Fascinating Dance and Music Festivals in Waynesville Begin Near Sunset Falls at Bald Creek

Asheville, North Carolina (PRWEB) July 19, 2014

Vibrant heritage celebrations are a staple of Waynesville NC festivals. This area is known for its illuminating performances and rich cultural influence, but one festival near the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance is the talk of the town in 2014. The Folkmoot USA International Dance and Music Festival is one of the finest mountain festivals and welcomes folks from around the world to explore its entertainment and embrace diversity. Check out one of the most fantastic events in history and find out which gated mountain community in North Carolina gets a front row seat!

July 18, 2014 is the big day for residents of one of the best mountain towns in Western North Carolina. The Folkmoot USA International Dance and Music Festival is the highlight of the summer and is celebrated for two whole weeks in different local mountain towns. From July 18-27th, residents living near the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance have their choice of exotic performances, parades, dance parties, arts and crafts vendors and more.

Now, on its 28th year, this festival features 200 groups from 100 different countries that perform and display their work in the towns of Asheville, Waynesville, Franklin, Burnsville, Maggie Valley, and Hendersonville. Twelve cities in total participate in the Folkmoot Festival each year and thousands of attendees unite to learn more about heritage and culture that exist around the globe.

No wonder is it called the Folkmoot Festival! Folkmoot actually means Meeting of People and that is exactly what happens during these events. While there are plenty of Waynesville NC festivals, this one is a showstopper! Check out some of the scheduled events for the 2014 Folkmoot USA International Dance and Music Festival:

July 18: Folkmoot USA Parade opening ceremonies begin at 12:30 p.m.

July 19: International Festival Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 20: World Friendship Day at 3:30 p.m. at the Stuart Auditorium

July 21: Gala Performance & Champagne Reception at 7:30 p.m. located at Stompin Ground, Maggie Valley

July 25: Folkmoot Group Guest Appearance at Mountain Street Dance at 6:30 p.m located on Main Street in Waynesville

July 26,: Performance & Workshop at 3:00 p.m. hosted by the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

July 27: Candlelight Closing begins at 7:00 p.m. at Lake Junaluska

There are many places to be and performances to see for families who live near the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance over the coming weeks. Residents living in one specific gated mountain community in North Carolina, known as Sunset Falls at Bald Creek, know that this is the place for authentic entertainment. Retirees and families are so close to the action that they can visit the performances any day they like. The convenient location of Sunset Falls at Bald Creek to Waynesville is just another perk of the community, but there are many more.

This cozy mountain community is nestled in the lap of the Smoky Mountains, and it is just a short drive to downtown Waynesville. The neighborhood consists of 300 spacious acres and the endless views of mountain peaks are a sight for sore eyes, not to mention the twinkle lights in the evenings. However, the miles of natural terrain, chilled waterfalls and crystal clear creeks are not just for show.

Baby Boomers living here spend their days: kayaking, fishing, hunting, skeet-shooting, rafting, skiing, hiking and even hot air-ballooning. For the people who thrive to be outdoors and stay fit, Sunset Falls at Bald Creek has nearby sports amenities at the 54,000 square foot Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center, the Cataloochee Ski Resort and golf courses in Waynesville. With all the outdoor recreation combined with the thrilling Waynesville NC festivals, it is safe to assume that no one is bored at Sunset Falls at Bald Creek.

To schedule a tour of this gated mountain community in North Carolina, call real estate developer Michael Posey direct at 828.545.8200.

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Film Movement Announces Two Acclaimed Indies Available on DVD August 19

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 18, 2014

Film Movement (http://www.filmmovement.com), the distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, announces today that THE AUCTION and GRIGRIS will be released on DVD on August 19. Both dramas, from French Canada and Chad respectively, earned acclaim and awards at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

A Critics Week winner at the Cannes Film Festival, THE AUCTION is the sophomore feature from Canadian director Sebastien Pilote. The film follows the aging Gaby, a man of few words who maintains his family farm alone, his grown daughters long since moved on from rural life. When his eldest returns home with the news that shes divorcing and will lose her home without a loan, he quietly begins the work to auction off the land and livestock that otherwise would have been his legacy. Told with a quiet intensity, THE AUCTION depicts the lengths one father is willing to go to tend to his family as steadfastly as he does his farm.

