Archive for September, 2014


Radio City Music Hall Magic with Superior Tours

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Radio City Music Hall

 

Superior Tours is currently offering a special to see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. Guests can choose from two dates, Tuesday, December 9th, or Thursday, December 11th. Tickets will include roundtrip transportation on one of our charter busses, prime orchestra seats to the show, continental breakfast, and free time in New York City. As you enjoy your trip to see the famous Christmas show, take a moment to read up on the history of the famous Radio City Music Hall.

 

Radio City Music Hall came to be after the 1929 crash of the stock market. John D. Rockefeller, who held the lease for the property, partnered with S.L. Roxy Rothafel and the Radio Corporation of America to create what we know as Radio City Music Hall. The group developed the idea of a theatre for the people; something that had never been created before. With the help of interior designer Donald Deskey, Radio City Music Hall has been a sought out venue for years. The theatre quickly became known for the American Modernist design created by Deskey. The music hall ceiling stands at 84 feet tall and can be measured at 160 feet from the stage to the back of the building, making it the world’s largest indoor theatre. The stage features mechanical systems to create special effects during shows, as well as over 25,000 lights.

 

Since the opening of Radio City Music Hall, it has held over 300 million visitors. Since 1932, many of those visitors have traveled to see the Christmas Spectacular, which stars the famous Radio City Rockettes. The show typically runs from the beginning of November till the end of December, and is created by a number of incredible musical numbers. Since the opening of the show, two numbers that have never left the production are the Living Nativity, and the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers. The two famous scenes are favorites of visitors and are sure to leave the audience speechless.

 

Superior Tours offers daily bus lines to New York City and Atlantic City. Tour specials are also offered throughout the year that includes special trips to New York, Maine, and Missouri. To learn more about the specials offered, visit our tour specials page.

 

Interested in the trip to visit Radio City Music Hall? Have you always wanted to witness the Christmas Spectacular? Make your reservation today by calling 1-800-754-9097, or visiting our contact page here.

 

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Source:

http://www.radiocity.com/about/history.html


Ellis Island History: Tour Special

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Ellis Island History

Ellis Island History

Ellis Island is often known as the home of the statue of liberty, but do you know the full history of the small island located in New York Harbor, just off the coast of New Jersey? If not, it’s time to read up on your Ellis Island history. The island actually had many names including Kioshk, Oyster, Dyre, Bucking, and Anderson’s Island, before it was finally name Ellis Island. Before becoming an immigration station in 1892, the island was a fort during the War of 1812, making it one of the six parts of the harbor defense system.

 

Ellis Island history focuses around the immigration station began construction in 1890, when New York’s other immigration stations were deemed unfit for the amount of traffic entering the US. On January 2, 1892, the first immigrants were processed through at Ellis Island. Over 12 million other immigrants were processed over the next 62 years. However, only 5 years after opening, Ellis Island suffered a large fire, burning buildings and records of past immigrants. Three years later, the new, fireproof building opened its doors to 2,215 new immigrants on December 17, 1900.

 

Later, there were increased restrictions on immigration in the US. A few well-known restrictions included the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Alien Contract Labor Law, and a mandatory literacy test. Because of this, immigrant processing at Ellis Island greatly decreased. After WWI, US embassies began popping up all over the world, where immigrants would have to first apply for their visas and complete a medical examination. The only people who were then held at Ellis Island were those who had problems with their paperwork, war refugees, and those who were displaced.

 

As you can see, Ellis Island was not only an immigration station. During WWII, enemy merchant seamen were apprehended here. Also during this time at Ellis Island, the US coast guard trained about 60,000 servicemen. The Island officially closed in November of 1954, and in 1965 Ellis Island became an official part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, acknowledged by president Lyndon Johnson.

 

Ellis Island has since undergone major restoration; one project in 1984 costing $160 million. The main building reopened as a museum in 1990, and the other exhibits opened in 2011. The museum closed in October of 2012 because of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, but after renovation, it is now reopened to the public.

 

Ellis Island is a huge piece of our nation’s history. So what are you waiting for? Superior Tours is holding a tour special for Ellis Island on Thursday, October 16, 2014. For $91 per person, the trip includes round-trip transportation aboard our brand new luxury motor coach, a continental breakfast, an admission ticket to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, and a dinner stop at Mastoris Diner (on your own). For reservations and more details, Call 410-602-1704 x100.

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Source: http://www.ellisisland.org/genealogy/ellis_island_history.asp


The History of the Rockefeller Center Tree

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

On December 3rd, Superior Tours will take its annual trip up to New York City to watch the lighting ceremony of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Visitors will enjoy a day in New York City before joining the crowd surrounding the famed Christmas tree. As visitors watch as the giant tree illuminates Rockefeller Center, take a moment to remember the history of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.

 

  • 1931- The first Christmas tree was placed in Rockefeller Center by workers during the Great Depression. The workers erected the tree while waiting to be paid.
  • 1933- The first lighting ceremony was organized in Rockefeller Center.
  • 1942- During the war efforts, three trees were displayed rather than one. The trees were decorated in red, white, and blue to show support for the war efforts. This was also the first year that an announcement was made about the trees being replanted after the holidays.
  • 1944- Due to blackout regulations, the tree remained dark during the night. The following year, extra efforts were made to illuminate the tree.
  • 1951- NBC televised the lighting ceremony for the first time during The Kate Smith Show. Since then, celebrities have been featured as hosts during the televised ceremony along with musical performances.
  • 1971- This was the first year that Rockefeller Center recycled the tree used for the ceremony. This year, the tree was used to make bags of mulch. Other organizations that have found benefited from the recycled tree over the years include Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.
  • 1980- While the tree stood in Rockefeller Center, a man was seen trying to scale the tree. He was arrested by local authorities before he could reach the top of the tree.
  • 2007- Rockefeller Center changed the lights used for the tree to 30,000 LED lights. The energy saved during the switch was enough to power a house of about 2,000 square feet for a month.
  • 2012- A new star was placed atop the tree this year. A Swarovski star made of 25,000 crystals sat atop the tree. The star sits ten feet tall and weighs in at 550 pounds.

 

Superior Tours offers daily bus lines to New York City and Atlantic City. Tour specials are also offered throughout the year that includes special trips to New York, Maine, and Missouri. To learn more about the specials offered, visit our tour specials page.

 

Interested in the trip to Rockefeller Center? Make your reservation today by calling 1-800-754-9097, or visiting our contact page here.

 

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Source:

http://content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1863633_1809368,00.html