Odds & Ends: Debra Messing & Will Chase Split & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Debra Messing & Will Chase Split Broadway alums Debra Messing and Will Chase have ended their relationship after dating for two and a half years. Us Weekly reports that the pair, who found love on Smash, intend to remain close friends. In happier news, Messing’s new TV series The Mysteries of Laura has received a full season, 22-episode order from NBC. You can check it out on Wednesdays at 8PM.Madam Secretary, Starring a Host of B’way Vets, is a HitThere’s more good TV tidings for some of our other Great White Way faves including Bebe Neuwirth, Patina Miller and Sebastian Arcelus, along with Jersey Boys standout Erich Bergen—CBS has picked up a full season of episodes of their series Madam Secretary. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the political drama is Sunday’s most-watched scripted show and has been averaging 13.5 million viewers.Tracey Ullman on Into the Woods & The Band Wagon on B’wayTracey Ullman has found some solace in her work after her hubby Allan McKeown died on Christmas Eve. She told the New York Daily News that filming the Into the Woods movie “was fantastic because I had that focus during a terrible time.” The Emmy winner is also set to appear in the potentially Broadway-bound The Band Wagon at City Center, although she isn’t sure she’d transfer with the show: “One of the things that appeals to me about this is that it’s not a huge time commitment.” Whatever the case, we’re just pleased we get to see her on stage and screen soon!Nathan Lane & Andrea Martin Get RevealingTony winners Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin stopped by Watch What Happens Live on October 27 and got quizzed about their favorite (and not so favorite) co-stars. Watch their answers below and speaking of co-stars, keep an eye out for Lane’s It’s Only a Play colleague Micah Stock, who was doing an admirable job bartending (although we think he’s better at coat-checking). Nathan Lane Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 View Commentscenter_img It’s Only a Play Star Files Andrea Martinlast_img read more

