SENIORS DRIVE THROUGH WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA



Seniors Come To Enjoy Dickinson

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I most often choose a city for good reason like it made national news, someone did something there, an event took place or something like that. In investigating Dickinson, I have discovered there are many reasons why seniors might enjoy paying a visit to the town.

Dickinson is a city and county seat of Stark County with a population of 21,000. It is at the western edge of North Dakota, and the Montana border on Interstate 94 is only “a stone’s throw” away.

Dickinson is the gateway to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and home to Dickinson State University. The city is about an hour’s drive from Lake Sakakawea, the largest of the mainstream reservoirs on the Missouri river, which is famous for its fishing and recreational resources.

Seniors Visit ‘Queen City Of The Prairies’

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Dickinson was known for decades by the nickname “Queen City of the Prairies.” This nickname was used as early as 1906, and legend has it that it was selected through a contest sponsored by the Dickinson Press.

Seniors can visit the Dakota Dinosaur Museum that features eleven full-scale dinosaurs, a complete earth science exhibit, a spectacular rock and mineral collection, and numerous fossils. A rare complete Triceratops skull is on display.

The Dickinson Museum Center is where senior visitors can learn about early ND settlers, how they struggled on the open prairie, endured hardships, and experienced the joys of self reliance, all with the lack of social media in their lives. The Pioneer Machinery exhibit includes a threshing machine,  old-time tractors, a miniature farm display, an impressive Indian arrowhead collection and an array of other early pioneer belongings.

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Seniors Enjoy Ukrainian Festival

A tribute to early Ukrainian homesteaders in North Dakota and a celebration of Ukrainian art and culture are part of the Ukrainian Festival that takes place annually in Dickinson. Learn about the fine art of the “Psyanky” Easter Eggs at the Ukrainian Cultural Institute, organized by Ukrainians in 1980. It is celebrated annually with a symposium, food, music and Ukrainian dancing in full colorful costumes. So VYTAIEMO – Welcome!

Senior oenophiles, Dickinson has its own winery called Fluffy Fields Vineyard and tasting takes place at 21st St. East. Toss your clubs in the car and play a round or two at the 18-hole Heart River Golf Course. Historians will find the Theodore Roosevelt Center in Dickinson State University’s Stoxen Library.

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The center houses a comprehensive digital presidential library of personal letters, diary entries, notes, cartoons, scrapbooks, newspaper columns, photographs, and magazine articles by and about Theodore Roosevelt. This American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer served as the 26th President of the United States, from 1901 to 1909.

Hiking, fishing, camping, hunting and biking are all popular pastimes and part of daily life in Dickinson that senior visitors can enjoy. -jeb

SENIORS STOP IN MONTVALE, NEW JERSEY



Seniors Check Out Another Fine Borough

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By now, seniors, if you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that a “borough” is used very often for describing towns on the east coast of the US.  Montvale, New Jersey (pop. 7,000+) in the picturesque Pascack Valley of northeastern Bergen County fits the bill.

Montvale was incorporated as a borough on August 31, 1894, from portions of Orvil Township and Washington Township. The borough was formed during the “Boroughitis” phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone.

Small as the Borough is, Montvale is home to the corporate headquarters of numerous major companies including The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P grocery stores), and Benjamin Moore. Mercedes-Benz, after 43 years in Montvale, it is moving its national headquarters to Atlanta.There are over 300 business and commercial establishments in Montvale.

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Seniors Find Montvale Near NYC

Senior travelers will find the Borough just 21 miles north of New York City via the George Washington Bridge. Its neighbor, Upper Saddle River, lies just to the northwest of Montvale.

So what are some major attractions in Montvale and the surrounding area? The Edison National Historic Site draws senior visitors as does the American Folk Art Museum. Me I’d be sure to visit the New Jersey Botanical Garden with my wife and maybe set up a picnic in the Tallman Mountain State Park.

Time remaining, a zoo is always fun and the Central Park Zoo rates high with folks of all ages.  The American Museum of Natural History and the Belskie Museum of Art and Science also sound like neat places for a visit.

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Pascack Historical Society Museum and Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum have historical artifacts on display. Higher education abounds nearby with Bergen Community College, Manhattan College and Rockland College.

 Seniors Enjoy Montvale’s Restaurants

TripAdvisor has been to Montvale and suggests senior visitors check out Bellisimo Italian Restaurante that is rated #1, serving homemade pastas, salads & classic entrees. Huff Park is also worth checking out.

The locals in Montvale enjoy a high quality of life with fine schools and recreation programs, and easy access to area shopping and cultural activities. Montvale’s blend of corporate centers and residential areas make the Borough a unique suburban community.

