African Americans who want to return to their roots can make a pilgrimage to Gambia as part of the annual "Roots Homecoming Festival" June 23 to July 3. The festival is held in Banjul, the capital city. Participants will attend cultural and educational events and visit Juffureh, the birthplace of Alex Haley's Kunta Kinteh, as they ride down the Gambia River. Guests will explore historical monuments and can shop at arts and crafts markets. From Dakar, Senegal, the group will take a ferry to Goree Island for the afternoon.
Cost: $1,777 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air fare from New York, beach-side hotels, daily breakfast and dinner in Banjul, ground transportation and festival registration.
Contact: Julie Ward of Gallery ASHA at the African Festival Hotline; tel. (310) 726-9230.
The American Pride will join more than 50 other tall ships from around the world for a Gold Rush Race to celebrate 150 years of California statehood. Participants can sail aboard the 130-foot schooner and help out, taking the helm and doing other sailboat duties. The sailing dates are in "legs," from June 25 to 30 (Long Beach to San Francisco), July 2 to 9 (San Francisco to Long Beach) or July 11 to 13 (Long Beach to San Diego).