Saltwater Cowboys: True Grit of the East

first_imgPhoto by Denise BowdenBy 6 a.m. on a late July morning, Bobby Lappin has already been in the saddle for an hour.He’s not alone. Fifty-some cowboys ride at his side. They cluck and yip and crack their whips against the water, driving over one hundred Chincoteague Ponies down the beaches of Assateague. The herd of hooves rumbles along the sand heading south toward a corral at the end of the island.“You got the sun coming up, sometimes a little haze, dolphins in the background swimming while we’re coming down the beach. It’s one of those surreal moments, I guess,” says Lappin.Lappin grew up along the shores of Chincoteague and Assateague. Like his fellow riders, he has spent nearly his entire life on the back of a horse. The feral Chincoteague Ponies, which annually draw over 50,000 people to his home island, are about as normal to Lappin as the squirrels in your front yard.“You really don’t pay no mind to them sometimes,” he says of the ponies. “The horses being there is just part of our heritage and our way of life.”Lappin is the Chief of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company and the Pony Committee Chairman. Sounds like an unlikely résumé, but the relationship between the local fire department and the ponies is a longstanding one. In the early 1900s, a number of fires wreaked havoc on Chincoteague Island, leaving the volunteer fire department without equipment to perform their duties. In 1925, the firefighters took matters into their own hands, hosting the famed “pony penning” as it exists today to raise money for the department.Although pony penning did occur prior to 1925, it was meant more as a way for the island’s livestock owners to claim and brand their horses. Today’s roundup now features the “Pony Swim” during which the herd is ushered across the Assateague Channel at low tide, a live auction, and a community carnival to top it all off. The annual pony penning has since become more than a fundraiser for the fire company and is arguably the most important economic driver for the island.“It keeps a lot of businesses alive,” Lappin points out. “They might be having a hard time, and this is what pulls them out.”The event also acts like a trip to the doctor for the herd. Each year, the horses receive vaccinations, dewormer, and blood tests. They’re inspected for injuries and shuttled across the channel if deemed too young or too weak to swim. Though the public may only view these free spirited ponies as “wild,” the fire department makes sure their herd is taken care of.That’s right—their herd. Because Assateague Island is split by the Maryland and Virginia border, so, too, are the island’s ponies. The National Park Service takes care of the Maryland herd while the Chincoteague Fire Department oversees the Virginian one. Under a special grazing permit licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the fire department is only allowed a herd of 150 horses, a number they maintain by annually auctioning off ponies at the summer roundup.“We’re over there once a week at least,” Lappin says of trips to the ponies’ home on Assateague, a 37-mile barrier island that received the National Seashore designation in 1965. “During the winter we took hay over there and went around to the water holes to bust the ice.”By “we,” Lappin is mostly referring to his fellow firefighters, the men who form the Pony Committee and are charged with caring for the herd. These 55 men are known locally and nationally as the “Saltwater Cowboys.” They’re the true grit of the East, and while Chincoteague’s knee-deep mud and vast swaths of swampy marshland are certainly not the open desert of spaghetti westerns, these cowboys know firsthand what it’s like to battle the elements while herding hundreds of wild horses across open terrain.“When I say we’re out on a marsh, I’m talkin’ about miles of marsh before you can even hit a road,” says Lappin. “It’s not like you can take cover or get under something,” which, as was the case during the swim of 2013, can prove particularly problematic.On the morning of the swim, Lappin and the Saltwater Cowboys rise at dawn to wait for slack tide, a roughly 30-minute period when the channel has no current and the horses can more safely make the swim to Chincoteague. On that late July morning in 2013, the swim had every appearance of being a success—blue skies, big crowd, cooperative ponies. But in a matter of minutes, the sunny day took a dark turn.“The same time we were getting ready to hit the water we had lightning, hail, thunder,” Lappin remembers. “We were waiting for the tornado to come next. It was game on.”Because the swim is timed around the tides, there was no pausing for the storm to pass. The cowboys knew they would be pushing their luck, but any bit of shelter was a least a half hour’s ride away. As the skies continued to darken and lightning struck from every direction, the men were forced to make a decision—the swim must go on.With heads barely above water, the horses followed local islanders in boats as they navigated the narrowest part of the channel to Chincoteague. Despite the foul weather and pelting hail, over 10,000 spectators stayed to cheer the ponies on. In a matter of minutes, the horses were standing on shore, shaking water from their coats, foals whinnying in search of their mothers. Thankfully, the swim passed without incident and just a few hours later the storm had cleared out.“You could see a little bit of fear on everybody’s face,” Lappin remembers. “Thank God that nothing happened that day.”From the black-mud banks of Chincoteague, the Saltwater Cowboys continued the procession through town to the carnival holding corrals where the ponies stay through the week until their return swim to Assateague. Lappin and his cowboys swap hats after the swim, tending to the ponies and manning the fire station by day, working the carnival grounds by night.“None of us get paid for it,” Lappin says. “It’s just our way of life. We’re like family,” ponies and all.* Giddy-up10 Fun Facts About Chincoteague Ponies You Probably Didn’t Know– They don’t actually live on Chincoteague Island.– They aren’t technically considered “horses” due to their size — 12 to 13 hands (the equivalent of about four feet in height).– Due to the high amount of salt in their diets, Chincoteague Ponies have to drink twice as much water. This explains why they look round and bloated.– Legend has it that Chincoteague Ponies are descendants of Spanish mustangs that swam to the safety of Assateague after a ship wrecked in the early 17th century.– Chincoteague Ponies are considered “feral,” as in they were once domesticated but have since returned to the wild.– The ponies’ diet primarily consists of coarse saltmarsh cord grass and American beach grass, although they will also eat greenbrier stems, bayberry twigs, rose hips, seaweeds, and poison ivy.– Chincoteague Ponies removed from their harsh environment often grow to be full-sized horses, likely because of the higher protein diet they receive.– The Chincoteague Pony became an official breed in 1994.– Roughly 70 Chincoteague foals are born every year.– Ponies can be bought and continue to live on the island as part of a tax write-off program.Tour de ChincoteagueIn town for the Pony Penning with a few days to kill? Check out these local favorites for where to eat, what to do, and sights to see while you’re on island time!EATBrunch: Bill’s Prime Seafood & Steaks / billsseafoodrestaurant.comLunch: Etta’s Channel Side Restaurant / ettaschannelside.comDinner: AJ’s On the Creek / ajsonthecreek.comSweets: Island Creamery: islandcreamery.netDrink: Chatties Lounge / donsseafood.com/chattiesDODrink champagne at sunsetCaptain Barry’s Backbay Cruises / chincoteague.com/captainSpot dolphinsChincoteague Cruises / chincoteaguecruises.comRide a Chincoteague ponyChincoteague Pony Centre / chincoteague.comListen to local loreRoe “Duc-Man” Terry, Decoy Carver and Saltwater Cowboy / chincoteaguechamber.comlast_img read more

