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Woodstock Music & Arts Festival 53rd Anniversary. Held on August 15 – 17, 1969

The Woodstock Music & Art Fair—informally, the Woodstock Festival or simply Woodstock—was a music festival in the United States in 1969 which attracted an audience of more than 400,000. Scheduled for August 15–17, it ran over to Monday, August 18. During the sometimes rainy weekend, 32 acts performed outdoors.
 
Genre
Rock and folk, including blues rock, folk rock, jazz fusion, hard rock, latin rock and psychedelic rock
 
Dates
August 15–17, 1969 ran over to August 18
 
Location(s)
Bethel, White Lake, New York, U.S. (original)
 
Years active
1969 (original). 53 years ago
 
Founded by
Michael Lang, John P. Roberts, Joel Rosenman and Artie Kornfeld
 

The historic Woodstock Music & Arts Festival began on this date in 1969. Held on August 15 – 17, 1969, the landmark event for the era’s counterculture drew hundreds of thousands of people to Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, New York for a rain-drenched, muddy, three days of peace, love and most of all, music.

As we mark Woodstock’s 53rd birthday, we celebrate not only our history, but look squarely at our present and the better future we all aspire to create.

Richie Havens’ festival-opening performance. Havens took the stage first because Sweetwater, the intended openers, were stuck in traffic and ended up needing a police escort to get on site. The rest of the playlist follows chronologically through the weekend, ending with Jimi Hendrix’s legendary sunrise performance the morning of Monday, August 18, 1969.

Included are partial or complete sets performed by Tim Hardin, Melanie, Joan Baez, Santana, Mountain, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly & The Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane (with Nicky Hopkins), Joe Cocker, Country Joe & The Fish, Ten Years After, The Band, Johnny Winter, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Sha Na Na.

The Festival, was billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: Three Days of Peace & Music”. It was held, as you probably know, at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskills near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel, New York, 43 miles southwest of the town of Woodstock.

During the sometimes rainy weekend, thirty-two acts performed outdoors in front of Four to Five HUNDRED THOUSAND concert-going hippies and young people from all across America! It is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music and the rock movement. Rolling Stone listed it as one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.

The Woodstock Festival was a three-day concert (which rolled into a fourth day) that involved lots of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll – plus a lot of MUD. Woodstock united us in a message of peace, openness and cultural expression – and demonstrated how a generation could be heard. This monumental music festival changed our world.

The original Woodstock poster is undeniably one of the most famous pieces of music art around. The legendary image of the dove perched on the neck the guitar neck has become one of the works of art that defined the entire Woodstock Nation. Although there were a few different posters done for this event this Classic poster is the most enduring. It was created by artist, Arnold Skolnick.

Here’s the line-up of the legendary music that was performed over those four days:

Day 1: Friday, August 15

Richie Havens, Sweetwater, Bert Sommer,Tim Hardin, Ravi shankar, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie and Joan Baez

Day 2: Saturday, August 16

Quill, Country Joe McDonald, John B. Sebastian, Keef Hartley Band, Santana, Incredible String Band, Canned Heat, Grateful Dead,

Leslie West & Mountain, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly & The Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane

Day 3: Sunday, August 17

Joe Cocker, Country Joe & The Fish, Ten Years After, Johnny Winter, Blood Sweat and Tears, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Day 4: Monday, August 18

Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sha Na Na, & Jimi Hendrix

 

The Iconic Woodstock Album Cover, meet the Couple.

Meet the Couple From The Iconic Woodstock Album Cover.

Over half a century (53 years) after Woodstock, the album cover photo retains its symbolism for its photographer and the couple themselves.

Two years after the photo was taken, the two were married. Today, they have two grown children and look back on the event that is both “meaningful” and “phenomenal” in their book, according to Bobbi.

“All those people coming together with no violence, just peace, love and sharing.”

A moment in time that influenced generations to follow, the Ercolines’ picture and story emulate something of a Woodstock fairy tale.

53 years later, Nick and Bobbi are married and the pair never left one another’s arms. They married two summers after the fabled weekend, and they still live less than an hour’s drive from the original concert site of Bethel, N.Y., and within spitting distance of where they both grew up. And they’re Hippie Peace Freaks members. YAY!

