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Posted by deborahmclaren on December 30, 2012

Hello Friends,

I’ve been busy building another blog/website: to promote small businesses, organizations and events that are “local” and sustainable in the Upper Midwest. Along with the website you can find us on or Twitter: @getlocalflavor or even a linkedin group “Local Flavor.”

Deborah McLaren aka TravelMomma

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I’m Going to Kansas City… here we come!

Posted by deborahmclaren on October 2, 2011

directly in front of negro league and jazz mus...

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I’m going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come! BBQ, Baseball and Jazz… I’m going to get me some!

This summer I drove down to KC with nine of my most  immediate family. We loaded into two vans and headed south from the Twin Cities to Kansas City. On the hottest day of the year. Really! It was 102 degrees and one of the vans did not have a/c.  Our mission: find the best KC barbeque and visit the birthplace of KC jazz and black baseball.

Before you read further I will admit to a few of things. I got the hives from the heat and had to stay in bed almost 48 hours. My mostly Muslim family went to Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun without me (still in bed) and were unindated by Christian music which was constantly (and loudly) broadcast throughout the amusement park. No worries about those carnies that love blasting Slow Ride here. And we did not find the best bbq in Kansas City. Despite that, we found some real gems in KC. This information is from my accumulated experiences though.

My husband, Rob, and I have been exploring KC for a few years. Every time we travel South to visit my family we go through KC (and Joplin but that’s an entirely different story). For a long time it was just a gas stop or an overnight cheap hotel on the way to Oklahoma (or that five hours we spent in a snow storm waiting it out at Chuckie Cheese). Finally we started making time for… you guessed it… food and music. That is what life is about, right?

One night we were driving through KC just about supper time. Rob had been trying to find a good steak house every time we passed through town without luck. We gave up on the steaks and decided to go for my favorite type of southern dinner – BBQ.  I grew up in the south so BBQ often means really soft meat sans the spicy ketchup sauce. The meat is smoked, melts in your mouth and the taste can’t be hidden by any kind of sauce. So of course I was hoping to find that. My husband, having been born and raised in India, prefers as spicy as you can get. We always try to find a happy medium (and an extra bottle of hot sauce).

With my new cell phone and all its fancy apps I was able to track down the closest BBQ place we were passing by on the highway. Happened to be BB’s Lawnside Blues and BBQ.  “B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ is Where BBQ Meets the Blues in Kansas City. For 20 years, B.B.’s has served slow-smoked meats (sausage, beef, chicken, pulled pork and ribs) from its 60+ year-old pit, Plus, B.B.’s menu includes signature Louisiana dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, red beans & rice and goulash. And, when you combine that with world-class blues entertainment, you get a unique Kansas City experience only found at B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ.” Yep, that’s right off their website but it certainly sums it up.

We drove a few miles through a deserted industrial area to get there, and yes, there is some kind of piece of grass next door to the parking lot. It’s a bit of a stretch to call it “lawnside,” but maybe in that area it passes. The inside is pretty much that scene from the Blues Brothers, where Jake and Elwood have to play in a honky tonk behind some chain link fencing and everyone throws empty beer bottles at them. Fortunately for us there were no crazy crowd or chain fences, nor flying beer bottles, just great food and amazing blues. There was a band of at least 10, including a hot horn section, and at one point two members of the band ran into the audience and did a great chest bump in the middle of a tune. Obviously a lot of energy and entertainment goes on at BB’s Lawnside. Great homestyle BBQ, long shared tables, awesome local brew and amazing music. And it was all very reasonably priced.

