Chicago Scenic Studios is a creative, can-do company that can work on any sports’ marketing project, large or small.  Our recent “home-town” project involved creating a Chicago Cubs jersey for the favorite dinosaur at the Field Museum.   Our soft-goods department has created all of the jerseys shown; what can we do for you?

Please don’t hesitate to contact:

Susan Fisher @ 310 897 7265 or sfisher@chicagoscenic.com

Go Cubs!

Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc. works with a variety of designers, architects, agencies and clients to create experiences that excite and inspire. By applying design, creative builds, meticulous installs and committed partner-driven project management, we deliver every aspect of a project from start to finish.

We’ve spent nearly 40 years mastering the complexities of dynamic environments, challenging inter- active experiences, theatrical productions and entertainment attractions of all types. And we make it all happen under one roof at our Chicago-based 165,000 sq. ft. facility.

From carpentry and electrical to metalworking and painting, our department heads work seamlessly together. And all of our work is backed by project management teams who troubleshoot and lead every step of the way.

Our work celebrates solutions that engage across a wide range of industries. Our depth of knowledge and breadth of experience is one of the fundamental differences that clients find when they work with us. We take lessons we’ve learned from various industries and apply them to projects to deliver solutions and efficiencies that set us apart time and time again.

What our projects all have in common is Chicago Scenic’s success in eagerly meeting new challenges and our deep commitment to collaboration.

When you’re planning new projects and experiences, let’s discuss how we can build a solution-driven partnership, together.

With hurricane season in full swing, here are some reminders from  the Heritage Emergency National Task Force. Please share this information widely.

  • Track storms via the National Hurricane Center, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.
  • Gather your staff and review your disaster plan today. No disaster plan? Put that at the top of the to-do list once the hurricane passes (and hope you didn’t need it this time).
  • If you have a disaster plan, make sure everyone has a printed copy to take home. An electronic version may be useless if you lose power.
  • Make sure staff, volunteer, and board contact lists are up to date. Determine how you will communicate with one another before, during, and after the storm.
  • Make sure your insurance and disaster recovery vendor contact information is readily available.
  • If you don’t already have up-to-date images (photographic/video) of your facility’s exterior and interior, including storage areas, now’s the time to take them. Being able to illustrate how your building and collections looked before damage will be helpful if the need arises to pursue recovery financing.
  • Back up electronic records and store the back-ups off-site or in the cloud.
  • Secure outdoor furniture, bike racks, book drops, etc. – anything that can become a projectile in strong winds.
  • Move collections that are in areas vulnerable to flooding – i.e., the floor, the basement – or susceptible to rain – near windows or under roofs.
  • If you have time, cut lengths of plastic sheeting to be able to throw them over shelves or equipment should the building envelope be compromised.
  • Know the location and shut-off procedures for water, electricity, and gas.
  • Download the free ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage app, based on the Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel, http://www.conservation-us.org/emergencies/ers-app.
  • Review individual or family plans. You’ll feel better attending to your organization knowing that your loved ones are safe.
  • For tips on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane, go to https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
  • Keep this 24/7 hotline number handy: 202.661.8068. The National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals, are available 24/7 to provide advice.
  • Download FEMA’s “After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures” fact sheet, with tips and resources for individuals and institutions, https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/113297.
  • Familiarize yourself with the disaster declaration process in case one is declared for your state, https://www.fema.gov/disaster-declaration-process.

If you have any questions, please contact the Heritage Emergency National Task Force directly at HENTF@si.edu.

FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution co-sponsor the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies created to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies.

July 8, 1867 marked the 150th anniversary of the Paris Crew’s astonishing victory at the World Rowing Championship in Paris, France. Their win, just seven days after Confederation, made the New Brunswick based rowers the first Canadians to win an international sporting event.  The “Saint John Four” overcame remarkable odds to defeat the much better trained and equipped Oxford University crew and by doing so became Canada’s, and New Brunswick’s, first sports heroes. The crew was comprised of Elijah Ross, George Price, Samuel Hutton, Robert Fulton –three fishermen and a lighthouse keeper. In celebration of this significant historical event, the NB Sports Hall of Fame (NBSHF) spearheaded the delivery of initiatives to commemorate this 150th anniversary.

