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RV and Camper Show features new Airstream models

If you’ve ever gawked at that shiny, round aluminum can rolling down the road, you’re not alone. But this week, for the first time in two decades, the iconic Airstream RVs will be on display at the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds 29th Annual Fall Detroit

RV Camping Show.

Running Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 3-7, at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, the show includes nearly 400 RVs, including folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers, toy haulers and fifth wheel travel trailers ranging in price from $6,995 to more than $400,000.

“We are very excited to have multiple Airstreams included in the RV lineup this fall,” said Darren Ing,

show director, MARVAC RV and camping shows. “The quintessential Airstream RV has always been a

favorite of show visitors.”

The Airstream lineup includes:

• 2019 Airstream Flying Cloud — This nearly 26-foot long silver bullet-shaped travel trailer can sleep six and features a queen-size master bed, bathroom with separate shower, galley kitchen with stove, refrigerator, pantry and additional sleeping areas. The MSRP for this vehicle is $91,459.

• 2019 Airstream Tommy Bahama Interstate — This motorhome sleeps two and features a minimalist kitchen, shower and bathroom, multiple seating options and incredible storage. This coach vehicle has an MSRP of $196,045.

• 2019 Airstream Nest — Looking like something lunar, this nimble, fiberglass 16-foot trailer has a queen-size bed, modest yet modern kitchen, full bathroom, power patio awning, and an MSRP of $47,234.

Show hours are 2-9 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi, , south of I-96 between Novi and Beck roads.

Other exhibits offer parts and accessories, campground information, on-site RV financing and rentals, educational seminars, as well as discounts, rebates, end-of-season pricing and on-site financing.

Admission for ages 13 and older is $10; seniors 55 and olser $9; and children 12 or younger get in free. Parking not included in show admission.

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Around Belmont

The Edible Alphabet: 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Sept.11-Jan. 16, ChopChop Test Kitchen, 697 Belmont St., Belmont. Cost: $10. For information: 617-924-3993;; This class is for ages 2-5. Classes are $10 each, but attendees can buy five classes and get one free. The Edible Alphabet is a series of 26 classes that may be taken all together or individually. Starting with “A is for Avocado,” each class focuses on one letter of the alphabet and one food that begins with that letter. Parents and their toddlers will create simple snacks, build number literacy, experiment with new foods and enhance fine motor skills.

Didriks and Local Root Switch Up: Sept.10-Oct.10, The Mill at Newton Lower Falls, 2284 Washington St., Newton, Belmont Center, 77 Leonard St., Belmont. For information:;; Trade in used dinnerware and kitchenware in-store only at Didriks and Local Root for 15 percent off corresponding items at Didriks and Local Root. Collected items will be donated to Furnishing Hope of Massachusetts Inc., a Cambridge-based nonprofit that helps Boston area families transitioning out of homelessness.

Photography exhibit: Oct. 1-30, Mass Audubon Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 Juniper Road, Belmont. For information: 617-489-5050; A photography exhibit by Brad Dinerman, “The Fieldbrook Reserve: Wildlife in Action” will held at the Mass Audubon Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary. The gallery is located in the visitor center. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visitors should call ahead, as the gallery may be closed for weekend functions or weekday conferences.

Habitat program: 2-4 p.m. Oct. 18, Belmont Farmers’ Market, Belmont town center parking lot, Cross Street at Channing Road. For information: A naturalist from Habitat will offer programs at Belmont Farmers’ Market, providing hands-on learning focusing on food production, sustainability and wildlife.


Nicotine Anonymous meetings: 1 p.m. Thursdays, McLean Hospital, Room 114, deMarneffe Cafeteria, 15 Mill St., Belmont.

Zumba: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Saturdays and 8:15-9 p.m. Mondays, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 448 Common St, Belmont. Cost: $15. For information:; 617-489-7272.

Zumba: 7 p.m. Monday; 7:15 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. Saturday at Avalon Dance and Fitness, 345 Trapelo Road, Belmont. Cost: first class is free; $15 drop in. Package prices available.

Beginner Ballroom Group Class: 7:30-8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 448 Common St, Belmont. Cost: $15. For information:; 617-489-7272. No partner required. Wear comfortable attire and shoes.

