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Roxy and a team of local bloggers share the best kid stuff, restaurants, food and wine, shopping, home and personal services, art, culture, and local community events… starting in New Jersey, expanded to San Francisco, Laguna Beach, Austin TX, Hartford CT and coming soon to a town near you!

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Winterfest ~ Food Expo ~ Snow and Ice Sculptures at Lyman Orchards

By: moomette on 01/22/09 @ 10:09 pm

Come celebrate the fun side of winter! Hours of indoor and outdoor family fun include our annual Food Expo, Snow & Sculptures provided by Bill Covitz, Rail Jam by Ski Sundown, Pony Rides, and more!

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Winterfest ~ Food Expo ~ Snow and Ice Sculptures at Lyman Orchards

By: moomette on 01/22/09 @ 9:16 pm

Come celebrate the fun side of winter! Hours of indoor and outdoor family fun include our annual Food Expo, Snow & Sculptures provided by Bill Covitz, Rail Jam by Ski Sundown, Pony Rides, and more at Lyman Orchards, Middlefield, Connecticut February 21 and February 22, 2009

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Essex Ed Parade ~ Celebrate Groundhog Day with Connecticut’s Own~

By: moomette on 01/13/09 @ 10:23 pm

The charming village of Essex has celebrated Groundhog Day by hosting a parade with the center of attraction being Essex Ed, an almost 8-foot tall, 200 pound foam and fiberglass character known for his infamous weather predictions!

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I Love It When A Plan Comes Together: Celebrating London’s 8th Birthday with Three BFFs and Cirque Eloize at NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 01/12/09 @ 12:16 am

I love it when a plan comes together, and London’s 8th birthday party is well on its way.
Since we moved out to Mendham Township, New Jersey, from Manhattan’s West Village five years ago, we’ve had large celebrations for London and Maddie’s birthdays.  In an effort to get to know the girls’ friends and their families, [...]

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Essex Ed Parade ~ Celebrate Groundhog Day with Connecticut’s Own~

By: moomette on 01/4/09 @ 4:23 pm

The charming village of Essex has celebrated Groundhog Day by hosting a parade with the center of attraction being Essex Ed, an almost 8-foot tall, 200 pound foam and fiberglass character known for his infamous weather predictions!

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Soar Like an Eagle ~ Shepaug Dam Bald Eagles

By: moomette on 12/25/08 @ 3:57 pm

Eagles have returned to the Connecticut River Valley to nest. There’s plenty of viewing points to see them soaring as well as hunting in the wild along the Connecticut River.
Because of the Endangered Species Act, the American eagle population is now increasing its numbers.
Eagles can also be found in other areas of Connecticut.  In [...]

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The North Pole Express at the Essex Steam Train and Santa Special

By: moomette on 12/20/08 @ 3:07 pm

Yea, we finally have snow on the ground for the holidays!  Last night parts of Connecticut received almost one foot of snow.  It’s always nice to have some on the ground to get everyone in the holiday mood.
Many children will be on school break until after the New Year.  If you’re looking for a great [...]

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A Holiday Treat: NJPAC Promotional Codes for Giselle, Cirque Eloize, and Golden Dragon Acrobats — Deadline Extended to December 30th

By: Roxy on 12/18/08 @ 9:26 pm

If you’re like me, with less than a week until Christmas, you may have made a list and checked it twice, you may even have it divided into suitable gifts for naughty and nice, but you haven’t purchased and wrapped your gifts for everyone on the list….particularly if you’re still lacking the inspiration to surprise [...]

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Last Chance! Get Your Tickets to Cirque Eloize, Giselle, or the Golden Dragon Acrobats at NJPAC — Promotional Code Deadline Extended to December 30th

By: Roxy on 12/18/08 @ 8:34 pm

If you’re like me, with less than a week until Christmas, you may have made a list and checked it twice, you may even have it divided into suitable gifts for naughty and nice, but you haven’t purchased and wrapped your gifts for everyone on the list….particularly if you’re still lacking the inspiration to surprise [...]

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Paths to Impressionism Exhibit Draws to a Close at the Newark Museum, See It Before January 4, 2009

By: Roxy on 12/17/08 @ 11:21 pm

While I was waiting for my regular New Jersey Transit train to New York City at the station in Bernardsville, NJ, I happened to notice a billboard promoting Paths to Impressionism, an exhibit of French and American landscape paintings from the Worcester Art Museum, at the Newark Museum.  The exhibit is drawing to a close, but you [...]

