Wings you won't wantTravelers planning a trip to Russia...


August 21, 1994|By Kathryn R. Markham

Wings you won't want

Travelers planning a trip to Russia, take note: The U.S. State Department has recently issued a warning against taking any domestic flights there. In late May, the department told employees that only essential air travel would be approved, and also informed the public that the system was unreliable and recommended finding other international carriers instead. This information follows an International Airline Passengers Association report in late April which stated that Russian airlines did not meet international standards.

Corvettes in Kentucky

Since it first appeared in a General Motors car show a little more than 40 years ago, the Corvette has become one of the nation's best-known sports cars. With the Sept. 2 opening of the the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., where the cars are produced, its makers, owners and admirers will be able to learn a little more about this American tradition. Museum officials are expecting a crowd of 100,000 for the gala opening of the $15 million museum. The museum can be reached by calling (502) 781-7973.

Rendezvous on the route

Car aficionados will have further luck finding out more about their hobby Sept. 15-17, when the fifth annual "Route 66 Rendezvous" comes to San Bernardino, Calif. The car show, which is expected to attract more than 120,000 visitors, will include displays of custom and classic cars , an auto auction, a street fair and numerous contests. Information is available through the San Bernardino Visitors Bureau, at (909) 889-3980 or (800) 867-8366.

Dogs in the inn

In a dog-eat-dog world, a little vacation time can be the perfect solution to stress. But for many pet owners, leaving a dog in a kennel can be a painful experience. The solution? At River Run, a small bed and breakfast in New York, guests are invited to bring their canine companion with them to the "Inn for Pet Lovers." Despite its title, the inn is open only to dogs, not other pets. Located a short distance from local ski facilities, it has such features as rubber mats for bowls and even a "pet parlor" on the third floor where guests can spend time relaxing with their dogs. With all this luxury, perhaps a dog's life isn't such a bad thing after all. For more information, call (914) 254-4884.

Traditions of the tribes

In search of the great American getaway? It would be hard to find an event more all-American than "A Gathering of Peoples," a four-day celebration of Native-American cultures scheduled Sept. 2-5 in New York's southern Berkshire Mountains.

The festival features traditional music, storytelling, crafts, games and the chance to camp in a tepee. Tribes from across the country, including the Wampanoag, Kiowa, Apache and Comanche nations, will participate. It's open to all, and includes activities especially for children.

"A Gathering of Peoples" is organized through Journey into American Indian Territory, a group run by anthropologist Robert Vetter. According to Mr. Vetter, the event should provide opportunities to "go beyond stereotypes and understand the traditional ways of Indian people." The weekend will include lectures on native traditions, spirituality and social issues.

The event costs $245-$295 per person, half price for children. For more details, call (800) 458-2632 or (516) 878-8655.

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