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Keep the kids sharp with these brain games & craft kits from $8.50 on Amazon – 9to5Toys

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Jackinthebox Crafts (98% positive feedback all-time) via Amazon is offering deep deals on a selection of educational toy and craft kits (mostly) for kids. As usual, shipping is free for Prime members or in orders over $25. You can grab the 3-in-1 Superhero Themed Art and Craft Kit for $14.39 today. Regularly around $18 or more, todays deal is one of the best we have seen, a new 2019 low and the lowest we can find. This craft set allows kids to create their very own super hero costume with a cape, mask and power cuffs, as well as everything theyll need to decorate them. Rated 4+ stars from over 120 Amazon customers. More deals below.

No matter who you might be looking into these craft kits for, theres more than likely one that will work. Youll find everything from brain games and mazes to space and under the sea-themed kits starting from just over $8.50 Prime shipped.

However, if these sets are too low-tech for your needs, we have you covered. The littleBits Rule Your Room Kit is still 40% off and here are ourfive favorite coding kits.Plus, Spheros new Mini Activity + Mini Soccer kits bring learning to the living room.

Includes 3 activities 1. Wonder Cape: A dark black cape that you make using your own designed superhero signs, pow and boom and lots of lightning and glitter! 2. Superhero Mask: Do it as you like it a powerful mask with wings, lightning, and stars to make you look like a real superhero 3. Power Cuffs: Make your cuffs and flaunt your powers as you wear them around both your wrists.

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Hillary Olsen Returns to Magical Elves This Time as Head of Current Programming – TheWrap

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Magical Elves has hired Hillary Olsen as head of current programming. For Olsen, its a return to the company where she previously served as Season 11 showrunner for Top Chef.

This time around, Olsen gets a senior vice president title. She previously earned producing credits on Top Chef Masters, Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen, Work of Art and Sugar Rush, as well as on other Top Chef seasons.

As Magical Elves continues to grow its slate of quality, aspirational programming, Hillarys expertise in production and development will be a tremendous asset to the team, Magical Elves Co-CEOs Casey Kriley and Jo Sharon said on Tuesday. Hillarys institutional knowledge of the Magical Elves brand also makes her an ideal leader to maintain our standard of excellence across all of our current programming.

Also Read: Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners Hires Former Fox Communications Exec Dan Berger

My first producing job with Magical Elves was back in 2008 on the Season 4 finale of Top Chef. To reunite with the team in this capacity, at such an incredible time for the company, was too exciting an opportunity to pass up, Olsen added. I look forward to developing and producing many more hit television shows with an outstanding group of colleagues.

Previously, Olsen was vice president of development for Our House Media, where she oversaw the U.S. development team that developed and sold Killer Affair to Oxygen, as well as the Jenna Lyons series for Turner. Prior to Our House Media, Olsen served as director of current programming at Esquire Network.

Magical Elves also produces Project Runway, the upcoming Brain Games reboot for National Geographic Channel, and streaming series Nailed It!

The Emmys may not be the wildest awards show in town (here's looking at you, VMAs), but when scripts are thrown out and they've got a golden lady in hand, TV stars have been known to get a little shocking with a cringe-worthy rant or the bit that went a bit too far. With the 2019 show airing on Sunday, TheWrap looks back at 15 of the most talked-about moments in the 71-year history of the Emmys.

Also Read: Emmy Nominees 2019: The Complete List

1. Oscars director pops the question

During his acceptance speech for Outstanding Directing of a Variety Special for The Oscars" at the 2018 Emmys, Glenn Weiss proposed to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen, who was in the audience.

Do you know why I dont like to call you my girlfriend? the director said. Because I want to call you my wife. The crowd inside the Microsoft Theater immediately started cheering, and a stunned Svendsen headed to the stage. This is the ring that my dad put on my moms finger 67 years ago, he continued. And to my sisters and brothers, I didnt swipe it. Dad knows I have it, OK? I want to put this ring that my mom wore on your finger in front of all these people and in front of my mom and your parents watching from above. Will you marry me? Svendsen said Yes and the proposal will go down in Emmys history as the first to broadcast live on air. Congrats!

Also Read: Primetime Creative Arts Emmys, Day 2: Complete List of Winners

2. Let Sterling, talk!

During 2017's Emmys, Sterling K. Brown gave a powerful -- albeit brief -- speech when he won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "This Is Us." Producers cut the NBC star off not long after he started talking, a move that got them a ton of heat, as winner Nicole Kidman went on and on during her acceptance speech for her role on "Big Little Lies." Brown took it in stride, but joked with Stephen Colbert afterward, Not everybody can be pretty Australian white women who have won Oscars in the past."

