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Beetle Celebrates its 80th Year

Beetle Celebrates its 80th Year

Beetle Celebrates its 80th Year
The VW Beetle was once the world’s bestselling car.
Eighty years. Yup, that’s how long the VW Beetle has been around. It’s one of the most iconic cars in automotive history – recognized and loved by many for its distinct shape, which really hasn’t changed much in eight decades, and rich heritage.
Important Moments in Volkswagen History?
We can’t believe that Volkswagen is celebrating 80 years! Wow! In those eight decades, Volkswagen has enjoyed a colorful history with many important milestones. To celebrate Volkswagen’s 80th birthday, we are going to share a timeline that highlights some of the most important moments in VW history! 
May 28, 1937 – Volkswagen (which literally translates to “the people’s car”) is created.
1938 – The Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany is completed and the first Type 1 (the Beetle) rolls off the assembly line.
WWII – During the war, Volkswagen primarily focused on military vehicles. The Volkswagen factory sustained heavy damage from Allied air attacks.
1945 – After the Allied victory, the British helped rebuild the Volkswagen factory and mass produce new cars. 
1949 – Volkswagen vehicles become available in the United States, and within a few years, became a favorite worldwide brand. The Type 2 (known as the VW Bus) was also introduced and would become a popular vehicle choice (along with the Beetle) during the Hippie movement of the 1960s.
1955 – Volkswagen Group of America is established to better serve the growing US market. The millionth Type 1 Beetle also rolled off the assembly line that year.
1968 – Moviegoers are introduced to Herbie, a headstrong Volkswagen Beetle with #53 decals in the Disney film, The Love Bug.
1972 – The Volkswagen Beetle surpasses the Ford Model T in production numbers (15,007,034) on February 17. This made it history’s most produced single model at the time. 
1974 – Volkswagen begins to produce its Golf hatchback model, which would arrive in the US in 1978 as the Rabbit. A new factory in New Stanton, PA would produce the models for the American market.
1979 – The Volkswagen Jetta is introduced and enjoyed excellent sales in Europe. It would not arrive in the US until 1993 and experienced dismal sales for the first year.
1998 – The Volkswagen New Beetle is produced and would remain in production until 2011.
2002 – Volkswagen’s first modern SUV, the Touareg, is introduced.
2003 – The last Type 1 Beetle (production number 21,529,464) is made on July 30.
2008 – Chattanooga, TN becomes the home of a new Volkswagen production plant.
2009 – Volkswagen merges with Porsche
VW History:
The system of autobahns would bring the people of Germany together, and affordable cars populating them would give the impression of an affluent nation that had been ushered into the modern age. 
Hitler chose Ferdinand Porsche as its chief designer. Hitler laid the foundation stone for the new Volkswagen factory on May 26, 1938.
Once the war began, the factory Volkswagenwerk at Wolfsburg created vehicles for the army, supported by slave labor.
The Beetle was the product of Ferdinand Porsche and the consulting specialists Porsche hired, such as Austrian Erwin Komenda and Hungarian Béla Barényi, who published a design identical to the Beetle in the mid-1920s and is considered the true “father of the people’s car.”
Country-Music Icon Garth Brooks To Premiere Garth: Live At Notre Dame! On Dec. 2

Country-Music Icon Garth Brooks To Premiere Garth: Live At Notre Dame! On Dec. 2

Watch Brooks' first-ever primetime television music special on Dec. 2 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.
The best-selling solo artist in United States history, the one and only Garth Brooks, will premiere his new primetime television special, Garth: Live At Notre Dame!, on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access
The special will capture the award-winning country-music legend while he performs on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the first live concert ever held at the legendary Notre Dame Stadium, located at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.
"After the sellout, I thought it could not get any more exciting than this," said Garth Brooks, who has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow upon an artist. "Then, CBS calls and in an instant, the show becomes bigger. This changes everything." 
"We have an amazing history with Garth… we've partnered with him at some extraordinary venues: from the enormity of an aircraft carrier to the intimacy of his one-man show in Las Vegas," said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Music, Specials & Live Events at CBS Entertainment. 
"Now, we are joining forces to bring viewers Garth at his best—a full-blown stadium-sized event for television from renowned Notre Dame Stadium. Garth Brooks. Notre Dame. Two icons. One night," Sussman added. "It will be a television event to remember."
Garth: Live at Notre Dame! is a production of Picture Vision Pictures. Executive Producer is Garth Brooks; Supervising Producer is Jillian Ellis.
The special is produced and directed by Jon Smalls.
Stay tuned to CBS.com for more information and watch Garth: Live At Notre Dame! on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Jimi Hendrix Birthday

