I had other plans for today's blog, until I started reading the blogs in the Things to Do/Places to Visit Group, on Active Rain. I have to admit, I'm not always on top of things in the group, so thank you, everyone who continues to post great information about things to do in your areas, or places you recommend we visit (or move to). We now have over 1,000 posts in the group and I think in all this time (actually only 8 months), I've only had to remove one post that didn't follow the guidelines of the group.
As I perused the posts today, I was impressed by the variety and quality of the blog posts I found. So I thought I'd put together a compilation, and share them with other readers who may not know about the group, or just don't know about all these fabulous bloggers. So in totally random order, here are some great recommendations on things you can find to do, in places you might like to visit or even move to, all about the country.
- Bryant Payden, a Photographer in Hampton, VA posted a photo of a beautiful blue and purple skyline, with the sun dropping behind the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the silhouette of a tree in the foreground.
- Barbara Carter, a Real Estate Agent with Associate Broker Exit Realty Services in New Paltz, NY blogged about Kaplan College being voted by Newsweek Magazine, one of the 25 Hottest Universities.
- Teresa Harris, a Real Estate Agent with Holbrooks Real Estate Inc., in Denver, NC told the greatness of the Center City Green Market, offering fresh fish, local produce, fresh-cut flowers, and the handmade creations of local artists like jewelry, stained glass, live demonstrations, and even interactive events.
- Valerie Osterhoudt, a real estate agent with Johnson Real Estate, Inc., announced a ladybug-shaped Corn Maze and apple-picking at Lyman Orchards, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
- Jimmy McCall, a mortgage consultant with Legacy Mortgage Services, Inc., blogged about Clarksville Riverfest 2008. The list of food at this event is unbelievable, but pales in comparison to the 45+ entertainers that will be performing on 2 stages; not to mention the boat parade!
- Mike Jones, a Mortgage Lender with Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC, in Tucson, AZ mused about his findings at a... Free Motivational Seminar? I recommend that you read this unique post.
- Carl and Ceil Winters, Home Inspectors with Complete Inspection Service in New Braunfels, TX, told us about the Canyon Trail Chuckwagon Supper and Cowboy Music at Canyon Lake, TX. The old town feel of the marketing material is appealing in itself. The only thing else I can say is "Carl and Ceil found Yogi Bear!" LOL. Read their post to find out more.
- Jim Sanders, Real Estate Broker with Jim Sanders Realty, Inc. provided us with an extensive list of all kinds of places to visit in Haiku, HI. Check his list for many options.
- Casey Brischle, a Mortgage Professional with Bank of Whitman in Spokane, WA gave us an amusing list of the many nicknames of Spokane, which is way more than you can imagine. Casey wants to know if your city has more nicknames than Spokanes. Better check out his post and weigh in for your town.
There are plenty more fantastic posts in the Things to Do/Places to Visit Group. If you frequently blog for Localism about the merits of your home town, we'd love to have you join our group. And if you're interested in being a moderator for the group, I wouldn't mind having some help =). Also, if you're already a member of the group, be sure to comment on each other's posts, so everyone can be sure to have comments on their posts.
If you do not post these types of posts, please read my own post about my difficulty in finding things for my daughter to do in a new town, as she enters her first year of college.