Social Ballroom Dance Party: 8:15-9:45 p.m. Fridays, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 448 Common St, Belmont. Cost: $15. For information:; 617-489-7272.

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Ask Matt: ‘SNL’ Cold Opens, ‘Big Bang’ Trivia, The ‘Modern Family’ Death Lottery, and More

Welcome back to the QA with TV critic (also known to some TV fans as their “TV therapist”) Matt Roush, who’ll try to address whatever you love, loathe, are confused or frustrated or thrilled by in today’s vast TV landscape. One caution: This is a spoiler-free zone, so we won’t be addressing upcoming storylines here unless it’s already common knowledge. Please send your questions and comments to [email protected] (or use the form at the end of the column) and follow me on Twitter. Look for Ask Matt columns on most Tuesdays and Fridays.


Running Cold, or Hot, on SNL

Question: Why are the opening moments of Saturday Night Live called a “Cold Open?” What would be a “hot” open, a pre-recorded open? Thanks for all of your info you post each week. — Walter

Matt Roush: Seems a fair question, especially after this weekend’s season premiere opened with so much heat, featuring Matt Damon’s over-the-top impersonation of Judge Kavanaugh. The phrase has nothing to do with temperature and all to do with timing. The “cold open” is a term referring to any opening scene that throws you right into the action without any set-up or title sequence. Lots of shows use them, but SNL tends to make more noise than most, opening with whatever is the most buzzed-about incident of the moment. (I only wish the rest of the episode, besides some biting moments on “Weekend Update,” had measured up. Otherwise, it was a painful start to the season.)

Kanye West Claims He Was ‘Bullied’ Over Trump Support at ‘SNL’

He was wearing one a ‘MAGA’ hat onstage at the end of the show.

Magnetism in a Big Bang Kitchen

Question: On The Big Bang Theory, what are those round objects on the side of Howard and Bernadette’s refrigerator? My mom thinks they are magnets. — MS

Matt Roush: Lots of Internet buzz about these unusual kitchen accessories. By all accounts, they are magnetized—but they’re actually small containers, often used for holding spices. As SNL’s Church Lady used to say: How convenient!

See How the ‘Big Bang Theory’ Cast Has Changed Over 12 Seasons (PHOTOS)

The show is one of the longest running series on TV.

When Mourning Comes on Modern Family

Question: I agree with those who feel that Modern Family killing Stella, the dog, does not warrant a three-episode arc nor affects all the characters. But DeDe’s death would. Do you agree? — Gwen

Matt Roush: This who’s-gonna-die speculation is getting awfully morbid, making me wish the producers hadn’t teased the fact that there will be a “significant” death on the show this season. (This is why I prefer my TV without spoilers.) Next to the dog, Shelley Long’s character of Jay’s first wife (and mother to Claire and Mitchell and their various offspring) seems the most popular, or at least expected, choice to go to the great sitcom beyond. It’s a loss that would strike a chord with most of the show’s major characters without affecting the core ensemble. Whatever happens, I still wish the show had chosen to let this passage come as a surprise.

4 Storylines to Look Out For in ‘Modern Family’ Season 10

Including a guest role by ‘Schitt’s Creek’ star Dan Levy.

A Late Start for ABC’s Tuesday Lineup

Question: Where is Splitting Up Together with Jenna Fischer? It was on ABC, I think, and I can’t find any mention of it anywhere. I hope it is coming back. Thank you for any information you can provide. — Pat

Matt Roush: Be patient. The midseason sitcom co-starring Oliver Hudson was renewed and will return to ABC’s Tuesday lineup once they stop double-running Dancing With the Stars on Monday and Tuesday. (This dismal season, that’s a lot of mediocrity spread over two nights.) This is the latest launch of any network lineup, and it promises to be a big night for ABC, when on Oct. 16 the newly christened The Conners (formerly Roseanne) will return, joined by the premieres of promising new comedy The Kids Are Alright and Nathan Fillion’s new drama The Rookie, with the returns of black-ish and Splitting Up Together filling the 9/8c hour.

‘Splitting Up Together’: First Look at the Season 2 Key Art (PHOTO)

Post-season finale hook-up, the new season of the ABC family comedy is coming October 16.

Why Isn’t There Room for All in Peak TV?