3. Things get Spicey

Sean Spicer showed up at the Emmys to make a callback joke to his insistence that President Donald Trump had the "largest audience ever" at his inauguration by insisting the 69th Annual Emmy Awards had the most people in attendance ever -- period. And it seemed awkward for everyone in the audience -- period.

4. Patty Duke's (kind of) acceptance speech

Patty Duke's speech -- or lack thereof -- at the 1970 awards show was one of the most bizarre incidents in the history of the Emmys. The actress came on stage, but didn't make eye contact with the presenter and mumbled inaudibly for a little while. Years later, Duke would open up about her struggles with addiction and mental illness and help shed light on the weird turn of events.

5. Blame Burnett

Jimmy Kimmel used his platform as the host of the 2016 Emmys to call out reality TV mega-producer Mark Burnett for the part he played in helping former "Celebrity Apprentice" host Donald Trump rise to fame and cinch that year's presidential nomination. While Trump had yet to win at that point, Kimmel promised if he did they'd be throwing Burnett over whatever wall POTUS built. Promises promises, Jimmy.

6. Sofia Vergara gets put on a pedestal

In a bit that was meant to poke fun at sexism, Sofia Vergara stood on a rotating platform during the 2014 Emmys, while TV Academy boss Bruce Rosenblum talked about diversity saying, What truly matters is that we never forget that our success is based on always giving the viewer something compelling to watch. Then Vergara touched her butt. The moment was criticized for making light of a rampant problem in the industry, though the "Modern Family" actress stood by it.

7. Alan Alda gets physical

Before wardrobe malfunctions on the red carpet and concerns about celebs letting f-bombs fly on air, the Emmys were tame. So tame that when Alan Alda won Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for "M*A*S*H" during the Emmys' 31st year (his first win for writing), the spontaneous cartwheel he did startled the audience. For real, a cartwheel. Hey, it was 1979.

8. Jon Hamm doesn't give a damn

Jon Hamm was nominated for a billion Emmys (exaggeration) before finally winning for his role as Don Draper on "Mad Men" at the 2015 Emmys. When the former AMC star's name was called, he was so blown over from the excitement he decided to climb onto the stage instead of using the stairs. Hamm joked he was worried there had been a mistake. Eh, the only mistake was messing up that tux, Jon.

9. Helen Mirren is a potty mouth

Great dame! Helen Mirren won for playing the titular role in 2001's "Elizabeth I" and she let loose when she was handed her gold. Mirren said it was "a great triumph not falling ass over tits as I came up those stairs" -- except, when the noblewoman said it, it wasn't bleeped because the show's producers were too slow for Helen.

Also Read: Inside Netflixs Historic Upset of HBO for Most Emmy Nominations

12. Charlie Sheen actually keeps it together

Seriously, the biggest shock at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmys in 2011 was that Charlie Sheen kept his cool when asked to present the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. This was, after all, not long after Sheen was killed off "Two and a Half Men" and didn't take kindly to getting the ax from CBS and Chuck Lorre. But he kept his composure, directing comments to his former co-stars: "From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season." Everyone was shook -- in a good way.

13. Ellen DeGeneres takes on 9/11

The 2001 Emmys were pushed back due to the terrorist attacks that September -- the month the awards show usually takes place. But when it finally aired, host Ellen Degeneres didn't shy away from addressing 9/11 immediately. After a televised speech from Walter Cronkite opened the show, Degeneres' monologue poked fun at increased security, the chances the Emmys could be canceled mid-show and thanked all the viewers at home -- including the stars who were afraid to come to the show. Her speech was praised for not making light of the events that shook the nation, but helping the country move forward.

14. Heidi takes a tumble, thanks to Tom

This is why we rehearse, people! "Dancing with the Stars" host Tom Bergeron dropped Heidi Klum while they were co-hosting the 2008 awards (along with some other reality TV series leads) during a sketch that clearly did not get enough attention before the live show. Klum got a nasty bruise from the slip but showed it off with pride afterward.

15. Bryan hearts Julia

Bryan Cranston reignited his brief onscreen romance with "Seinfeld" alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the 2014 Emmys, when he planted a kiss on the actress while presenting her with the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy honor. It's not the first surprise kiss in Emmys history and it probably won't be the last, but it is considered a fan favorite.

