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Hello fellow road trippers:

Road trips are still less expensive than flying, so more people are driving to their vacations, be they near or far. You can perk up any trip with pit stops at interesting events going on right now along I-95. This Trip Tips newsletter will provide you with continuous info on what's happening and how to make your trip memorable. Use our guidebook, Drive I-95: Exit by Exit Info, Maps, History and Trivia (Florida Edition), for colorful easy-to-follow pictorial maps and fun stories. Get off an exit and enjoy some of these:

1 -

Liberty or Death

2 -Ride ‘em Cowboy
3 -Yachting 101
4 - Lunch with an Astronaut
5 -
$winging Golf Deal
6 - WaterFire

1 - Liberty or Death

VA Exit 74C: As we celebrate our Independence on July 4th , we tend to forget the real people who fought in the Revolutionary War with their words and their lives in order to make our freedom possible. There is a special place on I-95 where you can still see and hear the stirring feelings of those times. On July 4th (and Sundays throughout the summer), you can see history in the very spot where it took place.

We know the famous words "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!", which were uttered by Patrick Henry and which lit the fires of revolution in 1775. St. John's Church in Richmond was the site of the clandestine Second Virginia Convention, where he called his comrades (Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, Edmund Pendleton, Peyton Randolph, George Washington, George Wythe and others) to arms in a rousing speech.
Re-enactments of the convention are held on the Fourth of July and on Sundays at 2 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Traditionally after the speech on the Fourth, there are readings of certain parts of the Declaration of Independence. Get there early (at least 1 p.m. for the speech at 2 p.m.) for the pre-show music and to make sure you get a seat. Admission is FREE
So, did Patrick Henry get liberty or death?...... Answer: Liberty
Church Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am-3:30 pm Sun 1-3:30 (summer daily til 4:30). 2401 E. Broad St. www.historicstjohnschurch.org Tel: 804-648-5015.

2 - Ride ‘em Cowboy

NJ Turnpike Exit 1 or I-295 Exit 4 and then E on Rte 40. Who would’ve ever thought that the longest running regular (May through September) Saturday night rodeo in the US. would be in NJ? Cowtown Rodeo, started in 1929, became a regular Saturday night event in 1955, and is still owned and run by the Harris family.Cowtown is located in a rural area amongst miles of farmland and open fields, yet the Philadelphia and Wilmington metropolitan areas are only 15 minutes away. The rodeo features bareback bronc riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, Brahma bull riding, team roping and girl barrel racing. Hours: 7 pm Saturday nights until Sept 27. Admission: Adults $15; kids 12 and under $10. 780 Route #40, Pilesgrove. www.cowtownrodeo.com Tel: 856-769-3200

3 - Yachting 101

CT Exit 90: What's the best way to learn about the sea? Go there! Live and work together on the water. You take the helm. You raise the sails. You make it happen. There are a few ways to achieve this at Mystic Seaport: Family Community Sailing, Adult Community Sailing and Sailings on the Schooner Brilliant.

- Family Community Sailing: You and your child (or children) will learn water safety, boat controls and basic sailing maneuvers through shore and on-the-water activities. Session: five days. Price for one adult and one child is $290 ($250 for members). Each additional child (up to 3 total) is $25.

- In the beginner Community Sailing class, you'll be introduced to the theory of sailing (why and how a boat sails), terminology, rigging and de-rigging a Dyer Dhow, equipment stowage and care, personal safety, knots, safety, points of sail, small boat handling, right-of-way rules and capsize and running aground procedures. Sessions: Summer, two 8-hour sessions. Fall, six 3-hour sessions. Price $250 ($220 for members).

