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Tips for a Great Day at the Beach

Few things sound as relaxing as a day at the beach. But when it comes down to it, taking the whole family to the beach can be a little stressful. As a family friendly dealership, Sierra CDJR can completely empathize with this. This is why we like to use these tips to make our beach days a little breezier.

Tips for A Great Day at the Beach - Sierrra CDJR - Ottawa, IL

Bring plastic bags

Having a stash of both ziplock bags and used shopping bags can save you in a pinch, in numerous situations. Use a ziplock to protect phones, keys, and other valuables from water, and shopping bags for things like trash or carrying home seashells.

Arrive early

Claiming a good spot early in the day takes away a lot of the hassle that comes from walking up and down looking for space on a full beach. Pack plenty of snacks and get there in the morning to make the most of the day.

Pack foods separately

When you’re packing your beach snacks, use individual plastic or glass containers for each item, if possible. Sometimes the name “sand”wich becomes too literal. With this tip, it’s possible to save the majority of items from an unwanted extra crunch.

Bring a soft-bristled dust broom

Having a small dust broom tucked away in your car gives you a convenient tool for gently brushing sand off of kids, feet, and shoes, so that you can leave most of the sand at the beach instead of in your car.

Chicago Holiday Shows: See The Nutcracker

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The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition, and there are plenty of productions to attend in the Chicago area. This includes the Joffrey Ballet show at the Auditorium Theatre, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon—who previously worked on Swan Lake and An American in Paris—the annual Nutcracker show has been around since 1987.

According to Chicago-Theater, this production has an award-winning team and the famous Tchaikovsky score will be performed by the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. Believe it or not, several cast members are Tony Award winners, including Wheeldon. The set design is by the renowned Julian Crouch, and lighting is by Tony-Winner Natasha Katz. Stop by the Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre from now until December 30 for a truly revolutionary show.

What’s The Nutcracker about? Though this show has been a classic since the 1970s, the origins of The Nutcracker are largely unknown. The story became popular thanks to writers like ETA Hoffmann and Alexandre Dumas, and it was later adapted by Maurius Petipa and Lev Ivanov for the ballet. Though initially a flop, the score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was extremely popular. In fact, it is one of the most recognizable tunes in the West.

The most common version of the story follows a poor girl, Marie, as she is presented with a wooden nutcracker by the mysterious Drosselmeyer. With the help of magic, the Nutcracker and Marie battle the Mouse King, visit the Sugar Plum Fairy, and more. One of the best Chicago holiday shows is The Nutcracker at Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University.

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