SEARCH: City Spolight, Toronto

City Spolight, Toronto by Tim Reynolds.

A vibrant city of 2.7 million people, Toronto, Ontario sits on the north shore of Lake Ontario, approximately eighty miles from Niagara Falls and the US border.

One of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities in the world, Toronto has over two hundred distinct ethnic origins. While English is the primary language of most Torontonians, over 160 languages are spoken there.

From the Royal Ontario Museum to the Ontario Science Centre (both places I hung out at in my misspent youth) Toronto is full of museums and galleries large and small. Culturally, it’s home to dozens of ballet and dance companies, a half-dozen opera companies, symphonies, and world class theaters… To read more, click on the Winter Issue here.

SEARCH: Montezuma Castle

Montezuma Castle

by Larriane Barnard

AIPTEKMontezuma Castle is located near Camp Verde roughly in the middle of Arizona.

In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt designated Montezuma Castle as one of the first four national monuments, describing them as “of the greatest ethnological value and scientific interest.” Because of looting, there were few artifacts left to study the Sinagua people until 1933 when Castle A was discovered with a wealth of artifacts left by the people who lived there six hundred years ago…. Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Berkeley, California

As part of our Blast from the Past issue, we’re revisiting useful articles from past issues. This article first appeared in our Spring 2018 issue:

Berkeley, California

By Sumiko Saulson

CITY SPOTLIGHT BERKELEYBerkeley is a progressive college town, well known for its commitment to arts, culture, and the ecology. It’s the first US city to create accessible spaces and curbside cutouts for the mobility impaired back in the seventies.

Farmer’s markets, pro-cyclist events like Sunday Streets Berkeley, plentiful bicycle lanes, and automobile-free zones, community gardens, composting, recycling centers, urban farming, and parks dedicated to preserving native wildlife are part of how Berkeley works towards a greener planet.

University of California Berkeley is home to a beautifully manicured thirty-four acre botanical garden featuring foot bridges, relaxing streams, lush flora, and aromatic flowers from around the globe. It’s Student Organic Garden at the corner of Walnut and Virginia Streets, encourages urban farmers to grow healthy, earth-friendly fresh foods… Ccontinue reading in the Summer 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Old Sacramento, CA

Old Sacramento, CA

by Emerian Rich

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Old Sacramento, a historic district in the middle of our states capital, dates back to 1858 goldrush days. The waterfront lining the Sacramento River was the last stop on the Pony Express route which brought prospectors and entrepreneurs alike from the East.

The historic district homes fifty-three historic buildings, some registered as California Landmarks. The Lady Adams Building, erected from materials brought around Cape Horn in the Ship Lady Adams, was built as a wholesale and import house by German immigrants. As the only building to survive the 1852 fire, it’s homed various storefronts and now houses Evangeline’s Costume Mansion, a three-store costume and novelty shop catering to imagination 365 days a year… Continue reading in the Spring 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Hanover, PA

Hanover, PA

by Suzanne Madron

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Located not too far from Gettysburg and centrally situated between Harrisburg, PA, Baltimore, MD, and Washington D.C. is the town known as the “Snack Food Capital.” If you’ve eaten Snyder’s Pretzels, you’ve most likely noticed the “of Hanover” in the name.

Hanover is a small town and is home to many snack food brands, including Snyder’s, Utz, Wege, and more. On any given day, one can smell fresh potato chips or fresh pretzels on the breeze while sampling a beverage from one of the four microbreweries in town. If coffee is preferred, never fear. Downtown boasts more than a few coffee shops, locally owned and operated, along with the larger, chain coffee companies occupying the shopping plazas along the “Golden Mile.”

If taking a road trip to town, rest assured you will not go hungry. A plethora of restaurants with food ranging from hot dogs and barbecue to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern are all located within a few square miles with many delivery options… Continue reading in the Winter 2019 issue.

SEARCH: Lancaster – Palmdale

Lancaster – Palmdale

by Jim Keller

LancasterLancaster and Palmdale form a metropolitan area with deep roots in Aerospace in the Mojave Desert in northern Los Angeles County. Known for summer heat and Joshua trees, the area is renowned for its desert beauty.

