All in Summer Travels

The Hunt For a Vacation Home

The idea of a second home — at the shore, on a lake, or in the mountains — has a certain appeal. But my husband Greg Brown and I have studiously avoided purchasing such a place, thinking that once we do, we’ll be stuck going to that same place over and over again instead of travelling. However, that doesn’t keep us from checking out the real estate in fun places we visit! This summer we made a car trip to western North Carolina where we did look at some homes, in case we ever change our minds.

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By Linton Stables

Living a Rock and Roll Dream

Swarthmorean (and Swarthmorean co-publisher) Greg Hoy traveled up to the Catskills of New York to participate in a rock and roll dream — the “Three of a Perfect Pair” music camp hosted by members of legendary progressive rock group King Crimson. Bonus slideshows and videos included.

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By Greg Hoy

The Wright Stuff

In the planning stage of our summer vacation, my wife Shirley and I came to an agreement that we would visit several Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the Midwest. I suggested we visit Wisconsin as neither of us had ever been there and the trip would encompass more than visiting Wright buildings.

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By Ed Mitrovich

The Roadshow Rolls through Winterthur

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By Elizabeth Vogdes

“No photos,” said the signs posted everywhere at the Antiques Roadshow. As an avid photographer, I felt as if I had just sat down for a long-anticipated feast only to be told that eating was forbidden. But the atmosphere was so festive that I could almost forget my deprivation on this beautiful June day.

Just a State of Mind?

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By Louise Coffin

State College is the name of the 4.5-square-mile town in Centre County, Pennsylvania. University Park is the main campus of Pennsylvania State University located in State College — and beyond. State College (remember, that’s the town) has a population of 42,000-plus. Penn State’s University Park enrollment of undergraduate and graduate students is about 46,000. Without the addition of Penn State students, the town’s population density is more than 9,000 people per square mile. With, … well, you can do the math. It is one crowded place, especially when out-of-towners visit during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, held for the past 54 years during four days in July.

Seeking Great Cheese, and How it’s Made

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By Malcolm Reynolds

On Memorial Day, my good friend Alex Schaff and I set out from Swarthmore for the enchanting hills and meadows of New England, with the goal of visiting and talking with dairy farmers and cheesemakers. Alex, who suggested the trip, is a prospective veterinarian and a master’s student of dairy science at Colorado State University; I work as a cheesemonger at DiBruno’s in Philadelphia. So one could say the idea didn’t just come out of the blue!