If you have not yet had the chance to catch a live performance by The Steeldrivers, I highly recommend you do!
This iconic group of musicians was awarded a Grammy in 2015 for their album “The Muscle Shoals Recordings”, which was named Best Bluegrass Album Of The Year! In my honest opinion, I think we will be seeing their success and popularity grow to new levels in the coming years that will lead to more Grammy wins!
I have heard a lot of buzz around the fact that Chris Stapelton, who is now best known for his hit song “Tennessee Whiskey”, and his choice to leave the place as front-man with The Steeldrivers. Stapelton was no doubt a kick-ass front man but make no mistake, the new front man Kelvin Damrell is a force to be reckoned with.
Although younger than other members of the band, his musical talent shows to be as seasoned and polished as his band-mates!
If you are looking for a show that keeps you dancing and singing along, make sure you go check out when they will be near you next!
This afternoon I had the pleasure of speaking with Ronnie McCoury who is the singer/mandolin player for The Travelin’ McCourys. (I would just like to mention how down to earth he is. We both grew up in the same area so it was really cool to talk a little about our hometowns)
Ronnie plays alongside his brother Rob McCoury who plays the banjo as well as Alan Bartram on bass, Jason Carter on fiddle and Cody Kilby on guitar.
Ronnie and Rob are the sons of Del McCoury from the Del McCoury Band.
Eleven years ago Del and his family got together and decided they wanted to organize a festival. Their search for a location to anchor this festival ended when Del McCoury went to check out the Allegany County Fairgrounds! They knew that was the perfect location to begin developing what is now one of the most popular music festivals along the east coast! DelFest has a rich family-oriented atmosphere which is made evident by seeing the whole McCoury family sharing the stage! There are a variety of workshops going on all around the festival grounds and impressive lists of activities for the kid of all ages!
Throughout the week leading up to DelFest, the McCourys hold what is called DelFest Academy. This runs Sunday, May 20th, 2018 through Wednesday, May 23rd. The all-ages academy teaches students guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and Dobro. It is a great opportunity to obtain quality lessons from instructors that include Ronnie McCoury along with some other great musicians.
With activities like the favorite “bluegrass karaoke”, and a chance to play on the Grandstage Thursday night, this is a must-try event! When I spoke with Ronnie, he mentioned there are currently a few spots still available so make sure you head over to their website and reserve your spot before it is full!
The line up for 2018 DelFest is nothing short of sublime with bands that include;
THE DEL MCCOURY BAND, THE TRAVELIN’ MCCOURYS, THE BLUEGRASS CONGRESS, DAVID GRISMAN, RICKY SKAGGS, SAM BUSH, JERRY DOUGLAS, BRYAN SUTTON, STAUART DUNCAN, OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW, GREENSKY BLUEGRASS, MOUNTAIN RIDE, RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER, THE DAWG TRIO WITH DAVID GRISMAN, DANNY BARNES, SAM GRISMAN, SAM BUSH, RICHARD THOMPSON, THE JERRY DOUGLASS BAND, THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS, THE WOOD BROTHERS, RHIANNON GIDDEN, MANDOLIN ORANGE, FRUITON, SIERRA HULL, THE GIBSON BROTHERS, RISING APPALACHIA, BRYAN SUTTON BAND, BILLY STRINGS, THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS, THE KRUGER BROTHERS, JOE CRAVEN & THE SOMETIMERS, HORSESHOES & HANDGRENADES, REVERENED PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND, NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS, BIRDS OF CHICAGO, JOHN STICKLEY TRIO, THE BROOMESTIX, THE GRASS IS DEAD, TWISTED PINE, DRE & THE GOSPEL COLLECTIVE, JUSTIN MOSES & CODY KILBY AND THE GRAND OLE DITCH
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Alright, so I know that I have not been posting as much as I would like to lately but I do want to say that I have been working on a bunch of different projects that are all going to be posted very soon! I am so excited to share all of the new artwork I have been doing (which is all for sale in my Etsy store – EnlightenedLifeStore)!
I have also been traveling a little and photographing and interviewing a number of different bands! Some of these bands include The Steeldrivers, The Devil Makes Three, Mountain Ride, Billy Strings and more! I will also soon be releasing interviews, photos and more of other great musicians so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming posts!
