Category Archives: Arts / Culture / History

NC Woolly Worm Festival

Woolly Worm Races Predict Weather

The 38th Woolly Worm Festival takes place Oct. 17-18 in Banner Elk, NC (Photo by Todd Bush).

The 38th Woolly Worm Festival takes place Oct. 17-18 in Banner Elk, NC (Photo by Todd Bush).

Thought you knew about most of the festivals in North Carolina? Bet you never heard of this one–the  Woolly Worm Festival in downtown Banner Elk, NC. During this festival the weather prognosticating skills of the woolly bear caterpillar take center stage. Continue reading

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Beyond Orlando’s Theme Parks

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 19:  Singer Ricky Martin (R) unveils his brand new figure at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas on November 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Figure will soon travel to Florida for the spring 2015 grand opening of Madame Tussauds Orlando.  (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds) *** Local Caption *** Ricky Martin

Singer Ricky Martin meets his double at Madame Tussauds in Orlando, FL

Take flight high above Orlando; dive deep into three oceans; or take a selfie with famous stars. Merlin Entertainments, the second largest attraction operator in the world, is bringing three of its best-known attractions to Orlando: The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Aquarium

Read the entire article in Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. AllegiantOrlandoBeyondThemeParks copy

Downton Abbey Visits the Biltmore

Downton Abbey fashion exhibit at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

Downton Abbey fashion exhibit at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

“Changing Fashions for Changing Times” Now at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, Nc.

Fans of the popular PBS television series Downton Abbey don’t have to travel to Highclere Castle to experience firsthand what life was like at Downton Abbey or to view original costumes of their favorite characters. The Biltmore House, the grand 250-room Vanderbilt estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is showcasing 47 costumes from the show during its exhibition: Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times, which runs from February 5th through May 25th, 2015.

See my full article which appeared in Luxe Beat Magazine’s April 2015 issue at: Downton-Abbey-Visits-the-Biltmore

Downton Abbey Comes to Biltmore

 

Staff prepare Downton Abbey Fashion Exhibit at Biltmore (Photos Courtesy of Biltmore)

Staff prepares Downton Abbey Fashion Exhibit at Biltmore (Photos Courtesy of Biltmore)

Downton Abbey Costumes on View at Biltmore

“Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” opens at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC, Feb. 5th and runs through May 25, 2015.

Don’t miss this exciting exhibit of 47 costumes direct from London on display at the 250-room Vanderbilt estate. The costumes are displayed in rooms throughout the house that represent where they would  have been worn in the corresponding Highclere Castle, the setting for the show.

Leslie Klingner, Curator of Interpretation at the Biltmore,  spoke with me about the exhibit. “What has really struck me as the costumes have come in, is their exquisite details. They are absolutely gorgeous in person, and it’s so exciting to see them close up in the correct settings.” Continue reading

See the skyscraper that inspired the Empire State Building

Model for Empire State Building

Model for Empire State Building

Winston-Salem is best known for the Moravian culture on display in its historic Old Salem community. But visitors passing through downtown often look at one of the city’s skyscrapers and have a feeling they’ve seen it somewhere before.

Winston-Salem’s Reynolds Building was the model for the Empire State Building, one of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers. The connection is so strong that executives from the Empire State Building sent the Reynolds Building a thank-you card on its 50th birthday.

The Reynolds Building was constructed in 1929 by Shreve and Lamb, who would design the Empire State Building a few years later based on the same plans. The iconic shape of the two buildings is the same, though the Empire State Building has 102 floors whereas the Reynolds Building has 22.

For nearly a century, the Reynolds Building was the home office for the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. The Reynolds Building was named “Building of the Year” by the National Association of Architects, won the 1984 Art Deco Society of New York award for best restoration and was the tallest building in the South for 35 years. The building’s future is undecided and it may take on a new role as a luxury hotel.

(Reprinted from Visit North Carolina: Project 543)

The Mexican Riviera at Its Best!

Barcelo Maya Resort 

Mexican Riviera luxury resorts

Barcelo Maya Beach Resort on the Mexican Riviera

Looking for a great romantic or family all-inclusive vacation–check out Barcelo Maya Resort on the Mexican Riviera about an hour south of Cancun. Unspoiled beaches with great snorkeling and diving, luxury accommodations, fine dining and loads more. Click on the link to read my story in Luxe Beat Magazine.

BBQ, Bourbon & Bluegrass

BBQ, Bourbon & Bluegrass Hoedown

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Want to experience a different side of Charleston, SC? Then don’t miss the BBQ, Bourbon & Bluegrass Hoedown on Saturday, November 9, from 7-11 p.m. at the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed. The 2nd annual Lowcountry Hoedown is a celebration of Southern fare & libations set to a fiddle!

Sip & swig on bourbon, moonshine, and whiskey cocktails from over a dozen distilleries including Charleston’s own Striped Pig Distillery, scheduled to open later this year. Enjoy craft brews from three great Southern states, including local favorite Holy City Brewing. Nibble and nosh on BBQ, brisket &  tasty Southern treats from Lowcountry restaurants and artisan food vendors. Continue reading