Polish pottery buys

Collectors of Polish pottery should head to Boleslawiec, Poland, this month to get good buys on the popular stoneware. From Aug. 18-22, the city holds its annual pottery festival, in which visitors can buy directly from the pottery makers. In addition, Manufak- tura, an interna- tionally known ceramics company, will have a Polish pottery party at its stores from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 21-22. The parties will offer live demonstrations, traditional Polish dishes, music and 30-percent-off sales.

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The Juliet Club

Verona, Italy, home of the balcony where the real characters who inspired Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” are said to have pledged their love, celebrates Sept. 16 as Juliet’s birthday.

The date was taken from a short novel written by Luigi da Porto in 1531, the first person to tell the story of the two lovers. Verona celebrates the day with parades, dancers, street artists, musicians and magicians, all of whom bring back the atmosphere of the city during the 1400s.

You may want to express your thoughts about love or ask the advice of the famous heroine by sending a letter to the Club di Giulietta (The Juliet Club); the Verona-based association responds to thousands of letters Juliet receives each year. On Valentine’s Day, the club awards a prize to those whose letters they find the most stirring.

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Frankfurt marathon

Sign up for the Oct. 31 Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon and save cash with the early bird special. Until Aug. 31, registration will cost 55 to 65 euros for residents of the European Union and 65 to 70 euros for non-EU residents. The fee also buys a pasta party, public transportation and shuttle from Frankfurt’s Rebstockbad swimming complex parking lot to the exhibition hall area. The event also offers a 460-yard run at noon on Oct. 30 for children ages 4 to 9.

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