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Notes Along the Way · 1M ago

Saving the Alligators at the Jefferson Hotel

Alligator Photo in Jefferson History Museum ©MM SikesOver the years, one of the most fascinating stories I have encountered is that of the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia where alligat...
Notes Along the Way · 1M ago

Enjoying a Kathleen Conover Workshop

Kathleen Conover Demonstration ©Mary Montague SikesEvery year, I enjoy taking one artist workshop. Somehow, this year I went a little crazy and took three. Last week, we traveled to Boone, N...
Notes Along the Way · 1M ago

We Can't Control the Weather

Island Club 2016 ©Mary Montague SikesA few weeks ago, I thought I had everything figured out--book events and art happenings. We would drive down to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, enjoy...
Notes Along the Way · 2M ago

Scheduling Events for My New Book - An Artful Animal Alphabet

An Artful Animal Alphabet is my first book directed mostly to children. Because of the artwork,  it is an adult book as well that might even be fun to display on a coffee table.I have just b...
Notes Along the Way · 3M ago

Cold Wax Medium - A Great Choice for Mixed Media Artists

"Love and Light: Rising from the Ashes" ©MM SikesAre you familiar with cold wax medium? I wasn't until last year when I started to notice the work of several artists using this material. I l...
Notes Along the Way · 3M ago

Transportation Museum in Bangor, Maine Draws Interest

"Transportation Museum in Bangor" ©Mary Montague SikesIt seems like it's located in the middle of nowhere, but the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor, Maine is amazing. Housed in a bu...
Notes Along the Way · 3M ago

Acadia--the National Parks Adventure Continues

"Lake and Mountain" ©Mary Montague SikesA visit to Acadia National Park in  Maine was this year's adventure for our family. The park is lovely with nice lake views for the photographers. The...
Notes Along the Way · 4M ago

U.S. Route 1, the End and the Beginning

US 1, the Beginning ©Allison SikesWithin the last two months, we have visited the end of US Route 1, mile 0, in Key West, Florida and the very beginning of it in Fort Kent, Maine where the b...
Notes Along the Way · 4M ago

Living in the Present, Still Cherishing Our Past

"Sunset over the Water" ©Mary Montague SikesFor many years, people have come to our little town looking for old houses, buying and renovating them. They love the history attached to the buil...
Notes Along the Way · 4M ago

Loving Animals, Books, and Children

   An Artful Animal Alphabet, my first published children's book, has been released. What a thrill it is to hold this bright hardcover edition in my hands.Because I've worked for many years ...