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Where in the World - The American West

Two Travelers’ Views of Fredericksburg, Texas

Fredericksburg TXIf you’ve never heard of Fredericksburg, Texas, don’t apologize. Until very recently, neither had Steve Cook or Annie Tobey. But since they both had the opportunity to go, they’ll tell you about it in their own words: He Said, She Said.


Yes Virginia, there is another Fredericksburg. This one’s in Texas. And it’s named for Prince Frederick of Prussia, not the Prince of Wales (as in the case of “our” Fredericksburg). 

Picture this: You’re riding through the Hill Country, about 70 miles northwest of San Antonio. Your drive has been through peach and pecan orchards, past vineyards and lavender farms. It’s a beautiful rural, scenic drive, and then, suddenly, you come upon this quaint little city. Turn on to Main Street (it’s been dubbed the widest street in Texas – and you know that everything in Texas is BIG, Annie interjects) and you’ve arrived at what they call the “Magic Mile”: art galleries, boutiques, and jewelry and fashion stores, plus cozy little restaurants, coffee shops, and wine bars – and a brewpub, too. In what you might mistake for a sleepy little Texas town, you’ll discover that they don’t roll the sidewalks up when the sun goes down. Late into the night, the sounds of music waft through town as various eateries offer live entertainment out on the patio. Read this article at RichmondNavigator.com.


Your "Door" to a Cool Summer Trip

Where in the World - Midwest United States

Door County kayakingThe quaint little peninsula is a watercolor of sparkling blue waters bordering towering bluffs, gentle green hills, and tiny towns. Its quiet beauty belies the savagery behind its name. Door County, jutting out from eastern Wisconsin, contains a string of little villages, with Lake Michigan to the east and Green Bay to the west. 

Though a rural retreat, Door County is well equipped to welcome tourists. Though tourism is its largest industry, there are no shades of tacky shops with mass-produced T-shirts and short-lived souvenirs. Instead, you’ll find refreshing outdoor activities, fine art and craft galleries, and symphony and theatre. 

I embraced a recent visit to this charming peninsula as a retreat from the busy city and an escape from the heat. Read this article at RichmondNavigator.com.


Frank Lloyd Wright by Bike

Treats for the Mind - Museums & Exhibitions

Explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture this summer by bicycle

Pedal Oak ParkExperience the creativity of a master architect while enjoying a stimulating bike ride. On the guided bicycle tour, you’ll tour Chicago-area Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings, where the legendary architect worked the first 20 years of his career and developed his signature Prairie style.

The Pedal Oak Park guided bicycle tour stops at 22 Wright-designed structures in the Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture Historic District in Oak Park, Illinois, which boasts the highest concentration of Wright-designed structures in the world. The bicycle tour begins June 6 and runs through Sept. 28.

The two-hour, fact-filled bicycle tour starts at 9:30 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, June 6 to Sept. 28, and begins and ends at Greenline Wheels, 105 S. Marion St., Oak Park, Ill. Guests may bring their own bicycles. If a bike is needed, Greenline Wheels will provide one at no additional cost. 

Admission to the Pedal Oak Park guided bicycle tour is $30 for Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members and $35 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at flwright.org; at the Home and Studio Museum Shop, 951 Chicago Ave.; or at Greenline Wheels. Or call 312.994.4000, ext. 9.

If the weather isn’t suitable, you could settle for the Wright Around Chicago guided bus tour, offered June 4 through Aug. 27. The bus tour features the best of Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago and Oak Park, Ill., starting inside The Rookery Light Court, which Wright remodeled in 1905, and moving to Wright’s masterpiece, Frederick C. Robie House. After a scenic drive along Chicago’s spectacular Lake Shore Drive, the bus will head to Oak Park for tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Unity Temple, plus a stroll past Wright-designed homes in Oak Park’s historic district.

The bus tour starts at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. every Wednesday, June 4 to Aug. 27 at The Rookery Building, 209 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, 60604. Gourmet box lunch at the Robie House included.

Admission to the Wright Around Chicago guided bus tour is $125 for Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members and $150 for non-members. For information and tickets, visit flwright.org or call 312.994.4000, ext. 9. The tours are provided in conjunction with the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, a Chicago-based not-for-profit organization that provides public tours and educational programs at major Wright-designed structures, including his Home and Studio (1889/1898), in Oak Park, Ill.; The Rookery Light Court (1905-07) in the Chicago Loop; Unity Temple (1905-08) in Oak Park; the Frederick C. Robie House (1908-10) in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood; and Emil Bach House (1915) in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. For more information, visit flwright.org.

Photo: The Pedal Oak Park guided bicycle tour will stop at the Arthur B. Heurtley House (1902) in Oak Park’s Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District. Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: Matt Soria


National FBI Search for Suspected Child Sexual Predator

Home Base - Our Strength

FBI Seeking Individuals Who May Have Information Regarding a Suspected Child Sexual Predator

JohnDoe28WantedThe Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.

Initial images and video of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 28, engaging in sexually explicit activities with a child were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in November of 2012. Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have successfully enhanced images depicting John Doe 28 and believe they contain several clues, which may assist with the identification of the subject. For example, the video depicts the subject and the victim inside a residence with what appears to be a blue sofa chair and a picture hanging on a wall in the background. Additionally, the subject is wearing wire-framed glasses and a burgundy t-shirt with what appears to be a shark logo on his left side.

There are no specific details linking the suspect to a particular state or region of the United States, and both his identity and whereabouts are currently unknown.

The suspect appears to be a Caucasian male, possibly in his 30s or 40s, with a receding hairline and wearing wire-framed glasses. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/, or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

This individual is being sought as part of the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Doe) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.



Top chef, homebrewer and restaurateur: Amanda Baumgarten

Tickle the Tastebuds - Cuisine & Restaurants

Pairing 2 of her favorites (and mine) 

Amanda BaumgartenIn a time when specialization is often a key to success, in a place where the competition is stiff, Amanda Baumgarten and Waypoint Public are rising to the top with creative cuisine paired with an extensive beer selection. Given that Waypoint Public is located in San Diego, home to some of the nation’s most respected breweries, the beer-drinking public is hard to impress. But the new North Park bistro and beer bar is doing just that.

A large part of the restaurant’s success is Amanda Baumgarten, who is not only the executive chef, but also a partner in the business. Amanda spent over a decade training and working at several of the most prestigious restaurants in the industry, including four separate Michelin-starred dining destinations (La Tante Claire and Le Gavroche in London and Melisse and Patina in Los Angeles). The Bravo Network’s Top Chef veteran has gone on to become the executive chef of both Water Grill in Los Angeles and Herringbone in La Jolla.

Not only is Amanda a top chef, she’s an avid home brewer. And she’s good. So good that San Diego’s renowned Stone Brewing Co. has tapped her to do a limited chef collaboration beer this summer - the first of its kind in beer collaborations for Stone. She will be brewing

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