These are a few of the new items added to EnlightenedLifeStore on Etsy (you can also find me on Shopify as well)
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Enlightened Life Store on Etsy is a good place to find beautiful hand burned items that range from home decor, signs, kitchen items, gifts and more!
Do you have a wedding coming up and want rustic woodburned table numbers and signs directing your guests where to go or a sign to place at the head table that will showcase the bride and groom? You can even hang the sign in your home after the wedding festivities have ended as a keepsake! I also do personalized wedding gift sets for your bridesmaids and groomsman.
Do you have a business and want your logo or business name on a unique one of a kind sign? Maybe you want decor for your shop?
Or maybe you want new decor for your home or favorite vacation spot!
Maybe it’s the time of year, but I have personally been feeling slightly unsatisfied with the lack of creativeness I have had through the past few months. Maybe it’s because we become so busy with all the holidays, family obligations and just feeling the need to hibernate through the winter.
Just as I began to feel faintly stir crazy, the weather began to take a turn toward longer enchanted sunny days. The extra Vitamin D has helped to inspire my creativity again!
Below are a few of my new additions to my woodburned collection. Each piece shown below, are listed for sale in my shop.
You can see all of the pieces I have available for sale by Clicking Here or you can find my shop by searching Enlightened Life on Shopify!
I do custom orders and can personalize whatever it is you would like! You dream it, I will create it! Feel free to e-mail me at EnlightenedLifeBlog@gmail.com if you have any questions!
I am starting a line of greeting cards! This is the first one to be posted. What do you guys think? There is a link below where you can check back to see new cards! I always love to hear you guys feedback so leave me a message saying what card you will be buying next! Funny or serious? I am a pun lover so expect to see a bunch of fun pun greating cards!
I have been working on bunch of projects and working to set up Enlightened Life Store and ITS FINALLY OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
I will be adding new items to the store on a regular bases so be sure to keep checking back!
** I also do personalized and custom work by request, So if you see things that spark your interest and would like to have something made custom to you, Send an e-mail with what you would like done! **
Are you getting ready to have a wedding and looking for personalized signs? Do you want something to commemorate your friends or family? Maybe you are looking for new décor for your home! We do it all!
It is a beautiful thing to see, athletes from all over the world joining together for a week of competition, sportsmanship, and peace. The Olympics represents the unity and camaraderie that we, as residents of Planet Earth, can share. Nations long at war, put aside their differences for a time, in favor of fairness and athletic achievement. https://www.olympic.org/peace/#/
This way of treating our fellow human beings, does not have to be a one week phenomenon, only possible every two or four years. We must attempt to seek common ground and shared goals on a daily basis. Athletes and Artists have long led the way in unifying our world. We can live in a world of peace and even use our pain and pride and violent instincts to bring joy instead of more suffering. So, create, compete, and coexist. We are more than just the sum of our parts.
What is better than finding out you have free concert tickets you did know you had?!?! Don’t let them sit unclaimed and go to waste!
Today I was looking at information about tickets to a concert I really wanted to go to, and through my researching, I found out that there was a class action lawsuit against Ticketmaster because they were overcharging for tickets between 1999-2013. Ticketmaster is now offering ticket vouchers or discounted tickets.
Yes, that means you may have FREE ticket vouchers available and you didn’t even know it!
KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS ALWAYS GOING TO CONCERTS? SPREAD SOME LOVE AND SHARE THIS WITH THEM USING THE LINK BELOW!
Keep in mind, Ticketmaster is limiting these vouchers to select list of venues. The upside is you get free tickets you had otherwise not known about!
Looking for new music? Do you like blues, rock country, and bluegrass? This group is one you need to keep your eye on. They are a group of guys who continue to exceed expectations time and time again. Based out of Pennsylvania with a fan base that is blowing up! They have played with so many iconic artists and it is only a matter of time until they are the name in bright lights!
It is so important to discover, follow and support local musicians! Why? They are your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers who put their heart and soul into their music. Showing your support can boost your communities economy through entertainment related sales. Local musicians often play to support and grow exposure for charities. Locals are also easily reachable and each “Like, Comment and Share” are noticed and appreciated. Plus, if it were not for the support of your fan base when you are on a small stage, you probably wouldn’t make it to “The Big Stage”!
