Land of Illusion Scream Park Opens Today

More Concerts, More Monsters, More Screams.

The scare season is upon us as Land of Illusion Scream Park in Middletown, Ohio opens with monsters, music and mayhem for 23 select nights this fall between September 2nd and October 30th.Land-of-Illusion-Logo2

The park’s 19th season will be the biggest and scariest. The spine-chilling line-up of new concerts includes national recording artists LoCash, Granger Smith, Chris Lane, Old Dominion and more. The Scream Park has also added new scenes throughout the haunted houses and trail; added a new walk up bar; and has a new expanded gift shop.chris-lane

Land of Illusion’s general admission includes unlimited access to 4 terrifying haunted houses, the Middletown Haunted Trail and live entertainment that takes place every Friday and Saturday night. Season Passes are also available for unlimited admissions and all of the concerts.

Roaming zombies, mutants and the largest Killer Klown won’t help you escape from your worst nightmares and just because you’re not in a haunted house, doesn’t mean you are safe from the gruesome ghouls.Land of Illusion Scream Park 1

The park’s dark rides feature their own type of fun and fear. The Sniper Zombie Patrol and the freefall Demon Drop require a separate ticket.

The Zombie Sniper Patrol puts you right in the action, hunting down roving bands of unruly undead. Visitors board an army transport vehicle and take aim at the zombies with a paint-spewing pistol – as the “glow” paint-balls fly, the bodies fall. Demon Drop is an amazing 40-ft freefall experience. Visitors climb up a pole with hand and foot holds from the ground to an elevated platform 40-feet in the air with two separate platforms. You step off the platform, with safety gear, to begin your descent.

Also new this season is the Run Like Hell 5K. This is no leisurely 5K, you need to be prepared to encounter brain-hungry, virus-spreading, bloody zombies as well as anything else that may lurk in the dark. You’ll need speed, strategy and your intact brains to make it to the Finish Line “alive”. A special registration includes park admission, Zombie 5K, Zombie 5K t-shirt, concert featuring Chris Lane, medal and 1 drink ticket.

Visit for hours, dates, payment details, register for the Run Like Hell 5K and to purchase admission tickets or season passes online.

Montage Hotels & Resorts Announces The Grand Debut Of Montage Palmetto Bluff In The Heart Of South Carolina’s Lowcountry

The Newly Expanded Resort Exudes Authentic Southern Hospitality Rooted in Tradition with 200 Guest Accommodations, Signature Restaurant Jessamine, Spa Montage and More

Montage Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with Crescent Communities and The Athens Group, announced the final phase of expansion and the grand debut of its first east coast resort. The $100 million newly-expanded resort is set within the 20,000 acre Palmetto Bluff community, a historically rich centuries-old maritime forest surrounded by 32 miles of riverfront. Montage Palmetto Bluff (located within Palmetto Bluff’s 20,000 acres in the historic community of Bluffton, South Carolina) now includes a total of 200 guest accommodations, six dining experiences, three distinctive pool venues, Spa Montage, Paintbox children’s program, 35 private Montage Residences and over 16,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

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Montage Hotels & Resorts (PRNewsFoto/Montage Hotels & Resorts)

We are thrilled to debut the complete expansion of Montage Palmetto Bluff and bring our signature style of service and Montage programming to the inspiring and culturally-rich destination of Palmetto Bluff,” said Alan J. Fuerstman, founder and chief executive officer, Montage Hotels & Resorts.

Montage Palmetto Bluff - Cottages at Dusk

Montage Palmetto Bluff – Cottages at Dusk

Montage Palmetto Bluff - Guest Houses at Night

Montage Palmetto Bluff – Guest Houses at Night

The largest undertaking of the expansion was the development of a new Inn, which sits along an expanded lagoon waterway and was inspired by the R.T. Wilson, Jr. Mansion built on the property in the early 1900s. Developed by The Athens Group and designed by world-renowned Hart Howerton, HKS Hill Glazier Studio and Wilson & Associates, the Inn includes guest accommodations, a lively lobby lounge, the new Jessamine restaurant and Octagon Bar & Gathering Place. The Inn is also home to Spa Montage, which features outdoor relaxation areas that include both hot tubs and cold plunge pools, eucalyptus steam rooms and redwood saunas. The backyard of the Inn features two new pools and lagoon-side dining at Fore & Aft. The design throughout the Inn is coastally-inspired, and the furnishings, art and accessories reflect the subtle colors and natural surroundings of the resort.

