Musical Inspiration from Cuba

Vocal Clave de Sol will be at the Ladybug Festival in Wilmington, Delaware on July 20-21st.

Vocal Clave de Sol, a musical education program in Havana, Cuba, founded by Nuria and Yamilé García in May 2009. The program started with 9 members and by 2016 had grown to an impressive 256. The lack of local recreational and artistic options for children combined with the lack of a nearby cultural institution made its creation an important initiative.

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Among its goals is promoting traditional Cuban music and culture, inviting children to learn through their interests and helping to grow their abilities. This is accomplished through the disciplines of practice, deadlines, cooperation, respect, and community, while contributing to the development of their musical intelligence and skills. Through choral singing and guitar (as well as Charango, Tres, Cuatro, standup Bass, and various percussion instruments), children aged 7 to 16 years have developed their gifts, their self-esteem, and changed their lives’ trajectories… by becoming lifelong learners. The value of learning through one’s interests in this program cannot be overstated. Students have gone on to ISA (Universidad de las Artes – the premier Arts University in Cuba), University of Havana, as well as careers in medicine, teaching, and the arts. Children wishing to join the program need only be interested and have an instrument. Sometimes, having an instrument is the only difficulty, so we are looking to raise awareness and to help put instruments in the hands of children who would like to get involved with this special program. Clave de Sol embraces the child, the child’s family, and the whole community. As it does, it engenders respect for the value of Cuban musical heritage and the Cuban dedication to the arts, in addition to other cultures, arts and… education. They have been invited to tour of the Martin Guitar Factory with one of the company’s guitar designers. Additionally, there is talk of developing an exchange program both with Blair Academy and a local private school in Delaware.

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On Sunday, July 23, they will perform at Drom in New York City.  Imagine being a girl or young woman and having the opportunity to travel outside of your country for the first time and welcomed guest artist. Special thanks to Carlos Alejandro for sharing this gift.

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Serenity at Jade Retreat in Costa Rica

Jade Retreat is located in the heart of the Central American jungle where natural beauty meets the clouds. A large portion of the land in Nosara is protected, and the beaches are untouched. No one is allowed to build within 100m of the beach. For years, the beaches of Nosara have been culling surfers from all over the world.

Nothing beats an early morning run along the Pacific, followed up by fresh coconut water. Set your intentions for the day with meditations or private yoga by the pool. Heaven on earth. We were privy to all of the local insiders tips on where to dine with plenty of varied restaurants tucked away like hidden gems.

Evening sunsets are the perfect way to relax and take in the natural surroundings.

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Quad tour through the jungle with stops along the way to meet locals and dine at The Black Sheep Pub.

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Surf lessons on Playa Guiones beach where you can surf some of the longest waves in the world.

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Amazing views and great adventure on Miss Sky Zip Line. Letting go of my fears was well worth the ride on one of the longest zip lines in the world.

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There are many words that describe Jade Retreat.  The ambiance hangs loose from dawn to dusk. Counting the days until we can return.

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photo: by Carlos Alejandro

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day has new meaning for us this year as Lauren Golt {co-founder of Social Stylate} celebrates the day with her new family! Welcome to the world baby Hudson.

Little Nest studios founded by local entrepreneur and mom Laura Novak has recently launched a new Heirloom Membership Program {starting at just $39 it is an amazing way to start capturing memories that last a lifetime}. P.S.. Find a Little Nest studio near you: they are hosting three fun events in April.

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Janssens Market has an assortment of flowers, plants and gourmet gift baskets and they deliver! Add some Cafe MonteAgua Coffee – and make her breakfast in bed.

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Something for the home perhaps? Adorn Goods is full of fabulous gifts that mom would love, but might not necessarily buy for herself: gorgeous picture frames, cheeky cocktail napkins, stunning dishware, fabulous home fragrances, and much more.

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Give mom the gift of beauty with a Natura Bisse skincare collection or luxury bath and body Kai and Malin + Goetz products from Houppette. P.S. If she loves makeup, schedule mom a makeup consultation sand application at one of Houppette’s two locations!

