Paschal Promotions Blog


Posted by Bryan Paschal on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 @ 11:31 AM

Christ Church Cathedral Choir resized 600Rated as one of the world’s top male-voice choirs, Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford, England returns to Charlotte to perform at the acoustically stunning Covenant Presbyterian Church. The program includes works from Tallis, Handel, Purcell, Walton, Tippett and Vaughan Williams. This concert is presented by 89.9 FM WDAV Classical Public Radio.

About the Choir

Christ Church Cathedral Choir is 500 years old, and is famous for the youthfulness of its sound and its daring and adventurous musical programming. The Choir is made up of 12 men and 16 boys along with 2 Organists. The boys are selected for their musical ability and attend Christ Church Cathedral School. Of the men, six are professionals, and six are undergraduates.                                                                               <Image from Christ Church Cathedral Choir>

The Choir with Howard Goodall resized 600Not only do they perform their daily services in the Cathedral, they also have a busy annual programme of concerts and overseas tours. The Choir has many award-winning recordings to its credit and works with several international orchestras and soloists, giving them a strong media profile. They have appeared on all the major TV channels, including Howard Goodall’s Bafta award-winning series for Channel Four, hailed as ‘one of the finest choirs on Earth’. They have also appeared singing on TV and film themes for Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley.

Cost: Friday $10-$20; Saturday $10-$20

Date: Friday & Saturday, April 4 & 5, 2014


Friday, April 4th @7pm -  Covenant Presbyterian Church1000 E Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 28204

Saturday, April 5th @7:30pm - Davidson College Presbyterian Church100 N Main St, Davidson, NC 28036


About The Ulysses Festival

Ulysses Festival is Charlotte's annual, month-long arts festival featuring performances from Opera Carolina, Charlotte Symphony & NC Dance Theater.

Festival Purpose

To advance access and learning through interdisciplinary activities, including performances, events, lectures, exhibitions and online tools to elevate awareness of Charlotte’s leading arts organizations and to engage new audiences.

Key Events Coming Up

Tags: Opera Carolina, Paschal Promotions, Charlotte Symphony, Ulysses Festival, Christ Church Cathedral Choir


Posted by Bryan Paschal on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

Rise for Freedom Pic resized 600Ulysses Festival is excited to present a new production by African-American composer, Aldophus Hailstork's one-act opera that tells The John Parker Story. Starring an interracial cast, the English-language opera takes place in Ripley, Ohio in 1860, and tells the story of John Parker, a freed slave who risks his own freedom to help slaves escape bondage in Kentucky. A moving tale of heroism and self sacrifice as told by our country’s leading African American composer. Performed by Opera Carolina and Firebird Alliance & Vox.

Cost: FREE and Open to the Public.

Date: Thursday, Friday & Saturday, April 3, 4 & 5, 2014 at 7pm


Thursday, April 3rd - Biddle Hall, Johnson C. Smith University100 Beatties Ford Rd.CharlotteNC28216

Friday, April 4th -  First Baptist Church of Matthews, NC; 185 S. Trade St.Matthews, NC 28105

Saturdy, April 5 - Sharon Presbyterian Church5201 Sharon RoadCharlotte, NC 28210


About Adolphus Hailstork

Dr. Adolphus Hailstork resized 600Adolphus Hailstork received his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University. He has written in a variety of genres, producing works for chorus, solo voice, piano, organ, various chamber ensembles, band, and orchestra. Dr. Hailstork’s works have been performed by such prestigious ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic, under the batons of leading conductors such as James DePreist, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, and Lorin Maazel. Dr. Hailstork, now resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and serves as Professor of Music and Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

<Image from Theodore Presser Company) 


About The Ulysses Festival

Ulysses Festival is Charlotte's annual, month-long arts festival featuring performances from Opera Carolina, Charlotte Symphony & NC Dance Theater. Click here to read more about Ulysses: Charlotte's Festival of the Arts.


Key Events Coming Up

Tags: Opera Carolina, Philanthropic Event, Visit Charlotte, Motivation, Foundation For The Carolinas, Charlotte Symphony, Rise for Freedom, NC Dance Theatre, Ulysses Festival


Posted by Bryan Paschal on Tue, Mar 04, 2014 @ 10:58 AM
No Longer Just a Dream 1

This lecture, "No Longer Just a Dream: Two African-American Commemorative Sites on the National Mall," Dr. Charles Davis will be speaking about recent sites on the national mall in Washington, DC: the Martin Luther King Memorial and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.