In August 1969, they were 20 years old, and only dating for a couple of months. The TV and radio were abuzz with news of a crowded music festival the next county over. Officials were warning people to stay away.

 

International Left Handers Day

International Left Handers Day is observed annually on August 13 to celebrate the uniqueness and differences of the left handers. The day was first observed in the year 1976 by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the Left-handers International, Inc.

Top Lefties

  • Barack Obama. …
  • Bill Gates. …
  • Oprah Winfrey. …
  • Paul McCartney. …
  • Ringo Starr
  • Jimi Hendrix. …
  • Babe Ruth. …
  • Napoleon Bonaparte. …
  • Leonardo da Vinci. …
  • Marie Curie. …
  • Aristotle.

George Harrison’s Rickenbacker 425

George Harrison bought this Rickenbacker 425 guitar at Red Fenton’s Music Store in Mount Vernon, Illinois, in 1963, while visiting his sister Louise, who had moved to the United States. He wanted one to match John Lennon’s Rickenbacker 325, but this was the only Rickenbacker the store had in stock. It originally had a red sunburst finish, but the store owner agreed to refinish it black. Harrison came back from his trip and told his band, “America has everything, why should they want us?”
The first two 12-string Rickenbacker guitar’s went to George Harrison and Roger McGuinn (The Birds) Brilliant strategic move. 
Rickenbacker twelve-string guitars were favoured by George Harrison of the Beatles, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, Pete Townshend of the Who, and Tom Petty. Players of the six-string include John Lennon of the Beatles, John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Paul Weller of the Jam, John Kay of Steppenwolf, Peter Buck of R.E.M., Johnny Marr of the Smiths, and Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles. Players who have used Rickenbacker basses include Paul McCartney of the Beatles, Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, Cliff Burton of Metallica, Roger Glover and Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Paul Wilson of Snow Patrol, Bruce Foxton of the Jam, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers, Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, Chris Squire of Yes, Geddy Lee of Rush, Al Cisneros of Sleep and Om, Paul D’Amour of Tool, and Rick James and Kevin Parker of Tame Impala.
If you are a fan of The Beatles you might enjoy these videos by Morgan Rees:

The Beatles “Beginning to the End” factoids:


The Beatles “White Album” factoids:


The making of “YELLOW SUBMARINE” movie: 


The Beatles “Rubber Soul” factoids:

Rare ‘backwards’ Beatles Abbey Road photograph

Rare ‘backwards’ Beatles Abbey Road photograph that dispels 53 years of conspiracy theories sold for £20,000

  • Photo shows Paul McCartney wearing sandals – proving he didn’t ‘die’
  • Hidden for 10 years, it’s one of 25 prints in existence
  • Sold to an anonymous bidder for twice the estimated auction price

All four Beatles gathered at EMI Studios on the morning of Friday 8 August 1969 for one of the most famous photo shoots of their career. Photographer Iain Macmillan took the iconic image that adorned their last-recorded album, Abbey Road.

The photo on the album cover was in fact just one of ten taken during the same 1969 shoot by photographer Iain Macmillan. Iain Macmillan, who died in 2006, was chosen for the shoot in North London because he was friends with Yoko Ono.

It was staged in the 8th of August 1969 and featured John Lennon leading the band over the zebra crossing next to the Abbey Road studios.

The photo shows the band walking in the ‘wrong’ direction across the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing – and more importantly shows McCartney wearing a pair of white leather sandals.

The photo on the album cover was in fact just one of ten taken during the same 1969 shoot by photographer Iain Macmillan

For decades fans of the Fab Four have suggested the singer was killed in a car crash and replaced with a lookalike – pointing to his barefoot appearance on the Abbey Road album cover as proof.

