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Party Pics – Hamptons Summer Benefit

The UNCF Hamptons Summer Benefit honoring Sharlee Jeter and R. Donahue Peebles was a great success.

The generous support of a large assortment of guests will enable UNCF to provide more young people of color with a successful pathway to obtain a life-changing college education.

“We’re pleased to share that we raised more than $350,000 to continue our contribution to help support historically black colleges and universities and deserving scholars in the greater New York area to further their education and fulfill their career aspirations.”

Music, Magic, and Monsters

Saturday, September 14 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses, 778 Broadway, Route 9W Ulster Park, NY

SNEAK PREVIEW NIGHT OFFERED AT ULSTER PARK’S NATIONALLY POPULAR HEADLESS HORSEMAN HAYRIDES & HAUNTED HOUSES ATTRACTION

SEPTEMBER 14 EVENT “MUSIC, MAGIC & MONSTERS” WILL BENEFIT ANIMALS FOR ADOPTION IN ACCORD

EVENING OFFERS BEHIND-THE-SCENES HAYRIDE TOUR, A MAGICIAN, MUSICIANS, AND FOOD TRUCKS AND EXCITING LIVE AUCTION

“Music, Magic & Monsters” benefit party at Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses. 778 Broadway (Route 9W), Ulster Park, NY. Behind-the-scenes hayride tour of America’s #1 haunted attraction, live music, magician, food trucks, live auction. Admission $50. Benefits Animals for Adoption in Accord which rescues, trains, and adopts dogs for work as therapy dogs in hospitals, schools, and nursing homes. Order tickets at animalsforadoption.org or admission at door. More info 845-687-7619.

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FIA India Day Parade

Sunday, August 18 at 12:00 PM
starting at Madison Ave. and 38th St.

Parade commences on from 38th street and Madison Avenue
and heads towards 27th street and Madison Avenue.

During the formation, NYPD Horses along with the Police Band and Indian Temple organization Band perform National Anthems of both the Nations and Parade is officially kicked off, the entire ceremony is worth the watch. Best view of this can be done from either side of 38th or 37th street on Madison Avenue.

As the grand marshal proceeds on FIA float s/he can be viewed on the review stand which ideally is located on the between 27th & 28th Street on Madison Avenue.

· There are close to 40 Floats, 20 Marching Groups and 6 Professional Bands.
· Food Court and other Merchandise booth are between 24th & 26th Street on Madison Avenue
· Free water will be distributed by FIA at the food court.
· After the Parade ends (ETA: 3:00pm) all the celebrities are slated to appear at the cultural stand between 3 to 6 pm.
· Enjoy live cultural performances from 2pm to 6pm.
· Cultural stand will be on 24th and Madison Avenue.

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Swan Princess 25th Anniversary DVD

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Golden Globe®-nominated animated classic THE SWAN PRINCESS, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is making the fan-favorite available in brilliant high definition for the first time ever with a collectible anniversary edition Blu-ray and in 4K HDR on digital, both available on October 29th. As fans reminisce over 25 years of the beloved series, they will also be able to enjoy the newest magical installment when THE SWAN PRINCESS: KINGDOM OF MUSIC debuts on DVD and Digital August 6.

Estuary Brasserie and Bar

Drawing inspiration from its unique vantage point on the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront, Estuary at ONE°15 offers a relaxed vibe with simple dishes that are expertly prepared from land, air and sea.

Executive Chef Danny Brown serves globally inspired brasserie-style dishes with a marina flair, featuring fresh seafood, meat and vegetables with a focus on simplicity, accessibility and quality. The menu highlights three variations on tartare as well as tarts, sandwiches and burgers, and seasonal salads. The restaurant also boasts a standalone raw bar with an extensive menu that takes cues from the marina, including locally-sourced oysters from Long Island’s Peconic Bay.

Estuary has tapped James Beard Award-winning chef Francois Payard to serve as Culinary Director, who uses his decades of pastry experience to create inventive dessert selections. Among the highlights is a new take on large format and single-serve old-fashioned layered celebration cake, including playful twists on traditional favorites like White Chocolate Strawberry & Fruit Loops, Caramelia Milk Chocolate, Bittersweet Crunchy Chocolate and Old Fashion Brooklyn Cheese Cake.

A 28-seat U-shaped, wraparound cocktail bar serves aperitivos, local craft beer on tap, and classic cocktails showcasing Brooklyn craft distilleries and breweries. To supplement the bar offerings, Olivier Flosse’s curated wine list features 24 different labels to choose from, largely from France, Italy and the United States.

For park goers wanting to enjoy the outdoors, al fresco drinking and dining is available on Estuary’s private terrace, with stunning, panoramic views of the lower Manhattan skyline and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. The brasserie and bar is located across from Pier 5 at the ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, Brooklyn’s gateway to New York Harbor, adjacent to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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East River Riviera (Stella Artois)

Tuesday, July 30 to Friday, August 2
North Cove Marina in New York, NY to One 15 Marina in Brooklyn, NY

Stella Artois’ East River Riviera helped overheated city dwellers commute in style between Manhattan and Brooklyn! Their fleet of collector’s item Riva-style boats cruised along helping New Yorkers beat the underground heat.

