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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.


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014

New York City - Over 3.5 million people lined the parade route for the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Sixteen giant character balloons including six new giant balloons made the parade route.  Additionally 33 novelty balloons, floats, marching band, clowns and entertainers lined the route before the final float with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus with his elves initiated the traditional entrance of Christmas.


Thomas the Tank Engine was the parade’s largest helium volume balloon with the most fabric used on a character balloon.  Other balloons included Paddington Peruvian bear, Pillsbury Doughboy, Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, Toothless – How to Train Your Dragon, Thomas the Tank Engine and more.  Favorite balloons that have made their appearance a number of years in succession:  Ronald McDonald, Snoop, Spider-Man, Elf on the Shelf and Hello Kitty.

UBS Spectacular Annual Holiday Parade

Abby Cadabby
Stamford, Conn. - The streets of Stamford, Connecticut were lined with an estimated 200,000 thousand people from small children to others that were still young at heart.  The weather was perfect with just a light chill in the air, plenty of sunshine and hardly a breeze.  Parade route had 16 giant balloons inflated with helium with two new ones added this year; Abby Cadabby and Shrek. 


Governor Dannel Malloy presided over the parade as the grand marshal and rode with his wife, Cathy in a 1964 Lincoln Continental convertible.  Alan Kalter, a Late Show personality with David Letterman, served as the parade’s Master of Ceremonies for the eleventh year.  The parade marked its 21st year of balloons, marching bands, floats, clowns and a variety of other entertainers.  There were 1,500 volunteers involved to make the parade a success and run smoothly.

2014 SEMA show

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Convention Center hosted over 60,000 industry leaders from more than100 countries.  SEMA Show is the largest premier automotive specialty trade show in the world.  Showcased at the automotive show were nearly 2,000 products of new parts, tools and components as well as hundreds of vehicles.


The SEMA show named Rich Barsamin 2014 SEMA Person of the Year, KAM Marketing was named SEMA Rep Agency of the Year, and Motor State Distributing was named WD of the Year. In addition, the 2014 SEMA Hall of Fame inductees—Nile Cornelison, Jim Cozzie, John Menzler and Fred C. Offenhauser—were honored for their contributions to the industry.


Innovative cars were on display with custom colors ranged from the Ford GT to Lamborghini Aventador with Forgiato Wheels.  Mazda showed off their club racer that was a take off of the Miata Sports car.  Catching viewers by surprise was the Toyota Ultimate Sleeper that was hidden inside the body of a typical looking Camry.  November 3-6, 2015 is set for next year’s show in Las Vegas.

Vikings 29 – Redskins 26 at TCF Bank Stadium

Vikings - Asiata touchdown
Minneapolis, MN – The Vikings sealed the game in the last quarter with a 2-point conversion by running back Matt Asiata.  Asiata had three touchdowns during today’s game against the Washington Redskins.  Rookie quarterback for the Vikings Teddy Bridgewater passed for 268 yards with 42 attempts and 26 completed. 


The Washington Redskins started off the first quarter with Kai Forbath capturing 3 points with a 36-yard field goal.  Second quarter the Redskins gained another 7 points and the Vikings landed on the scoreboard with Asiata’s first of three touchdowns of the game.  Third quarter Vikings gained another touchdown for a total of another 7 points and the Redskins gained 10 more points; fourth quarter capsulated with 6 for the Redskins and Vikings coming in at full force with 15 to finish the win at 29 and Redskins 26.  The 2-point conversion that gave the final lead that the Vikings held on to for came the last 3:27 minutes of the game.


Vikings coach Mike Zimmer of the Vikings at the news conference after the game said “I felt like the team grew up in a lot of ways…we went down 10 to nothing but we kept fighting.”  Proof of the strong resilience showed with three touchdowns occurring during the second half.    

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – Spirit of the Winds

Ken Walter competition flight - Kay's Wind Dancer II
Albuquerque, NM – Over 800,000 spectators filled the grounds during the week of the International Balloon Fiesta to watch 550 balloons lift toward the sky.  Albuquerque, New Mexico has been the destination for the World International Balloon Fiesta since 1972 with representation of over 22 countries at launch for 2014.  Each day was packed with activities including an impressive mass ascension each morning.  This was an amazing and colorful display of balloons as all lifted off when their assigned wave was directed for liftoff by coordinators dressed in black and white outfits designed to resemble ‘zebras.’  A couple of mornings were too strong but the green flag was waving to allow static display of the balloons creating a colorful field.


America’s Challenge Gas Balloons landed safely with the Spanish Team becoming the unofficial winner.  The team landed south-southwest of Lebanon, Kentucky.  The unofficial second place winner was the Poland team with landing at Perryville, MO with traveling 941 miles and 46 hours aloft.  The America’s Challenge was delayed because of winds for lifting off from Saturday evening and final launch taking place early Tuesday morning.

ESPN’s “College GameDay”

ESPN's "College GameDay"
Fargo, ND – The second year in a row Fargo, ND hosted ESPN’s “College GameDay.”  North Dakota State University Bison Fans packed the downtown Fargo area with nearly 9,000; twice as many that turned out last year.  Last year was the first time that ESPN hosted “College GameDay” in Fargo.  The Fargo Theatre was the backdrop for the filming of GameDay.  The Bison entered the home opener with 27 consecutive wins and now added another win continuing to add to their FCS record-breaking win streak.


ESPN hosts each Saturday morning during football season with Chris Fowler, Samantha Ponder, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreith, Desmond Howard and David Pollack.  North Dakota State University took victory over Incarnate Word in NCAA Division I FCS football with a score 58-0.  The Gate City Bank Field was a completely sold out with over 19,000 fans.

Hairball Band at Knickerbocker Liquor Locker

Hickson, ND – The night may have turned cold for the evening but that didn’t prevent over 2,500 people to come out and enjoy the tribute band Hairball.  Hairball is a band from Minneapolis, Minnesota that performs acts from the 1970’s and ‘80’s:  KISS, Prince, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Poison, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper and more.  Hairball has been performing for 14 years across the country.  Pyrotechnics are brought into the mix with technicians that create a mix with smoke, fire, lights that captures the attention of the fans throughout the performance.

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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