It’s that time of year again!!!! The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Erie, Pennsylvania January 10th at 7pm!!!! Last year my daughter was FINALLY old enough where I was comfy taking her to such an event and the worst thing ever happened! A freaking blizzard happened the day of. With Erie Insurance Area being 45 minutes away from our house, it just wasn’t going to happen for us! As excited as we were to see all the neat tricks the Harlem Globetrotters had in store, it just want worth risking our safety heading to Erie. This basketball loving family would just have to wait another year to attend!!!! Thankfully this year there isn’t a single snowflake in site (knock on wood it stays that way) so we will be hitting up this awesome family event at 7pm on Thursday!!!!
In 1926, in Chicago, a 24-year-old businessman named Abe Saperstein formed a small basketball team called the Savoy Big Five. He was just trying to promote a nightclub called the Savoy Ballroom, but in just a few years the team had played over 1000 games around the country and become the Harlem Globetrotters.
In 1941, the Globetrotters signed Reece "Goose" Tatum, an all-time great who developed amazing comedy moves and changed the direction of the team.
Twenty years after their inception, the Globetrotters had played 3,000 games and were featured on the cover of Life magazine. Those were remarkable achievements at a time when America was deeply segregated by race.
The team toured the world, breaking cultural and social barriers along with basketball records. They were the first team to play basketball in Europe. In 1950, Globetrotter Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton became the first African-American player to sign an NBA contract.
In 1959, during the Cold War, the Globetrotters went on a sold-out tour of the Soviet Union. The also had an audience with Pope John XXIII and posted their first undefeated season, with an astonishing 441 wins.
Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents.
The line-up has included some of the greatest players ever, including Wilt Chamberlain, Marques Haynes, Curly Neal, and Connie Hawkins, just to name a few, and they have appeared in their own movies and TV shows.
The Harlem Globetrotters continue a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages.
Erie Insurance Area
January 10, 2019
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Have you seen the Harlem Globetrotters?
I finally had the chance to see “Hamilton” Thursday!!! The battle to score two tickets was ridiculous! I had to enter a lotto system through the host theater and keep my fingers crossed my email address was even drawn to ATTEMPT to purchase tickets the day tickets were released. That’s right, the lotto didn’t guarantee anything, but the chance to be on the ticket site when tickets went on sale. Apparently having a lotto system and a 4 ticket purchase limit minimizes the chance of scalpers scoring tickets.
Since I’m obsessed with musicals & try to not miss a show at Shea’s, I obviously entered multiple emails and lucky enough, one of the three emails was drawn! After the ticket site crashing multiple times, and having to wait about 15-20 minutes to even check out once my tickets were in my cart, I was lucky enough to score two balcony tickets for the December 6th show at Shea’s in Buffalo,NY.
After all the drama to land tickets, I’m sure you are all wondering, was it worth it? Did It Live Up To The Hype? Or did all that political nonsense really lead to the ticket sales and the show was just “ok”? Keep on reading to find out!
Like every other city, Buffalo played its part in the frenzy surrounding “Hamilton.” Legacy is the central theme of Hamilton which has landed this smashing hit 11 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize!
Basically, the musical chronicles the life of Alexander Hamilton, America’s first Treasury Secretary, set to a hip-hop backdrop. It sounds crazy, but it works because the show’s arsenal of effects is simply overwhelming. The lyrics drive the narrative, the rap gives energy to the lyrics, and the dancers double the effect by adding a visual complement to the pulsing soundscape.
“Hamilton" has everything: Love triangles, political intrigue, deadly duels and a petulant King George, played as a red-faced toddler on the verge of a tantrum.
Perhaps the greatest gift is how touchingly familiar and human “Hamilton” makes the men and women who helped shape America seem! So unlike the cold faces under powdered wigs in portrait galleries & our dollar bills.They were ordinary people who, against all odds, fought against the whims of a king to achieve not only a legacy, but greatness together! That's history worth remembering.
I get it!
The hype, the reviews that include words like "phenomenon," "revolutionary" and "thrilling." The crazy ticket sales and the lotto systems for a chance to score them. After seeing Thursday night's performance at Shea’s,I get it!
The show is a non-stop, electric spectacle that hits the gas immediately and doesn't take its foot off the pedal until the final curtain call. There's no dialogue, only song-after-song, rap battle after rap battle. You find yourself desperately trying to process every word before it speeds on to the next, while being captivated by the choreography that turns a simple stage with a rotating center into a front-row seat to history. The incredible structure of the show makes it feel effortless, even though I couldn't stop thinking about how much effort has to be made in order for it to have that effect.