The fifth feature from acclaimed director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (A Screaming Man), GRIGRIS was honored with the Vulcan Award for technical achievement at Cannes Film Festival and was the African nation of Chads official entry into the Academy Awards

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Brad Weesner Joins the Exclusive Haute Design Network

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

The Haute Design Network welcomes Brad Weesner of Brad Weesner Design, headquartered in Baltimore, MD. As the newest member for 2014, Brad is known for his superior talents in timeless interior design and management experience with luxury hotels, such as the Ritz Carlton.

Brad Weesners professionalism, nine years of experience, willingness to meet the needs of clients, and the ability to flawlessly finish projects that transcend trends place him in the top tier of mid-Atlantic interior designers.

About Haute Design Network

Haute Design Network selects interior designers that have demonstrated a high level of expertise, professionalism, and accomplishment in their field. This elite circle of leading interior designers is encouraged to expose readers to several elements from past and current design trends as they provide a glimpse into future innovations, while offering both inspiration and exceptional resources for those seeking experienced luxury interior designers and sophisticated interior design firms.

Brad Weesner is featured on Haute Design Networks comprehensive website as a distinguished member alongside other leading interior designers from across the country. Network members have the exclusive opportunity to interact with viewers by utilizing the Haute Design Network platform via customized blog posts and unique design features. Visit the Haute Design Network at http://www.hautedesignnetwork.com.

About Brad Weesner of Brad Weesner Design

Raised in Washington, D.C., Brad has been surrounded by the classicism, diplomacy, graciousness, and global environment that only the nations capital can provide. Utilizing his luxury hotel management experience, he understands the daunting experience of entrusting something as personal as your home to an interior designer. The clients desire for functionality is the firms primary focus when working on both residential and hospitality/corporate projectstransforming a once mundane interior into a remarkable living/work space.

The use of original artwork, wonderful lighting, timeless designs, and calming colors are the hallmark of Weesners design work. Recent projects include: The Graduate Studio Center, MICA in Baltimore, The Leake Hall & Founders Green Residence Life Buildings, MICA in Baltimore, the historic The Weinburg Center for the Performing Arts in Frederick, MD, and Annies Paramount Steak House, a 60-year-old landmark in Washington D.C.

The designers residential projects include a custom 15,000 square foot stone faced colonial and a contemporary and glamorous penthouse both located in Bethesda, a Ritz Carlton penthouse in Baltimore.

In addition to having served on the board of the Frederick Arts Council, Brad has projects that have been published in several publications including: Baltimore Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, House Beautiful, Spaces, the Washington Post, Spectacular HomesDCs Best Interior Designers by Panache Press, Shore D

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sothebys International Realty Partner with Medical Excellence International, LLC

Fairfield and Litchfield Counties, Conn.; Berkshire County, Mass., Westchester County, NY (PRWEB) July 15, 2014

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sothebys International Realty, the largest real estate brokerage firm in the worldwide Sothebys International Realty affiliate network, together with Medical Excellence International, LLC (MEI), a global leader in health management headquartered in New York City, announced that they have co-designed a New York excursion tour featuring VIP medical tests, real estate and cross-border investment workshops, education consultation as well as shopping and recreation. This newly invented package tour offers participants the opportunity to fully experience the charm of New York while at the same time satisfying their health and wealth management needs.

The highly differentiated and flexible package tour was designed at a time when there are more and more affluent Chinese who are paying close attention to the health of themselves and their families*, the US real estate market is attracting a high level of attention from Chinese investors**, and Chinese high net worth individuals (HNWIs) are demonstrating a greater interest in immigration to the US***. The companies recently announced their New York Luxury Tour after six months of intense product development.

Medical Excellence has a well-deserved reputation of providing the finest professional health management services and organizing top medical services for our club members. We pioneered the concept of the health care family office, commented John R. Prufeta, the founder and chairman of MEI, upon the product announcement. Through our partnership, we are able to provide our Chinese clients with other high quality services in addition to our well-established health management services. This new package enables HNWIs to fulfill the important needs of health management and prevention while focusing attention on investment and entertainment in New York. We have conducted extensive research to gain a deep understanding of Chinese clients needs. We are confident that this package distinguishes us from our competitors in terms of the novelty and breadth of the product. We are excited about the strategic partnership with William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sothebys International Realty, a truly great firm that always serves the best interests of its clients. Together, we plan to offer the best possible service to the Chinese HNWIs who are seeking health care and investment in the United States.

