Legends of Notre Dame to host 2,000 fans on home football game days

first_imgLegends general manager Rich Jacobs has a game day prediction: 2,000.That is, he expects about 2,000 people to pass through the doors of Legends of Notre Dame this Saturday, a relatively light crowd due to this weekend being Labor Day weekend. Next weekend, for the Georgia football game, he expects about 3,500 guests, not counting the 500 who normally stop in for the game watch and tailgate.Since 2003, Legends has been providing food and an alternate place to watch football games for fans from all over. Some may remember Legends as the former Senior Bar — a seniors-only, student run but University-backed bar known for good times, but not necessarily its profitability. In 2003, the University reimagined the space as a restaurant and expanded the building to add a nightclub.Jacobs said visiting Lengends is a trip down memory lane for many alumni. They are usually able to visualize everything when they are told the raised area of seating in the dining room used to be the stage, Jacobs said.“It puts a context to the memories,” he said.On an average football Saturday, Legends will serve around 3,000 guests in the sit-down restaurant, Jacobs said. They typically use 25 cases of French fries on game day alone — the same amount they use in an entire week otherwise. The high volume of food needed, along with the fact that most guests want a quicker, less extravagant meal on their way to the game, caused Jacobs and executive chef Josh Maron to streamline the game day menu.“We’ve got a limited menu that we run for football,” Maron said. “We’ve got some really popular specials and some new and exciting items.”Some popular items include classic tailgate entrees and all of the burger varieties Legends offers — ranging from a peanut butter burger to a classic cheddar cheeseburger. Additionally, the restaurant will be continuing some of its most popular August specials into September, Maron said.For fans who come to Notre Dame hoping to experience the famous atmosphere, Jacobs said, Legends is a great place to do so. Visitors can watch the game on one of the 23 flat screen TVs throughout the restaurant or on the 144-inch screen in the club side of the building — where Legends holds an indoor tailgate and game watch fans can attend for $15, Jacobs said.“We call it the backfield. There will be burgers, brats [and] pulled pork for people that come in right before and just want to grab tailgate-style food but don’t want to sit down,” he said. “We offer local drafts, craft cocktails in the shadow of the stadium — a full menu for people who don’t have the tailgate setup. We always say it’s the best place to watch the game if you don’t have a ticket.”Fans can also walk to the outdoor area to hear cheers from Notre Dame Stadium roar and watch the jets fly over, Jacobs said.“You’re not in the stadium but you get to see [the game] in HDTV,” he said. “It’s almost like you’re in the stadium. We’re as close as you can get.”Last year, Legends introduced a tailgate catering program, through which tailgaters can place orders and have the restaurant prepare their pre-game celebration food.“Now, not only do we service the guests in the restaurant, we go to the parking lots too,” Jacobs said.After games, Legends usually hosts a post-game tailgate in the club half of the building, where traditional tailgate food is served. True to their tagline of “always a party, never a cover,” the event is free for anyone, Jacobs said. The restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to midnight on game days, and later for night games.Over the years, Jacobs has managed restaurants in eight different states and many cities, but said game days at Notre Dame are unlike any he has ever experienced before. He recalled a particularly moving experience with a 90-year-old lifelong Notre Dame fan named Eleanor, whose family surprised her with tickets to her first Notre Dame football game.