Sunday, May 21, 2017

St Louis Zoo and Forest Park

We've been on the go a lot this spring and we wanted to show you a few pictures from a recent weekend in St. Louis. We were in St. Louis to see one of our favorite Georgetown fair queens graduate at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and we couldn't pass up the chance to cross the river and spend a little time in one of our favorite cities.

St. Louis is famous for barbecue and we were quick to find our way to Pappy's Smokehouse. Pappy's actually advertises themselves as the best Memphis style bbq in St. Louis, so you'll have to figure out that part on your own. What we can tell you is we waited in line for about 20 minutes before we hit the order counter on a Sunday right at lunch rush and you'd better know what you want to order by the time you hit hit the register. We spent most of the time in line checking out the menu. We waited maybe 5-10 minutes for our food to be brought to our table. Bottom line: Joe says these are some of the best ribs he's had anywhere in the country, and the burnt ends are so good alone you won't want to use too much sauce. Higher recommended.

We also spent a few hours in Forest Park, and because there is no general admission charge to enter the St. Louis Zoo, we went in to check on the elephants. Being in Forest Park reminded us just how cool this place really is - not all cities have an enormous green space filled with parks, golf, museums and a world class zoo. History buffs will remember St. Louis hosted the worlds fair, and we actually parked near the pavilion and walked to zoo's north entrance. We had a lot of fun in St. Louis and we can't wait to be there again, so be sure to say high if you see Josh and Joe Travels!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Georgetown 2017 Princess Luncheon with Queen Sarah Sigmon

On Saturday, March 4th we were thrilled to be in Georgetown for the annual princess luncheon. The princess luncheon has become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, so much so that we are starting to wonder if the princess luncheon is just as popular as the fair queen pageant. With a ballerina, story time with Queen Sarah, dances and lots of crown shaped cookies it was a great afternoon in Georgetown.

If you missed the princess luncheon be sure to mark you calendars for next year - Georgetown Fair Queen Princess. Luncheon tickets generally go on sale in February, and they tend to go fast, so get in touch with queen directors Jill Pope or Karen Thornsbrough for more information. And be sure to keep checking back to see what Queen Sarah does next right here at Josh and Joe Travels!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Georgetown Fair Queen 2016 Sarah Sigmon

Miss Georgetown Fair 2016 Sarah Sigmon is cruising through her year of service with her next appearance coming soon at the annual princess luncheon. But Queen Sarah has been busy all winter, and we wanted to share with you a few of our favorite shots from Sarah's official portrait sessions. We had a chance to photograph Sarah for her official portrait and state pageant headshot, and we did a session with her to get pictures of her state pageant competition wardrobe. For the pageant uninitiated out there, fair queens compete each year at the state pageant, and they are judged in speech, interview, swimsuit and evening gown, plus they bring outfits for social gatherings and other events that take place during pageant weekend. We'll be posting pictures from the annual princess luncheon soon, so be sure to check back right here at Josh and Joe Travels!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Georgetown Fair Queen 2017 Princess Luncheon coming March 4th

The Georgetown Fair Queen Princess Luncheon is one of our favorite events, and this year Miss Georgetown Fair 2016 Sarah Sigmon on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Georgetown Fairgrounds. Tickets are only $15 but you have to buy them in advance.

Tickets go fast and are available at Rustic Charm and Knights Insurance in Georgetown, from our friends at Floral n Fair in Catlin, and at Cottage Coiffures and Berry's Garden Center in Danville. Tickets go fast so be sure to check soon if you haven't already purchased your tickets. Look for more info on the official Georgetown Fair Queen Pageant facebook page or get in touch with Georgetown Fair Queen Pageant directors Jill Pope and Karen Thornsbrough, or just ask your favorite former fair queen.

Each princess at the luncheon gets a gift bag full of royal goodies, plus everyone meets Queen Sarah and gets a picture before they leave. Queen Sarah will read one of her favorite stories and lead the princesses in a dance, plus she'll teach everyone to curtsy. As the official photographers of the Georgetown Fair Queen we'll be posting lots of pictures form the luncheon right here, and if you are there in person be sure to say bippity boppity hello to Josh and Joe Travels!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tiny House Roadshow Indianapolis Indiana

We love to travel, but when we're not on the road we catch up on our favorite shows, and like many of you we've become addicted to all the tiny house shows on HGTV. From tiny house hunters to tiny house builders we've watched it all, and since we have a small home ourselves, we're pretty impressed by how creative people get with tiny houses. So when we saw the Tiny House Roadshow was going to be Indianapolis we got a small amount of cash together, loaded a tiny memory card in the camera, and planned to spend a small window of our weekend at the show.

There were approximately 15 tiny homes on display at the show in Indianapolis, and that included a few models that were more or less frames. About 10 of them were finished models, but we only got to see six because the lines were so long. Needless to say these tiny homes drew big interest. We saw some neat staff that got us thinking about smaller options for windows, cabinets and even an air conditioner that we didn't know were available, so that alone was probably worth the $12 per person admission. We saw a billboard about the Tiny House Roadshow so you might do some searching if you'd like to go when it is in your area, because we have a feeling you'll be just as excited by the tiny show as Josh and Joe Travels!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Historic Irvington Halloween Festival Indianapolis 2016

Halloween is one of Joe's favorite times of the year so hitting the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival was right up our alley. Irvington is a neighborhood just east of downtown Indianapolis and it is filled with history and a unique atmosphere that really comes alive in October. The festival is almost 70 years old and Irvington has really embraced its history - even the parts that get most of their attention during the haunted history walking tour. We've been on the ghost tours a few times over the years and this year our group must have been over 200 people. If you've been on other ghost tours you'll know that is huge so its not the up close experience with the tour guide you get on smaller tours, but the good news is they give you a really great book that tells all the stories in detail so you can come back to Irvington later to do some extra exploring.

Irvington is one of the coolest places in Indianapolis, and probably one of the best stops you can make in the midwest. If you want to learn a lot of about the history of Indiana and Indianapolis, Irvington needs to be on your bucket list. Its a pedestrian friendly neighborhood filled with winding tree-lined streets, and you'll be surprised what you find in what seems to be such a quiet residential area. If you love history and Halloween you really need to check out the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival, and be sure to bring your walking shoes just like Josh and Joe Travels!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Nashville Farmers Market Nashville Tennessee

We've spent a lot of time in Nashville on our trips to see the Opry, and we like to make a stop at the Nashville Farmers Market whenever we are in town. The farmers market is on Rosa Parks between Harrison and Jefferson right next to the bicentennial capitol mall state park. It is free to go to the market and free to park, and if you're like us you might look for parking along Seventh along the park.

The farmers market in Nashville is in a big modern building with outdoor pavilions, and the best part is they are normally home to one of our absolute favorite vendors - Georgia Peach Truck - so be sure to look for the Peach Truck during peach season. And if you can't make it to Nashville, with any luck you can catch the Peach Truck on tour. After you're done at the market we think you should spend some time at the bicentennial park checking out the civil war timeline. If you plan ahead the park and market is nice bike ride if you happen to be staying downtown. So check out the farmers market, and watch out for the two guys chasing the Peach Truck that are sure to be Josh and Joe Travels!