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Crown Cruise Vacations | May 29, 2022

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World War I hero Sgt. York’s home now a state park

April 2, 2022 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Betsy Ross York Lowrey was eight years old before she saw her first movie. Her dad loaded up the family and took them to nearby Jamestown to see a first-run film.

What surprised young Betsy the most, however, was not the sight of actor Gary Cooper, the fast-paced action or the amazing story on the screen. What the youngster couldn’t get over was that the heroic story was about her own father. Read more...

Hot Tamales, Blues Music, Movie Sites Draw Visitors to Greenwood

March 28, 2022 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

With a smooth swish, chef Loren Leflore spreads mile-high whipped egg whites on coconut cream pie. Then she invites a class member to use a culinary torch to brown the meringue. “You’re doing great,” she encourages the tentative torcher.

Next, Loren demonstrates how to make parmesan-crusted catfish and Delta hot tamales. All the while, we are snacking on fried dill pickle slices while awaiting the meal our instructor is preparing in the famous Viking Cooking School in Greenwood, Mississippi. Taste buds are delighted to be educated here. Read more...

Rudi Sodamin named head of culinary arts for Princess Cruises

March 20, 2022 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Talented chef Rudi Sodamin has been named the first head of culinary arts for Princess Cruises. Currently master chef for Holland America Line, Sodamin will retain that position as he takes on his new role for Princess.

“Chef Rudi is a hands-on leader with proven ability to motivate teams to achieve new levels of creativity and inspiration,” said Jan Swartz, group president serving Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn and P&O Cruises Australia brands. Read more...

Childhood Memories Savored at Lunch Box Museum

March 14, 2022 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Like a little girl on her first day of school, Shelby Guest picked up the Twiggy lunch box and hugged it as though it still contained some delicious childhood goodies.

“I had one just like this when I was a kid,” she says. “This brings back so many memories.” Read more...

American Cruise Lines Partners with Smithsonian for Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers Exhibit

March 10, 2022 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Remember the ruby red slippers that Dorothy wore to click her heels and proclaim, “There’s no place like home?”

Well, the famous slippers from the beloved movie “The Wizard of Oz” will soon be featured in an exhibit at Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Read more...

Harper Lee’s Hometown Honors ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Author

March 3, 2022 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Sitting down on a park bench next to Scout, I peer at the book she is reading. Over her right shoulder is Dill. Over her left is Jem.  All the sculptured figures seem engrossed in the pages of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Behind us is the stately 1903 courthouse, the model for movie scenes where Scout’s father, lawyer Atticus Finch, fights valiantly to save a black man accused of rape. Read more...

Atlas Ocean Voyages Expands Antarctica Expeditions

February 26, 2022 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Welcoming travelers to “Come back to something brand new,” Atlas Ocean Voyages is expanding its Antarctica luxe-adventure expeditions with two ships for winter 2022-2023.

World Traveller will embark on her inaugural Antarctica season, while World Navigator will return to Antarctica for its second. The two ships will offer travelers a choice of 20 expeditions, ranging from nine to 29 itineraries, sailing from November 2022 through March 2023. Read more...

Cruise Trivia: Name the Tomb and Location

February 24, 2022 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Legend says that scrawling three Xs on this tomb will bring favors to the scrawler. A strange belief but I’ve seen all the Xs on the tomb and have been told that it is constantly being cleaned of those marks.

This trivia question has two parts. First, whose tomb is this (although it is disputed that she is actually buried in this particular grave). And second, where is the tomb? Read more...