Too Old To Rock And Roll? A Music Fest Survival Guide For The Woodstock Generation

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Give Bill Murray credit. Not only did he arrive on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live riding a horse, wearing a dress, purse, and cowboy boots but he confessed to alternating liquor with water and seeking a gentle mosh pit at South by Southwest.

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Savannah in the Rain

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” – Roger Miller

KehoeHouse Savannah Georgia

Built in 1892 by a foundry owner, the home features grand exterior ornamentation that looks like wood but is made of cast-iron. It was later owned by quarterback Joe Namath.

“Is it empty because it’s Sunday?” my husband asked the museum clerk as we purchased our tickets. “It’s empty ’cause it’s raining. No one goes out in the rain.” Sun-dappled squares full of bubbling fountains and trees dripping with Spanish moss. It’s the image that comes to mind when you think of Savannah, a city made for strolling to best savor the meticulously preserved historic townhomes and manses. So what do you do when it rains?

I needed to execute Plan B on a recent visit due to torrential downpours forecast for the last day of my trip. Don’t despair. There’s plenty to keep you occupied and Southern hospitality takes the edge off limp hair and damp pant hems. Continue reading

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The giveaway for 2 Free Passes to the Museum at Bethel Woods ended yesterday. Congratulations to Melinda Gates!! Thank you to everyone who entered!

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“Woodstock was both a peaceful protest and a global celebration.”-Richie Havens

 

Spring Detour: Plant Sales

I kill plants in many ways including death by dog and dehydration, so I try to minimize garden risk when I can. That’s why I “know my zone”. It’s Zone 6, the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone assigned to the Hudson River Valley. I can safely plant, without fear of frost, after Mother’s Day.

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Feeding Hungry, Hungry Tourists in Philadelphia

GUEST POST:  A little dirty. A bit brash. Philly’s all that and more. I started spending time there when my son enrolled at Drexel University and it was love at first bite. Seriously. The city has so many good restaurants, it can be daunting to choose one. I thought it would be helpful to engage the assistance of an expert. Sarah Ricks is a travel junkie and confirmed Phila-phile. We share a mutual friend who’s a travel editor. He encouraged us to hook up, so I guess this is technically our “first date”. I asked Sarah to share some of her favorite eateries located near Philly’s top tourist spots. I know I can’t wait to hop on the Turnpike and give these a try.

The Barnes

After visiting the Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings at The Barnes Foundation (where art is displayed alongside Pennsylvania Dutch crafts, per orders of the eccentric Dr. Albert Barnes), you can pick up a convenient picnic lunch a block away at Whole Foods Market. Eat outside the Barnes or nearby at the Swann Fountain. If your visit is timed to avoid weekend brunch lines, the upscale diner Sabrina’s Cafe is a good choice for salads, sandwiches, frittatas, challah French toast, and ever-changing eclectic mash-ups like “cranberry-basil cornbread topped with crispy applewood bacon, arugula, caramelized red onions, broccoli, and over easy eggs.” Continue reading