Friday, August 27, 2010

3rd Annual Tybee Labor Day Beach Bash - Oceanfront Fireworks and The Landsharks

 Enjoy the ocean breezes, live music and fireworks from the majestic Tybee Pier & Pavilion at the 3rd Annual Tybee Island Labor Day Beach Bash on Sunday, September 5th from 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Free live entertainment starts at 7pm with Gary Roland and The Landsharks Band! The Landsharks have performed with Jimmy Buffett and opened for several major artists, including The Beach Boys, Patti Labelle, Three Dog Night and Inner Circle. After performing with them Jimmy Buffett proclaimed that “The Landsharks are showmen, they’re fun. They’re a fun band” and also said “Funny thing was, The Landsharks knew the songs better than I did. And I love some of their arrangements.”

Spectacular fireworks under the stars start at 9:15 pm or at dark followed by more music until 10pm. Most nearby bars and restaurants will be open throughout the event to purchase food and refreshments.

The 3rd Annual Tybee Island Labor Day Beach Bash is sponsored by the Tybee Island Tourism Council, TybeeFest and Southern Eagle Distributors proudly distributing Landshark Lager, a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville style brew.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

4 Will Evaluate 5 So 1 Can Win a $45,000 Antarctic Cruise to an Emperor Penguin Rookery

/PRNewswire/ -- In June, Quark Expeditions and SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment launched a travel contest that invited North Americans to share their passion for the environment. The prize is a $45,000 icebreaker expedition for two to Antarctica accompanied by SeaWorld Animal Ambassador, Julie Scardina. A week before the contest ends, the contest sponsors have announced the names of the winner selection committee. From SeaWorld, Animal Ambassador Julie Scardina, and her colleague Randy Anger will review the entries of the five finalists with Quark Expeditions' Bill Davis and Shawn Hernden.

The contest rules state that the committee must include people with experience in wildlife protection. Julie Scardina and Bill Davis are amply qualified. Julie has spent a lifetime promoting wildlife conservation as Animal Ambassador for SeaWorld. Bill Davis has sailed to the polar regions as an Expedition Leader 200 times. He has shared the need for wildlife conservation with thousands of passengers during his 17 year career. Bill counts the opportunities to share the adventure while educating people about the importance of conservation as highlights of a life that includes time as divemaster and as a student at Scott Polar Research Institute of Cambridge University.

More than 200 people have posted why they should adventure with Julie, while 10,500 people have shown their support for the entrants by voting for their favorite. The five most popular entrants at noon eastern daylight time, August 31, 2010 will be eligible to win.

The Antarctic Travel Prize

In addition to return airfare for two from the nearest international gateway to Ushuaia, Argentina, the prize includes a twin cabin aboard the icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov on the October 13 to 26, 2010 departure of the Emperor Penguins: Snow Hill Island Safari. Guests will spend 3 days at the most northerly Emperor Penguin rookery in the world, near Snow Hill Island in Antarctica's Weddell Sea.

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Go PLAY after Labor Day

The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of fun in the great outdoors. As Labor Day approaches, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages families to get outdoors over the holiday weekend and continue enjoying outdoor activities into the fall.

“The amount of time that the average child spends outside today is half of what it was 20 years ago,” said DNR Commissioner Chris Clark. “As summer draws to a close and kids head back to school, it’s important for families to plan fun outdoor activities that keep them moving.”

The DNR provides numerous ways to keep families active, from ranger programs to historic reenactments, and from wildlife management areas to fishing piers. Below are suggestions for getting outside this autumn:

State Parks Offer Labor Day Activities:

Labor Day Festival: Saturday, Sep 4 until Monday, Sep 6, 10 AM to 3 PM; Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA; Family celebration including games, boat rides, and crafts. $4 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

Labor Day at Fort McAllister: Saturday, Sep 4, 10 AM to 4 PM; Fort McAllister Historic Park - Richmond Hill, GA; Civil War labor was much like ours is today. From blacksmith to wood worker, all trades were needed to keep this fort in operation. Come see how it was done. $3.50 - $5. 912-727-2339.

Labor Day Fort Morris Commemoration: Saturday, Sep 4, 11 AM to 3 PM; Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA; Commemorate Labor Day holiday with hourly soldier talks and musket and cannon firings at this scenic coastal fort. $2.75-$4. 912-884-5999. 

Swim the Warm Springs - Dip In to The Past: Saturday, Sep 4 until Monday, Sep 6, 10 AM to 4 PM; Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA; Swim in the historic pools built by President F.D. Roosevelt as a place for therapy. Space is limited to 80 participants per session. Reservations are suggested. All remaining tickets will be sold first-come, first-served, based on availability. $20 adults; $12.50 ages 6 to 17; Family Package-$75. 706-655-5870. 

Labor Day Weekend: Saturday & Sunday Sep 4 until Sep 5; Skidaway Island State Park - Savannah, GA; Take the day off and watch a reptile show and awaken your senses with a night hike. Join in a volleyball game, family games, hayrides, a campfire and hoppin' frog hike. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Holiday Gorge Floor Hike: Saturday, Sep 4, 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM; Sunday, Sep 5, 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM; Monday, Sep 6, 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM; Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA; This guided hike will take you from rim to river while learning about the gorge's unique environments. Be sure to wear proper footwear (no flip-flops or crocs). This hike is strenuous and will involve rock hopping and getting wet. Bring a lunch and lots of water. For ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Grits & Cornmeal: Sunday, Sep 5, 1 PM to 3 PM; Hamburg State Park - Mitchell, GA; Watch how cornmeal and grits were once made at Hamburg's historic gristmill. Before leaving, purchase a bag to take home and use. $5 parking. (478) 552-2393.

