Star Wars Day: 5 Ways the Library Strikes Back

                                                      

So, you like Star Wars. Your kids like Star Wars (my kids LOVE Star Wars.)

                                              

Your kids' kids like Star Wars (which would make you a grandparent. I am so not a grandparent. And my mom does not like Star Wars, but that's not the point.) Did you know that one of the best places to celebrate Star Wars Day is at your Public Library? SERIOUSLY!! Here are 5 ways the Force Can Be With You:

                                         

1. STAR WARS EVENTS:  Lots of libraries celebrate Stars Wars Day with special events. It could be anything from meeting the characters from the movie to making Yoda cookies to building pool noodle sabers! I have done ALL of these things in my library. Check out your library's calendar to see what they have planned. Check out the events we're hosting in local Tampa libraries today and tomorrow as we celebrate May the Fourth and Revenge of the Fifth with Empire-sized parties for all ages. From the youngest Padawan to the wisest Jedi, wear your best Star Wars gear and join us for an epic experience! Click here for more details  http://bit.ly/2w5ofGy

                                     

                                    

2. STAR WARS Movies and Music:  Don't own every DVD in the Star Wars series? No sweat. I bet your library has the whole collection and if it is checked out, you can place it on hold.  (Click here to see the complete list of movies.) And don't forget the music. I bet your library has the movie soundtracks. I've been listening to A New Hope in preparation for today. My library carries it on audio CD and through Hoopla. 

                                   

3. STAR WARS BOOKS: The force is strong in Star Wars Books!! There are also a TON of books for all ages! From adults to teens to kids. Even babies can enjoy learning the ABCs with their favorite Star Wars characters. You can read stories which continue the saga, you could learn how to make special arts and crafts like Yoda ears, you could make your own Star Wars costume. If your library has Hoopla or Overdrive (which mine does), you don't even need to step a foot into the library to get the ebooks or audiobooks!   

4. 3D PRINT STAR WARS MODELS If you are lucky to have a library that has a 3D Printer (Not all of them do, but I bet there is a branch close by that does!), then you are in luck! There are so many different ways to use that printer for Star Wars trinkets: https://all3dp.com/1/40-star-wars-3d-models-to-3d-print/  I made this lovely Darth Vader using the 3d printer at my library.

                                             

5. Star Wars Guest Speakers and Special Guests. I am such a Star Wars Geek that I have even hosted a Star Wars SCHOLAR. That's right. A SCHOLAR. His presentation, The Music of Star Wars combined everything that I love most about the franchise and broke it down in such a way that now every time I watch one of the films, I am listening to the music for hints about what might be coming next!

                                            

 

So, what are you doing for Star Wars Day? Perhaps visiting your library?

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival The Commodores #CorksandCoasters

No joke. I LOVE The Commodores!

When I saw them listed in the lineup for the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival I was giddy with excitement.

The only other performance that even caught my eye was Andy Grammar which was on the same weekend as The Commodores and I knew I'd have to work one of those days, so I held my breath to see which performance I'd get to see. I crossed my fingers, my toes, my everything and hoped it would be The Commodores. 

And my day off was on SATURDAY!! I was so excited. And so were my kids. But not only did we get to see The Commodores, we had VIP seating and a Meet and Greet opportunity complete with a photo!

It was so amazing!!

Despite that a steady drizzle was going on throughout the concert, I would totally go back and do it again. Though I'd likely bring an umbrella along. But again the rain didn't slow anyone down! Hundreds of people were singing along with "Easy" and "Brick House" (myself included) along with another dozen or so of the The Commodores most loved hits. They even mentioned that they came on the music scene in 1974. I would have been 3 years old. Makes perfect sense as when I think about the music of my childhood, The Commodores make up most of my soundtrack. 

I've had TWO great concert experiences at Busch Gardens: The Steve Miller Band and The Commodores. Priority seating is totally the way to go at Busch Gardens. You are so close to the band and it's nice to be able to sit down after walking through the park all day.

Have you been to the Food and Wine Festival this year? Did you stay for a concert? Which one did you see?  

Music Monday: Summertime!

Every summer there seems to be ONE song that becomes my "song of summer."  My trio also seem to pick the same summer songs that I do, and we enjoy jamming out to them at home, in the car, on our bike rides. We turn it up, we sing loudly, and shake our groove thing!

This is our Song of Summer for 2013

 

This was our Song of Summer 2012

 

This was our Song of Summer for 2011

This was our Song of Summer for 2010

 

And kicking it back to the Song of Summer for 1996!!

I Love You Always and Forever  transports me back to a very special time in my life. I was in college and I was home for summer break and had the most amazing group of friends; Nina, Tyke, Pat and Denis. I still have Nina and Denis in my life. Pat I haven't heard from since that summer. and Tyke. Dear Sweet Tyke. He took his own life in 2000. We were the best of friends, always together when I came home from college. We never had a romantic relationship, and I miss him terribly. He was my confidant, my sounding board, my "go-to" wedding date, and so much more.

Do you have a Song of Summer?? What's your 2013 song?