TheWrap rounds up the awards shows biggest shockers so far

The Emmys may not be the wildest awards show in town (here's looking at you, VMAs), but when scripts are thrown out and they've got a golden lady in hand, TV stars have been known to get a little shocking with a cringe-worthy rant or the bit that went a bit too far. With the 2019 show airing on Sunday, TheWrap looks back at 15 of the most talked-about moments in the 71-year history of the Emmys.

Also Read: Emmy Nominees 2019: The Complete List

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Pocono Parenting Calendar, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 – Pocono Record

Monday

Lehigh Valley Zoo: Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The zoo has planned events every weekend now through Oct. 31, which includes Boo at the Zoo. Geakers Tacos and Caribbean Noodles will offer food. Information: 610-799-4171, ext. 226, or lvzoo.org.

Thursday

Monthly Game Night: 6 to 9 p.m. at The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. Bring a game from home to share and teach. A selection of board games, card games and brain games will be available. All ages welcome. Donations are appreciated. Information: 570-253-2020, info@thecooperageproject.org or thecooperageproject.org.

Saturday

Free Child Safety Seat Inspection: Free car seat checks by Pennsylvania State Police Troop N members who are child passenger seat technicians from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PSP Fern Ridge Barracks, 127 Parkside Ave., Blakeslee. Information: Tpr. Gabrielle Giello, PSP Fern Ridge, at 570-646-2271, ext. 104.

Sunday

Enchanted Fairy Walk: 1 to 3 p.m. at Paradise Lavender Farm, 5801 Paradise Valley Road, Cresco. Once Upon A Fairy turns the path to Paradise Lavender Farm into a fairy wonderland. Dress in a fairy/gnome outfit and join in a day of fairy magic featuring: Dance of the Fairies, step through the portal into fairy wonderland; follow the path for a scavenger hunt for the fairy treasure; make and take craft project under the party tent; a story time; and complementary refreshment after the event in the picnic area. Cost: $10 and free for children 3 and under. Information: bit.ly/2lUpdjT.

Advance

Stargazing Trip to Cherry Springs: Monroe County Conservation District will host this trip from Sept. 27 to 29. Three-day excursion to camp, stargaze and explore the wilderness of central Pennsylvania. Tent-camping at Cherry Springs State Park campground, directly adjacent to the parks Public Skywatching Field and Astronomy Field, as well as Lyman Run State Park, which offers boat rentals on the lake and miles of hiking trails. The trip coincides with one of the Dark Sky Parks annual star parties a multi-day astronomy festival. Also included in this trip is a leisurely bike ride on the Pine Creek rail trail through the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Cherry Springs State Park, a remote but well-known destination among amateur astronomers. Cost: $215, non-members; $190, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center members. Information: 570-629-3061 or mcconservation.org.

Hymn Sing at Parkside Chapel: Annual hymn sing at 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at Parkside Chapel, 5335 Paradise Valley Road, Henryville. This special afternoon of music will bring the 2019 summer season to a close and honor the chapels 126th anniversary. The event features Bob Riday leading the singing of favorite hymns chosen by the congregation, vocal and instrumental selections by area musicians, and a short presentation on the history of the chapel. Built in 1893, the historic chapel has no electricity, so dress accordingly and bring a flashlight or battery operated lantern. Information: Gary Raish at garyraish@hotmail.com or 570-460-3816.

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Global Games And Puzzles Market 2019 Research Report, Demand, Price, By Application, Region and Forecast to 2025 – Rapid News Network

TheGlobal Games And Puzzles Marketanalitical Study is introduced to getan essential knowledgeof the global Games And Puzzles industry overview, historical data along with Size, Share, Growth, Demand, Revenue of the global Games And Puzzles industry and estimates the future trend of Games And Puzzles market on the basis of this detailed study. Various influential factors such as ever-changing market trends, dynamics, driving forces, advanced transport system, technological advancements, social patterns, are also emphasized in the report. The report illuminates vital details based on market competition, segments, sub-segments, regional marketplaces, dominant players, and market forecasts.

In compliance with the historical and present phases study, the Games And Puzzles market has been robustly operating at both national and international levels with considerable revenue figures and growth rates. The market is estimated to exhibit better performance in the forecast period of 2019 to 2025. Growing populations, rapidly evolving business structure, technological developments, and raw material affluence have been boosting profitability in the global Games And Puzzles market.