The Fun Continues after Labor Day

Dove Season Opens September 4th; Dove hunters are preparing to hit the fields in Georgia on Opening Day, Sat. Sept. 4, 2010 at 12 Noon. Dove season dates for the year are Sept. 4-19, 2010; Oct. 9-17, 2010 and Nov. 25, 2010-Jan. 8, 2011.

Outdoor Adventure Days: National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 25, 2010, is an annual event celebrating the contributions made to conservation by hunters and anglers and brings opportunity to all to participate in exciting Outdoor Adventure Days. These events, held throughout the State, offer activities like archery ranges, kids fishing events, wildlife activities, air gun/BB gun ranges and much more. 

Leaf Watch 2010: The online Leaf Watch, found at throughout October and November, provides updates on fall color, safe hiking tips, and reservation details for campsites, cottages and lodge rooms offered at Georgia’s state parks.

“Go Play After Labor Day, Georgia” is the latest in a series of outdoor adventure tips from DNR Commissioner Clark that highlight affordable getaways, outdoor activities close to home, and creative ways to support conservation in Georgia. The series is part of DNR’s “Get Outdoors, Georgia” initiative, which encourages citizens to lead healthy, active lifestyles in the great outdoors and includes hiking, biking and paddling clubs, as well as outdoor events. 

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Yellowstone Park Foundation Helps Provide a New Experience at Old Faithful

/PRNewswire/ -- Yellowstone National Park unveiled its new, state-of-the-art Visitor Education Center at Old Faithful, creating a focal point of innovative learning opportunities in the heart of Yellowstone.

"While there are more geysers and hot springs in Yellowstone than in the rest of the world combined, most visitors were leaving the park without a basic understanding of the amazing hydrothermal wonders they had just encountered," explained Karen Bates Kress, President of the nonprofit Yellowstone Park Foundation. "Now, thanks to many generous donors, we can open this Center -- and the minds of nearly 3 million visitors annually -- to the wonders of the park."

Multi-media and interactive exhibits will enable visitors of all ages to discover what makes a geyser erupt, what creatures thrive in the scalding hot spring waters, and how the park's fascinating volcanic past is visible today.

The Center has already been recognized for its eco-friendly design with a Gold LEED designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is one of the first National Park Service visitor centers to achieve this Gold rating through its use of sustainable elements in building construction and materials, energy and water conservation, and indoor air quality.

In 2000, the Yellowstone Park Foundation officially launched its capital campaign to help fund the new Visitor Education Center, and ultimately contributed $15 million of the total cost of design, construction, and exhibits. This was matched by $12 million in federal funds.

More than 400 individuals, foundations, and corporations made donations to the Yellowstone Park Foundation for the project. ConocoPhillips, Unilever, Coca-Cola, and Toyota stepped up to help America's Park with gifts of $1 million or more.

An undersized and outdated visitor center built in the late 1960s was demolished to make way for the new two-story, 26,000-square-foot structure. The new building has been designed to be compatible with the rustic architectural style of the Old Faithful Historic District.

The nonprofit Yellowstone Park Foundation has been Yellowstone National Park's official fundraising partner organization since 1996. The Foundation works in cooperation with the Park to fund projects and programs that protect, preserve, and enhance the natural and cultural resources and the visitor experience of Yellowstone.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Callaway Gardens® Presents: A Mystery Dinner Theater: Vampires

Looking to add a little scare to your Halloween weekend? Bring your detective skills and appetite to Callaway Gardens® on Friday, October 29, 2010, for a Vampire-themed Mystery Dinner Theater. Those, not faint of heart, will put their own powers of aura perception to the test.

This evening of mystery and macabre will include opportunities for guests to interact with the cast. Before the show, selected guests will receive reading parts and will be cued to deliver their award winning performances. Solving the mystery comes with prizes for the winning team.

The Mystery Theater Dinner overnight package starts at $103* per person and includes a reception; the Vampire Mystery Theater; dinner; accommodations in the Mountain Creek Inn; Gardens admission** and use of the Mountain Creek Inn Fitness Center.

Can you identify the real vampire? Reserve your spot today by calling 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292). Registration is limited, so make your reservation soon.

Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus. To experience nature at its finest, call 1-800-CALLAWAY or visit

*Rate is per person, based on double occupancy in the Mountain Creek Inn. Valid Friday, October 29, 2010. Based on availability. Some restrictions may apply. Rates also are available in the Southern Pine Cottages, Mountain Creek Villas and Lodge and Spa.

**Admission to the Gardens for overnight guests is for each day of stay and day of departure.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Last Minute Labor Day Weekend Deals From®

(BUSINESS WIRE)®, a leading online travel provider, is offering travelers the Top 10 Labor Day destinations for last minute getaways. Travelers can save up to 60-percent on luxurious, late summer vacation packages.

“Even though current occupancy rates are higher than average nearing Labor Day, travelers are savvier and continue to search for the best deals”

Travelers can book through September 5th on most deals to catch the last-minute savings – but the earlier the better. Prices and availability will fluctuate as Labor Day weekend draws near. The Last Minute Labor Day Sale features the lowest rates of the season at destinations including Jamaica, Cancun, Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, Aruba, Orlando, Miami, New Orleans and Myrtle Beach. Guests may also save on free bonuses such as golf, room upgrades, breakfast, instant rebates, resort credits, extra nights and kids stay/eat free.

