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Travelin’ Man and Other Destination Songs

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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel

 

 

I’m driving the car listening to Sirius radio and enjoying the decades of songs available at my fingertips. Depending on my mood, I might feel nostalgic and play music from the 1960s and 70s, or perhaps another decade. My next favorite decade is the 1980s, for a different reason. It was when two of our children were in their teens and the house was filled with this music and their friends were over and sometimes dancing in the family room.

Those were certainly fun days for all of us! Creeping into the early 90s music, our youngest had a different blend of her favorites — some were good and with others, I’d ask her to lower the music blaring from her room as I found it annoying. She was a dancer and lead choreographer in high school and college so her musical tastes were eclectic to say the least. She’d play Mozart when studying, but switched to totally different music when she was rehearsing a Janet Jackson or Madonna dance routine for a school dance show. As I listened recently to Ricky Nelson’s Travelin’ Man classic from 1961, I thought about how many songs had a destination in their title. See how many you remember.

Quiz

  1. The classic soul Gladys Knight & the Pips 1973 hit: Midnight Train to?
  2. Yellow Rose of ?
  3. Tony Bennett’s signature song is I Left My Heart in?
  4. No one sings this song better than Patti Page about the sand dunes and salty air of Old (two words).
  5. Glen Campbell’s sad, but romantic By the Time I Get to? This was only one of his destination hits.
  6. The other was a Vietnam era song popular between 1965 and 1967. Listen closely to the sad lyrics of this song about a place that begins with the letter G.
  7. Of course I can’t leave out my all time favorite, Elvis Presley and his Blue?
  8. A 1943 Broadway collaboration, the first musical written by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein was about what state? The title of this play is the same as one of the classic songs of the production.
  9. For readers who remember the TV program, Your Hit Parade, this song stayed on top of the pop chart for five weeks. The title was Deep in the Heart of ?
  10. Let’s not forget “Ol Blue Eyes,” Frank Sinatra’s signature tune.

Answers:

  1. Georgia
  2. Texas
  3. San Francisco
  4. Cape Cod
  5. Phoenix
  6. Galveston
  7. Hawaii
  8. Oklahoma!
  9. Texas
  10. New York, New York
August 1, 2018 |

‘Anything Goes’ — Westchester Broadway Theatre’s Summer Sensation

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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel

 

 

Summer is the perfect time to be aboard a cruise ship, which just happens to be the location of the Westchester Broadway Theatre’s (WBT) 206th production, Anything Goes. Running now through September 9th, it is the perfect way to relax with friends, enjoy a lunch or dinner while being transported back in time via this classic 1940s Cole Porter musical.

Considered one of best tap dancing musicals, the score includes the most memorable standards including: I Get a Kick Out of You; You’re the Top; It’s De-Lovely; Blow, Gabriel, Blow; Friendship and many more. The story is simple — a brassy nightclub singer, a starry-eyed stowaway and Public Enemy Number 13 are booked on a transatlantic luxury liner bound for romance and laughter. Add a debutante whose family is bankrupt and wants her to marry an older, wealthy English lord, even though she is not in love with him.

The set design at the WBT continues to be outstanding. The set consists of an artful creation of a luxury liner where all the activity takes place up staircases and through doors depicting staterooms. Tap dancing numbers are spectacular, the choreography creative and the costumes glitzy, with a large cast filling the stage in every dance number! It is truly an extravaganza reminiscent of the best musicals of days gone by!

The Cast

WBT casts are consistently spot-on for the parts they play, and this show continues that tradition. Featured are: Stacia Fernandez (as Reno Sweeney), Tina Johnson (Mrs. Harcourt), Kevin Pariseau (Lord Evelyn), Jon Peterson (Moonface Martin), Mychal Phillips (Erma), Jackie Raye (Hope), Zach Trimmer (Billy) and Bob Walton (Elisha Whitney).

