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Mascot Hall of Fame Ready to Rev Up Crowds Near Chicago

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/12/2019, 12:00 AM

Original Phillie Phanatic Dave Raymond founded the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2005 to pay tribute to professional and college sports teams' costumed crowd pleasers. The enterprise started out online-only, but after a five-year, multimillion-dollar project, there's now a brick-and-mortar-and-faux-fur building in Whiting, Indiana, on the southern shore of Lake Michigan, about a 45-minute drive from dow...

Meet UNESCO's New Cultural Heritage Inductees: Reggae, French Perfume, and More

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/05/2018, 12:00 AM

Reggae music from Jamaica, the Irish sport of hurling, Polish Nativity scenes, Korean wrestling, and about three dozen more arts, crafts, folk dances, foods, and festivals are the latest global traditions added to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. (Pity the arts and tourism officials currently trying to squeeze that mouthful into quick after-dinner speec...

The Pittsburgh Steelers Are Getting a Roller Coaster

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/23/2018, 6:00 PM

One of America's oldest amusement parks is teaming up with one of the NFL's most storied franchises.  Kennywood, which originated as a "trolley park" around the turn of the 20th century and still operates classic rides from the 1920s, is constructing a new themed area dedicated entirely to the Pittsburgh Steelers, whose Heinz Field is about 12 miles west of Kennywood (just go up the snaking Monon...

New England Ski Resorts Improving Snowmaking Capacity After Disappointing 2015-16 Season

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/03/2016, 4:00 AM

The winter of 2015-16 was the warmest on record for many parts of New England, according to the National Weather Service. For the region's ski resorts, that meant a marked lack of natural snowfall. Vermont's Killington Mountain Resort, for instance, only got 81 inches all season (way down from an average of 250 inches), while Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Massachusetts received a pitifu...

Outside Magazine Publishes Some Solid Advice for Money-Saving Ski Vacations

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/16/2013, 4:00 PM

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado / Photo: Alex Kerney It's not often a mainstream glossy magazine publishes travel tips that don't push readers toward prohibitively expensive, jet-set, see-and-be-seen diversions, but Outside magazine's online list of ways to save on skiing in 2014 is genuinely useful for saving tons of cash. The title, "The Best Deals of the 2014 Ski Season," is worded th...

In the Battle of the Golf Booking Sites EZLinks and GolfNow, Golfers Score As the Winners

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/31/2013, 1:30 PM

In April, the golf booking website EZLinks.com, founded in 1995, got a new CEO. He came over from Redbox, the DVD rental jukebox that took over seemingly every grocery store lobby in town. His objective is war. He wants to make EZLinks the dominant player in the online golf reservations game. Think of his site as an OpenTable, which match-makes customers with reservation times. There are o...

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