From action-packed slides and hot air balloon rides, to beautiful stretches of white-sand beach and a massive lagoon where the party never stops, Perfect Day at CocoCay has more than enough activities to fill an entire day with fun. But if you really want to go the extra isle and indulge in an experience unlike any other, you have to pencil in some time at Coco Beach Club. Once you purchase your admission, you’ll have access to a bunch of included amenities, a private beach, and more. Packed with elevated experiences, Coco Beach Club is perfect for Royal Caribbean guests who want to soak up a little laid-back luxury while visiting the island. Read on to learn more about what to expect at Coco Beach Club and what’s included when you buy a day pass to the island’s most exclusive new hangout.
Springfield Garden Club Horticulture Education Chairman and Master Gardener Janet Dolder is passionate about native plants.
“It is not unusual for gardeners and landscapers to label any plant that wasn’t intentionally planted as a weed that needs to be eradicated,” she said. “There are so many beautiful native shrubs, trees, perennials and groundcovers that will easily adapt to growing in our backyards. It only takes a little research and a presentation or two with an expert … to get started.”
The garden club’s October program, “Why We Care About Native Plants” is just such a presentation. Featuring Dan Jaffe, it will take place Friday, Oct. 16, at noon via Zoom.
Jaffe is a well-known horticulturist, propagator and landscape designer. He earned a degree in botany from the University of Maine and an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from the New England Wild Flower Society. He is currently the staff photographer, horticulturalist and propagator for Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary in Monson.
During the Zoom meeting, he will discuss how to select and combine the right species for specific site conditions and how this community-oriented approach can be applied to plantings of all sizes. Participants will learn how to create healthy, resilient plant communities that are beautiful and ecologically vibrant.
Questions for Jaffe, co-author of “Native Plants for New England Gardens” — which features his photographs — will be accepted through the chat function of Zoom and will be answered in real time.
“It’s time to reestablish native plants in the urban landscape before it’s too late,” Dolder said. “As more space is developed, the ground becomes covered with concrete, lawns and exotic, hybridized shrubs and perennials, starving native vegetation of its natural habitat. In turn, insects that have evolved alongside those plants and adapted their diets to the native plants’ pollen and nectar also starve, and the birds who counted on those insects to feed their young are becoming extinct.”
Most of the plant materials garden club members use in their arrangements are found in their yards and gardens, so there are natives included. “While you could make an arrangement from all natives, we generally use a mix for variety,” said Mary E. Bandouveres, garden club publicity chairman. “Using natives in arrangements is a fun benefit of growing them. You can beautify as well as benefit the environment. In addition, as this is their ‘native’ land, native plants can be easier to grow than some imported ones.”
She particularly likes using milkweed in her arrangements. “It’s not the most flamboyant plant, but it is the only food a monarch caterpillar can eat. So, the survival of the monarchs is dependent on the availability of milkweed plants. And they are easy to grow,” she said.
For Dolder, the vibrant colors from native maples and oaks, with a groundcover of goldenrod, wild aster and native ferns, are a reminder that “fall in New England is one of the most beautiful places on earth.”
Current Springfield Garden Club members will receive information
(Bloomberg Businessweek) — Walk into the lobby of Breck Haus, a seven-month-old hotel and membership club in Breckenridge, Colo., and it can feel at first like a nature lover’s Soho House.
But instead of fashion-conscious creative types, fresh-eyed, fit thirtysomethings and fortysomethings dressed head-to-toe in Gore-Tex sip craft beers by the fireplace, with Aussie shepherds curled at their feet. The velvet midcentury modern couches and benches made from fur-covered lift seats are filled with just as many locals as out-of-towners.
When I went in February, its first month of operation, the crowd included plenty of skiers heading out to score first tracks. By early September, it had shifted to remote workers hunkered down at Unravel, a buzzy coffee shop anchored by a Bellwether zero-emissions roaster. The weekly events calendar, naturally Covid-19-safe, touted complimentary guided hikes up Grays Peak and free workshops on compass reading, not airy artist talks and gut-thumping DJ sets.
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If Soho House was intended as a gathering place for urban busybodies, then Gravity Haus Inc., Breck Haus’s parent brand, aims to be a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. A co-working space called StarterHaus allows the work-hard, play-hard crowd to bounce seamlessly between conference calls and trail runs, and Dryland Fitness & Spa offers a state‑of-the-art gym and Japanese-inspired hot tubs. The on-site hotel has 60 simple rooms, plus an expansive locker room for gear storage and a Super Tramp rig for practicing snowboard moves.
The concept is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Jim Deters, and it brings several of his existing ventures—the co-working facility, the gym, a mountain-guiding company—under a single roof. He sees the brand as being eco-conscious, adventure-driven, and democratic, rather than exclusive.
