Beneath the Roses

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Many people say that beneath roses, there are thorns but under these Rose Parade Floats you’ll find hard work, a float driver and a metal chassis. At 7:00 a.m. this morning, 4 floats took a test ride a down Raymond Avenue at the Rose Palace and float riders practiced the all important fire drill.Today’s test drive was one of many that will take place almost every weekend until parade day. Among the float riders, drivers, technical crew and volunteers there is a tight knit community of roses.Rebecca Gardner, a decorating chief, came out to watch the test drive today. She has been a decorating chief since 1983 but has been involved in the parade since 1971.“I drove 6 or 7 years, I was one of the first female drivers,” she said. “Back then, then the floats were stick shift and you had to start them like a lawn mower,” she added. Gardner recalls her favorite Rose Parade memory as the time when a couple got married on the Huntington Hotel float she was driving in 1988. “It was very special,” she said.Pasadena Now also had the chance to chat with 7-time Rose Parade veteran, Chuck Hayes, at Phoenix Decorating Company.Each float consists of a reused metal chassis, painted foam and tons of floral materials and planning begins at least 6 months in advance. This year, Phoenix Decorating Company is responsible for 21 floats, including the opening float. The amount of work that goes into these floats is incredible and mostly done in the “float barns” under wraps.Each year, the Tournament of Roses president picks a theme and this year’s parade will focus on “Find Your Adventure.” Many floats include real bicycles for people to pedal alongside the petals. “It’s a great energizer and the parade is something you can really set your calendar by,” said Hayes.All the floats are one-of-a-kind designs that reflect the float commissioner’s values. “We like to push it out each year and give [the floats] a completely fresh look,” said Hayes. He adds that floats have become more elaborate and many now include bubbles, fireworks and moving parts in addition to their signature music and fresh florals.Roses are, of course, a popular choice but other materials, like coffee grounds and sea grass give the floats depth. All the materials are applied by hand, starting in December. The local Kiwanis Club and the Petal Pushers do most of the floral work but anyone can volunteer to help make the floats come alive. Some decorators drive from as far as San Diego to participate.“Many people don’t realize the magnitude of these floats. They’re awe-inspiring and there’s a great sense of pride that comes from working on them, “ said Hayes. Anyone can join the Rose Parade Community and make Pasadena bloom.For more information on how to volunteer to be a part of the Rose Parade, visit www.tournamentofroses.com/events/float-decorating. Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Community News More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business Newscenter_img Herbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Beneath the Roses Story and Photography by VERONICA AN Published on Sunday, October 18, 2015 | 12:07 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Garda crime update

first_imgNewsLocal NewsGarda crime updateBy admin – October 16, 2012 654 Email Linkedin Advertisement WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Facebook Armed robbery attempt at barbersAN attempted armed robbery at a barber shop in Corbally last Thursday morning is under investigation by gardaí at Mary Street in Limerick.The incident took place at 10.50am when a man armed with what appeared to be a handgun entered the barber shop  on the Corbally Road and demanded money but left empty-handed.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The culprit was described as being about 5’ 7” in height, of stocky build with a Limerick accent. He was wearing a dark green hoody, jeans, white runners and was also wearing green gloves. He  escaped in a silver Volvo S40 which was later recovered at Blackwater in Ardnacrusha. Gardaí at Mary Street are investigating and anyone who was in the vicinity of Corbally Road between 10.30am and 11.15am last Thursday morning or who has any information about the movements of the silver Volvo S40 which had a 00-MH registration should contact them.Robbery from shop safeArdnacrusha Gardai are investigating a theft at a shop near Barry’s Cross on Sunday October 7 when a man with a motor cycle helmet entered through a rear door and took a large sum of cash from a safe in an upstairs office. He walked across the road to a waiting motor cycle which was being driven by an accomplice.The culprit was described as being between 5’ 8” and 5’10” in height, medium build with a black coat, a woolly hat and blue jeans. It is believed that the motorcycle then drove in the direction of Limerick city. Previous articlePatient care at AuraliaNext articleFireworks warning admin Printlast_img read more

Cycling Tour Operator from Bangkok offering Tour in BiH

first_imgCycling tour operator Spice Roads from Bangkok, offers this year 10-day tourist tour by bicycle through Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro, writes BH news agency Patria.As they state in their offer, this journey is intended for all those who want to unite cycling, and at the same time to enjoy in beautiful regions of these countries and learn about the rich culture and tradition.Journey starts from the Herzegovinian gem Trebinje where participants will enjoy in the beauty of this city, welcome dinner, and will stay there two days.On third day they will move towards Croatia, and beautiful regions of Adriatic sea and Dalmatia will take their breath away. On the fourth day they are in Dubrovnik and Cavtat, and then move towards Montenegro where they will stay until the tenth day. They will visit Budva, Cetinje, Herceg Novi, national parks, rivers etc.Cyclists will ride through roads, hills, tunnels, railroad, and will enjoy in the views to towers, churches, picturesque villages, vineyards and other beautiful regions. At each point at which they stay, they will try local cuisine and feel the tradition and culture of those regions.All participants will experience the bike ride 367 km long that does not require special equipment. These tours will be organized in May, June, September and October.Mountain bike through rugged valleys and historic settlements along the turquoise sea of the Dalmatian coastline while imagining the glory of past civilizations that have left their marks on these emerging nations. Forget those war-torn years as today’s Bosnia and Herzegovina has returned to peace and is now inviting you to explore and witness its hidden treasures. With its breath-taking natural and cultural wealth, the country has emerged as one of the most popular destinations in the world. Croatia’s Dalmatian seafront is second to none and attracts sun-seekers from around the globe to enjoy its warm weather, balmy skies, and turquoise water.Similarly, Montenegro’s azure coast is lined with many stunning destinations: the heavenly Bay of Kotor, the vibrant and contemporary Budva Riviera, and quaint and serene Virpazar. Castles, fortress walls, and relaxing fishing villages tucked between orchards and the sea make for a very picturesque cycling expedition.Note that this trip’s total ascent is 6,467 m.last_img read more