Did you know that Halloween is one of the world’s oldest celebrated holidays? Did you also know that the tradition of carving pumpkins started in Ireland and not with pumpkins, but with turnips and potatoes? Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America where the turnips and potatoes were set aside for the pumpkin. There is also a very old Irish tale concerning a man called “Stingy Jack” from which the name “jack-o-lantern” was derived. If you have a few minutes, it’s a very entertaining story and worth your time reading. Now, here are a few spooktacular jack-o-lanterns to inspire you as you set out to carve your own this Halloween along with a few great carving tips.Read
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Touring a candy factory is a dream of children from 9 to 99-years old. Whether it is because of the timeless tales such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or the memories that delicious sweets invoke of the best times of life, candy factory tours are still a great way to bring your whole family together for a grand adventure. The U.S. is home to hundreds of factories, but here are three of my favorites that will give you the taste and experience of a lifetime:Read
Who’s Gonna Win in Texas?! With only 3 races left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series, the stakes get higher and higher. Who do you think will take the checkered flag this Sunday in Texas? Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday’s race will be in the comments below…Read
That’s because the nation’s air travel network is deeply tied to getting people to or from the “Megalopolis” which extends from Washington DC to Boston. And the megalopolis is essentially shut down to air and rail travel today through at least Wednesday.
If you are flying anywhere this week- even if your itinerary does not have you anywhere near the Northeast, your flight could be affected due to the ripple effect of this storm.Read
SANTA FE – This city has been one of my favorites regardless of how old I am, or have been. And my appreciation for it increases as I march past seniordom all the way into near-elderlyhood. For one thing, it’s an easy place to visit because so much of the good stuff is on or near the city plaza, a square block surrounded by shops, restaurants, museums and other points of interest. This reduces walking time.
For another thing, there’s the opera.
The Santa Fe Opera has an uncommon airiness about it, uncommon because there’s no other such facility anywhere else in the world, and because the divas, tenors, basso profundos and all the other performers literally sing outdoors. It happens because the opera house has a unique roof system and only one solid wall. The other three sides are open to the elements, which allows patrons a chance to watch a sunset while enjoying Madama Butterfly or La Boheme.Read
Cooler weather, changing tree colors and the yearly launch of pumpkin-flavored everything. All are mementos to remind me that autumn is upon us. For families, another fall staple is the week-long break our kids get from school and the plans you must make to keep them busy. This fall season, why not include a fun trip in your fall break plans?Read
It was 103 years ago, back in 1909, on Rosedale Field in Toronto that the battle for the first Grey Cup was contested. Before you start criticizing my math, it should be noted that there was no Grey Cup game played in 1916, 1917 and 1918 due to World War 1, in turn pushing back the centennial celebration to 2012.
If I were forced to guess prior to doing a little research for this blog why the trophy was called the Grey Cup I would have assumed it was the silver colour, but sadly I would have been wrong again. Not the first time, certainly not the last. The real answer was Earl Grey (I thought he was just a tea), then the Governor-General of Canada, donated a trophy in 1909 for the Rugby Football Championship of Canada. The trophy was indeed a rugby trophy until 1954 when the CFL (Canadian Football League) took it over and there it has remained and become a true Canadian icon, rivaling another famous trophy, The Stanley Cup.Read