A common bond

Maybe you can't get to Hawaii this year. Maybe you can get to Cheyenne, Wyo., for the famous Frontier Festival, which runs from July 18-27. And there you can get a taste of Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) culture. Ever since three Hawaiian cowboys carried off top awards at the Cheyenne Rodeo in 1908, Cheyenne and Waimea have shared a strong bond between the two cultures.

In honor of the centennial, a delegation from Hawaii will visit the festival this year, bringing with them a sampling of Hawaii's unique paniolo culture. In addition, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum is currently holding an exhibit on the paniolo; it will run through Nov. 15.

All-Star weekend

If you're heading to New York City for baseball's summer classic — the fourth and last to be played in venerable Yankee Stadium — you'll find plenty of other action going on. The annual DHL Fan-Fest will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center July 11-15. The All-Star Futures game will be held at Yankee Stadium on July 13, as will the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball game. The stadium will also host the Gatorade All-Star workday with batting practice and the ever-popular home run derby on July 14. The All-Star Game itself is July 15.

For tickets and event information call 888-326-3378.

And if you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out the Kitano New York hotel, which is one subway stop away from the stadium. Guests who stay there will take home an extra Yankee souvenir as a reminder of their weekend.

Crazy Quilt Retreat

The Crazy Quilt Society will turn back the clock to Victorian times at a retreat set for July 11-13 in Omaha, Neb.

Crazy Quilts use odd-shaped pieces with lots of embroidery, buttons, lace and embellishments. They are often made from silk, velvet, brocade and satin fabrics. Those attending the retreat will learn Victorian stitching techniques and how to create projects ranging from pincushions to pillows and quilts. In addition, there will be special events such as the Prom Dress Swap. Participants are asked to bring an old prom dress and a pair of scissors. The dresses are laid out on tables, and when the whistle blows, the quilters go around the room and cut a piece off each of the dresses to use in quilt projects.

Registration information for the July Crazy Quilt Retreat is available at www.crazyquilt.com or by calling 800-398-2542.

National Black Arts Festival

Gladys Knight, Wynton Marsalis, Alice Walker and Judith Jamison are among the headliners celebrating the 20th anniversary of the National Black Arts Festival. Spread over 10 days, beginning July 18, in metro Atlanta, the festival promises "an astonishing array of events" in visual arts, music, film, dance, theater, literature, spoken word and the humanities.

For complete schedules and more information, visit www.nbaf.org.

Cheese, please

Looking for all things cheese? The Great British Cheese Festival will be held at Cardiff Castle in Cardiff Wales Sept. 27-28. The festival generally brings some 10,000 foodies and Britain's 100 best cheese makers together in a setting that offers cheese-tasking (of more than 500 different kinds of cheese), master classes, demonstrations and more.

For tourist information about wales, go to www.visitwales.com.

Horsing Around Lake Geneva

If you happen to be in the vicinity of Lake Geneva, Wis., this summer, you might want to stop by to see the herd of "distinctive steeds" scattered about the town. Special Methods in Learning Equine Skills, Inc., a therapeutic riding center for people with disabilities, is mounting a public art exhibit that features 80 life-size equine sculptures.

Ride the waves

Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park is making waves this summer. Rafters, surfers, boaters and folks who just want to cool off in an inner tube are invited to play in the manmade, whitewater park.

Located on the Colorado River just upstream from the Midland Avenue bridge, the park features whitewater runs as well as learning pools and multiple eddies.

For more information, visit www.glenwoodwhitewater.org.