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Bridal Guide Happy Shop LOCAL New Year Let's stay well! January 2013 Vol. 2 No. 3

Count Your Blessings... 52 ORISKANY BLVD., WHITESBORO, NY 13492 PHONE: 315-525-3582 FAX: 315-982-9808 Janet Stanley, Publisher PULSE is distributed in the following areas... Little Falls, Herkimer, Newport, Mohawk, Ilion, Frankfort, Schuyler, Utica, New Hartford, Clinton, Yorkville, New York Mills, Marcy, Washington Mills, Whitesboro, Boonville, Barneveld, Rome, Oneida,Vernon,Verona, Sherrill, and Hamilton.


The customers who have used PULSE for the past 15 months have seen results... our distribution is key to those results... personally distributed, PULSE goes to over 450 pick up points including, convenience stores, diners, donut shops, tire centers, muffler/oil change shops, colleges, chiropractor, doctor and dentist offices, physical therapy locations, grocery stores, pizza shops, fitness centers, theaters, restaurants, deli’s, nail salons, hair salons, tanning salons, and the list goes on and on. The delivery focus is obviously to leave PULSE everywhere there is great foot traffic and places where people sit and wait. The content of PULSE is light, fun and entertaining. Nothing negative or political. No local news just local events. The extensive calendar of events grows with every issue. My PASSiON is helping small business owners, locally owned and operated Mom and Pop shops, get their messages out to the thousands of readers of PULSE magazine... Shopping local is the only sure cure for economic slumps in our hamlets, villages and cities... Do your part... Think BiG... Shop SMALL Find us on Facebook: We welcome your calendar of events items from your church, organizations, groups, clubs, schools, etc. email: or fax: 315-982-9808 2 PULSE JANUARY 2013

Happy New Year, a sentiment we all heard and shared a lot in the past few weeks. The celebration of New Year’s Eve consists of two distinct parts, the first to call an end to the current year and second to welcome in the brand new year. For some, saying good bye to the current year is a welcome act... looking forward to an improvement in circumstances while for others it is a celebration of great memories with expectations for more of the same in the upcoming year. Whichever type of celebration you had, it is my hope that you wake each day with a positive thought and expect great things from 2013! I recently saw a great suggestion and thought I would share it with you. It said to take a large mason jar, (any container will do) a small tablet of paper and a pen and put them where you can get at them easily. Each time you have a celebration, a milestone, a happy moment, something to be thankful or grateful for during 2013, jot it down and put it into the mason jar. Next New Year’s Eve, when you are getting ready to usher out 2013 and welcome in 2014, take out your jar and read the slips of paper one by one... a beautiful reminder of all those wonderful times you had over the past year; an easy way to count your blessings! I intend to try this during the next 11 months and I am already looking forward to reading my slips of paper next New Year’s Eve. Matt and I are going to share a jar but will not read what each other writes until next year... I think that will make for a great celebration! Matt and I are settling in nicely in our new digs in Whitesboro. The doggies are loving it and little by little we are subtracting cardboard from our landscape!! As reported last month, PULSE is now being ran as a home based business. All part of that growth process I spoke about... maybe more appropriately put, a learning process. It is working well, actually

it fits well with my lifestyle, I get to be in my family room at a desk instead of being isolated... my dogs are laying at my feet and I can look out my window and see squirrels running around the front lawn. Ah, yes, life is good and I am thankful for all that I have been given. It feels good to be on a path that you know in your heart you are meant to be on... to know that you are doing what you love and love what you are doing! I love publishing PULSE Magazine! I recently had a great phone conversation with Sally... I won’t mention your last name but do me a favor and call me again. I thought my phone would capture your number so that I could call you back and finish our conversation but it didn’t and I feel badly. I was enjoying speaking with you and found your history very informative and enjoyable... I want to continue! I think one of my favorite things about publishing PULSE is hearing from readers! Sally was a local business owner herself and shared some of her experiences with me about when she had a shop. I LOVE that! Her taking time out of her day to call me will definitely make my jar!! I expect my jar will need to be emptied several times in the next 11 months... and what I like the most about this idea is that even if I forget some of the little blessings, I will be reminded of them on January 31, 2013 and that has to be a great way to usher in the next year! Thanks for sharing some of your day with me, I hope you enjoy this issue as much as I enjoyed producing it!