“Even though current occupancy rates are higher than average nearing Labor Day, travelers are savvier and continue to search for the best deals,” said Bud Finlaw, CEO and president of “’s Last Minute Labor Day Sale offers travelers the opportunity to enjoy a luxurious retreat on a budget.”’s Last Minute Labor Day Sale includes but is not limited to the following featured packaged deals:

* Secrets St James Montego Bay, $164 per person/per night: Plus $15 Instant Rebate - Reg. $388 pp/pn - Now $164 ($149 with Rebate) and $200 in Spa/Resort Credits.
* Ocean Coral and Turquesa by H10 All Inclusive Resort, Puerto Morelos Riviera Maya, $66 per person/per night: Reg. $198 pp/pn – Plus Kids Stay Free.
* Majestic Elegance Punta Cana All-Inclusive, $87 per person/per night: Reg. $189 pp/pn. Spa and Casino Onsite and Free Golf with a Five Night Stay.
* Royal Plaza Hotel in The Walt Disney World Resort - $59 per night: Reg. $139 pn. Kids Eat Free Program and Coupon Book valued at $275 and Free Upgrade.
* Sole On The Ocean Resort in South Beach Miami - $109 per night with nightly instant rebate - Free $50 American Express® Card - Infinity Pool Plus Poolside Bar and Grille.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

12th Annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival Labor Day Weekend‏ at Callaway Gardens®

Are you lamenting the end of another summer? Worry not…at Callaway Gardens®, things are looking up …way up …with the return of the Callaway Gardens® Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival for its twelfth year.

Set for September 3-5, 2010, this annual Balloon Festival has something for everyone, from the soaring, majestic, colorful balloons to Callaway Gardens’ unique mix of natural beauty, to its endless helpings of multi-generational activities and events. When it comes to family fun at Callaway Gardens, the sky is the limit!

Festivities kick off Friday night when guests flock to Robin Lake Beach for the Balloon Glow. Upbeat live music sets the mood as balloons inflate. While the sun sets, the balloons’ individual colors glow against the gorgeous evening sky. Guests shout “ready, set…glow” while the tunes of a classic brass band play in the background.

On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, it is up, up and away as the balloons head for the open skies (weather permitting) at sunrise and sunset. On the ground, the action continues as Robin Lake Beach plays host to a family festival featuring activities and events for all ages. Choose from tethered balloon rides (weather permitting, fee), a rock climbing wall (fee), bungee jump (fee), sandcastle building, swimming, miniature golf, kite building, t-shirt tie-dyeing (fee) and more.

Don’t miss the very popular Classic Car Show on Saturday. In 2010, more than 100 cars are expected to roll through the gates and add even more color to the already spectacular event.

NEW this year, Robin Lake will host the 26th Nautique Kneeboard Nationals and the 5th International Kneeboard Riders Cup throughout the weekend. Also new this year will the opportunity to walk inside a balloon envelope. Saturday’ admission includes a Saturday night concert by country music artist Kevin Sport, on Robin Lake Beach from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to be followed by a Movie on the Beach at dusk. After three weeks of voting, the public has chosen the recently released movie Marmaduke via a Facebook/callawaygardens poll.

Meanwhile, the athletically-inclined can enjoy their own adventures thanks to the Callaway Gardens Fitness Series, including a 5K run and the Triathlon on Sunday morning. This year represents the 30th anniversary of the Triathlon at Callaway Gardens. It is the oldest triathlon in the South and one of the longest continuous running triathlons in the continental United States. To register, visit

Want to be a part of the high flying balloon action? Sign up to be on a Balloon Chase Crew. Crew members are assigned to assist pilots throughout the weekend with setting up balloons, chasing them when they are in the air and then bringing them back to Callaway after landing. For more information, contact Greg Brannen at 706-663-5043 or

Festival admission is $25 per adult (ages 13-64); $20 per senior (65+); $12.50 per child (ages 6-12); and free for children five and younger (admission prices include tax). This price includes access to Callaway Gardens’ and its many attractions and activities. As an incentive to witness the morning launches, admission at the U.S. Hwy. 27 Beach gate will be half-price from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Stay around and enjoy the entire weekend with friends and family on the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Weekend Package. Starting at $159**, this offer includes accommodations in the Mountain Creek Inn; admission to the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival; four tickets to make tie-dye T-shirts at the Festival on Saturday or Sunday; breakfast in the Plant Room, Country Kitchen or Piedmont Dining Room; admission to Callaway Gardens and its many attractions; use of the Mountain Creek Inn Fitness Center.

Don’t delay. Call now for reservations at 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or make reservations online at

Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.

*Ballooning is dependent on safe weather conditions including wind velocity and direction.

**Rate is per night, based on double occupancy and availability in the Mountain Creek Inn. Some restrictions apply. Rates also are available for the Southern Pine Cottages, Mountain Creek Villas and Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Back-To-School? Stay Active

 Just because the kids are heading back to school doesn’t mean families need to shelve their fitness regimen for next year. Georgia State Parks makes it easy to stay on track with challenging heart-pumping recreational programs and outdoor activities for every age and fitness level. Fall is the perfect time for families to re-energize and resolve to keep outdoor recreation an ongoing part of the weekly itinerary.

