NASCAR Hall of Fame

The NASCAR Hall of Fame, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, honors drivers who have shown exceptional skill at NASCAR driving, all-time great crew chiefs and owners and other major contributors to competition within the sanctioning body. NASCAR committed to building a Hall of Fame and on March 6, 2006, the City of Charlotte was selected as the location. Ground was broken for the $160 million facility on January 26, 2007, it opened on May 11, 2010, with the inaugural class inducted the day following the 2010 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race; the new Hall of Fame brings an increase in tourism to Charlotte. In addition to the Hall of Fame, the NASCAR Plaza, a 20-story office building, opened in May 2009; the 390,000-square-foot structure serves as the home of Hall of Fame-related offices, NASCAR Digital Media, NASCAR's licensing division, as well as NASCAR video game licensee Dusenberry Martin Racing. Other tenants include Lauth Property Group. Richard Petty and Dale Inman helped unveil the first artifact at the Hall of Fame — the Plymouth Belvedere that Petty drove to 27 wins in 1967.

The City of Charlotte was responsible for the construction of the building and is the owner of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. However, it is operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. Winston Kelley is the NASCAR Hall of Fame executive director. Internationally renowned Pei Cobb Freed & Partners led the design effort, Leslie E. Robertson Associates were the structural engineers. Little Diversified Architectural Consulting based in Charlotte is the local architectural firm overseeing many aspects of design and construction of the project. LS3P Associates, Ltd. was the associate architect for the office tower. Tobin Starr + Partners served as site architect, providing full-time representation for Pei Cobb Freed & Partners during construction. Engineering and fabrication of the stainless steel möbius that wraps around the structure was completed by Zahner, of Kansas City. Exhibition design is by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, exhibition lighting by Technical Artistry. Tobin Starr + Partners is architect-of-record for auditorium spaces.

Jaros, Baum & Bolles was the mechanical and plumbing engineer. Site excavation and grading services started on May 21, 2007; the facility features a Hall of a 19-story office tower. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is set on a 150,000 square feet surface. In June 2008, NASCAR announced that the inauguration is planned in May 11, 2010. In 2009, Nascar Hall of Fame established a partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings to be its exclusive restaurant partner in Charlotte; because of stock car racing's roots in and wealth of famous drivers from North Carolina, Charlotte was considered the favorite by many fans and commentators. There are many NASCAR offices in the area and many teams in the three major NASCAR series totaling over 73% of motorsports employees in the United States, in what the committee called "NASCAR Valley." The Hall of Fame is in Uptown Charlotte, about 25 minutes south of Charlotte Motor Speedway. The bid was led by NASCAR car owner Rick Hendrick Mayor Pat McCrory, business leaders in Charlotte.

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners were enlisted to design the complex, near the Charlotte Convention Center. The building contains the following: First Floor: Belk High Octane Theater – A screening room below ground level which shows videos to guests, including a primer video for first-time visitors. Second Floor: Ceremonial Plaza – An outdoor "patio" with a video screen. Glory Road – A 33-degree banked ramp featuring 18 different cars and saluting 46 past and current tracks; the Great Hall – Dubbed as the Times Square of the hall, a 14 feet -by-18 feet video screen and rotating exhibits will be staged here. "Studio 43" – Named in honor of Richard Petty's car number – used for television production. Third Floor: Hall of Honor – A 360-degree wall with the honorees enshrined serves as the centerpiece of the building with each enshrinee with their own exhibit. Transporter and Racecar Simulators – Simulators provided by Race Week Experience – Simulates an actual week in a NASCAR team, from race prep through inspection, time trials and the race.

Fourth Floor: Heritage Speedway – The six decade history of NASCAR is focused here, including a glass-enclosed section with historic artifacts from the history of stock car racing. There is the Hall of Fame Café and a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant on site. An expansion, which includes a new ballroom, is part of the project. While most information on the Charlotte bid has been released voluntarily, the Charlotte Observer has asked the state Attorney General for an opinion requiring full disclosure of the financial details; the self-proclaimed slogan used by Charlotte for the Hall of Fame was "Racing Was Built Here. Racing Belongs Here." The other two cities at the time of the announcement that were in the running were the cities of Atlanta and Daytona Beach. The state of Alabama had been mentioned as a potential candidate location, was no longer seen as a contender because Lincoln, Alabama is home to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, not affiliated with NASCAR; the only northern area that considered bidding was in the state of Michigan.