“Her reaction on Facebook went viral on the internet. We offered her breakfast at Legends featuring her favorite blueberry pancakes,” Jacobs said. “Reggie Brooks — a Notre Dame football legend — joined us and signed a football for her. Even though the Irish lost that day, her family expressed their gratitude for her priceless experience.”Jacobs considers it an honor to serve guests in the shadows of the historic Notre Dame Stadium, he said.“If I may reference a quote from former coach Lou Holtz, ‘Those who have experienced Notre Dame, no explanation is necessary. Those who have not, no explanation is sufficient,’” he said.  “Coach Holtz was referencing the hospitality and truly unique experience that Notre Dame offers to countless numbers of alumni and guests each year.”Tags: Football Friday Feature, game day experience, Legends of Notre Dame, tailgatinglast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Annaleigh Ashford to Belt for Broadway & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Annaleigh Ashford to Belt for BroadwayA quartet of Tony winners will headline the sixth annual Broadway Belts for PFFF. Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It With You), Randy Graff (City of Angels), Cady Huffman (The Producers) and Judy Kaye (Phantom of the Opera, Nice Work If You Can Get It), along with Allegiance’s Telly Leung, have boarded the February 29 event. Emceed by Julie Halston, the Edison Ballroom concert will honor the late AP theater critic Michael Kuchwara and others with Pulmonary Fibrosis.Kevin Spacey to Lead Hollywood StudioKevin Spacey, who recently wrapped up a decade-long tenure as Artistic Director of London’s Old Vic, has now been enlisted to run a Hollywood studio! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Tony and Oscar winner will take charge of Relativity Studios alongside his Trigger Street partner Dana Brunetti. The pair will assume the roles of chairman and president, respectively, from mid-February.Watch Live Theater in a Hotel RoomFancy hanging in a hotel room with Max Baker, Michael Pemberton and Susannah Hoffman? The Broadway alums have been tapped to star in the New York premiere of Insignificance, which will be staged entirely within a hotel room on the fifth floor of Langham Place, New York. Penned by Tony winner Terry Johnson, the play, which is set in a hotel room in 1953, will be directed by Defibrillator’s James Hillier and is scheduled to begin previews on February 19. The official opening will take place on February 24, with the limited engagement running through March 20.Get Up Close & Personal With Jennifer HollidayAnd we’re telling you that this is not one to miss! Tony winner Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls) will take part in a very special Broadway Names With Julie James Live! on January 18. Tickets for the event at 42 West are available here.First Look at Baz Luhrmann’s The Get DownWe have our first trailer for Netflix’s previously reported new musical series The Get Down from Baz Luhrmann! Tony winner Billy Porter and Jimmy Smits, along with a host of newcomers, will appear in the series, which is set in 1970s New York. Check out the video below.last_img read more

