Chicago Illinois Art Fairs and Museums

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We lived in Chicago for 5 years a long time ago and always loved going to Chicago’s summertime art fairs, and visiting museums and galleries. We recently had a return trip to Chicago. Chicago Art Fairs We arranged our trip largely to accommodate two of the city’s oldest and best juried art fairs plus a [Read more …]

Garden Michigan

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Continuing our trip on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, we made a stop in the tiny, roughly 200-person town; a visit to Fayette Historic State Park in Garden Michigan. Fayette Historic State Park The Fayette Historic State Park is a former factory surrounding Snail Shell Harbor and contains over 20 historic buildings. Jackson Iron Company built it [Read more …]

Michigan City Indiana

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The primary goal of our visit to Michigan City was to reacquaint ourselves with the beauty of the Indiana Dunes. We discovered that the Michigan City area offered more to do than we expected. Michigan City Art and History We found ourselves exploring the city’s Uptown Arts District on the first Friday evening of the [Read more …]

Grand Rapids Michigan

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We had two primary reasons for spending a day in Grand Rapids—the Gerald R. Ford Museum and the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. This left us just enough time to explore an additional, optional stop for a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meyer May House. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum The museum took us [Read more …]

Spring Green Wisconsin

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We are big fans of Frank Lloyd Wright. Our main reason to visit Spring Green Wisconsin was to return to Taliesin East, Frank Lloyd Wright’s (FLW) primary home, studio and school. Taliesin is Welsh for “Shining Brow”. The site is accessible via a range of tours. We chose the two-hour Highlights Tour, which includes interiors [Read more …]

Milwaukee Wisconsin

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Milwaukee Wisconsin is known for its beer. Yes, we sampled beer (more later in this blog), but we also found some other interesting attractions Milwaukee Old World 3rd Street District We especially enjoyed walking the 1000 block of Milwaukee’s Old World Third Street District. Particularly interesting were: Wisconsin Cheese Mart. This store had the largest [Read more …]

Galena Illinois

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We had been to this lovely Western Illinois home town of Ulysses S. Grant briefly, once before. We made a brief return visit on our way to the Wisconsin Dells. Galena was a lead mining and transportation center on a tributary near the Mississippi. It was a boom town in the early 19th century, when [Read more …]

New Orleans Museums

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New Orleans has much more than jazz. If you go there, check out New Orleans Museums. National WWII Museum Our single longest activity (outside the Jazz Festival) was a return visit to the incredible National WWII Museum. As on our last visit, we easily spent an entire day there. The museum continues to add new [Read more …]

Rethinking the Legacy of Andy Warhol

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What do you think of when you hear Andy Warhol? His Campbell’s Soup cans and Three Elvises? His prognostication of 15 minutes of fame, as the “creator” of the Pop Art movement? His early embrace of an openly gay lifestyle? Warhol certainly deserves recognition for all of these. A retrospective of Andy Warhol  “A to [Read more …]

Nashville Museums

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Nashville Tennessee is well known for its honky-tonk bars, partying and its music scene. But it also has some interesting museums—many of which explore its musical history. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum This museum is a celebration of the country music culture. It is home to more than 200,000 audio recordings, 500,000 photos, [Read more …]