The cast is supported by a multi-talented ensemble: Leeds Hill, Kelly Black, Katie Brunson, Mike Baskowski, Caroline Chisholm, Joseph Cullinane, Will Geoghegan, Kelly Gleason, Thadd Krueger, Seth Lerner, Lily Lewis, Mallory Nolting, Jason Rath, Joey Simon.

The production is directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford with Musical Director Patrick Hoagland. Special mention has to be made of Stacia Fernandez as Reno Sweeny, whose singing, as she belted out each song, brought to mind Broadway’s Ethel Merman. Ms. Fernandez performed numerous songs — each one was fantastic, clearly making her a forefront talent in this show.

Another strong and beautiful voice was that of Zach Trimmer, playing the handsome lead, Billy Crocker, who was in love with the debutante seemingly destined to marry another. Casting for romantic duos at the WBT is so believable that audiences hope the two actually overcome the obstacles the storyline sets for them.

Don’t miss this summer stunner and the entertainment joy it brings!

Information

The WBT continues to offer the best value around. Parking is free.

For reservations: Call (914) 592-2222 or visit: www.BroadwayTheatre.com

Gift certificates, matinee performances and group discounts are available.

 

Future WBT Mainstage Shows: Phantom – September 13th – November 25th 2018; A Christmas Carol – November 29 – December 23rd, 2018; Phantom returns – December 27th – January 27th 2019.

 

July 25, 2018 |

Muscoot Farm Presents Shakespeare

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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel

 

 

For those of us who are familiar with Muscoot Farm in Katonah, we know it as a wonderful place to stroll, enjoy looking at the animals, and stepping back in time to when Westchester was an agricultural community, circa 1880 – 1930. However, throughout the year Muscoot also offers wonderful, varied and educational activities for guests to enjoy.

The Production

This summer the Friends of Muscoot Farm presents Shakespeare on the Farm: “Romeo and Juliet” directed by Mary Roberts.  Guests are invited to “experience Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet on the farm!”  The outdoor performance includes a hayride to the Pumpkin Field Theater. Bring your own picnic food, blankets, and/or chairs. This fresh take on the classic love story will be abridged to a 90-minute performance with no intermission. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for the general public. This production is a recurring event with performances scheduled for July18, July 22, and July 25. All performances began at 6:00 pm, with gates opening at 5:00 pm.

These productions feature performers: Daniel Stompor, Jenna Isabella, Michele Dugan,
 Ruby Ellen Rocco, Ajinkya Subhash, Allie Samuel, Dakota Martin, Koby Weston, Isabelle Pierce, Anne Giroux, Eric Novak and Kevin Roberts. The performances are brought to the public by The Friends of Muscoot Farm, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Online sales end the morning of each performance; however, tickets will still be available for purchase at the door.

Attendees who require assistance are asked to call the office prior to the performance at (914) 864-7286 or email muscootcasting@gmail.com so they can be accommodated in the best way possible.

Muscoot Farm is located at 51 Route 100, Katonah, New York 10536.

Phone: 914 864-7782.

Visit muscootfarm.org for information about other scheduled events.

 

Square Dancing!

Looking ahead to Muscoot’s September calendar, get ready to polish up your boots, dust off your Sunday dress and start practicing your dosey-does! There is going to be a Hoe Down at the Farm! The date is September 22, from 6 pm to 9 pm and tickets are $50 per person. This includes a BBQ dinner, a square dance called by C.J. Lawler, auctions featuring Muscoot Farm experiences, local business donations, a photo shoot, country park experiences, horseback riding lessons, sports event tickets and much more!

Tickets must be ordered online — no tickets sold at the door. The money raised is for future installations at the farm.

Check out their website (muscootfarm.org) for dates featuring farmer’s markets, art shows and morning farm chore classes for children (to see what working on a farm is like by helping staff with chores.) Pre-registration is required for farm chore sessions.

 

July 18, 2018 |

Summer Means Travel in Any Vocabulary

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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel

 

 

 

Whether you waited until the children were finished with school or for your work schedule to be secured, you are now free to travel. We normally call it “time off,” “vacation,” or “going on a getaway,” but there are so many other expressions to describe this precious time we look forward to all year long.