We have witnessed the notable increase of Chinese investors in the US real estate market and believe this trend will only strengthen in the future, said Paul Breunich, President and Chief Executive Officer of William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sothebys International Realty. This is a terrific idea to cooperate with MEI to develop this package tour that enables busy Chinese high end customers to achieve multiple goals in a single trip. They are seeking trusted resources for their real estate, investment and health care needs. With this offering, they have the resources of two trusted companies combining to meet their needs. What’s more, due to our relationship with the prestigious Sothebys auction house, the participants will also be able to visit Sothebys and even bid in their world-class art auctions.

For further information about the package tour, please contact MEIs strategic partners in China via email at MEIVIP(at)medexcel(dot)net.

*Hurun Chinese Millionaire Wealth Report 2013: 66% of Chinese HNWIs list health as their second top concern after wealth management.

** Jones Lang LaSalle Global Capital Markets Research: From the second half of 2012 to the first half of 2013, the total purchase of real estate in the US by Chinese exceeded 12.3 billion USD, a 66% increase from the last year.

*** Hurun Chinese Millionaire Wealth Report, June 2014: Among the Chinese millionaires that have emigrated or plan to emigrate, 52% chose the US as their destination.

About William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Founded in 1949, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty manages a $ 3.3-billion-plus portfolio with more than 1,000 sales associates in 26 brokerages spanning Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Westchester County, New York. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, combined with partner firm Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty, is the largest Sotheby’s International Realty(R) affiliate globally, the third-fastest-growing real estate company nationally, and the 23rd-largest real estate company by sales volume in the United States. A full-service real estate firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty provides ancillary services including commercial services through its affiliation with Building and Land Technology, a second-generation development company based in Stamford, Connecticut; William Pitt Insurance Services; and an award-winning global relocation division. For more information, visit the website at williampitt.com.

Sotheby’s International Realty’s worldwide network includes more than 14,000 sales associates located in 700 offices throughout the United States and 50 other countries and territories.

About Medical Excellence International, LLC.

The Medical Excellence brand membership club was created in 2009 (marketing name in China market is ) and the company is headquartered in New York City. The company was designed to provide the most elite medical network and resources as well as a comprehensive and professional medical management consultation services to the high net worth individuals. The company invented the concept of the family office for health management services to serve as the single point-of-contact for its Members to access the most elite global medical resources. The company also serves as the personal health advisor to ensure each members mental and physical health. MEIs senior management team has accrued over fifty years experience in healthcare and health management industries. MEIs elite medical network covers over 109 countries around the world. We believe that Great Health is the Ultimate Luxury and we are committed to providing the best available medical resources to our members anywhere and anytime. MEI is the most respected brand in global health management industry and has been trusted by the most prominent families in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Starr Companies is one of MEIs investors.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children Celebrates Winning Four Awards

Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) July 14, 2014

Stepping Stones Museum for Children is pleased to announce the museum has recently won four awards, thanks to the dedication and talent of an amazing staff.

The Excellence Award from the Connecticut Art Directors Club for the museum’s “Express Yourself” exhibit goes to Exhibits Team members Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, Leigh Ryan, Brian Morrissey, Khalaf Jerry, Andy White and Kim Kuta Dring. Dring also earned a Community Service Award from the Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents. Kathy Labieniec, the in-house graphic designer, won a 2014 Ad Club CT Award for the museum’s 2014 Kaleidoscope Ball gala invitation design.

The museum’s newest exhibit, Express Yourself, was created by Stepping Stones Museum for Children as a part of its “Healthy Children, Healthy Communities” initiative. The exhibit helps children and parents learn more about the importance of expressing emotions in a healthy way. Dring, the museum’s director of community teaching and learning, appeared with Fairfield University Associate Professor Dr. Gill Lopez on “Good Morning Connecticut,” WTNH-TV to talk about social, emotional well-being. You can watch the informative interview on YouTube.

