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Come See Actress and Speaker Cathy Rigby Live in 2013

Catch Cathy Rigby as she speaks at venues around the country in 2013!

Cathy Rigby is an actress, speaker, and former gymnast. Born in San Diego, California in 1952, Cathy began showing an aptitude for gymnastics and soon began her training toward becoming a world class gymnast. Cathy’s years of training paid off when she was featured prominently in the 1968 Olympics. She was the highest scoring member of the participating American team, and her performance, seen by millions on television, help spark a new wave of popularity for gymnastics across the U.S..

Perhaps Cathy’s greatest accomplishment as a gymnast occurred when she won a medal at the World Gymnastics Championships, the first American woman to do so. She did this in 1970, winning a silver medal for her performance on the balance beam. Rigby was also in the 1972 Olympics, but her performance was obstructed by an injury caused from practicing a very risky balance beam maneuver. Her injuries from the accident kept her from performing the move during the Olympics, and subsequently did not win a medal. After the 1972 Olympics, Cathy retired from gymnastics competitions and began an acting career, taking on the role of Peter Pan.

Rigby, who is very shy, found herself nervous and scared, but found out she was a very good actress capable of performing Peter Pan very well. She also discovered she enjoyed acting, which was a bit of a shock for someone who didn’t like to be the center of attention.

All through the 1970s, Cathy got roles performing on television shows and commercials, and accepting sponsorship deals for products. She also worked as a sports commentator for ABC Sports, a role she held for 18 years, and made several made for TV movies.

In the 1980′s, Rigby began her career as a speaker, publicly talking about the dangers of eating disorders, and her own experiences dealing with them. In fact, she was twice hospitalized, and nearly died, during her 12 years of suffering with bulimia.

Cathy will again be sharing her experiences with audiences in 2013, and you should pick up tickets now for an interesting and informative evening with the former gymnast.


Oprah Visits Vancouver in January

Oprah Winfrey, one of the most famous and beloved daytime talk-show host in history and possibly one of the most influential women in the world, brings her show to Vancouver, B.C. on January 24, 2013.

Born into poverty, she began in radio during her high school years, and eventually worked her way into co-anchoring the evening news of her local area by the time she was in her late teens. After she had moved into the talk-show format and had taken a third place show to the top of the rankings, she launched her own company (Harpo Productions) and became syndicated on an international level.

Popularizing the tabloid format pioneered by Phil Donahue, Oprah is often credited with bringing about a more personal and intimate form of the talk show genre. Within months of taking the reins of AM Chicago, her ratings had overtaken Donahue, then a giant in the talk show medium. In fact, by 1986, the newly re-named Oprah Winfrey Show was more than doubling Donahue’s national audience, making hers the number one rated talk show on the U.S. airwaves.

Though her show was considered a tabloid style show in its early years, by the 1990s it had transformed into much broader and deeper subjects, such as charity work, substance abuse and women’s health issues, such as cancer. She also became known for her immense charitable donations, and giving away large prizes like cars and lavish vacations to her audience members.

Oprah has also appeared in movies, getting an Academy Award nomination for her work as “Sofia” in Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple“. She also starred in “Beloved”, which she also produced.

Besides hosting and acting, Oprah has also branched out, co-founding the Oxygen television network, and eventually, worked out a deal to bring Winfrey’s OWN network to cable television.

She has also found time to publish five books, including a weight loss book co-written with her own personal trainer, Bob Greene.

From her rather poor beginnings to her rise to the top of a multi-media empire, Oprah Winfrey has become a living icon in the world of daytime television. Get tickets and attend one of her shows to understand exactly why she has become one of the most loved hosts in the history of television.


Good Tasting at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival

Life has many pleasures, but good food and wine are near the top!  If you love a good bite paired with a perfect glass of vino be sure not to miss the South Beach, or Sobe Wine and Food Festival being held February 21-24, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida.  Book early or you may find yourself out of luck for the best events.

This festival is being sponsored by the Food Network, so you right away you know it is going to be good!  Celebrity guests include everyone’s favorite southern charmer Paula Deen, her son Jamie Deen, Emmy award winner Giada De Laurentiis, the spunky Anne Burrell, the adorable Rachel Ray, the handsome Bobby Flay, and many more.  Celebrities are sure fun to meet and greet, but there is even more to this festival then seeing Paula Deen’s smile.  There are dinners, seminars, parties and brunches, and of course wine to keep you having one fantastic day.

