Mariah Carey - Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
NY – The rain stopped and the evening was clear with Holiday festivities as
thousands watched live performances from Mariah Carey, Cyndi Lauper and Billy
Porter, Trisha Yearwood, LeAnn Rimes, Prince Royce, Darius Rucker, Pentatonix,
Ingrid Michaelson.The Rockettes joined
on stage also with the final count down of the lighting of the tree with hosts
Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales.Other performances included Lady Gaga and
Tony Bennett, Sara Bareilles and Seth MacFarlane, Idina Menzel.
crystals Swarovski star sat on top of the Rockefeller Center Christmas
Tree.Also, 45,000 multi-colored LED
lights were wrapped around the 90 year-old Norway spruce tree that stood 85
feet tall, 46 feet wide.The tree was
brought in from Hemlock Township, Pennsylvania.Owners of the property are Dan Sigafoos and Rachel
Drosdick-Sigafoos.This year’s tree was
quite a difference from the fist tree that began the lighting in 1933 with 700
lights.In the past trees for the Tree
Lighting Ceremony have ranged fro 50-foot Pines to 100-foot Norway
Spruces.Millions are expected to view
the tree by the end date of January 7, 2015.
potential of disruptions for the Lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas
Tree from protesters did not occur.The
protest was held back from the main festivities and they continued on their
route and went through Grand Central as well as heading toward Times Square.The protest was with the grand jury decision of
the Eric Garner case.
NEW YORK, NY - The Rockettes helped celebrate Serendipity 3’s 60th
birthday.Founder and owner Stephen
Bruce unveiled the new Rockettes Frrrozen Hot Chocolate Happy Birthday
Sundae.The new frosty treat for the
holiday season includes a slice of chocolate blackout birthday cake sprinkled with
giant neon candy confetti sitting in a massive goblet of the iconic Frrrozen
Hot Chocolate and topped with a snowy mountain of whipped cream and shaved
sundae/drink is finished off with a festive sugar holly leaf, a light-up Radio
City stirrer, a Serendipity spoon and a sparkler candle for all to blow out and
make a holiday wish.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2014 edition features
dazzling dance numbers and costumes, traditional favorites, state-of-the-art technology
and the return of a classic number, “Rag Dolls,” which has been completely
re-imagined and stars the Rockettes.The
finale number “Snow” transforms the hall into a breathtaking winter wonderland
using GPS – enabled snowflakes.The
Spectacular show runs through December 31st.
Serendipity 3 is a
restaurant located in New York City on 60th street between Second
and Third avenues.Several films have directed
scenes at the restaurant and one well-known film encompassing the “Serendipity”
name released in 2001.Amongst other
named films include “Trust the Man” in 2006 and “One Fine Day” in 1996. Guinness World Record recognized Serendipity 3 for serving the
world’s most expensive hamburger.Serendipity has been creative throughout their existence to keep the
restaurant artistic talent intriguing for customers to find new
– Monday evening’s continual rain did not keep a large crowd from taking part
in the Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square.The tree lighting ceremony featured Arlo Guthrie and family, Tony Award
winner Billy Porter and Jeanna De Waal from the Broadway musical Kinky Boots.
the 15th Annual Winter’s Eve.Tony Award winner Billy Porter from Kinky Boots Broadway hit was
emcee.Jeanna De Waal was featured with
a performance and Sade Baderinwa, WABC-TV lead the countdown of lighting of the
Stage was at Dante Park on Broadway between 63rd and 64th
street.The Balsam Fir was 25 feet tall
and brought in from West Leyden, New York.Performances were being presented from a broad range of entertainers
from Columbus Circle to 66th. Also, free food tastings, activities in
stores and holiday cheer occurred throughout the evening with crowds
packing every location.
New York City - Over 3.5
million people lined the parade route for the 88th annual Macy’s
Thanksgiving Day Parade.Sixteen giant
character balloons including six new giant balloons made the parade route. Additionally 33 novelty balloons, floats,
marching band, clowns and entertainers lined the route before the final float
with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus with his elves initiated the traditional entrance
the Tank Engine was the parade’s largest helium volume balloon with the most
fabric used on a character balloon.Other balloons included Paddington Peruvian bear, Pillsbury Doughboy,
Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, Toothless – How to Train Your Dragon, Thomas
the Tank Engine and more.Favorite
balloons that have made their appearance a number of years in succession:Ronald McDonald, Snoop, Spider-Man, Elf on
the Shelf and Hello Kitty.
Conn. - The streets of Stamford, Connecticut were lined with an estimated
200,000 thousand people from small children to others that were still young at
heart.The weather was perfect with just
a light chill in the air, plenty of sunshine and hardly a breeze.Parade route had 16 giant balloons inflated
with helium with two new ones added this year; Abby Cadabby and Shrek.