During the interview, Dr. Lopez shared tips for parents to encourage social emotional learning:

Fraternal Order of Eagles to Complete $25 Million Commitment to Fund Diabetes Research Center July 13 at Orlandos Rosen Centre Hotel

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) July 09, 2014

One of Americas oldest and most storied organizations, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, will present a $ 6 million donation to fund diabetes research to the University of Iowa Sunday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at the Rosen Center Hotel, located at 9840 International Dr.

The donation completes a $ 25 million commitment the Eagles made to the university in 2008 to fund the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center (DRC), a state-of-the-art medical research facility on the schools main campus in Iowa City.

Sunday nights ceremony is the focus of the organizations 116th Annual International Convention, to be held July 12-17 at the Rosen Center. Approximately 2,000 Eagles from across the United States and Canada are expected to attend.

Open to the F.O.E.s nearly 800,000 members worldwide, International Convention includes daily private sessions to conduct official orders of business, a variety of classroom offerings to help members maximize their opportunities on the local level, a vendor area with great deals exclusive to members and an appearance by the Eagles No. 31 NASCAR Nationwide Series car.

In addition to the $ 6 million check presentation, Sundays Welcome to Orlando Show will feature a live auction to benefit the DRC as well as performances by comedian/musician Mark Eddie, comedian Tom Parks and a special surprise guest.

Other events include the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary Banquet, Monday, July 14, at 6 p.m. with entertainment by mentalist Jon Stetson; and the Mr. & Mrs. Banquet Tuesday, July 15, at 6 p.m., with performances by country musician Jenny Tolman, comedian Tim Cavanagh and It Is What It Was: The Music of Elvis featuring Elvis conductor/maestro Joe Guercio and Andy Childs.

The Convention concludes Thursday, July 17, at 5 p.m. with the official installation of 2014-2015 Grand Worthy President Elwin Bud Haigh of Three Rivers, Mich., and Grand Madam President Gloria Mason, of Vincennes, Ind., to the Aerie and Auxiliarys highest positions.

Throughout the week, a total of $ 480,000 in grants will be presented by Eagles dignitaries to organizations including the Rosen Foundation, the Menninger Clinic Foundation, Childrens Hospital of the Kings Daughters, the Orlando Health Foundation, the Regents of the University of Michigan and more. Outgoing Grand Madam President Katie Ziebol, of Ogden, Utah, will present a check for $ 65,121.24 to Christmas Box House International, her chosen special project.

International Convention registration is open exclusively to members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. To find out how you can make a difference in your community, visit http://www.foe.com.

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The Tortoise and the Hare: A Sex Difference in Marathon Pacing

Allendale, Michigan (PRWEB) July 08, 2014

Men are more likely than women to slow their pace in the marathon, according to a new study led by a Grand Valley State University researcher. The findings were published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

The study, led by Robert Deaner, associate professor of psychology at Grand Valley State, was based on 14 marathons that occurred in the U.S. in 2011, and it included almost 92,000 performances. On average, men ran the second half of the marathon 15.6 percent slower than the first half, whereas women slowed by an average of 11.7 percent. Although the extent of slowing varied at different races, the sex difference in pacing occurred at all 14 marathons. The sex difference was especially clear when considering runners who slowed by 30 percent or more men were about three times as likely as women to experience such dramatic slowing.

The researchers decided to conduct the study because they hypothesized that marathon pacing might reflect decision making, and previous studies show that men generally make riskier decisions in many other situations.

Sports scientists have long been interested in pacing, but they have focused on elite athletes and havent considered the role of decision making, said Deaner. We reasoned that decision making could be important for recreational runners some have little knowledge about the demands of the marathon or their own capabilities, so it can be very easy to begin the early miles with an aggressive, unsustainable pace. We anticipated that men would be more likely to do this and, consequently, theyd be more likely to crash in the second half of the race.

While decision making could play a role, physiological factors might also be a primary factor explaining the greater slowing of men relative to women. Sandra Hunter, a co-author and professor of exercise science at Marquette University, said: Women typically use more fat and less carbohydrate during endurance exercise. This should make them less likely to bonk or hit the wall because they are less likely to have their muscles depleted of glycogen.

The authors hope their results will spur future studies of pacing among non-elites. Wed like to think were putting pacing in non-elite athletes on scientists radar, said Hunter. It would be fantastic to complement our study based only on halfway times and finishing times with other kinds of data. This might include runners training, self-knowledge, targeted pace, subjective feelings, and physiological measures. These kinds of studies might go a long way in helping runners achieve better performances and enjoy racing more.

