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

Monday, August 31, 2020

Monthly Mashup for August, 2020 Birthdays and Meghan Trainor

Me - My topic for this month is birthdays because tomorrow is my birthday. When I was little, it was exciting to have a birthday. Now, that I am older it's not as exciting anymore. I don't like getting older, and I don't usually get presents right on my birthday or that many presents at all. Usually, I see a Broadway show on my birthday which is exciting. This year since there aren't any Broadway shows I am not going to be able to. I am not happy about that. It is really disappointing because for the past three years I have seen a show on my birthday, and I was planning on continuing the tradition. However, I can't. I do like getting a cake on my birthday. I like to get an ice cream cake. I don't like regular cakes as much because I don't like icing very much, but I love ice cream cake. I love Carvel ice cream cakes because I love cake crunchies. We always get extra crunchies for my birthday. Now, that I am older I usually get money for my birthday which I like to use for getting theater tickets and/or books. I guess birthdays are still okay, but not as good as when I was younger.

Title Thank You (Deluxe) TREAT MYSELF [Explicit]

Mom - My topic for this month is Meghan Trainor. Meghan Trainor is a good singer. She is a good role model for young girls because not only is she not a skinny little toothpick herself, but she encourages young girls that they don't have to be either. Her first song All About That Bass, in particular, reinforces this attitude. She is also a good role model because she is a very confident poised young woman. It is hard to believe that she is only in her twenties. She seems much older and more mature than that. She and the singer, Adele are very similar in that way. In addition to All About That Bass I especially like the songs Lips Are Movin, Dear Future Husband, Credit, and Title which were also on her first album. Before, I heard the song Title I couldn't even imagine what a song called Title would be about or why somebody would call their album that.  With that album, she had kind of an old fashioned vibe which I liked. It was different than most if not all other singers of her age at that time. However, her subsequent albums have been more mainstream and more like so many other singers out there. She is still a good role model, but to me, she has lost her uniqueness as a singer.

And that's our view. What's on your mind?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 8/30/20 Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week or Soon Thereafter and More

1) AMAS Musical Theatre 's Romeo & Bernadette Releases Video to Benefit Foodbank of NYC
2) Ballet Hispanico Registration Deadline 9/2
3) Barbie Princess Adventure Debuts on Netflix 9/1
4) Brierpatch Theatrical Presentations Presents Stars and Cars Cinema Starts 9/3
5) Broadway Advocacy Coalition's BAC Activism Fellowship Applications Now Open
6) Broadway Workshop Announces Auditions for Pitch In: The Zoomical
7) Nick Cordero Tribute Concert Streams 9/6
8) The Orchestra Now Releases New Recording, Buried Alive
9) South Street Seaport Museum Afternoon of Sea Chantey's and Maritime Music 9/6
10) South Street Seaport Free Entry to 1885 Tall Ship Wavertree Starting 9/5 
11) Strawberry Mansion Boxer's Trail Dedication 9/6 
12) Venice International Present Live Interaction Virtual Reality Production Finding Pandora X 








Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) and the cast and creative team of Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn, have created a Zoom-inspired video of a show-stopping moment from the hit show - “Moonlight Tonight Over Brooklyn” - a Valentine to the Borough of Love. In fact, Theatermania touted: “The company and the four-member band, led by music director Aaron Gandy, have a standout in "There's Moonlight Over Brooklyn," a song that makes a good argument for a cast recording.” The video will stream for four days only – September 7-10 – on the Amas Musical Theatre YouTube channel – here. Music may indeed be the food of love, but our bodies need nourishment as well. To that end, donations will benefit the Food Bank of the City of New York, and can be made through the Amas portal at: www.amasmusical.org/donate.

This is just one magical moment from Amas Musical Theatre’s critically acclaimed production which ran in early 2020 and was showered with multiple honors: Off-Broadway Alliance Award nomination: 2020 “Best Musical”– Romeo & BernadetteDrama Desk Award nominations: “Outstanding Book of a Musical” – Mark Saltzman and “Outstanding Lyrics of a Musical”- Mark Saltzman; Outer Critics Circle Award honorees: “Outstanding Book of a Musical” – Mark Saltzman, “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical” (Broadway or Off Broadway): Judy McLane.

