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Maryland Food Truck Week 2020 Will Roll Out in July

BALTIMORE, Md. -- After many weeks of reflection, we made the decision to uphold Maryland Food Truck Week's dates to July 10 - 26, 2020, event organizer Au Jus Solutions, announced today. Since Maryland entered a State of Emergency and Governor Hogan issued a stay-at-home order, Food Trucks, who are essential businesses, never truly stopped operating.

When business parks shut down, Food Trucks started to focus on helping front line workers by delivering freshly cooked hot meals to hospitals and first responders. Soon enough, all large-scale events were canceled or postponed but it did not stop the creativity of food truckers who realized that the need was now in the heart of our communities. While Marylanders were flattening the curve, Food Trucks started to set up in neighborhoods to offer more food options to residents.

"COVID-19 Pandemic truly shows the resilience of the food truck industry and its capacity to adapt to any situation in order to continue their mission of serving the community," declared Willy Dely, founder and owner of Au Jus Solutions, a Baltimore-based food and beverage consulting agency which has been organizing Maryland Food Truck Week since 2016.

The 2020 edition of Maryland Food Truck Week is presented by the Maryland Mobile Food Vending Association [MDMFVA].

"As an industry that relied heavily on catering to the masses, we suddenly had to find alternative methods to survive the pandemic and care for our families; being mobile was one of our assets, but it quickly became our downfall when it came to COVID-19's new ways of life," said Nicole Youse, President of the MDMFVA and Chef/Owner of Crossroads Bistro.

She added: "As the president of the MDMFVA, I have never been more proud to be a part of this industry and see the good the members, my competitors, my comrades, and my family are doing in this 'new' world. I was nervous about the decimation of our industry in the beginning, but I have been proven wrong, and have never been more excited to see where we take the industry from here!"

This season again, Maryland Food Truck Week benefits Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. "In 2019, we raised $2,631.25 for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland," said Dely. He added, "What Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland does is incredible and benefit the local community so much. Giving back to them is the minimum we can do to help them, especially during these difficult times."

The mission of Meals on Wheels is to enable people to live independently at home through the provision of nutritious meals, personal contact, and related services, which is even more important during these uncertain times.

"Since March 17th, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland has produced, packed, and delivered over 500,000 nutritious, ready-to-heat and eat meals to homebound seniors and other vulnerable populations who are without access to food," said Stephanie Archer-Smith, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of central Maryland. She added: "We quickly expanded our meal volume from 25,000 meals weekly to over 75,000 meals. The need for our services has continued to rise, with no foreseeable decline. We are all being called to do more, and we are answering that call with extraordinary effort, commitment and grace."

This edition of Maryland Food Truck Week will most certainly be different from past years as it will not be celebrated with large gatherings of food trucks and people. But this is the perfect opportunity to showcase the vast diversity of the industry with even more neighborhoods to visits as it is expected around 15 daily food truck spots to visit, throughout central Maryland.

All food trucks and locations will be posted on in the next couple weeks.

During Maryland Food Truck Week, visitors will be invited to enjoy all culinary creations as well as exclusive specials, tailored for the celebration.

Like and Follow Baltimore Food Truck Week on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @MDFoodTruckWeek

About Au Jus Solutions:

Au Jus Solutions is a Baltimore-based food and beverage consulting company offering solutions to food trucks, restaurants, foodservice and hospitality businesses. Au Jus Solutions also offers social media marketing expertise and support, PR solutions, as well as tailored hospitality-related services for corporate happenings.

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*Caption: Food Trucks, who are essential businesses, never truly stopped operating.

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Two Local Altitude H2O Recreation Facilities To Re-Open Under The WhoaZone Brand

MADISON, Wis. -- Empire Recreation Management (ERM), the managing partner responsible for the WhoaZone brand, is pleased to announce that (2) of Altitude H2O's (AH2O) Texas facilities - Grapevine & Rosharon - are going to open in 2020 under the WhoaZone brand. The parks will still feature AH2O's signature floating obstacle course, but ERM has added some new updates and attractions that will make the facilities more fun than ever, and invite all, both young and old, to come out and see what's new.

