Thursday, September 15 – USA 101
Widely revered as “The Travelin’ Man,” travel writer Gary McKechnie’s expert trekking cred goes beyond his collection of best-selling guide books and his features in publications like USA Today and Southern Living, and the fact that he’s a two-time Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Silver award winner (pretty much the Pulitzer Prize of travel writing). That stuff’s impressive and all, but McKechnie’s really earned his rank as a legit travel insider from personal experience: He visited literally every nook and cranny of the U.S. during a nationwide motorcycle journey in 1998 with wife Nancy Howell. Tonight, McKechnie shares highlights from the road in support of his third book, USA 101: A Guide to America’s Iconic Places, Events and Festivals, which was published a few years back by National Geographic. And believe it or not, of all places, when McKechnie’s not traveling, he resides right in our own backyard, calling charming Mount Dora home. – Aimee Shea (6:30 p.m. at the Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; $10-$20, cash bar; 407-836-7010; thehistorycenter.org)
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