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For 90 years, at this time of year on Chincoteague Island has been all about ponies. This Wed (July 29), the Saltwater Cowboys will again round up the wild Chincoteague ponies on Assateague, swim them to Chincoteague, auction off the foals and swim them back. It is said that this tradition may have been made […]

Hockey’s talking heads in both New Jersey and Toronto are having a field day with this one. At 10 a.m. on July 23 the New Jersey Devils released a tweet announcing that Lou Lamoriello had resigned. At 10:01 a.m. the Toronto Maple Leafs tweeted that Lamoriello had been hired as the team’s General Manager. Lamoriello, […]

As if Theodore Bickel’s passing was not enough, on the very same day died E.L. Doctorow. The author of a dozen novels, three volumes of short fiction and a stage drama, as well as essays and commentary on literature and politics, Mr. Doctorow was widely lauded for the originality, versatility and audacity of his imagination, […]

Theodore Bikel, a giant in so many ways and for so many reasons, died on July 21. He was 91 years old. He was an actor and a musician. known for memorable roles on the stage and screen. Beyond he  was a presence and a voice of conscious – truly making it all connect. It may […]

Whether composing novels in his Whitehead Street writing studio or fishing for big game in local waters, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway left a powerful legacy in Key West. His zest for life, literary accomplishments and enduring affection for the island he called home throughout the 1930s are to be commemorated Tuesday through Sunday, July […]

Radio legend Hazen Schumacher died on July 18 at the age of 88, Michigan Radio reports. He was on the air for more than 30 years, and his show, Jazz Revisited,  was on the air for more than 30 years, and his show introduced a generation to jazz. Back in the 1960s, Schumacher was working at […]

Bobby Orr always earned superlatives as a hockey player. As a fan the Montreal Canadiens I favored a different #4, but begrudgingly came to respect Boston’s Orr. By a clear margin he was the best I ever saw play the game. However, my respect for Bobby Orr the player has turned to unbridled admiration for […]

Bannack is a well-preserved ghost town in Beaverhead County, Montana, United States, located on Grasshopper Creek, approximately 11 miles (18 km) upstream from where Grasshopper Creek joins with the Beaverhead River south of Dillon. The location was actually Montana’s first terrotorial capital. Founded in 1862 and named after the local Bannock Indians, it was the […]

So goes a favorite song of mine. Yes, the song is set in the Pacific Northwest, but as soon as I read of the Yarmouth Clam Festival in Maine the song got stuck in my head. it remains there. So in an effort to extricate the melody I here share it with you. But first, […]

There is music in the air this weekend in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Folk Festival at the Prather Coliseum of Northwestaern State University is billed as a “purist” folk festival – meaning that only folk artists who are reviving a traditional Louisiana folk art or still working a Louisiana tradition are invited This year’s 36th annual […]

When you think of bagels, what places do you think of ? If it were me, I would choose New York, Montreal, and Eastern Europe of an earlier time (where the bagel is said to have originated before making its migration to North America in the latter half of the 19th century – along with […]

Professional athletes receive many requests – from appearances to autographs, et. al. Demands are made upon them and their time. I was always impressed how generous Jean Beliveau always was with his time and spirit. We are told that pro athletes are not role models. The example Mr. Beliveau set was important to me and […]

It may be a French celebration but Bastille Day has turned into quite a day of celebration in the States as well. In all there are over 50 U.S. cities that conduct annual celebrations: For example, Baltimore has a large Bastille Day celebration each year at Petit Louis in the Roland Park area of Baltimore […]

The Park Avenue House was a high rise residential building located at 2305 Park Avenue in the Park Avenue Historic District in Downtown Detroit, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. But today the Park Avenue is now more. The once proud hotel that spanned back to the mid-1920’s, […]

  We’ve been reading an interesting book – “Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life” by Joan Chittister, The author, a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, is a distinguished lecturer. In a chapter entitled “The Place of Tsunamis in the Ocean of Life”, she weighs in on the […]

This story comes out of Tapei, but it could just as easily be anywhere in the U.S. or Canada – say in the Southwestern desert or up North. In this instance, a county government is promoting Aboriginal harvest festivals scheduled for this month and next to attract tourists to the region. But Aboriginal residents are […]