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An entry-level membership to Gravity Haus costs just $40 a month, with a 12-month minimum, and offers application-free access to the club and the ability to book classes and rent gear. Big-city equivalents such as the Battery in San Francisco or the Fitler Club in Philadelphia require initiation fees of about $5,000 and can cost $600 a month for those whose social clout makes the cut.
Until recently, the brand’s most popular membership, the Weekender,
The Duchess of Corrnwall has revealed a secret skill as she helped serve up lunch for pensioners at a club in Hertfordshire.
Camilla, 73, has previously talked down her cooking talents, but appeared to be pretty comfortable when it came to desserts.
As she got stuck in in the kitchen alongside volunteers from the Royal Voluntary Service, she proved a dab hand at piping cream on top of the individual trifles.
She was at the club in Rickmansworth at the invitation of her pen pal Doris Winfield, who she has been writing to throughout the pandemic.
The duchess and Winfield met in person for the first time, having struck up a friendship when the royal helped with the ‘check in and chat’ programme started by the RVS.
She told her friend: “You said to me to pop in if I was ever passing, so I have!”
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Winfield, a mother-of-three said: “She’s just a lovely, lovely lady. She has taken time out to speak and write to me without anyone knowing about it.
“Lockdown was a very lonely time for people like me, I really missed coming here. I used to come every day and now I only come two [days a week].
“Her letters cheered me up no end.”
Camilla was also pictured helping to cut up lunch for one woman, who is blind. According to the Daily Mail, Camilla popped the dinner down in front of Kay Francis, who then asked: “Aren’t you going to cut it up?”
The duchess turned back and said: “Of course I will. More than happy to help.”
Francis, 96, was oblivious to the royal hands helping her with her lunch, and said: “Sorry, I can’t see.”
“Not to worry, I don’t think I can see either,” Camilla replied.
Back in the kitchen, Camilla expertly piped trifles before topping them with raspberries and dishing them up, joking: “I feel like one of those contestants on MasterChef!”
Camilla is the president of the Royal Voluntary Service, and told the volunteers she was “proud” to be part of the RVS after helping out with the lunch club.
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The club had to close during the lockdown but has managed to reopen to give isolated elderly people a much needed social lifeline.
Elaine Hewitt, one of the volunteers tweeted: “I’m
Looking for some festive holiday decorations?
The Garden Club of Aiken is conducting a greenery sale for the second year in a row.
Plans call for $5,000 from the proceeds to be donated to the Friends of the Aiken County Public Library.
The money will be used to help fund new landscaping on the grounds of the library, which is undergoing a major renovation at 314 Chesterfield St. S.W.
The garden club has maintained the landscaping near the facility’s entrance for many years.
“The Friends of the Library are deeply grateful that Aiken’s oldest garden club will continue its historical connection by funding new landscaping through their Christmas greens sale,” said Friends President Bill Reynolds.
The rest of funds raised by the 2020 greenery sale will be returned to the community through the club’s various outreach programs.
Available for purchase from the club are small, medium and large wreaths, garlands, kissing balls, tabletop trees, table runners and hand-tied deep red velvet bows.
For more information about the holiday greenery sale or to place an order online, visit thegardenclubofaiken.com.
The deadline for orders is Oct. 24.
In addition, special order services are being offered for extra large wreaths, custom garlands and mailbox saddles.
To purchase those decorations, contact an Aiken Garden Club member or call Bonnie Coward at 803 215-1956 before Oct. 17.
Orders can be picked up from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 at 1022 South Boundary Ave. S.E.
Claudia Lea Phelps, a member of Aiken’s Winter Colony, founded the Garden Club of Aiken in 1924.
PARSIPPANY, NJ—The Mt. Tabor Garden Club is teaming up with Parsippany’s mayor and local scholars and ecologists to present “Forest Health: A Virtual Citizen Science Program,” on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.
“Learn from a study documenting nearly 300 forests in Northern New Jersey how forest understories have changed since the mid-20th Century,” the club said, in an announcement. The program will also cover “the impact of deer and invasive plants on our natural surroundings, evidence-based strategies to address reforestation and ways to raise the awareness of the public on forest stewardship.”
According to National Geographic, forests cover about 30 percent of the world’s land mass. Between 1990 and 2016, the World Bank said a half million square miles—an area bigger than South Africa—of forest were lost.
Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano will make opening remarks on citizen science outreach. Jay Kelly, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Raritan Valley Community College, will deliver the lecture. The event will be moderated by Mt. Tabor resident Kathy S. Walz, an ecologist. The event is free and virtual, and you can get more information and sign up here.
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A White House ceremony last Saturday for Amy Coney Barrett brought together top aides, Cabinet members and Republican lawmakers. And New Jersey health officials have contacted more than 200 people who attended a campaign fundraiser at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster on Thursday.
