Since your parents started dressing you in that (totally awesome) pumpkin costume, you’ve associated Halloween with trick-or-treating. But just how did it all start? Here’s some history about how trick-or-treat came to be, from us here at DeVoe Buick GMC.
The term “trick-or-treat” was only coined in 1951, when it was made popular by the Peanuts comic strip. However, that’s not the origin of the actual practice of trick-or-treating. Back in the Middle Ages, people would dress up as ghosts or demons and would perform “tricks” for food and drinks.
In later centuries, young people in Scotland and Ireland would dress up (called “guising”) and go door to door, telling jokes or singing songs in exchange for a treat of some sort.
Guy Fawkes Day was a celebratory holiday in England. In the 19th century, children began dressing up as Fawkes (a famous conspirator) and asking people for “a penny for the Guy”.
In the United States, trick-or-treating spawned from the American colonists who celebrated Guy Fawkes Day as well as the Irish and Scottish who practiced their tradition of “guising”. Pranking on Halloween became a common practice during the 1920’s, which ending up leading to the “trick-or-treat” practice.
After a short halt on trick-or-treating during WWII, it became popular again during the postwar baby boom. And we’ve been trick-or-treating ever since!
If you’re ready for an adventure, the 2018 GMC Terrain is the one for you. This crossover has the strength and power it takes to travel any road. Check out why the Terrain is a standout among its competitors.
While you don’t need incredible style to take on an adventure, it certainly doesn’t hurt. The 2018 Terrain has sharp angles that make it stand out from other crossovers on the road and help it cut through the air and improve its aerodynamics.
On the inside, you’ll get luxury with heated and ventilated seats, aluminum trim, and a heated steering wheel. All of this helps to make long road trips comfortable.
You can travel the landscapes with the help of three different engine options. With up to 252 horsepower, you’ll have the power to do anything. Don’t worry, though, there’s still plenty of efficiency available, with a diesel engine that delivers up to 39 mpg highway.*
At the Denali trim level, you’ll get a unique suspension that will make your drive sportier and smoother than ever. Whether you choose Denali trim level or not, though, you’re sure to get optimal performance and handling.
All of these features make the 2018 GMC Terrain the obvious choice for any adventure. Take it for a test drive today at DeVoe Buick GMC.
*EPA-est. 28 MPG city/39 MPG hwy (FWD).
The GMC brand is known for its capable but sophisticated lineup of SUVs and pickups. At DeVoe Buick GMC, we love seeing our favorite GMC vehicles on the road, but we also love to catch them on the big screen. Here are five movies with GMC cars as their star.
The Notebook (2004)
This classic romance film was one of the first chances crowds had to fall in love with the handsome Ryan Gosling, but we have to assume that his 1935 GMC QB truck was part of the charm.
The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
A slightly newer GMC truck plays a role in this romance film when Clint Eastwood’s character drives a 1960 GMC 1500.
Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem (2007)
Thanks to this movie, it has been proven that the 2005 GMC Yukon XL is the perfect vehicle to take when you’re heading out to defeat the Predators and the Aliens.
This serious drama makes room for the 1997 GMC C-15, which helps to drive the plot, telling a story of young Gary and his new father-figure Joe.
The Transformers franchise takes the opportunity to showcase many different manufacturers. You’ll spot plenty of GMC cars in these movies, like the GMC Topkick C4500 which turns into the Autobot Ironhide. We’re waiting for GMC to release this transformative feature as a standard for us to try, but until then we’ll have to settle for binge-watching Michael Bay’s Transformers series.
We love tailgating at DeVoe Buick GMC, so we’re always looking for new tailgating ideas. Looking to take your tailgating parties to the next level? Then it’s time to stray from the standard burger and chips. With an updated menu and some fresh meal plans, your friends will never want anyone else to host the tailgating festivities.
A selection of cheeses, meats, and veggies can make for some delicious, cool sandwiches that you can prepare the night before. Use miniature buns or assemble on a baguette that can be sliced into small sandwiches. Place sandwiches in ziplock bags and keep refrigerated until it’s time to go.
Chips and Dip
Knock regular old chips and salsa out of the park by making a trio of your own homemade dips. You’ll have no trouble finding recipes for things like grilled salsa, easy guacamole, cheese dips, and more.
Stews, Soups, and Gumbos
When the weather cools down, let your guests warm up with more than just hot chocolate and coffee. Crock-pot recipes for soups, stews, and gumbos let you cook your meal overnight. Come morning, it’s ready to store in thermoses where it will stay warm until you’re ready to serve it later.
The 2018 Buick Enclave will arrive completely redesigned later this year. Part of its new design will be the debut of the Avenir luxury sub-brand. The Enclave Avenir will represent the highest level of Buick luxury with premium materials, more versatility, and intuitive technology.
“The Enclave has been a successful formula for the Buick brand, with sales results that have defied traditional product cycles, and 90 percent of customers purchasing in the top two trim levels,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC. “It’s a beacon for the modern, attainable luxury Buick stands for and is a natural place to launch Avenir.”
The Buick Enclave Avenir will come standard with advanced safety features, a Buick-first Rear Camera Mirror, a hands-free power-programmable liftgate, and more connectivity. In addition, it will feature distinctive styling elements like a three-dimensionsional mesh grille, pearl nickel 20-inch aluminum wheels, and Evonik Acrylite lighting.