Montage Palmetto BLuff - Cottage Bathroom

Montage Palmetto BLuff – Cottage Bathroom

Montage Palmetto BLuff - Cottage Interior

Montage Palmetto BLuff – Cottage Interior

Montage Palmetto BLuff - Cottage Spa

Montage Palmetto BLuff - Cottage Suite

Montage Palmetto BLuff – Cottage Suite

Montage Palmetto Bluff accommodations include spacious cottages, guest rooms and suites that reflect the ultimate in refined elegance and luxury. Guests can take in serene waterfront views from a screened-in porch, or enjoy the beautiful views of a maritime forest. All accommodations feature photographs by Eric Horan and paintings by local artist West Fraser, a native of Hilton Head Island whose work celebrates the calm, natural beauty found throughout Palmetto Bluff.

Montage Palmetto BLuff - Guest House Bath

Montage Palmetto BLuff – Guest House Bath

Montage Palmetto BLuff - Guest House King

Montage Palmetto BLuff – Guest House King

Montage Palmetto BLuff - Guest House Lagoon Suite

Montage Palmetto BLuff – Guest House Lagoon Suite

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New-York Historical Society Presents Vintage Presidential Campaign Memorabilia From The 1960s & Early 1970s

Campaigning for the Presidency, 1960-1972: Selections from the Museum of Democracy On View Through November 27, 2016

Coinciding with the 2016 presidential election, the New-York Historical Society will explore campaign memorabilia and the ephemera of American politics through the shifting styles, rhetoric, and aesthetics of four presidential elections and other political contests in the 1960s and early 1970s. On view August 26 – November 27, 2016, Campaigning for the Presidency, 1960-1972: Selections from the Museum of Democracy will showcase more than 120 objects from the planned Museum of Democracy/Wright Family Collection, considered one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive collections of political campaign memorabilia.

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Sven Walnum Photograph Collection JFK Campaigning, 1960 John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

With this year’s presidential election reaching a crescendo, we aim to remind New Yorkers what elections looked like before 24/7 news coverage and social media,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “As [the late] New York Mayor Ed Koch said, campaign memorabilia is ‘the sparkle and glitter of which our campaigns are made’ and that certainly comes through in this exhibition, which illustrates the integral role that ephemera had in American politics. We are pleased to share the Wright Family Collection with our visitors and give a taste of what’s to come in the planned Museum of Democracy.”


Kennedy-Johnson Campaign Vest and Hat, 1960 The Museum of Democracy/Wright Family Collection

Curated by New-York Historical Society Research Associate Cristian Panaite, the exhibition will feature objects from the presidential campaigns of John F. Kennedy vs. Richard Nixon (1960); Lyndon B. Johnson vs. Barry Goldwater (1964); the three-way contest between Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, and George Wallace (1968); and Richard Nixon vs. George McGovern (1972), tracing changes in tone and style of the 1960s and early 1970s and reflecting contemporary developments in campaign strategy.


Spiro Agnew / Nixon VIP Theater Wind-Up Dancing Doll, ca 1970 The Museum of Democracy/Wright Family Collection

Highlights will include bold posters, paper dresses, dolls and board games, t-shirts, paper and vinyl stickers, lapel pins, buttons, and other ephemera that range in tone from idealistic, to humorous, to scathingly critical. The exhibition will also feature some iconic television commercials from this era when the medium transformed politics, such as the controversial “Peace Little Girl (Daisy)” from 1964, which Johnson’s campaign created to demonstrate the danger of putting Goldwater in charge of the nuclear button. Memorabilia created for other prominent primary candidates of this era, such as Robert F. Kennedy and Nelson Rockefeller, will also be on view.


LBJ Stetson-Style Plastic Cowboy Hat, ca. 1964 The Museum of Democracy/Wright Family Collection

Focusing on four major presidential campaigns, the exhibition will begin with the 1960 John F. Kennedy vs. Richard Nixon contest, when Kennedy famously beat a sweaty and nervous-looking Nixon in the first live televised debate. Among the objects on view from this campaign will be a vest and hat featuring the slogan “Kennedy is the Remedy,” worn by an usher at the Democratic convention, and an elephant-shaped bobble-head doll wearing a “Nixon for President” sash.


Barry Goldwater Aftershave, 1964 The Museum of Democracy/Wright Family Collection

The 1964 Lyndon B. Johnson vs. Barry Goldwater campaign proved to be a gold mine for memorabilia. Goldwater’s campaign team seized on “gold” as a theme of many campaign products, producing quirky items such as Gold Water aftershave, “An After Shave for Americans.” Not only was it a play on the candidate’s name, but connecting Goldwater to cleanliness might have been a conservative reaction to “dirty hippies.” Lyndon B. Johnson’s campaign made an effort to promote his all-American, Western rancher image through a hay bale that reads “Johnson Grass Hay From One Good Democrat to Another. Continue reading