Outdoor recreation is just as important to living a healthy lifestyle as eating an apple a day! Pack a picnic lunch and head to a different state park every weekend for affordable adventure and quality time together that gets kids off the couch and moving in nature’s playground. Here are a few popular ideas based on age level. For a complete list of recreational opportunities and parks, visit

·    Playgrounds, Swimming Beaches, Spray Park (Toddler and up)
Georgia State Parks feature fun for all ages, even those still sporting diapers and sippie cups. Parents with toddlers in tow can pack the beach pail and swimming suits for a fun-filled day of splashing and sandcastles at one of 18 state park swimming beaches. Some of the most popular lakeside beaches are at Vogel, John Tanner, Seminole, Unicoi, Hard Labor Creek, Fort Mountain and Richard B. Russell state parks. For even more water fun, bring the kids to Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge and enjoy the park’s splash pad where they can tire out by running through the fountains. The beaches and splash pad are open through Labor Day. Or for weekday fun, skip the indoor soft play and head to the state parks for safe, clean outdoor playgrounds perfect for the next toddler play date. And, for even more of an incentive to take the kiddies outdoors, Wednesdays are free days in Georgia’s state parks, allowing parents to skip paying the parking fee.

·    Kid-friendly Trails, Mini-Golf, Camping (Kids age 6 and up)
With technology such a big part of everyday life, kids need to unplug and connect with nature, especially during the school year when scheduled time is at its peak. Make outdoor play something to look forward to every week. Elementary age kids can explore the “real Georgia” and expend energy on a variety of state park hiking trails. Popular choices for kids to enjoy nature’s wonders include Fort Mountain (lake loop), General Coffee (farm animals), Reed Bingham (gopher tortoises), Skidaway Island (fiddler crabs), Sweetwater Creek (follows large creek) and Watson Mill Bridge (covered bridge and shoals). Young golf enthusiasts can also enjoy mini golf at 15 Georgia State Parks. Or, learn how to play disc golf, where a Frisbee-style disc is tossed into a metal basket. Disc courses are found at Cloudland Canyon, Fort Yargo, Georgia Veterans and Richard B. Russell state parks. This is also a perfect age for camping. With more than 2,700 campsites, Georgia State Parks have plenty of opportunities for everyone and rates average as low as $23 per night. Get the kids involved in preparing the site, carrying the wood, cooking food the old fashion way, and build lifetime skills and family memories.

·    Clubs for Mountain Bikers, Hikers and Paddlers (Kids ages 10 and up)
Parents with middle school-age children can keep them motivated all year long with three heart-pumping clubs at Georgia State Parks. Upon completion, members receive a bragging-rights t-shirt, as well as the personal satisfaction of accomplishment. For hiking enthusiasts, the Canyon Climbers Club invites families to explore four state parks. Hikers can experience breathtaking vistas and cascading waterfalls, more fun than any gym Stairmaster, at Tallulah Gorge, Amicalola Falls, Cloudland Canyon and Providence Canyon. Mountain bikers and cyclists can tackle the Muddy Spokes Club and challenge their skills across 11 state parks and 68 miles of trails for their bragging right t-shirt. Trails vary in difficulty, so riders have the chance to improve their skill as they move from park to park. The easiest trails are the paved path at Panola Mountain State Park and pine-needle trail at Magnolia Springs. The most difficult mountain bike trails are at Fort Mountain, Fort Yargo, Tallulah Gorge and Unicoi state parks. And, finally canoe and kayak fans will love the Park Paddlers club. Members explore six state parks by waterway, ranging from quiet lakes to the famed Okefenokee Swamp. Paddlers are challenged to complete 22 miles at Crooked River, George L. Smith, Magnolia Springs, Reed Bingham, Stephen C. Foster and Sweetwater Creek state parks.

To join any of the state park clubs, park visitors simply purchase a $10 membership card at any of the club parks or call (770) 389-7401. Members get their card punched at each participating park office and receive their official bragging-rights t-shirt upon completion. What a fun way to get the whole family moving and inspired throughout the year, as well as enjoy the diverse park landscapes and wildlife while getting fit. For more information, visit

Families interested in planning a weekend staycation at their favorite Georgia State Park can choose from a variety of affordable accommodation options including camp sites, fully-equipped cottages, yurts and hotel-style lodge rooms with restaurants. For help in planning a staycation for your family, visit or call 1-800-864-7275.

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September is Blue Morpho Month at Callaway Gardens’ Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center

September is Blue Morpho Butterfly Month at Callaway Gardens’ Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center. In addition to the more than 1,000 tropical butterflies flying freely throughout the conservatory, there will be hundreds of spectacular Blue Morpho butterflies.

The Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) is a spectacular iridescent blue butterfly native to the rainforests of South and Central America. The undersides of the wings are brown with eyespots with a contrasting vivid blue color on the outer side. This iridescent color actually results from microscopic scales on the backs of their wings reflecting light, giving the brilliant shimmering blue appearance. As a Blue Morpho flies, its contrasting wing colors of bright blue and dull brown fool the eye and make the morpho look as if it is appearing and disappearing. The word ‘morpho’ actually means change or modify. The flash of the bright blue side of their wings actually startles predators, giving the butterfly time to escape harm. This tropical butterfly is usually a forest dweller but will venture into sunny areas occasionally. It is one of the largest butterflies with a wingspan of 5-8 inches.

