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Nevertheless, I felt relief as courageous souls came up the ramp of Gallery XIV, umbrella in hand, cold and wet, yet surprisingly eager to participate in On Your Feet Project's 2nd Annual wine-tasting event, Uncorked!
Erin O’Shea rocked the wine tasting. I mean, it’s hard not to be loved when you are offering samples of beautiful Italian wines, but Erin added so much flavor to the already delicious wines we were tasting. She was a treat, and entertained us all with her wit and charm--not to mention the wine she endlessly poured for us.
William Kerr, the director of Gallery XIV, must be thanked. The exhibit on display at his gallery, “a politic,” created an ideal setting for the event, with pieces like “Abraham Obama”—a fusion of the portrait of Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama—raising eyebrows and making it easy to start conversations with strangers …always a plus!
Nicole Zuraitis’s soothing, flavorful jazz set the tone for evening, creating a wonderful atmosphere to drink, eat, and mingle. Her recently released CD, Spread the Word, was on sale for the event—a beautiful compilation of her jazz vocalist pieces.
But most importantly, must I say it, was the food--the glue that holds people together—and makes them feel like they have something to do when they feel nervous and don’t know a soul to talk to! Brie, grapes, and other assorted cheeses and crackers proved to be a hit. Sponsors like Johnnie's Market and Japonais Bakery and Cafe in Brookline contributed food for the evening. Also of note were the fabulous Italian Cookies baked by Katelyn Nadeau's mother. They were had by all, and in vast quantities. Patrons left full and satisfied.
With all of the great art, food, music and wine, Uncorked! was simply divine. We were able to raise approximately $1300 for the Italian Home for Children, and bring people together for a memorable evening. I'm looking forward to next year's wine tasting event—hopefully the weather will be more forgiving.
If you missed the event, check out the Uncorked! photos and stay tuned for an archived version of the gallery's live video feed from the evening. You never know who you'll catch doing what on there...
Myself (Lauren Head) and Krystle Petrie enjoying ourselves
Last week, a bunch of OYFP executive board members, new OYFP members, community partners and regular Bostonians all gathered to eat, drink and be merry at this benefit event for Christopher’s Haven.
Vivian of Newton and Chia Chi of Cambridge both decided to come out to CPK to show their support after reading the event blog post. They came across our blog after searching for a combination of the words:
Thank you to everyone who came out to CPK on July 16th. None of this would be possible without your support. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to learn more about our projects, our programs or our events.
On Your Feet Project is hosting its 2nd Annual wine tasting extravaganza, Uncorked!, on Thursday, July 24th in the South End at Gallery XIV. Director William Kerr has generously donated his beautiful gallery for the benefit, located at 37 Thayer Avenue in the South End.
Gallery XIV’s current exhibit, “a politic,” features 40 American artists expressing notions of politics, which is particularily appropriate considering the upcoming elections. The gallery provides the perfect space for a night of wine tasting and jazz music sure to please all.
Tickets are just $20 online, and $25 at the door (a steal!). Buy them quickly before they sell out! Don’t miss out on this fantastic line-up of art, music, and wine.
We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!!!
Lauren Head and Katelyn Nadeau, Event Organizers
A vineyard in Italy, from where our wines have traveled to grace your palettes
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Photo of woman sipping wine is from OYFP's 2007 wine tasting. Photo of grape field courtesy of Giampalo Macorig.
My brother Noah showing his excitement about Kevin Barnett's impending tour of the Colorado Springs training center
Photos courtesy of my trip to Colorado this past weekend. Congrats go out to my cousin Keith and his new wife Jessica!
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Chocolate brownie batter is delicious!
If you don't have the time or the inclination to make your own chocolate treats, do not fret. Here's your chance to indulge your love of cacao and help those less fortunate than yourself. Try the DoGoodie Brownie!
The brownies are baked in Yonkers, NY at the Greyston Bakery, which was founded in 1982 by a Zen Buddhist meditation group. The company offers its workers onsite training and fair local wages. Profits are donated to the Greyston Foundation, which works on several community development initiatives including low income housing, childcare, technology education, and health services.
In the words of the bakery, "We don't hire people to bake brownies, we bake brownies to hire people."
You can buy the brownies or the Greyston cookbook online, or in the Boston area at the Harvest Co-op in Central Square, Foodie's Urban Market in the South End, or the Good Health Store in Quincy. Additional locations are listed on the DoGoodie website.
What better way to indulge your sweet tooth? After all, it's for the good of others.
The Parker Whittle character depicted herein is fictitious and his activities are described for illustrative purposes only.
Okay, Microsoft, you pulled a fast one on us again. But knowing how the agency world works, I'm willing to bet that this idea originated in the head of a junior account exec and not within the Richmond city limits. The disclaimer itself is also pretty honest and does somewhat neutralize the blow of yet another manufactured blog/blogger.
Come on, it's 2008. I thought we were over this kind of bullsh*t! I thought we'd learned our lessons, moved on, become more innovative than that! Did they really have to undermine a potentially good campaign with a half-assed effort?
GOOD Magazine, on the other hand (to reference a for-profit with a similar initiative,) includes an upfront explanation of their motives and the business logic is sound--it makes sense for a paper publication. GOOD also shows the growth of their contributions on their website, making you feel like part of a greater whole and allowing you the gratification of "seeing" your contribution (extra Smart Marketing points for seamless real-to-digital integration.)
Liz sitting on her hard work. I'm sure Adam's grandmother is going to love this!
I give orchards a thumbs up. In fact, I can hardly wait for OYFP's apple picking and wine tasting event in September!
Photos courtesy of me, myself, and I.
All you need to do is download this flyer and present it to your server when ordering. There is no additional cost to you. The way it works is that 20% of your bill will be donated to OYFP! Donation amount excludes proceeds form tax & gratuity.
Come out to CPK on July 16th and help On Your Feet Project increase its community awareness, improve our community, and stimulates social change.
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