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, August 21, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 8/21/16 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

This Week at the Lakewood BlueClaws
First Energy
2 Stadium Way

Phillie Phanatic on Tuesday Night

On Tuesday night August 23 , the Phillie Phanatic makes one of two remaining visits to First Energy Park this year! He'll be there on Tuesday night (thanks to OceanFirst Bank) and then again on Thursday, September 1st (a make-up from an earlier rain-out).

Tuesday is also a Senior Planning Services Silver Sluggers Tuesday presented by Harrogate where Silver Sluggers Club members eat free (more here).

For tickets, call 732-901-7000 option 2 or click here.

Howard Johnson Autograph Signing Wednesday Night

Former Mets infielder Howard Johnson will be at FirstEnergy Park on Wednesday, August 24th for a special autograph signing during that night's BlueClaws game. His appearance is presented by Atlantic City Airport.

The line forms when the gates open at 6:00 pm and the signing will begin when the game starts at7:05 pm. VIP Express Pass Available Here.

For tickets, call 732-901-7000 option 2 or click here to order online.
Upcoming at the State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

August 25, 2016 8:00PM
Martina McBride

For more information go to 
iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ 
Saturday, August 27
NJ Family CON – Warehouse 100
12:00 PM -  5:00 PM

iPlay America presents NJ Family Con 2016! It’s the largest family convention in the tri-state area. NJ Family Con 2016 is part non-profits and companies, part exhibits and displays, but 100% family fun. Over 100 companies with products and services for all of your family's needs will be on hand. This fantastic family convention will include interactive activities by sponsors, like building activities with Home Depot, crafts with Michael's, building with Legos, tech and computer stations with Microsoft, a Magical Baby Wonderland sponsored by Babies 'R' US featuring tons of stuff just for your baby, and much, more for guests to enjoy and experience.

Learn More
Sunday, August 28
Danny’s Back to School Bash
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Danny iPlay is hosting a Back to School Bash for his August Kids Club Event! Join us for an afternoon of fun with live performance with The Academy of Music and Dance Rock Bands, giveaways, a coloring station and so much more… All hosted by 94.3 The Point! There will be tons of free prizes and giveaways… including an iPlay America Birthday Party! Stop by the Kids Club table to enter to win and for some free goodies! Register for FREE before spots run out!

Learn More
Free Classes for Children with Disabilities This Fall at CMA
103 Charlton Street
New York, NY

Children’s Museum of the Arts recently announced its programming schedule for its fall inclusive classes. Through the museum’s Stripes class for children on the autism spectrum and its Inclusive Sunday’s class for children living with physical disabilities, families have access to free arts programming suited to their child’s needs and abilities in a supportive, creative environment.  Led by trained Teaching Artists and Occupational Therapists, the museum’s inclusive classes allow children to develop their independence, communication skills, and peer-to-peer relationships.

Stripes occurs on select Saturdays throughout the fall with a class for ages 7 and under, and a media arts class for ages 8 and up. Inclusive Sundays also has two age groups, with a class for ages 7 and under, and a class for ages 8 and up. Siblings and friends are welcome to participate.

More information is available here: http://cmany.org/choolsandcommunity/access-programs/
Celebrate  Your Party on THE RIDE

From live performances on the streets of New York City, to music, comedy and trivia on our deluxe vehicles, celebrations on THE RIDE have always been a huge hit. Now with deluxe vehicles. celebrations have always been a huge hit. Now with their New Party Packages for youth and adults, guests have the opportunity to be a part of the show by incorporating fun facts about you into their script and having a toast to you on THE RIDE

THE RIDE is perfect for :

Birthday Parties
Bar Mitzvahs
Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties
And more

Silver Party Packages: $50.00 per ticket per ticket for groups of 10+
Gold Rock Star Package: $100.00 per ticket for groups of 10+ for THE RIDE plus a meal at The Hard Rock Cafe along with a souvenir glass/koozie per guest.

All new guest booked before August 31 will receive $50.00 off their reservation.

Contact groupsales@experiencetheride.com for more information.

For a special Says Me Says Mom discount for general tickets to THE RIDE and/or THE TOUR click here
News from Boneau Bryan-Brown

The World Premiere Play with Music

By George Brant
Directed by Neil Pepe

Performances Begin Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Opening Night Monday, September 12, 2016
Limited Engagement through Sunday, October 2, 2016

Marie and Rosetta will begin previews Wednesday, August 24, officially open Monday, September 12, and play a limited engagement through Sunday, October 2, 2016, Off Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20 Street).

A huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix, Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Lewis) was a legend in her time, bringing fierce guitar-playing and swing to gospel music. Tharpe was the queen of ‘race records’ in the 30’s and 40’s, a woman who played guitar as passionately as Clapton, who performed mornings at churches and evenings at the Cotton Club, who was a big enough star to fill a baseball stadium for her third wedding, but ended up buried in an unmarked grave in Philadelphia. Marie and Rosetta chronicles Sister Rosetta’s first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight (Jones), as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history.

Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 
20 Street (between 8 and 9 Avenues).

Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.
Sunday evening performance 7pmAugust 28September 18.
Wednesday matinees 2pmAugust 31September 7September 21.
No performance, Tuesday, 9/13.

Season Passports can be purchased online at www.atlantictheater.org/, by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111, or in person at the Linda Gross Theater box office (336 West 20 Street, between 8 and 9 Avenues) Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 – 6:00pm.

For information on Atlantic Theater Company passports, visit https://atlantictheater.org/passport/ or email membership@atlantictheater.org.
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

South Street Seaport Museum
Free-Fridays Program
August 26, September 30 & October 28, 2016 from 3pm-7pm

South Street Seaport Museum announces its Free-Fridays Programon August 26, September 30, & October 28, 2016 from 3pm-7pm.  Join us on the last Friday of every month through October for Free Fridays at the Seaport Museum. Between the hours of 3pm and 7pm the Seaport Museum will offer free admission to its exhibition Street of Ships: The Port and its People, as well as thematic educational and programmatic activities including special tours, artisan demonstrations, talks and lectures, and hands-on activities for the whole family.  Reservations are required and can be made online at https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org/free-fridays/

Each Free Friday is centered around a different theme; the theme for the August program is "Peking" in honor of the famed tall ship currently berthed at Pier 16. This Free Friday kicks off the final weekend of public access to Peking as we prepare for her eventual departure to Hamburg, Germany. Special programming includes participatory sail raising aboard the ship, printing demonstrations at Bowne Printers with free Peking themed take-aways, and a screening of Around Cape Horn at Melville Gallery, thanks to Mystic Seaport Museum.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
2016-17 Family Performances

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College is pleased to announce its 2016-17 lineup of family-friendly performing arts programming. Spanning a wide range of genres and cultures, the season includes performances appropriate for young audiences of all ages, ranging from preschoolers to high school students, and highlights Brooklyn Center's commitment to making sure that all families in the borough have access to quality, affordable arts.

Season highlights include Coyote's Dance, a dance-theater pieceinspired by Native American folklore, the national tour of African-themed Cinderella storyMufaro's Beautiful Daughters, and Brooklyn Center's fourth annual Lunar New Year Celebration, as well as performances by audience favorites Black Violin, The Colonial Nutcracker, Step Afrika!, and the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters will be the centerpiece of Brooklyn Center's tenth annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration.

Tickets to Brooklyn Center's family performances range from $15-$25, with ½ price tickets for children ages 12 and under available for select performances. Group discounts are available for schools, scout troops, and youth organizations. Tickets may be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' 2016-17 family-friendly performances include:
  • Black Violin
  • Dance Theatre in Westchester's The Colonial Nutcracker
  • Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company's Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Rooster
  • Treehouse Shakers' Coyote's Dance
  • School of American Ballet's The Beauty of Ballet
  • Step Afrika!
  • Dallas Children's Theatre's Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
  • Tenth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration
  • The Golden Dragon Acrobats
Black Violin
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8pm
Tickets: $25 adults, $12.50 children 12 and under
Virtuoso violinists Kev Marcus and Wil B return to Brooklyn with their electrifying mash-up of R&B, hip-hop, classical, and bluegrass. With more than 200 shows a year and past appearances including the Billboard Music Awards, three NFL Super Bowls, and performing for the troops in Iraq, this dynamic duo never fails to take audiences by storm with their unique spin on music for strings.

