Monday, September 26, 2016

Ormond Memorial Museum presents 3rd Annual Dogapalooza Ormond Beach


It's official: There is nothing cuter in Volusia County.

Hosted by the Ormond Memorial Art Museum, this festive family-friendly celebration of the human-animal bond spreads throughout our gardens, parking lot and museum, giving our boho dogs and their lovers trees, shade and room to roll about in the grass.

All proceeds benefit Sophie's Pet Food Pantry & The ARNI Foundation. Admission is $2 per guest; dogs enter free of charge!

Ormond's annual dog-friendly festival will feature...
~ Music mixed by Mister DJ
~ Canine costume contest presented by Gaslamp Gift Gallery**

~ FREE Puppy photo experience by photographer Michael Eliassen
~ FREE paw-dicures (toenail clipping) by Amie's Mobile Pet Grooming
~ FREE Obedience demonstrations by the Obedience Club Of Daytona
~ FREE Dog Color Rinse aka "Dog Chalking" at the PetSmart Dog Salon

~ Delicious Food from Schmancy Pops, Victory Popcorn, and Southern State of Mind
~ Refreshing craft brews from Ormond Brewing Company

~ Art by Megan Maya Macgregor
~ Emerson's Kitchen, LLC.
~ The Cultured Hound
~ Reiki & Holistic Care for People and Pets


**CANINE COSTUME CONTEST CATEGORIES
Best in Show
Best Pop Culture Reference
Best Duo (1 Dog + 1 Human)
Best Ensemble (More than 1 Dog)

More details on the event to come!

For vendor and sponsorship opportunities please contact Melissa Frankel at mfrankel@ormondartmuseum.org.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Daytona Beach Blues Festival Craft Brews & Blues 2016



The Craft Brews & Blues Saturday will return October 8, 2016 from 2-6 pm during the 7th Daytona Blues Festival at Jackie Robinson Ballpark! Get your tickets here

Made possible through the generosity and vision of S. R. Perrott, Inc., we’ll have craft brews to sample, if you are 21 and have a valid ID.

A little lagniappe – 3 tastes (3 oz.) are included with your Saturday Daytona Blues Festival ticket, if you are 21 with valid ID. And you can purchase more TASTE TICKETS to try more brews! 1 for $1 or 6 for $5.



8 Florida craft breweries for 2016 are Saltwater Brewery (Delray Beach),Central 28 (DeBary), Miami Brewing Company (Miami), Two Henrys Brewing Co. (Plant City), Orange Blossom  Brewing Company (Orlando), Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company (DeLand), Tomoka Brewing Co.( Port Orange), and Odd Exilir Meads (DeLand).


Other participating breweries include Yuengling, Abita, Bell’s Brewery, Green Man Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Samuel Adams, Brooklyn Brewery, Chimay, Terrapin Beer Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, Tenth and Blake, and Lagunitas Brewing Co.


Don't miss the fun, buy your ticket online till October 4th here!!
Daytona Blues Foundation is a 501(C)3 Not-For-Profit Corporation


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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Daytona Blues Festival Sunday Lineup


The Daytona Blues Festival, Inc., was incorporated in 2009 with the purpose of developing an annual blues music weekend that would generate proceeds for health initiatives for women and children in Volusia County. The Daytona Blues Festival is a three day festival held the weekend before Columbus Day .The festival is held at the historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark in downtown Daytona Beach and features nationally known artists, emerging blues artists, and  draws blues lovers from all over the  US, Canada, and Europe.

The Daytona Blues Festival is run by volunteers; no salaries are drawn from any monies generated by the festival, and all proceeds fund women’s and children’s health services in Volusia and Flagler counties.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015 the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expansion at Halifax Health and Project WARM, Women Assisting Recovering Mothers, received all festival proceeds.  $35,000 was raised in 2013 and $55,000 was raised at the 2014 festival and presented to Halifax Health’s NICU expansion and to Project WARM. The 2015 festival raised $60,000 for the Halifax Health NICU and Project WARM.

