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I write to you from the State side of the border. It will be July 4th on Saturday – parade, town fair, hot dogs, baseball, Louis Armstrong music, Sousa, fireworks. An All-American day. We write asking Canadians to share with us something distinctively “Canadian” you do to mark Canada. Clearly, it is a day off. […]

Music for Canada Day and more And another Finally, two of our favorites: This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

Music for Canada Day and more And another Finally, two of our favorites: This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

I would like to the think that the powers that be at the Montreal Canadiens read my recent post on the topic (everything Old is New Again), or perhaps they have been listening to my son. But truth is while I claim not to be a slave to fashion, I am thrilled by Montreal’s announcement […]

It came from England, but to me it was one of those All-American (Canadian) songs of vacation time in the early 1960’s – often trips to Canada. “Stranger on the Shore” was written clarinetist Acker Bilk for his then young daughter. He first named the tune “Jenny” after her, but was later changed when used […]

(This is a repeat entry from July 2013) It came from England, but to me it was one of those All-American (Canadian) songs of vacation time in the early 1960’s – often trips to Canada. “Stranger on the Shore” was written clarinetist Acker Bilk for his then young daughter. He first named the tune “Jenny” […]

Rodney Dangerfield was the Master of Ceremonies at a banquet for Miller Lite. It also featured Bubba Smith, Ben Davidson, Steve Mizerak, Bernie Geoffrion and others. This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

There was no all-night television coverage. No mock drafts. No hype. The first NHL entry draft was a low-key affair. In fact, there is very little that chronicles the event. It took place in June, 1963 – the place was the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, just across the street from the league headquarters – […]

It’s a different type of move – counter to decades of changes. But an amusement is being taken apart and being moved into a nearby city. Two local businessmen in Albany, New York, Jeffrey and Reid Sperber, who are brothers, have taken the unusual step of buying a long-standing area amusement park and moving it […]

We seem to be in such a hurry. Rush hours during the week. Racing of all kinds over the weekends. Whether it’s cars, horses or humans, racing is popular – seemingly without end. This weekend sees yet another race – but this one is rather unique. It is the World Championship Rotary Tiller Race taking […]

Throughout its history, Galesburg, Illinois has been heavily linked to the railroad industry. The state’s first railroads to connect Quincy and Chicago (the two largest cities at the time) went straight through Galesburg, as did the late 19th century Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway. Though the old stations have been closed down, citizens of […]

For over 60 years they’ve been spitting seeds – watermelon seeds – in Luling, Texas. The event is the “World Champion Seed-Spitting Contest, and it’s part of the annual Watermelon Thump. This will be the 62nd year of the festival, which will have music, events and, of course, watermelon.Organizers say this year’s crop will be […]

We seem to be in such a hurry. Rush hours during the week. Racing of all kinds over the weekends. Whether it’s cars, horses or humans, racing is popular – seemingly without end. This weekend sees yet another race – but this one is rather unique. It is the World championship Rotary Tiller Race taking […]

Throughout its history, Galesburg, Illinois has been heavily linked to the railroad industry. The state’s first railroads to connect Quincy and Chicago (the two largest cities at the time) went straight through Galesburg, as did the late 19th century Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway. Though the old stations have been closed down, citizens of […]

For over 60 years they’ve been spitting seeds – watermelon seeds – in Luling, Texas. The event is the “World Champion Seed-Spitting Contest, and it’s part of the annual Watermelon Thump. This will be the 62nd year of the festival, which will have music, events and, of course, watermelon.Organizers say this year’s crop will be […]

What a week. So much has happened. Who knows where it will all lead, but clearly things are changing. Public discussion, court decisions, a President singing “Amazing Grace” from a pulpit and more. It is fascinating to follow it and try to make sense of it all. As Jeffrey Rosen, President of the Constitution Center, […]

Those who know more than I do about these things (and there are many) have been strongly castigating me about not having adequately branded myself as an authority or expert. I have heard them and what they have suggested. As a result, I have embarked on a concerted effort to be better about touting my […]

In a recent posting on this site, we wrote of being informed, entertained and inspired by Miles Orvell’s, The Death and Life of Main Street: Small Towns in American Memory, Space, and Community (2012, The University of North Carolina Press). These inspiration triggered a number of follow-up postings based on themes raised by Orvell. This […]

In a recent posting on this site, we wrote of being informed, entertained and inspired by Miles Orvell’s, The Death and Life of Main Street: Small Towns in American Memory, Space, and Community (2012, The University of North Carolina Press). These inspiration triggered a number of follow-up postings based on themes raised by Orvell. This […]

