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Americans fete royal wedding in pubs, hotels and homes

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From pubgoers in pajamas to merrymakers in finery at a posh hotel, Americans cheered and teared up Saturday as they watched Meghan Markle marry Prince Harry in a royal wedding with trans-Atlantic resonance.

People gathered at wedding watch parties — some before dawn — at a Hollywood pub and New York’s swanky Plaza hotel, in oceanfront towns in Florida and spots in the Rocky Mountains, to see an American of mixed race heritage become part of Britain’s royal family.

If the U.K. and the U.S. have long enjoyed a “special relationship,” this gave it a whole new meaning.

“It was a real-life fairy tale,” said Erin Massa, 34, who watched at a Minneapolis pub. “If someone my age from America can suddenly become a princess, essentially, anything really is possible.”

About 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away at a home in Burlington, New Jersey, Paula Jackson gasped when Markle emerged from the Rolls-Royce that brought her to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, the British royals’ longtime home.

“I’m just so happy for her,” said Jackson, dressed in a jeweled blazer and tiara. “She will be an example for our young, African-American women.”

At gatherings around the U.S., viewers admitted Markle’s beauty and naturalness. But they also marveled at the boundary-breaking union between the 33-year-old prince who has been open about how grief shadowed his life for decades after the 1997 death of his mother, Princess Diana, and the 36-year-old American actress who has spoken out about coming to terms with her biracial identity as the daughter of a black mother and white father.

Some viewers wiped away tears as they watched the wedding from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, Markle’s alma mater.

“It’s all my family can talk about,” said 15-year-old sophomore Daniella Bueno, who got up at 3 a.m. to join dozens of students, parents and staffers for the event. “She’s representing our school in such a beautiful way.”

Across the country, Varinda Missett and Ellen Polkes donned hats, gloves and bejeweled high heels and went to the Plaza early in the morning because they “wanted to see a California girl become a princess,” Missett said.

A crowd in fascinators and tiaras gathered for the storied hotel’s first royal wedding viewing party, which came complete with deviled eggs, black pudding, Earl Grey tea butter biscuits and cake pops with champagne and flower liqueur.

“We love a great love story,” said Maureen Farley, the hotel’s director of hospitality. “This surely is one of the best.”

If there was a certain historical irony in Americans celebrating British royalty nearly 242 years after the Declaration of Independence, it had little sway Saturday over Americans who say they were simply rallying around love.

“I think this is a wonderful new way to be royal,” said Ralph Campbell, 67, who donned a three-piece dark suit and bow tie for a watch party at Brit’s Pub in Minneapolis. He called the ceremony “a global wedding” and added: “I think it will only help the cause of peace in the world.”

Another guest at Brit’s Pub, British native Victoria Rylee, had no problem with an American marrying a British prince. After all, “I married an American,” Rylee, 71, said with a laugh.

At a pajama-and-viewing party at the Cat & Fiddle Pub in Hollywood, California, British-born actor Craig Young was happy to watch a woman from his adopted hometown join the royal family in his homeland. It was something “we never thought would happen, and which we’re very excited about,” said the actor, 44, who wore a bathrobe and Prince Harry mask.

For Meghan Woods, who was at the Plaza’s fete in New York, the takeaway was simple.

“There are so many terrible things going on in the world that when there’s something like this— love bringing people together, a reason to celebrate,” she said, “why not?”

Source: https://auburnpub.com/entertainment/americans-fete-royal-wedding-in-pubs-hotels-and-homes/article_db05c085-b33b-5c0c-aec4-73b29ffe472e.html

 

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Entertainment schedule announced for upcoming Winter Fair at NYS Fairgrounds

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A full slate of musicians and other entertainers, including many New York State Fair favorites, have been booked to perform at the upcoming Winter Fair in February.

Held inside the state fairground’s Expo Center, the three-day festival will feature elements of the summertime tradition, including midway rides, vendors and fair foods.
Full schedule:
Friday, Feb. 8
4 p.m. – Paul Davie’s Magical Mystery Tour

6 p.m. – The Ripcords

8:30 p.m. – Custom Taylor Band

Saturday, Feb. 9
11 a.m. – Kambuyu Marimba Band

12:15 p.m. – Francis Academy of Irish Dance

1 p.m. – Karate John’s martial arts demonstration

1:30 p.m. – Mike & the Rhythm & Blues

2:20 p.m. – Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy

3 p.m. – Karate John’s martial arts demonstration

3:30 p.m. – Joe Driscoll

4:45 p.m. – Native American Dancers, representing the Six Nations

6 p.m. – The BlackLites

8:30 p.m. – Todd Hobin Band

Sunday, Feb. 10
· 12:15 p.m. – Sera Bullis

· 1:30 p.m. – Winner of the JCC Battle of the Bands (scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19)

· 3:30 p.m. – Grupo Pagan

· 6 p.m. – Jess Novak Band

The fair runs from 3 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Advance tickets are $4 for adults, $2 for teens and seniors and free for children under 12. Advance tickets are available online at nyswinterfair.com. Tickets at the door will be $6 for adults and $4 for teens and seniors.

