Friday, December 30, 2011

All the Links That Are Fit to Click for the Tournament of Roses

Got back from the Parade & will be adding many new stories over the next few days.  Be sure to visit my TOR column on!

It's been busy, busy, busy in Pasadena the past couple weeks.  Everything is gearing up for the Tournament of Roses, "America's New Year's Celebration".  The Rose Parade, that incomparable cavalcade of top-notch bands, equestrians, and indescribably beautiful floats.  The Rose Bowl Game, "Granddaddy of Them All".  Equestfest, with hundreds of horses prancing and galloping and doing tricks.  Bandfest, three field shows featuring musicians and drill teams from all over the country--and world.  The float barns, where the creations transform from drawings into reality.

I have been following every event and all the news one feelancer could possibly cover.  I've interviewed princesses, astronauts, float builders, volunteers.  I've tried out local eateries.  Listed here are "hub" articles, which have links to most of the articles I've written. There are others that you can find by going to my Tournament of Roses column, or searching at in the search box.

And more are coming up, so stay tuned!

Tournament of Roses 101: Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game information

Tournament of Roses 101: Everything you want to know about the 2012 Royal Court
Follow that float: Los Angeles/Natural History Museum, from plans to parade

And, for a peek at last year's floats:

Rose Parade floats 101: Photos, winners, articles for the 2011 parade

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Real L.A.: The Natural History Museum

If you really want to see what L.A. is about, there are three places you must visit: the old city area, including Olvera Street, Chinatown, the Japanese history museum, and all the spots along the way; the La Brea Tar Pits; and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

That's where the history and culture are, folks, along with many other locations.  And here's an article all about the Natural History Museum, the largest in the western United States with one of the most comprehensive dinosaur collections in the world.  Plus, there are videos of Dinosaur Encounters (the only such show in North America) and Ice Age Encounters (the only one on the planet).