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Enter to Win a Room at Panic en la Playa

Enter to Win a Room at Panic en la Playa

Nov 11, 2014

Moe’s Original Bar B Que and Cloud 9 present a contest to win a room for two to Panic en la Playa featuring four nights of Widespread Panic on the beach at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on January 24-28th, 2015. One lucky winner and a guest will receive a double occupancy hotel room and event wristbands. The contest runs online starting today at noon through midnight on December 13th at www.panicenlaplaya.com/moes with the winner announced on December 16th. “The partnership began with Moe’s Original Bar B Que’s founding partner Mike Fernandez as he has been judging a wing sauce contest for the last three years at la Playa with Widespread Panic keyboard player JoJo Hermann as part of the trip’s daytime activities,” said Cloud 9’s Nate Sadler. “For the second year, a lucky winner and their guest will win at room at this ultimate vacation.” Cloud 9 presents a four night musical adventure of Widespread Panic on the beach in the Dominican Republic on January 24-28th. Guests will live like rock royalty as they indulge in all that the all-inclusive Hard Rock resort has to offer. By day, relax at one of the 12 expansive pools, swim in the ocean, hang out with friends, get a massage, eat and drink as much as you want at multiple restaurants and bars or take part in one of many activities or excursions. By night, the stage will be set right on the beach for a full two-set show of Widespread Panic for four nights. Additionally, late night stage has music from the Playa Allstars (Col. Bruce Hampton, George Porter, Jr., Ivan Neville, Nikki Glaspie, Randall Bramblett and Grant Green, Jr.) and Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Additionally, guests will be treated to special poolside acoustic sets from Bloodkin! For additional information about Panic en la Playa, head to www.panicenlaplaya.com. Respected sextet Widespread Panic is a legendary national touring force and continues to break attendance records in major venues across the country. Panic’s live performances have become legendary and the symbiotic relationship between the artist and their fans is something to behold. Never losing sight of giving back, the band continues to organize food drive events at their concerts. The band’s annual Tunes for...

Charleston Culinary Tours Introduces a Mixology Tour

Charleston Culinary Tours Introduces a Mixology Tour

Jun 18, 2013

After recently adding an Upper King Street tour, Charleston Culinary Tours is pleased to bring a 1.5 hour Mixology Tour that introduces guests to some of Charleston’s best cocktail crafters. Each Mixology excursion stops at three watering holes where guests will meet the magicians behind the bars that are mixing the lowcountry’s most exciting, innovative and delicious drinks. Tour participants will have an opportunity to sample a specialty craft cocktail at each of the three stops after learning about the art of mixing cocktails and gaining insight into how Charleston’s mixologists are embracing traditional techniques while also taking ingredients from farm to tumbler. During walks between stops, a guide provides insight into Charleston’s cocktail culture, both past and present. Limited to 14 guests, advance mixology tour tickets are $40.00 per person and available at eTix. “We had been talking to our various restaurants participants about the Mixology Tour for awhile,” said co-owner Oscar Hines. “It was just a natural fit to complement our culinary tours in a city full of great talent behind the bars.” Charleston Culinary Tours combine the best of Charleston history and food with unique historic tours that highlight the local cuisine. Held rain or shine, there are four tours that include Historic Downtown, Upper King Street, The Farmer’s Market and Mixology. Each Charleston Culinary Tour visits several different restaurants, bars or the Farmer’s Market to combine elements of a historical tour with a culinary adventure. The food and drinks on the tours are chosen by various restaurant and bar partners and feature an array of eclectic dishes and concoctions that provide insight into Charleston’s cuisine and cocktail scene. On each tour, you will not only have an opportunity to sample some of the Lowcountry’s finest offerings, but also to meet the owners,  chefs and mixologists behind Charleston’s impressive culinary and bar innovations. For additional information about Charleston Culinary Tours,...

Family Reunion??

Family Reunion??

Jul 5, 2011

A few months ago I was contacted by a family member about my thoughts on helping to coordinate a family reunion.  “It has been years since all the cousins have gotten together and they are spread all over the US”  they complained.  “I’m sure I don’t even know half of my relatives”. That seed of an idea morphed from the task of tracking down immediate family…into a project to attract every person we could find with our same surname.  Whether they are on the same family tree or not…if they share the same last name…they would be invited.  AND…we are going to have this reunion bash on a fabulous cruise ship in the Caribbean!! With this, the “Gragg Cousin Cruise” was born and in June 2012…we will have a Carnival Funship overflowing with Graggs.  In addition to the normal amenities found on cruise ships like gourmet dining; Las Vegas style entertainment; and exotic ports we are putting together unique features that will make the “Gragg Cousin Cruise” a special event surely to be talked about by the Gragg family for years! Special genealogy workshops will be held on “days at sea” where we’ll explore the Gragg name and attempt to connect those lost branches of the family tree.  We have a welcoming cocktail party planned; specially designed t-shirts; gift baskets in every cabin with specials just for the Gragg family; exclusive shore excursions; a group photo to preserve the memories of new-found friends and cousins; and a few surprises! Special rates were negotiated with the cruise line; a promotional website with secure cabin booking capability has been built; and a powerful “Get Paid to Cruise” program was initiated, making every Gragg a “Bounty Hunter” able to earn financial rewards for locating more Graggs. All this sounds like a tremendous amount of work…but truly its not.  You see…I am a Cruise Event Specialist with Dancing Moon Travel…and putting together special events at sea is what I do.  What we have put together for my family reunion is what Dancing Moon Travel does every day…we produce customized events at sea for any type of group from 50 people to 500.  Do you have a large following? ...