Jimi Hendrix 76th Birthday

Jimi Hendrix 76th Birthday 

Jimi Hendrix, born Johnny Allen Hendrix at 10:15 a.m. on November 27, 1942, at Seattle’s King County Hospital, was later renamed James Marshall by his father, James “Al” Hendrix. Young Jimmy (as he was referred to at the time) took an interest in music, drawing influence from virtually every major artist at the time, including B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Holly, and Robert Johnson. Entirely self-taught, Jimmy’s inability to read music made him concentrate even harder on the music he heard.

On September 21, 1969 at the Jai-Alai Fronton, in Miami, FL I had the rare opportunity to work for Hendrix’s sound reenforcement company. The entire evening I stood less than 20-feet away from him. Riveted to watching him play every note. 

Other Florida concerts:

JUL 5, 1970: Jimi Hendrix at Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami, FL, USA

Jimi Hendrix  http://youtu.be/_PVjcIO4MT4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Foxey Lady (Miami Pop 1968)

Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, FL * Sunday 24 November 1968

The 27 Club is in remembrance of popular musicians who died at the age of twenty-seven. The ‘club’ is generally taken to include Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. 

Listen to Jimi Hendrix sing his, “Happy Birthday Song”

Jimi Hendrix Factoids

Jimi Hendrix Factoids:

Jimi Hendrix Trivia Question:

Does anyone know why a large majority of Hendrix's' songs, he tunes a half step down. … step down. 
I have always thought it was:
a) for singing and
b) because it is easier to bend the strings if they're tuned down. 
Jimi Hendrix Trivia: All Along the Watchtower 
The rhythm guitar you hear in the beginning of “All Along the Watchtower” is a 12 string acoustic performed by Dave Mason. The 12 string is a key part of what makes All Along The Watchtower so distinctive. You will notice if you play the chords on a regular 6 string it just doesn’t have the right feel to it.
Basic Jimi Hendrix Woodstock Rig Setup
Let’s start by looking at the rig Jimi Hendrix used in his famous performance at Woodstock in 1969. 
This is quite a basic setup so let’s look through the labelled gear:
        A: 1968 Fender Stratocaster
        B: Coiled Cable
        C: VOX wah pedal
        D: Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face
        E: Uni-Vibe with expression pedal
        F: Marshall 100w Superlead Plexi heads with 4×12 stacks
In addition to the
(A) VOX wah
(B) Uni-Vibe
(C) Fuzz Face 
(D), this rig includes an Octavia 
The Octavia (also known as Octavia Fuzz, Octafuzz and Octavio) was a prototype when Hendrix used it. It was designed by Roger Mayer – Hendrix’s sound technician. It mixes in an octave higher than the original input as well as add in some fuzz distortion.
The Uni-Vibe was created to simulate the sound of a Leslie speaker. Think of it as a chorus/vibrato/phaser pedal. This is again a key component to achieving a great Hendrix tone because it is such a distinctive and unique effect.
Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. The term "Cyber Monday" was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term was coined by Ellen Davis and made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org press release entitled "'Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year. 
Observed by    Australia, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Brazil, Romania, Portugal, Uganda, Germany, UAE, Egypt, Netherlands, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Japan.
Celebrations    Shopping / Consumerism

Date    Monday after U.S. Thanksgiving
2015 date    November 30
2016 date    November 28
2017 date    November 27
2018 date    November 26
Frequency    annual
Related to Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Giving Tuesday
2018 Holiday Events in Miami

2018 Holiday Events in Miami


Classic Tablescape

Classic Tablescape

We can’t resist a great tablescape—or the excuse to put our Pinterest musings into practice! If there’s any time to pull out all the tabletop-styling stops, it’s Thanksgiving. This food-centric kickoff to the holiday season provides the perfect chance to impress visiting friends and family with your flawless décor taste and expert cooking skills (or expert ordering and reheating skills—we won’t tell!). Of course, for those of us who aren’t professional stylists, designing a lovely tablescape may not come naturally. Luckily, a slew of gifted stylists continue to create more than enough inspiration for the rest of us. Check the slideshow for a few of our favorite Thanksgiving tabletops—we guarantee you’ll emerge eager to tackle your own!

