Barbara Eden will make her first-ever appearance at Elvis Week 2022 on August 15 at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee as a special guest at Conversations on Elvis. In memory of the 45th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s passing, she will share some of her favorite memories of co-starring alongside Elvis in the 1960 film “Flaming Star.”
Throughout her illustrious career, Barbara Eden has starred in over 25 feature films, five network TV series, and 19 top-rated network made-for-television movies. Her iconic “I Dream of Jeannie” NBC Television series, launched in 1965, became an instant hit.
In addition, Barbara is a New York Times bestselling author with her memoir, Jeannie Out of the Bottle. She most recently released her debut children’s book, Barbara And The Djinn.
Barbara also guest starred on Nickelodeon’s #1 animated Pre-School series Shimmer & Shine lending her voice, for the first time, as Empress Caliana. Barbara keeps busy acting, making personal appearances, touring, participating in numerous charity events and home life, all of which are a part of her regular agenda.
We stopped by Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee back in 2020 knowing it is one of the most-visited attractions in that area. Although it was open, we elected not to go in because of limitations due from the pandemic.
It is definitely on our bucket list to go back to what looks to be a world-class theme park. We heard from locals that we made a good decision at the time, but “come back again because they are always making good improvements and introducing something new.”
For 2022, Dollywood officially opened to the general public on March 12th, with season passholders getting a sneak peak on March 11. Dolly Parton was there, her first time at the park since 2019, to greet everyone back.
Dollywood didn’t waste much time with planning exciting updates with a a variety of projects. Here are some of the changes and additions:
🔹The Emporium, a very popular shop with visitors, was updated aesthetically.
🔹Victoria’s Pizza received a kitchen renovation to improve efficiency and help with visitors getting meals faster. An enlarged seating area has also improved the dining experience.
One change that will really benefit the guest experience are the wider walkways and more space for guests to spread out. Congestion has always been a struggle at Dollywood, but now the park is taking steps toward improvement! The park is creating wider walkways and better utilizing spaces throughout the park. Recently crews removed an old mine tunnel near the tracks for the Dollywood Express. This creates more space for visitors to walk, or stop and watch as the train rolls by.
The Flower & Food Festival has quickly become a fan-favorite festival at Dollywood. Now they have expanded it with new iconic Mosaiculture displays that visitors will love, and hundreds of thousands of blooms throughout the park. The culinary team has created a menu full of items that highlights the tastes of spring in the Smokie Mountains.
Another popular festival is the Summer Celebration. In 2022, Dollywood is expanding the Summer Nights drone and fireworks show with even more drones. The show features hundreds of drones flying high above the park, telling a story with 3D animations and a symphony of light.
Hoot Owl Hollow
Hoot Owl Hollow is a new area coming to life for Dollywood’s Harvest Festival. It’s located in Craftsman’s Valley and features a number of owl-themed displays in the park and suspended in the trees. The festival has thousands of carved pumpkins, performances from talented artists and Great Pumpkin LumiNights
Dollywood is introducing a brand new season pass structure (Silver, Gold and Diamond) that provides more for guests.
Here’s what to expect with the passes:
🔹Silver – With the Silver Season Pass, visitors get unlimited entries to Dollywood during the 2022 season, 2 Bring-A-Friend Free tickets and a $5 discount on single day tickets. Adult Silver Passes are priced at $149.
🔹Gold – The Gold Season Pass includes access to all-new Golden Hours and Events, unlimited visits to the park, 4 Bring-A-Friend Free tickets, a $10 discount on single day tickets, free parking, and 15% off select food and merchandise. Adult Gold Passes are $204.
🔹Diamond – With the Diamond Season Pass, visitors receive access to Golden Hours and Events, unlimited visits to Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country, free parking, 20% off select food and merchandise, 6 Bring-A-Friend Free tickets and a $15 discount on single day tickets. These passes are priced at $314 for adults.
The March 24-27, 2021 event will be the 20th straight rally held at Bandera’s Mansfield Park.
