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Cars in Nebraska: Going on a Wild Ride with Nebraska Stories

Tomorrow night is the premiere of the next edition of Nebraska Stories.  The topic may almost be more suited to Father’s Day as both segments are on special car events in Nebraska.  But as a mom of 3 boys (and a girl who will play that with her brothers) and the fact that I am definitely married to a car guy, I am looking forward to watching the event myself.  One of the last editions of “Nebraska Stories” featured a quick excerpt about the large Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction that took place last summer.  My family was hoping to see more details, so I am glad that they are showing more.  Also on this episode is a story about a father-son car restoration project over many decades that won a prestigious award.  As my husband has spent many an hour working on cars with his Dad, I know that this story will be a meaningful one to see.

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A Chevrolet being put to good use in a Nebraska field!


Here are the official promo from NET (including a link to a clip) …

Nebraska Stories: Wild Ride

A special “Nebraska Stories,” airing takes viewers on a ride to the wild side as the NET Television series features two Nebraska car stories that garnered national attention:

  • Lambrect Chevrolet Auction: Last year’s Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction in Pierce, Neb., attracted people from all 50 states and 25 countries to bid on 500 vintage cars, including several with less than 20 miles on the odometer. While some came to buy the cars, many wanted simply to be part of a unique experience in automotive history.
  • Detroit Autorama Ridler Award: Then in Bennington, Neb., the fifty-year father-son project of Gordon and Ron Cizek won the Detroit Autorama Ridler Award at the nation’s leading indoor custom car show in 2013. Their 1940 Ford coupe was customized by Andy Leach, an up-and-coming fabricator whose work on the “Checkered Past” was as much about art as it was about muscle.
  • A Preview Clip is available here:
  • Air Times & Stations:

o   NET-1: Sunday, May 11, at 9 p.m. CT, and repeating Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m. CT

o   NET2 World:  Monday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. CT; Saturday, May 17, at 1:30 p.m. CT; Sunday, May 18, at 5 p.m. CT; and Wednesday, May 28, at 6 p.m. CT

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Moving Monday: Shakespeare in Nebraska!

Somehow the Bard and (Ne)Braska just do not seem to go together very well.  But there are some actors in the Good Life state that would like to change that.  Since this week happens to be Shakespeare’s birthday, what a better time to find out more?

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(Image from Wikimedia Commons)

I stumbled upon the Nebraska Shakespeare Company when I was flipping channels a few months back.  NET Public Television featured this outstanding theater company as part of their “Nebraska Stories” program.  If you have 10-15 minutes, the program is worth watching.  I love how they are bringing Old English to Nebraska.

Nebraska Stories: Shakespeare Wild West Episode Excerpt

Since Wednesday is considered to be Shakespeare’s birthday – his 450th one to be precise- what a great day to throw a party!  Celebrations will be happening across the “Globe” (:-) ), along with Talk Like Shakespeare Day.    If you can attempt to sound like you are a Shakespearean actor, you may qualify for free food and prizes.  I will post any places I come across on my Facebook page in the next day or two.  There also happens to be a sonnet contest!      Talk Like Shakespeare is a national site where you can find out even more.

“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.” (The Man Himself)

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April Nebraska Stories

Tomorrow night is the premiere of yet another Nebraska Stories show on Nebraska Public Television (NET).  This episode seems to be a packed one!  I have to admit that due to a busy week, I have not been able to watch this edition yet.  But I hope to watch tomorrow night at 9:00.  (Well, basically tonight since it happens to be almost midnight 🙂 )Click here for a preview of all that you will be able to see Sunday night, including the return of our Nebraska Olympian, a topic I blogged about in February!

Nebraska Stories Episodes

Air Dates: Premieres Sunday, April 6, at 9 p.m. CT on NET1. This episode of “Nebraska Stories” will repeat several times during April on NET1 including Tuesday, April 8, at 6 p.m. CT; Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m. CT; Tuesday, April 15, at 10:30 p.m. CT; Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. CT; and Tuesday, April 22, at 11 p.m. CT. It will also air on NET2 World on Saturday, April12, at 1:30 p.m. CT and Sunday, April 13, at 5 p.m. CT.


