It was everything a cozy hometown celebration of the nation’s independence should be, but with 16,000 of your closest friends. Activities included potato sack races, tug of war games and a breathtaking fireworks show shimmering over the lake. The event came off without a single hiccup, fulfilling the fondest hopes of the organizers of Payson’s Fourth of July celebration. A record crowd of 16,000 people poured into Green Valley Park Saturday, setting up camp chairs and fleece blankets on the grass for one of the state’s best fireworks shows, said Cameron Davis, tourism director. This year, that show started on time and with no interruptions. Last year, rain delayed the fireworks by more than an hour, sending some firework goers trudging home disappointed. To avoid any confusion this year, town officials pushed the local text messaging notification system known as Nixle. In the past month, more than 500 people have signed up for the service, said Police Chief Don Engler. But the skies cleared and the show started right on time. Still, the fire department sent out a message letting people know things were running on time. Many took advantage of the day’s festivities, which kicked off in the morning with foot races, bounce houses, a dunk tank, slides and food vendors. During the foot races, Davis said he had the children raise their hands if they were from the Valley and then if they were local. In many of the heats, all of the children were from the Valley. Davis said they usually have about 600 people participate in the carnival games, but this year 1,200 participants showed up. “There were more people than I have ever seen,” he said of the crowds. During the tug of war games, locals were pitted against Valley residents. The “Phoenixians” took the women’s and children’s matches, but for the seventh straight year, the local men’s team won. Keeping everyone entertained for hours was the Mesa-based Take Cover band, which played more than 70 songs. Local hotels reported complete occupancy and many restaurants stayed busy as well. Pizza Factory had a line out the door when it opened. Tom Plets with Dimi Espresso said he watched a steady stream of traffic pass his shop on south Beeline Highway and even witnessed a few fender benders. “In terms of economic impact, the show was huge, Davis said. “We had a monster event. Despite the heavy crowds, police. Source: www.paysonroundup.com
Their Story As most businesses start, Brenda Sacks saw a niche that needed to be filled. The South African native—who worked in the garment industry and with her brother and son created Earthwise Bag Company, one of the first lines of reusable grocery bags—couldn’t find a stylish placemat that could withstand multiple uses. “I wanted to use something that already existed,” she says. When she saw how cloth made from recycled plastic bottles could be a canvas for design, Brenda began work on BottleCloth, her line of contemporary, eco-friendly table coverings. The tablecloths and runners—look for pillow covers this summer—feature patterns of bold brushstrokes. A woman of many trades, Brenda uses a similar aesthetic for her line of tees, Libre Collecte (pictured above). She designs the pieces in the Windansea home that she shares with her husband, Jeff, a business consultant and BottleCloth’s CFO, as well as her stepson, Nick. Jeff bought the house in 1997, and in 2005, the couple renovated the home, adding a second floor and sprucing up the kitchen. Given its dreamy location facing Windansea Beach, the couple keeps the interior minimal to let their view do the talking. As Jeff puts it, “We feel privileged and lucky every day. Their Treehouse To fill out the spacious, sun-drenched living room, Brenda purchased the twin chairs from a now-shuttered Del Mar boutique and a leather reading chair from Restoration Hardware, and custom-designed the coffee table with Colibri... The dining table was made with a fallen redwood piece. that the couple spotted during a trip to Northern California. “This piece was in the river for 60 years. ” Brenda says. Wooden dining chairs from Restoration Hardware round out the space and a BottleCloth tablecloth lends a modern touch. Cut From the Same Cloth “I love cooking,” Brenda says. “We entertain a lot. Hence the tablecloths. ” Though Brenda has collaborated with Danish illustrator Ulla Puggaard on two designs in her collection, most of the patterns come from Brenda’s original sketches. “The brushstroke thing just happened,” she says. “I love instant gratification. The art is so me. I want it to be finished in one stroke. I don’t have the patience to wait. ” And each covering has its own feel. “You can mix and match,” she says. “There’s a quirkiness to it. ”. When the front patio heats up in the summer, Brenda and Jeff retreat to their. Source: www.sandiegomagazine.com
With songs they have song for a thousand years. The hills fill my heart with the sound of music. My heart wants to sing every song it hears. And you can’t touch Julie Andrews for sweetness. As I was sitting in my backyard the other day listening to the sounds of tires I thought of “The Hills are Alive” but I modernized it a little. Something like this:. “The streets are alive with the sound of traffic. With sounds they have made for a hundred years. The streets are alive with the sound of traffic. My brain wants to ache with every sound it hears”. The fence in my backyards is a mere 42 feet from a very busy road. There is a continuous sound of tires swooshing by with only an occasional pause in the action where I can hear the sound of birds chirping away. All cars make the same swooshing sound as they approach, reaching a crescendo and then fading into a slow hissing sound. Buses make a more thunderous sound and trucks have that ominous gear shifting sound. And of course everyone’s favorite is the heinous sound of the motorcycle. And these tunes just keep on coming. I have spent a small fortune on my backyard garden, hoping it would be a sanctuary for me and provide a sense of serenity. My fantasy was to rest in my garden for a few minutes each morning, capture the silence and carry this like a protective umbrella into my busy day. Good in theory but the traffic keeps getting in the way. Just last week I went to church for five minutes before a big golf match in order to grab hold of some calmness. I managed to stay calm enough throughout the match and won on 17. . But when I try this tactic in my backyard all I get is the swooshing of those tires every ten seconds or so. These are the sounds of suburbia. Two years ago I was in Yosemite Park. We got lucky enough to get a room at the Ahwahnee Hotel and arrived rather late at night. We hit the sack right away and I awoke early the next morning. I trundled down stairs, got myself and my wife some coffee and went back to our room. She was still asleep so I quietly went out to our 4th floor balcony, settled into a cozy chair and looked up. The scenery was astonishing with El Capitan, Half Dome and all those beautiful pine trees. My wife, sleepy eyed and wrapped in her robe joined me on the porch. We both sat there for a while. Source: www.theislandnow.com
#It was everything a cozy hometown celebration of the nation's independence should be, but with 16,000 of your closest friends. #Activities included potato sack races, tug of war games and a breathtaking fireworks show shimmering over the lake. The
The South African native—who worked in the garment industry and with her brother and son created Earthwise Bag Company, one of the first lines of reusable grocery bags—couldn't find a stylish placemat that could withstand multiple uses. “I wanted to
We hit the sack right away and I awoke early the next morning. I trundled down stairs, got myself and my wife some coffee and went back to our room. She was still asleep so I quietly went out to our 4th floor balcony, settled into a cozy chair and
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