Imagine discovering a treasure trove of ideas for a fun weekend, or a mini-vacation, an extended leisure trip or even an educational adventure, at no cost to you. Just stop by any Alabama Welcome/Visitor Center and you’ll find rack after rack, on every wall and in every nook and cranny, filled with maps, guides, special event calendars, photo journals, booklets, pamphlets, discount coupons, and … Continue reading On the Road to “Sweet Home Alabama” . . .
Did you think we meant Sparta, Greece? There are a total of 28 towns named Sparta in the U.S., plus one in Canada and two in South America. Although Sparta, Greece would provide the most historic significance, our travels are taking us to the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, and to the town of Sparta, North Carolina, about six miles to the famed Blue Ridge … Continue reading PACK YOUR BAGS … IT’S A ROAD TRIP TO SPARTA!
We can thank Janus, a mythical king of early Rome (153 B.C.) for what some consider the beginning of the tradition of new year’s resolutions. Fact is, the Romans named the first calendar month after Janus, the god of beginnings and the guardian of doors and entrances. Thus, Janus was always depicted with two faces, where the one on the front of the head was … Continue reading I Resolve To . . .
Apparently hunting season marks the beginning of scruffy looking men with scraggly beards, or so it may seem. This is especially true when deer season rolls around, no matter the locale. One might assume it might be a form of camouflage or that it helps retain warmth on a cold drizzly day; often the case in November and December when hunters are traipsing about the … Continue reading Another Type of Tourism . . .
In this day and economy it takes ingenuity to get your fair share of business, so it comes as no surprise that using ‘scarecrows’ to scare up business is a sure fire way to get attention. It appears that merchants, Steve and Sue Marrazzo, owners of Simple Gestures Gift Shop and Art Gallery, who originated the concept in St. Augustine, Florida, are not only calling … Continue reading Scaring up Business
There appears to be a lot of myths about the ‘dog days’ of summer, but the most relevant one is that it refers to anything that is slow, lazy or languishing, which makes sense because when it’s this hot no one wants to do anything, although if your tempted to brave 85+ degree temperatures, here are some ideas to cool off. Go to a movie … Continue reading Dog Days of Summer
Every year, normally between the months of March and October, there is something going on in your home state. Most every town has something it is know for, so there’s a festival for it, like the Slug Queen Festival in Eugene, Oregon, or the Wiregrass Festival of Murals in Dothan, Alabama. How about the Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa, Florida and the Syracuse Polish Festival … Continue reading Happenings in Your Own Back Yard . . .