In 6 years, the Daytona Blues Festival has raised over $165,000 for charities benefiting women and children in Volusia  and Flagler counties.

For ticket information, click here!


The 2016 artists  for the Main Stage for Sunday are:


1:00 pm     BEN HUNTER  and JOE SEAMONS
2:30 pm     THE PAUL DESLAURIERS BAND
4:00 pm     TINSLEY ELLIS
5:45 pm     SUGARAY RAYFORD BAND
7:30 pm     VICTOR WAINWRIGHT & The WildRoots

Daytona Blues Foundation is a 501(C)3 Not-For-Profit Corporation


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Daytona Beach Blues Festival Saturday Performers


The Daytona Blues Festival, Inc., was incorporated in 2009 with the purpose of developing an annual blues music weekend that would generate proceeds for health initiatives for women and children in Volusia County. The Daytona Blues Festival is a three day festival held the weekend before Columbus Day .The festival is held at the historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark in downtown Daytona Beach and features nationally known artists, emerging blues artists, and  draws blues lovers from all over the  US, Canada, and Europe.

The Daytona Blues Festival is run by volunteers; no salaries are drawn from any monies generated by the festival, and all proceeds fund women’s and children’s health services in Volusia and Flagler counties.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015 the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expansion at Halifax Health and Project WARM, Women Assisting Recovering Mothers, received all festival proceeds.  $35,000 was raised in 2013 and $55,000 was raised at the 2014 festival and presented to Halifax Health’s NICU expansion and to Project WARM. The 2015 festival raised $60,000 for the Halifax Health NICU and Project WARM.

In 6 years, the Daytona Blues Festival has raised over $165,000 for charities benefiting women and children in Volusia  and Flagler counties.

For ticket information, click here!


The 2016 artists  for the Main Stage for Saturday are:


1:00 pm    WILLIE GREEN BAND
2:30 pm    THE DELGADO BROTHERS
4:00 pm    TAS CRU
7:15 pm     JOE LOUIS WALKER
9:00  pm    MARCIA BALL

Daytona Blues Foundation is a 501(C)3 Not-For-Profit Corporation

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

OVO and Cirque du Soleil This Weekend at Amway Center Orlando


My friend Kym and I had the great opportunity to go see Cirque du Soleil OVO last night at the Amway Center and it was amazing! It was funny, entertaining and fun for the whole family. The performers were so talented, it was awesome!

OVO is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. OVO from Cirque du Soleil will be in Orlando September 21 to 25, 2016 at the Amway Center.

The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act where a group of scarabs soar high above – from each corner of the stage – and land together on a platform in the middle. This was insane to watch! I kept squealing there must be wires, there must be wires! (There were no wires)

Thrilling more than 4.5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in 2009, OVO embarks on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, now in arenas, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their hometown. OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.

When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

Intrigued and need plans for the weekend in Orlando? This is it!! 

Click here for more information about OVO and Cirque du Soleil.

Ticket prices: $150, $90, $68, $52 & $35 | All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  Enjoy the show with the whole family and save!
Get your family-pack now by clicking here!

Cirque Du Soleil, OVO: September 21 – 25, 2016


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Daytona Blues Festival Schedule Friday Night


The Daytona Blues Festival, Inc., was incorporated in 2009 with the purpose of developing an annual blues music weekend that would generate proceeds for health initiatives for women and children in Volusia County. The Daytona Blues Festival is a three day festival held the weekend before Columbus Day .The festival is held at the historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark in downtown Daytona Beach and features nationally known artists, emerging blues artists, and  draws blues lovers from all over the  US, Canada, and Europe.

The Daytona Blues Festival is run by volunteers; no salaries are drawn from any monies generated by the festival, and all proceeds fund women’s and children’s health services in Volusia and Flagler counties.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015 the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expansion at Halifax Health and Project WARM, Women Assisting Recovering Mothers, received all festival proceeds.  $35,000 was raised in 2013 and $55,000 was raised at the 2014 festival and presented to Halifax Health’s NICU expansion and to Project WARM. The 2015 festival raised $60,000 for the Halifax Health NICU and Project WARM.

