It was a fun night at the Main Event. The venue supplied us with logo boxes to insert our swag goodies.
We had Eileen with India Hicks Holiday designs. If you want to sparkle, India Hicks has something for you.
Rachel displaying and describing Young Living oils. Essential oils is a natural way to maintain your health.
A fun vendor, and new item for me, was the Quillowman. These handy items are both a pillow and quilt in one. Great way to keep warm at a sporting event in the cold.
Fun inexpensive jewelry display, Paparazzi Jewelry. Everything is $5. How can one go wrong?
Aida from Pure Romance was there collecting names for home parties. Imagine how much fun those parties are to attend!
Renee with Rodan and Fields was there to educate us on how to care for our skin.
Lovely Laura Corridi from Seven Owls was there with her crochet work. She has hats that have exchangeable puffs. She can perform magic with her needle. I have seen it.
There were large screens with sports, playing in the background, for the interested parties. Small bites and laughs.
Always a fun time at the Delaware Housewives in the City.
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A town of many faces and many facets, Washington, DC is much more than just the place you went to on middle school class trips. The nation’s capital offers tourists not only an abundance of American history and awe-inspiring governmental monuments, but a powerful emerging restaurant scene, as well as a variety of museums, parks and exhilarating nightlife hotspots. With a mix of people so eclectic and diverse, it’s hard not to consider DC one of the true great cosmopolitan cities of the United States.
The city is split up into four main districts. The Downtown area is home to the National Mall, the White House, the Smithsonian (one of many museums), business and theater districts as well as many fine dining venues. This area is the most popular tourist area for obvious reasons. North Central has some of the trendiest and most diverse neighborhoods in the DC area. Dupont Circle has an eclectic collection of cafés, bars, nightclubs shops and galleries, as well as Embassy Row. DC West consists of a group of upscale neighborhoods, including historic Georgetown, and boasts attractions including the National Cathedral and zoo. DC East is where you’ll find Capitol Hill and the Library of Congress. Though it’s the main bureaucratic headquarters of town, this section also offers bohemian nightlife in the Atlas District and a Roman Catholic area called “Little Vatican”.
With the number of sites and museums seeming to outnumber the people, there are a few places to hit up that might not be on all the typical must-see-in-DC lists. The International Spy Museum is like peering into James Bond’s toy chest. This fascinating museum highlights high-tech gadgetry, notorious spy cases and gives visitors complicated mysteries to solve. The National Zoological Park, known as the DC Zoo, is one of the nation’s most-visited zoos which includes an extensive panda habitat and live gorilla cams. For the quintessential adventure through history, the downtown area is home to tourist-friendly attractions like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, the Air and Space Museum and the Vietnam Memorial.
In recent years, Washington DC has become a gastronomic tour de force. For a fine dining French bistro with a casual atmosphere and moderate prices, check out Café du Parc, which is located next to the Willard InterContinental Hotel. For a raucous night of blues and southern cooking, head over to Madam’s Organ Blues Bar and Soul Food. The nightly live music and down home bar fare can be found nowhere else in the city. For cheap eats, try a chili dog and thick shake at Ben’s Chili Bowl, or a Middle Eastern late night bite at the Falafel Shop in the Adams Morgan section of town. For award-winning mussels and over 50 different Belgian ales, check out the laidback gastropub, Granville Moore’s.
The Washington DC area is served by three major airports. Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (DCA) is located in Arlington, Virginia, (10 minutes south of the city) and is the closest and most convenient choice for Washington DC travel. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), located 26 miles outside the city in Dulles, Virginia, is another option for both domestic and international major airline carriers. There are several modes of ground transportation to DC -- the most convenient being the Washington Flyer coach which operates every half-hour and costs $10 one-way or $18 round trip. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is located in 30 miles northeast of the city in Baltimore, Maryland. Though most commonly used for Baltimore travel, this airport is an alternative for those in the Maryland suburbs of Washington.
