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Romancing the coin

Romancing the coin

Military veteran and stay-at-home mom creates one-of-a-kind jewelry from quarters and pennies. Story: Theresa Campbell // Photos: Fred Lopez Tabitha Lauer remembers hearing stories from her late grandfather about trench art made by World War I and II soldiers passing the time while away from the front lines. Her grandfather served in Korea and talked about his uncles in the earlier wars. Tabitha was in…
The hills are alive with music, art, and literature

The hills are alive with music, art, and literature

Exploring the Berkshires In the Berkshires of Massachusetts, travelers can find picturesque towns and scenes straight out of a Rockwell painting. Story & Photos: Gary McKechnie There’s something homelike and comforting about the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. As you explore these hills, drive beside glistening lakes, and stroll through postcard-perfect villages, you may feel as if you’ve stepped into a Norman Rockwell canvas. In a…
Riding the Emerald Coast

Riding the Emerald Coast

Story & Photos: Gary McKechnie South Florida makes you assume every mile of oceanfront is cloaked behind a wall of condos, but the Emerald Coast changes the story. Nature seduces motorcyclists, and few Florida journeys are as seductive as a brief, but engaging, ride along the Gulf of Mexico between Pensacola and Apalachicola. From the Florida/Alabama border, the road east alternates between white sands and…
Art from the heart

Art from the heart

Story: Amanda Valderrama // Photo: Fred Lopez After an injury, local artist Carrie Knupp found a new way to express herself. When it comes to motivation, any artist can truly aspire to be like Carrie Knupp. Carrie suffered an injury in June 2015 on the night of the grand opening of her studio. She tripped while carrying dishes and severed an artery in her right…
NEW ORLEANS: BEYOND BOURBON STREET

NEW ORLEANS: BEYOND BOURBON STREET

Story: Mary Ann DeSantis Photos: Tony & Mary Ann DeSantis When the sun rises in New Orleans, the Crescent City reveals quiet paths that many tourists don’t take time to explore. The Garden District, home to writers, musicians, and other celebrities, is a relaxing escape from the round-the-clock partying of the French Quarter. Some cities are legendary. New Orleans, Louisiana, is one of those places. People…
The “center” of attention

The “center” of attention

Tacko Fall is standing tall in the world of college basketball. Story: James Combs Opponents of the University of Central Florida men’s basketball team have a tall order. They must find a way to slow down Tacko Fall, the Knights’ 7-foot-6-inch center who is the tallest player in college basketball. So far, their efforts in stopping him have come up short. Fall, who played high…
Mount Dora Spring Fest and Show: It’s Art-rageous

Mount Dora Spring Fest and Show: It’s Art-rageous

One of Mount Dora’s most popular events is rebranded. Don’t miss the 2017 Mount Dora Spring Fest. Story: Theresa Campbell Tens of thousands of people are expected in downtown Mount Dora for the 20th year of the Mount Dora Spring Fest, an event where 300 crafters and artists from all over the country showcase an eclectic mix of superior handmade crafts. The event is March…
Leesburg’s Mardi Gras is 20!

Leesburg’s Mardi Gras is 20!

It has been 20 years of parties, parades, and purple as Leesburg marks this significant celebration of Mardi Gras. Leesburg’s family friendly event is a month fun and events leading up to “12 Hours of Madness” at the party in the street!  Story: Debbi Kiddy Joe Shipes, executive director of Leesburg Partnership says, “With this being our 20-year anniversary, you can bet we will pull…
History of Stripping

History of Stripping

If your idea of a “historian” is a rather bland, even boring personality, then you’ve never had the pleasure of reading the works of Allan Holtz of Tavares. Story: Debbi Kiddy Allan researches and writes about newspaper comics for his Stripper’s Guide blog, started in 2005. In addition to his many contributions to to the comic publication, “Hogan’s Alley”, he is the author of American Newspaper…
Ashland: the estate where a presidential loser won

Ashland: the estate where a presidential loser won

If you love history—especially when it comes to presidential politics—you should add the beautiful Ashland Estate to your travel itinerary. The Kentucky home of three-time presidential candidate Henry Clay is a place where visitors discover that losing wasn’t the end of his illustrious career.  Story:  Mary Ann Desantis   Much like Hillary Clinton retreated to her Dutch Colonial Style home in Chappaqua, New York, in…
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