Governor Dannel Malloy presided over the parade
as the grand marshal and rode with his wife, Cathy in a 1964 Lincoln
Continental convertible.Alan Kalter, a
Late Show personality with David Letterman, served as the parade’s Master of
Ceremonies for the eleventh year.The
parade marked its 21st year of balloons, marching bands, floats,
clowns and a variety of other entertainers.There were 1,500 volunteers involved to make the parade a success and
Vegas - Las Vegas Convention Center hosted over 60,000 industry leaders from
more than100 countries.SEMA Show is the
largest premier automotive specialty trade show in the world.Showcased at the automotive show were nearly
2,000 products of new parts, tools and components as well as hundreds of
The SEMA show named Rich Barsamin 2014 SEMA Person of
the Year, KAM Marketing was named SEMA Rep Agency of the Year, and Motor State
Distributing was named WD of the Year. In addition, the 2014 SEMA Hall of Fame
inductees—Nile Cornelison, Jim Cozzie, John Menzler and Fred C.
Offenhauser—were honored for their contributions to the industry.
cars were on display with custom colors ranged from the Ford GT to Lamborghini
Aventador with Forgiato Wheels.Mazda
showed off their club racer that was a take off of the Miata Sports car.Catching viewers by surprise was the Toyota
Ultimate Sleeper that was hidden inside the body of a typical looking Camry.November 3-6, 2015 is set for next year’s
show in Las Vegas.
MN – The Vikings sealed the game in the last quarter with a 2-point conversion
by running back Matt Asiata.Asiata had
three touchdowns during today’s game against the Washington Redskins.Rookie quarterback for the Vikings Teddy
Bridgewater passed for 268 yards with 42 attempts and 26 completed.
Washington Redskins started off the first quarter with Kai Forbath capturing 3
points with a 36-yard field goal.Second
quarter the Redskins gained another 7 points and the Vikings landed on the
scoreboard with Asiata’s first of three touchdowns of the game.Third quarter Vikings gained another
touchdown for a total of another 7 points and the Redskins gained 10 more
points; fourth quarter capsulated with 6 for the Redskins and Vikings coming in
at full force with 15 to finish the win at 29 and Redskins 26.The 2-point conversion that gave the final lead
that the Vikings held on to for came the last 3:27 minutes of the game.
coach Mike Zimmer of the Vikings at the news conference after the game said “I
felt like the team grew up in a lot of ways…we went down 10 to nothing but we
kept fighting.”Proof of the strong
resilience showed with three touchdowns occurring during the second half.
Ken Walter competition flight - Kay's Wind Dancer II
NM – Over 800,000 spectators filled the grounds during the week of the
International Balloon Fiesta to watch 550 balloons lift toward the sky.Albuquerque, New Mexico has been the destination
for the World International Balloon Fiesta since 1972 with representation of
over 22 countries at launch for 2014.Each day was packed with activities including an impressive mass
ascension each morning. This was an
amazing and colorful display of balloons as all lifted off when their assigned
wave was directed for liftoff by coordinators dressed in black and white
outfits designed to resemble ‘zebras.’A
couple of mornings were too strong but the green flag was waving to allow
static display of the balloons creating a colorful field.
Challenge Gas Balloons landed safely with the Spanish Team becoming the
unofficial winner.The team landed
south-southwest of Lebanon, Kentucky.The unofficial second place winner was the Poland team with landing at
Perryville, MO with traveling 941 miles and 46 hours aloft.The America’s Challenge was delayed because
of winds for lifting off from Saturday evening and final launch taking place
early Tuesday morning.
ND – The second year in a row Fargo, ND hosted ESPN’s “College GameDay.”North Dakota State University Bison Fans
packed the downtown Fargo area with nearly 9,000; twice as many that turned out last
year.Last year was the first time that
ESPN hosted “College GameDay” in Fargo.The
Fargo Theatre was the backdrop for the filming of GameDay.The Bison entered the home opener with 27
consecutive wins and now added another win continuing to add to their FCS record-breaking
hosts each Saturday morning during football season with Chris Fowler, Samantha
Ponder, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreith, Desmond Howard and David Pollack. North Dakota State University took victory
over Incarnate Word in NCAA Division I FCS football with a score 58-0.The Gate City Bank Field was a completely
sold out with over 19,000 fans.
ND – The night may have turned cold for the evening but that didn’t prevent
over 2,500 people to come out and enjoy the tribute band Hairball.Hairball is a band from Minneapolis,
Minnesota that performs acts from the 1970’s and ‘80’s:KISS, Prince, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Poison,
Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper and more.Hairball has been performing for 14 years
across the country. Pyrotechnics are
brought into the mix with technicians that create a mix with smoke, fire,
lights that captures the attention of the fans throughout the performance.
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.