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Episode 26 with Owls and Lions - a hot band playing at Maplewoodstock! ⭐️Happy Anniversary to SIP IN SOMA ⭐️What is the Ukulele Kids Club? ⭐️It’s that time of year again! DAVESTOCK III - WHOO HOO! It is always a pleasure to connect with a great group of people doing amazing things with music and bringing the gift of music to kids. Owls and Lions will be playing at Maplewoodstock this coming weekend - Sunday July 14th at 3:30 pm. I chatted with them about their new EP, their personal connection to songs and their support of the Ukulele Kids Club - bringing music therapy and ukuleles to kids with pediatric cancer. Special thanks to Chris Danuser from Remax in Maplewood who introduced us! Host and Producer - Danielle Perrotta, Co-Producer - Alan Friedman, Editor - Alan Friedman, “I’ll Do Anything” Theme Song - Composed and performed by Russell Olesh Links mentioned in the show: Owls and Lions - @owlslions on Facebook and Instagram “God Bless and Protect You” video - Ukulele Kids Club Maplewoodstock Finlay + Gage Musical Instruments This episode of SIP in SOMA is sponsored by Finlay + Gage Musical Instruments. You can find this amazing instrument shop that does rentals, sales and repairs of your string instruments. Sam Finlay and his staff are knowledgeable and fun. You can come in and get demonstrations, play the instruments and experience the joy of music. COOL EVENTS COMING UP! ⭐️July 13th and July 14th Starts at noon each day and the last band goes up at 8:15pm Maplewoodstock Come and listen to FREE music! ⭐️July 20th, 7pm - 11pm Davestock III - Dead Sessions, a Grateful Dead Cover Band will be playing at the Woodland in Maplewood. Buy your tickets online ahead of time so there is enough food and grub to go around! (Ticket sales support the production) 21+ only! Produced by Devon Canastra and David Diamond Come and hang out with Maplewoodians you know (and those you have yet to meet!) and celebrate Dave’s birthday! Good music and great people! ⭐️July 25th, 7:30 - 9:00 pm SIP and STRUM — Finlay + Gage Musical Instruments 1677 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ Purchase tickets through Thank you for your continued support of SIP in SOMA! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @sipinsoma 👉SUBSCRIBE to the podcast where you listen to your favorite shows! AND RATE US 5⭐️s!
Episode 25 with Mark Murphy of Mark Murphy Music in South Orange, NJ ⭐️Let’s talk about music! Mark is a beloved music educator and has a beautiful, stylish musical space that delights the eye and has amazing energy. ⭐️We chat about the Undercover Music festival and Mark’s vision come to life. ⭐️Shout out to my Mom! Happy Birthday to her during this beautiful month of JUNE! What a treat to talk with Mark - his trajectory as a Maplewood business owner is awesome - his business keeps growing and growing. And it’s no wonder - he is a talented teacher and connects with people and other business owners in town. Currently he is promoting an amazing event, the Undercover Music Festival, designed to bring FREE music to THE PEOPLE of SOMA and is collaborating with amazing sponsors and friends who are so supportive of the event. We had a lovely chat about SOMA and music being a true connector. I can’t wait to hear Mark play and all of the other bands that will be performing at the festival! You can find Mark at: and @markmurphysmusic on FB and Instagram. For more information about the Under Cover Music Fest, check out the Facebook invite: Vanessa Pollack is another amazing sponsor and Fox and Falcon will be at the helm of the Beer Garden! WHOO HOO! Work and Play will be providing kids activities! This episode of SIP in SOMA is sponsored Whole Learning NJ. Better learning for all. At Whole Learning, we help parents and communities better serve and support children with learning challenges and special needs through coaching, tutoring, workshops and community-based programming and activities. Check out the website: and follow us on FB @wholelearningnj COOL EVENTS COMING UP! June 1st NJ PRIDE Run - 9am - 11am at Grove Park in South Orange HAPI Fest - 12pm - 5 pm at the Woodland in Maplewood Under Cover Music Fest - 4pm - 10 pm on Sloan Street in South Orange June 8th My Mom’s Birthday! YAY! Theatre in the Park - 12 - 4pm at Founders Park in South Orange Thank you for your continued support of SIP in SOMA! 👉SUBSCRIBE to the podcast where ever you listen to your favorite shows! #maplewoodnj #sipinsoma #Southorangenj #shoplocal #supportlocal #podcasting #musicismylife #loveisloveislove #northjerseypride #livelovemaplewood #undercovermusicfest