Since they feed on juices of rotting fruit, they are usually easy to find in the Day Butterfly Center at the fruit feeders. Blue Morphos often fly in long chains of five or more to make a spectacular sight. Be sure to visit the Day Butterfly Center this month to view these magnificent creatures.

Due to the large size of the Blue Morphos, they make beautiful subjects as they float through the air for photos or video. The best time to photograph butterflies at the Day Butterfly Center is on sunny days before 10 a.m. or after 2 p.m. is on sunny days as they are most active between these hours.

Take a break and enjoy the Day Butterfly Center and the many other attractions of Callaway Gardens. Ask for the special Blue Morpho Overnight Package. To make a reservation, visit or call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292). Based on availability, some restrictions apply.

Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Carbo House Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

The Carbo House, located on Tybrisa Street, on Tybee Island, Chatham County, Georgia, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on May 21, 2010. The Carbo House was built in 1932 as part of a rebuilding campaign following a devastating 1931 fire that destroyed 25 buildings in the boarding house area. J.D. and Nan Carbo of Waycross built their first, smaller rooming house on Tybee circa 1920 on Izlar Avenue.

After the 1931 fire, the Carbos purchased additional property and built this larger, 16-room boarding house facing 16th Street. By 1935 the Carbos had expanded their business by adding a restaurant, called Carbo’s Grill, and a patio area with a soda and sandwich stand between the boarding house and the restaurant. After Nan’s death in 1937 and J.D.’s death in 1938, the Carbo House continued to be operated by family members until 1972. The building remains in use as a rental property.

The Carbo House was listed at the state level of significance as an excellent and intact example of a coastal resort boarding house that retains its original materials and floor plan, and represents Tybee’s boarding house district located between 16th and 18th streets. The district featured an assortment of boarding houses and rental cottages that were available for rent by the week, month, or season. The building is one of the few historic boarding houses left on Tybee Island. In the first decades of the 20th century, Tybee Island, also known as Savannah Beach, developed as a coastal resort for residents of nearby Savannah. The opening of the Tybee Road in 1923, a causeway that linked the island with Savannah, fueled the demand for small inns, rooming houses, and apartments for middle-class vacationers.

The building is rectangular in shape with a low-pitched, hip roof and wide-overhanging eaves. The two-story, wraparound porch with a balustrade and chamfered wood posts extends along all sides of the building. Wood exterior staircases located on each side of the building provide access to the second-story rooms. The first and second floors are identical with original, five-panel, wood doors leading to each of the 16 rooms and four-over-one sash windows. The building retains its original floor plan with four equal-size rooms facing Tybrisa Street and four facing the rear of the property on each floor. Ten of the 16 rooms retain the original beadboard walls and ceilings, hardwood floors, door and window surrounds, and moldings.

The National Register of Historic Places is our country’s official list of historic buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts worthy of preservation. The National Register provides formal recognition of a property’s architectural, historical or archaeological significance. It also identifies historic properties for planning purposes and insures that these properties will be considered in the planning of state or federally assisted projects. National Register listing encourages preservation of historic properties through public awareness, federal and state tax incentives, and grants. Listing in the National Register does not place obligations or restrictions on the use, treatment, transfer, or disposition of private property.

The Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources serves as Georgia’s state historic preservation office. Its mission is to promote the preservation and use of historic places for a better Georgia. HPD’s programs include archaeology protection and education, environmental review, grants, historic resource surveys, tax incentives, the National Register of Historic Places, community planning and technical assistance.

The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Delta Launches First Airline Social Media 'Ticket Window,' Revamps Home Page

/PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today launched the industry's first social media 'Ticket Window' enabling bookings directly from its Facebook page and other social media sites. The Delta Ticket Window, along with a newly designed home page at introduced earlier this week, offers the first visual cues of the airline's planned transformation in customer-facing technology.

"Our customers are spending more time online and are looking for new ways to connect with us. We're now delivering technology where our customers are - from our own website to our Facebook page to Internet news sites and beyond," said Bob Kupbens, Delta's vice president - eCommerce. "We already know Facebook is the most used website by inflight WiFi users on more than 2,000 Delta flights every day, giving us the natural launching point for a new online Ticket Window."

Delta's Ticket Window allows any of Facebook's 500 million users to complete a full travel booking using a dedicated "tab" at without navigating to Delta plans to expand its Ticket Window to other sites, including online banner ads to allow full booking capabilities within the airline's advertisements.

The redesign of Delta's home page is the first step toward a larger redesign which will continue to improve the online experience on and its affiliated technology, including airport kiosks, to offer more functionality to customers. The immediate home page changes include easier access to flight booking, status updates, online check-in and SkyMiles account information.

Earlier this month Delta enhanced its smartphone site and will continue to deliver other popular consumer applications. In the coming weeks, Delta plans to launch a new iPhone application to offer customers the ability to check in for flights, check flight status, review flight schedules, set a parking reminder, review SkyMiles account balance and use eBoarding passes (in select cities) directly from their mobile devices. Future releases of the app will enable customers to book flights, select their seats and track their Medallion status and other features that will streamline customer real-time travel experiences.

"Unlocking the full power of social media and mobile apps is the next step for Delta, while providing innovative travel tools and greater convenience in our customer's mobile world," Kupbens said.