So go check out their music, websites and social media! Be sure to give that Like, Follow and Share!!
Described as “the perfect blend of current meets classic,” Mountain Road is a dynamic, four-piece country/southern rock/Americana band that has wowed audiences on a national level!
From Nashville to New York City, from Myrtle Beach to Phoenix, and from Indianapolis to Austin, Mountain Road has made a name for themselves with their original music, which possesses a timeless quality that aims to please every listener’s ear.
Mountain Road has shared the stage with a number of national acts (including Montgomery Gentry, The Marshall Tucker Band, Big & Rich, Blackberry Smoke, David Allan Coe, Lonestar, Gary Allan, Thompson Square, LoCash, Frankie Ballard, Deana Carter, Lauren Alaina, Jerrod Niemann, Joe Nichols, Trailer Choir, Love & Theft, Nashville Unplugged, and more)!
– #1 Band in the Northeast” – reverbnation.com
– Won 1st place in a National Battle of the Bands competition in 2017
– Performed in Nashville, New York City, Phoenix, Myrtle Beach, Indianapolis, etc.
– Has a beer named after the band that also features their logo!
– Performs originals and/or high-energy recognizable covers—based on the needs of your event!
I have spent countless hours trying to find legitimate ways to earn extra cash from home, find awesome deals to save my family and I money and use apps that actually offer REAL rewards. It can be frustrating because you usually end up with a TON of spam calls and e-mails, scam after scam and so much wasted time. My goal is to bring others ways that I have found and personally tested so you don’t have to waist all of that time yourself. I will give a full and honest review of what I have done with each promoted link, how much I have seen back and tips/tricks to make more yourself!
SWAG-BUCKS APP AND WEBSITE!
This is one of my personal favorite ways to earn rewards/money, find awesome deals and pass my time while working to earn something for that time.
Just by clicking my link below and signing up for swag-bucks yourself, you will earn “Swag Points”. You can redeem these points for gift cards of your choice or use them to enter other sweepstakes and contests. I have found that you need less points using swag-bucks to actually get gift cards for yourself then most other apps like this.
You can earn “Swag Points” by taking real surveys (If you qualify), watching videos (easy to play videos and let them continue to run while you walk away and do other things), play games (I have yet to do this part so I am not sure how that is), Discover cool new shopping ideas/subscriptions etc (great way to earn a bunch of points and discover new things you would not have otherwise known about), Cashback for your everyday online shopping (make sure you check that you will earn swag points for the category you are shopping for before hand..but they are usually good with covering most categories) and referring your friends/family or on your websites.
One example of how I made money using swag-bucks is that I saw a deal if you signed up for Hulu. I don’t remember exactly how many points it was worth but it ended up giving me enough points to get a $25 Gift card for Amazon (that was my choice, but they offer many other gift cards as well). I already had a Hulu subscription but saw it was going to be renewing in a few days. I canceled my subscription, and signed back up through swag-bucks. I waited a few days for the points to clear and redeemed my $25 gift card for Amazon.com. Not only did I get a FREE gift card, I also ended up saving $2 a month for my Hulu subscription. It really was THAT EASY!!
You need to read the details of how to get the swag points, and i highly suggest exploring the website, blog, and social media accounts so you can get as much as you can out of this. I am still learning new ways to earn points as well! Social media pages have special codes that come up which you can in turn redeem for free points.
So many other apps and sites like this may be similar, but swag-bucks has shown me the highest rate of return for the amount of time and effort I put into it.
If you have not tried it out yet, click on the link below and start earning points! If you sign up through my link, you will get 300 SB (swag points) which as today (January 6th 2018) you can get a free $5 MasterCard gift card for ONLY 480 SB. That means you just need 180 SB to get that which can be done with one simple other task!
I hope you guys like it as much as me. This will probably not create enough of an income to live off of (unless maybe you shop ALL the time) but it is a great way to earn money for the shopping you would already be doing and more!
As daylight hours taper out and the weather becomes frigid, one thing you can look forward to is getting out your beloved scarf collections! Scarves can be a fun way to add a flair to your daily ensemble while keeping warm as the bitter cold air moves in. If you are anything like me, you adore your personal scarf selection. They have become my silver lining as the dreaded wintery weather settles in.