From: theglitterguide.com

Meet Dr. Albert Hofmann, chemist, and creator of LSD

Meet Dr. Albert Hofmann, chemist, and creator of LSD

Meet Dr. Albert Hofmann, chemist, and creator of LSD

Hofmann first synthesized LSD on 16 November 1938. The main intention of the synthesis was to obtain a respiratory and circulatory stimulant (analeptic) with no effects on the uterus in analogy to nikethamide (which is also a diethylamide) by introducing this functional group to lysergic acid. It was set aside for five years, until 16 April 1943, when Hofmann decided to reexamine it. While re-synthesizing LSD, he accidentally touched his hand to his mouth, nose or possibly eye, ingesting a small amount, and discovered its powerful effects.

Mental Health

Twenty Days to Good Mental Health Action List:

Twenty Days to Good Mental Health Action List:
Day 1: Go to bed 1 hour earlier than usual
Day 2: Journal 10 things you're grateful for
Day 3: Take a walk outdoors
Day 4: Call someone you love
Day 5: De-clutter your room or desk
Day 6: Take a social media sabbatical
Day 7: Make a list of short term goals
Day 8: Make the most epic, creative salad you can think of
Day 9: Slow down. Sit & watch the sunset.
Day 10: Get rid of 5 things you never use
Day 11: Enjoy the sun. Eat lunch outside.
Day 12: Unsubscribe from unnecessary emails
Day 13: Send an encouraging text to 5 people
Day 14: Wake up 30 minutes earlier to pray or meditate
Day 15: Plan a tea/smoothie date with a friend
Day 16: Go the entire day without complaining
Day 17: Buy yourself flowers
Day 18: Make time for a wholesome breakfast
Day 19: Do one thing you've been putting off
Day 20: Don't overthink. Practice being present
National Sandwich Day

National Sandwich Day


National Sandwich Day is observed annually on November 3. The sandwich is believed to be the namesake of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, following the claim that he was the inventor of the sandwich.  This day honors one of America’s most popular lunch items. 

One of the best things you can learn to do is rest, rather than give up - Richard Branson

One of the best things you can learn to do is rest, rather than give up – Richard Branson

One of the best things you can learn to do is rest, rather than give up – Richard Branson

You should never feel guilty about taking a break. 

If you’re feeling frustrated or exhausted, one of the best things you can learn to do is rest, rather than give up. Whenever Richard Branson would drink a cup of tea, Richard Branson try’s and take stock of his surroundings, be in the moment and order his thoughts. A couple of minutes of down time can help spur you back into action.


Women’s Life in the Viking Age

Women’s Life in the Viking Age

Women’s life in the Viking Age
Viking Women enjoyed more freedom and held more power in their society than many other women of their day.
Women in Viking Age Scandinavia did enjoy an unusual degree of freedom for their day. They could own property, request a divorce and reclaim their dowries if their marriages ended. Women tended to marry between the ages of 12 and 15, and families negotiated to arrange those marriages, but the woman usually had a say in the arrangement. If a woman wanted a divorce, she had to call witnesses to her home and marriage bed, and declare in front of them that she had divorced her husband. The marriage contract usually stated how family property would be divided up in case of a divorce.
Woman played an active role in managing her husband, as well as the household. Norse women had full authority in the domestic sphere, especially when their husbands were absent. If the man of the household died, his wife would adopt his role on a permanent basis, singlehandedly running the family farm or trading business. Many women in Viking Age Scandinavia were buried with rings of keys, which symbolized their roles and power as household managers.
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Mount Dora Craft Fair - Oct 27th & 28th

Mount Dora Craft Fair – Oct 27th & 28th

Mount Dora Craft Fair – Oct 27th & 28th

About the Craft Fair

34rd Annual Mount Dora Craft Fair October 27th & 28th in historic, downtown Mount Dora. Central Florida's premier arts & crafts event with more than 400 exhibitors. Wrap up your Christmas shopping in one day with the most unique, hand-crafted items you will find anywhere. 

Park & ride the train to the event courtesy of The Royal Palm Railway Experience. Family fun, live music and much more all weekend.


Sponsored by Lake County Florida Tourism, Real Florida, Real Close

The Mount Dora Craft Fair is a top ranked event featuring an eclectic mix of arts and crafts from sculptures to ceramics to paintings to woodworking, and more, providing you with the opportunity to find unique gifts for you or for those on your holiday list. And with all of the crowds in the streets, it's a perfect time to shop along the resident stores

Mount Dora is a pet-friendly town but City Ordinance does NOT allow pets during special event weekends. Please make plans for your pet before coming. 

