Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

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American Cancer Society's Bark For Life

April 19th the American Cancer Society will be hosting the Bark For Life event in Morro Bay California.Join Natalie Riloquio, Community Manager with the American Cancer Society as she talks about the cool "Bark for Life" activities for doggies and their owners. www.relayforlife.org/barkmorrobayca

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Montserrat W.I.'s Irish Legacy & Dublin's St. Paddy's Fest

The only country outside of Ireland that celebrates St. Patrick's Day as a national holiday is the petite isle of Montserrat in the midst of the Eastern Caribbean. The British Overseas Territory's flag is emblazoned with the Irish Harp and the words Erin, with an obligatory Union Jack in a corner. Pass through customs and your passport is stamped with a green Irish Clover. How Did the Irish Get There? Emigration from Ireland to the lush green Caribbean commenced in earnest on the heels of the defeat at the Battle of Kinsale near Cork in 1601. Thousands of disgruntled and disenfranchised Irish Catholics packed their bags in hopes of a better life in the Caribbean. For many it was brutal indentured servitude on St. Kitts and other Caribbean islands for 5 to 7 years work in exchange for their ultimate freedom and the hope of becoming landholders. The next rush of Irish Catholic emigrants arrived under duress. They were unwilling deportees, transported following Oliver Cromwell's genocidal invasion of Ireland in 1649 and subsequently even more under Cromwell's son's watch. By the mid-seventeen hundreds, Montserrat census records listed more than 1,500 Irish, 700 English, 52 Scotts, and 1,000 West African slaves. In addition to an overview of Montserrat's Irish connection, we'll learn about Montserrat's weeklong St. Patrick's Festival. And then it's off to Dublin, Ireland for a visit with Susan Kirby, Chief Executive of St. Patrick's Festival (March 14-17 2015), and Simon O'Connor, Curator at the Little Museum of Dublin as they talk about the passion behind the most incredible week in Dublin Town. Listen to the show on the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer a featured podcast on NPR.ORG.

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Santa Rosa's Historic Railroad District & Healdsburg CA

The historic Hotel La Rose, located in the heart of Santa Rosa, California’s historic Railroad District, has been welcoming guests since 1907. Jeff Whitehead, general manager, shares insider tips about nearby activities, the hotel's architectural charms, and best times to visit for the savvy-traveler.We’ll then explore the Hand Fan Museum in downtown Healdsburg. It’s the only hand fan museum in America and one of only three in the world. Next up is a visit with Julie at Healdsburg based, Wine Country Bikes for some insights about two-wheeler Sonoma County wine country adventure tours. Listen to the show on the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel Podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

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Southern Blues Artist Tullie Brae

Tullie Brae is a multi-dimensional performer whose soulful vocals are matched by her deft chord work on the organ--which explains why the Hammond Organ Company, and naturally, Four Roses Bourbon endorse her. Born and raised in the Deep South, she played drums, piano, guitar, and sang in the choir of the church where her father was pastor. Tullie eventually toured professionally with gospel groups before hitting the road with her own group. Melding blues, soul, country, and rock ‘n roll, she has created a distinctive and truly soulful sound. She’s toured and played with legends such as Paul Thorn, Bobbie Rush, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, and more. Tullie was also honored to open for B.B. King, in celebration of his birthday.

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Rural Northeastern Arkansas Cuisine and Culture

Tom Wilmer reports from the Delta region of Northeastern Arkansas. Come along and join a journey of discovery of enchanting old style farm-town cafes as well as a taste of rural culture on the Lowell Thomas NPR.ORG Award-winning Podcast. The odyssey starts at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View where Jimmy Edwards hits the highlights of Arkansas’s rural, traditional culinary offerings. Mimi’s Café, formerly known as the Feedlot Café, in Caraway, Arkansas is situated in a repurposed, grocery store with creaky wood floor and an unrepentant patina of age. Mimi’s Café is grand central for locals who come not only to savor old fashion Arkansas home cooking but also to socialize and sip a cup of Joe and hang out. The closest tourist draw is the Johnny Cash boyhood home and interpretive center in nearby Dyess Colony. Most all of the tiny crossroads villages and towns in Northeastern Arkansas are like living museums of a time and a lifestyle that’s long vanished in urban America. The late 19th Century and early 20th Century architecture is engaging but it’s the denizens of these villages that make for fond memories. Colt, Arkansas is another barely hanging on Delta town, where locals are as likely to point out an empty lot and tell you about the vibrant business that used to be there. Greg & Jim’s is unabashedly a place where good old-fashioned Arkansas fare is king. And it is the local’s gathering spot for farmers and farm hands who religiously frequent the café as much to chew the fat as the eat the fattening breakfast offerings. Keith Forrester and his wife own and manage Tyboogies Café in Tyronza, Arkansas, located in the heart of the Delta region where cotton, soybeans and rice farming is the economic driver. Tyboogies, just down the street from the Southern Tennant Farmers Museum, serves traditional Arkansas home cooking—baked ham, fried chicken, collard greens, brown beans, home mad pies, cakes, cookies and more. The surprising twist at Tyboogies is the Forrester’s passion for offering organic food, and they grow much of it themselves on their farm that’s been in the family for more than 100 years.Music performed live at Ozark Folk Center by @ClanceyFerguson  

