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First delight, then challenge!
You know how the best kids movies have an extra layer of meaning that goes over the kid’s heads and goes straight to the parent’s hearts?

The “How are the Parents” Concert at the reopening of the commons celebration downtown this weekend will work like that: lighthearted music, stories and movement that would delight children of all ages, but has a subversive side: it aims to shift the cultural conversation and change community priorities: from only asking “how are the children” to also asking “How are the Parents”.
Because we can’t expect flowers to become fruits without watering the roots, but our society doesn’t provide for us parents nearly as much support as it should.
Healthy communities also ask: How Are The Parents!  And this concert will start this movement in ithaca.
It will take place at the family stage right by the state theater on Saturday August 29 at 2pm-4pm. This program is a collaboration between Yael Saar, the Founder of Mama’s Comfort Camp, Ithaca’s largest mom’s network, John Simon, Ithaca’s beloved singer songwriter, and Diane Hamilton of Little Buddhas Yoga, with special guests: Ryan B Curtis, and Circus Culture.
They will kick the show off with a FlashMob dance to the song: We Are Family! by Sister Sledge.
The moves are easy enough to learn on the spot, but you can get ahead of the game by learning the steps with these videos:
The whole dance:
Step by step:

If you’d like to learn the steps in person, come on down to Sweet Melissa’s Ice Cream Shoppe on Friday at5:30pm and learn the dance with Yael, and get free sprinkles on any ice cream you buy if you mention Mama’s Comfort Camp. 
This will be great fun, and even more fun with you there. The Grand Reopening of the commons festivities will go strong all weekend long. Come find us on the family stage by the State Theater on Saturday at 2pm

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