number one resort hotel in the West by Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Awards and Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. The Saratoga Hotel, located near the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest west of Cheyenne, has six new guest rooms with private walk-out patios, a new three-bedroom cabin with a large fireplace, a renovated spa with four new treatment rooms, and an expanded Fitness center with new equipment. Practice yoga alongside adorable baby goats, or relax and rejuvenate during medicine bowl sound healing (additional fee for programs). Visit the onsite Cheyenne Club for wine pairing dinners on select weekends. Prices start at $1,250 per person per night based on double occupancy and include accommodations, ranch adventures such as horseback riding, mountain biking and ranger tours (equipment, guide and tuition included), drinks and food; at least three nights. www.brushcreekranch.com.
See tall ships and a giant duck
Here’s your chance to see “the world’s largest rubber ducky,” according to organizers of Michigan’s 2022 Fest of Sail. The event, taking place August 12-14 on the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette, will host the Tall Ships of America with three-ship tours, day sails, sailing programs and vessels in trade, commerce, war and transportation. It also offers live music with sea shanties and songs from the world of sailing. You can’t miss Mama Duck, a rubber ducky that weighs 31,500 pounds and measures 61 feet tall, 69 feet wide, and 79 feet long. marquette.festofsail.com.
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A monopod with three legs
Vanguard’s new lightweight carbon fiber monopod features three foldable feet that offer better stability than a traditional monopod – perfect when you need extra support when taking travel photos or videos, or when looking through spotting scopes or binoculars. The VEO 2S CM-264TBP 120T weighs only 2.9 pounds, extends to 65 inches and can support cameras up to 26.5 pounds. It comes with a ball head (with two levels) that converts to a pan head with a telescoping handle – ideal for panning while shooting video – and an Arca Swiss compatible quick release plate that accepts a smartphone up to 3.5 inches wide can support . The 4-section telescopic leg features twist locks that loosen or secure each section with a half turn, making the monopod quick and easy to set up or store away. The attached wrist strap and carabiner also make it easy to carry or attach to a backpack. $179.99. www.vanguardworld.com.
Versatile and comfortable earplugs
Beyerdynamic has launched its first wireless earbuds, the Free BYRD, which offer spectacular sound quality, long battery life, and active noise cancellation, making them a good option in airplanes and other travel environments when you want to block out external noise. It’s unlikely you won’t find a snug fit: the Free BYRD comes with five sizes of silicone eartips (XS to XL) and three foam eartips in three sizes. The Bluetooth-compatible earbuds have built-in batteries that last up to 11 hours and can be charged in the small earbud case, which is powered via a USB-C cable or wireless Qi-Pad. In a pinch, you can get 70 minutes of playtime on just a 10-minute charge. Available in black or white. $249. northamerica.beyerdynamic.com.
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