During our visits to KC we had learned about The Historic District of 18th and Vine.  The district was the center for black culture and life in Kansas City from the late 1800s-1960s. Since the late 1990s it has been undergoing a revival. It was the hub of activity for homeowners, business, jazz music, and baseball enthusiast. Just outside of the district stands the Paseo YMCA building, which was built as a black YMCA in 1914. It served as temporary home for baseball players, railroad workers, and others making the transition to big city life in the Midwest. It was here that the Negro National League was founded in 1920. Although the district and the YMCA building were becoming blighted by the 1980s, they were recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the late 1990s, plans were underway by city officials to create a new home to showcase Kansas City’s jazz heritage and to revitalize the Historic District. City officials and the mayor worked to raise over $20 million in bonds to build a new facility to host the new American Jazz Museum and a new, permanent and expanded, home for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. This new 50,000 square-foot building opened in September 1997 and the Baseball Museum opened in November.

Hot jazz, cool blues, historical and cultural preservation and good food.   Just east of downtown KC. We took the kids to the baseball museum and the American Jazz Museum which showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater. Kansas City is one of the greatest purveyors of jazz – and it continues to offer fertile ground for the music to thrive.

The kids were excited by the museums. The Jazz Museum, especially, is very interactive. Numerous kiosks use individual headphones to tell stories about the musicians, various types of jazz, and historical eras of jazz music. I could have spent a lot more time there as there was so much to absorb and learn.  However, we were off to find food for a hungry crowd.

The original Arthur Bryants in the historic jazz district

Although Arthur Bryant’s was recommended by everyone in the neighborhood, I think it’s a taste acquired by growing up there. The BBQ sauce was vinegary with some lumpy dry spices in it. Have no doubt – the place was packed and there are tons of great reviews about the place (although there have been more unfavorable reviews of late – maybe they are focusing more on their product sales than their restaurant food?) It just wasn’t my type of barbeque. And everyone else in the family agreed. And the family includes some heavy duty BBQ connoisseurs. It is a well loved, neighborhood favorite, it just wasn’t what we were expecting.  To order you must wait in line and order in a cafeteria style set-up. It was rather confusing but we ended up with burnt ends, turkey and fries.

Other places in the 18th and Vine area include Danny’s Big Easy, The Peachtree, the KC Blues & Jazz Juke House, and The Blue Room (part of the American Jazz Museum) which hosts Jazz Poetry Jams every 3rd Tuesday from 7 to 10pm. Other nights they offer up live music starting at 7 pm. The 2011 Rhythm and Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival is coming up on Oct 8.

The next night we tried Jack Stack’s BBQ near the river. The beef ribs were meaty and tender and the sauce was definitely a thick tomato and brown sugar base. The staff at the crowded restaurant was kind enough to set us in a huge booth area where we could all sit together (and not offend other diners with all of our noise and active kiddies).

There aren’t a lot of locally-owned accommodations in Kansas City – or at least we weren’t able to find them. There are a couple of B&Bs in nearby Bonner Springs.  Airbnb lists a few places to stay: from a one bedroom rental in a private home for $40 a night to luxury Lofts downtown for $90 a night.  With three adults and six kids under twelve we opted for a downtown hotel with two rooms and a pool. And we used that pool a lot since it was such a hot weekend. Unfortunately, a lot of b&bs don’t allow children.

Since we were downtown we were close to the restored Union Station (with lots of food, a permanent rail exhibit called the KC Rail Experience, exhibit spaces for traveling exhibits produced by the Smithsonian and other national organizations, a planetarium, an interactive science center called Science City and a vibrant Theater District featuring giant-screen movies and live theater, and much more.) and the Crowne Center which houses a Children’s Theater, the Hallmark Card headquarters (where kids can go to make crafts), a huge Crayola store also with fun activities, play areas (shooting water outside, an Amazon rainforest inside), and plenty of shops to buy any kind of KC BBQ sauce there is.

Also downtown, along the river, is the City Market. Since its inception in 1857, the City Market continues to be one of the largest and most enduring public farmers’ markets in the Midwest, linking growers and small businesses to the Kansas City community. This is where locals go! The City Market is one of the largest outdoor concert venues in Kansas City. There are a number of permanent vendors in the market, and more than 140 vendors on the weekends during the farmer’s market that burst with bedding plants, fruits, vegetables, herbs, fresh baked goods and other sweets, cut flowers and crafts made by local artisans.

