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, July 12, 2015

Sunday Scoop Week of 7/12/15- What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

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Tea Collection's New Fall and Winter Collection

Tea Collection is so excited to introduce their new Fall and Winter 2015 collection inspired by Argentina & Bolivia! From the sophisticated style of the gauchos and traditional elegance of Cholitas to the passion of tango musicians and the wild color of las mascaras for Carnaval, Tea's newest collection pays homage to the people and rich culture of Argentina and Bolivia. 

Tea explored the vast terrain from the high Andes Mountains to the fertile Pampas region of Argentina. They explored the markets of La Paz, museums, and ancient churches and climbed the blue glaciers of Patagonia. They collected Bolivian blankets, postcards, folk embroidered belts and ponchos. They amassed so many memories, pictures, and mementos that embody the wanderlust spirit of their travels. And they can't wait to share them with you!

To start shopping click on one of the links below:

Recess Monkeys

About Recess Monkey
Winners of numerous awards, national radio play and critical acclaim, this Seattle-based rocking band of dad-teachers tours nationally and has appeared at Symphony Space in New York City, World CafĂ© Life in Philadelphia,The Getty Museum in Los Angeles and with Teatro ZinZanni and the Seattle Symphony in their home town, among many other venues.The band, Jack Forman (vocals, bass), Drew Holloway (lead vocals, guitar) and Korum Bischoff (drummer), plan a busy spring and summer of all-ages concerts to celebrate the release of “Penguinese” and Hot Air.
Recess Monkey lead Seattle's Kindiependent collective of family music artists, and Forman is also known for hosting the daily “Live from the Monkey House” show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. To learn more about Recess Monkey visit their website, and get updates on their Facebook page. 

Recess Monkey's Hot Air Tour Schedule

June 12 – Charles Wright Academy, Tacoma, WA
June 16th – Tigard and Tualatin, OR
June 19 – Kids Day, Auburn, WA and Summer Reading Kickoff, Renton, WA
June 20 – Hot Air release concert, Town Hall, Seattle, WA
June 25 – Madison Square Park, New York City
June 26 – 27 – Wolf Trap Theater-in-the-Woods, VA
June 27 – Twilight Concert Series, Bryn Mawr, PA
July 1, 6 and 11-18 – library shows around Puget Sound
July 6 – Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood, WA
July 12 – Queen Anne Days
July 18 – Timberfest, Carnation, WA
July 21 – Kirkland Summer Concerts, Kirkland, WA
July 22 – Auburn Kids Summerstage, Auburn, WA
July 29 – Tukwila Summer Concert Series, Tukwila, WA
July 30  and 31 – libraries in eastern WA: Kennewick, Pasco and Walla Walla
August 4 – Noon Concert series, Shoreline, WA
August 8 – Children’s Zoo 50th anniversary celebration, Lincoln, NE
August 12 – Kent Summer Outdoor Concerts, Kent, WA
August 15 – Seaport Celebration, Portland, OR and Celebrate Shoreline Festival, Shoreline, WA
August 18 – Family Concert Series, Puyallup, WA
August 22 – Bloedel Family Day, Bainbridge Island, WA
August 23 – Waterfront Park, Seattle, WA

Alastair Moock

Children's performer, Alastair Moock is a 2014 Grammy Nominee, Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner, and three-time National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award Winner. 

