Ways to Stay Festive This Year

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With a rather amended Thanksgiving celebration coming our way next week, I want to give you a few notions on how to keep this beloved holiday festive, even during these extremely challenging circumstances.

First, flowers and greenery always, always help to lift spirits. Autumn provides a bounty of color and texture with which to decorate our homes and tables. I recommend keeping to tradition, no matter how outside the norm things are, and placing pieces of our natural environment indoors.

Ways to Stay Festive This Year

Nic Faitos, co-founder of Starbright Floral Design, “the official florist of the city that never sleeps,” shares some great ideas with me on my “Bagels and Broadway” radio show this Sunday at 2. Starbright Floral Design

How about attending a wonderful show featuring amazing talents from Broadway next Saturday night?

Ways to Stay Festive This Year

A Toast to Broadway, presented by the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut gets underway at 8 pm. You can enjoy the event from the comfort of your home, or you can attend a “watch party” at the theatre, complete with some lovely perks, in a completely Covid-secure environment.

Tony winner Debbie Gravitte created this lovely evening, and she will perform as well. A Toast to Broadway

And now, for some serious shopping! You know Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.

Ways to Stay Festive This Year

Now, there is Artists Sunday, a way to support artists and receive discounts on products, as well as score some unique holiday gifts. The brainchild of photographer Christopher Sherman, Artists Sunday is a movement, as well as a portal for artists to market themselves year-round. Artists Sunday

Ways to Stay Festive This Year

Debbie Gravitte, Christoher Sherman,  producer-turned-poet Carol Ostrow (“Poems from My Pandemic Pen”), and Nic Faitos all join me on “Bagels and Broadway” this Sunday.

Listen on WNYM from 2-3 PM or on podcast following the broadcast. Wishing you and yours a healthy, safe, and happy Thanksgiving!


  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at www.valeriesmaldone.com

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