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, June 14, 2015

Sunday Scoop Week of 6/14/15 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Brick Fest Live

Where: Meadowlands Expo Center
             355 Plaza Drive
             Secaucus, New Jersey

When: July 10-12, 2015

Who: All ages

Get inspired, educated, and entertained with LEGO bricks! Play with huge attractions built to set your imagination free and witness mind-blowing creations made entirely of this timeless toy at Brick Fest Live.

Use Coupon Code: FAMGUIDE5 for $5 off each ticket. 

Click Here to order tickets
Once Upon A Nation's 10th Anniversary Kicks Off

Where: Philadelphia, PA

When: June 18, 2015


10 am: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street, Flag Raising and Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Bench
3 – 4 pm: Military Muster at Signers’ Garden, followed by a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence

                   3:00 pm: Military Muster begins at Signers’ Garden, 5th and Chestnut Street
                   3:15 pm: Military Muster moves to behind the Second Bank, 420 Chestnut S
                   3:30 pm  Military Muster participants march to behind Independence Hal
                   3:45 pm: Dramatic Reading of the Declaration of Independence behind
                   Independence Hall, between 5th & 6th Streets, and Walnut & Chestnut Streets
                   4:00 pm: Event concludes

WHO:         Participants
                     Amy Needle, President and CEO, Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
                     Kathy O’Connell, Host, WXPN’s Kids Corner
                     Tamala Edwards, Anchor, WPVI 6abc
                     Helen Haynes, Chief Cultural Officer, The City of Philadelphia Office of                         Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
                     Pat Ciarocchi, Anchor, CBS3
                     Hadas Kuznits, Reporter, KYW Newsradio
                     Kristin Detterline, Editor, Philadelphia Style Magazine

                     Military Muster Participants
                     Amy Needle, President and CEO, Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
                     Beasley Reece, Anchor, CBS3
                     Walter Staib, Chef, City Tavern
                     Albert Lee, Independence Visitor Center
                      Meryl Levitz, President and CEO, Visit Philadelphia

                      Declaration Reading Participants
                     Amy Needle, President and CEO, Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
                     Edward G. Rendell, Former Governor of Pennsylvania
                     Mark Squilla, Philadelphia City Councilman
                     Mark Segal, Founder and Publisher, Philadelphia Gay News, and former                        President, National Gay Newspaper Guild
                     Bruce Melgary, Lenfest Foundation
                     Loraine Ballard Morrill, Director News and Community Affairs,                                   iHeartMedia
                     Jim Cuorato, President and CEO, Independence Visitor Center
                     Meryl Levitz, President and CEO, Visit Philadelphia
                     B.J. Dunn, Deputy Superintendent, Independence NHP
                     Marilyn Russell, Host, 95.7 BEN-FM

The 2015 Once Upon A Nation 10th Anniversary Season will be highlighted by the numerous celebrations, including:

The Once Upon A Nation Future Storytellers Contest on August 8,
A regularly scheduled Meet Ben Franklin experience
Various Random Acts of History around the city
10thAnniversary Surprises given away to lucky visitors at Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches throughout the season.

For more information go to www.historicphiladelphia.org
Upcoming Events at the Camden Riversharks
Campbells Field
401 N. Delaware Avenue
Camden, NJ

The 'Sharks will return home for a seven-game homestand starting Tuesday, June 16th! Check out the theme nights on the schedule for the first weekend of summer!

Celebrate local teachers and educational professionals at Teacher Appreciation Night presented by NJEA on Friday June 19th at 7:05pm.Teachers and educational staff professionals will be recognized prior to the game, and can receive one (1) free 200-level ticket per person by bringing their NJEA card to the box office.  To reserve free 200-level tickets for educators prior to the game, contact Caitlin Graham at cgraham@riversharks.com or 856-583-0039 for additional information.

The night will also feature Kids Run the Bases presented by The Garden State Discovery Museum after the game as well as a Baseball Card Set Giveaway presented by Lourdes Health System for the first 1,000 fans! CLICK HERE for tickets.

It's a salute to facial hair Saturday night at Campbell's Field as the Riversharks host Beard and Mustache Appreciation Night on June 20th starting at 5:35 PM.  There will be a facial hair competition with the winner receiving a prize pack from local company Best Beard Cream, beard and mustache face painting, and more.  A fireworks spectacular will take place after the game ends! CLICK HERE for tickets!

A special edition of Family Fun Day Sunday on June 21st at 1:35pm will feature Star Wars Day, as well as Jewish Heritage Day celebration and  a Father's Day BBQ.  Arrive when gates open at 12:35pm for pre-game player autographs and Star Wars character appearances. Plus, wear a Star Wars costume to receive a free ticket to the game.

Jewish Heritage Day celebration kicks off pre-game with a Zumba course taught on the front plaza with modern Jewish music and continues throughout the game with Jewish trivia, performances, and more!  Stick around after the game for a special Sunday on-field surprise activities including outfield catches, fan batting practice, or kids run the bases!