We’re going to keep hunting for local places to stay. Please let me know if you have more local haunts to add to our KC stopovers!

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More Quirky Places to Stay in Minnesota

Posted by deborahmclaren on May 16, 2011

I promised to write more about interesting places to stay in Minnesota. I’ve found a former chicken house, a Viking Inn, a light house, another old jail, a tow boat, a house boat and some other cool stays. We’re obviously gearing up for summer travel as the number of visitors to the quirky places I’ve blogged about are rising daily.

The Broodio

The Broodio

Inside the Broodio

Inside the Broodio

The Broodio, a former “brooder” house (where baby chicks are raised) is a one-room cottage that is part of a Minnesota Valley century farmstead. The simple pleasures of the prairie surround Moonstone’s gardens, arbors and vineyard. A canoe, grill, campfire, sauna and beach are available to guests.

This is a real find! The Viking Inn is Central Minnesota ‘s Nordic Inn Medieval Brew and Bed! Built in an old church by “the crazy Viking, Steinarr Elmerson” who left southern California and corporate America to follow his dream. Steinarr loves to cook and the inn offers a Viking Dinner Mystery or an interactive Viking dinner theater with raids, pillaging, burning and feasting. Rooms start at about $60 for the tiny room built in the church’s bell tower to $150 for Odin’s Den. Soap, Shoes and Viking Vear come with the room!

Runestone Museum, located in downtown Alexandria, Minnesota is not far from the Viking Inn. You can tour historic Fort Alexandria, take your picture with the country’s biggest viking, and see the world famous Kensington Runestone.

The Runestone

Built in 1892 the Lighthouse B&B in Two Harbors is a working lighthouse operated by the Lake County Historical Society. It has three spare but tasteful rooms that share one bathroom, and there’s a half-bath in the basement. The Skiff House, on the grounds adjoining the visitors center, has its own bathroom and hot tub.

The Lighthouse at Dusk

The Jail Haus Bed & Breakfast and Ed’s Museum

Wykoff is a perfect little southern Minnesota village – a perfect blend of hospitality and local flavor. The ladies of Wykoff keep themselves busy. They not only renovated Ed’s Museum, but made their historic jail into a B&B. Stay in the jail for about $68/night then go over to Ed’s Museum to view the display of 1930s lollipop tree, old pin-ups and tons of other junk. It’s also next to the Root River, my favorite place for tubing. For lovers of Americana kitsch.

The Old Jailhaus, Wykoff, MN

On the St. Croix River in Taylors Falls, Minn., the Old Jail B&B occupies an old brewery/saloon and an 1884 jail on a hill at the edge of downtown. In 1869, the Schottmuller brothers built a one-story stone structure with a cave connecting it to their brewery further up Angel Hill and opened it as a saloon, storing beer in the cave. They then purchased a two-story stable and livery, built in 1851, from the Chisago House Hotel and set it on top of the saloon for living quarters. Since its days as a saloon, the “Cave” has housed a surprising array of businesses including a general store, a chicken plucking operation, a beauty shop, and a mortuary. The Taylors Falls Jail was built next door to the saloon in 1884. It was used over the years as an ice house, a shoe repair shop, and a garage. Historian Helen White restored the “Jail” and opened it in 1981 as Minnesota’s first licensed bed & breakfast.

The Old Jail Cottage in Taylors Falls, MN

The Old Jail Cottage in Taylors Falls, MN

In St. Paul, The Covington Inn was built in 1946 as a towboat and now is moored on Harriet Island, across from downtown. Four elegant rooms have fireplaces and superb views; the two-story Pilot House suite includes the pilot house as a sitting room and has a private deck. The boat is trimmed stem to stern in mahogany, brass and bronze. Windows and portals in the boat’s tiered design draw light into each room. Sleeping quarters feature a mix of ingenious built-in cabinets with simple furnishings from the Covington’s work era. Salvaged fixtures, nautical antiques and historic art provide tasteful reminders of the River and the Inn’s past life.

