Welcome to the Sweet Pea Project's Blog, part of the Sweet Pea Project's effort to create a supportive and compassionate community for those of us affected by the death of a child. Here you will find updates on the Sweet Pea Project, as well as anything going on in the world that relates to childloss. If you have a suggestion for a topic you would like to see discussed here, I'd love to hear it. Please make sure you stop by the official website, www.sweetpeaproject.org and feel free to email me for any reason at anytime at Stephanie@sweetpeaproject.org.
peace, Stephanie Cole (Madeline's Mom)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Free Shows at Ware Center for Sweet Pea Project Families!

Because we've been through a lot as a family, and we all deserve a little fun and laughter.  A little special treatment.

The Ware Center in downtown Lancaster is opening its doors to us this weekend.  For free.  All you have to do is email Stephanie@sweetpeaproject.org no later than Feb 21 and let me know how many people will be attending with you.  Here are the details, as emailed to me by the Winter &Ware Centers' lovely family arts collaborator, Barry Kornhauser.

We have TWO great shows coming up this weekend at the Ware Center, both totally appropriate for children and adults - and we are happy to offer Sweet Pea Project community families FREE tickets to each!!!

Both of these shows are being performed by Dan Kamin.  He's the guy who taught Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp their physical comedy chops (for the movies CHAPLIN and BENNY & JOON).  More recently he trained the actor starring in the Broadway show CHAPLIN.   That's probably why Robert Downey Jr. called Dan America's "foremost authority" on Charlie Chaplin.  He's also a wonderfully funny performer himself as you will see if you come to these shows.

On Friday evening, Feb. 22, at 7:30, Dan is presenting FUNNY BONES: THE COMEDY OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN.  This show includes live silent comedy routines, audience participation, and a silent film clip of a Charlie Chaplin with live musical accompaniment.  Lots of laughs and even a little bit of learning.

On Saturday morning, Feb. 23 at 11:00, Dan is presenting COMEDY IN MOTION, a completely delightful show that's been called "a breathtaking display of theatricality that's sharp, funny, and highly inventive."  One hour before the show, we'll have free fun activities in the lobby for all kids, and right after the show, he'll offer a comedy workshop for kids.   We'll also provide a home activity guide, a free snack, and a toy surprise to every kids that comes.

And, again, for you, this is all FREE!!!   All you have to do is show up.  Just email first to let me know how many of you might be coming.  That way we can be better prepared.  Hope you'll take advantage of this offer.  It's good wholesome fun for all ages - from 5 to 95.   Please join us.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Some Sweet Pea News

Sweet Pea Project is having a busy little winter this year, so I thought I'd quickly share with you some of the things we have going on.

As you may have heard, Sweet Pea Project's founder- Stephanie Paige Cole- was nominated for the Unity Award, which is given to a "Mom making a difference" by the organization MASK once a year.  She has made it to the top 15, which means she will be featured in the spring issue of MASK Magazine, and she will be honored at a luncheon in Scottsdale, Arizona on March 21.  Voting is now open to determine who the winner is, and with our strong community we have a real shot at this!  If you are able to, we would be so grateful if you would vote once a day from now until March 1, and share the link with your friends.  It is super fast and easy.  http://www.maskmatters.org/stephanie-cole

Sweet Pea Project's next free community event is also right around the corner.  Coffee & Conversation with Catherine A. G. Bayly will be held on Friday, March 8 at Mulberry Art Studios in Lancaster, PA.  It is going to be such a peaceful, yet powerful evening. Candle light and coffee and desserts, the company of other parents who understand our wounded hearts, an opportunity to hear the talented poet and professor Catherine A. G. Bayly speak and a chance to sit down and, with her gentle guidance, explore our grief and put the unspeakable down in words.  All spaces filled up rather quickly, and so we decided to open up 5 more seats.  If you would like to join us, and we really hope you do, please reserve your seat today.  Registration will close at the end of the day on February 15th, as long as spaces remain.  More information, and the link to registration, can be found at www.sweetpeaproject.org/coffee.

Then on Saturday, March 9, Beth Gauthier and Stephanie Cole will be heading to the Ware Center at Millersville University's 42 North Prince Street, Lancaster, location to represent Sweet Pea Project and bereaved mothers everywhere at the International Women's Day Celebration Event.  The event is free and offers a morning filled with inspiring & engaging speakers who will share about the work they are doing here in Lancaster and around the world to positively impact the lives of women. There will be speakers, breakout sessions with Q&A time, and a room filled with organizations working on behalf of women worldwide where you can purchase fair trade items such as jewelry, clothing, purses and more!  Sweet Pea Project will be handing out information as we work to educate the public about this important women's issue, and we'll be collecting donations of blankets and monetary contributions.  Please stop by and say hi!  Check out the event's facebook page for more details, https://www.facebook.com/events/557590290937107/?fref=ts

And last but not least, our Winter Book Drive has been incredibly successful so far and we're not done yet!  We have had the opportunity to honor so many children through this drive, and we will be touching the lives of so many as we distribute these books.  676 books have donated to date, and we still have 2 weeks left to collect donations for the book drive.  If you would like to participate please visit www.sweetpeaproject.org/winterbookdrive to learn more.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, it is an honor and a privilege to be a small part of your child's remembrance.