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first_img Matt Downer is known for his high-energy brand of old tunes while rotating through the fiddle, banjo, guitar and vocals. Amber Carrington has performed at the Grand Ole Opry after gaining her initial fame on “The Voice.” She is one of the show’s top five performers and has landed in the top 10 on iTunes charts. Tarryn Aimee Smith is an Americana singer-songwriter whose music is a unique blend of folk, bluegrass, jazz and country. She is based out of Nashville and plays several instruments during her performances. Highbeams is made up of brothers Adam and Ian Pendlington and bass player Stephen Quinn. The “adventure rock” trio have traveled across the country maintaining a busy tour schedule since 2013. Rock City Gardens is continuing its conservation partnership with Lula Lake Land Trust during this event and is committed to ongoing co-advocacy efforts with local community organizations. Insider tip: Buy a VIP annual pass for discounts on food and gifts, and unlimited admission for a full year from date of purchase, including Rock City’s award-winning Enchanted Garden of Lights – a spectacular wonderland of live entertainment, hot cocoa, over a million LED lights and Santa! Visit: SeeRockCity.com. After you’ve dined at Café 7, make your way down Fat Man’s Squeeze, through Rainbow Hall and snap a photo in front of the High Falls. The walk through Hall of the Mountain King leads you to Fairyland Caverns. This retro section of the trail colors each visit with glow-in-the-dark vintage whimsy. It’s no wonder guests have been visiting from all over the world since 1932. Stop at the Fudge Kitchen on your way out for a free sample of the housemade treat, pack up a few slices for the road in a Rock City birdhouse box! Leashed pets are always welcome. center_img Rock City Raptors shows hosted by Wings to Soar return for their 15th season. Their weekend shows feature rescued birds of prey. Meet a vulture, bald eagle and screech owl in these inspirational, interactive presentations. Watch a variety of birds fly overhead and enjoy up-close encounters with them after the shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily. On the weekends you can enjoy toe-tapping, live bluegrass, folk and country music during Rock City’s Summer Music Weekends. The event runs Memorial Day through Labor Day including daily June 28 – July 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., featuring live entertainment by The Old Time Traveler Matt Downer (daily), NBC’s The Voice Finalist Amber Carrington (Fridays), Tarryn Aimee Smith (Saturdays) and the Highbeams (Sundays).  Atop Lookout Mountain, Rock City Gardens features seasonal events with specialty foods, activities and entertainment. Wind your way through colossal rock formations, dare to pass over the Swing-A-Long Bridge and see seven states from iconic Lover’s Leap! Sip a fresh-squeezed lemonade as you look over the guide map to plan your adventure… Midway through your trek you’ll find Rock City’s full-service outdoor restaurant Café 7. Delicious new menu items are available every Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 7 p.m. Discover southern cuisine with a modern twist with items like smoked brisket tacos, fried green tomatoes paired with pimento cheese and tomato jam, shrimp and cheese grits and the Sweet Home Alabama chicken sandwich. There’s a full wine and craft beer menu, a kids’ menu and a brand-new pet menu! Go to www.seerockcity.com/cafe-7 for the seasonal specials! last_img read more

Power of a frown

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr At NAFCU, we’re all gearing up for our 50th Annual Conference next week in Honolulu, Hawaii.I’m going through my pre-conference checklist. What to pack. Drop off and pick up the dry cleaning.Also on that list?Smile.That’s right. I am reminding myself to smile.Conferences are wonderful. They are fun! But if you are the host, conferences can throw you a few curveballs.On more than one occasion, I’ve had attendees walk up to me and ask if everything was OK.Nothing was wrong – I just seem to have a sour thinking face. Sour enough that friendly attendees wanted to come to my rescue. Frowns are powerful. But in the wrong direction.It is just another reminder of the importance of body language. Your posture and expression convey so much information. But my frown was sending the wrong message. continue reading »last_img read more

Lady Trojans Volleyball Results

first_imgECVB traveled to Lawrenceburg for the second match-up of the season on Tuesday. This was an EIAC match-up.It is never easy playing at Lawrenceburg, but these girls didn’t let that get to them. The competition was great and the atmosphere was even better. It was your typical rivalry match and it didn’t disappoint.We started strong in the first two sets, executing our game plan extremely well. We stayed calm and pushed with our serve to keep them out of the system and into running a more predictable offense. We understood that they were going to score points and we just had to stay in control of our game in the process.In set three, I think we got a little comfortable and Lawrenceburg capitalized on that. They made us uncomfortable in what we were doing and took advantage of it. But we didn’t quit and took the momentum toward the end of the game and carried it into set four. We gave up a couple of leads that got us into an extended play, but they held their own, didn’t panic, and just played disciplined Volleyball.East Central vs Lawrenceburg 9-24-10Varsity is now 13-6 on the season and 5-0 in the EIAC. Next up: at Connersville tomorrow for a conference match.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker. ECVB JV at Lawrence North Invitational 9/21/19   ECVB vs. Hamilton Southeastern-Loss 25-13-25-15   ECVB vs. Lawrence North-Loss 25-23 25-12   ECVB vs. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard-Loss 25-23, 25-13 This past weekend ECVB left Lawrence North without a win and bit of a heartbreak. We started the day off against a great competitor, but one that came out of the gates a lot faster and more disciplined then we were ready for. Playing back to back is challenging for a young group, but it is no excuse for poor effort. There are always a few positives you can pull from a day of defeat, but the biggest one I will emphasis on is execution. Whether you practice the basic or complex aspects of volleyball, it does not matter if you do not execute the game plan. This weekend was one with a lot of excellent, and mature, competition. It pushed the girls to another level of play but in reality, Indy volleyball never fails to force that level of play out of us and our program. It was a weekend of developmental growth for we entered this invite wanting and knowing it would be quite the challenge. We knew it may not leave us with the greatest success, but it left us with another lesson to a sport you will never stop learning from.   ECVB is 11-6 on the season after the Lawrence North Invite.   ECVB JV vs Lawrenceburg 9/24/19-Loss 25-12, 25-20   Coming from an 0-3 weekend can leave a team quite defeated and it showed in their play against Lawrenceburg. They lacked the simple idea of confidence that they have had in waves throughout this season. They are an overanalyzing, analytical group of young girls and it is not always easy for them to play carefree. At this point in the season it is crucial they come back together as one and find the joy and success in the game again. Ruts in a season tend to happen, but they are not meant to last. We have a few more games to get things in line before EIAC tournament time at the JV level.   ECVB JV is now 11-7 on the season. and 5-1 in the EIAC. Next up, at Connersville starting at 5:30.    ECVB Freshmen vs. Lawrenceburg-Win 25-14   17-25   15-13     ECVB Freshmen vs Richmond-Win 25-23   25-21   The Freshmen group has pulled forward one match at a time for at this level they play in preparation for the next game of the night,  JV. Even though they have been successful when it comes to wins in the stat book, it is important we continue to work towards bettering our side of the net and the opportunities we are given at the freshmen level in regards to being better at the JV level. As I’ve said before, I am proud of their fight because even though this group can become a head case at times they also have moments of fight when it comes to finishing a match.   ECVB Freshmen are 9-0 on the season and 4-0 in the EIAC. Courtesy of Trojans Coach Josie Andres.last_img read more