The New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame undertook various commemorations activities to tell the story of the Paris Crew; including:

  • On site exhibition featuring numerous artefacts pertaining to the Paris Crew story and the history of rowing in New Brunswick
  • The development of a portable traveling exhibit that was featured at notable community events across the province
  • Three 20 minute vignettes performed in front of the NBSHF and other communities chronicling the story of the Paris Crew
  • A re-enactment that was staged on the Saint John River on July 8 2017, the 150th anniversary of the Paris Crew’s victory

In order to carry out our Paris Crew project, we graciously received funding from the the Government of New Brunswick Commemorations Fund, International Sports Heritage Association Exhibit Grant, the Canada Heritage Community Stories Grant, and the City of Fredericton.

The New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame increased awareness and exposure of the 150th anniversary of the Paris Crew through heightened online presence, social media, grass-roots communications and engagement with local media. Through the Community Stories Program, the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame will further increase awareness of the Paris Crew anniversary through the online exhibit entitled The Pairs Crew of Saint John, New Brunswick: Canada’s First International Sports Heroes.

At the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, our mission is to preserve and celebrate our sports heritage to inspire greatness. Our vision is to honour the best and inspire the rest. For more information please visit us at http://nbsportshalloffame.com/, like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NBSportsHallofFame/, or follow us on Twitter @ NBSHF.

The New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame is thrilled to announce that the various activities held throughout the summer of 2017 have reached over 11,850 people, to date.

 

 

 

The Reds Hall of Fame is excited to announce the six candidates on the 2018 Modern Player Ballot, presented by Clark Schaefer Hackett, the official accounting firm of the Reds Hall of Fame Ballot. Candidates are also listed below with their positions and years as a Red. Fans can vote at www.redsmuseum.org and engage in the conversation on social media by using #VoteRedsHOF. There is a limit of one vote per person/email address per day. Voting is open now, and fans may cast ballots online through September 30.

  • Aaron Boone, 3B (1997 – 2003)
  • Adam Dunn, OF (2001 – 2008)
  • John Franco, P (1984 – 1989)
  • Danny Graves, P (1997 – 2005)
  • Scott Rolen, 3B (2009 – 2012)
  • Reggie Sanders, OF (1991 – 1998)

Only one Modern Player will be selected for induction as part of the Reds Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. The votes from the fans will be combined with ballots from select members of the media and Reds alumni to determine the inductee.

The six players were nominated by the Hall of Fame’s Election Governance Committee.

To be eligible for consideration on the Modern Player Ballot, players have to meet the following requirements:

  • Appeared in at least three seasons with the Reds
  • Played in a Major League game within the last 13 seasons
  • Be in at least their third year since appearing in a Major League game

Complete voting rules and procedures may be found at www.redsmuseum.org along with biographies of each candidate.

In addition to the Modern Player Ballot, the Reds Hall of Fame Veterans Committee will consider candidates for induction whose playing careers ended more than 13 years ago along with managers and executives. Together, the Modern Player Ballot and Veterans Ballot results will comprise the Induction Class of 2018, to be announced later this year.

 

It arguably started with 6:04 left in the third quarter. The New England Patriots trailed the Atlanta Falcons, 28-3, in Super Bowl LI and faced a fourth down-and-three situation. Fail and it was almost certainly game, set, match – a disappointing blowout loss on the game’s biggest stage.

The Patriots had shown a bit of desperation, calling a rare double pass on third-and-three that fell incomplete and was well defended. So now quarterback Tom Brady and the offense faced the most important play of what would be many over the final 21 minutes.

