Michaela Best O'Malley

Summer Fun: Sharon Playhouse 2019

One of our favorite things about summer is that our local theater schedule picks back up. 

The Sharon Playhouse draws crowds from near and far to see their impressive performances. It's time to mark your calendar for 2019, see what's coming up, below: 

Crazy For You | June 21 - July 7: Crazy For You is a zany rich - boy - meets hometown-girl romantic comedy.  It tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker, so Bobby vows – through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity – to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre. 

Beauty & The Beast | July 19 - August 4: Beauty and the Beast is the classic story that tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed to remain enchanted for all eternity.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat | August 9  -25: Audiences around the world adore this first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar).  And 2019 celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary! With dazzling sets and costumes and rock concert lighting, this high energy sung through tour of the famous bible story is full of catchy songs, from a parody of French ballads “Those Canaan Days”, to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven” and even calypso “Benjamin Calypso”, along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door” and wildly entertaining dance numbers “Go, Go, Go, Joseph.”

Nunsense | August 30 - September 4: Nunsense is a hilarious talent show staged by five survivors at the Little Sisters of Hoboken nunnery, the rest of the sisterhood having succumbed to botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia, Child of God. The remaining "Little Hobos" parade their talents at a variety show staged to raise funds so that the last four of the dearly departed can be buried.

And don't miss a very special Divas event, July 13 - 14!  Click here for tickets and more info on all the shows

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    Recipe: Arugula Avocado Salad + Classic Vinaigrette

    Warm weather, sunshine, and fabulous salads are a few of our favorite things. 

    This is one of my favorite recipes to celebrate the abundance that is all around us this time of year. This truly awesome arugula avocado salad that doesn’t feel anything like deprivation. 

    Arugula is full of phytochemicals that can help prevent cancer, along with Vitamins A, C, and K. Avocados are full of healthy fats and fiber to keep you full and feeling good. This recipe also contains strawberries to help boost immunity, pine nuts (which are actually seeds) for added energy, and olive oil to help stabilize blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It’s great as a side dish or topped with grilled salmon or chicken for a super healthy meal.

    Serves 2

    INGREDIENTS

    Salad Ingredients:

    2 cups baby arugula
    1 avocado, seed and skin removed, sliced
    6 strawberries, chopped
    1/4 cup pine nuts
    1/4 lemon
    1/4 cub shaved parmesan (optional)

    Dressing Ingredients:

    1/2 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
    1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
    1 tsp. dijon mustard
    1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    Salt + pepper to taste

     

    DIRECTIONS

    1. Make the dressing by combining all ingredients in a mason jar (or something like it) and give it a good shake. Set aside (extra dressing can also be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks).
    2. Toast your pine nuts: heat oven to 350 and place nuts on a baking sheet. Roast for approx. three to five minutes. Watch them very carefully, you don’t want them to burn! Set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, combine arugula, strawberries, avocado, toasted pine nuts, and parmesan. Squeeze lemon on top.
    4. Add your dressing a little bit at a time until you reach a satisfactory salad/dressing ratio.
    5. Sprinkle a little sea salt and pepper on top, and enjoy!

    Originally posted on Healthybestwellness.com

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      Trade Secrets 2019

      Mark your calendars for May 18 - 19 for this year's Trade Secrets!

      This may be our very favorite event of the year, and it's been a community staple for as long as we can remember. Bonus: this event is a fundraiser for Women's Support Services, so you can be sure you are having a good time for a good cause. 

      Event details

      Rare Plant + Garden Antiques Sale | Saturday, May 18: Don't miss the Rare Plant and Garden Antiques Sale, held at LionRock Farm in Sharon, CT. Up to 60 vendors will bring their rare and unusual plants and garden antiques for you to take home with you. The sale starts at 8am and ends at 3pm.

      Garden Tours | Sunday, May 19: Spend the day taking a self-guided tour of four of the most beautiful and picturesque private gardens, located in Falls Village, CT and nearby Ashley Falls, MA. The Garden Tour starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. (Be sure to buy your tickets early, for there are limited Garden Tour tickets for sale in advance. No tickets will be sold the day of the tour). 

      Click here for more information 

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