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Mothers Day Party, with Mamapalooza Stages, celebrates Mother’s Day this year with 200 house parties and 2,000 participants plus Mama-talent on stages in New York and California.
Mothers Day Party – The Largest Mothers Day Party In The World
With Mamapalooza Stages ~ Moms Rock The World!
The premier international organization for Women in the Arts
…who are raising children as well!
WHEN: May 7, 8, 9th 2010. Presenting Multiple Platforms for Mothers Day Party 2010 ~ The Largest Mothers Day Party in the world! In addition to 200 house parties with 2,000 participants, stages will rock with Mama-talent this Mother’s Day weekend.
WHERE: Various homes and venues across the country including MOMEDY COMEDY™ at Broadway Comedy Club, 318 W. 53rd St., New York City, Friday and Saturday, May 7 & 8th at 6PM. All Star Mom-Band Lineup at Kulak’s Woodshed 5230 ½, Laurel Canyon Blvd. N. Hollywood, CA 91607, 8-10PM
WHO: Presented by the largest Mothers Day Party, http:// www.MothersDayParty.com. Our mission is to reach women where they live, work and play.
FEATURING: East Coast: May 7 & 8th, 6PM. Nancy Lombardo and friends with MOMEDY COMEDY™ in NYC. Nancy was was the leading member of the award winning comedy troupe The First Amendment, performing with the likes of Robin Williams and Bruce Willis – Nancy will be joined by a cast of Mom-medians for 2 special engagements.
West Coast: May 8th, 8-10PM. Mom bands will rock the stage in California on Saturday night with Women On The Move. The award-winning trio consists of three indie artists, Joan Enguita, Linda Geleris and Trish Lester. Also performing, Stacy Robin and the Mama Earth Band, a masterful songwriter with acclaimed commercial releases, appearing with the Mama Earth Band, plus, Arlene Kole with stories and songs of inspiration and true-life tales. Janeane Bernstein ‘MomzRockTheHouse’ Radio will MC with a live internet broadcast, emceed by Janeane Bernstein, host of Momz Rock The House Radio. Mary Kay pampering supplies by Bobbie Lewis, jewelry by Gina Venturini, chair massages by Debby Johnson. Info: http://kulakswoodshed.com/webcast
West Coast: Rockin’ Moms show-Celebrate Mama- May 8th, 2010, 10-5PM. Rockin’ Moms will perform at this event, with Tifffany Petrossi, Sugarplums, Gypsy, Mitchelle Tanner, Gayle Day and Breathing Room. Mom vendors, gift bags, bounce house and fun. Brentwood CA. Info: http://www.brentwoodmamafestival.com
PARTNERS: Mothers Day Party brings together the talents of Joy Rose, MAMAPALOOZA, Pete Scott, Mothers Day Today, Susan Newton, ‘The Shower Diva’, Suzanne Dawson, MA, Jennifer Nevadomski, ‘Our Family’, Jennifer Kampmeier, BeBepaluzza and Ellen Spragins, ‘Letters To My Younger Self’, for a positive, inspiring and connected Mothers Day experience, with social media, videos, a special message from Sarah Ferguson, video from Joy Rose, Media Mom™ and Mingle Media TV. Exclusive product shipped in party boxes to each Mom-bassador across the country.
SPONSORS INCLUDE: Dunkin’ Donuts, Mamazina Magazine, Parents Choice, Glee Gum Bioalge, Truvia, Letters To My Younger Self, Bada Bada Bingo, Party Scratchers, Planet Us, Mamapalooza CDs, Hospitality Mints, YumNuts, Barbara Beery and Batter Up Kids, Plain White Press, Elements Massage and Ojolie.com, Sam Ash Music.
RAISING AWARENESS and FUNDS for the Museum Of Motherhood www.MuseumOfMotherhood.org. Collaborators include: Mimika Cooney, PhotoLyrical Photography, NC, MWild Photography, NYC, Elements Therapeutic Massage, West Linn, OR, Just Imagine U Salon, Croton, NY.
For More Info:
Joy Rose, 877.711.MOMS (6667)
joy ( @ ) mamapalooza dot com
Moms Rising Video for Mother’s Day is sooo cool…. It’s gone viral in the millions. You can personalize a video for your favorite Mom here and share with the world: MOM OF THE YEAR
Also REGISTER your STORY at The Museum Of Motherhood, honoring (M)others in perpetuity.
MAMAPALOOZA joined CODE PINK in Washington DC this Mother’s Day, where Carol Lester and Joy Rose channeled music for peace and a message of love for (M)others and children everywhere.
Check out Carol holding a gorgeous Daisy Rock Guitar!