Source: https://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/2019/01/entertainment-schedule-announced-for-upcoming-winter-fair-at-nys-fairgrounds.html

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Toyota Supra returns for 2020 with help from BMW

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Since everyone seems to love a reboot these days, Toyota is getting in on the action with the first Supra sports car it’s sold in the United States since 1998.
The long-awaited coupe debuting at the Detroit Auto Show is a collaboration with BMW that has also spawned a new Z4 roadster, but looks every bit the modern Toyota and features an inline-six-cylinder engine just like the most iconic Supras of old.

This one’s a 3.0-liter that’s turbocharged to put out 335 hp, and the Supra has rear-wheel-drive, a perfect 50/50 weight distribution and can hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. It’s only available with an 8-speed automatic transmission, but comes standard with a computer-controlled suspension and active rear differential that shifts power from side to side to improve handling.
Toyota’s namesake president Akio Toyoda, who races cars for fun and is one of the brand’s certified Master Drivers, personally took it to the track for development driving. (Must be nice to run your grandfather’s company, huh?)

Toyota is even putting the Supra’s name and face on its spec Nascar Xfinity Series cars this season to drive the performance point home. Toyota’s North American General Manager, Jack Hollis says the company shares the same level of purchase consideration as Ford and Chevrolet among NASCAR fans and expects the Supra to connect with them just as well as the Camry and Tundra have.

It’s very much a grand tourer, though, with an upscale, two-seat interior and plenty of electronic safety aids including automatic emergency brakes, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control, but you can always turn them off and just drive.

Pricing will start at $50,920 when the Supra speeds into showrooms this summer.

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/auto/toyota-supra-returns-for-2020-with-help-from-bmw

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Who Is Katherine Schwarzenegger? All About Chris Pratt’s New Fiancée and Her Kennedy Connection

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Katherine Schwarzenegger is more than just her famous last name.

The 28-year-old recently got engaged to boyfriend Chris Pratt after first being linked together in June 2018. Pratt, 39, revealed the happy news with a sweet picture of him giving Schwarzenegger a kiss on the forehead while she proudly shows off her ring. Schwarzenegger also later posted the same image.

“Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go! 💍🙏♥️,” Pratt captioned his post.
“My sweet love. Wouldn’t want to live this life with anyone but you ♥️💍” Schwarzenegger wrote on hers.
But who is the famous beauty the action star is set to marry? Read on for more.

Her family is seriously famous

This one is a no-brainer given her last name, but her high-profile parentage goes even deeper than dad Arnold. Schwarzenegger is Arnold and Maria Shriver’s oldest child, with sister Christina, 27, and brothers Patrick, 25, and Christopher, 21, following close behind.

Although her dad is one of the biggest action stars in the world, her mom’s side of the family is even more famous. Shriver’s mom and Schwarzenegger’s grandma was Eunice Kennedy — President John F. Kennedy’s younger sister.

Eunice married Shriver’s dad Sargent, who is also a recognizable name in history. He served as U.S. Ambassador to France and was even the Democratic nominee for Vice President in the 1972 election alongside Presidential nominee George McGovern, but they lost to President Richard Nixon.
Eunice died in 2009 at 88 while Sargent died in 2011 at 95.

She was raised religious

Like Pratt, Schwarzenegger’s religious faith plays a big role in her life. The whole Schwarzenegger clan would often attend church together before Arnold and Maria’s separation, and Schwarzenegger has continued attending service regularly with Pratt.
A source tells PEOPLE that their shared beliefs have been a big part of their relationship.

“They click on a lot of levels, but definitely on a spiritual level,” the source says. “They have the same outlook on the world, and their faith ties them together. He’s really impressed that she’s vocal and unashamed about her beliefs in God, because that’s how he is. He’s constantly around other people who have no faith or are apologetic about it, but not her. She is willing to talk about it to anyone who will listen.”

She’s an accomplished author

Schwarzenegger has made a name for herself as an author, starting with her 2010 book Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back. Schwarzenegger used the book to tell her own personal story in overcoming self-image issues while giving advice in how to be confident.
Her next book came in 2014 after she struggled finding her way after graduating from the University of Southern California. I Just Graduated . . . Now What? gave advice to fellow recent grads in how to navigate the post-college life.

Schwarzenegger’s latest work is a children’s book titled Maverick and Me, which she released in 2017. It’s named after her rescue dog Maverick and tells the story of how he came into her life.

Source: https://people.com/movies/katherine-schwarzenegger-chris-pratt-fiance-kennedy/

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