Outstanding endurance performances almost involve even pacing, so the new findings suggest that women are superior to men in their race pacing. Yeah, you can certainly look at this as a tortoise and hare type of situation, said Deaner. Men are crashing more frequently and that certainly isnt desirable. But I think its premature to conclude that women are superior pacers. This is because an evenly paced race does not automatically indicate a well-paced one. Someone might be too conservative given his or her training and ability. So this question wont be truly answered until a future study investigates runners training and their goals, along with their pacing.

Other key results were that pace slowing was generally far greater among slower runners and that the sex difference in pacing widened among slower marathoners. For example, among those who finished in about three hours, men slowed by 6.9 percent whereas women slowed by 5.5 percent, a 25 percent sex difference. By comparison, among those who finished in about five hours, men slowed by 18.8 percent whereas women slowed by 14.5 percent, a 30 percent sex difference.

The researchers also investigated whether racing experience was related to pacing and whether it might contribute to the sex difference. For more than 2,900 runners, they acquired information on racing experience by looking up runners on the athlinks website, which aggregates performances from many races. More years of racing experience and more previous marathons were both associated with more even pacing. Nevertheless, these experience effects were similar for men and women, so that controlling for experience did not eliminate the sex difference in pacing.

The researchers also showed that the sex difference in pacing held across age groups. It also held when adjusting womens performances by 12 percent to address mens greater maximal oxygen uptake and their typically faster performances.

The study was co-authored by Rickey Carter and Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic.

For more information, contact Robert Deaner at deanerr(at)gvsu(dot)edu or Sandra Hunter at sandra(dot)hunter(at)marquette(dot)edu

Robert Deaner joined the Psychology Department at Grand Valley State University in 2006. He earned a doctorate in biological anthropology and anatomy at Duke University and conducted postdoctoral research in the Department of Neurobiology at Duke. His research focuses on applying evolutionary theory to human behavior, especially investigating sex differences in performance and motivation.

Sandra Hunter was recently promoted to full professor in the Exercise Science Program in the Department of Physical Therapy at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She earned her doctorate in exercise physiology at the University of Sydney, Australia, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado. Her research focuses on sex and age difference in motor control and muscle fatigue in healthy and diseased populations.

MarineMax Announces United by Water Nationwide Sales Event Will Benefit Families of Fallen Heroes

Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) July 03, 2014

MarineMax announced today the United by Water Nationwide Summer Sales Event, their largest boat sale of the year, will benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation and Patriot Boating Days.

Traditionally, summer is our best selling season. This year MarineMax has a fantastic selection of more than 2400 new models and premium used boats available. Now, with the MarineMax United by Water Nationwide Summer Sale, this is the best time to own the boat you, and your family, have always dreamed of, commented Brett McGill, MarineMax Vice President West Operations. Not only will our customers get the best prices of the year, but for sales made in July, MarineMax will be making a contribution to the Folds of Honor Foundation.

The Folds of Honor Foundation was established by Major Dan Rooney, a former F-16 pilot, to provide educational scholarships to the families of soldiers killed or disabled while serving our great nation. Marine businesses are encouraged to participate by raising money for Folds of Honor and Patriot Boating Days during the month of July. Sea Ray and MarineMax are proud supporters of the event, allowing boating enthusiasts to combine their love of country and assist the Folds of Honor mission.

MarineMax has over 50 stores nationwide that will be participating in the United by Water Nationwide Summer Sales Event. The 2015 models are on their way, and our select boat brands, including iconic American builders Sea Ray and Boston Whaler, frequently offer special programs this time of year to make room for these new models, explained Chuck Cashman, MarineMax Vice President East Operations. During the United by Water Summer Sales event, we are making additional MarineMax incentives available. Combine these with the acclaimed MarineMax customer experience, there has never been a better time to be a member of the MarineMax family.

MarineMax is well known for providing an exceptional total ownership experience. MarineMax owners enjoy a complete Delivery Owners Orientation to familiarize owners and their families with their new boat, a full tank of fuel, Go Boating Gear Kit, and dock lines. MarineMax also organizes their famous Getaways!




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