Mother’s Day, Observed by Rebekah Spicuglia
May 9, 2008
Mother’s Day brunch at Jack’s Restaurant had a line out the door. I was barely 18, weeks from graduating high school, but living on my own and bussing tables to pay the rent. As my boyfriend—mi novio—cooked omelets in the country kitchen, another cook, my future brother-in-law, pinned a carnation to my shirt. “Happy Mother’s Day, cuñada.”
Suddenly I realized, surrounded by a mix of strangers and unexpected new family, that this special day was mine now, to celebrate. But I was young, and few people knew I was pregnant—so I kept it to myself. And so it began: passing as an ordinary woman, with a secret joy pinned to my breast.
Excitement kicks on the rare occasion I get to talk about my son Oscar, a thrill that for many years was more of an anxious dread. I have spent my entire adult life in various metropolitan areas, surrounded by undergrads and Sex-and-the-City crowds (translation: single, childless). It’s partly my youth, partly the city life I’m living, but how people look at me at me changes once I reveal that I am a mom. Surprise, curiosity, and mixed feelings.
Mother’s Day at Its Root
Last May, the Women’s Media Center posted a commentary by Gloria Steinem, “Mother as a Verb.” Below is an excerpt. Click here for the full article.
[W]hen mother is a verb—as in to mother, to be mothered—then the best of human possibilities come into our imaginations. To mother is to care about the welfare of another person as much as one’s own.
To mother depends on empathy and thoughtfulness, noticing and caring. To mother is the only paradigm in which the strong and the weak are perfectly matched in mutual interest. Besides, one may be forced to be a mother, but one cannot be forced to mother.
So perhaps what Julia Ward Howe had in mind when she created this day in 1870—a day of opposing war and uniting for peace—was not so much a Mother’s Day as a Mothering Day; a day that reminds us all, whether we are young or old, male or female, of the possibilities within us.
I thank Julia. Forever more, we will be reminded that peace is not just the absence of war, but the presence and possibility of mothering.
This is because Oscar lives 3,000 miles away with his father, a non-traditional arrangement that somehow makes the best of things, yet a physical distance that is completely foreign to most parents. At first mention of Oscar, another parent will ask what school he goes to—and our experience of mothering has so little in common, conversation comes to a standstill. I suddenly feel compelled to share intimately, to validate difficult choices and thereby keep questions of my maternal instincts at bay. I want to lay the foundation for later conversations that will move beyond the leftover pain and get to the remaining joy. My confessionals are exhausting, however, and I’m often not sure whether I have said too much or too little. I have sometimes found that it is easier to not even mention Oscar. Except it has never been that easy.
I am a mom—it’s part of my identity, and I work hard at it daily. Yet as a non-custodial, long-distance mom, I have often felt I lacked bragging rights as I struggled for recognition from his school, from other parents, and even from those closest to me.
Coming of age in a town with one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in California, and marrying into a large Mexican family, this isolation was not a problem in the beginning. I quickly made friends with other mamas as my fellow honor student friends moved on to university. I went to community college—doing homework at the park, in the McDonald’s playground, anywhere my son could be kept safely and happily occupied. But life has a way of intervening, and soon miles separated me from the immediacy of being a parent.
It wasn’t until recently that I began to feel comfortable again in my own mama-skin. For that, I must credit the women I now have around me—I never had a sense of community until I started working in feminist circles that gave me supportive environments in which to live and work. One group essential to me is Mamapalooza, with its president Joy Rose. It is an international performing arts and music festival created to celebrate women as mothers and artists. At the New York City conference last year, I was impressed with how moms were highlighted in all their diversity. Joy was the first person who immediately “got” me once I’d shared my story—the first time I felt free to talk about Oscar and myself without caution. I realized how withdrawn and protective I had been as Joy joked about “outing” me as a mom to a friend of hers.
This is the first Mother’s Day I have identified as a member of the feminist mamasphere and appreciate coming together as a community to honor our mother figures. Because it’s in the middle of the school year, I do not get to spend it with Oscar. But it is a special day for mothering, regardless of the distance. I can educate my son about the importance of meaningful gestures—not for my own sake, but so that he understands who he is, as he grows into a thoughtful, responsible person, generous in spirit and rich in love. Oscar and I have learned to value every moment, and like other children and mothers, we will look back together, every Mother’s Day, and reminisce on the intertwined nature of our history.
We celebrate those who have played a maternal role in our lives by acknowledging them, often by pinning them with a carnation or with flowers and gifts. However, it is also an opportunity to take the love we have received and pay it forward to the larger community of women. Demonstrate your love by supporting moms as a political force with Momsrising, lending money to a woman entrepreneur at Kiva, providing critical support in global conflict zones by donating to MADRE, attending a Mamapalooza event, or finding a cause meaningful to you.
Make your mother proud. I can tell you that it is the best gift of all.