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February Nebraska Stories: Conservation, Commendation, Dedication & Inspiration &

Previewing the February episode of Nebraska stories was definitely enjoyable.  While I had heard about each topic, I definitely was further enlightened by watching the show.  I am going to post the “official” summary (provided to me by NET) and then follow up with my own perspective on each of the four segments.

o    A rangeland ecologist takes viewers on a walk through the wild lands of the Wildcat Hills — a landscape that is a co-existence of prairie and mountain ecosystems, featuring rolling hills, rocky formations and habitats for unique plant and animal species.

Despite being a lifelong Nebraska resident, I had never heard of the Wildcat Hills until I read an article about this area in the January/February 2013 issue of Nebraska Life magazine.  I was intrigued then, but after watching this segment, I was even more convinced that we need to visit this area that is located near Gering.  Ruggedly beautiful!

o    We follow a group of Nebraska Korean War veterans on a visit to the war memorial in Washington, D.C., that honors their service and sacrifice in the conflict dubbed The Forgotten War.

This segment made me a bit misty-eyed.  I am so grateful for all that veterans have done for our country.  We often are quick to admire “The Greatest Generation,” as we should, yet I can definitely understand why many soldiers from the Korean conflict feel neglected.  After all, they cannot even claim victory, other than through their own heroics.  I am SO thankful that the Heartland Nebraska Honor Flight organization, based out of Omaha, is showing long-deserved appreciation to these brave veterans!   Evidently this is just one aspect of what Patriotic Productions does to keep freedom and liberty alive in Nebraska.

o    We also meet young Atkinson, Neb., native Jack Hoffman — who suffers from brain cancer — and his family as they discuss his fight against the disease and his now-famous Husker touchdown run.

I am definitely a Husker football fan, but the players’ performances at the 2013 UNL spring game definitely paled in comparison to Jack Hoffman.  I enjoyed learning a little bit more about his family.  I especially admire how they have turned their family’s trials into dedication to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer.  Team Jack is having their first annual Gala on March 8th in Lincoln.  If you would like to support this wonderful cause, you can find out more information on their website.  And just in case you have never seen his run, click below please to be inspired!

o    As part of an international experiment, Omaha artists decorate pianos which are rolled out around the city, resulting in impromptu street concerts of all types of music.

Lori Elliott-Bartles decorated this piano, which will be placed at the south stairs of Memorial Park Aug. 24 through Sept. 8.

Photo taken from Oh, My! Omaha‘s site (used with permission)

I found out about this fun event from my blogging friend’s website last summer  (Oh, My! Omaha!: Play Me, I’m Yours).  Since we had recently made a trip to Omaha and had a crowded schedule, I was disappointed when it was not realistic for us to make it to see these amazing pianos in person.  As I mentioned before, our family is quite musical and would have enjoyed seeing these in person.  (Of course, I would have wanted to see all 10 pianos, which may have not been as much fun for my younger kids especially!)  Seeing these pianos in action on this segment was almost as good as going in person.  I was unfamiliar with the Omaha Creative Institute before seeing this segment – they seem to have a lot to offer the art community!

One last note of importance …

·          “Nebraska Stories,” latest episode airs on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 9 p.m. CT on NET1. There are several repeats of the February “Nebraska Stories” including Friday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. CT; Saturday, Feb. 15, at 9:30 p.m. CT; Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. CT; and Sunday, Feb. 23, at 6 and 10:30 p.m. CT. on NET-1.  Below is a preview link of the show.

Nebraska Stories February 2014

I hope you get a chance to watch and enjoy!