The Covington Inn, St. Paul

In northern Minnesota lakes country, in the tiny village of Dorset, the Heartland Trail B&B was built in 1920 as a schoolhouse and has six attractive rooms, named for different grades. 218-732-3252.

Little old school house B&B in Dorsett

Heartland Trail or Little old school house B&B in Dorsett

In the western Minnesota town of Ashby, on the Central Lakes Trail, the Harvest Inn B&B occupies the former 1926 Trinity Lutheran Church and has four rooms. Enjoy winery tours anytime of the day. Feel free to walk around and tour one of Minnesota’s largest horse facilities.218-747-2334. Email:

Timber Bay Lodge and Houseboats is located on Birch Lake near Ely Minnesota and the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area (BWCA). They have both cabins and houseboats! located deep in the heart of the Superior National Forest. Fish, swim, and relax as you pilot your own houseboat. Watch for eagles, loons, and bears. The houseboats range and size and from $185 to $500 a night.

Timber Bay House Boat

Stone Mill Hotel & Suites are in the lovingly restored and very posh Lanesboro FEED MILL. It consists of a limestone and wood (barn-like), building. Renovated to honor their history, the buildings are reminders of Lanesboro’s significant agriculture contribution.

Stone House Mill Hotel, Lanesboro

Stone House Mill Hotel, Lanesboro

The Palmer House Hotel claims residence to a celebrity ghost! The spirit of Sinclair Lewis, a famous local author for which the town takes pride in, is said to haunt the very hotel that he was employed as a bell boy. Sauk Centre is the childhood home of Lewis. R.L. Palmer built the current hotel in 1901. The original hotel consisted of 38 rooms and one communal bathroom. The Palmer House was considered so majestic that a special contractor was hired from Minneapolis to wire the building with electricity, which many considered a novel luxury at the time. The first paranormal conference was held at The Palmer House in 2008. Hosts of the conference was Darkness On The Edge Of Town. Seminars included television celebrities Chris Fleming and Patrick Burns and Darkness Radio host Dave Schrader.

The Palmer House, Sauk Center, MN

Well, there you have it. Please let me know if you visit any of these quirky places… or learn about more!

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Grass Seeds Academy – March 2011

Posted by deborahmclaren on March 27, 2011

The Mighty Bow

The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association (MBOTMA) sponsors numerous events around the state each year. We enjoy the Bluegrass Winter Festival held in Plymouth (suburb of Minneapolis) each March. Besides the hundreds of diverse acoustic musicians and bands, everywhere jams, dancing and general pleasantry there is a youth program, the Grass Seeds Academy, that offers kids a chance to learn  jamming etiquette, ensemble playing, how to play back-up and take a lead break on their instrument, plus singing lead and harmony vocals. The kids have a lot of fun, but they work hard too. They learn from gifted musicians that dedicate their time to the kids – taking ocassional breaks to perform on stage themselves. And finally they perform with their self-created bands on Sunday afternoon.


Gettin started

This year’s faculty was The High 48’s, winners of the 2009 Rockygrass band competition.  Anthony Ihrig on banjo and resophonic guitar, Rich Casey on bass, Chad Johnson on mandolin and Eric Christopher returned for a fourth year of teaching fiddle – and some mandolin. Mark Kreitzer joined them to teach guitar. The perennial favorite, Chuck Millar was back to teach fiddle and a  little bit of everything else, too. New this year is Ryan Kimm, teaching guitar, resophonic guitar, and bass. He is an experienced teacher and the kids  loved his youthful energy and enthusiasm. Catie Jo Pidel, a former GS student plays in Ruby Magpie with Ryan and was also along as an enthusiastic teacher this year. Sandi Pidel, the Grass Seeds Coordinator, can be reached at 763-784-5286 or email

Little Dude, Big Bass, Joyous Noise!

The main goal of Grass Seeds is to get young people playing their instruments and loving traditional music.

