In mid-February, John F. Cline set off on foot from New Orleans bound for Chicago for a project he's dubbed "Arterial America." He will be following the historic routes of the Mississippi Valley that facilitated last century's "Great Migration." Traveling by foot, towboat, and train, Cline will provide photos, recordings, and observations from his journey, including a series of exclusive dispatches for the Oxford American.
The Thomas Wolfe Memorial, in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, is being swallowed up. New developments are dwarfing the yellow frame house on every side, like that little pink house in Virginia Lee Burton’s classic children’s book. First, the Renaissance Hotel went up across the street. Then, in the summer of 2006, a developer scooped up a parking lot catty-corner from the Renaissance and began construction on new, upscale condominiums.
Our region is chock-full of experiences that can be enjoyed on a dime, so we polled a few of our contributors and friends for their favorite activities. Now is perhaps a better time than any to share these gems with you, our readers. Each of the experiences on this list can be had for five dollars or less, and many are free.