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Origins of 7 Graduation Ceremony Traditions
May 06/18

Origins of 7 Graduation Ceremony Traditions Posted by: Hedi Hemenway | 0 Comments

It’s early May which means the big weekends for college graduations are quickly approaching. Time to pack up, visit campus, and celebrate the accomplishment of the graduate. In addition to listening to a school administrator read names from a seemingly endless list of graduates, you will experience moments of tradition during the ceremony. We thought it interesting to research the...

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10 Things You Miss About Your College Town
May 01/18

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

10 Things You Miss About Your College Town 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 are about to graduate and move away from their college town, here are the Top 10 things we know they'll be missing someday, just like we...

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Picking the Kentucky Derby Winner
Apr 27/18

Picking the Kentucky Derby Winner Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 0 Comments

Picking the winner of the Kentucky Derby is the biggest challenge a handicapper can face — maybe with the exception of a $3,000 claimer at Evangeline Downs in South Louisiana. Last time my partners and I visited Evangeline Downs we had to pool our money to buy a 16-ounce Mountain Dew on the way out...

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How to Tell If You’re at a Southern Wedding
Apr 26/18

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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