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The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band returns to Cataloochee Ranch

APtravelnews–Penny Redfern, Marketing Director, Cataloochee Ranch in North Carolina said : “On Tuesday night, April 21, Grammy winner Peter Rowan and his Grammy-nominated bluegrass band will return to Cataloochee Ranch for a special one-night performance.

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (credit: Photo by Maria Camillo)

This is the legendary singer-songwriter’s fifth appearance at the Ranch in the past five years, and the intimate fireside event is expected to be a sellout.

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band’s first album, Legacy, with guest artists that included Ricky Skaggs, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings and Del McCoury, was nominated for a Grammy in 2010. The band’s second album, The Old School, was a 2013 nominee for IBMA Album of the Year. In addition to Rowan on guitar and lead vocals, current band members are banjo player Keith Little and bass player Paul Knight, both of whom have been with the band since its formation; mandolin player Chris Henry, who was featured on The Old School; and fiddle player Blaine Sprouse, the newest addition to the ensemble. The band has appeared in festival venues around the world, including Merlefest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Grey Fox, Rothbury, Australia’s National Folk Festival and many others, and was featured in January 2015 on the PBS radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

Peter Rowan first burst onto the musical scene in the early 1960’s as a member of Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys and the co-writer, with Monroe, of the bluegrass classic “The Walls of Time.” He later became involved in an eclectic variety of rock, folk and bluegrass projects, including a memorable collaboration with Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Vassar Clements and John Kahn in the 1970’s bluegrass band Old & In The Way. He embarked on a solo career in the late 1970’s and still tours internationally as a solo singer-songwriter.

A limited number of tickets for the April 21 show are available, and reservations are required. The $60.00 ticket price also includes dinner before the show, with dinner at 6 pm and music beginning at 7:30. Special overnight package which includes dinner, show, lodging and breakfast is $140. For more information, please call Cataloochee Ranch at 828-926-1401. CONTACT: Penny Redfern Marketing Director, Cataloochee Ranch (828) 926-1919 pennyredfern@gmail.com

NOTE* Barb and I spent several days in Maggie Valley and enjoyed the area immensely.  We especially enjoyed our stay at Cataloochee Ranch! 

New Market Street Fusion Restaurant Already a “Hit” With MD. Police and Fire-fighters!

A proud mom enjoys the first breakfast dish from her sons kitchen!
A proud mom enjoys the first breakfast dish from her sons kitchen!

APtravelnews–January 29th,-Frederick, MD.–Bob and Barb “On The Road Again”–This time it was our turn to visit a true family restaurant-our family restaurant! Our son Dave, and our grandchildren, Josh, Bradley and Elihana have opened up a brand new restaurant serving American style foods with a French Cuisine twist; the Market Street Fusion Restaurant! With their new, experienced Chef Dave, hailing from Washington State, with a James Beard Honoree reputation, dishes are noteworthy for there tastes and presentations. Seafood’s from the Florida Keys and from the Northern West Coast will be featured in season, along with all manner of America’s favorite entree’s. MARKET STREET FUSION is located at 41 South Market St. Frederick, MD. phone 240-439-4452 marketstreetfusion@gmail.com

NOTE***look for updates as this new, family owned restaurant fully gets into gear!!

 

Some of the many members of the Frederick Police Dept. enjoying an Inaugural "Thank You" Breakfast prior to full opening of the Market Street Fusion Restaurant.
Some of the many members of the Frederick Police Dept. enjoying an Inaugural “Thank You” Breakfast prior to full opening of the Market Street Fusion Restaurant.
First egg dish from M.S. Fusion Restaurant-"delicious!
First egg dish from M.S. Fusion Restaurant-“delicious!

Florence, South Carolina Going North or South on I-95 A Travelers Terrific Stopover!

Love is in the air when Terry moves in!
Love is in the air when Terry moves in!

