We’re almost two weeks away from the Lettuce-hosted inaugural Fool’s Paradise, going down at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL on April 1 & 2. The daily schedules are finally here, equipped with set times, artist-led excursions, and daily themes. Break out your most tropical wear for Friday’s “Beach Babes & Bums” party, and get nautical or tap into your inner jokester for Saturday’s “Pirates & Pranksters” theme.Check out the daily schedules below, with more details to follow:Friday, April 1stSaturday, April 2The beach-town funk extravaganza features two explosive sets from New York funk masters Lettuce & Friends, along with: electro soul future-funk producer/saxophonist GRiZ; rising retro-soul stars Vulfpeck, and Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue ft. George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive), Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood) & The Shady Horns. GRiZ and Lettuce have announced a special live band collaboration. Supporting acts include South Africa’s organic live house duo Goldfish and the progressive soul, R&B and gospel of The Nth Power, Brasstracks andMarvel Years. With Snarky Puppy’s Cory Henry as an Artist-At-Large, you’ll never know what to expect! Tickets here.In addition, a number of late night shows will be hosted by some of the most talented musicians in the industry! This includes Break Science, Vulfpeck, Goldfish and a very special performance by the Fools of Funk, featuring Adam Deitch, Adam Smirnoff, Cory Henry, Nigel Hall, Weedie Braimah, Eric “Benny” Bloom, and Ryan Zoidis. Late Night shows will take place at Elk’s Lodge after the Amphitheatre festivities are over. More information and a very limited supply of tickets can be found here. There’s more to look forward to than just musical adventures. Fool’s Paradise is also offering exciting Florida excursions with your favorite artists! Whether it’s mini-golf with Lettuce’s Eric Krasno and Jesus Coomes, crocodile crossing and zip-lining adventure with Break Science’s Borahm Lee, or a sailing escapade with Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom, you’ll be rocking your Saturday alongside the best. More information and tickets can be found here.With so much to choose from, St. Augustine will be crawling with adventurous opportunities. The oldest city in the United States and fabled home to the Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine’s unique scenery and historical presence sets the city apart from any other in the country. With over 42 miles of beaches, incredible restaurants and bars, jetskiing, kayaking, fort tours, parasailing, and its own distillery, attendees will have plenty to explore. We can’t wait for Fool’s Paradise! All the information you need about the festival can be found on the official website.
Children driving and riding three- and four-wheeled vehicles is commonplace in many rural Georgia counties. Unfortunately, what may seem like innocent fun can lead to serious injuries and even death. One Georgia 4-H agent is taking a stand to educate children and parents in her county, hopefully saving lives in the process.As the University of Georgia 4-H agent in Tattnall County, Lesli Garrett educates children every day on leadership, citizenship, self-esteem and a host of other youth development topics. Adding all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety to her list of classes was a personal choice. “Every summer I see kids riding around on four-wheelers and going mud bogging on them. It’s just part of living in the country,” said Garrett, who owns a four-wheeler and is the mother of three small children. “But we’ve had several deaths in our county from ATV accidents. My own son told me he once rolled our four-wheeler over but jumped off before he was hurt.” This led Garrett to seek certification training to teach ATV safety to children and adults in her county. She began the training while working as an assistant to Toombs County 4-H agent Cheryl Poppell, also a certified instructor. “Parents need to know that ATV safety equipment, like helmets, is not one size fits all,” said Poppell, who began teaching ATV safety in her county in 2009. “I’ve seen children driving ATVs while wearing flip flops and not wearing a helmet.” The Georgia 4-H agents were trained through Oklahoma State University Extension’s 4-H ATV safety program and the ATV Safety Institute. The institute’s golden rules of safety are as follows:Always wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots and gloves.Never ride on paved roads except to cross, when done safely and permitted by law. Another vehicle could hit you. ATVs are designed to operate off-highway.Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.Ride an ATV that’s right for your age.Supervise riders younger than 16 years. ATVs are not toys.Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.Take a hands-on ATV rider course and the free online e-Course at ATVSafety.org.Garrett and Poppell now teach these ATV safety rules at a weeklong summer safety program and in sessions with area middle school students. They use games to make the lessons fun, DVDs of real ATV accidents to make the lessons realistic and let the students try on ATV safety wear to make the lessons experiential. For more information on Georgia 4-H, go to Georgia4H.org. “We cringe when kids drive cars, but we cringe even harder when we see them on ATVs,” Poppell said. “We give (children) the education, the gospel of safe ATV driving, but they have to make the choice to use it.” Former Senior Georgia 4-H’er Nicole Smith, an ATV accident survivor, also helps by giving her personal testimony. “I serve as a guest speaker at Boy and Girl Scout club meetings and anywhere I’m invited,” Garrett said. “I just want to get the word out.”
BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Rain held up England’s progress after Alastair Cook scored a superb 243 on the second day of the first Test against West Indies at Edgbaston yesterday.Cook’s 10-hour knock led the hosts to a first-innings total of 514 for eight declared and James Anderson dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite for a duck before the tourists battled to 44 for one in reply.Heavy rain curtailed the final session and West Indies will resume today 470 runs behind.Resuming on 348 for three in the first day-night Test in England, Cook and Dawid Malan smoothly extended their fourth-wicket partnership to 162.Kieran Powell fights hard as the weather closes in. (AFP)Cook reached his fourth Test double-century with a thick edge to the third man boundary off Kemar Roach, the former England captain’s 30th four.Malan, who recorded his first Test 50 in his third match, was out on the stroke of lunch for 65, edging spinner Roston Chase to Jermaine Blackwood at slip.Ben Stokes (10), Jonny Bairstow (18) and Moeen Ali (nought) fell in quick succession as England chased runs and Cook’s marathon vigil ended when he was trapped lbw by Chase, prompting the declaration.A callow West Indies batting lineup was always likely to struggle against England’s experienced pace bowling attack and Anderson had Brathwaite caught by wicketkeeper Bairstow for an eight-ball duck.Powell, dropped by Stokes at gully off Stuart Broad, and Hope battled through to tea without further loss and they extended their partnership in the first match of the three-Test series before heavy rain ended the day’s play.SCOREBOARDENGLAND 1st inningsA. Cook lbw b Chase 243M. Stoneman b Roach 8T. Westley lbw b Cummins 8J. Root b Roach 136D. Malan c Blackwood b Chase 65B. Stokes c Blackwood b Chase 10J. Bairstow b Holder 18M. Ali c K. Brathwaite b Chase 0T. Roland-Jones not out 6Extras: (lb-10, nb-7, w-3) 20Total: (for 8 wickets declared, 135.5 overs) 514Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-39, 3-287, 4-449, 5-466, 6-505, 7-506, 8-514.Bowling: K. Roach 28-8-86-2 (w-3), A. Joseph 22-3-109-0 (nb-2), M. Cummins 24-3-87-1 (nb-3), J. Holder 29.3-4-103-1 (nb-2), R. Chase 26.2-2-113-4, K. Brathwaite 6-0-6-0.WEST INDIES 1st inningsK. Brathwaite c Bairstow b Anderson 0K. Powell not out 18K. Hope not out 25Extras: (w-1) 1Total: (for 1 wicket, 16 overs) 44Fall of wickets: 1-0.Bowling: J. Anderson 8-2-17-1 (w-1), S. Broad 8-1-27-0.
