Archive | October, 2012

Ornament Decorating Party

31 Oct

This past friday, October 26th, creativity was soaring in the EWI office.  Our glue guns were cocked and loaded, and glitter was in the air.  It was our first, and possibly annual, Ornament Decorating Party!

With a fresh bushel of ornaments, we set off on a days worth of decorating.

Ornament Decorating

Marianna

Sandra

Melinda

Perri

Jeremy

Finished Holiday Balls

Finished Star Ornaments

The ornament decorating party was a success, and the ornaments are to be sold at our Artisan Marketplace, at the ETS Graduation on December 8th, with benefits going to EWI.

There are still ornaments left over, if anyone is interested in making an ornament, please contact perri@ewint.org

Thanks to all those that came out and helped!

Sushmita Muzumdar: Chai, Stories & Art

30 Oct

Sushmita Muzumdar, 2007 ETS Graduate and artist, has her first solo show entitled, Let’s Tell Our Tales: Everyday Stories as Artists’ Books & Collages.

Sushmita is a book artist and writer, she specializes in writing stories with handmade books.  She believes in the power of storytelling, and seeks to create art through each wonderful tale.  Her pieces are beautifully intricate and articulate, combining literature and fine art.

Sushmita’s show will be held from Nov 3rd to the 18th at the

Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Glen Echo, MD 20812

In honor of EWI’s 10th Anniversary, she is holding a special Chai, Stories, and Art Tour for EWI friends and supporters!

Join us for the free event on Sunday November 11th,
from 2-4pm

Click here to RSVP!

Learn more about Sushmita’s bookarts and her special invite to you:

Sushmita received her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts from Bombay University in India and subsequently worked as an art director in the advertising industry in Mumbai. Sushmita volunteers as a docent with the Smithsonian’s Freer & Sackler Galleries of Art (National Museum of Asian Art) in Washington DC where she was trained in Asian art history. She is a graduate of EWI’s Training for Success program and lives in Arlington with her son, daughter, and husband. For more, view her website at Handmade Storybooks.

ETS Rockville Class Update: It’s Getting Cold, But We’re Heating Up! (10/22)

25 Oct

Even though the seasons are changing and it’s starting to cool down, the month of October is heating up in the Fall ETS classes!

As our students tread the choppy waters of starting a business and developing their business plans, they continue to learn more about this courageous endeavor and even more about their selves.

Alexandria and Rockville students have covered the various facets of marketing, the importance of customer service and effectively measuring successes. Despite some reservations, ETS ladies were schooled in social media, public speaking and marketing techniques for on and offline strategies.

We are empowering our women to believe they can achieve all that they imagine and encouraging the confidence necessary to persevere. Last night in the Rockville class, the transformations were evident in several students. Guest speaker, Kathy Reiffenstein, Founder and President of And…Now Presenting, gave an excellent presentation to the students on effective elevator pitches and confident public speaking. The students paid close attention to her lecture and were surprised to discover that they would have to use this lesson sooner than expected. As Kathy concluded her presentation, Perri whipped out the flip cam and recorded each student’s unrehearsed elevator pitch and played each one back for constructive evaluation and peer review.

I was so proud to see my women stand up and briefly explain their respective businesses and purposes. Indeed there were some butterflies, but on a whole, each student has made tremendous progress and without a doubt, will be ready to shine at the graduation in December.  Although we are nearing the end of the course, this is just the beginning of these women’s journeys into entrepreneurship.

Charlia Acree
ETS Rockville Intern

Steel Magnolias Show to Benefit EWI, this Thurs/Fri/Sat!

22 Oct

Just a reminder, this weekend only, Group Therapy Productions presents Robert Harling’s comedy-drama STEEL MAGNOLIAS, at the Convergence Sanctuary.

In honor of the 10 year anniversary, all proceeds from the show will benefit
Empowered Women International!   

STEEL MAGNOLIAS focuses on the camaraderie of six southern women who talk, gossip, and harangue each other through the best of times and comfort and repair one another through the worst. The play is alternately hilarious and touching with six female characters that are delicate as magnolias yet as strong as steel.

Performances will be:

Thursday, October 25th at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 26th at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 27th at 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 27th at 8:00 pm

at

The Convergence Sanctuary
1801 N. Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA

Tickets are a suggested $20 donation, but no one will be turned away, please pay what you can to support EWI.

Tickets may be purchased from any cast member or email us at mailto:gt.productions9@gmail.com

About “Group Therapy Productions”

What do you get when you cross a group of sensitive actresses, a director, producer, little money but an abundance of inspiration and energy, and a burning desire to help others?  Group Therapy Productions.

