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 26, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 6/26/16 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

The Ride June Special
Ticket Special All Tickets for The Ride $50.00 this June!
That's $14.00 Savings off Retail!

Use Code: JUNE50

For more information or to order tickets go to http://theridenyc.com/

For our view of The Ride go to: 

Mets to Host Blood Drive
Citi Field
123-01 Roosevelt Ave.
New York, NY

WHAT: The New York Mets will host their annual Summer Blood Drive on Tuesday, June 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Foxwoods Club at Citi Field. Fans donating blood will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a select Mets home game in 2016.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Mr. Met in attendance from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.   

WHERE: Citi Field – Fans enter at the Hodges VIP entrance and may park in Lot G off 126thStreet between the Right Field Gate and Roosevelt Avenue.
Food & Drink at Philadelphia Parks This Summer

Parks on Tap  - Concession trucks featuring beer, wine and soft drinks plus sandwiches, salads and to-go items will pop up weekly at 14 parks beginning June 29 at Schuylkill Banks and continuing through October 2 at Lemon Hill.

The Oval – Rotating lineup of food trucks featuring local chefs and top-notch treats will park at The Oval on Wednesdays through Sundays starting at 11am. The Oval’s Beer Garden will also feature craft beers in the evenings as of opening day, Friday, July 15.

Cosmic Café on Boathouse Row – Sandwiches, pastries, and coffee with outdoor seating at 1 Boathouse Row, daily 8am-8pm.

Seasonal Farmers’ Markets - Spring and summer offer expanded locations and offerings of fresh, local, healthy foods at farmers markets in various Philly parks.
Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

Thursday, June 30
7 PM
If you LOVE country music, Billboard Magazine calls the band LANco one of the 10 New Country Artists you need to know, comparing LANco’s sound to a country version of the Imagine Dragons and crediting the band for their arena-ready pop hooks and chant-along choruses. Thursday, June 30, LANco will be LIVE in concert at iPlay America’s Game Time Bar & Grill. This is a FREE concert and the show starts at 7 PM. Meet & Greet tickets are available!

Learn More
Broadway's She Loves Me to Be Livestreamed

BroadwayHD and Roundabout Theatre Company have announced that they will live stream the Tony-winning revival of She Loves Me, marking the first time ever that a Broadway show has been broadcast live. She Loves Me will be available to watch live, on a pay-per-view basis on BroadwayHD on June 30 at 8 PM.

Visit broadwayhd.com/shelovesme to reserve a live stream pass to the June 30 broadcast for $9.99; alternatively She Loves Me is free with all annual subscriptions to BroadwayHD’s on-demand library.
Fireworks on the Field for MVP Kids Club Members
 at July 3 BlueClaws Game

On July 3rd, Kids Club MVP members (sign up here or by calling Patrick Prendergast at 732-901-7000 ext 171) can watch the fireworks on the field!

The July 3rd game will feature the Biggest Fireworks Show In BlueClaws History after our 7:05 pm game that night!

For tickets, call 732-901-7000 option 2 or click here.
News from Boneau/Bryan-Brown


The Tony Award winning hit musical AN AMERICAN IN PARIS will close on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Since the first performance at the Palace Theatre on March 13, 2015, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS will have played 719 regular performances and 29 previews.

Broadway tickets are on sale through www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at or by phone at 877-250-2929. Group tickets for Broadway are on sale now through the Group Sales Box Office at http://www.broadway.com/group-sales-box-office/ or by phone at 800-223-7565 or 212-398-8383.

  • STANDARD SCHEDULE: Tuesday and Thursday at 7 PMWednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday andSaturday at 2 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 3 PM.
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

to perform in

Gun Violence Awareness Vigil

at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery
Wednesday, June 29, at 6:30pm

New York Theatre Ballet and the St. Mark's community will hold a Gun Violence Awareness Vigil to mourn for Orlando, remember all lives lost to gun violence, and build a safer community together on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 6:30pm at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, 131 East 10th Street, NYC. The vigil is co-sponsored by Danspace Project,The Poetry ProjectNew York Theatre Ballet, and St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, with performances by Ricardo MaldonadoJulia GuezBallez (Artistic Director Katy Pyle)Jeannine OtisNew York Theatre Ballet, and more. This event is free and open to all with no reservations. Visit http://nytb.org/calendar-and-tickets/view/Gun-Violence-Awareness-Vigil/ for details.
To Begin The World Over Again
June 30 - July 2, 2016 at 8pm
Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center

DELIRIOUS Dances presents To Begin The World Over Again, onThursday, June 30; Friday, July 1; and Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 8pm at Gibney Dance's Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, 280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers Street). Tickets are $15 in advance at https://gibneydance.org/performance/pop/delirious-dances/ and $20 at the door.