Cost: This lecture is FREE and Open to the Public.

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6pm

Location: Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

Dr. Charles Davis

Dr Charles DavisDr. Charles Davis is an assistant professor of history, theory and criticism in the School of Architecture.  He also serves as an adjunct professor of history at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Davis holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Professional Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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About The Ulysses Festival

Ulysses Festival is Charlotte's annual, month-long arts festival featuring performances from Opera Carolina, Charlotte Symphony & NC Dance Theater. Click here to read more about Ulysses: Charlotte's Festival of the Arts.


Key Events Coming Up

Tags: Philanthropic Event, No Longer Just a Dream, Harvey B Gantt Center, Ulysses Festival


Posted by Bryan Paschal on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 @ 09:58 AM

Ulysses Charlotte Festival of the ArtsUlysses Festival: Charlotte's annual, month-long arts festival featuring performances from Opera Carolina, Charlotte Symphony & NC Dance Theatre.




Festival Purpose: To advance access and learning through interdisciplinary activities, including performances, events, lectures, exhibitions and online tools to elevate awareness of Charlotte’s leading arts organizations and to engage new audiences.



Previous Years


Each year this Festival has grown in attendance directly related to the hard work and dedication from the Arts & Science Council (ASC) as well as the continued commitment and support from the Charlotte cultural community. Just to put some numbers out there; in 2012, The Festival’s inaugural year, there were over eighteen thousand attendees and in 2013 (only their 2nd year) they had over thirty-one thousand in attendance!


What to Expect This Year


The 2014 campaign is building on the vibe from the past two years and is looking to exceed all expectations. There are new shows, artists and locations added to the Festival! While the ASC is expecting the quantity of people in attendance to grow, they have also increased the quality of artists/performers. We, Paschal Promotions, have had an inside look of what’s to come and you won’t be disappointed. The ASC has done a great job of spreading the shows, exhibits and lectures throughout the Charlotte area to highlight the great venues The QC has to offer!


Kick Off Event


Join us as we kick-off the 2014 Ulysses Festival! Enjoy live performances from the Opera Carolina, Charlotte Symphony & North Carolina Dance Theatre. Bring the entire family for this free and exciting event. Located at 7th Street Public Market. Click the picture below for more info.


Ulysses Kick Off Event


Key Festival Events


Tags: Opera Carolina, Paschal Promotions, Philanthropic Event, Foundation For The Carolinas, Charlotte Symphony, NC Dance Theatre

How Does Team Paschal Stay Motivated?

Posted by Bryan Paschal on Fri, Feb 07, 2014 @ 12:55 PM

Practice Motivation

Motivational Quote

I love to read motivational quotes every day. It's something I've picked up a while back and I
feel that it keeps me on my toes and fully aware and excited for what life has to offer. Only recently have I been sharing with our social media friends & family. I heard once before that if you don't practice motivation, then you will not stay motivated. I'm sure this may be different for everyone, 
but I found it very true for me.

  <Image by Rhode Island Networking Events>

Recent Quotes I’ve Read

I came across this quote today that I couldn't just copy and paste, so I decided to write about it. Here it is...


"Opportunities don't happen, you create them." ~Chris Grosser


After reading this it took me back to when I was in college. A great friend of mine had a few quotes that he lived by and I took one of those quotes and made it my own. The quote below is similar to the one above.


“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” ~ Seneca, (a first-century Roman philosopher)


I still believe this and I’m a living example it every day. To really believe that you create your own luck and to make each journey of your life a learning experience is something great! Have you heard the story of how Bryan Paschal & I met? If not, we'll save that for another day. There may be a situation that arises in the future and what you are experience is the present will be the answer. For example, as you’re exercising and you overhear someone describing your dream job, you stop and ask them if they are hiring and you get an interview and eventually get the job. That’s not luck, an opportunity presented itself to you and you were prepared to take action!

Motivational Quote

Motivation is one of my favorite things to practice. Each quote, paragraph, statement and/or saying will mean something different to me each time I read it. 

<Image by Words on Images>





Lately, Huffington Post has been my favorite site to read motivational quotes, Forbes also has some great ones as well! Check them out & stay motivated!!

Tags: Paschal Promotions, Motivation, Motivational Quotes

Are You Training for a 5K, 10K or Marathon? Stretching is a must!

