Lasallian Volunteers 2006-2007

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Jet-setting the East Coast

Greetings one and all...

Sara and I have recently been jetsetting (ok...car-setting) the East Coast in search of good times with fellow LVs. Last weekend, we enjoyed Baltimore with Camden and the B'more LVs (Tim and Erin) and this weekend, we piled in on NYC's Bedofrd Park community to enjoy some time in the Big Apple. It was Sara's first time in NYC and my second (but it felt like the first all over again!). Here's "how it went down" this wknd...

We left Philadelphia at 9am on Saturday morning and after a coffee-n-gas stop in Jersey, we found ourselves in NYC in just about 2 hours...nice! One of the Brothers tuned us in to the need-to-know about NYC and we were on the D-Train in a flash and enjoying some time at Time Warner Plaza (it's a giant mall on the inside!) before we knew it.

Sara's friend joined us for a stroll through Central Park and down 5th Avenue. How wonderful it was to see 5th Ave at Christmastime! All the decorations, caroling, and hustle-bustle kinda got me in the Christmas mood...just what I needed! We stopped in a few places we couldn't nearly afford to see what people in NYC bought :) We even stopped in to sit in on an Evensong presentation at a church on 5th (St. Timothy's I think).

St. Peter's Cathedral was the next stop. I have never been in there and now I know what I was missing. Even with a million people inside, there was a sense of the grandoise of the Catholic Church. The St. Jean Baptist de La Salle display is beautiful there! And if you looked up at one point, you got to see the last 4 bishop hats (those fancy, tassels-added things) hanging from the ceiling. There was also a beautifully-carved Nativity Set inside. How wonderful!

We headed to Rockafeller Center next. (Trip Tip: Don't go the wknd before Christmas!) After battling the crowds, we managed to get close enought to the tree to sense its massive size looming over us. We could not, however, get ANYwhere near the skating rink (Trip Tip: You can only see it if you come in from the 5th Ave Entrance...and wait FORever!).

We walked into the Diamond District and Sara's eyes went ga-ga for the jewels! After pricing a few of her favorites, we decided not to get engaged ;) Sara's friend departed and left us to experience Times Square for ourselves...wow! It's really amazing! Did you know there's an Olive Garden at TS? How classy! There's even a McDonald's...so there!

We went to the Hershey Store (Trip Tip: Might as well go to Hershey, PA...this store was jam-packed [with a line outside to get in] and it really wasn't that impressive, esp if you've been to Hershey, PA), M-n-M World (nice!) and grabbed a soda-n-fries break at McD's before leaving the touristy area to head to (a real) dinner.

We met another of Sara's friends at a restaurant named The Cottage at 74th and Amsterdam to enjoy GREAT Chinese food (at about $8.50/plate)...and free wine! This restaurant brings wine to your table for free as long as you're dining there. Sara and I enjoyed 3 glasses of wine with our Chinese food. All that (3 people, appetizers, dinner, and wine for $33).

We then headed to a birthday party of this friend's friend just up the street at a place named UNwineD...a wine bar. Drinks were free (thanks to knowing someone) and Sara and I enjoyed the party...a lot! We got back to the Highbridge community at about 4:30am...and that's earlier than the other group of volunteers who went out!

We got up Sunday for a massage clinic (in-house, free!), a brunch (thanks Highbridge!), and a White Elephant gift exchange. We left at about 3:00 and headed to Camden for THEIR Christmas Open House...good times there, too!

Got home at 7pm and helped at our local parish with a Christmas Food Drive (repacking items for distribution).

FUN TIMES! Thanks to the Bedford Park Community for hosting us, to Camden for their holiday party...and everyone for making it such a wonderful weekend!

Oh...and I would have photos...but I forgot my camera at work, so c'est la vie...the memories will be cherished forever!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

4 Comments:

  • At 10:11 AM, Blogger Sara V said…

    NOTE: The Cottage is at 77th and Amsterdam not 74th. But I totally suggest it to all! It is so cute, fun, and totally affordable for a volunteer stipend!

     
  • At 11:52 PM, Blogger Beth said…

    It was good to see you guys this wekeend.... next time we'll all go out together and I'll be sure you're the last ones in the house! He he he!

     
  • At 11:04 AM, Blogger Erica said…

    What a blast! Thanks for coming!

    P.S. Are you sorry that you didn't steal that cologne from me?

     
  • At 7:32 PM, Blogger Paul Sevcik said…

    Almost, Erica...almost!

     

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