I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday Scoop Week of 5/31/15 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming Events at the Sussex County Miners
Skylands Stadium 
 94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 

School Day
June 1, first pitch at 10:30 a.m. Gates open at 9:35 a.m.
Schools from the surrounding area are welcome to bring their students out for a field trip to a Miners game. High School business classes can arrive at 9 a.m. for an inside look at working for a professional baseball team.

Little League Days
June 8-10, first pitches at 7:05 p.m. Gates open at 6:05 p.m.
Little Leagues that sign up will have the opportunity to fundraise for their leagues and will be able to partake in the on-field pregame ceremony and parade. Little Leagues that sign up may purchase tickets for a discounted rate of $5 and re-sell them for the regular price of $10.

International Series
June 15-17, first pitches at 7:05 p.m. Gates open at 6:05 p.m The Miners will welcome the Shikoku Island League All-Stars, an independent league all-star team from Japan, for a three-game series at Skylands Stadium.

Father’s Day
June 21, first pitch at 2:05 p.m. Gates open at 1:05 p.m.
Fathers will have the opportunity to play catch with their children on the field after the game.

Boy Scout Sleepover
June 27, first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Gates open at 6:05 p.m.
 Boy Scouts troops that sign up will have the opportunity to camp out on the field after the game and watch a movie on the videowall. Breakfast will be provided for the scouts in the morning, courtesy of the Miners. Prior to the movie and sleepover, there will be postgame fireworks.

For more information or to order tickets  click here
Upcoming at the  Camden Riversharks
Campbell's Field
401 N. Delaware
Camden, NJ

This year’s Riversharks Irish Heritage Night is Thursday, June 4th at 7:05 pm.  Join in the celebration which will include Irish food, dancing, music, and more!

There are many different ways that you can save on tickets to this special theme night! 

Tickets start as low as $5 and can be purchased online using the code “Irish
100 level tickets can be purchased for just $8 using the code “Irish100”.  
Click HERE to purchase tickets using any of the group codes.

At Irish Heritage Night, the Riversharks and Liberty Travel will be making a special announcement to introduce their Ireland Trip Giveaway! The giveaway will run throughout the season, and the winner will be announced on the final game of the season. Be sure you are there for Irish Heritage Night to receive all of the details and fill out an entry form!
There will also be a new green Riversharks Irish hat that will be available for sale in the team store.  You can come prepared for the game by buying the hat ahead of time using the code “IrishCombo" online.  This code will get you both the new hat as well as a 100 level game ticket for only $20.

Click HERE for more information on Irish Heritage Night.  For additional information, contact Mark Schieber at mschieber@riversharks.com or 856-583-0031.
Short Play Festival, Only in New York
 Where:  Players Theatre
                115 MacDougal
                New York, New York

When: June 4 -21
15 Play 3 Weeks
Each week a cash prize is awarded based on theatre professionals and audience vote.  

WEEK ONE: June 4 - 7
Aubergine by Thomas Block
Over Heard by Lilly Bolton
Snitch by Patrick Blake
The Accident by Phil Way
Once Upon A Sofa by Anne V Grob

WEEK TWO: June 11-14
Talks of the Town by Patrick McEvoy
Paper Wedding Ring by Matt Andrade
Measuring Up by Constance George
The Poor Door by Leonard Goodisman
Cattle Call by Michael Long

WEEK THREE: June 18 - 21
Benjamin Framelin's Frame Shop by Sharifa Williams
TED Talks NY by Sarah Fearon
Petting Zoo Story by Anna Nicholas
Scoot Over by Eli Newman
Which Doctor by Michael Smith

Tickets $30
Special Offer $25
(use code ptnews)

Buy Tickets Now!
by phone 212-352-3101

For more info visit: www.shortplaynyc.com
 Upcoming Events at iPlay America
June 6, 2015 — Cimorelli — 5  p.m.
 iPlay America’s Event Center. This unique group of six sisters is preparing to release its debut album in 2015.  Cimorelli comprises Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren and Dani Cimorelli who gained a following of more than 2 million fans on YouTube over the last several years.

General admission tickets are $20 and VIP tickets are $75 and  include:
a meet and greet with the group
a ticket to the show,
                                                          a post-show backstage pass
                                                                      an event poster
                                                            and a $10 iPlay game card

June 7 — MattyB — 3 p.m. 