  <a href=”http://www.crickcentre.org/blog/diy-democracy-festivals-parks-and-fun/”>Matt Flanders puts a different take on the role of festivals in a piece for the University of Sheffield’s Crick Centre blog.Entitled “DYI: Festivals, Parks and Fun”, he writes:</a> Wimbledon has started, the barbeques have been dusted off, the sun is shining and all our newly elected MPs will soon be leaving Westminster […]

  <a href=”http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-first-strongest-ties-are-to-country-respondents-tell-survey-on-belonging”>Most Canadians feel a stronger sense of belonging to their country than their province or community — and for many immigrants, their country of origin, according to Statistics Canada’s new General Social Survey on Social Identity based on 2013 data from people aged 15 years and older. This article in The National Post’s […]

<a href=”http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/calgary-stampede-sells-out-100-hotdogs”>The big news at this year’s Calgary Stampede is that the $100 hot dogs have sold out quickly.100 foot-long bratwursts were produced by Dougie Luv, owner of the DougieDog Diner Truck, based in Vancouver. The dogs were infused with Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac and topped with Kobe beef, lobster and truffles, is sold […]

In Wayne, Nebraska the answer to which came first – chicken or the egg – is an easy one. Each year the locals celevrate with the annual Wayne Chicken Show. The Chicken Show is an annual free, family-oriented event held in Wayne, Nebraska, every second Saturday in July. It has been put on by the […]

  A wonderful column by Dana Milbank in the Washington Post. It seems that “The Greatest generation” has become a boiler plate designation for some, a lightning rod for others. This column reminds us why the  term was created in the first place. There is a lot in the column. But I go no further […]

    A historic  civic stadium in Eugene is considered a complete loss after a fire engulfed it last week. A drone captured the fire captured of flames shooting up high into the air as the historic Eugene baseball stadium burned to the ground. Authorities responded to the fire . and evacuated a two-block radius. The fire […]

Don’t neded to be an Einstein to know that the connection is great between Independence Day and beer. And, you don;t need to be an economist to know that it also means big business. Here is a CNBC reports and just how big that business is. As for me, my issue is what beer to […]

An interesting read in the New York Times about the Caori Social Club in Brooklyn (Greenpoint). The regulars do not gravitate there for its glamorous decorations or its trendy ambience. There are basic tables and chairs and a bar so old that drinkers can feel the contours in the wood from cigarette burns decades old.The […]

No summary of July Fourth activities would be complete with out mention of Washington, DC (parade, festival on the Mall and fireworks show), New York (fireworks), Boston (Boston Pops in concert) and Brooklyn. This last venue, Coney Island to be exact, is where the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest takes place at Nathan’s Famous […]

Along with Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Boston, this is one of those All-American places where one considers themselves to be lucky if they should find themselves there on July 4th. Apparently many others agree as thousands turn up for Independence Day events here. It is considered is a one-of-a-kind experience that can’t be found anywhere […]

Key Limes are an integral part of life in the Florida Keys. These fruits flavor soups, pies and martinis. Soaps and salts as well. As importantly, they say, key limes “flavor our lives, which are as unique to the Florida Keys as the tart and juicy fruit”. The Key Lime Pie Festival in Key West […]

At the Chaparral Park speedway in Lovington, New Mexico on July Fourth each year they lay out what is described as “the world’s premiere mini-reptile racetrack”. There lizards of different varieties vie for top honors in a competitive races – their jockeys handlers must be under age 16. They tell us the course is considered […]

Pekin, Indiana claims the oldest continuous July Fourth celebration (dating back to 1830) Folks in Bristol, Rhode Island beg to disagree. Here is the story out of that New England community. The Annual Bristol 4th of July Celebration began, the say, in 1785 when Rev. Henry Wight of the First Congregational Church and a Veteran […]

That’s what they call their Fourth of July event in Pekin, Indiana The town of New Pekin claims the distinction of having the oldest consecutive Independence Day celebration in the United States of America. Pekin began celebrating Independence Day in the year 1830. Bristol, Rhode Island claims to have celebrated since 1785, so Pekin describes […]

