Event: Scanlan Theodore Fall/Winter Shopping Event December 5

Iconic Australian fashion label Scanlan Theodore, was founded in Melbourne in 1987. Since inception, the brand has generated a cult-like following for its intelligent, well-crafted designs. This year, the brand expanded to Europe and the US, and recently opened a new boutique in Soho, NYC.

To celebrate, we’re thrilled to invite you to an exclusive Scanlan Theodore Fall/Winter Shopping event hosted by AWNY. We will be joined by one of the label’s founders and guests will be treated to a private shopping experience showcasing their latest range. Champagne and a holiday gift, available only in store, will also be on offer. This is not to be missed!

Event details

Date: Tuesday, December 5
Time: 6pm
Address: Scanlan Theodore Soho Boutique, 117 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
Cost: Complementary
RSVP: Registrations are essential for this exclusive event – to avoid disappointment we suggest you register early at concierge@scanlantheodore.com.

Sorry gents, this event is ladies only!

If you have questions about the event, please contact AWNY representative Melanie Joan.

Register for this event

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What’s On in New York – November

From Halloween’s candy and frights, to the Thanksgiving turkey Tryptophan, November launches New York into the festive holiday season. Get ready for some serious eating and drinking as the party invitations start to arrive. Be warned though, you will find the svelte trained up for the New York City Marathon, and you’ll be standing beside those snake hips at the Holiday parties next month.

Here’s what’s on:

October 27, 10am AWNY presents The Emotional Transition of Moving to New York in the East Village. Join a small group of women to discuss the excitement – and hardship – of transition to the City of Cities, led by AWNY’s Susie Lang.

Barton Orchards Farm, 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag NY 12570. Open seasonally, and closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, this incredible destination is a unique experience to go apple picking (get your apples for the Thanksgiving pie) and see a real NY country farm. For those with children, you will find a haunted house, petting zoo, fun park and corn maze. For everyone else, the apple cider donuts and drinks are authentically rural, and the scenic drive is a beautiful way to pass a leisurely weekend day. A fun weekend to go is October 28 & 29 to capitalize on the Halloween festivities.

November 5 is the TCS NYC Marathon. Download waze.com if you are driving in the city because it’s a hazard to get around by car from E59th up to E138th Street (and traffic congestion beyond). Runners will be blocking your way across town. Walk or use the subway to come out and cheer your fit friends on and celebrate afterwards.

November 9, 12-2pm Congratulations to AWNY President Belinda Jackson for being nominated for the Clara de Hirsch Award for exceptional support of other women in the 92nd Street Y Extraordinary Women Awards.

November 14, 6pm Finances in the USA, Australian Consulate, Midtown East. Tax expert, Martin Cranitch, of Transpacific Tax Services (and previously, the SMATS Group) will speak to Aussie expats living in the USA in relation to taxation and financial planning. $15 members/$25 non-members.

November 23, 9am-12 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Where will you be for Thanksgiving this year? If you are in the city, you can plan to see the Parade, which begins at 9am at W77th and Central Park West, and runs down (south) on Central Park West, to Central Park South, and down 6th Avenue, from W59th Street down to Macys Department Store at Herald Square at W34th Street. You can watch from the Mandarin Oriental at Columbus Circle, or the Hilton at W53rd & 6th. Hotels can offer a nice vantage point for viewing if you haven’t found a local friend with a high-floor apartment to afford a good view and bathroom to watch the spectacle. Or watch it on TV like most of America.

November 24 Sample sales. If you haven’t hit the phenomenon of NYC’s sample sales, you may want to have a look. There are also online sales of course, and THE most massive shopping day of the year being Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, where everyone gets online after feasting, or gets out and about in the shops, to actively seize the very best of the year’s buys before the Holiday onslaught of ultimate consumerism.

November 29, 7pm-9pm Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, with live performances, between W48th and W51st Streets, and 5th and 6th Avenues. Put on your coat and come out with the crowd if you haven’t ever done it yet, to see the celebration of the big tree at Rockefeller Center. Arrive early (very early) if you want to see the tree. Each year, thousands crowd the sidewalks and streets and millions watch it live across the globe. It will remain lit until January 7, 2018 and represents goodwill and peace throughout the Holiday season.

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AWNY Art Nights at The Dwelling Place

Each year, AWNY chooses a New York charity to support. For the past two years our chosen charity has been The Dwelling Place of NY – a privately funded transitional residence for homeless women run by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany.

Located in Midtown, the Dwelling Place has provided shelter, sustenance and support to thousands of women since 1977.

At any given time, 15 women call The Dwelling Place home. Each woman gets personalized care, support and guidance to help her build a sustainable, self-supported life. There is no time limit on how long women can stay at The Dwelling Place, meaning women have a place to call their own until they are ready to move on.

This year, AWNY decided to extend our support beyond financial contributions and began to volunteer at The Dwelling Place. On Wednesday evenings, a dinner is held for Dwelling Place residents, former residents now in permanent housing, elderly neighbours living on fixed income and women living on the streets. Once a month after this dinner, the AWNY team has been holding an “art night”.

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AWNY volunteer, Tanya McCaw, chats to a resident during art night.

Led by our resident artist Jacinta Stewart, the AWNY team brings art materials, ranging from watercolours to adult colouring books. The idea is that art provides an opportunity for self expression, creativity and even meditation.

Doing art can contribute to psychological well-being, yet for many women on the streets and in shelters, they do not have the opportunity or resources to create or enjoy this type of activity.

The team has been overwhelmed by the level of interest the women of the The Dwelling Place have shown in the art nights, with over 20 women participating each time. The talent in the room has also blown us away, although for those who are not artists, Jacinta is on hand to provide helpful hints (some members of the AWNY team need this the most).

