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Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced that multi-platinum recording artist Harry Connick Jr. will sing our national anthem at the 143rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
The multiple Grammy and Emmy award-winning entertainer and host and executive producer of his own nationally syndicated entertainment show HARRY, will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” live for more than 160,000 fans at the Kentucky Derby. The performance will take place in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle just after 5:00 p.m. EDT and be broadcast live as part of NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage.
“We are excited for Harry Connick, Jr. to perform our national anthem for the millions of Derby fans across the globe,” said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “He’s one of the finest entertainers in the world and his performance will help make 2017 another great year at the Kentucky Derby.”
Harry Connick, Jr. has exemplified excellence in every aspect of the entertainment world. He has received recognition with multiple Grammy and Emmy awards as well as Tony nominations for his live and recorded musical performances, his achievements on screens large and small, and his appearances on Broadway as both an actor and a composer. The debut season of his new daytime TV Show HARRY was recently recognized with five Emmy nominations, including a nomination for best host.
Harry Connick Jr. is the ninth artist to perform the national anthem since Churchill Downs began the tradition in 2009. Past artists who performed the national anthem are Lady Antebellum (2016), Josh Groban (2015), Jo Dee Messina (2014), Martina McBride (2013), Mary J. Blige (2012), Jordin Sparks (2011), Rascal Flatts (2010) and LeeAnn Rimes (2009).
Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller has purchased an interest in Kendall Hansen’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) hopeful Fast and Accurate, it was announced April 21.
Trained by Mike Maker and bred in Pennsylvania by John Penn, Fast and Accurate won the March 25 JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park to earn his spot in the Kentucky Derby. The colt is among the only U.S. crop sired by Hansen’s homebred namesake, 2011 Eclipse champion 2-year-old male Hansen.
“Bode is a very intelligent man and a good horseman,” said Hansen. “He learned a lot about physiology from his work on the U.S. Olympic Team, and he’s relaying that knowledge to horse racing as well. He sees what we see up close (in Fast and Accurate), and he realizes we do actually have an outside chance to win, even though on paper it doesn’t exactly look that way. I remember crossing out (2009 Kentucky Derby winner) Mine That Bird, who had no chance.”
Fast and Accurate has won his last three races, stepping up in class each time. His record stands at three wins and one second in six starts.
“These 3-year-olds can improve by leaps and bounds, so I’m hoping we’re one of the ‘leaps and bounds’ and other ones are tailing off,” Hansen said.
“A couple of mutual friends got us together, because we’ve both been known to be somewhat eccentric and fun-loving,” said Hansen of his partnership with Miller. “It’s fun to be paired up with him. I’m looking forward to hanging out with him on Kentucky Derby day.”
Immediately after the Spiral Stakes win, Skychai Racing also purchased a stake in Fast and Accurate. They have since sold a portion to frequent partner Sand Dollar Stable. The nom de course of Harvey Diamond and partners, Skychai Racing also bought a stake in Hansen after the colt’s 13-1/4 length score in the 2011 Kentucky Cup Juvenile at Turfway, his third start and third win.
Miller also owns a share of Hansen’s homebred colt En Hanse, another son from Hansen the sire’s U.S. crop. That colt is 3-1-1 in nine starts, including a win in the WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park in February.
Kendall Hansen retains majority ownership of both colts.
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MAKING PEACE WITH OTHERS…
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History of Easter
(4 min) TV-PG
A look at the origins of the most holy day on the Christian calendar.
the most holy day on the Christian calendar.
BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW…
Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday. It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. Instead, Christian churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year. Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar to calculate when Easter will occur and typically celebrate the holiday a week or two after the Western churches, which follow the Gregorian calendar.
The exact origins of this religious feast day’s name are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time. Through a translation error, the term later appeared as esostarum in Old High German, which eventually became Easter in English. In Spanish, Easter is known as Pascua; in French, Paques. These words are derived from the Greek and Latin Pascha or Pasch, for Passover. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection occurred after he went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover (or Pesach in Hebrew), the Jewish festival commemorating the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. Pascha eventually came to mean Easter.
Did You Know?
Over 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made each year.
Easter is really an entire season of the Christian church year, as opposed to a single-day observance. Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and penance and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry, a time in which Christians believe he survived various temptations by the devil. The day before Lent, known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is the last hurrah of food and fun before the fasting begins. The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven.
In addition to Easter’s religious significance, it also has a commercial side, as evidenced by the mounds of jelly beans and marshmallow chicks that appear in stores each spring. As with Christmas, over the centuries various folk customs and pagan traditions, including Easter eggs, bunnies, baskets and candy, have become a standard part of this holy holiday.
