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Deno’s Days of Distancing Together #10: Charles Denson on the History of the Wonder Wheel

This youtube clip, gives a short history on Deno’s Wonder Wheel in beautiful Coney Island Amusement Park in Brooklyn, NY.
Located at Coney Island Amusement Park in Brooklyn NY, that area has a lot to offer. Aside from the LandMark Amusement Park, it is next door to MCU Park, Home of The Brooklyn Cyclones and has beautiful beaches as well. There is also Nathans famous hotdogs right down the block.|
This video about the Wonder Wheel enhances the heritage and culture of that area and is filled with large amounts of history, regarding that area.
Enjoy the video!

This is from the youtube section Deno’s has, on the particular video #10:
Charles Denson, director of the Coney Island History Project, talks about the Wonder Wheel, Coney Island, and the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci. While writing his book on the history of the Wonder Wheel, he came across some amazing connections between Da Vinci and Coney Island. Denson says that many of Da Vinci’s 15th century mechanical drawings resemble rides in Coney Island, but there’s one machine that he invented that stands out among the others: Da Vinci’s design for a Perpetual Motion Machine.

A little blurb about the park:
“Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is a family-owned amusement park located at Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City. It features five adult rides and 16 kiddie rides, including a dozen family rides that parents and children can ride together.”

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Link to Deno’s Wonder Wheel website:

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2019 Eastern League All-Star Game, hosted by The Richmond Flying Squirrels, Richmond VA

The 2019 Eastern League held its annual all star game this year in Richmond Virginia and was hosted by the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
This was an excellent four day celebration. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Todd “Parney” Parnell and General Manager Ben Rothrock were on hand for the full four day event.
The events had a decent turnout and the All Star Game and Home Run Derby were both a lot of fun to attend. I am so glad I went. The All-Star Game was complete by a game ending fireworks show, which enhanced the Western Division win over the Eastern Division 5-0.
The game saw a sellout crowd of 9,560 fans, the most in the Eastern League All-Star Game’s recorded history. The fans attending any or all of the events enjoyed themselves immensely, as magic filled the air for our countries national pastime.
I am so glad I went. It’s a vacation to remember for a long time.
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Autographed poster of The Western Division of The Eastern League from the 2019 Eastern League All-Star Game.
The Diamond, as it is called, is being prepared by the grounds crew.
Nutzy is entertaining the fans at one of the celebrations
Nutasha, posing for the camera at one of the event celebrations.
Nutzy is entertaining the fans at one of the celebrations
Nutasha, is entertaining the fans at one of the celebrations
Nutzy is entertaining the fans at one of the celebrations
2019 Eastern League All-Star Game, at The Diamond, home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, Richmond VA
2019 Eastern League All-Star Game, at The Diamond, home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, Richmond VA
2019 Eastern League All-Star Game, at The Diamond, home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, Richmond VA
A quick pose with the Flying Squirrels mascots Nutasha and Nutzy at one of the celebration events.
Box score of The Eastern League All Star Game at The Diamond, home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels
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Eastern League All-Star Game July 10, 2019 Hosted by The Richmond Flying Squirrels, Richmond Virginia

Summer is in full swing and baseball leagues are almost at the half way point throughout all leagues from coast to coast.
This year will be special in Richmond Virginia. The Richmond Flying Squirrels are hosting this years Eastern League All-Star game on July 10, 2019.
Throughout the week, the Squirrels will be hosting a series of events.
Here is what is going on, straight from the Richmond Flying Squirrels website:

Sunday, July 7 | Mayor Levar Stoney’s All-Star Week Kickoff
Mayor Levar Stoney’s All-Star Week Kickoff will feature live performances by renowned musical artists Mighty Joshua and Trongone Band. There will also be a special performance by Ephesus Drumline. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the event runs from 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.Summer is in full swing and baseball leagues are almost at the half way point throughout all leagues from coast to coast.
Monday, July 8 | All-Star Music Country Jam at Richmond Raceway featuring Big & Rich
Join the Flying Squirrels and the All-Star Week entourage for a special night of country music at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway. The Squirrels will be rolling out the red carpet for All-Star Week guests, fans, visiting dignitaries and special musical guests.   World-renowned stars Big & Rich will headline the All-Star Country Music Jam, plus special guests Cowboy TroyDJ Sinister and Mickie James! Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9 | Eastern League Celebrity Home Run Derby & All-Star Pep Rally
On Tuesday, July 9, the Flying Squirrels will host the Eastern League Celebrity Home Run Derby, featuring the All-Star players and special guests participating in a series of home run and hitting challenges. The event will feature a star-studded list of participants with ties to the Richmond area from across the sports and entertainment world.
The Celebrity Home Run Derby special guests include: 
– Six-time All-Star and San Francisco Giants great Will Clark
12-year MLB player, manager of the Flying Squirrels and the Western Division All-Stars Willie Harris
Former Richmond Brave, two-time World Series champion and Eastern Division All-Stars manager Mike Mordecai
– NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler
– Former VCU and NBA star Eric Maynor 
– Former Penn State and Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl champion Michael Robinson
– Former UVA and New Orleans Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks 
– University of Richmond head men’s basketball coach Chris Mooney
– VCU head men’s basketball coach Mike Rhoades 
– Former University of Richmond and NFL running back Tim Hightower
– Former Flying Squirrels standout Mark Minicozzi 
– Star of the hit TV show Survivor Jonny Fairplay
– Former VCU basketball star and current Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox
– 12-year professional soccer player and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee Rob Ukrop
Gates open at 4 p.m. and the Derby will take place from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
The band Three Sheets to the Wind will perform following the Celebrity Home Run Derby.
On Tuesday, July 9, there will be an All-Star Pep Rally in downtown Richmond from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in partnership with Venture Richmond at One James Center Plaza, 901 E. Cary Street.
Wednesday, July 10 | 2019 Eastern League All-Star Game
This is it! The best of the best at The Diamond on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, marking the first Eastern League All-Star Game ever hosted in Richmond. This mid-summer classic includes some of Major League Baseball’s brightest stars of tomorrow. The Eastern and Western division rivals will also be led by a celebrity manager in each dugout.
Postgame Fireworks 
Celebrity Managers
Future MLB Stars.
The game will be broadcast live in primetime throughout the Richmond region on CBS 6 and WCVE!
Prior to the game, join us for the Squirrels Way All-Star Block Party from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and enjoy a pregame concert from the band Spiderkelly!
Gates for the All-Star Game open at 4 p.m. and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Before the All-Star Game, fans can meet the stars of the Eastern League during an autograph session, featuring the All-Star players from the Eastern and Western Divisions. The All-Star teams will be comprised of the top players from around the league, with affiliates of the San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies.The Eastern Division autograph session will run from 4:15 p.m.-5 p.m. and the Western Division autograph session will run from 5:15 p.m.-6 p.m. 
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Summer Fun 2019