In 6 years, the Daytona Blues Festival has raised over $165,000 for charities benefiting women and children in Volusia  and Flagler counties.

For ticket information, click here!

Friday's Line Up has a lot of Girl Power!

The 2016 artists  for the Main Stage for Friday are:


2:30 pm   VANESSA COLLIER
7:15 pm    CAROLYN WONDERLAND
9:00 pm   SHAKURA S’AIDA

Daytona Blues Foundation is a 501(C)3 Not-For-Profit Corporation


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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Provision Packs Backpack Bash Costume Party


Provision Packs is an outreach that fills backpacks with well rounded meals, cooking instructions and hygiene items to the children of our local community.

October 15 will be an exciting day for Provision Packs as we will be hosting our first annual Provision Packs Fall Backpack Bash! This will be a fun costume fundraiser including a silent auction, donated food from local establishments, and a costume contest for our 150 guests. We are reaching out to local businesses to help us raise money to feed the hungry children right in our community. 100% of all the money raised goes directly to the purchase of food here in Ormond Beach.

Super proud of my dear friend Carrie! For more information go to http://www.provisionpacks.org/
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

OVO from Cirque du Soleil Orlando #Giveaway


Thrilling more than 4.5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in 2009, OVO embarks on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, now in arenas, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their hometown. OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.

When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act where a group of scarabs soar high above – from each corner of the stage – and land together on a platform in the middle. Click here for more information about OVO and Cirque du Soleil.

Ticket prices: $150, $90, $68, $52 & $35 | All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges. Buy your tickets here!

Get your family-pack now or Enter my drawing below to win (4) tickets to see OVO from Cirque du Soleil!  

OVO is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. OVO from Cirque du Soleil will be in Orlando September 21 to 25, 2016 at the Amway Center. Enjoy the show with the whole family and Good Luck!

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Coffee, Cat Food and Other Newborn Survival Methods

I had dreams.
I had big dreams.
Over the past two months, I have said a thousand times-that would make a good blog.....that would make a good blog, that would make a good...than you wake up and it is Labor Day!

So here is my overdue prattle of smatter.

-It is Lillian's first holiday! YAY! This has been the best summer of my life. We are really loving everything you could imagine about this part of our journey. It has been exciting to figure it out. I am extraordinarily lucky as she is a good baby, it is rare that she is fussy unless she is on the changing table or hungry. She is also sleeping close to the whole night...11p-4:30a or 5:00a? I will take it!

-I have quickly adjusted to what I thought and what I know.

-I have only tried to kill my husband no less than three or four times in the beginning but now I have some ridiculous bird singing love for him when I watch him with our girl. He shows patience I didn't know existed in any human being and he has taken the later shift with good grace, ironically that is when she is most active.

-She open mouth grinned this week and we almost threw her, it shocked us so.

-We have giggled over her, texted each other pictures of her diaper's content for the doctor and both taken a million pictures of her staring at us. Hashtag Marriage.

-My Girlfriends and family come out of the woodwork to do absolutely anything for you....and I have gotten a little better accepting help gracefully. This is not easy.

-I have only pulled the newborn card once or twice to get me out of shit I don't want to do.

-I would give my every being to know what Lilly laughs at when she sleeps, it puts everything in perspective.

-I had my first "Holy shit how coothless moment" when someone saw me and screamed on the top of her lungs "Did you get her here locally?" Like she is a piece of salmon....wtf is wrong with people? I am happy to answer that question but in the middle of a public setting? I am not inclined.

-Can you explain to me why she has out grown Pampers NB, but Huggies fit fine and Honest are too big...is that a bargaining tool in the marketing board room?

-Annoying the world is the way it is today that I am stuck with about $100 worth of formula, because the system has been abused and certain idiots bring back formula for money from their WIC card.

-My cat has gained ten lbs since Lilly was born, every time she looks at me and goes to open her mouth to utter a meow, I shove cat food near her to keep her quiet. See! I have been very diligent to not ignore her!

Enjoy your holiday!

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