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Kristian’s Winter Getaway – Day 2 – Universal

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I went on a 4 day trip to Florida for some solo travel time.  This is one of four posts about that trip. ********************************************* Thursday, January 26, 2017 Even though the Harry Potter Festival was taking place at Universal Studios from Friday to Sunday (a coincidence, I promise you), I knew I had better luck experiencing the parks …

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Kristian’s Winter Getaway – Day 1 – Orlando

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I went on a 4 day trip to Florida for some solo travel time.  This is one of four posts about that trip. ********************************************* Wednesday, January 25, 2017 With my family’s blessing, I went on a 4 day trip to Orlando, Florida in order to check out Universal Studios Florida/Islands of Adventure and their Harry Potter attractions, spend …

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2.) Donut Fest – Cleveland – February 12, 2017

  AUTHOR’S NOTE: I was given a press pass admission so that I could document the event. ********************************************* Within Cleveland’s Hotcards building… …the first annual Donut Fest was taking place. Festival goers entered at their ticketed time, where they received a bag… …holding donut sample tickets (along with coffee tickets and coupons)… …and perhaps even more swag, depending on the …

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1.) Ice-A-Fair – Vermilion – February 4, 2017

On a sunny, winter day in downtown Vermilion… …ice sculptures were set about the town… …in celebration of an event called Ice-A-Fair. The sculptures caught visitors’ attention… …and often led them into area businesses… …where they might find some candles (Swan Creek)… …a sweet or salty snack (Poppin Around)… …a nice meal (Rudy’s/Wine Vault)… …or a little well-deserved pampering (Paradise …

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44.) Jeromesville Sycamore Festival – October 1, 2016

In the village of Jeromesville (originally spelled Jeromeville)… …the Jeromesville Sycamore Festival took place at Dr. Lewis Memorial Park… …to celebrate the nation’s largest sycamore tree. To see the tree, you needed to fill out a waiver for a ticket… …and then take your ticket to board one of the hayride vehicles. After a two mile ride on road, field and …

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43.) Ohio City Street Festival – Cleveland – September 25, 2016

Parts of West 25th Street were closed to traffic… …so that Clevelanders could celebrate the Ohio City Street Festival. Here, as local organizations performed… …and men sold Hillary Clinton buttons… …festival goers walked along sections of lined tables… …hosted by area galleries (Zygote), flower shops (Lush and Lovely)… …legal practices (Taubman), athletic clubs (Tremont)… …farms (Ohio City Farm)… …inspiring non-profit …

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42.) North Coast Oktoberfest – Sandusky – September 24, 2016

Here in downtown Sandusky… …the Sandusky State Theatre was putting on its 5th North Coast Oktoberfest. QS Jazz was rocking under the main tent… …as lined vendors sold various products… …from comic-based gifts to beer-related beard balm (The Beerded Beard Company). Around the corner… …more vendors sold Oktoberfest merchandise… …doll clothing… …and many fall crafts.   As adults took advantage …

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41.) St. Augustine Turtle Fest – Napoleon – September 18, 2016

When I walked onto the festival grounds… …to check out the St. Augustine Turtle Fest… …I had just missed the 2:00 pm turtle race. Soon the band began to play again… …and I headed to the betting table for the final race at 3… …where I placed a $2 bet on Equity Eili (#7). Meanwhile, festival goers were either shopping …

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40.) Flat Rock Creek Fall Festival – Paulding – September 18, 2016

After a 15 minute parking line, I was happy to walk to the entrance… …of the Flat Rock Creek Fall Festival… …a rather large festival… …with all sort of things to do and see. I started in the flea market area… …where I found fishing poles… …old tools… …politically charged apparel… …foodstuffs… …coffee pot water fountains (John Auer)… …and lawn …