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Travel Briefs 11.18.12

Updated: December 19, 2012 12:20PM

Park Service to open JFK’s boyhood home for tours

The National Park Service will open John F. Kennedy’s boyhood home in Massachusetts to tours on Nov. 25 to mark the 49th anniversary of the national day of mourning that followed his assassination. The nine-room house at 83 Beals St. in Brookline is a national historic site where the 35th American president spent his early boyhood. The town put a memorial in front of the residence following JFK’s 1963 death. The Kennedy family repurchased the home from other owners a few years later before giving it to the National Park Service in 1969. Tours from National Park rangers will include a look at Kennedy family furnishings, photographs and other mementos. The historic site closes in the winter and reopens to the public next May. Visit

Michigan holiday cheer

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is hosting its 18th annual “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” exhibition. This year’s event runs from Nov. 20 through Jan. 6 and highlights the Railway Garden. More than 40 international holiday trees and displays also will be showcased. During the event, Meijer Gardens is transformed into a botanical wonderland with poinsettias, orchids and amaryllis. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available through the candle-lit Sculpture Park, along with the sounds of carolers and hand bells. Family art activities, Santa visits and sing-along-trolley rides also are planned. More than 75,000 visitors are expected to attend. Visit

Superstar guitars on display

Legendary guitars will be on display at the Tennessee State Museum including one played by Elvis. The exhibit, called “The Guitar: An American Love Story,” opened earlier this month. Among instruments also on loan for the show are Eric Clapton’s 1958 Gibson Explorer and cowboy star Roy Rogers’ OM-45 Deluxe guitar made by C.F. Martin & Co., circa 1930. There will be more than 150 guitars in all. A 150-page catalog about the collection is on sale in the museum bookstore. There are viewing stations where visitors can see and hear the instruments being played by great musicians. There is no admission charge at the museum, which is in the Polk Cultural Center near the state Capitol in Nashville. Visit

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