Long Grove Chocolate Festival

The Long Grove Chocolate fest was AWESOME on this gorgeous day.  I cannot believe that this was the 1st time I’ve attended.  We had some of the following: 
Chocolate covered cheesecake
Chocolate covered bananas
Chocolate covered strawberries kabobs
Chocolate cream puffs

Of course,  we had to eat something beforehand so we had cheese fries,  pulled turkey loaded nachos, chicken strips, and Stella’s.  Too bad it is only 1 weekend a year.

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Summer Spirit Festival 2016

Here are some of MY highlights!!! This is the 11th annual Summer Spirit Festival in Columbia, Maryland just outside Washington DC.  OMG! I had never heard of this 2 day festival until this year. Awesome line from yesterday’s concert.
                      Daley
              Avery Sunshine
               Gregory Porter
                Leela James
         Be’la Dona and Sugar Bear
                      with DJ Cudi
               Erykah Badu

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I never heard of Gregory Porter but i liked his music.  I can see myself relaxing at home flipping through a magazine or cooking as I listen to his music.
I’ve always liked Leela James and Avery Sunshine, BUT their performances….
I have a NEW found love and respect for not only their music but their voices.   Wow! 

Erykah Badu??? Do you really have to ask?  She was 45 minutes later than scheduled to show on stage BUT sistah there… She made me forget she was late. This was the first time I saw her in concert.  Beautiful experience!!!

There were multiple vendors selling their products from clothes, shoes, and oils. I had never seen such a set up for people of color that I was in awe. 

Can’t wait until today’s show.

Ttyl!
WindyCityChic(k)

Hamilton

                      Say it ain’t so!

As soon as Hamilton is set to come to Chicago,  the creator Lin Manuel Miranda and Lead Leslie Odom, Jr are leaving the show in July.  Odom just won a Tony Award last week for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the hit Broadway musical.

I was about to set an alert on my phone to be ready to buy tickets when they go on sale at 10a tomorrow morning.  Now, I’m not sure. Ugh!

2016 Essence Music Festival

O. M. G.

Every time they talk about the Essence festival I NEVER have the money to go and of course this year was no different.   I decided to take a professional risk this year & took on a freelance job (from a “perm” job) in hopes that it’ll get me to the next level.  So, my funds on that kind of moving around is limited.  *I couldn’t even get tickets for the Neighborhood awards, but that’s another blog entirely lol.*

Anyway, the Essence President Michelle  Ebanks was on the Steve Harvey morning show last week.  She stated that she was joining with the morning show in giving away tickets to the 2016 fest.  Talk about I screamed (in my car as I was driving to work).   They will be choosing people THIS WEEK.  Here are some of the artists that are slotted to perform this year: Kendrick Lamar, Mariah Carey, Maxwell, Andra Day, Ciara, Charlie Wilson, Daley, COMMON, etc.  Of course, these shows accompany speaking engagements that help empower the attendees.  I would love to see Misty Copeland and Iyanla Vanzant.  This is going to be great.  I would miss out on days of pay for this festival.

Go to the Steve Harvey morning show website (www.steveharvey.com) and sign up for your chance to win the tickets.   I did.  My dad said “it could be only 2 people in the drawing  (me & 1 other person) & I’d still wouldn’t be picked…lol.
I threw my name in the hat anyway.  It can’t hurt to still play right?  The only thing I’ve ever won was a TV back when I worked retail in the 90s (lol) & it was a Curtis Mathis.   I had never heard of that brand of TV until then.

Sign up for your chance to win.
If you win, don’t forget about your girl (ME).  We can all be winners lol.

If you do win, take plenty of pictures and let me know how it was.

Good luck guys!

See ya!
Windycitychic(k)

 

 

http://www.essence.com/festival#&panel1-1