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Tasting a trip through Alabama

By Wayne Lazarus on August 26th, 2009

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

The late summer sight of corn stalks reaching for the sky or the smell of just-picked tomatoes brings harvest celebrations to mind. What better way to really get a sense of a place than by tasting its produce? Alabama has food festivals throughout the year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug

21

Treasure Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

By Wayne Lazarus on August 21st, 2009

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

Western North Carolina seems to have more than its share of both inspiring scenery and creative talent. Studios, workshops and galleries dot the landscape here, but are often off the main road and lack good signage. Winding along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you could be passing the little river rock cottage where women have been weaving throws, clothes and linens since 1920. The Crossnore Weavers Gallery also offers local pottery. You might miss metal artist Bill Brown’s Anvil Arts Studio, just a half mile off the Parkway. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug

12

Dragon Boat Racing Across the Country

By Wayne Lazarus on August 12th, 2009

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

With the drums pounding and participants giving it their all, spectators find that their hearts are throbbing as well, even if they don’t know any of the teams. Few sporting events can match the color and excitement of a dragon boat race. One of the fastest growing water sports in the world – and also the oldest, the event is spreading rapidly across the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug

4

Seeing “Real” Florida in Tarpon Springs

By Wayne Lazarus on August 4th, 2009

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

Travelers in modern Florida often have the impression that the state is one shiny amusement park after another. But there are more authentic places to see the state, like the sponge docks on the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs (30 minutes north of St. Petersburg.) Greek immigrants began coming here to harvest sponges in the early 20th century. In the 1930s it was the busiest sponge dock in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug

3

A Clothesline of Quilt Barns

By Wayne Lazarus on August 3rd, 2009

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

Have you ever seen a barn with a brightly colored geometric square painted on the side? You may have seen one of the fastest growing roadside attractions in the United States – the National Quilt Trail.

In 2001, Donna Sue Grove met with a group of friends who wanted to help her honor a promise to her mother to paint a quilt square on the barn at the old farm they had moved to in Adams County, Ohio (just east of Cincinnati.) The idea of a “clothesline” of quilt barns across the countryside germinated there and it has grown exponentially ever since. Read the rest of this entry »

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