With the extensive assortment of designs and materials on the market, you also have a variety of ways you can tie a scarf that fits your particular mood or outfit.
One fun way to tie your scarf is the timeless infinity knot. It is simple, classy and fun! All you need to do is to tie the two ends of the scarf together in a small knot. Next, put it around your neck just as you would a necklace. Then simply loop the scarf around your neck again (or as many times as needed depending on the length of the scarf as well as your own personal preference).
Another easy but fun technique is the Euro Loop. To get this look, fold the scarf in half lengthwise and drape around your neck. If the closed loop end is to your right, simply take the opposite side that has the other two ends of your scarf and pull it through the closed loop. Tighten to what feels best for you!
The third style is a hair scarf cover. I personally love this style because even if you are out somewhere and currently wearing your scarf a different way, and it suddenly starts raining, this is a quick way to save your hair from the rain. I have frizzy, curly hair and if my hair detects any moisture, the time I spent to straighten my hair was for nothing. To obtain this style just open the scarf and find the center. Place the center edge along your hairline while the rest drops down covering the back of your head and the ends fall in front of your shoulders. Grab one end of your scarf, crossing over your chest and drape it over the opposite shoulder.
There are so many ways to wear your scarves! Other fun ways to wear your scarf include;
The loose knot, the boyfriend tie, the modern loop, the pinup, the pretzel, the Audry, the back drape, the hipster hoodie and so many more!
What is your favorite way to wear a scarf?
If you are looking for a great new scarf, be sure to check out Scarfsense’s ‘Green Winter Essence’ scarf which is featured above! This is a beautiful 100% pure silk scarf with a classy gold leaf design. It is great for both formal and casual occasions.
Click the link below to check out all of their collections! With Christmas right around the corner, this would make a great gift! It comes to you already beautifully packaged and ready to be gifted!
If you are traveling in the United States, get a taste of the real East Coast. The big cities have plenty to offer, but there is much more to the Atlantic shore.
The Appalachian Trail is not only a great example of adventure on the East coast, but it also serves as a reference point for some other wonderful places. From Georgia to Maine there are many great places to visit, but I will highlight two that my family and I were fortunate enough to enjoy this year.
If you are trying to get out of city life for a while, try some of these sweet spots that fly under the radar.
We spent a week in Topsail Island, NC, a beautiful community along the Intracoastal Waterway, South of the Outer Banks. North Topsail Beach is a taste of the beach life without all the crowds and tourist traps.
Topsail Island is a popular nesting ground for Sea Turtles and Topsail Turtle Project has been doing wonderful work for decades to preserve and protect the turtles and their nests. I highly recommend taking a tour of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital, and do your part by picking up some trash while you’re finding sea-shells on the gorgeous beaches.
The house we stayed in, Bob’s Hope, is beautifully perched in the center of a narrow section of the island. With a wrap-around deck, a crow’s nest and water on both sides, you can enjoy both sunrise and sunset. If you’re lucky, you may even get to witness a hatching of a sea turtle nest.
Whether you come to surf, fish, or just lounge in peace, the options are plentiful and the lines are short. The fishing and crabbing are usually great, but if you don’t catch anything with the bait you’re using, a $20 bill usually works pretty well down at the fish markets. Check out Davis Seafood and Surf City Crab.
Another wonderful hideaway along the East Coast is nestled in the Shenandoah Valley. The Virgina countryside is full of adventure and history. Enjoy a few days at Shenandoah National Park. Explore the park and it’s plentiful wildlife during the day, and sleep under the stars at night.
To really get a feel for the Shenandoah Valley you have to take a trip downstream. Downriver Canoe Company offers a wonderful variety of river trips, fun for the novice, as well as the expert. Their knowledge of, and respect for the river, is what sets Downriver apart from other outfitters.
Don’t worry, Virgina has plenty to do in the winter too. If you want to hit the slopes, check out Massanutten Mountain.
