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, September 25, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 9/25/16 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises to Bear Mountain Are Back
Pier 83
W. 42nd St. at 12th
New York, NY

Take a 2.5 hour cruise up the Hudson enjoying the autumnal sights and our Onboard Oktoberfest with live oom-pah music and German food and beer specials up to Bear Mountain State Park. You’ll hop off the boat there, where for 3 hours, you can enjoy the park’s 50+ hiking and biking trails, paddle around the lake, visit the Bear Mountain Zoo, brunch at The Bear Mountain Inn and take in the general splendor of nature and fall weather!

For more information or to book a cruise click here 

Kids Go Free at Madame Tussauds New York
234 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY

Madame Tussauds, located in the heart of Times Square, will run their new “Kids Go Free” promotion from now through October 29, 2016. During this time, kids ages 12 and under, when accompanied by an adult ticket holder, will receive free admission.

Visit www.madametussauds.com/newyork or call (866) 841-3505 for more information.
Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

Wednesday, September 28
Boyce Avenue – iPlay America’s Event Center
Doors: 6:00 PM – Show: 7:00 PM

Florida-based Boyce Avenue is one of the biggest independent bands in the world, and according to Billboard magazine, “Boyce Avenue might just be the most popular band you’ve never heard of.” This amazing band is a social media phenomenon amassing over 500,000 Twitter followers and almost 3 million Facebook subscribers, forging a lasting and passionate digital fan base that has followed the band’s every move for years. On Wednesday, September 28, Boyce Avenue will be LIVE in concert at iPlay America’s Event Center. General Admission tickets are just $25.

September 30 to October 31
iPlay America’s Spooky Spooktacular Halloween

It’s Spooky family FUN for everyone as iPlay America transforms for iPlay America’s Spooky Spooktacular Halloween this October! All month long, September 30 – October 31, experience a Halloween event like no other in Central NJ.  This family friendly event features FREE live Magic Shows and kid’s entertainment every weekend, a Trick-or-Treat Trail, spooktacular décor, photo opportunities with Danny iPlay in his costume, and other FREE Halloween themed activities. Join them in their restaurant Game Time Bar & Grill for spooktacular food and drink specials.  This Halloween experience is one you don’t want to miss!

Saturday, October 1
Dead Serious MMA 22 – Amateur MMA Show
Doors: 6:00 PM – Show: 7:00 PM

The very best amateur MMA fighters make up the card for this night of fierce and formidable mixed martial arts mastery. Bring your friends and get ready to be front and center for every amazing bout.

Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ

Neil Simon's Jakes Women
Friday September 30 - Sunday October 9, 2016

Maurer Productions OnStage presents a foray into the world of modern relationships by the master comic playwright Neil Simon. Jake, a struggling novelist, handles the world in his imagination much better than that pesky real one just outside his study, where the shadow of a failing marriage looms large. Prompted into both real and imagined conversations with the ladies in his life, Jake finds his wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks are occasionally interrupted by visitations from actual females.

For more information click here
Public Art with Greenbelow14
Opening in Vesuvio Park 
Thompson St. between Spring St. and Prince St.
New York, NY

Saturday, October 1st 
10:30 AM -6:00 PM

Playground Parachutes is an installation of four large-scale murals by the celebrated artist Isca Greenfield-Safonders made in collaboration with over 200 children for Vesuvio Playground in SoHo (at the intersection of Spring and Thompson Streets). The exhibition opens Saturday October 1st, 2016 at 10:30am.

For more information click here
Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingstone Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

An Evening With Gilberto Santa Rosa
October 1, 2016

For more information click here
Auditions for TADA! Youth Theatre's Resident Ensemble 
15 W. 28th St.
New York, NY
October 5                (High School)
October 14              (Middle School)
October 15              (Elementary School)
October 19 & 26    (All)

TADA!'s award winning Resident Youth Ensemble is a FREE year-round musical theatre and youth development program for ages 8-18. No previous experience or training needed. Alumni include Kerry Washington, Jordan Peele and Josh Peck and more.