Agribusiness conference

first_imgWant to start a new agribusiness? Need help perfecting your agritourism operation? Come to the 2011 Agribusiness Workshop June 14 to learn the tricks of the trade. The workshop will be at the University of Georgia Athens campus Chicopee Building. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Sessions start at 9 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. The conference’s focus this year is to help agribusinesses tap into the procurement pipeline. Participants will leave with game plans, ideas, business leads, contracts and resources to increase profitability.The workshop provides networking opportunities among successful business owners, private-sector entities and financial institutions, and will include presentations from chefs, restaurateurs and farmers with successful agritourism businesses. UGA experts, as well as representatives from other state and local institutions, will talk about marketing, business plans, financial forecasting, trends, business models, loans, grants and more. Registration is $65 per person and includes a buffet lunch, breaks, informational materials, parking and contact lists of all participants and exhibitors. Register online at www.georgiamicrobiz.com or call Julia Menefield at 706-208-0048. The event is hosted and sponsored by the East Athens Development Corporation, the UGA Small Business Development Center – Office of Minority Development, the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Product Development Office and the Georgia Micro Enterprise Network.last_img read more

Birthplace of Rivers: West Virginia’s First National Monument?

first_imgWest Virginia is celebrating its 150th anniversary as a state in 2013, and local conservationists are hoping to cap the sesquicentennial with a massive land protection bill. A coalition of organizations has proposed the creation of the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument, which would protect 123,000 acres of the southern Monongahela National Forest near Lewisburg. The swath of land includes the headwaters of six rivers (the Cranberry, Williams, Cherry, Greenbrier, Gauley, and Elk), as well as the the 48,000-acre Cranberry Wilderness, one of the wildest tracts of land in the South. Surrounding the Cranberry are the Cranberry Backcountry Area, Tea Creek Backcountry Area, and Turkey Mountain Backcountry, all of which would be included in the proposed monument.All of the land within the proposal is already owned by the U.S. Forest Service, and managed primarily for recreation. A visitor’s center already exists, as does a scenic highway and trail infrastructure, making the monument a budget-friendly proposal that proponents hope will either gain congressional backing in the form of a bill or a signed declaration from President Obama. Backpackers and hikers love the Cranberry Wilderness, mountain bikers make pilgrimages to the Tea Creek Backcountry, and trout fishermen love it all, from the tight backcountry streams high on Gauley Mountain to the more accessible big water in the valleys. While the land is already owned and protected by the Forest Service, the monument proposal is an attempt to solidify the management plans currently in place, hedging bets against the whims of future political and commercial interests.“It’s a complex of lands with super high quality recreation and ecological resources,” says Mike Costello, director of the West Virginia Wilderness Coalition, the organization spearheading the push for the new national monument. “These places mean a lot to West Virginia, but we’re facing an uncertain future for public lands. We look at the extreme members of Congress and see them trying to erode the protections that are currently in place in favor of more widespread commercial activity. Maybe next year, maybe in five years, the decision makers in government might decide to take a more extractive approach to forest management in West Virginia.”The most immediate threat to the area is natural gas extraction by fracking. There are already fracking operations in the area as close as Richwood, a small town that would serve as a gateway community to the proposed monument. Establishing a national monument would give supporters peace of mind that the public minerals within the proposed boundaries would remain untouched and the recreation protected for future generations.“The permanent nature of this proposal is exciting,” says Phillip Smith, chairman of West Virginia Trout Unlimited, which is helping shape the monument proposal. “It’s a legacy thing. Making sure that we have this core trout fishing area in perpetuity.”According to Smith, the rivers within the proposed boundaries are some of the most pristine trout waters in the South. “It’s a fantastic area for native brook trout, every bit as good as Shenandoah or the Smokies. You can get a true backcountry experience. For the purist that loves the blue line backcountry water, it’s amazing.”The mountain biking is as equally amazing. One of IMBA’s original epic rides, the Gauley Headwaters Ride, lies within the proposed boundaries, and Tea Creek Mountain Trail is regularly regarded as one of the most rugged, but beloved pieces of singletrack in the South. Because the biking and fishing in the area are so well regarded, Costello and the Wilderness Coalition are making a point to bring other organizations like Trout Unlimited and IMBA into the planning process.“The proposal is as collaborative as it could possibly be,” Costello says. “IMBA and Trout Unlimited both had reservations about Wilderness designations we’ve proposed in the past because of trail access or stream restoration limitations. But they’ve come to the table for this proposal and helped define what the monument will and won’t be.”Greg Moore, vice president of West Virginia Mountain Bike Association, has seen bike traffic drop dramatically in the area within the last decade, and thinks the national monument status could bring the bikers back. But Moore thinks monument proponents will have a tougher time convincing the local non-biking community that a national monument will be good for them.“Most people around here are suspicious when the federal government wants to do something. People here are of the mindset that they’d rather just be left alone. They’d rather people not come here.”Costello knows it will be an uphill battle gaining local support for the monument. There is no other land protection in West Virginia like the proposed monument, and the Birthplace of Rivers would be the first U.S. Forest Service-managed national monument in the East.“There’s no gold standard of what a monument has to be. There’s no national monument act, like a Wilderness Act. So it’s a more flexible designation,” Costello says, adding that that flexibility makes it hard for people to comprehend. “The majority of opposition we’re seeing is a general anti-government, anti-public lands sentiment. It’s ironic, since we have a different fear of the government. We fear what the government will do with this land in the future if we don’t protect it.”last_img read more

