Category Archives: Performances/Events

Wine Sisterhood Gathering 2013: The Celebration, The Friendships, The Reunion

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Since attending the Wine Sisterhood Gathering in March of 2012 in Napa, a lot of the ways in which I view and approach wine has changed.

It  might have something to do with having been immersed in everything wine-related for three days and surrounded by friendly wine enthusiasts that were nothing like the “enthusiasts” I have often met at wine bars in NYC.  Everyone I met at Napa – from the owners and managers of vineyards, to the community of wine bloggers, reviewers and writers – was incredibly sweet and approachable, eager to share their history and knowledge, and excited to just raise a glass with me and share a few laughs, along with some pretty incredible meals, in between.

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A NYC Evening With the Cast of Golden Boy on Broadway

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I have to admit, I’m a sucker for a boxing drama. I have trained in kickboxing, so it appeals from a knowledge of what it’s like to face down another in a direct physical contest, but also because there’s something about boxing that evokes the original American spirit, especially in New York City’s industrial age. So, discovering that playwright Clifford Odets’s 1937 boxing drama Golden Boy has been revived by Lincoln Center Theater and director Bartlett Sher was a moment of great anticipation. Imagine my glee when I was invited to a VIP pre-show party with several of the cast members. (Hint: it was an epic level of glee.)

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Bonding Over Beauty with Benefit Cosmetics in SOHO

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I will admit that I feel very, very lucky to have a daughter. Of course, I adore my two nearly-grown sons, but raising boys and girls are very different endeavors, and my girl and I have a bond that is, in many ways, more intense than my bond with my sons. Part of this is her age. She’s nine, a full on ‘tween, and looks to me to advise her through the ups and downs of negotiating the growing-up process. She’s very much a tomboy, but as she approaches adolescence and middle school, she’s becoming increasingly interested in the trappings of older girlhood—including makeup. So, when I asked her if she wanted to spend a day with me in the city, including an event for moms and daughters at Benefit Cosmetics, she was all over it.

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Black Violin at the New Victory Theater

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Let me begin by saying this: if there is any way you can make it to see Black Violin at The New Victory Theater, you are in for a huge treat. I admit that I am prone to hyperbole, but there isn’t enough of it in the world to exaggerate how great this show is. The performance was, in the words of my 17-year-old son, “sick.” Translation: one of the coolest things he’s ever seen. We all agreed.

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Halloween at the Ascarium

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Ascarium: A Pirate Adventure, brings a new thematic to the NY Aquarium as a part of this season’s Halloween celebration. A range of pirate themed, kid-friendly, not so scary experiences will be part of this year’s festivities to continue the tradition of providing Brooklyn and area families with a great destination for their Halloween celebration.

Ascarium combines the fun of this iconic holiday with the NY Aquarium’s mission of connecting people to wildlife. This is Ascarium’s last weekend (October 27-28, 2012).

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Come Out for Boo in The Zoo!

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This weekend (October 27 & 28, 2012) marks the last weekend to enjoy Boo in The Zoo at The Bronx Zoo!

Festivities include a long weekend of Halloween fun that the whole family can enjoy.  A great opportunity to welcome in one of our favorite holidays with the zoo’s bats, tiger cubs, and creepy-crawly critters and enjoy the crisp fall weather at the zoo.

Don’t miss out this on the Haunted Mansion, hayride, children’s theater, workshops and more. Remember to dress in your Halloween attire and be ready to collect some sweets along the way during your visit.

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Untying Love: An End-of-Life Play

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Death can be an uncomfortable subject. It’s scary, awkward, and painful—even more so if you know someone who is dying or has a loved one who is near death. This was the case for me going to see the end-of-life play Untying Love last week. The play, written by Peggy Willins and directed by Emma Berry, explores the process of letting go of a loved one in hospice—an experience I’ve been going through with my own mother, who is at the end of a long illness. For this reason, I suspected the play would have special resonance for me, and it did. But it also is a story that applies to all of us.

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Family Fun on 42nd Street, An Urban Review

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As a busy, working mother of three, my kids always appreciate getting some one-on-one time with me, especially my 9-year-old daughter who, unlike her teenage brothers, hasn’t yet outgrown being my BFF. So, when I told her we were heading into the city for an epic mom/kid evening out, she reacted as if it was her birthday. And, as it turns out, we had that much fun.

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Fall Fun at Blue Mountain Ski in The Poconos, PA

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Many of us are planning short road trips in search of the perfect foliage, and the perfect pumpkin. One fun destination, full of Fall colors and Halloween fun, is the Poconos in PA. While there, you should check out the Mountain Harvest Festival at Blue Mountain Ski Area taking place every Saturday and Sunday till Oct. 31.

Visitors who attend the Mountain Harvest Festival are most drawn to the “Amazing Maize Corn Maze,” which commemorates the original Lehigh Canal, a 46-mile stretch of towpaths that ran from Jim Thorpe to Easton, Pa. Visitors entering the 2-mile long maze will embark on a twisty adventure, collecting eight Maze Map pieces from Lockboxes in each of the maze’s eight dead ends. When pasted correctly onto the “Amazing Maize Maze Gameboard,” these pieces will form a map of the Corn Canal to help lead guests from the first dock to the “Victory Aqueduct.”

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Traveling the World in Three Days with Travel + Leisure

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If you are following the hashtag #TLGlobalBazaar on Twitter, you will see that there are still a lot of people talking about the fabulous event that was hosted last weekend by Travel + Leisure in NYC, an event for which I was a Global Ambassador, which gave me access to all the fun, but also to tickets that I was able to give away to some fun readers whom I later had the chance to meet in person!

Represented at the Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar were some wonderful brands and destinations, as well as some culinary personalities who prepared meals and drinks so spectacular it was hard not to go back to my favorites every day I was there.

So often pictures speak louder than words, so I wanted to share the images I captured during the event.

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