A Q and A on the origins of what is now la Fete Nationale (“National Holiday”) of Quebec from the Montreal Gazette This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

In 1977, an Order in Council by Lieutenant Governor Hugues Lapointe, on the advice of René Lévesque, declaring June 24 the national holiday in Quebec.Prior to that designation the holiday celebrated annually on June 24 was to mark the feast day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The feast day of Saint John […]

Notions of Main Street, the American Road, and hometown neighborhoods have long had a powerful hold on our notions of self. It was still only recently that Main Street became a powerful symbol to us all – a counterpoint to the excesses on Wall Street. Unlike the symbol of capitalism in New York’s financial district, […]

Notions of Main Street, the American Road, and hometown neighborhoods have long had a powerful hold on our notions of self. It was still only recently that Main Street became a powerful symbol to us all – a counterpoint to the excesses on Wall Street. Unlike the symbol of capitalism in New York’s financial district, […]

It’s a headline that I could not thinking about, “A Rebooted “Oklahoma” Brings 1943 Into 2015″. The article was about a Summer Stock production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. The director, Daniel Fish (age 48) had an interesting take on this favorite from a time long before he was born. His “Oklahoma!” — which […]

It’s a headline that I could not thinking about, “A Rebooted “Oklahoma” Brings 1943 Into 2015″. The article was about a Summer Stock production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. The director, Daniel Fish (age 48) had an interesting take on this favorite from a time long before he was born. His “Oklahoma!” — which […]

Never much liked the song “Everything Old is New Again”. It just never really moved me. Seemed more than a bit too self-congratulatry. But here I now find myself invoking it for this entry. It is more than a little comforting to see “progress” humbled on occasion. Remember the “new Coke” ? These days, it […]

Never much liked the song “Everything Old is New Again”. It just never really moved me. Seemed more than a bit too self-congratulatry. But here I now find myself invoking it for this entry. It is more than a little comforting to see “progress” humbled on occasion. Remember the “new Coke” ? These days, it […]

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As we journey together, the journeys are multi-faceted. There is a physical journey – such as a Journey into Hidden America or Canada. But there is an emotional aspect at well. We not only go to places beyond the interstate (whether Main Street or “off the beaten path”) to chronicle interesting activities, places and individuals […]

As we journey together, the journeys are multi-faceted. There is a physical journey – such as a Journey into Hidden America or Canada. But there is an emotional aspect at well. We not only go to places beyond the interstate (whether Main Street or “off the beaten path”) to chronicle interesting activities, places and individuals […]

Here’s a Summer song to, hopefully, put you in summery mood. It comes from 1960. Back then the tune spent an at-the-time record of nine consecutive weeks at number one on the still-young Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the early part of that year. It remains the longest-running number-one instrumental in the history of […]

For one day at least the new Yankee Stadium had a lot of soul. As mentioned in an earlier posting it was Old Timer’s Day at the big ball park in the Bronx. It was billed as a day to honor Willie Randoph, former Yankee great who had a plaque unveiled recalling his contributions to […]

It was a relic of another time, but it was undeniably part of the Winnipeg scene. We speak of a large portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that was a longtime fixture at the former Winnipeg Jets’ home. We read that it has been taken out of storage in Ontario and brought back to Manitoba. The […]

It was a relic of another time, but it was undeniably part of the Winnipeg scene. We speak of a large portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that was a longtime fixture at the former Winnipeg Jets’ home. We read that it has been taken out of storage in Ontario and brought back to Manitoba. The […]

I’d like to think of myself as pretty consistent and steady in outlook. Not one for whims or the “trend of the minute”, I like to take a wide-angle, long view of things. But it’s interesting that as soon as completed the entry entitled “Old-School, Not Old-Fashioned” new thoughts came to mind making adjustments to […]

I’d like to think of myself as pretty consistent and steady in outlook. Not one for whims or the “trend of the minute”, I like to take a wide-angle, long view of things. But it’s interesting that as soon as i completed the entry entitled “Old-School, Not Old-Fashioned” new thoughts came to mind making adjustments […]

Today is Old Timer’s Day at Yankee Stadium. It’s a unique event that celebrates the baseball-related accomplishments of its former players who have since retired. The first Old-Timers’ Day took place on the final day of the 1947 season. Today, the team invites several dozen former ball players, including many Yankee greats and fan favorites, […]