Consisting of tent camping, poker run, vendors, food, and field events, there will be music throughout the day Friday and Saturday. Their bike show, tattoo contest, and Sunday morning church service are popular. 21 OR OVER, NO EXCEPTIONS.
One of the most popular Texas rallies, they feature a covered stage to enjoy outdoor concerts and contests in “the wide-open fresh air, under the bright stars of the beautiful Hill Country.
“Ride the beautiful Texas Hill Country all day then come back and shop with our many vendors,” their promotional material states. “Enjoy your meals with one of nine Food vendors located outside the Barn, then go shop with over 30 Inside Vendors (spaced out) and over 40 Outside Vendors, before enjoying the evening concerts and contests.”
The first leg of Twisted Sister is now fully opened as the construction of a new bridge on Highway 337 is complete.
“The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. We start it off loud! Hot Bands rock the night away…We will treat you so many ways you are bound to like one or two.”
The Bike Show categories include Peoples Choice, American Touring, Metric Touring, Radical Custom, American Cruiser, Metric Cruiser, Antique Trike/Sidecar and Sport.
Other events include a Tattoo Contest, Nightly Risque Contests, The Famous Weenie Bite, Balloon Toss, Drag Race, Slow Race, Pole in the Hole, Keg Push, Keg Throw and Burn Out Contest.
Other features include 2 Beer & Liquor Gardens Ice Sold Onsite Hot Showers Full Hook-Up Spots Available Free Tent Camping Sewer Dump Available Rain Or Shine Event Lots Of Self Contained Camping Free Auto Parking Vendors and lots of shade in this rain or shine event.
“For further information or questions, please contact our office at (409) 655-8800 or visit us at http://www.bikerralliesoftexas.com or follow us on Facebook, Biker Rallies of Texas.”
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As The People’s Convoy begins their peaceful and unified transcontinental movements for freedom, hundreds of truckers are hearing encouragement and blessings from speakers including FLCCC President Dr. Pierre Kory and Godspeak Church Pastor Rob McCoy.
“The truckers are joined by freedom-loving supporters from all walks of life on this peaceful and law-abiding transcontinental journey for freedom,” one spokesperson said Tuesday night.
“This convoy is about freedom and unity,” they announced.” “The truckers are riding unified across party and state lines with freedom loving people of all colors and creeds. Everyone is welcome to participate by attending the launch rally and/or by following the big rigs in their own vehicles.”
First 4 Days: Truckers, Bikers, RVs, and Other Vehicles Main Convoy RouteAcross America
The People’s Convoy Message
The 23 months of the COVID-19 pandemic have been a rough road for all Americans: spiritually, emotionally, physically, and – not least – financially.
Good therapeutics and the hard work of courageous, frontline doctors and nurses contributed to declining COVID-19 cases and severity of illness. It’s time to re-open America. It’s time for elected officials to work with American workers to and restore accountability and liberty – by lifting all mandates and ending the “state of emergency.” Americans need to get back to work and living in a free and unrestricted manner.
Many non-mainstream media reporters, photographers and staff will embed with the Convoy. Note: As of this writing Newsmax, Eric Bolling, Maureen Steele, The Epoch Times and other journalists, media outlets and podcasters are joining.
Retired military and security experts are assisting the convoy and spearheading logistics to ensure a 100 percent safe, lawful, and peaceful journey.
“We have the freedom our forefathers and veterans have continually died for over the past two hundred years. Just visit our National Cemetaries and view the rows of sacrifice on the grounds. This freedom needs to be defended whether foreign or domestic,” was a message passed around by supporters to truckers before they left. “All of us must fight these communists. I know this because I am a cold war veteran. This time they have attacked us from the inside via money and political means.”
“Our representatives seem to be very quiet during these times, why? God bless all of you in this endeavor to retain our freedom that we still have today,” wrote FireDogRazor54. “To my brothers and sisters in Canada, your blood has been shared in the past many times and I know personally that you do not quit, defend the Maple leaf! To all I repeat ‘esprit de corps’. Post this message on your trucks!! To the police, go 10-7 with the blue covid flu for about a week, just saying. Where is our clergy? Tend the flock and ward off the foxes!”
