Check out some of these great Midwest-related stories I read online during this past month:
- In Response to Matthew Power's GQ Article on ArtPrize-We love Grand Rapids' (Michigan) ArtPrize and enjoyed Tim's thoughtful response to Power's critical take on this west Michigan art competition at his Great Lake Guru blog.
- Roller Derby-I remember watching roller derby on late-night television long ago. I became curious about the sport again as I noticed the resurgence of women's roller derby in recent years, and I became even more curious about the sport when I discovered that my hairdresser was a member of a local roller derby team. Hayley's story about roller derby at The Awesome Mitten blog is fun, and I suspect I'll have to check it out soon!
- Exploring the Merry-Go-Round Museum (Sandusky, Ohio)-Speaking of things that go 'round and 'round, Justin posts a fun story about this museum dedicated to carousels at his InACents blog. We've seen this building a few times, but haven't had a chance to visit it yet. Given my affection for carousels, this is a place that is on my list for sure!
- Family Vacation in Dubuque, Iowa-Julie files this report at Road Trips for Families filled with some great ideas for planning your trip to Dubuque. Riding the little Fenelon Place Elevator, a short and scenic railway, looks like fun to me.
- Experiencing Pinconning Cheese-It's easy to take Pinconning cheese for granted as it's always readily available in the grocery stores here in metro Detroit, but Nicole gave me a new appreciation for this Michigan treat with her story on her Arrows Sent Forth blog.
- Looking for something spooky? Old Hendricks County Jail awaits-Ericka takes us on a tour of this spooky Danville, Indiana landmark at Hendricks County's All Access blog. What's the spookiest thing about this place? In my opinion, it would be the rumor that the notorious killer Charles Manson spent a wee bit of time here in the 1950s!
- CLE Reads: Harvey Pekar's Cleveland-Amanda reviews Harvey Pekar's Cleveland at Clue into Cleveland, giving readers a sense of Pekar's life, work and why he was such an integral part of the Cleveland scene. I remember seeing the episode of Anthony Bordain's show featuring Pekar and think it, as well as the book, are well worth your time.
- Cincinnati, OH: Flying Pigs, Fountain Square, Purple People Bridge-Check out Adam's story about his family's recent visit to Cincinnati on his Visit Flyover Country blog. Adam found the city very walkable, as we did when we visited there, walking from Ohio to Kentucky via one of Cincinnati's many bridges over the Ohio River.
- Five downtown Chicago attractions worth seeing-Pola takes readers of her Jetting Around blog on a tour of downtown Chicago, and includes some of my favorite attractions in that city like Millennium Park and The Art Institute of Chicago.
- Chicago Avenue Water Tower and Pumping Station-We stumbled across this magnificent water tower building when shopping in Chicago. The crew at the designslinger blog post this story about the history of this nineteenth-century "castle", along with some really great images of the building.
- Trace your Indiana Roots-I first became aware of Indiana's Allen County genealogical resources when researching a story online, so I enjoyed reading about Emily's experiences there researching her own family tree at the Indiana Insider blog.
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