Brady caught the snap, saw Julian Edelman double teamed in the middle of the field and hit Danny Amendola out to the left, who then broke a tackle and gained 17 yards and a first down.

“It was an option route out there to the slot against man coverage,” head coach Bill Belichick explained in an exclusive interview for The Hall’s “Anatomy of a Comeback” exhibit, which will open on Thursday, July 29. “It was a good throw, a good catch and obviously a big play for us.”

Of course, the big plays continued for New England. NFL Films caught linebacker Dont’a Hightower on the field imploring his teammates “No more mistakes. No more ‘my bads.’

Over those last 21 minutes, almost everything had to go New England’s way and nearly everything did. Well, except for a botched onside kick and a missed extra point that forced the Patriots to convert a pair of two-point conversions to draw even. But that just reinforced Julian Edelman’s halftime point that the comeback would make a “hell of a story.”

It sure did. And The Hall is now uniquely telling that story within The Super Bowl Experience exhibit, which is presented by Raytheon. The new “Anatomy of a Comeback” area features 8 monitors – two 55-inch displays and six 22-inch mosaic tile-like displays. After conducting exclusive interviews with Belichick, Julian Edelman, James White, Devin McCourty and Trey Flowers, The Hall will present the comeback differently that what has aired on the NFL Network.

“It’s the anatomy of the comeback, not just highlights and in-game audio from the players and coaches,” Hall executive director Bryan Morry said. “NFL Films does an amazing job of capturing all of that in-game action and producing shows that we all love. So we wanted to attack it differently. They provide us access to their footage, which we utilize to add color, but we wanted to provide our fans with Coach Belichick’s perspective. What adjustments were made? What was the mindset at 21-0 and 28-3? We think fans will be deeply and emotionally engaged in what we produced.”

The exhibit also features large graphics and artifact display cases that will be displayed in a non-traditional way. Artifacts including White’s uniform and the game-winning touchdown ball; Edelman’s helmet and gloves; and the ball Matt Ryan fumbled on Hightower’s strip sack will be displayed within the graphic images of those plays to create a three-dimensional effect.

None of that is possible, however, if Brady doesn’t find Amendola for that fourth-down conversion, which eventually led to the 5-yard Brady-to-White touchdown pass that started the comeback. That score came with just 2:06 left in the third quarter. The missed extra point left the Patriots down, 28-9, with 17:06 left to play.

“I told the team at halftime when it was 21-3 that I didn’t think Atlanta had enough points to win,” Belichick revealed. “I felt like we had plenty of time and that the point differential wasn’t so great that we couldn’t overcome it.”

The two first half turnovers that resulted in 14 Atlanta points was the obvious reason for the deficit. New England outgained Atlanta in the first half, 210-189, but a LeGarrette Blount fumble at the Falcons 29 snuffed out one scoring chance and led to an eventual Falcons touchdown while a Tom Brady interception that was returned for an 82-yard touchdown thwarted another.

“I felt like we had control of the game, but we didn’t have control of the score,” Belichick said. “When it went to 28-3, then you’re looking at not having enough possessions to be able to close the gap. So at that point, it was starting to feel a little bit different than it did at halftime.”

It also, in some respect, took the pressure off, according to Patriots safety Devin McCourty. “I think all the pressure went away,” he said. “For us as a defense, it was just about going and playing ball. We were just playing to fight and claw to get back in the game and make it respectable. I think it allowed us to play free and fast because we had nothing to lose at that point.”

Of course, the Patriots did come back. A field goal. A strip sack. Two touchdowns, two 2-point conversions and an overtime coin toss followed by White’s championship-winning 2-yard touchdown run crowned the Patriots Super Bowl LI champions.

“The nature of that comeback required us to do something different at The Hall,” Morry said. “We couldn’t just add a Super Bowl trophy and some highlights and be done with it. The Krafts recognized that and made a significant investment to improve the Super Bowl Experience exhibit that we just renovated two years ago. We think the fans will love it.”