Posted by Bryan Paschal on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 @ 10:34 PM

MOGA Charlotte provides some great lower body stretches to maximize your full potential!


Diagram for those who are visual learners!

Lower Half Diagram resized 600

The video below will cover the following Stretches related to specific muscle groups:



  1. Hero's Pose - Quadriceps
  2. Hamstrings
  3. Pigeon - Hips & Glutes
  4. Frog - Hips
  5. Roll Out IT Band
  6. Calves & Feet
Happy running! And be sure to stretch before and after each run!

Tags: Exercise, Paschal Promotions, Running, Moga

Paschal Promotions Team Up with CBF for the Third Straight Year

Posted by Bryan Paschal on Tue, Aug 06, 2013 @ 04:14 PM
Carolina Breast Friends

About Carolina Breast Friends



Support, friendship, and providing crucial information are the backbone of Carolina Breast Friends. Paschal Promotions, for our third year straight, is proud to partner with such a compassionate organization. The mission of CBF and the Pink House is to provide a positive environment linking breast cancer survivors through education, encouragement, and friendship during any stage of their journey. 

Ready to Support?


Sisters United

Carolina Breast Friends is a non-profit agency providing information, inspiration and assistance to fellow breast cancer survivors in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Pink House is a unique center of support for breast cancer survivors. Their mission and vision is achieved through the generous support of individuals and businesses.  Carolina Breast Friends, Inc. is qualified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to CBF are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. 

There are many ways that you can support the mission of Carolina Breast Friends:

Volunteer, Contribute, Shop & Fundraisers.


CBF’s Upcoming Events


Pink Boots Ball – Saturday, September 14, 2013

Style Night Out – Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tags: Carolina Breast Friends, Paschal Promotions, Philanthropic Event, Social Events

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome a.k.a. "Runner's Knee"

Posted by Bryan Paschal on Mon, May 06, 2013 @ 05:16 PM

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, more commonly known as “Runner’s Knee” is a pretty common issue among runners, bikers, basketball players, and women.  Women tend to have wider hips, which puts the femur bone at a greater angle where it meets the knee and tibia – this greater angle puts a strain on the knee during activity. –  Women Running Together - Men's Health 


Common Symptoms


    • Dull ache underneath the kneecap while walking down stairs, running, squatting or getting up after sitting for long periods of time
    • Occasional knee buckling
    • A catching, popping, or grinding sensation when walking or with knee movement




Deep Stretch Yoga can help by stretching of the hip, hamstring, calf (anatomy), and iliotibial band (IT Band), which may help restore proper biomechanics. The use of a foam roller may help to add flexibility and relieve pain from sore or stiff muscles in the leg.


Look Who's Sporty


If you all didn't know, we, Bryan and I are former college athletes. That's right, the Paschal Promotions' team are one sporty bunch!  Back on topic...Beth, from Moga, said she was having similar symptoms to the ones listed above several years ago.  She said "I went to several doctors and was told that I might have a torn meniscus, and that I should probably have a MRI done on my knee.  Being a poor college student, a MRI seemed out of the question, so I sought out other professionals for their opinion.


I finally found a physical therapist that suggested I had “runners knee” and it could be fixed by simply strengthening a few muscles and stretching a few others.  I started a program of strengthening my quads and the supporting muscles around my knee.  I also started stretching my IT Band and adductors (inner thighs), since they were so tight, they were pulling my knee off center.  Running had to take a side line for a while but within a few months my symptoms were gone and I was back to running at least 3 miles per running session.  Success!"


Here’s another example of a local runner’s experience with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome a.k.a. “Runners Knee” and how she treated it - Healthy Tipping Point


Well written by our friends at MOGA!


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Tags: Exercise, Paschal Promotions, Running, Moga

Setting Industry Standards - Zippy Ice Is Leading The Way

Posted by Bryan Paschal on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 @ 02:21 PM


Not to mention, they are the only woman owned Ice Company in the nation!

Who is Zippy Ice?

Zippy IceZippy Ice is a family owned and operated Ice Company located in Charlotte, NC. Not only are they the only woman owned ice company in the world, but also the only NSF audited plant in Charlotte, meaning that Zippy Ice has met the highest sanitary and production standards possible in ice manufacturing. Refer to Health Codes section below for more info.


