Check Out the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden - Springfield

Kids enjoy a sculpture park dedicated to the storytelling and imagination of Springfield native Theodor Seuss Geisel. Photo by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (https://www.flickr.com/photos/masstravel/9599216083)

Looking for something interesting and unique to see in Springfield, Massachusetts? We at Steve Lewis Subaru encourage you to check out the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden.

These Cat in the Hat themed sculptures are found around the central Quadrangle of the Springfield Museums. This Dr. Seuss memorial park is appropriately located, as Theodor Seuss Geisel was born and raised in Springfield.

The bronze sculptures were created by sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, who is also Geisel’s step daughter.

Some of the sculptures include:

  • Seuss and the Cat in the Hat –Theodor Geisel at his drawing board while the Cat in the Hat sits beside him.
  • Horton Court – A group of characters stepping out of an open book.
  • The Story Teller – A Seussian storytelling chair with characters peeing around a 10 foot tall book of Oh the Places You’ll Go!

The sculptures tell the story of the famous author-illustrator and display the wondrous characters created.

“By creating the memorial, we hope to spark imagination and creativity in a new generation,” said Joseph Carvalho, president of the Springfield Museums Association. “Dr. Seuss drew much of his inspiration from his own neighborhood in Springfield. It’s all still here, just waiting for creative minds to discover it.”

We encourage you to spend some time at any of the Springfield museums. And while you are there, be sure to walk around and explore the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden.

Next Generation Crosstrek Debuted

Subaru has been leading the subcompact crossover market, as they were the first to have a successful crossover vehicle, the Crosstrek. They are about to raise the bar again, with a redesigned 2018 model.

The five seat XV concept has been revealed and displays Subaru’s new design. Subaru is calling their new design the Dynamic X-Solid, and this vision will be taken into consideration with every new model in the next generation of vehicles.

Subaru wants the new design elements to display a powerful crossover with a luxury quality. In addition, Subaru has placed character lines in specific exterior locations to enhance the dynamic energy of the body shape.

This next-generation Crosstrek, will be share a modular platform with the Impreza compact car, which also has been redesigned and re-engineered. Both vehicles will have athletic looks, and the XV concept also has a hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlights.

The XV Crosstrek has become the biggest seller in its class since its launch in 2012. Even top critics recognize the powerful competency of the Crosstrek. An IHIS automotive analyst has stated that the Crosstrek is tough completion for the other vehicles in that class.

The next generation Crosstrek is expected to go on sale next year, but stop in to Steve Lewis Subaru to test drive the current Crosstrek. One test drive is all you’ll need to see why this car continually ranks at the top of its class.

Subaru Sees Its Best Sales Month Ever in December

2015 Subaru Forester

The Forester is Subaru’s highest-selling vehicle from 2015.

2015 was a great year for Subaru. It saw its best sales month ever in December with total sales of 56,274 vehicles. In addition, the overall sales for the year set a new record with 582,675 vehicles sold—an increase of 13.4% over the record set in 2014.

Subaru has now had over four years of consecutive monthly year-over-year sales gains, which shows the reliability of the brand and the dedication and loyalty our customers have to us.

“As our franchise closes its seventh consecutive annual sales record, we have to give our heartfelt thanks to our retailers, distributors and colleagues, as well as Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. for making these historic results possible” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc., in a statement “2015 was another stellar year for the Subaru franchise and we are very optimistic about our continued success in 2016.”

Leading the sales in 2015 were the ever-popular Forester along with the Outback and Impreza. The Subaru brand is growing because of its dedication to delivering high-value vehicles focused on safety and reliability.

Stop by Steve Lewis Subaru today and we’ll show you what makes the Subaru lineup so versatile.

Bake Some of These Unique Pie Recipes for Great American Pie Month

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Shake up your apple pie with a cheddar cheese crust! Photo by Dan Parsons

Did you know that February is recognized as Great American Pie Month? This surprised us too. But, this gives us a great excuse to bake and devour some delicious pies. In case you love trying to new things, especially when it comes to baking, try one or more of these unique pie recipes.

  • Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust. You probably know some people who like to put a slice of cheese on top of their apple pie. Well, this recipe just incorporates the cheese into the crust.
  • Schadenfreude Pie. Schadenfreude is a feeling of joy you get when others suffer. When you serve this to your guests, they may suffer from how good this pie is. This dark, rich pie is heavy and best eaten in small slices and pairs well with vanilla ice cream and a large glass of milk.
  • Pink Lemonade Pie. Nothing is happier than a bright pink piece of pie. Mix concentrated lemonade with cream cheese and other delicious ingredients to create this frozen pie delight.
  • Grasshopper Pie. Bring back this vintage classic pie and impress your guests with this minty, creamy dessert. It combines marshmallows and whipped cream with a hint of crème de menthe for a refreshing treat.

What is your favorite pie recipe? Will you be trying any of these unique pie recipes this month?

White Snow, Black Ice: How to Stay Safe on Black Ice

Black Ice - Steve Lewis Subaru in Hadley, MA

Black ice is one of the many dangers associated with winter driving. This time of year is especially bad when it comes to this hazardous mix of ice, water, and snow, making it important to know how to react in such a situation. We’ve put together a post on how to stay safe on black ice.

According to WikiHow, black ice is similar to regular ice, but earns its eerie name from the difficulty in seeing it. Generally, black ice forms as a glaze over surfaces after light rain, snow, or sleet. It often forms without trapping much, if any, air, making it almost completely transparent.

The best way to stay safe on black ice is to know where it most often occurs. It frequently appears at night or in the early morning when temperatures are low. It forms on shaded parts of the road, as well as lesser-travelled roads. Bridges, overpasses, and other areas that are exposed to cold air also bring about fast-freezing.

While it is transparent, black ice can be detectable if you look right. It appears as a frozen sheet, so look for areas that are especially shiny. Most roads are dull, matte black; however, if you see light reflecting off any surfaces, take extra precaution.

Finally, if you do hit black ice, remain calm. Keep your wheel straight, and DO NOT slam on the brakes. Generally, a safe rule of thumb is to do nothing when you hit a slippery surface. You can lightly press the brakes, especially if you have ABS, and steer in the direction you are sliding if you are in a dangerous situation, as this will slow you faster.

Six Subaru Top Safety Pick+ Awards Recently Given by IIHS

2016 Subaru Forester

The Forester is one of six Subarus named Subaru Top Safety Pick+ for 2016.

Subaru recently earned six 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ awards, the highest honor given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Testing everything from front collision to advanced safety system technologies, the IIHS found that Subaru models are among the safest on the road.

According to Subaru, the six models that received recognition were the Legacy, Outback, Forester, Impreza, WRX, and Crosstrek. Only 48 models in the entire world received the award this year, demonstrating Subaru’s dominance when it comes to safety. The IIHS specifically recognized Subaru for the innovative EyeSight Driver Assist technology, an optional active safety system designed to alert drivers to possible dangers.

“We asked auto manufacturers to do more this year to qualify for our safety awards, and they delivered,” says Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “For the first time, a good rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test is a requirement to win, in addition to an available front crash prevention system.”

In order to earn the Subaru Top Safety Pick+ award, models must receive a rating of “Good” in all five areas of evaluation. When equipped with the EyeSight technology, models earned a “Superior” rating every single time.  The Top Safety Pick+ awards are just another thing that sets Subaru models apart from the competition.

Futuristic Subaru Impreza Concept Debuts in US at LA Auto Show

Every automaker is looking to define what the future of the automotive market will be like. From vehicle concepts to new technology to green vehicles, innovation certainly isn’t lacking. Subaru took a different approach by introducing the next-generation Impreza at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Subaru Impreza Concept debuted in hatchback form at the Tokyo Auto Show in early November. Shortly after, Subaru showed off what the sedan would look like as well. Overall, we’re impressed.

From the front end’s angular styling to the scalloped character line that runs down the sides, the newest Impreza looks better than ever. This sports car hasn’t been lacking in style in recent years but the latest generation takes it to a new level.

