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, December 24, 2017

Sunday Scoop Week of 12/24/17 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Now at The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave.
New York, NY

Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress
from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Now through March 18, 2018

This sumptuous array of apparel from over 20 countries on four continents, drawn from The Israel Museum's world-renowned collection of Jewish costumes, offers an exceptional opportunity for American audiences to view many facets of Jewish identity and culture through rarely seen garments. Organized by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Modigliani Unmasked
Through February 4, 2018

Modigliani Unmasked is the first exhibition in the United States to focus on Amedeo Modigliani's early work made in the years after he arrived in Paris in 1906. During this period, Modigliani largely stopped painting to focus on drawing and sculpture to develop his conceptual and pictorial ideas. Seen within the scope of his brief fourteen-year career, this early work reveals what may have motivated Modigliani to develop his unique and well-known style of portraiture. Check out a recent video about the exhibition here

Math Bass: Crowd Rehearsal
Through March 18, 2018

Commissioned for the lobby of the Jewish Museum, an installation by Los Angeles-based artist Math Bass suggests the symbols and ceremonies of her Jewish upbringing.

A Stable Life Presents
Equine Empowerment Program
For “Tween-age” Girls

Wednesday, December 27th – Friday, December 29th
Cost: $250

Bergen Equestrian Center

A Stable Life presents an equine empowerment program for “tween-age” girls. Through this interactive non-riding program with horses, attendees will learn to boost self-esteem & confidence, identify personal strengths, enhance communication skills & healthy boundaries, enable emotional & social resilience, develop leadership & teamwork skills, and practice appropriate assertiveness.

These young girls will learn how to experience and find new ways to understand any situation, resolve conflicts and tap into their own intuitive guide, as well as experience how perceptive horses can be. This 3-day program will take place on Wednesday, December 27th through Friday, December 29th from 9am-11am at the Bergen County Equestrian Center located at 40 Fort Lee Road in Leonia, NJ. The cost for participation is $250. To reserve your spot call 201.336.3370 or emailastablelife@gmail.com.

Upcoming at Broadway Workshop
Ripley Grier Studios
520 Eighth Ave.
New York, NY

Casting Workshop with Howard Meltzer

Thursday December 28

Major LA casting director HOWARD MELTZER back at Broadway Workshop for a special Holiday Break class!

Dates: Thursday, December 28 (Holiday Break)
Ages: 9-16
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Ripley Grier Studios - 520 Eighth Ave - 16th Floor
Tuition: $175   

HOWARD MELTZER has been casting television in Los Angeles since 2002. He has been responsible for, and collaborated on, numerous series, pilots and made-for-television movies. For DISNEY CHANNEL, his work includes the series Bunk'd, Best Friends Whenever, Lab Rats, Wizards of Waverly Place: Reunion Special, Alex vs. Alex, Shake It Up, Hannah Montana and I'm in the Band, the pilots Mech-X4, Girl Meets World, and the television movies Evermoor and Den Brother.

His NICKELODEON credits include the pilots Life With Boys, Big Time Rush, The Troop and The Fresh Beat Band and the television movies Spectacular! and The Best Player. His feature films include Lonely Boy and the Los Angeles casting for The Impossible.

Each student will have the opportunity to work one on one with Mr. Meltzer on scenes and sides from his past TV & Film projects! Students will receive feedback and coaching to help bring their performances to the next level. Students will also perform one musical theatre or pop song for Mr. Meltzer and Broadway Workshop director - MARC TUMMINELLI and receive feedback on their musical audition.

This workshop will end with a Q&A where both parents and students can come together to ask questions and get more information about the casting process and what they can do to help guide their child's career.

