Sunday, December 16, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Seventy blocks north of Chicago’s “Loop” lies Loyola (Leone) Park beach. Of an evening or weekend, this 8-block long swatch of sand on the shore of Lake Michigan, is a gathering place for students from the nearby university and local families looking to enjoy a little packet of nature in this city of over 2.7 million.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Telephone: 229-249-5333, and you can find them on FB
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Named for former Georgia Governor John Forsyth (c. 1827). The park is the largest in the city, but its scale is intimate and welcoming. You might see runners enjoying the long stretches of shady pathways. And you might recognize this fountain from the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” (1997)
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
What’s your favorite square?
Friday, May 4, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Flat Stanley arrived in Valdosta, Georgia on a busy Tuesday morning in April. The town is nicknamed “The Azalea City” (azaleas are a pretty flowering bush that blooms in the early springtime)
Valdosta is 1,000 miles south of Chicago. Stanley had come a long, long way.
He wondered what wonderful things he could find there, so he read The Valdosta Daily Times. In it he found things to do and places to go.
"Where shall I visit first", he wondered? " I’ll ride into town and see what there is to see."
Along the way he saw many flowers already in bloom. He learned that it almost never snows in south Georgia. Even the winter is warm. You never have to wear gloves or a hat, unless you want to.
There are many pine trees here, and they grow very tall.
In the town square, Stanley was happy to see a Welcome sign.
He looked around and saw the Courthouse. In front of the Courthouse is a statue honoring important people of the town.
Stanley also saw a very old church.
Stanley likes flowers so much he decided to visit The Crescent Center. All the garden clubs in town meet here and plant pretty flowers.
Next, Stanley went to the pecan store. He learned that pecans grow on trees that are planted in large groves. When the pecans are ripe the farmer shakes the trees to make them fall to the ground. Then the pecans are brought here to be shelled and packaged.
Next door to the pecan factory is a farmers market. The townspeople shop for vegetables here.
Seeing the pecans and vegetables was making Stanley hungry. He drove by the grocery store called Winn-Dixie.
But he was too hungry to wait, so he went to the Red Door Record store.
He was happy to see that he could get a slaw dog there. In the South people eat coleslaw on their hot dogs.
On the way back to his new friend’s house, he drove by the big University in town, called Valdosta State University. "Maybe I can go to college here when I grow up," he thought.
The next day, Flat Stanley went back home to his friend. "I can’t wait to tell Alyssa all about my adventures in Georgia!"
Friday, March 30, 2012
The Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop on Broad Street in Thomasville, GA is owned by a local couple who sell cheese made at their nearby farm. Among the favorites are a Camembert-style cheese, a semi-soft gouda and a savory blue named after one of their sons.
Yet there’s more than cheese in the shop. Just inside the door visitors are treated to a sampler table holding a bowl of golden olive oil and plate of crusty bread squares for dipping.
Along the walls are rows of jams, jellies, fine wines, crackers, spreads and cellophane bags of pecans.
Toward the back is a refrigerated display case where you’ll find a tempting variety of cheeses—some local and some imported along with different flavored salamis. You can ask for a taste.
We came to buy cheese but stayed for a lunch—a toasted sandwich with two kinds of salami, mustard, and smoky mayo on gluten-free ciabatta.
Dubbed the “Barcelona”, it is one of 5 delicious sandwiches on the lunch menu that is served with a choice of Zapps chips or mixed Geek olives. There is a selection of beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages to complement the meal.
But the real star is the charcuterie plate of 3 cheeses paired with jam or fresh pecans drizzled with wildflower honey. The garlic and chive moo paired with Emily G’s Blackberry Vanilla Jam of Love (center) tastes like cheesecake on a cracker. I finished the entire scoop and bought more to take home.
Tucked away in the back corner is a tiny restroom. It’s walls are covered with awards in various categories of artisanal cheeses from The American Cheese Society. It’s no wonder they ship these handcrafted cheeses to chefs and retailers all over Georgia and Florida.
You can visit the store weekdays from 10 am until 8 pm and 7 pm on Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday), or visit their website at www.sweetgrassdairy.com to order on line.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Step 1: Start with a hole in the ground, filled with 21,000 gallons of lime green colored water. No it’s not a special effect--think of it as a giant Petri dish filled with algae.
Step 2: Steam off the surface. This clears off the slime and softens the vinyl liner.
Step 3: Slice then peel off the old liner. Oh … guess I wasn’t expecting that underneath.
Step 4: Resurface with a skim coat.
Step 5: Open a surprisingly small cardboard box and roll out the new liner.
Step 6: Overlay the liner onto the sandy concrete base. Think of it as a supersized tablecloth.
Step 7: Add a little water and pity the frogman who has to dive into 50-degree water to install the drain cover in the deep end.
Step 8: Make a cut out for the steps.
Step 9: Add water with a garden hose. A lot more water. Keep adding water all day and all night. Have freakish nightmares about your upcoming water bill.
Step 10: Grab a beach towel. Put on your swim fins. Wait for warm weather.