The roots of “Group Therapy” can be traced to Charles Dickens.  In December of 2011, the members of “Group Therapy” were all involved in a production of A Christmas Carol at the Little Theatre of Alexandria.  Whether it was the show, the holiday, shared values, or just love of theatre, this group of women formed a strong bond that they refused to break.    The women began meeting to discuss and share their new acting ventures, classes, and life experiences.  One member jokingly called it “Group Therapy”, and the title stuck.  It was in April’s “Group Therapy” session that it dawned on them that they had the perfect cast for Steel Magnolias, and the idea took off.  In keeping with shared feelings to provide an uplifting environment of support for each other, they want to continue that objective, the fostering of women supporting women, and all proceeds from the production will go to Empowered Women International.

CAST:   STEEL MAGNOLIAS is produced by Kendall Hermsdorf and Hannah Wolf, directed by Robin Parker and showcases Janette Moman (Truvy), Rachel Gray (Annelle), Suzanne Martin (M’Lynn), Maria Ciarrocchi (Shelby), Tricia O’Neill-Politte  (Clairee), and Mary Lou Bruno (Ousier).

We are so appreciative of your generosity, thank you Group Therapy Productions!

Fall Inspirations

19 Oct

Here at EWI, we are all excited to welcome in the fall season.  From hot cider, to changing leaves; EWI is eager to fall into the season…

Perri’s favorite things about fall are… Leg-warmers, pumpkin pie, mocasins, colorful leaves, apple cider, and babies in halloween costumes!

Alexandra’s favorite things about fall are… Michigan State Football, apple cider, donuts, pumpkin ale, changing leaves, scarves, boots, pumpkin picking, berets, and Michigan State Football.

Mina’s favorite things about fall are… Homecomings, gourds, the “crispness of the air, the crunchiness of the leaves,” scarves, pumpkin ale, bonfires, apple picking, embers dissipating into the cool fall air, and camping.   “I love fall, it’s my favorite season”.

Charlia’s favorite things about fall are… sweet potato pie, hay rides, beerfests, haunted houses, apple-bobbing, leather jackets, long sweaters, and fried turkey

Jeremy’s favorite things about fall are… football season, rum and cider, watching movies, hot-tubbing, bonfires, and less sweating.

Mary’s favorite things about fall are.. the vibrant colors of the leaves, chill in the air that makes you pull out your scarves and hats and boots, the different styles of fall, wind changes, rustling of the leaves, and the spooky-ish autumnal aura.

HOLIDAY ORNAMENT-DECORATING PARTYYY!

17 Oct

Come out and make holiday ornaments with the EWI team!  

We will be supplying paper mache ornaments to be decorated and designed.

Ornaments will be sold at our Fall Graduation holiday marketplace on December 8th to benefit EWI.

We are utilizing a MAKE ONE, TAKE ONE policy.  That means, make one ornament, donate it to EWI, and the next ornament you make, you can keep!

WHERE: EWI Office, 320 S. Henry St., Alexandria VA

WHEN: Friday, October 26th from 10 am to 5 pm

If you intend to come, please RSVP with an email to mary@ewint.org

***Ornaments and basic decorations will be supplied, but please bring extra materials/photos to make more specialized and creative ornaments.

EWI Board Member Howie Gets Book Contract!

15 Oct

Howard Feinstein gets Contract to Publish his Civil Rights Memoir “Fire On The Bayou” 

Hats off to Howard Feinstein, Member of EWI Board of Directors for securing a contract to publish his civil rights memoir “Fire On The Bayou” in 2013.

“This milestone marks a major step in my own entrepreneurial journey, which began when I moved on from law and plunged — with almost nothing in the way of planning — into the world of music and writing.  You can’t believe how many people told me that I was being irresponsible. A couple of people literally questioned my mental health, suggesting that I needed to get some counseling. However, at this point, things are going quite well with music, and I will now be publishing my second book, with more to come.”

 

Congratulations Howie for your determination, passion and belief in your gifts: music, writing and the law. You represent all that EWI believes in and more.

Community Services Fair with Language ETC

12 Oct

On Tuesday October 10th, Perri and I attended a community services fair as presented by Language ETC, an organization that teaches ESL classes to DC residents.  The event took place at the Language ETC campus in north west DC, which made for a lovely drive along the Rock Creek Parkway.

