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Ballet meets farming in Vermont

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BALLET MEETS FARMING IN VERMONT

Pack your ballet slippers and muck boots and head to Vermont in August for six performances by Burlington-based dance company Farm to Ballet (Aug. 1-23). Produced and choreographed by Chatch Pregger, a former professional dancer turned teacher, the 75-minute program — performed by 18 dancers — weaves together the timeless arts of farming and ballet as a way to highlight the importance of farms and the people who grow our food. In addition, some events combine music, dance, and food as fund-raisers to assist farmers. The program will be staged throughout the state at agriculturally relevant sites in Dorset (Marble House Project); Shelburne (Shelburne Farms); Charlotte (Philo Ridge Farm); Poultney (Green Mountain College); Barnard (Feast & Field Market); and Essex Junction (Von Gal Farm). Performance times and ticket prices vary per venue. www.farmtoballet.org

CRUISES TO CONNECTICUT, NEW YORK LIGHTHOUSES

Lighthouse aficionados won’t want to miss the new two-hour Lighthouse Cruise offered by Cross Sound Ferry aboard SeaJet, a high-speed catamaran that zips alongside eight lighthouses and historical sites on Connecticut’s Thames River, Long Island Sound, and GardinersBay off the Sound (Wednesdays and weekends through Sept. 9; Saturday only through Oct. 10.) Local experts narrate the history of each site, beginning with the New London Harbor Light, the oldest lighthouse in Connecticut, south to New York’s Plum Island Lighthouse, site of the first battle between British and Colonial troops in the American Revolution. Other tour highlights include the New London Ledge Lighthouse (above); Fort Trumbull and Fort Griswold; General Dynamics’ Electric Boat Division (where the first nuclear-powered submarine was built); and the ruins of a fort used for US Navy torpedo target practice in World War II. The vessel departs from the New London Ferry docks, and features two air-conditioned decks, and a spacious outdoor deck for alfresco viewing. Adults $28; children ages 2-11 $14; under 2 free. 860-443-5281, www.longislandferry.com/Common/Help.aspx?page=lighthousecruise

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GET PERSONAL IN CUBA

Travel to Cuba aboard a two or three-masted schooner on AdventureSmith Explorations’ eight-day Cuba People to People Cruise. Launching in December (thru April 2016), the recently refurbished 49-passenger sailing vessels Panorama and Panorama II will visit Havana, Maria LaGorda, Cayo Largo, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos. Most sailing will occur at night, allowing guests to use ships as floating hotels. Discover the island and meet its people on escorted daytime tours that will focus on arts, music, culture, sports, nature, and authentic interactions with the local community. Fare includes shipboard accommodations, meals, flight arrival and departure transfers, tours, and shore excursions, multilingual expedition staff, and licenses and permits to travel in Cuba. The program begins and ends in Miami with a round-trip charter flight to Havana ($599). Port taxes, visa, and other items not included are detailed on website. Per person, double cabin rate from $4,899. 877-620-2875, www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/cuba-people-to-people-cruise

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CONVENIENT CRUISE AND AIR PACKAGES

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Worry about coordinating your flight and cruise plans? The river cruise line CroisiEurope has teamed up with Delta Airlines to offer combined cruise and international airfare packages. Travelers can now make all their reservations in one place by booking their river cruise, flights, and airport-to-ship transfers through CroisiEurope’s North American call center. Available on select round-trip, six- to eight-day cruise itineraries to the cities of Paris, Vienna, Venice, Porto (Portugal), and Amsterdam. Flights and transfers in partnership with Delta Airlines (including KLM, Air France, and Alitalia) are available from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York (JFK and Newark), and Washington. 800-768-7232, www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/river-cruise-and-air-packages-now-available

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Tired of the same old vacation? Those who aspire to give something back may want to check out the volunteer options offered by Global Vision International. A leader in voluntourism, GVI is active in more than a dozen countries, offering 150 different programs that center around a few core subjects including wildlife and marine conservation, working with underprivileged children, dive-master training (pictured above), education, sports, construction and more. On the website, volunteer opportunities can be selected by program type, focus, region, and duration. And you can select programs specific to age groups. 888-653-6028, www.gviusa.com

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STYLISH iPAD COVER WITH MUSIC SPEAKER

SoundCover, a newly launched product by Onanoff, offers exactly what its name promises. The two-in-one device protects your iPad Air and iPad Air 2 from scratches while doubling as a speaker that amplifies volume by up to 400 percent. The ultrathin folio speaker — with two built-in flat panels — is designed for maximum portability and travel. To sync with your iPad, simply open the back of the SoundCover. The device also can wirelessly stream audio from Bluetooth devices up to 33 feet away while producing a 360-degree audio field. A built-in microphone is perfect for conference calls when working on the road. Available in silver grey, gold, and black. $199. www.onanoff.com