50 States


Maryland: 50 States in 50 Days

Snagged by moi
Maryland is known as the old line state, the free state, Little America or America in miniature, not because it looks like a "mini-me" of the country but because of its varied topography, from mountains to beaches and rolling hills. Maryland officially takes its name from Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I of England however, it also contains a reference to the fact that George Calvert who applied for the charter in 1629 intended it to be a haven for Catholics in the new world.

Havona and he stony cooks found this one
Maryland has the highest median income of any state in the nation. Its government is notorious for attempting to collect taxes from citizens for years after leaving the state.



Maine: 50 States in 50 Days

Havona and the Stony Cook's Maine
Maine, The Pine Tree State or ”Vacation Land” is also the land of Stonewall Kitchen, homemade ice cream-so-good-it-kick-Ben-and-Jerry’s-butts, cheap lobster, blue berries, moose, Stephen King, George H Bush, and L.L.Bean. Maine may take its name from the ancient Provence of Maine. It may be a nautical reference to the “mainland”. Like a lot of states, it turns out, we just don’t know. What we do know is that Maine is at the most northeastern tip of the contiguous United States. It was admitted to the Union in 1820 as part of the Missouri compromise. It is the least populated state east of the Mississippi and it the only state that borders a single state (New Hampshire).



Louisiana: 50 States in 50 Days

Found! Louisiana by Renya Sofia
We’re taking a break from our pre-harvest festival/pre-Halloween festivities to highlight Louisiana, our next state. Louisiana is utterly unique, a mix of French, Spanish, African and Native American cultures at its apex in New Orleans.
It borders by the state of Texas on the west, Arkansas to the north, Mississippi on the east and the Gulf of Mexico at its south. For visitors it’s a strange topsy-turvy place with parishes instead of counties, and architecture like nowhere else. Even the cemeteries are different, cluttered places canopied by trees bearded in Spanish moss with graves raised above the unreliable ground. No wonder Louisiana is the setting for supernatural tails of Voodoo and Vampires.



Kentucky: 50 States in 50 Days

Havona and the Stony Cooks got Kentucky

Kentucky is the Bluegrass state. This is bluegrass as in actually grass, not the music, though bluegrass music is certainly made in Kentucky. If we were to play six degrees of separation, Kentucky would be one of those key names, like people on Facebook who seem to know everyone. It borders seven states: West Virginia lies to the east, Virginia to the southeast, Tennessee to the south, Missouri to the west, Illinois and Indiana to the northwest, and Ohio to the north and northeast. It serves as a sort of cross roads for the South and the Midwest. Kentucky officially supported part of the Union in the Civil War but the state split when a group of southern counties succeeded. Ironically it was the birth place of both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davies, the president of the Confederacy.



Kansas: 50 States in 50 Days

Meredith Lopez put us "over the rainbow" with this!
Kansas: we’re not there anymore, but you‘d never know it by the weather. How can we possible think about Kansas with every second leave cruelly sheared off, littering the sidewalks and choking the gutters? What’s the Matter With Kansas? It’s a documentary. Today we know Kansas for tornados (though we’re giving them a run for their money) and Conservatives but apparently Kansas has a rich history of radicalism. It was the land of John Brown, a place where escaped slaves founded colonies and it’s admission to the union in 1861 was an important precursor of the civil war. Later it was a hot bed of socialism.