Sunday, October 7, 2001
hSteam train ridesto Apple Butter Festival
The Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Association will operate a steam-powered passenger train from Dennison to the Apple Butter Festival at Roscoe Village in Coshocton on Oct. 21.
The train will be pulled by the Ohio Central's newly restored 4-8-4 steam locomotive No. 6325, which is a former Grand Trunk Western Railroad steamer and the largest steam locomotive owned by the Ohio Central Railroad.
The train, which will travel the tracks of the Columbus and Ohio River Railroad, will depart from the restored Pennsylvania Railroad Passenger Station in Dennison at 9 a.m. and arrive in Coshocton at noon. Passengers will then be given approximately three hours to enjoy the festival.
Coach tickets are $59 each and can be purchased by calling (800) 571-1199 or by sending a check to the MVRH at P.O. Box 3055, Youngstown, OH 44511.
Bleak days forecastfor New York hotels
NEW YORK (AP) -- A professional services firm paints a bleak picture for the Manhattan lodging industry in the coming months, predicting revenues per room will decline between 30 percent and 35 percent for the remainder of the year.
PricewaterhouseCoopers also says annual occupancy for 2001 will be 70 percent, down from last year's 50-year high of 84 percent, and there will be as many as 6 to 10 hotel bankruptcies.
The company predicts the numbers will be the worst since data were first published in 1927, largely as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
Also, many travelers don't want to visit Manhattan while cleanup efforts are under way.
Other factors listed included:
U Disruption to the financial services industries, a major user of hotel rooms.
U Convention and small group meeting cancellations.
U Demand diverted to surrounding suburbs in response to relocated businesses.
U Dampened prospects for holiday season travel.
Smithsonian treasuresincluded in exhibit
"The Gilded Age: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" opened recently at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Okla.
The exhibition, which runs through Nov. 4, includes 60 major works by the most important artists from the 1870s through the 1920s, including Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargeant. It's one of eight exhibitions in Treasures to Go, touring the nation through 2002.
For more information call (918) 749-7941 or visit www.philbrook.org on the Web.
Cooking Light cruisefor healthy living
The Cooking Light Ship Shape Cruise Adventure, sponsored by Norwegian Cruise Line aboard the Norwegian Sun, will sail Dec.1 on a weeklong healthy-living vacation in the Western Caribbean.
Participants may choose among more than 20 informative activities presented by Cooking Light magazine, including cooking demonstrations, fitness workshops, exercise classes and food-and-wine seminars. This cruise also will feature the Cooking Light Beach Party at a beach resort.
For more information call (800) 367-5348 or visit www.cookinglight.com on the Web.
Tornado, storm tourswith a spiritual focus
Tornado Alley Safaris of Richardson, Texas, has announced its 2002 tour dates.
The firm specializes in tornado and storm tours with a spiritual focus.
It plans four eight-day tours in May and June leaving from Oklahoma City.
For more information visit www.tornadosafari.com on the Web or call (972) 889-0196.