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Letter from the Editor

This was one of the few years when the groundhog didn't see it's shadow. If this old tradition is correct, spring will be early this year. But as I write this, one quick glance out my window reveals snowplows scraping over ten inches of “early spring” off the roads. There is an old saying that everyone talks about the weather but nobody ever does anything about it. That is about to change. My husband seems to think that poor groundhog still has a thing or two to learn. So he is planning to circulate a petition requiring the groundhog to return for several more years of weather forecasting school. My niece has something a little bit more drastic in mind. She plans to catch the first available flight to Pennsylvania so she can do a little target practice on what is quickly becoming a particularly unpopular rodent. I must be in a minority because I am perfectly content to stay inside until good weather returns. That doesn't mean I'm not thinking about spring. There

is plenty to be done in preparation for this very busy time of year. Before long, we'll all be longing for a couple of lazy days spent at home just like the ones we Kandy Derden is spent during the Missouri the snowWeekender Editor storm. Even though March is the start of spring, I must admit I am looking forward to April. It is a great season of renewal and promise. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold and we have the added bonus of celebrating our wedding anniversary. It makes a great excuse for a mini vacation. We're not sure where we're going yet, but rest assured, you will be able to read about it in future issues. That is, unless we are still busy chasing that silly groundhog.

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Iowa North Carolina Virginia Kentucky Wisconsin

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Texas

Things To Do: Eat Chicken Fried Steak LAMESA - If you don’t have fun at The Third Annual Chicken Fried Steak Festival and Crossroads Balloon Rally on April 26-28, 2013 then you’re just not trying hard enough! In April 2011, the Texas Legislature declared Lamesa, Texas the "Legendary Home of the Chicken Fried Steak." The City of Lamesa celebrates this declaration each year on the last weekend of April by having a funfilled weekend and cook-off competition. This year's CFS Festival and Crossroads Balloon Rally kicks off on Friday night with a handmade chicken-fried steak dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and a roll. Grupo Vida (the Electric Cowboys) will take the Plaza Stage on Friday from 9 pm to midnight. Saturday's festivities are held Spring, 2013

at Lamesa's Forrest Park eather permitting, the hot air balloons will take off at sunrise, weather permitting. Stunning photographic opportunities abound throughout the early morning as the balloons fill the West Texas skies above Dawson County, and again at night when the balloons are inflated, tethered to the ground and lit like Chinese lanterns. Enjoy a classic car show, team-roping competition at the rodeo grounds, wine tasting from Lamesa's Delaney Vineyards, pony rides, bouncy www.WeekenderExtended.com

castles, kiddie bumper boats, bubble runners, craft and clothing vendors, and food booths offering the usual festival fare and plenty of Chicken Fried Steak. A Chicken Fried Steak Cook-Off will pit cook against chef on Saturday. Contestants will begin the competition at 11 a.m. and submit their entries to celebrity judges by 1 p.m. Contestants will furnish their own meat and have the liberty to use their own spices to cook up a tantalizing dish. Saturday night the Hot Air Balloons will put on a Fire concert for spectators followed by a performance from Jake Kellan at the Plaza Stage in Forrest Park. Vendors, pilots and contestants can register online at www.ci.lamesa.tx.us or call Terri Stahl at 806-777-1171. Web: www.ci.lamesa.tx.us Phone: 806-872-4345. Page 15


New York

Places to Go:

Yoga JOURNAL

Hilton New York 1335 Avenue of the Americas

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Experience transformation by designing your ideal New York yoga retreat - choose from 40+ master instructors teaching 100+ classes including styles ranging from Ashtanga, Forrest, Kripalu to Iyengar, Jivamukti, Restorative, and more! New York yoga at its best. The conference is a great convergence of yogis of all ages and backgrounds from around the country and abroad. You need not be an advanced practitioner to enjoy a conference. If you are unfamiliar with many of the styles of yoga represented at the conference, this is your chance to dive in and explore. An open mind is a great asset for your conference experience as you will find many new ideas presented. The conference offers a unique opportunity to study with the teachers you have read about or perhaps even seen on DVDs. It is an opportunity to experience world-class yoga instruction, to discover how your favorite styles of yoga are evolving, and to sample various styles of yoga. You will need to bring a mat to practice on when needed. We also suggest that you bring any other props that you regularly use in your practice. A blanket or meditation cushion is helpful if you plan to participate in meditation classes. You may also want to bring a notebook and pen, a refillable water bottle, slip-on shoes (or flip flops) and of course, comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely. Please read course descriptions carefully for other required items. Featured Yoga presenters include Baron Baptiste, Kathryn Budig, Seane Corn, Jason Crandell, Lilias Folan, Ana Forrest, and more. Visit the Yoga Journal Conference Sangha Space, a place for our community to gather, in New York's Yoga Marketplace. Sink into this space before, in-between, and after class for demos, acoustic music, AcroYoga flying, and much more. The Yoga Marketplace is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of events or more information, visit online at www.yjevents.com Page 10

