Vacation spot Moosehead Lake hosts 18th annual Chocolate Pageant drive-thru model

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GREENVILLE – Destination Moosehead Lake is proud to host the 18th Annual Chocolate Festival. Like last year, to ensure the safety and convenience of all participants, this year’s festival will be an online and drive-through event.

GREENVILLE – Destination Moosehead Lake is proud to host the 18th Annual Chocolate Festival. Like last year, to ensure the safety and convenience of all participants, this year’s festival will be an online and drive-through event. Boxes of 10 candies are available for $10 and children’s boxes for $5. Both include a selection of offerings from local bakers. All boxes must be paid for online in advance.

Online ordering is available now and must be completed by 12:00pm on February 16th with pickup on Sunday 20th February from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at Bartley’s Center Cove Events on 241st Street Pritham Avenue takes place.

Volunteers will be available on site to collect order information and deliver boxes to recipients. Participants do not need to enter the building at the time of pickup.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

Destination Moosehead Lake is the official tourism organization for Maine’s famous Moosehead Lake region. Destination Moosehead Lake welcomes thousands of visitors to the area each year, answering questions and directing visitors to the many attractions the area has to offer and the businesses that make the Moosehead Lake area so special. The following cities are covered in our region: Rockwood, Greenville, Kokadjo, Lily Bay, Beaver Cove, Shirley, Monson and Abbot.

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Second annual Previous City Pageant of Velocity & Fashion returns to Alexandria | WDVM25 & DCW50

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (WDVM) – After being pushed back several times due to COVID-19, the annual Old Town Festival of Speed ​​and Style was held in Alexandria on Sunday.

Over 90 vintage and vintage cars on King Street and the market square with a fashion show, live music and street vendors. The festival was a concept by car enthusiast and local business owner Rick Myllenbeck.

“I got the idea that it would be really cool if we could bring some nice cars and share them with the community. That was about four years ago, in May 2019 we had our first event, ”said Myllenbeck.

The event was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, and although it’s only the second year of the festival, locals have queued to display their cars.

“The word got around that we were doing something special here in Alexandria, so it took care of itself… We had to turn away about 30 or 40 cars,” said Myllenbeck.

Ivan “Drivin ‘Ivan” Katz from Alexandria exhibited one of the cars from his collection. He says it’s a great way for car lovers like him to get together in the community.

“I grew up in Alexandria, went to high school here, so Old Town is special, and I think this event is special too,” said Katz.

Proceeds from the event will go to charities like that USA Metro Washington-Baltimore Mission: The USO and LIVELY! Alexandria, a non-profit that helps the less fortunate in the community.

Myllenbeck says the event isn’t just a cool auto show – it benefits the Alexandria community.

“It’s a win for the members of the community because they can see these cars up close, it’s a win for the restaurants and shops because those people who look at the cars then go to lunch, and it’s a win Profit for charities as well, ”said Myllenbeck. “It’s a lot of fun and I’m so happy to be able to do this.”

The event was moderated by Burke & Herbert Bank. The Old Town Festival of Speed ​​& Style is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that aims to raise funds for local and national charities.

PICTURES: Nation and Irish music stars have a good time finish of lockdown in fashion at Craic by the Creek Competition

THE Craic by the Creek Festival, recently held in Greater Manchester, attracted some of the top names in Irish and country music.

Originally planned for 2019, the festival was postponed and then postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated travel restrictions.

Band Lampa from Birmingham (PICTURES: Chris Egan)

When it became clear that the festival could take place this year, ticket sales soared and quickly sold out.

Two-thirds of the event organizing team, Matt and Donal, take the main stage (PICS: Chris Egan)

Such was the demand for a return to Irish live and country music that the organizers realized that the festival would be much more than celebrating live music, but also a party to celebrate the lockdown.

Craic By The Creek audience was in tip top shape (PICTURES: Chris Egan)

The three-day event featured artists Nathan Carter, All Folk’d Up, Lisa McHugh, Mike McGoldrick and the Joe Keegan Band on the Big Barn Stage.