House Rules contestants sell Brisbane home after $200k reno

first_imgBen and Danielle Edgeworth were runners up in the TV series, House Rules. Picture: Tara Croser.THE Brisbane home of House Rules runners up Ben and Danielle Edgeworth has fetched more than double what the reality stars paid for it.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom property at 18 David Street was a runner-up on the 2015 series of the show and has just sold for $1.0825 million. Ben and Danielle Edgeworth have just sold their home in Morningside. Picture: Tara Croser.The house rules were simple — they wanted it styled “preppy eclectic” and with a mix of old and new pieces. The entry was to be quiet but showy, while they wanted to maintain a hint of “ski chalet” in the living room. The kitchen in the house at 18 David St, Morningside.And they wanted a dressing room “to die for”.Records show the couple paid $482,000 for the tired, brick house in 2011, but invested another $200,000 to revamp the floorplan after the show finished as they were unhappy with the end result.T More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoOne of the bathrooms in the house at 18 David St, Morningside.he had put it on the market with a price guide of between $1.075 million and $1.15 million.The couple is already on to another project, having bought a fixer-upper in the sought-after suburb of Bulimba for $820,000 in October.They also own another house in Morningside, which they paid $610,000 for in 2016. Inside the renovated home at 18 David St, Morningside.last_img read more

IMCA Modifieds chase $10,000 top check at 141 Speedway’s Clash at the Creek

first_imgModified qualifying gets underway on Wednesday, June 17. Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday grand­stand admission is $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and students; on Thursday, admission is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.  The Clash is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event and pays a minimum of $750 to start. Ken Schrader is among the early entries for the 12th annual special.  Pre-tech starts at noon and an open practice session runs from 6-9 p.m. on Tues­day, June 16. Pit passes are $20 and admission to the grandstand is free.  Kids ages 10 and under get in free when accompa­nying a paid adult and pit passes are $30 each day. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region and Wisconsin State points will be awarded. FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. – Prestige, bragging rights and a top check of $10,000 are on the line when IMCA Modified drivers from across the country converge on 141 Speedway for the Wednesday and Thursday, June 17-18 Clash at the Creek. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods race for $1,000 to win both nights at Francis Creek. Modified pre-registration of $215 can be paid and tickets purchased at myracepass.com. Free camping with showers is available and the Left Turn Lounge will be open daily.  More infor­mation about the Clash at the Creek, includ­ing host hotels, is available by calling 920 360-5925 and at the track website, www.141speedway.com.last_img read more

Youth Olympics: First win for Ghana as Beach Volleyball pair bounces back

first_imgBuenos Aires, ARGENTINA  –  Ghana recorded its first win at the ongoing summer Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires on Tuesday after the pair of Eric Tsatsu and Kelvin Carboo beat Monaco by 2-1 to increase their chances of progressing to the next stage of the beach volleyball event. The All Africa Games silver winning medalists started the game on a high and won the first set by 21 games to 14. However, the two players lost concentration and made some communication errors, allowing Monaco to win the second set by 21 to 18. The Ghanaians went into the third set stronger and that saw Eric Tsatsu and Kelvin Carboo combining beautifully to finish the game 18 to 15. Ghana’s coach, Moro Mumuni who was relaxed all through the game attributed the win to corrections “from the first match after I realized that my blocker, Eric Tsatsu was down. I worked on him to ensure he got much better for the game.” Moro Mumuni added he knew his boys were “in high spirits and were going to win the game following their regimen from their last training session.” Ghana’s next game will be against a resilient Costa Rica side on Thursday, a game Ghana must win to progress to the next stage of the competition. For playmaker Eric Tsatsu, “we (Ghana) beat them (Costa Rica) easily. We saw their game on Sunday and we saw their weakness. That will be an advantage for us because we are going to draw a game plan around that.” Leading pool G and already qualified are Hungary who next play Monaco in the final group encounter. That game will be a mere formality for the Hungarians. Russia lead the medal table with a total of 14 medals made up of 11 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze. Hungary are in second place with 6 gold and 1 bronze. India come in third with 2 gold and three silver. Next, for Ghana today will be Abeiku Jackson who will be swimming in lane two in heat five of the men’s 50m butterfly event at 1000hrs GMT. Baaba Tandoh is covering the 2018 Youth Olympics for the Multimedia Group.last_img read more