Eric on The Road

Journeys into the offbeat, off the beaten path, overlooked and forgotten - by Eric Model

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

After Oil Spill, Shrimpers Hope For Blessed Season (NPR)

From NPR's Morning Edition:

by Debbie Elliott

This past year has taken its toll on Kim and David Chauvin and their family's shrimping business. But earlier this month, they prepared for a brand new shrimp season.

Their community's annual Blessing of the Fleet is the traditional launch of shrimp season, when boats parade down the bayou and are blessed with a sprinkling of holy water.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Passing: William Donald Schaefer, governor and mayor (Baltimore Sun)

From The Baltimore Sun:

By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun
April 18, 2011

Championed Harborplace, Camden Yards, the National Aquarium and other projects that changed the face of Baltimore,0,3898782,full.story

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ernie Kovacs: The King Of Early Television Comedy (NPR)

From NPR/"Fresh Air"

by David Bianculli

From 1950 until he died in an auto accident in 1962, Ernie Kovacs created some of the most inventive and unusual television ever made.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Canada's 10 best beaches (TripAdvisor/


Best beaches in Canada, according to travel website TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice awards' best beach category.


Old Quebec Stagecoach Inn Thrives into the 21st Century (Montreal Gazette)

From the Montreal Gazette via

By ROCHELLE LASH, for the Montreal Gazette

Lodging establishments come and go, but Auberge Knowlton has been the place to be eat, drink and be merry for more than 160 years.

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An Appalachian Radio Voice Threatened fro Afar (NY Times)

From The New York Times:

Published: April 11, 2011

WMMT, which reaches across the mountains, coal fields and hollows of eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia and southern West Virginia, creates a connective tissue for its far-flung, geographically isolated listeners. It also offers respite from the daily grind. Like the redbud trees that are starting to burst forth in violet patches along the scrubby hillsides here, the sounds from the radio can be, if not essential, at least life-affirming.

Appalachian History Boxed Up In Shuttered Museum (NPR News)

From NPR News:

by Noah Adams

The contents of the museum are packed up in boxes and crates, hidden away behind a chain-link fence, on the lonely top floor of a building on Appalachian State University's campus.

The school says it can no longer afford the money and space the museum requires, so it closed it this spring. State aid has been cut, it says....

Pizza Chain Plays Name Game in Habs-Bruins Rivalry (Montreal Gazette)

From The Montreal Gazette:

By Paul Delean, THE GAZETTE

As of this week, Boston Pizza (which originated and still is based in Western Canada, not New England) has been “rebranded” – temporarily – as Montreal Pizza in Quebec, where it has 26 franchised bar/restaurant outlets.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

For Cowboy Poets, Unwelcome Spotlight in Battle Over Spending (NY Times)

From The New York Times:

Published: April 10, 2011

A once obscure gathering in Elko, Nev., became a target in the budget battle a world away in Washington, employed by conservatives as a symbol of fiscal waste.


Wednesday, April 06, 2011

At 40, 'Take Me Home, Country Roads' Still Belongs (NPR News)

From NPR News:

by Jess Gitner
Morning Edition, April 6, 2011

John Denver had trouble filling a room prior to releasing his 1971 album Poems, Prayers, and Promises. As a solo act, he was virtually unknown. All that changed with the the album's single, "Take Me Home, Country Roads," which launched Denver's career and made him an international star. But the song almost never happened.

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