Family Night: Free activities and care for children of all ages is available on Saturday, July 2 from 7:30 - 9:30pm. If you are interested, please RSVP using this online form: http://bit.ly/EdisaWeeksFamilyNight

To Begin The World Over Again explores the writings of Thomas Paine and his spirited advocacy for freedom and democracy. Fusing the visions of composer Joseph C. Phillips Jr. and choreographer Edisa Weeks and their respective companies the music ensemble Numinous and DELIRIOUS Dances, To Begin The World Over Again eloquently explores: How are freedom and democracy packaged and promoted in America? What does it mean to be free in American? As America becomes more consumer-driven, polarized and disenchanted, is America living up to its promise?

Performed with the audience sitting in the round, To Begin The World Over Again is an evening length multi-disciplinary work that features one actor, six dancers, and ten musicians. The work unfolds through four sections inspired by Paine's words: Dreams Of Wonders Undreamt,These Are The Times That Try Men's Soul, Mischief Is Easier Begun Than Ended, and We Have It In Our Power; as well as three musical interludes (Reel Liberty, Reel Democracy, Reel Equality) that are based on Contra music forms. Contra was the popular music and social dance during Paine's lifetime, however the interludes are more stylized or 'crooked', and merge Phillips' concentration in both classical and jazz music.

These Are The Times That Try Men's Soul explores the way we carry on in the face of opposition, for trying times do not disappear overnight, whether it is George Washington's soldiers becoming discouraged in the fight against the better equipped and trained British Army, or people in America today grappling with issues from unemployment, to the right to protest, healthcare and more. In this section, the dancers relentlessly repeat a task, inspired by Paine's exhortations to  "summer soldiers" in The Crisis to remain steadfast because freedom requires sacrifice and dedication. The music is driving yet somber and builds to stark outbursts, like terse cries of anguish or piercing calls for action. The singers give voice to Paine's words, which are woven with recordings from news clips of current social and political issues in America. The music and dancing resolve into a lush lilting phrase, like rain on parched earth, or the promise of a new reality. In the last section, We Have It In Our Power, the dancing and music weave distinct themes, which initially clash and ultimately intertwine, reflecting how democracy, ideally, is the coming together of various voices.

Free childcare is available on Saturday July 2 from 7:30pm - 9:30pm. If you are interested, please contact Purpose Productions at anae@purposeproductions.org in advance. If participating in childcare, guardians will be asked to sign a waiver and provide emergency contact details along with other important information. We also ask that you provide a nut-free snack for your child and any favorite games, books or toys. To ensure the safety and quality of care for families who choose this option, there is limited space. Care will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Families MUST sign up for childcare, by Friday July 1 at 5pm.
South Street Seaport Museum
Seafarers Camp
Aboard Schooner Lettie G. Howard
July and August 2016
The South Street Seaport Museum announces Seafarers Camp - set sail for adventure aboard schooner Lettie G. Howard for weeklong sail camps out of New York Harbor for grades 7-12. Become crew-in-training as you and your fellow shipmates form strong bonds and work together to learn how to sail a traditional tall ship. The authentic live-aboard experience provides trainees with rewarding lessons in teamwork, communication, and self-reliance.  For more information or to register visit https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org/seafarers-camp/ or email us at lettieghoward@seany.org.