Senior Administration Official: Coronavirus Outbreak Likely Began At Supreme Court Announcement
A senior administration official told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Saturday that the cluster of coronavirus cases among top Republican officials likely began at President Donald Trump’s Rose Garden event announcing the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The official said it “seems highly likely this (outbreak) originated at the SCOTUS announcement last week. It may have come from the Hill. The next major concern will be securing Capitol Hill and protecting lawmakers.” (Krieg, 10/3)
A Supreme Court Announcement Packed With Covid-19 Red Flags
The flags are so red they might as well be wailing like sirens. As more people in and around the White House test positive for the virus that causes Covid-19, no event is being more scrutinized than the Rose Garden event last Saturday, where President Trump announced the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. That gathering, as videos and photos of it make clear, violated so many of the recommendations that everyone else has been told to adopt this year. (Joseph, 10/3)
Inside Amy Coney Barrett’s White House Reception
Since President Donald Trump announced his positive Covid-19 test, public attention has centered on the Rose Garden ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court announcement and how a number of its attendees have since tested positive. But there was also a smaller, private reception inside the White House — one that did not include wearing masks and did not include social distancing. After the public event, dozens of attendees gathered inside the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room and the adjoining hallway. The reception lasted between 30 and 45 minutes, one source with knowledge of the event told CNN.CNN is told the attendees did not wear masks, and pictures of the event show no social distancing. (Bash and Bohn, 10/4)
Contract tracing continues for his fundraising event in Bedminster, New Jersey —
NJ Officials Contact 206 People At Trump Event At Bedminster
State health officials in New Jersey have contacted more than 200 people who attended a campaign fundraiser at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster on Thursday, hours before the president announced he had COVID-19, as they try to contain the spread of the deadly virus. Somerset County officials were meanwhile contacting employees who worked the event, most of whom live in the county. In a joint statement issued Sunday, the officials asked guests and employees to monitor their symptoms and, if they were close to President Trump or his staff, to quarantine for 14 days. (Dale, 10/4)
President Trump Took Photos, Had Roundtable With Donors At Fundraiser Hours Before Testing Positive For Coronavirus
President Donald Trump’s big-dollar fundraiser at
RUMSON, NJ – In the latest community service initiative completed by the Garden Club of Fair Haven, the nonprofit recently completed the beautification of three Habitat for Humanity homes in Monmouth County. Over the course of three years, the club designed, funded and installed landscaping and gardening projects for families in need.
To execute the large-scale initiative, The Garden Club of Fair Haven implemented a committee of talented members to design specialized landscaping in preparation. Garden club members, landscapers, volunteers and Rumson-Fair Haven High School students cleared the lot, cut the gardens and planted trees, scrubs, plants and bulbs and added additional arbor and fencing.
The Garden Club of Fair Haven was recognized by the National Garden Club for the massive project and was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation.
The first house to be completed is in Rumson, with the other homes located in Long Branch. Plant materials were donated from Harry Cross Morganville Flower Farm alongside personal monetary donations and plants dug up from members’ personal gardens.
“Under the leadership of club’s president Beth Ruda and her design committee of Lynda Vaccaro, Lee Davidson, Sara Swijter, Lynda Griffith and her work committee of Kathryn Rose Storti, Paula Thorogood and Gume Monticito the project was brought to beautiful fruition for a family in need,” the organization wrote in a news release.
The Garden Club of Fair Haven, which has served the community since 1951, pursues civic projects to benefit and beautify the borough. Past projects have included the replacement of the fence at the bird sanctuary, landscaping Borough’s Memorial Park and sponsoring local flower shows.
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The Plantation Country Club in Garden City has cast aside its only link to slavery and is now known as The River Club.
“Looking to the future of this great club and what it means to members and the community, the element we kept coming back to was the river,” Will Gustafson, CEO of owner Glass Creek LLC, said in a news release Thursday. “The Boise River is the lifeblood for this community. It was obvious that our club’s future had to pay respect to the river.”
The club announced in June, amid nationwide protests of police violence against Black people, that it was seeking a new name. In the U.S., the word plantation is associated with large farms built in the past on the backs of slave labor.
In August, the Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise removed a stained glass window installed in 1960 that contained the image of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Church documents showed the window, featuring Lee standing with Presidents Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, was meant as an “inclusive nod to Southerners who have settled in Boise.”
Glass Creek, which bought the country club in 2018, planned to unveil a new name after a redesign of the course and other improvements were completed in a few years. However, Gustafson said the events of 2020 brought an increased focus on ensuring the club matched modern-day values.
“We felt from the very beginning that ‘Plantation Country Club’ did not reflect the vision we had for the club’s future: a fresh, modern, inclusive, and welcoming club for all members of the community,” he said. “This year brought a sharp focus on just how imperative it was for our club to not be attached to that dark piece of America’s history, and we knew we couldn’t wait any longer.”
The course, the oldest in Southern Idaho, opened July 18, 1917 as the Boise Country Club. Fourteen years later, the name was changed to the Plantation Country Club.
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