For more information click here

E-mail mhaws@tadatheater.com to book an audition time.
News from Boneau/Bryan-Brown

Atlantic Theater Company's Production 
Marie and Rosetta

Extended to October 16

Come see it at the Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St., New York, NY

For more information call 866-811-4111
or visit them on-line at atlantictheater.org
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

Melissa Toogood 
added as Guest Instructor
at New York Theatre Ballet's
Ballet School NY
Now through-November 3, 2016

New York Theatre Ballet announces that Bessie Award winner Melissa Toogood will teach Cunningham Technique classes at Ballet School NY from September 22 - November 3, 2016.  Ballet School NY (BSNY) was founded by artistic director Diana Byer in 1978 as the official training school of New York Theatre Ballet.

Melissa Toogood will instruct Ballet III and Young Artist Division students for the next six weeks. For more information or to register visit www.nytb.org/ballet-school-ny.


South Street Seaport Museum
Archtober 2016 at the Seaport Museum
and a special accompanying exhibition
The Architecture of Trade
October 2016

The South Street Seaport Museum announces Archtober 2016 at the Seaport Museum, a series of special walking and sailing tours celebrating the architecture of the Seaport District and Schermerhorn Row. Presented in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, and in honor of Schermerhorn Row's selection as Archtober Building of the Day on Monday, October 10, 2016, the Seaport Museum announces the opening of its new special exhibition The Architecture of Trade: Schermerhorn Row and the Seaport. The exhibition is presented in two parts, in the museum's mezzanine level and fourth floor galleries at 12 Fulton Street.

The Architecture of Trade: Schermerhorn Row and the Seaportexamines the life of Schermerhorn Row, Manhattan's only surviving row of Federal style merchant counting houses, and its place in the Seaport at South Street through the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as its connection to New York's enduring urban evolution. What happened on South Street ignited New York's transformation from a provincial trading town into a global metropolis. The architecture of Schermerhorn Row traces this dramatic change.

The exhibition in the mezzanine area, accessible from the main entrance of the Seaport Museum on 12 Fulton Street, is dedicated to Schermerhorn Row's more recent history in the 20th century. Using photographs and documents, the exhibition follows the story of Schermerhorn Row and the Seaport as they were rescued by preservationists from certain demolition, and covers the Row's early restorations starting in the 1970s.

By limited tour only, the fourth floor galleries of Schermerhorn Row will be opened to explore the 19th century portion of the exhibition. Here, Schermerhorn Row's early life is covered, from its very beginning as a real estate investment in an era of booming maritime trade on the East River, to its changing circumstances in the late 19th century as the Seaport declined in commercial significance. This story is told through artifacts from the collection, architectural elements, and the building itself. Within Schermerhorn Row are the preserved remains of rooms abandoned in the early 20th century.

Due to the fragile nature of the preserved rooms and the need to climb several flights of stairs, entry to the fourth floor exhibition will be limited. Access will be through an exclusive guided tour only. Tours will be available twice a month.  Tour tickets are $15 ($10 for Museum members), and must be purchased in addition to general admission. Please note that this portion of the exhibition requires climbing four flights of stairs. For accessibility accommodations please contact the Museum at 212-748-8700. For more information, to check tour availability, or to reserve tickets, visit www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org.

The 20th century section of the exhibition, located on the mezzanine level, is included in general admission. Admission is free for Museum Members. Non-member tickets are $12 for adults; $8 for seniors (65+), Merchant Mariners, Active Duty Military, teachers, and students (all with valid ID); $6 for kids (ages 6-17) and free for children ages 5 and under. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org.

The following are the special tours on offer as part of Archtober at the Seaport Museum. Tickets and info are available at www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org/archtoberseaport16/

  1. Hidden History of the South Street Seaport's Architecture
Walking Tour 3:00-4:00pm
Saturday and Sunday, October 1, 2, 29, and 30
Several buildings in the Seaport District are considered to be some the oldest standing structures in Manhattan. From rat pits to a warehouse built by one of the most famous American architects of the 19th century, the buildings of the Seaport have a big story to tell, the story of the rise of New York. Take a walk with us and discover the origins of New York's greatness. Registration required.

  1. Sailing and Discovering Lower Manhattan Architecture
Saturday, October 8
Sail with us aboard our 1885 National Register-listed schooner Pioneer as we unveil details of Lower Manhattan's unique architecture, piers, and urban transformations. This two hour sail will take you through portions of the East River, the Hudson River, and upper New York Harbor as we discover "Where New York Begins." Registration required.