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Disney On Ice ~ Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey ~ Excel Center ~ Hartford

By: moomette on 12/17/08 @ 7:13 pm

Now here’s something to get excited about and break up the Winter doldrums!
I’ve always enjoyed ice skating on glistening frozen winter ponds here in Connecticut.  When older, the Winter Olympic ice skaters always fascinated me.
If you’re looking for a great fun-filled family event to take the children or grandchildren to ~ check this out and [...]

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Block Island Express Ferry Gift Certificates are a Great Stocking Stuffer

By: moomette on 12/14/08 @ 8:46 pm

As everyone knows, gas prices were through the roof this past summer.  Many of us did quite a bit of day-tripping, taking in the local scenery and staying close to home.
Connecticut has a gorgeous and vibrant shoreline.  It’s easy to take a drive and enjoy the local clam shacks and down-east lobster dinners.
What many folks [...]

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27th Annual Santa’s Workshop ~Wickham Park ~ East Hartford/Manchester, CT

By: moomette on 12/14/08 @ 4:32 pm

Hi everyone ~ I’m Cindi, and I’m delighted as well as excited to have been invited to be a Contributing Editor on Roxy’s Best of Hartford, CT.
I’m a lifelong native of Connecticut ~ which as many of you know, is one of the smallest states in the union. If there’s an event going on here [...]

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Think NJPAC for the Holidays… and Save with NJPAC Promotional Codes on Giselle, Cirque Eloize, and Golden Dragon Acrobats

By: Roxy on 12/14/08 @ 4:08 pm

Over on my Roxiticus Desperate Housewives site, I’ve been running a weekly feature called Roxy Saves, where I’ve gathered promotional codes from online retailers and made suggestions for unique and inexpensive holiday gifts. Here at Roxy’s Best Of… I’ve been more focused on the “bricks and mortar” holiday savings available from our wealth of [...]

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Santa Rampage Tonight!!!

By: search4beauty on 12/13/08 @ 2:12 pm

All photos courtesy Steve Hobson
Tonight, December 2008 13th 7p-?
Dress to impress (Santa style) and join us (other Santas, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Reindeer) as we march across
Congress Bridge and Elf-slap downtown Austin upside it’s Santa infested head!
Location: Meeting at Fiddlerʼs Hearth, 301 Barton Springs for Santa Drink Specials and a Santa Buffet for only $8.
All North [...]

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2008-2009: Morris County NJ Continues the First Night Tradition

By: Roxy on 12/13/08 @ 9:11 am

Twenty years ago, during my first holiday season after graduating from college, I went up to Boston to visit one of my best high school girlfriends, Grey Hound, and learned about Boston’s tradition for celebrating New Year’s Eve.  Even though it is technically the last night of the old year, Bostonians call their celebration “First [...]

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Puff the Magic Dragon: Peter Yarrow Comes to Mendham Books Tomorrow — Friday, December 12th at 4:00pm

By: Roxy on 12/11/08 @ 10:43 am

Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee,
Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal Puff,
And brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff. oh
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee,
Puff, the [...]

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Ghost of Girl Scout Present: London’s Brownie Troop Explores the Gingerbread Wonderland at Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Open Now Through Sunday, December 14th

By: Roxy on 12/9/08 @ 2:29 pm

In the midst of this holiday season, I’ve been writing a bit about our family feeling like we’re living out Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol through London’s Brownie troop in the form of the Ghost of Girl Scout Past, Present, and Future. Last weekend, London and Maddie celebrated the Ghost of Girl Scout Past at [...]

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Ghost of Girl Scout Future: London and Her Brownie Troop Aspire to a Girl Scout Sleepover at NJPAC

By: Roxy on 12/8/08 @ 8:16 pm

This past weekend, London and her Brownie troop celebrated the Ghost of Girl Scout Past, joining Daisies, Brownies, and Girl Scouts from the Mendham, NJ area for an old-fashioned Christmas caroling event out in front of Kings supermarket on Mendham’s annual Holly Walk.  While the girls were belting out holiday favorites like Frosty the Snowman and the Twelve Days of [...]

