Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in the US, for both kids and adults. While adults can have fun at parties that last through the night, kids mostly enjoy Trick-or-Treat. Though it’s now accepted as a normal holiday tradition, the history of Trick-or-Treat actually dates to ancient times.
2,000 Years In The Making
According to the History Channel, Trick-or-Treat has its origins in Celtic festivals over 2,000 years ago. In particular, the festival of Samhain was celebrated on October 31st, when it was believed the dead returned back to life. In order to ward off the evil spirits and keep them happy, sacrifices and homage (a.k.a. treats) were paid to the deceased.
Guy Fawkes Night
The tradition is also associated with Guy Fawkes Night. On November 5, 1606, Fawkes was executed for attempted treason (the so-called “Gunpowder Plot”). Many later commemorated his death with bonfires and by begging for pennies. Brits in the 17th century would go around asking for a “penny for the Guy,” a tradition much like Trick-or-Treating.
Modern celebrations didn’t really start until the 1920s, when Halloween pranks were popular. Many young people would cause damage in neighborhoods with their pranks, so adults would try to bribe them with candy and other rewards. Now, Americans spend more than $6 billion on Halloween, making it the second-largest commercial holiday.
At College Chevrolet Buick, we can’t wait for the celebration to start.
Happy Labor Day from College Chevrolet Buick!
Celebrated every year on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is known nowadays as the end of summer and the three-day weekend made for grill-outs. Some people may know that Labor Day was originally created to honor the contributions of workers, but many don’t know the in-depth history of Labor Day and its origins in the Industrial Revolution. In that era of our nation’s history, many people worked long hours in unregulated, hazardous conditions for very little pay.
Labor Day was first proposed during a time when many workers were going on strike for unfair wages and wanted to be recognized for their value and efforts. The idea was first proposed by one of two men, though people disagree on which one it truly was—either Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor, or Matthew McGuire of the Central Labor Union. Either way, the proposal was made and adopted in 1882, the year the very first Labor Day parade was held in New York City.
The holiday had difficulty working its way up to a national level. Originally, the idea of a “workingmens’ holiday” was honored in some state governments, but it wasn’t until 1892 that Congress solidified the history of Labor Day as a turning point in American history and uplifted it to the level of a national holiday.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro
The 2016 Chevy Camaro reveal was as big and exciting as anticipated. The sixth-generation Camaro wowed the audience at Belle Isle with its refined look and race-ready performance.
The new 2016 Camaro is faster, stronger, and lighter than the previous generation, providing even more thrill when driving. There are six powertrain options, including the beastly LT1 6.2-liter V8 that generates 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque! All engines are available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new Camaro has been almost entirely redone with only two parts that carried over from the fifth generation. It’s truly a new take on the classic sports car.
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Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president and Product Development, said, “For Camaro enthusiasts, it retains iconic design cues and offers even more performance. For a new generation of buyers, the 2016 Camaro incorporates our most innovative engineering ideas with finely honed performance and leading design.”
The sixth generation Camaro will go on sale later this year at College Chevrolet Buick , so get ready to take the ride of your life!
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2015 Chevy Silverado – Available at College Chevy!
Finding a pickup truck that mixes top-notch capabilities and sophistication can be difficult—unless you’re looking to order the Chevrolet Silverado Custom Sport Edition. This brand new edition pickup from Chevrolet, which debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, creates a sophisticated monochromatic look for double- and crew-cab Silverados, showing that it’s easy to have the best of both worlds.
“The Custom Sport special edition was inspired by Chevy Custom Sport Trucks of the late 1960s,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director. “Those CST models added a touch of elegance to a great all-around truck, just like the Custom Sport package for the new Silverado.”
Body-colored front and rear bumpers, a body-colored grille surround, and a chrome-accented black grille are all part of the Custom Sport Edition package, along with new 20-inch chrome wheels. Helping add a touch of sophistication are chrome door handles and mirror caps, and chrome body-side moldings, all for a slight increase of $1,950 to $2,950 to the Silverado’s base price.
The Chevrolet Silverado Custom Sport Edition can be added to your Silverado purchase now, so stop in to College Chevrolet Buick today to see how you can add a touch of class to your pickup truck.
On a warm summer day, sometimes it’s nice to have your animal companions get out of the house and go for a ride. But remember even mild outside temperatures can become deadly heat inside a locked car within minutes.
After just 10 minutes a car can be as hot as 94 degrees on a 75 degree day. And that temperature can hit 109 after 30 minutes. Turning what was supposed to be a quick trip to the grocery store into something far worse.
This is also critically important for parents with young children. Children should never be left alone in a vehicle, especially in the summer months as temperatures hit the 90s and above outside.
Aside from making sure you don’t leave your children or pets inside a hot vehicle, it’s important to remember to take necessary precautions to ensure safety.
Take the time to lock your vehicle. Children often use cars as hiding places for games. An unlocked vehicle could lead to a child getting trapped inside the cabin or trunk.
While we don’t wish to scare parents or guardians we do want you to be alert and mindful to protect your loved ones this summer. The summer is a great time for family outings, vacations, sporting events, cookouts, and more. And at College Chevy we hope it stays that way.
That special time of year when the snow has melted, the temperature begins to rise, flowers start to peak out of the ground, and the most exciting college basketball action takes place. Well, at least the last part of that is true for this year. The NCAA tournament is back and College Chevrolet is on top of it with our Bracket Madness Challenge!
