Events put spotlight on country, world

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 New England.

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.

For complete event information, including a list of hotels offering special rates during the festival, contact the MVCC at (508) 693-7157 or visit

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.

The plan, 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 complimentary.

Contact the Inn at Ellis River at (800) 233-8309 or log onto

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.

According to 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 performances.

For more information see or contact the Korea National Tourism Organization at

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 the sport.

A traditional yakata, the roof over the sumo ring, also will be imported from Japan specifically for the event.

Grand Sumo Las Vegas is scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. Oct. 9.

Tickets are 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) 632-7580.

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