One of the events to be sure to get your tickets to early includes the Garden to Glass event that will be hosted by Emeril Lagasse.  Follow the celebrity chef through the garden as he finds fruits and plants that will then be taken back in to be used in the very cocktails guests will then be enjoying.  As a foodie no doubt you’ve jumped onto the newest craze that is food trucks.  If you are in love with this mobile food option then check out the food truck event hosted by the “Bizarre Foods” man himself Andrew Zimmern.  If some messy barbecue and some blues music is more your speed then let chef Geoffrey Zakarian and others show you how it is done.

All the great food needs some great drinks!  There will be well over 250 wineries and spirits creators at the festival, so there really will be a glass to go perfectly with every dish.  A few of the events not to miss include the House of Mandela Wine Dinner, Goya Foods’ Swine & Wine hosted by Michelle Bernstein, and Beer Tasting with Spiegelau to name but a few.  Those wanting to see a bit of everything can save some money by purchasing “package deals” or by getting their tickets online.  This truly is a food festival like no other.


Welcome to the Zoppe Family Circus

Have you noticed the popularity of nostalgic items and past times these days?  You may see new drive in movie theaters opening, and events like fairs and parades becoming more prevalent.  These fun times never really did go out of style, but they are certainly gaining momentum with the masses over the last couple of years.  Another tradition worth renewing is the fun times at the old fashioned family circus!  We aren’t talking about an ordinary circus though, but the Italian Zoppe Family Circus.

This old-fashioned traveling circus is about to grace the shores of the States starting in December 2012.  When we say it is old fashioned, we mean it was founded all the way back in 1842!  This is a circus for those that like to get up close, as each show only has a total of 500 seats around its one big center ring.  A unique feature of this circus is that it actually follows a story rather than just having one act after another.  You’ll still get to see plenty of your favorite circus performers though.  There are clowns, beautiful ladies riding horses, trapeze acts, dancing canines and death defying feats!

When they say it is a family circus, they really mean it.  It was founded by a man named Napoleone Zoppe, a clown, and a young equestrian rider named Ermengilda.  They were madly in love, run away together and founded the circus in Italy.  The circus has been passed down through the family ever since!  With some of the children starting as small as two years old.  Today you can see Nino the Clown, his horse riding sister Tosca, and even grandfather Alberto Zoppe.

This show really does seem like you are taking a step back into the past.  Go back to a time when it wasn’t all smoke and mirrors but actual hard work and years of training being performed right before your eyes.  A hundred years may have past, but a fun time at the circus is still the same when you step into the tent at the Zoppe Family Circus.

Get your tickets before they are sold out, and make some lasting memories with your family!


Drink Up at the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival

Anyone who enjoys a truly excellent glass of wine needs to get tickets for the Okanagan Wine Festival!  This festival is currently run four times a year, once per season, so there is a festival in spring, summer, fall and winter.  These festivals are usually held after the harvest of the seasons.  The spring festival welcomes in the new year of wines with a glass or two, the summer fest is all about picnics, cheese and wine, while the winter festival is all about ice wines.  The current festival, the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival is the favorite of many.

The festival is held in British Columbia, Canada, in a beautiful area surrounded by the local wineries.  There are well over 100 events during the fall version of the festival, which runs during the last weekend of September and through the first full week of October.  Some of the events include seminars, including ones teaching how to properly pair your food with the best wines.  The blind wine and cheese soiree is sure to be a popular event, as you can see if you can guess the highest number of wines and cheese and be crowned as the best taster.  Of course, there will be plenty of tastings to be had!  All the area’s best wines will be opening their doors, many with special chef appearances so that you can wine and dine to your heart’s content.

For those worried about feeling a bit too “relaxed” for the long trip back to the hotel, the festival has thought of everything as free taxi rides are provided.  They didn’t get to be ranked as one of the top 100 events in North America for nothing!  Just in case you couldn’t make it to all the wineries you would have liked to have seen, the Grand Finale event will have over 80 wineries present with some 240 different samples available.

If you want to come and try BC’s best wines, make some new friends, and dine on meals from some of the top chefs that will leave you utterly speechless, then you better get your tickets in a hurry.  This event has been known to sell out even weeks in advance!


The Magic of Disney on Ice

Cue Mickey Mouse!  Cue Jasmine and Belle!  There’s even room for Gaston and Ursula!  Yes, it’s time for a Disney celebration.  It’s hard to believe so much magic has descended from the mind of one man, Walt Disney, who believed that fairy tales were marketable in any age.

For generations, Disney has captured the hearts of the young and old, with its fanciful cartoon figures and storybook characters come to life on the big screen.  Now they come to larger life as Disney presents the best, the most memorable of Disney favorites on ice.

