Family Fun

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 […]

A Wharf Tour - Comox Harbour Beauty

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While visiting Comox Valley for the BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival, I had a chance to learn about seafood in this beautiful area of the world.  One of the tours I took on this hosted trip was a tour of Fisherman’s Wharf that is run by the Comox Valley Harbour Authority.  I was ready to board a boat and […]

Deere, here, Deere there Deere Everywhere! - Land of Lincoln Expo Wrap

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This was the first year for the Land of Lincoln Expo and it went off with a bang.  Bill Miller pulled out all the stops and along with a wonderful group of sponsors the show was a great success. Over 300 tractors of all makes and models came to the first ever show.  There were […]

Route 66 Tractor Drive, remembering

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June 17, 2017 was a first for us, it was our first tractor drive and the first that we know of in the area on Route 66.  We started out from the Macoupin County Fair Grounds in Carlinville, Illinois where the Land of Lincoln Tractor show was underway and headed to the square in Girard.  On the […]

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 […]

Bennett Place the last surrender of the Civil War

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Outside Durham, North Carolina is a farm where a unique event took place.  On April 17, 1865 General Joseph Eggleston Johnston and Major General William Tecumseh Sherman met to negotiate terms of surrender.  Not long before, on April 9th, Lee and Grant had met at Appomattox and that I thought was the end of the […]

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 […]