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Throughout history, nature has had a leading role as a source of inspiration for both musicians and visual artists. Dating back to even prehistoric cave drawings in Lascaux, France or even the Grand Canyon Suite composed by Grofe, nature has always been and will always be a driving force of creative inspiration. Things in nature are tangible references that we use all the time. From the moment we have memories as little kids, we have been in nature and have used it to learn. From drawing lollipop-looking flowers underneath a cotton ball clouded sky or making a thunderstorm, clapping our hands various ways in class, nature has been a part of our foundational education simply because it is one of the most palpable things we have. Just walk outside and there it is. Similarly, we use words and common figures of speech that originally have a meaning that is found in nature to describe events or objects in our daily lives. For example, a dry or wet signal, lightning fast reflexes, a rocky start, root of a problem, etc…The list goes on. Why did it become this way? Because nature is where life begins and has always been there for...
This Monday is Labor Day, which celebrates the workers of America and their contribution in bettering our nation. This holiday was created by the labor movement, celebrated in New York for the first time in 1882, and officially made a national holiday by President Glover Cleveland in 1894. Originally, Labor Day was celebrated through public street parades and festivals. Today, it has added cook-outs, retail deals, fairs, and a long weekend to the mix. On this first Monday of September, we commemorate the end of summer, the beginning of football season, and a fabulous reason to barbecue every night! A long weekend just screams mini getaway. The schedule is perfect – leave on Friday and come back on Monday. This gives you two whole beautiful days just for activities! So what to do??   If You’re On the East Coast:  Hang out in Virginia Beach for 3 days of music and a half-marathon! From Friday to Sunday, more than 30 local, regional, and national bands will perform at the Verizon Wireless American Music Festival, the largest outdoor music festival on the East coast. Hang out oceanfront by the main stage to see bands like Third Eye Blind, Smashmouth, Barenaked Ladies,...

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