To many, Memorial Day means the Indy 500. In Twelve Mile, Indiana the Fourth of July means lawnmower racing. The Twelve Mile 500 is organized by the Twelve Mile Lions Club and occurrs annually on Independence Day. The tradition began in 1963 as a race for factory-built mowers with their mowing decks removed but in […]

This year marks the 30th anniversary of a unique July Fourth tradition. Since 1986 in Willimantic, Connecticut they’ve stepped off without any bands. There is music but it is courtesy of large boom boxes instead. You see, back in 1986 the town could not find an available marching band for its annual Memorial Day parade. […]

At most any barber shop on a hot day you might hear the invocation “Hot enough to fry an egg”. In Oatman, Arizona on July Fourth they not only talk about it, but they walk the talk – or fry the eggs. In an unusual Fourth of July celebration, residents of Oatman, where temperatures routinely […]

No summary of July Fourth activities would be complete with out mention of Washington, DC (parade, festival on the Mall and fireworks show), New York (fireworks), Boston (Boston Pops in concert) and Brooklyn. This last venue, Coney Island to be exact, is where the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest takes place at Nathan’s Famous […]

Along with Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Boston, this is one of those All-American places where one considers themselves to be lucky if they should find themselves there on July 4th. Apparently many others agree as thousands turn up for Independence Day events here. It is considered is a one-of-a-kind experience that can’t be found anywhere […]

Key Limes are an integral part of life in the Florida Keys. These fruits flavor soups, pies and martinis. Soaps and salts as well. As importantly, they say, key limes “flavor our lives, which are as unique to the Florida Keys as the tart and juicy fruit”. The Key Lime Pie Festival in Key West […]

At the Chaparral Park speedway in Lovington, New Mexico on July Fourth each year they lay out what is described as “the world’s premiere mini-reptile racetrack”. There lizards of different varieties vie for top honors in a competitive races – their jockeys handlers must be under age 16. They tell us the course is considered […]

Pekin, Indiana claims the oldest continuous July Fourth celebration (dating back to 1830) Folks in Bristol, Rhode Island beg to disagree. Here is the story out of that New England community. The Annual Bristol 4th of July Celebration began, the say, in 1785 when Rev. Henry Wight of the First Congregational Church and a Veteran […]

That’s what they call their Fourth of July event in Pekin, Indiana The town of New Pekin claims the distinction of having the oldest consecutive Independence Day celebration in the United States of America. Pekin began celebrating Independence Day in the year 1830. Bristol, Rhode Island claims to have celebrated since 1785, so Pekin describes […]

To many, Memorial Day means the Indy 500. In Twelve Mile, Indiana the Fourth of July means lawnmower racing. The Twelve Mile 500 is organized by the Twelve Mile Lions Club and occurrs annually on Independence Day. The tradition began in 1963 as a race for factory-built mowers with their mowing decks removed but in […]

This year marks the 30th anniversary of a unique July Fourth tradition. Since 1986 in Willimantic, Connecticut they’ve stepped off without any bands. There is music but it is courtesy of large boom boxes instead. You see, back in 1986 the town could not find an available marching band for its annual Memorial Day parade. […]

At most any barber shop on a hot day you might hear the invocation “Hot enough to fry an egg”. In Oatman, Arizona on July Fourth they not only talk about it, but they walk the talk – or fry the eggs. In an unusual Fourth of July celebration, residents of Oatman, where temperatures routinely […]

It may be Canada Day, but for those involved in the business of professional hockey and those who report on it, today is no holiday. Instead, it is the start of hockey’s free agency – that sport’s version of hunting season. While many are at barbecues, parades, beaches, lakes and fireworks, these executives and media […]

It may be Canada Day, but for those involved in the business of professional hockey and those who report on it, today is no holiday. Instead, it is the start of hockey’s free agency – that sport’s version of hunting season. While many are at barbecues, parades, beaches, lakes and fireworks, these executives and media […]

Finally found some parade music for Canada Day. Here’s a playlist of 12 selections. Happy Canada Day and happy marching ! This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

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. […]

Finally found some parade music for Canada Day. Here’s a playlist of 12 selections. Happy Canada Day and happy marching ! This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.