Grass Seeds Academy

GSII is a new off-shoot this year of extra talented youth from 14-18. This group will work on more difficult arrangements and advanced techniques like improvisation. They will really focus in on what it takes to be part of a performing group.

The High 24s playing their version of Shenandoah Valley Breakdown

The GSII playing Wagon Wheel. Bob would be proud.

A lovely time was had by all.

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New Zealand! Need your tips to “go local!”

Posted by deborahmclaren on March 20, 2011

We’re heading to New Zealand in April. Looking for sustainable, locally-owned businesses (accommodations, cafes, art galleries, etc), organizations and events. Tips for such places appreciated. Please send directly to me at Deborah AT


North Island

South Island
Christchurch – Picking up car in Christchurch to drive to Queenstown,
considering a stop in between
Milford Sound

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75 songs to rock you around the world!

Posted by deborahmclaren on February 1, 2011

There are songs etched permanently in my mind that conjur up images of places I’ve been. For example, listening to Sham the Sham and the Pharoah’s singing “Wooly Bully” while sitting in the back of a pickup truck driving through rice paddies on Bali. It’s not a song about traveling, but it is a travel song to me.

Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs

There are other songs that create visuals of places I’ve never seen like Roxy Music’s “and your destination, you don’t know it… Avalon.” So just for fun, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite songs – trying to keep with the “travel” theme! These are in no particular order and I got most of the links from YouTube. Some were contributed by friends. I hope you enjoy the list! – Travel Momma

1 Roam – The B52s
Roam if you want to, roam around the world.

2. Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
And drivin down that road I get a feelin that I should have been home yesterday, yesterday!

Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

3 Take Me Home, Country Road (take 2: Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole
Country Road take me home to the place I belong, West Makaha, Mount Makaha, country road take me home.

4 Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf
Get your motor runnin’… Head out on the highway… looking for adventure, or whatever comes my way!

5 Leaving on a Jet Plane – Peter Paul & Mary (or other artists)
I’m leaving on a jet-plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.

6 Singapore – Tom Waits
We sail tonight for Singapore, we’re all as mad as hatters here…
(animated you tube video – cool)

7 I’ve Been Everywhere- Johnny Cash
Crossed the desert’s bare, man.
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man.
Of travel I’ve had my share, man.
I’ve been everywhere.

8 Magic Carpet Ride- Steppenwolf
Why don’t you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride?

9 Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland
Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.

The Return of Roger Miller

10 King of the Road – Roger Miller
I’m a man of means by no means: King of the road.

11 You Aint Going No Where – Bob Dylan (need a link!)
Pick up your money
And pack up your tent
You ain’t goin’ nowhere.

The Beatles

12 Back in the USSR – Beatles
(Awesomely starts with airplane noise)
Flew in from Miami Beach, BOAC —
Didn’t get to bed last night.
On the way the paper bag was on my knee
Man, I had a dreadful flight!

13 Proud Mary – Ike and Tina Turner
I cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis.
And I pumped a lot of tane down in New Orleans.
Rolling down the river…

Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

14 Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
You got a fast car,
But is it fast enough so you can fly away?

Runnin Down A Dream

15 Runnin’ Down a Dream- Tom Petty
Workin’ on a mystery, goin’ wherever it leads,
Runnin’ down a dre

16 Life Is a Highway- Rascal Flatts (and that other dude)
Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long.

17 Riding With the King – B.B. King & Eric Clapton
He’s on a mission of mercy to the new frontier,
He’s gonna check us all on out of here.
Up to that mansion on a hill
Where you can get your prescription filled.

Route 66

18 Route 66 (I like Asleep at the Wheel‘s version)
If you ever plan to motor west,
travel my way, take the highway that is best.
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.

19 Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
Well come on and let me know
Should I Stay or should I go?

20 Come Away with me – Norah Jones
Come away with me and we’ll kiss, On a mountaintop.

21 The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles
And still they lead me back,
To the long, winding road.

Greatest Hits Vol 2

22 When I Paint My Masterpiece -Bob Dylan, The Band (where’s the links Bob?)
Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble.
Ancient footprints are everywhere.
You can almost think that you’re seein’ double
On a cold, dark night on the Spanish Stairs.

