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How to Tell If You’re at a Southern Wedding
Apr 11/18

How to Tell If You’re at a Southern Wedding Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 2 Comments

The wedding industry in America generates billions of dollars annually, and the South certainly has its share of extravagance. Whether your wedding was a formal affair with a sit-down dinner and dancing, or one a few close friends and family helped you organize, there are a few things Southern weddings have in common. Consider these: Unity candle This tradition is...

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Birth of American Bourbon
Apr 10/18

Birth of American Bourbon Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 1 Comment

While whiskey was first billed as a medicinal substance — aquavitae or “water of vitality”, with the Scots and Irish using the Gaelic name for whiskey meaning “water of life” — regardless of its naming, whiskey soon gained popularity and became one of the most popular drinks in the world.   Whiskey as we know it was probably first distilled...

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Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the South
Mar 13/18

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the South Posted by: Rod Ford | 0 Comments

Shake your shamrocks in the South, celebrating the life and blessings of St. Patrick. As you know, Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland.  Known as the "Apostle of Ireland", he is the patron saint of Ireland. According to the Confessio of Patrick, when he was about 16, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Britain and taken...

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"From Your Valentine" Origins
Feb 04/18

"From Your Valentine" Origins Posted by: Rod Ford | 0 Comments

On February 14 in the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed.   Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military...

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Ten Traditions You Expect to Experience At a Southern Thanksgiving
Nov 17/17

Ten Traditions You Expect to Experience At a Southern Thanksgiving Posted by: Rod Ford | 0 Comments

It's that wonderful time of year when everyone is busying get ready for the big family Thanksgiving.  We assembled our staff and recalled all the memories of Thanksgiving Day in the south, whether it was at Grandma's or Mom's house.  Everyone agreed it was mostly about family, food, and the football games that always seemed to be on in the...

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10 Things You Miss About Your College Town
Aug 25/17

10 Things You Miss About Your College Town Posted by: Rod Ford | 0 Comments

This time of year has a lot of us reflecting on the glory days that were our undergraduate years. As a whole new batch of students head to College, here are the Top 10 things we know they'll be missing someday, just like we are now.    1. The Food: Never again will food be so cheap or so abundant....

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Football In the South, 4 Things That Make it Unique
Aug 18/17

Football In the South, 4 Things That Make it Unique Posted by: Rod Ford | 0 Comments

Football in the South is more than a sport; some even call it a religion, certainly a life-long ritual more celebrated than most other events. What makes football so unique in the South extends far beyond what happens on the field on fall Saturday’s as most families plan their fall calendar around Game Day Saturday schedules. These traditions have been...

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Plaid Scarf Owners: 4 Ways To Wear An Oversized Plaid Scarf
Aug 18/17

Plaid Scarf Owners: 4 Ways To Wear An Oversized Plaid Scarf Posted by: Rod Ford | 0 Comments

The modern-day plaid blanket scarf— that long, rectangular contrivance — is not as versatile as you might think. It can really only do one thing: Wrap. And like many mass-produced things, it has popularity, but it doesn’t have much range. A better, more old-school idea is an oversized plaid scarf that can be folded and tied into many beautiful variations. But we...

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