Question: There’s a wide variety of shows on network, cable and streaming TV, so why isn’t there room for such gems as Galavant, Trial Error and other creative, enjoyable, funny shows? — Val

Matt Roush: A simple question that’s rather complicated to answer properly and succinctly. The bottom line here is the bottom line of the TV business, and even with so many expanding platforms, there will be wonderful shows that either fail to find their audience, are poorly scheduled and/or promoted, and possibly are just too niche in appeal to succeed in the long term in a mass marketplace. The fact that we got two seasons of both of these cult comedies (and in Galavant’s case, musical) was something of a miracle, although the jury apparently is still out on whether Trial Error will be able to find a new home for a third season.

Will Netflix Rescue More Favorites Like ‘Designated Survivor’ ‘Lucifer’?

Plus, find out what’s in store for ‘Lucifer’s streaming debut.

When You Can’t Set Your Clock By TV

Question: Why do many programs run over their 30 or 60 minute time period by a minute or two? I often record programs, and when I play them, the last minute or two of a story’s wrap-up is lost. The program is recorded precisely at 30 or 60 minutes but the broadcast lasted a minute or two longer. — Ellen, Margate, FL

Matt Roush: This practice has been going on for a long time—and it can be even more confusing with certain cable programs that produce oversized episodes running 15 or more minutes longer than the usual hour with commercials. Those with DVR recorders tend to have less of an issue with this, because the programmers generally provide information about which episodes are expected to run a minute or so longer, and generally it works (although it still sometimes lops off the last few seconds of a show—especially noticeable if you’re a fan of Chuck Lorre’s vanity cards). The reason for these overruns is very old-school, with schedulers believing if a popular show runs into another show’s time period, it may keep viewers from turning between episodes to the competition. This usually ends up just annoying viewers for the reasons you state in your question. If your device allows you to do it, I always recommend recording a few minutes beyond the allotted time slot—or even recording the following show just to be safe.

Tell Us Your TV Faves, and We’ll Tell You Which New Shows to Watch

Figure out what to watch this season, based on what you’ve watched before.

Who Does The Deuce Have to (Bleep) to Get an Emmy?

Question: I’m still digesting the Emmys hits and misses, and it hit me that HBO’s The Deuce, which I thought was one of the best new shows on TV last season as well as one of the best dramas, period, seems to have been shockingly overlooked. I understand (but do not condone nor agree with) leaving out James Franco. The stories that came out in the wake of the #MeToo movement probably cost him an Oscar nomination(s), and looks to have affected him here as well. A shame, because his performance—as twins no less, which shockingly didn’t help Ewan McGregor to a nomination for Fargo either—is stunningly good. IMO (much) better than nominees Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright in Westworld. Same with his co-star, Maggie Gyllenhaal. I’m wondering if it was a combination of the above (in Franco’s case) mixed with the series’ subject matter, which is gritty and tough to watch, but expertly done. Not to denigrate those who WERE nominated, but for me, leaving out others who are as deserving if not more so only undercuts the accolades for those who made the (sometimes) dubious cut. — Michael

HBO Releases New Footage of ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ More (VIDEO)

They also released sneak peeks at ‘Veep,’ ‘Barry,’ ‘The Deuce,’ and more.

Matt Roush: Before we put this year’s Emmys in the rear-view mirror, this oversight is worth noting, especially with the second season currently underway on HBO and the acknowledgement that it will enjoy only a three-year run, with next season being the last. It is surprising, given the production quality of recreating the sleazy 1970s at the very least, that The Deuce didn’t receive a single nomination, not even in the technical areas. I realize there’s little room left over when buzzier shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld each reap over 20 nominations, but this deserved better, and so did its stars, most notably James Franco and, for me, Maggie Gyllenhaal, who I hope gets noticed for her work this season. What a fascinating character. Still, it’s entirely possible this will stay under the radar, much like David Simon’s other neglected gems for HBO, including The Wire and Treme.


That’s all for now. Thanks as always for reading, and remember that I can’t do this without your participation, so please keep sending questions and comments about TV to [email protected] or shoot me a line on Twitter (@TVGMMattRoush), and you can also submit questions via the handy form below. Please include a first name in your question.