With these two new locations, WhoaZone ( will operate four parks; two in Texas, one in Holly, Michigan, and one in Whiting, Indiana. WhoaZone Recreation Centers offer a variety of water and land-based activities, and feature their award-winning, adrenaline-pumping floating obstacle course.

"We are proud to be bringing two of AH2O's most successful parks under the WhoaZone banner," says Ron Romens, CEO of ERM. "Our goal is to continue on the great hospitality and customer experiences that Altitude is famous for and use our industry-leading operations knowledge to make these parks even better, by making them more fun, more safe, and more consistent with the water-based family recreation experience consumers crave."

He adds, "We are excited that Altitude has given us the opportunity to expand this concept as we prepare for even more growth into 2021 and beyond."

For more information, please visit WhoaZone at

About WhoaZone

WhoaZone features an inflatable on-water obstacle courses that provide hours of high-energy fun for persons of all ages. With locations in Michigan, Texas, and Indiana, WhoaZone was designed to ensure every guest has an amazing experience and is the perfect attraction for those seeking over-the-top outdoor adventures, mind-blowing acrobatic thrills, and safe, yet fun, active challenges.

About Empire Recreation Management

ERM is a subsidiary of Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS). ERM is a turn-key resource that provides planning, design, installation, training and operational support to commercial recreation operators worldwide. ERM was designed to help owners maximize their investments and to help them optimize the revenue potential of their recreation facility. Learn more at:

For more information about CRS, Empire Recreation Management, or WhoaZone please contact Jen Rice at 866-946-2966 &

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Casa Romantica Opened Gardens to Public on Friday, May 22

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, an award-winning Southern California 501(c)(3) nonprofit, opened their gardens to the public on Friday, May 22, in accordance with social distancing and safety guidelines provided by the state of California.

Amy Behrens, the executive director, explained that gardens like Casa Romantica's are indispensable to community healing, offering much-needed places for respite with nature and inspiration. "We look forward to welcoming guests back to our beautiful setting where they can enjoy self-care or family time among our springtime blooms and ocean vistas."

San Clemente is a popular Southern California seaside community. Casa Romantica's gardens, with cliffside views of the Pacific Ocean and pier, have traditionally been a 'must-see' for tourists during the summer months. Casa Romantica is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and American Horticultural Society. Its gardens include several different themes, such as herbs, succulents, native plants, and a registered Monarch Waystation Butterfly Garden.

At this time only the gardens will be open, and the house remains closed for the safety of our guests. Tickets are limited to a maximum of 40 visitors per hour, with a maximum of 20 guests at any one time on Casa Romantica's 2.5-acre property to ensure safe social distancing.

Complimentary take home maps are available at the front entrance so that visitors may take self-guided tours through Casa Romantica's seaside gardens. The one-way route includes marked hand sanitizer stations. The complete course includes some stairs, but a modified route is fully accessible for visitors with special mobility needs.

The suggested donation for admission is $5, and self-service and/or non-touch methods of donation by card or cash are available at the front entrance. All proceeds support the 501(c)(3) nonprofit's preservation and programs.

While subject to current government health and safety guidelines, Casa Romantica anticipates re-opening its historic home later this summer and resuming its award-winning programming onsite for the 20-21 season. The upcoming season includes both onsite and remote modalities for participation, enabling the nonprofit to fulfill its mission for people of all ages in a manner that fits each individual's needs.

For those visiting the gardens in the coming days, masks and personal hand sanitizer will be available for purchase at the front entrance. Visit for a complete listing of protocols to protect our staff and guests before visiting the gardens.

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Wonderland Water Park at ACE Adventure Resort Announces Reopening Date

OAK HILL, W.Va. -- ACE Adventure Resort, an adventure resort based in The New River Gorge, began rafting, ziplining, and rock climbing trips last weekend, after guidance provided by the state of West Virginia was released. The resort, which encompasses 1,500 acres bordering the New River Gorge National River, announced today their plans to open their most popular attraction, Wonderland Waterpark.

Wonderland Waterpark, located in the center of ACE Adventure Resort, is a five-acre spring fed lake full of inflatable toys, including giant planets for you to spin on, water trampolines, and a waterslide that descends from a 3-story tower. The waterpark typically opens prior to Memorial Day, but was delayed this season due to COVID-19 related precautions in place by the state of West Virginia. But, with swimming pools being added to Governor Jim Justice's Week 5 Reopening Plan, ACE will begin welcoming their first guests into the waterpark for the 2020 season on May 30.