So drop by Montvale and check out the many amenities that the Borough has to offer visitors. -jeb

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SUNDAY COFFEE WITH JEB



Seniors Enjoy The “Barbecue Capital of Texas”

TX Lockhart 2009 WBlogSeniors, are you by any chance…“into barbecue?” If, so then set your GPS for Lockhart, grab your coffee and let’s go to a Texas city of 13,000 just 30 miles south of Austin. The city of Lockhart is named after Byrd Lockhart, an assistant surveyor of Green DeWitt and reportedly the first Anglo to set foot in Caldwell County in the 1800’s.

Lockhart was the site of a victory of the Texans over the Comanche, at the Battle of Plum Creek in 1840. Lockhart was originally called “Plum Creek” but the name was later changed to Lockhart. So there’s our initial history lesson on Lockhart.

Now let’s go exploring and learn more about all that delicious barbecue. It is a beautiful city and very big on Little League Baseball.

Seniors Take The Challenge

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In 1999, the Texas Legislature proclaimed Lockhart the “Barbecue Capital of Texas”. Lockhart has four major barbecue restaurants, so take your pick. Better yet, take The Lockhart BB-Q Challenge.  The rules are simple – Eat at all 4 BBQ spots in Lockhart in just one day and then…Good Luck and be sure to bring your own supply of antacid.

Sound like fun?  It is. So don’t miss a one and here they are: Blacks Barbecue, Chisholm Trail BBQ, Kreuz Market, and Smitty’s Market, all well-known by the locals and visitors from all across the nation.

imagesSeniors, when you have recovered from overeating, take a hike along Clear Fork Creek and then later in the day, play a round of two of golf at Lockhart State Park. Look up the Dr. Eugene Clark Library, the oldest operating public library in the state of Texas.

Seniors Take Day Trip To Lockhart

Lockhart is a great day-trip or weekend destination from San Antonio, Austin, Houston, the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and anywhere in between. Read about Lockhart history and learn all about the town and be sure to hit the button labeled Visitors.

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The Caldwell County Courthouse is a beautiful old historic building that was constructed in 1894. It is a classic that was built in the Second Empire architectural style. Senior travelers just don’t see many courthouses like this one anywhere. Another classic is the former Caldwell County Jailhouse that now serves as the County Historical Museum.

 This Lockhart Guide of events, dining, hotels and area information will prove helpful for senior visitors. So set your GPS for Lockhart, Texas and enjoy all the amenities, and in particular, all that delicious smoky barbecue.  -jeb

SENIORS ENJOY NEW JERSEY



Seniors Spend Time In Historic Edison

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Senior travelers stop in Edison, a township in Middlesex County, New Jersey with a population of 100,000, and one of the fastest-growing municipalities in New Jersey.

Originally Raritan Township, the name was officially changed to Edison Township on November 10, 1954, in honor of inventor Thomas Edison, whose main laboratory was in the Menlo Park section of the township.

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Folks have lived in and around Edison since prehistoric times. Skull and bone fragments from the Stone Age have been discovered in the Piscatawaytown area, and arrowheads and cooking implements, ascribed to Native Americans living in the area, were found in an archeological dig in the Dismal Swamp.

It is said that George Washington passed through Edison on the way to his inauguration in New York City in April 1789. I always wonder who recorded that kind of fact.

Seniors Enjoy The Thomas Edison Center

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The Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park, located within the 36-acre Edison State Park, consists of a museum with interpretative and interactive exhibits and the Edison Memorial Tower. The site is devoted to Thomas Alva Edison’s time of immense creativity at Menlo Park, 1876-1882.

Menlo Park was one of the six neighborhoods that formed Raritan Township. It was a very sparsely populated rural area and the site of a failed residential development in the early 1870s. Thomas Edison set up his home and research laboratory on the site of this unsuccessful real estate development in Raritan Township.

While there he earned the nickname “The Wizard of Menlo Park.” Indeed, he was a Wizard. Before his death at age 83 in 1931, the prolific inventor amassed a record 1,093 patents for creations including the incandescent light bulb, photograph, alkaline battery and many more. The motto in Edison is “Let There Be Light.”  and senior visitors will see the world’s largest light bulb monument.

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 Seniors Also Enjoy Asian American Culture

Edison hosts one of the region’s main centers of Asian American cultural diversity and is home to Little India, featuring food, clothing and music. The township is also in the process of developing a sprawling suburban Chinatown.

TripAdvisor suggests that you not miss the Thomas Edison Museum. After that maybe a picnic in Roosevelt Park. Senior golfers, bring your golf clubs and play a round at the Raritan Landing Golf Course.

Old Post Road winds around in Edison and is the earliest public road in eastern New Jersey. There are lots of businesses all along the route. The Bonhamtown area of Edison is said to have been the site of an old Native American village and later a Continental Army camp and battleground during the Revolutionary War.

Senior visitors can enjoy the Farmer’s Market, the Edison Arts Society and Middlesex County’s Plays-in-the-Park, during the summer months. Spend some time in Edison and enjoy. -jeb

SENIORS VISIT ORANGE, CONNECTICUT



The Town of Orange Draws Seniors

OrangeCTflagOrange, Connecticut with a population of just under 14,000, is a desirable town in which to live. In Orange, seniors find an admirable school system, a plethora of community services and easy access to urban areas of Connecticut via Routes 1, 15, 34 and I-95, all of which cross Orange. So you can’t miss it.

The rolling hills which make up the 17.6 square miles of Orange, located just west of New Haven, were once owned by the Paugusset Indians. In 1639, the Rev. Peter Prudden purchased the land from the Indians for six coats, ten blankets, one kettle, twelve hatchets, twelve hoes, two dozen knives and a dozen small mirrors.

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Orange remained a simple farming community until the mid-1940′s when postwar residential construction began. Orange has develop into an open, well-planned residential community which retains the New England simplicity of which the residents are proud.

Seniors Enjoy A Town Of National Historic Sites

How much did Peter Minuyt  pay the Native American Indians for Manhattan in 1626? If I recall my history, sixty guilders ($24) worth of beads and trinkets. Such a deal. Like many communities on the east coast, the town is named after someone from England. In this case William II, who was Prince of Orange.

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As you probably know by now, this senior is big on National Historic Sites and Orange has its share.  Orange has its traditions that include its rural roots at the annual Orange Country Fair.

This event originally ran from 1898 to 1912 and was revived in 1975. It has continued since then featuring horse, oxen and tractor pulls as well as exhibits of animals, flowers, fruits, vegetables and baked goods.

In early August, the town also promotes the Orange Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival. Both annual events are held at the fairgrounds at High Plains Community Center near the center of town. The Orange Historical Society is a great place to learn all about the foundations of the community.

 Seniors, Do You Like PEZ?

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The folks at TripAdvisor would like senior visitors to Orange to be aware of the PEZ Visitor Center at 35 Prindle Hill Road. PEZ was first marketed as a compressed peppermint candy over 83 years ago in Vienna, Austria. The name PEZ was derived from the German word for peppermint… PfeffErminZ. Today, over 3 billion PEZ Candies are consumed annually in the U.S.A. alone. Do you like PEZ?

Bear & Grill evokes images of a bygone era of the great camps and lodges of the Adirondacks. Orange Ale House features an ever-changing selection of bottled and draught beers  to choose from.

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The Grassy Hill Country Club would be a fine place for senior golfers to play a round or two. Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Connecticut, the course features a challenging and scenic 18-hole, championship course.  Enjoy Orange, okay? -jeb

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SENIORS ENJOY VIRGINIA



Seniors Stroll Into Historic Manassas

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Manassas, population 38,000, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia that senior travelers will find 26 miles outside of Washington, DC. The Manassas Historic District, Cannon Branch Fort, Liberia, and Manassas Industrial School for Colored Youth are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Manassas began life as Manassas Junction, so named for the railroad junction between the Orange and Alexandria Railroad and the Manassas Gap Railroad. The O&A owned the railway from Alexandria through Manassas to points south, ending in Orange, Virginia.

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On July 21, 1861, two armies clashed for the first time on the fields overlooking Bull Run. Heavy fighting swept away any notion of a quick war. In August 1862, Union and Confederate armies converged for a second time on the plains of Manassas. The Confederates won a solid victory bringing them to the height of their power. Today the site is a National Park.

Seniors Visit the Hylton Performing Arts Center and Manassas Museum

TripAdvisor notes that the Park is the #1 attraction and right behind is the Hylton Performing Arts Center and the Manassas Museum. Sites senior visitors will not want to miss.

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The 1,123-seat Hylton Performing Arts Center went from a dream to a reality. The museum has an extensive exhibit of the Civil War era and the City’s railroad history and features changing exhibits, tours, programs and is a highlight with many visitors.

The Old Courthouse is a Romanesque revival courthouse, designed by James C. Teague and Philip T. Marye was completed in 1893 and served the country until 1984 when a new courthouse was built nearby. The old Manassas Courthouse was the site of 1911 Peace Jubilee where President Taft once stood.

 Seniors Also Visit Old Town Manassas

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The Harris Pavilion is a fun place and the home for public ice-skating during the winter months. From April to November, the pavilion has a variety of entertainment and events. The arts are highly popular with the locals.

With three galleries full of local and international artistic talent, one can experience the arts in Old Town Manassas. Old Town Manassas encompasses 206 contributing buildings.

Senior visitors can browse through the large selection of pottery created on location by approximately 30 potters at Manassas Clay. Seniors can also observe oil paintings in progress and see “behind the scenes” of an art studio at Creative Brush Studio. The Luck Stone Quarry is a draw for many visitors, so unusual with its layers of dark colored stone.

Senior travelers, enjoy your stop in Manassas. -jeb

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