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Boston Marathon Too Square for You? Try These 8 Fun Runs

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Apr 17th 2014 01:21 PM
The Boston Marathon is coming up. Here are some stranger running events.
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Monday's Boston Marathon is certainly one of the more celebrated events for runners to show off their moxie. But if you're looking to travel for races that are more eclectic -- and at considerably less than marathon distances -- check out these crazy events around the country designed for athletes on two feet.
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Mardi Gras: Top 9 Cities Not Named New Orleans to Celebrate Fat Tuesday

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Mar 3rd 2014 10:30 AM
Feb. 18, 2012 - Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S - Patrons take time out of their celebration for a quick photo showing off their cost
AlamyPatrons take time out of their celebration for a quick photo showing off their costumes during the 2012 Mardi Gras parade and festival at the Soulard District in St. Louis, Missouri.
It's Mardi Gras season -- time to blow some steam and overindulge before the Christian season of Lent begins. Think New Orleans is the only place to throw some beads? You need to get out a bit more.
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'Bridges of Madison County' Musical: Iowa Setting Obeys Broadway's Expectations

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Feb 20th 2014 10:15 AM
Bridges of Madison County, musical
Bridges of Madison County musicalThe Bridges of Madison County musical brings Iowa to Broadway.
As The Bridges of Madison County musical opens today on Broadway, sales of the book by Robert James Waller are expected to resurge. Rentals of the 1995 movie starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep also should get a bump.

But better than the book, the movie and the musical combined is a visit to the real Madison County and those beautiful and very real covered bridges.
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French Lick, Indiana: A Visit to Larry Bird's Hometown

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Feb 14th 2014 04:03 PM
French Lick Indiana Larry Bird Boston Celtics
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For sports fans in Boston and in tiny French Lick, Indiana, the number 33 is sacred. With a population of 1,800, French Lick is one of those places where everybody knows everybody. And there, 33 is synonymous with French Lick's most famous native son -– Larry Bird.
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Burnt Out on New York Fashion Week? Little Rock's Purse Museum Exhibits the Sexy and Empowered

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Feb 11th 2014 10:22 AM
Nancy Nolan
On the surface, Esse Purse Museum is, yes, a fun museum about purses. Located in the trendy South Main district of Little Rock, Arkansas, the Esse collection includes more than 3,500 purses, handbags, clutches, totes or any other name you want to call the things we carry to hold all the things we need to carry.
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Never Mind Clooney and Damon, Meet the Real Monuments Men in the Midwest

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Feb 7th 2014 10:52 AM
Film-The Monuments Men
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As Monuments Men opens this week with an all-star cast led by George Clooney and Matt Damon, so does an exhibit dedicated to the Monuments Men at Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The movie is the true story of a military unit deployed during World War II to save some of the world's great works of art from certain destruction.

So what does a museum in fly-over country have to do with it?
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Celebrate Groundhog Day in Woodstock, Illinois. Celebrate Groundhog Day in Woodstock, Illinois. Celebrate Groundhog Day in Woodstock, Illinois.

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Jan 31st 2014 01:30 PM
McHenry County Tourism
The day approaches when otherwise reasonable, educated human beings put aside all common sense and look not to the Weather Channel and Jim Cantore for the winter forecast, but instead to a big fat rodent named Phil who lives underground in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Groundhog Day is upon us and other than Punxsutawney, there's no better place than Woodstock, Illinois to celebrate. Located about 50 miles northwest of Chicago, Woodstock was the shooting location for the 1993 cult classic Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell.
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Celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse, in...Kansas City?

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Jan 30th 2014 11:21 AM
Bruce N. Meyer
Although many of us are still recovering from our New Year's celebration and getting accustomed to writing 2014 instead of 2013 – it's time to start the party all over again. January 31 is the beginning of the Chinese year 4712, also known as The Year of The Horse. And for those of Chinese ancestry, this is the party of the year. Fireworks, parades, family gatherings -- it's like all North American holidays and celebrations rolled into one.
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Before the X Games and Shaun White, Aspen was John Denver and Hunter S. Thompson's Domain

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Jan 25th 2014 10:05 AM
U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Mammoth
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For a new generation, Aspen, Colorado is synonymous with the winter X Games. Held this year through Jan. 26, they feature more than 200 of the world's top snow sports athletes competing in extreme feats on snowboards, skis and snowmobiles. The made-by-and-for-ESPN event brings 125,000 travelers to Aspen each January to witness the craziness. And the X Games have helped make a household name out of people like Shaun White.

But for an older generation, a different--but still fabulously coiffed person--was synonymous with Aspen: John Denver.
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Take the Google Fiber Tour in The Silicon Prairie (aka Kansas City)

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Jan 24th 2014 02:43 PM
Diana Lambdin Meyer
When Kevin Collins of San Francisco visited relatives in Kansas City recently, he didn't crash with family or check into a hotel. Instead he booked a room with Homes 4 Hackers, a part of the KC Start-Up Village, an entrepreneurial haven for technology geeks across the country.
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