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Save-the-date card etiquette More and more couples planning to walk down the aisle are embracing save-the-date cards to give guests adequate notice that there is a party on the horizon.

Save-the-date cards do more than let guests know when you’re getting hitched. The cards are a preliminary way to keep guests informed and let them know they are, in fact, on the guest list. These cards haven’t always been

so popular, but have risen in popularity due to longer engagement periods, a growing number of destination weddings and the growing number of couples with guests from all over the country, if not the world. Considering people often plan business trips, vacations and other excursions several months in advance, savethe-date cards help secure a greater number of attendees at your wedding.

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Save-the-date announcements can vary in many ways. They may be postcards or magnets that can be attached to a refrigerator door. If you desire a cohesive theme to your wedding stationery, select the save-the-date cards at the same time you choose your wedding invitations. This way you can ensure that either the patterns, fonts, colors, or style of the cards will match. It will also help convey the tone of the wedding. Guests often take their cues regarding the level of formality of the wedding from the type of stationery couples choose. When to send out the save-thedate announcements is important as well. As a general rule of thumb, it is wise to mail out the cards 6 months in advance for a standard wedding. If the wedding requires travel or extended overnight accommodations, you may want to mail them out 8 months to a year in advance to give guests the time to investigate flight costs and hotel arrangements. A wedding also may necessitate planning a vacation or personal time off from work. Therefore, ample advanced notice is advisable. Be sure to make your guest list in advance of sending out save-the-date cards. Everyone who receives a card should also be sent an invitation prior to the wedding. Remember to include any members of your planned wedding party in the list of recipients. Just because a person has verbally confirmed attendance at your wedding doesn’t mean they should be excluded from subsequent announcements.

Guests may talk to one another and it is best to avoid hurt feelings and any added drama before the wedding by treating everyone equally.

Be sure to include the wedding date, your names and the location of the wedding on the savethe-date cards. You do not need to offer RSVP information or detailed specifics at this time. You may want to include a Web site URL on the card so guests can check it frequently for updates on wedding information. Be sure to also include that a formal invitation will follow at a later date. You do not want to cause confusion by having guests think that the save-the-date card is the actual invitation. Also, make sure you address the save-the-date cards correctly to show your intentions with respect to guest invites. For example, be clear about whether children will be invited and whether a boyfriend/girlfriend or another guest can tag along. Although save-the-date cards are not a necessity, they have become a popular part of wedding planning to eliminate confusion about invitations as well as help guests plan time off for your wedding.

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8. Your gown’s bodice is shaped and put on an acidfree bust form for display so you’ll be able to see how beautiful it is - just like the day you purchased it. 9. The bodice and skirt are layered with acid free tissue paper to protect it. 10. Your gown is then carefully placed in an acid free windowed display box and completely sealed to keep the humidity constant inside and to keep insects out. It’s important to provide this sealed barrier to keep insects from getting in and nesting in your dress. 11. The windowed preservation box is placed inside a white storage box. Your wedding dress will be pampered from the moment it enters our plant - until it arrives beautifully cleaned and preserved back at your home. Preserve those cherished memories of your wedding by preserving your wedding gown. The food is gone, the guests are gone. You have beautiful photos to help you remember your special day, and now with your gown preserved you’ll also have it as a beautiful reminder. You may want to preserve your wedding gown for your own memories or for your daughter or maybe even a grand-daughter to wear in the future. No matter what your reason, our special process and lifetime guarantee means your gown will remain like new for you to enjoy.

