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From a dance festival to bike shares

Nearly 100 years after its last whaling voyage, the Charles W. Morgan (pictured above) sails into Provincetown Harbor as part of its summer journey along the New England coast.

Mystic Seaport

Nearly 100 years after its last whaling voyage, the Charles W. Morgan (pictured above) sails into Provincetown Harbor as part of its summer journey along the New England coast.

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SAND SCULPTURES AT REVERE BEACH

Join the crowds on the beach ogling the works of 15 master sand sculptors from around the world, all competing for first place in the Master Sand Sculpting Competition at the 2014 Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival. (July 18-20) The three-day extravaganza features live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, exhibit booths, children’s sand sculpting lessons, interactive learning zone, and fireworks. Free. 781-902-9742, www
.reverebeachpartnership.com/nation
al-sand-festival

WHALING VESSEL IN PROVINCETOWN

Nearly 100 years after its last whaling voyage, the Charles W. Morgan (pictured above) sails into Provincetown Harbor as part of its summer journey along the New England coast (July 10-15). Although there is no visitor access to the ship in P-town, events and festivities reflect the voyage’s goal to raise awareness about whales and whaling, including an exhibition on the town’s whaling heritage, “Forgotten Port,” at the Provincetown Museum (www.pilgrim-monu
ment.org); a NOAA/Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary educational exhibit pavilion — with model sperm whale — at MacMillan Wharf (sanctuaries.noaa.gov/whales); lectures by marine biologists and others, including Sylvia Earle (coastalstudies.org); and more. The vessel will visit the Stellwagen Bank sanctuary, former whaling grounds, July 11-13. (Follow the Morgan’s voyage at www.mystic
seaport.org/38thvoyage)

DANCE FESTIVAL IN VERMONT

Liz Voll

Get out your tap shoes and tutus and head to Brattleboro for the Second Annual Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 17-20).

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Get out your tap shoes and tutus and head to Brattleboro for the Second Annual Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 17-20). The four-day event features 100 lectures and workshops for all ability levels and ages, as well as 10 performances, exhibits, live music, and free community events. Embracing the theme “Dance Is for Everyone,” the festival (participant at left) includes the celebrated Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and many of Boston’s top artists, including Adrienne Hawkins, the Dance Complex, and Impulse Dance Company; Lorraine Chapman, the Boston Conservatory; Kirsta Sendziak, director of the School of Classical Ballet; and Ryan Casey, tap artist; and others. Classes include ballet, jazz, contemporary, Graham technique, contact improvisation, belly dance, Afro-jazz, tap, yoga, and more. Single event/day $10-$100; 4-day full immersion $325. www
.southernvermontdancefestival.com

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MIAMI TWICE

The luxury hotel Conrad Miami is celebrating its 10th anniversary with two “throwback” offers. During its 100 Nights of Summer package, a special rate of $100 per night is a throwback to its special opening prices from 2004. (Available for 10 reservations per week though Sept. 30.) Or try to win one of two grand prize trips to Miami in the #throwback photo-contest on the hotel’s Facebook page (facebook.com/ConradMiami). Two winners, one announced in July and the other in August, will receive a trip-for-two to Miami, including airfare, two-night accommodations, breakfast, $50 gift certificate to Conrad Spa, and two-hour rental of Wheels 2 Go Miami electric bikes. Located in the downtown Brickell district, the hotel has 203 rooms and 103 residence suites. 305-503-6557, conradhotels.com/
miami

ABORIGINAL HOTEL DEBUTS IN
VANCOUVER, B.C.

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Learn about Canada’s rich First Nations culture at Skwachàys Lodge, a new 18-room boutique hotel debuting at the crossroads of Vancouver’s historic Gastown and Chinatown. First opened in 2012 by the Vancouver Native Housing Society, two floors of the building have been transformed into an experiential hotel. Aboriginal artists teamed with Vancouver-based interior design firms to design each themed room featuring various animal spirits — raven, eagle, bear, wolf, orca — and original indigenous artwork. Guests may access a sweat lodge, artist’s workshop, smudge room (for religious ceremonies), and lounge. The Victorian façade is crowned by a traditional northern longhouse with 40-foot pole. At street level, an interactive 3-D display celebrates aboriginal art and culture. Rates from $225. 888-998-0797, www.skwachays.com 

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MOTORCYCLE BLUETOOTH SYSTEM

Change the way you communicate as you ride with Sena’s newest motorcycle-powersports Bluetooth system. The 20S uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology with dual Bluetooth communication modules, incorporating audio multitasking to allow conversation with others while simultaneously listening to music or GPS. A multiway conference intercom allows users the ability to intercom up to eight users for up to a 1.2-mile radius. $299. www.sena.com/promo/20s

PEER-TO-PEER BIKE SHARES

Splinster bike share program.

Splinster bike share program.

Don’t want to ship your bicycle to your travel destination? Sports enthusiasts will want to check out Spinlister, a web platform (pictured above) and app that encourages peer-to-peer sharing of bikes globally. Owners can list their cycles, and those seeking a ride can rent them for the day. Spinlister offers a diverse database of bikes from low to high end, all of which are insured up to $5,000, making the experience safe for those listing their gear. Spinlister also promotes sharing other sports equipment, such as snowboards, surfboards, and stand up paddleboards. Free. www.spinlister.com

NECEE REGIS

Necee Regis can be reached at neceeregis@globe.com.
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