Back to School..Back to Community
Posted on 26 August 2017
This is why we do it.....
When we set out to plan Rock, Shop, Namaste at the beginning of the summer, I never thought it would end like it did. It started out as an idea to bring together different parts of the community for an evening of shopping and fun events for the whole family but turned out to be a an interactive experience for everyone involved. There were student performers singing and playing instruments, meditation classes, tae kwon do demonstrations, beauty treatments for the adults, craft activities for the kids and a Kamari Kids fashion show as the finale. All proceeds from raffles sold went to HEARTS, a community foundation created to help enrich the arts in Port Washington.
We fused together an amazing group of women entrepreneurs in Port Washington to bring awareness to all aspects of our business and have fun in the process. The businesses involved were Bach to Rock, Mom Time Events, The Blue Moon Project and Kamari Kids. The number of families that wanted to participate in the event and that became involved was overwhelming.
Now to explain ROCK, SHOP, NAMASTE...
Bach to Rock provides music lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. They also host birthday parties and seasonal camps that are a great opportunity to play & learn music with your friends and make new ones! You can even take your skills to the next level in a rock band. B2R offers opportunities for students to perform at venues in & around Port Washington and New York City.
They performed at Rock, Shop, Namaste and the talent was incredible along with all of the local supporters that came to watch them perform.
Elana Hayden, top left, is the site director and runs an amazing school with incredibly talented music teachers. These are just a few of the talented students that took the stage. When I asked them what makes them feel like a rock star, many of them said performing that very night. What an awesome feeling.
Kamari Kids held a pop up shop the night of the event where we got to showcase some new fall inventory along with all of our sale merchandise from our inventory blow-out. We had 18 kids that were interested in participating in the fashion show that evening and they rocked it.
I loved it when one of the moms said to me that her daughter is extremely shy and can't believe that she wanted to do something like this and saw her shine in the spotlight.
This entire event was made possible by the Blue Moon Project. They hosted the event in their amazing studio that is a cultivation of self-awareness, mindfulness and healthy living through martial arts, and complementary fitness and wellness practices in an inviting enriching environment for everyone – children and adults and together as families. They led meditation classes, tae kwon do classes and performed beauty services for the adults.
Helen Oh, co-owner of the blue moon project, was hands-on with coordinating all aspects of the event and showcased her passion for the martial arts and mindfulness. Her students were very excited to take part in this special event.
Crafts for the Kids and Community Helpers
Kamari Kids had a small craft table set up with cardboard guitars to decorate. The kids really got into it.
We couldn't have coordinated everything without the help of the teen volunteers of Port Washington. My daughters, Mia and Isabella, rounded up their friends to help out throughout the evening to ensure everything was running smoothly. They all had a blast and one of them was even offered a job by the end of the night.
The Lady Behind the Plan
Here is the very creative, talented and motivated Cynthia Litman, founder of Mom Time Events, and coordinator of the entire evening. Her passion is creating community events just like these that focus on bringing families together in Port Washington. Cynthia is taking part in the fashion show in this photo with her daughter, Casey, and her niece, Frankie, in her arms. She was too shy to walk down the runway all by herself.
As we focus on coming back to school, I like to think of it as a time to focus on coming back to our community and taking part in it. We've all had time to reflect and hopefully relax this summer. Let's take this end of August to remind us of all the things that bring us back and make us look forward to coming home.
I spent 20 years trying to get out of this place
I was looking for something I couldn't replace
I was running away from the only thing I've ever known
Like a blind dog without a bone
I was a gypsy lost in the twilight zone
I hijacked a rainbow and crashed into a pot of gold
I been there, done that and I ain't lookin' back on the seeds I've sown,
Saving dimes, spending too much time on the telephone
Who says you can't go home
Who says you can't go home
There's only one place they call me one of their own
Just a hometown boy, born a rolling stone, who says you can't go home
Who Says You Can't Go Home by Bon Jovi
A special thank you to Joe for all the great photos - (c) 2017 Joseph Michael Photography. All Rights Reserved.