Tickets can be purchased for as low as $7 by using the promo code "JHD" and clicking HERE
Kidzsignments Summer Sale
 County Fairgrounds
Route 179 ~ Ringoes, NJ
June 25-27

TOP 5 REASONS you should consider CONSIGNING with Kidzsignments:
1. They make it EASY to enter items and TRACK sales online
2. EARN 60- 75% on the things you no longer use
3. SELL clothing, shoes, outerwear etc. from ANY SEASON (no restrictions)
4. Consignors SHOP EARLY (Volunteers shop FIRST)
5. CLEAR out the CLUTTER and make money on the things you no longer use. That makes for a very HAPPYhousehold

Click HERE to learn more about consigning at an upcoming  Kidzsignments event! 

Kidzsignments VIP Early Bird Presale Pass! – Kidzsignments has a limited number of tickets available to purchase for entry into their Wednesday, June 24th presale at 6pm. This is a great way to get into the preview sale if you are too busy to sell or consign. Click HERE for VIP Pass Information.
iPlay After Dark's Graduation Party

Where:   iPlay America
               110 Schank Road
               Freehold, NJ

When: Friday June 26

Who: All ages

All graduates — kindergarten through college — and their families are invited to party at iPlay America’s special “Graduation Party” Friday, June 26, from 7 p.m.-12 a.m . A special offer for graduates includes an unlimited ride pass and a $10 game card for $20.15 during iPlay After Dark — when the lights go down and a DJ turns up today’s biggest hits. The party will include special entertainment and graduation themed items, in addition to prizes and giveaways. All Graduates in attendance at this Special Edition iPlay After Dark on Friday June 26th will have the chance to win a $2,000 scholarship courtesy of Amboy Bank! Stop by the iPlay America promotions table that night for more information!  

Fourth of July at the DiMenna Children's History Museum
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West (at 77th Street)
New York, New York

Saturday, July 4, 10 am – 6 pm
The New-York Historical Society invites families to celebrate American independence and the Marquis de Lafayette—America’s “French Founding Father”—with scavenger hunts, performances of Revolution on the River by the Hudson River Ramblers, and other interactive programs organized through the DiMenna Children’s History Museum. All ages.Museum admission is free Independence Day for kids 18 and under.

Treasures that tell the story of the American Revolution during an all-day Independence Day Scavenger Hunt! Highlights include:
A fragment from a statue of British King George III 
A model of President George Washington’s New York City abode.  

Tunes ‘n tales from the American Founding era! The Hudson River Ramblers are back this Independence Day (11 AM - 4 PM) and will regale families with the story behind Yankee Doodle, introduce the young girl who outrode Paul Revere, and reveal why George Washington threw a tantrum on Broadway.

Did you know that ice cream has been around for centuries? America’s Founding Fathers and Mothers enjoyed the tasty summer treat—just like you! Come explore The History of Ice Cream (12 PM - 4PM): crank out ice cream from scratch, discover age old recipes and check out 18th-century kitchen appliances!

For more information go to http://nyhistory.org/childrens-museum
July Events at the Sussex County
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ
4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
Date: July 2, first pitch at 7:05 PM:0Gates open at 6:05 PM05 p.m.
Fireworks after the game.

Hometown Heroes
Date: July 7, first pitch at 7:05 PM Gates open at 6:05 PM6:05 p.m.
Members of local police departments, fire departments and EMS will be recognized on the field as part of a special pregame ceremony.

Camp Day
Date: July 16, first pitch at 10:35 AM0Gates open at 9:35 AM:35 a.m.
Local camps will have the opportunity to take their campers out to a Miners game for a field trip.

Girl Scout Sleepover
Date: July 17, first pitch at 7:05 PM  Gates open at 6:05 PM
Girl Scout 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.
*********************************************************************************************************************************New Camp  Added to TADA! Youth Theater Summer Schedule

What: Silly Beans &  Sweet Dreams

Where: 134 W. 29th Street

When: August 3 -14

Who: Ages 4- 5

For more information or to sign up go to http://www.tadatheater.com/summercamps.asp
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications


JUNE 17 & 18, 2015

Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation's leading Latino dance organization since 1970, will 
perform in the first Hudson River Dance Festival at Hudson River Park on June 17 &; 18, 2015 at 6:30pm.

Hudson River Park, one of the nation's longest waterfront parks and an urban oasis for New Yorkers and visitors from every corner of the world, will host the first-ever Hudson River Dance Festival, presented this summer on the Pier 63 lawn in Hudson River Park. This free celebration of NYC's  premier dance culture is a rare and unique opportunity for diverse audiences to experience some of the city's most talented and acclaimed dancers and ground-breaking dance compositions and performances.
The same program will be featured each evening, with Ballet Hispanico, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Parsons Dance sharing the bill. Each company has planned engaging and distinctive programs that spotlight the cultural wealth and stylistic innovation that makes New York the epicenter of the American dance scene. The repertoire is designed to delight a broad audience, from aficionados and dance enthusiasts, to families and new audiences alike. The Hudson River Dance Festival is sponsored and presented by SHS Foundation in association with The Joyce Theater, with funding from The GladyKrieble Delmas Foundation, and the Hudson River Park Trust.