Detroit prepared bids. The cities of Richmond and Kansas City, were among the five finalists, but on January 5, 2006, NASCAR announced they had been eliminated from the running, leaving just Atlanta and Daytona Beach as the remaining cities. Former drivers must have been active in NASCAR for at least

Comedy of menace

Comedy of menace is the body of plays written by David Campton, Nigel Dennis, N. F. Simpson, Harold Pinter; the term was coined by drama critic Irving Wardle, who borrowed it from the subtitle of Campton's play The Lunatic View: A Comedy of Menace, in reviewing Pinter's and Campton's plays in Encore in 1958. Citing Wardle's original publications in Encore magazine, Susan Hollis Merritt points out that in "Comedy of Menace" Wardle "first applies this label to Pinter's work … describ Pinter as one of'several playwrights who have been tentatively lumped together as the "non-naturalists" or "abstractionists"'", his article "Comedy of Menace," Merritt continues, centers on The Birthday Party because it is the only play of Pinter's that Wardle had seen at the time, yet he speculates on the basis of "descriptions of other plays,'The Room' and'The Dumb Waiter', is a writer dogged by one image—the womb". Mentioning the acknowledged "literary influences" on Pinter's work—"Beckett and American gangster films"—Wardle argues that "'The Birthday Party' exemplifies the type of comic menace which gave rise to this article."

In "Comedy of Menace", as Merritt observes, on the basis of his experience of The Birthday Party and others' accounts of the other two plays, Wardle proposes that "Comedy enables the committed agents and victims of destruction to come on and off duty. "Just two years later", Wardle retracted "Comedy of Menace" in his review of The Caretaker, stating: "On the strength of'The Birthday Party' and the pair of one-acters, I rashly applied the phrase'comedy of menace' to Pinter's writing. I now take it back". After Wardle's retraction of comedy of menace as he had applied it to Pinter's writing, Pinter himself occasionally disavowed it and questioned its relevance to his work. For example, in December 1971, in his interview with Pinter about Old Times, Mel Gussow recalled that "After The Homecoming said that'couldn't any longer stay in the room with this bunch of people who opened doors and came in and went out. Landscape and Silence are in a different form. There isn't any menace at all.' " Later, when Gussow asked Pinter to expand on his view that he had "tired" of "menace", Pinter added: "when I said that I was tired of menace, I was using a word that I didn't coin.

I never thought of menace myself. It was called'comedy of menace' quite a long time ago. I never stuck categories on any of us, but if what I understand the word menace to mean is certain elements that I have employed in the past in the shape of a particular play I don't think it's worthy of much more exploration". Despite Wardle's retraction of comedy of menace, Comedy of menace and comedies of menace caught on and have been prevalent since the late 1950s in advertisements and in critical accounts and reviews to describe Pinter's early plays and some of his work as well; as Merritt points out, among other examples of critics' usage of this and similar categories of Pinter's work, after Gussow's 1971 "conversation" with Pinter, "Though he echoes Wardle's concept, Gussow seems to avoid using comedy of menace when reviewing the CSC Repertory Theatre's 1988 production of The Birthday Party. While still emphasizing Pinter's'terrors' and the'shiver beneath the laughter,' Gussow describes the play as'a play of intrigue, with an underlying motif of betrayal' … Dukore calls the play'a comedy' ….

The Birthday Party In discussing the first production of Pinter's first full-length play, The Birthday Party, which followed his first play, The Room, his authorised official biographer Michael Billington points out that Wardle "once excellently" described its setting, as "a banal living-room opens up to the horrors of modern history". The Dumb Waiter In his second one-act play, The Dumb Waiter, as accentuated through the 2008 film by Martin McDonagh resembling and markedly influenced by it, In Bruges, "Pinter conveys the idea of political terror through the staccato rhythms of music-hall cross-talk and the urban thriller: Hackney Empire cross-fertilises with Hemingway's The Killers ", one of Pinter's own acknowledged early influences, along with Franz Kafka.

Borer's Falls

Borer's Falls is a 15-metre-high ribbon-style waterfall found in the Borer's Falls Conservation Area in Dundas, Ontario, Canada. Its source is Borer's Creek. A picturesque waterfall featured on many Hamilton waterfall postcards over the years. Named after the Borer family who ran a sawmill for over a century; this mill was the lifeblood of the village of Rock Chapel. Known as Rock Chapel Falls; the area is a hiker's haven and an ice-climbing destination in the winter when the weather is cold enough to freeze the Falls. Nearby attractions include the Bruce Trail, Cootes Paradise, Borer's Falls, Borer's Falls Conservation Area, the Spencer Gorge / Webster's Falls Conservation Area, Rock Chapel Sanctuary and Royal Botanical Gardens, who own the lands around the falls. There are many other waterfalls in the area. Lower Borer's Falls is a complex curtain/ cascade waterfall, 3 metres in height and 5 metres wide and a 10-minute walking distance south of Borer's Falls. Difficult to access. Good pair of hiking boots recommended to access by foot.

Borer's Falls can be accessed from the Dundas section of the Bruce Trail and from the Borer's Falls Conservation Area. By car take the QEW west to Highway 403, which you will follow to Highway 6 in Flamborough and go north. Go left on Highway 5, left on Rock Chapel Road; the Bruce Trail passes by the edge of Borer's Falls and presents a hazard to people with young children, as there is a poorly marked high vertical drop inches from what appears to be the trail. Hamilton- "The Waterfall Capital of the World" Bruce Trail Vintage Postcards: Waterfalls in and around Hamilton, Ontario Hamilton Waterfall Map PDF. Map: Hamilton Waterfalls