Susan McKee

“Exhibit Columbus” Showcases 18 Works of Public Art

by Susan McKee on September 20, 2017

“Exhibit Columbus” is the inaugural edition of a biennal citywide celebration in this southern Indiana community of 45,000. On view through November 26, 2017, are three sets of public art scattered throughout town: Miller prize winners, Washington Street installations, and student works. Centerpieces are the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize installations, five enormous […]

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If It’s Winter Up North, It’s Summer in Antarctica

by Susan McKee on October 5, 2016

Antarctic Sailing

Cold weather ahead! It’s time to plan your winter travel. Some of us head south to Arizona or the Caribbean to escape the chill. Others of us look to embrace the season by heading to a ski resort. What about a cruise to Antarctica? A boat’s the only way to get there, unless you’re attached […]

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Winter is Wonderful in Québec

by Susan McKee on February 3, 2016

Winter weather in much of the Northern Hemisphere is cold. There’s snow. There’s ice. But there also are brilliant blue skies and sparkling vistas. Instead of fleeing to the beaches of the Caribbean, consider embracing the season. Bundle up and head north to Canada, where they know how to do winter right. Take Québec City, […]

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From Black Hawk to Lorado Taft

by Susan McKee on November 10, 2015

Along the drive south from Rockford along the meandering two-lane , the scenery recalls a bucolic Midwestern past: miles of prairie and forest interspersed with small towns and farmsteads. Then, a couple of miles north of Oregon, , “The Eternal Indian” (also known as the Black Hawk statue) comes into view. Standing 50 feet tall […]

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Past is Present in Cuba

by Susan McKee on June 1, 2015

Crumbling Colonial architecture. Endless vistas of Caribbean blue seas. Music that still stirs the soul. An artist whose work marks him as the love child of Barcelona’s Antonio Gaudi and Simon Rodia of Watts Towers fame. That’s what I remember most about a recent visit to Havana. The artist – José Rodríguez Fuster – is […]

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Armenia Remembers the Past

by Susan McKee on April 27, 2015

A century has passed since Medz Yeghern – “The Great Crime” – began, but Armenians have not forgotten. It all started April 24, 1915, when Ottoman authorities arrested and then executed some 250 leading Armenians living in Constantinople. This was followed during the years of World War I by the systematic slaughter and forced deportation […]

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A Wintry Visit to Idaho’s Frozen North

by Susan McKee on February 2, 2015

Snow ghosts stood sentry on the mountain ridges above Lake Pend Oreille as I drove the two miles across Long Bridge into Sandpoint. In the Idaho panhandle, wintry storms are wet enough to cover the evergreens in a lasting crystal-white coating that shimmers in the brilliant blue sunshine. Up close, the trees look sturdy enough […]

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10 Reasons to Visit Indianapolis this May

by Susan McKee on May 5, 2014

The Greatest Spectacle in Racing — the world’s largest single-day sporting event — takes place in Indiana’s capital city on Memorial Day Weekend each year, so of course that’s the first reason to put Indy on your travel schedule for May. This year’s running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is set for 12:15 p.m. Sunday, […]

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Flowers and Flames Greet Spring in Valencia

by Susan McKee on March 3, 2014

Bam! I saw the firecracker flash just before I heard it. Pop! Pow! Bam! The trio of explosions echoed off the office buildings lining the narrow downtown street. The boys throwing the noisemakers toward my feet then giggled and ran off. I stepped over the still-smoking debris and continued on my way. It was just […]

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Punxsutawney Doppelgänger: Happy Groundhog’s Day

by Susan McKee on February 2, 2014

All eyes are on Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (about 84 miles northeast of Pittsburgh) on February 2:  that’s when Punxsutawney Phil, a particularly long-lived groundhog, emerges from his burrow to deliver his prognostications about spring as he has every February 2 for 125 years. But that’s not what moviegoers think about. Instead, thoughts turn to Groundhog Day, the 1993 film. Bill […]

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