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Looking for Fun & Quirky Events:Visit the Florida Keys

(NewsUSA) – Visitors to the Florida Keys always find something unique and exciting to do, especially in the summer. The choices range from watching championship offshore powerboat races to enjoying culinary, musical, historical and cultural celebrations.

And for those in search of quirky, off-the-wall fun, the Keys certainly don’t disappoint. Key West even hosts an annual event celebrating chickens. Yes, chickens!

Fun-seekers should visit the Keys for these and other not-to-be-missed events.

* ChickenFest Key West: This celebration, which occurs each June, honors the vivacious, squawking Key West chicken with a variety of lighthearted events culminating in the “Poultry in Motion” parade.

* Underwater Music Festival: This unique annual concert in July is broadcast underwater for divers and snorkelers. It is held at Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Hemingway Days* Hemingway Days: Fans of Ernest Hemingway’s literature and lifestyle commemorate the author’s July birthday each year in Key West, the island where the author lived and wrote throughout the 1930s. Events include a “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike contest at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, the catch-and-release Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament, the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition and an offbeat “Running of the Bulls.”
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Book Helps Navigate the World of Wine- Wine for Dummies

(NewsUSA) – Serious wine connoisseurs can make wine seem intimidating, but Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, the authors of “Wine For Dummies” (Wiley, $21.99), say wine can be appreciated by everyone.

The fourth edition of the guide, which is part of the popular “For Dummies” series, provides updates on wineries both new and old and where they stand in quality today. The book also contains up-to-date pricing information on the authors’ favorite wines.

“Wine For Dummies” helps readers conquer the numerous grape varieties and wine regions of the world and shows them how to select the best wines for the best price. The book also exposes 10 “wine myths” (for example, just because a wine is expensive or old doesn’t mean that it is good) and shares the secrets to understanding lists and labels; wine tasting and storing; and pairing wine with food.

“Wine For Dummies” is available in bookstores nationwide and through www.dummies.com.

Porto Leggero Restaurant in Jersey City

A Wonderful Addition to the Jersey City Waterfront

Beyond the glass facade of Porto Leggero, the bright newcomer to the waterfront-dining scene in Jersey City, there are two restaurants.

One has the undercurrent of an electric charge that moves through the restaurant when the power lunch crowd fills the place with finance types on weekdays. The other is the relaxed hum of families and friends enjoying an evening out in the neighborhood.

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The Reptiles

When Jerry Castaldo and the founder of the Reptiles, Alan Wyles sit to arrange an original song, they both wonder why they didn’t do this 30 years ago. At 53 and 52 years old, Castaldo and Wyles feel that it’s better late than never. In the last 2 years since Castaldo has joined the Reptiles, the duo have written 14 original tunes and are putting together their first original CD which will be available in January. The original music of the Reptiles is a reflection of the life experiences of both Castaldo and Wyles. Every song has a direct meaning to their lives.