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Moondance Jammin Country Fest 2015

  Walker, Minnesota - The Ninth Annual Moondance Jammin Country Fest Pre Jam Party in Walker Minnesota June 19 will be featured on the main stage.  Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys and American Young will be performing.


The line up for the weekend has been announced for June 19-20 with Florida Georgia Line and Chris Young as the headline Jammin Country Fest.  Thomas Rhett, Phil Vassar, Clare Dunn, Chris Lane and Old Dominion will also be featured for the weekend.  For further information and a chance to win tickets – jammincountry.com.

Academy of Country Music Awards

Jason Aldean,Male Vocalist of Year-ACM
Arlington, Texas – The AT&T Stadium was the stage for the 50th anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM).  Winners announced:  Entertainer of the Year – Luke Bryan.


Male Vocalist of the Year – Jason Aldean, Female Vocalist of the Year- Miranda Lambert, Vocal Duo of the Year – Florida Georgia Line.  Vocal Group of the Year – Little Big Town, Album of the Year – Platinum – Miranda Lambert, New Artist of the Year – Cole Swindell.


Single Record of the Year – “I Don’t Dance” – Lee Brice, Song of the Year – “Automatic” – Miranda Lambert.  Video of the Year – “Drunk on a Plane” – Dierks Bentley, Vocal Event of the Year – “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan.

New York International Auto Show 2015

New York City – The newest and most innovative design vehicles are on display at the Javits Center through April 12th.  Over one million people are expected to see the 1,000 vehicles being showcased. 


Mark Fields, CEO Ford introduced the revival of the Lincoln Continental Concept car with all refinements of a top luxury vehicle from the exterior design to the quality interior of wood and leather.  John Mendel, executive Vice President, Automobile Division American Honda Motor Co., Inc. introduced the new redesigned Civic Honda as a sporty Civic with a new turbocharged engine and refined design.


Expensive luxury vehicles showed their perfection to details like a fine aged wine.  Continual competition at this high level draws out the best from the designers.  McLaren’s showcased their first ever entry sports car 570S.  The 570S is available as a Coupe and is 287 pounds lighter than the nearest competitor and a top speed 204.  Bentley’s two- seater, 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder sports car and the spectacular Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe coveted the exquisite details of perfection to admire.

New York Spring Spectacular

Rockettes - 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.

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.


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.

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.


New York Spring Spectacular 2015

Donald & Melania Trump
  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.

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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