Unique Locations for Small Weddings

first_imgVia 4545 Broad St.Red Bank 732.450.9945www.via45.com Sometimes, the smallest weddings are the hardest to arrange.Much of the preparation work must be done by the future bride and groom themselves, often without the assistance of a wedding planner or catering hall. And so much can go wrong (the food, the photographer, the band) or be overlooked (did anyone remember the ring?).But while there may be some extra work, a small wedding event also offers the wedding couple a big advantage: The ability to produce a cozy, custom-made experience, tailored to the precise tastes and preferences of the bride, groom and guests. Some of that experience can include a favorite restaurant where you might not think a wedding was a possibility.Couples planning small weddings should consider approaching the operators of restaurants where they enjoy the food or the wine list or the ambiance. They might be surprised to learn that, yes, the restaurant will provide space for a small wedding and, yes, they will serve that wonderful tortellini or swordfish dish that you adore.One of the local restaurants that will host a small wedding (with 20 to 40 guests) is Ama Ristorante at the Driftwood, Sea Bright. Ama offers a private dining room with an ocean view and a stunning mural of a Tuscan landscape.For a larger wedding, Ama will consider dedicating the main dining room as well if the event is scheduled on days other than Friday and Saturday from October through April.Another restaurant that will considerer dedicating the entire dining room to one party is Via 45, Red Bank, which does not offer a private dining room. Again, Via 45 asks couples to consider weeknights for such events.Ama Ristorante at Driftwood1485 Ocean Ave.Sea Bright 732.530.9760www.amaristorante.comlast_img read more

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Aynsley off to, hopefully, bigger and better things in BCHL

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s probably the best news the Nelson has received all season. Now if only Castlegar coach Steven Junker could find a B.C. Hockey League team to take Andrew Walton and the Leafs may have a chance to finally beat one of the Murdoch Division heavyweights.Saturday, Rebels’ leading scorer and the top sniper in the entire Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, Ryan Aynsley, played his final game for the Sunflower City franchise.Aynsley has decided to waive his final season of Junior B hockey for the brighter lights of Tier II Junior A with the Trail Smoke Eaters.“I’m a bit upset about (leaving) but it’s something I need to do,” the 20-year-old sniper from Kelowna said following Saturday’s destruction of Nelson. “I’ve been hearing it from so many people that I have to (leave) . . . I’ve got to take challenges.”It’s too bad Aynsley couldn’t leave a game earlier. He scored three times and added an assist in Castlegar 5-0 shellacking of the Leafs. The win was the fourth of the season for Castlegar over its West Kootenay rivals. “They’ll be more schools, more university scouts watching . . . it will just be better for me,” Aynsley said. Aynsley has been burning up the KIJHL this season. And for those non-believers, just ask the Leafs.In 23 games, Aynsley has 26 goals and 27 assists for 53 points. The total is three points better than Stefan Jensen of the Osoyoos Coyotes. But Jensen has played seven more games.Aynsley already knows what to expect with the Smokies.In four games this season the 5’9” 185-pound forward has three goals and six assists.“Trail is a very good team, for sure,” Aynsley said. “But I will miss this (Castlegar) team and, of course, my teammates.”The loss of Aynsley leaves a significant hole in the Rebels offence. The second best scorer on the team is Taylor Anderson. However, Anderson is a whopping 26 points behind his now, former teammate and has scored 14 fewer [email protected]last_img read more

