{Giveaway} Tickets To An Unforgettable Musical

Attention New Yorkers and all theatre fans who will be in New York before April 6. Check out our interview with Ruthe Ponturo, a divorcée who turned her break-up saga (and the sagas of many other women) into a true production—the clever new musical, Til Divorce Do Us Part.

FabOverFifty is giving away two pairs of tickets ($150 value) to Divorce, playing at the DR2 Theater in New York City. “The music and lyrics are delightful, the stage sets are colorful and creative, and the three women leads are captivating. I enjoyed every moment,” said Geri Brin, FOF founder.

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Packing Secrets Revealed

Comedy sketches have been written based on women packing for trips. If we could fit in the kitchen sink, we’d probably consider taking that, too. It’s never too late to get a handle on the process so you can carry exactly what you’ll need, not a shred more. A well-packed suitcase also takes the stress out of dressing when you’re on the road.

Heed these packing tips from Monica Escamilla, Ming Wang Product Specialist, and you’ll take a load off your mind, not to mention your hands.

Women usually over pack their luggage. How do we avoid that?

I think it’s important to always have a set of basic foundation pieces that work with multiple outfits. Instead of packing several pairs of jeans or black pants, pack one of each that looks good with all tops and jackets. The two pieces will give you dressy and casual looks. As for shoes, I recommend packing a casual flat pair of shoes, such as ballet flats, and a dressier shoe, perhaps a black pump or boot (depending on the weather). Shoes take up a lot of space in your suitcase, so the fewer you take the better. Also save space by wearing your bulkiest items on the plane, such as boots or coats.

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6 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Solo Vacation

1. Develop your photography skills

Most of you already take cameras when you travel, as you’ll be left with great memories of your trip. But taking photos can be more than just point-and-shoot. Why not invest in a new camera, or spend some time before your trip actually learning all the settings? You might be surprised at how much your camera can do, and you’ll get some pretty impressive photos out of it!

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Inheriting the “daredevil” gene

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That son of a FOFlying Wallenda.

If you’ve been living under a rock, you may not know that daredevil Nik Wallenda, 34, walked across the Grand Canyon last weekend on a 2-inch wide beam. We’re not kidding– he walked 1400 feet across Little Colorado River Gorge with only a bar to balance himself. His family, including his wife and kids, watched on. His mother, FOF Delilah Wallenda, must be very proud. Don’t worry, she’s a high wire artist too.

If your son walked across the Grand Canyon, would you be proud?

Photo credits: grindtv.com and branson.com

“Absurdly funny.”

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Winner of 5 Tony Awards®!
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
A Grownup’s Prequel to Peter Pan.

Don’t miss the hilarious and enchanting theatrical tale that has critics and audiences raving and returning for more! With its infectiously witty script and endlessly inventive staging, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan hooks the imagination of grownups and kids alike – and refuses to let go. PETER AND THE STARCATCHER continues to be a must-see event for a second season, now playing an open-ended run at New World Stages.

“The most exhilarating Broadway storytelling in decades! You must experience it for yourself.” -NY Times
Named 2012 “Best of the Year” by NY Times, The New Yorker & NY Magazine
“Absurdly funny.” -Entertainment Weekly
“Sweet enough for kids, sophisticated enough for grown-ups, this play with music is both a valentine to the innocence of childhood and the magic of stagecraft.” -Broadway.com

It Sings. It Shines. It’s Off The Hook.

BUY NOW AND SAVE
Orch/Front Row Mezz: $75* (reg $92.50)
Rear Mezz: $55 (reg $72.50)

3 WAYS TO BUY YOUR TICKETS:
1) Online CLICK HERE or visit www.Broadwayoffers.com and use code PEMAG213
2) Call 212.947.8844 and use code PEMAG213
3) Bring a printout of this offer to The New World Stages Box Office, 340 West 50th St Btw 8th & 9th Ave

Recommended for ages 10+
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Full Performance Schedule: Mon 7pm, Wed 2pm & 7pm, Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm
For more information visit: www.PETERandtheSTARCATCHER.com

*Code valid for all performances through Sept 8, 2013. Offer subject to availability. Telephone and internet orders are subject to standard Telecharge service fees. Prices include a $1.50 Facility Fee per ticket. Dates, times, prices and cast subject to change without notice. Offer not valid on prior purchased tickets and may not be combined with any other offer. Blackout dates may apply. ALL SALES FINAL. No refunds/exchanges. Other restrictions may apply. Children under the age of 4 not admitted.

Tough as nails. Funny as hell.

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Going to be in New York City this summer?  Don’t miss the hilarious production of Ann, a new play written and performed by FOF, Emmy Award winner, and “Two and a Half Men” star, Holland Taylor.  We have a special for FOFs too– read on!

