When we are growing up, we all have big dreams. Whether it was playing in the NFL, fronting a rock band or becoming a movie star — we all set our sights high but very few people actually get to live out their biggest dreams.
In 1962, at just 14 years old, Charles Bradley was a dreamer like the rest of us. But when he went to see James Brown in concert at the legendary Apollo Theater his focus changed and his dreams were redirected — all he wanted was to become a star in the music industry.
From that night on, Bradley continued mimicking James Brown’s style of singing and practicing Brown’s unique stage moves. But after decades of personal struggle, tragedy and many nights spent sleeping in the streets or on subway benches — it was highly unlikely that Charles Bradley would ever see his name in the lights. For years, he bounced around from state to state and city to city just trying to get by.
It was when Bradley moved back to Brooklyn in 1996 that he finally started making progress toward his ultimate goal. He worked many nights as a James Brown impersonator named “Black Velvet” in local night clubs and was finally discovered by Daptone Records’ Gabe Roth — Charles Bradley finally made it.
Described as “Desperate Housewives meets Mamma Mia” (Applause Magazine), and “As funny and outrageous as Sex and the City!” (The Advocate). GIRLS NIGHT is bursting with energy and packed with hits “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man I Feel Like A Woman,” “I Will Survive” and more.
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Weekends are just not long enough. I’m sure you agree.
Friday was pretty great. I ran around picking up and dropping off various vegetables to/from my parents, then had a nice #girl30 Happy Hour, before eventually watching a crappy movie (boo) with my pup and heading to bed.
Saturday morning, of course, I was live with Bruce Bond on 92.1 WTPA, where you can catch us each Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon (at least through August, but we’re working on getting me on the show more long-term).
I spent Saturday afternoon shucking, blanching and freezing corn, which today I’ll vacuum seal for winter dinners and soups. By night, Mom and I visited The Accomac for their 5th annual Farm to Table Dinner, which — if you follow me on Instagram — you saw I documented in full last night. Check Facebook for the full album later today.
Today, I’m headed to note. for brunch — possibly solo? Or not. Who knows. Lots of work to do before a busy week yet again. I need a mani, pedi and massage. Not whining, just planning.
Got plans for Labor Day weekend? Check out Campfire Music Festival, just outside Scranton, Pa., jam-packed with a great live music, plus tons of activities. Jeff will have even more features on the bands as we move forward.
Saturday night, Mom and I are heading — for the first time — to the Accomac Inn (finally!) to revisit their incredible Farm to Table Dinner (you can read old reviews here). I had to miss this the last few years because of timing, so I’m excited to return.
It’s so easy to fall into a rut with running routes.
You become so set in “your” route, that you just set yourself on autopilot. One foot in front of the other as you retrace those steps for the hundredth or thousandth time. I know every bump and curve on my path (though it doesn’t stop me from still tripping over them), and I feel a sense of security and safeness when I am on my route. It’s like being home.
I do most of my runs along the river. It’s close to my house and to my office, and I have all sorts of routes memorized to piece together to achieve the mileage I am shooting for. However, last weekend, my friend Tim invited me to go for a run on the Cumberland Valley Rails to Trails path.
The 11-mile route technically begins in Shippensburg, but we started at the other end in Newville. Formerly a stretch of railroad tracks, it was donated by Conrail in 1995, and the Cumberland Valley Rails to Trails Council has spent the past two decades improving it into a multi-use trail for all ages and abilities, which is about 9.5 miles.
A late start thanks to me (hey, I had a wedding the night before), and humid and hot temperatures quickly squashed any idea to turn the run into the full 19-miler, although I’d be lying if the thought didn’t cross my mind at first.
The trail is sometimes gravel and sometimes packed with dirt and it often provided much-needed shade from the trees lining the path. It’s almost completely flat, with just a few minor inclines and declines which are barely noticeable. And for those of you who also suffer with small bladders, there is a bathroom at the start, and then around mile four.
I was most surprised by how quiet it was. We saw fewer than a dozen other people, either biking or running, throughout our trek. It was so much different than all the busyness I am used to when I run.
Around mile five, I voted to turn around at mile seven. The humidity had gotten to me, and wringing out the sweat from my shirt and shorts wasn’t helping at all. By the last two miles, we had stopped speaking because we were both so hot and thirsty. Except for me asking, “How far are we?” approximately every tenth of a mile. I am a peach to run with.
I’d love to someday return and do the full 19 miles. There was so much to see. And it’s impossible to get lost. You just run straight. Even I can handle that.
I encourage you to check it out, if you haven’t already. A change of scenery is always rejuvenating.
Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 29-31, beautiful Lakewood in northeastern Pennsylvania will transform into a one-of-a-kind summer camp for adults with three nights of live music from more than 30 acts, grilling, swimming and dozens of activities and contests.
Only in its first year, the Campfire Music Festival doesn’t have that one big name band to draw but it has an eclectic mix of up and coming artists — all of which are well worth checking out.
by: Sara Bozich
Posted: August 4, 2014 Comments are off for this post.
**Congrats to Matthew Golden**
As many of you know, a trifecta of romance restaurants — Mangia Qui (Italian), Suba (Spanish), coming-soon Rubicon (French) — is soon to be completed.
While you wait, let’s not forget about the best handcrafted beverages and fish tacos (OK and there are a ton of great other tapas and tacos available, too) in downtown Harrisburg — at Suba.
The SaraBozich.com Team at Suba. Photo by GK Visual.
Suba, I find, is that place too many people end up saying, “Oh I meant to stop in there,” or “I keep hearing about that place” but haven’t necessarily visited yet. I urge you to advance this on your “to do” list, stat. It’ll be a good way to bide the time until you can check out Rubicon, plus — in case you didn’t know — they also host free live music every Friday and Saturday night.
Sure, the place is small. I love to go early and grab a seat at the bar, but you can make table reservations as well. You’ll be hard-pressed to find better cocktails, however. Way ahead of the “craft” trend, Suba has been using fresh ingredients and inventive liqueurs to come up with items like the recently named by PennLive as a “Midstate must-try”Firefly, which blends housemade habanero-infused silver tequila with mango, Bacardi Limo, Midori and mint.
I’d love to try the Lima Sour — Pisco, hopped grapefruit bitters, muddled ruby red grapefruit and lime, or The Brando — Hendrick’s, Campari, Solerno, vermouth and house-made orange soda. Find more mouth-watering selections here.
Day late, dollar short. Here’s where I wrap up the week that was. My weekend was a busy one. Friday was jam-packed with appointments. Later, I cooked an incredible from-the-garden dinner, and Andy and I finally bit the bullet and started watching Breaking Bad.
I could hardly keep my eyes open for another Breaking Bad episode, and we were up by 4:30 a.m. on Sunday to travel to Pocono Raceway, the Tricky Triangle, for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Go Bowling 400. My first NASCAR race, first Poconos experience — it was fun, but I have to admit the highlight was spying former Pittsburgh Steeler (and official badass) James Harrison hanging with his beautiful family. He was kind enough to allow me a photo — made my day.
With former Steeler James Harrison at the Pocono Raceway Go Bowling 400.
Chef Ben Beaver, who recently joined the 1500 team, shared some snacks for attendees to enjoy.
Keystone State Wine & Spirits brought Charbay hop whiskies to sample — plus the organic section of Cafe 1500′s cocktail menu features Keystone State products.
Not one to miss a good time, Merlot Mike was on-hand to share tastes from The Vineyard at Hershey‘s line. They, too, are featured on Cafe 1500′s cocktail menu. Like sweet? Check out the sangria with VaH’s Catawba.