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Mom deserves a new addition to her spring wardrobe this Mother’s Day! No. 109 has an assortment of gifts starting at $36! Grab her a new pair of her favorite jeans or a trendy tote bag for the beach.

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Get ready for Willowdale {on Mother’s Day} and Point to Point Steeplechase Races with the event’s most important accessory: a hat! Gorgeous one-of-a-kind styles available at Wilmington Country Store.

 

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Brandywine Valley: Weekend Getaway

Spend the weekend in the Brandywine Valley

Just a few hours from Manhattan and close to Philadelphia, the Brandywine Valley is known for illustrator N. C. Wyeth and son Andrew, who drew inspiration from the rolling green hills. Spend the weekend strolling more than 3,000 acres of landscaped gardens, museums, restaurants, wineries and local shops.

The 12 mile stretch of the Brandywine Valley from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, to Wilmington, Delaware, may seem brief, but it takes a few days to truly enjoy. The continued allure is evident with the announcement of of the hugely successful Clover Market coming to Kennett Square {mushroom farming capital of the U.S.} on Sunday June 18th {Father’s Day}. Voted best market to shop by Philadelphia Magazine, the open-air market will feature dozens of food and beer vendors, plus local handmade goods and antiques {see complete list of vendors}. Clover Market has been pleasing shoppers in Bryn Mawr, Chestnut Hill and Collingswood for years with its spring and summer schedule of outdoor markets. The one-of-a-kind market will be located at 600 S. Broad Street.

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With more than one million visitors a year, Longwood Gardens is regarded as one of the most spectacular gardens of the region. The Main Fountain Gardens return May 27th after a two year renovation. Inspired by the great fountains of Europe, this 5-acre masterpiece was created by Pierre S. du Pont, in the early 20th century.

Visit the Brandywine River Museum often called the “Wyeth Museum” for its extensive collection of works by the internationally acclaimed Wyeth family – grandfather N.C., father Andrew and son Jamie – the Brandywine River Museum is housed in a converted 19th-century grist mill on the banks of the Brandywine.

Enjoy touring eight wineries that make up the Brandywine Wine Trail, including Penns Woods Winery, where owner Gino Razzi create wines made 100% with Pennsylvania-grown grapes. Extend your stay and enjoy Winterthur and Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Delaware just 15 minutes down the road. Where to stay? The Inn at Montchanin Village was once home to the workers of the du Pont powder mills.

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Creativity abounds at WorKS in Kennett Square (432 S. Walnut Street), open Friday – Sunday the concept store offers 10 new artisans vendors, in addition to vintage finds. Founded by vintage maven Tara Dugan as a curated group of high-end purveyors of artisan, designer, and one-of-a-kind goods. “The creative offerings that Clover Market brings to Kennett Square fits perfectly within our efforts to create an attractive and eclectic retail pop-up experience alongside worKS and the Creamery.” said Tara Behan. For several years, Clover Market founder Janet Long and manager Pat Norton, had been looking at Kennett Square as a potential future destination.

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The Creamery pop-up beer garden is located at 401 Birch Street in Kennett Square and will be debuting their second season starting Memorial Day through October, 2017. Built in 1902 and re-imagined in 2016, The Creamery is a community gathering space and pop-up beer garden for the whole family in the heart of Kennett Square. A setting that’s rooted in Kennett Square history, The Creamery is committed to re-purposing and re-vitalizing a once-industrial space into a unique environment for the whole family. Nestled on historic Birch Street, The Creamery offers a variety of food options through rotating food trucks, craft beer, lawn games and live music, making it a destination for both Kennett Square residents and visitors alike. With a distinct focus on highlighting the many local talents of Kennett Square’s active art and music scene, the Creamery truly has something for everyone to enjoy.

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A few of our favorite shops include: houppette, No 109, Scout & Annie, Ashley Austin, Terrain at Styers, and Talula’s Table {owned by Aimee Olexy, one of the most recognized personalities in the Philadelphia dining scene}.

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photo: Little Nest Photo Glen Mills, PA

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