3 Perfect “Fusions” You Can Enjoy in Lexington and Rockbridge County, VA

first_img Do you want a small-town pace with big-city plates? The slower pace of small-town America is the perfectrespite from today’s high paced society. However, vacationers often believethey must forego other amenities in lieu of the slower pace – namely variedfood options. Craft beer, specialty cocktails, local wine, made-from-scratchdesserts and regional Southern fare brim from table to table in any flavor youcould imagine. Cozy basement wine sippings around the fireplace at TAPS make for the perfect start or end to your evening. Steaks, seafood and live jazz are the specialties at Haywood’s. Dinner and drinks on the breezy terrace at Rocca Bar + Ristorante overlooking Main Street and Halcyon Days Cider Co. and apple orchard labyrinth with incomparable views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are only a few of the come-as-you-are food experiences that should top your list. Looking for deep history and an energizing community? Few places are morealive than a college campus and the surrounding community. But when that youngcollegiate energy radiates alongside deep roots of history, the result ispractically magical. Fusion #3: History + Innovation And before you think finding outdoor adventure means you’ll have to sleep in a tent hidden away in the woods, you may want to take a look at the plentiful lodging options available in the area. From historic hotels, inns and B&Bs, cabin and vacation home rentals to robust campground sites and RV parks, you’ll find the perfect place to rest your head. Relive history as you meander the grounds of Wade’s Mill, a 1750s working grist mill, and Cyrus McCormick Farm, then take a state-of-the-art brewery and packaging plant tour at Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen, a self-guided tour at Lexington Coffee Roasters (one of the nation’s top 12 coffee roasters) or visit the Sheridan Livery to try the wine-on-tap bar, the first of its kind in the Shenandoah Valley. Fusion #1: Small-Town Pace + Foodie Haven Go ahead…find the outdoor adventure you’ve been seeking. And then perhaps you may want to top it off with a stay at the historic and luxurious The Georges hotel in downtown Lexington or Forest Oaks in Natural Bridge. Whether enjoying thenatural outdoor beauty, the deep history or the unique pulse of culture inLexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County, the enjoyment of one experienceis heightened, in part, because of the existence of the others. Do you like outdoor adventure and luxury lodging? Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the variety of adventures awaiting them here in Rockbridge County, VA. Bike on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hike lush green mountain ridges of the Appalachian Trail. Paddle along the tranquil Upper James River Water Trail or fish the plentiful streams and rivers throughout the valley. Explore the karst landscape in Natural Bridge State Park and the Caverns of Natural Bridge and Devil’s Marbleyard. Learn more at lexingtonvirginia.com. The fortress-like presence of Virginia Military Institute serves as the sentry of Lexington, amicably giving way just beyond to the red brick sidewalks and quaint shops that speak of days gone by. Fusion #2: Outdoor Adventure + Excellent Lodging Choices But in Lexington, VA and surrounding areas, foodies need not worry. With a storied list of sweet and savory bites, any pallet will be fully satisfied. Chefs take inspiration from what’s local and fresh, filling your plate with produce plucked that morning by local farmers, steak raised down the road at Buffalo Creek Farm and in-house creations you’ll find nowhere else. last_img read more

KSA sanctions Royal Panda and LeoVegas over online offering

first_img Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Related Articles LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Dutch gambling authority Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has sanctioned both Royal Panda and LeoVegas after the two operators were found to be offering games of chance to consumers within the country.The KSA emphasised that “online gambling is currently prohibited”, and subsequently handed Royal Panda a €400,000 while LeoVegas was issued with a fine of €350,000.The fines follow on from research carried out by the KSA during the latter half of 2018 and early 2019, which revealed that the two gaming operators, “despite this prohibition, still focused on the Netherlands with their offer.”As part of the ruling, it was emphasised that both companies were accessible to the public via a Dutch IP, as the KSA offered examples of actions that constituted the receipt of the two penalty fees, including the option to wager using the Dutch iDEAL payment method.Both sites also offered a number of games of chance to the public, which including sports betting, casino titles and virtual slot machines.Earlier this year, Kindred Group was fined €470,000 by the KSA after it was found to be in breach of the legislative terms set by the ‘1964 Gambling Act’.Kindred explained that the KSA had  sanctioned the penalty to its Malta-based trading subsidiary Trannel International Ltd for accepting wagers from Dutch customers in violation of 1964 Gambling Act regulatory provisions.As it stands under Dutch legislation, all physical or online gambling offerings are illegal with Holland Casino the only exception. Providing an update on the impending change to Dutch law the regulator commented in a media statement: “In February this year, the Senate passed the Remote Gambling Act (Koa). The law is currently being worked out in more detail. It will soon be possible to obtain a license under strict conditions for offering games of chance via the internet. Supervision is then possible, allowing players to play protected. “The Ksa takes action against illegal gambling providers because there is no check on the fairness of the game. It is also impossible to check whether vulnerable groups, such as minors, are being excluded from participation.” Share Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020last_img read more