Delta has continued to expand its interaction with customers on social sites, including,, and is now providing real-time travel assistance at

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Smithsonian Journeys Announces Egypt Tours for 2011

Smithsonian Journeys provides more ways than ever to experience the cultural treasures of Egypt’s Old Kingdom in 2011. Travelers can join “Egyptian Odyssey” as a general escorted-highlights tour, an exclusive women’s departure or a family adventure. These popular tours feature a unique aspect specific to each audience, yet all visit World Heritage sites in the company of an Egyptologist, who makes travel more meaningful by providing lectures and informal commentary.

“We’ve taken special note of the different ways our travelers want to experience a destination and have applied those insights to our most popular destinations,” said Amy Kotkin, director of Smithsonian Journeys. Yet another way to see Egypt is “Ancient Civilizations of the Red Sea” featuring a four-day cruise of the Red Sea along with land excursions to important sites in Egypt and Jordan. Photographs, video and specific details on itineraries, experts and hotels can be found at

“Egyptian Odyssey” (multiple departures February through May 2011), begins with a visit to Cairo’s Museum of Antiquities then on to sites related to the more modern influences of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Flying to Luxor, travelers will experience an in-depth view of the ancient Pharaohs during visits to the Temples of Karnak and Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. They will also veer off the beaten track to the Valley of the Nobles. Following a four-night cruise up the Nile with stops at Edfu and Kom Ombo, the highlights in Aswan include the Nubia Museum, a traditional felucca ride and the Aswan Dam. Travelers then spend a morning at the World Heritage site of Abu Simbel, the colossal temples of Ramses II and his queen Nefertari. Returning to Cairo, the tour concludes with excursions to enjoy the timeless beauty and mystery of the Pyramids of Giza and Step Pyramid of Sakkara, followed by an engaging panel discussion about modern Egypt. Prices start from $4,995,airfare included, and can be found at

The Nov. 23, 2011-Dec. 4, 2011, departure of “Egyptian Odyssey” is exclusively for women. Only women guides and Egyptologist are featured, which enables lively discourse with Egyptian women, something rarely featured on other programs. This departure also embodies women-focused conversation and lecture topics, which allows an often eye-opening perspective on Egypt’s contemporary culture and society.

Special family departures of “Egyptian Odyssey” (Dec. 27-Jan. 3, 2011, and July 6-13, 2011) feature a similar itinerary along with family-friendly activities such as a camel ride, special four-wheel drive excursion into the desert, sound and light show at the Pyramids, scavenger hunt in the bazaar and family bike ride along the Nile. Additional staff also provides special enhancements for the children’s program (ages 7-12). Prices for the December departure start from $4,145, airfare included, based on a child rate and special offer. Further information can be found at

Smithsonian Journeys also features a unique cruise of the Red Sea, “Ancient Civilizations of the Red Sea” (Jan. 23, 2011-Feb. 7, 2011), which combines a five-night cruise with in-depth land tours of Egypt and Jordan. Following tours of important sites in Cairo and Luxor, and an opportunity to take a sunrise hot-air balloon ride over the Nile, travelers embark the 52-passenger Harmony V. The ship calls at ports along the Red Sea, including the World Heritage site of St. Catherine’s Monastery on the Sinai Peninsula. On arrival in Jordan, passengers travel by land to other significant sites such as Petra, Mount Nebo, Jerash and Amman. (Prices start from $5,995, airfare included from New York City if booked by Sept. 30, 2010.) A pre-tour extension in Syria features sites along the old Silk Road, including Damascus, Palmyra and Krak des Chevaliers, and a post-tour extension in Alexandria, Egypt, features the new Royal Library of Alexandria. More information can be found at

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Zoo to host City of Atlanta and Fulton County Family Days This Weekend

Zoo Atlanta will host City of Atlanta and Fulton County Family Days on Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15, 2010. Proudly supported by Walmart and The National PTA Urban Family Engagement Initiative, the weekend offers free admission to guests who can demonstrate residence or employment in either the City of Atlanta or Fulton County Government.Admission is valid for two adults and up to four children per family.

Recognized forms of identification:

City of Atlanta or Fulton County residents: Recognized forms of ID include a Georgia Driver’s License; State of Georgia-issued voter identification; or water, gas or light utility bill demonstrating residence in the City of Atlanta or Fulton County.
City of Atlanta or Fulton County Government Employees: Recognized forms of ID include a City of Atlanta employee identification card or Fulton County Government employee identification card.
City of Atlanta and Fulton County Family Days hosted by Zoo Atlanta in 2009 were extremely
well-attended; guests should expect unusually high volume in the Zoo on both of these days. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and consider MARTA travel, as parking will be limited. For more information, visit the Family Day event page.

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Friday, August 06, 2010

Tom Glavine's #47 Gets Retired--You Save

/PRNewswire/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI) , today launched a special one-day, $47 sale to more than 47 destinations in honor of pitching great and AirTran Airways' endorser Tom Glavine.

Glavine's signature number 47 will be retired in Atlanta tonight in a special ceremony. To commemorate this occasion, the airline has brought $47 fares in from the bullpen for a very limited time.

"Having my number retired is one of the greatest highlights of my career," said Glavine. "Being able to share this moment with all my fans with this sale from AirTran makes this moment all the more special."

The sale focuses on Atlanta, where the iconic hurler began and ended his stellar career. There are also special Boston-based fares, Glavine's hometown.

These special fares are available for one-day purchase through August 6, 2010, and are good for travel on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through October 7, 2010. Like all AirTran Airways fares, prices included in this sale are available for one-way travel and do not require a roundtrip purchase or an overnight stay.

