City - The Red Carpet was lined with celebrities before Radio City Music Hall
opened up a seven-week performance.New
York Spring Spectacular takes audiences on a whirlwind adventure across New
York City while telling an inspiring and hopeful narrative about New Yorkers
who change each other’s lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways.
Award-winner Laura Benanti, Emmy Award-winner and current pro on Dancing With
the Stars, Derek Hough; Lenny Wolpe; Jared Grimes and the Rockettes will be
joined by co-creative directors Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner on the red
Vegas - Photographers that specialize in portraits and wedding photography converged
on MGM Grand in Las Vegas to fine-tune their skills and equipment by attending the
WPPI conference.Over 13,000
photographers and Representatives from 300 large corporations had exhibits set
up in the MGM Grand Hall. The newest technology was presented to all that
attended to help improve the final product that photographers use in capturing
the moment that is special.Building a
relationship with a client so that the story can be told through the
photographs was an important feature emphasized by conference speakers.
photographers that have careers with strong established resumes shared their
experience in the business and demonstrated how the great picture was obtained
– how to get the great shot at the right moment with the least amount of
invasion of privacy.Classes and
demonstrations were continually being presented by 125 of the world’s
photographic instructors throughout the conference days.
WPPI gave attendees an opportunity to network
with professionals from around the world and gain a chance to keep out in front
of the aggressively changing business.Awards were presented in various categories to recognize the high
quality of work that photographers had created during the year.
- The weather cooperated for the 16th Annual Chinatown Lunar New
Year Parade in New York City.After a
night of snow and sleet the sun broke through and shined on the thousands of
people that lined the parade route.This
is the year of the Sheep or as some have considered the celebration as the year
of the Goat.The Lunar Festival featured
floats, musicians, dancers, marching bands, dragon dancers, martial arts,
Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Daniel Squadron.
is known as a city to have the largest Chinese population outside of Asia.The parade route was filled with over 6,000
parade participants and volunteers.The
route started at Canal and Mott Street and wound through Chinatown and finished
at Sara D. Roosevelt Park.Lucky numbers
for the year of the Sheep – 3, 4, 9.People born in the year of the Sheep are considered to be clever, kind hearted
Chinatown USA organized the parade was founded in 2001. The organization is made up of volunteers and
works toward building awareness of Chinatown and Asian-Chinese American
City – Miss P a 15 inch Beagle wins Best In Show at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club dog show.Competition was fierce
all week with the top of breeds showing at the New York City Piers and the
final at Madison Square Gardens.Tuesday
evening the field was narrowed down for the seven groups with Miss P taking top
honor Best In Show at the 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog
Show.Miss P is the second beagle to
ever win Best in Show and is the grand niece of the winner 2008 named Uno. Skye Terrier, call name Charlie was named
Reserve Best in Show with registered name Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie.
15-inch beagle Miss P’s name is short for Payton and registered name Tashtins
Lookin For Trouble.David Merriam was
the judge and is a dog breeder and former state trial judge in California.Miss P is from Vancouver, British Columbia,
handler Will Alexander and owners are Eddie Dziuk and Lori Crandlemire (breeder)
and Kaitlyn Crandlemire.Will Alexander
said at the news conference “Miss P is
hungry and enjoys eating liver and she just never let me down.”David Frei, co-host of Westminster dog show
said that the media tour begins with a visit to the TODAY show, top of the
Empire State Building, a steak lunch at Sardi’s in Manhattan, meeting Donald
Trump and a walk-on appearance in the Broadway musical Kinky.
City – The second annual Masters Agility Championship was held at Piers 94 on
Valentine’s Day. During the day two rings were holding competition courses for
dogs that would continue on to compete in the final round in the evening for
the Agility Award.Tex, a border collie
won overall and took home the prestigious award; Rose Savkov, Long Valley, New
Jersey was Tex’s handler.
Championship Round had 10 dogs from each of the five height categories.For the second year of Agility competition
there were 330 entries.Two judges were
involved with the evening finals, Mr. Graham Partridge, Cornwall England and
Mr. Alan Arthur. Leander, Texas.Competition
was fierce by all the competing dogs to complete the course without any error
and to beat the time clock. The handlers were meticulously directing the dogs
through jumps, a donut, running up and down a ramp, tunnels and weaving.The dogs had energy that made the trials
exciting to watch and engaged the capacity filled arena spectators to cheer as
the dogs made their way through the course at a high speed.
the day the Meet the Breeds, sponsored by the American Kennel Club, was next
door in Pier 95 for the public to get close and interact with over 100 breeds.
Both organizations teamed up to make a fully filled event for all to enjoy
before the upcoming Westminster Dog Show that starts on Monday and Tuesday.
– The annual New York Pet Fashion show was held for the 11th time at
Hotel Pennsylvania.This year was no
exception with the well-organized team that Gregg Oehler and Ada Nieves
co-chairs of the show are noted for.The
red carpet allowed owners to show their creative fashion for their pets by
designers plus the original concepts of the personal design to match.Designer clothes and jewelry ranged with
prices up to $13,000 by a designer from Tel Aviv, Chen Sahar, for a matching
collar and bracelet worn by a puppy up for adoption.
Fashion Show has a strong dedication for bringing awareness to the need and
encouragement of adopting abandoned animals.The money that is raised goes toward furthering this cause and working
with people that have dedicated their time.
