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How About Some Shakespeare?!

May 27, 2017

ShakespeareDo you ever get that hankering to attend a Shakespeare play?  While there are numerous places throughout the country that offer the occasional play, the three best venues to do so in the United States include: the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR), the Illinois Shakespeare Festival  (Bloomington/Normal, IL), and the Utah Shakespeare Festival (Cedar City, UT).

If you can’t make it to one of these, there are several other festivals around . . . then check out this list of Shakespearean Theatre Companies to find a company near you.

My college offers a week-long trip to Ashland to attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in late summer every year (hosted by our resident Shakespeare Scholar, Dr. John Mercer).  I’ve been dying to go along on this trip, but the timing for me just hasn’t worked out yet (it has recently conflicted with my regularly scheduled vacation to Michigan to visit family) . . . one of these years the timing and the stars will align to allow me to attend.

How About a Date?

November 5, 2015

If you are wanting to enjoy a night out on the town, it shouldn’t be a problem in any of these towns.  Between the performing arts companies, museums, concert venues, sports stadiums, and movie theaters, you will have plenty of entertainment options in these top cities (courtesy of the AARP Bulletin).   Here are the top ten cities where entertainment is plentiful (based on city size — small, medium, and large).  For more details, check out AARP’s Livability Index.

Small cities
1.  Brentwood, TN
2.  Franklin, TN
3.  Spring Hill, TN
4.  Novato, CA
5.  San Rafael, CA
6.  Charlottesville, VA
7.  Fredericksburg, VA
8.  Pittsfield, MA
9.  Juneau, AK
10.  Barnstabletown, MA

Medium Cities
1.  Richmond, VA
2.  New Orleans, LA
3.  St. Louis, MO
4.  Santa Maria, CA
5.  Gresham, OR
6.  Atlanta, GA
7.  Fargo, ND
8.  Abilene, TX
9.  Yonkers, NY
10.  Minneapolis, MN

Large Cities
1.  Nashville, TN
2.  San Francisco, CA
3.  Washington, DC
4.  New York, NY
5.  Boston, MA
6.  Portland, OR
7.  Denver, CO
8.  Los Angeles, CA
9.  Austin, TX
10.  Seattle, WA

Source: AARP Bulletin (May 2015)