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Nebraska Passport: Tours Across Nebraska

I must admit I am a rather big Jeopardy fan.   Not very many shows have made my “follow” list, but that is one that I have watched almost daily for years.  One category that they feature is “Common Bonds.”  As for the pictures that I featured on yesterday’s “Wordless Wednesday,” they all had one thing in common: they are all 2014 “Nebraska Passport” stops.  Many of them I have covered on my blog already.  Several are yet to be shown, so for those I plan to keep you guessing.

Can’t Get Enough Tour

1) ?

2) Morrill Hall on Odyssey Through Nebraska

Morrill Hall Z

Forks in the Road Tour

Homestead Brand

3) High Plains Homestead (Home of the Drifter Cookshack and Bunkhouse) on Odyssey Through Nebraska

Hit the Snooze Tour

4) ?

Nebraska Homegrown Tour

Prairie Gounds interior

5) Prairie Grounds Cafe and Gifts on Odyssey Through Nebraska

How We Move Tour

Carhenge

6) Carhenge on Odyssey through Nebraska

7) ?

8) ?

Patchwork Passion

Quilts 5 purposes arch

9) International Quilt Study Center & Museum on Odyssey Through Nebraska

Rare Finds

Unfortunately I have not been to any of these places recently.  My grandparents lived in Laurel, so I did grow up walking into their downtown.  I am pretty sure that I have been to the Apothecary, but I think that it has drastically changed since then.  Hopefully someday I will make it back!

Sips and Suds Tour

Not sure that we will make too many of these places since we do more of the family tour.  But hey, Nebraska Passport has at least one place that will appeal to everyone! 🙂

Stars and Stripes Tour

10) ?

11) ?

SAS copter and plane

12) Strategic Air & Space Museum on Odyssey Through Nebraska

(By the end of the Nebraska Passport 2014 season, which happens to be the end of September, every one of the ? mark places will be featured on this blog!  I also will be featuring several of the places from Lincoln’s “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” program as well!)

Have you picked up your copy of the 2014 Nebraska Passport yet? This year they have even added a downloadable app, so you can keep track of your places that way.  Achieving prizes for the Nebraska Passport is a bit challenging.  Since the ones I would really want are for 40 stamps and above, I am pretty sure that we will not be getting any.  But, we will be enjoying the stops on the way.  Some familiar and some that are new.  All places to make memories as we travel across the nice state of Nebraska.

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Nebraska Friday Fun: Swing Your Partner

Today is known as the 45th day of the year in our household.  Thankfully I did not grow up with dreams of romantic Valentine getaways because they aint happenin’ ’round here! 🙂  Really I think it is funny now.  As I mentioned earlier, we celebrate our anniversary  in January, so as long as my husband remembers that, he’s good! Anyway, I know for many people, today is a big deal.

Perhaps you have been debating on what to do to celebrate tonight with your sweetie.  Well, I have two great options that would help you to have a lively Valentine’s Day. One could involve a get away, and one just might save someone’s life.

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The dinner for this event happens to be sold out, but you can still go for the dessert and the dance.  Two complimentary drinks are included with purchase.  The getaway part?  The SAC museum just happens to be next door to Mahoney State Park and lodging packages are available.  Here is a description of the event from The Strategic Air & Space Museum website.

The 2014 Hangar Dance Swing Under the Wings will be held on February 14.  Swing Under the Wings will be in the style of a 1940s USO party complete with a full 17-piece big band.  We invite you to dress in your best vintage clothing or costumes to relive memories of a bygone era where music and dance provided a welcome distraction to the stresses of World War II.

I would think even just going to see all of the costumes and the swing dancing would be fun by itself!   As far as saving someone’s life …

An organization that I have featured several times on this blog is Tiny Hands International.  Rescuing women and children from a life of slave trade is such an important mission.  Tonight you can support their work with a fun event that could even be more your whole family.

Dance for Freedom is happening tonight from 7 to 11 p.m. at Lincoln’s Union Station.  Appetizers, dance contests and fun people: what a great way to celebrate a day dedicated to love.  Loving those who cannot love in return is a meaningful calling!  The best part about this for some of you?  No date required.  This is a fundraiser for Tiny Hands, so per person admission does cost $50.  While the tickets may seem a bit much, really if you had a full evening of flowers, dinner, dessert and a movie, could not the tab for two run well over $100?  Why not have your money go toward a great cause and still have a fun evening?

You can read a Journal Star “Dance for Freedom” article to learn more.

Or you can also watch a couple of clips:

KLKN story on “Dance for Freedom”

You officially have no excuse not to dance the night away!

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Window Gawking: “Miracle on Farnam Street” in Omaha

For lunch when we were in Omaha last week, we headed to Mid-town Crossing.  One definite reason that we went there was to see “Miracle on Farnam Street.”  Twenty-one windows up and down the street have been decorated by twenty-one different Omaha charities.  You get to look at all of them and pick your favorite.  Whichever window gets the most votes will win a $3000 donation courtesy of the Baer Foundation.

Omaha Windows One

That afternoon happened to be bitterly cold – I am not sure that temperatures even made into the teens.  My kids were freezing just walking from the parking garages.  So, we looked at a few near the restaurant.

Omaha Windows Three

I ordered our lunch, then my Mom stayed with the kids while I went around looking at the rest of the windows.  My kids would have LOVED seeing them on a warmer day, but I was worried about them being too cold.  So, we had to limit our group perusing.  If you do go and have your options of days, I would pick a warmer one.  (This Wednesday is supposed to be unseasonably warm in Eastern Nebraska!)

Omaha Windows Two

Taking pictures through glass definitely limits the photographs.  But maybe that is okay.  Now you will just have to go see them for yourself.  I hope they make this an annual tradition.  I loved seeing what all of the groups came up with to visualize the great work that they do across Omaha and Nebraska!

P.S. Tomorrow I will write about where we ate lunch – our food was delicious!  Since I do not want to influence your vote, I am leaving a comment as to which one was my favorite rather than including my opinion in the text.  You can read it if you want to do so! 🙂

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