Rain or shine, the First Friday Art Walk fills the streets in Portland, Maine. I know this because it was raining the day I ventured out on the self-guided tour. As I found, a little precipitation was no deterrent for the seacoast city’s art lovers. The First Friday Art Walk is a free monthly event […]
A whole museum devoted to bright, shiny objects? That’s my kind of place. I was thrilled to visit to the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah, Wisconsin. The museum, first opened in 1959, houses two world-prominent collections among its 3,500-plus pieces: Antique and contemporary glass paperweights, and Germanic glass drinking vessels. The museum also holds […]
The Foo Foo Festival in Pensacola could be the best time you’ve never had. Simply put, it’s a 12-day extravaganza of art, culture, cuisine and entertainment. Dozens of events and activities run in various (mostly) downtown locations, and they range from the silly to the sublime. Some require you to purchase a ticket, but many […]
Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a gorgeous mountain playground with a vibrant mix of cultural arts and historic treasures. The photo above is the towering Roanoke Star, which beams atop Mill Mountain as a symbol of the city’s progressive spirit. Check out my story in Urban Matter Chicago here.
Whether you are traveling to Japan or an armchair aficionado, “Kimono and the Colors of Japan” is a different sort of guidebook. It’s an exploration of Japanese color theory through the lens of the country’s most iconic and traditional fashion, the kimono. Written by renowned Japanese stylist and kimono antiquarian Katsumi Yumioka, the book looks […]
Since it first opened in 1910, the Blackstone Hotel on Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue has hosted presidents, mobsters and celebrities. Any tales you have heard about the hotel, which was named for railroad executive and philanthropist Timothy Blackstone, are probably true: Yes, GOP bosses in 1920 met late into the night, chomping on cigars, in […]
TRUE STORY: It was the morning of the day the young woman was to fly home to America after a most pleasing week in Paris. She wrestled her enormous suitcase into the hotel’s minuscule elevator and onto the street, where her taxi and traveling companion awaited. “I’ll be right back,” she told the driver, and […]