David Abolafia

Lights, Camera, Portland: A Filmography

 

The city of Portland, Oregon, is known by many nicknames, including “Rip City” and “Little Beirut.” However, given the number of big-budget movies that have been filmed within its environs, those names could easily be changed to “Studio City” and “Little Hollywood.”

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David Abolafia

Appreciating the Music of Phoenix

Phoenix may be known as Arizona’s Urban Heart, but it is a heart that beats to the sound of rock-and-roll. Many famous musicians were either born or got their start in this southwest metropolis, and the roster of big names spills over into pop, R&B, country and even heavy metal. Here’s a sample of who  you might find on an all-Phoenix playlist:

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David Abolafia

The Music of Orlando

From bubblegum pop to thrash metal, Orlando has produced artists across the sonic spectrum. Unlike other cities with a natural music “scene,” Orlando’s diverse musical landscape can be attributed to a population made up of families who relocated from somewhere else, and the influence of a steady stream of vacationers and tourists. As a result, Orlando’s mixtape likely includes something for everyone. Here are some of the artists that can be found on the top of the town’s playlist:

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David Abolafia

Background on New Orleans: Cajun vs. Creole

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Among people who visit and talk about New Orleans, the words “Cajun” and “Creole” are used almost interchangeably. They know that there are some distinctions between the two, but aren’t sure just what those distinctions are.  So in order to be educated for your next trip to the Big Easy, we’ll break down the differences.

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David Abolafia

The Marvels of Madison

Capital at dusk

At any time of year, visiting Madison, Wisconsin, is a capital idea. Not just because it happens to be the capital of the Badger State – also known as America’s Dairyland – but because there are so many fascinating things to see and do, that – no matter what your interests – you can pack your itinerary and have an exceptional adventure during your stay.

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David Abolafia

Kennebunk: A Place Where Artists Thrive

 

Maybe it’s something in the water or at the waterfront, maybe it’s the cold winters or maybe it’s the New England scenery.  Whatever the cause, Kennebunk, Maine, is a place that’s known for the artistic achievements of its present and former residents. Among those notables who have taken pen (or paint) to paper while calling Kennebunk home are:

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David Abolafia

An Authentic New England Experience in Kennebunk

Kennebunk

Visitors to Kennebunk and nearby Kennebunkport, Maine, quickly discover what New Englanders have known for ages: This coastal community is one of the most charming year-round travel destinations, with a rich history, scenic landscape and fascinating attractions that make it an ideal spot for a quintessential family vacation.

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David Abolafia

Discover the Music That Houston Made Famous

While many cities have a music scene – and are heralded as the birth of a particular kind of “sound” – few can claim as diverse and eclectic a musical landscape as Houston. From country and pop to R&B and hip-hop, Houston has seen – and heard – it all.

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David Abolafia

Houston: A City of Possibilities

Houston skyline, freeway, and river

No matter what you call it – be it “Space City,” “H-Town” or “Capital of the Sunbelt” – Houston is an exceptional destination. You can be a connoisseur of culture, a sports fan, a nature lover or an astronautic enthusiast, and you’ll find plenty to see and enjoy in “Clutch City.”

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David Abolafia

Hilton Head Public Art Exhibition: October 1 – December 31

By planning your vacation to Hilton Head this fall, you can show off your artistic side. That’s the time of year when the island not only explodes in all the colors of nature, but thanks to a special biennial event, the colors of artists’ imaginations, as well.

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