For more information go to www.hudsonriverpark.org.
ChEckiT!Dance announces
the Fifth Annual
ChEck Us OuT Dance Festival:
A Celebration of Female Choreographers 
Saturday, July 18, 2015, 5pm
at Solar One on the East River, NYC

ChEckiT!Dance presents the fifth annualChEck Us OuT Dance Festival: A Celebration of Female Choreographers, an eco-friendly evening of dance celebrating female choreographers,on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 5pm at Solar One on the East River, NYC. Admission is free. For more information visit www.checkitdance.com or email checkitdance@gmail.com.

The evening will include works from more than 10 female choreographers, at various stages in their careers, from across the United States and abroad. Presenting Choreographers/Companies include:

Cindy Sosa
Joya Powell/Movement of the People Dance Company
Jessie Sector/Tangent Dance
MJ/Innovate Dance
Bridge & Olive Dance
Ashley Sleeth
Cathy Allen/Red Desert Dance Ensemble
Victoria Brown/MashUp Contemporary Dance Company
Erica Hart
Jana Prager/Jana Prager Dance Theater
Kara Dudley/Kara Dudley Dance
InstaDance Collective
Allison Brzezinski/ChEckiT!Dance

beginning Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) is pleased to announce its new Pilates classes, beginning Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at NYTB's home studio, located at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street, 2nd Floor, New York City. Classes will be offered on both Tuesday evenings, from 7-8pm, and Thursday mornings, from 8:15-9:15am. Cost will be $15/class walk in, $60 per 5-class card.

Taught by Amanda Treiber, principal dancer with NYTB, this gentle Pilates class is designed to build strength, coordination, and flexibility while gaining the understanding of the muscles used and the technique of the exercises. Combining the ideas of basic ballet and STOTT Pilates allows for many modifications that are used throughout the class to accommodate the most beginner level to the most advanced. This class is especially good for all types of physically active people who are looking to balance out the body in a gentle constructive way.
New from O& M Co.
School of Rock Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets for the Broadway production of School of Rock—The Musical are now on sale.  School of Rock—The Musical will begin preview performances on Broadway Monday, November 9, 2015 at the Winter Garden Theatre, with an opening set for Sunday, December 6, 2015.  Tickets are available at http://schoolofrockthemusical.com/tickets/.

Based on the Paramount movie written by Mike WhiteSchool of Rock has a book by Julian Fellowes, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and new music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  School of Rock—The Musical will be directed by Laurence Connor (currently represented on Broadway by Les Miserables). 

School of Rock—The Musical will feature Choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, Scenic and Costume Design by Anna Louizos, Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Sound Design by Mick Potter, and Music Supervision by Ethan Popp.

School of Rock—The Musical is produced on Broadway by Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization, and The Nederlander Organization.  Nina Lannan and Madeleine Lloyd Webber serve as Executive Producers.
New Block of Tickets on Sale for Hand to God

Producer Kevin McCollum has announced that his Tony® Award-nominated new comedy Hand to Godwhich for the week ending June 7, 2015 saw its highest grosses yet on Broadway—is now on sale into the new year.  Previously available through October 4, 2015Hand to God can now be purchased through January 24, 2016.  The production opened on April 7, 2015 at The Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street).  For more info, visit www.HandToGodBroadway.com.


New York, NY – Artistic Director Alex Kilgore announced today that Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Annie Baker was awarded the first residency of Accabonac House, a year-round interdisciplinary artists retreat dedicated to the memory of Lisa de Kooning, who grew up in the house, located in the heart of Historic Spring/East Hampton. Her father, the Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning, traded a painting for the house in 1961, which served as his first studio in Springs as well as a home for his only child, Lisa and her mother the illustrator, Joan Ward.  
Writers, actors, directors, musicians, dancers, artists, and filmmakers will meet at the house for the retreat to create and collaborate on new works for the stage and screen.  Board members include Rachael Horovitz, Marsha Norman, Annie Baker, Adam Rapp, Gina Gionfriddo, Neena Beber, Alex Kilgore Monica Bill Barnes, Laurie Beckelman, Paul Sparks, Annie Parisse, David Wilson Barnes, Gibby Haynes, Jim TozziIsabel de Kooning VilleneuveEmma de Kooning Villeneuve, and Lucy de Kooning Villeneuve.  
The mission of Accabonac House is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work alone or collaboratively without interruption in a supportive environment. Accabonac House offers residencies to playwrights, actors, directors, musicians, filmmakers and artists to foster mutual inspiration across different disciplines and generate new work for stage and screen. Residencies are awarded by the advisory board, and all future residencies include room, board, and studio.
The retreat  began in May, and a special benefit will take place at Ashawagh Hall in East Hampton on July 21st and 22nd with art by Gibby HaynesJim Tozzi, and Dan Witz, music by Invisible Familiars, and a special performance by Monica Bill Barnes Company.
For more information on the Accabonac House, visit www.accabonachouse.com  
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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