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.
Vegas - Tim Baxter, president and chief operating officer of Samsung
Electronics America made a presentation to a packed convention hall in Las
Vegas for the Consumer Electronic Show.Samsung brought out on stage the Ultra HD TV, the latest home appliances
and launching of Milk VR, its virtual reality app. One of the highly
anticipated shows will be “Jack” the driver-free car from Audi; driving from
California to Las Vegas.
the world’s largest trade show and has increased in size and is equivalent to
35 football fields or in another way to look at size would be 2 miles of floor
space.Over 160,000 attendees are
expected for four full days to view what is coming to the general public and
see what the future has to look forward to.3,700 exhibitors plus 20,000 new tech products are expected to be on
display.Attendees come from over 140
City - Revelers were not deterred by the cold temperatures New Year’s Eve at
Times Square in New York City.Security
was extra tight this year with a wide range of precautions taken but no major
incidents occurred.Over 1 million lined
the route and waited for the Waterford Crystal ball to drop at midnight.Many people had been standing in the
barricaded sections for hours to save a special spot to watch the entertainment
and celebrate the coming of 2015.
Swift performed with perfection and energized everyone at 11:39 p.m. with songs,
“Welcome to New York” and “Shake It Off.”Right before the countdown began O.A.R. performed their hit song “Peace”
and John Lennon’s “Imagine.”The night
was filled with many performers and distribution of the traditional hats,
balloons and mittens provided by Cosmo/Covergirl.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio with family
members and representatives of the International Rescue Committee lead the
final countdown.The Waterford Crystal
ball was 12 feet in diameter and weighed 11,875 pounds.There were 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles
and lit by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LED’s
Conn. - Rick and Joan Setti in Norwalk, Connecticut won The Great
Christmas Light Fight that ABC was televising throughout the country.The Setti’s for 26 years decorated their home
with this being their final year to set up the display.A $50,000 award was given to the Setti’s by
in Norwalk, Connecticut was up a hill on a dead end road.Lights could be seen for a distance as
hundreds of spectators approached the home.Over 150,000 lights were on display for their final year plus more than
400 characters were handmade portraying various children’s story.Large Santa Claus was at the entrance area and
a number of the displays were set up for children to be interactive with the
scenes.Hundreds of people were
streaming by the weekend after Christmas with weather warmer than normal making
the viewing even more spectacular.The
display will be going down after New Year’s Day.
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.
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.