All Folk’d Up in Action (PICTURES: Chris Egan)

Elsewhere in the line-up, Catherine McKenna, Gareth Nugent, Crossroads and Matt and Donal performed on the Bethell Stage, giving festival goers the chance to get up close and personal with the biggest names in traditional and contemporary Irish music.

Dara Woods gets the Saturday afternoon music going (PICTURES: Chris Egan)

Based on the success of the opening festival Craic by the Creek, the event has already confirmed its dates for 2022.

Chorlton Country Club, one of Manchester’s most popular country bands (PICS: Chris Egan)

Craic by the Creek 2022 takes place July 22-24.

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Music pageant within the Netherlands results in over 1,000 Covid infections

Members of the public walk at Vondelpark in Amsterdam on a sunny day on March 30, 2021.

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A festival in the Netherlands shocked officials after 1,000 coronavirus infections were linked to the event despite requiring an “entry test”.

The Verknipt outdoor festival, which took place in Utrecht at the beginning of July, was attended by 20,000 people over two days. Each participant had to show a QR code stating that they had been vaccinated, had recently had a Covid infection or had a negative Covid test.

The organizers insisted that the event was carefully planned and controlled, but despite this, 1,050 people who attended the festival have since tested positive for Covid, according to the Utrecht Regional Health Authority.

“We can’t say that all these people infected themselves at the festival, it could also be that they got infected on the trip to the festival or the evening before the festival or an after party. re (the cases) are all connected to the festival, but we cannot 100% say that they were infected at the festival, “said Lennart van Trigt, a spokesman for the Utrecht Health Department (GGD).

Nonetheless, he said the number of cases was “pretty staggering” and could increase slightly in the coming days.

The event highlighted problems with the “entry test,” added van Trigt, which allowed people to take Covid tests up to 40 hours before the event, which opened up the possibility of contracting Covid in the meantime.

“We have now found out that this deadline is too long. We should have had 24 hours [period], that would be much better because in 40 hours people can do a lot of things like visit friends and go to bars and clubs. So in a 24-hour period, people can do fewer things and it’s safer, “he said.

Another problem was that people in the Netherlands were able to get a Covid pass for the festival immediately after vaccination, while in reality it takes several weeks for immunity to build up after a Covid vaccination.

“We were a little too happy with the trigger,” said Van Trigt, noting that lessons could be learned from it.

The mayor of Utrecht, Sharon Dijksma, was particularly condemned while attending the ill-fated festival.

The Netherlands has seen a staggering increase in Covid cases in recent weeks, especially after lifting bar and club restrictions in late June and subsequently increasing Covid among younger people.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his Health Minister Hugo de Jonge apologized on Monday, saying the government made a “misjudgment” in lifting restrictions too early.

De Jonge also apologized for his “Dansen met Janssen” (“Dancing with Janssen”) campaign, which promoted the unique Janssen Covid vaccine to young people so that they could go to party.

After the government admitted that “the coronavirus infection rate in the Netherlands since the society reopened almost entirely on Jan. Nightclubs and live performances would close again until at least August 13th.

The country’s “R” number now stands at 2.17, which means that any person with Covid-19 is likely to infect at least two other people.

An additional 10,492 cases were reported in the country on Wednesday, more than the average number of daily cases (8,395) over the past seven days. The majority of new cases affect people between the ages of 20 and 29 years.

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The following is a summary of the latest entertainment news.

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Swiss Alps, Sailboats are a magical decoration for Ibrahim Maalouf at the Montreux Jazz Festival

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Cannes director criticizes rivals for admission Netflix Movies too easily

The head of the Cannes The film festival attacked competing events on Monday, saying some were too quick to allow movies from streaming giants into their main competitions without applying strict rules, thereby harming cinema. Platforms like Netflix flourished during the COVID-19 pandemic and won several top film awards while studios and cinemas struggled as coronavirus restrictions closed cinemas and pushed more viewers online.

Movie fans, vacationers mingle for COVID-conscious people Cannes come back

Movie stars will arrive armed with coronavirus tests and face masks Cannes from Tuesday for the return of the world’s largest film festival, which aims to help cinema recover from the blow of the global pandemic. Organizers and local authorities are relying on strict coronavirus protocols and testing to keep the event free of disruption as the French Government is stepping up warnings of growing cases of highly communicable COVID-19 delta Variant.

