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  1. 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

    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

    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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    Costumes of Downton Abbey, Major Exhibition Opens at Winterthur Museum, Garden &
    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.

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    American Road Trip Talk Podcast

    Listen to American Road Trip Talk
    American Road Trip Talk, hosted by Foster Braun, is a podcast talk show that celebrates
    travel across the two-lane highways of North America. This unique broadcast is an
    extension of American Road magazine. Join Foster Braun, your host and guide, on
    the American Road Trip Talk show.

    Festival of the Cranes Returns to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge for Second Year
    Provided by Decatur/Morgan County CVB, Ala.
    A day of nature walks, live raptors, and refuge tours is planned when the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge holds the second annual Festival of the Cranes. Set for January 11, 2014, the celebration
    of sandhill cranes and whooping cranes will bring together experienced birders and
    those who would like to learn about birding and other wildlife that call the refuge


    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

    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.
    hWinter 2013 Newsletter Classified - Gone with the Fins

    A Word from our Sponsor
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  2. All the staff at American Road magazine wish to extend our thanks to you for making 2013 a wonderful year. We wish you and your family and safe and Happy Thanksgiving.


    Becky Repp
    American Road Magazine




    Care Packages for Our Service Men and Women
    Many of you may recall that in the past we sent gift packages filled with personal care items, gifts, and copies of American Road magazine to members of our military services serving overseas in harms way. This wonderful tradition started at the suggestion of one of our loyal Forum members!
    Over the years the donations made by American Road combined with donations made by our readers and sponsors resulted in gifts for hundreds of people serving in our armed forces. A list of the individuals and organizations who contribute to this effort are included in a letter that accompanies the gift package(s). We still continue to receive phone calls and letters of thanks indicating that the gifts, letters, and cards sent did much to boost the moral of the recipients.
    Regardless of where you stand politically on war, we encourage you to help us send packages demonstrating our appreciation for the great sacrifices made by our military men and women.
    You may donate in one of three ways:
    1) Call 1-877-285-5434 x1

    2) Donate $5 via PayPal


    3) Send items/goods, or check or money order to American Road;

    c/o Military Holiday Care Packages;
    PO Box 46519, Mount Clemens, MI 48046.
    If you plan to ship goods for the care packages via UPS or FedEx, please contact our office for shipping instructions.
    Donations must be received by December 7 to allow time to purchase the care package items, package, and ship them by December 11 for arrival by December 25.
    Thank you in advance for your assistance and generosity.
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  4. Hi everyone,


    As you can see we've been experiencing some challenges with the forum system upgrade. We appreciate your patience as we work through these issues. We have support ticket requests in to Invision Power Board. Hopefully we'll have these issues resolved this week. Thanks for your support!



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