Each year you probably fill out a bracket or two and chip in a couple of bucks, only to see that cinderalla team complete vanquish your chances in round 1. This year save yourself a few dollars and enter Bracket Madness.
Visit www.collegechevy.com/ccbmadness or our group on cbssports.com. Just register and join the College Chevrolet Buick group, our password is ccbmadness.
Having trouble filling everything out on cbssports.com? No problem. Email your bracket to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll update it for you.
Sure testing your basketball acumen against others is a blast, but what’s the prize? College Chevrolet Buick is giving away a $50 gift card to Cascarelli’s! That’s right, just for showing that you know more about hoops than the guy down the street you could earn a free meal at a great family restaurant.
So what are you waiting on? There are only two days to go before the tournament starts. To keep you up-to-date on all scores, we’ll be tweeting (@CollegeChevy) score finals and updates throughout the tournament. Use the hashtag #CCBMadness to join the conversation.
Events like ski super pipe, snowboard big, snowmobile freestyle, snowboard cross, and ski slopestyle are just a few of the things you can check out at ESPN’s, increasingly popular, Winter X Games. But have you ever wondered “How are these crazy half pipes, huge ramps, and giant slalom courses built?” Well with help from Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson, ESPN Winter X Games course designer, and TV producer Jason Carbone, Chevrolet is set to bring you an exciting new show on National Geographic called, Mountain Movers.
Some of the tricks performed by X games athletes are flat out astonishing, but equally as astonishing is how they develop these crazy courses big air ramps and half pipes.
“Building snow parks is tricky business under the best of conditions. Mountain Movers is about taking on the big challenges and having the right tools to get the job done,” Gunnarson said. “I know Chevy trucks can handle the heavy duty work we do, and in the nastiest environments a mountain can offer because I use them every day.”
Get ready to see the action unfold later this year as Snow Park Technologies, owned by Gunnarson, takes on building new and innovate sports venues for the show. We at College Chevy are anxious to see how Chevrolet trucks fair conditions, with heavy machinery, and difficult terrain. We feel pretty confident Chevy trucks are up to the task. Seeing how those awesome snow parks are built should be pretty entertaining, too!
Well folks, we’ve reached the final weekend of 2012. A year that included the United States of America being introduced to the Chevy Spark, the release of the final line of Chevy Avalanche, the Detroit Tigers making the world series, Megatron breaking Jerry Rice’s receiving yardage record, the unveiling of the new look Silverado, Buick’s newest member, the Encore, has begun production, and so much more. With all that we think it’s fair to say 2012 has been a pretty good year.
But what can we expect from 2013? Well, if history has taught us anything, it won’t be more of the same. All we can do is to expect the unexpected.
So, be on the look out for more innovative features and designs from Buick and Chevrolet (Corvette C7? Buick Grand National?).
And don’t forget, College Chevrolet Buick is changing things up for 2013, too. Our new look showroom and service center will be completed next year! As always we’re working to provide you with the best customer service experience possible, so if you have anything you want to share don’t hesitate to contact us.
Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @CollegeChevy, for unique special offers and event information. And if you had an experience at College Chevrolet Buick that you’d like to share, review us on our Google+ page.
Happy New Year Everyone!
It’s September, and here at College Chevrolet Buick, we all know what that means: it’s football season, and more importantly, it’s Lions season. The Detroit Lions will be facing off against the St. Louis Rams this Sunday, September 9, with kickoff at 1 p.m. The Lions will have the home field advantage at Ford Field.
The last time the two teams met was back in 2010 when the Lions destroyed the Rams with a crushing blow of 44-6. The Rams are coming off a 2-14 season while the Lions finished second in the NFC North last season with a 10-6 record. Even so, the Lions are still fully preparing for battle, as the Rams have changed up the roster with over 30 new players and a new coach, Jeff Fisher. Starting the season on the road is always difficult, and with the Rams facing an explosive Lions offense, featuring the receiver known as Megatron, or Calvin Johnson, things become that much more difficult.
Jim Schwartz, head coach of the Lions, recognized the adversity he will face against Fisher this Sunday: “[Jeff Fisher’s] teams are always tough. They’re always physical. They’re always well prepared. Traditionally they’ve always run the ball very well. But they’re adaptable. There were times in Tennessee where Eddie George was going to carry it 40 times a game. There was times when Steve McNair was going to throw it 40 times a game. Good coaching in the NFL is being able to adapt to your personnel and the situation that comes up. I think that’s probably the hallmark of what Jeff did. You can’t be around for 17 years unless you adjust and change. Run and shoot didn’t last 17 years, 46 defense didn’t last 17 years; you have to be able to adjust and change with personnel, within times, all those different things. He’s certainly done that.”
So who will take first blood this season? College Chevrolet Buick is counting on the Lions to bring victory to Michigan, but the fight to get there will most definitely be tough.
As a company Buick prides itself on high-quality luxury vehicles, with brilliant interior and exterior styling, a plethora of safety features, innovative technology, and superior performance and comfort.
It should come as no surprise that Buick’s unique and elegant designs are inspired by some of the greatest artist of our time. In an effort to showcase some of its signature style while highlighting some of Detroit’s most influential artists, Buick embarked on a design tour. The tour shows of some brilliant works of art that helped inspire amazing vehicles.
The tour includes Detroit area artists like Gream White, Adam Shirley, Andy Kem and Bryan Baker.
Video courtesy of Buick via YouTube