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Aldean Announces Major Stadium Shows in Whirlwind Trip

The country music landscape is changing before our very eyes, and one of the most noticeable alterations to the topography has been the mountainous rise of Georgia’s own Jason Aldean. The country music phenomenon’s fifth studio album, Night Train,dropped early last week and cleaned up the charts by debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. With 409,000 copies sold, the release rolled in as the second-best debut sales week of 2012, and everyone expected the announcement of a headlining tour, but no one quite saw this coming.

The 2013 Night Train tour was expected to be big, but on a day-long, whirlwind trip around the country Aldean took it to new heights by announcing three major stadium shows in Georgia, Chicago, and Boston. Artists of all genres strive to sell out stadiums, but in country music that zenith is hard to reach; recent memory has seen only genre-defying superstars like Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift garner a stadium tours, but Aldean is more than ready.

The first stop of his journey was to his home state of Georgia, where he told a riveted Athens crowd that he would be performing an April 13th show at the University of Georgia’s legendary Sanford Stadium, which will mark first-ever concert held at Sanford Stadium. From it was off to Boston where he set up shop beside the Green Monster at Fenway Park and announced a July 13th show, which will make him the first country music artist to perform at the historic ballpark. And, ensuring he went out with a bang, he flew to the Windy City to make the famous ivy wall of Wrigley Field his backdrop, where he announced a July 20th performance there.

Bus Number 3

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John K Johnson

Bus Number 3

Antique Dodge in the Junkyard

Photographer: 

John K Johnson

Antique Dodge in the Junkyard

Celtic Concert with Christina Harrison from Scotland

Celtic Concert with Christina Harrison from Scotland  
www.christinaharrison.com

Saturday, March 13th, 2010 - 8 pm
Friends Folk Club
The Oxford Friends Meeting House
Oxford Pennsylvania

Price: $10, $8 Seniors & Students
Children 12 and under FREE!
Address: 260 S. 3rd. Street, Oxford, PA
Call: 610 593 7122 or 410 275 2133
www.gffs.com

Massey Air Museum Open Hangar Party

Sunday, December 06, 2009
Massey Air Museum Open Hangar Party 
Come help us celebrate the progress being made at The Massey Aerodrome, a museum airport dedicated to grass roots aviation. Bring a hors de'oeuvres to share with others if you wish. At Massey Aerodrome, Massey. 1-5 p.m. Free. 410-928-5270.

Susan Werner and John Gorka

Friday, November 20, 2009

Susan Werner and John Gorka 

features two artists who continue to make huge marks in the world of contemporary music. Werner plays guitar and piano and her latest release "Classics" offers up fresh takes of songs by Bob Marley, Paul McCartney, and Marvin Gaye and she nails it. John Gorka made his start at the historic Godfrey Daniels coffeehouse in Pennsylvania, plays guitar, and sings in a stunning & soulful baritone unlike any other. At Avalon Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. $30. 410-822-7299.

Life in a Jar -- Irena Sendler

It's time for another look at the email inbox, this time I found one of those emails that sounded to good to be real.  This had to be a made up story, just to get get people to forward it.  Turns out that reality was actually better (worse?) than the email.

I will not go into details, but I will encourage you to follow the links below and read more about this remarkable woman from the old world and the remarkable young women from the new world that gave a story life.

Here is the email, I have inserted dates/corrections in parenthesis to correct the context of the email:

Irena Sendler


There recently (May, 2008) was a death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena. During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer (actually she worked for the health department) specialist. She had an 'ulterior motive' ... She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews, (being Polish.) Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried, and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids..) She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.. During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

Travel Deals to Lancaster, PA

According to The Baltimore Sun now's the time to get great deals in Lancaster, PA! The deals include free meals or a second night hotel stay for just over $20. There was also talk of a coupon book to use at the nearby outlet stores!

If you haven't been to Amish Country - it's a great road trip! Everything Amish is closed on Sunday - so plan carefully. There are buggy trips, farm tours, home-style cooking, Amish furniture & baked goods and more! There are several outlet malls and the ever popular amusement park "Dutch Wonderland", one of my childhood haunts (don't fret - I'm sure they've updated since then!)Check out http://www.padutchcountry.com/

Take your camera (but don't photograph the Amish) and enjoy the hills and the scenery! If you're very brave - take your bike! Enjoy!

Everything from Artists to Ghosts in Abingdon, Virginia!

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

Main Street, Abingdon, VAMain Street, Abingdon, VA
Looking for a vacation that’s close to home yet offers you unparalleled relaxation, fantastic countryside views, great food, eclectic art and maybe a ghost or two? Historical Abingdon, Virginia may be your perfect getaway retreat!

Abingdon, VAAbingdon, VA
Close your eyes and imagine gently sloping hills, dotted with sheep, cows, goats and the occasional llama. A small stream gurgles at the base of the hills, running beside an historic mill that made flour for families as early as 1790. See yourself drinking that first cup of morning coffee on the porch of a restored cabin, reveling in the laughter of the birds. The early morning mist settles below the peaks of the mountains and the calves frolic on the adjacent hill, racing each other across the green valley.

Later, when you’ve drunk your fill of beauty, serenity and coffee, you meander the four miles to the town that was originally named Wolf Hills, after wolves attacked Daniel Boone’s dogs when he camped there on his first expedition to Kentucky in 1760. In 1778 the town was incorporated as Abingdon, after Martha Washington’s ancestral home in England. Today the town of Abingdon, Virginia offers us history, ghosts, theatre, music, art, shopping, dining, and the great outdoors – the perfect place to unwind, play, and rediscover the joy of living. I’m smiling as I type, remembering the three blissful days spent in the foothills of Appalachia.

Poinsettia Lovers' Heaven

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Homestead Growers/Gardens

By: John K Johnson

The Mid-Shore Homeschool Cooperative took a field trip last Monday to Homestead Growers, to see one of the largest independent, single-location garden centers in the United States. Homestead Growers is the wholesale, growing division of of Homestead Gardens. The wholesale division is not open to the public, but educational tours can be arranged.

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