 

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the BC Sports Hall of Fame created a wall of Canadian jerseys and jackets spanning nearly 80 years of Canadian national uniforms from the Hall of Fame collection.  When displayed together the different shades of red used over the years and the various ways the maple leaf was utilized made for an interesting and eye-catching uniform collage.  A highlights from the Canada 150 wall include: a 1932 Canadian Olympic team blazer, snowboarder Ross Rebagliati’s 1998 Canadian Olympic team Roots jacket, Andrea Neil’s Canadian national soccer jersey worn at the 2003 Women’s World Cup, and para-alpine skier Lauren Woolstencroft’s 2006 Canadian Paralympic team jacket.

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals’ storied history was on display again Saturday as three players representing three eras of franchise history joined the membership of the Cardinals Hall of Fame as part of the organization’s fourth induction class.

Mark McGwire and Tim McCarver received their signature red jackets after receiving the most support among the 40,000 votes cast by fans earlier this year. Pepper Martin went in as the veteran player selected by a Red Ribbon Committee. The three joined 34 former players, managers and contributors already enshrined.

McGwire, now the bench coach for the Padres, missed the first two games of San Diego’s series in Miami to be present for Saturday’s ceremony. And though McGwire turned emotional when his introductory video showed highlights of his historic 1998 season, he spent much of his speech detailing his special connection with the city of St. Louis and its baseball fans.

That included the standing ovation he received when he played his first home game at Busch Stadium II after being traded from Oakland to St. Louis midway through the ’97 season.

“I back out of the box and I’m saying, ‘This is crazy,'” McGwire recalled. “The feeling that I had is a feeling I will never, ever forget. That moment, right then, I knew this was the place that I wanted to be.”

Over the next five years, McGwire went on to hit 220 homers, including a record-breaking 70 in ’98. He slashed .270/.427/.683 and drove in 473 runs over his 545 games with the Cardinals.

“To think that in 1997, a southern California kid had no idea that he was going to spend the greatest 4 1/2 years of his life with you all,” said McGwire, who snapped a few selfies during the ceremony. “I am humbled. I am honored. And I will wear this jacket with so, so much pride.”

McCarver and McGwire shared a connection even before the ceremony, as McCarver was on the broadcast call when McGwire surpassed Roger Maris with his 62nd home run. Now a part of the Cardinals’ broadcast team, McCarver made his Major League debut with the Cardinals as a 17-year-old catcher in 1959.

He began to establish himself as a big leaguer in 1963, one year before he helped the Cardinals capture their first of two World Series championships that decade.

“You would run out of superlatives when you talk about the men who have, with integrity, intelligence and gritty determination, represented those remarkable teams,” McCarver said. “We were good. Like, really good.”

McCarver, a two-time All-Star during his 12 seasons with the Cardinals, still ranks second in hits (23), third in RBIs (11) and fifth in batting average (.311) in franchise World Series play.

Martin, who died in 1965 at the age of 61, was represented by 42 family members, most of whom traveled from Texas and Oklahoma. Speaking on behalf of her family, Jenny Weathersby, one of Martin’s three daughters, said her father “would have played baseball for nothing, just for the privilege of playing the game.”

“He played with great enthusiasm, passion and reckless abandon that caught the eye of managers, teammates, fans and sportswriters,” she said. “Probably nothing better illustrates this than his famous headfirst slide and his nickname Pepper.”

Martin played all 1,189 of his Major League games as a St. Louis Cardinal and was a member of the 1931 and ’34 World Series championship teams. A four-time All-Star, Martin led the National League in stolen bases three seasons and was known as the heart and soul of the iconic Gashouse Gang.

“Daddy was truly a free spirit,” Weathersby said. “Along with his many accomplishments on the field, he was remembered for his antics, his sense of humor and practical jokes, and his contribution to the camaraderie inside the clubhouse as a member of the infamous Gashouse Gang and organizer of the Mississippi Mudcats band.”