Dance Theatre in Westchester
The Colonial Nutcracker
Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2pm
Tickets: $15
An annual holiday favorite, Dance Theatre in Westchester performs its family-friendly, full-length version of Tchaikovsky's ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and simultaneous narration to help young audience members enjoy this timeless classic. Recommended for ages five and up.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Rooster
Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 3pmTickets: $25 adults, $12.50 children 12 and under
The prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company performs an all-new celebration of Chinese arts commemorating the Year of the Rooster, cousin to the mythical Phoenix, whose song awakens the world each morning and whose confidence and loyalty is well regarded. Delightful red lions, golden dragons, and white peacocks frolic and play to the exotic sounds of traditional instruments, while graceful dancers and astounding acrobats showcase the rich culture of one of Brooklyn's most vibrant communities. nainichen.org

Treehouse Shakers
Coyote's Dance
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2pm
Tickets: $15
Kumble Theater, LIU Brooklyn campus
This whimsical, interactive children's show follows the exploits of Coyote, the trickster character from the folklore of many North American Indian Nations.  Using narration, puppetry, live and recorded music, Native American-influenced costumes, and beautifully choreographed movement, the performers of Treehouse Shakers will take families on a delightful and humorous journey of deceit and adventure. Recommended for ages four and up. treehouseshakers.com

In collaboration with the School of American Ballet
The Beauty of Ballet
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 2pm
Tickets: FREE event, no tickets issued
Join students and faculty of the world-famous School of American Ballet (the official academy of New York City Ballet) in this program illustrating the process by which talented youngsters develop into accomplished classical ballet dancers. Your children will watch a "class" where training exercises and steps are demonstrated, and also enjoy excerpts from famous ballets. Recommended for ages four and up. sab.org

Step Afrika!
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8pm
Tickets: $25 adults, $12.50 children 12 and under
With its origins in African American fraternities and sororities, stepping is known for its intricate, synchronized patterns of stomps, kicks, claps, and call-and response. As the world's first professional company dedicated to this art form, the dancers of Step Afrika! use their bodies as instruments, integrating stepping with African traditional dance and other dance forms to create a high-energy, sharply choreographed, and incredibly entertaining performance.  stepafrika.org

Dallas Children's Theatre on tour presents John Steptoe's
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
Adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott, Music & Lyrics by S-Ankh Rasa
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2pm
Tickets: $15
When a great African king desires a wife, only the most worthy maidens are invited to meet him. Both of Mufaro's daughters are beautiful, but does either have the inner beauty of a potential queen? Told through African dance, drumming, narration, and song, this story celebrates goodness, generosity, and kindness of heart. Recommended for ages five and up.

10th Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 3pm
FREE event, no tickets issued
Families will enjoy live music, arts and crafts, and street performers at this free community festival, where interactive family activities highlight the need to create a more sustainable future and care for the earth.

Golden Dragon Acrobats
Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 3pm
Tickets: $25 adults, $12.50 children 12 and under
Recognized internationally as today's premier Chinese acrobatic touring company, The Golden Dragons combine award-winning acrobatics, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present an unforgettable show of breathtaking skill and beauty, representing the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty five centuries ago.

Multibuy discounts (four or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices. Multibuyers enjoy flexible ticket exchanges and discounted parking for purchased performances. A 50% discount for children ages 12 and under is offered for select performances. Discounts also available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/alumni, active/retired military personnel, and groups. $10 student rush tickets available day-of-show.

Visit BrooklynCenter.org for a complete season lineup.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2 train to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue
Online orders: BrooklynCenter.org
Box Office: 718-951-4500, Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm-6pm
Groups of 15 or more: 718-951-4600 x3331
News from DKC/O&M

T H E   E F F E C T 

The critically acclaimed hit off-Broadway play The Effect, which extended earlier this year, is currently in its final weeks at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street) and will play its final performance on Sunday, September 4th, 2016 after 20 previews and 192 regular performances.

In The Effect, Connie and Tristan have palpable chemistry—or is it a side effect of a new super-antidepressant? They are volunteers in a clinical trial, but their sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work. From Lucy Prebble, “one of the UK’s hottest new playwrights” (The Telegraph), The Effect takes on our pill-popping culture with humor and scintillating drama.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting SmartTix.com, on the phone at 212-868-4444, or in person at the Barrow Street Theatre box office, open at1:00PM daily and are priced at $79.50-$99.50, with Sunday evening performances priced at $59-$99.50. For more information, visitwww.BarrowStreetTheatre.com

The performance schedule for The Effect is as follows: Tuesday – Sunday at 7:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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