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Fodorâs correspondents highlight the best of Charleston, including historic downtown attractions, famed cuisine, lovely inns, and scenic nearby plantations. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether itâs your first trip or your fifth.
This travel guide includes: Â· Dozens of maps Â·Â An 8-page color insert with a brief introduction and spectacular photos that capture the top experiences and attractions throughout Charleston Â· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks Â· Major sights such as White Point Gardens and the Battery, Old Slave Mart Museum, Sullivan's Island, USS Yorktown, Drayton Hall, Fort Sumter National Monument, and Nathaniel Russell House Museum Â· Coverage of Charleston, Hilton Head, and The Lowcountry
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In 1969, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville initiated a remarkable performing arts series called the Mississippi River Festival. Over 12 summer seasons, between 1969 and 1980, the festival presented 353 events showcasing performers in a variety of musical genres, including classical, chamber, vocal, ragtime, blues, folk, bluegrass, barbershop, country, and rock, as well as dance and theater. During those years, more than one million visitors flocked to the spacious Gyo Obata-designed campus in the countryside near St. Louis. The Mississippi River Festival began as a partnership promoting regional cooperation in the realm of the performing arts. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville invited the St. Louis Symphony to establish residence on campus and to offer a summer season. To host the symphony, the university created an outdoor concert venue within a natural amphitheater by installing a large circus tent, a stage and acoustic shell, and a sophisticated sound system. To appeal to the widest possible audience, the university included contemporary popular musicians in the series. The audacity of the undertaking, the charm of the venue, the popularity of the artists, the excellence of the performances, and the nostalgic memory of warm summer evenings have combined to endow the festival with legendary status among those who attended.
London is home to both the traditional and the trend-setting, from ceremonious pomp and pageantry to the "anything goes" aura of Soho. You can hang around the Tower of London or seek out the coolest shops and happening clubs. Once you've worked up an appetite, you can feast on fish and chips, try modern British cuisine, or take advantage of great ethnic restaurants, including Indian, French, Chinese and more. Take in the historical sites or explore the cityâs diverse neighborhoods. This guide gives you the latest scoop on:
The hottest clubs and night life, the coolest shopping, and the thriving performing arts scene
Attractions ranging from pubs to palaces to Parliament
Incredible museums, including the British Museum with its antiquities, the Tate Modern, and the National Portrait Gallery with likenesses of famous Brits, including pop icons like Elton John
Four itineraries and six easy day trips to help you pack the most into your stay
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The Veiled Prophet organization has been a vital institution in St. Louis for more than a century. Founded in March 1878 by a group of prominent St. Louis businessmen, the organization was fashioned after the New Orleans Carnival society the Mystick Krewe of Comus. In The St. Louis Veiled Prophet Celebration, Thomas Spencer explores the social and cultural functions of the organization's annual celebrationâthe Veiled Prophet parade and ballâand traces the shifts that occurred over the years in its cultural meaning and importance. Although scholars have researched the more pluralistic parades of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, very little has been done to examine the elite-dominated parades of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This study shows how pluralistic parades ceased to exist in St. Louis and why the upper echelon felt it was so important to end them.
Spencer shows that the celebration originated as the business elite's response to the St. Louis general strike of 1877. Symbolically gaining control of the streets, the elites presented St. Louis history and American history by tracing the triumphs of great menâmen who happened to be the Veiled Prophet members' ancestors. The parade, therefore, was intended to awe the masses toward passivity with its symbolic show of power. The members believed that they were helping to boost St. Louis economically and culturally by enticing visitors from the surrounding communities. They also felt that the parades provided the spectators with advice on morals and social issues and distracted them from less desirable behavior like drinking and carousing.
From 1900 to 1965 the celebration continued to include educational and historical elements; thereafter, it began to resemble the commercialized leisure that was increasingly becoming a part of everyday life. The biggest change occurred in the period from 1965 to 1980, when the protests of civil rights groups led many St. Louisans to view the parade and ball as wasteful conspicuous consumption that was often subsidized with taxpayers' money. With membership dropping and the news media giving the organization little notice, it soon began to wither. In response, the leaders of the Veiled Prophet organization decided to have a "VP Fair" over the Fourth of July weekend. The 1990s brought even more changes, and the members began to view the celebration as a way to unite the St. Louis community, with all of its diversity, rather than as a chance to boost the city or teach cultural values. The St. Louis Veiled Prophet Celebration is a valuable addition not only to the cultural history of Missouri and St. Louis but also to recent scholarship on urban culture, city politics, and the history of public celebrations in America.
Frommer's Norway gives you the complete overview of insider knowledge on what to do in this picturesque country.
Packed with detailed, opinionated and honest reviews, this guide gives you the lowdown on what's worth your time and what's not, providing extensive listings of accommodation, attractions and restaurants around Norway's cities and towns whatever your budget. Norway's regions and respective highlights are broken down by thoughtful chapter sections with itineraries and accompanying maps to help you to plan your way while you stay, according to your timeframe.