Figure skating is perhaps one of the most beautiful art forms there is as it combines the the exacting performance of ballet with the skills of skating.  How will you be able to forget the poised dance of Tinker Bell or The Little Mermaid gliding gracefully over the ice?  The answer is, you won’t.  Nor will you forget the charm of Goofy, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, or the unforgettable, animated Cars!

Of course, what makes the show truly amazing is the combination of artistry and talent with names we all know and love.  Pick a show, any show, and you won’t be disappointed.  Opening the season’s fanfare of delight are the fresh, new shows, “Disney on Ice, Rockin’ Ever After“, and “Worlds of Fantasy”.  With beautiful flying acrobats as well as classic Disney storylines and dance to rip away the most hardened skeptic, it won’t be just the children who laugh, applaud and leap for joy.

There is something very primal about Disney storylines.  The archetypes of good and evil, the yearning for uncertain romance and of course, the ability to draw humor AND pathos out of virtually any situation.  Disney is not just entertainment; it is a part of American culture.  No doubt, you have watched Disney films for years and have given your children plenty to think about.  Now it’s time to let them come and experience the magic in person.

That’s what so special about Disney–the desire to make happy endings out of somber reality.  Come experience an important part of the American dream–the Disney Happy Ending.


Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival

Do you know what the perfect end to summer is?  How about some beer, bourbon, and barbecue?  That’s right, it isn’t too late to get your very own tickets to the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival that is touring the country.  In fact, it has been rated as the “Best BBQ Festival” by Delish.com and is making fans out of everyone who joins in.

Imagine attending events such as Whole Hog Friday, VIP Bacon Session, Beer and Bacon Tastings and more.  Finger licking pulled pork, ribs, chicken, and every type of barbecue imaginable will be waiting for you to taste.  There will also be all you care to try bourbon, barbecue sauce challenges, and so much more.  You can taste over 60 different delicious beers and well over 40 different bourbons from your souvenir tasting glass.

There are plenty of fun contests to enjoy as well.  If you happen to be a sizzling hot daisy duke wearing babe (or an admirer of such) don’t miss out on the Ms.BBQ Babe Contest.  This contest isn’t just about looks however–you have to bring your smarts too, as questions about moonshine, and barbecue may help you nab the crown…or in this case, a giant beer glass and cash prize!  Have you been working on that beer belly for years?  Then enter the opposite of the babe beauty contest in the Best Beer Belly Contest.  Size of the belly and a personality to match is what will nab you the top prize.  There is a baked bean-eating contest for those with an iron stomach as well.

If booze, babes, and barbecue weren’t enough to get your attention, then how about some great music to boot?  Honky Tonk Confidential, Phillip Bray, Bourbon Jug Band, the Piedmont Boys, The Kelly Bell Band, Tailgate Down, Uncle Hamish and the Hooligans, Heavy Seas, and many more will be performing live free shows for all in attendance of the festival.

This is a can’t miss festival, and the proper way to send off summer.  Find out the next stop of the festival, get your tickets today and be sure to come hungry!


The Thrill of the Antiques Roadshow

Do you have a little treasure just sitting around in your home? You may have heirlooms, or found a garage sale find, and are just curious to see if they are worth anything. There is nothing as thrilling as finding out that little trinket is worth thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars! That is the thrill of the Antiques Roadshow.

The show, as fans already know, is aired on the PBS station. It started back in 1997, and is still going, stronger than ever. The concept is fairly straightforward. The show goes from state to state and people line up with their odds and ends to get them appraised by a professional. They have the person who brought in the item, talk about how they came to own it, its history if they know any of it, and they usually ask them what they think it is worth. Then it is big reveal time, is the item worth nothing or could it be worth more than your wildest dreams? A woman from New York brought in a painting recently to find out it was worth somewhere in the ballpark of $400,000 dollars! These are the types of jaw droppers that make the show worth watching.

If you love the Antiques Roadshow TV program, imagine how much better it is live and in person? The show is currently going around the country and may be making a stop in your neck of the woods. Current stops include Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as well Rapid City, South Dakota on July 14, 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio on July 21, 2012, Corpus Christi, Texas on August 4, 2012, and Seattle, Washington on August 18, 2012. You don’t have much time to get tickets so click here to get the tickets now.

If you have something you’ve always wondered the value of, and want it appraised by professionals, then going to the Antiques Roadshow when it is in your area is the perfect solution. You can enjoy being part of a great TV show, and maybe even get pleasantly surprised by what your old antiques are really worth.