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Pet Cemetery – the search for “Petey”

Pet Cemetery – the search for “Petey”

Possibly the final resting place for Petey, the lovable terrier from the Our Gang movies. Then again, possibly not. Petey’s real name was Jiggs, or maybe it was General Grant …

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The Must-See Museum – AVAM (American Visionary Art Museum)

The Must-See Museum – AVAM (American Visionary Art Museum)

When you see one of Vollis Simpson’s whirligigs adorning the front lawn of a museum, you know it’s no ordinary place. This is indeed the mecca for those who appreciate work by self-taught, outsider or visionary artists.

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Luigi’s – Mechanical Barbie and the Band of Many Kens

Luigi’s – Mechanical Barbie and the Band of Many Kens

Luigi’s is an Akron institution which features a giant pizza made by PR “Grizzled Wizard” Miller on the outside. Luigi’s is also known for a 1949 Mechanical Bandbox above the front door that comes to life when the jukebox is played.

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Fantastic (and sweet) Hartman Rock Garden

Fantastic (and sweet) Hartman Rock Garden

Hartman Historical Rock Garden 1905 Russell Avenue at McCain Springfield, OH http://www.hartmanrockgarden.org Environment with rocks Recently restored by the Kohler Foundation, the Hartman Rock Garden is one of the most intriguing and revered works of in situ folk art, an outsider art phenomena where self-taught…

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In Washington DC, a throne …

In Washington DC, a throne …

The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millenium General Assembly – James Hampton 1909-1964 8th and F Streets, N.W. Washington, DC 202 633-7970 Folk Art Exhibit “Where there is no vision, the people perish”  — Proverbs 29:18 (King James Version) posted on the wall…

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Easter Island on the Hudson

Easter Island on the Hudson

Ted Ludwiczak 1926 — 14 Riverside Ave Haverstraw, NY 845-429-8705 Sculpture (stone) Private property  –  Visible from the street Right there on the banks of the Hudson, where the river is at its widest, Ted Ludwiczak makes his heads. They’re like friends to him, he…

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Hillybilly Hotdogs – We Got the Weenies

Hillybilly Hotdogs – We Got the Weenies

Hillybilly Hotdogs Great road food (as seen on TV) One pound deep fried hot dogs and three pound burgers served up in a couple of old busses. Have your cardiologist on speed dial. This joint was featured on “Diners Drive-Ins and Dives.” 6591 Ohio River…

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27 Essential Apps for Your Next Road Trip

27 Essential Apps for Your Next Road Trip

It’s that time of the year to start thinking about summer vacations. Whether you are going to be sticking close to home, or planning a big road trip across country, here are 27 apps you should have on your phone before you leave town. Of…

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My personal “Basketball Jones”

My personal “Basketball Jones”

It’s the time of year that Kansas City becomes a basketball mecca. NAIA, Big 12 Tourney, First and second rounds of NCAA’s March Madness.My parents loved basketball. They always took us out of school to attend the NAIA tournament, complete with our own brackets to…

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Wedding Cake House

Wedding Cake House

Wedding Cake House 104 Summer Street Kennebunk, ME There are some seriously high-dollar homes in these parts. But only one Wedding Cake House, which apparently dates back to the late 1800s and apparently has something to do with a sea captain who wanted to impress…

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