Remembering an old expression my grandmother used to describe someone who was out and about here and there, she’d say they were out gallivanting. It can be described as wandering about or off seeking pleasure through travels. I think my grandmother used it to describe someone who was not in a place he or she was expected to be.

Another old expression my mom used is traipse. Most often it was used in the context of, “I just washed the kitchen floor, so don’t traipse through it.” Today’s interpretation of the word traipse is often a more relaxed manner of travel, to go here and there, perhaps with no exact destination in mind. This is a good word for recent college graduates spending the summer exploring Europe just traipsing from country to country without a schedule in mind.

Another word that evokes worldwide travel is globetrotter, which is someone who goes country to country, perhaps fairly frequently, be it for work or pleasure. In fact, there is a cable TV program with a similar name, Globe Trekker, which features the exploration of different countries each week for viewers to enjoy.

There is yet another term for someone who is a worldwide traveler and that is wayfarer. Perhaps not as common, or as popular, it came into the English language back in the 1400s. It describes someone who usually travels by foot in his/her explorations. The word wayfarer was such a great name to use, that Ray-Ban sunglasses adopted it as a name for a pair of their top-model sunglasses. These glasses were made even more popular back in the 1980s when the classic film Risky Business came out. It was Tom Cruise’s breakout role, and in the film he was sporting Wayfarer sunglasses. Naturally, most people who saw that film remember the other iconic scene where a young Cruise slides across the room in his briefs, socks and a button-down shirt and pretends he is a rock and roller! Can you believe that film was made 35 years ago?

So whichever mode you decide to use for your travels this summer or whichever word you use to describe them, have a safe and wonderful journey! Happy Vacation!

July 11, 2018 |

Vacation by Car — Getting it Ready

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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel

 

 

The family car is the most popular method of transportation, so finding ways to make your excursion more cost efficient should be a priority. Maintenance is a vital part of auto efficiency. Accordingly, you should make sure your car is in tip-top shape before making a lengthy trip. Have your car checked/tuned up by your mechanic to make sure it is ready for driving long distances away from home. The cost of this checkup will probably save you money on fuel consumption since your car will be running at its peak.

When is the last time you changed the oil, air filter, and any hoses? Make sure you have your cooling system checked to make sure your car does not overheat while driving. Tires that are in excellent condition are extremely important for both your personal safety and a comfortable ride. Read the manual that comes with your automobile so that you are aware of the proper inflation pressure for your vehicle. Check this pressure every few weeks during normal driving and several times during vacation driving. Generally the best time to check your tires is when they are cold. Tires that are underinflated may overheat and cause a blowout or loss of control. Recent government recommendations suggest replacing your tires more frequently than previously estimated. Whether or not you put high mileage on your car, experts say that tires eventually “dry out.” Ask the dealership or a tire salesperson for a recommendation that is appropriate for your car.

Fuel Costs

One of the best rules for saving on fuel is the easiest and that is to stay within the posted speed limit. It’s a fact that driving faster simply eats up more fuel. Enjoy the scenery, take in the sights, and arrive safely, which is the most important part of your trip. Avoid quick starts and stops while driving. Sudden surges and quick stops continue to gobble up fuel unnecessarily. Try to lighten your load and only pack what is necessary for the trip, emptying your trunk of items you don’t need.

Watch the gauges during your trip, making sure you never get down to a quarter of a tank before refueling. You’ll then have plenty of time to watch for good prices along the road and not have to settle for higher prices just because you are near “empty.” This is also important when you are driving in unfamiliar areas and not certain when the next service station will appear.

Wishing all travelers a happy and safe journey that lets you discover wonderful memories down the road!

July 3, 2018 |

Summer Intern Tips for Success

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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel

 

 

 

Have you been lucky enough to be selected for an intern position this summer? An internship is priceless because it can give you experience, an insider’s view of the industry or field you have chosen, and the possibility of employment after graduation.