2013 TONY AWARD NOMINEE * HOLLAND TAYLOR * BEST ACTRESS
SAVE OVER 30% ON TICKETS
$55 – Loge Row D-E
$85 – Orchestra/Loge Rows A-C

Don’t miss this unforgettable performance The NY Times calls, “Frank, funny and warm. As Ann Richards, Holland Taylor is a FIERY DYNAMO.”

“HILARIOUS!” -Entertainment Weekly
“MASTERFUL.” -New York Magazine
“SPLENDID!” -The Village Voice
“FUNNY & DEEPLY AFFECTIONATE.” -USA Today
“WITTY & PASSIONATE.” -WNBC

This season, a true original comes to Broadway at Lincoln Center.

ANN is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary governor of Texas. This inspiring and hilarious new play brings us face to face with a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Written and performed by Emmy® Award winner Holland Taylor (“Two and a Half Men”), ANN takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family.

ANN is launching the Great American Women Talkback Series, featuring post-show discussions.
All talkbacks are complimentary with ticket purchase to ANN.

On Tuesday, June 11th following the 7pm performance, ANN welcomes Tony winning playwright, performer, and activist Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) for a post-show discussion.

Following the 7pm performance on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, feminist activist and writer Gloria Steinem will lead a post-show talkback titled “More about ANN – And the Future.” Ms. Steinem will lead a discussion about women in politics, both the history and the future, and her work campaigning for Ann Richards and as a colleague.

Whether you want to ask questions or suggest answers, come and join us for a lively discussion that carries on Ann Richards’ spirit.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Tue 7pm, Wed 2pm & 8pm, Thu 7pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm

3 WAYS TO BUY YOUR TICKETS:
1) Online CLICK HERE or visit www.Broadwayoffers.com and use code ANNLSP1
2) Call 212.947.8844 and use code ANNLSP1
3) Bring a printout of this offer to The Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater Box Office, 150 West 65th St – Box Office Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun Noon-6pm

Groups (15+): Call 718-703-2260
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*Offer valid for performances thru 8/18/13. Additional blackout dates may apply. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be modified or revoked at any time without notice. All phone and Internet offers subject to normal service charges. Offer available for select seats and performances. Limit 6 tickets per order.

{Gift Guide 2012} For the FOFrequent Flyer

Know someone who is a trendsetting, jet-setter? Send her off in style with these 10 gifts recommended by FOFrequent flyers.

Plus, enter for a chance to WIN Have Mother, Will Travel or The Official Guide to America’s National Parks by answering this question in the comments, below: Which book would you most like to win?

1. Have Mother, Will Travel, $14.98

“For travel lovers, this book is a must! It changed how I relate to my daughter, gave me ideas on how to improve my (less-than-stellar) relationship with my mother, and made me laugh out loud in many parts.”–Linda M., Rochester, NY

2. The Official Guide to America’s National Parks by Fodor’s, $18.99

“One of my family’s favorites places to visit is Yellowstone National Park. We stay at Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. They have an incredible wildlife safari into Yellowstone led by the resort’s on-staff naturalist, Kurt Johnson. Second to a living, breathing tour guide is this newly released guide to the National Parks by Fodor’s. The perfect stocking stuffer for any avid traveler!”
–FOF Nancy Friedman of Nancy J. Friedman Travel P.R.

3. Circle Hottie from the FabOverFifty Shop, $45

“Another great stocking stuffer for the travel-obsessed! I typically carry a portable heating pad to help my back feel better during and after long flights and hauling heavy luggage.”–FOF Nancy Friedman of Nancy J. Friedman Travel P.R.

4. Magellan’s Good Night Sleep Mask, $14.50


“The best sleep mask I’ve found to date. It’s soft, lightweight, completely blocks out light, and is so comfortable you don’t even feel it on, thanks to the molded nose and cupped eyes that don’t squish your lashes.” –FOF Claire Fontaine, author of Have Mother, Will Travel

5. Evo Travel Kits, $29.95

“FOFrequent Flyers know the importance of traveling lightly, and being well-prepared. I have fallen in love with this fabulous new eco line of travel cosmetics from Australia. Their ‘water killer’ dry shampoo is also perfect for long flights.” –FOF Nancy Friedman of Nancy J. Friedman Travel P.R.

6. Handmade Block Print Scarf from the FabOverFifty Shop, $36

“No woman should ever travel without a good scarf; they’re thin enough to fit in a purse, can double as a blanket on a plane or a sarong on the beach, and elegant enough for any restaurant or event. Proceeds from this go to artisans abroad in need.”–FOF Claire Fontaine, author of Have Mother, Will Travel

7. MyTag luggage tags, $32.99

“Several years ago, a friend sent me these. They are so eye-catching that I can instantly identify my black bags on a luggage carousel. The polyester-webbing strap has your name (or any other word) stitched into it and conceals pockets that hold your contact information and trip itinerary.”–FOF Karen McCann, author of Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Living Abroad

8. Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Living Abroad, $13.95

“A few years ago, my husband and I retired to Seville, Spain and I wrote a book about my life abroad. If your FOFfriend is looking ahead to retirement, consider sending her a copy. Lonely Planet editors say, ‘I loved this book … I must have laughed aloud at least once in every chapter.’”–FOF Karen McCann, author of Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Living Abroad

9. Travalo Fragrance Dispenser, $20

“TSA approved design for carrying your fragrances on board.”–Shelley Zurek

10. BAGGU nylon shopping bag, $9
“If you’re traveling, you’re going to be shopping.These lightweight nylon shopping totes can be tucked into any handbag and come in a multitude of fun colors and patterns. I never travel without one or two.”–Pam Peterson, the FOF behind the brilliant travelogue, ObjectsBlog.