Green Car Journal magazine named Ford’s all-new Maverick its 2022 Green Truck of the Year on Friday, November 12, during a Green Car Awards™ press conference at the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show. The magazine also honored the Toyota Sienna minivan as the 2022 Family Green Car of the Year™ for the second year in a row.
“Ford’s Maverick is a milestone vehicle offering pickup enthusiasts an affordable choice that’s highly fuel efficient, functional, and right-sized for everyday use,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and GreenCarJournal.com. “The Toyota Sienna hits a sweet spot for families by blending sophisticated design, hybrid efficiency, and an array of thoughtful family-friendly features in an appealing minivan form.”
Featuring a compact design offering easier maneuverability in crowded areas, the all-new Maverick pickup aims at work and play with its ability to seat five, handle a 1500 pound payload, and tow up to 4,000 pounds. It comes with a standard hybrid powerplant delivering up to 42 mpg in the city and an approachable price starting under $20,000.
Toyota reimagined the minivan with its innovative Sienna, distinguished for the second time as Green Car Journal’s Family Green Car of the Year. Sienna sets the standard for those seeking a highly-efficient, roomy, and tech-rich family vehicle offering premium style and three-row seating for up to eight.
Finalists for this year’s prestigious Green Car Awards™ featured powertrains ranging from plug-in hybrid and battery electric to hybrid and efficient internal combustion, highlighting the diversity of today’s automotive landscape.
Along with the Ford Maverick, vying for Green Truck of the Year were the Ford F-150, GMC HUMMER EV, Rivian R1T, and Toyota Tundra. In addition to the Toyota Sienna, candidates for Family Green Car of the Year included Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Honda Civic, Kia Sorento, and Volkswagen ID.4. Their selection as the top 5 ‘green’ cars in their award category earns each model Green Car Journal’s 2022 Green Car Product of Excellence™ honor.
“The San Antonio Auto & Truck Show is filled with truck aficionados and families who are vested in energy efficient vehicles,” said San Antonio Auto Dealers President Pam Crail. “We love to host the Green Car Awards, because it gives our Show guests the first look at the winners.”
The San Antonio Auto & Truck Show will be held from Friday, November 12, through Sunday, November 14, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
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Scottsdale, Arizona based Barrett-Jackson, billed as “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions,” continued at full throttle during their inaugural Houston auction at NRG Center last month with $37.5 million in sales.
Leading the way was the $1.98 million sale of a 1979 Porsche 928 driven by Tom Cruise in the film “Risky Business.” It was a world record auction sale of any Porsche 928 from any year.
They continued to fill the demand for collector car non-fungible tokens (NFTs) with two movie-themed Motoclub SparkNFTs.
NFTs are not the actual cars, but “the digital packaging of an exclusive video, an illustration, and three still images,” indicated the car collections dealer. “It’s a digital piece of automobilia of sorts commemorating the sale of a spectacular VIN 001 vehicle.”
🔹The 1959 Cadillac “Ghostbusters” Ectomobile Re-Creation NFT sold for $8,000.
🔹The 1994 Toyota Supra from “The Fast & the Furious” franchise NFT hammered in at $6,000.
Barrett-Jackson’s first auction in the Lone Star State featured a 100% no-reserve docket with nearly 500 collectible vehicles that sold for more than $35.4 million. The Automobilia Auction featured 279 pieces that sold for over $1 million, marking the company’s most successful non-Scottsdale Automobilia Auction. Barrett-Jackson also continued to trailblaze with the auction of two NFTs, which brought in a combined $14,000.
“This was a banner year filled with historic events made up of over 200 world-record auction sales that are forever etched into automotive history,” says Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson.
“Thanks to our sponsors, consignors, bidders and guests, our inaugural Houston auction was an extraordinary extension of this year’s success. We’re far more than a car auction; we’re an immersive automotive experience with exhibitors, thrill rides and activities that rivals any event. We can’t wait for our January 2022 Scottsdale auction, when we’ll celebrate everything we’ve accomplished over our 50-year history, in true Barrett-Jackson fashion.”
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