The public transportation system in Washington DC is one of the best in the county. The city’s subway system, called the Metro, is a clean and efficient way to navigate around the grid of DC. There are five intersecting rail lines which stop in all major neighborhoods, as well as multiple downtown locations. The lines are color-coded and tickets can be purchased by way of Metro farecards, which are located in all terminal stations. The bus system is a good choice for locations within the city that the Metro does not efficiently reach. As in most major cities, taxis are quite accessible, although they are one of the most expensive modes of transportation.
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When you say, “Albuquerque,” some people may think of Bugs Bunny’s famous line (“I knew I should’ve turned left in Albuquerque!) and others likely think of the TV shows Breaking Bad, In Plain Sight or Better Call Saul. But for many, this charming New Mexico metropolis may be most famous for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, held each October—for almost 50 years now!
This year’s celebration takes place from October 6-14, and more than 500 balloons are expected to participate.
The main event takes place at the city’s Balloon Fiesta Park—the expanse is an incredible 365 acres, 78 of which is dedicated as the launch field. It also claims to be the most photographed event in the world.
Visitors can watch mass ascensions on several different mornings, as well as championship flying events, fireworks, chainsaw carving demonstrations, the Glowdeo, and a special “shapes flight,” where uniquely shaped hot air balloons take to the skies.
On our summer family vacation, we stopped in Albuquerque and checked out the fascinating and interactive Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, located near the park grounds. The museum features a sweeping, arched roof that evokes the shape of a balloon and allows for an enormous bank of windows, providing excellent light inside. The atrium is filled with balloons and replicas from many eras, suspended from the ceiling.
The exhibits were much more engrossing than I imagined they’d be. I learned about the earliest balloons that took humans aloft. I was fascinated to discover that balloons loaded with explosives were floated toward the United States by Japan, but the plan largely failed.
However, four kids and two adults were killed in rural Oregon in 1945 when they discovered one of the so-called “fire balloons.” (Strangely, they were the only World War II U.S. combat casualties in the contiguous 48 states.)
There was also an excellent interactive portion of the museum that dealt with weather—from winds to storms and sunshine to clouds. Weather plays an important role in safely operating a hot air balloon, and you’ll learn why Albuquerque has some of the best weather for this activity.
Since we were in town, we couldn’t pass up the chance to take a ride up over the city ourselves. We woke before dawn on our last morning in town and drove north to the offices of Rainbow Ryders. The company offers a variety of options, including a sunrise balloon ride, dawn patrol ride, sunset ride, and even private rides and weddings. We opted for the sunrise ride.
Once checked in, our family of four piled in a van with seven other riders, and we were soon at a local park where the three company representatives unfurled the massive balloon and affixed it to the basket. My partner and I volunteered to hold parts of the balloon’s mouth while giant fans blew air into it. Once it was sufficiently filled (about 10 minutes), the pilot fired up the liquid propane burners, causing the whole envelope to slowly rise off its side and stand upright.
Our pilot, Dean, quickly got us onboard and before we knew it, we were gently lifting off the ground. We quickly elevated to more than a thousand feet, giving us a stunning view of the entire Albuquerque area, including the gorgeous Sandia Mountains to the east.
According to Dean, the balloon itself, referred to as the envelope, generally lasts about 800-900 hours before it needs to be replaced. Our ride only had about 390 hours on it, and he had piloted most of those hours. The baskets, in contrast, “will last forever if you take care of them,” he said.
We stayed aloft for a little more than an hour, as we had some issues with getting the wind to take us to a proper landing spot. But the eventual landing was smooth as silk, and we enjoyed a nice mimosa to celebrate being back on solid ground. Upon returning to the Rainbow Ryders office, we enjoyed a nice breakfast before heading back to our hotel.
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Hi. My name is Kelley Cole and I am the new Social Media and Event Coordinator for Delaware Housewives in the City. I am a mom to two amazing kids. My daughter (P) is 12 and my son (T) is 8. My husband works for a local education association and also serves on Dover's City Council. I was a high school English teacher for 16 years before leaving the classroom to work part-time as a trainer for an educational software company. I make sure I reserve time to play tennis, read chick lit, travel, and enjoy the small things in life (like wine and chocolate).