APtravelnews-January 25th, Frederick, MD.-“Bob and Barb on the Road Again-When we left our S. Florida home on the way to Frederick, MD to visit our sons new Market Street Fusion Restaurant, we again calculated that the half-way point for some rest, relaxation before heading another 500-miles was our favorite stopover; Florence, S. Carolina-this was not our first stopover there. Florence has one of the very best tourism representative in the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau   in the person of Holly Beaumier. She told us that the very new Home 2 Suites by Hilton would be a great place for us to visit as they are very pet friendly, and Terry our “Critter” who loves and is loved by everyone he meets along with us, would be comfortable there. And we were! Dinner was a wonderful experience as well! We ate at Victors in downtown Florence, an area totally being revitalized into all manner of shops and restaurant locations. Victors was in Hotel Florence and the fare was quite excellent-this was no off the highway fast food joint! Barb and I along with Holly and her associate enjoyed fish and various seafood and meat dishes. We topped our dinner off with wonderful desserts with a few excellent quite home-made cheesecake offerings-very memorable all the way around!

 

"Modern and pretty" was our reaction when first entering our dog friendly hotel. Our suite was "sweet" and very comfortable bed too!
“Modern and pretty” was our reaction when first entering our dog friendly hotel. Our suite was “sweet” and very comfortable bed too!
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Breakfast had egg sandwiches and whole grain delicious waffles. The coffee tasted like “coffee!”

 

 

 

 

Appetizing foreplay!  this scallop wrapped in bacon on grits from the Gods was spectacular!
Appetizing foreplay! Victors
scallops wrapped in bacon on “grits from the Gods” was spectacular!
The filet on a rice pillow surrounded by tasty grilled shrimp and scallops "gave me a "buzz." It was "Oh, so good!" Barb and our table mates also fared very nicely with fish, chicken and a N.Y.strip steak.
The filet on a rice pillow surrounded by tasty grilled shrimp and scallops “gave me a “buzz.” It was “Oh, so good!” Barb and our table mates also fared very nicely with fish, chicken and a N.Y.strip steak.

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A Victors cheesecake to remember!
A Victors cheesecake to remember!
Over dessert. Barb and the fine ladies from Florence relaxed with some of the best desserts in the South!
Over dessert. Barb and the fine ladies from Florence relaxed with some of the best desserts in the South!

Note***Look for upcoming articles on Florence, showcasing “dog-friendly kayaking, a museum for all ages, the Florence Hotel story, equestrian events and a whole lot more!!!!!

Fishermen’s Village 30 Shops, Great Seafood, a Quality Resort and Marina=Valhalla!!!

Fishermen's Village has the best candy and chocolate shop, ever! The Village was all dressed up in their holiday lights and "festive" is the word! We loved it!
Fishermen’s Village has the best candy and chocolate shop, ever! The Village was all dressed up in their holiday lights and “festive” is the word! We loved it!

APtravelnews-Dec. 19th,-Bob and Barb writing from Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda, FL.–Its really hard to say anything else then; Barb and I really loved this place. So many animated and excited folks-from children to old timers really having a ball, looking at the lighting, meeting Santa, tasting chocolates, buying gifts, visiting a real Military Museum with hero Veterans talking about past wars and their recollections and through it all; friendly shop-keepers and visitors! We ate seafoods, destroyed sumptious desserts, a few cocktails and after dinner libations as well. We stopped to listen to chorals of the season, popped into the Village Fish Market (www.village-fish-market.com) for the aforementioned seafoods such as the ubiquitous shrimp done many ways, crab cakes, scallops, fish dishes, delicious’ too! Our dinner was hosted by owner Sue Randall.

We ended off the evening with a Christmas Canal Cruise through Punta Gorda’s canals with the Kingfisher Fleets excursion boat loaded with all kinds of appetizers-we sure do travel on our stomachs too! www.kingfisherfleet.com  Stay tuned! Much more coming of our trip to Punta Gorda!  Go for some great info: www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com

Scallops and very tasty side dishes we all love! Fabulous meals all around!
Scallops and very tasty side dishes we all love!
Fabulous meals all around!
The Military Museum had wonderful Veterans who we stand with anytime of the year, described the realities of their times in the past war theaters!
The Military Museum had wonderful Veterans who we stand with anytime of the year, described the realities of their times in past war theaters!
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The way it used to be. Local Indians coming in to trade in the “Islands” depicted in this giant mural at Fishermen’s Village! The old mingled nicely with the new!
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The whole town and dozens of waterfront homes seen on a Kingfisher Charter, all decked out in Christmas Lights WOW’d everyone in the Holiday frame of mind!
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Tasting goodies at the Simply Sweet, A Confectionary Cafe’. Homemade fudge, flavored popcorn, a great sweet note that we experienced and will not forget! https.//facebook.com/simplysweetaconfectionarycafe