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Tips for writing your own wedding vows A wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many couples, so brides and grooms wish for the event to be momentous and memorable. As such, couples are increasingly integrating personal nuances into their ceremonies and receptions to tailor weddings to their unique visions. The desire to include personalized wedding vows continues to be a popular trend. If you are considering personalized wedding vows, first realize that it may not be a simple task. That’s because you want the message conveyed to be dear to your heart, and that can be challenging when faced with the pressures and planning of the rest of the wedding. That isn’t to say that writing your own vows is impossible. Here are some guidelines for personalizing your ceremony with your own sentiments. * Schedule time for writing. Amid the bustle of dress fittings and interviews with photogra-

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phers, it can be easy to put off the important task of writing vows for another day. But as any great writer can attest, it takes writing -- and rewriting -- to achieve a finished product you can be proud of. Give the task of writing your vows your undivided attention. Mark it in on your calendar or set a reminder on your computer just as you would any other appointment. * Be aware of ceremony guidelines. It is best to check with your officiant and confirm that personalized wedding vows are allowed. During civil ceremonies it’s often acceptable to customize vows as you see fit. However, during religious ceremonies there may be lines of scripture that need to be read or certain passages required. Before you spend hours working on the task, be sure that it is allowed and that your spouse and you are on the same page. * Jot down your feelings. Answer some questions about what marriage means to you and how

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you feel about your spouse. Try to avoid trite sayings and think from your heart and personal experiences. Think about what is the most important thing you

want to promise to your future partner. These notes can serve as the starting points for the actual vows. * Read inspirational writings. Perhaps there is an author or a poet who inspires you? You can quote certain writers in your vows or let the tone of their works help shape the words of your vows. There also are suggested wedding readings and other quotes about marriage readily available at the library or with a quick search online. * Decide on a tone. Although the day is based on love and affection, you may not feel comfortable spouting words of

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adoration in front of friends and family. Feel free to tap into your unique personality. Humor can be used if it aligns with the way you normally express your affections. Be sure to weave this tone into more traditional passages to create a cohesive expression of your feelings. * Establish an outline. Put together all of the words and phrases you’ve jotted down into an outline to help you organize the flow of the vows, using these words as a blueprint for the vows and building upon them. Make sure the vows will be concise. Aim for your entire speech to be around 1 minute in length to keep everyone engaged and the ceremony moving along. * Put everything together. Draft your vows and then practice them by reading out loud. You want to avoid long sentences or anything that trips you up. Although large words may sound impressive, they could make the vows seem too academic and not necessarily heartfelt. Enlist the help of a friend or two to act as your audience to see if the vows sound good and are easily understandable. Writing your own vows can be a way to include personal expressions of love into a couple’s wedding day. Public speaking is seldom easy, nor is finding the perfect words to convey feelings about a future spouse. However, with some practice and inspiration, anyone can draft personalized vows.

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Tips for selecting wedding day flowers What would a wedding day be without flowers? The beauty and the aroma of fresh-cut flowers can create a welcoming atmosphere and complement the beauty and the style of a wedding wardrobe. Flowers are often the first things that guests see upon arriving for the ceremony, and they may even be something guests take home at the end of the night. Flowers create an air of romance, and most couples want to make flowers -- whether fresh or silk -- an integral part of their wedding day.

As with any decision when planning a wedding, choosing the right flowers requires some research and a basic knowledge of which flowers will convey the message and the theme of your wedding. The number of colors, textures and combinations that can be created are so numerous that couples may feel the decision on the floral arrangements is best left to the florist. But it doesn’t take a lot of expertise to know

what you want, and it is important for couples to convey their feelings to the florist. Consider these tips when choosing a florist and selecting flowers.

types of flowers and arrangements and any other ideas that attract you so you will be able to present this information to the florist.

* Experts advise that a couple start looking for a florist at least six months before the wedding, especially if the wedding will take place during the peak season of May through September. Get recommendations from friends as to which florist they used or find out if your wedding planner or banquet hall manager recommends a particular florist. Some catering halls have agreements with florists, and they work together.

