Monday, June 25, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
|Janelle Monae's "God Is Love" painted during "Mushroom & Roses" Ottawa Jazz Festival June 21 - July 1, 2012|
|Janelle Monae Ottawa Jazz Festival|
Janelle Monae wrote the fan favorite "Cold War" about her struggles as an African American female starting her career in music in hometown Atlanta. She dedicated the song to everyone, no matter what color, how they dress or who they love. The entire crowd was on their feet dancing to "Cold War." One of Janelle Monae's fan said her performance was "hype". Another new fan described her show an "Unbelievable". A mature woman said "She is wired. Don't ask her to go to sleep for another five hours."
Janelle Monae gave love to her fans at the Ottawa Jazz Festival and they returned the love. She had the audience out of their seats dancing, singing call and response to a jazz scat, and getting low and quiet during a "Tightrope" dance final. Janelle Monae commanded the audience from her electrifying entrance on stage.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Two of my favorite Ottawa festivals are the Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street and the Ottawa Jazz Festival. The Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street hosts teams from the United States and Canada who compete the top rank of rib choice, best rib sauce, best chicken choice and best chicken sauce. This rib and chicken barbecue cookoff is a feasting frenzy for lip smacking good barbecue. This international chicken and rib cookoff event occurs in June and leads up to the Ottawa Jazz Festival. It is a week long music festival which features jazz and other music genres. Some of the entertains that I enjoyed at the Ottawa Jazz Festival 2012 were Janelle Monae; Arturo O'Farill and the Latin Jazz Orchestra; Dave Holland, Kevin Eubank, Craig Taborn, Eric Harland - PRISM; Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue; Allen Toussaint; and the Soul Rebels.
Although the Montreal Jazz Festival is the largest North American Festival. This is a not to be missed jazz festival. The Ottawa Jazz Festival is a smaller and more intimate jazz festival with big name entertainment.
Ottawa is located in Ontario Canada which just across the U.S. border. It is the second largest city in Canada.
It is about seven hours drivng distance from Boston, New York City and Philadephia. American Airlines flies to Ottawa Ontario Canada daily. A passport is required.
The Ottawa Ribfest is an outdoor street with vendors selling ribs, chicken and sauces so Canadian Dollars are accepted. Visit www.ottawafestivals.ca for current dates and more information.
The Ottawa Jazz Festival offers passes so you can attend for the day or week. There are also jazz jams at the hotels which allow you a more intimate listening experience. Plan on attending the late night jazz jams in the tent across the street from the festival grounds. You can purchase passes online at www.ottawajazzfestival.com.
Ottawa is a great walking city for tourists with museums, markets, monuments, shopping, dining, nature, and adventure waiting for you to experience. For this reason it is one of my favorite cities to visit in Canada. Everything is accessible. It has a European flair so Americans can feel like they are visiting another country. Many Americans tend to think that Canada is just like the United States. If you visit Ottawa the experience is more of a French flavor. English and French are both spoken in Ottawa so need to worry about a language barrier.
If you plan on attending the Ottawa Ribfest and Ottawa Jazz Festival book your hotel early. The city of Ottawa is full of tourist to celebrate Canada Day on July 1st. Canada Day is comparable to the July 4th holiday in the United States.
Have you added Ottawa Jazz Festival to your travel plans?
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
|Janelle Monae Ottawa Jazz Festival Canada|
Slideshow photos of Slim Moore & The Markays,
Janelle Monae, and The Soul Rebels
For more information to the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival visit www.ottawajazzfestival.com
Thursday, June 14, 2012
|Please Place Valet Bags On The Red Cart|
|American Airlines American Eagle Carry-On Bag Must Fit In The Bag Sizer 22" L x 14" W x 9 " H"|
|American Airlines American Eagle Carry-On Bag Must Fit In The Blue Rectangle|
How Much Can I Carry On?
You can bring one small carry-on bag plus one personal item per passenger as long as the carry-on bag fits comfortably in the sizer without being forced and does not exceed overall dimensions of 45 inches (length + width + height).
The maximum dimensions cannot exceed any of the following measurements: 22" long x 14" wide x 9" tall or 114cm (56 x 35 x 23 cm). All carry-on items should be stowed in an overhead bin.