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Think NJPAC for the Holidays… and Save with NJPAC Promotional Codes on Giselle, Cirque Eloize, and Golden Dragon Acrobats

By: Roxy on 12/5/08 @ 11:58 pm

Over on my Roxiticus Desperate Housewives site, I’ve been running a weekly feature called Roxy Saves, where I’ve gathered promotional codes from online retailers and made suggestions for unique and inexpensive holiday gifts. Here at Roxy’s Best Of… I’ve been more focused on the “bricks and mortar” holiday savings available from our wealth of [...]

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Looking Forward to Sharing Austin

By: search4beauty on 12/5/08 @ 10:18 pm

I am honored to be a part of Roxy’s Best Of, representing Austin.  I look forward to sharing information on events, food and more available in Austin, Texas.
 
If you don’t see it here yet; feel free to ask questions, I will do my best to respond.
 
 

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Garden State Ballet Presents… The Nutcracker — Saturday, December 13th at Holy Family School Auditorium in Florham Park, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 12/2/08 @ 7:09 am

The School of the Garden State Ballet (where London and Maddie study dance) Youth Company presents The Nutcracker.  This year’s holiday performance is scheduled for 7 o’clock on Saturday, December 13th at Holy Family School Auditorium in Florham Park.  A $5.00 donation (maximum $20 per family) is suggested.  For tickets, contact Colleen Murphy (973.599.9387) or [...]

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Have a Holly Jolly Holiday…Roxy Heads Down the Holly Trail from Mendham to Bernardsville, New Jersey — Holiday Shopping Events on Saturday, December 6th

By: Roxy on 11/28/08 @ 12:39 am

Holly seems to be the theme for holiday shopping in Morris and Somerset Counties here in New Jersey.  Last week, I reported on our plans to participate in Mendham’s Holly Trail 2008, starting with Brownie Girl Scout Christmas Caroling at three locations around town in Mendham.  This week, my other local Recorder Newspaper, The Bernardsville [...]

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Don’t Let the Critics Scare You Off… If Your Kids Love Disney’s High School Musical, Don’t Miss High School Musical On Stage At Paper Mill Playhouse Through December 7th

By: Roxy on 11/24/08 @ 11:47 pm

I was too sleepy to post London and Maddie’s review of High School Musical On Stage at Paper Mill Playhouse on the night after the performance, but the girls, Rex and I, along with the rest of London’s Brownie troop, really enjoyed ourselves. I’ve already seen an extremely negative review from Peter Filichia at the Star-Ledger, [...]

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Cats Creates Memories at NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 11/23/08 @ 2:02 pm

Midnight, not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her memory
She is smiling alone.
In the lamplight the withered
leaves collect at my feet
And the wind begins to moan.
After weeks of anticipation, listening to the Complete Original Broadway Cast Recording of Cats and learning the songs, the big day had finally arrived. On Saturday afternoon, Rex, [...]

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London and Maddie Have Spoken: Cats at NJPAC Is a “Must See”

By: Roxy on 11/22/08 @ 10:02 pm

Before I share London, Maddie, Rex and Roxy’s thoughts on today’s performance of Cats at NJPAC, I’ll start by saying that there are still some tickets left for the final performance of Cats at NJPAC at 3pm tomorrow – Sunday, November 23rd. If you live in or near New Jersey and have no plans for [...]

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Weekend Fun: We’re Off to See Cats at NJPAC!

By: Roxy on 11/22/08 @ 9:01 am

London and Maddie, Rex and I are very excited…we’ve been listening to the Complete Original Broadway Cast Recording of Cats for weeks in anticipation of todays big event: Cats at NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey). We’re heading out in a couple of hours to the 2pm matinee performance, so I [...]

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jellicle Cats Are Coming to NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey: Tuesday, November 18th - Sunday, November 23rd

By: Roxy on 11/6/08 @ 10:05 pm

Are you blind when you’re born? Can you see in the dark?
Dare you look look at a king? Would you sit on his throne?
Can you say of your bite that it’s worse than your bark?
Are you cock of the walk when you’re walking alone?
Because jellicles are and jellicles do
Jellicles do and jellicles would
Jellicles would and [...]