Episode 24 with Dr. Meredith Ruden of The Feather Foundation ⭐️Why is Maplewood so important to me? ⭐️Talking about The Feather Foundation with Dr. Meredith Ruden, an organization that gives hope to parents with cancer. ⭐️SOOOO many events! It was a delight to chat with Meredith Ruden, fellow Maplewoodian, who is doing so much to connect, collaborate and contribute to our community and beyond. She came on the podcast to talk about The Feather Foundation, an organization that she founded to help families. Our conversation is rich and we talk about the challenges of raising kids in general, and with the added stress of illness. Meredith also shared how our SOMA NJ businesses and friends have reached out to support the work she is doing. You can find Dr. Meredith Ruden and The Feather Foundation at: On instagram and Facebook - @thefeatherfoundation This episode of SIP in SOMA is sponsored by Finlay + Gage Musical Instruments. You can find this amazing instrument shop that does rentals, sales and repairs of your string instruments. Sam Finlay and his staff are knowledgeable and fun. You can come in and get demonstrations, play the instruments and experience the joy of music. COOL EVENTS COMING UP! April - May SOMA General Store Pop-Up Shop Springfield Avenue, Maplewood NJ Check out the amazing events, and #shoplocal - the creators, makers and designers of SOMA and the surrounding areas will be part of the latest pop-up venture focusing on kids, babies, and families. Thank you for your continued support of SIP in SOMA! 👉SUBSCRIBE to the podcast where ever you listen to your favorite shows! #maplewoodnj #sipinsoma #Southorangenj #shoplocal #supportlocal #podcasting #nonprofit #parentswithcancer #stupidcancer #thefeatherfoundation
Episode 23 with Dr. Alissa Gardenhire of Best in Class Tutoring ⠀⠀ ⭐️Why do families seek tutoring? ⭐️Is our speedy culture killing the idea of studying and hard work? ⠀⠀ 👏Talking with Alissa is easy, fun and always enlightening. ⠀⠀ ✨Check out our conversation and then go to all of the cool places that Alissa recommends in SOMA and beyond! ⠀⠀ 📓You can find Dr. Alissa Gardenhire and Best in Class Tutoring: This episode of SIP in SOMA is sponsored by Finlay + Gage Musical Instruments at Audio editing was done by Alan Friedman at Our theme music was composed by Russell Olesh - you can hear his music at his YouTube channel.
Episode 22 with Jed Baker, PhD of The Social Skills Training Project ⭐️Talking about social skills groups for young people with autism, sensory and social challenges. ⭐️Jed shares strategies for families and educators to proactively support challenging situations ⭐️We discuss the Sensory Friendly Movie event and programming that encourages sensitivity in schools, the community and job sites. It was a privilege and pleasure to talk with Jed Baker, PhD about his social skills training groups and support of young people in our community and beyond. We discussed how support of people with special needs is a mutually beneficial goal and he shared some of his thoughts about active ways to support people with autism and other sensory challenges - both in the ways we think about behavior and in how we respond to behavior. Check out the links below to get more information as a client, buy a book to support your own efforts, see one of the free social skills videos and more! Trying when it’s hard in the classroom - COOL EVENTS COMING UP! Feb 16th and 17th - Progressive Theater and the Community Coalition on Race presents: The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin Feb 18th - Sensory Friendly Movie Event Feb 23rd - Open Mic Night at Finlay + Gage Musical Instruments Mar 1st - Achieve Foundation Mardi Gras tix Episode 11 - Mar 9th - MEND NJ’s 2019 Green Bean Gala Episode 3 - Thank you for your continued support of SIP in SOMA! 👉SUBSCRIBE to the podcast where ever you listen to your favorite shows!