Las Vegas – The 37th SHOT Show this year
was attended by nearly 64,000 buyers and sellers from 100 countries
representing the industry for hunters, outdoor shooting and law enforcement
industry. The Sands Expo Center was filled to capacity allowing some of the
more than 1,600 exhibiting showrooms to spill over to the Venetian Hotel.
This year there were more than 150 additional new
companies that showcased their merchandise.Manufacturers ranging from firearms to all accessories displayed and
demonstrated the newest changes of equipment and safety features.Dan Wesson and Ruger showcased new handguns
as well as other companies showing Uzi Pro pistol.
Women are becoming a rapid growth within this $8
billion industry for not only self-defense but also target shooting with an
estimated 25 percent of purchases.Firearm safety was emphasized throughout the trade show with educational
City – New York Times presented another successful year of information for
thousands of attendees at The New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob K. Javits
Convention Center in New York City.Yana
Gutierrez, vice president, strategic partnerships, American Express Travel gave
the opening Keynote Address.Over 500
exhibitor booths with 40% being new this year were staffed with travel professionals
sharing information and answering questions.
from more than 150 countries throughout the world were ready with all types of
literature to help all that had a dream to venture out and travel.Cuba had a strong presence at the show to
provide help with the new changes on travel that have opened to citizens from
the United States.Samples of cuisine
from different locations were part of “Taste of the World.”A special culinary stage gave kids a chance
to get involved through “Taste of the World-Kids Kitchen.”
Seminars were presented throughout the days of
The New York Times Travel Show with expert speakers, book signings by travel
authors and live performances.
City – Weather predictions of heavy snow and freezing rain are outshined by the
prospect that each day is bringing us all closer to spring and boating as a
focus.The Javits Center in New York
City was filled with hundreds of boats for prospective purchasers to view and
place an order.The Boat Show has a
110-year history with tens of thousands having viewed the latest boat designs
in preparation for upcoming boating season.
One of the highlighted features this year was
the Sea Ray 470 Sundancer.The Sundancer
was the longest boat in the show with a price tag starting over the million-dollar
range.The Sea Ray definitely was graced
with all the amenities for a King or Queen with power to take on the ocean in
style; a magnificently equipped galley, staterooms equipped for the technically
savvy and still fulfill relaxation with a viewing of the newest television
City – The Westminster Kennel Club presented AKC Meet the Breeds brought by
Purina Pro Plan.The139th
Westminster Kennel Club competition will take place February 16-17 with two new
breeds competing.Cotons de Tulear named
Chanel and Burberry; owned by Justine Romano from Montville, New Jersey.Also, competing for the first time is a
Wirehaired Vizsla named Falko and owned by Anton Sagh from Montreal.
Frei, Director of Communications for The Westminster Kennel Club introduced
three Rogers Sisters from Columbus, New Jersey.The twin girl’s age 11 and older
sister age 17 show that at a young age they are sophisticated and very proficient
with mastering dog handling.Sophia the
oldest who plans to become a veterinarian will be competing with a Whippet
named Erik, Emma has a Great Dane named Joy and Emma’s twin sister will be
showing an American Foxhound named Bobby.
Annual Masters Agility Championship will be held February 14th.Paul Campanella is the Director of Agility of
the Westminster Kennel Club.Navigating
an agility course was Lynus – Border Collie, Peak – Cavalier King Charles
Spaniel, Hailey – All American Dog (mixed breed) and Maggie – Standard Poodle. The competition is larger this year with 330
contestants.Cindy Savioli was dressed
up as “Queen Elizabeth II” showcasing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
year the 139th Westminster Kennel Club will have 192 breeds with
2,711 entries; 117 foreign and Junior Showmanship with 88
entries. The Westminster Dog Show is the second longest continuously held
sporting event; Kentucky Derby is the first in the country. The Press
Conference was held at The Pennsylvania Hotel.
Lakes, MN – WE Fest is one of the oldest and largest country western music
festivals in the country.Fan base
continues to grow with over 30 years of country music festival history at WE
Fest.The expected crowd of over 49,000
will start filling the groomed campgrounds August 5th.Early bird arrivers to the campground will
start with an early bird camping party followed by a kick off party August 6th
at the barn stage.
MN – A temperamental weather pattern gave way to a large double rainbow over
the main arena as Moondance jammin Country Fest was in full swing with a packed
arena of fans.Friday went off like
clockwork with the well-defined organization that Moondance has been noted
for.Entertainers began with Dallas
Smith, Jon Pardi, Rodney Atkins and Justin Moore.Saturday will be filled with performances by
Lost Highway, Sarah Darling, Joe Nichols and Hunter Hayes.
New York – President Obama landed in New York on Air
Force One and was immediately greeted by a small group of people before
boarding Marine One to attend two fundraisers.Along the route Obama made a brief stop at a Gap store to shop for his
wife, Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha.Gap Inc. is a business that responded to Obama’s request at the State of
the Union address to increase wages.
New York - Passion
and excitement filled the press conference room at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan
for the upcoming Friday night 15th Annual Super Bowl Gospel
Celebration.Rev. Jesse Jackson gave the
opening prayer of thanks to the players and talked about that there will be no
losers with players that give of their talents.St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be the recipient of the
- Times Square may have had freezing temperatures but that didn’t stop over a
million people from ringing in the New Year.Miley Cyrus helped to ring in 2014 with a gold-sequined two-piece and a full-length
white fur coat.Midnight countdown was
lead by Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the 2,688 pieces in a triangle shape
Waterford Crystal ball dropped.Anderson
Cooper and Kathy Griffin hosted the evening for the seventh year in a row.