Mountain Mama: The Importance of Ski Lessons

first_imgAfter picking up subs from the grocery store, buying a used helmet, and renting skis, my five-year-old and I were ready for a great day on the local ski hill, or so I thought.We headed over to the magic carpet, the one part of the mountain not drenched in sunshine, but dark and shadowy. The moment my son clicked into his skis, his body turned into a wet noodle. He waited face down sprawled in the snow, waiting for me to lift hum up and untangle his skis. The more I asked him to focus, the less capable he became. My voice had an edge to it as I begged him to just try and stand up. The more determined I was for him to have fun and love skiing as much as I do, the more he resisted.I thought I’d have no problem teaching my athletic and coordinated kid. After all, I had spent a season teaching people to ski, but being a ski instructor didn’t translate into being able to teach my own kid how to ski. Reluctantly I shelled out fifty bucks for one-hour of ski instruction for my five-year old. I thought I was buying some time to mentally regroup and avert the meltdown I could sense was about to overcome my son. I had no idea that in one hour the ski instructor would transfer my limp-bodied-determined-not-to-ski boy into a kid who loves skiing so much he won’t leave until the lift closes.Within minutes of meeting his ski instructor, my son waved me away. He listened to her every word and seriously tried. I went off to squeeze a few runs in during his hour lesson. Forty minutes later I was equal parts elated and terrified as I saw my five-year old and ski instructor load onto the chairlift. My five-year-old who couldn’t manage to stand on skis thirty minutes ago was now headed up the mountain.From a season of well-intentioned parents interrupting the progress of their kid by popping in, I knew better than to interrupt his lesson. Still, I couldn’t resist the urge to watch his first real run. I trailed behind them at a respectful distance. His ski instructor expected more of my son than I would have. She skied out in front and made him scoot himself over the flat sections. She refused to push him along or pick him up, instead patiently explaining how he could do it by himself. She used positive encouragement. Not once did he whine that he couldn’t do it or flop onto the snow in despair.At the end of the lesson, he couldn’t wait to show me how much he learned and we spent the rest of the weekend skiing together. Turns out that hiring a ski instructor was the best decision I ever made on the slopes.last_img read more

Violence against children triggered by burden on mothers amid COVID-19: Survey

first_imgThe unequal burden of child care and housework on women has prompted a domino effect leading to violence against children as mothers juggle amid the COVID-19 health crisis that has turned homes into offices and classrooms, a recent survey by the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) finds.The online survey was conducted between June 8 and 14 involving 25,164 child respondents and 14, 169 parents in 34 provinces. Of the parent respondents, 74.4 percent were women and 25.6 percent were men.The survey showed that child care was mostly done by mothers, from giving the children information about health protocols amid the pandemic to assisting their study and other activities as well as teaching them to care for others. Meanwhile, 21 percent of fathers never helped their children to study and 17.5 percent never accompanied them in doing activities other than studying.The survey also found that only 33.8 percent of parents had participated in training or received education about parenting.Read also: COVID-19 pandemic forces Indonesian mothers to do it all“The unequal division of labor and the mental load shouldered by mothers, combined with children engaging in activities deemed unproductive by parents such as watching TV, sleeping and playing video games, has led to violence,” KPAI head Susanto said in a written statement obtained by The Jakarta Post on Thursday. The majority of child respondents said they received abuse from mothers (60.4 percent), followed by siblings (36.5 percent) and fathers (27.4 percent). Meanwhile, 79.5 percent of children experienced mental abuse by mothers, followed by fathers (42 percent) and siblings (20.4 percent).From the parent’s side, 42.5 percent of mothers and 32.3 percent of fathers admitted to having inflicted physical abuse on their children, while 73 percent of mothers and 69.6 percent of fathers said they had carried out psychological abuse.The physical abuse takes the form of pinching (39.8 percent), tweaking ears (19.5 percent), hitting (10.6 percent) and pulling (7.7 percent). The children also reported psychological abuse such as being scolded (56 percent), compared to other children (34 percent), yelled at (23 percent) and glared at (13 percent).However, the majority of child respondents in the survey reported positive emotions despite experiencing violence, indicated by a happy feeling of having more time to help parents (60.3 percent), getting closer to parents (59.7 percent) and learning more with parents (40.5 percent).Read also: COVID-19: How to protect your child’s mental healthThe KPAI urged parents, both fathers and mothers, to be equally involved in parenting and doing household chores to minimize the risk of violence against children.“Fathers must take a bigger role in parenting because children need both parents. The intimacy between children and parents is important in the child’s development,” Susanto said.Furthermore, the KPAI highlighted the need to constantly promote consulting services to parents and children so that victims of violence could report to the right place and it can be handled effectively.Topics :last_img read more