Duct tape or duck tape is cloth- or scrim-backed pressure-sensitive tape often coated with polyethylene. There are a variety of constructions using different backings and adhesives. One variation is gaffer tape designed to be cleanly removed, while duct tape is not. Another variation is heat-resistant duct tape useful for sealing heating/ventilation/air-conditioning (HVAC) ducts, produced because […]

They won’t be getting much sleep up in Fairbanks, Alaska this weekend. For one thing, it’s light outside for much of the day as the longest day of the year approaches. Moreover, since they are going to be up anyway, folks celebrate the occasion with the annual Midnight Sun Festival. This next week marks the […]

Duct tape or duck tape is cloth- or scrim-backed pressure-sensitive tape often coated with polyethylene. There are a variety of constructions using different backings and adhesives. One variation is gaffer tape designed to be cleanly removed, while duct tape is not. Another variation is heat-resistant duct tape useful for sealing heating/ventilation/air-conditioning (HVAC) ducts, produced because […]

They won’t be getting much sleep up in Fairbanks, Alaska this weekend. For one thing, it’s light outside for much of the day as the longest day of the year approaches. Moreover, since they are going to be up anyway, folks celebrate the occasion with the annual Midnight Sun Festival. This next week marks the […]

June 19 is Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state […]

Lou Gerhig was born on June 19, 1903. It’s been almost 75 years since Gerhig’s death but he is still associated as a man of dignity. He hit 493 homers, knocked in 1,990 runs, and sported a .340 batting average. His 184 RBI’s in one season is an American League record. His 23 grand slams […]

Lou Gerhig was born on June 19, 1903. It’s been almost 75 years since Gerhig’s death but he is still associated as a man of dignity. He hit 493 homers, knocked in 1,990 runs, and sported a .340 batting average. His 184 RBI’s in one season is an American League record. His 23 grand slams […]

He wrote the song, but Sammy Cahn was anything but irresponsible. He was a prolific composer, songwriter, lyricist and musician. He is best known for his romantic lyrics to films and Broadway songs, as well as stand-alone songs premiered by recording companies in the Greater Los Angeles Area. He and his collaborators had a series […]

Heard on the radio this morning of a survey published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior finds that cat videos can boost a person’s mood. Nearly 7,000 people were surveyed about Internet cat videos. Their research found that watching cat videos serves useful purpose. What caught my attention was a term that was used […]

Savannah, Georgia is on of th prettiest places you’ll ever find. The oldest city in Georgia, it was established in 1733. It boasts a charming downtown area that includes the Savannah Historic District, the Savannah Victorian Historic District, and 22 park like squares, making it one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the […]

Savannah, Georgia is on of th prettiest places you’ll ever find. The oldest city in Georgia, it was established in 1733. It boasts a charming downtown area that includes the Savannah Historic District, the Savannah Victorian Historic District, and 22 park like squares, making it one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the […]

Now that the Stanely Cup has been awarded many are turning their attentions from hockey. Others, are still engaged until the Awards Show in Las Vegas is over next week. For us at Journeys into Hockey, though, the journeys continue. Some may be taking the Summer off, but we will be here with our explorations […]

Now that the Stanely Cup has been awarded many are turning their attentions from hockey. Others, are still engaged until the Awards Show in Las Vegas is over next week. For us at Journeys into Hockey, though, the journeys continue. Some may be taking the Summer off, but we will be here with our explorations […]

“Helping You Be Contemporary in Traditional Way” is a tagline we have developed to describe what we do. It took some thought to get there. I had found that some had thought of our “Journeys Into” explorations of the offbeat, off the beaten path, overlooked and forgotten” as just another look at nostalgia (A sentimental […]

“Helping You Be Contemporary in Traditional Way” is a tagline we have developed to describe what we do. It took some thought to get there. I had found that some had thought of our “Journeys Into” explorations of the offbeat, off the beaten path, overlooked and forgotten” as just another look at nostalgia (A sentimental […]

“Stan always said he didn’t need things on the wall or plaques on the shelves because he had his memories,” Jill Mikita says. Now, those memories are gone, writes the Chicago Tribune. Black Hawk great Stan Mikita has been diagnosed with suspected dementia with Lewy body, a brain disorder that can strip those with it […]

To some there is nothing to talk about. It’s the beer, not the bottle. But to others, myself included, there is an issue that, at least, merits some discussion. Which is the preferred carrier of a cold frosty brew: stubby or long neck ? (We hold bottle versus beer can or keg for another discussion). […]

