A celebration of poetry Next weekend, Greenwich Village...

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March 23, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

A celebration of poetry

Next weekend, Greenwich Village takes its creative persona up a notch as it plays host to the People's Poetry Gathering, a three-day celebration of the world's oral and written poetry.

Those performing include U.S. poet laureate Stanley Kunitz and Robert Bly, along with calypso poetry "duelers," fisherman poets from the Pacific Northwest, a Korean P'ansori singer, Gypsy poets and musicians, and Cambodians who banter back and forth in poetry and song. Baltimoreans might be interested in the midnight graveyard reading of Edgar Allan Poe's work (by an undertaker/poet no less) at the Marble Cemetery on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

The festivities, dubbed "a Woodstock for words," officially begin Friday at 9 a.m., and will include open-microphone readings, prison poetry, erotic poetry, poetry slams and also a poetry dance party. Poet-rock star Patti Smith will close the show Sunday with a concert.

Ticket prices range from $12 for some individual events to an all-encompassing three-day VIP pass for $80. For information, call 800-333-5982 or go to www.peoplespoetry.org.

Calling all riders to Canadian Rockies

Hear that? That low, seductive rumbling? It's the call of the wild, and Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies is hoping you'll answer with a resounding "Wait for me!"

For 78 years, the nonprofit riding club has taken travelers - many of them first-time horseback riders - on explorations of Canada's Banff National Park. Days are spent taking in the sights - rivers, mountain passes, lush greenery - and nights pass under the stars. Guests camp in Teepee Town, a congregation of authentic teepees manned by wranglers. Campfire cooks greet riders after a day in the saddle with feasts of roast chicken, pork and beef.

This year, nine separate rides - some six-day ($935 to $985), some three-day ($425) - are scheduled beginning July 15 through the end of August, which is also the end of riding season. For more information, call 403-264-8656 or go to www.canuck.com/~trcr.

Snooze repair at Canyon Ranch

At Canyon Ranch, the word "ranch" is used loosely. There are no cows, no cowboys and no hard work. It's just the opposite. There's a lot of snoozing going on, particularly at the health resort's new sleep center.

In between facials, massages, nature hikes and meditations, guests of the Tucson, Ariz., resort can stop in for a sleep assessment. Medical specialists will review your lifestyle and sleep patterns, prescribe a remedy if needed and get you started on your way to a more restful you, all within a three-day period.

According to the center's medical director, at least half of all Americans function with some amount of sleep deficit, and many others are afflicted with one of the 80 known sleep disorders, which can have serious effects on health and safety. To combat this and raise people's awareness, the resort added the center as part of its focus on healthy living. For information about the resort's packages, which range from $1,210 to $5,510, call 800-742-9000 or go to www.canyonranch.com.

Trips offer a banquet of luscious places

Short on daydream material? Try this (unless you're among those who can afford to drop $26,000 on a two-week vacation. In that case, it's a suggestion):

TCS Expeditions, a private-jet tour company, has announced its newest adventure: The History of Food and Wine. The trip visits the kitchens of some of the world's best chefs, private wine cellars, rustic markets and spice bazaars, all in the hope of educating the mind and the palate about the origins of various cooking traditions.

Guests board their own Boeing 737 to fly from one culinary destination to another - including places like the Champagne region of France, Italy's Umbria and St. Petersburg, Russia - and disembark for tours, tastings, lectures and luxurious lodgings. To whet your appetite further, go to www.tcs-expeditions.com.

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