In some years, a springtime bloom of wildflowers paints the desert green, orange, yellow, and purple.

Nearby–using California’s skewed definition of nearby–is Edwards Air Force Base, where Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier and the space shuttle used to land. The specially modified 747 used to transport space shuttles is on display at the Palmdale’s Joe Davies Heritage Airpark, an aircraft museum featuring about 20 planes… Continue reading in the Fall 2019 issue.

 

SEARCH: Spotlight on Oakland

Spotlight on Oakland

by Sumiko Saulson

OaklandCity2.jpgOakland is a well-known spot for arts and culture, but not everyone knows that it is also the home of the nation’s oldest wildlife reserve, Lake Merritt Refuge, established in 1870.

It is a tidal pool three miles in circumference at the heart of the city featuring birds, gardens, and boating. On its shores is the fanciful theme park, Children’s Fairyland, opened in 1950, and one of the oldest such parks in the world. The Oakland Zoo, managed by the Conservation Society of California, is another type of sanctuary for wildlife. Founded in 1922 by naturalist Henry A. Snow, it houses … continue reading in the Summer 2019 issue of SEARCH.

 

 

SEARCH: Gettysburg

Gettysburg

By Suzanne Madron

Gettysburg-Madron-CopperDirectionalLocated in south-central Pennsylvania, Gettysburg is one of those places everyone remembers from history classes. In case you were asleep, there was a significant battle of the Civil War fought there in July of 1863. Gettysburg is more than just a bookmark in history, however.

Yes, there are re-enactments and re-enactors every summer for the history buffs. Yes, there are ghost tours ranging from a leisurely stroll led by lamplight to actual exploration of allegedly haunted locations with ghost hunting equipment. Yes, there are battlefields with monuments for both the North and South marking where skirmishes occurred and who was involved. There’s even a monument featuring a dog if you wander off the main path.

There is also an extremely walkable downtown. A must-see is the house where the owners have recreated famous Civil War battle dioramas down to the last detail, featuring uniformed cats in place of humans and be sure to check out the historic theater and the numerous art galleries featuring local artists.

Hungry? There are restaurants … Continue reading in the Spring 2019 issue.

SEARCH: Calgary, Canada

Calgary, Canada

By Timothy Reynolds

CalgaryCalgary, Alberta is a western Canadian city you might not have heard of if you didn’t watch the 1988 Winter Olympics, aren’t an NHL hockey fan, don’t compete on the professional rodeo circuit, or aren’t involved in the oil and gas industry, but those are just tips of this urban prairie ‘iceberg’.

Internationally famous as the gateway to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Calgary is only ninety minutes from the wilds of Banff National Park. You don’t, however, have to leave the city to see wildlife. Calgary is home to Fish Creek Provincial Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America. Deer and coyote are common and occasionally moose, bear, or cougar wander through. It’s also a birder’s playground, ranging from Rufus Hummingbirds to American White Pelicans.

Although, Alberta beef is world famous, Calgarians love variety. All tastes get met in cool little neighborhoods like Kensington, Inglewood, and Chinatown. It’s a very family oriented city with the Calgary Zoo (hosting pandas until 2023), Telus Spark Science Centre, Heritage Park Historical Village, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary Tower  … continue reading in the Winter 2018 issue.

SEARCH: Berkeley, California

Berkeley, California
By Sumiko Saulson

CITY SPOTLIGHT BERKELEYBerkeley is a progressive college town, well known for its commitment to arts, culture, and the ecology. It’s the first US city to create accessible spaces and curbside cutouts for the mobility impaired back in the seventies.

Farmer’s markets, pro-cyclist events like Sunday Streets Berkeley, plentiful bicycle lanes, and automobile-free zones, community gardens, composting, recycling centers, urban farming, and parks dedicated to preserving native wildlife are part of how Berkeley works towards a greener planet.

University of California Berkeley is home to a beautifully manicured thirty-four acre botanical garden featuring foot bridges, relaxing streams, lush flora, and aromatic flowers from around the globe. It’s Student Organic Garden at the corner of Walnut and Virginia Streets, encourages urban farmers to grow healthy, earth-friendly fresh foods…continue reading in the Spring 2018 issue.