From sharks and flies to mud and
the dohyo, there are some interesting events going on
around the world over the next few months.
Thirty years ago,
Steven Spielberg made Daa dum.
Daa dum a worldwide scary sound when he put a Great White
shark in the waters off the fictional Amity Island, somewhere in
Now, the Marthas
Vineyard (Mass.) Chamber of Commerce (MVCC) is playing homage to
the 30th anniversary of release of Jaws, which was
filmed on its beaches, with Jaws Fest 05, taking
place June 3 to 5.
With more than 25
events scheduled over the three-day period, Jaws fin-addicts are
sure to find something to reel them in. According to the MVCC, more
than 20 members of the original Jaws cast and crew will be
attending the festival. Confirmed attendees include Peter Benchley
(author of novel and screenplay author, also appeared as a TV
interviewer); Carl Gottlieb (screenplay author, also appeared as
Ben Meadows); Jeffrey Kramer (Deputy Lenny Hendricks); Jay Mello
(Sean Brody); and Susan Backlinie (Chrissie Watkins).
Events include an
outdoor movie screening; autograph signings; Amity Island tours;
and a display of original props, photos and memorabilia.
Many of the weekend events are free to fans,
while some events are priced from $10 to $75 per person. Platinum
and Gold passes, which include access to all events, including the
VIP parties, also are available.
event information, including a list of hotels offering special
rates during the festival, contact the MVCC at (508) 693-7157 or
The Inn at
Ellis River in Jackson, N.H., welcomes the arrival of the
pesky black fly season with the Black Fly Buzz
package, valid through June 16.
attempting to take the sting out of the black fly season, covers
two nights accommodations; breakfast each morning; a picnic lunch
with Black Fly Bowtie pasta salad and Shoo-fly Pie for dessert; and
a Black Fly Mai Tai for two.
Packages start at
$239 for accommodations in a standard room or $279 for a room with
a fireplace. Rates are per room, double. Advice on what to wear and no-fly zones is
Contact the Inn at
Ellis River at (800) 233-8309 or log onto www.innatellisriver.com.
Time is running
out for those looking to attend the Boryeong Mud
Festival, which will be held on Daecheon Beach at Boryeong
City, Korea July 16 to 22.
various research institutions such as the Korean Research Institute
of Standards and Science, the mud in the area has been found to be
rich in minerals that contain germanium, which is said to be
healthy for the skin.
Sanctioned by the
Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the festival includes such
events as a grand mud bathtub, mud sliding, self-mud massage, a mud
wrestling contest, high-tech mud massage, a mud photo contest, a
mud beauty contest, a street parade and traditional Korean music
information see http://www.mudfestival.or.kr/english/festival/festival1.php
or contact the Korea National Tourism Organization at http://english.tour2korea.com/.
More than 40
Makunouchi rikishi -- the highest-level sumo wrestlers --
will be in town Oct. 7 through 9 for a grand sumo tournament at the
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
The event will be
quite a departure for the city, which has been known for decades
for its high-profile boxing matches.
The Japan Sumo
Association, the supreme governing body for the sport, will send a
crew to construct the dohyo, or sumo ring, over a
three-day period to ensure that it meets all the requirements of
yakata, the roof over the sumo ring, also will be imported
from Japan specifically for the event.
Sumo Las Vegas is scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 and 2
p.m. Oct. 9.
priced at $75, $125 and $175 per session and can be purchased at
the Mandalay Bay box office or through all TicketMaster outlets. To
order tickets by phone, call (877) 632-7400 or (702)
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