Retropolis Tour of America: HAWAII - How to Dance the Hula

There's still plenty of summer left! It's not too late to learn how to hula dance and try out your dance moves at the next Hawaiian party. 

The fact that people around the United States have parties with a "Hawaiian theme" is proof that Hawaii is an awesome state. If you go to a party store you won't find decorations that celebrate any other state. Only Hawaii. Hawaii's got it going on!  read more...

Nearly 75 Years Ago: The East Coast Hurricane of 1938

Do these scenes look familiar? Even if you don't live on the east coast, you've seen non-stop footage of the hurricane of 2011 on the news since last week. I'm going to go ahead and call it THE hurricane of 2011 since I'm hoping Hurricane Irene will be the only one. Of course, it's only August and hurricane season just began. But, let's just hope hurricane season came in like a lion and will go out like a lamb. Fingers crossed! read more...

Retropolis Tour of America: SAVANNAH, GEORGIA - GHOSTS and HAUNTED HOUSES

Although I haven't been to Savannah, I've always heard about how beautiful and inspiring it is with it's historic architecture and emphasis on the arts. In recent years I have been hearing that Savannah is "the most haunted place in America." I always thought New Orleans was the most haunted place in America, but maybe the ghosts in Savannah, Georgia have decided to make more public appearances to help give Savannah a haunted edge. read more...

Retropolis Tour of America: FLORIDA - Amish People and Shuffleboard in Sarasota

When I was six years old, I went with my family on our first trip to Florida. As we drove down US-19 past all the classic 1940's and 50's motels, I noticed something about these motels that I had never seen before. In addition to the palm trees and pastel colors, I noticed people playing a game outside at many of these motels. They would hold long poles and shove a disc along the cement, aiming the disc at a giant triangle on the ground. read more...

Retropolis Tour of America: DELAWARE - Historic Lewes Farmer's Market

Farms, roadside stands, and farmer's markets always give me a sense of nostalgia. The site of colorful vegetables and the scent of all that freshness brings me back to my roots, even though I didn't grow up on a farm.

If you relate to that, you'll enjoy the Historic Lewes Farmer's Market next time you're in Lewes, Delaware. In addition to fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables, they also offer eggs, baked goods, fresh flowers, milk, yogurt, cheese, raw honey, jams, jellies, meat, chicken and more! read more...

Retropolis Tour of America: Classic Cars in MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT - Cruisin' on Main Street

Our Retropolis tour of Retro America makes a virtual stop this weekend in Manchester, Connecticut for Cruisin' on Main Street. This is a great opportunity to see classic cars, classic trucks, sports cars and street rods that are 25 years old or older. This annual classic car festival will be held Sunday August 7, with a rain date set for Sunday, August 14. read more...

Baking in a 1940's Kitchen / Happy 70th Birthday, Martha Stewart!

Martha Stewart was born August 3, 1941. She grew up during a time when most women had dreams of being the perfect housewife, perfect mother, perfect cook, and perfectly tidy homemaker. Times have changed, but not completely. There is less emphasis on perfection for the home, but people still love a clean home to the point that they'll apologize if it isn't clean. Both genders cook now. Some people are passionate about it, some do it because they have to, and some don't bother cooking at all. All three are acceptable in society today.  read more...

Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse

Tomorrow, August 4th, is Tony Bennett's 85th birthday. Tony Bennett was born in Queens, New York in 1926. Amy Winehouse was born 57 years later in 1983 in London, England. Although they had 57 years between them, their music has a timeless quality to it. Tony Bennett has stuck with the kind of classic music he was born to make, and Amy Winehouse connected with music that was made before her time, while giving it her own modern flair. Just earlier this summer they sang a duet together for an album of duets Tony Bennett will be releasing this September. read more...

Who invented planking? And when was planking invented? Tom Green. 1990.

I found this video on YouTube of Tom Green and friends in 1990. About 30 seconds into the video, you'll see Tom Green and his friends drop to the ground (in a store, of course... this is Tom Green, after all) and they do what is known today as "planking".

If you don't know what "planking" is, check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRHnTFesv7c

Props to Network Ten for reporting on planking with a sense of humor! read more...

Retropolis Tour of America: Drive-in Movie Theaters in COLORADO

Summer only began a month ago, so there is still plenty of time to go to the drive-in! If you're in Colorado, you have the opportunity to visit SEVEN drive-in movie theatres. Of course, that's to the best of my knowledge since too many drive-in theatres in America still continue to close. Hopefully the drive-in theatres that I am aware of in Colorado are still open, and hopefully even MORE drive-in movie theatres will open in Colorado and throughout America! The drive-in is an American classic! read more...

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