Raffaella Carra, Italian Singer and TV presenter, dies at the age of 78

Raffaella Carra, one of Italy’s most popular singers and TV presenter who became almost as famous in as a symbol of sexual liberation Spain and South America as in her own country, died on Monday at the age of 78. Italian prime minister Mario Draghi said Carra, “with her laughter and generosity she has accompanied generations of people Italian and took the name Italy around the world”.

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Watch now: Shakespeare Competition opening delayed to Saturday; masks guidelines eased | Leisure

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival prepares for opening night at the Ewing Cultural Center on Thursday.

BLOOMINGTON – The Illinois Shakespeare Festival canceled the preview performance of “Measure for Measure” on Friday but the rest of the schedule remains in place and some restrictions due to COVID-19 protocols are being relaxed.

The festival organizers announced on Thursday that the Friday performance had been canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances”. The play opens on Saturday.

The Illinois State University box office will be in touch with those with tickets to the Friday performance and help them exchange tickets for another performance or process a refund.


Nora McKirdie, left, who plays Hermione; Ben Mathew, who plays King Leo; Carol Kelleher, who plays Paulina, and Haven Crawley, who plays Polixenes, play a scene from their adapted Illinois Shakespeare Festival play, “A Summer’s Winter Tale,” which will be performed at the Ewing Cultural Center on Thursdays and Saturdays through August 7th.


Contrary to previous information, festival officials also said that fully vaccinated guests at the Ewing Theater on Emerson Street and Towanda Avenue do not require face-covering.

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As the coronavirus guidelines have evolved, the festival has also announced that seat cushions and water fountains will be available. However, the concession area will remain closed for the 2021 season.

“Guests are cordially invited to picnic on the meadow and bring their water to the theater,” said a message from the festival.

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In addition to “Measure for Measure”, William Shakespeare’s “Winter Tale” will be performed at the festival, which runs through August 6th.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office in the ISU Center for the Performing, 351 S. School St., Normal, or by calling 309-438-2535. The box offices are open Monday to Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and one hour before all performances in the Ewing Theater.

As part of the festival, free performances of “A Winter’s Tale” will be offered on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 August in the theater for young audiences on the grounds of the Ewing cultural center.

More information can be found on the festival website,

Check out the new Illinois laws that go into effect today

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The Democratic-controlled Illinois General Assembly has passed 665 bills this legislature, with the vast majority awaiting the signature of Governor JB Pritzker.

But Pritzker signed 42 bills. A handful of these will go into effect on January 1, 2022, but most of them went into effect immediately after they were signed or will go into effect this Thursday.

Here are some notable new laws that are in effect now or Thursday that Illinois people should know about.


Electoral reform

Electoral reform

With delays in the redistribution of the U.S. census numbers caused by the pandemic, lawmakers have postponed the 2022 state primaries from March 15 to June 28. The legislation also makes Election Day a national holiday and requires that every county have at least one universal voting center and allow people to be allowed on a permanent mailing list. (SB825)

Photo by Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune

Vote by email

Vote by email

Some changes in voting for the 2020 general election caused by a pandemic, such as: Post-polling and roadside delivery, for example, will now be permanent features of future elections. (House bill 1871)

Legal redistribution of land

Legal redistribution of land

Since they are mandated every 10 years, lawmakers approved new county boundaries for the Illinois House and Senate. The maps drawn by the Democrats, using the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census instead of waiting for the 10-year census numbers to arrive later this year, have been challenged in court by Republicans and a few other groups. (HB2777)

Photo by Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune

Illinois Supreme Court reassignment

Illinois Supreme Court reassignment

The county boundaries of the nine-member Illinois Supreme Court were successfully redrawn for the first time since the 1960s. Again, the Republicans are questioning the map. (SB642)