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Involved key players :Ravensburger AG (Germany), Hasbro (US), Buffalo Games (US), Springbok Puzzles (US), Cobble Hill (Outset Media) (Canada), Castor Drukarnia (Poland), Ceaco, Inc. (US), Gibsons (US), Educa Borras, S.A.U. (Spain), Eurographics, Inc. (Canada), Heye Puzzle (Germany), Piatnik (Austria), MasterPieces Puzzle Company (US), Royal Jumbo BV (?Netherlands), Schmidt Spiele GmbH (Germany)

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Moreover, it facilitates a reader with an in-depth analysis based on crucial Games And Puzzles market segments. The report split the market into diverse divisions of Games And Puzzles types, applications, regions, end-users, and technologies. Each segment has been profoundly elucidated in the market considering their production and sales volume, consumption, consumer acceptance, and revenue generation. The report also offers a shrewd acumen to determine potential opportunities, challenges, threats, risks, and obstacles in the industry. Finally, the report provides significant comprehension to make informed business decisions and form remunerative strategies.

The report offers insightful and detailed information regarding the various key players operating in the Global Games And Puzzles Market. However, technological advancements in devices used for Games And Puzzles are expected to create new opportunities for major market players over the forecast period.

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SATURDAY PUZZLE What a cool-looking grid, especially with a little analysis all five span entries are debuts, and the way they intersect makes me think of fancy gift-wrapping ribbon. Peter A. Collins constructs a ton of themed puzzles, and we see him every few months on the weekends; todays felt as if he had been saving up some 15-letter doozies for an epic chance to piece them together.

The whole puzzle felt pretty imposing to me as I embarked on solving, but the placement of the long entries actually made it easier to get each corner. Plenty of interesting fill, too, and clues that ranged from confounding to sunny and funny.

My first strike was NAIL HOLE, and then I correctly guessed LIARS and LEECH as crosses. LEECH led to lamprey, which is actually correct but not the right answer in this case REMORAS also work with sharks (tricky here, with fish in the clue working for a singular or plural reference). I did not remember SVEN from Frozen, just Olaf, which probably sounds like utter heresy to many of you; I was relieved to see SVEN appear because it allowed for SMALLS, which had to be.

Speaking of singular and plural, I give Mr. Collins MINERAL because anemia is often, by definition, a lack of iron one mineral. That was one of those awkward bits that on further inspection is quite calculated; IN STIR is another example of that, a specific term from history (and Pogo).

Some really great puns today included clues for RESOLE, COP and TSA, but there were others. I also liked MEASURE and measure, NOR, nor, nor, and OLE OLE.

1A: For some reason I feel very up-to-date on bowling terms, and at first I had bowled here; but its Saturday, so that would be too easy. I dont think SPARED has ever been clued this way in the puzzle, its usually an act of mercy; but again, its Saturday, no mercy for us.

15A: No specific sports knowledge here, just enough crosses and some narrowing down of possibilities I think I had HOME RUN at the end even with lamprey, and PINCH HIT came later after a few other spans were done. I was briefly attached to the notion of a three out home run, which I guess would be something special.

32A: Another wild clue, making its return after a decade or so, for some traditional fill ELOI isnt My god! in Spanish, but in Aramaic.

40A: I had scarfs here, understandably, all the way to the end and considered 41D to make a bit of a Natick with 49A. After a little ME TIME I realized that SNARFS could be the thing here; its possibly a portmanteau of snorts and scarfs, a charming notion.

47A: And another unusual clue, this one for EDATE the most important specialized knowledge today was probably of Microsoft Office. (Maybe physics for OMEGA? That one was easier to deduce.)

53A: I hope nongolfers appreciated this one! PIZZA DELIVERIES took me by glorious surprise.

6D: Down the middle of this eccentric endeavor, a dry phrase that usually indicates, in an email, the imminent execution of a harebrained scheme by its sender, and the tacit obligation of its recipient to deal with all repercussions: DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

10D: Ive heard this phrase, and it let out a little scream of seed entry! as soon as I figured it out here. VIRTUE SIGNALING is definitely as old as cave paintings (Moog help Droog up steep cliff), but there really wasnt a name for this particular flavor of sanctimonious self-sensationalizing until recently. Of course, there are multiple people trying to get credit for its coinage.