If you are a fan of The Beatles you might enjoy these videos by Morgan Rees:

The Beatles “Beginning to the End” factoids:

The Beatles “White Album” factoids:

The making of “YELLOW SUBMARINE” movie: 

The Beatles “Rubber Soul” factoids:

Fremont Festival Of The Art: August 6-7th

Fremont Festival Of The Art: August 6-7th

The Fremont Festival Of The Arts Is The Largest Free Street Festival West Of The Mississippi.
AUGUST 6 & 7, 2022  |  10AM-6PM  |  DOWNTOWN
FREE ADMISSION
It Attracts Nearly 400,000 People Annually And Has Activities And Entertainment For The Entire Family:
  •         Over 500 top-quality Art & Craft booths
  •         Unique services and special deals on products in Business Marketplace
  •         Artisanal prepackaged food sales in Gourmet Marketplace
  •         Food booths benefiting non-profit organizations
  •         Food trucks offering a variety of delicious street eats also benefiting non-profits
  •         Beer, wine and margarita sales in branded glasses
  •         Kids slushies in collectible cups
  •         Continuous music featured on 2 stages
  •         Street performers, including face painters, henna tattoos, balloons and more
  •         2 sections of rides and games just for the young ones in Kid City & Kid City West
  •         Kid friendly performances and demonstrations on the stage in front of Kid City
Just How Big Is The Festival? Take A Look At Some Of These Stats…
  • 2022 marks the 38th anniversary of the Festival of the Arts. The first festival was held in 1983 in the Fremont Hub.
  • 18,526 ice cream bars are consumed at the Festival.
  • Approximately 13,230 glasses of wine are enjoyed during the two-day festival.
  • 23,552 mugs of ice-cold beer are poured during the Festival.
  • More than 35,000 frosty cans of soda and bottles of water are sold to thirsty festival attendees each year.
  • Nearly 10,000 pounds of ice is used over the weekend to cool off the Summer heat.
  • The Festival of the Arts generates averages 3.3 tons of recycle materials and 1.75 tons of organic materials.
  • Over 3,000 volunteers are needed to run the festival.  The Chamber utilizes at least 800 for operations, 24 people sit on the Festival Planning Committee which is supported by 4 Chamber staff.  Other volunteers work at a variety of non-profit booths throughout the festival.
  • The Festival of the Arts has served as one of the largest fund raisers for local non-profit organizations. Nearly $11,000,000 has been raised over the festival’s 35-year history.  Non-profits have used these monies to fund scholarships and medical research; support at-risk children and families in need; provide safe environments for high school children; fund after-school and sports activities.
  • If you lined all the booths and attractions up in a straight line there’d be almost 4 miles of Festival fun.

Debbie Harry of Blondie – Happy 77th Birthday!

This week was Miami born singer and songwriter Debbie Harry of Blondie (born Deborah Ann Harry) Happy 77th Birthday.  (Born: July 1, 1945)
Harry recordings with the band reached the number-one charts place in the United States and the United Kingdom on many occasions through 1978 to 1981 (plus a sixth UK number-one in 1999). She is considered the first rapper to chart at number one in the U.S. for her vocals on “Rapture“. Harry also achieved success as a solo artist before reforming Blondie in the late 1990s. Her acting career includes over 60 film roles, and numerous television appearances
Harry was born initially named Angela Tremble, she was adopted at three months by Richard Smith Harry and Catherine (née Peters), gift shop proprietors in Hawthorne, New Jersey, and renamed Deborah Ann Harry. Harry learned of her adoption at four years old and later, in the late 1980s, she tracked down her birth mother, who refused to have any contact with her.

The First Day of Summer Solstice, Tuesday, June 21 at 5:14 A.M. EDT.

In 2022, Summer Solstice in Northern Hemisphere will be Tuesday, June 21, at 5:14 A.M. EDT.

Summer 2022 in Northern Hemisphere will begin on Tuesday, June 21 and ends on Friday, September 23, 2022

All times are in Pacific Time.

Summer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, tradition and culture, but when it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa.

Schools and universities typically have a summer break to take advantage of the warmer weather and longer days. In almost all countries, children are out of school during this time of year for summer break, although dates vary. In the United States, public schools usually end in early June while colleges get out in early May.

June Solstice 2022
“First day of Summer” — Northern Hemisphere dwellers.
“First day of Winter” — Southern Hemisphere dwellers.
“Midsummer” — Brits & Shakespeare Fans

What is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day 2022 occurs on Monday, May 30

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2022 occurs on Monday, May 30. 

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

Waterloo—which first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Memorial Holiday Travel to Recover to 39.2+ Million


The return of AAA’s Memorial Day holiday travel forecast predicts 60% more travelers than last year, still nearly 6 million fewer than pre-pandemic.

