MN – The 8th Annual Moondance Jammin Country Fest 2014 will be
opening up their Pre Jam party Thursday June 19 at the Saloon.The weekend lineup for
June 20 and 21st has a packed filled Main Stage with top entertainers
Friday evening: Justin Moore, Rodney Atkins, Jon Pardi and Dallas Smith.Saturday caps off with Hunter Hayes, Joe
Nichols, Sarah Darling.
Jam Rock and Classic Rock Festival 2014 begins Pre Jam Wednesday evening July
16 and followed by a “Jam” packed weekend with Seether, Collective Soul, Alter
Bridge, Sublime with Rome for Thursday July 17.Friday July 18th follows with Styx, Foreigner, Don Felder,
Skillet, Autograph.Saturday is finished
with REO Speedwagon, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Slaughter.
New York – President Barack Obama arrived at Midtown in New York and was greeted
by energized supporters attending the 16th Annual National Action
Network conference. Rev. Al Sharpton, the
activist of the NAN introduced President Obama.Obama spoke about the continual decline of fair accessing of voting in
the country.“The right to vote is being
challenged and threatened today,” Obama said.Identification requirements are increasingly becoming unfair for the
low-income, minority and elderly voters that may not have access to drivers
license or passports.
Obama gave a large smile when he reflected to the issue of his birth
certificate, “just to be clear, I know where my birth certificate is….”“You remember that?That was crazy…”Obama also spoke about the improving economy,
continual number of people being signed up for coverage by the new health care.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was
also mentioned for his efforts on pushing for education opportunities for pre-K
lady Michelle Obama and President Obama attended the Broadway play “A Raisin in
the Sun” before heading back to Washington.
– Manhattan’s Pier 94 was packed with artist designs of uniqueness and quality
exhibited for kitchen, bath, furniture (indoor and outdoor), decorative
accessories and building products.Over
300 brands and thousands of products were on display with the original
designers on hand to answer any questions along with lectures and seminars
going on continually each day.This was
the 13th year that the Architectural Digest Home Design Show had
been held and by all accounts was a complete success with spectators packing
the Pier 94 to view the spectacular show of talent; kitchen designs from Italy
to new budding companies from Detroit, Michigan.
– The 253rd New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade was a bitter cold
day but that did not prevent Fifth Avenue being filled with an estimated
million celebrants having fun.The
procession had nearly 150,000 musicians and marchers carrying banners of Irish
organizations along with the Irish and American flags as well as bagpipers
dressed with the traditional kilts.The
police, fire department, colleges and high schools marchers followed the
traditional Fifth Avenue route passing by St. Patrick’s Cathedral.Cardinal Timothy Dolan stood out front waving
and greeted dignitaries as they passed by.
prime minister, Enda Kenny joined in the parade after having the traditional
St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at Gracie Mansion with Mayor Bill de Blasio.John (Jack) T. Ahern a Business Manager and
Financial Secretary of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30
was the 2014 Grand Marshal.
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 for their employees.
President Obama continued to the Upper East Side
for two fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee.The events were high dollar private
fundraisers with the first one set up as a round table discussion format with approximately
25 supporters.The second fundraiser was
attended by 40 supporters; DSCC Chairman Michael Bennet and Mayor Bill de
Blasio were among the attendees.
Vegas – Exciting energy was overflowing at the top event for photographers that
specialize in portrait, filmmaking wedding photography.New technology combined with the highest
quality of speakers sharing their experience and knowledge presented seminars
throughout the week.Photographers had
the opportunity to learn new techniques from the best in the industry. Over 13,000 professionals were in attendance
packing the event halls at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.The weeklong conference added filmmaking
seminars to the WPPI Trade Show and Conference for the 2014 event.
from all over the world premiered their new products and technology for
photographers to view and learn from.Gary
Fong showcased two new lighting accessories, Epson’s new metallic photo papers,
Westcott launched Zeppelin soft boxes, Hasselblad, Nikon, Cannon with large
displays, high quality photo albums from the around the world were among the
hundreds of exhibits. Competition and judging of prints and albums showcased
the high quality of professionalism in the wedding photography business.