* Establish your flower budget prior to sitting down with the florist. You should expect to pay at least 8 percent of the total wedding cost on flowers. Get an estimate on the floral arrangement and then tweak your needs according to your budget. Many florists can modify arrangements and find a middle ground with regard to cost. Selecting flowers that are in-season will result in more affordable rates than if you desire exotic or out-of-season blooms.

* Browse magazines to get ideas of what you like. You also may be able to find a florist through an advertisement or if he or she has been featured in publications. Keep a scrapbook of the colors,

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ing. A good florist knows that a bouquet should not overpower or detract from the beauty of the bride. The florist may want to mimic textures from the dress, such as beading, with smaller flowers or berries within the arrangement. The groom’s boutonniere is traditionally one of the flowers from the bride’s bouquet so that the look is cohesive. * Ceremony flowers may be traditional, and some houses of worship have strict guidelines as to what can and cannot be used. However, reception flowers can be where you show off your creativity and whimsy. After all, this is a party and it should be fun. You may want to give the florist more freedom of expression with regard to reception centerpieces and flowers that adorn other areas of the room.

* Because receptions tend to take place in the evening hours and are often indoor affairs, experts say that added lighting may be needed to put emphasis on the floral centerpieces and help present them in their best light. You may want to think about hiring a lighting designer to spotlight some areas of the room or at the very least incorporate candlelight into your centerpiece arrangements. * To give the impression that there are more flowers than there really are, use fragrance and filler as your tools. Fragrant flowers can fill up the room with a welcoming aroma. Look for frangipani, lilies, hyacinths, jasmine, and sweet peas for a big impact. Florists know how to stretch arrangements by using greenery and other filler to lend bulk with-

out too much extra cost. *Experienced florists will know how long it takes certain buds to open and show off their maximum beauty. Therefore, expect a florist to be working on your floral arrangements as much as a week before the wedding date -- purchasing containers, cleaning flowers and waiting for certain ones to open fully. Minimize changes close to your wedding date as most things will already be started. * It is possible to make your own centerpieces or bouquets if you so desire. Simplicity will work best for the novice. Think about grouping similar-hued calla lilies together for a bridal bouquet. Hydrangea and peonies are larger flowers that can easily fill up a vessel on a table as a centerpiece.

White flowers will coordinate with any color scheme and could be the easiest to mix and match. White blooms include sweet pea, rose, camellia, stephanotis, narcissus, gardenia, orchid, lily of the valley, jasmine, and gypsophila. Flowers are one component of the wedding that will help achieve the magic and beautiful atmosphere couples desire.

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Planning a wedding is no small feat, as couples are faced with many decisions seemingly from the moment they get engaged right up until they walk down the aisle as man and wife. One of the biggest decisions a couple will make is where to host the reception. Couples must consider a variety of factors when looking for the right banquet hall to host their reception. The wedding is a celebration, and the banquet hall is where the couple and their guests will let their hair down and hopefully enjoy a festive and memorable night. Because the reception is typically the most lengthy portion of a couple’s wedding day, it’s important to find a place where everyone can be comfortable and enjoy themselves. The following are a few tips for couples looking to find the ideal banquet hall to host their wedding reception. * Ask around. Word-of-mouth is a great way to find the right banquet hall. Ask friends or family members who got married in the same town where your ceremony will be if they can recommend a reception site. These friends or family members can provide a behind-the-scenes look at a reception hall, from how accommodating the staff was to how flexible the banquet hall was with regard to pricing to how open the staff was to suggestions. Wedding planning isn’t easy, so if friends, family members or coworkers recommend a hassle-free banquet hall, that recommendation can remove a lot of the stress from planning a wedding.