“Because from a distance all you see are the dunks and the commercials and you’re like, ‘OK, obviously he’s doing a lot of things off the court,” Crawford said.The question being, was Griffin as committed to his on-court craft as he seemingly was building his off-court profile?Crawford soon had his answer, courtesy of a long Griffin work day that stretched across a 26-point performance against he Detroit Pistons, a long flight from Motown to Charlotte and an evening visit to the hotel weight room.Upon arriving in North Carolina, Crawford headed to the gym to get a quick abdominal workout in. Assuming he’d likely be the only Clipper there, he was shocked by the scene awaiting him.“Blake is already in there, like in a full workout,” Crawford said. “He’s got bands around him, he’s got a trainer with him, and I’m like, ‘this is unbelievable,’ I had to really go back and think, ‘Did we really just play today?’ Like, it was unbelievable.” From afar, the perception Jamal Crawford had of Blake Griffin was as mistaken as anyone else who writes Griffin off as nothing more than a highlight dunker with a couple of cleverly conceived commercials.Crawford now realizes his misguided assumptions, swayed by the two years he’s played alongside Griffin and privy to the inner-workings of a driven star whose ceiling keeps soaring higher and higher and higher.The latest display was Griffin’s 35-point hammering of the Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference playoffs.Crawford took it in stride, but before the benefit of perspective, it was a curious Crawford who approached his new teammate upon signing with the Clippers in 2012. Crawford has been a believer ever since.“This guy just wants to be great,” Crawford said. “He really does.”The rest of basketball is beginning to understand just how much.Griffin launched himself into consideration for the Most Valuable Player award with a well-rounded regular season in which he averaged 24.1 points and 9.5 rebounds, then backed it up Monday by dominating the Warriors to draw even with them in this best-of-seven series.But the numbers only tell part of the story.By expanding his repertoire with a more consistent mid-range game and freeing his mind of the clutter resulting from the beating he takes every night and the referees’ inconsistency controlling it, Griffin is better equipped to deal with the physical and emotional challenges confronting him each game.It helped that he finally spent a healthy off season working on his game as opposed to rehabbing from surgery, as he did his previous three summers. But for Griffin the mental improvements are every bit as important as the physical.“We talk about it all he time,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, “You have no opponent. We throw you the ball, you score. I don’t care who’s guarding you, just go play. I don’t care what they do to you, just go play.”And as the Clippers Game 2 blowout victory showed, when Griffin is playing freely and confidently he’s nothing short of a beast.The Warriors have little recourse.Consider that his 35 points Monday came in just three quarters, and that when Griffin is on the court the Clippers own a 31-point advantage over Golden State.That’s of utmost significance considering he was hampered by foul trouble throughout Game 1 – eventually fouling out after playing just 19 minutes – and the Warriors stole a win at Staples Center as a result.With fouls never an issue Monday – remarkably, after being whistled for six in Game 1 he didn’t draw any in Game 2 – the Warriors were helpless defending Griffin and the Clippers as a whole.“You saw tonight how dominant he is,” said Clippers guard Chris Paul, who implored Griffin to be more cognizant of his importance after fouling out of Game 1, emphatically telling him he needed him on the court the rest of the series.Paul was but one voice in a chorus of Clippers urging Griffin to play smarter with his fouls, but also be more aggressive offensively. They understand his importance, and reminded Griffin it was his commanding regular-season performance, as much as anything else, that lifted them to a franchise record for victories and the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs.The catalyst being a stretch of time in which Paul was sidelined with an injury and Griffin was forced to assume more responsibility. He responded by lifting the Clippers on his shoulders and carrying them during Paul’s absence, the ramifications of which reached far beyond the standings.Griffin was earning the respect of his teammates.“He led with his voice, led by example and led us every single night when Chris was out,” Crawford said.Griffin didn’t necessarily nudge Paul aside for ownership of the Clippers in the process, but he absolutely became a co-signer on the deed.“Now they can work together. We have two MVP candidates on the same team,” Crawford said. “They’re both unselfish and that makes it that much better.”The esteem with which Griffin is held in his locker room was felt between Games 1 and 2 when teammates urged him to punish the Warriors.It was an forceful plea, and it was appreciated.“It means a lot,” Griffin said. “Whether you believe it or not, you know, every NBA player deals with confidence issues at times and before every game. To hear CP, Jamal Crawford, DJ DeAndre Jordan, Matt (Barnes) DC (Darren Collison), on down the line and then our whole coaching staff say, ‘Go attack, go score, go do what you do,’ that’s a confidence-builder. That gets me into the game.”Griffin responded with a career playoff high in points, and in the process helped batter the Warriors into submission.If he continues the assault, it’s difficult to imagine the Warriors mapping out directions leading to three more wins.“When we play that way, when we play with that force and thrust, it’s tough to defend us,” Paul said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error