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Photos by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Stella Artois

Portovino Wine Bags

WHAT’S A PORTOVINO?

The PortoVino bags are fashionable and discreetly hold and pour 2 bottles of wine (or 1.5L of your favorite beverage) from a removable, easy to use party pouch. Each PortoVino has a unique, patent-pending, zippered, insulated pocket that keeps your drinks chilled for hours, all while having plenty of room for your everyday purse necessities. It’s fashion with a splash of fun!

Party Pics – Ruthie Davis Launch at The Curated!

Ruthie Davis celebrated the launch of her new Shop-in-Shop at Christian Siriano’s boutique, The Curated, on July 24th. Ruthie was joined by The Americans actress, Holly Taylor as she debuted her Pre-Fall 2019 collection and her exclusive collaboration with Disney’s Aladdin. Holly completed her floral summer look with the Teigen Heels in Moonlight ($395) while Ruthie stunned in the Tiara Heels in Silver Mirror ($445, www.ruthiedavis.com).

Nostalgiacon

Saturday, September 28 to Sunday, September 29
Anaheim, CA

NostalgiaCon is the first ever annual pop culture convention dedicated to the celebration of decades past and the icons and events that defined them. In today’s world, we see more than ever the power of nostalgia and its infinite cultural reach.

NostalgiaCon’s Ultimate 80s Reunion will capture this phenomenon like never before, inviting like-minded fans of all ages to rediscover these 10 iconic years in fresh, fun and innovative ways. Anchored in Anaheim, CA, over two days, The Ultimate 80s Reunion consists of film and TV show reunions, pop culture sessions, celebrity meet and greets, breakdance and lip synch battle competitions, and a massive expo for activations featuring everything from movies, TV, fashion, food, sports, video games, collectibles, cars, and of course, music.

The music of the 80s is as vital today as it was then, and we’ll prove it with two concert nights featuring the biggest, most influential artists of new wave, heavy metal, pop rock, and hip-hop.

NostalgiaCon isn’t just a recap – it’s a renaissance. And it’s unprecedented.

Many fandom conventions span several decades. Some put together tribute concerts and themed cruises. We’re going deeper. The 80s aren’t just a memory, they’re a mindset. So rather than reduce the decade to clichés, catchphrases and greatest hits, we want to explore its deep and lasting cultural impact in a way that’s never been done before. Between the people who lived it the first time around and the millennials who can’t get enough, our demo is both prodigious and passionate. Attendees will be knowledgeable with a deep curiosity and boundless enthusiasm. Our goal is to provide an authentic, immersive and insightful experience that transcends the confines of convention – and the convention center.

NostalgiaCon: The Ultimate 80s Reunion. RELIVE YOUR DECADE.

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ASF Sunset Tea & Pimms on the Arsenal Rooftop in Central Park

Monday, September 16 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Arsenal at Central Park (at 64th Street and 5th Avenue)

The Talk – August 7 marks the 230th Anniversary of the 1789 Lighthouse Act and the role of Alexander Hamilton, in the developing the lighthouses guarding the coast. Hamilton served as its first Superintendent, prior to becoming Secretary of the Treasury which oversaw the establishment of the Lighthouse Service and Cutter Service, the basis for today’s Coast Guard.

The talk will also reference to other notable Americans of Scottish ancestry who were important contemporaries of Hamilton, some of whom played a determinant role on behalf of independence during the American Revolution including: Henry Knox, Hugh Mercer, Alexander MacDougal, John Paul Jones, William Alexander (Lord Stirling), James McHenry.

The Speaker – Wade R. Goria is a graduate of Brooklyn College, CUNY where he majored in history, and Oxford University, St. Antony’s College, where he studied international relations with a concentration upon the history and politics of the modern Middle East. He is the author of Sovereignty and Leadership in Lebanon, 1943-1976 published by Ithaca Press in London.

Wade’s wide academic interests include teaching history and international relations at New York University for 18 years, and working for a number of non profits and NGO’s including the UN affiliated International Peace Academy, where he served as its Director of Communications and Development.

The Reception 7:15 pm: Overlooking the Central Park Zoo, with fabulous Manhattan views, the Arsenal’s rooftop will provide a striking backdrop for an Iced Tea and Pimms end to your day.

The beautiful Rooftop Garden that has been created and maintained by the NY Parks Department personnel at the Arsenal Central Park.

Reserve your tickets now!

Once again, ASF will be donating plantings for the rooftop garden.

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New York Coffee Festival

Friday, October 11 to Sunday, October 13
Metropolitan Pavilion 125 West 18th Street, New York

Each Ticket Includes:
As much coffee as you could possibly drink!
Interactive workshops, seminars and demonstrations from world-class baristas
Access to more than 100 exciting vendors
All of the action of Roast Masters™ – USA, the fast-paced roasters’ competition
Live music, DJs, art exhibitions, cocktails and street food
100% of all profits will be donated to Project Waterfall and charity: water – bringing clean water to coffee-producing countries

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