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Iowa

Place to Stay:

The Pryor House

SHELBY - Built in 1893 by Arthur Pryor and lovingly restored to its former Victorian beauty in 2011 by the new owners, the Pryor House formerly housed local teachers. It was formerly known as “The Teacherage.� Step back into time to 100 years ago when living was gracious and filled with beauty. Sip a class of wine in the large spa/soaker tubs, cuddle in front of the fireplace, curl up with a good book in the reading nook; or just lay back in our huge beds mounded with pillows. Guest are served a full breakfast in the formal dining room and WiFi is available. The perfect location for a romantic get-a-way far from the daily pressures of city life and work. Both suites have private bathSpring, 2013

Web: www.ia-bednbreakrooms and are internet accessible. a s t Children are welcom and regular f rates vary from $89-$159, depend- inns.com/pryorhouse.htm Email: thepryorhouse@waling on the season. Location: 30 minutes east of nutel.net Omaha, NE, 90 minutes west of Phone: 712-207-2768 Des Moines, Iowa www.WeekenderExtended.com

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North Carolina

Places to Go:

Asheville

When you go for a visit, make plans to stay overnight at the Grove Park Inn, a luxury mountain retreat ASHEVILLE The Grove Park Inn is a legendary North Carolina hotel with a history that dates back to the early 20th century. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains overlooking Asheville, the Inn offers guests a one-of-akind experience. From the décor to the amenities to the spectacular views, the hotel is truly an experience in itself. Celebrating its 100th year in 2013, the Grove Park Inn has made its mark as a top resort in North Carolina and the United States. Its numerous accolades, such as the AAA Four-Diamond award for more than 10 years, are a testament to the resort’s grandeur. Since opening, the Grove Park Inn has hosted 10 presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama. The resort’s history dates back to 1909, when Edwin Wiley Grove purchased Page 28

408 acres of land in north Asheville. Two years later, plans began to materialize for what would become the Grove Park Inn. Shortly after, construction commenced with only the use of mules, wagons and ropes, and granite boulders, some weighing as much as 10,000 pounds. Four hundred men worked 10-hour shifts six days a week and construction was completed less than a year after groundbreaking. The Grove Park Inn also features an impressive offering of amenities. Its spa, ranked as one of the top five hotel spas in the country by Travel + Leisure, offers 43,000 square feet of relaxation space, mineral pools, saunas, whirlpools and more. Golfers can play the historic course designed by Donald Ross. The course has played host to numerous PGA Tour events and pros, including Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus. Guests can also enjoy breathtaking mountain views from several of the hotel’s restaurants. Asheville’s attractions are easily accessible from the Inn. From its rich history to modern energy, the city is a hip blend of art, nature, www.WeekenderExtended.com

culture and mountain flavor. Explore the lively downtown, unique shopping, architectural marvels and thriving arts scene with performing arts, galleries and events. For more information or to make reservations, visit www. groveparkinn.com.

