Joe Bellavance ’89 knows how to get people to stop at his trade show booth. He fires up an oven he’s schlepped there from home and bakes his signature artisan bread.
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Overdosing on too many gooey Hallmark Christmas movies? If you believe this seasonal sugar rush needs a dash of Bad Santas to bring you down, our culture’s Grinches are happy to provide.
Yes, I get lost. A lot. If you have to give directions, listen up.
Kate Borkowski says she’s been told “my speaking voice sounds like a kid.” When she actually was a kid, singing around the house, her parents would advise her: “Belt it out!” The singer-songwriter will have none of that.
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This break-up is making me tear my hair out. I’ve had easier times dumping boyfriends. In the past, it was easy for me to change stylists.
The gardener down the street has switched plants this year. Instead of wooden flowers stuck in the stone-covered border along the front of the house, she’s now displaying plastic ones.
My unintentional participation in a stranger’s funeral procession was as close as I was going to get to a funeral cortege for my uncle. He’d always made it clear that after his death he wanted no visitation, no funeral, no graveside service, no nothing.
In September, baby Bella Rose Thompson will experience one of life’s classic lessons: Music festivals can be awesome.
Cornmeal, Donna and the Buffalo, Papadosio, The Ragbirds and The Twin Cats are among the groups slated for the 2011 Head Jamz Music Festival.
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Seven months, 20 Notre Dame athletic events and 17 blogs later, I’ve limped to the finish line in my race to view all the Notre Dame varsity sports in a school year. We spectators don’t deserve monogrammed letter sweaters, but I’m still bummed that I never did catch a free T-shirt.
For several innings, it appeared that bat boy Zach might be the Irish MVP during the May 1 Notre Dame baseball game vs. Seton Hall. First, the crowd serenaded him for his 12th birthday, much to his head-ducking embarrassment. Then, with Seton Hall ahead 3-0, Zack left the dugout and easily caught a foul ball as it rolled off the overhead safety nets.
As you walk along the winding sidewalk toward the beautiful Melissa Cook Stadium on the southeast corner of campus, it’s easy to spot the long-time fans of the Notre Dame softball team. They’re the ones carrying blankets.
Ah, the Hollywood life of a screenwriter: making a pitch to Steven Spielberg, working with legendary animator Chuck Jones, selling a script for three-quarters of a million bucks. As James Jennewein ’77 will tell you, such red carpet moments are interspersed with real life.
Notre Dame tennis teams frequently lost games to the South Bend weather. But once the indoor Eck Tennis Pavilion was built, right next to the outdoor Courtney Tennis Center, neither rain nor snow could stop a match. Advantage, Notre Dame tennis.
The usher at the April 23 Notre Dame women’s lacrosse game halted my entry into Arlotta Stadium. “There’s free barbecue in that tent,” he said, pointing off to the side. “You should try it.” As anyone who attends ND sporting events knows, it’s not wise to argue with an usher.
The Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring football game offers a wonderful spectatorpalooza. Free parking near the stadium. Tickets cheap enough that spectators probably can afford a snack at the concession stands. The best seats you can grab. The marching band playing ND football game favorites. The leprechaun and cheerleaders whipping up the crowd.
If I’ve learned one thing in my spectator sampling of the less-heralded side of Notre Dame competitions, it’s not always to trust advance information posted online. Take golf, if you would, please — and please without telling me the details of your shot on the 14th hole.
For their RuneWarriors trilogy, James Jennewein ’77 and Tom S. Parker spend eight to 10 hours a week on social media. “It is like having an ongoing dialogue with your readers,” says Jennewein.
In February, Patricia McAdams ’67M.S., Notre Dame’s doyenne of computer assistance, began working part-time. “Technically it’s 20 hours a week,” she tells me. I give her a skeptical look, and we both crack up.
You could have knocked me over with a gentle tap when I realized during the third match at the Notre Dame Bengal Bouts that I was enjoying the bouts.
Yes, I was among the 1,000 or so hardy — or maybe foolhardy — fans who to attended the Feb. 1 ND vs. Syracuse women’s basketball game. The blizzard of 2011 was gearing up, and the icy wind and stinging snow pellets made even a short walk to the Joyce Center’s Purcell Pavilion a winter’s agony.
Irish fencers always duel their way to the top of the NCAA rankings. You will see a live-action game of strategic finesse, what has been called “physical chess,” as competitors chase and withdraw, lunge and run, stab and feint, and display intricate footwork and calculated swordplay.
Cast your mind back to the Beijing 2008 summer Olympics games, when swimmer Michael Phelps grabbed eight golds and a 100-meter butterfly world record. He made history.
It can be tough to grab a spot in a popular class. When Paul Rathburn and Katherine Pogue teach “Shakespeare in Performance” this summer, students soon will discover that it’s going to require skill and talent both to get in the class and to survive the course requirements. The end result, however, will be far more than intellectual growth and a grade.…
As I continue to sample all the ND sports, I run into some fun surprises, like the Notre Dame Invitational track and field event. Loftus had the air of a three-ring circus, minus the animals and any semblance of central heating but complete with amazing variety acts.
It’s not a business plan a banker would approve. “Essentially, right now as a company, the four of us are doing this for free,” says John Klein ’06 of the associates running Glass City Films.
My Notre Dame spectator experience has been teaching me a lot about being a fan. Recent lesson: You wanna be a hockey fan? Toughen up.