Spring Weekend Jaunts:  Discover your own nearby America by Hampton Rhodes

Spring Weekend Jaunts: Discover your own nearby America

We here at Z’Scoop.com are encouraging our readers to get out and discover your own nearby America by taking weekend jaunts to areas that are not too far away, and can provide insight and appreciation for unique bits and pieces of all that America has to offer.

This week, Z’Scoop.com highlights four completely distinctive small (and not-so-small) towns with truly amazing things to do: the 47th Annual Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC; the 61st Annual Vermont Dairy Festival in Enosburg Falls, VT; the House Industries Exhibition at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI; and the 108-mile Old Red Trail Rummage Sale from Dickinson to Mandan, North Dakota! Fun and interesting things to do for every age, and with variety as wide as this big country of ours! 

Spoleto Festival – Charleston, SC
For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera, theater, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music. Now approaching its 41st season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival.

The Festival’s mission is to present programs of the highest artistic caliber while maintaining a dedication to young artists, a commitment to all forms of the performing arts, a passion for contemporary innovation, and an enthusiasm for providing unusual performance opportunities for established artists. This focus has brought the Festival international acclaim year after year. Contributing to the Festival’s ongoing success is its location in Charleston. Recognized the world over for its stunning natural beauty, impressive array of preserved historical architecture, and wealth of charming performance venues, Charleston provides an incomparable setting for audience members and guest artists alike.

Dates: May 26 through June 11, 2017
Times: Various (See Schedule)
Location: Charleston, SC
Address: 14 George Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843.579.3100

The 61st Annual Vermont Dairy Festival – Enosburg Falls, VT
The Enosburg Falls Lions Club organizes the Vermont Dairy Festival, which is traditionally held on the first weekend of June. The club is proud to continue with this festival, marking its 61st anniversary.

The Vermont Dairy Festival is comprised of Youth and Adult Races, Daily Raffles and Drawings, tons of Food Concessions, Talent Competitions, Bingo, Poker, Musical Performances, Lumberjack shows and competitions, Baking Contests, roving Clowns, a big ole Parade, Comedians, Antique engines, Horse Pulls, a Car Show, a Pedal-Pull Competition, Evening Fireworks and last but not least, a Cow Plop contest on Main Street!

The Lions Club, along with many local businesses, organizations, community leaders and dedicated individuals, work for months before the festival kicks off to ensure its success.

The Vermont Dairy Festival is the Enosburg Falls Lions Club’s primary source of income. The proceeds received from the festival are disbursed back into the community in many forms.

Dates: June 1st thru June 4th, 2017
Times: Various (check Schedule)
Location: Various
Address: Lincoln Park, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
Email: Pierre Boudreau
Phone: 802.933.4134

The Henry Ford Museum’s House Industries – Dearborn, MI
Inspiration is everywhere, especially when you are obsessively curious. The artists of House Industries have followed their curiosity to earn international acclaim for a diverse body of work that ranges from fonts and fashion to ceramics and space travel. The Henry Ford and House Industries, two institutions committed to celebrating the spirit of innovation, have joined forces to create a multisensory exhibition that will inform, teach and, most important, empower people of all ages to follow their interests and never stop learning from what they like.

“House Industries: A Type of Learning” is a physical representation of the creative process. The exhibit shows how childhood interests in drawing led to creating fonts that help the world communicate; how hot-rodding and punk rock influences reinforced a hands-on approach to problem-solving; and how personal interests can inspire innovation. Significant historical artifacts — including hot-rodder Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s futuristic Mysterion show car, revolutionary furniture by Charles and Ray Eames and an original Apple 1 computer — pair with House Industries’ design work to demonstrate how different objects and experiences can pave the way for anyone’s creative path.

House Industries is known throughout the world for its eclectic fonts and far-reaching creative exploits. While guests of The Henry Ford might not recognize the name, they have seen House Industries’ fonts in movie titles, magazines and video games, and on album covers and even cereal boxes. House Industries has also worked with a wide range of collaborators and brands, including Jimmy Kimmel, Hermès, The New Yorker, John Mayer, Muji, the estate of Charles and Ray Eames, Uniqlo and Heath Ceramics.

“A Type of Learning” beautifully celebrates House’s method of design-thinking and encourages guests to think about their own curiosity, leaving them with an intoxicating sense of endless possibility.

Dates: May 27th thru September 4th, 2017
Times: 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Location: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
Address: 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Tickets/Costs: Free with Museum admission
Phone: 313.982.6001

The Old Red Trail Rummage Sale – Dickinson to Mandan, ND
The 6th Annual Old Red Trail Rummage Sale will be another multi-community, multi-county event. 108 miles of Rummage Sales including the cities of Dickinson, Gladstone, Taylor, Richardton, Hebron, Glen Ullin, Almont, New Salem and Mandan along the Old Red Old Ten Scenic Byway.

Look for the Red Balloons along the byway to mark the sales.  This fun all-day event on Saturday, June 3rd, will take you to lots of treasures, lots of fun, lots of stuff! Get your trucks, get your trailers, get your day planned. Check the website for events, sales, and interesting things to do along the way on this shopping road trip!

Dates: June 3, 2017
Times: 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Location: Old Red Trail, Dickinson to Mandan, ND
Address: Exit 155 off of I-94, Mandan, ND
Tickets/Costs: Free
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Directions: Exit 155 off of I-94, Mandan, ND; follow the red balloons

If these destination are not close to you, check out Z’Scoop.com’s Travel Section – we’ve covered 45 states so far and there’s bound to be something fun, interesting and memorable happening in a town near your home. Get out on the road and enjoy!

Charleston, SC
Enosburg Falls, VT
Dearborn, MI
Dickenson to Mandan, ND

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