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Art on the Emerald Necklace, an app for an airport, and a new five-star hotel

An installation by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya was commissioned by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.handout

Fog sculptures appear in Boston parks

If you see billowing fog on a sunny day along Boston’s Emerald Necklace — don’t be alarmed. The fog is part of an immersive public art installation by renowned Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, commissioned by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy to commemorate its 20th anniversary. “Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace” features shape-shifting installations of pure water vapor at five locations: The Fens, Olmstead Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park. The installations will be activated from dawn to dusk, emitting fog that rhythmically appears and dissipates. Free to the public. Through Oct. 31.

Airport app debuts in Providence

Flying out of Providence just got easier with the new T.F. Green Airport App. Simply download the app to your Android or iOS device to access real flight time status and details of all arriving and departing flights, including gate, flight number, and to/from city. In addition, the app provides the hours of operation and information on all airport amenities, such as retail, dining, airlines, transportation, and rental car companies. Worried about where to park? It includes maps of the terminal and parking locations, and a parking tracker. Just scan the QR code and the app will find your vehicle’s location when you return from your trip. Free.

Immersive art and tech fest

Binghamton, N.Y., may not be the first town that springs to mind when planning travels to cutting-edge arts festivals. However, the fourth annual LUMA Projection Arts Festival (Sept. 7-9) might expand your destination bucket list. Billed as the only visual arts festival in the United States focusing primarily on projection mapping, LUMA will transform the historic architecture in downtown Binghamton into an outdoor art gallery, making virtually anything a canvas using high-powered video projection, advanced 3-D computer animation, live music, moving lights, and more. Debuting as a one-day event in 2015 — to a crowd of 30,000 people — LUMA is expanding this year to a full weekend of events where artists from around the globe will unveil original immersive stories to crowds of art lovers and tech enthusiasts.


Five-star hotel opens in Lake Como

Travelers longing for stunning views of Lake Como in the heart of the Italian city’s majestic waterfront, Piazza Cavour, should look no further than the newly opened Vista Palazzo Lago di Como. Loll like royalty in one of 18 intimate lakeside rooms and suites in a completely renovated historic 19th-century Venetian-style palazzo. The five-star luxury hotel’s rooftop boasts a library, outside Infinity Bar, and Sottovoce restaurant. The 18-month restoration project was spearheaded by Lario Hotels, a family-owned-and-operated group working in the area for more than 90 years. Off-site excursions include seaplane tours, spa treatments, Riva speedboat trips on the lake, and more. George Clooney sightings not included. Rates from $800 per night.

Scarf keeps you warm and hides valuables

Waypoint Goods, a boutique design studio for travel accessories, has debuted its newest Scandinavian-inspired scarf, The Oslo. This limited-edition infinity travel scarf not only keeps you warm on long flights, it also can securely conceal your phone, passport, wallet, keys, and other essentials safely in a hidden pocket. At 22 inches wide and 32 inches long, the scarf can loosely double wrap over your shoulders without being too tight. (It’s recommended you place the pocket loop closest to your body, and use the other loop to drape over the top to hide the pocket and contents.) Made of a light, buttery-smooth polyester in ice-gray hues that are designed to mimic glaciers in a fjord. Scarves are also available in additional colors such as orchid, pumpkin, peacock, onyx, and hibiscus. $39.95.

DEET-free insect repellent

It’s camping season, which means it’s also bug season. To avoid itchy and sometimes painful bites from mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and chiggers, try Sawyer’s new Picaridin Insect Repellant, a non-greasy, DEET-free formula that works up to 12 hours with a single application. Safe for use on the whole family, the product has a pleasant, low-citrus odor and won’t damage plastics or synthetic coatings, meaning it won’t adversely affect clothing, backpacks, watches, and sunglasses. Reviewed by Consumer Reports as safe and effective against the Yellow Fever Mosquito, which can transmit the Zika virus. Available at online retailers and a variety of stores as a lotion and spray in sizes ranging from 4-ounce bottles to one-quart and one-gallon-size dispensing jugs. $8-$30. .

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