Why not Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of our country? You might head over to Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing for the Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert or simply watch the fireworks at the Philly 4th of July Jam.
If Philly is not on your mind, perhaps the beauty of the Smoky Mountains is calling your name – so head over to UNC’s Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to hear live music by Kenny Mann and Liquid Pleasure, and a spectacular light up the sky fireworks display. You don’t want to miss the watermelon eating contest as well . . . Continue reading “FREE is GOOD! Part 3 of a 3 part series”
This is just a crazy time of year. According to Hallmark, there are 8 major holidays crammed into the short time span from October 31- December 31. That averages out a holiday every 11.5 Days! Some of these holidays have been celebrated since the pilgrims first set foot on these shores, while others are recently recognized in the United States. For instance, although Diwali has been celebrated in India for centuries, it has only recently gained popularity as major holiday in this country. 8 Major Holidays in 92 Days- 2011:
. . . “Spread your tiny wings and fly away And take the snow back with you Where it came from that day . . .” . . . “So, little snowbird, take me when you go To that land of gentle breezes where the peaceful water flows . . .” The term snowbird might have already been in use prior to Anne Murray’s popular … Continue reading Snowbirds . . .
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 . . .
So when did the origin of the Christmas tree begin? It is said that back in the 7th Century, a Devonshire monk named St. Boniface was sent to Germany to teach the word of God. St. Boniface used the triangular shape of a Fir tree as a representation of the Holy Trinity of God, thus the Fir tree became God’s tree and eventually was hung … Continue reading Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree . . . .
What a familiar statement that is. Not to worry as there are numerous shopping opportunities; what with mega malls, discount outlet shopping centers, strip malls with large department stores and discount stores galore in most every city around. If you are like many folks and simply don’t want to fight the crowds or just get out, you can turn on the tube and seek out … Continue reading Only 15 More Shopping Days Til’ Christmas . . . .
I remember, as a child, the sense of adventure I imagined as I sat looking out the window of the Greyhound bus we travelled on. Although the view was a blur at times it would depend on what vantage point I had and what I fixed my sight on. I just knew somewhere beyond the horizon lay something wonderful to see and experience. Today, I … Continue reading Just Beyond the Horizon . . .