Romeo, yes, THAT Romeo - awakens and finds himself in 1960 Brooklyn, chasing a girl he believes is his beloved Juliet. But no, it's Bernadette, the beautiful, foul-mouthed daughter of a crime family in this wild spoof of Shakespeare’s timeless tale.
2)Ballet Hispánico 
School of Dance 
Fall 2020 Dance Classes
Registration Deadline: 
September 2, 2020

Ballet Hispánico's School of Dance announces the schedule for its Fall 2020-21 dance classes. Classes will take place online and in person, maintaining proper social distancing and following all CDC guidelines. More information is available awww.ballethispanico.org/school/school-year-programs/letter.

The Ballet Hispánico School of Dance is the direct link to the organization's values of access, opportunity, and pride for all students interested in dance and Latinx culture. The School is an accredited training center that leads with a holistic curriculum for today's young dancer.

Fall classes include

  • Los Pasitos: Early Childhood Virtual Dance Classes (Ages 2-5)
  • Encuentros: Open Program Dance Classes (Ages 6-18) 
  • La Academia: Pre-Professional Training Program (Ages 7-23)
*Encuentros and La Academia classes will take place in-person and/or online as per recommendations from local, state and national government authorities and in accordance with the CDC.

Dance Program Offerings

Los Pasitos: Early Childhood Virtual Dance Classes (Ages 2-5) 
Fall Mini Session September 21 - December 12, 2020
Ballet Hispánico's Los Pasitos
Early Childhood Program for ages 2-5 merges creativity, cultures, and technique. Its curriculum focuses on developing coordination, spatial awareness, and musicality, with an emphasis on each child's individual self-expression. Students learn proper dance etiquette, explore the wide spectrum of Latino cultures, and build a solid foundation for dance training in a joyful, creative environment.
Encuentros: Open Class Program (Ages 6-18)
September 21, 2020 - June 10, 2021
Providing the young dance enthusiast with cultural enrichment alongside excellent dance training, the Encuentros Program at Ballet Hispánico offers something for everyone. Developed with the highest level of artistic excellence, our program supports dancers interested in taking anywhere from one to multiple dance classes per week. Offering a wide array of classes including Ballet, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Latin Rhythms, West African Rhythms, Salsa, Jazz, and Tap, our students can create a tailored schedule to fit their needs.

La Academia: Pre-Professional Program (Ages 7-23)
September 21, 2020 - June 10, 2021
Ballet Hispánico's Pre-Professional division, La Academia, trains eclectic, versatile dancers who stand out in a competitive field of dance for their mastery of the classical ballet tradition, contemporary techniques, Spanish Dance, and performance skills. This program is designed to support students interested in attending performing arts schools, conservatory/university programs, and/or those pursuing a career in dance. High school and college-aged students that reach Level 5 in La Academia have the option of pursuing the full curriculum or one of three specialized tracks-ballet, Spanish dance, or contemporary.

WHAT: Barbie Princess Adventure™ is a new animated musical from Mattel Television that follows the story of Barbie and her new friend Princess Amelia as they embark on a journey of self-discovery.

This modern fairytale, which delivers the message of staying true to one’s self, and builds on Barbie’s broader brand purpose to inspire the limitless potential in every child, complements additional Barbie content currently available including Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures™ (also available on Netflix in the U.S.) and Barbie Vlogger (available on YouTube).

WHEN: Fans can stream Barbie Princess Adventure on Netflix in the U.S. beginning on Sept. 1, 2020.

The film’s soundtrack will be available across all digital streaming platforms beginning on Aug. 28, 2020.

SYNOPSIS: After being selected by their school, Barbie and her friends travel to the country of Floravia to meet Princess Amelia, who bears a striking resemblance to Barbie. Princess Amelia, nervous about becoming queen, is looking for an escape and devises a plan to switch places with Barbie. Their secret is safe until a devious rival prince discovers the truth, and Barbie and her friends must team up to stop the prince and rescue the princess in time for her coronation.

“Try It On” – Composed by Andrew Underberg, Matthew Tishler

“Somewhere New” – Composed by  Andrew Underberg, Matthew Tishler

“(Not) A Picture Perfect Girl” – Composed by Andrew Underberg, Matthew Tishler

“Life In Color” – Composed by Brayden Deskins, Jordyn Kane, Colton Fisher, Benjamin Roberts, Cameron Marygold

“King Of The Kingdom” – Composed by Andrew Underberg, Matthew Tishler

“This Is My Moment” – Composed by Brayden Deskins, Jordyn Kane, Colton Fisher, Benjamin Roberts, Cameron Marygold



 & MORE!