  1. Archtober Building of the Day: Schermerhorn Row 
Building Tour 12:00-1:00pm, 2:00-3:00pm, 4:00-5:00pm
Monday, October 10
Completed in 1812, Schermerhorn Row is one of the oldest standing structures in Manhattan. This complex of Federal-style buildings originally served as counting houses for the merchants of nearby South Street, when in the early 19th century South Street was New York's primary port of entry. Over the next two centuries Schermerhorn Row hosted various businesses including restaurants and hotels. Schermerhorn Row has survived the changing economic fortunes of South Street, as well as hurricanes, to become what it is today: the heart of a vibrant historic district and home to the South Street Seaport Museum. Registration required.

  1. Typography and Job Printing in the 19th Century Seaport
Walking Tour 3:00-4:00pm
Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23
Most printers in early 19th century New York were located where the action was: near the city's main port of entry at South Street. Walk with us to discover where passenger and shipping services printed their tickets, timetables, and posters, and learn about the typography of the remaining signage on these historic buildings. Registration required.


and The Schimmel Center
Once Upon A Ballet
October 1, 2016 at Schimmel Center

New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) presents the Once Upon a Ballet series for children, beginning with Carnival of the Animals on October 1, 2016 at 3pm at Schimmel Center at Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, NYC.  Tickets are $10 for children, $20 for adults.  Single tickets are available through www.schimmelcenter.org, or by calling the box office at 212-346-1715. For more information, visit www.nytb.org.

In a magical forest, Queen Diana and her shaggy lion rule a charming assortment of animals who live more or less peaceably until a pair of lost children wander in, and then the fun begins!  Choreography by Beth Storey Taylor, costume design by Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan, and set design by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith.

The Once Upon A Ballet series continues later this season with the following:

Cinderella - March 12, 2017 at 3pm
With a Dancing Clock, wacky Stepsisters and everyone's favorite princess, Cinderella features choreography by Donald Mahler, costumes by Metropolitan Opera's Resident Costume Designer, Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan and sets by Gillian Bradshaw Smith. Appropriate for girls and boys of all ages.

The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies - April 30, 2017 at 3pm
Follow Alice's adventures through Wonderland as she meets some of the most beloved characters in children's literature. Presented in a vaudeville setting, this eclectic ballet draws on many different dance forms - from Irish Step Dancing to African Juba to classical ballet - all of which combine to make a highly entertaining show.  Choreography by Keith Michael, costume design by Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan, décor design & painting by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith
News from Richard Hillman PR


The Producers is the hilarious smash hit about two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful. The musical took Broadway by storm in 2001, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards.

The Producers will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:30pm, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 8:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pmTickets are on sale now starting at $32. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680.  Students may order $20 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office on the day of the performance.

Free Audience Enrichment Activities for The Producers

Wed. September 28   6:30pm         
Art Gallery                 
The Director’s Viewpoint
Enjoy coffee Producers director Don Stephenson talks about his involvement with the musical.
Thurs. September 29 6:30pm               
Conversation Club

Thurs. October 6                                                                                
Learn more about the show you are about to see, led by members of Paper Mill’s Artistic and Education Departments.

Thurs. October 13                                                                             
Thurs. October 20  

Sat. October 22  Following Matinee     
Q&A with the Cast                                                                                      Meet the cast and ask actors questions about the show or the role they are portraying.

“ J U S T   O N E   Q”
“T H E   P E N”
“T H E   B O O T Y   C A L L”

THE TBG THEATRE (312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor)
OCTOBER 3-29, 2016

PREMIERES (Paulette Haupt, Artistic Director), the New York based music theater organization whose mission is “to bring new music theater to light,” is pleased to announce the complete cast and creative teams for this season’s Inner Voices, the biannual series of solo works featuring new teams of playwrights and composers. Performances will begin on Monday, October 3rd at 8:00pm (and continue through October 29) atThe TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street – between 8th & 9th Avenues).  Opening Night is Thursday, October 13th at 8:00pm.

