Thursday, March 21, 2013

The first award of the week

It's been so hectic the last few weeks I've had little time to reflect on an award I won last Friday night–the Ad Club of Buffalo's David I. Levy Award to recognize outstanding achievement and service in the communications industry. It goes to an individual that has amassed a distinguished record of achievement over an extended period of time, which includes contributions to his/her company, the industry and the community.

Back when I was president of this organization's previous incarnation, and helping to run the award show, I used to think this was the award for the establishment suits–the old folks that were influencers and stalwarts in the advertising and publishing industries -- ad agency founders, publishers, media executives. Either I've become one of those, or broke the mold, not sure which.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

National Garden Festival wins International Garden Tourism Award

The National Garden Festival, an organization I helped to co-found, has won the International Garden Tourism Promotion of the Year at the Garden Tourism Conference, held in Toronto, Canada on March 19, 2013.

Sally Cunningham, director of the National Garden Festival (beautiful in blue); Ed Healy, VP of Marketing for Visit Buffalo Niagara (in the nice tie, above); and myself (with all the gray, above) accepted the award on behalf of the Festival's organizers and volunteers.

Cited as the reason the National Garden Festival was singled out for this award, Michel Gauthier, chair of the Garden Tourism Conference, declared, "The six-week long garden promotion is an outstanding demonstration of what can happen when you bring together all the garden energy of a community with the tourism energy of the same community. This unique promotion has put Buffalo on the map like no other promotion. The National Garden Festival intends to build upon the very real excitement, publicity, and visibility created by Garden Walk Buffalo, "America's best event of its kind." This multi week festival expands the opportunities for garden tourists to visit Buffalo beyond Garden Walk weekend and builds on America's growing obsession with all things green. Congratulations!"

Monday, March 11, 2013

The most beautiful tree on earth

You can argue that fact of course. What's beautiful to me may not be to you, but these Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) have bark that is stunningly beautiful. Enough to stop you in your tracks and take a closer look. You know, like Charlize Theron.

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Byodo-In Temple, Oahu, HI

The Byodo-In Temple is a non-practicing Buddhist temple in a Hawaiian cemetery, built in 1968, and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. It's a smaller-scale replica of a 950-year-old temple in Uji, Japan. And, like the original temple, it is built without a single nail.

The TV series Hawaii Five-O and Magnum, P.I. featured episodes where the temple is incorporated into the plot. The temple and its gardens also appeared in an episode of the ABC series Lost, "House of the Rising Sun" in season one as the home of Sun's father. You can even have your wedding here if you wish.


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