AAA Travel expects a significant recovery in the number of Americans planning to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend. From May 27 through May 31, more than 39.2 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, an increase of 60% from last year when only 23 million traveled, the lowest on record since AAA began recording in 2000.

The expected strong increase in demand from last year’s holiday, which fell during the early phase of the pandemic, still represents 13%—or nearly 6 million—fewer travelers than in 2019.

AAA booking data reveal that domestic travel and road trips remain the biggest drivers of travel recovery in the near term. Orlando and Las Vegas are top Memorial Day destinations this year, both for AAA Travel bookings and TripTik road trip searches. Other top destinations include the following:

Road Trips:

  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Orlando, FL
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Denver, CO
  • Nashville, TN

AAA Travel Bookings:

  • Orlando, FL
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Anchorage, AK
  • Colorado Springs, CO

Huge Increase in Air Travel Expected, but Most Memorial Day Travelers to Take Road Trips

With 39.2 million Americans planning Memorial Day road trips, auto travel is expected to increase 52% compared to 2020.  Nearly 12 million more Americans will travel by car this holiday than in 2020, though this is still 9% less than in 2019. More than 9 in 10 Memorial Day travelers will drive to their destinations, as many Americans continue to substitute road trips for travel via planes, trains and other modes of transportation.

Mother’s Day via FaceTime, Zoom, Skype and Virtual Connecting

Mother’s Day via FaceTime, Zoom, Skype and Virtual Connecting.

When growing up my grandparents lived close by and were a regular presence is my life. But times have changed and kids and grandkids can be scattered all over the place.

Can’t be with your mom on May 9th. Luckily, we have our screens to connect us with those we love so dearly. We all agree the ability to connect via technology is a blessing in our lives.

Recent Skype survey showed that 93% of moms would love to spend Mother’s Day with their children on some type of video conferencing platform if they can’t be together in person?  

Here are a few ideas to have a perfect Mother’s Day even if you can’t be with her in person:

·  Send a gift to your mom and watch her open it over a FaceTime, Zoom, Skype and Virtual Connection call:

·  Get the whole family together and have a group video call with her

·  Have lunch or dinner with her through FaceTime, Zoom, Skype and Virtual Connection.

·  Send her a personalized video message

Hopefully these ideas are of help when creating your Mother’s Day plans.

Best Comedians on Netflix

With today’s Political climate may I suggest the following six comedians who are the best (In my humble opinion) comedians on Netflix. For the most part fairly low potty mouth. If a comedian or writter has to hide behind profanity to be funny then they aren’t that funny. These six comedians are the Super Bowl of Funny. I hope you like them. 

Comedians:

1.) Jim Gaffigan – Grammy-nominated 

2.) John Mulaney – Intellectually he is at the very top. Both of his parents were Attorneies. Very classy guy, former writter for SNL. 

3.) Jerry Seinfeld – “23 Hours” routine. 

4.) Sebastian Maniscalco

5.) Dana Carvey – Surprisingly funny 

6.) Kathleen Madigan 

* I do not recommend Ali Wong, what a potty (Filthy) mouth! 

Cool Thing Invented by a Women: The Cabinet Bed

In 1885, Sarah E. Goode became the first African-American woman with a U.S. patent with her invention of a folding cabinet bed which maximized space in small homes. The fully-functional desk could be used by day and then folded down for a good night’s sleep. 15 years after her patent, The Murphy Bed revolutionized urban life in increasingly more densely populated cities.

Florence Parpart – Patented the Modern Refrigerator

Florence Parpart – Patented the Modern Refrigerator 

The fridge: An essential appliance in our kitchens today that ensures the food we store is kept in a good condition. Since the beginning of history, humans have searched for ways to preserve food.

At the beginning of the twentieth century (specifically in 1914), Florence Parpart invented the modern electric fridge.

Parpart also received a patent for a much improved street-cleaning machine in 1900, which she negotiated and sold to cities throughout the United States.

Very little is known of Florence Parpart, other than census records and United States Government patent applications. Born in the Hoboken, New Jersey, Parpart was listed as a housewife in the United States Census for the majority of her life. As is the case with many early female inventors, local sources paint an entirely different picture.

