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Potato Head of State

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

A newly-restored, proudly patriotic potato serves as “official mascot” of the Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Roadside Talk: Livermore Public Library, Feb 21

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Roadside America co-author and web site publisher Doug Kirby is giving a free presentation at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center,  Livermore, CA,  2 pm Sunday, February 21, 2010 (down the street from the World’s Longest Continuously Burning Lightbulb). “Roadside America: No Exit” is part of the library’s Livermore Reads Together program, featuring John Steinbeck’s […]

Valentine’s Day: Cupid’s Cuffs

Friday, February 12th, 2010

We’ve been searching for a suitable destination to recommend for Valentine’s Day. Our choice in the past, the annual VD Dinner inside of Lucy The Elephant in Margate, New Jersey, has been canceled this year due to Lucy’s ongoing maintenance problems. So here’s a substitute worth considering: the “Crimes of Passion Experience” at the National […]

Two Ghosts Of Christmas Past

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Do you like your Christmas nostalgia sugar-cookie sweet… or frosted with irony? You could satisfy both urges by visiting an over-the-top seasonal display — or you could drive to seasonal attractions that cater to Christmas’s increasingly divergent demographics.

Parking Spots: House of Cars

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

The National Building Museum could use a jazzier name (Architecturama?) and their new exhibit, “House of Cars: Innovation and the Parking Garage” (October 17-July 11), takes on a generally less-than-scintillating subject. But the curators may have a point: this overlooked and much maligned practical urban necessity deserves a spot on the exhibition roster. For, as the press release states, “In a world without parking garages, parking lots would sprawl across our cities.” And that would be yucky.

Pennsylvania: Pagan As You Go

Friday, September 25th, 2009

When a group of sociable Pagans decided to hold their “Celebrating Earth Spirituality Festival” at the semi-charming and vaguely Tudoresque (circa 1996) theme shopping hamlet of Stoudtburg Village, little did they know that the gathering would cause a retail revolt. An offended group of shopkeepers refused to open on that day, lest they come in […]

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