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Nebraska Buffalo Ranching

Cattle are definitely king in Nebraska. Cows outnumber humans four to one, and the State claims America’s number-one cow county, Cherry County that is. Overshadowed by Nebraska’s legendary beef industry is the up and coming market for buffalo.Back in 1804 when Lewis & Clark traipsed across the West en route to the Pacific it’s estimated that 50 million roamed the Great Plains, but tragically by the end of the 19th Century less than 500 remained. In the dawning days of the 20th Century, when the state of South Dakota started a quest to reintroduce Buffalo they actually had to source some of their stock from the Bronx Zoo. Today, according to the National Bison Association, there’s an estimated 500,000 buffalo in America. Across Nebraska you’ll find more and more ranchers specializing in buffalo.A prime reason for Buffalo’s resurgence is its superior qualities as a commercial meat product. Buffalo has approximately 35 percent more protein and half the calories of beef, and there’s only 1.8 grams of fat per 3 oz serving, compared to 8.7 grams in beef.We’ll stop at the Krecik Elk and Buffalo Ranch in Niobrara, located in Northeast Nebraska for a visit with Stacy Krecik Miller. She says the demand for buffalo meat is so high that processers from Colorado will send out truck and trailer rigs to pick up her buffalo.One of the State’s earliest advocates of organic, sustainable, grass fed ranching and farming is Dave Hutchinson and his family. They have been farming and ranching organically in the Sandhills region around Rose, Nebraska for more than 30 years. In addition to farming seasonal crops, Hutchinson’s passion is his sustainable, organic grass fed Buffalo operation. Come along and meet Dave at the Hutchinson Family Organic Farm. To listen to a series of cool Western Nebraska “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer” shows, including Fort Robinson, Scotts Bluff, Carhenge, Cabelas, canoeing, and more:http://www.westnebraska.com/May-2014/Journeys-of-Discovery-with-Tom-Wilmer/For further information about everything Nebraska Nice: www.visitnebraska.com        

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A Conversation with Don George Editor of BBC's Words & Wanderlust

Listen to the conversation on the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel show Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a weekly featured Podcast on NPR.ORG

Honored to be a guest speaker in Don George’s journalism class at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, I seized the opportunity to interview Mr. George after class. Don George wrote the book on travel writing, literally. His guidebook, “Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing,” is the best-selling travel writing guide in the world. Don has been a travel writer and editor for more than three decades, starting out at the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle and later working as the Wanderlust editor for Salon.com and as Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications. Today Don is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler and the editor of the BBC Travel column Words and Wanderlust. In this far-ranging conversation, Don talks with Tom Wilmer about the youthful moment in Paris that changed his life, how his goal transformed from being a poet to being a travel writer, the evolution of his career from newspapers to websites, his most memorable on-the-road epiphanies, and the larger meaning and purpose of travel and travel writing.

 

http://www.don-george.com/about.html

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/trip-lit/

 

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Fresh and organics hallmark at Westin SFO Grill & VIne

Listen to the show on the Lowell Thomas Award winning NPR.ORG Podcast. Following an culinary apprenticeship at the prestigious Grand Hotel Castagnola in Lugano, Switzerland, Westin SFO Executive Chef, Werner Fankhauser fine tuned his culinary expertise at five star hotels in Zurich before commencing a career with Westin Hotels and Resorts with tenures across America and Canada. He settled in at the Westin SFO where his passionate love of fine cuisine and zest for sourcing the freshest locally produced ingredients are primary factors behind his successful career that includes winning the prestigious Gold and Best of the Show from the American Culinary Foundation. join the conversation with Fankhauser at the Westin SFO’s Grill and Vine restaurant.   

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Westin SFO things to do and see w Jeff Guy

Listen to the interview on the Lowell Thomas Award winning podcast on NPR.ORG. Come along and join me for a visit with Jeff Guy, Director of Sales and Marketing as we talk not only about cool attributes inside of the hotel, but the advantages of using the Westin SFO as base camp for exploring the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, day trips to the beach and northbound adventures across the Golden Gate for a day of wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma Valley.

 

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Westin SFO GM Talks tech and innovation

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I’m your host Tom Wilmer, come along and join me for a fascinating conversation with Tom Scaramellino, General Manager of the Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel and the sister property Aloft, offering a techie alternative hotel environment. Scaramellino talks about how the Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel offers much more than a typical Airport Hotel experience, as well as the adjacent Aloft Hotel, with a millennial architectural twist catering to tech savvy generation. Equally intriguing are the new tech trends at Westin, including keyless room entry via your mobile devise and the ability to check while in transit aboard the shuttle van from the airport.

 

 

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