My list of things to do this summer include work in my profession, yard work and of course baseball.
The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (Independent Baseball) and The Eastern League (MiLB) are in full swing.
Since the start of the season, I have attended about ten Long Island Duck games. It’s been fun! The team is doing well, despite losing about nine pitchers signing contracts with various Major League baseball teams. I always feel like a kid again. The sunshine, the roar of the crowd and having a baseball thrown to me makes for a wonderful event!
My annual visit to the Richmond Virginia this year, takes me again, to see Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball. This year is a little different. They are hosting the Eastern League All-Star Game. This will be only the second one I have ever attended, the first was in 2018 when the Long Island Ducks hosted the Atlantic League All-star Game.
The Flying Squirrels are hosting a four day event 2019 All-Star Celebration, from Sunday, July 7 at Browns Island to kick off the big show. A country music event is scheduled for Monday, July 8. The Home Run Derby is on Tuesday, July 9 and the All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 10.
In-between activities will include enjoy other sites of Virginia and enjoying the company of a very good friend. While this will be my only vacation this year, I will be enjoying the rest of the baseball season watching Long Island Ducks baseball.
Until next time, my friends, enjoy your summer!

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Literary Historians Uncover Collection Of Breezy, Upbeat Edgar Allan Poe Writings Penned After Author Took Up Jogging from The Onion

From The Onion, new findings about Edgar Allan Poe.

The writings found were much different then other works, due to athletic conditioning undertaken by Poe.

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The Fourth of July, 2018

The United States of America celebrated it’s birthday 242 this year. Many areas of the country celebrated with style in their own way. Amongst all the celebration were parades, Barbecues and of course fireworks.

This year was something a little different for me. While visiting a very good friend in Pennsylvania, I had mentioned that The Philadelphia Phillies were playing at home and she suggested I go since I had never seen that Major League team play before. Having been in Philadelphia before for the huge parade (the best I have ever seen in my life and still the best Fourth of July Celebration I have ever had), I jumped at the opportunity to enjoy this country’s national past time. After the game, my friend was up to heading over to an area by her to watch some fire works. We enjoyed them very much and she was very grateful we went to see that many fascinating colors and sounds of the fireworks.

The day started off at Citizens Bank Ball Park, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania and  the ballpark is outstanding in many ways. The architecture is stunning. With a modern style, the venue is attractive and maintains a sports venue feel, with out being dull at all. Upon entering the gates, there are many areas to eat before you enter the seating area. I just had to have a Philly Cheese Steak. I love them! I stopped at Tony Luke’s, placed my order and enjoyed the sandwich very much! The traditional Cheez Wiz topping enhanced the flavor (yes folks you read it correctly, Cheez Wiz).

Upon entering the seating area, I was awed at its beauty. Over looking the outfield, one could literally sit at a counter, which was right at the outfield wall, eat and enjoy all the action. Traversing through the rest of the stadium, I liked the way all the concession stands were set up and arranged throughout each section. It was set up very well, where the fans could shop for souvenirs, get a bite to eat or just hang around a talk baseball. There was even an elevator to make it easier for the fans to go up and down each section without having to walk all the stairs.

Something else made me realize how good the event was. The price. I almost could not believe it. The section I sat in was very reasonably priced. The tickets for that section were only $38 and a little more if you ordered online. No big deal to me, as tix for a major league sport in my area would have been a lot more. The parking fee was even less of a big deal at $18. The cost of the souvenirs were competitive to other sports teams I have seen in the major and independent leagues. If you shop around, you might even catch a sale at a game like I did. Another aspect of the game were the fans. Philadelphia should be proud of its people. I understand that there are good and bad folks in The City of Brotherly Love, yet there are good and bad people all over the planet. Philadelphians are of a good nature, friendly and take their sports seriously, yet not serious enough to get really tight nor obtrusive towards others, at least that is what I experienced. The Philadelphia fans of a competitive nature, yet one won’t want to talk ill of any team in that area without getting a little feedback.

I am happy that I went and had the second best Fourth of July in my life, for two reasons. The first was spending time with my best friend Celeste and the second was enjoy Phillies Baseball.20180704_14210120180704_18424520180704_17061120180704_15515220180704_14225520180704_18435320180704_14191520180704_18434220180704_14014820180704_14005120180704_13523420180704_13515720180704_13500820180704_134837