Start your internship with a positive attitude. Come to the job ready, willing, and open to learning new ideas, meeting new people and working hard. Do more than required or expected, not just the minimum. Be friendly and try to fit into the routine and atmosphere of the place of business where you are working. Do not join in any gossip or complain about the job to co-workers. Avoid office politics or taking sides of an issue with which you are not involved or may not fully understand. A smile and a “good morning” are always a good way to start each day. Be punctual and make sure you are not the first to rush out the door at closing time. Try not to take unnecessary days off if you have not planned these absences at the beginning of your hire. If you are asked to work extra hours or days, try your best to comply with this request.

Feedback

I have spoken to business people who have worked with interns at their place of employment, whether an office, school, hospital, retail or vocational environment, and their comments were similar. Additionally, whether it was a “paid” or “volunteer” internship made little difference. However, a slightly higher degree of reliability was evident for students who were paid (even a stipend) than those who were not compensated. Employers wanted the intern to “take the summer position seriously” and be a committed part of the work team. Some interns “walked through” the jobs, seemingly only interested in résumé building. Interns should be willing to learn and to share ideas at the workplace.

Coming to work dressed appropriately and being punctual are vital. Students are not expected to have an expensive corporate wardrobe, but they should come dressed in neat, clean clothing. Hairstyles should not be faddish, severe or unkempt. Personal grooming is important, and it goes without saying that bathing daily is a must, especially if you’ve worked out in the gym before coming to work. If you are unsure of what is deemed acceptable, ask to review the company’s dress code/policy during your interview.

If you have worked hard, let your supervisor know you have enjoyed the placement and request a letter of reference. If all goes well, you may have created an interest in yourself for future employment with this company after you graduate.

June 27, 2018 |

Norwalk Aquarium Celebrates an Anniversary!

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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel

 

 

This summer, the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will be celebrating their 30th anniversary! On July 21, the exact day they opened, it will be a special day full of bonus fun. Plus admission prices that weekend will be the same as they were in 1988! The Aquarium is the perfect place to visit this summer when you are looking for fun, exciting and educational outings with children or friends and family. There will be the opening of the Stuffed Animal CARE-ium where young guests can give veterinary care to plush animals. It will also be the return of the Albino Alligator, full cruise schedules, such as sunset and fireworks cruises, summer camp programs and fabulous IMAX movies. The camp sessions are for children 5-15 and run from 1-3 week sessions.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is the only aquarium focused on the Long Island Sound and presents sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellyfish and nearly 300 species from Long Island Sound and its watershed. Also, harbor seal training demonstrations are held three times daily. Three staffed touch tanks allow hands-on close encounters with intertidal animals, sharks and rays, and moon jellyfish. The Aquarium’s IMAX movie screen is Connecticut’s first and still largest. And come aboard the Aquarium’s unique hybrid-electric research vessel, the R/V Spirit of the Sound, for exciting hands-on animal encounters out on the Sound. When you are there, you must see the Sea Turtle Nursery, a new permanent exhibit that follows baby loggerhead sea turtles through their first year of life. Later they will be released into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina.

Our family’s favorite has to be the IMAX movies that make the viewers feel as if they are in the center of the action. Repeat visits will have guests returning to see Backyard Wilderness, which was filmed in Westchester County and will feature a menagerie of wildlife right outside our homes, including deer, coyotes, wood ducks, frogs, salamanders, raccoons, hummingbirds and more. Another IMAX features Pandas, filmed entirely in China. If a visit to the Aquarium is perfectly timed, there would still be time for one of the Marine Life Encounter Cruises that depart throughout the day. There are also cruises to historic lighthouses on the Long Island Sound. A visit to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk has something for every age and if you haven’t been there yet, be sure to make it this summer!

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is located at 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT

(203) 852-0700

www.MaritimeAquarium.org

 

 

 

 

June 20, 2018 |
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