In order to ensure social distancing at Wonderland Waterpark, ACE has implemented some changes to their operating procedures.

"Our normal operating day has been innovated from top to bottom to maintain proper social distancing and to adhere to state regulations," said Haynes Mansfield, Marketing Director at ACE Adventure Resort. "Some of the major changes include a significant cap to the number of tickets sold each day, online ticket sales only, and checking the temperature of each guest upon entry."

The waterpark will allow a maximum of 240 guests per half-day session, and their restaurant will be open following the guidelines for restaurants in place by the state of West Virginia.

To celebrate the reopening of Wonderland Waterpark, season passes can be purchased for 20% off through May 31 on These passes will be valid for one year, beginning on the first date that they are used. Additionally, in conjunction with Governor Jim Justice's WVSTRONG State Parks Lodging Discount, all cabins and camping at ACE will be 30% off for instate residents though June.

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Whitewater Rafting Season Begins in West Virginia

OAK HILL, W.Va. -- New River Gorge, whitewater rafting outfitters are excited to begin their 2020 season following guidelines set in place by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice to modify operational procedures in order to provide COVID-19 safety precautions for outfitter guests and staff. ACE Adventure Resort in Oak Hill, West Virginia is excited to get back out on the river, after taking the past two months to make improvements to their 1,500-acre resort.

"We're looking forward to offering America's best whitewater again. After so much time cooped up at home we feel that a short drive to West Virginia for a rafting trip in the remote and scenic New River Gorge followed up by a night in one of our freestanding mountain cabins is just what people are craving!" said Haynes Mansfield, Marketing Director at ACE Adventure Resort. "We're closely following all guidelines from the state as they are being announced to ensure our guests can focus on having fun on the river, in our cabins, or any one of our on base activities."

The New River Gorge is located in a 70,000-acre scenic National River the provides guests of all experience levels opportunities to ride roller coaster like waves, breathe fresh mountain air, and bask in the nearly untouched, natural beauty of the Mountain State. This year ACE is offering free rafting trips on the family friendly Upper section of the New River Gorge to any child 6-11 years old that is accompanied by a full paying adult.

Guests will feel the wind in their hair as they soar through the treetops on ACE's 9 line zipline course, with exclusive views overlooking the The New River Gorge.

The Resort also offers mountain biking rentals, and miles of on site hiking trails as well as other guided adventures that will soon be opening. Private cabin rentals are also available for those wanting a full getaway in the mountains of West Virginia. All state and federal guidelines for cleaning and sanitizing cabins and equipment will be stringently followed.

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Hollywood’s New Playground Phuket Thailand Demarest Yacht 2020 Owner William D. Johnson

PHUKET, Thailand -- Hollywood has found itself a new playground free from paparazzi in Phuket, Thailand. The docks are filled with lavish yachts in Phuket these days. One is the most sought after, The Demarest Yacht, William D. Johnson refurbished the Demarest Yacht in 2019 just in time for the boom of 2020 Yachting's new "hot spot" Phuket Thailand.

On January 11, 2020 the Demarest Yacht was donated for a four-day trip in the silent auction for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, a three-day event on Koh Rang Noi Private Island, Phuket, Thailand.

DEMAREST YACHT is featured in "YACHT STYLE" magazine as one of the top Yachts of Asia-Pacific. In 2020 Phuket is expected to be the scene for the usual European yachting crowd. Now the Hollywood celebrities and Western wealthy are hitting the hidden beaches of Thailand for solace and peace away from the same old European scene and paparazzi.

William D. Johnson is coming off big Hollywood successes including Oscar winning Mel Gibson film, "Hacksaw Ridge" and "The Night Manager" with Emmy(R) winner Hugh Laurie. William D. Johnson still has one foot in Hollywood and once again ahead of his time he is diving into the cutting edge of business in Thailand, the new destination for the rich and famous.