But most of all, we have loved getting to know these fascinating, warm women who have opened up to us with their stories and with whom we have shared many laughs.

Join us for the Fall Gala

If you would like to support The Dwelling Place, their annual Fall Gala will be held on 19 October 2017. You can find information on how to buy tickets here.

We would love it if you could join the AWNY team for what promises to be a great night in support of an amazing cause.

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One resident’s masterpiece.

How to Go Leaf Peeping

By Julia O’Brien

And just like that, summer is over.

In its place comes the transformative season of autumn – or, if you’re already Americanised, fall.

Unlike in most parts of Australia, New York treats its residents to four distinct seasons. Fall in New York (and the broader north-east coast of the United States) is spectacular and warrants some exploring to see the patchwork colours of the changing leaves.

Whether you only make it as far as Central Park, or head north to New England, becoming a leaf peeper (that’s an actual term) during fall is a wonderful experience you can’t replicate back home.

But to do it right does take some planning, so here are some tips to help you make the most of one of Mother Nature’s ultimate gifts.

Step One: Know When to Go

Every year is different, depending on what the weather’s been like, so your best bet is to keep an eye on one of the many fall foliage maps, which show when certain areas are hitting peak leaf peeping time. The further north you head (such as Maine and Vermont), the earlier the leaves change, and peak time can be as soon as mid-September. The further south you go, the later the change happens, and leaves can still be turning as late as November.

This September has been unseasonably warm and so the leaf peeping season is likely to run late. But many weather factors play into how intense the colours will be and how long the vivid leaves will be around.

Step Two: Plan Ahead

Leaf peeping is a popular activity, so sadly you’re not going to be the only one trying to catch a glimpse of the tress, especially when they hit peak colours. Crowds swell on weekends, making roads crowded and accommodation both expensive and hard to come by. Our tip is to make any reservations well in advance, and if you can, plan for a mid-week excursion to avoid the crowds.

Step Three: Pick Your Destination

Purists would argue that you need to visit New England to see the best leaves – but there are also plenty of places to go that are much more conveniently located to New York City. The New York Botanical Gardens has a vast collection of Maple Trees that are worth a visit, while Fort Tyron Park is a just a subway ride away and can be combined with a trip to the Met Cloisters. The Metro North also offers a number of discounted excursion packages to the Hudson Valley during fall. Why not combine your leaf peeping with some wine tasting for the best of both worlds?

If you’re willing to rent a car, then make a beeline for Kent, Connecticut. It will take you less than two hours to travel and there are plenty of photo-worthy red barns and white steeples to stop at along the way. Head to Kent Falls State Park for a picnic lunch and then pop in to the Kent Falls Brewing Co. for a hard-earned beer.

If you’re happy to drive a bit further, Arcadia National Park in Maine is pretty perfect. With Cadillac Mountain set against beaches and lakes, your friends will be begging you to stop posting all the leaf photos on Instagram. Stay in Bar Harbour – possibly the cutest and coolest town in New England.

Some of the best and most picturesque spots are off the major highways, so don’t be afraid to take a turn off every now and then and get a little bit lost.

Step Four: Eat all the Foods

It’s easy to get distracted by the leaves, but there’s plenty of food to be had and no time to waste. Fall is apple and pumpkin season and Americans certainly make the most of it. You’re going to come across plenty of apple cider, doughnuts, pies and crumbles (or cobblers), and you’re going to want to try it all! Make sure you stop at one of the many pick-your-own produce farms or a road-side market – you won’t regret it.

 

Event: Fall Gala at the Dwelling Place of NY, October 19

The Dwelling Place of NY is AWNY’s charity partner for 2017. Please join us for their annual Fall Gala, with all proceeds supporting their wonderful work.

The night promises to be a whole lot of fun for a great cause, with The Dwelling Place celebrating 40 years on 40th Street at this year’s event.

Event details

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Location: Saints Cyril and Methodius Hall, corner of 41st Street and 10th Avenue, New York
Cost: $125 per person. 100% will go directly to The Dwelling Place, plus a $6 booking fee through Eventbrite.
Nature of event: The Gala will be a simple church hall style gathering, with everything from decorations and raffle prizes, to food and wine donated
Tickets: To ensure you are sat at an AWNY table, please follow the instructions below:

  • First, visit the ticket sales site and write the word “AUSSIE” next to your name when purchasing.
  • Then, email Bridget Callaghan to advise you have purchased your ticket(s). This will help to ensure you’re sat on the AWNY table.

Buy tickets (don’t forget to write AUSSIE…)


AWNY’s 2017 Charity: The Dwelling Place of NY

The Dwelling Place of NY is a privately-funded transitional residence for homeless women run by The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. Located in Midtown, The Dwelling Place has provided shelter, sustenance and support to thousands of women since 1977. Their safe, healing, and structured environment offers women the space and time to develop a sustainable plan for building a healthy, independent lifestyle.

This year’s Gala is celebrating The Dwelling Place’s 40th year on 40th Street.

Visit their website to read more about their wonderful work: http://thedwellingplaceofny.org/.

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The AWNY gals at the 2016 Fall Gala showed the other guests how to have a good time with a round of “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!”


Another way you can help

AWNY is proudly supporting The Dwelling Place source donations for their charity raffle that will take place at the Fall Gala. If you or someone you know is willing to make a donation we’d love to hear from you. Examples of donations include:

  • Gift cards or vouchers
  • Flowers
  • Homewares
  • Beauty products
  • Jewellry

All donators will be promoted through our AWNY social media accounts and will be included in announcements on the evening.

If you are able to support this worthy cause with a donation please contact Bridget Callaghan.