Alastair's Moock's Concert Tour ScheduleFiske Public Library

Fiske Public Library
110 Randall Rd.
Wrentham, MA
(508) 384-5440
family solo show

Fri, Jul 17
Outside the Box Festival
Boston Commons
Boston, MA
12pm & 3pm
family band show

Sat, Jul 18
Four Corners Music Festival
Cedar Park
Corner of West Emerson St. & Cedar Park
Melrose, MA
$free with ferry ticket purchase
family band show

Sun, Jul 24
Groton Public Library
Groton Public Library
99 Main St.
Groton, MA
family duo show

Mon, Jul 27
Ames Free Library
Ames Free Library
53 Main St.
North Easton, MA
(508) 238-2000
family solo show

Wed, Jul 29
J.V. Fletcher Library
J.V. Fletcher Library
50 Main St.
Westford, MA
11:30 am
(978) 692-5555
family solo show

Thu, Jul 30
Belmont Public Library
Belmont Public Library
336 Concord Ave.
Belmont, MA
(617) 489-2000
family duo show

Mon, Aug 3
Stoughton Public Library
Stoughton Public Library
84 Park St.
Stoughton, MA
(781) 344-2711
family solo show

Sat, Aug 8
Children's Museum of Manhattan
Children's Museum of Manhattan
212 West 83rd St.
New York, NY
(212) 721-1234
$free with admission
family duo show

Tue, Aug 18
Wright's Pond
Wright's Pond
Elm St.
Medford, MA
$free to Medford residents
family band show

Thu, Aug 20
Circle the Square
Medford Sq.
1 Salem St.
Medford, MA
family duo show

Sat, Sep 12
Yonkers RiverFest
Waterfront Amphitheater
1 Larkin Plaza
Yonkers, NY
family band show

Sat, Sep 26
Kids Really Rock Festival
Lawn on D
402 D St.
Boston, MA
family band show
Historic Philadelphia's Future Storyteller's Contest

Kids ages 7 to 12 are invited to write and submit a story on the theme - "My History Hero or Heroine." Ten winners will be selected for a special storytelling experience in Historic Philadelphia on Saturday, August 8.

This History Hero or Heroine can be from any time or place - kids must write a story that brings them to life. Some things to consider while writing these stories are: What did this person look like? What important event changed their life? Why is this person important? Why do YOU admire this Hero or Heroine? How can your story make everyone want to know more about him/her?

Contest guidelines include:
Stories can be 50 - 200 words, or no more than 1 handwritten or typewritten page
Cite the sources used for your research
Include a photo of yourself holding a picture of your History Hero/Heroine

Stories must be submitted to info@historicphiladelphia.org by Wednesday, July 15, for a chance to win this one-of-a-kind experience. Winners and their parents/guardians will be invited to Philadelphia on Saturday, August 8, to share their stories with the public at a Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Bench.

For more information about this contest, visit: http://historicphiladelphia.
Sussex County Miners Upcoming Events
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
August, NJ

 July 15  Kids Go Free Wednesday
 July 16 Camp Day Cheap Cheap Thursday
 July 17 Movie Night Friday
 July 18 Postgame Fireworks/Paint the Park Purple
 July 19  Family Fun Sunday 
 July   20  Christmas in July/Munchy Monday
 July 21     SCARC Night/Two for Tuesday

For more information or to order tickets go to  http://sussexcountyminers.com/
Odd Birdz
Where: Players Theater
             115 MacDougal Street          
             New York, New York

When: July 16 - September 6

For tickets: Click here or call 866-811-4111

For 20% Discount Use Code PTNEWS
TADA! Youth Theater Audience Interactive

Where: 15 West 28th Street
              3rd Floor
              New YorkNY 

When: July 18 and 25 after the 4:00 PM show of Princess Phooey

Want to perform on the TADA stage? Now you can learn a song and dance with some members of the cast. Get in on the ACTion for $10.00 a person.

For more information or to reserve a ticket, click here

iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

Saturday, July 18 — MAX Olympics GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fundraiser. Join The MAX Challenge at the fourth annual MAX Olympics to support JAR of Hope, a Manalapan-based foundation dedicated to raising awareness and funds in the hope of curing Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The public is invited to help break a Guinness World Record for the most push-ups performed as a group. The current record is 612, but more than 1,000 people are expected to attend this event from more than 30 MAX centers in New Jersey and New York, so it is confidently anticipated that the record will be broken. Participants and families may enjoy other activities planned during the event including a three-legged race, burpee dodgeball, tug-of-war, and other fitness activities beneficial for kids and adults. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a rare form of muscular dystrophy that occurs in about 1 out of every 36,000 male infants.The event is free, but donations are encouraged. A minimum donation of $20 per participant is suggested.