In Just One “Q”, Bertha and Julynne, bitter enemies, duke it out at the Broadbend Nursing Home in Arkansas over a game of scrabble.  Benny (T. Oliver Reid), an orderly, narrates the history of their acrimonious relationship.  Chaos, humor and closure abound in this amusing and tuneful musical. Words by Ellen Fitzhugh, music by Ted Shen with musical direction by Andrew Resnick.  Directed by Brad Rouse.
In The Pen, an everyday morning becomes everything but when a seemingly innocuous obstacle shatters Laura's  (Nancy Anderson) routine and threatens her prompt arrival to work.  Ghosts of the past collide with present day demons as she struggles to rise above her compulsion and leave her apartment. Words by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis with musical direction by Alexander Rovang.  Directed by Margot Bordelon.

In The Booty Call, a young man (Michael Thurber) receives a booty call while creating a demo of his recent compositions.  The call sends him off on an existential musing of his past experiences with love and intimacy, shedding an honest light on the seldom-observed reflections of a late 20’s male living the single life in New York City. Words by Saheem Ali, music by Michael Thurber.  Mr. Saheem directs.

Inner Voices will play the following performance schedule: Monday through Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 3pm & 8pm

Tickets are $39 and are available online at www.PremieresNYC.org or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111. Tickets will also be available at The TBG Theatre box office one hour before performance time.
News from Waldmania PR




A Celebration of Life, Love & Connection
for Children & their Families

Make A Circle leads off by showcasing Jennifer Paskow's rich, honeyed voice on "Make A Circle," whose central message is to extend your love to others by learning to love yourself.  "On The Inside," an anthem to self-esteem, encourages young people to look within to discover their intrinsic value.

"I Am A Tree" connects us to one another and Mother Earth by presenting the metaphor of a tree connecting to the earth as an emblem of the oneness of all things, while "Celebrate This Day" urges physical movement to express the sheer joy of life. Continuing the celebration theme, Jennifer Paskow's version of "This Little Light of Mine" is a manifestation of traditional hand-clapping gospel exuberance.

Celestial bodies receive their due in the wrap-up of this beautiful album.  The soothing sounds of "Hello Moon" depict the wonder of being connected to nature and the universe, while "Long Time Sun" is an Irish blessing that Jennifer Paskow sings at the end of every children's yoga class she teaches

Make A Circle will be available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.

CD Details:  Make A Circle
Release Date:  September 30, 2016
For ages 0 - 7
SRP:   $9.99
Running time:  32 minutes 

Visit Jennifer Paskow's website HERE.

Jennifer Paskow 
on Facebook

  Jennifer Paskow on Twitter




Meet Andrew and Polly, award-winning music makers and hosts of Ear Snacks, a radical new podcast for kids. Andrew & Polly's new album of quirky, eclectic and fun tunes embedded in brisk, brainy repartee, Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast, will be released on September 30th.

The first season of the podcast -- over seven hours of free content for children and their families -- includes interviews with more than 60 kids and 35 adult experts along with an original score and a slew of genre-busting Andrew & Polly songs.  Now the duo presents a selection of music from the first season, re-contextualized on Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast.  The album of fourteen expertly produced tunes ranges from introspective and insightful to anthemic and absurd, delivering addictive earworms and surprises around every corner,

Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast kicks off with "Dancing Pants," based on the true-to-life tale of a pair of pants that were so incredibly sparkly they needed their own horn section.  "Dancing Pants" featuresAndrew & Polly's L.A. neighbor, the incomparable Mista Cookie Jar, whose rap makes the song "next level cuckoo."

A photo that Polly Hall took of a miniature toy stegosaurus with a fierce shadow became the inspiration for "Tiny Dino," produced as if Simon & Garfunkel, with a little help from Toto, had written the theme song to a Saturday morning cartoon of thirty years ago.

Other highlights include "Grapes," the SiriusXM Kids Place Live chart topper from the very first episode of Ear Snacks, and "How Can You Tell If It's Going to Rain?" which offers a '60s ethos updated for the third millennium.

Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast will be available at CDBaby, Amazon, at Andrew & Polly's website - www.andrewandpolly.com - and at their shows.

CD Details:  Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast
Release Date:  September 30, 2016
For ages 3 - 7
Label:  Records Palindrome Records
SRP:   $12 (CD or digital download)
Running time:  38 minutes

Visit Andrew & Polly's website HERE.

Andrew & Polly 
on Facebook

  Andrew & Polly on Twitter

  Andrew & Polly on YouTube

Andrew & Polly on Pinterest

Andrew & Polly on Instagram
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.                      

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