Since starting his music career at age 7, MattyBRaps (Matthew David Morris) has amassed more than a billion video views and more than 2.5 million YouTube subscribers. Although MattyB started on YouTube, many TV shows, radio stations, websites, magazine have featured him and his music.

Sunday — June 14 — The  Laurie Berkner Band LIVE! — Noon and 4 p.m.
General admission tickets are $27.50.
Reserved seating tickets are $35.
VIP tickets are $75 and include:
                                                 premium tickets
                                                 a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with the band

For more information or to order tickets go to: http://www.iplayamerica.com/
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

  New York Theater Ballet Presents Carnival of the Animals 
Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, NYC. 
Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11am, 1pm and 3:30pm
Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 11am, 1pm and 3:30pm

Tickets are $35 for children, $40 for adults. Single tickets are available through ticketmaster.com, and subscriptions can be purchased by submitting an order form to admin@nytb.org.  For more information, visit http://www.nytb.org/calendar-and-tickets/view/Carnival-of-the-Animals.

In a magical forest, Queen Diana and her shaggy lion rule a charming assortment of animals who live more or less peaceably until a pair of lost children wander in, and then the fun begins!  Choreography by Beth Storey Taylor. The performance will feature live music, with four hands on one piano.


Opera Saratoga, in partnership with the literary organization Words After War, will present a writing workshop to civilians, veterans and military families on July 11 and July 12, 2015 at The New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY. The two-day event will be held in conjunction with the world premiere of The Long Walk, by Composer Jeremy Howard Beck and Librettist Stephanie Fleischmann. The opera is based upon the critically acclaimed memoir of war and homecoming by Brian Castner.
The two-day intensive writing workshop will focus on stories of the military, conflict, and coming ts. home from overseas. Authors Brian Castner and Matt Gallagher will guide participants through multiple writing and feedback sessions. The Long Walk is a deeply personal exploration of Castner's return from Iraq where he served as an officer in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit and his battle with what he calls "the Crazy" as he tried to reintegrate into his family life upon returning from the war. After leaving the active military, Castner became a consultant and contractor, training Army and Marine Corps units prior to their tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His writing has appeared in a number of national and regional publications, including Wired, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, Publisher's Weekly, and Garry Trudeau's The Sandbox anthology. Matt Gallagher, the workshop co-presenter, is the author of the Iraq memoir Kaboom and co-editor of, and contributor to, the short fiction collection Fire & Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. He holds an FA in fiction from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn. His novel Youngblood is forthcoming from Atria/Simon & Schuster. Both authors will provide feedback and guidance to the participants.

All civilians, veterans, military spouses, gold star children, as well as those currently serving on active, reserve or guard duty are eligible to participate. Those wishing to apply should provide two pieces of fiction, nonfiction or memoir (no more than 10,000 words total) that they wish to workshop as part of the class, as well as a short statement of purpose (no more than 250 words), explaining who they are and why they wish to participate. Deadline for applications is June 19, 2015. Space is limited to 16 students, who will be notified immediately if they have been accepted. The workshop is provided at no cost to those selected. Applications should be submitted to: info@wordsafterwar.org

Workshop participants will be expected to submit their work for feedback, and to spend time outside of class closely reading their colleagues' work in preparation for each session. In addition, workshop participants will be provided with tickets for the opera adaptation of The Long Walk presented by Opera Saratoga, on either July 10th or July 13th, based on their personal availability. 

Saturday, July 11 - 10:00am to 1:00pm and 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Sunday, July 12 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

 LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture and
Yehuda Hyman/Mystical Feet Company

present the World Premiere of
June 11 - 14, 2015
 as part of  National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's KulturfestNYC

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 8pm
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 8pm
Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 8pm

The World Premiere of THE MAR VISTA, a dance/theater work written and choreographed by Yehuda Hyman in collaboration with the Mystical Feet Company (Ron Kagan, Dwight Kelly, Amanda Schussel and Hyman), will be presented at The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, from June 11 - 13, 2015 at 8pm and June 14, 2015 at 3pm and 7pm, as part of NYTF's KulturfestNYC. Tickets are $18 in advance or $22.50 at the door. Tickets are available at 646-395-4310 or www.labajournal.com/2014/12/mar-vista/.

THE MAR VISTA is a fractured memoir about an American Jewish family. Taking place over a span of almost 100 years, THE MAR VISTA weaves together dance, gesture, spoken word, improvisation and ritual to tell a comical/tragical fragmented narrative about Hyman's parents.