The Demarest Yacht is known in Phuket as the boat with the most wanted crew. Captain Ake and his Fab Five are professional, knowledgeable about their native country, kind, and extremely helpful without being invasive. The crew's goal is to make sure you have an enjoyable, informative, and relaxing trip. The yacht features accommodations for 12 guests in 5 cabins.

The Demarest Yacht is a singular example of timeless elegance and contemporary amenities like big screen TVs throughout and high-speed Wi-Fi. Luxury motor yacht Demarest is capable of a comfortable cruising speed of 23 knots. Cruise in upmost comfort and explore the unparalleled beauty of the Andaman Sea.

The Demarest Yacht has been chartered by some of Hollywood's biggest stars and our world's most elite. John Legend and Christy Teigen, MTV's "The Challenger" show and many more.

William D. Johnson, entrepreneur extraordinaire is on to his next adventure in 2020, creating a wellness center in Phuket Thailand for the rich and famous in conjunction with Thailand's most esteemed doctors and medical facilities.

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Travel Insurance Companies vs. Cruise Lines: Why Shopping Around Is The Better Choice

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- With the kick off of the Cruise Wave Season this month, the time when cruise companies offer the best deals on cruises, urges travelers to purchase travel insurance early to protect their investments and ensure they're covered in the event of travel mishaps. Travel insurance can cover issues that occur both prior to embarkation or during a cruise, wreaking havoc on what is meant to be a dream adventure.

What many cruise travelers may not know is that they have options when it comes to travel insurance, and that by comparing plans, they can secure the best protection for their situation, at the best price.

"Cruises can be a great option for travelers, however they can present unique issues when it comes to travel mishaps, as a missed connection or delayed flight can put an entire trip into peril," said Stan Sandberg, co-founder of "Travel insurance is an affordable way to protect yourself if something unexpected does arise. Taking the time to find the right options, specific to your circumstances, is important. We highly recommend travelers shop around for the right coverage for their needs."

By taking advantage of captive customers in the booking process, cruise lines generally offer a single or limited selection of options at the time of purchase which may not be cost-effective compared to the options provided from multiple providers through comparison sites like

Cruisers should be prepared for the following common travel concerns:

Cancellations: Unforeseen circumstances can result in the need to cancel a trip at the last minute -- from work emergencies to illness. Travel insurance companies offer trip cancellation protection which provides refunds for the prepaid, non-refundable cruise costs as well as flights and accommodations booked, if the trip is canceled due to a covered reason. Travel insurance purchased directly through the cruise line may only provide a voucher or credit for a covered cancellation and may cover fewer reasons for cancellations, depending on the plan purchased. And travel insurance purchase directly from the cruise lines may not cover your flights, excursions or accommodations if they weren't purchased with the cruise line or the cruise agency.

Missed Port of Call: Some travel insurance plans are designed specifically for the cruise market. For example, the APRIL Travel Protection Cruise plan, available on, offers coverage in the event a cruise misses a scheduled port of call on the cruise itinerary. The plan will pay an inconvenience fee of $200 per missed port up to $600 if the cruise skips the port.

Missed Connections: The leading causes of missing a cruise ship include delayed flights or adverse weather conditions. Cruise ships run on tight schedules, and they will not cover any missed departure time. Travel insurance (via Missed Connection coverage) can reimburse the traveler for a set dollar amount to re-book travel to catch up with their cruise at the next port.

"It's important to remember that the best time to purchase travel insurance is immediately after buying the cruise ticket," continued Sandberg. "Check multiple providers and compare plans to find the right fit for you and your trip."

By buying right away, coverage will include pre-departure benefits (such as trip cancellation coverage) for the longest period possible. Purchasing early also allows buyers to take advantage of certain available upgrades such as Cancel For Any Reason coverage.

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About helps simplify the complicated world of travel insurance by providing consumers with the easiest way to compare and buy trip insurance coverage online. A member company of the U.S. Travel Insurance Association, owned and operated by DigiVentures Holdings, LLC, a licensed agency that works with some of the largest travel insurers in the industry. Purchases can be made directly through the website, with policies sent via email within minutes.

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K3 Travel Named Winner of The Knot Best of Weddings 2020

ATLANTA, Ga. -- K3 Travel is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a 2020 winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a national leading wedding planning brand and app.

