October Travel News Digest – Southern US

Bluegrass Shrine to Unveil New Home • Kentucky

The new $15.3 million Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, the only full-scale bluegrass music museum in the world, will celebrate its grand opening the weekend of October 18-20, 2018 in downtown Owensboro. Formerly the International Bluegrass Music Museum, the rebranded shrine will feature new exhibits and multi-media displays. In the Picker’s Corner, visitors will be encouraged to play banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and other instruments. The 450-seat Woodward Theater plans to offer a live bluegrass show every Saturday night. Other genres, including blues, country and gospel, also will be featured several times a quarter. An outdoor stage facing the Ohio River will seat 2,000 for shows during the summer. The new building will include a recording studio, museum store and research library. (bluegrassmuseum.org)

Shreveport Mardi Gras Experience for Groups • Louisiana

The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau will host the 13th annual Red River Mardi Gras Bash during the Krewe of Centaur Parade XXVIII in downtown Shreveport on Saturday, February 23, 2019. The unique parade day experience offers VIP treatment and behind-the-scenes access for groups of 10 or more during one of the largest Mardi Gras parades in Louisiana. (sbfunguide.com/event/redriver-mardi-gras-bash/4383)

Destination Restaurant Opens on the Coast • South Carolina

LuLu’s by Lucy Buffett just opened in Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. In addition to the 450-seat restaurant and outdoor dining areas, LuLu’s features live music nightly, a sandy beach and other activities. It is situated along the Intracoastal Waterway in a new section of Barefoot Landing called Dockside Village. Barefoot Landing is LuLu’s third location with the principal being Gulf Shores, Alabama, and the second location in Destin, Florida. Menu items include the best-selling Crab Melt and the “Pa-menna” Cheeseburger with pimento cheese, bacon and a fried green tomato. It has “Big Ole’ Salads,” seafood, burgers and specialty drinks. Spices and sauces used in the restaurant can be purchased. Future plans for the property include the addition of a Shag Beach Bar, a three-story ropes course dubbed the Mountain of Youth and an arcade. Lucy Buffett is the sister of singer Jimmy Buffett. (lulubuffett.com/myrtlebeach)

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