You also find yourself forgetting you're watching the story of one of the country's founding fathers and become fixated on the story of a man battling the weight of his own pressure for greatness, while trying to fight the demons and temptations waiting to derail him along the way.
What Lin-Manuel Miranda did to a fascinating chapter in our history books is truly awe-inspiring. Taking the complexities of war, a developing nation and the interesting characters who inspired it all and telling their story through hip-hop, rap and yes, 21st century humor and lingo, takes "Hamilton" from a musical to a full-blown experience. If you have the chance to see “Hamilton”, do it! I promise it’s worth all the ticket hassle! I would do it all over in a heartbeat.
Have you had the chance to see Hamilton? What’s your favorite musical?
& that’s a wrap folks! Another fantastic Thanksgiving has come and gone!!! If you’re new here at The Trophy WifeStyle, you might not know that our yearly tradition includes us flying to Dallas to attend the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game!!! As Boujee as that sounds, my parents live in Dallas, so attending the game on Thanksgiving and eating our turkey the following day is our norm!!! Just like you flying to your folks home to gibbke done that Turkey. Since The Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game is something we are pros at, I figured I would give you a few pointers if you ever want to tailgate and cheer on the boys yourself!!!
1. Get To The Game EARLY! ~ There is so much going on outside AT&T Stadium! Food trucks, drinks, bands playing!!!! You definitely want to check everything out before you go into the game!
2. Uber May Be Cheaper Than Parking ~ That’s correct folks! I kid you not, if you want to park where you can actually see the stadium, you’re paying $25 for parking. Depending where you are located in Dallas, check your Uber prices. My folks live in Trophy Club, it’s a $30 ride after tip. $60 round trip. Not cheaper than parking, but it’s also 20-30 minutes away. That’s not bad for that distance. If you’re actually close by, you might be getting away with $10 rides!
3. Clear Bags ~ One of the lamest NFL game rules of all times if you ask me!!! This year however store like Walmart have clear bags that literally look like Chanel knockoffs AND for under $15! You can enter that game in style, well as close to as “in style” as you can be thanks to retailers knowing we need to look fabulous while rocking those clear bags!
4. Download Cowboys App ~ Most tickets are now paperless for AT&T Stadium! You will most likely need to download the Cowboys app to access your tickets. It’s nice to know this ahead of time since you don’t want to waste precious data downloading an app you will only use once a year.
5. Pay Attention To Section When Entering ~ There are two ends with pre-game entertainment. Each end can only be accessed by certain sections. AT&T Stadium is HUGE. You don’t want to attempt to enter the wrong section and end up walking to the other end to enter. It’s a LONG walk!!
6. Sit on Visitors Side ~ Want to actually watch the half time performance? I will be honest, the games we have attended, I really didn’t know the artist by their actual music, but it was still cool to watch live!! Total bragging rights;-) You want to sit on the visitors side to make sure you watch the action from the right side of the stadium. It wouldn’t be near as fun watching from behind that’s for sure!
Do you watch football on Thanksgiving?
As most of you know that follow my Instagram, my parents live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area! So several times a year you get a little dose of Texas Spam!!!!! So much to do in the area and I can’t help but share all the fun with y’all!!!!. I always tell everyone that I would do anything to move back to Orlando, the place I coinsider home, but honestly, Dallas comes in a close second. Such a lovely area!!!! I wouldn’t mind living there one bit!!!!
Christmas Capital of Texas!
This last trip to Dallas over Thanksgiving, my dad suggested taking my daughter to Grapevine! The Christmas Capital of Texas!!! The suburb of Dallas/Fort Worth is literally a 10 minute drive from his home in Trophy Club so I was like sure! Let’s check it out. Boy were we in for a treat! I wasn’t expecting all the fabulousness we were about to encounter!
Grapevine Texas is literally an Instagramers dream location! With more than 1,400 events in 40-plus days, and insta-worth props spread throughout the town, Grapevine's charming holiday setting makes the city the "Christmas Capital of Texas." All I kept thinking was this would be the perfect place to snap a Christmas card!!! So many fabulous props and backdrops to choose from!!!
Christmas on Main
Main Street in downtown Grapevine is literally the most charming downtown areas in the US!!!! Reminded me of a town set back in time. Love the old fashioned feel!!!!! I also couldn’t get over all the fabulous shopping in the little boutiques. It is especially charming at Christmas, when every store is decked out in lights, ribbons and bows.
