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SHOT Show 2015

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 seminars.


The New York Times Travel Show

New York 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. 


Exhibitors 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.

Boat Show New York City

New York 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 screens.

Westminster Kennel Club introduces Two New Breeds

Cotons de Tulear and Wirehaired Vizsla
New York 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. 


David 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.


The 2nd 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.   


This 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.


Consumer Electronic Show 2015 Las Vegas

Las 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.  


CES is 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 countries.


Times Square New Year’s Eve rings in 2015 with Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift
New York 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. 


Taylor 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

Setti’s win The Great Christmas Light Fight

Norwalk, 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 ABC.


The home 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.

82nd Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Mariah Carey - Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
New York, 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. 


The 25,000 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.


The 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.

The Rockettes and Serendipity 3 celebrate 60th with Frrrozen

The Rockettes & Stephen Bruce (Serendipity 3)
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 chocolate.  This awe-inspiring 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 presentations.

Winter’s Eve and Tree Lighting at Lincoln Square

New York – 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.


This was 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 tree.


The Main 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 66thAlso, free food tastings, activities in stores and holiday cheer occurred throughout the evening with crowds packing every location.


WE Fest - Country Music Festival 2014

Detroit 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. 


Moondance jammin Country Fest weekend

Justin Moore
Walker, 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.

Obama in New York Fundraising

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.


15th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

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 proceeds.

Times Square Rings in 2014 with Miley Cyrus

New York - 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.

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