It’s graduation time, and many words of advice are being given to graduating Seniors. Some of those words are being printed in the papers. We recently saw this advice from Documentary Filmmaker to the graduates of Washigton University in St. Louis. We wanted to share them with you: “It is into this disorienting and sometimes […]

Following Chicago’s Game 5 win in Tampa, we read that for Game 6 “The Cup will be in the house”, meaning that The Hawks could win a Cup with a win in Game 6. The sight of the Stanley Cup stirs powerful feelings. The intensity of those feelings can best be seen by an episode […]

The other night we were listening to the television broadcast of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals while working at home with other tasks. But we did hear from Tampa the sounds of an organ that sounded more like the old Chicago Stadium than one hears even from Chicago’s United Center these days. Them, […]

The other night we were listening to the television broadcast of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals while working at home with other tasks. But we did hear from Tampa the sounds of an organ that sounded more like the old Chicago Stadium than one hears even from Chicago’s United Center these days. Them, […]

It’s Flag Day today (June 14) in the U.S. The date selected to honor the Stars and Stripes commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress […]

It’s Flag Day today (June 14) in the U.S. The date selected to honor the Stars and Stripes commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress […]

It’s more than 70 years since Glenn Miller went missing in World War II. The famous American bandleader, trombonist, composer and arranger disappeared while directing the Glenn Miller AAF Band during World War II. He was age 40. But he and his music still remembered around the world, and especially in his birthplace Clarinda, Iowa. […]

As a kid, I thought the Banana Split Ice Cream had been invented by the Good Humor Man. Afterall, for a long time the only place that I knew served them up was the Good Humor Truck that occasionally visited our street. Eventually, I came to realize that it was not the Good Humor Man […]

As a kid, I thought the Banana Split Ice Cream had been invented by the Good Humor Man. Afterall, for a long time the only place that I knew served them up was the Good Humor Truck that occasionally visited our street. Eventually, I came to realize that it was not the Good Humor Man […]

…It’s the Superman Celebration, the 37th annual edition, taking place this weekend in Metropolis, Illinois. This weekend a town of fewer than 7000 people becomes more of a metropolis as some 30,000 visitors from around the nation, and around the world come to visit. Of course, Superman will be there to visit with those fans […]

…It’s the Superman Celebration, the 37th annual edition, taking place this weekend in Metropolis, Illinois. This weekend a town of fewer than 7000 people becomes more of a metropolis as some 30,000 visitors from around the nation, and around the world come to visit. Of course, Superman will be there to visit with those fans […]

I’ve been on the road and seen many places. I’ve written and broadcast many stories about what’s so special about so many and what makes them unique. In the process, I’ve gotten to see many places that” get it” and do it right. I’ve seen others that couldn’t care less and are destined to be […]

They’ve opened a new strip mall near where I live. Actually, it’s described as a “Landing”, invoking a historical connection to the settlement of the area by Europeans centuries ago. The new development is on the site of post-war shopping center, innovative, and beloved in its time but after considerable neglect and “environmental;l issues” was […]

The other day we shared with you our renewed effort to master this new world of social media. Part of that effort involves the need to be clear, concise and consistent in what one says – I am being told in involves the need to brand one’s self. So, I have been off in in […]

Perhaps it’s inevitable, a sign of “progress and change”, but we read this morning with disappointment of a report that Canadian towns could see a number of bank branch closures as customers shift away from entering local branches for everyday banking. “As all the banks look at their retail banking footprint in small town Canada, […]

Perhaps it’s inevitable, a sign of “progress and change”, but we read this morning with disappointment of a report that Canadian towns could see a number of bank branch closures as customers shift away from entering local branches for everyday banking. “As all the banks look at their retail banking footprint in small town Canada, […]

It was back in the early 1980’s that my Dad came around. He was “old school” and for a long time dismissive of the use of computers in his trade. Finally, one day he decided to meet the future half way. It energized his business. Computers did not replace his old-fashioned ways but enhanced them […]

That was how Winston Churchill described the Niagara Parkway. Most folks going to Niagara Falls are content to admire the Falls. Most acknowledge that the view from the Canadian side is most worth the trip. But beyond the Falls, the cliffs, the river and the “Maid of the Mist”, there is beauty on the Canadian […]

Watching Ben Bishop labor in goal in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final got us to thinking about others who played through injuries. This time of year most teams have a full complement of walking wounded. You can likely make a quality selection of one of represents the fortitude to soldier on the face […]