23 Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan (need link)
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

Talking Heads

24 Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
Well we know where we’re going
But we don’t know where we’ve been.

25 Highway to Hell- AC/DC
I’m on the highway to hell
No stop signs, speed limit
Nobody’s gonna slow me down!

26 We Gotta Get Out Of This Place – The Animals (this has to be one of the first music videos!)
We gotta get out of this place
If its the last thing we ever do.

Woody Guthrie

27 Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad – Woody Guthrie
I’m a-blowin’ down this old dusty road, Lord, Lord,
An’ I ain’t a-gonna be treated this a-way.

28 Another Traveling Song – Bright Eyes
Well I’m changing all my strings.
I’m gonna write another traveling song.

Holiday in Spain - Counting Crows

29 Holiday in Spain – Counting Crows
I may take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me.

30 Every Day is a Winding Road – Sheryl Crow
Jump in, let’s go, Lay back, enjoy the show
Everybody gets high, everybody gets low,
These are the days when anything goes.

31 Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
Oh oh come take my hand
Riding out tonight to case the promised land.

John Hiatt

32 Drive South – John Hiatt
Come on baby, drive south with the one you love.

33 On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway.

34 City of New Orleans – Steve Goodman
Good night, America, how are you?
Don’t you know me I’m your native son.

Crosby, Still & Nash

35 Southern Cross – CS&N (Jimmy Buffet did it too)
When you see the Southern Cross for the first time
You understand now why you came this way.

36 Where the Streets Have No Name – U2
And when I go there, I’ll go there with you…

37 The Travel Song – Pilate
When I come home, please say that you’ll be there.

Crosby, Stills and Nash

38 Marrakesh Express – Crosby and Nash
Wouldn’t you know we’re riding on the Marrakesh Express,
they’re taking me to Marrakesh.
All on board the train!

Paul Simon

39 Graceland – Paul Simon
Maybe I’ve a reason to believe
We all will be received
In Graceland.

40 Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz
Let’s go and see the stars,
The Milky Way or even Mars.

41 Learning to Fly – Tom Petty
I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got no wings,
Coming down is the hardest thing.

Up From Below

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

42 Home – Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes
Home is wherever I’m with you!

43 Beautiful – India.Arie
I wanna go to a place where I am suspended in ecstasy!

44 Wild World – Cat Stevens
Oh, baby, baby, it’s a wild world,
It’s hard to get by just upon a smile.

Gogol Bordello

45 Wonderlust King – Gogol Bordello
I traveled the world
Looking for lovers of the ultimate beauty.

Old Crow Medicine Show

46 Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
Rock me, mama, like the wind and the rain
Rock me, mama, like a south-bound train
Hey, mama rock me.

47 Will.I.Am – The Traveling Song
See I been travelin, been travelin forever,
But now that I found a home it feels like I’m in heaven.

48 Lonesome Road – Frank Sinatra
Look down – look down
That lonesome road
Before you travel on.


49 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics
Travel the world and the seven seas,
Everybody’s looking for something.

50 Many Rivers – Jimmy Cliff
Many rivers to cross
But I can`t seem to find my way over.
Wandering I am lost as I travel along.

51 One Road to Freedom – Ben Harper (need link)
With so many roads to travel
There’s just one can set you free.

52 Rollin’ – Luscious Jackson (link?)
i travel light, i travel low
because i got no place to go.

53 Harem Holiday – Elvis Presley
Gonna travel, gonna travel wild and free.
I’m gonna pack my bags because this great big world is calling me.

54 The Wanderer – Dion
Oh yeah, I’m the type of guy that likes to roam around
I’m never in one place, I roam from town to town.