Travelers may purchase these special sale fares at, from their local travel agent or via AirTran Airways' reservations system at 1-800-AIR-TRAN. For Spanish, call 1-877-581-9842.

Below are the $47 commemorative, one-way sale fares*. All fares are valid in either direction:

Markets: Fare:
Atlanta - Akron/Canton $47
Atlanta - Bloomington/Normal $47
Atlanta - Branson $47
Atlanta - Charlotte $47
Atlanta - Dayton $47
Atlanta - Ft. Lauderdale $47
Atlanta - Ft. Myers $47
Atlanta - Harrisburg $47
Atlanta - Indianapolis $47
Atlanta- Jacksonville $47
Atlanta - Memphis $47
Atlanta - New Orleans $47
Atlanta - Newport News/Williamsburg $47
Atlanta - Orlando $47
Atlanta - Pensacola $47
Atlanta - Pittsburgh $47
Atlanta - Raleigh/Durham $47
Atlanta - Richmond $47
Atlanta - St. Louis $47
Atlanta - Sarasota/Bradenton $47
Atlanta - Tampa $47
Atlanta - West Palm Beach $47
Boston - Akron/Canton $47
Boston - Baltimore/Washington (BWI) $47
Boston - Newport News/Williamsburg $47

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI) and a Fortune 1000 company, has been ranked the number one low cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating study for the past three years. AirTran Airways is the only major airline with Gogo Inflight Internet on every flight and offers coast-to-coast service on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet. Our low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating, Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit

*All fares are one-way. All fares are non-refundable and a $75 fee per person applies to any change made after purchase, plus any applicable increase in airfare. Twenty-one-day advance purchase required. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Tickets must be purchased on August 6, 2010. Sale fares are valid for travel through October 7, 2010. Sale fares are valid for travel on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Service on some itineraries may be provided by our partner SkyWest Airlines. A first bag may be checked for a fee of $15 each way and a second bag may be checked for a fee of $25 each way. Reservations may be obtained or changed through an AirTran Airways Telephone Reservations Center for an additional $15 per person. Fares, routes, and schedules are subject to change without notice. Fares shown do not include Airport Passenger Facility Charges of up to $18. The September 11th security fee of up to $10 is not included. Fares do not include segment taxes of $3.70 per segment. A segment is defined as a takeoff and a landing.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

TripAdvisor Airs Out America's Top 10 Aviation Attractions

/PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site*, today announced its list of the top ten aviation attractions in the U.S., according to traveler ratings and TripAdvisor Flights experts. America has a rich history as the birthplace of aviation, giving air travel lovers and flying fanatics myriad opportunities to learn more about planes, gliders, shuttles, and everything in between.

1. Cruising in the Capitol: National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.

Housing the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world, the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum is a must see for any air travel enthusiast. Its location in Washington, D.C. is home to several famous artifacts such as the original Wright 1903 Flyer and the Apollo 11 command module, and its sister site in Fairfax, Virginia houses additional aviation artifacts sure to inspire flyers of all stripes. As one TripAdvisor traveler raves, "this place is truly incredible and not to be missed." Admission: Free.

2. Wings on the Water: Intrepid Sea, Air, &Space Museum, New York, New York

Centered on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space museum is a floating treasure trove of exhibits for aviation enthusiasts. The deck and hangar bay of the ship feature a collection of 30 aircraft, including some that have just recently left active service. Additionally, one of the Concorde supersonic jets on loan from British Airways is on the Intrepid pier and can be explored inside and out by visitors. The museum also houses other interactive exhibits, including an A-6 cockpit simulator and a virtual flight zone. As one TripAdvisor traveler raves, "Intrepid delivers an amazing exploration you won't soon forget." Admission: $22 for adults, $17 for children.

3. Back to the Beginning: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

For enthusiasts looking to go back to the beginning of air travel, there's no better place than the Wright Brothers National Memorial on the site where Wilbur and Orville Wright achieved the first successful plane travel over one hundred years ago. Travelers can re-trace the routes where the Wright Brothers tested out their first aircraft and explore the on-site museum and its collection of models, tools, and machines used by the pioneering, high-flying duo. As one TripAdvisor traveler puts it, "this was the highlight of our trip to the Outer Banks." Admission: $4.00 for adults, free for children.

4. Travelers Take Flight: National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida

Travelers interested in military aviation should look no further than the National Naval Aviation Museum. The museum boasts more than 4,000 aviation artifacts and 150 aircraft from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Visitors can also get in on the action by taking a ride in the museum's flight simulators or by watching Blue Angels practice on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays. As one TripAdvisor traveler puts it, the museum is "worth spending many hours. The aircraft in the museum are breath-taking." Admission: Free.

5. Piloting the Prez: Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington

Home to more than 85 aircraft ranging from antiques to the cutting edge of modern aviation, the Museum of Flight in Seattle is sure to tickle air travel lovers of all ages. The museum features a wealth of unique exhibits, including an engaging air traffic control tower at Boeing Field and "Style in the Aisle," which shows off flight attendant uniforms from the 1930's to the 1980's. The museum's aircraft collection is also expansive, and even includes an Air Force One aircraft that carried presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. As one TripAdvisor traveler raves, "I LOVE this museum, even as a local!" Admission: $15 for adults, $8 for youths, free for children 4 and under.

