Arts & Culture

Art, sculpture, theater, plays, dance, museums, music

Ten Must Do Things This Summer!

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Summer comes and goes like lightening in a spring storm. First it is Memorial Day and pools open, tractor shows start, and then before you know it, it’s the 4th of July and the state fair. Throughout the summer, there is usually a trip or two and before you know it summer is gone! Before […]

Historic Stagville, Civil War History

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Historic Stagville sits outside of Durham, North Carolina.  I toured this fascinating site with Rose Hammitt while in Chapel Hill for the North American Travel Journalist Conference.  This historic site shares the story of a pre-Civil War farm.  I think for those of us that grew up in the north, the plantation and slavery times are […]

Comox Valley Farmers Market Fresh and Fun

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While on a hosted trip to the ComoxValley for the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival, I had the chance, along with other travel writers to visit the Comax Valley Farmers Market which was voted ‘BC’s Large Market of the Year’. It is easy to see why this fun market is a favorite, because not only […]

A Walk Along the Water

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It was early morning in Courtenay on Vancouver Island and a fellow travel writer Tracy  from Washington had the same desire that I did to take a morning walk.  She shared the same get out and see attitude that I do. We are here for the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival and BC Seafood Expo. […]

Duke Homestead, tobacco history

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  A stop at the Duke Homestead offered a fascinating look into both the Civil War time period and tobacco history.  It was Washington Duke that farmed the ground before being conscripted to join the Civil War along with his 18 year-old son Brody.  After losing his oldest son and two wives, Washington Duke set […]

Art in Kinston, it is gawk worthy!

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Along with the Civil War history and great dining options, another reason to visit Kinston, North Carolina is the art.  It is everywhere, and most falls under the umbrella of the Kinston Arts Council.  There is a public art trail transforming downtown Kinston into a visual mecca.  One of my favorite public art pieces was […]

Learn about the courtship on the Abe & Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour

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While you may know a lot about Abraham Lincoln, Jenifer Brownell, site interpreter for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (ALPM) said that Mary is more mysterious.  “Mary is a bit obscure,” Jenifer said at the beginning of the Abe & Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour. This tour officially starts Tuesday June 6, 2017 and will […]

Civil War History in Kinston

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The Civil War took its toll on the town of Kinston, North Carolina.  Jan Parson of the Kinston Chamber of Commerce shared information on the hosted tour I was part of.  Jan explained that the state of North Carolina was really on the fence when it came to the War.  “We didn’t want to be in the war.  […]

Kinston's Tobacco Barns

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As a farmer’s wife, when I see art representing agriculture, it catches my attention.  On a recent hosted trip to Kinston, I saw these beautiful sculpture called  Kinston’s Tobacco Barns.  The sculpture was built in honor of Kinston’s rich tobacco history. Tobacco history n Kinston is noted all the way back to 1759, when the General Assembly of North […]

A stay at the Mother Earth Motor Lodge

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Rose Hammitt said our hosted stay at the Mother Earth Motor Lodge was a bit like walking in the past.  Set in the 1960’s, this renovated motor lodge will remind you of words like “groovy”, “psychedelic”, “Go Go boots”, “bell bottoms” and Motown music.  You might even look to your companion raise a peace sign […]