For more information contact: Visit Mount Dora(tm) 

Tel. (352) 217-8390



Fall Open Studio Tours in Southern Arizona


The Fall Open Studio Tours in Southern Arizona promote self-guided tours of artist studios and creative work spaces in the region. The tours take place over two weekends, showcasing individual artists, and local creative businesses from across Southern Arizona.The Open Studio Tour mission is to support and promote local artists who work and exhibit in Southern Arizona – inspiring and enriching our growing cultural community.  


The Fall Open Studio Tours program is supported with grant monies from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona and the above dates are presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA). The season encompasses communities from across Southern Arizona and invites visitors into their spaces free of charge, to engage directly with the artists and learn more about their artistic process. 

Southern Arizona's Regional Fall Open Studio Tours


October 27 & 28, 2018 
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

All artists working and exhibiting at addresses located South of River Rd.


November 3 & 4, 2018
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

All artists working and exhibiting at addresses located North of River Rd.


Mount Dora Craft Fair:  27-28 Oct 2018

Mount Dora Craft Fair:  27-28 Oct 2018

Mount Dora Craft Fair
*  27-28 Oct 2018 

"International trade exhibition for art and craft industry."
Mount Dora Craft Fair is a 2 day event being held from 27th October to 28th October 2018 at the Maison en Ville in Mount Dora, United States. This event will be featuring an eclectic mix of arts and crafts from sculptures to ceramics to paintings to woodworking, and more, providing you with the opportunity to find unique gifts for you or for those on your holiday list.
Exhibitor Profile
The exhibitor profile for the event, Mount Dora Craft Fair includes the likes of artisans, craftsman, sculptor, painters and artist of both the skilled and the unskilled level. Caterers, performers including singers and dancers are also included in the exhibitor profile.
Visitors: 5000 – 20,000
Exhibitors: 100 – 500
* Estimated Count
Dora Map
Maison en Ville, Mount Dora,  US


Date: Sun, Oct 28
Time: 2:00 pm
Event Category: Super Pops!
260 S Church Ave 
Tucson, AZ 85701 
Bob Bernhardt, conductor
  • Film scores played by Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
  • Explores the history of film music from its beginnings in the 1930s to recent blockbusters.
  • Legendary composers from Korngold and Steiner to Dave Grusin and John Williams.
  • Music from Star Trek: Into Darkness, Gone With The Wind, Indiana Jones, Jaws, On Golden Pond and more.
  • Conducted by the one and only Bob Bernhardt, popular former TSO Music Director.
Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is the most awarded female artist

Taylor Swift is the most awarded female artist in American Music Awards history. Receiving three trophies at Tuesday’s AMAs ceremony — for Artist of the Year, Best Pop/Rock Album, and Best Tour — Swift’s grand total of AMAs is now 22, passing the late Whitney Houston’s record of 21.
With three more wins under her belt, Swift didn’t just pass Houston’s American Music Awards tally; Swift is now just three wins away from beating Michael Jackson’s all-time record of 24 AMAs. 
The 2018 American Music Awards took place Oct. 9 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day 2018. Presented by the World Federation of Mental Health, World Mental Health Day will be on October 10, 2018. The goal is to help raise mental health awareness.
Presented by the World Federation of Mental Health, World Mental Health Day will be on October 10, 2018. The goal is to help raise mental health awareness. Each of us can make a contribution to ensure that people dealing with problems concerning mental health can live better lives with dignity.
The Dilemma
Every year one adult in four, along with one child in ten, will have a mental health issue. These conditions can profoundly affect literally millions of lives, affecting the capability of these individuals to make it through the day, to sustain relationships, and to maintain work.
The stigma attached to mental health causes a damaging, albeit ill-informed, attitude, making it more difficult for those affected to pursue help. According to UK estimates, only about one-fourth of those with mental health problems undergo ongoing treatment. By stark contrast, the vast majority of those affected with these problems are faced with a variety of issues, ranging from isolation to uncertainty on where to get help or information, to relying on the informal support of family, friends or colleagues.
Raising Awareness
The best way to deal with this stigma is through facts and a better understanding of mental health problems. From identifying the causes, pinpointing solutions, and ultimately recognizing that we are really dealing with medical issues. For your information, we have updated our Fundamental Facts Guide. Please review and help spread the news about World Mental Health Day 2018.