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Travel Tips Tuesday: Passports and Pursuits are Back

This is a fun time of year to be a tourist in Nebraska.  All three of the programs that we enjoy participating in as a family are back.  Basically you go to their suggested places and get rubbings or stamps to show that you visited.  Then you are eligible for prizes.  Best yet you get to make memories as you travel around our great state!

Nebraska Great Park Pursuit (Explore 20 of Nebraska’s state parks and recreation areas!)

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Nebraska Passport (80 options across the state on several tours including “Forks in the Road” and “Stars and Stripes”

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown (Lincoln): This one just started again YESTERDAY, so the links may not be up quite yet.

Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau

You can pick up the passports at participating locations.  I will be featuring many of these places over the next several months on my blog!  Go out and explore – today is supposed to be a beautiful day!

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Friday Photography: The Art of Local Lincoln Artist Ann Williams

Berean Creation

Normally for this type of column, I feature many different photographs.  Today I wanted to focus on just one! This commissioned sculpture is entitled, “All Creation Praises.”  For me, this piece just reflects joy.  I think it is beautiful.

Living in the Lincoln area, the artist Ann Williams happens to also be the Visual Arts Director at Lincoln Berean Church.  Several of her pieces are on display there.  To learn more about how and why she created this particular piece, you can visit her page on this artwork.  I debated on trying to summarize her story, but I feel that I would lessen the impact of her sculpture.

If you look carefully at both her website and my blog post about the Lincoln Berean Church “Art Gallery” yesterday, you may notice a few more of her pieces.  What I appreciate most about her work is her intentionality and purpose behind every piece that she creates.  I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next!

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Nebraska Girls State Basketball Tournament 2014

This was supposed to publish yesterday right after I completed it.  Not sure why it did not.  So, half of the teams have lost by now, but I think the post is still relevant enough.  In just a bit I will post my personal Flashback Friday.  Sorry for the technical difficulties.


Moments ago, the first tip-off of the 2014 Nebraska Girls State Basketball Tournament just happened.  I have so many memories of being involved with the state basketball tournament and plan on sharing a few with you tomorrow on a more personal Flashback Friday.

For today, I want to simply celebrate those teams who are about to be put into the record books.  Whether they win the tournament or lose during the first round, being skilled enough to play at state basketball is a big deal.  Congratulations to each one of the teams participating!

What is fun about this event is that the whole state is represented in the event.  Here is a breakdown of all of the statewide regions and schools.  Hopefully  I did not miss any – it’s quite a list!

Event Picture


Frontier Trails


Northwest (G.I.)



Kearney Catholic

St. Celia (Hastings)


Lewis and Clark

South Sioux City




Humphrey/Holy Family

Guardian Angels Central Catholic (West Point)



St. Francis (Humphrey)



Lincoln Northeast

(Omaha) Benson

Bellevue West

Bellevue East

Millard West




Duchesne (Omaha)

Pius X

Lincoln Lutheran

Platteview (Springfield area)

Bishop Neumann (Wahoo)





Pioneer Country





Sacred Heart (Falls City)



Prairie Lakes

Dundy County-Stratton (Benkelman)


St. Patrick’s (North Platte)



St. Mary’s (O’Neill)

Boyd County


Here is a link to a printable page if  you want to keep up the bracket.

2014 Nebraska Girls State Basketball Tournament Schedule and Locations

Sorry that I did not think of posting anything like this for the fall sports or the previous winter ones.  Of course, mapping every qualifying wrestler would take more time than I have.  And I am pretty sure that most divers are from the Metro region since I would bet most smaller schools cannot exactly have their own school pools.  But I have to admit that I notice this time of year more because I am a big basketball fan.  I have been to many a tournament game as I will share tomorrow.

By the way, both the Nebraska School Activities Association and the Lincoln Convention Visitor’s Bureau have been working hard to make sure that the tournament participants’ visits to Lincoln are pleasant ones.  You will find construction postings as well as parking information, so you can attend any and all of the games.  Plus additional events are listed that are happening around Lincoln in case you want to paint the town (in your team’s colors of course!)  Go, teams!

P.S. Did you guess when yesterday’s basketball picture was taken?  2002 is the correct year.   Now can you guess the teams?  More on that tomorrow.

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Hockey in Nebraska: Go, Lincoln Stars!

Did you guess where we were?

