2006-04-07 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

News Events/Travel Editor/Host + WNYX - TV Morning News

12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

Jazz And Beyond, Scotland And Vision Expo

Umbria, in the of Italy, known for its great food, wine , art and culture, and scenic and architectural beauty swung into our New York City town last week with their Jazz music, fashion, ceramics displayed at a series of events at venues around town.

Umbria began their Jazz and Beyond series of concerts starting with a reception at the Italian Cultural Center.

It was a six day celebration featuring the finest Italian Jazz artists as well as food and wine tasting at the Birdland Club; sumptuous food and wine samplings at the Helen Mills Theatre. And, it all ended with a gala dinner at the Guggenheim Museum on March 30. It was a treat beyond treats for those who love jazz and knew nothing about Umbria and for those who do know Umbria to once again savor the flavors of its rich culture.

Look for it next year around this time.

It is a festive occasion for another part of Europe. New York City has designated April 6th as National Tartan Day in 1998 to honor "the outstanding contributions of millions of Scottish - Americans to our great nation.

The significance dates back to the 1320 signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, which was the model for the American Declaration of Independence. Scotland displayed it's cultural wares at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station from March 29 to April 8.

I visited the Scottish Village opening night and it was very festive. They set up booths with all kinds of literature about the different regions of Scotland (Did you know Scotland is known for the greatest golf courses in the world?).

Many of you Breezy Pointers are avid golfers. Maybe some of you would like to try a course or two in Scotland.

If you do, contact me.

Of course many of you know about the Scotch Whiskey. You can get plenty of that in Kennedy's. But, if you had a chance to visit the Scottish Village at Vanderbilt Hall, you could have caught the Scottish performers, singers, Bag Pipers, the food demonstrations, their art and, their fashions to the Kilt.

They are here until April 8 culminating with a March up Sixth Avenue on Saturday. And, the greatest thing about it................IT'S ALL FREE!!!! They are coming back again next year.

The Vision Expo was at the Javits Center over the weekend and one product I simply adored was the FRUGI sunglasses for children. (I wish they made them for adults). The award winning FRUGI shades were invented by an Ophthalmologist Frugis are so comfortable, kids actually wear them. Eyes can get sunburned says Dr. Gary Hall, inventor. "Sunshine has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration and other serious eye diseases and can burn the cornea.

The damage starts early and is cumulative." The Frugi Shades are wraparound sunglasses for babies and toddlers to wear. They wraparound the head and are attached with Velcro so they cannot fall off.

They are soft, pliable and come in a range of colors. At the Vision Show, I also came across very attracted jewelry that holds your glasses securely around your neck. It is patented because the glasses cannot fall out of the piece of jewelry.

It was open house at Mickey Mantle's Restaurant on 59 Street this week to familiarize the press and event planners with what they have to offer. It was a nice, comfortable atmosphere with guests in comfortable clothing and the food was good I especially liked their seared tuna and coconut shrimp. The late Mickey Mantle was very loyal to his restaurant. He ate there every night in the last booth to the right. He welcomed his costumer to come over and chat.

Dave and Busters Caf and Gaming Arcade opened with a giant bang with cocktails and buffet dinner and $10 gaming card.

It is fun for the families with teenagers and adults alike. This is the first one in Times Square at 224 West 42 Street. Several bars, hot food buffets and tasty tid bits passed around. Fun toys were available for everyone to win in the arcade.

Gladys Crowley is having an extended stay with her son, Johnnie in Florida while visiting close relatives nearby. Have fun, Gladys. Her, granddaughter, Nicole just turned a big 20 years old. I reported 19 years old. Sorry about that, Nicole.

TRAVEL: Air Tran to Vegas OW $39 with Hotel, 3 nts. $227. 7nts. Paris, Air, Hotel, Bkts, Seine River Cruise and more...$559.Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island 8 days $895. Tokyo & Kyoto + Mt. Fuji , 8days /6 nts. 3 nts R/T Air from LAX or SFO on UA; 1st Classs hotel in Tokyo 3nts. 1st Class hotel Kyoto; Bullet Train from Tokyo to Kyoto; Airport transfers by Shullle Bus. Half Day Motor Coach sightseeing both in Tokyo and Kyoto; Full day motor coach excursion to Mt. Fuji with lunch. Valid through Dec. 2006 $1819 p.p.

Give me a call or email dorothy

dunne @yahoo.com

And, AWAY WE GO!!!

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