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 28 through December 21, downtown comes alive with tractor-drawn wagon rides and entertainment. You can get a wagon ride from the Gazebo for $1 per person from 2 to 5 pm, Fridays; noon to 5 pm, Saturdays; and 1 to 4 pm, Sundays. Head to the Gazebo every Saturday afternoon in December from noon to 1 pm for live free entertainment!! You can also ride the famous Polar Express train and see jolly old Saint Nick at the train station thanks to the awesome folks at Great Wolf Lodge hosting those activities!!!
As you stroll along Main Street in the heart of Grapevine, TX, you will also find loads of locations looking extra festive with fabulous decorations, designated as great photo op spots for the holidays.
These areas can be found at Liberty park (215 S Main Street), the Christmas tree at the Gazebo (325 S Main Street), North Pole Neighborhood (705 S Main Street) and at the Grapevine Visitor Information Center (636 S Main Street).
If waking through town, just type those addresses into your phone GPS and you will be set! Honestythough, everything is pretty easy to find! I doubt you will need assistance!
If you couldn’t tell, my family had a blast!!!! So much to do you almost run out of time. I love it when that happens. Our day was so jam packed with fun, making memories that will last a lifetime.
If you plan on hitting up the Christmas Capital of Texas, you will want to purchase all of your event tickets on advance. While all the photo ops are free and there are dozens of restaurants to dine at without large waits, activities like
the Polar Express train ride so sell out.
We had so much fun that we will definitely be going back next Christmas season. Only change will be all of our tickets will be purchased in advance. That way we won’t be bummed when we find out the train is sold out. It will be sold out, but we will lnvine on board with our pre purchased tickets, so we won’t care lol.....
If you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area around Christmas, definitely check out Grapevine. You will have a blast & your Instagram account will be looking lit!!
Have you been to Grapevine, Texas?
My family received two complimentary nights. No monetary compensation was given. All thoughts, stories and opinions, 100% my own.
Heading to Sesame Place? Need to find a chic place to stay near the park? Don’t want to break the bank? The fab news is, the official hotel of Sesame Place, Sheraton Bucks County is all of those things! For around $159 a night, that’s at least $50 cheaper than all the “suite” hotels near by like Hampton, Holiday Inn Express etc, you can feel boojie and be on a budget at the same time!!!!
Let me tell you my favorite reasons for staying at the Sheraton Bucks County!
Accross The Street From Sesame Place!
Thats right, no need to set that navigation system in your car because the hotel is literally across the street. While I would still recommend driving over to the park, or taking the complementary park shuttle Sheraton offers, you are as close to the park as you can get! Getting lost is impossible.
I know it’s silly, but it makes me happy to walk into a hotel and seeing fabulousity. Makes me feel good knowing I’m staying someplace pretty and totally insta-worthy! The lobby at Sheraton Bucks County would definitely make for fabulous backdrops for photos! You don’t get these types of views when walking into a chain suite hotel!
Free Flavored Water
I don’t know why, but my daughter and I were obsessed with the free flavored water! The only other places I know that do this are spas, so I definitely felt boojie sipping on my flavored water while walking back to my room.
If you have been a Trophy WifeStyle subscriber for awhile, then you know I’m all about the room service!!! While this was a short trip and we didn’t have time to take advantage of the luxury, I loved knowing the option was there! I even spotted a family eating room service poolside one evening. Such a genius idea. Totally doing that next time I’m on a trip longer than a day or two.
Room Service not your jam? Then eat your meal inside the actual restaurant or at the bar! Yum.
Indoor pools are an awesome perk while visiting anywhere up north. Shivering at the park? Make it a pool day! Did it start raining cats and dogs? Pool day! Indoor pools are a total lifesaver when traveling with kids, so I always look for this amenity when traveling.
TIP ~ Indoor pools also make for a great way to tire the kiddos out while you sip on that vino. That’s right, there might be wine in that Starbucks cup while my daughter is tiring herself out for bed ;-)
One of my favorite things about staying at nice hotels is the comfy bed! My hubby and I have tried so hard to make our bed at home just as comfy as a hotel bed, yet every time we stay at a nicer hotel, we want to take that bed home with us! The Sheraton Bucks County’s beds did not disappoint! So comfy that you don’t want to get up in the morning regardless of all the fun there is across the street at Sesame Place.
Planning your Sesame Place trip on a Sesame Place fireworks night? No need to beat the crowd to that perfect viewing spot in the park because you can view the fireworks from the comfort of your own hotel room! I loved that all I had to do was walk from my comfy bed to my window with a glass of vino in hand to watch the fireworks show! And in my pajamas!!! Best perk EVER!!!
What amenities do you look for when booking hotels?
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.