Make your own music and memories in Big Pink

The famous house in southeastern New York state was once used by The Band. Now it's available to the public for overnight stays

Make your own music and memories in Big PinkIf you’re a fan of The Band, I have great news for you. You may be aware that this summer marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Music From Big Pink, the group’s first album. But you may not know that the remote house the musicians and their mentor Bob Dylan gathered in to record…

Using laughter to revive a struggling community

The National Comedy Center will open its doors on Aug. 1 in Jamestown, N.Y., the birthplace of Lucille Ball

Using laughter to revive a struggling communityIn a Western New York city of about 30,000 residents, a first-of-its-kind attraction dedicated to the art, history and social significance of comedy is set to open. The National Comedy Center will open its doors in Jamestown, N.Y., on Aug 1. More than US$50 million have already been spent in building the brand-spanking-new facility. It’s…

Thousand Islands a delightful region to cruise

History, opulence, natural wonders and serene views are all yours on one of these two tranquil cruises down the St. Lawrence

Thousand Islands a delightful region to cruise[slideshow_deploy id='105977']Hover over image to read caption TORONTO, Ont. Oct. 21, 2016/ Troy Media/ – My favourite Canadian archipelago — a cluster of islands near a mainland – is in the St. Lawrence River. The misnamed Thousand Islands is really 1,864 islands, some large like Wellesley Island, home to the Wellesley Island State Park, and others quite tiny.…

Wining one’s way through the 1000 Islands

New wine trail winds through historic New York area

Wining one’s way through the 1000 Islands[slideshow_deploy id='71699']Hover over image to read caption Download this travel article for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use CAPE VINCENT, NY, Mar 8, 2014/ Troy Media/ - We’re driving through New York State’s storied 1000 Islands, minds firmly focused on wine. Yes, wine. It had come as a surprise to learn…

You don’t have to be a diva to visit the Met

Backstage tours offer insider’s glimpse of Opera House

You don’t have to be a diva to visit the MetMy wife has had walk-on roles in two local operas. Now she calls herself a diva. It was no surprise, then, that she insisted on a backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera, the mother ship of divas everywhere, during a recent getaway to New York. In the interest of marital harmony, I tagged along. (In…