The styling elements that were on display point towards the future design of all Subaru models come 2020. The next generation Impreza arrives at dealerships next year.

The Impreza is an important vehicle on Subaru’s lineup. Last year, 58,000 Imprezas left lots in addition to the 25,500 Impreza WRX performance models. Considering Subaru’s sales totaled about 282,000 units, the Impreza is a large mover.

Here at Steve Lewis Subaru, we can’t wait to see what the next-generation Impreza will look like in production form! If you’re looking for current Imprezas, check out our Impreza inventory!

Sponsorship Spotlight: Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools

Steve Lewis Subaru Share the Love 2015

We’re already 1/3 of the way to our fundraising goal, with $10k raised for Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools!

Subaru’s Share the Love event is just another way the automaker is giving back to local communities. By the end of 2015, the eighth year for the event, over $65 million will head out to charities, both national and local. This year’s local charity is Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools.

Based in Hadley, Massachusetts, Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools’ mission is to bring administration, parents, students, and the rest of the community together to raid funds. Methods include a 5k, donations, and an end-of-the-year block party.

For 2015, the charity’s goals are to raise $20,000, increase the size of annual events, motivate the community to be active, and work together for a common goal. Overall, there are two main goals: be healthy and be active.

So how can you get involved? Well, it’s actually pretty simply.

If you aren’t looking to buy or lease a new Subaru before January 2, 2016, there are plenty of ways to help out your local schools! Register for a 5k walk/run or just donate. If there are other ways you’d like to make a difference in our community, use this contact form and ask away!

Here at Steve Lewis Subaru, we’d love to see you at the next annual 5k race!

Subaru Share the Love Campaign Returns for Eighth Year

Steve Lewis Subaru Share the Love

Buy a new Subaru and we’ll donate $250 to charity!

Subaru dealerships across the nation are gearing up for the eighth annual Subaru Share the Love campaign, which stretches from November 19th until January 2nd of next year. During this time, Subaru will be donating $250 for every vehicle sold or leased.

 

The charities the company will be donating the money to will vary depending on the dealership. There are several more well-known organizations involved – the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels, and the ASPCA, just to name a few – but dealerships can also opt to partner with and include their local community charities and organizations as well. Even better, the customers themselves are the ones given the choice of who they want to donate their money to.

 

Over the past seven years, Subaru has already donated a cumulative $50 million altogether through the Subaru Share the Love campaign. They predict that the upcoming eighth campaign will add $15 million to that total, allowing them to give back to their communities more than ever before.

 

Check out our efforts at Steve Lewis Subaru to raise more than 29 thousand dollars for the Hadley PTA last year. This year we’ll be sponsoring Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools!

The Importance of Winter Driving Safety

Winter Tire

Don’t get caught out in the cold – be ready for winter with these driving tips!

Winter has a lot of advantages going for it. Food, family, presents – even snow and ice can be pretty once you get past the chilly weather. However, driving in that snow and ice is the hard part, and wondering how to stay safe during the winter months can be a source of concern. Here are a few winter driving safety pointers to minimize and avoid hazards as the cold months creep closer.

First of all, preparation is key. Regular maintenance goes a long way in preventing potential problems, but it’s important to get a checkup before the weather gets chilly. Cold air affects the traction of your tires and their air pressure, reduces battery capacity, makes oil thicker, and overall has several adverse effects on the mechanical parts of your car.

Because of these things, you should always have your tires changed out for seasonal tires and always make sure the air pressure is good. Change the battery if it’s old, and have the oil changed. Keep your car stocked with things such as blankets and changes of clothes, in addition to standard car emergency kit supplies such as jumper cables and flashlights.

Visibility is important, too. Make sure your heating system works, because your defroster will be crucial. Keep an ice scraper around, too.

Follow these tips and you’re on your way to good winter driving safety. Taking care of your vehicle, making adequate preparations, and being stocked well in case of emergency are all key to ensuring you minimize possible accidents and hazards this winter.