Parpart won a second patent for the modern refrigerator, rendering the icebox obsolete for those with access to electricity.  Many believe that Parpart’s then fiancée was highly skilled in electrical circuitry and assisted in the design of the first prototype.  Already an experienced entrepreneur, Parpart was highly successful in marketing and selling her refrigerators.  She attended multiple trade shows, developed her own advertising campaigns and managed the production operations, alongside her husband, of additional refrigerators.  Parpart was a true female entrepreneur and gifted inventor.

Frugal Spring Family Activities

Frugal Spring Family Activities

With Spring upon us depending on where you live, it’s likely been a fairly cold winter and possibly filled with snow. While spring is a popular time of the year to clean things up and air out the house from the long winter, you can also consider some outdoor activities that weren’t possible during the cold months.

 Many of these activities can be frugal while also creating memories or traditions for years to come.

1. Visit the farmers’ market.

2. Go to a nearby park.

3. Give geocaching a try.

4. Start a garden.

5. Visit a zoo

6. Go fly a kite

7. Have a Game Night (or afternoon) with some new board games.

8. Take a walk around the neighborhood.

9. Head out to your local zoo. If you’re in the DC area, the National Zoo is free!

10. Volunteer together as a family. Right now, a lot of local parks and creeks have Clean-Up Days.

11. Have a movie marathon. Pick a theme and go for it!

12. Visit a local farm to see the cute baby animals. Even my tweens and teens love that!

13. Go camping and enjoy a campfire.

14. Support a local school by attending a spring musical or play.

15. Go hiking at a National Park.

16. Have a Read-In Day. My kids love to stay in pajamas, make a blanket fort and read, read, read!

17. Learn something new, like how to draw zentangles.

18. Visit a Pick-Your-Own farm for spring vegetables.

19. Bake together! We like to each get our own bowl and make muffins.

20. Plant a garden.

21. Do a craft together. My girls and I have been saving egg cartons to make this Spring Wreath.

22. Update a space in your home. My tweens just redecorated their room so it’s less “little kid.”

23. Head out on a short road trip.

24. Do an outdoor scavenger hunt.

25. Read a new book out loud.

26. Look for birds and put up a birdfeeder.

27. Attend a baseball game.

28. Decorate in front of friends’ houses with sidewalk chalk.

29. Learn to code. We love Scratch!

30. Find a free music concert in your area.

31. Make Origami Frogs and then race them

32. Be a tourist in your own hometown.

33. Visit a history or art museum. Plenty of museums offer free admission.

34. Try a new-to-you popcorn recipe.

From: money.usnews.com

The 94th Oscars on ABC, Sunday March 27th.

How to Watch the 2022 Oscars

Why should you watch the 94th Oscars? Let us count the ways: first of all—the most obvious reason—to find out who wins! There are also the hosts, and we can’t think of three women better suited to bring the humor, heart and (we’re sure) more than a few surprises than our emcees Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes. And we haven’t even mentioned the star-studded presenters and performers.

So, how do you watch? Below is everything you need to know.

When are the 94th Oscars?

Sunday, March 27, 2022, starting at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET and broadcasting from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

How do I watch the Oscars?

The Oscars will be telecast live on ABC. Watch on your TV (if you’re a cable or satellite subscriber, ABC is part of your lineup) or on abc.com and the ABC app via your provider.

You can also stream the ceremony in real time via services like Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, DirecTV Stream and FuboTV—many of which offer a seven-day free trial, if you want to plan your Oscars night accordingly.

The Oscars are also broadcast in more than 200 territories, so if you are outside the U.S., you can check your international local listings here.

How do I watch the nominated films before then?

The Power of the Dog is the year’s most-nominated film, followed by Dune, Belfast and West Side Story, but there are so many more nominated films to watch this year. (For a full list of nominees, click here.) Why not start with the 10 Best Picture nominees, many of which are available to stream right now at home.

Find out how to watch the Best Picture nominees here.

Presenters at the 94th 2022 Oscars

Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Scott and More Will Present at 2022 Oscars

Every star-studded event needs its stars. There are also the hosts, and we can’t think of three women better suited to bring the humor, heart and (we’re sure) more than a few surprises than our emcees Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes. And we haven’t even mentioned the star-studded presenters and performers.