55 Airplane – Indigo Girls
Up in the airplane, nearer my God to thee
I start making a deal, inspired by gravity.

The Streets

56 The Escapist – The Streets
I’m not full of fear cause I’m not really here.

57 I Travel – Simple Minds
I travel round, decadence and pleasure towns.

58 Radar Love – Golden Earring
I’ve been driving all night, my hands wet on the wheel!

58 The Happy Wanderer (an old scouting song)
Oh May I go a wanderin’
until the day I die.

Flight of the Conchords

59 Bowie – Flight of the Conchords
What’s a rock musician doing out in space man?
(The Bus Driver Song by FOTC was also suggested but there’s no good video of it)

JJ Cale - Call Me the Breeze

60 They Call Me the Breeze – JJ Cale
They call me the breeze, I keep blowing down the road.

Leon Russell and the Shelter People

61 Stranger in a Strange Land – Leon Russell
Stop racing toward oblivion.

61 Flying Song – Colin Hay
Spread your wings across the sky.

62 Flying – The Beatles
No words – part of the Magical Mystery Tour album.

and speaking of…
63 The Magical Mystery Tour – Beatles
Roll up, and that’s an invitation!

64 The Walking Song – Rufus Wainwright (a song by his late mother Kate McGarrigle)
Wouldn’t it be nice to walk together
Baring our souls while wearing out the leather
We could talk shop, harmonize a song
Wouldn’t it be nice to walk along

65 Around the World – Daft Punk
Not a lot of lyrics here

66 Drive – R.E.M.
What if I ride, what if you walk?
What if you rock around the clock?

67 All Down the Line – Rolling Stones
I need a shot of salvation baby, once in a while.
Hear that whistle blowing, hear it for a thousand miles.

Vashti Bunyan

68 Train Song – Vashti Bunyan (Fiest also covers this song)
Traveling north to find you… don’t even know what I’ll say when I find you.

69 Train Song – Tom Waits
I’ve come 10,000 miles away, and I ain’t got nothing to show.

Martin Sexton

70 Freedom of the Road – Martin Sexton
Now I’ve had enough of this freedom of the road.

71 Sweet Baby James – James Taylor
…with 10 miles behind me and 10,000 more to go…

72 Highway Song – James Taylor
If you love me when I’m here, you can miss me when I’m gone.

73 Travelin Man – Ricky Nelson
I’m a traveling man, and I’ve made a lot of stops…

74 Carefree Highway – Gordon Lightfoot
Carefree highway, got to see you my old friend.

75 Outer Limits – The Iguanas (Iggy Pop on drums)
There are no words…

Compiled by Deborah McLaren. Thanks to Rob Ramer, Andy Fisher, Katie Stearns, Winona LaDuke, Kent Scheer, Kimberly Nightengale, Debra Lach, Diane Hammons, Mark Sherman, Kelly Ramer, Georgia Duncan, Barbara McGrath, Gaye Brown, WanderWoman, Maximillian G. Olmsted and Matthew Chrastek for their suggestions. Of course – thanks to all the musicans – writers, singers & players – who make this list so fun! Happy Trails!

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Culinary Sanctuaries – Crete

Posted by deborahmclaren on November 15, 2010

This is such a great opportunity to visit Crete (partial scholarships available) that I have to post this message from Nikki Rose!

Date: 11/15/2010
Subject: News from Crete –

Hi Deborah!

I hope all is well.

FYI, news from our fields:

Archaeological Institute of America Magazine.
Interview with Nikki Rose: The Joy of Cretan Cooking
November 9, 2010, by Eti Bonn-Muller

Chef-instructor Nikki Rose talks about the importance of protecting Crete’s natural and cultural resources—and how “green” the Minoans really were. Nikki is Founder of Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries Eco-Agritourism Network in Crete, Greece. Educational programs celebrating cultural and natural heritage.

The full interview:

AND — one way for you to visit us in Crete! Partial Scholarships available for our 2011 Open Programs. Deadline to apply is December 1st. Information is on our Schedule page below. Space is limited. Great scholarship opportunities for professional researchers. Also a great opportunity to research sustainable tourism in action.

