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 26, 2015

Sunday Scoop Week of 7/26/15- What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon and a special Where-To-Go Weekend edition

We received tickets to  the BCCT production of Mary Poppins at the Strand Theater for free for review purposes any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
What: The Strand Theater

Where: 400 Clifton Avenue
             Lakewood, NJ

Who: All ages
Our view: We were lucky enough to attend  the final performance of Mary Poppins at the Strand Theater. The Strand Theater is a beautiful old historic theater in Lakewood, NJ. The theater hosts concerts, shows, kids theater camps, senior citizens activities, and a whole lot more.The latest production of Mary Poppins was presented by the Brick Children's Community Theater ( BCCT). We would recommend both the theater and the theater troop. The theater is large and the seats are fairly comfortable. It is not too hot even on a summer's day as the air reaches comfortably up to the upper seats unlike in some theaters. It is worth seeing for the beauty of its Neo Classic and Art Deco interiors which dates back to the 1920s and which has been fully restored since that time. The theater has actually been named to both  the List of Registered Historic Places in New Jersey and the National Register of Historic Places. The BCCT production of Mary Poppins was completely professional. The acting, singing and dancing were all first rate. We did not even realize that all of the cast members were kids of high school age and below until the show was half way through.  The next production at the theater will be the musical Rock of Ages presented by Exit 82 Theater. This production will run on the following dates: 

Friday July 31 at 8:00 pm
Saturday August 1 at 8:00 pm
Sunday August 2 at 2:00 pm
Thursday August 6 at 7:00 pm
Friday August 7 at 8:00 pm
Saturday August 8 at 8:00 pm

For more information on the Strand Theater or  to order tickets for Rock of Ages or any other upcoming events go to http://www.strand.org/. For more information on BCCT go to http://bcct.org/. For more information on Exit 82 Theater go to http://www.exit82theatre.com/. You can also order tickets for Rock of Ages from that link. We will be featuring more about the Strand Theater and events occurring there in future posts.
New York Mets Food Drive
Citi Field
126th St and Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY

WHAT:        The Mets are a proud partner of Hain Celestial, selling products from Terra® Chips, Garden of Eatin’®, Plainville Farms®, and others at Citi Field, and are teaming up again to host their annual Food Drive this year benefitting The River Fund New York on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1 from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Citi Field prior to the games that night vs. the Washington Nationals. Fans donating 10 items or more of nonperishable nutritious food will receive a voucher for one pair of tickets to a select Mets home game in 2015.

Among the items most needed are: canned fruit, vegetables and proteins, plastic jars of peanut butter, packages of hot or cold cereal, and packages of macaroni and cheese. Items that will not be accepted are: unlabeled, expired, or dented cans; any open packaging; products that need to be refrigerated; or homemade products. The River Fund NY is a hunger-relief organization based in Richmond Hill, Queens.

WHEN:          Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 

WHERE:        Mets personnel and wives of Mets players will be collecting food outside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, Left Field Gate and Bullpen Plaza.
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

DOCK ROCKS - Party on the Piers

downtown concert and VIP boat party benefit featuring
Duran Duran
and special guest Wyclef Jean
 Tuesday, August 4, 2015 (rain or shine)  
DOCK ROCKS - Party on the Piers, the first annual concert and boat party fundraiser in support of the Museum will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 beginning at 5pm on Piers 15 and 16, South Street Seaport.  Tickets are $55 for general admission, with VIP options available, and will be on sale beginning today at www.dockrocks.com and www.dockrocks.eventbrite.com.

DOCK ROCKS 2015 will showcase rising stars, superstars and surprise guest performances across five hours of unforgettable Main Stage music, with a headline performance from multi-platinum British recording icons, Duran Duran, and featuring special guest Wyclef Jean. The concert stage is on Pier 16 with nearby Pier 15 as a secondary viewing pier.  Doors open at 4:30pm, with opening acts at 5pm, including the "Swatch Presents Emerging Artists" Showcase, from 5-6:30pm, presented by Swatch, Pledge Music & Fieldhouse Music.
News from O & M Co.

 Vassar & New York Stage and Film, whose 31st Powerhouse Season is underway in Poughkeepsie, are thrilled to announce additional casting for their summer collaboration, running through August 2.

Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated Lee Pace (“Pushing Daises,” The Twilight Saga), Emmy Award-winning Kevin Mambo (“Guiding Light,” Fortress of Solitude), stage and screen stars Ari Graynor (“The Sopranos,” “Fringe”) and Jason Kravits (“The Practice”), Tony® nominee Nancy Opel, plus New York stage stalwarts Theo Stockman, Christy Altomare, Cassie Beck, Lilli Cooper, Sarah Litzsinger, Samantha Ware, along with many more will appear in the remaining lineup of readings, workshops and main stage productions, detailed below.

Tickets are on sale at: http://powerhouse.vassar.edu or by calling the box office at 845-437-5599. Tickets to the Powerhouse Reading series are free – reservations are required.  Please note: Powerhouse Theater offers priority reservation access to the Readings Series to subscribers, before the general public. 

The full lineup of casting for the remaining Powerhouse Season includes:

The Debate Society’s THE LIGHT YEARS | July 23 – August 2
Written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen
Developed and Directed by Oliver Butler
Featuring: Ken Barnett, Hannah Bos, Brian Lee Huynh, Tom Nelis, Paul Thureen, Ashton Woerz, Josh Henderson-Cox, David Jackson, and Logan Pitts

NOIR | July 31 – August 2
Music by Duncan Sheik
Book by Kyle Jarrow
Lyrics by Kyle Jarrow and Duncan Sheik
Directed by Rachel Chavkin
With: Lilli Cooper, Daniel Everidge, Kristine Haruna Lee, Kevin Mambo, John Schiappa, Theo Stockman, and Samantha Ware

READING FESTIVAL #2 | July 31 – August 2

White Noise, White Light | Friday, July 31 at 7:30pm
Written and Directed by Nicky Silver
Ari Graynor, Rebecca Henderson, Lee Pace, Paula Plum, Richard Poe, and Danny Wolohan

Talk to Me of Love by Meghan Kennedy | Saturday, August 1 at 12noon
Directed by Daniella Topol
Michael J. Daily, Reyna De Courcy, Caitlin McGee, Christina Pumariega, Stacey Sargeant, Erin Wilhelmi, plus others to be announced soon

The Brother(s) | Saturday, August 1 at 5:00pm
Written and Directed by Colman Domingo
Renee Albulario, Ruy Iskandar, Orville Mendoza, Paolo Montalban, JP Moraga, Ching Valdes-Aran

Open Road | Sunday, August 2 at 12noon
Music and Lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman, Book by Paul Scott Goodman and Joseph Hendel
Directed by Mark Brokaw
Christy Altomare, Jake Boyd, Bill Buell, Joey Calveri, Margaret Kelly, Jason Kravitz, Jeremy Kushnier, Sarah Litzsinger, Linda Mugleston, Nancy Opel, Amy Marie Stewart, Tom Zemon

Romance Novels for Dummies | Sunday, August 2 at 5:00pm
By Boo Killebrew
Directed by Kip Fagan
Cassie Beck, Bobby Moreno, Kolette Tetlow, plus more to be announced

Now in its 31st year, Powerhouse Theater is a collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of new works for theater and film.  The Powerhouse program consists of an eight-week residency on the Vassar campus during which more than 250 professional artists and 50 apprentices in the Powerhouse Training Program live and work together to create new theater works.  
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topics post.

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