* Consider the size of the facility. Some couples prefer an intimate affair with relatively few guests, while others will desire a large wedding party with lots of guests. Couples can find a banquet hall that’s capable of catering to small or large wedding parties, but find one that fits your party specifically. If your wedding party is small, then avoid a larger facility that will appear empty. If the party is large, make sure there’s adequate room so guests won’t feel like they’re sitting on top of one another during dinner and dessert. * Don’t downplay decor. A banquet hall with an attractive decor is not only aesthetically appealing but can appeal to a couple’s finances as well. Such a hall likely won’t need any additional decorations, while a banquet hall that’s unadorned and lacks embellishments will, and those decorations can dip into a couple’s overall wedding budget. Compare the costs of the more decorated banquet hall with the one that’s more plain in appearance, factoring in the cost to decorate the latter, and you might just realize the one with more aesthetic appeal is more affordable in the long run. * Prioritize privacy. Few couples would be open to strangers having easy access to their wedding reception. When shopping for a banquet hall, look for one that gives you and your guests all the privacy you need. Many couples have taken to hosting the entire ceremony at a hotel, which may handle the bulk of the planning and remove the hassle of transportation for outof-town guests. However, couples considering a hotel should look for one that can promise privacy from other guests at the hotel who aren’t there for the wedcont. on next page

Tradition behind tossing rice Once a couple has been married, tradition states that they be covered with tossed rice upon exiting the ceremony. The idea of throwing rice began during the Middle Ages, when rice symbolized fertility. Rice was tossed at the married couple in the hopes they would have many children and be

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Test out wedding music vendors Music is an integral element of many of life’s special events. The score of a movie can carry a film, and a tender song can bring tears to a person’s eyes during a stage production. Many couples spend lots of time choosing a song for their first dance at their wedding. While that song is significant, couples

should devote lots of time to choosing a band or deejay for the reception as well.

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weddings you attend. If you are planning nuptials in a year or the months to come, take the cards or information of the entertainers you come across at weddings and any special event parties. If there is someone who is doing an impeccable job, there should be no hesitation to hire that person for your own wedding. Don’t be embarrassed to ask a friend or family member for the name and number of their deejay. If you have specific music requirements, such as cultural music or certain versions of songs you prefer to be played, it is key to discuss this with the deejay or band ahead of time and confirm they can meet your needs. Certain wedding vendors may cont. on next page

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Wedding receptions feature a bevy of different foods to tempt the palates of those in attendance. From appetizers served during the cocktail hour to the last crumb of cake, food plays a big role in a wedding reception. Choosing foods for a reception can take a little forethought, especially when the wedding party is especially large. The following are a few suggestions to ensure most guests are happy with the menu selections. The first rule of thumb is variety. As much as budget allows, give guests the choice over what they dine on. During the cocktail hour -- if there is one -- couples can play with many different tastes and offerings. For those who want to be creative, this is the time to do so. Exotic flavors can be served alongside more traditional offerings that guests recognize. For example, offer Asian fusion appetizers that may have spice alongside more traditional items, like miniature quiches. During the main course of the meal, give guests a few options. Most catering facilities will offer suggestions in their meal packages. Couples can typically choose to offer a meat dish, a poultry and a seafood. This caters to a wide variety of diners. It is important for couples to recognize that many people have food allergies or are on restricted diets. While it may not be possible to provide for everyone’s specific requirements, it is possible to make some accommodations First, ask the catering manager how his company provides for guests who are vegetarians or vegans. Ensure that the meal will not be simply a bunch of garnishes and vegetable side dishes lumped together.


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have now adopted gluten-free lifestyles. More and more restaurants and establishments have expanded their offerings to include gluten-free items, so it is important for the bride and groom to confirm. People who are diabetic and must limit their consumption of sugars and carbohydrates may appreciate a selection of sugarfree desserts or lower carbohydrate foods. When couples focus on meeting the needs of their guests, it shows they have put in the effort to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable at the wedding. Couples who have the environment in mind can choose to serve organic foods and look to catering facilities that purchase foods from local vendors and farms. If a banquet hall does not make such concessions, ask if specialty items that benefit organic and local food producers can be brought in. Some caterers will be happy to make the change, but it will likely affect the cost of the wedding package to do so. Food and drink will be some of the most costly portions of a wedding, and couples who are interested in keeping costs down can still offer quality foods if they make some changes. Varying the time of day that the wedding is held can enable a brunch or luncheon wedding to take place. These foods are often less expensive and labor-intensive to prepare, and therefore the cost savings are passed down to the bride and groom. Some couples opt for a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre-only reception -- which should clearly be indicated on the invitation so that guests can plan accordingly. An informal wedding may feature only a selection of desserts and specialty liquors. This may be the least expensive option. Food is an important factor at a wedding and it is in a couple’s best interest to ensure that the food served is tasty, full of variety and acceptable to the majority of the guests who will be attending the reception.

