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Woodstock NY: Were You There 45 Years Ago?

This month marks that anniversary of the famed (or infamous) summer celebration called The Woodstock Music and Art Fair. Do names like Bob Dylan, Richie Havens, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker still reverberate in your once-pot-addled brain?

Remember sharing the muddy farmland with more than half a million other young adventurers seeking sex, drugs and rock’n’roll? And, except for the illegal products on sale all around, the classic event was all free. For activities scheduled in the area, go to woodstockguide.com/calendars.html

Surprise! Airfares Reach For The Skies PDF Print E-mail

According to recent Associated Press and Airlines Reporting Corporation beancounters, the cost of air tickets is going up. Of course, the timing of this unsurprising information is to prepare us for higher-priced Labor Day weekend bookings.

Then, after a mid-autumn lull, it will be followed by even more ticket boosts for end-of-year holiday flights. So, seniors, before you plan your trip and buy that airline ticket, be sure to:

Surf The Net: Do it constantly yourself or with a trusted travel agent to get the very best ticket and other travel-related prices. Look for one-day and other quick specials and grab them before they expire or limited airline seats are filled.

Montezuma Castle AZ: Ancient Rocky High Rises PDF Print E-mail

No, retired Marines. This place has nothing to do with your hymn’s Halls of Montezuma. And for other senior travelers who’ve eaten bad food from an ethnic food cart, it isn’t Montezuma’s revenge.

A thousand years ago, cliff-dwelling Native Americans lived in these high-rise primitive condos, that were hollowed out over eons by Mother Nature. Montezuma Castle was named by early European explorers, who mistakenly thought it was the home of the historic Mexican emperor.

A National Park Service area, Montezuma Castle is located along Beaver Creek in Camp Verde, off Highway I-17, about 45 minutes south of Flagstaff and 90 minutes north of Phoenix. For visitor and other info, go to www.nps.gov/moca

Senior Security: Avoid Credit Card Skim & Scam PDF Print E-mail

As electronics continue to evolve, they make travel easier. You can use your smartphone and car GPS to book motels, check out restaurants and avoid traffic tie-ups. While flying, you can watch movies, read books and check out the latest stock market quotes. So, what else is happening in cyberspace?

Your credit and debit cards permit you even more flexibility in your electronic financial dealings. However, along with all that easy in-and-out flow, there’s also growing potential for clever cyber thieves to break in and steal from you.

Chicago IL: Enjoy End Of August With All That Jazz PDF Print E-mail

The annual Chicago Jazz Festival brings great music to the Windy City from Monday, August 25 thru Sunday, August 31. Events are in the main Millennium and Grant Parks downtown, as well as in various neighborhood locations throughout Chicago.

Among the large list of performers are well-known names, including the Bobby Brown Trio, Miguel Zenon Quartet, Chicago Yestet, Juli Wood Trio, Sun Ra Arkestra, Tom Harrell, Myra Melford, Rufus Reid and Gary Burton.

Admission to all events is free. Concessions offer food and beverage purchases with strips of 12 tickets costing $8 each. For more info, go to jazzinchicago.org/jazzfest

Princess Offers Bargain Japan Port Visit Cruises PDF Print E-mail

If you’ve toured Japan lately and shelled out money in hotels, restaurants and theater in Tokyo, Yokohoma and other large cities, it was very costly. You spent $700 a day and higher. Consider a similar experience at much lower cost.

Book a nine-night cruise around Japan aboard the Diamond Princess, with prices starting at about $115 a day per person. Even more of a bargain, it includes cabin, meals, entertainment and local transportation.

From now through September, and starting again in April, the Diamond Princess cruise out of Yokohama includes visits to Nagasaki, Kyoto, Beppu, Kagoshima and other Japanese ports. For more info about these and other Princess schedules, go to  www.princess.com/learn/cruise...cruises/cruises/japan


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