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Nebraska Stories: Sharing the Tales of Nebraskans

I promise that I will be posting more about quilts in the next few days.  First I am taking a quick detour.  Normally I am all about going out for adventures.  But tomorrow I am encouraging you to stay home.  Read on to find out why. 🙂 

If I admit that I really enjoy watching public television, does that officially make me old? 🙂  While we do not watch every night, when we do tune in to NET (Nebraska Educational Television), our knowledge increases (as opposed to what happens when we watch most television shows).  I have especially enjoyed the few episodes that I have watched of the show, Nebraska Stories.  Obviously learning about the people and places of Nebraska is always enjoyable for me!

So, when NET approached me about reviewing their latest show that premieres tomorrow night, November 1st,  I was happy to do so.  They combined quite diverse topics into a fluent piece.   Below is a bit about each of the four segments and my own personal take on each topic.  (The “bold” words are  the description directly from Nebraska Educational Television.  The pictures were provided from NET as well.)

DAY OF THE DEAD – Join us on Día de los Muertos as we look death in the eye with humor, music, dancing — and art.


When my kids and I studied Mexico a few years ago, I was a bit taken aback by this holiday that features skeletons.  Although the celebration date is around our Halloween, their holiday is not about creepiness but is instead about honoring ancestors.  While this may not be a holiday that is celebrated in our home, I definitely want my kids to understand the distinctness of other culture’s celebrations. This segment does an excellent job of explaining this Mexican holiday and how the day is celebrated in Nebraska.

And if you want to give your children either an introduction or a follow-up to this holiday, here are some excellent children’s picture books.

Mary Molina and the Days of the Dead by Kathleen Krull

Ghost Wings by Barbara Joose

Day of the Dead by Tony Johnston (He has several  great books about Mexican culture)

NEVER FORGET – A Holocaust education program in Omaha resurrects the music and art of a place called Terezin.

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My grandpa was a liberator in World War 2.  Because of the horrors of seeing those who had survived concentration camps, he did not share too many of his experiences.  But this is a part of history that we must not forget.  The Institute for Holocaust Education is the organization that leads the tours that happen at the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland.  This segment provides a glimpse behind some of the excellent education that they provide to keep the stories alive.

We have a studied a bit about this topic in our homeschool.  I want my children to be aware that the world is not such a beautiful place all of the time.  But I also want them to not be scared.  Here are again some excellent books that I think help with expanding on the segment from NET.

My favorite one: Erika’s Story by Ruth Vander Zee (a true story of sacrifice)

The Harmonica  by Tony Johnston is based on a true story how one boy survived the holocaust

My Secret Camera: Life in the Lodz Ghetto  by Mendel Grossman which gives glimpses into what really happened in these World War 2 ghettos

Music for the End of Time  by Jen Bryant which is based on true on of another way that the arts helped with survival

Here is a link some more educational resources from the IHE.  At our local library, there are many additional books available directly about Terezin.  As I am unfamiliar with most of them, I do not feel that I can recommend any personally, but they would be worth checking into.

MIRACLE ON THE PRAIRIE  – A century ago, in the town of Axtell, a new kind of care began for people with intellectual disabilities.


As we have relatives from the Axtell area, I immediately embraced the story of a community that strives to make a difference in this special segment of people.  I agreed with their philosophy of reaching out to others personally, rather than leaving that up to the government.  I was definitely inspired to continue to love my neighbor, no matter who he or she might be.

To learn more, please visit Mosaic’s website.

DREAM CAR AUCTION  – The sights and sounds of the Lambrecht survivor car auction in Pierce, Nebraska.

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My husband happens to own a 1964 Chevy Impala.  Unfortunately for him, the poor car sits under a tarp.  As the appreciation of classic cars runs in both of our families, I know that we would have enjoyed attending this auction of “new” old Chevrolets.  We did not make it to Pierce that week-end. So I am glad that NET did, so that we all can have a small glimpse into what happened at that unprecedented car auction.


November 1, 2013 – 7:30pm on NET1/HD
November 1, 2013 – 10:30pm on NET1/HD
November 4, 2013 – 10:00pm on NET1/HD
Can’t wait?  Here is a preview.
And if you missed their spring episode, you can still watch it online.
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