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Invites Community to Honor the Service of Soldiers and Families
Saturday, November 7- Wednesday, November 11, with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

The Betsy Hotel, open since March 2009 after an extensive renovation, boasts a long and storied history on Miami Beach. Like her neighbors on Ocean Drive, she was home to soldiers as part of the Northern Command during World War II. To honor that history, The Betsy is joining forces with The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus—a state of the art traveling multimedia recording studio—to create a documentary comprised of letters, videos, poems and photos, songs and stories that reflect on the timeless service and sacrifice made by soldiers and their families.

Miami Beach citizens – and people living in surrounding areas—are invited to honor veterans by sharing personal memories and experiences. Whether through war letters sent or received, through poetry written on a lonely night when thinking about a loved one, by sharing pictures and images of soldier’s service – or even through simple reminiscences of the many ‘Rosie the Riveters’ during WWII, neighbors and friends are invited to join hands to honor those who serve.

The Lennon Bus will be in the region for eight (8) days as part of an emerging philanthropy program at The Betsy-South Beach, first with visits to schools, community centers, and Veterans organizations. The program culminates in a three-day stay on the Beach, at 14th and Ocean Drive, in front of The Betsy, where the multi-media specialists from the Lennon Bus will record information and stories from local citizens. 

The project, entitled Revisiting History: Honoring Soldiers and their Families, will be downloadable, free-of-charge, at http://www.lennonbus.org or http://www.thebetsyhotel.com.

There are three ways to share your memories and service artifacts during the project:

Send information digitally via http://www.facebook.com/lennonbus

Send information by mail to The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Visit the Lennon Bus at 14th Street and Ocean Drive – on the Beach in front of The Betsy

• November 7, 2009 between 6 PM and 11:30 PM
• November 8, 2009 between 1PM and 6 PM
• November 9, 2009 between 9 and 6 PM
• November 10, 2009 closed to public

Guests to the Bus at all scheduled times will be served on a ‘first come first served basis. Teachers and collegial groups of more than 10 people coming at one time – for live recording – are encouraged to contact (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to schedule an appointment.  Materials submitted will not be returned unless by prior arrangement. Contributed materials become property of the project producers, may or may not be used in the documentary, and will not be used for commercial purposes.

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 12th year of touring, the venture is proud of its brand new bus and its studios, which boast the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. The Bus, a 501(c)(3) venture, is made possible through the generosity of sponsors including Apple, Maxell Corporation, NAMM,  Rock Band 2, Roland, Sibelius, Sonicbids, Godin Guitars, Disc Makers, Edirol by Roland,  Mackie, Crate, Ampeg, Boss, Digital Media Academy, The Betsy Hotel, Aphex Systems, Audio-Technica, Glyph Technologies, Neutrik, Music Player Network, Propellerhead, Musician’s Friend, Ableton, Digidesign, Apogee, Sony, Abaltat, Litepanels, McDSP, IK Multimedia, Native Instruments, Gretsch Drums, Bogen Imaging, Noise Industries, The Plutzik Goldwasser Family Foundation and broadjam.com. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

About The Betsy

Dramatically poised alongside its Art Deco neighbors, The Betsy is a distinguished landmark hotel on Ocean Drive.  The Betsy’s 61 rooms and suites are private, beachside havens where sensory details, imaginative amenities, and inspirational design coalesce to produce an unparalleled experience in South Beach. Elegant, but relaxed tropical colonial interiors, and an intimate courtyard pool, maintain an aura that is passionately low-key. The Rooftop Solarium offers sweeping unobstructed views of the Atlantic, and is complete with a Wellness Garden offering herbal teas, massage therapies, and yoga. From cocktails and light fare at an exquisite lobby bar to fine dining at Laurent Tourondel’s new take of modern American steakhouse - BLT Steak. The Betsy is truly South Beach… Refined.

The Betsy Hotel is located at 1440 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, 305-531-6100, http://www.thebetsyhotel.com.

Images and interviews are available.

Media contacts:

The Betsy Hotel:
Karen Barofsky/Susan Brustman
Brustman Carrino Public Relations
(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus:
Laura Johnson
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The increasing accessibility of digital technology has led to an amazing expansion of opportunity in the art of digital storytelling. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus has been at the forefront of this new media explosion, having produced daily video projects with students since January of 2001. The Lennon Bus puts state-of-the-art digital video equipment into the hands of workshop participants and teaches the entire digital workflow from storyboarding to web publication and DVD burning. Students leave the experience having shot, chopped, scored, and (most importantly) finished an entire digital video production. Using the latest cameras and professional hardware/software solutions including Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, participants are exposed to the exciting world of digital videography and learn hot techniques of the trade. The accessibility of professional-quality technology is making it possible for millions of new voices to be heard and the John Lennon Bus is putting these tools into the hands of tomorrow's great digital producers. Subscribe to our Youtube channel so you never miss any of the amazing videos produced on the Lennon Bus.