41D: This was a really hard entry to figure out as clued, I thought, but NUBILE does root from nuptial, and does really mean appropriate for marriage. The more liberated meaning of sexually attractive seems to have overtaken this one in the 1970s, on the record at least. With that incorrect c at the start, and no knowledge of UBI, this was the last entry to fall for me.

I like finding 15-letter entries that havent been used before. This puzzle has five grid-spanners, all making their Shortz-era NYT debut.

These two were my seed entries: VIRTUE SIGNALING (which has been going on since the beginning of time now we have a name for it) and PIZZA DELIVERIES (I just really liked my clue).

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Borderlands 3 floating cube puzzle guide – PCGamesN

Come across a giant floating purple cube in Borderlands 3 and wondering what the heck it actually is? As with practically everything in Gearboxs looter shooter, even this massive rotating cube contains loot, you just need to know how to crack it open.

SPOILER WARNING: This guide has spoilers for Borderlands 3 and its recommended that you dont continue reading if you want to save the surprises until the end. Again, spoilers. This guide includes details of campaign content that we wouldnt want to ruin for you. If youre not quite there yet, you can check out our guides to the best builds in Borderlands 3 for every class. Or, main quest content that you can complete at any time throughout the playthrough such as the location of dead claptrap parts, or what to do with Eridian Writing.

Solving this puzzle will give you access to a staggering amount of loot, so heres how you go about solving the floating cube puzzle. Youll come across it when you arrive at the Desolations Edge area, youll come across a floating cube in a wide-open dust bowl environment. When you stumble across the floating cube, youll see it has several sides. Ominous enough, you probably wouldnt consider flinging some bullets its way, but thats exactly what you need to do.

In order to open the floating cube puzzle in Borderlands 3, youll need to fire at the different sides of the cube with a different elemental gun (shock, cryo, radiation, corrosive, non-elemental, and incendiary) which will in fact cause the cube to stop rotating and hang silently in the air for a few moments.

What happens next is quite extraordinary, and just in time to gear up for the final showdown. The cube will slowly detach and the base of the cube unfolds, dropping a silly amount of loot.

Thanks to these guys for uncovering the secret to opening the floating cube.

All thats left to do is stand underneath and watch it rain. Youll probably get yourself a few legendarys, so you can compare them with our list of the best legendary guns in Borderlands 3.

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Iowa father of 3 to take a spin on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ – Des Moines Register

Wheel of Fortune hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White celebrate the 7,000th episode of their long-running game show in an episode airing May 10, 2019. Buzz60

Iowan Jason Craig will appear on one of Americas most popular game shows,Wheel of Fortune. The father of three will be a contestant on the show Wednesday.

The West Des Moines nativegraduated from the University of Iowa and is a big Hawkeyes fan. The 40-year-oldand his wife Elly have been watching the game show throughout their 14 years of marriage.

Craigs journey to being a contestant on the 44-year old show began when he attended a Wheelmobile event in Osceola with his wife. Craig appears during Spa Getaway week. The lawyer will be competing to win a spa getaway, new cars, and cash prizes by playing spin the wheel and solving hangman-style puzzles.

On this Season 37 of the show, the Triple Toss-Up Roundhas been added. The toss-up puzzles are played in quick succession. In a news release from a manager and publicist of Wheel of Fortune, the three rapid-fire puzzles of the same category will replace the "$3,000 Toss-Up Round" and will each be worth $2,000 making the total value of the round $6,000.

The toss-up puzzle is when a new problem is revealed on the screen and slowly filled in. Three contestants compete to buzz in first and complete the puzzle correctly.

Iowan Jason Craig, 40, will appear on one of Americas most popular game shows Wheel of Fortune Wednesday, Sept. 18.(Photo: Carol Kaelson/Special to the Register)

Minimum cash prize for the bonus round has been raised to $37,000 to coincide with the 37th season.If youre a Wheel Watcher Club member, pay close attention to the mystery round. If a contestant wins the $10,000 Mystery Wedge, the SPIN ID of a faithful viewer at home will be revealed, allowing them a chance also to win the $10,000 cash prize.

Tune inWednesday to NBCs WHO-HD Channel 13 to catch Craig compete on Wheel of Fortune. The show airs at 6:30 p.m.

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You Too Can Make These Fun Games (No Experience Necessary) – WIRED

I just fulfilled a childhood dream: I made a videogame. OK, it's barely a game. It's not challengingyou can complete it in a few minutes, and the one-bit graphics make old Atari games look sophisticated by comparison. But I made a game.