Brierpatch Theatricals (Laura Cronin/Scott Newsome, Producers) is pleased to announce “Stars & Cars Cinema” an outdoor cinema experience for the whole family beginning Thursday, September 3 at Pfizer/IRG North Lot (401 N. Middletown Road) in Pearl River, NY. Kicking off the opening weekend will be the audience favorite, Captain Marvel, and will benefit the Blauvelt Lions Club. General Admission is $35 (per vehicle) and $45 for advance tickets in a reserved section. For the opening weekend, all tickets are priced at $30. To purchase tickets and for further information, please visit www.starsandcarscinema.com. Please note: Film selections are subject to change.

Drive up, kick back, and enjoy a bit of Hollywood in your own hometown! Brierpatch Theatricals’ Stars & Cars Cinema welcomes you to a pop-up outdoor cinema in the heart of Orangetown, New York! At a time when gathering together is more complicated than we would like, Stars & Cars Cinema is a place to come and enjoy classic entertainment options for the entire family in a community friendly environment.

For more information, visit www.starsandcarscinema.com




The Fellowship is Designed to Support Artists - Activists

The Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC) has announced that applications are now open for the inaugural BAC Artivism Fellowship.


The Fellowship is designed to support artist-activists using their tools to have an impact on the world around them, providing financial support, mentorship, networking opportunities and education workshops. The inaugural class of fellows will specifically support Black women, cisgender and transgender, who are focused on issues related to systemic racism and criminal justice reform.

The fellowship, which will begin in December 2020 and run through May 2021, will support a group of women over the course of six months and will culminate in a digital presentation of their work. The nominating committee for the fellowship includes Zakiyah Ansari, Amber Iman, Andy Jean, Imani Mflame and Liza Jessie Peterson. Applications are due by September 22, 2020 at 11:59PM ET. 

BAC is an arts-based advocacy nonprofit dedicated to building the capacity of individuals and organizations to use storytelling to dismantle racism and the systems that perpetuate it.

6) Broadway Workshop Announces Auditions for 
Pitch In: The Zoomical
with Taylor Louderman, Hannah Kloepfer & Nat Zegree

Broadway Workshop is thrilled to collaborate with Taylor Louderman, Hannah Kloepfer & Nat Zegree to bring you this brand new virtual performance opportunity – PITCH IN: The Zoomical, for students ages 10-15!

PITCH IN is a one-act youth-musical written specifically to be performed online with gender inclusivity and many flexible roles. We are seeking a small cast of actors between the ages of 10-15 to complete our diverse and inclusive cast of actors.

More on PITCH IN:
When a small-town school loses funding for its extracurricular activities, the Principal asks the students to pitch ideas to save their school. Following the Science Club, a Robotics super villain, and the Show Choir, we see the students navigate stage fright, sabotage, and new friendships as they learn what it really means to work as a team. 

Rehearsal and Performance schedule:
Session 1 (Rehearsal): Sunday, October 18, 2020
Session 2 (Rehearsal): Sunday, October 25, 2020
Session 3 (Rehearsal): Sunday, November 1, 2020
Session 4 (Performance): Sunday, November 8, 2020
Times: 12:00pm – 2:00pm ET (Eastern Time)

Tuition if cast: $375
Open to 20 students ages 10-15

This is a by-audition only program. Over the course of four sessions, students cast in Pitch In will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform roles in this new virtual musical written by Louderman, Kloepfer & Zegree, who will also cast, direct and work with our talented performers. Auditions must be submitted by 9/14.

















Broadway On Demand, the new theater-focused streaming platform, will exclusively stream a celebratory memorial tribute honoring Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero, who recently passed away from COVID-19 complications, Sunday, September 6 at 7:00 PM ET on BroadwayOnDemand.com.

This special tribute and celebration of Nick’s life and career on stage will feature appearances by former castmates from productions including A Bronx Tale, Bullets Over Broadway, The Toxic Avenger, Rock of Ages and Waitress. As Nick’s family and friends come together to celebrate his life, the tribute event will include photographs, videos, memories and commentary from those he grew up with, worked with, and shared his talent with, as well as special performances by those with whom he shared the stage.

The celebratory memorial tribute will be free of charge, with donations benefiting the Save The Music Foundation.

