Name that Flyover City! — Dec 15, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions:

  1. This city’s Phipps Conservatory offers a Winter Flower Show, celebrating the holiday season with an array of gorgeous flowers, festive artworks, and beautifully decorated Christmas trees. What city is it?
  2. What southern city is home to trendy music venue Hi Tone Café?
  3. This midwestern city contains a living history museum, intended to provide a glimpse of life during the 1800’s, that hosts a “Dickens Walk” throughout December. What city is it?

And here are the answers:

  1. Pittsburgh, PA. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, located in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park, is an historic landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Founded in 1893 by wealthy financier Henry Phipps Jr, the conservatory has kept up with the times, including being recognized as one of the “greenest facilities in the world”. Its Holiday Magic Winter Flower Show attracts thousands of visitors each year, starting in mid-November and running through the end of the year. Each year’s show has a different theme, but always includes holiday trees, topiaries, and its signature floral delights, including amaryllis, orchids and more than 1,600 poinsettias. The outdoor display in the Winter Light Garden features atunnel of neon orange and green lights alongside planters of gleaming mesh flowers in bold tones of yellow, pink, orange, and red.
  2. Memphis, TN. High Tone Café has operated at three different Memphis addresses in the past 23 years. Its current incarnation resides on North Cleveland Street, and offers great live music, as well as poetry, comedy, and a fantastic menu. Every Sunday, the club hosts Nighttime Jazz Brunch, and its roster of talent includes national acts as well as talented Memphians. Owner Brian “Skinny” McCabe runs the operation, which includes a “small room” downstairs and a “big room” upstairs, depending on the artists performing and the scale of the shows presented.
  3. Columbus, OH. In 1974, the Ohio History Connection opened Ohio Village, adjacent to the Ohio History Center in North Columbus. The Village consists of more than ten buildings, reconstructions of actual historic locations, as well as “villagers and artisans” that inhabit the Village and share stories of 19th Century life in Ohio. Each year at Halloween there is an All-Hollows Eve celebration, and each year at Christmastime, the Village presents “Dickens of a Christmas,” featuring live carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, and Dickens’ best-known fictional character, Ebenezer Scrooge himself.