If you're in Philly, you'll want to make some time on your calendar to attend the Sofitel Philadelphia Art Reception on December 4, 2018 featuring work from artist Alfred Ortega. Ortega's paintings will be displayed throughout the lobby and reception areas.
One of the things that I love about Sofitel (aside from their cozy rooms!), is the fact that they value community and local artisans - they bring in local artists to showcase three times a year!
The General Manager of the Sofitel Philadelphia states, "Community involvement is very important to us at the Sofitel. We strive to be part of the community and are always looking for opportunities to give back. Not only do we donate financially to organizations such as Broad Street Ministries and The Attic Youth Center, we have also made the decision to shift an international to a local curator specifically showcasing the incredible artwork of Philadelphia artists."
Attendees at the cocktail reception can sip the night's signature cocktail, the "Kensington Coco Old Fashion" and nibbling food samplings from the seasonal winter menu such as crab cakes, spring rolls, bouillabaisse spoons, smoked trout, creme brule, and lemon napoleon. Yum!
Alfred Ortega studied painting and sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the artists work if represented by the Atlantic Gallery, Nantucket and the Ligne Roset Gallery, New York. Ortega's work has been exhibited at the Woodmere Museum and Twenty-two Gallery in Philadelphia.
It's hard to believe that we're already nearing the end of the month of November and are kicking off the holiday season! If you follow along on our social media pages, you know that I'm all about the holiday's and look for all of the festive activities to participate in each year.
In Lahaska, less than an hour from us, sits Peddler's Village and it's going to be all decked out in its holiday finery for you to visit! Peddler's Village is a countryside shopping, dining, lodging and family entertainment destination in the heart of Buck's County and is well-known for its over the top holiday celebration! Trust us when we say that you'll want to make their holiday lights a part of your Christmas celebration this year.
On December 1, the Christmas Festival begins, which includes a number of happenings throughout the village, and the highly anticipated Santa Parade!
This time of year, extended hours apply: 10:00AM to 9:00PM Monday through Saturday and 11:00AM to 7:00PM on Sunday's.
If you've talked to me, you know that philanthropy is near and dear to my heart and that I am a big proponent of spreading positivity and kindness like glitter. I simply cannot wrap my head around the fact that others don't always share this mentality, and I'm forever on a mission to change that.
By chance, I discovered that today is World Kindness Day, and it's an annual celebration each thirteenth of November. With Thanksgiving coming up, I've seen people talking about gratefulness and being appreciative of what they have; however, I think this WKD falls at just the right time.
Sure, we should be grateful for everything and everyone around us, but I love that WKD actually emphasizes making others see the light at the end of the tunnel too. The reality is that some people struggle, and that hardship can often toughen the soul. Scrooge and The Grinch, anyone?
Today, let's help the world celebrate and inspire kindness. No act of kindness or good deed is too small. A simple smile in the direction of someone who might have just gotten some bad news, and is contemplating how they'll make it through their day. Holding the door for that frazzled mama with a baby in her arms, one tantrum away from a meltdown herself. Adding on that $1 to your shopping trip to help a non-profit reach their fundraising goals.
Do you see the pattern here? It's so easy to be kind, and our kindness can actually change the trajectory of someone's day and sometimes, their lives. Let's take this time to inspire the same reaction and positive habits in others, and watch the pattern that stems from that.