News from O & M Co.

“ K I N K Y   B O O T S ”

 Kinky Boots has implemented a new digital lottery, allowing potential audience members to purchase $37 day-of tickets from anywhere. This new digital lottery will vastly increase the number of possible entrants by making tickets exponentially more accessible, allowing for a wider reach of potential audience members. Beginning Monday July 13, a digital ticket lottery will replace the previous lottery policy, in which entries were accepted outside of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre box office (302 West 45th Street) two hours prior to curtain time. See below for complete rules and regulations.

The complete rules and regulations for the new digital lottery policy are as follows:

-          A limited number of tickets for each performance will be sold via lottery.
-          Entries will be accepted online (lottery.kinkybootsthemusical.com) beginning at the curtain time of the previous performance up to 3.5 hours prior to curtain of the desired performance.
-       Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner – entries will be checked for duplicates.
-       Three hours prior to the performance time, names will be chosen at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $37.00 each, and entrants will be notified via email.
-         Winners may pick up and pay for their tickets any time between the drawing and 30 minutes prior to the curtain time.
-          Tickets are subject to availability.
-          Tickets may be partial view.

The summer performance schedule for Kinky Boots is as follows: Monday at 8pm, Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm and 8pm, Thursday at 8pm, Friday at8pm, and Saturday at 2pm and 8pm. (see KinkyBootsTheMusical.com for variations). There is a general ticket lottery each day; lottery entries will be accepted outside the Al Hirschfeld Theatre box office (302 West 45th Street) beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance, and names will be drawn at random, for a limited number of $37 tickets, two hours before curtain time. See KinkyBootsTheMusical.com for details and restrictions.

Kinky Boots tells the uplifting and heartwarming tale of Charlie Price, a young man reluctantly taking over his family’s struggling business. Charlie meets and finds inspiration in Lola and together, the unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.  The winner of six 2013 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots features a Tony® Award-winning score Lauper, a book by Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by Tony® Award-winner Jerry Mitchell. 
A M Y    P O E H L E R


 The McKittrick Hotel (542 West 27th Street), home of the immersive theater spectacle Sleep No More, announces asummertime rooftop film series curated by film and television icon/comedienne Amy Poehler beginning on July 14, 2015 and continuing throughout the summer and early fall atop The McKittrick, the one-stop nightlife destination in Chelsea.  Poehler has chosen some of her favorite films from a variety of genres and decades, and they will be presented in a private garden space called The Farm, an extension of the rooftop garden bar and restaurant Gallow Green.  Seating up to thirty audience members per screening, each ticket comes complete with popcorn, a specialty cocktail and a breathtaking view of Manhattan, each film selected for the series will be screened multiple times over the course of a week.  For more info, please visit: events.mckittrickhotel.com/summerfilm

The films currently slated for the film series, chosen by Poehler, are:

The Jerk (dir. Carl Reiner, 1979) 14th July - 20th July
Rushmore (dir. Wes Anderson, 1998) 21st July - 27th July
Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (dir. Mel Stuart, 1971) - 28th July - 3rd August
The Bicycle Thief (dir. Vittorio De Sica, 1948)-  4th August - 10th August
Bonjour Tristesse (dir. Otto Preminger, 1958) - 11th August - 17th August
To Kill a Mockinbird (dir. Robert Mulligan, 1982) 18th August - 24th August
Sixteen Candles (dir. John Hughes, 1984) - 25th August - 31st August
West Side Story (dir. Robert Wise& Jerome Robbins, 1961) - 1st September - 7th September
The Apartment (dir. Billy Wilder, 1960)  - 8th September - 14th September
Hannah and Her Sisters (dir. Woody Allen, 1986) - 15th September - 21st September
Rosemary's Baby (dir. Roman Polanski, 1968) - 22nd September - 28th September

The list of films is subject to change.




