Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ironton, Ohio, USA

In Methodist Churches all across the land, advent wreaths will be a central part of worship today as thousands of congregants utter these words: "On this second Sunday of Advent, we light this candle to remind us that the God of Creation calls us home to love all that we meet." [2017]

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Guilford, Connecticut, USA

"Tis the season for the Town Forester to inspect all the trees on the village green. It's easier in the winter when you don't have all that foliage blocking your view. A light trim, if not a full pruning, is likely to be in order. [2008]

Friday, December 8, 2017

Wallingford, Kentucky, USA

Pluto abducted Proserpine and carried her off to the underworld. Her mother, Ceres, demanded her return. Because Proserpine had eaten from Pluto's larder, however, she could not return permanently. During those months when she is with Pluto, her mother protests by bringing on the winter. Ceres is, after all, the goddess of agriculture. [2017]

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Hutto, Texas, USA

The town is named Hutto. The town's mascot is the hippo. Whatever story you believe about how the Hutto Hippo came to perform in the center ring of this small Texas whistle stop, you can be sure alliteration and rhyming had something to do with it. Stop by to see the famed fiberglass river horse before he meanders off to Cottonwood Creek. [2015]

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA

Cedar Crest is both a dairy and a cow, and it's just one more example of what roadside America has to offer motorists who get off the Interstates and start meandering around the country's "blue highways." [1995]

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Flanders, New York, USA

The Big Duck on Long Island epitomizes what we mean by "roadside America."  It survives as one of the many supersized buildings, signs, and statues designed to do nothing but attract attention in the first half of the 20th century. Built in the 1930s, the Big Duck was an effort to make motorists take a roadside gander at the owner's duck farm. [1984]

Monday, December 4, 2017

Jefferson, West Virginia, USA

Here's just one of the vessels in the Great Kanawaha Navy. She's preparing to be locked down for the winter, but the speed-by boaters are pretending its spring. On the placid water downstream from Charleston is one of the largest collections of sternwheelers in the nation. The Juanita goes back to 1954. [2017]