Mardi Gras Masks, Music and Merriment in Mobile, Alabama

Mardi Gras Masks, Music and Merriment in Mobile, Alabama

For many people, when they think about Mardi Gras celebrations, they think New Orleans. That's understandable because it's usually the Big Easy's iconic festivities that are associated with the carnival season in America. Many historians believe that the earliest Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699, when French explorers landed near what would become New Orleans, dubbed the area Point du Mardi Gras, and held a small celebration there. However, the first organized carnival in America actually occurred in Mobile, Alabama in 1703, 15 years before New Orleans was founded. And in…Read more
Memphis, TN: Beale is the Real Deal

Memphis, TN: Beale is the Real Deal

I was chatting with a friend of mine about traveling (of course!) and when I told her I was looking forward to my upcoming trips to Memphis, TN to revisit one of my all-time favorite destinations, Beale Street, she had no idea what I was talking about! At first I thought she was joking: Beale Street is one of America's most famous thoroughfares and one of Memphis' most popular tourist destinations. It's listed on the national register of historic places. But more than that, Beale Street is quite significant in the history of American music,…Read more
“Starry Nights” Lights Up the Holiday Sky in Memphis, TN

“Starry Nights” Lights Up the Holiday Sky in Memphis, TN

The holidays are a time of traditions, and one of the Southeast’s favorite holiday traditions is experiencing the wonders of the Orion Starry Night show at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis Tennessee. What makes this dazzling light show special? First, it's one of the largest drive-through Christmas light shows in the Mid-South, with over 2 million lights illuminating the night sky. And secondly, they pay homage to their Memphis roots, with 14 new displays (in addition to the old favorites) depicting some of the best known and beloved areas of Memphis, including Graceland, The Memphis Zoo, Beale…Read more
Escape to Snow Mountain, Atlanta’s Wintry Wonderland

Escape to Snow Mountain, Atlanta’s Wintry Wonderland

Most of the time, winter doesn't bother us that much down in the Southeast, which probably explains why there are so many Yankees living among us. While we do occasionally get a bit of snow, it's nothing like the piles of white stuff they get up north. While it can be an inconvenience, I know some of us get a little "snow envy", longing for a beautiful crystal-white landscape and the fun activities that go with it. Well, no worries, because you don’t have to leave the southeast to experience walking (and playing!) in…Read more
Spend Halloween with the Master of Macabre in Richmond, VA

Spend Halloween with the Master of Macabre in Richmond, VA

Once upon a midnight dreary, I pondered on what I should do for Halloween this year... It didn't take much pondering (or a talking raven!) to inspire me. Since I am an Edgar Allan Poe aficionado, what better way to spend an eerie and spooky holiday like Halloween than with the master of macabre himself! And for me, that means I’ll be paying a visit to The Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia. Most of you will be familiar with Poe from high school English classes. He was known mostly for his frightening…Read more
Take to the Skies at the Carolina BalloonFest

Take to the Skies at the Carolina BalloonFest

Ever since I was a kid, I've wanted to see what it was like to ride in a hot air balloon.  I can only imagine how thrilling it would be to float up, up and away, defying gravity as you peacefully soar through the sky with a bird’s-eye view of the scenery.  I can’t wait to check this one off my bucket list! And actually, I won’t have to because this weekend, October 17th -19th, I will be at the 41st Annual Carolina BalloonFest at the Statesville Regional Airport in North Carolina! Even if riding in a balloon isn’t…Read more
The Park That Snaps Into Place — Florida’s LEGOLAND®

The Park That Snaps Into Place — Florida’s LEGOLAND®

Who would have thought that a simple toy, which was popular when I was a kid, would still be relevant in the 21st century?  Legos, the colorful, snap-together building bricks that have been sparking kids' imaginations for decades, has grown into a larger-than-life brand, reaching beyond the toy world into merchandise, apparel, movies and theme parks.  LEGOLAND® parks are now located on several continents and the newest and largest in the world is in Winter Haven, Florida. LEGOLAND® Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, restaurants, shopping, a breathtaking…Read more
Get “Rainbowed” at Color Events Across the Southeast

Get “Rainbowed” at Color Events Across the Southeast

I'm sure you've seen the pictures on Facebook, Instagram and other media: smiling people in clouds of colored dust or jets of bright paint, their clothes and bodies covered in a palette of pigments. Sometimes they're running a 5K; sometimes, they're dancing to dubstep at an outdoor arena. Whatever the activity, they are getting covered in color and having a great time. It's a technicolor trend that's been gaining momentum over the past couple of years and it's growing fast. Apparently, people really like getting "rainbowed". Here's a rundown of some upcoming color events happening across the Southeast: Races/Runs…Read more
“Go 4th on the River” – A Must-See Fireworks Show in New Orleans, LA

“Go 4th on the River” – A Must-See Fireworks Show in New Orleans, LA

If there's one thing New Orleans knows how to do, it's throw a great party. Independence Day is no exception! There are many places across Louisiana where you can see amazing fireworks displays, but not many where you can see dueling pyrotechnics and floating, exploding shells on the Mississippi River. For that kind of spectacle, you'll have to head to NOLA's “Go 4th on the River” celebration. Go 4th on the River is ranked by the American Pyrotechnics Association as one of the “Top Five Must-See Fireworks Displays in the U.S." The show features two "dueling barges" over the Mighty…Read more
“The Way We Worked” – Smithsonian’s Amazing Tribute to American Workers – Tunica, MS

“The Way We Worked” – Smithsonian’s Amazing Tribute to American Workers – Tunica, MS

Every day, Americans are hard at work doing whatever it takes to keep this great nation of ours thriving. Whether on farms or in factories, offices or classrooms, on the streets or in outer space, work is and always has been a major part of all of our lives. The Smithsonian Institute is recognizing and celebrating the American worker (past and present) through a wonderful traveling exhibit called “The Way We Worked”.  “The Way We Worked” shows the history of Americans working together, predominantly through powerful photographs culled from the national archive’s rich…Read more