LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
You’ve heard the stories, now see the relics behind the 35th president’s legendary WWII naval service commanding a PT 109 torpedo boat. Starting May 21, 2005, the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum hosts a JFK in World War II exhibit with artifacts such as JFK’s scrapbook, the PT 109’s logbook and the coconut shell bearing Kennedy’s scratched SOS after the boat was attacked in the South Pacific. Admission costs $10, with discounts for seniors and students; veterans get in free May 21 to July 4. For more information, call (866) 535-1960 or visit <www.jfklibrary.org>.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
Wild, Wild West
The National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City, Okla., lies not far from the legendary Chisolm Trail, which stretched hundreds of miles from Texas to Abilene, Kan. There, cattle boarded trains bound for northern beef processors. Get a taste — literally — of cowboy life May 28-29, 2005, at the museum’s 15th annual Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children’s Cowboy Festival. Sample classic campfire fare such as biscuits, stew, beans and cobbler. Then ride a stagecoach, make a rope and twirl a lasso, attend an old-fashioned medicine show or relax to the sounds of western singer Red Steagall and balladeer Don Edwards. A one-day pass costs $12 for adults; $8.50 for seniors and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. To find out more, call (405) 478-2250 or go to <www.nationalcowboymuseum.org>.
This 280-year-old fishing village pays homage to its heritage during the Provincetown Portuguese Festival June 23-26, 2005. Experience early residents’ culture through exhibits, traditional dance, wine tasting, a fishing derby and fado concerts. (Some call this blues-y musical genre “the heart of the Portuguese soul.”) It all leads up to a Sunday mass, procession and the 58th annual Blessing of the Fleet. Admission is free except for some special events. Get details from (508) 487-0086 or <www.provincetownportuguesefestival.com>.
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
Let’s Go Dutch