Inside the 1919 Stanley Cup Final: The year a pandemic ended the NHL season

first_imgIn the end, no winner was officially declared and nothing was engraved on the Stanley Cup. When the trophy was redesigned in 1948, an inscription was added reading “1919 / Montreal Canadiens / Seattle Metropolitans / Series Not Completed.”Now, almost a hundred years to the day after one of the strangest and most tragic chapters in NHL history occurred, hockey is on hold again. It remains to be seen what, if anything, will be inscribed on the Stanley Cup for 2020. When Governor General of Canada Lord Stanley of Preston first awarded his namesake cup to the Montreal Hockey Club in 1893, it started the oldest tradition in North American sports.Since then, the Stanley Cup has been awarded to the champions of North American hockey every year, with just two exceptions: in 2005, when a lockout canceled the entire NHL season, and all the way back in 1919. Now, the year 2020 is looking like it may become the third.  The NHL announced on March 12 that it was pausing the 2019-2020 season indefinitely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. No one knows when, or if, the season will resume but with less than a month until the Stanley Cup playoffs were scheduled to start, it’s safe to say things are going to be drastically affected.NHL and the coronavirus: Tracking teams’ stance on paying employees While the situation in 2020 is unfortunate, it’s not unprecedented. The 1918-19 season, one of the only two without a Stanley Cup champion, was also stricken by an epidemic. The difference is that the 1919 season was canceled just hours before the decisive game of the Stanley Cup Final. That series featured the Montreal Canadiens, who took down the Ottawa Senators in the NHL finals, squaring off against the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) champions, the Seattle Metropolitans. Montreal’s roster featured icons including Georges Vezina, Joe Hall and “Newsy” Lalonde, while Seattle’s captain Bernie Morris was unable to take part after being arrested for draft dodging.  The games took place at the Seattle Ice Arena beginning on March 19, 1919, with the rules alternating between PCHA and NHL regulations every other game. The rules back then were much different than they are today. For example, according to an NHL.com article from 2014, forward passes of the puck were still banned in the NHL at the time.MORE: A look back at the history of NHL interruptionsSeattle dominated Montreal in Games 1 and 3 under PCHA rules, winning 7-0 and 7-2, respectively, while the Canadiens won Game 2 by a score of 4-2. Game 4 ended in a 0-0 tie despite 20 minutes of overtime, before Montreal took Game 5 to tie up the series at 2-2-1. That set the stage for a decisive Game 6 to be played on April 1.Unfortunately, that game never happened.Just hours before it was scheduled to start, Game 6 was canceled after five Montreal players fell ill with the Spanish Flu, suffering fevers ranging from 101 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit.At that point, North America was at the height of the Spanish Flu outbreak. The epidemic lasted almost three years from January 1918 to December 1920, spreading across the globe with devastating consequences. It infected 500 million people, over 25 percent of the world’s population at the time, and killed between 20-50 million.Montreal coach George Kennedy offered to forfeit the cup to Seattle, but Metropolitans coach Pete Muldoon refused to accept it given the circumstances. Just days later, the Canadiens’ Joe Hall died at age 37 from pneumonia brought on by the flu; Hall would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961. Kennedy also contracted the disease and never fully recovered, dying several years later.MORE: Every sporting event canceled so far in the United States and Canadalast_img read more