After admiring a parade of daycare babies (Perri), we made our way into the ETC building and set up a lovely array of jewelry and EWI-related pamphlets.
Language ETC 10/9

The competition was fierce as our table was almost overshadowed by the MOST CHARISMATIC MAN IN THE WORLD, who’s booming voice and gargantuan stature loomed heavily over every person in the room.  Perri and I had no other option, we had to step our game up.  We reached into our bag of tricks and pulled out some Spanish fluency and old fashioned charm, which helped us to connect with many of the wonderful ESL students.

While other tables relied on gimmicks like free toothbrushes and stainless steel rulers, we handed out something far more valuable… the opportunity to better one’s self through EWI enrichment.

Ultimately, the event was a success that allowed us to reach out to potential EWI students and benefactors in the DC area.

Till our next adventure…

-Jeremy Brandt-Vorel
Media and Outreach Intern

 

EWI Board Member, Melissa Reitkopp, Hosts Power Home Party!

11 Oct

It’s a consensus, Melissa’s House Party last night was amazing! From the décor to the food everything was, simply put, divine.  The warmth and hospitality provided by Melissa as she greeted each guest was outstanding as the rest of us gathered to socialize, make new friends, and introduce ourselves to the amazing EWI women and their work.

The party began around 6:30 p.m. as people trickled in.  Everyone was greeted with refreshments of lemonade, apple cider, or your choice of red or white wine along with mouthwatering aromas of quiches and soups all of which were prepared by Melissa. (If you want a good recipe for a quiche I recommend asking Melissa. There were six different kinds and each one that I tried was out of this world!) In no time, the house was full and people began to make their way downstairs where the real excitement and treasures were located.

In the basement, where we had set up shop earlier, awaited Velma with her lovely aprons, Clementine with her beautiful floral arrangements, and Mariam with her versatile bags along with jewelry from past EWI graduates.  I was upstairs for the majority of the evening, but there was not one moment when I didn’t hear or see somebody “ooing” and “ahhing” over these wonderful products.  Sharmila, another wonderful EWI graduate, was also upstairs decorating guests’ hands with her beautiful and always unique henna designs.

As the night came to an end, we all gathered upstairs to eat and pause in order to hear EWI’s incredible story and the accounts of these remarkable women.  It was my first time, as well as many others’, to hear first-hand these inspirational stories.  I was moved and touched by each one.

What an inspiring night! I don’t think anyone could have asked for more as we each left with memories of laughter, joy, and the good company we had all just shared.

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Steel Magnolias show with benefits going to EWI!

11 Oct

Group Therapy Productions presents Robert Harling’s comedy-drama STEEL MAGNOLIAS, this October at the Convergence Sanctuary.

In honor of the 10 year anniversary, All proceeds from the show will benefit Empowered Women International!   

STEEL MAGNOLIAS focuses on the camaraderie of six southern women who talk, gossip, and harangue each other through the best of times and comfort and repair one another through the worst. The play is alternately hilarious and touching with six female characters that are delicate as magnolias yet as strong as steel.

Performances will be:

Thursday, October 25th at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 26th at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 27th at 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 27th at 8:00 pm

at

The Convergence Sanctuary
1801 N. Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA

Tickets are a suggested $20 donation, but no one will be turned away, please pay what you can to support EWI.

Tickets may be purchased from any cast member or email us at mailto:gt.productions9@gmail.com

About “Group Therapy Productions”

What do you get when you cross a group of sensitive actresses, a director, producer, little money but an abundance of inspiration and energy, and a burning desire to help others?  Group Therapy Productions.

The roots of “Group Therapy” can be traced to Charles Dickens.  In December of 2011, the members of “Group Therapy” were all involved in a production of A Christmas Carol at the Little Theatre of Alexandria.  Whether it was the show, the holiday, shared values, or just love of theatre, this group of women formed a strong bond that they refused to break.    The women began meeting to discuss and share their new acting ventures, classes, and life experiences.  One member jokingly called it “Group Therapy”, and the title stuck.  It was in April’s “Group Therapy” session that it dawned on them that they had the perfect cast for Steel Magnolias, and the idea took off.  In keeping with shared feelings to provide an uplifting environment of support for each other, they want to continue that objective, the fostering of women supporting women, and all proceeds from the production will go to Empowered Women International.

CAST:   STEEL MAGNOLIAS is produced by Kendall Hermsdorf and Hannah Wolf, directed by Robin Parker and showcases Janette Moman (Truvy), Rachel Gray (Annelle), Suzanne Martin (M’Lynn), Maria Ciarrocchi (Shelby), Tricia O’Neill-Politte  (Clairee), and Mary Lou Bruno (Ousier).

 

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