For more information or to register visit 
Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

Tween Self Esteem, Free UFC 219 Watch Party,  New Year's Eve Party

Thursday, December 28                                                                           
Tween Self Esteem – Presented by Hackensack Meridian Health
Doors: 5:30 PM – Starts: 6:00 PM

Girls 10 to 14 years old and their moms/caregivers are invited to iPlay America for a FREE event presented by Hackensack Meridian Health K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. Tween Self Esteem is an open discussion about the physical, social and emotional changes that accompany teenage years, and understanding the importance of making healthy life choices. The lineup of participants includes:

• Reiesha Robbins, M.D., will discuss physical and psychological changes for tweens, emphasizing that everyone is different and unique.
• Detective Tiffany Lenart from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office will provide tips on internet safety and cyber bullying.
• April Aprilante, a licensed clinical social worker, will share her personal experience of being bullied.
• Learn hair, nail and skin tips from experts at Metro Salon in Howell.
• Enjoy a fashion show presented by Moon Child in Fair Haven.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. A light dinner will be provided. The event is free. Space is limited, so attendees must register by calling 1-800-560-9990 or clicking the learn more button

For more information or to register visit 

Saturday, December 30                                                                
Free UFC 219 Watch Party – Game Time Bar & Grill
Event Starts: 9:00 PM

Catch all the amazing action of UFC 219 at Game Time Bar & Grill! Join in the excitement as Cris Cyborg faces off against Holly Holm in a women’s featherweight title fight main event! See all the fights, Nurmagomedov vs. Barboza, Rivera vs. Lineker, Calvillo vs. Esparza, Condit vs. Magny and six other fantastic matches! It’s always a party because Game Time Bar & Grill has three projectors and over 25 TV’s, so you always have a great view of the fight! Watch the fights and enjoy drink specials, delicious food and fun-filled atmosphere complete with pool, darts, shuffleboard and more! Nobody does FIGHT NIGHT better than iPlay America!

For more information or to register visit 

Sunday, December 31                                                                          
 iPlay America’s New Year’s Eve Party                                              
Starts: 7:30 PM – Ends: 1:00 AM

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style during the Seventh Annual New Year’s Eve Party on Sunday, December 31. It's the family event of the year! iPlay America’s New Year’s Eve Party Pass includes an iRide Plus Pass, a $10 game card, party favors, spectacular prizes and giveaways, a confetti cannon, light show, great music and a live D.J. all for just $39.99 in advance and $49.99 at the door! Toddlers under 36 inches are FREE!  An iPlay America NYE Party & Dining Pass gives revelers everything included in the Party Pass, plus dinner and seating for a delicious New Year’s Eve Buffet, soft drinks with dinner and a champagne toast with dinner for adults! iPlay America is offering a limited number of VIP Suites and private VIP Party Rooms for those seeking a more intimate, private party experience. Availability is limited. Have the BEST New Year’s Eve experience EVER! Call iPlay America at 732-577-8200 to reserve your VIP Suite. Experience all the ULTIMATE Holiday FUN at the number one indoor boardwalk amusement park in New Jersey! Make your reservations today and have the BEST NEW YEAR’S EVE EVER!

For more information or to get tickets visit https://www.iplayamerica.com/event/new-years-eve-party
Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Thursday December 28, at 7:00 PM
Friday, December 29 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 30 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

For more information or to purchase tickets visit 

Sunday December 31, 6:00 PM
Salute to Vienna
New Yea'rs Eve Concert

For more information or to purchase tickets visit 
New Year’s Eve #AtTheMoon

New Year’s Eve At Blue Moon Mexican Cafés

Family/Kids Celebration 4pm – 9pm
Clown, Balloons, Arts Activity, Noisemakers & Family Fun

Adult Celebration 9pm – 2am
Champagne Toast, Buffet, Hats & Noisemakers,
DJ, Bagels & Donuts
$85.00 per person

Selected Blue Moon Mexican Café Locations
Sunday, December 31st

December 5, 2017) Ring in the New Year at Blue Moon Mexican Café and party like it’s Cinco De Mayo! Blue Moon will host their annual kid friendly New Year's Eve Party (4pm-9pm), great family fun with a clown, balloons, arts activities, noisemakers and so much more – reservations are required as this party gets packed! The fun begins at 4pm – 9pm.

