Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Hiking Wisconsin's 'Thousand-Miler' Ice Age Trail" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Hiking Wisconsin's 'Thousand-Miler' Ice Age Trail" from the Chicago Tribune

Chances are you've heard of the Appalachian Trail, the hiking path that runs 2,179 miles (3,507 kilometers) from Georgia to Maine. You may also be familiar with the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile (4,265-kilometer) route from California to Canada.

But Melanie Radzicki McManus hopes to bring more attention to that route with a new book, "Thousand-Miler." McManus, 55, set women's records for fastest-known times on the Ice Age Trail, completing it in 36 days in 2013 and 34 days in 2015.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-ice-age-trail-wisconsin-20170424-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Door County's islands awash in adventure, surprises" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Door County's islands awash in adventure, surprises" from the Chicago Tribune

In the parlor of the Pottawatomie Lighthouse, a photo of President William Howard Taft hangs on the wall. Across the room, an Edison wax cylinder record player rests on a table.

Nearby, chamber pots sit beside quilt-covered beds.

A dining table is set with white stoneware emblazoned in navy blue with the insignia of the U.S. Light House Service. It appears as if the light keeper and his family might walk in any moment for their midday meal — but the lighthouse hasn't been manned since 1946.

Still, the isolated building is full of life for the 18 weeks between Memorial Day and Columbus Day as groups of two to six volunteers take turns living here. Their weeklong stays are free in exchange for agreeing to keep the place clean and provide daily tours.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-door-county-islands-travel-0507-20170417-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Lake Michigan ferry turns humdrum travel into unforgettable experience" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Lake Michigan ferry turns humdrum travel into unforgettable experience" from the Chicago Tribune

My first trip on a Lake Michigan ferry was 25 years ago, and it didn't go as planned.

I was working a Saturday shift at the Chicago Sun-Times, facing a six-hour, late-night drive to Frankfort, Mich., to meet my then-girlfriend/now-wife. There was a story in the paper about the SS Badger, a ferry between Wisconsin and Michigan.

I'd read about crossing the lake by ferry in William Least Heat-Moon's 1982 road-trip classic, "Blue Highways: A Journey into America," and always wanted to give it a try. A plan was hatched.

I'd book myself on the midnight boat, walk the decks a bit and maybe have a beer or two, then spend the rest of the four-hour crossing sleeping in my car. We'd hit the dock in Ludington, Mich., at 5 a.m., and I'd roll into Frankfort for breakfast, bearing tales of my trans-Great Lake adventure.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-lake-michigan-ferries-travel-0430-20170413-story.html

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Patsy Cline Museum, Madame Tussauds open in Nashville" from Kentucky.com

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Patsy Cline Museum, Madame Tussauds open in Nashville" from Kentucky.com

Two new attractions opening this month in Nashville will give fans a chance to get closer to some of their favorite country music icons.

The legendary vocalist Patsy Cline gets an overdue honor with a new museum blocks from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. And Madame Tussauds on Friday opens a new music-focused attraction near the Grand Ole Opry House with lifelike figurines of Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and many more.

Just in time for the spring and summer travel season, the Patsy Cline Museum unveils more details about the "Walking After Midnight" singer, who died in a plane crash in 1963. On Thursday, Trisha Yearwood unveiled her figurine at Madame Tussauds Nashville, nearly identical down to the wedding ring, dress and shoes.

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Link:
http://www.kentucky.com/entertainment/celebrities/article144542534.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Rolling Stones ‘Exhibitionism’ lacks storyline, but is still fun" from Chicago Sun Times

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Rolling Stones ‘Exhibitionism’ lacks storyline, but is still fun" from Chicago Sun Times

The new Rolling Stones exhibit, “Exhibitionism,” makes the case for its name over almost 18,000 square feet of space on Navy Pier. The potential pitfall of such a large-scaled scrap bag of guitars and other instruments, costumes, album and poster art, contracts, diary pages, photos, video presentations and facsimiles of a squalid flat and a backstage area is that what enabled the Stones to merit such treatment — the music — could become overshadowed by the show.