All the best,

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Day of the Dead, Minnesota

Posted by deborahmclaren on October 30, 2010

The Day of the Dead, celebrated on the first two days of November, is a time when Mexican families remember and honor their ancestors. Families gather in cemeteries to clean and decorate gravesites, eat and drink, and tell stories about the departed — just like a family reunion. In their homes, people set up ofrendas, or altars, dedicated to the spirits of their loved ones and covered with symbolic objects and some of their ancestors’ favorite food and drink. Friendly images — like a skeleton playing guitar — make death seem more approachable.

Ofrenda created by René Lopez, a teacher at Guadalupe Alternative Programs, for display at the Minnesota Historical Society's Dead of the Dead Celebration.

Thanks to a strong Latino community and the support of local arts organizations, every year the Twin Cities sees several Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. Every year, the Minnesota History Center hosts a celebration.

CENTRO's Day of the Dead

Latino community organization Centro offers a traditional tour of altars. (Noon-6 p.m. daily through Nov. 5. Free. 1915 Chicago Av. S., Mpls. 612-874-1412.)

Mercado Central

Lake Street’s Mercado Central throws a traditional celebration with Aztec dancing, traditional foods, mask-making, music, candlelit procession to El Colegio and an exhibit of ofrendas by students and community members. (2-9 p.m. Mon. Free. Mercado Central, 1515 E. Lake St, Mpls. 612-728-5401.)

Minnesota Institute of Art, Minneapolis

And continuing through Nov. 14 is the Young People’s Ofrenda Project put on by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, an exhibition featuring ofrendas created by students from urban charter school El Colegio. (Free. 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls., 612-870-3131.)

Altered Esthetics invites the community to come together and celebrate the lives of those we have lost. El Día de Los Muertos is a time to remember loved ones who have passed away and a time for families and the community to come together. Altered Esthetics is having a one-day celebration, art show and candlelight procession on November 2nd 2010. The celebration and exhibit opening will take place in the evening, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and is free and open to the public. The candlelight procession will take place at 8:30pm. We will begin the procession at Ae and continue around the surrounding Ae neighborhood, returning to the gallery at 9:00 PM. Artists and guests are welcome to set up their own ofrendas at Ae gallery prior to the event – we are open Saturday, October 30th 1pm-5pm and Tuesday, November 2, from 1pm-4pm. Altered Esthetics Gallery is at 1224 Quincy Street NE
Minneapolis, MN.

A Day of the Dead Dinner will take place on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 5:30 at the Campus Club West Wing on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus. The program is hosted by Angelica Afanador Pujol, Assistant Professor of Art History and will display Day of the Dead Folk Art. The dinner is co-sponsored by the Office of International Programs and the Campus Club. Reservations are required. Call 612-626-7788.

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Underwater sculpture park in Mexico – Museo Subacuatico de Arte

Posted by deborahmclaren on October 20, 2010

La Evolución Silenciosa (The Silent Evolution) by sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor

Just over 30 feet underwater in the Cancun and Isla Mujeres National Marine Park, 400 statues–each based on a real person–have been anchored together as part art, part artificial reef and part tourism. The work, called The Silent Evolution, is in the Museo Subacuatico de Arte, the world’s first underwater sculpture park.

The Silent Revolution

The Silent Evolution by Jason deCaires Taylor

The Silent Evolution by Jason deCaires Taylor

Jason deCaires Taylor, the British sculptor (former grafitti artist who grew up near the sea in Malaysia) who created the project says he built it to reduce the negative impact tourism has had on Mexico’s reefs, as well as show humans and nature living in harmony. The cement statues are part of an artificial reef that coral and aquatic plants will grow on. His other underwater art includes a sea garden in the West Indies and human under water sculptures in a quaint English garden. Go to his website to see how the sculptures look after coral have started to grow on the installations.

The Silent Evolution by Jason deCaires Taylor

Coral growing from sculpture created by Jason deCaires Taylor.

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