Saturday, June 28, 2008

Calendar Listings: Capitol Steps Return

DATELINE: June 27, 2008
Mark G. Auerbach
Special Projects / WFCR


88.5FM/WFCR and 640AM/WNNZ present
Musical Political Satire

Friday and Saturday, December 5-6, 2008 at 8PM
Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA.

The Capitol Steps return for their 7th WFCR appearance in an all-new program, to be announced after the 2008 elections.

"A happy evening for those who yearn for the lighter side of the news and derive pleasure from seeing the mighty made ridiculous". Lawrence Van Gelder, The New York Times

"Their political satire brings chuckles...ravereviews...guffaws...and bipartisan grins all around. The satire hits the mark.” The Wall Street Journal

For program information on The Capitol Steps, visit their website: .

Tickets: (General Admission ). Producers Circle: $55.00 ( includes premium seating and post-performance cast-party), Orchestra: $37.50, Balconies: $32.00 and $27.00 are on sale at the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center Box-Office: 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMASS and online at


88.5FM WFCR, NPR News and Music for Western New England, is an affiliate of National Public Radio, American Public Media, and Public Radio International serving over 200,000 listeners in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York with regional news and information programming, and locally produced classical, jazz, Latino, and world music programming at 88.5FM, 101.1FM North Adams, 96.3 Williamstown, HD2 at 88.5FM, and on 640AM WNNZ. The University of Massachusetts is the license holder for 88.5FM WFCR, which operates with the advice and support of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For more information about 88.5FM WFCR's programs and services, call 413-545-0100 or visit our website at


News from Cross-Culture: Holiday Cruises

DATELINE: June 26, 2008
Ati Jain, Cross-Culture Journeys
413-256-6303 or
Mark G. Auerbach Public Relations
413-733-7095 or

Cross-Culture Journeys Presents Exotic South Atlantic and South Pacific Cruises During Holiday Season

Amherst, Massachusetts--Cross-Culture Journeys, specialists in small-ship cruises to unique destinations, presents two new cruise itineraries for Fall and Winter, 2008/09. One itinerary, abord the MS Corinthian II, travels from the Shores of Africa to South America's Patagonia over a 33-day itinerary. The second itinerary, aboard the MS Spirit of Oceanus, meanders through the South Pacific on a 19-day excursion from Fiji to Guam.

From the Shores of Africa to Patagonia: A Grand Voyage to West Africa, the Atlantic Islands and South America (33 days, 31 nights aboard the MS Corinthian II. Departure date: November 20, 2008) The MS Corinthian II repositions itself from Northern Europe and Mediterranean tours to its winter home in Antarctia with an itinerary from Casablanca to Cape Horn via ports-of-call off the map of most travellers. On the sailing routes taken by Spanish and Portugese explorers and traders the cruise departs Morocco for points along the Western Sahara and the Azores, across the Southern Atlantic to exotic Recife, Brazil, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Olinda, and on to Salvador and Rio. The tour continues to Montevideo, Uruguay; the resort of Mar del Plata, and the Falkland Islands, before ending in Ushuaia, the Argentine port in Patagonia. Carefully selected ports of call introduce travelers to historical sites, ecological wonders and the fusion of European and local cultures. The itinerary and pricing is available online at:

Legends of the Pacific. (19 days, 16 nights aboard the MS Spirit of Oceanus. Departure dates: December 28, 2008 and February 24, 2009) carries travelers to the splendors of the South Pacific made famous by James Michener, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and "Survivor" on a cruise that highlights the paradise of Polynesian and Melanesian cultures with historical sites made famous during World War II. Ports of call ibetween Lautoka, the sugar capital of Fiji, and Guam, a favorite beach resort of the Japanese and Asians, include the lava lakes and rainforests of Vanuatu, The Solomon Islands (site of the famous World War II battle at Guadalcanal); Micronesia with the island of Pohnpei, site of Nan Madol ("The Venice of the Pacific", an historical city of man-made canals and buildings that predates its Italian counterpart). The itinerary and pricing is available online at:

Cross-Culture Journeys has been offering a world of travel opportunities and new experiences for over 20 years. For sophisticated and curious travellers, Cross Culture Journeys features all-inclusive, small-group, in-depth cultural travel programs to over 40 unique destinations from Antarctica to Zagreb. From traditional to emerging destinations, from World Heritage sites to picturesque villages, from small-ship cruises to hiking and cycling; Cross Culture Journey's distinctive itineraries showcase a region's peoples and cultures through their landmarks, museums and fine cuisines. Cross-Culture Journeys customizes itineraries for individuals, families, and groups. For information and itineraries, visit Cross-Culture Journeys' website at or call 800-491-1148 or 413-256-6303.


Hot Travel Tips: Cross-Culture: 6/26/08

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Hot Travel Tips

The American Public Transportation Association is an information source and advocacy group for current and future public transportation initiatives throughout the USA. Two sites of interest to travelers who are interested in using public transportation: commuter rail systems in US cities, including those that link airports and other points of interest: and a site specifically devoted to public transport access to US airports. The APTA links page has other information including college and university transit systems. Go green to and from your vacation and every day. has links to the major global cruise ship terminals and port authority websites. Learn where your ship will dock, the amenities at the pier and passenger ship terminal, public transportation and/or parking options, directions, and more. The site updates regularly.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Cross-Culture: Hot Travel Tips 6/03/08

Hot Travel Tips 6/03/08

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Airport Havens. You'll be spending more times at airports this year, with longer security lines, earlier check-in lines, and unavoidable delays. Airport Havens profiles quiet spaces and good spots to relax before and after flights, all compiled by frequent flyers and road-warriors. You can also add your favorite spaces to the list.

Bus or Train to the Plane: With gas prices higher than ever, airport parking at a premium, and cab fares as costly as your plane ticket, you can utilize public transportation to/from many airports. To and From the Airport lays out the options.