Photo by Capitol News Illinois

Police reform

Police reform

No more controversial law was passed that year than House Law 3653, also known as the SAFE-T Law, which was passed during the lame duck this January. The provisions on the termination of the cash deposit and the obligation of all police officers to wear body cameras will not come into force until 2023 and 2025 respectively. But from Thursday the police must provide assistance to the injured, intervene in the event of excessive use of force and limit the use of force. It also provides stricter guidelines for decertifying officers and would allow people to file anonymous complaints about police misconduct. (HB3653)

Payday loan

Payday loan

Lenders are now prohibited from charging more than 36% of the annual interest rate on consumer loans. The average rate in Illinois before the law was signed was nearly 300%. (SB1792)

Vaccination lottery

Vaccination lottery

The state budget for fiscal year 2022 includes $ 10 million for a “vaccine lottery”. All Illinois residents vaccinated by July 1 will automatically be entered into the competition. It includes $ 7 million in cash prizes for vaccinated adults ranging from $ 100,000 to $ 1 million and $ 3 million in scholarships for vaccinated teenagers. (SB2800)

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COVID-19 emergency shelter

COVID-19 emergency shelter

Creates guidelines for distributing more than $ 1 billion to federal stimulus funds for COVID-related housing assistance. Also creates an automatic sealing of evictions during the pandemic. (SB2877)

Pre-negotiation interest

Pre-negotiation interest

Victims in personal injury and wrongful death cases can claim interest from the defendants from the time a lawsuit is filed. There should be incentives to resolve these cases. It was supported by the trial attorneys and rejected by business groups. (SB72)

Casino work

Casino work

All Illinois casino applicants are now required to enter into a project employment contract when applying for a new or renewed license. (SB1360)

Compensation for crime victims

Compensation for crime victims

Specifies that a victim’s criminal history or crime does not automatically prevent compensation for that victim or the victim’s family. Extends the applicant’s time to provide the requested information from 30 days to 45 days and provides that a final arbitration award will not exceed $ 45,000 (previously $ 27,000) for a crime committed on or after August 7, 2022 may. (HB3295)

Electronic signature

Electronic signature

Specifies that a contract, record, or signature cannot be denied validity or enforceability simply because it is in electronic form or because an electronic record was used in its creation. Specifies that if a law requires it to be in writing, an electronic record will satisfy the law. (SB2176)

Contact Lenore Sobota at (309) 820-3240. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Sobota

Summer season Arts Competition celebrated the land of Umpqua’s artistic expertise | Leisure

Mimi Ryan will host a booth at the Summer Arts Festival this year where she will host a community art project that will be placed in school gardens across the county. Ryan is an AmeriCorps member who oversees the Umpqua Valley Farm to School and the Blue Zones Project Umpqua. She has worked on setting up school gardens at Fir Grove, Winchester and Green Elementary Schools. “We are hosting a community gardening art activity at our booth where community members of all ages can come and paint their own round pieces of wood,” said Ryan. “When the festival is over, each of these hand-painted pieces will be pieced together into larger pieces that will be hung in the school gardens we work with at Green, Winchester, and Fir Grove elementary schools.” She tries to make sure the project is on a seasonal garden theme so that every school has works of art dedicated to what grows in autumn, winter, spring and summer. “We’re really excited to see what our community can do,” said Ryan. Ryan’s booth at the Summer Arts Festival will be one of many, as more than 130 local and regional artists are expected to offer handcrafted work, art projects, demonstrations and entertainment. The Summer Arts Festival returns for a three-day weekend in late June this year to celebrate the creative talent of the Umpqua country with thousands of visitors. The event will take place in Fir Grove Park on June 25th from 12pm to 9pm, on June 26th from 10am to 9pm and on June 27th from 10am to 4pm. This is the 52nd annual celebration of the arts in the Umpqua Valley. hosted by Umpqua Valley Arts. There will be a special kids’ zone with activities for the youngest art enthusiasts in the area. Art vendors’ stands close at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, while the food court and main stage are open until 9:00 p.m. Entry is $ 5; Children under six are free. Family passes valued at $ 15 are also available. visit

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Conan O’Brien Seems “Like a Grinch” on the Fireworks Competition | Leisure Information

Conan O’Brien looked “like a Grinch” when Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher started setting off fireworks for their children.