"Mar Vista" is Spanish for "view of the sea." It is also the name of the Los Angeles neighborhood where Hyman grew up, a working class area on the Westside that had a high population of World War II and Korean War veterans and their families, many of whom bought their homes with the help of GI loans. The neighborhood's name held within it a promise of views of the Pacific Ocean for all.  Unfortunately, the Hyman's small house was at the bottom of a big hill, which blocked his family's view. In this lyrical and quirky new work, Hyman attempts to climb that hill and witness the sea below.

THE MAR VISTA is performed in three parts:
Part 1:  Hamsa, is a solo performed by Hyman, which deals with curses, Passover, the 10 plagues and the story of his father.
Part 2:  Leaning Into Moisture, a duet for Hyman and Amanda Schussel about his mother and her forbidden wartime romance in Istanbul.
Part 3:  Cincinnati, takes place in Cincinnati, 1951 on the night that Hyman's father proposed to his mother - in a hurry.

News from O & M Co.

Roger Rees on Leave From Broadway Musical, The Visit

Roger Rees has taken a leave of absense from the Broadway Musical, The Visit for medical reasons. Tom Nelis steps into the role of Anton Schell opposite Chita Riveria as Claire Zanchannassian.
New Block of Tickets Available for 12-time Tony Award Nominated 
New Musical, Fun Home


For more information go to www.funhomebroadway.com
National Tours Announced 
A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder
Tour will launch in September 2015
Tour stops will include:
                                         Los Angeles
                                         San Francisco
                                         Washington DC
                                         Las Vegas
                                         and more

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder First National Tour Schedule is as follows:

                DATES                CITY                                     VENUE
                9/19/15 – 9/26/15             Schenectady, NY              Proctors Theatre
                9/29/15 – 10/11/15           Chicago, IL                          Bank of America Theatre
                10/13/15 – 10/18/15        Durham, NC                       Durham Performing Arts Center
                10/20/15 – 10/25/15        Tampa, FL                          Straz Center
                11/3 /15– 11/15/15            Cleveland, OH                   Playhouse Square
                11/17/15 – 11/22/15          Pittsburgh, PA                   Benedum Theater
                12/1/15 – 12/27/15           San Francisco, CA             Golden Gate Theatre
                1/5/16 – 1/10/16                Minneapolis, MN             State Theatre
                1/13/16 – 1/30/16             Washington, D.C.             Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
                2/2/16 – 2/7/16                 Des Moines, IA                  Des Moines Civic Center
                2/9/16 – 2/14/16               Memphis, TN                     Orpheum Theatre
                2/16/16 – 2/28/16             Denver, CO                         Buell Theatre
                3/1/16 – 3/6/16                  Salt Lake City, UT            Kingsbury Hall
                3/8/16 – 3/13/16               Las Vegas, NV                   The Smith Center for Performing Arts
                3/15/16 – 3/20/16             Tempe, AZ                          ASU Gammage
                3/22/16 – 5/1/16               Los Angeles, CA                Ahmanson Theatre
                5/4/16 – 5/15/16               Houston, TX                       Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
                5/18/16 – 6/26/16             Toronto, ON                       Royal Alexandra Theatre
                7/12/16 – 7/31/16             Seattle, WA                        The 5th Avenue Theatre

Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.
For more information go to  www.agentlemansguidebroadway.com 

Fun Home

Tour will launch in the 2016-2017 season.

Fun Home introduces is about Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family. It is about seeing your your parents through grown-up eyes.

For more information go to www.funhomebroadway.com
Fuerza Bruta teams up with Webster Hall for Summer DJ Nights

Summer DJ nights started this past Friday, May 29. They will be held following every late night Friday performance this summer at the Daryl Roth Theatre (101 E. 15th Street, NYC).  The DJs will be hand selected by Webster Hall, and will play a special extended 20-30 minute dance set during the performance. Admission to Webster Hall is free to all Fuerza Bruta ticket holders on the night they attend the performance, so they can continue the party at the official Fuerza Bruta after party location.
Tickets for Fuerza Bruta are now on sale for $75-89/
They  can be purchased online by visiting www.FuerzaBrutaNYC.com, or by calling 212-239-6200
For all performances, thirty rush tickets will be made available for $20 each at the box-office two hours before show (cash only). 
Group tickets may be purchased by calling 646-688-5715, or by contacting groups@brierpatch.nyc.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talkng Topic.