Thursday, September 1, 2011
Middletown resident and Rockit creator brings his young group to the stage with a tribute to Woodstock this time.
When we last saw and heard the kids from Middetown resident Bruce Gallipani's Rockit group, they were marching through the classic 1971 Who album, Who's Next. Now, Gallipani's rock apostles are tripping back in time a bit more and paying homage to the music of Woodstock, the historic 1969 music festival. Rockit, A Woodstock Tribute opens tonight. The mission of Rockit is to give kids an opportunity to play rock 'n' roll with their peers, bringing them together to perform live as a band. The program is designed around the process of taking the individual musician or singer, matching them up with mates to make a band to take their magic to the stage. The endpoint of the six, 90 minute rehearsals (note they do not refer to them as classes) is…
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Why roughing it in nature is good for kids, reluctant parents
With parenting comes the learned art of sucking it up. We sit through never-ending innings of tee-ball just to see our slugger bat, and endure 2 hour dance recitals so we can watch our ballerina twirl. Yes, often we do things we don’t want to do because it makes our kids happy — like packing up half our house and going camping five miles down the road after it has rained for seven days straight, even though we’re overworked, exhausted, and would rather go get a massage. And, oh yeah, our husband just broke his finger. That was my attitude at the start of last weekend, when my son Luke had his spring camping trip at Cheesequake State Park with the Matawan/Aberdeen Cub Scouts. Sure, I could have bowed out like many of the moms did, letting …
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Mom's kitchen vs. Young Chefs Academy
My kids love to cook. Who can blame them? I buy the ingredients, research the recipes, and clean up the disaster area when we're done. I host regular “cooking classes” in my kitchen where we make such exotic fare as homemade pizza, chocolate chip cookies, baked ziti and guacamole, with the occasional black bean pie or stir-fry thrown in for good measure. Under my guidance, the children know how to sift, mix and measure, and they are all way better egg crackers than me. Which means, perhaps one day they will be able to move out. Admittedly, I’m no Julia Child, and not even much of a Rachel Ray, thus there is much in the technique department my kids are still lacking. So when I learned their friend Alex was having her birthday party at Young…
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Easter Bunny and activities abound at Middletown Arts Center
And an "eggstravagantly" good time was had by all at the Middletown Arts Center's Eggstravaganza on Saturday. The Easter Bunny paid a visit, Doodle Dude Art Kane doodled, faces were painted, art was perused and kids and parents hopped from one activity to the next. In between all of it, a few people, including Deputy Mayor Pam Brightbill, stopped to chat with Patch and answer our special Street Talk question. Stay tuned on Monday for the week-long series of our question and some very unique answers. It promises to be "eggstravagant." These few photos are just a peek into what's coming on Monday.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Early childhood program is currently offered in Middletown, among other places
It’s a Wednesday night, and Chrisie Santoni is an hour away from taking the stage at East Stroudsburg University. An award-winning songwriter and touring musician, Santoni breaks from sound check to discuss her New Jersey-based early childhood program, Dancing Bears Music. Founded in 2005, Dancing Bears Music is a music and movement program for young children up to age five. The program is parent/child centered and introduces kids to a variety of unpitched instruments such as triangles, tambourines, bells, shakers, and rhythm sticks. The tots work on rhythm and motor skills, while singing and dancing to Santoni’s original songs. “I wanted mellow music that I thought kids would like, and I really think that's what makes the program special…