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New ThermoServ Ltd. Rebrands as NTL

DALLAS, Sept. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — New ThermoServ Ltd., a leading provider of domestically manufactured, innovative drinkware and dinnerware, announces a new brand identity as NTL. The new company is shifting their organizational strategy to reflect a corporate identity separate from their portfolio of product brands that includes ThermoServ, Prolon, MakIt and Capitol Cups. The change also represents the evolution of the company as it continues to develop under new management. Today’s announcement means NTL will be positioned to better serve a wide range of audiences and markets with vastly different needs.

“We are very excited to rebrand as NTL and create a clear and united entity to house our portfolio of unique brands,” said Tom Neth, NTL’s President. “In many ways, we are an entirely different company today than in the past, and this shift will enable us to more clearly define and focus our organizational goals, as well as our product portfolio, pricing, marketing message and value proposition for each of the markets we serve.”

NTL will serve as the corporate entity to the following brands:

ThermoServ (Consumer tableware) – Casual drinkware and dinnerware products for everyday living at home and on-the-go. Versaware, Chef’s Collection and ThermoServ Kids also fall under the ThermoServ brand.

Prolon (Commercial tableware) – Commercial grade dinnerware and tabletop drinkware solutions for foodservice application. 

Capitol Cups (Commercial drinkware)Custom drinkware products and solutions for C-store and foodservice businesses.

MakIt (Kid craft products)Personalized dinnerware and drinkware keepsakes for kids of all ages.

For more information about NTL and it’s American made drinkware and dinnerware products, visit

About NTL
Established in 1956, NTL is a leading provider of innovative drinkware and tableware products that are made in America and designed for everyday living. NTL is the parent entity of product brands including ThermoServ, Prolon, MakIt and Capitol Cups. We are committed to serving as an integrated partner for businesses in the consumer and commercial markets, and we always keep the end customer’s satisfaction a priority. Through product differentiation, continuous quality improvements and the highest level of service from our people, customers can rest assured that NTL will deliver the highest quality and relevant product offerings to meet the demanding needs of the market. Whether for the home or business, we stay focused on life’s necessities. For more information, please visit the NTL website at

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TASTE TEST: Bite into a legend at Redamak’s


The legendary burger at Redamak’s.

NEW BUFFALO — A ritual of summer in Northwest Indiana is heading to the pristine beaches, wineries and touristy towns in southwest Michigan.

Just across the state line, New Buffalo is a popular destination, and no stop to the beachfront town is complete without a visit to Redamak’s, the vintage roadhouse at 616 East Buffalo St. that grills up the beefy “hamburger that made New Buffalo, Michigan famous.”

During the summer months, the gravel parking lot is often overflowing and there is usually a wait to get a table. But you’ll find a way to keep busy with an arcade, pinball machines, a bar and vintage decor like old school gas pumps, neon signs, sports memorabilia, menus autographed by celebrity visitors, and callbacks to bygone institutions like the Chicago Daily News.

Redamak’s just underwent a major renovation this past winter, overhauling the kitchen and resurfacing the floors. The institution, a favorite among tourists for decades, has made some upgrades over the last few years, adding a concession stand at the public beach, launching The Redamak’s Patty Wagon food truck and adding a few new gourmet burger and slider options. There’s now Michigan craft beer on tap.

The cozy, wood-lined burger joint, which is only open seasonally when beach-goers flood into town, is not without its detractors. Some complain that it overcooks burgers and won’t cook them below medium, that it’s overrated and – most often – that it’s still inexplicably cash-only in The Year of Our Lord 2018.

But there’s a reason why Redamak’s has been packing them in for decades, while other eateries along the same stretch of highway are noticeably less busy.

You can get baskets full of the most delicious fried food – clam strips, cauliflower, onion rings, onion petals, mozzarella sticks, zucchini sticks, green beans, pickles, deep-fried mini tacos and every conceivable type of potato: crinkle cut fries, curly fries, waffle fries, tater tots, sweet potato fries and chili cheese fries. 

But of course, the big attraction is the “legendary” double Velveeta cheeseburger. It comes standard with ketchup, mustard, crosscut dill pickles, and raw onion, and can alternately be topped with Swiss, Pepper Jack, Mild Cheddar, or Colby Jack cheeses, but it’s the rich Velveeta that really makes it sing.

The oozing, gelatinous cheese and freshly ground beef achieve a glorious fusion that will have you scraping off every last dollop of melty cheese stuck to the paper wrapper. There’s a reason why it’s a staple of summer.

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