Author: Michelle Caines

Fort Tryon Violin Studio Giveaway for Subscribers

Many people love the violin: its beautiful tone can resemble the human voice one moment and break into death-defying speed and special effects the next. It also has a virtually bottomless and endlessly diverse repertoire. But I teach the violin not just because I love it, but also because I believe music teaches us how to listen. In an environment that is dedicated, supportive, and fun, I hope to explore the meaning of true communication: opening our ears, our minds, and our hearts. – Abigail Karr Abigail teaches out of her home but will come to you! Offer for our...

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UB Launch Party Recap – with Pics!

We’ve hatched! Uptown Birdies had a blast at our website launch party! We hosted our soiree at the beautiful Rio II Gallery space in Hamilton Heights on Saturday, June 10, 2017. There were crafts set up as well as an awesome photo booth complete with props. We got to meet and mingle with other Uptown families while showcasing some of our favorite local businesses. Harlem Yoga was on the scene, leading the birdies in some stretches and meditation. Harlem Yoga offers kids yoga and childbirth education classes, in addition to adult classes. On Saturdays, their kid’s Yoga class runs...

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Private school application experience

If you’ve ever been through the private school application process, you know that it’s not easy. It consumes your life! We applied to eight schools for little 4-year-old Sara. And for almost all of them, that entailed: Play date for Sara School tour Parent interview The purpose of a play date is to gauge her personality and level of interaction with other children. It’s sometimes specific. Some schools sing songs, color and draw, or have the children write their names. Others will simply put them in a room with toys and watch them play. The tours are for parents...

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Honey Hollow Farm

At times, the day to day hustle and grind can become too overwhelming and draining. Not just for us but for the little ones that depend on us too. I had been working long hours at work and had a vacation week coming up. I needed time with my little birdies so I was more than happy and looking forward to a simple stay-cation at home. While going through emails, I came across the Honey Hollow Farm on a parent’s list serve. It promised a low-tech and engaging family farm stay. I knew the kids could stand to spend...

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