From the Editor Memories Revisited My five-year-old granddaughter is forever beginning her sentence with, “Hey, Grama. Remember back when I was a little girl and we went..and we had ever so much fun?.” I have to bite my lip to keep from laughing at her as she is always so serious. I just hope she continues to remember back when with fondness as we strive to create those happy memories with her. Souvenirs on the shelf can get dusty. We outgrow the destination tshirts or food spills stain them. As I look through the old photo albums again and again, I realize it is the memories that we carry with us through life that nobody can rip away from us. My very first memory at age 3 is visiting a motel during a family trip and seeing a television set for the very first time. I was infatuated with the shower - water coming out of the wall way up high. We only had a tub at home. Once arriving at my great aunts’ home, there was a picnic with cousins and I got to go waiding in a small blow-up pool with the other kids. My mother has asked many times, if I remembered seeing Niagra Falls or the Lake Erie Islands or the Kelloggs Plant. I do not. It was the tv, tub and swimming pool. But it was that very first memory that began to instill the love of travel in my mind. It was ever so much fun. My parents always included some type of educational activity or destination during our family vacations. So I’ve had ever so much fun putting this issue together with our theme “Memories Revisited..” The following pages are packed with destinations paying tribute to our nations heritage. Walk on cobblestone streets in Alexandria, VA (p68) or pick a fight with a pirate (p60) Learn who invented the plow, then enjoy a phosphate in at an authentic soda fountain. (p48). And of course as we visit, we’ll be creating new memories to add to the scrapbooks and photo albums to revisit in the future. Until next time... Kathy Barnett / Managing Editor 4 l www.WeekenderExtended.com, Spring, 2014
About the Cover : Take the kids on a roadtrip and visit a place where they can get behind the wheel for a change. The John Deere Pavilion in Moline, IL has lots of machines to explore – tractors, a dozer, a combine, and others. The only thing bigger than these machines are the smiles you'll see when your kids climb into the driver's seats of these giants. See p.48 for the whole story.
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Among the rolling hills of the Old Connecticut Western Reserve and along the shores of the Ohio & Erie Canalway, Greater Akron is a city filled with rich heritage and history. Akron’s unique location is reflected in the ethnic, cultural and soacial diversity of its residents and visitors. Akron has been witness to the successes of a number of pioneering industrialists and businesses, including rubber mogul B.F. Goodrich, the Quaker Oats Company and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Established as a central hub for business in the past, there remains a thriving industry in Akron. The city continues to foster entrepreneurial efforts, reigns as one of the world’s leading polymer centers and is home to more than 150 Fortune 500 companies that currently reside in the region. When making a visit to the Akron area, there are several entertainment venues, state-of-the-art athletic centers, notable monuments, tranquil parks and large-scale retail locations. Whether an arts enthusiast, a sports fanatic, or history buff, the wealth of fine arts and entertainment is abundant. One can experience a variety of productions, films and concerts at local theaters. Fine dining, live entertainment, professional dance and world-class orchestras provide countless opportunities for cultural enjoyment. In addition, the Akron Art Museum, located in the heart of downtown, offers the chance to view the work of artists renowned regionally and worldwide. The sports scene is just as strong, with activities covering a broad scope of interests and spanning all seasons. One can take part in or play spectator to a number of recreational pursuits, including the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby, the Bridgestone Invitational and the Akron Marathon. The area also has a great number of golf courses, racing tracks and other outdoor
sporting sites. Competitors and fans alike will be satisfied with the variety of venues to enjoy their sport of choice. Historically inspired attractions abound in the Greater Akron area as well. A number of historic sites offer guests a glimpse into the rich history of our city, founded in 1825. Among them, Hale Farm & Village lets visitors experience life as it was during the Civil War in a Western Reserve town, while Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, the former estate of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company co-founder F.A. Seiberling, transports visitors into the world of an elegant 1920s English Tudor-inspired mansion. Visitors also can allow themselves to be taken away by the breathtaking beauty of the natural landscape. Proud to boast Ohio’s only national park, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, our area is home to a number of other parks and campgrounds that allow guests to enjoy the sights and sounds of the environment. In addition, one can get in touch with nature through a visit to the Akron Zoo or F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm. And of course, there are a myriad of shopping centers to attract visitors. More than seven malls and shopping locations are spread throughout the region, as well as numerous specialty shopping options. Among the area’s artisan and boutique shops, acclaimed Akron artist, Don Drumm Studios & Gallery offer visitors one-of-a-kind gifts for every occasion. Additional favorites include the West Point Market, with its array of imported grocery items, and the Mustard Seed Market and Café, offering a special blend of organic and wholesome products. Whatever you are looking for, you can find it in Greater Akron. Spring, 2014, www.WeekenderExtended.com l 41
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Spring Issue 2014 Places to go, things to do, people to see in the U.S.A. featuring "Memories Revisited" Weekend getaways to the Quad Citie...