6. Planes, Planes, Everywhere: Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona

With more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft in its collection, the Pima Air &Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world. It features more than 125,000 artifacts of modern aviation, and counts gems like the B-29 Superfortress, SR-71 Blackbird, and World War II German V-1 "buzz bomb" among its exhibits. Visitors can also take in the sights of the museum's outdoor displays, which show off extraordinary aircraft and their ground support vehicles, as well as an airplane "boneyard." As one TripAdvisor traveler raves, "the selection of planes seems endless and any military aircraft fan will be in heaven." Admission: $13.75 for adults, $8 for youths, free for children 6 and under.

7. If You Build It, They Will Come: Boeing Aircraft Factory Tour, Everett, Washington

The Boeing Aircraft Factory is the perfect place to visit for travelers interested in the nuts and bolts of aviation. Visitors can take a tour of the production facility, which is the world's largest building by volume, to get a bird's eye view of how aircraft are made. The tour covers the production of several Boeing models, including the eagerly anticipated 787 Dreamliner. The facility also features an aviation museum, which includes aircraft engines and conceptual aircraft designs. As one TripAdvisor traveler notes, "when the lift doors open for the first time and you can see a production line of 747's being built below you it is truly something else!" Admission: $15 for adults, $8 for children.

8. Historic Hangars: Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii

Built in the historic hangars that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Pacific Aviation Museum offers tens of thousands of square feet of aviation exhibits, including a collection of military aircraft from the World War II era. Visitors can also hop into the pilot's seat at the museum's flight simulator, where they can take off and land on an aircraft carrier, and take part in a high stakes battle in the sky. As one TripAdvisor traveler notes, "if you are an aviation buff, this is a can't miss if you are visiting the USS Arizona Memorial." Admission: $15 for adults, $8 for children.

9. Just Look Up: Gravelly Point Park, Arlington, Virginia

Located just north of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Gravelly Point Park is a fantastic place for watching planes take off and land as they pass right overhead. In addition to the great views of the airport, the park is a nice spot to play catch or have a picnic on a warm summer day. As one TripAdvisor traveler states, "how crazy to be standing 500 feet from the touchdown of planes landing at Reagan National Airport." Admission: Free.

10. Wooden Wonder: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville, Oregon

Home to a wide range of aircraft, from cargo planes to commercial jets, bombers to spacecraft, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is a great place for aviation enthusiasts to get their fill and also for casual fans to brush up on a little air travel history. In addition to exhibits and archives detailing the milestones of modern aviation, the museum houses Howard Hughes's famous wooden "Spruce Goose," which was the largest plane of its time when it was completed in 1947. As one TripAdvisor traveler puts it, "the museum/hangar itself is a work of art. A great way to spend a day." Admission: $20 for adults, $18 for youths, free for children 4 and under.

"Whether you're an aviation buff or someone who just likes being up in the air, there's a wealth of fascinating attractions across the U.S. that explore the history of air travel," said Bryan Saltzburg, general manager of new initiatives at TripAdvisor. "They're sure to give you a deeper appreciation of the aircraft you're on the next time you find yourself cruising along at 30,000 feet."

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Dollywood Theme Park Announces New Barnstormer for 2011

(BUSINESS WIRE)--High-flying high jinks take to the sky at Dollywood for the 2011 season with the new Barnstormer ride, a $5.5 million family thrill ride situated in a barnyard-themed area which also includes play areas for younger guests.

“I remember my daddy and granddaddy talking about the old barnstormers that used to do all kinds of crazy stunts above the fields where they’d work crops,” Dolly Parton said. “My new Barnstormer ride offers folks those same breathtaking moments, high in the sky above Dollywood. And I’ve recreated a critter-themed barnyard that reminds me of growing up on the farm here in the Smoky Mountains!”

Taking its name from the daring aerialists and stunt pilots of the 1920s, the Barnstormer features two pendulum arms with seating for 32 riders. Seated back to back, riders travel progressively higher on each swing of the Barnstormer’s massive arms, reaching a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour and 230 degrees of rotation. At its peak, the Barnstormer reaches a staggering 81 feet in the air, taking riders high above the barn’s rooftop and the area’s treetops. Situated in the lush foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Barnstormer rests amid a traditional red barn on the Owens Farm, a nod to Parton’s family’s rural upbringing.

While the Barnstormer fills the air above the barn, children’s play areas dot the landscape around the barn. With a fun, barnyard theme, children can enjoy a 22-foot by 16-foot bi-plane play area as well as a pig pen water play area.

The Barnstormer has a ride capacity of 450 passengers per hour, and a 48-inch minimum height requirement.

The Barnstormer is adjacent to the Mountain Slidewinder, one of the park’s most popular rides which opened in 1987.

The new area opens in March 2011 to usher in Dollywood’s 26th operating season.

The number one ticketed attraction in Tennessee, Dollywood is an award-winning 150-acre family adventure park located in Pigeon Forge near the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Open nine months a year (late March to early January), Dollywood hosts four of the South’s largest festivals and offers more than 40 rides and attractions, including Thunderhead, twice named the world’s No. 1 wooden coaster, and Mystery Mine coaster, Theme Park Insider’s 2007 Best New Attraction. In addition to the 2009 Golden Ticket Award for Best Shows, Dollywood is the recipient of 15 Big E Awards in recognition of the park’s live entertainment which features country, bluegrass, gospel and Appalachian music. The Golden Tickets’ 2007 Publisher’s Pick for best theme park, Dollywood also is a two-time winner of the Golden Ticket Award for Best Christmas Event. In addition, a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region demonstrate daily. For more information, visit

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