In 2020, only five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award. In its fourteenth annual year, The Knot continues supporting local wedding vendors like K3 Travel with The Knot Best of Weddings 2020, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals. The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across vendor categories, including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, travel agencies, caterers and more, to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals and that engaged couples should consider booking for their unique wedding, travel, and honeymoon needs.

"It's an honor to be recognized and seen as a respected partner by such a trusted industry leader like The Knot. We are so excited to assist newlyweds in creating travel memories for honeymoons and beyond," said Kathy King, CEO of K3 Travel.

The Knot has inspired 25 million couples (and counting!) to plan a wedding that's uniquely theirs. The Knot Best of Weddings gives couples the confidence to find and book the best local vendors like K3 Travel in Atlanta, Georgia to bring their travel and honeymoon visions to life.

About K3 Travel

K3 Travel is a boutique travel agency who for more than 10 years has created amazing travel memories for honeymooners, singles, new travelers and the most seasoned globetrotters. K3 Travel understands firsthand the irreplaceable memories of travel, and it's that passion that drives them to create unforgettable vacations for clients. Whether a weekend getaway, 7-day cruise or month-long passport-stamping trek across the globe, K3 Travel takes away all the stress and laborious work of planning a vacation while giving customers well-informed and appropriate travel advice.

K3 Travel also understands that each and every couple has their own style, budget and destination in mind for the perfect honeymoon. K3 Travel takes the time to learn everything a couple desires and finds the perfect honeymoon destination and adventure while also managing every aspect of their trip.

For more information, visit K3 Travel online at and follow on social media: and Instagram @K3_Travel.

About The Knot

The Knot is the nation's leading multiplatform wedding resource offering a seamless, all-in-one planning experience-from finding inspiration and local vendors to creating and managing all guest experiences, wedding registries and more. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 wedding planning website and #1 iOS and Android mobile app The Knot Wedding Planner, The Knot national and local wedding magazines, and The Knot book series. Since its inception, The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that's uniquely them. Visit The Knot online at and follow on social media: and @TheKnot on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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He Knows Who’s Been Naughty or Nice and, More Importantly, Where to Escape the Crowds After Christmas – The Oasis at Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. -- Santa's discovered one of the best-kept secret hot spots in the United States - The Oasis at Death Valley, on the California/Nevada border, where the spring-fed pool is consistently 85 degrees, the weather is warm and it's mostly sunny.

PHOTO Caption: "Well, the elves aren't going to massage my feet, and I'm not asking Ms. Claus," says Santa as he relaxes by the pool at The Oasis at Death Valley.

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Ball Drop Show Announces Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration with Exclusive Dinner Show Performances and Ultimate Ball Drop Views

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Ball Drop Show ( at Bobby Van's Times Square announces its annual New Year's Eve gala celebration with a show featuring Cirque inspired performers and a world-class view of the iconic Times Square Ball Drop in New York City, including a four-course meal, a premium open bar with champagne toast and exclusive admission to the Ball Drop After Party to follow.

The unforgettable New Year's Eve experience includes some of the most astonishing and timeless acts, but with an acrobatic spin. It is, organizers say, "The perfect artistic entertainment and circus-style theatrics ... that evokes the imagination, invokes the senses and provokes the emotions of guests."

Ball Drop Show is open to a limited number of guests and kicks off at 8:15 p.m. Dec. 31 at Bobby Vans Times Square, 135 West 50th St., New York City and runs through 3 a.m., just a few blocks away from the official Times Square Ball Drop.

The four-course meal includes an appetizer, pasta, an entrée, side dishes, and coffee and tea served with a chef's assortment of desserts. A silent vegetarian/vegan option is available for each course. The open bar includes premium liquors, an assortment of wines and beers as well as juices and soda.

VIP event tickets range from $599 to $1,199 per person, including a private escort to watch the Ball Drop live in Times Square, followed by complementary access to the Ball Drop After Party, which include music by a top-rated DJ playing Top 40 hits, dancing, a photo booth, and a premium open bar.

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About Bobby Van's New York Times Square:

Bobby Van's is best known for in-house aged steaks - beef is aged for 24 to 28 days to ensure that the meat has a deep depth of flavor - fresh seafood and classics from the grill.


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