Monday, September 27, 2010

Broadway Flea Market

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Is it just me, or does it feel like the weeks are just flying by these days? I can't believe it will be October already by the end of this week. When did that happen? 2010 will be over before we know it.

Eric and I had a nice weekend. Saturday we did some shopping - we got some new work clothes for Eric and I got some stuff I needed for my cousin's bridal shower that I am hosting next month (in October, which is going to be here this week, did I mention?). We then watched the Gator game at home with some sushi and cocktails (Crown Royal and ginger ale, my absolute favorite). The Gators beat Kentucky 48-14, including six touchdowns by freshman Trey Burton. Six! By one guy! I'm no expert, but I think scoring six touchdowns in one game means you are probably not bad at football. Go Gators!

Yesterday Eric and I went out to Shubert Alley for the Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS. It was quite the production! They had tables and tables of Broadway memorabilia for sale, all donated and sold to raise money for the cause. We're talking autographed posters, old Playbills, DVDs, t-shirts, costumes, dance shoes, etc., etc. There was so much stuff! They also had a Celebrity Table where various Broadway stars (including Billy Joe Armstrong, Kristin Chenoweth, Sean Hayes, Bebe Neuwirth, Mandy Gonzalez, Anthony Rapp and many more) were available to sign autographs and take photos with fans for a donation to the cause (minimum $20 for autographs or $40 for a photo, $50 for both). They also had a Grand Auction where they were auctioning off things like walk-on roles in Broadway musicals, backstage tours with the stars, opening night tickets, a chance to conduct the orchestra of Phantom of the Opera, and all sorts of autographed memorabilia. Oh, if only we could afford to bid on walk-on roles or the conducting opportunities! How incredible would that be? Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Unfortunately, we have to pay rent, so that was not a possibility. So, we just wandered through the crowds and took in all the activity. It really was a very cool event.

Signs at the "entrance" to the Flea Market

Crowds wandering through the Flea Market

People lining up for the Celebrity Table

Stuff available for auction

Kristin Chenoweth (probably our most often-sighted celebrity in NYC) stopping by the Wicked booth

Autographed posters on display

After leaving the Broadway Flea Market we ran some errands, picked up hot dogs from Gray's Papaya and caught an afternoon show of The Town, which we enjoyed. Then it was home for delicious dinner, a nice bottle of wine, and some relaxation. It was a nice weekend!

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