- As part of the oldest sail education program in the cou
ntry, Schooner Brilliant has been used to teach nautical skills to more than 9,000 program participants who act as crew under the direction of the licensed captain and mate. Wooden Boat magazine hailed the boat as "one of the best maintained and sailed classic yachts in the country - if not the world." You must be physically fit, agile and a competent swimmer to participate in this program. Typically, they sail to Block Island, RI or Shelter Island, NY and usually dock in the evening.. Each two-day sail begins at 9 a.m., returns at 4 p.m. the following day and includes an overnight aboard. Cost is $410 ($360 for members). Prices include all food. There are only a few sailing dates left in the Fall. www.mysticseaport.org Tel: 860-572-5322 or 888-973-2767

4 - Lunch with an Astronaut
FL Exit 215: One of the most popular programs at Kennedy Space Center, this one gives visitors a one-of-a-kind experience to meet a member of NASA’s Astronaut Corps. The banquet style meal is held at the Visitor Complex and includes a speaking appearance by a real astronaut hero. The program incorporates a fun highlight video of astronauts living and working in space, the chance to share in the excitement of space exploration through the eyes and personal stories of one of NASA’s best, and individual time with each family for Q & A, photos and autographs.

An impressive roster of astronauts have appeared since the program’s inception in 2001, among them Wally Schirra, John Glenn, Jim Lovell, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Story Musgrave and Jon McBride. Hours: Seating begins at 12:15 pm daily and runs approx. 1 hr. Admission: (must be purchased with Admission to the Space Center) $22.99 for adults and $15.99 for children ages 3-11, plus tax (Seating is limited, so make your reservation at least 2 days before you intend to be there) www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/home Tel: 321-449-4400 to make a reservation or you can do it online when you buy your admission.
Note: Check also for the dates for a FREE Astronaut Encounter which also happens once or twice a week at the Visitor Center.

5 - $winging Golf Deal

SC Exit 119: Golf addicts will be happy to find out that they can have a 3 day/2 night all-inclusive group golf getaway for only $199 per person. All inclusive means you get to play three rounds of golf, including your cart, 2 days of meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and your lodging, including daily maid service. This is being offered at The Villas at Wyboo, and is only for groups of 8 or more and is based on 2 persons per bedroom. You will all stay at one fairway villa which has 4 private bedrooms leading in to a central living area and kitchen. The rounds of golf will be on Wyboo Golf Club, Players Course at Wyboo, Foxboro Golf Club or Shannon Greens. Dates: June 1- August 31, 2008 www.lakemariongolf.com Tel: 888-478-1989

6 - RI WaterFire

RI Exit 22: WaterFire is Barnaby Evans' sculpture installation, which happens mostly on Saturdays (occasionally other nights) starting in May on the 3 rivers in Providence. It is a series of 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the water right in the middle of town, capturing the imagination of the thousands of people who stroll by. The string of fires illuminates almost 2/3 mi. of urban public spaces and parks, and is accompanied by an eclectic selection of classical and world music. The fires are tended from sunset to past midnight by black-clad performers in boats who pass quietly before the flames.

It is an experience that affects all 5 senses - the crackling flames, the scent of burning cedar and pine, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the fire tenders floating by in their torch-lit vessels, and of course the music from around the world. The events are made possible by corporate sponsors and 100's of volunteers who are involved in construction, painting, selling T-shirts, sewing, media, writing, audio set-up, fund-raising and starting fires.

FREE. www.waterfire.org for dates left July 19, Aug 2, Aug 16, Aug 30, Sept 13, Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 11 and partial lightings on Sept 17 and Sept 19. www.visitrhodeisland.com or for the Providence Visitor Information Center, 1 Sabin St. www.goprovidence.com Tel: 401-751-1177

What's inside Drive I-95 :
Look ahead exit by exit to see which motels (with 800 numbers), gas stations, restaurants, campgrounds, 24-hour pharmacies, auto mechanics, radio stations or radar traps are there, and where you can stay with your pet. We share our stories of the road : history on I-95, museums, trivia, towns to explore or places to run the kids. These can be read for entertainment during the drive, and may entice you to stop, stretch your legs and discover someplace new.

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