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Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Sprint Distance Results

first_img      Pos     Time    Team Name                               Place/Total Category              ——– ——- ————————————— ————————–          1     1:28:58 Splash, Flash, and Dash                   1/9   Open Team                 2     1:34:25 Paris-HK Connection                       2/9   Open Team                  3     1:36:41 The young and the tasteless        3/9   Open Team                   4     1:41:15 CD Fitz                                   4/9   Open Team                   5     1:41:18 The 2 relics                              5/9   Open Team                   6     1:43:28 The Molnar’s                              6/9   Open Team                   7     1:49:34 Hazel’s Team                              7/9   Open Team                   8     2:00:03 David and Daniel racing together          8/9   Open Team 34th Annual Nelson Cyswog ‘N’ Fun            Sprint Distance Individual Results      (0.5 Km Swim – 22 Km Bike – 5 Km Run)     ——-FINAL—- ———————– ————- ——————- —-                                                                 Category                  –      Pos     Time    Name                    City          Plc/Total Category       ——– ——- ———————– ————- ——————-          1     1:07:20 Solen WOOD              Lethbridge     1/2   Men 16-17              2     1:11:38 Michael OGLOFF          Salmon Arm     1/3   Men 30-34              3     1:18:41 Charlie STEWART         Hong Kong      2/2   Men 16-17              4     1:19:32 D. STEVENSON-WADE  Kelowna   1/5   Women 40-44             5     1:20:20 Timothy OLSON           Plains         1/9   Men 50-59               6     1:23:07 Lisa BARNES             Cranbrook      1/4   Women 30-34             7     1:23:16 Curtis SCHREIBER        Kelowna        2/9   Men 50-59              8     1:23:24 Scott CARR              Burnaby        1/6   Men 40-49              9     1:23:52 Jason DOSDALL           Calgary        2/6   Men 40-49             10     1:25:51 Lauren KOCH     Salmon Arm     2/4   Women 30-34           11     1:26:39 Alanna MACDONALD   P. George   1/2   Women 20-24           12     1:26:56 Kim JOLLYMORE       Kelowna        1/7   Women 55-59            13     1:27:23 Danita SCHREIBER     Kelowna        1/3   Women 50-54           14     1:27:32 Laura DAVIS             Calgary        1/6   Women 25-29           15     1:28:30 Wally COUSINS           South Slocan   3/6   Men 40-49             16     1:29:34 Rob PORTERFIELD         Calgary        1/2   Men 35-39            17     1:29:39 Rheannon BROOKS         Kitimat        3/4   Women 30-34         18     1:30:17 Dave HRABCHUK           Vernon         4/6   Men 40-49              19     1:30:34 Jim WERNHAM             Winnipeg       3/9   Men 50-59              20     1:30:41 Darren BEUTEL           Nelson         4/9   Men 50-59               21     1:30:57 Evan CESCON             Rossland       1/1   Men 25-29              22     1:31:59 Shane PEARSALL          Calgary        5/9   Men 50-59             23     1:32:40 Robert SIMMERLING       Nelson         1/3   Men 60-64            24     1:32:49 Brent RUNNETT           Didsbury       6/9   Men 50-59             25     1:32:53 Shannon PRICE           Trail          1/5   Women 35-39          26     1:34:06 Tony BEUTEL             Nelson         5/6   Men 40-49             27     1:34:51 Kim IRVING              Nelson         2/7   Women 55-59            28     1:35:22 James STEWART           Hong Kong      2/3   Men 60-64          29     1:35:43 Jason HENDREN           Kelowna        6/6   Men 40-49             30     1:36:15 Alison ROSSEL           North Van   2/5   Women 40-44         31     1:36:27 Paul MCCREEDY           Nelson         7/9   Men 50-59             32     1:37:05 Mark SCHMUTZ            Fruitvale      8/9   Men 50-59             33     1:37:57 Larry OTTEWELL          Calgary        2/3   Men 30-34             34     1:38:21 Kate BRADLEY            Salmo          2/5   Women 35-39           35     1:38:36 Tyler RICE              Nelson         2/2   Men 35-39             36     1:38:39 Kristen SPEARMAN        Nelson         2/6   Women 25-29         37     1:40:08 Erendira SILVA          Vancouver      3/6   Women 25-29           38     1:40:45 Cheryl MUELLER          Nelson         3/7   Women 55-59           39     1:40:50 Dale FROMBERG    Kelowna        4/7   Women 55-59           40     1:42:01 Laura HALEY             Kitimat        3/5   Women 35-39        Sprint Distance Team Resultscenter_img     ——-FINAL—- —————————————last_img read more