New York – Sky, a five-year-old Wire Fox Terrier
took the “Best in Show” award at 138th Westminster Kennel Club dog
show competition. Betty Regina Leininger the Best in Show judge of Frisco,
Texas had the difficult position of making the decision of choosing the final
winner.Seven dogs made the finals after
two days of very high competition from a field of 2,845 and 190 different breed
varieties. Sky is the 14th
winner of the breed fox terrier in the history of the Westminster.Gabriel Rangel, Sky’s handler said, “She’s a
perfect little dog.”A white standard
poodle named Ally was given the distinction of “reserve best in show.”
Torie Steele, Malibu, California is one of the
owners of Sky.This was Gabriel Rangel’s
second Best in Show victory with the Westminster Kennel Club.Rangel previously won with a Scottish terrier
in 2010 named Sadie.Three new breeds
were included for the 138th competition:Chinook, Portuguese podengo pequeno, spotted
rat terrier.The Westminster Kennel Club
is comparative to the Olympics and is only second to the longest running
sporting event in the United States; Kentucky Derby.
– Kelso a Border Collie took the grand prize for the Westminster Kennel Club’s
Agility competition Saturday evening.Roo! (name includes the explanation marking) a mixed-breed took home the
best All-American. Pier 94 Saturday was filled to capacity to watch 225 dogs of
purebred and mixed dogs for the First Agility competition that the Westminster
Kennel Club had hosted.The traditional high
level of organizational and quality skills that the Westminster Kennel Club holds
the distinction for was carried through with the first held Agility
Annual All Breed Dog Show February 10-11 will be held at Piers 92 and 94 during
the day with final competitions in the evening at Madison Square Garden.
– Westminster weekend, Fashion Week and upcoming Valentines Day began with the
“10th Anniversary Diamond Celebration” New York Pet Fashion Show
presented by TropiClean.Hotel
Pennsylvania was packed with supporters of the animal rescue shelters and the
importance of preserving animal groups of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s
Animals.The runway was filled with
expensive dog couture items with over $400,000 present; the Lumieres dog dress
at $25,000, Queens’s Crown $3,000 and a priceless Diamond Dog Collar.An evening of top pet designers were accompanied
by owners dressed elegantly to accompany the grace of ‘man’s best friend.’The exclusive Diamond Dog Collar was designed
by Candy Udell from London Jewelers and also was the designer of the infamous
2.5 million dollar bra for the Victoria’s Secret Show Angels on the Runway.Couture by Ada Nieves and Gladys Delgado
featured the Lumieres $25,000 canine dress with 150 LED lights and Swarovski
Crystals powered by two mini computers and 10 programmed animations.
– The Year of the Horse was celebrated In New York with a parade winding
through Chinatown.Sunday was a warm
sunshine day to have a parade filled with confetti, fireworks, and drumbeats to
energize the tightly filled streets of spectators.This was the 15th Annual Chinatown
Lunar New Year parade with dignitaries, festive floats, musicians, acrobats
performing flips and spins along with the Ronald McDonald mascot.One of the eye-catching groups stopped
several times to show wide-eyed children their fire-eating act.A long extended line of dragons danced
through the streets toward the Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Chinese Zodiac has twelve animal signs with
2014 the Year of the Horse representing cleverness, kindness to others and
great communicating skills.
Millions of revelers filled Times Square to celebrate the Waterford crystal ball dropping for 2013.Ryan
Seacrest hosted this year’s celebration with memories tribute to Dick
Clark along with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg notating Clark’s
Paul, Minn. – Madonna 2012 World Tour performed Saturday night to a
packed house of close to 14,000 fans at the Xcel Energy Center in St.
Paul.The tour marks 25 years since Madonna has performed in the Twin Cities.
Aretha Franklin showed why her staying power has remained for 50 years of performing. Franklin gave a strong and powerful show to a sold out Radio City Music Hall. The Queen of Soul brought gospel to the show and performed at the piano singing many pieces including Franklin’s rendition of Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Trouble Water.”
Walker, Minnesota - Kid Rock was the Thursday night Headliner that broke all record attendance for Moondance Jam.Campers and fans began moving into the outdoor venue on Wednesday and were treated to pre-concert high energy performances.Thursday
was the beginning of the main acts that went through Saturday night
with top notch performers as John Fogerty, Heart, Motley Inc., Grand
Funk Railroad and more.