When you grow up in the haunt business, like the Queen of Haunts, you learn what makes a beating heart tick and draw upon fears and laughter. It's the business of fright after all, but 2020 has the best haunted attractions honing their operations to reduce the chance of spreading anything but fear. Beyond the entertainment value, safety has always been a measure of professional haunts. See the haunts' safety measures on their respective websites. This year the Queen of Haunt reviewed attractions that made the most of haunting and safety to give haunt enthusiasts the top 13 TERRORific haunts in the U.S.
To abide by COVID-19 safety protocol, Magical Town Tlaquepaque has thought outside the box for this year’s Día de los Muertos, including a virtual high fashion Catrina runway competition. Here's how Tlaquepaque’s programming for visitors to Guadalajara and other regions of Jalisco looks this year for celebrating the day.
The Saracen Casino Resort logo's design, created by Chairman and graphic artist Barry Linduff, pays homage to the two primary historical cultures of the south-central Arkansas Delta around Pine Bluff:
1) That of the Native Americans, as seen in the right-side facial profile of a Quapaw man. The traditional "swirl" patterns that appear on the left and lower areas were commonly used on Quapaw pottery; and,
2) on the left side, the facial profile of an African-American woman, to honor the history and heritage of the region's enduring African-American influence.
The casino resort is named after the beloved Quapaw Chief Saracen who died in 1832 and was buried, at his request, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, part of the Quapaw's original homeland for hundreds of years prior to relocation to northeast Oklahoma.
The new Saracen Casino Resort opened this month and will offer 2,000 slot machines plus an additional 300 machines at Saracen Annex located across the street as well as 30 table games; poker play; Sports book, with a variety of tournaments; big-ticket giveaways; six fabulous restaurants; live entertainment; special event outdoor venue; 15,000+ square feet of event facilities for indoor concerts, special events and banquets; and a premium 300-room hotel tower to offer guests the luxury of over-the-top accommodations.
San Francisco is home to some of the finest artistic and cultural institutions in the United States. It’s also a city where innovation and technology are as much a part of the landscape as Victorian houses and cable cars. When San Francisco’s museums and performing arts organizations temporarily closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, their drive to share and inspire kicked into high gear. The result is a broad and colorful spectrum of ways to experience the enrichment of San Francisco while sheltering in place.
Manny’s House of Pizza Delivery Tricycle, 1980-85 : A tricycle dating 1980 to 1985, used by Nashville restaurant owner Manny Macca, has been donated by Macca to the Museum’s collection. Macca immigrated to the United States as a child from Sicily, Italy, during the 1960s. He moved from New York City to Nashville in 1984 and soon opened Manny’s House of Pizza in the downtown Arcade, where he used this tricycle to make deliveries to nearby customers. (All images and exhibit information provided courtesy TN State Museum).
The Tennessee State Museum explores the rich and diverse history of Tennessee’s food through a new exhibition, Let’s Eat! Origins and Evolutions of Tennessee Food, open until February 2, 2020. The exhibition is presented through eight sections that trace the state’s food from its Southeastern Indian origins to contemporary food festival celebrations. All are complemented by artifacts from the Museum’s collection, digital storytelling, graphics, and location photography.