People to See: at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Asheville Symphony presents Mozart’s Requiem April 20, 8 p.m. April’s concert begins with a heartfelt tribute to Benjamin Britten. Tickets range from $20$70. Bob Dylan and his Band will perform April 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $61.35 The Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents “Fully Charged May 9-12. See Ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets. For more informaiton, visit www.uscellularcenterasheville.com Spring, 2013


Virginia

Places to Go:

Jacob Swartz House Guest Cottage NEW MAEKET - Nestled in the rolling checkered hills of the Shenandoah Valley, an area rich in Virginia history, is the hitoric1852 heart-of-pine farmhouse built by Jacob Swartz for his new bride. Relax...rekindle...reconnect. Turn an ordinary getaway into something magical in a secluded Shenandoah River cottage where you are the only guests. Jacob's tin-roofed cobbler shop has evolved with each new owner to its current refurbishment as a secluded self-contained cottage for today's traveler. Your complete privacy is assured in this spacious but cozy river-bluff cottage. Be active; be quiet. Here your time is your own, A scrumptuous breakfast is ready when you are, served at your leisure in the main house, on your own river-bluff terrace (weather permitting) or, in your PJ's inside the cottage. Breakfast consists of juice, seasonal fruit, and an egg entree such as eggs Benedict, variety of Page 32

omelets, pecan pancakes, pumpkin waffles or stuffed French toast (special diets are accommodated.) An intimate living room with wood-burning stove adjoins the dining area and full kitchen (stocked with most of your basic staples for those who wish to cook; sorry no dishwasher). The lower level master bedroom and bath has an all season electric fireplace, skylights, ceiling fan and private screened porch overlooking the Shenandoah River. A second loft bedroom with private bath is at the foot of the stairs. A separate river-view sun room; television with dvd/vhs player (movies, books, games & puzzles provided), and wireless internet is included. River-bluff stone terrace (woodburning fire-pit and charcoal grill (wood & coals provided). The Shenandoah River's North Fork (just steps away) is a magwww.WeekenderExtended.com

netic source of pleasure for fishing, canoeing and tubing Antique and gift shops, flea markets, Civil War museums and monuments are only moments away. Tackle a 27hole PGA golf course or stroll New Market's historic Congress Street where cannonballs fell and Stonewall Jackson marched. Hike the trails of the Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest, savor the scenery along Skyline Drive, golf, ski, horseback ride, explore caverns, tour wineries, schedule a scenic airplane/hot air balloon flight or bike along country roads that have never heard the roar of heavy traffic.You're away from it all ... yet close to it all. Come soon. You may never want to leave. For more information, visit www.jacobswartz.com or call 540 740-9208 or 877-7409208. Spring, 2013


Virginia

Things to Do: Celebrate Gardens 2013 marks the 80th year for Virginia's Historic Garden Week! It's a showcase of fine homes and gardens across the Commonwealth. Every April, visitors are welcomed to more than 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during "America's Largest Open House." This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia's springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 fabulous flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. Edith J. Carrier Arboretum & Botanical Garden. Historic Garden Week has been named among the “Top 10 Great Places� by USA Today while the American Bus Lynchburg - April 23 - Garden Day at Point of Association named it a top 100 event for 2013. Honor - Celebrate the Garden Club of Virginia's Tickets and more informaiton are online at Historic Garden Week by stopping by Point of www.vagardenweek.org Honor, one of the Garden Club's Historic Restoration projects. Join us for a tour of the Central Virginia Cabell home elegantly furnished with Federal Glen Allen - April 20 - Historic Garden Week in Period antiques and special flower arrangements. Virginia - Ashland/Elmont, VA - Tour features Living history and open-hearth cooking demonfour country properties, a church luncheon, and strations will be ongoing throughout the day. Lynchburg - April 23 - Trolley stop on Garden two flower demonstrations. Day in Lynchburg - Old City Cemetery will be a Nellysford - April 21, 22 - Rockfish Valley trolley stop along with other historic downtown Nature Foundation Celebrates Garden Week locations on Lynchburg's Garden Day on April Nelson Home Tours - Rockfish Valley Foundation 23rd. Natural History Center will be open during 80th Richmond - April 23-25 - Historic Garden Week Annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia Nelson Tour in Richmond - Celebrate spring in Virginia County House and Garden Tours. by touring 27 homes and gardens. Charlottesville - April 23 - Historic Garden Montpelier Station- April 20 - Montpelier Week Lectures - Two lectures celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Restoration Committee of the Garden Week - 2013 - Celebrate Historic Garden Garden Club of Virginia and its role at Monticello: Week with a tour of Montpelier's Annie duPont Restoring Monticello's Historic Landscape and Formal Garden, which features formal walkways, The Restoration of the Flower Gardens at sweeping beds, an herb garden, and magnificent marble lions and urns. Monticello. Spring, 2013

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Things to Do: Enjoy the Music

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