Personal item - includes: purse, briefcase, laptop bag OR a similar item such as a tote that does not exceed 36 inches( length+width+height) and must fit under the seat in front of you.
Additional items that will be allowed above and beyond the restrictions listed above include:
- Outerwear such as coats/wraps/hats
- Book or newspaper
- Small bag of food to eat on the flight - check TSA guidelines for liquids, gels or aerosoles
- Approved safety seat for lap or ticketed child
- Pillow or blanket
- Umbrella stroller for lap or ticketed child
- Diaper bag for lap or ticketed child
- Assistive devices for passengers such as wheelchairs, walkers and CPAP machines
- Therapeutic oxygen provided by the airline
- At some airports, carry-on baggage may be more restricted.
- Additional limits may be placed on carry-on bags because of aircraft stowage capacity.
- Limits may be imposed after the boarding process has begun.
- Carry-on roller board bags, duffle bags, large backpacks, or other personal items that don't fit in the overhead bins or under the seat must be checked at the gate and placed in the cargo compartment on American Eagle aircraft.
- Horizontal rolling and/or hanging garment bags are considered to be the customer's carry-on bag and must fit comfortably in the bag sizer, not exceed the following measurements: 22" long x 14" wide x 9" high or 114cm (56 x 35 x 23 cm). A bag that is 22" long by 24" high by 10.5" wide for a total of 56.5 inches would be too big therefore would not be allowed.
|American Eagle Airlines Valet Baggage Elevator O'Hare Airport|
Valet Bag Drop Off Place Valet Bag On Cart
|Please Place Valet Bags On The Red Cart - If The Cart Is Full Please Place The Bags On The Side Of The Jetbridge|
|American Eagle Airlines Regional Jet|
|American Eagle A Member of the OneWorld Alliance|
Each Passenger is limited to one carry-on item which must fit in the overhead compartment
|American Eagle Airlines Regional Jet - 50 Seats|
Plus one personal item which must be placed under the seat
|Hartmann Luggage Carry Ons|
What is A Valet Checked Bag?
It is a Carry-On RollerBoard that does not fit in American Eagle Airlines overhead bin or under the seat. It is a Carry-On Bag that is checked for free planeside. Passengers leave their red or yellow valet tagged bags on the jetbridge so that ground personnel can load the bags on the plane. After the flight the ground personnel bring the valet bags up on the jetbridge while passengers wait in a line for their bags.
There are many American Eagle Airlines which all have different policies for carry on luggage. So be prepared for varying guidelines.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
|"This Lego exhibit of my house took many hours to design and build and can be damaged if handled. I'd appreciate it if you would look and enjoy the craftsmanship, but please do not touch." Mark Twain"|
Master LEGO Master Builders in Enfield, Connecticut created this LEGO version of the Mark Twain House with 125,000 LEGO Bricks. The Mark Twain LEGO House created by the LEGO Master Builders took more than 700 hours and almost 18 weeks to design and build. The house stands 56" high x 90" long and 70" deep.
|"Mark Twain House & Museum - Hartford, Connecticut American Airlines Terminal A Bradley International Airport BDL"|
The Mark Twain House & Museum located in Hartford, Connecticut was home to author Mark Twain and his family from 1874 to 1891. Mark Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived at this home, including the adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
The Mark Twain House & Museum is a restored house which registered as a National Historic Landmark. It is open for public tours and educational programs that showcase Mark Twain's literary legacy and provide historical information about his life.
Mark Twain House & Museum
351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06105
Thursday, June 7, 2012
|Shelly Winters flying American Airlines from C.R. Smith Museum|
|Sophia Loren on American Airlines from C. R. Smith Museum|
|Cary Grant flew on American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum|
|Elizabeth Taylor flying on American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum|
|Sammy Davis Jr. flew on American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum|
|Greta Garbo on American Airlines C. R. Smith Museum|
|Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall flew on American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum|
|Eartha Kitt flew on American Airlines C.R. Museum|
All photos are courtesy of C.R. Smith Museum.
Hollywood Stars of yesteryear made flying American Airlines glamourous. Who is your favorite movie star of the golden area?