In today’s world, we have instantaneous access to an abundance of information. From news reports and historical data to updates on what our friends had for lunch, we are constantly inundated with information. It is easy to get lost in a false reality that we have created in our minds and fostered on social media. It is important to take time to step back from the barrage of distractions and just be present. We have all seen people (and maybe we have even been these people), walking down the street, eyes glued to their phones, unaware of their surroundings. Having this technology right in our hands can be empowering, but can also pull us away from what’s really happening right in front of us. We sacrifice true human interaction for a detached, digital community, spending more time worrying about tweets and followers than we do enjoying the company of the people in the same room as us.
Besides turning your phone off, there are some other ways we can bring ourselves back to the moment and practice staying more present. One strategy that has been helpful for me, is to set an alarm on my phone for multiple times throughout the day, as a mindfulness bell. When I hear this single tone, I return to following my breathing, and center myself, before returning to whatever I was doing. I often find that my attention is not on the task at hand, and taking a moment to breathe helps to renew my focus and to concentrate on what needs done. There are also apps, like Headspace, that many people are using to help bring meditation and mindfulness into our world of hectic schedules and busy lifestyles.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to take a retreat of some sort, that can be very rewarding, however, the real trick is to integrate meditation into everyday life. Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the great spiritual teachers of our time, was recently featured in Walk With ME, a documentary about monastic life at Plum Village his monastery in France. I was fortunate enough to see a pre-screening at Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg, PA. I highly recommend this movie to anyone interested in meditation and I am deeply grateful to Midtown Cinema and Marcy Brenner for helping to bring this movie to Central Pennsylvania.
So whether it’s the food you put in your body or the information you put into your consciousness, be sure to try something healthy.
The growing season in the Mid-Atlantic United States is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean we stop working. Whether it’s growing indoors, winterizing warm weather plants, building greenhouses, or just planning for next spring, there is always something to be done.
Some leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, cabbage or kale can be grown in late fall and even through winter. Onions are also capable of doing well in colder weather. Covering your plants with plastic, or building a greenhouse can help prolong your growing season. The extra layer helps to protect your veggies from frost overnight and provides a greenhouse effect during the daylight hours.
Winterizing plants such as hot peppers allows them to hibernate through the colder months and have a head start the following spring. Some species of peppers are perennials and can live for several years with the right care. Cut your plants back before the first frost, leaving only a few small leaves to continue to photosynthesize. You can also move your plants indoors to extend their production.
If your garden is outside, and it has stopped producing, fall is a good time to till the soil one last time and prepare for next year. The slash and burn technique has been used for thousands of years. Burning your garden and adding some fresh manure in the fall helps to compost the green matter while adding fresh nutrients to the soil. The benefit to doing this months ahead of time is that it allows the nitrogen levels, from the ash and manure, to balance out, and your soil while be primed for planting in the spring.
Fall is also a good time to organize and label any seeds you have saved from this past season. Hybridizing tomatoes and peppers is a popular hobby for many growers and selling or trading heirloom seeds has become much more accessible through social media outlets like Twitter and Instagram. The online gardening community is growing every day and there is plenty of helpful information out there for the newbie and expert alike.
So, get started on your winter garden or seed storage today. Greenhouses and other equipment are available at local home improvement stores as well as online.
With urban gardening and sustainable living becoming a growing trend around the world, many hobbyists, and commercial farmers alike are seeking new ways to increase their yield while downsizing the space needed to grow.
Planting crops in clusters instead of rows is one method that many green-thumbs are now embracing. That in combination with companion planting produces some amazing results. The benefit to clustering plants is your crops usually choke out the weeds instead of the other way around…basically, more food, less work. Finding the right structure and practices for your own garden is a matter of trial and error and personal preferences.
There are many variables to consider when starting a garden. What types of plants do you want to grow? Are you growing indoor/outdoor? What is your soil like? What types of fertilizer do you want to use? If you are new to gardening, I would suggest starting with a small outdoor plot. Save some money and let nature do the work. Plant a small variety of fruits or vegetables in small planters indoors and watch how they progress. When it is warm enough, in late spring, bring them outdoors and let them get adjusted to the wind and temperature fluctuation. After a few days or a week transplant them into your freshly tilled garden, and give them a drink. Check your garden often and take notes. Many of the best insights will come from your own mistakes.