Last Time They Played: Syracuse-Dayton 2014 NCAA Tourney game still has lasting imprint

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Rapid thoughts on Syracuse-Dayton NCAA Tournament matchup ST. LOUIS — Scoochie Smith’s mind was racing to two days prior when Tyler Ennis hoisted a potential game-winning 3-pointer clanked off the front rim — ending a Syracuse season that started 25-0 and extending Dayton’s into the Sweet 16.It was in the Round of 64 that the No. 11-seed Dayton stole the game on a Jordan Sibert layup that was almost for moot as Ohio State’s Aaron Craft missed a game winner as time expired.“It was a little scary,” Smith said. “It was little nerve-wracking. But it was a good feeling seeing that (Ennis) missed shot.”Archie Miller believes that if Dayton hadn’t beaten Syracuse on March 22, 2014, in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32, his team wouldn’t get a chance at a rematch on Friday. It was a program-changing victory for the Flyers, and still serves as a source of motivation for SU (19-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) heading into their rematch on Friday at 12:15 the Scottrade Center.The Orange shot the ball miserably in that 55-53 loss, scoring just 18 first-half points and shooting 7-of-23 from the field overall. It sliced a six-point deficit with 49 seconds all the way down to one, but Ennis missed two clutch opportunities that could have kept SU’s Tournament hopes alive.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was tough,” Trevor Cooney said. “I mean, that was really a tough game to play in. I remember it. I remember a lot of it. I watched film on it. And they’re a good team. They’ve got a lot of similar guys back.”Syracuse players have been watching game tape from the loss two seasons ago and several of the freshman players said the older guys have used it to help pump them up.“Yeah, definitely, seniors and coaches,” Frank Howard said of the carryovers trying to fire up the freshmen. “We watched film on that game from two years ago the other day and just talk about what they do and how they beat us.”In that game the Orange team that didn’t make a shot in the last 4:45 of the first half, the first 2:19 of the second, yet still never let the deficit get larger than seven.That’s when Ennis — who led all scorers with 19 points — took over. He hit an and-one to cut it to three. Then, when the Orange got the ball back, he took it to the basket again and got fouled. The lead was down to one. The next two chances, he decided to pull up and shoot — which Boeheim said at the time made him upset.The locker room scene was desolate with players crying. C.J. Fair spent several minutes with his head in a towel, before finally talking with the media.“You see how much it hurts when you get the feeling,” said Tyler Roberson, who was a freshman at the time. “It’s an experience you never want to feel again.”Boeheim said he’s watched Dayton play eight times this year “when they’re on,” refusing to publicly play up the revenge aspect. And though Dayton returns many of the same players that were on that Elite Eight team, Miller said it will be two very different teams taking the court on Friday. He said he thinks the Flyers were bigger and stronger in 2014. He thinks the Orange, despite being a largely different team, will still play the same style.It’s been nearly two years to the date that one of Syracuse’s best teams ended its season before anyone expected it to. And that game is still fresh in the minds of those that were there.“I remember us making big plays during that game, making big shots to start, and making free throws toward the end of the game,” Dayton’s Kendall Pollard said. “We made big plays.” Commentscenter_img Published on March 17, 2016 at 4:11 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more

NCAA Tournament: Stats to know for Syracuse’s matchup with Middle Tennessee State

first_imgAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Tenth-seeded Syracuse (20-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) takes on 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee State (25-9, 13-5 Conference USA) in the Round of 32 at 6:10 p.m. on Sunday. The Blue Raiders became the NCAA Tournament’s darlings when they upset second-seeded Michigan State on Friday.Here’s some stats that will factor into their matchup. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 20, 2016 at 1:26 pm Contact Emma: [email protected] Related Stories Syracuse may face more defenses against Middle Tennessee State than it has in a single game this seasonMeet MTSU: How Ed Simpson became the inspiration for Blue Raiders’ postseason runNCAA Tournament: On the Beat previews Syracuse-Middle Tennessee State from the Blue Raiders locker roomMeet MTSU: The story behind each of the Blue Raiders’ 6 contributing transfersWhat Syracuse basketball players and coaches had to say about facing Middle Tennessee Statelast_img read more