This Creative Mom Wins at Halloween

Posted by Lauren the Web Girl on October 20, 2014

Jessica Chavkin, mom to 4-month-old Noah, takes Halloween prettyyy seriously, and we respect her dedication to the holiday. Check out her Instagram and you’ll notice that she’s dressed baby Noah up in a different Halloween costume every day this month. I mean, when your kid’s that cute, why pick just one costume, right?

We’re in love with this adorable Where’s Waldo? (Where’s Noah?) costume.


#NoahsHalloweenCountdown Day 14: Where's Noah?

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Other favorites include Jean Valjean and Charlie Brown. Check out the rest of the adorable getups on her Instagram page.

Nobody Puts This Kiddo in the Corner

Posted by Lauren the Web Girl on October 13, 2014

Dirty Dancing is arguably one of the greatest movies, featuring epic dance scenes that make you want to get up out of your chair, even if your moves are highly limited (speaking from personal experience here). There’s something particularly heartwarming about seeing little kids who are enthralled with this movie. Check out an eight-year-old named Charlie, who is doing Patrick Swayze proud as he dances along perfectly to the final scene in the movie. Seriously, the hip action is something worthy of Dancing with the Stars. 

You go, Charlie. Show ’em what you’ve got.

The Movie We’re Dying to See: “Gone Girl”

Posted by Lauren the Web Girl on October 06, 2014

The hype surrounding the movie “Gone Girl” is inescapable, and with good reason. If you’ve read the book, you know it’s dark, smart, eerie, and quite possibly something you finished in two days. Without giving too much away, “Gone Girl” is the story of the disappearance of Amy Dunne, whose husband quickly becomes a suspect for several reasons. The story is told both through Nick’s perspective as the plot unfolds, and through a series of Amy’s journal entries. Throughout the story, you’re left wondering which characters to believe and how various pieces of the plot connect.

I have seeing “Gone Girl” on my list of weekend activities, but early reviews from critics (and my friends) have me ready to check it out. So far, these seem to be the key themes:

  • Ben Affleck and newcomer Rosamund Pike give amazing performances.
  • There are, obviously, differences from the book, but the movie is equally as good despite these differences.
  • The soundtrack really brings the film to life.
  • You’re probably going to gasp in the middle of the theater.
Armed with that knowledge, I’ms so ready to check out this movie. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you can watch it here. 

Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think? 

Woofstock 2014

July 23, 2014
The Humane Association tried out something new on July 19 that raised awareness for the need for homes for abondoned and homeless animals.  The Woofstock festival is an event specifically designed for dogs and thier owner’s to have an awesome time together and to meet other dogs as well. 
Woofstock is definitely one of a kind.  Not only were there loads of pet-friendly activites, but also musical performances and a plethora of vendors.  Wrap It Up, Gannons, and the Humane Association were just a few of the vendors that had food for both humans and pets.  Bands including Tim Heron, JPEG, Prime Time Unplugged, Dirt Road Ruckus, Pale Green Stars, and Jessica Novak with Brian Golden rocked the stage while people and puppies both enjoyed the great music. 
There were also a few contests for the pooches to compete in including best hippy dog, most impressive trick, and dog/owner look-alike.
The variety of dogs that showed up was certainly not something you see every day.  The dog that impressed me the most was actually the only dog of it’s kind in CNY, the Komondor.  The hair on this dog was unlike anything I have ever seen.  We’re talking dreadlocks on a dog here.  Like I said, one of the most impressive dogs I have ever seen.
With a great turnout of over 1,000 people, Woofstock 2014 raised over $7,000!
All in all, I personally had a great time and I’m really looking forward to next year and seeing even more amazing dogs!
Written by Zach Fenner

Utica Boilermaker 2014!

July 17, 2014

The Utica Boilermaker celebrated it’s 37th anniversary this year. Each year, thousands of runners sign up to run the 15k road race, with the total amount of participants being over 250,000.  The Boilermaker has proven itself to be one of the largest races in the country, becoming more and more popular each year. In fact, this year’s registration sold out in less than a few hours, having all 14,000 slots filled, compared to last year’s being sold out in three days.

The best way to describe one of North America’s biggest road races has best been put into words by Tim Reed, the president of the Boilermaker, on his blog as “Where you come to party and a race breaks out.”

Being a participant myself for the past five years, I can confirm that this is one of the most unique experiences you will find in CNY.  Standing at the starting line, I look around and see thousands of people eager to push themselves to the limit for a whole 9.3 miles.  And if you think you would get bored during the race, think again.  One of the most unique parts of the Boilermaker is the spectator and volunteer participation. Almost all of this course is lined with people cheering you on, including live bands, dancers and DJ’s.

Even if you’re not much of a runner, the Boilermaker offers a huge post-race party that offers beer, food and free live concerts that everyone can attend.

What made this year’s Boilermaker unique was the threat of cancellation due to incoming storms.  Thankfully when race day arrived, the race went on without a hitch. However, the post-race party had to be cut short.  Never in the history of the Boilermaker has it rained, much less been cancelled due to weather.

If you would like to participate in next year’s Boilermaker, keep your eyes on for the next registration date.

-Zach Fenner (Intern @ Sunny 102)