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DEFENDING CHAMP HOPPERTUNITY TAKES ON STABLEMATE MOR SPIRIT, ACCELERATE, DALMORE & PROSPECT PARK AT 1 1/16 MILES IN THE GRADE II, $300,000 SAN ANTONIO STAKES SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2017)–Still going strong at age six, Bob Baffert’s Hoppertunity will defend his title against seven older horses at 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita. Although he figures to be favored, Hoppertunity faces stiff competition from the likes of stablemate Mor Spirit and two other 4-year-olds–Accelerate and Dalmore. Five year old Prospect Park will try to rebound off a disappointing fourth place finish in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes here on New Year’s Day. Hoppertunity–Flavien Prat–125Avanti Bello–Mario Gutierrez–120Prospect Park–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120El Huerfano–Victor Espinoza–120Mor Spirit–Mike Smith–122Dalmore–Kent Desormeaux–122Accelerate–Tyler Baze–125Hard Aces–Santiago Gonzalez–122 PROSPECT PARK: A well beaten fourth at 3-1 in the Grade II San Pasqual Jan. 1, Pam and Martin Wygod’s homebred 5-year-old will hope to turn things around on a fast track Saturday. A sharp second two starts back in a seven furlong classified allowance at Del Mar on Dec. 1, Prospect Park has been winless in five starts since winning the Grade III La Jolla Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf in August, 2015. Trained by Clifford Sise, this son of top sire Tapit is 15-3-6-2 with earnings of $465,370. The San Antonio is one of four graded stakes on a nine-race program Saturday at Santa Anita. First post is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com THE GRADE II SAN ANTONIO STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT                 MOR SPIRIT: An even fourth in the Grade I Malibu on Dec. 26 at seven furlongs, he had been idle since well beaten in the Kentucky Derby May 7. Owned by Michael L. Peterson, this Pennsylvania-bred ridgling by Eskendereya was considered a top tier Derby hopeful a year ago and finished second as the 7-5 favorite in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby three starts back on April 9. With two wins and a pair of seconds from four tries at the San Antonio distance, Mor Spirit can be expected to show good tactical speed as he stretches out on Saturday. DALMORE: Trained by Keith Desormeaux, he was most recently third, beaten 2 ½ lengths by Accelerate in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 1. An impressive maiden special weight winner here on March 25, he was subsequently distanced in the Grade I Wood Memorial April 9, but rebounded later in the spring and summer to win a pair of races, including the Grade III Affirmed Stakes five starts back on July 2. Blessed with plenty of natural speed, it’ll be up to Desormeaux’s Hall of Fame brother, Kent, to ration it out over a distance that he’s won at on three occasions from six starts. Owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Head of Plains Partners, Rocker O Ranch and partners, the 4-year-old colt by Colonel John is 15-3-4-1, with earnings of $311,302. ACCELERATE: Trained by John Sadler, this chestnut colt by Lookin At Lucky rallied to be a big second over a wet fast track in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Pasqual Stakes here Jan. 1, earning a 99 Beyer Speed figure in the process. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, he won the Grade II Los Alamitos Derby three starts back on Sept. 24 and validated that effort with a solid third here in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 4. Ridden in all eight of his starts by Tyler Baze, he is currently 8-3-2-2 and could be poised to have a career year. HOPPERTUNITY: Fresh off his biggest career year, in which he also won the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup three starts back at Belmont Park on Oct. 8, Hoppertunity has been freshened by Baffert since running fourth at 3-1 in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25 and would appear primed for a top effort on his home court. Although he’s long toiled in the shadow of several superstar stablemates, he has quietly amassed earnings of $3,886,425 from an overall record of 24-6-6-4. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, he is 12-3-4-2 at Santa Anita.last_img read more

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