 The New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York State affiliate of the ACLU, announced today that more performers have joined the star-studded lineup for its annual benefit concert. “Broadway Stands Up for Freedom,” a celebratory event in honor of the recent Supreme Court victory for the freedom to marry, will boast performances by some of Broadway’s finest on Monday, July 20, at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place). Tickets are available now by visiting http://nyuskirball.org/calendar/broadwaystandsup

Newly added to the Broadway Stands Up for Freedom company are 2015 Tony Award nominee Sarah Stiles, Rachel Resheff Andrea Burns, Ashley Park and Joe Carroll, Malcolm Merriweather, Charles Duke and Brennan HallMatt Gould and Griffin Matthews, and Christina BiancoTony Kushner serves as honorary chair.

They join a cast including 2015 Tony Award-winners Michael Cerveris (with Loose Cattle) and Ruthie Ann Miles, 2015 Tony Award nominees Judy Kuhn, Brandon Uranowitz, and Steven Boyer, as well as Celia Keenan-Bolger, Montego Glover, Seth Rudetsky, Kate Ferber, Grace McLean, Shaina Taub, and Liana Stampur with the Clinton Curtis Band.

Susan Blackwell returns as host, and 2015 Tony Award-winner Jeanine Tesori will be the keynote speaker for the evening. With Peter Flynn as director andPaul Staroba as musical director, the one-night-only benefit will also feature an original video by Andrew and Celia Keenan-Bolger (see their 2014 videohere). 

In addition to some of Broadway’s hottest rising talent, the evening will showcase the teenage winners of the NYCLU’s Freedom of Expression contest, which invites New York City public schools students to speak their minds on important civil liberties issues in their lives.

Proceeds from the show benefit the NYCLU’s youth programs, including its work with LGBT teenagers; its Teen Activist Project, which engages New York City youth as organizers and peer educators on civil rights and civil liberties issues; and its work to stop overly aggressive policing and zero-tolerance discipline in the city’s public schools.

VIP tickets and sponsorship packages, now on sale for $100 and up, can be purchased here. Individual tickets, $60, can be purchased at http://nyuskirball.org/calendar/broadwaystandsup; by calling 212.352.3101; or in person at the Shagan Box Office located in the Center’s lobby at 566 LaGuardia Pl.
For more information about the show, visit www.nyclu.org/broadway. To see photos of the 2014 concert, visit here.

Ventures has announced that The Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour will suspend its 2015 Summer Tour following its current engagement in Philadelphia, which ends on July 5.  The planned engagements in Chicago, New York, and St. Louis will be rescheduled. 

Event organizers can confirm a refund of the ticket price and booking fee will be made to the original ticket purchaser beginning Monday July 6th, 2015. Ticket outlets will automatically handle this refund transaction to the customer’s credit or debit card. In the event of any issues arising related to the refund, customers should contact the outlet used to purchase the tickets.

The Marvel Experience is an immersive, Domed attraction that features the world’s first-ever traveling 360-degree, 3-D stereoscopic full-Dome projection theatre.  Along with the aforementioned, there is a state-of-the-art, thrilling motion ride and an interactive “training center” that offers the opportunity for Marvel fans to actually become “part of the adventure.”

As agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in training, guests of The Marvel Experience swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, fly with Iron Man and more, all in preparation for an epic battle alongside Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes in a fight against Red Skull, M.O.D.O.K. and an army of evil Adaptoids. The Marvel Experienceincorporates next-generation interactive technology including augmented reality and multi-person gaming so you can see yourself in action.  Everything happens with bleeding-edge technology and advanced computer animation. There’s nothing else like it. Not only does the audience get to join the adventure, in the end they may even become heroes themselves.
And that's the Scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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