For more information, visit  broadwayondemand.com 


The Orchestra Now (TŌN) has just released a new CD on Bridge Records titled Buried Alive, recorded at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in November 2019. The Orchestra is led by conductor Leon Botstein and features German baritone Michael Nagy in Othmar Schoeck’s song cycle Buried Alive—adapted from Gottfried Keller’s poem Lebendig begraben—about a man who wakes up to find he has been buried by mistake. This release marks only the second recording ever of Lebendig begraben, since a 1962 recording with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau almost 60 years ago. The album also includes Honegger’s wildly rhythmic Rugby, written to evoke the spirit of the game, and the only known recording of Mitropoulos’ 1929 Concerto Grosso, considered by the composer to be his best work.

All three works on this CD were written in the 1920s, a time of unprecedented experimentation and innovation in all the arts, including music. Composers from Schoenberg to Stravinsky and Bartók to Prokofiev became pioneers of musical modernism and Buried Alive brings together three composers of vastly different backgrounds during that turbulent decade.

Leon Botstein, conductor
Michael Nagy, baritone
The Bard Festival Chorale
Schoeck: Buried Alive
Honegger: Rugby
Mitropoulos: Concerto Grosso

To view the full list of TON’s CDs, click here.

For upcoming activities and more detailed information about the musicians, visit theorchestranow.org.

9) South Street Seaport Museum 
Announces an Afternoon of 
Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music
with virtual views from the deck of 1885 tall ship Wavertree
Sunday, September 6, 2020

South Street Seaport Museum's monthly sea-music Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music continues - virtually. From our living rooms and kitchens, and even from the deck of Wavertree, join our round-robin of shared songs, featuring members of the New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear during a Virtual Chantey Sing on Sunday, September 6, 2020 from 2-4pm. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior: events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eh8fu5tv57ec27db&llr=4pcqx8iab.

On Sunday, September 6, Laura Norwitz, Senior Director for Programs and Education, will host from atop the foredeck of Wavertree, which will also be available for in-person visit that day. 

The South Street Seaport Museumwill open the 1885 tall ship Wavertree to the public on September 5, 6, 12, 19 and 26 with timed entry, from 11am-5pm at Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets). Entry is FREE and includes access to the ship's outdoor areas, including the main deck (via stairs and an angled gangway) and raised rear deck (accessible via ladder-type stairs). seaportmuseum.org/visitwavertree

10) South Street Seaport Museum Offers 
FREE Entry to 1885 Tall Ship Wavertree 
FREE Outdoor Exhibition on Pier 16

South Street Seaport Museum will open the 1885 tall ship Wavertree to the public on September 5, 6, 12, 19 and 26 with timed entry, from 11am-5pm at Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets). Entry is FREE and includes access to the ship's outdoor areas, including the main deck (via stairs and an angled gangway) and raised rear deck (accessible via ladder-type stairs). seaportmuseum.org/visitwavertree 

Guests will visit the open-air portions of the historic traditional sailing ship docked at Pier 16. Gaze up at the towering masts and miles of rigging and down into the vast cargo storage area. Take a peek at the galley and at the crew's quarters, a bunk room where twenty sailors tried to stay warm and dry in the worst weather. Climb up onto the quarterdeck and pose for a photo at the ship's wheel, and enjoy the view as you look out across New York Harbor and see the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights. Or look landward and see the skyline of the Financial District, which flourished because of ships like Wavertree which brought in the goods that helped businesses thrive. Wavertree is designated on the National Register of Historic Places and represents the thousands of ships that docked along New York's waterfront over the centuries. More information on the history of the Wavertree can be found at southstreetseaportmuseum.org/wavertree

Visits will be self-guided along a set route. The Museum will allow no more than 35 guests on board the ship at any time to encourage social distancing from different households. All guests above the age of two will be required to wear a face covering at all times aboard Wavertree and at the Museum's Open-air pop-up gift shop booth on Pier 16. 

The Seaport Museum is also offering a new, FREE outdoor exhibition on Pier 16, which will provide the opportunity to discover this chapter of New York City's history. This series of panels and window graphics will celebrate the people of all backgrounds who lived and worked in the South Street Seaport Historic District, and the many businesses that created the foundations for New York to thrive and become the business and culture mecca it is today. Using historic photographs, prints, lithographs, and paintings, the exhibition highlights some of the Seaport Museum's collection of more than 28,000 artifacts and works of art, and over 55,000 historic records.

South Street Seaport Museum active Members and Volunteers will have the opportunity to be among the first to visit Wavertree and the outdoor exhibition on Member and Volunteer Preview Day, Saturday, August 29, from 11am to 5pm.  Memberships start at $50 and help support Museum's exhibitions, preserve the ships and the collections, grow public programs, and serve over 12,000 students through education initiatives.  To join the Museum as a Member, visit seaportmuseum.org/membership.