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jellicle Cats Are Coming to NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey: Tuesday, November 18th - Sunday, November 23rd

By: Roxy on 11/6/08 @ 9:11 pm

Are you blind when you’re born? Can you see in the dark?
Dare you look look at a king? Would you sit on his throne?
Can you say of your bite that it’s worse than your bark?
Are you cock of the walk when you’re walking alone?
Because jellicles are and jellicles do
Jellicles do and jellicles would
Jellicles would and [...]

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How Did Roxy Miss This One? Cheetah Girls at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey Next Thursday, November 13th

By: Roxy on 11/6/08 @ 1:54 pm

Last year, around this time, I was a shoe-in for Mom of the Year, having obtained tickets to Hannah Montana at the Prudential Center for London, Maddie, and their adopted Singin’ Sister. This year, while our family has an attractive November calendar of events, including Cats at NJPAC and High School Musical Live at Paper [...]

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High School Musical On Stage! Opens This Week at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, Runs November 5 through December 7

By: Roxy on 11/3/08 @ 11:14 pm

Roxy won’t have to use the stapler after all…our terrific nanny got those “Try It” badges and petals ironed on and sewn onto London and Maddie’s Brownie and Daisy vests just in time… Rex, London, Maddie and I are off to see High School Musical On Stage! with London’s entire Brownie troop later this month [...]

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High School Musical On Stage! Opens Next Week at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, Runs November 5 through December 7

By: Roxy on 10/30/08 @ 11:01 pm

Roxy won’t have to use the stapler after all…our terrific nanny got those “Try It” badges and petals ironed on and sewn onto London and Maddie’s Brownie and Daisy vests just in time… Rex, London, Maddie and I are off to see High School Musical On Stage! with London’s entire Brownie troop later this month [...]

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Hexagon Players of Mendham Present Children’s Letters to God — November 7, 8, 9, 14 and 15 at Grace Lutheran Church in Mendham, NJ

By: Roxy on 10/30/08 @ 9:47 pm

It’s time for the Hexagon Players of Mendham Fall 2008 performance, and this year, they’re presenting Children’s Letters to God.  It’s a musical based on the internationally best-selling book by Stuart Hample and Eric Marshall, with music by David Evans and lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen.
Taken directly from the letters of young people writing to [...]

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Counting Crows Launch New Jersey’s Newest Rock Venue: Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 10/30/08 @ 10:34 am

It’s another cold, cold October morning commute on New Jersey Transit from the Bernardsville train station to our office in New York City, and again the Newark Star-Ledger is keeping me warm, or at least up to date on the latest happenings in the Garden State. In the Thursday H&G (home & garden) Today section, [...]

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Sugarloaf Crafts Festival Ticket Giveaway — Win 2 Tickets to This Weekend’s Event at Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ

By: Roxy on 10/28/08 @ 4:16 pm

Here at Roxy’s Best Of…, we’re running a contest and ticket giveaway to celebrate the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival coming to the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ this weekend — Friday, October 31st (Halloween) through Sunday, November 2nd.  Since Roxy can’t make it to the event, the first Roxy’s Best Of… visitor to contact me using the contact [...]

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Sugarloaf Crafts Festival Ticket Giveaway — Win 2 Tickets to This Weekend’s Event at Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ

By: Roxy on 10/28/08 @ 4:15 pm

Here at Roxy’s Best Of…, we’re running a contest and ticket giveaway to celebrate the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival coming to the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ this weekend — Friday, October 31st (Halloween) through Sunday, November 2nd. Since Roxy can’t make it to the event, the first Roxy’s Best Of… visitor to contact [...]

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Sugarloaf Crafts Festival This Weekend at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 10/27/08 @ 10:46 pm

This just in from Roxy’s e-mailbag…the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is coming to the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset this weekend. Starting Friday, October 31 (Halloween) from 10am to 6pm and running through Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 at 5pm, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival promises to be a great place to spend a day with the [...]

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Sugarloaf Crafts Festival This Weekend at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 10/27/08 @ 10:40 pm

This just in from Roxy’s e-mailbag…the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is coming to the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset this weekend. Starting Friday, October 31 (Halloween) from 10am to 6pm and running through Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 at 5pm, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival promises to be a great place to spend a day with the [...]

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Good Times Planned at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey Reopening October 30, 2008 After Summer Renovations

By: Roxy on 10/5/08 @ 10:46 am

Rex was just flipping through the New Jersey section in today’s New York Times and showed me an ad for the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey. The Count Basie Theatre has spent the summer closed for renovations but they are nearing the end and will proudly re-open on October 30, 2008 with [...]

