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Our Beauty and The Beast Screening

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When starting this blog I wasn’t sure how I was going to come up with topics to write about as time progressed on. But after going at it for a couple years now I have found that I have plenty to write about, particularly about some of the opportunities that have presented themselves such as this particular event.

Working with Life of Dad and Disney, I had an amazing opportunity to host a Beauty and The Beast screening for the new Blu-ray that was released on June 6 (buy it!). My daughter loves Belle and all that she is capable of and when I asked her if she would like to have a big movie party she was immediately excited and her little mind started turning over ideas of what we could do.

Some of her ideas were too grand. Believe me, I think it would have been awesome to rent out a ballroom and have a beautiful celebration, however, this is going to be setup in my backyard, so the ballroom is going to be out of realm of possibilities. We were able to setup lights and decorations, along with a big screen to show the movie.

With a handful of kids, my wife and I hosted a fantastic screening of the movie. We had lots of candy, popcorn, glow sticks, and even a photo booth. There’s not much more to say about the screening other than the movie is worth picking up and thank you Life of Dad and Disney for this opportunity to screen the movie!

Check out the photos from our event and be sure to pick up your copy of Beauty and The Beast which is now available wherever Blu-rays are sold!

 

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The #CheeriosChallenge 2017

#CheeriosChallenge Twitter Chat

Last year Life of Dad started something amazing called the #CheeriosChallenge. This year it is back and St. Louis Dad has joined in on the fun. You can get in on the action as well by posting your favorite photos of you or your family trying out the #CheeriosChallenge!

Here are some of my favorite pictures that I have come up with during this awesome challenge. Take any of your own? Link them below in the comments!

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A Rockin’ Weekend

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I gotta tell ya about a weekend that was absolutely fantastic. For starters, it was the weekend my wife and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. We have been together for 16 years and married for 10 of those years. It is an incredible feeling being with someone so awesome for that long. I truly love that girl and I am glad she is in my world.

IMG_8937For our anniversary we decided to attend Point Fest this year. I was super excited as it was said that Korn was going to be headlining the show, along with Breaking Benjamin. Korn has been on my bucket list of bands to see for the longest time. I have just never been able to be in a position to see them live and this was finally my time. That is until I got home from work Friday afternoon. Apparently, lead singer Jonathan Davis reported vocal issues and apologized in a video that the band would not be attending Point Fest. I was pretty bummed out. Korn was the only reason I bought tickets. I love Breaking Ben as well but they are in my top 10, Korn is top 3, so the news stung a little bit.

After boo-hoo-ing for an hour I finally got over it. Breaking Ben was going to play an extended set so that was a nice addition to the show.

IMG_8966So the day of Point Fest came and I was already over Korn cancelling and was ready to hear some Sick Puppies and Breaking Benjamin. We got the kids to mammaw and pawpaw’s house and headed out to the show. It was a beautiful sunny day and my wife and I were ready to rock. Upon our arrival we decided to do a little walking around, well we actually did a lot of walking that night. We ate, drank, and had a lot of fun. We met some interesting people and listened to some awesome music. After the Sick Puppies set on the side stage we actually got to meet the band! While waiting in line we were approached by a security guard that was awesome enough to give us two tickets to the next Point Fest the following weekend. We knew we couldn’t go but who says no to free tickets? We could find someone that would want to go so that was a very nice surprise.

IMG_3469Destiny got herself a shirt and I got myself a cool tall boy coozi cup. Our night was so much fun and Breaking Benjamin knocked it out of the park with their extended set. Below you can see a YouTube video someone from the concert posted of the set. The Star Wars Imperial March was insane to say the least.

Just like 16 year old kids as we were leaving after the show my wife ripped down a Point sign and shoved it in her purse. She’s a rebel without a cause!

A few days later I was able to give away the tickets to the next Point Fest which was featuring Soundgarden as the headliner. Then the news of Chris Cornell’s passing was announced followed by the announcement that Point Fest was cancelled. I understand why the Point did it but I also feel bad for all that wanted to go to the show. There is always Way Back Point Fest later this year. I am already on the look out for those tickets.

I had not been to a concert in a few years, and this concert proved that we need to go to more. My wife and I had so much fun. Eating junk food and drinking some drinks we could not have asked for a better night except it got even better after the concert when we went to the club but that’s a story for another time.

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Superheroes, Chess and Comics at the World Chess Hall of Fame!

strange suspense stories-1The World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) in Saint Louis proudly debuts an interactive new exhibition, Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comics on Thursday, March 23, with a special public opening reception from 6-8 p.m. This exhibit will be on view through September 17, 2017.

With Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comicsthe WCHOF is delighted to present a family-friendly exhibit geared toward visitors of all ages. This colorful and interactive exhibit is sure to wow even the most seasoned museumgoer.

Visitors will enjoy:

  • Over 200 chess-themed comic books
  • Dressing up like their favorite superheroes
  • Taking a selfie in the photo booth
  • Perusing favorite comics in the reading room
  • Illustrating in a drawing room
  • Playing chess on fun boards featuring Spiderman, Batman, Wonder Woman and more.

The historic comics collection includes rare editions, such as the earliest chess-related cover, DC Comics’ More Fun Comics 76, released in 1942; and a 1947 DC Action Comics Superman in The Cross Country Chess Crimes. Additionally, objects will be on view for comic and chess aficionados to appreciate, including limited edition, collector comic-inspired chess sets. This novel exhibit is designed to bring out the kid in everyone!

ComicsEventGraphic“We are thrilled to introduce this new exhibit. In Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comics, the fantastical worlds of superheroes, chess and comics come to life in an interactive and educational way. We look forward to welcoming visitors of all ages,” said Shannon Bailey, chief curator.

All works in this exhibit are from the collection of WCHOF and on loan from Bernice and Floyd Sarisohn. Written contributions are by Michael Tisserand, author of Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White and Roy Thomas, former Editor in Chief at Marvel Comics.

This year commemorates the fifth anniversary of the WCHOF. The organization has welcomed more than 60,000 visitors since it’s opening. Its widespread acclaim has been complemented by the efforts of its sister organization, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, an educational institution that focuses on teaching and promoting the game of chess. The combined efforts of the Saint Louis chess campus led the United States Senate, in 2014, to declare Saint Louis the national capital of chess.

Admission to exhibit is complimentary with a suggested donation of $5.

WCHOF Hours: Monday–Tuesday and Saturdays (10 a.m.–5 p.m.), Wednesdays–Fridays 
(10 a.m.–9 p.m.) and Sundays (noon–5 p.m.)

Proceeds from Q Boutique, the gift store of the WCHOF, support the exhibitions and education programs of the WCHOF.

For more information, please visit the World Chess Hall of Fame online at www.worldchesshof.org or call (314) 367-9243(WCHF).

Visit the WCHF social channels: Facebook (@WorldChessHOF), Twitter (@WorldChessHOF), Instagram (@worldchesshof), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/worldchesshof).

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