Monday, October 26, 2015

"The Ivy House", Lunch with Linda and Ned.....

Met Linda and Ned, at The Ivy House in Ocala for a delicious southern home style lunch.

Ned and Linda, friends from Melbourne, FL, stopped in for a visit as they head home after a 7K+ mile RV trip this Summer and Fall. Nice to catch up on all their happenings and hear about their adventures on the road.

"The Vogues" at Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala, FL

The Vogues created a sound.  It was a fresh, original blend of vocal harmony that left an indelible mark in the world of popular music.  Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001, The Vogues remain one of the top vocal groups on the oldies scene today. Even though their first hit "You're the One" was released over 45 years ago.

Another trip down a musical memory lane at The Vogues concert Saturday evening. Very entertaining show with a lot of old favorites you could sing along with. 

Bill Burkette(left), original founder of the group, is still performing after 50 short years.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

"Herman's Hermits" at On Top of the World

Peter Noone and the group put on a great show full of energy and lots of laughs...

"Herman's Hermits" Circle Square Cultural Center in Ocala, FL

Herman’s Hermits lead the second wave of the 1960′s British Invasion with hits such as “I’m Into Something Good,”  “Henry the VIII”, and “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter.”  

The band, initially known as Herman and the Hermits, started out with modest success in 1964, when they reached the top of the United Kingdom with their cover of "I'm Into Something Good." Little did they know that the song would be their only UK chart topper.

Back in the mid-'60s, the American music scene was wide open to British bands. The song hit number 13 in America, paving the way for a huge surge of popularity betweenn 1965 and 1967. Herman's Hermits snagged some lofty spots on the '65 charts, with "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" and "I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am" both reaching number one and "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat" peaking at number two.

What led the band to such whirlwind success? Although there was no “Herman,” Peter Noone was the lead singer, and he had a charisma that captured hearts and caused frenzied females to swoon.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Crossville and Knoxville, TN Stop Overs

Back to one of our favorite places to camp...Cumberland Mt State Park in Crossville, TN. Ted had hoped to golf at Bear Trace, the Jack Nicklaus course at the state park, but the rains from Hurricane Joaquin put an end to that bad flooding in Crossville, but steady rain for two days. 

We always look forward to eating at the Cumberland Mountain SP restaurant.. we hit fried chicken night!

Big Johns BBQ is the place to go in Crossville if you want BBQ...

Big John, himself, showed us some of his cooking methods... Thanks for the wonderful BBQ, John!

Stopped in Knoxville to see Colby, Joe and Miss Stella.

Had the oil changed in the rig a Buddy Gregg RV and "invested" in new tires for our home away from home! As Ted said "Those Suckers are EXPENSIVE!!!"

Rend Lake, IL, Gun Creek Recreation Area

A recreation area developed by the Army Corp of Engineers....

Gun Creek Recreation Area has a nice campground located right on Rend Lake. Ted played 27 holes of golf here while Jan drove the cart....

As seen from our campsite....

We spent 3 nights at the Gunn Creek CG for a nice break in our travels east...

Heading East on I 70 After Leaving Colorado Springs......

After leaving the Air Force Academy Famcamp in Colorado Springs on Sept 24th we headed east through KS, MO, and into IL on I 70. Here are a few of the sights we saw along the way.  Most of the campgrounds we stayed in had no or very weak internet connections, so no posting until we arrived home in Ocala....