We are barely halfway into 2015 but it seems the 2016 Presidential campaign is already in full swing. It’s too early for me, and it seems to be getting earlier all the time. Like those sports seasons that now have no off-season, Presidential politics is now a full-time profession. The campaign experts and image are […]

Increasingly, in our travels we have come to find that places are starting to look and feel the same. Sprawl, big box stores, contemporary shops, most seemingly formula like in their similarities. Sometimes, it is hard to know just where you are because it can all look and feel so similar. So, we enjoy finding […]

Increasingly, in our travels we have come to find that places are starting to look and feel the same. Sprawl, big box stores, contemporary shops, most seemingly formula like in their similarities. Sometimes, it is hard to know just where you are because it can all look and feel so similar. So, we enjoy finding […]

In our last beer posting, we shared the story of Fitger Beer, long a mainstay in Northern Minnesota, and the story of the historic Fitger brewery. We stopped with Fitger’s Brewery closing its doors on September 30, 1972, ending 115 years of brewing on the shores of Lake Superior. It was a sad time. fortunately, […]

“After a struggle of a season, filled with slumps, spurts and injuries, the Cavaliers enter the finals with a city’s hopes on their shoulders”.An interesting New York Times essay, about basketball, about Cleveland, and about a local’s sense of his hometown.The essayis, John Hyduk, was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in 2012, and […]

“After a struggle of a season, filled with slumps, spurts and injuries, the Cavaliers enter the finals with a city’s hopes on their shoulders”.An interesting New York Times essay, about basketball, about Cleveland, and about a local’s sense of his hometown.The essayis, John Hyduk, was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in 2012, and […]

I enjoy listening to classical musical. I have had only a causal and passing interest in opera, though I recently find it growing. It is the music that most inspires me, but at times it is also the folks who bringing the music who connect with me. Margaret Juntwait who died on June 3 of […]

We were looking for someone to help us communicate this notion of a sense of place that distinguishes one place from another – what makes every place special in its own way (Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood). We came across these explanations from a website for a consulting company. We know nothing about the company and do […]

I recently read of the great job they have done with the old Fitger’s Brewery in Duluth, Minnesota. Now called the Fitger’s Brewery Complex, the big building was converted into shops, resturants, and a luxury hotel that houses a microbrewery. More on this present-day complex in a future posting. For now, we wanted to go […]

Those who like to describe Vancouver as the “San Francisco of Canada”, also like to describe the Lions Gate Bridge as the “Golden Gate Bridge of Vancouver”. Vancouver is not San Francisco. But like the “City on the Bay, it is a special place. So too, the Lions Gate Bridge holds a special place to […]

Jean Ritchie, who brought hundreds of traditional songs from her native Appalachia to a wide audience and in the process helped ignite the folk song revival of the mid-20th century, died on June 1 at her home in Berea, Ky. She was 92. The Ritchies were one of the great folk song families of the […]

We’ll be checking into the Stanley Cup Finals via NBC. So, we’ll get to enjoy Doc Emrick, Ed Olczyk and Pierre McGuire. North of the border it will be Hockey Night in Canada on CBC via Sportsnet (the end of year one of their new deal) and TVA in French. These days the Finals are […]

There will be the anthems and the obligatory contemporary entertainment experiences – music blasted because those blasting think we like it blasted. We don’t – at least many that I know do not. There is an organist at Tampa Bay who does a fine job as an accompanist for the anthem and, of course, in […]

A classic Hamm’s beer commercial from the land of enchantment – “The beer refreshing as crisp cool land it’s brewed in.. the beer that captures for you the wonderful refreshment of this enchanted Northland…” This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

Though Penguins and Candiens are long gone from this year’s playoffs, we have this great image to share with you (thanks to Jen @ NHL History Girl). It is a 1926 Stanley Cup Playoff game featuring Montreal at Pittsburgh. But it was not Canadiens and Penguins. Rather it was the Montreal Maroons at Pittsburgh Pirates. […]

Though Penguins and Candiens are long gone from this year’s playoffs, we have this great image to share with you (thanks to Jen @ NHL History Girl). It is a 1926 Stanley Cup Playoff game featuring Montreal at Pittsburgh. But it was not Canadiens and Penguins. Rather it was the Montreal Maroons at Pittsburgh Pirates. […]

To many writing the obituaries she is best known as an actress in the “Friday the 13th” Movie. Others headline that she was in numerous other movies (Mister Roberts, Queen Bee), and on Broadway (South Pacific) For me, Betsy Palmer was one of those fixtures of television from way back when. She was a familiar […]