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Link:
http://chicago.suntimes.com/entertainment/rolling-stones-exhibitionism-lacks-storyline-but-is-still-fun/

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Made-over Kiener Plaza opens next month with playground, fountains and concert area" from St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Made-over Kiener Plaza opens next month with playground, fountains and concert area" from St. Louis Post-Dispatch

All 3 1/2 acres of Kiener Plaza downtown will reopen May 19 after more than a year of construction and $23 million spent on remodeling.

The revamp includes more open space, a grassy concert area west of the Old Courthouse, a large playground and multiple fountains. More than 140 trees were planted in the plaza as part of the project. The plaza has been closed since February 2016.

Gone is the sunken amphitheater on the park’s west end, which held about 500 people. The new concert area on the east end can hold 2,000 to 3,000 people, CityArchRiver spokesman Ryan McClure said.

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Link:
http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/made-over-kiener-plaza-opens-next-month-with-playground-fountains/article_366c8232-e9e8-5c73-b259-ade6461cf1b6.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Discovery World $18 million expansion and upgrade" from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Discovery World $18 million expansion and upgrade" from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Discovery World would develop a major addition and convert one of its theaters into new exhibit space as part of an $18 million improvement project at the museum on downtown Milwaukee's lakefront.

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Link:
http://www.jsonline.com/story/money/real-estate/commercial/2017/04/08/discovery-world-18-million-expansion-and-upgrade/99980826/

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Michigan tulip festival and other travel ideas for spring" from Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Michigan tulip festival and other travel ideas for spring" from Chicago Tribune

Here are some of the more interesting events, deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:

 •Artists in Racine and Kenosha, Wis., will be opening their studios to the public for the annual Get Behind the Arts event. More than 80 artists will be participating 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 29 in Racine and the following day in Kenosha. There will also be a free preview party April 28. http://tinyurl.com/lnntg5q 

•Traverse City Uncorked is a new monthlong series of wine-related events during the month of May throughout the Traverse City, Mich., area. Events will highlight the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. A listing of events and lodging packages is at http://tinyurl.com/kgfrss9.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-tulip-festivals-midwest-events-travel-0423-20170407-story.html

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "20 of Michigan's most unusual museums" from the Lansing State Journal

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "20 of Michigan's most unusual museums" from the Lansing State Journal

The Military Museum in Grass Lake is one of several hundred museums – some tiny, some nationally recognized – throughout the state, offering in-depth looks at everything from barbed wire to nun dolls.

Here are 20 to consider....

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Link:
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/travel/michigan/2017/03/28/unique-michigan-museums-best/99450648/

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Historic Delta Queen riverboat gets Senate approval to resume cruises" from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Historic Delta Queen riverboat gets Senate approval to resume cruises" from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The historic Delta Queen riverboat has cleared a major hurdle to once again cruise U.S. waterways. 

After years of failed attempts, the U.S. Senate voted 85-12 Monday to waive the safety standards against wooden ships carrying more than 50 passengers overnight — as long as the vessels met new requirements and passed an annual inspection by the Coast Guard. The measure now goes to the House.

If those changes are enacted, the 1920s-era Delta Queen will resume its trips along with Mississippi and Ohio rivers, docking in 80 ports including Kimmswick in Jefferson County.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, who co-sponsored the measure with Sen. Roy Blunt, pointed to a report that says putting the Delta Queen back in service will create 170 new jobs and deliver a $36 million annual economic boost for the St. Louis region.

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Link:
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/historic-delta-queen-riverboat-gets-senate-approval-to-resume-cruises/article_b60cf465-6389-570e-bf98-2f950fe518a0.html

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Ever majestic, Wisconsin's Capitol celebrates its centennial" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Ever majestic, Wisconsin's Capitol celebrates its centennial" from the Chicago Tribune

The beautiful building is just 10 years older than Risser, who turns 90 on May 5. The Madison native has spent six of his nine decades as a lawmaker in the edifice that dominates the city skyline.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-wisconsin-state-capitol-centennial-madison-travel-0402-20170320-story.html