In this issue... Festival of Cranes in Decatur, Ala. Tubbs! Fountain Sculpture Searching for Home Santa Climbs Catsup Bottle in Collinsville, Ill. A Word from Our Sponsor: Gone With The Fins Ebook by David Rucker ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Winter 2013 Newsletter ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Greetings from all of us at American Road® magazine! Water wields magic over the traveler and inspired the Winter 2013 issue of American Road®. American Road's excursion begins on the north bank of the Columbia River at the turn of the twentieth century. "Bank Shot: The Winding Ways of Old Washington State Road 8" tells the story of Sam Hill, millionaire road promoter, who believed in scenery, sovereignty, and the means of tying both together. Through an odyssey that involved serpentine stage dancer Loie Fuller, French sculptor Auguste Rodin, and Queen Marie of Romania, Hill orchestrated a promotional coup in support of a river road that still splashes horizons with splendor. "American Road's Water Works" examines California's Wave Organ, Michigan's Cascade Falls, Alabama's Lady in the Lake, and other sites around North America that go with the flow. On US 40, American Road staff chew saltwater taffy; on US 1, Pop Amherst descends into the History of Diving Museum; on US 66, author Jerry McClanahan strolls around Lake Overholser; and on US 20, Executive Editor, Thomas Repp pauses to ponder the meaning of all things at the Plumbing Museum. Ultimately, this issue of American Road® magazine brings readers the results of our second annual travel photo contest in "Waterways." This year, American Road® asked artists to focus their cameras on waterways, waterfalls, beaches, bridges, and other sites that leave senses wet. Pack a swimsuit and bring a beach towel. This issue of American Road® is sure to make any road trip a splashing success! Preview the current issue of American Road® magazine We hope you enjoy the newsletter. ___________ Merry Christmas - Happy Hanukkah - Joyous Kwanzaa Happy New Year! We would like to take this time to extend our appreciation to you for being a part of the American Road® family. It is our hope that you have the opportunity to create cherished memories with family and friends during this time of celebration. We wish you a safe, healthy, and happy New Year and many great road trip adventures! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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Visit our mobile site! Costumes of Downton Abbey, Major Exhibition Opens at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Forty designs from award-winning TV series to be showcased from March 1, 2014, through January 4, 2015 Provided by Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Wilmington, Del. Forty costumes and accessories worn upstairs and downstairs on the period drama TV series will be displayed in Winterthur's galleries. The costumes are lent by Cosprop, the world's leading costumer to film, television, and theater productions. Among the highlights will be Lady Sybil's harem pants, Lady Mary's engagement dress, and Lady Edith's wedding dress. H.F. du Pont's Savile Row evening jacket and the du Pont family's 1874 Tiffany silver tea service will also be on exhibit. Winterthur will host a wide range of lectures, workshops, and events, including programs for adults and families focusing on entertaining and country house life in Britain and the US. Visitors will enter past a working re-creation of the bell system of Downton Abbey. Read more. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ iPad and eReader App!<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/american-road-magazine/id439220079?mt=8" track="on" >App Store Logo</a> Attention road trip enthusiasts: Reading American Road magazine has never been easier! American Road is now available through iTunes with an app for your iPad. CLICK HERE. Using your iPad, eReader, or PC, you may also read our online American Road magazine digital edition.
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More than twelve thousand sandhill cranes along with several pairs of whooping cranes spend the winter each year at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Hosted by the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association, the Festival of the Cranes kicks off at 6 a.m. with a sunrise breakfast in the Visitor Center classroom. Following breakfast, Refuge Manager Dwight Cooley will lead an early morning birding walk to see cranes and other waterfowl arrive in the fields to begin their day of feeding and loafing. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring binoculars and a camera. Throughout the day, the enclosed Wildlife Observation Building will offer views of thousands of sandhill cranes, along with whooping cranes, ducks, geese, raptors, and maybe a bald eagle. There will be bleachers and spotting scopes available along with volunteers and staff members on hand to answer questions. Additional activities include two showings of Hope Takes Wing, a film by and about Operation Migration chronicling the history of the whooping crane, and two presentations by Auburn University's Southeastern Raptor Center to teach about birds of prey and offer an up-close look at owls, hawks, falcons, and eagles. There will be a pizza lunch with proceeds benefitting the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association. The event concludes at 5 p.m. The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, located at 3121 Visitor Center Road, Decatur, Alabama, covers 35,000 acres, is home to Alabama's largest winter duck population, and supports the state's largest concentration of sandhill cranes.
Click for more details. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Proposed Sculpture Needs a Home Provided by artist Donald Lipski Artist Donald Lipski is known for his large-scale clever sculptural works, enhancing cities coast to coast. His Houston percent-for-the-arts sculpture proposal would have cascaded through the Texas art scene. Artist rendering of proposed Tubbs! fountain Photo Courtesy: Donald Lipski However, not all projects arrive at their initial ports, even with everyone on board. Such is the case with Lipski's proposed Tubbs! fountain, conceived as a splashy entranceway piece to Houston's WaterWorks Education Center. Comprised of seven clawfoot bathtubs mounted on pipes in a bouquet formation, a cascade of water flows from tub to tub, then down to a central pool to be recycled up and into the flow once again. Titled Tubbs! as a tribute to famed Texas Troubadour Ernest Tubb, the fountain has yet to be realized. While the WaterWorks project did open in 2009, museum officials state that the sculpture "was an art work whose time had not yet come...." But that doesn't mean the plug has been pulled on Tubbs! According to the artist, he and the city are searching for another appropriate space for the fabulous fountain. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Santa Is Back and Climbing the Catsup Bottle in Collinsville, Illinois Photo Courtesy World's Largest Catsup Bottle, Inc. A holiday tradition has returned to Collinsville as the World's Largest Catsup Bottle is once again adorned with a giant Santa Claus Christmas decoration. The twelve-foot-tall, 400-pound Santa figure is wrapped in lights and colorful garland and appears to be climbing the landmark water tower to deliver lots of holiday good cheer. "Santa took an extended Caribbean vacation," said Mike Gassmann, President and CEO and Big Tomato of the nonprofit World's Largest Catsup Bottle, Inc. "We're excited to have him back." It has been more than ten years since Santa Claus last climbed the Catsup Bottle. "People are loving it! Our social media sites are lit up like a Christmas tree," said Gassmann. "Pun totally intended." Click for more details about the historic Brooks World's Largest Catsup Bottle water tower landmark. Tune in to hear more about this story in the American Road Trip Talk Podcast. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<a hWinter 2013 Newsletter Classified - Gone with the Fins A Word from our Sponsor Gone With The Fins Author: David Rucker An e-book about the trails and highways of the United States in the early and middle 20th century, specifically Washington's Sunset Highway and the cross-country Lee Highway. The question "Quo vadis?" (Latin for "Wither goest thou?") sets the tone for the books journey. 10,800 words. Many pictures. $1.25. Click for more details. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Online with American Road Don't forget to visit americanroadmagazine.com regularly for updated road news, trip ideas, and more, including: