Sunday, December 28, 2014

Are you ready to Rock on the Range?!

If you love music and especially Rock 'n Roll you can't miss Rock on the Range.  This 3 day concert is held every May in Columbus, Ohio at Columbus Crew Stadium.  I've been going for 5 years so far and each year it gets better and better.

There are 3 stages and over 50 bands.  The main stage is in the stadium with two smaller stages set up on the outside.  The headliners are on the main stage every hour with the smaller bands playing on the half hours.  You have to plan your day to get the most listening time of all your favorite bands.  I've had to go watch one band for a half a set than rush over to the other side of the stadium to see the other band playing at the same time.  

Ghosts of August


Five Finger Death Punch

Lacuna Coil

Marilyn Manson

Sick Puppies


Theory of A Deadman

Rob Zombie

Last year there were approximately 120,000 people that came to the 3 day concert.  There are a couple of things that you should note...once you enter the stadium you cannot go back to your car.  It is a one time entrance so, make sure you have what you need to bring.  Don't forget sunblock (no cans) because there is limited shade at the stadium.  If you like people watching you will not be disappointed.  The crazier the outfit the more they get noticed and each year it gets weirder.  You might see Spiderman, the Mario Brothers, and even Where's Waldo can make an appearance.

Where's Waldo?

And what concert would be without a little crowd surfing and even having a wheel chair won't stop you from having fun!

This concert has been selling out so, if you want to join me with thousands of other rock fans you better hurry and get your ticket fast!  Rock on Rangers!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Last bit of Fall Color in Michigan

This post is for those that are already getting discouraged with the changing seasons.  I took these pictures on my recent trip in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is a color blast from the beautiful trees all over the U.P.  From covered roads to right along the highways, fall color at its best in Michigan.  Enjoy!   




Saturday, October 4, 2014

Food & Wine Festival

If you are looking for a great adult vacation at Disney, check out Epcot's Food & Wine Festival.  This festival runs from September through November.  It has everything you might like, great food, excellent music, and beverages a plenty.  My sister and I came down here for a girls weekend and to celebrate my birthday.
We walked into Epcot and headed straight to the World Showcase.  The most obvious direction that everyone takes is to start at Mexico and go around the lagoon clockwise.  I tend to not follow the obvious so, we trekked it over to Canada.  

One thing about the Food & Wine Festival is to be prepared to eat lots of good food!   
Map of the International Marketplaces

Don't forget to pick up you Discovery Passport at the entrance.  This has a list of each food & wine per country.  When you go up to order and pay make sure to get a stamp for your passport.  If you collect all stamps you can get stamp of completion for your passport.  I was only able to get through 12 stamps out of the 36 offered.  We were full after 5 or 6 choices so, it took us 2 days to finish what we did.  Since there were two of us, we were able to try a couple of choices at each stop and share with each other.  Plus, it was super helpful that my sister is going to culinary school and was able to answer all my stupid questions...What is in this?  What is that?  Is that going to be spicy?  She probably was sick of me by the end but, I really appreciated all her knowledge!

Kalua Pork Slider

Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll

Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote
Cheddar Cheese Soup
Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi
Boeuf Bourguignon

These are some of the pictures of what we sampled.  What was hard to do was to figure we eat all the main foods first then deserts or do we just eat what was at the next booth? Most of all the food & wine items cost anywhere between $3 and $10.  You can get a festival-themed gift card that hangs around your wrist to pay for all your samples chosen.

My absolute favorite was the Pavlova from the Australian booth.  A Crispy Meringue Shell with Fresh Berries and Vanilla Custard, I could have eaten this all night or at least until my sweet tooth was satisfied!

One of the neatest things to see is that each booth is designed with the country in mind.  You could spend lots of camera photos on all the interesting displays all around Epcot during this festival.

Beside all the food choices there are even more beverage choices.  When my sister's family comes my brother-in-law loves to try all the different wines.  My personal favorite this year is Aulani Sunset from the Hawaii booth.  This is a definite must try and is great to walk around the lagoon and sip it while people watching.

And in case you do have kids with you, there are activities at each major country, Kid Cot stations and even Perry the Platypus missions for the older kids. 
Kid Cot Station

To top off all the good food, there is music to listen to at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.  When I was there Hanson was playing that weekend.  I was surprised at all the girls waiting hours in line to get seats when you can stroll right by and hear the music without waiting in lines.

Plus, don't forget to stick around to see IllumiNations, Epcot's fireworks display in the evening.

This is definitely one of the Disney events I plan to come to year after year.  Check it out and you might become a frequent visitor like me!