TMS 2017 Cabarrus County, NC

August 22-25, 2017

Close Encounters: Roswell offers UFO seekers a unique experience
October 1, 2017
Lights flash, aliens speak and a flying saucer takes a foggy spin as adults and kids stand transfixed at the extraterrestrial experience, wondering if this is what happened here 70 years ago. On that famous day in the summer of 1947, an alien spaceship reportedly crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. Known as "The Roswell Incident," the mystery is why the International UFO Museum and Research Center is here where folks can see a spooky spacecraft takeoff and a scary alien autopsy scene.
Having the
September 12, 2017
Shout out to all Dirty Dancing film fans: Mark Your Calendars now for the August 18-19th Dirty Dancing Festival held in Lake Lure, North Carolina. If you're thinking, "But wait, aren't we in September now?" you'd be right. However, I'm giving you advance notice for 2018 because you're not the only one who's down for "having the time of your life". There are well over 1,000 other fans who want to relive Dirty Dancing alfresco on the big screen, humming, singing or dancing along to the timeless songs.
How to make the most of your time at Lake Lure
September 11, 2017
I had the opportunity to spend a few days exploring Rutherford County, North Carolina. The area has southern hospitality and gorgeous mountain views at every turn.
Believe in aliens? Even if you don't, here's why you should visit Roswell
September 9, 2017
Lights flash, aliens speak and a flying saucer takes a foggy spin as adults and kids stand transfixed at the extraterrestrial experience, wondering if this is what happened here 70 years ago. On that famous day in summer 1947, an alien spaceship reportedly crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. Known as "The Roswell Incident," that mystery is why the International UFO Museum and Research Center is here, where folks can see a spooky spacecraft takeoff and a scary alien autopsy scene.
Wanderlust: Charlotte's All About Craft Beer, Cool Nabes, Creative Shops, Culinary Delights, and Culture Galore!
September 5, 2017
You know how people who've met President Bill Clinton often say he has a way of making you feel as though you're the only one in the room. I feel the same way about Charlotte, NC. Its Southern charm is palpable and whenever I visit I'm treated like royalty. I suspect it's not just me, but everyone who visits this hospitable town will leave slightly besotted by "The Queen City".
Six NASCAR Sites You Must Visit in Charlotte North Carolina - Where Racing Lives
September 3, 2017
Visiting a favorite stadium, birthplace, or hall of fame is something that most sports fans dream of doing at some point in their lives. For most sports though, there is an inherent challenge with that since everything is so spread out. For instance, while Cooperstown might be a great place for baseball fans - it's nowhere near a major league stadium. With NASCAR in particular, Charlotte is THAT PLACE.
I Carried A Watermelon At The Dirty Dancing Festival, Lake Lure - It's Been 30 Years!!
August 29, 2017
This was a party where people knew themselves. You could tell by the way they walked around the room. They weren't searching or seeking, playing with their hair, or pursing their lips. They were strutting in whatever skin they were in, knowing they were pretty in their own way.
A King's Home: Elvis Birthplace adds statues of the boy and the entertainer
August 1, 2017
As a child, Elvis Presley would climb a hill behind his two-room birthplace in Tupelo and dream about the future. With his $7.75 hardware-store guitar on his knees, the Mississippi boy would imagine becoming a singer. "We didn't know how his life would turn out," says childhood buddy Guy Harris. "He was just one of us. He was on the same level as me when we grew up here, and he was on the same level as me when he died. Elvis never forgot where he came from." Guy grew up to become a policeman. Elvis, of course, became the world's most famous entertainer.
Landmark Park: A Taste of Rural Life in Alabama's Wiregrass Area
July 31, 2017
Landmark Park is a step back to Dothan's early farm heritage in the 1890s. It pays tribute to the Wiregrass Area agricultural heritage. Laura Stakelum, Public Relations Director, explained how Landmark Park came into existence about forty years ago. "We started with the white farm house that used to sit on the corner of the circle and Main Street (the heart of town) and was the last standing farm house in the area back in the 1970's. The house was built in the 1800s. We had 60 acres and the house. That's how we got started."
