Bday extravaganza complete with a decadent trip to 5 & 10. I have the best friends
Well I’m 29… last year in my 20s. It’s not so bad- weird – but I’m ok with it.
Friday Five today is a list of 5 things to do to finish out my 20s. It’s not that I can’t do them later, but because I want to do them as soon as possible!
5. Get a burger at Holman & Finch Public House
Southerners love their burgers…People rave about this one so much I have to get my hands on one! Prep for these exclusive patties starts at 9pm and by 9:50 the house is even more packed out because 10pm is Burger Time!
4. Stay at the Hike Inn Lodge.
Secluded mountain getaway 5 miles deep on the Appalachian Trail. I’m actually going next month so stay tuned!
3. See a show at the Ryman Auditorium.
Thanks to my grandparents, I was a young disciple of Patsy Cline and grew up listening to old school country. I’ve always wanted to visit and see a show in the original Grand Ole Opry.
2. Stay at the Shack Up Inn.
I immersed myself in Mississippi Blues for about a year during my thesis writing and during google searches discovered this unique hotel in Clarksdale, Mississippi. This converted plantation allows a glimpse into plantation life and a place of pilgrimage for blues enthusiasts.
1. Drive cross country with my hubby- starting in the South and work our way West.
- via Pinterest
This is so us
Happy Friday y’all!
- Blues, BBQ, and Bourbon Roadtrip (popartichoke.com)
May is National Historic Preservation month and this year’s theme is See, Save, and Celebrate! Having completed my masters in August and not currently working in a traditional historic preservation job- I’ve been feeling a little out of the historic preservation loop lately. It seems fitting that today I realized that it is National Preservation Month.
Reading the National Trust Organization’s press release about #presmonth reminded me that it doesn’t really matter if you are a “Preservationist” (proper), to make an impact. Usually the people that cause the most change or have the biggest impact are citizens with a genuine interest or passion for a historic building or landscape. One of the reasons I started this blog was to share interesting historic buildings and sites I discover on the road and to remind myself and others of how much there is to see in our own “backyards.” If one person sees something they like on the blog and shares it with someone else then I am accomplishing my goal (slowly but surely).
Needwood Baptist Church is one of my favorite buildings near my hometown of St. Simons Island, Georgia.
This site is intriguing to me because so few of the vernacular structures of this era are still standing in Glynn County. It’s amazing to me that this church and the neighboring school house are mostly unharmed except for damage due to age and neglect. I love double tower church types too- the asymmetry is so unique. I’m not sure what the solution is to “save” this site but I’m sharing it with y’all in hopes that you can see it.
There are so many beautiful and unique historic places in the South and beyond; if people don’t know about them, then they can’t celebrate them, and ultimately they can’t save them. So this month- get out there and see, save, and celebrate!
Here are some #presmonth ideas proposed by the National Trust to get you goin’
Community Service Opportunities: Possible projects might include a clean-up day at a local house museum or along a historic Main Street. Consider partnering with other local nonprofit organizations in your area to sponsor the event. This will allow you to forge new relationships to build on in the future and will also provide an opportunity to attract new volunteers that may not be familiar with your organization or site.
Demonstration Projects: Many people who own a historic property enjoy learning more about restoration techniques and new products. Consider hosting lectures, workshops, or demonstrations for historic home owners. Topics might include how to select appropriate paint colors, proper methods to repair older windows, plant choices for historic garden styles, or ideas for improving energy efficiency in older homes.
Special Events: Host building tours, open houses, living history events, and special exhibits for your members and potential new members or supporters. Sponsor a photography contest and post the photos on your website or ask folks to send in letters about their favorite local landmark. Don’t forget to take advantage of social media. Encourage attendees to use Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter to share photos or spread the word. The official hashtag for Preservation Month 2013 is #presmonth.
- Happy Preservation Month 2013! (bricksandmortarpreservation.wordpress.com)
- Vote and preserve (washingtonpost.com)
- How Historic Architecture Can Anchor Economic Development (theatlanticcities.com)
Five summer music festivals I want to check out…
5. Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival- Clarksdale MS
After countless hours of research on the Delta Blues for my thesis last year, I am dying to visit this area of Mississippi and hear its famous sound. Supposed to be one of the best!
4. Aiken Bluegrass Festival- Aiken, SC
I saw Larry Keel recently in Athens and it reminded me how much I love seeing live bluegrass music. This one if happening this weekend so I definitely won’t make it but I will in the future!
4. The Hangout Music Festival- Gulf Shores, AL
Music fest on the beach…yes please! The lineup is pretty awesome too. Check it out!
Hard not to love a music and arts fest happening down the street from where you live! And all the proceeds go towards a worthy cause… The AthFest Music Festival is a fundraiser produced by local nonprofit AthFest Educates. The money we earn is used to fulfill our mission statement: AthFest Educates inspires, engages, and educates the youth and adults of Athens in music and arts by providing sustained funding for programs and initiatives through events that showcase the community’s talent.
1. Forecastle Festival- Louisville, KY
I know this isn’t a new festival but new to me… With names like these on their lineup it is no surprise that it was named as on of the top festivals of 2012 by Rolling Stone Magazine. The Black Keys and the Alabama Shakes on the same night in the same city- SOLD!
Have a great weekend y’all!