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* “I’ll Stand by You”: This 1994 hit from The Pretenders can be interpreted as a song of romantic devotion or a commitment to friends. * “You Are So Beautiful”: Joe Cocker makes the list again with this soulful 1975 hit. * “Have I Told You Lately”: Originally written and recorded by Van Morrison, this song gained new life and notoriety when recorded by Rod Stewart. * “My Girl”: Beloved R&B group The Temptations deliver a song about sunshine on a cloudy day in this classic. * “I Will Always Love You”: Witten and performed by Dolly Parton, this song is perhaps most known for the version performed by Whitney Houston for the soundtrack of her 1992 film “The Bodyguard.” * “Time After Time”: A song of devotion, Cyndi Lauper earned her first No. 1 single with this hit.

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* “Sweet Love”: Anita Baker’s soulful hit helped turn her from a budding R&B singer into a household name.

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* “Just the Way You Are”: Billy Joel’s classic in which he tells his beloved she is perfect as-is. * “Your Song”: A simple, eloquently written song of love from Elton John.

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Tie the Knot Elegantly Make a Victorian-inspired wedding or party uniquely yours. By Lisa Miller The Victorian Era was an age of innocence and protocol when a bride’s gown was demure and left much more to the imagination than modern attire. The silk, lace, ruffles and bows all portrayed a felling of romance and femininity that is still perfect for a couple’s special day. Victorian-style weddings and theme parties are gaining popularity, and specialized vendors are finding a niche to fill. From historic Venues, like B7B’s and National Register sites, to vintage gowns and floral finery, there are many choices to help you create a day surrounded with Victoriana that you, your family and your friends will never forget. The very Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, is home to Uniquely Yours,

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Civil ceremonies are often a choice for couples who may have different religious beliefs or do not belong to a particular religious persuasion. In lieu of being presided over by a pastor, priest or rabbi, civil ceremonies are conducted by an authorized official, such as a judge or justice of the peace. The marriage also can be performed by a licensed wedding officiant. Depending on where a couple lives, mayors or even notary publics can solemnize a marriage. Pilots and ship captains also may be able to preside over the ceremony. Some states and provinces will allow anyone to solemnize a wedding, provided they have filed for a special permit for the day. In terms of location, the most basic of civil ceremonies take place at the county courthouse, where paperwork is immediately filed. Ceremonies also occur at City Hall. Couples can choose to hire an officiant to go to another location to oversee the marriage ceremony. The latter is the more expensive option and will be based on the officiant’s schedule.

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In order to participate in a civil ceremony, couples must secure a marriage license. This is usually obtained by a county registrar or another officer of records where the couple lives. Regulations will vary as to the time period in which the ceremony can be done after the mariage license is received. Some licenses may be voided if the couple does not tie the knot within a few days of securing the license. When the ceremony will take place is generally up to the couple and, if a member of the judiciary will be overseeing the wedding, the courthouse. Some courts require an appointment for the wedding, while others may have a walk-in policy. Determine these policies well in advance of the wedding day. There is often a fee collected for the wedding ceremony in addition to what was paid for the marriage license. For those hiring a private officiant, the fee will be much higher than what a clerk

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1/28-Being Flynn R (Free Movie), Utica, Uptown Theatre, 7 ‘ 1/29-Live at Birdland, The Stanley, 724-4000, 7:30

