The lush, rolling Appalachian foothills of North Carolina have long been a vacation destination for many along the Eastern Seaboard. Mild temperatures, relaxing mountain vistas, and friendly, small towns welcome many travelers year-round who are looking for respite from big cities and hectic schedules.
Regions Field (pictured above and below at right) and Good People Brewing Company know how to show Birmingham Barons fans a good time. The Thursday night promotions and entertainment continue to draw crowds of Michael Jordan proportions.
Every year on the first Saturday of May, “the most exciting two minutes in sports” the Run for the Roses (AKA, the Kentucky Derby) takes place. The viewership and anticipation exceeds that for any other horse race.
A huge, 17-day performing arts festival, the Spoleto Festival has been around since 1977. It has more than 150 annual late-spring performances of opera, dance, classical music, theater, and jazz. Also, more than 700 local and regional artists are showcased at Charleston's Piccolo Spoleto (it happens at the same time).
For as long as any native Mobilian can remember, lower Dauphin Street or LoDA (lower Dauphin), has been central to activity. You drive down Government Street; you walk down Dauphin Street. Like anything with character, Dauphin Street has seen its share of ups and downs; and right now, things are definitely looking up for our beloved LoDa.