Discover scenic landscape drives, boat trips and stunning famed fjords; the best restaurants for Norwegian and international cuisines; historic and cultural attractions.
Importantly, this guide provides the latest trip-planning advice and money-saving tips, as well as a directory of useful contacts to ensure you make the most of your stay in this deeply colourful country.
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Complete Guides: The Frommer's Complete guides give travellers the comprehensive overview of destinations, detailing the vast variety of choices and need-to-know local information in cities and countries, without glossing over any of the details. Entire regions, neighbourhoods and more are broken down by thoughtful itineraries to give detailed guides to each, with full accompanying reviews and prices listed throughout. These guides are packed full of up-to-date advice and tips on what's new in the location and how to plan your trip according in every aspect of your time there; vocabulary lists also exist where you might need a few key phrases and menu terms.
Complete guides give you the respective A to Z, helping you to find the places to stay, eat, shop and explore that are best suited for you wherever you are or are planning to go.
Sedalia, now a bustling hub of central Missouri, began as a mere interruption to a vast expanse of prairie grass. George R. Smith purchased 337 acres of treeless prairie in 1856, leading his neighbors to question his sanity. When he persuaded the Pacific Railroad to locate a depot on his land, his imageâand that of his Sedvilleâbegan to change. Sedville, later Sedalia, soon became the county seat of Pettis County and earned a reputation as the âQueen of the Prairies.â Sedalia chronicles the transformation of a rugged prairie town to the home of the Missouri State Fair and host to the international Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival. Sedaliaâs history is illustrated through more than 200 vintage images, showing the people, places, and events that shaped the town.
100 Festive Finds in Missouri takes readers on a journey throughout the state, where they'll discover everything from a Gospel Sing to a Soybean Festival. Whether taking us to a mule-jumping contest or an old-fashioned grape stomping, this entertaining guide escorts us to unique fairs, festivals, and other fun-filled events that happen every year in Missouri. Ever visited the Ham and Turkey Festival in California, Missouri, where a 65-foot sub sandwich was built-and eaten? Or ventured to Pilot Knob, where a re-enactment of the famous Civil War battle thrills crowds annually? 100 Festive Finds invites you to these and dozens of other diverse celebrations. Author Ann M. Hazelwood, who has written books on Missouri's eateries and secret places, presents vivid and enticing descriptions of the 100 "finds." She also includes useful information for prospective visitors, making the book ideal not only for history enthusiasts but also for adventurous daytrippers!
Kearney, Missouri, is just 25 miles northeast of Kansas City, and though itâs a quiet farming and ranching community, its close proximity to the downtown area makes it the perfect place for commuters who want a small town to come home to. Officially incorporated in 1869 and most likely named for Charles E. Kearney, president of the Kansas City and Cameron Railroad, Kearney is best known as the birthplace of outlaw Jesse James and his brother Frank. The James brothers joined with the Younger brothers to form a gang that terrorized the Midwest in the chaotic years following the Civil War. Although the James brothers worked only to enrich their own fortunes, a Robin Hood mythology has developed around them. Kearney encourages the celebration of the era, if not the actual man. Jesse James Festival in September is a time for watching rodeos, eating kettle corn, playing mud volleyball, and enjoying world-class concerts at the townâs amphitheater. Kearney is the fastest-growing city in Missouri and a point of access to other parts of the state. Its schools are among the best in the country, and the village takes pride in its âbusiness friendlyâ attitude.
Based on the real-life adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little Town on the Prairie is the seventh book in the award-winning Little House series, which has captivated generations of readers.
In Little Town on the Prairie, the young town of De Smet has survived the long, harsh winter of 1880-1881.Â With the arrival of spring comes invitations to socials, parties, and âliteraries.âÂ Laura, who is now fifteen years old, attends her first evening social.
In her spare time, she sews shirts to help earn money to send Mary to a college for the blind.Â Laura also receives her teaching certificate and can work at a school.Â And, best of all, Almanzo Wilder asks permission to being walking her home from church.Â Life in the little town certainly is exciting!
The nine books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura Ingalls Wilderâs real childhood as an American pioneer and are cherished by readers of all generations. They offer a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier and tell the heartwarming, unforgettable story of a loving family.
Kansas City chef Heaven Lee is one tough cookie. Not only can she slice, dice, and julienne the finest food in town, she's got nerves of steel to match her culinary skills. From deadly barbeques to bodies in dough, one things for sure: Heaven Lee can outsmart and outcook them all.
Heaven Lee is tackling the world of soul food and jazz . When a big jazz festival comes to town, the chief organizer is murdered. Of course Heaven Lee was around for the murder and gets fingered as a suspect, along with many other Kansas City residents who also seemed to dislike her. But the festival must go on, so Heaven and the rest of her crew have to cook and get the music started all while avoiding becoming the killer's next target.