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New York Spring Spectacular

Rockettes and Derek Hough
New York 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.


Tony 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 carpet.

Wedding and Photography Conference – WPPI

Las 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.   


Professional 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.

New York Chinese Lunar New Year Parade

New York - 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.


New York 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 and polite.


Better 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 culture.

Miss P a Beagle wins Best in Show at 139th Westminster Kennel Club

Miss P
New York 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.


The 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.


Masters Agility Championship at Westminster winner “Tex”

New York 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. 


The 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.


During 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.

New York Pet Fashion Show 2015

Sonny and Cher "Best in Show"
New York – 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.

Pet 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. 

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.


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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