Month: March 2015

Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

This past Sunday, my friend Luke (who sadly does not have any social media accounts whatsoever) and I went to the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. This was an optional event for my advertising class which correlates with our extensive end-of-semester group project. Even though it was for an assignment, I thought it would be an interesting experience and we were given free tickets. Who in their right mind would pass up a free cultural experience? Certainly not us.

My subpar panorama of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

My subpar panorama of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

Luke and I ventured out into Harrisburg at around 2:30pm. Unfortunately, my GPS took us to the corporate building, but of course that would happen to me. Thankfully, a woman was in the parking lot and said we could follow her to the actual orchestra, since she was on her way as well. We took our chances with the stranger and followed her into the city. We got there safely, ran to The Forum Auditorium and collected our free tickets.

Luke posing with two handleless doors.

Luke posing with two handleless doors

One piece of advice I would give to anyone interested in going to a symphony orchestra is make sure you are aware of who the composer is that they are showcasing. I absolutely love classical music, and used to play violin quite avidly when I was younger, but I think it would have been beneficial if I researched the composer ahead of time. You’ll feel a little more cultured (hehe) but also won’t be as intimidated by the sheer amount of people who surround you. People who are dressed up, bobbing their heads or moving their fingers to the beat of the song–clearly seasoned concert goers.

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Grace United Methodist Church–right in front of the Capital

I would completely recommend going to the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra if you’ve never been. Plus, the concert was about an hour and a half, so it gives you time to do some city exploring. You can see by the pictures, we had some post-concert adventures.

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John F. Hartranft statue in front of the State Capital in Harrisburg, Pa

Always, Meg

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Happy International Women’s Day!

In my previous post I mentioned that Sunday was a day of celebration of the women who influence and empower our lives every single day.

To my mother, thank you for always telling me the truth. For being the voice of reason in my times of rashness and for reminding me to “think-before-I-speak”–a trait I was not so graciously blessed with. You have always pushed me to be my absolute best, and to do my absolute best in every project I throw myself into. You see my potential and continue to support all of my ventures, regardless of how big or small they are. You have fostered in me a work ethic that doesn’t let up, even in the most taxing of schedules. And I thank you for all of this. I wouldn’t be half the young woman I am today without your guidance and love.

Always, Meg

International Women’s Day

Fem-i-nism, noun: the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

I am a feminist. I believe that women should have the same rights as men in this society and in every aspect of life. I raise other women up to believe in the power of their dreams and empower others to do the same. To me, being a feminist means taking charge of my life as a woman, and having the confidence to put forth energy to be the most successful “me” I can be. Being a feminist is more than just wanting equal rights, it’s believing you deserve equal rights and doing something about it.

Sunday March 8, 2015 is International Women’s Day, the day to celebrate the vast economic, political and social movements of the women before us, the women of today, and the women of the future.

International Women's Day 2015 logo

International Women’s Day 2015 logo

The 2015 theme is “Make It Happen” and also uses the color purple as a symbol of justice and dignity. You can celebrate with me and millions of other women by following the organization on twitter @womensday and by using hashtags like #MakeItHappen, #IWD2015 and #PaintItPurple to spread awareness. According to the International Women’s Day website you can partake in the celebration by retweeting and sharing content on social networking sites, donating to a women’s charity of your choice or even wearing purple for the day.

So tell your mother, your older sister, your great grandmother, your old college roommate–whover–that this day is real. That this is the day to celebrate all that we have accomplished as women. Make them aware and make them proud to wear purple for just one Sunday. Whatever you chose to do, let it be a reminder for all the obstacles women have overcome and continue to overcome for the push for equal rights economically, politically and socially.

#MakeItHappen.

Always, Meg