THIS BLOG IS DEDICATED TO MY TWIN BROTHER, BILL DYKES (1943-1995). WE WERE NOT ONLY BROTHERS BUT PARTNERS IN BUSINESS AND BEST FRIENDS!AND TO ALL THE "BUTCHERS" THAT HAVE PASSED ON TO THE BIG LOT IN THE SKY!
21st Street in Coney Island Renamed "BOOM A RING BOULEVARD" On June 16 at 11 a.m. Through The End Of Summer!- Feld Entertainment, parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, (www.Ringling.com/ConeyIsland) announced today that 21st Street -- the boardwalk end of which is the location for the tent complex of The Coney Island BOOM A RING -- will be renamed "BOOM A RING Blvd." for the summer! The renaming ceremony will take place in celebratory circus fashion Tuesday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at the corner of 21st Street and Surf Avenue. With A Circus Ceremony At 11:00 a.m.! It feels like every day, some new piece of circus history or Coney Island history is being made We're honored to have 21st Street renamed for The Coney Island BOOM A RING, just as we're honored to be bringing The Greatest Show On Earth® to Brooklyn for the first time ever! We are thrilled that the Ringling Brother's Circus has come to Coney Island With the Circus in town, and Coney's iconic rides and amusements really fun and really open this summer, this is the beginning of what we hope is a long relationship with Ringling Brother's and a preview of what's to come. FROM http://www.prweb.com
A spin around Venice $5 fee returns alongside favorite foods, games By IRA PORTER • The News Journal • June 8, 2009 Sunday's opening day of the 35th annual St. Anthony's Italian Festival in the city's Little Italy neighborhood seemed to have a little something for everyone. And everyone seemed to come. In a recession that is hurting many nonprofits, organizers of the festival took a calculated risk last year: They added gates and a $5 admission fee. Both are back this year. The change -- as well as a heat wave -- may have thinned last year's crowds, but didn't thin the proceeds. The festival, a fundraiser for St. Anthony of Padua's parish school, had a gross revenue last year just under $1 million with about $200,000 in profits, said Anthony Albence of the festival's steering committee. That was down slightly from previous years, but organizers blame that on the high temperatures the first half of the week. Based on last year's results and healthy crowds on this year's opening day (figures for Sunday's attendance aren't yet available), the festival appears to be an example of Another artist who is sharing her work with festivalgoers is Jacqueline M. Connell of Wilmington -- her fifth year participating as a vendor. On Sunday she brought four new libation-inspired paintings with her, which included "Red Red Wine," "Dirty With a Twist" and "Champagne Celebration." Watts Thomas was all smiles as his shots kept falling and the prizes kept coming. "I get enough practice from basketball," he said. frim the Wilmington News Journal