Answer this question in the comments below for a chance to win Have Mother, Will Travel or The Official Guide to America’s National Parks: Which book would you most like to win?

Two FOFs will win. (See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes December 20th, 2012 at midnight E.S.T. Contest limited to residents of the continental U.S.

{Travel} “I’m traveling the world for free–and you can, too.”

Would you ever do a home swap?

The risks: Virtual strangers move into your home, cook in your kitchen, sleep in your bed, use your phone . . . even look through your drawers and medicine cabinets.

The reward: A free stay at a destination like the one pictured above, a private villa in the South of France, with a pool, tennis court, and views overlooking a cherry orchard and the breathtaking Luberon Mountains.

FOF Sandra Harris did her first “homeswap” in 2005, trading her house in London during the dreary winter months, for a charming cottage on the beach in Apollo Bay, Australia. Since then, Sandra has traveled back to Australia several times as well as to Cornwall, Santa Monica and Sicily, all through home swapping with other eager travelers on HomeExchange.com.

She spoke to us from her latest homeswap destination, an Italianate apartment in the heart of Palermo, Italy.

Tell us a little about yourself so that we know you’re normal.
I am in my late sixties. I’ve lived in London for the past 40 years. I am married and we have three children, all adult, and three grandchildren whom I am dotty about. I work as a reporter and freelance writer.

How did you get started with your first “home swap”

Friends of friends in Melbourne had mentioned that they wanted to spend the winter in London. (Strange but true). My husband and I moved into their house for three months while they moved into ours.

Do you have to swap for that long?
No, although I personally recommend taking a longer trip when you swap. But I’m here in Sicily for just five days.

Were you nervous the first time you did it?

Oh yes. Mostly about spending three months somewhere we’d only seen in emailed photos, in a city we didn’t know. We’d be unable to change our minds.

Clearly it went okay, since you’ve now used this method of travel many times. But tell me why it worked.
That first experience was truly life-changing. We lived like locals. When we arrived in our new “home” in Melbourne, Val had left us a lovely bottle of Australian red, along with a detailed list of the best local restaurants, where to shop, how to take the bus–everything. Within a few weeks, we knew where to get the best croissants; I had joined the local pony club and become a proxy in Val’s cinema group. We made lifelong friends. . .

But what about the other side of the coin? Weren’t you nervous about people staying in your home? Using your things?
People who mutter about it being ‘a bit of a lottery’ just don’t get it. It is not a gamble at all, but totally reciprocal. You look after my house/pets/car/plants and I will do the same for yours. People don’t take advantage because they’re in the same position. Ed Kushins, the director of HomeExchange.com, told me that over 9 years and thousands and thousands of home swaps, no one has ever reported a theft of abuse of property.

Would you ever go back to hotel-based travel?

When it’s just for a short time, yes, I would. I like hotels. I like being waited on and ringing up room service. But it’s a totally different experience. It is about visiting a place and taking in the sights. Home exchange is about digging your heels in and becoming part of the life of a place.

Can you tell me a typical day during your homeswap in Sicily?
We start in a cafe with our daily cappucini and pastry, my favourites are the little horns ‘cannoli’, filled with custard cream and dusted with icing sugar. Today we visited a totally unique shop called Modusvivendi (The Way To Live, in Latin) a book shop that also sells glorious scarves and pashminas in intense Medici colours, the sort of thing you imagine Catherine Medici or Lucretia Borgia would have worn. The owner, Marcella, was providing coffee and cornetti for her customers. We visited the local food markets to buy ingredients for soup. Oranges are everywhere; pears bursting with juice and taste, and fat, round grapes. In the evening we went to Teatro Garibaldi for a Beethoven concert. And bed at 11 with a good book!

Any tips for an FOF who wants to try this out?
The secret it is that no money changes hands.The gas bills, phone bills etc–forget them. Once you start totting up bills and arguing about small change you’ve lost the plot. It becomes like a rental and that is a whole different bag of beans. Home exchange is exactly that.  Exchange.

Ed’s note: We became mildly obsessed with searching homeexchange.com after we interviewed Sandra, and found incredible homeswap opportunities in Turkey, Mexico, Bali, and many, many more (including all over the United States). Other sites worth searching include Homelink.org and exchangehomes.com.