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Speaking of Hunter Kirkland Contemporary…Check Out These Steel Wire Mesh Sculptures by Eric Boyer

By: Roxy on 10/1/08 @ 11:56 am

Speaking of Hunter Kirkland Contemporary, one of my fondest memories of our visit to Santa Fe was asking Rex if I could have three naked men for my 40th birthday.  Of course, Rex agreed to satisfy my every desire, but we still haven’t ordered our Olympians steel wire mesh sculpture by Eric Boyer… we need [...]

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New Pastels and Oil Paintings by Rick Stevens at Hunter Kirkland Contemporary Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico

By: Roxy on 10/1/08 @ 11:13 am

I just got a note in the mail from Hunter Kirkland Contemporary Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, promoting their third annual show of new pastels and oil paintings by Rick Stevens.  There’s an opening reception this Friday, October 3rd, from 5pm to 7pm, and the Paintings & Pastels show runs through Sunday, October 19th.  Nancy [...]

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Bad Reputation: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at the Mayo Center of the Performing Arts in Morristown, NJ, on Friday, October 24th

By: Roxy on 09/30/08 @ 8:27 pm

Since the concert was announced back in July, Rex and I have been planning on going to see Joan Jett & the Blackhearts at the Community Theatre (a.k.a. The Mayo Center of the Performing Arts) in Morristown on Friday, October 24th.  However, Roxy the Queen of Procrastination has not yet acquired our tickets.
But I don’t give [...]

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London, Maddie, Rex and Roxy Make Plans to See High School Musical at Paper Mill Playhouse with London’s Brownie Troop

By: Roxy on 09/28/08 @ 11:14 pm

Now, you may have heard rumors that I stapled London’s “try-it” badges onto her Brownie vest instead of sewing or ironing them on…and those rumors may have a bit of truth to them.  There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, and would you rather I take a few shortcuts with [...]

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I’ve Got My Tickets for Cats at NJPAC (the New Jersey Performing Arts Center) in Newark, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 09/3/08 @ 12:20 pm

This past spring, I posted about two events that Rex, London, Maddie and I enjoyed at NJPAC (the New Jersey Performing Arts Center) in Newark, New Jersey.  We saw Movin’ Out, Twyla Tharp’s interpretation of Billy Joel, in June, and Rex and the girls took me out for a Mother’s Day treat to see Alvin Ailey.  Both [...]

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Paper Mill Playhouse Holding Auditions for High School Musical: London and Maddie Missed the 16-Year-Old Age CutOff (Thankfully by Quite a Few Years)

By: Roxy on 09/1/08 @ 7:46 pm

Paper Mill Playhouse, in Millburn, New Jersey, is holding an open call on Saturday, September 6th, for male and female singers, ages 16 and up to play high school students in the upcoming production of Disney’s High School Musical. London and Maddie missed the age cut-off…thankfully I have quite a few years before they start [...]

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Jersey Shore Artists: Kate Leigh Cutler’s New Show, “The Maritime History of the Barnegat Coast” Now Through Labor Day at the NJ Museum of Boating

By: Roxy on 07/28/08 @ 2:50 pm

This past weekend, Rex and the girls and I had the pleasure of attending a reception for our neighboring artist, Kate Leigh Cutler at the NJ Museum of Boating. Kate’s show, The Maritime History of the Barnegat Coast, opened with the reception on Sunday, July 27th, and runs through Labor Day Weekend 2008. I’ve said [...]

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Movin’ Out at NJPAC: Twyla Tharp’s Dance Interpretation of Billy Joel’s Music…A Spectacular Show for Roxy, Rex, and the Girls!

By: Roxy on 06/13/08 @ 9:03 pm

As my loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers know, Rex and the girls and I went to see Movin’ Out last night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, New Jersey. I’ve already tipped you off that the show was spectacular, but our entire Thursday night was truly the perfect start to an [...]

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The Perfect Mother’s Day Weekend!

By: Roxy on 05/12/08 @ 3:42 pm

My loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers may have found me unusually quiet this past Mother’s Day weekend, but I was away from the Blogosphere and out enjoying my family. I want to thank all of you for your thoughtful comments and Mother’s Day wishes in response to my long-running “Wordless Weekend: I Am Mother of [...]

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