6 Cruise Tips

6 Cruise Tips

Jun 14, 2011

Six tips if you are planning on taking a cruise. No Money Needed (Wrong) – Though cruises are “all-inclusive” meaning your accommodations, dining and basic on-boat activities are included in the cost…there ain’t no such thing as a free ride.  Expect to pay for soda, alcoholic beverages, spa services, shore excursions, casino gambling and more. Some ships have onboard plastic debit cards that makes purchases easy.  It also leads to forgetting just how many Mai Tai’s you’ve had at the piano bar.  Sometimes it’s good to count the change. Cruise Buddies – Decide what kind of crowd you want to hang with before you book your cruise. Some cruise ships cater to families while others have an older demographic. During Spring Break season, it is possible to find ships offering specials for college students. If you have expectations about who will be joining you aboard the ship, advance research is a must. Get Off The Boat – If you want to take advantage of the planned shore excursions—such as snorkeling, bike tours or para-sailing—when your cruise ship docks in a port, decide what you want to do as soon as possible. Exercise Like A Drunken Sailor – Expect to get a healthy core workout in the fitness center because you’ll have to hold yourself on the equipment. The sway of the boat makes it difficult to run on a treadmill or use the elliptical machine. Don’t get too sidetracked watching TV or listening to music because you just might step off the equipment. That’s not to say you shouldn’t workout … Let’s EAT !! – I know…you’re on vacation.  But(t)…here’s a fact you probably didn’t want to know:  “The average person gains 7 to 14 pounds on a cruise”. That’s no surprise considered the rich food and enormous spread of desserts. But(t) you don’t want to feel bloated on the beach and have Captain Ahab chasing you with his harpoon. It’s okay to treat yourself to a little more than you would at home, but don’t forget to throw in a tossed salad and some fresh fruit every now and again. Imelda Marcos Packing Rules – The staterooms on cruise ships aren’t roomy by...

No Cost Cruising

No Cost Cruising

May 5, 2011

Interested in learning more about how you could qualify for a FREE cruise!  Dancing Moon Travel has a great system that makes it VERY easy for our clients to take advantage of this great offer.  The simple “secret” to our offer is group travel.  Our clients simply need to put together a group of just 15 of their fun-loving friends … family … church members … business associates, and then they sail for free! Dancing Moon Travel will even customize special events/activities to make the group cruise a unique experience that no one will soon forget!!  AND…with our seamless processes Dancing Moon Travel will handle 97% of the effort…our clients get 100% of the credit. Start thinking about the group that YOU might be able to put together.  Who is within YOUR “sphere of influence”?  The most common groups that sail like this are friends & family, but the possibilities are almost endless.  Do you have a hobby group?  A group from your place of worship?  Facebook friends?  A fraternal organization or club?  Put on your thinking hat and then check out our special website at www.cruise-for-free.com or check out the new video at www.cruise-for-free.com/video.html Send me YOUR idea and we’ll schedule a free telephone conference to discuss the possibilities! Kevin Gragg kevin@dancingmoontravel.com...

FREE Cruise

FREE Cruise

Apr 19, 2011

We’re all familiar with the famous old adage ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch.’  Personal experience has taught most of us to beware offers that appear too good to be true.  That being the well-documented case, is it possible there really could be such a thing as a FREE CRUISE? The answer, surprisingly, is a slightly qualified yes —  and it actually could be easier to score this attractive travel bargain than you might think.  With no timeshare presentation.  No scams.  No $500 ‘administrative fees.’  No kidding! The secret to your potential free cruise actually lies in group travel.  The advantages of group travel don’t end with the potential for a FREE STATEROOM.   Group rates commonly offer savings off published fares.  Group members may also benefit from an array of special amenities.  Perks such as special onboard credit, wine and canapes in their staterooms, and free photos are frequently provided to group members.   Larger groups often qualify for special meet & greet cocktail parties and other special functions during their trip. Groups can (and do!) come from just about anywhere.  Most people reading this article are part of a  group of one sort or another.  Each of these could potentially comprise a group.  One of the most common groups consists simply of family members or friends who decide to travel together. Church groups, ballroom dancers, business clubs and associations, doll collectors, wine lovers, scrapbookers, Harley-Davidson owners — virtually ANY type of organizational affinity could form the basis for a cruise group. A group function at sea provides a high fun factor for attendees.  No stuffy, boring same-old/same-old here!   The family-friendly atmosphere makes a cruise the perfect venue to combine business & pleasure.  With most meetings & business functions generally held during the cruise ‘sea days,’ group members are free to enjoy exotic destinations, spending port time exploring with friends & family. Seamless first-class events — high fun factor — and a possible FREE CRUISE.  What could be more enticing? CRUISE FOR FREE … yes, it’s entirely possible that you really can.  Why not start putting together your list of potential group members and click on this special link for more info…I WANT TO CRUISE FOR FREE!! Kevin Gragg Dancing Moon Travel www.cruise-for-free.com  ...