Choosing a fertilizer is very important. Many gardeners are turning toward natural, organic fertilizers. I recommend compost because it is free and also a great way to cut down on the waste we create, not to mention it’s very effective. Composting is very easy, but it requires some effort. Dedicating a space for your compost is key. You want a warm area to help the matter break down, but you also want to find a place where the smell of rotting vegetables won’t bother you. Adding Epsom salt to your water is another good fertilizing trick. Horse and cow manure, if you can get your hands on it, work great too.
Growing indoors is a great way to have a garden in a small apartment and it allows you to have a variety of plants growing all year around. Many indoor farmers use hydroponic systems. It is definitely more expensive to start out growing indoors, but for many city-dwellers, it is the best option. From purchasing the UV lamps, timers, and hydroponic equipment, to learning about light cycles and ph levels, it can seem daunting for a novice grower, but with a little research and a lot of practice, growing indoors is well worth it.
When harvest time comes, hopefully, your next question is “What do I do with all this food?” Canning and preserving vegetables allows you to enjoy your hard work even after the growing season is over, and homemade jams and salsas make great gifts.
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Thanksgiving is the time of year when people start to travel home for the holidays. Families gather around a table full of traditional foods such as turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. Some families are more conventional and some are the slightly dysfunctional type. Whichever type of family dinner you have, you usually need a break juggling all of your family dinners. This is why over the past few years, ‘Friendsgiving’ has been growing in popularity. Whether it is before or after Thanksgiving day, you can look forward to enjoying traditions that you and your friends create together!
Things you can expect from a ‘Friendsgiving’ Dinner
The host will cook the turkey. This is not always a turkey in the traditional sense. Some people go for the more extreme cooking adventures like Turduckins which is cooking a chicken inside of a duck, inside of a turkey!
This is more like a Potluck. The host is probably running frantically around the house trying to prepare for the attendee’s arrival. Between that and cooking the turkey (or turducken), they simply can’t manage cooking every dish. Somehow, you usually end up with more cranberry sauce then you know what to do with!
2 types of ‘Friendsgiving’. One dinner style is one big party. This is the dinner where friends are together indulging in all of the wine and liquor everyone brought and getting a little wild is not uncommon. The other type of dinner is your Pinterest loving friends who create a beautiful table set up with fun Thanksgiving oriented games and activities.
Football. Men often gather in the tv room to watch the classic Thanksgiving Day football games. This is usually either an excuse to escape all of the women and drink, or it is the loudest room in the house as everyone is yelling at the TV and trash talking about the other team. (or both)
Better than your family dinner.You would never say it to anyone in your family, but this dinner becomes more anticipated then dinner with your relatives. ‘Friendsgiving’ is a chance to let loose, have fun, tell your friends how much they mean to you and last but not least, FEAST!!!
I have spent years looking for apps and websites that would allow me the opportunity to make some extra money on the side because I am a stay at home mom. I was looking to be able to provide a source of income for my family. There were many moments of frustration after thinking I finally found a legitimate app/website, only to find it was yet again another site that advertised a profitable income working from home that produced false advertising.
Time after time, I would read how I could do data entry, secret shoppers, and a range of other opportunities to get paid or save money, only to feel mislead and disappointed.
After all of the countless wasted hours, I have finally found an app that not only pays to shop but to make money back while doing it. You can access the ability to make a percentage of money back on each online sale that you place. You also have access to your choice of paid surveys, rewards for searching through their website, and rewards for trying products along with trying suggested apps that you redeem for gift cards.
You can decide if you want to take advantage of this app by ordering products and subscriptions you would have already been interested in, or you can take advantage of receiving points/rewards from their free promotions.
I suggest you just take a look at the website for yourself and see if it is something that you think could benefit from!
There has been a recent surge in interest for farming and urban gardening. Many people are embracing the idea of sustainability by starting small gardens, with some very impressive results. We are dedicated to passing on at home gardening tips, as well as featuring farmers and hobbyists who are carrying on the tradition as well as pushing the boundaries for the cultivation of crops. After all, food is indispensable.
Photo by: Alden Wenger
In the next month, we will be featuring articles on #hotpeppers #urbangardening #hybridization and #sustainability. We hope you find some useful information and we will be happy to share your questions and insights. We look forward to embarking on this journey with you.
Barcelona, Spain is the vibrant capital of Catalonia. Here, you can find captivating architecture around every turn. Barcelona is brimming with art, culture, and history.
