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Hoosier 1835 canal ‘shanty’ gets new life as Riparian House

June 24, 2022 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

When Justin Gillespie saw the dilapidated canal worker house, he wasn’t sure the structure could be saved. However, Justin valued the history of his Hoosier hometown and decided to undertake the massive renovation project.

“I grew up here in Lagro and didn’t want to see these historic buildings destroyed,” he says. “A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into this but I’m proud of how we saved something that could have been bulldozed down and forgotten about.” Read more...

Nashville Announces Free Riverfront Concert for July 4th

June 11, 2022 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Visitors and riverboat passengers are going to get an extra treat at the free July 4th concert in Nashville’s riverfront. “Let Freedom Sing!” also will include the largest fireworks show in the city’s history synchronized to a live performance from the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony. Read more...

United Airlines to offer direct flights to Spanish island of Mallorca

May 7, 2022 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

The beautiful island of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands of Spain will now be easier to reach, thanks to United Airlines adding a new seasonal flight.

Starting June 2, travelers will be able to fly from New York/Newark directly to the beach destination. United will offer three flights a week in a Boeing 767-300ER through September 23. 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...

Andy Griffith’s Hometown Abounds with Touches of Mayberry

November 30, 2021 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

The familiar whistled theme song floats through the air. A well-worn wooden chair where Sheriff Taylor sat waits by his desk. His typewriter, vintage phone, jail cell keys are neatly arranged nearby. And a continuous loop of “The Andy Griffith Show” plays on an old TV. Read more...

Shawshank Trail showcases Ohio filming sites for cult classic movie

October 24, 2021 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

           “Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”                             

                                                        Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) in The Shawshank Redemption Read more...

CBS to Broadcast 5-Hour Star-Studded Nashville New Year’s Eve Bash

September 19, 2021 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

Riverboats and passengers who are going to be in Nashville on New Year’s Eve are in for a musical treat. And for folks who can’t be in Music City as the old year ends, the fun will be televised live on CBS.

“From the very beginning, our goal was for Nashville to be the Central Time zone celebration on national television and rival New York City,” Butch Spyridon, President and CEO of Nashville Convention and Visitor Corp., said in a news release. Read more...

Cruise Trivia: Where do these unusual cats live

July 24, 2021 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

The words on the sign are very clear: “Please do not sit on furniture.”

And yet there he was. Sprawled on his back with his feet propped against the brocaded fabric, he was snoozing away on the antique settee. Or maybe the offender was a she.

Whatever, the napping cat doesn’t have to read the signs or pay attention to them. These cats are special and they are pretty much allowed to do what they want. Read more...

Cruise Trivia: Name this chicken-friendly American city

July 21, 2021 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

He strutted down the street like he was cock of the walk.

“He’s beautiful and he knows it,” a woman said, watching me try to take a photo of the confident rooster.

I think she was right. Perhaps this preening critter knew that he was a popular sight and that he could come and go as he pleased – protected by the laws of this American city. Read more...

Nashville To Celebrate July 4th With Free Gigantic Fireworks

May 22, 2021 | Jackie Sheckler Finch

After a very difficult year, Nashville is going to celebrate a bright future with the largest fireworks display show in the city’s history.

The Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th event also will feature country music superstar Brad Paisley with fireworks synchronized to a live performance by the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony. Read more...