Former Sherrin Hire boss selling off his home

first_img12-16 Champion Lane, Wellington Point.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019BUSINESSMAN, Michael Sherrin, the man who established and ran Sherrin Hire which he sold and has more recently opened Sherrin Rentals will test the market with the auction of his Wellington Point home.Mr Sherrin, who is also the owner of a successful motor racing team, has listed the house at 12-16 Champion Lane, for auction at 2pm Sunday April 9.It is listed through Glenn Bool from McGrath Bulimba.It has two-bedrooms and two bathrooms and has extensive views across Moreton Bay.It sits on three blocks, totally 1280sq m. The house has stained glass French doors which open onto a sunroom and the veranda overlooks King Island to Moreton Island’s sand dunes.last_img read more

MLB pitcher, Greensburg native joins elite list

first_img695115747_RBa_LAA_411Los Angeles, Ca. — Major League Baseball pitcher and Greensburg native Alex Meyer has added his name next greats such as Nolan Ryan, Kirk McCaskill and Dan Haren. The Los Angeles Angels pitcher held opponents to two or fewer hits while pitching six innings in back-to-back home starts.The 2008 Greensburg High School graduate and Indiana Mr. Baseball had a rough start in the second game but quickly settled in and led his team to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers Wednesday.  “I came in after the first couple innings, I was pretty mad at myself because it’s kind of the same thing,” Meyer said. “Every time I get in trouble, a lot of it’s because of me, with walks specifically.”Meyer was drafted 23rd in the 2011 MLB draft by the Washington Nationals and was traded to the Minnesota Twins following the 2012 season. Late last year the Twins shipped Meyer to the Angels for two pitchers and cash considerations.last_img read more

Mayweather knocked out heavyweight in sparring

first_imgRelatedPosts WBA Champion Charr to hold Ruiz Jr talks Pacquiao drops Amir Khan in sparring WBC dismisses AJ, Fury fight Floyd Mayweather knocked out an over-confident heavyweight during a sparring session, according to a former training partner.The American boxing legend enjoyed undefeated success in the lightweight, featherweight, welterweight and middleweight division but was not known for his success via knockouts in bouts.However, Dimitry Salita, a former professional boxer, recalled a time when he dropped a confident heavyweight boxer in sparring in front of Salita and his manager Leonard Ellerbe.“This guy comes into the gym, a heavyweight and said, ‘I wanna get some boxing’ and he was just talking a lot of smack.“There was no-one big enough to spar so Floyd was like ‘Leonard, get my stuff from the car’.“Floyd got in the ring with him for 30 seconds and does his shoulder roll and block and just hits the guy with a body shot, and drops him, a heavyweight.”Mayweather’s last fight in his career came against Conor McGregor in 2017 in Las VegasOut of Mayweather’s 50 professional bouts, 27 of them were knockouts though the majority of them came towards the beginning of his career.In fact, just four out of his last 15 fights were knockouts, with the rest being decided via majority, split or unanimous decisions.Mayweather has not boxed since 2017 when he defeated Conor McGregor in 2017 after coming out of retirement for the third time in his career.He had previously stated he was hanging up his gloves in 2008 and 2015.Tags: BOXINGFloyd Mayweather JrHeavy WeightKnockoutlast_img read more

Florida man accused of tying dog to golf cart and dragging it on the road

first_imgA 79-year-old man is now facing animal abuse charges after he tied his German Shepard to his golf cart and began dragging the dog on a road.The incident occurred in Fort Walton beach near Eglin Parkway and Highway Avenue.Witnesses say the saw the suspect, Dean Woodyatt, driving his golf cart in the road with the dog tied to it and tried to stop him. Woodyatt, however, refused to pull over even when the dog collapsed.A good Samaritan was eventually able to chase Woodyatt down, however, Woodyatt prevented anyone from helping the animal.When authorities arrived, Woodyatt tried to flee the scene but was immediately stopped and taken into custody.The dog, was taken to an animal hospital where it died from heat-related injuries.While no official charges have been filed against Woodyatt as of yet, the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society says they are looking at their options.last_img read more