2/9-Bingo, Utica, Holy Trinity School, 6:15

1/29-DJ/Karaoke, New Hartford, DeFazio Pizza & Pasta, 8 1/30-Slow Flow Yoga, Utica, Shine Studio at Tramontane Café, 9 1/30-Open Yoga, Utica, Shine Studio at Tramontane Café, 7 1/30-Mova Poker Challenge Free Tournament, Utica, Shots Sports Bar, 7 1/30-DJ/Karaoke, Utica, Finger Bullet, 8 1/30-DJ-VJ/Karaoke Party W/ Sound Investment, Yorkville, Vista Lounge, 8:30 1/31-We Came As Romans, Uptown Theatre, Utica, 7 1/31-Open Yoga, Utica, Shine Studio at Tramontane Café, 5:30 1/31-Yinyasa Yoga, Utica, Shine Studio at Tramontane Café, 7 1/31-Free Poker Tournament, New Hartford, Cavallo’s, 7 1/31-Utica Poet’s Society, Utica, Tramontane Café, 7:30 1/31-Justice McBride, New Hartford, Piggy Pat’s BBQ, 8 1/31-DJ/Karaoke, Barneveld, Jak’s Bar & Grill, 9 2/1-Hatha Yoga, Utica, Shine Studio at Tramontane Café, 5:30 2/1-Hockey, Utica Men vs. Hobart, AUD, 7 2/1-ABBA Mania, Turning Stone Casino, 8 2/2-Hotel Transylvania PG (Free Movie), Utica, Uptown Theatre, 11:30am 2/2- Winter Farmers’ Market, Westmoreland Fire House, 9-12

2/2-Bingo-Utica, Holy Trinity School, 6:15

2/6-Mova Poker Challenge Free Tournament, Utica, Shots, 7

2/2-Free Poker Tournament, Utica, Dick Smith’s Tavern, 7

2/6-Craft Night, Uitica, Tramontane café, 7

2/2-Martini Dance Party w/Video DJ Johnny Lew, Utica, Stiefvater Room, 9

2/6-DJ/Karaoke, Utica, Finger Bullet Bar, 8

2/2-Legendary Sat Nite Rock N’ Dance Party w/ DJ Sugarbear, Rome, legends 2/3-Hockey, Utica Men vs. Hobart, AUD, 3 2/3-Mova Poker Challenge free Poker Tournament, Utica, Celtic Harp, 5 2/3-Kundalini Yoga & Meditation, Utica, Shine Studio at Tramontane Café, 5:30

2/6- Sound Investment DJ-VJ/Karaoke, Yorkville, Vista Lanes,, 7 2/7-Open Yoga, Utica, Shine Studio at Tramontane Café, 5:30 2/7-Free Poker Tournament, New Hartford, Cavallo’s, 7 2/7-Vinyasa Yoga, Utica, Shine Studio at Tramontane Café, 7 2/7-Utica Poets Society, Tramontane Café, 7:30

2/3-Bingo, Utica, Sons of Italy, 6:30

2/7- Sound Investment DJ-VJ/Karaoke, Yorkville, Vista Lanes,, 7

2/3-Sabbath Mike’s Carnival of Chaos, Utica, Tramontane café, 7

2/7-DJ/Karaoke, Barneveld, Jak’s Bar & Grill, 9

2/4-Slowflow Yoga, Utica, Shine Studio at Tramontane Café, 9

2/7-10-Boonville Snow Festival, Boonville-Oneida County Fairgrounds

2/4-Free Poker Tournament, Utica, Rick’s Place, 7 2/5-Open Yoga, Utica, Shine Studio at Tramontane Café, 5:30 2/5-Knit2gether, Waterville, Waterville Public Library, 7 2/5-Free Poker Tournament, New Hartford, Killabrew Saloon, 7 2/5-DJ/Karaoke, DeFazio Pizza & Pasta, New Hartford, 8 2/6-Craft Night, Utica, The Tramontane café, 7 2/6-Slow Flow Yoga, Utica, Shine Studio at Tramontane Café, 9am 2/6-Open Yoga, Utica, Shine Studio at Tramontane café, 7 2/6-Sound Investment DJ-VJ/Karaoke, Yorkville, Vista Lanes,, 7