Inside the Enclave Avenir, there will be spacious seating for up to seven passengers. In addition, it will provide more total cargo volume behind the first row than other luxury brand competitors.
The redesigned 2018 Buick Enclave, including the Avenir model, will be coming to DeVoe Buick GMC this fall.
Florida is the ideal place to live if you love food and fun. Thanks to our excellent year-round weather, it is always a good time to go outside. And, some of the most fun things to do outside are to go to any of the great festivals in Florida.
Here are some of the best.
- Florida Seafood Festival. The 54th annual Florida Seafood Festival will be held November 3rd and 4th this year. Tens of thousands of visitors flock to Apalachiola’s Battery Park. Along with the delicious food, you can enjoy crafts, live music, and other seafood events.
- Taste History Culinary Tours. This is a year-round food event that happens in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth & Lantana, Delray Beach, and Boyston Beach on Saturdays. Check the schedule and purchase your tickets in advance.
- Summer of Rum Fest. This booze-filled festival will be held Labor Day Weekend, September 2nd, in Downtown Tampa.
- Stone Crab Festival. Head to Naples October 27th through the 29th for this fun-filled, free festival. Visitors can enjoy fresh seafood, live music, water cruises, and more.
Here at DeVoe Buick GMC, we love living and working here in Florida and hope to see you at one of these great festivals.
Pack for the perfect picnic!
Summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends. One great way to celebrate is with a picnic. Here’s how to pack the perfect picnic basket to ensure both safety and fun.
Remember what your teachers always told you—safety first! Food safety is the number one priority when packing picnic baskets, because you want everybody to enjoy the food without getting sick. One way to avoid that is to ditch food that’s been left out more than two hours. In warm weather, food can go bad fast. Make sure that you fill your picnic basket with ice packs to try to keep the food cool as long as possible.
Besides being safe, you’ll also want to be smart. Pack essentials like napkins, plates, and utensils so that you’re not stuck using your hands for everything! Make sure that you also bring a garbage bag to avoid littering.
Finally, there is the fun part—the food itself! Coming up with the perfect picnic meal can be hard, but we’re here to help. Travel-sized food is perfect for picnics because it’s easy to pack. Bite-sized sandwiches won’t make a mess and they’ll fit in your basket neatly.
Good luck on your picnic adventures!
For the 2018 model year, the redesigned Buick Regal will give buyers even more options than before. The new model will come in two distinct body styles with purpose-built designs and features.
The first model is the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback. This model has a coupe-like design to give it a sleek, athletic look. It still has four doors for passengers along with a fifth liftback door for easy access to cargo. In fact, with the rear seats up, the Regal Sportback offers 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space—more than double what the 2017 Regal model offers.
In addition to greater versatility, the Sportback has a driver-focused cabin with lots of available options to give the Sportback a more engaging drive.
For drivers who yearn for outdoor adventure, the all-new 2018 Buick Regal TourX model comes with plenty of standard features to make that happen. For starters, it has a taller ride height with more ground clearance. Buyers will also appreciate its standard roof rails, standard all-wheel drive, durable exterior design, and strong turbocharged engine.
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback will be coming to DeVoe Buick GMC this fall, while the TourX model will arrive by the end of the year.
Mother’s Day will be here on May 14th. That means there is still time to get your mom a thoughtful gift that will make her love you even more. If you need some inspiration, here are five great gifts for mom.
- Jewelry. Let her show off her mom pride with a necklace customized to show how many kids she has. Or, jewelry customized with her birth month flower or stone.
- Hobbies. What is your mom’s hobby? Does she love gardening, playing music, reading? Whatever she loves, give her a gift to help her explore and express her creativity even more. Try this indoor herb garden for the mom who loves to cook.
- Food. Moms love a good meal, especially ones they don’t have to cook. Make her a delicious homemade feast of her favorite foods, and make sure to do the dishes afterwards.
- Time. Perhaps the best gift you can give any mom is to spend time with her. Let her relax and enjoy being surrounded by her family without any obligations getting in the way.
Here at DeVoe Buick GMC, we wish all moms everywhere a happy Mother’s Day!
When you live in Florida and feel the urge to hit the beach, there’s really only one problem: which one to choose. The Sunshine State features the finest coastlines in the US. Here’s a list of the top five best beaches in Florida.
# 5 – Destin – A number of features make Destin one of the most attractive beaches in the state. There’s the pure white sand, its affordability and its constant sunshine.
# 4 – Sanibel Island – Off the coast of Fort Myers is Sanibel Island. This is where you can go when you want to avoid Spring Breakers and enjoy some quality quiet time with the family.
# 3 – Key West – Part of the fun of Key West is getting there, as you get to drive the phenomenally scenic Overseas Highway. Once you’re down there, the party never stops.
# 2 – St. Petersburg – They don’t call St. Petersburg the Sunshine City for nothing. The town bears the distinction of holding the Florida record for most consecutive days of sunshine.
# 1 – Naples – Some might argue that the best part of Naples has nothing to do with sand. They might be right, but that’s a hard argument—the beaches here are not only open to the public, they are simply gorgeous. Naples offers the all-around treatment with great restaurants, interesting attractions and superb golf courses.
Speaking of attractions in Naples, stop by DeVoe Buick GMC today and get behind the wheel of a new Buick!