All of their ice is made locally to ensure the freshest and best quality of ice product.  Services they offer; delivery of ice at events, through direct sales, convenience stores, supermarkets and restaurants. They also market their ice machines for commercial and restaurant use and provide ice machine maintenance and cleaning services.  Zippy Ice Inc. is your full service Charlotte Ice Company.


Where Did This Idea Come From?

Zippy Ice Bags

It all started in 2006 on a family beach trip with Christine and Howard Mackie. On the drive to the coast they spotted a self-standing ice vending machine with a long line of people and thought, what better business, no need for employees - just collect the money from the machine. They placed her first ice vending machine in the University Area in April 2007, followed by five smaller machines the same year

Over the last 15 years, many North Carolina ice companies have closed or been bought out, but Zippy Ice continues to grow. The business has evolved, from building a plant to manufacturing and distributing ice to the public, restaurants and local machines the same year.


Paschal Promotions’ Testimony

Zippy Loose IceWe have been using Zippy Ice at our events for the past three years now.  To be honest, there is nothing more convenient than having all of your ice delivered to your event without using your or your staff’s vehicle.  Zippy Ice has always been dependable, no matter the traffic or business of their schedule.  Once the product was delivered, they left their freezer on site and it made for a much cleaner work space and allowed the ice to stay frozen all day. Of course we had to order a certain amount of ice and get proper approval from the venue for the freezer to be parked on site. The prices were extremely affordable and the process from start to finish was seamless. We look forward to working future events together as we have formed a great business and personal relationship. 



Zippy Ice Cert

Zippy Ice is the only NSF audited plant based in Charlotte, meaning that Zippy Ice has met the highest sanitary and production standards possible in ice manufacturing. NSF International Food Safety Auditors work with companies to ensure that there are effective systems in place for sanitary food processing. NSF International Food Safety Auditors are also qualified to verify compliance with U.S. FDA and USDA regulations for Good Manufacturing Practices and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures.


IPIA Member



Tags: Paschal Promotions, Zippy Ice Company, Ice Charlotte

Reading and Understanding What You Eat!

Posted by Bryan Paschal on Mon, Apr 01, 2013 @ 05:28 PM

Reading Food Labels for Optimal Health  

From Paschal Promotions' PartnermodPaleo.



Everyone seems to be obsessed with reading food labels these days, but many are focused on the wrong parts of the nutrition label.  What is most important about the food we eat has nothing to do with fat or caloric content, or how many Weight Watchers points a food is worth.  It is far more simplistic than that.


What matters most is what’s in your food.  


Let’s look past the “nutrition facts” for a moment and focus our attention on the “ingredients.”  You may be surprised at what you find. I learned the hard way.


When my son was a toddler, he was (still is) a picky eater and his diet consisted largely of applesauce and yogurt.  Doing my best to make his limited diet as nutritious as possible, I did some homework to get the best products I could.  Yogurt seemed to be a no-brainer: stay away from the bright packages adorned with the Trix bunny and opt for the “no-added sugar, organic” variety.  Easy peasy.


I assumed applesauce was a no-brainer as well – just mushed up apples, right?  Wrong.  After I had stock-piled the stuff (thank you, COSTCO), I happened to look closely at what was actually in the applesauce.  Take a look:


Do you see what I see? High fructose corn syrup and artificial colorings!

Paleo Food Label


Now that you know that your ingredient list is going to trump the rest of your food label, here is a very simple list of what you want to avoid:

    • Any added sugars of any kind, or artificial sweeteners.  High fructose corn syrup has been under fire lately, but these sweeteners can be lurking in the form of any type of “syrup”: cane juice, sucrose, fructose, glucose, maltodextrin, etc.  If you see any of these in your ingredient lists, opt for something better!
    • Hydrogenated oils
    • Artificial colors and artificial flavorings
    • Anything you cannot pronounce or cannot readily identify.
    • Any food with a lengthy ingredients list like this:
Paleo Food Label


Remember, even organic foods can be suspect.  So I will say this, if you recognize all of the ingredients and you’re likely to find them in your own pantry, then the food is probably okay.  Honestly, your best bet when shopping at the supermarket is to stay away from foods that have a food label, shop the perimeter.  Or skip the supermarket all together and head over to your local farmers’ market or…. just let modpaleo do the cooking for you!

Tags: Paschal Promotions, Excercise, ModPaleo