The South Street Seaport Museum's indoor spaces are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wavertree is permanently moored at Pier 16 and does not sail the harbor. Access to Wavertree requires climbing a small set of ladder-type [to match description above] stairs and an angled gangway. Wavertree Open Days are subject to cancellation in the event of severe weather.

11) Strawberry Mansion 
Boxers' Trail Dedication

Boxers’ Trail Gateway Honors 

Legendary Philadelphia Boxers

Fairmount Park Conservancy & Community 

Dedicate New Signage

WHAT:            Dedication of Newly Upgraded Boxers’ Trail SignageFairmount Park Conservancy and representatives of the City of Philadelphia, the boxing community, and Strawberry Mansion dedicate a modern monument to local boxing greats. The Boxers’ Trail Gateway at Dauphin and Greenland Drives, an underutilized structure located at the beginning of the trail, has been revitalized to honor Philadelphia’s legendary boxers, including Smokin’ Joe Frazier. NOTE: the event will follow physical distancing guidelines, and all participants and media are required to wear masks.

WHO:              Maura McCarthy, Ph.D., Executive Director, Fairmount Park Conservancy

Joe Frazier, Jr., son of Joe Frazier

Weatta Collins Frazier, daughter of Joe Frazier

Tonetta Graham, Executive Director, Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corporation 

Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Bernard Hopkins, former professional boxer

 WHEN:            Wednesday, September 2, 10 am

WHERE:          East Fairmount Park Boxers’ Trail, located at the corner of Dauphin and Greenland Drives

DETAILS:        In collaboration with local agency Little Giant Creative (LGC), Fairmount Park Conservancy installed a series of informative panels on a pergola structure to celebrate the Boxers’ Trail, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department’s boxing programs across the city, and Philadelphia’s rich boxing history. 

The original gateway at Dauphin and Greenland drives was installed in 2008. Today, the new-and-improved gateway features custom lettering reading, “Boxers’ Trail” and a “shadow boxer” silhouette. The panels highlight the boxing careers of Bennie Briscoe, Joe Frazier, Bernard Hopkins, and Matthew Saad Muhammad and provide a map of the Boxers’ Trail. Other panels include tips on fundamental boxing moves demonstrated by amateur boxers from Athletic Rec’s boxing gym as well as the creed of Joe Frazier’s gym. The Conservancy and LGC collaborated with the Strawberry Mansion community, the local boxing community, and family members of the boxers to creatively tell the story of the Boxers’ Trail. 

The Boxers’ Trail is a 3.8-mile trail with wooded and paved paths that winds through East Fairmount Park and is deeply tied to Philadelphia’s boxing culture. Many Philadelphia boxers, including Smokin’ Joe Frazier, have used the trail as part of their training regimes. Legend has it that when Muhammad Ali wanted to challenge Joe Frazier, he came to the Boxers’ Trail because he knew that’s where he would find Frazier. 


The dedication of the Boxers’ Trail Gateway comes three weeks before the annual Boxers’ Trail 5K Walk and Run hosted by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation with the support of Philly Races. This year the annual race is going virtual. Participants are encouraged to run or walk the trail from September 19-26, 2020. Registration is $20 and proceeds support youth programs at Mander Playground in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. Learn more at boxerstrail5k.com

12) Award-Winning Director Kiira Benzing's

Live Interactive Virtual Reality Production

Finding Pandora X

To Debut at this Year's Venice International Film Festival

September 2- 12, 2020

Marking the second consecutive year, award-winning director Kiira Benzing will debut her latest work, Finding Pandora X, at the renowned Venice International Film Festival, This Virtual Reality Theatre production will be in competition at Venice VR Expanded. It will receive 11 performances between September 2nd through September 12th, 2020.

At the crossroads of live theatre and the cutting-edge digital world, Benzing's Finding Pandora X is a live, immersive theatrical VR experience that draws a modern take to an ancient myth. This revolutionary performance features Broadway talent and premieres the world's first Virtual Repertory Theatre. The audience becomes a part of the performance playing the role of the Greek Chorus while interacting with live actors as the play unfolds.

With the passing of ages, the Gods of Mount Olympus have faded away until only two remain: Zeus and Hera. Now they are in danger of disappearing if they cannot recover the box of hope that Pandora remove long ago. Enter an immersive storyworld to join this interactive and adventure-packed Theatre performance featuring live actors in Virtual Reality.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for this month's Monthly Mashup.