Festival in the Pines
August 25th and 26th is Festival in the Pines, an event held in Carson Park that has something for everyone! So, if you love music, there will be multiple live bands performing all day Saturday. What about wine? Well there will be wine tasting. Then if you love arts and crafts, there will be more than 190 vendors having just that! But if none of those things sounded like they were for you, no worries, there is a FREE, I repeat, FREE petting zoo. Then when you are tired from all the dancing and petting animals you can grab some food from one of the many food vendors. After the big day Saturday, there will be some cool classic cars on Sunday to take a look at and when you realize you want an upgrade on your own car, we can help you out.
Festival in the Pines has been a great success in the past and non-profits have benefited from that success. So at the very least, you can help up some of the non profits that will be there.
If you do not want to deal with the traffic there are three shuttles available that will operate from 8:30am – 11:00pm on Saturday and 8:30am – 5:00pm Sunday. You can be picked up and dropped off at Hobbs Ice Arena, UWEC Fine Arts parking lot or the Eau Claire County Courthouse parking lot.
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I got the chance to test drive the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL. Check out the blog post to see exactly what my experience was like.
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Today I stepped into a Volkswagen for the first time, but not just any Volkswagen, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL.
First Thoughts of the 2019 Jetta SEL.
When I first walked up to the Jetta, it looked good. It isn’t a vehicle that would turn every head as I drive by like the Porsche 718 Boxster but it will turn a few and the Jetta is about $34,000 less. The real moment came when I opened the door. For me, the inside of the car is what really counts. There will be times when I am behind that wheel for hours at a time, but I won’t ever be standing outside just looking at it for hours (but that is just me).
I got in the drivers seat and took a moment to soak it all up. Getting into a new car has something about it that makes your heart beat a little faster. Maybe it is the new car smell, or how everything is still in perfect condition but it happens every time. But this Jetta got my heart beating a little quicker than normal. From behind the wheel, it doesn’t seem like a $25,000 car but closer to a $50,000.
When I was finally able to gather my thoughts, I very weakly closed the door. Not because it seemed fragile but because I was in the mindset that I was in a car far to expensive to be sitting in. The digital cockpit alerted me that the door was still open and I gave it another go. I put an average human strength behind it and at last all the doors were closed.
Taking the Road.
I pushed the button to start the ignition and I was off. Right away the navigation in the digital cockpit showed me why I needed it. Without moving my head I could shift my eyes between the road to the gps which made driving feel even safer. Too add even more, VW now offers Drivers Assistance which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Light Assist, Lane Assist, Front Assist (and even more that I didn’t get the chance to try out).
During the totality of the test drive, I was still nervous. It felt even more like an extremely expensive car with all the technology it offered. I think if I mentally prepared myself I would be able to drive it with slightly less sweaty palms. I pulled up to park, and it hit me, I had to back this iPad on wheels into its spot. Now I pride myself with being a good driver, in fact, I only got 3 points off on my drivers test (which were from incorrectly parking at the DMV) but I was not ready for this.
Luckily the Jetta SEL also has a back up camera but I first resorted to the traditional method of turning my head and looking at my mirrors. But then I thought, “This isn’t any normal car, with this car you wouldn’t have had any points taken off your test”. So with a sigh of hesitation I turned my head towards the back up display and relied on that. I slowly backed up between two other Jettas and put on the parking break. I got out to check how I did and I don’t think I could have gotten any more perfect in between the lines, maybe if I brought out a ruler but it was pretty spot on.
I really enjoyed myself driving the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL but unfortunately the time behind the wheel was limited. I am a bit of a technology buff so it was almost made for me. You may not win drag races with it or scale a mountain but the technology it offered blew me away. With everything it offered I think the benefits of the Jetta would increase for the longer the drive you have. But don’t just take my word for it, feel free to come take it for a test drive yourself.
The National Beep Baseball Association World Series is being hosted by Visit Eau Claire July 31st – August 4th.
Everyday there are kids that get together, go to the baseball field and pretend to be on their favorite professional teams. Few kids get to live out that dream but many get to keep playing the game they love. Unfortunately that wasn’t always the case for every kid. Kids with limited vision often times had to enjoy the game from the sidelines, but that is not the case anymore! Beep Baseball gives people the chance to play baseball whether or not they have vision. As the name suggests, the ball that they use beeps during play. The batter hits the ball like normal and runs to the base which is also sending out a noise all while the outfield is trying to recover the ball.
If you would like to watch the games for yourself they begin at 8:30am on July 31st.
For more information visit www.nbba.org
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