Down-to-Earth Food: Buffets and Delis
July 31, 2017
Nothing says comfort food like a buffet or a deli. These are the spots where the food is plentiful and home style. They are the go-to for filling lunches where the emphasis is on the taste not the presentation. Here are a few I visited lately. All had delicious and reasonably priced meals. Each has their own personality.
They Walked Into History
July 31, 2017
A visit to The Green McAdoo Cultural Center in Clinton, Tennessee is a lesson in a painful part of American history. One we should all visit. It's a simple place where we can all imagine ourselves at the center of a storm of hatred. Picture yourself a teen boy or girl in August of 1956. You want to go to high school. Seems normal. Should be no problem. No problem that is unless you happen to be a Black graduate of Green McAdoo Elementary School.
Table And Main: Southern Comfort Food
July 31, 2017
Did you know Roswell, Georgia is one of the newest up and coming foodie destinations? With over 200 independent restaurants - let's not even worry about the other 100 or so chains - on Canton Street alone, it might be hard to choose where to dine. But, hey, we're in the South and what's more southern than fried chicken?
Just Throw Me That There Roll: Lambert's Cafe
July 31, 2017
Lambert's Cafè in Sikeston Missouri is known for throwing your food at you. Yes, at least the rolls. The rest of the side dishes, they bring to your table and heap your plate to overflowing. You pay a ridiculously low price for the amount of food and the entertainment of watching those "Throwed Rolls" is free.
A Piece of Americana Frozen In Time: Red Oak II
July 31, 2017
The U.S. is full of deserted ghost towns, small places abandoned when jobs ran out and residents moved to larger cities in search of work. This was common during the post WWII years. Farmhouses aged and succumbed to weather. Old gas stations hovered near the crossroads, their out-of-date pumps dusty and rusting. But sometimes ghost towns can be reincarnated. Such is the case in Red Oak II near Carthage, Missouri just off Route 66.
A Visit To Mother Earth
July 31, 2017
It's so easy to just tear down the old and throw up a new building nowadays. With lodging, the result is usually a cookie-cutter hotel just like multiple other places. I find it so exciting when someone revives the old and creates a refreshing new image for an old icon. Such is the case with Mother Earth Lodge in Kinston, North Carolina.
Retelling Anderson County's Mining History
July 31, 2017
The words "I owe my soul to the company store" didn't originate with Tennessee Ernie's iconic song Sixteen Tons. A recent visit to Anderson County Tennessee brought the coal miners struggles to life. Coal Creek Miners Museum in Rocky Top (formerly Coal Creek), Tennessee tells the miner's story in pictures and artifacts focusing on three major crisis in the area's mining history, The Coal Creek Wars and two mine disasters; the Fraterville explosion in 1902 was the worst mining disaster in Tennessee history, then just nine years there was an explosion in Briceville's Cross Mountain Mine that killed 84 workers.
15 Places In NW Georgia To Make You Skip Atlanta
July 31, 2017
Take a road trip to discover there's more to Georgia than Atlanta. From the mountains of northwest Georgia to some classy cities that lie just north of Atlanta and are often overshadowed by their big sister city, you will visit some of the quirkiest attractions and some of Georgia's best places you've never heard about.
A Different Kind of President
July 31, 2017
Once before we had a president who was involved in real estate. This one didn't build using other people's money for his own profit. This one built, with his own hands, homes for people who would not have a home of their own otherwise. Jimmy Carter was a different kind of president and a different kind of person than the average politician. I recently visited the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta. It brought back my nostalgia for those times.
Best Family-Friendly Airlines, According to Family Travel Experts
July 18, 2017
Is booking a flight for your family vacation a dreaded activity? As you peruse the available options, do you wonder which are the best family-friendly airlines? Are they worth the extra money over budget-friendly flights? What airlines offer the best service for families? Are there any airlines that really welcome children? And which airlines do the experts choose to fly? With these questions in mind, I reached out to a few well-known family travel bloggers and editors, all frequent travelers, to get their insight on the best airlines - both domestic and international - for families. The answers speak for themselves; service matters and a few kid-friendly perks are much appreciated.
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