2016 Program Dates: (based on students' grade level as of September 2016)
Week 1: July 3-8 (for 7, 8, 9th graders)
Week 2: July 10-15 (for 10, 11, 12th graders)
Week 3: July 17-22 (for 7, 8, 9th graders)
Week 4: July 24-29 (for 10, 11, 12th graders)
Week 5: July 31-Aug 5 (for 7, 8, 9th graders)
Week 6: Aug 7-12 (for 7, 8, 9th graders)
Week 7: Aug 14-19 (for 7, 8, 9th graders)
Week 8: Aug 21-26 (for 10, 11, 12th graders)
presents the
2016 Ballet School NY Summer Camp
July 5-18, 2016
New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) presents the annual Ballet School NY Summer Camp from July 5-18, 2016 for children ages 8-12. The camp will include ballet, jazz, field trips, original choreography by the students, and a performance on the final day. The camp will take place Monday - Friday from 9:30am - 3:30pm. The final performance of class work and the students' original choreography will take place on Friday, July 15 at 3:30pm. On Saturday, July 16, students will take part in a special performance for the Arts Brookfield Bastille Day celebration with New York Theatre Ballet at the World Financial Center. The cost to attend the two-week camp is $1,000. A deposit of $100 is required at registration.

To reserve space for your child, email admin@nytb.org or call (212) 679-0401. Registration is now open.
News from DKC/O&M
Small Mouth Sounds
In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.
Small Mouth Sounds will play the following performance schedule: July 3 - July 17: Tuesday - Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pmBeginning July 18: Monday - Friday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8:30pmBeginning September 5: Tuesday – Friday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8:30pm, and Sunday at 7:30pmPlease check performance times throughout early July as schedules vary.

Tickets, from $75 - $99, are now available and can be purchased through Ticket Central via www.ticketcentral.com, by calling 212.279.4200, or in person at 416 W. 42nd Street (12-8pm daily).
For more information, visit www.SmallMouthSounds.com.

S H U F F L E   A L O N G
Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921
and All That Followed
SHUFFLE ALONG began performances on March 15, 2016 and officially opened, to rave reviews, on April 28.  It went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical, along with the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Choreography (Savion Glover), Outstanding Costume Design (Ann Roth), and Outstanding Wig and Hair Design (Mia M. Neal). It was nominated for ten 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  It will have played 38 previews and 100 regular performances by the time it ends its run.
Tickets to SHUFFLE ALONG are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or visiting www.telecharge.com www.telecharge.com.


 Fun Home, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical, will play its final performance on Broadway oSaturday, September 10 at 8 PM, it was announced today. The show, which opened on April 19, 2015, will have played 26 preview and 582 regular performances on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50th St) and 114 performances Off Broadway at The Public Theater.

Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family – her mother, brothers and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father – that connect with her in surprising new ways. This intimate and emotional theatrical experience is performed entirely in the round, bringing audiences closer to Alison’s story than ever before.  A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
Ticket prices for Fun Home range from $49 – $160 and are available for purchase via Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, or in person at the Circle in the Square Theatre box office. Fun Home plays the following schedule: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:00 PM, Friday – Saturday at 8:00 PM, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 PM, and Sunday at 3:00 PMIn the show’s final week, Fun Home will play on Monday, September 5 at 8 PM rather than Sunday, September 11.
News from Waldmania PR

Acclaimed for their high-energy, acoustic Americana music played with passion, skill, and humor, the Los Angeles-based band The Hollow Trees is set to launch their fourth album of upbeat, top-tapping folk music for families, Hello Friend, on July 1.
Blending an Americana cornucopia of musical styles that includes folk, bluegrass, jug band, Western swing, country, blues, and jazz, The Hollow Trees offer a great mix of old-time chestnuts, obscure gems, and fun, new original songs.  The band, noted for tossing off clever wordplay combined with excellent musicianship, has been compared to Asleep at the Wheel, the Jim Kweskin jug band, and even The Hoosier Hotshots.
Hello Friend will be available at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, The Green Bean in L.A.'s Eagle Rock neighborhood, Grow Kid Grow in L.A.'s Silver Lake neighborhood, and at all Hollow Trees shows.

CD Details:  Hello Friend
Release date:  July 1, 2016
For all ages, and especially suitable for ages 3 - 7
Label:  Hollow Trees Records
SRP:   $11.99
Running time:  40 minutes
Visit the The Hollow Trees' website HERE.
  The Hollow Trees on Facebook

  The Hollow Trees on Twitter
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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