July 30, 2012 |
WILDWOOD - Want to know what the hottest prize is this summer at Jersey Shore boardwalks? No problem, mon: It's de rasta-banana! Stuffed animals have long been among the most popular prizes at boardwalk games of chance of skill. But this year, the top dog is a banana wearing dreadlocks and a reggae cap. (Its cousin, rasta-cigar, is a close runner-up in some places.) "I don't know what it's all about, but this is one of the top things that people like this year," said Dante Silva, who runs a cork-gun game on the Wildwood boardwalk in which contestants win prizes by knocking over targets.
January 3, 1992 |
They were dancin' ghouls and prop-pushin' fools. Now they'll be partying, and cleaning up, through the weekend. Members and friends of Bill McIntyre's Shooting Stars returned to the clubhouse on 3rd Street near Mifflin yesterday to keep the celebration going after they copped top prize in the Fancy Brigade Division at Wednesday's Mummers Parade. "The last guy left at 8 a.m. He just came back in looking a little green around the gills," said Captain Mickey Adams yesterday afternoon.
January 17, 1988 |
One of the traditions at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show in Harrisburg is the sheep-to-shawl contest, in which an adult sheep is sheared and then a team of five people card, spin and weave the sheep's wool into a shawl. The teams have only 2 1/2 hours and are scored on how neatly the sheep is sheared, how quickly and how well the shawl is completed - and on how much fun the group seems to have doing it. Each year since 1980, when the contest began, the winning shawls have been auctioned off, and the first-prize shawl usually fetches a record price.
July 8, 1991 |
On the boardwalk, where those games of skill - or is it chance? - hold forth an irresistible lure, it's hard to tell which sets the hook, the game or the prize. The game might appear deceptively simple, if not downright silly. And the prize, anywhere else, might seem hopelessly tacky. But on the boardwalk, all is different. Where else can you put to the test your ability to take up a mallet and bop a rubber frog into a floating, rotating lily pad? (Where else would you even try?
July 17, 1990 |
Leslie Smith, a Furman College senior from the Tavistock Country Club, won the medal prize with an 80 in yesterday's qualifying round for the 94th annual Philadelphia Championship of the Women's Golf Association of Philadelphia, at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club. Smith - who came out of a trap on the 18th hole and scored 4 from four feet for her lone birdie - and 14 others with scores through 86 qualified for the match-play rounds, which will take place today through Friday.
October 3, 1995 |
Barbara Papso of Philadelphia Cricket Club and Cara Swinden of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club scored a 2-over-par 38-37-75 for the medal prize in the qualifying round for the Jane McCullough Hamilton 50th Invitational Golf Tournament yesterday at Huntingdon Valley Country Club. In the better-ball competition, Papso-Swinden made back-to-back birdies on six and seven and also birdied 17. Last year, Swinden won the medal prize in partnership with Laura Martin of Philadelphia Country Club.
October 18, 2001 |
Students in fifth through 12th grades can win savings bonds up to $5,000 with essays about a person who has made a mark on society this year. Students can enter by writing essays of 250 words or less about a person whose achievements - positive or negative - have left an impact on society from Jan. 1 through Nov. 1, 2001. The Biography of the Year National Scholarship Challenge is sponsored by the A&E Network. The grand prize is a $5,000 savings bond, a $500 cash award for the classroom, and an A&E home-video library for the school.
June 14, 1994 |
The 98th annual Philadelphia Amateur Golf Championship, including 36 holes each on four days, began yesterday with David Brookreson and Mike Gregor of Huntingdon Valley and Jim Kania of Overbrook tying for the medal prize at par 140. The field of 250 contended for 31 places in the match-play draw, which will begin this morning at the Aronimink Golf Club. Aronimink and Merion's West Course were used yesterday. Chris Lange of Overbrook, who qualified automatically as defending champion, shot two 74s. Brookreson, the 1991 champion, followed a par 73 at Merion with a 3-under- par 67 at Aronimink.
October 30, 1990 |
The Kennedy Center Friedheim Composition Awards ceremony took place on a bright afternoon in the District of Columbia. Unlike the weather Sunday, the decision of the jury to award first place to two composers, Ralph Shapey and William Kraft, was not so clear and brilliant. Naming dual first-prize winners is not, in itself, to be criticized. In some circumstances it could, indeed, demonstrate a brave generosity, but neither Shapey's Concerto for Cello, Piano and Strings nor Kraft's Veils and Variations for Horn and Orchestra made a penetrating impression on this listener or, judging by the lukewarm applause, on the audience.
April 25, 1989
Walking around town yesterday, you'd think Philadelphia had become Moscow- on-the-Schuylkill. Lines everywhere, the compliant masses waiting hours, if necessary, to spend a few dollars - not on meat or toilet paper, but on the slim, slim chance of becoming fabulously wealthy. The same scenes were playing out all over the state, fueled by heavy traffic streaming across the borders from Ohio, New Jersey and Maryland. Oh, we know that these people are all fools - that, if they are determined to gamble, they can get far better odds in Atlantic City.