Episode 21 with Josi Stone, Floral Designer and owner of Wildly ⭐️Josi and I talked about her new studio space in South Orange. ⭐️We talk about her creative workshops and open house this Sunday. ⭐️Events Galore this February - ukulele jam session, family movie event and an open mic! I truly enjoyed my chat with Josi Stone, and inspirational entrepreneur who just joined Leanna Lu and Maddy Shaw at 12 West South Orange Avenue in opening a creative studio that is a home to all of their thriving businesses. Josi shares her love of flowers and design with me and we talk about her interest in locally sourcing plants and flowers right here in New Jersey. Check out to see her portfolio and do some shopping! Thank you for your continued support of SIP in SOMA! 👉SUBSCRIBE to the podcast where ever you listen to your favorite shows!
Episode 20 with Nubia Duvall Wilson, Published Author 📚We had a soulful conversation about her book, the Survivor’s Club. 🤝Nubia shared her experience as a survivor of abuse and her work to help other survivors get the support they need. 💛This is the perfect book for a “Book Club for Busy People” - it’s a short read that will lead to a big conversation. This episode is fully an immersion into the interview with Nubia. She is candid about her experiences and all of the emotions that she felt and still feels when there is a triggering event, like the Supreme Court Justice nomination a couple of months ago. Our focus moved to mental health, having compassion for oneself and others, and coping with the strong emotions that come long after the trauma is over. We both hope that this podcast helps you understand, start a conversation, or gives you hope that you can survive and thrive after trauma. $5.00 from each book sold goes to charity: The NY Center For Children Stop Child Predators Thank you for your continued support of SIP in SOMA! 👉SUBSCRIBE to the podcast where ever you listen to your favorite shows! The studio is up and I am producing live shows, events, and recording the podcast at the SOMA General Store Holiday Pop-Up Shop located at 14 South Orange Avenue in South Orange, NJ. #maplewoodnj #sipinsoma #Southorangenj #metoo #survivor #depression #therapy #anxiety #mentalhealth #survivorsclub #writer #Shedshame #surviveandthrive #sexualabuse #PTSD #brave #therapy #shoplocal #supportlocal #podcasting
I sat down to chat with Lulu French about her life as the founder of Rocket Improv and her upcoming improv shows she is producing and taking part in during the month of December. This episode is also available on our YouTube channel - check it out!
Episode 18 is here! 🎂Happy Birthday to me! 💛Take the Cake Birthday Fundraiser and Interview Replay 🛍Let’s celebrate being a wonderful community this year! Have some local fun! It’s a pleasure to replay an amazing interview with Janine and Laura, the amazing women behind the Take the Cake non-profit organization bringing birthday parties to children who might not be able to have a birthday party. We are still constructing the studio for SIP in SOMA and getting ready for our big reveal on Black Friday! Thank you for your support and your patience! #maplewoodnj #sipinsoma #birthdayparties #takethecake #shoplocal #supportlocal #nonprofit #southorangenj #Happybirthdaytome
Episode 17 is here! 🌟Holiday POP-Up Shop Prep 💛MEND NJ Reprise 🚗Electric Cars and Coffee and Jeopardy at South Next 2018! I am really thrilled to bring you a great episode and repeat an awesome interview with Robin Peacock from MEND NJ. I will be doing some construction on the podcast during the next two weeks! Stay tuned for updates and announcements!
“Get out the VOTE” Series Continues! I chatted with Felisha George in early September before she dropped out of the School Board Candidate race. Our interview was amazing - all about what KIDS think about our schools and Felisha’s own RECENT experience in SOMSD. Felisha shouts out her old teachers and talked about the supportive arts climate in the district. We talked about our dream of a district that is inclusive and supportive of ALL our CHILDREN. It’s a loss that Felisha is not running, but I am so happy that she remains an involved community member!
In these special “Get out the VOTE” episode, I chat with Bruno J. Navarro, school board candidate for the South Orange Maplewood School District.
In this special “Get out the VOTE” episode, I chat with Javier Farfan, a school board candidate for the South Orange Maplewood School District.