Then it’s time for adults only to ring in “Blue” Year’s Eve, fiesta style on December 31st from 9pm to 2am. Dance the night away to a live DJ in celebrating the new year with festivities including a Mexican buffet with crowd-pleasing dishes such as Mini Quesadillas, Steak Tips in a Chimichurri Sauce, Chicken Fajitas and Mexican Jambalaya, a top shelf open bar including Patron-crafted cocktails, a midnight champagne toast, and a late night breakfast buffet including bagels, donuts and coffee which will be served after 12am. Of course guest will be equipped with noisemakers, hats and confetti to celebrate 2018!  Life is a fiesta every day…Eat it Up! Tickets $85 per person and can be purchased at www.bluemoonmexicancafe.com.
Upcoming Sleepovers at the Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA

January 2018     1/20, 1/26, 1/27

February 2018    2/3, 2/9, 2/10, 2/24

March, 2018       3/2, 3/3, 3/9, 3/10, 3/17, 3/23+

April, 2018        4/14

+ All girls night

The Franklin Institute’s Camp-in is the perfect sleepover event for children ages 6-13 and provides an unforgettable experience for families, scout troops, school groups, birthday parties, and more! Where else can you sleep next to a Giant Heart or a 350-ton locomotive? 

For more information or to register visit www.fi.edu/camp-in
PR Firm Roundup

News from DKC/O & M



The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Escape to Margaritaville, the new musical featuring the songs of iconic singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, to be released on Mailboat Records, is available for pre-order now at www.MailboatRecords.com/E2M.html. The full album, which was recorded last month in Chicago and features both original songs along with many of Jimmy Buffett’s classics, will be released both digitally and on CD, on Friday, February 16, 2018, the morning of the show’s first Broadway performance.
News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Submit to the 2018 TRU VOICES New Plays Reading Series
Submission Deadline: January 21, 2018

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is seeking submissions for a New Plays Reading Series in 2018 that will consist of two or three new works presented on consecutive Monday evenings in Manhattan. Application and guidelines are available at https://truonline.org/2018-play-guidelines/.
News from Polk and Co.

Tickets on Sale Now

Previews begin December 21, 2017
Official opening January 11, 2018
Limited engagement through March 4, 2018 on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

Virtuosity and imagination combine in one utterly unique event, as Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow creates a singularly intimate evening. With equal measures of humor and heart, he evokes memories of family, explores and expands the limits of the actor’s craft, and masterfully conjures a cast of indelible characters from classic short stories by Ring Lardner and P. G. Wodehouse. Lithgow elevates the magic of storytelling to masterful new heights, with a performance The New York Times calls “a tour de force.”

John Lithgow: Stories By Heart will begin preview performances on Thursday, December 21, 2017 and opens officially on Thursday, January 11, 2018. This is a limited engagement through Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).

Tickets for John Lithgow: Stories By Heart are first made available to subscribers and donors. Whether you are interested in the best value or VIP experiences, Roundabout has a package option for you. Beginning October 2, tickets will be available to the general public via phone, online or the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street). Visit roundabouttheatre.org or call 212-719-1300 for more info. 
Ticket prices will range from $29-129.

John Lithgow: Stories By Heart will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:00PM and Sunday matinees at 3:00PM.

Previews Begin Thursday, March 1
Opening Night Monday, March 26
Second Stage at The Hayes Theatre

LOBBY HERO will begin previews on Thursday, March 1 at the Hayes Theater (240 West 44th Street) and will officially open on Monday, March 26. Tickets are available at Telecharge.com or  212 239-6200.

What happens when emotions come in conflict with principles, and how do choices under pressure define who we really are? The lobby of a Manhattan apartment building is much more than a waiting area for four New Yorkers involved in a murder investigation. It’s a testing ground for what happens when personal and professional personas find themselves at odds. A young security guard with big ambitions clashes with his stern boss, an intense rookie cop and her unpredictable partner in LOBBY HERO, the acclaimed play from the 2017 Oscar-winning writer of Manchester by the Sea.

For more information, please visit www.2ST.com
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for this month's Monthly Mashup


  1. I was a Girl Scout leaders ago. My troop attended a sleep over at the Franklin Institute. The girls (including me) had a wonderful time.

    1. We participated in one last Winter, and we had a really good time too. Thanks for visiting Says Me Says Mom and for your comment.