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www.facebook.com/pages/Joshua-the-Movie…/188803067811892Joshua the Movie Starring Tony Goldwyn and F.Murray Abraham – “Remind them that I love them. That I died for them. Tell them that my love is real. That if they …
Easter Parade (1948)
What it’s about: A heartbroken Fred Astaire needs a new dance partner when fellow toe-tapper and love interest Ann Miller quits their duo to go solo. (Where’s Ginger when you need her?) Fred teams up with a plucky chorus girl, Judy Garland, and they attempt to step their way to stardom in time for the next Easter Parade.
Watch it with: Any youngster who’s hooked on High School Musical and can appreciate the dance numbers and the “we’re gonna make it big” mentality.
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
What it’s about: This blockbuster depicting the life of Jesus Christ is full of drama, spectacular scenery, and A-list Hollywood stars in noteworthy cameos, including John Wayne, who witnesses the crucifixion and exclaims with a drawl — yes, a drawl — “Truly this man was the son of God.”
Watch it with: Older kids who can sit still for a serious movie. It’s more than three hours long but well worth it.
What it’s about: Ben-Hur, played by Charlton Heston, is a Roman prince whose powerful friend-turned-foe banishes him to a slave ship. Revenge awaits. Ben-Hur’s tribulations are interspersed with scenes of Jesus Christ’s life and death.
Watch it with: Teenagers who thrill to speedy car chases; here, of course, the cars are chariots.
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
What it’s about: Who knew Jesus could sing? Apparently Andrew Lloyd Webber did, in this rock musical adaptation of the life of Christ. Hit songs include “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” sung by a remorseful Mary Magdalene.
Watch it with: Grade schoolers and older kids who think a nontraditional take on religion is groovy, man.
King of Kings (1961)
What it’s about: If you like your biblical epics on a human, less grandiose scale, this is the one for you. Narrated by Orson Welles, this film tells the story of the life of Jesus Christ, including a moving scene of the Sermon on the Mount.
Watch it with: Grade schoolers and older kids. Salome’s dance is sure to entertain any youngster who likes music videos.
It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974)
What it’s about: Charlie Brown and company get ready for Easter. Peppermint Patty attempts to get crafty with colored eggs, Sally goes to the mall for new shoes (platforms, of course, since this is a ’70s-era production), and the whole gang goes on an egg hunt while looking for the Easter Bunny.
Watch it with: Toddlers and preschoolers. But then again, who doesn’t love Charlie Brown?
Yogi the Easter Bear (1993)
What it’s about: In this cartoon, Yogi is doing his usual thing, stealing picnic (“pic-a-nic”) baskets as his best bud, Boo Boo, tries to reform him. But then the Easter Bunny is kidnapped, and it’s Yogi to the rescue.
Watch it with: Toddlers and preschoolers. Yogi may be goofy, but he’s gentle too.
Winnie the Pooh — Springtime With Roo (2004)
What it’s about: This cheery musical finds Rabbit more interested in spring cleaning than Easter, much to the disappointment of his pals Winnie the Poo, Piglet, Tigger, and Roo.
Watch it with: Toddlers and preschoolers. These characters put the “L” in lovable as they all learn the importance of friendship.
Peter Cottontail — The Movie (2006)
What it’s about: In this animated film, Peter, Chief Easter Bunny, tries to teach his son about responsibility by assigning him to clean the Clock of Spring. But Peter’s nemesis, Irontail, decides to steal it. Oh, no!
Watch it with: Toddlers and preschoolers. This is true family fare.
MAY RAYS OF INSPIRATION SHINE UPON
AND MAY THOSE RAYS BE REFLECTED IN YOUR ACTIONS
AS YOUR ACTIONS ARE HEARD LOUDER THAN YOUR WORDS …
LET GO…and LET GOD!
TRY TO FIND FAITH IN A HIGHER POWER…
LOVE ONE ANOTHER…
LET PEACE BEGIN WITHIN….
THEN HOPEFULLY THAT PEACE
WILL SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE WORLD!!!
HAPPY EASTER!…GOD BLESS!
“In every generation, each individual is bound to regard himself as if he had gone personally forth from Egypt.” – the Passover Haggadah
At Passover Seders each year, we recite the Haggadah’s timeless instructions to regard ourselves as having personally lived through the events of the Exodus. The Seder itself is designed to help us envision our participation in the story. We dip parsley into salt water to remember the tears we shed in Egypt, and we munch on spicy, bitter horseradish in an attempt to replicate a little of the misery we experienced as slaves.
But how far can saltwater and horseradish really take us? For most of my life, when I pictured ancient Egypt, I thought of the 1956 epic film, The Ten Commandments. The sets were opulent, and I loved Anne Baxter’s gorgeous robes and headdresses as she played Nefertiti, queen of Egypt. READ MORE?>>
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