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Remember our friends, the fun Marten family who treated us to some ‘glamping’? Well they put on a super fun Halloween party at their home – with a magician, aerialist, and amazing food! And of course their family and friends are always fun as well.  After that, we felt the urge to decorate our own front door and as always – E and Z’s dad got some great annual Halloween costume portraits .. have a great weekend everyone!

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zoe hangs with a skeletal pianist

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Ms Marten has her own little Dorothy too!

 

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I love the juice boxes wrapped as mummies and infusion bags of frozen red punch

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yes, they had an aerialist at the party!

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mozzarella and olive ‘eyes’

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and then days later at our own home before Halloween night…

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Austin Powers, yeah baby!

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And Dorothy with basket of Toto (Louie was too tired for the role)

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Last weekend our synagogue took part in a ‘place of worship crawl’ of sorts… where we walked around the neighborhood and explored a number of different churches and temples all in a 10 block radius.  Rumor has it that Flushing Queens boasts up to 200 different places of worship – synagogues, Catholic and Methodist churches and Buddhist temples, Shinto temples.  At the end of our trip we got to go to the Flushing Quaker Meeting House – built in 1694!  Of course it’s chalk full of ghost stories and best of all, it seems to be the first site of religious freedom in America.  Its first members created a remonstrance to be accepted in Peter Stuyvesant‘s rigid idea of what New York/America should worship.  See the actual remonstrance here!

(to add: this is called the ‘Interfaith Unity Walk‘ and it happens twice a year in Queens.  I should also add that I did something like this with my mom when I was about 11 years old and it was really moving then, as it is now – how much we all have in common despite differing religions)

 

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This little lady and her crazy upper body strength … she’s gone from gymnastics to rock climbing effortlessly!  I love her drive to get higher than anyone else.  Go Zo!

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Ezra’s band the E3s got a gig with the John Lennon Bus event, with Bootsy Collins as the MC!  The kids practiced so hard, and did so well on such a big stage in front of a very impressed audience!  It’s so nice that Ezra’s love of drums kind of started at the Lennon Bus event at school, and now he and his band were able to offer up some talent! To see the shows, check out the links at the bottom of this page:

(top 4 pix by Greg Kessler)

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the band with their teacher

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on a really big stage!

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even Louie was inspired by Bootsy

Lucy in in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles:

Holiday by Green Day:

Army by Ben Folds Five:

Paint it Black by The Rolling Stones:

I am a Walrus by the Beatles:

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I do love this crazy, orange month with it’s hot and cold flashes and … hopefully… some changing leaf foliage soon.  We’ve been building a sukkah at our synagogue and enjoying the last of the Jewish New Year holidays and atoning.  Our synagogue is in Flushing Queens, surrounded by Chinatown which – as it turns out – Chinese Harvest Festival is going on at the same time as Sukkot.  And if you haven’t seen all the crazy Halloween costumes on social media lately, you must stop in at Target to try them on.  Zoe can’t get enough of dress up:

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While Zoe was doing her garden camp, Ezra tried on drama camp at an Astoria School.  Serious  Fun offered a chance for kids to pull together a play in 6 weeks.  Some kids tackled sound and lights, others painted backdrops and gathered wardrobe.  Ezra got to hone his acting chops – as “Mike” in Homeroom – and we are so so proud of his solo!  What a talented cast!

See it here:

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the crowd grows while anxious kids stay behind the curtain

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kids managing music and lights

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decorations outside in the halls make you feel like you are really in the school with the play!

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Zoe spent the summer learning all about reducing, reusing and recycling.  This fun little day camp happens in Ezra’s regular school – where a garden is situated on the roof.  Zoe got to join this year and grew vegetables, did her own garden designs, and met a lot of friends.  At the end of it all they had a ‘cafe night’ with pot luck and healthy foods from the garden, as well as a reading and performance by our little lady herself!  I’m so proud of her.

 

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kids running the lemonade zone

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Zoe and others made table decorations from recycled milk cartons

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singing their hearts out!

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and a reading by Zoe .. about how much her dad helps her : )

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