A 37-year-old actress with Wyatt (6 years old) and Dimitri (4 years old) with an actor shows a secret fireworks display for her family in the blockade of the coronavirus when the chat moderator appears out of nowhere. It turned out that he did.

When Mira appeared on Conan, she said, “It’s the height of the pandemic on the weekend of July 4th. My husband decided to get fireworks … and we said, “Listen. For children. WHO. I’m not here either. It’s like ours. “Start them on the beach. It will be safe. He’s from Iowa. He knows how to do it. “

The Hollywood star recalled that 58-year-old Conan suddenly appeared on the beach and seemed dissatisfied with something.

She says, “We’re setting off fireworks. Nobody is on the beach. Nobody is there.

“And suddenly fireworks like Pew, Pew, Pew, Pew. And we see that. [Impersonates Conan approaching with a frown and crossed arms.] But in a hoodie “

But Conan rubbed Mira’s memory of that moment.

He said, “I’m not Mr. Burns in The Simpsons!”

However, Mira refused to withdraw and supported Andy Richter with the words: “If I see that people are having fun, then I do it.”

Conan then added, “I’m like a Grinch.”

The TV star later claimed to be concerned when he heard the “great beach explosion”.

Meanwhile, Mira announced earlier this year that she had taken her family to a baby rave during the blockade.

The actress was frank about life in quarantine, revealing how she tried to entertain her family during the pandemic.

She said, “I will praise us all. My husband said, “What? I’m not worried, I have this.

“We showed up. I didn’t make fun of you. I took my 4 and 6 year olds and my ** grown-up husband to cheer the baby.

“There was light and music everywhere. It was physically put on by a rave company. They felt like they stumbled on acid … Children said, “This is the best experience I’ve ever had! I thought, “Oh no!” “

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Live entertainment, outdoor seating and more menu items are part of the return of the Oakmont Greek Food Festival later this month.

It is the 47th year for the festival presented by the Dormition of the Greek Orthodox Church Theotokos at 12 Washington Avenue.

Food will be served from June 25th to 27th from 12pm to 9pm. Entertainment can last longer into the night.

Event co-chair Andy Gavrilos said the volunteers worked very hard and followed the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the pandemic as much as possible.

“We’re very happy about that,” he said. “The church has asked us (to return to normal). They were very patient as we tried to deal with last year’s problems. Everyone fought.

“Our hope and belief is that our community will support the choices we have made. We are still developing. We’re still evaluating policies and rules and considering a few other options. “

One of the decisions was to bring back moussaka – layers of ground beef with potatoes and eggplant, accented with bechamel sauce. It was one of the items that was cut out at the festival last year when it went Car restaurant with no dancers, no seating and a very limited menu.

Other food changes include a new pack of pastries for chocolate lovers, and one that’s just baklava.

Honey balls were once again removed from the menu. However, sources said they could be added closer to the festival. Updates will be on his. released Facebook site.

Unique dinners such as chicken alexis, lamb knuckle, pork nouvlaki and the legendary church gyros are offered while supplies last.

The Grecian Odyssey Dancers and Jr. Grecian Stars are expected to perform every three days.

Organizers have been discussing for the past few months bringing back the drive-thru layout with motorists following traffic cones and ropes to a three-seat ordering tent.

But Gavrilos said they were comfortable with the restrictions lifted and enough people vaccinated so that people can go outside and have limited seating.

“I think people are ready to forget the trials and tribulations of the past 18 months and have fun again,” said Gavrilos. “We had good results (with drive-thru). We worked hard to really streamline the process and make it as fast as possible. At the beginning of the year we were pretty sure that we would make another trip.

“We did some pre-planning with that in mind, hoping things would open up. We think we’ll get a nice audience based on the fact that things are opening up. There are still some people who are still suspicious of crowds. “

Masks are recommended but not required. Guests are also asked to distance themselves socially whenever possible.

Cash transactions are prohibited; Debit or credit cards are accepted.

For more information, please visit or call 412-828-4144.

Michael DiVittorio is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, or via Twitter .