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Tuesday Travel Ticker: Liberty Island needs a lift

December 04, 2012|By Chris Erskine
  • Sandy chewed up the sidewalks around the Statue of Liberty. The island's power plants were also hit hard.
Sandy chewed up the sidewalks around the Statue of Liberty. The island's… (Associated Press )

The National Park Service still does not know when the Statue of Liberty will reopen or how much the island repairs will cost. The statue itself is intact but the storm flooded the island's power and heating systems. Brick paths around the 12-acre island are also torn up . . . . Throughout December, wine lovers can pick their favorite gingerbread replicas of 14 Sonoma wineries in the 7th Annual Sonoma Valley Gingerbread Winery Contest . . . . The 5th Annual San Diego Big Bay Whale Festival will be held at the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier on Jan. 26. The free fest is a family event offering a wide variety of interactive and hands-on displays . . . . Gold Coast Hotel and Casino is offering rodeo fans nightly highlights and interviews with the stars, at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Dec. 6-15, in Las Vegas.  Admission is free. . . .Anyone interested in backcountry hiking skills should check out the Long Beach/South Bay Section wilderness course beginning Jan. 16. Info and registration, click here . . . . Stephen Humphrey Bogart, son of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, will host one of the most noirish film salutes in the nation, the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival, May 2-5 in Key Largo, Fla. Tickets and info, click here   . . . . Travel quote of the day: “All any of us need is a very light suitcase.” (Oswald Wynd)

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