The Academy has announced additional presenters for the 94th Oscars!

Daniel Kaluuya, Mila Kunis, Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Scott, Wesley Snipes and John Travolta join previously announced presenters: Ruth E. Carter, Anthony Hopkfins, Lily James, John Leguizamo, Simu Liu, Rami Malek, Uma Thurman, Kevin Costner, Lady Gaga, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Perez, Chris Rock and Yuh-Jung Youn.

Youn is, of course, the reigning Best Actress in a Supporting Role winner, taking home the Oscar in 2021 for her performance in Minari. (Who could forget the moment Brad Pitt presented her with the award?)

Yellowstone star Costner is a two-time Oscar winner for Directing and producing the Best Picture winner of 1990, Dances With Wolves, while Gaga won hers in 2019 for A Star Is Born’s Best Original Song.

Kravitz and Perez (an Oscar nominee for Fearless in 1994) have a fun DC superhero connection: The former is Catwoman in this year’s The Batman, while the latter starred as Renee Montoya in 2020’s Birds of Prey.

Rock, meanwhile, has actually hosted the Oscars twice before, first in 2005, then in 2016, and was Emmy-nominated for doing so his second time. Rock was also on hand – alongside Steve Martin – to help open 2020’s hostless ceremony.

The 94th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC starting at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET as well as in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

OSCAR STATUETTE FACTS

OSCAR STATUETTE FACTS

Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

First awarded: May 16, 1929; 94 years ago

Websiteoscar.go.com

OSCAR STATUETTE FACTS

Official Name: Academy Award® of Merit

Height: 13½ inches

Weight: 8½ pounds

Number of Awards Presented: 3,140

The Academy Awards, more popularly known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the “Academy Award of Merit”, although more commonly referred to by its nickname, the “Oscar”. The statuette depicts a knight rendered in the Art Deco style.

94th Academy Awards

The award was originally sculpted by George Stanley from a design sketch by Cedric Gibbons. AMPAS first presented it in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in what would become known as the 1st Academy Awards. The Academy Awards ceremony was first broadcast by radio in 1930 and was televised for the first time in 1953. It is the oldest worldwide entertainment awards ceremony and is now televised live worldwide. It is also the oldest of the four major annual American entertainment awards; its other three equivalents – the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theater, and the Grammy Awards for music – are modeled after the Academy Awards.

The 94th Academy Awards ceremony, which honors the best films of 2021, will be held on March 27, 2022. The ceremony will again be broadcast on ABC. It will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Beautiful Spring Recipe – Crostini (Italian appetizers)

Beautiful Spring Recipe – Crostini (Italian appetizers)

Crostini (meaning “little crusts” in Italian; singular crostino) are an Italian appetizer consisting of small slices of grilled or toasted bread and toppings. The toppings may include a variety of different cheeses, meats, vegetables and condiments, or may be presented more simply with a brush of olive oil and herbs or a sauce.

Along with bruschetta, crostini are thought to originate in medieval times when it was typical for peasants to eat their meals on slices of bread instead of using ceramics.

Chopped ramps add crunch and bite to pristine, fluffy ricotta which is smeared over crostini and topped with a jumble of sweet pea shoots. This simple recipe highlights the freshest ingredients and the contrasting nice and naughty flavors of springtime. If you can’t locate ramps in your market, then try substituting spring onions.

Serves 8

  • 8 – 1/2″ thick slices baguette
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh whole milk ricotta
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped ramps or green garlic, bulbs and stems only (or substitute with the bulb and pale green parts of spring onions)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • generous handful pea shoots
  • 1/2 lemon
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly brush baguette slices with olive oil. Arrange on baking sheet. Bake in oven until golden brown on both sides, turning once, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove.
  2. Combine ricotta, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoons salt and black pepper in a bowl; mix well until light and fluffy. Stir in ramps, mint and lemon zest. Spread ricotta on baguette slices.
  3. Top crostini with a generous pinch of pea shoots. Drizzle a little olive oil over crostini, followed by a squeeze of lemon juice. Sprinkle with a few grains of sea salt and black pepper.

From: food52.com