This week I share an interview with Aman Wilkerson, the founder and owner of OrderGrabbers. Aman shares his new business venture that supports local restaurants and his vision to support and grow young leaders at Seton Hall. Our conversation taught me so much about the restaurant delivery service business that I never knew! 📓 Aman wants to help young people by giving them the responsibilities that go beyond classroom “projects” and help students become entrepreneurs or secure jobs after having real-world experience. I 💛 to brainstorm about growing future leaders! Follow @ordergrabbers on Instagram and check out their website: ⬇️Download the OrderGrabbers app through the App Store for Apple or Get it on Google Play. 💡I had a big “aha moment” this week after the police investigation in our town. Fear is painful in my body, but it’s also here to remind me to LIVE my life and my purpose. And it helped me talk to my kids about fear - it can teach us to live more thoughtfully and carefully when we go out, but we still have to live our lives. My thoughts are with the victim as she heals, her family, friends and neighbors as they try to make sense of this and support her. Sending you all good energy to process this news and, to all of you struggling, please talk to friends, family or a professional to get some support. Mentions in the show: BGR - Falafel-ly Yours - Dancing Blender - Work and Play - Sadie’s - Take the Cake - Wild Ginger - Sabatino’s - @sabatinospizzagram on Instagram DataDreamers - Insight Timer - Meditation app with over 10,000 free meditations follow @insighttimer on instagram
Episode 14 is here! 🌟Burnout 💛Gratitude Attitude 📓Become an informed SOMA voter now! 💗YAY for South Orange & Maplewood peeps! Call to Action: Become an informed voter: If you have 5 minutes: 🍁Visit Village Green & check out the candidate profiles: If you have 15 minutes: 🍁Check out a couple of the candidate websites and look them up on social media to get to know them better. If you have 1-2 hours: 🍁Check out the videos of the debates (Oct 3rd link is below.) 🍁Chat about candidates, the issues and remind your friends to get informed and vote! If you have 2-4 hours: ⭐️Attend a candidate event ⭐️Volunteer to host a coffee ⭐️Call neighbors to Get Out the Vote on Election Day 🍁🍁🍁Volunteer to help an elderly neighbor make it to the polls or babysit a friends’ kids so they can get there. 👌If you see candidates at events, walk up and say hi - the people running for public office in our town are very accessible. I saw school board candidates and township committee candidates at: Able Baker Maplewoodstock HolaFest Octoberfest with Soma Brewing Co. Freeman’s Lobster Roll Thank you MAPLEWOOD MOMS for being there for me. Special shout out to Elizabeth Zenobi, Tracey Gutierrez, Tara Kando, Shannon Cuttle and Felisha George. Even in the middle of their lives, candidacy and work, they were able to carve out time to help me! Shout out to Jennifer Bronsnick who has been an amazing guide with her work:
I have found a lot of camaraderie with Peggy Excell of Lotus Petals Floral Design - she shared some unexpected experiences about moving her business to Springfield Avenue. Her candor and joy about her business is evident in our conversation - enjoy! Thank you to Peggy for coming on the show!
Sharing my #MeToo story is about freedom from shame, helping others who are struggling and the solidarity I share with Dr. Ford and too many others. I learned a lesson in compassionate listening and communication this weekend and I only hope this can help someone else.
⭐️I spoke with leaders of the Community Coalition on Race in South Orange and Maplewood. 📓Getting involved in the School Board Election ✨Upcoming events - education, culture and music - SOMA has it all! For more details, check out www. and @communitycoalitiononrace on FB and Instagram to learn more!
Let’s Run! A New Episode of SIP in SOMA: 🏃🏽‍♀️I spoke with co-chairs of the Newstead 5K Fundraiser for the Achieve Foundation 🌟BE KIND without expectation. 💥Weekend events - Run, Play, and Shuck oh my!
An exciting NEW Episode of SIP in SOMA: 💥Kari Capone talks about entrepreneurship in SOMA and online! 🔥Call to action - get involved in the upcoming election! 🎼RENT Party Picnic and Newstead 5K: support our kids in SOMA! Check out Kari’s Kits online at to learn more about the kits, her knitting community and to contribute to her Kickstarter campaign! Go to the Rent Party Picnic on Sat at Maplecrest Park from 12-8pm! More Rent Party Info: Register to run the Newstead 5K at Support the Achieve Foundation’s tutoring programs, grants to teachers and professional development of district staff! Thank you for listening and engaging! Check us out at
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