If I'd been more industrious in my youth, I could have made some sort of Zork-style text adventure game in the Basic programming language. But it would have been tedious work, at least with the tools I had access to at the time. More recently, I could have used one of the various point-and-click game-making tools on the market, such as GameMaker Studio or RPG Maker. But they're a little daunting, and they cost money.

Making a videogame remained a bucket list item until I stumbled on an incredibly simple open source web app called Bitsy. I started playing around with it, just to see how it worked. Before I knew it, I had something playable. I made my game in a couple of hours.

An image from House of the Living, a Bitsy game by Fred Bednarski.

Bitsy is designed for making little pixel-art games where you walk around and talk to people. You can use it in your browser without downloading anything. You draw the graphics on an 8 x 8 grid. Despite, or rather because of, its simplicity, the platform is enticing. "The lo-fi aesthetic was a big selling point," says Fred Bednarski, designer of the Bitsy games House of the Living and The World Has Been Sad Since Tuesday. "I thought that I could make some 8 x 8 sprites look decent."

Seattle-based software developer Adam Le Doux created Bitsy for himself. "I was trying to work on this other game project that I was blocked on," Le Doux says. "I was spending a lot of time on complex systems like skeleton animation systems. I was procrastinating." So Le Doux created a simple engine designed to keep him focused on his core interest: "walking around and talking to people and exploring a space."

"I grew up playing Game Boy games and wanted something like Pokmon games, where the townfolk tell you rumors," he says. The Zelda family of games was another big influence, as was the 2013 videogame Gone Home.

The original version of Bitsy didn't have a graphical interface: Le Doux just edited text files to create graphics. But after he showed his early work to his wife, she wanted to use the tool too. "The original interface was meant with her as the primary user," he says.

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‘Journey to the Edge of the Earth’ Wins Wine Spectator’s 2019 Video Contest – Wine Spectator

Sojourn winemaker Erich Bradley parked his truck at the end of the vineyard and turned the engine off. Sitting beside him was Sojourn co-founder Craig Haserot. It was 102 F and both were sweating as the interior of the cab began to swelter. They'd come to this hopefully quiet patch of wine country to record voiceover for a short film about their journey into wine.

They laugh about it now, but that voiceover segment was the most difficult part of the shoot. It felt like an eternity, Bradley told Wine Spectator. Every time a tractor drove by, we had to redo everything. But their persistence paid off: Journey to the Edge of the Earth is Wine Spectators 2019 Video Contest winner.

Their video offers an inside look at Bradleys journey in the Sonoma Coast appellation. This years contest theme, Wine Wanderlust, felt natural for Bradley and Haserot, who met over a tennis game and bonded over their love of wine, specifically Pinot Noir, for its ability to express terroir. They eventually founded Sojourn and their first vintage, 2004, began their challenging exploration of Sonoma Coast, where weather conditions change on a dime thanks to its proximity to the Pacific.

Bradley says he wants viewers to learn how geographically big and complex the puzzle of the Sonoma Coast appellation is Telling that story allows people to connect with us and understand what were about. Bradley and Haserot's Video Contest Grand Prize includes two full weekend passes to Wine Spectators New York Wine Experience, where the video will be screened for more than 1,000 attendees.

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This years second-place winner, From the Bayou to the Bay, also showcased Sonoma. Lawyer and winemaker Arthur Murray of Flambeaux Wines takes viewers on a symbolic trip from the historic streets of his native New Orleans to his family-owned winery in Healdsburg, Calif., where friends and family take part in the winemaking process. As Murray passes the torch to his kids, he hopes viewers will take away the same lessons he learned from his leap of faith: Dont be afraid to chase a dream, Murray told Wine Spectator. If your hearts in it, you make it work.

This years third-place winner, Winetastic Path Home, takes viewers to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Local filmmaker Martina Milievi shows viewers how wine allows people to balance passion, nature and connection. She cuts and mixes vineyard and street scenes to show that wandering doesnt require great distance.

I made a commitment to myself that I would do my best to show as many people as I can how close they are to this enchanting wine world, Milievi told Wine Spectator.

There are many more inspiring stories amid the 2019 Video Contest finalists. From winemakers to wine lovers of all degrees, there is a story for everyone! Watch all the winners, finalists and honorable mentions share how wine took them on the road less traveled.

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