By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com |  August 26th, 2017

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

FAR HILLS, N.J. (July 26, 2017) –  Since the late 1800s, a small but influential group of women have carved a space of their own in golf, using the one tool that most influences a player’s experience: the golf course. The USGA Golf Museum’s new exhibit, “Breaking New Ground: Women and Golf Course Architecture,” explores this rarely discussed segment of golf history and recounts unique narratives of female leadership, initiative and innovation.

Artifacts from the museum collection, in addition to loans from the United Kingdom and local historical archives, illustrate how women have influenced golf course design theory and played a role in creating more equitable and enjoyable experiences for all who play the game.

Curated by USGA historian Victoria Student, the exhibit officially opened on July 12, the eve of the 72nd U.S. Women’s Open Championship. Players in the championship field were given a sneak preview at a private welcome reception on Tuesday of U.S. Women’s Open week at the USGA Golf Museum, located a few short miles from the championship site and on the grounds of the USGA headquarters.

“These incredible women not only shaped the dialogue surrounding how courses could be more welcoming to other women – they also inspired new generations to build careers and opportunities in golf,” said Diana Murphy, president of the USGA. “We all have something to learn from their ingenuity and passion for the game, and the USGA couldn’t be prouder to showcase their contributions.”

Since the turn of the 19th century, women have adapted courses to better suit female playing abilities, and have established separate clubs to serve as places of recreation and competition. “Breaking New Ground” tells the stories of several early women’s golf clubs, such as the St. Andrews Ladies’ Golf Club (1867), Carnoustie Ladies Golf Club (1873) and Morris County Golf Club (1894).

Located less than 30 miles from the present-day USGA campus, Morris County Golf Club was the first all-women’s golf club to become a USGA Associate Member Club. The exhibit displays the letter dated June 21, 1895 to the club’s president, Nina Howland, communicating the unanimous approval by the USGA Executive Committee for the club’s Associate Membership, granting full voting rights.

The exhibit also features artifacts from women who pioneered the male-dominated golf course architecture field. Beginning with Ida Dixon and May Dunn, and continuing into the 1930s with Molly Gourlay, Britain’s first female golf course architect and trusted assistant to Tom Simpson, the groundwork laid by these women culminates with Marion Hollins, the well-connected visionary behind Women’s National Golf and Tennis Club on Long Island and Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Selected writings and course sketches by Alexa Stirling, a three-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and member of the inaugural USGA Women’s Committee, exemplify the demand throughout history for golf course design to take diverse audiences into account, as well as the collaborative effort by the world’s top female players to improve the game they loved.

Modern-day architects Alice Dye and Jan Bel Jan, along with industry movers-and-shakers Arthur Little and Jan Leeming, bring “Breaking New Ground” into the present and future, as the exhibit displays videos highlighting their work to increase playability and accessibility through course design and set up.

“Breaking New Ground” will be on display at the USGA Golf Museum, located at 77 Liberty Corner in Far Hills, N.J., through December 2018.  The museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

Entry is $10 for adults and $5 for USGA Members; kids 12 and under enter free, and includes access to the Hall of Champions, as well as rooms dedicated to Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Mickey Wright.   Ticket holders for the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open Championship enter free until the end of the year.

All who visit will also have access to the USGA’s Pynes Putting Course, testing their skills with historic replica clubs or modern putters on the nine-hole layout.

For more information on the USGA Golf Museum, click here.

Note to Editors:  Photos of the golf museum and display pieces can be downloaded here:  USGA Museum Exhibit- Breaking New Ground: Women and Golf Course Architecture

About the USGA
The USGA celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment and amateur status rules. Our operating jurisdiction for these governance functions is the United States, its territories and Mexico. The USGA Handicap System is utilized in more than 40 countries and our Course Rating System covers 95 percent of the world’s golf courses, enabling all golfers to play on an equitable basis. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.

For further information: Janeen Driscoll, PR Director (908) 326-1978 jdriscoll@usga.org