Lincoln Stars sign

Back in September when one of our sons won a prize from the Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” program, I knew that a Stars game was going to be on our agenda.  He was very excited to win four tickets.  He decided to take his older brother and his parents along.  🙂

Lincoln Stars Collage 1

We had not taken our kids to any hockey games yet.  Next time, I think I will check out some children’s non-fiction hockey picture books.  I like knowing what is going on, and I have not watched enough games to understand the penalties and strategies.  Although I could always tell when they scored and definitely know that the Stars won!

Two other important things:

1) Wear warm clothes.  After all, the games are played at “The Ice Box.” 🙂

2) Bring ear plugs.  While the music adds so much to the atmosphere, your ears will be ringing by the end.

We enjoyed getting to go out with just our older boys.  They enjoyed their first hockey experience, although one admitted he definitely could have done without the fighting and some of the slightly more obnoxious cheers.  But he definitely liked hockey itself.   I think he will have a greater appreciation for the Olympics hockey games now that he has attended in person.

Lincoln Stars Collage 2

Not into being a spectator and would rather enjoy being active?  The Ice Box has public skating sessions most week-ends.  Eventually a bigger ice venue will be coming to Lincoln.  Until then, the Stars have made their home at their rink located on the former Nebraska State Fair Park.

A big thank you to the Lincoln Stars for providing the tickets and to the Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for providing such great tourism incentives. We are excited to participate in the “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” program again this summer!


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@ The Pinnacle of Lincoln: The New Nebraska Arena

Arena Closer Up

When I completed my first half marathon in 2010, I agreed to become a running billboard.  (Now, before you are that impressed, I finished my 2nd and probably final half last spring.  I am not exactly speedy, but I am glad that I “ran” them both times!)  Anyway the race happened to be days before a big vote was happening that would affect Lincoln.

Yes to Arena

While I doubt my shirt had anything to do with the outcome, Lincoln did vote for a new arena to be built.  And now that that building feat has finally be completed, I personally feel this beautiful structure has added a wonderful element to downtown Lincoln.


The possibilities that have been added for downtown Lincoln life are tremendous.  Concerts, expositions and ball games in a quality setting.  I think the building lives up to the hype.

Arena Grand Opening

On August 28th, my oldest son and I went down for the ribbon cutting.  We were some of the first of several hundred community people through the doorways.  I knew that I wanted to be able to explore and experience.  Since my oldest is a HUGE sports fan, I knew that he would get my excitement over this monumental opening.  (Thanks, my Kyle, for watching our 3 other kids.  Keeping track of one this time was definitely easier!)

Lincoln in the Arena

Lincoln himself welcomes you to this newest Lincoln venture.  Sort of.  At first when the Lincoln Journal-Star revealed that the arena would feature a giant chocolate wall sculpture, I was a bit unsure.  But having seen the artwork in person, I have to say the result is impressive.

Chocolate Art

Even the big “O” is represented.  Since the abundance of “chocolate” might make you hungry, the fact that a concessions stand is nearby is a bonus.

Pinnacle Haymarket Place Food

I have heard that the food is outstanding – not your typical game fare.  They had limited concessions available for their opening afternoon, so I did not try any of their featured meals.  But we actually did enjoy eating a snack there – $1 Valentino’s pizza and $1 pop.  Can’t beat that!  (I told my son to enjoy his possibly one and only arena eating experience.  For normally we will may not get to eat a meal there – especially if all six of us attend an event!)

Arena first views

Finally we got to see our first views of the arena.  People could go out on the floor and try out the new hoops.  We both enjoyed being able to say that we have made baskets at the new arena.  My son was in hardwood heaven!

Arena featuring G

His other highlight was definitely meeting Coach Miles.  He seems to be a genuinely nice guy.  Excited to see what happens with the Husker men’s basketball program in such a great atmosphere!

Arena seats

We made a point of exploring everywhere including trying out the typical stadium seats.  (Fairly roomy rows!)

Pinnacle Box Seats

And admiring the box views.  (The “exclusive” box areas were not open for public perusal.  But they do have a few box-type areas anyone can access.   Leaning a bit allowed me to capture the luxury way to watch games!  🙂  )

The View from the Pinnacle

We also climbed up to the VERY top row.  This is what the floor looks like from above (no zoom applied).  Almost vertigo-causing height, especially since hardly any people were up to there to stabilize the view.

Pinnacle Go Huskers

Due to time and other constraints, we have not attended an official Pinnacle Bank Arena concert or sporting event yet.  But I know that I definitely hope we will be able to take in at least one Husker game this year.  The men’s basketball team has a lot of potential, and the women’s team is already fantastic.  Go Big Red!

Arena thankful

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