One of the most popular places to visit if you visit Barcelona is Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. This is a church that was contracted for design in 1885 by a man named Antoni Gaudi. It is still under construction and there is a possibility it may never be completed in its entirety.
Antoni Gaudi has dazzling displays all throughout the area. Parc Guell is Gaudi’s surrealist Park that is full of tile mosaic designs. His unusual and intricate designs are undoubtedly a sight to see.
Photo By: David Wenger
Outside of this park, you can find hiking trails that lead to astounding views of the city It feels like you are on top of the top of the world! While in the Catalonia region, you may come across people gathering for what is truly a spectacular sight to see. A rural tradition called Human Towers or otherwise known as Castell, in Catalonian.
During my travels, I came across a magical hidden gem. The Labyrinth park of Horta is filled with gardens, Roman god statues, beautiful reflection ponds and a wall of manicured hedges to get lost in.
If you decide you want to adventure out of the city, you can take a road trip to Figueres, Spain. This town lies on the border of France. There you will find the Salvadore Dali Theater & Museum. This is home to some of Salvadore Dali’s artwork and personal home collections. He may perhaps be most commonly known for his painting “The Persistence Of Memory” which exhibits melting clocks against a landscape scene. Also on display, is his jewelry collection that includes a brooch which was inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s lips. The brooch consisted of rubies for the lips and pearls representing teeth. He also had a piece named “Elephant on mosquito legs” which was one of my personal favorites. For art enthusiasts, one of the best parts of visiting this museum, was a moment of intense appreciation when standing next to the very location he lies today. That’s right, in this museum under the stage, lies Salvadore Dali’s crypt. This is an unforgettable experience that won’t leave you disappointed!
On your travels back to Barcelona, be sure to stop in the town of Girona. The narrow cobblestone streets are littered with Medieval architecture that will make you feel like you are in an episode of Game of Thrones. You will know you are in the right place when you see the Onyar River which runs directly through the center of this historical town.
With the abundance of history, culture, and art located in the heart of Catalonia, this is definitely a must-see destination!
The BBQ craze is popping up all over the world. There is a variety of types of BBQ joints that all seem to have their own special flair. This is something that I am somewhat close too. As a child, my father was always cooking. Everyone in our town knew that if they had a nice cut of meat, taking it to him would result in the best flavor. My brother and I always said he should just open his own business. With as many people who would show up at my house with the deer they just got while hunting that day, He might as well charge for it. My dad was also famous for his homemade jerky. There is a funny story about my dad’s jerky stock just disappearing. My dad came home one day and went to get a bag of jerky from his stock he would keep set aside, and to his surprise, there was almost nothing left. He found out that my brother had taken the bags one by one, bringing them to school and selling the jerky for $1 a piece at lunch! At Least we knew it would sell though!!
Finally, years later he did decide to start-up his own business with my brother. You can check out his business by clicking Roillin‘ Smoke Mobile BBQ and Catering. They had a custom designed smoker rig that was personalized to meet their needs. After the design process with the company, they built the rig and it was time to pick it up!
Rollin Smoke BBQ has become a popular staple in town. He specializes in smoking all types of meats, but sticks to the classics for most events. His pulled pork, smoked chicken, and ribs are all delicious, but the real treat is his brisket. I’m sure you’ve never had brisket like this! He is open throughout summer on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11am till he sells out… so get there early. It does not end with the summer though. This business also does catering for weddings and other events such as company picnics and more!
Rollin Smoke Rig
Rollin Smoke Rig
Rollin Smoke Jerky
My brother and my dad had eventually split the business and my dad continued with Rollin’ Smoke Mobile BBQ and Catering while my brother started another roadside BBQ stand called Nomad BBQ. They both still sometimes work together at different events and they have dominated the roadside BBQ in Harrisburg, PA.
Nomad BBQ has commonly eaten dishes often seen from a roadside BBQ, but they also are developing fun new trends such as their signature breakfast burritos.
I encourage you to check out their page, like and follow them on social media and if you are in the area be sure to stop by and enjoy the best BBQ you will ever have!
Every town seems to have stories like these with their beloved BBQ stands. If you have a BBQ stand that stands out, be sure to go to my contact page and send me your story. You could be the next featured business!
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