2/8-Hockey, Utica Men vs. Nazareth, AUD, 7 2/8-Hatha Yoga, Utica, Shine Studio at Tramontane Café, 5:30 2/8-Mark Zane & Friends, Utica, Tramontane Café, 8 2/8-Video DJ Johnny Lew, Utica, Stiefvater Room Martini Bar, 9 2/8-Aaron Lewis, Turning Stone Casino, 8 2/9- Winter Farmers’ Market, Westmoreland Fire House, 9-12 2/9-Martini Dance Party w/ Video DJ Johnny Lew, Utica, Stiefvater room, 9 2/9-Legendary Sat Nite Rock N’ Dance Party w/ DJ Sugarbear, Rome, Legends, 9:30

2/9-Free Poker Tournament, Utica, Dick Smith’s Tavern, 7 2/9-Sirsy, Utica, The Tramontane café, 8 2/10-Mova Poker Challenge free Tournament, Utica, Celtic Harp, 5 2/10-Kundalini Yoga & Meditation, Utica, Shine Studio at tramontane Café, 5:30 2/10-Bingo, Utica, Sons of Italy, 6:30 2/10-Sabbath Mike’s Carnival of Chaos, Utica, Tramontane Café, 7 2/11-Free Poker Tournament, Utica, Rick’s Place, 7 2/12-Open Yoga, Utica, Shine Studio at Tramontane Café, 5:30 2/12-The True Purpose of God Explained, Utica, Uptown Theatre, 7 2/12-Free Poker Tournament, New Hartford, Killabrew, 7 2/12-DJ/Karaoke, New Hartford, DeFazio Pizza & Pasta, 8 2/12-Hockey, Utica men vs. Cortland, AUD, 7 2/12-Samantha Crain, Hamilton College, Clinton, 8 2/12-13-The Adams Family, The Stanley, 724-4000 2/13-Lol Comedy Club, Turning Stone Casino, 8 2/13-Sound Investment DJ-VJ/Karaoke, Yorkville, Vista Lanes, 7 2/13-Slow Flow Yoga, Utica, Shine Studio at Tramontane Café, 9am 2/14-Jeff Mangum, Tall Firs, and The Music tapes, Hamilton College, Clinton 2/15-Shut Up Sit Down & Eat, The Stanley, 724-4000, 8

A guide to grilling with wood and smoke Slow smoked chicken, ribs, and brisket are staples of the traditional American barbecue. The deep smoky flavors and fall-offthe-bone tenderness is a hallmark of the low-and-slow -- a low temperature, cooked over a long time -- cooking technique. Originally, open pit fires were used for the slow cooking process. Luckily, with a smoker box, wood chips and a gas barbecue, backyard chefs can now taste the smoky flavor of wood and cook with the convenience of gas. Here are some helpful tips for adding smoky flavor: * Wood chips should be soaked in water for at least an hour before using. Drain them and add them to a stainless steel or cast iron smoker box. * Fill the smoker box two-thirds of the way with chips and place the box on either the heat plate above the burner or on the cooking grids. * Add wood chips five to 10 minutes before putting your meat on the grill --raw meats take on smoky flavors much better than even slightly cooked meats. Having a smoky environment to start will enhance and deepened flavors. * Smoked meats will have a deep, pink ring on the outside -- this indicates how deep the smoke has penetrated your meat. * Hickory is probably the most famous smoking hardwood. It imparts a strong hearty flavor to meats and is used mostly to smoke pork shoulders and ribs. * Mesquite is one of the most popular woods, it is sweeter and more delicate than hickory, and is a perfect complement to richly flavored meats such as beef, duck or lamb. * Apple has a sweet, mild flavor and is used mostly with pork and game, but can be used for poultry as well.

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1/31-The Colgate Coaches Show, Greg Fargo and Matt Langel, Colgate Inn, 7

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PULSE Magazine January 2013 Vol. 2 No. 3  
PULSE Magazine January 2013 Vol. 2 No. 3  

This month focuses on Bridal, Wellness and Community Events... Think BIG, Shop SMALL