Aby-a-Day – May 29: On the Dais

I just got the photos that were taken of us during the AARP Life @ 50+ event at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center that we participated in earlier this month. All of these photos were taken by Scott Amundson Photography for United Healthcare especially for the event and are used with permission.

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Before the presentation, we just mingled with visitors and other United Healthcare participants.

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Including this box character, who was wearing those flashing tentacle head boppers.

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Turns out, Mr. Box is a cat person! Who knew? I asked him if he was related to the Progressive Insurance box, but he declined to answer.

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The presentation explained the benefits of animal-assisted therapy, not just for the elderly in nursing homes but also for people affected by disaster (the Boston Marathon bombing, the Newtown shootings) and children learning to read.

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While the presentation was going on, the animal therapy teams sat at a table.

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Jake, of course, was completely fine with this. This is basically what he does at cat shows, too.

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Sit on a table, look out at the audience, and generally be awesome.

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Interestingly, during the presentation, people would come up and talk to us. I hadn’t seen that happen at presentations before, but it was cool. Jake was happy to have some more attention.

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Unless, of course, there was something interesting on the screen!

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After the presentation, there was a short Q&A session, moderated by Christine.

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And then more people came up to talk to us.

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I loved talking to this woman! I’m so happy they got a photo of her. She was from California and we had a lot in common. I didn’t get her name, though, but I did give her a blog card.

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Jake wasn’t the only star of the show, of course. Here’s Sophie and her human LeeAnn – you can see Jake’s stroller in the background.

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Ralphie (the “other Abyssinian”) and his human Nikki made a lot of friends. A lot of people have owned Guinea Pigs in their lives!

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Since Boo is so short, she and her human Deb sat on the floor. Deb is the program coordinator of Paws for People, the local chapter of Pet Partners.

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After the presentation, we wandered around the United Healthcare booth (as I posted on 15 May) and then we had our portraits done. I LOVE this one of Jake and I. I want to use it as our new ID badge photo when we renew our Pet Partners certification in July. Of course, I’ll need to Photoshop the lettering behind my head out of the picture before I do!

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There was a group portrait, too. Here we all are!

Aby-a-Day – February 17: Strollercat makes a splash at the Somerville CopyCat Festival

Well…today was the Big Day! The Somerville Copy Cat Festival pulled off two shows with nary a hitch.

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Well…except for the weather. It was snowing pretty good this morning.

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Actually, it was snowing really good this morning.

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Jacoby, however, was awesome! I am so proud of him. It was a really long day – we were there from noon til almost 8pm! But it was a lot of fun.

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To start things off, Jef Czekaj read his book “Cat Secrets.”

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Jake watched over his book sales table while he was up on stage.

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We got to meet another famous local cat, too – Famous Seamus!

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Seamus is a huge cat. He has extra toes on all his feet, too.

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I was amazed at how well he and Jake got along. Granted, we didn’t let them get too close to each other, but still.

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The main part of the festival, of course, was the cat videos. They were shown in two parts, local videos and then international ones (including Henri le Chat Noir and Maru).

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Jake actually watched the videos quite intently.

(This is the video he’s watching in the photo…)

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It was super cute.

There was also a slideshow of local cats…and I was amazed to see a photo of Sierra Stinkface! The cat world is small, indeed. It was a really great day. I met some awesome people (including Case and Emily from Ferocious Friends, some of the most awesome wand toys I’ve seen in a while) and had some amazing conversations today.

Interestingly enough, there was also another cat festival today – the Gato Fest in Mexico City! I guess February 17 is a good day to be a cat!

Somerville Copy Cat Festival – Second Show Added!

Due to popular demand – tickets were sold out within about an hour and a half of when they went on sale – the Copy Cat Festival has added a second show that will run from noon to 3pm on Sunday, 17 February!

If you wanted tickets but weren’t able to get them, or if you’re just deciding you’d like to go, hurry over to the Somerville Arts Council’s website ASAP and snag your tickets! They’re only $5.50 (including handling fee) – such a bargain for so much feline entertainment!

Strollercat says “Check it out!”

Copy Cat Festival in Somerville February 17!

I just thought I’d post a little reminder about the upcoming Copy Cat Festival in Somerville, MA on 17 February…

Tickets went on sale today at noon, and they’re bound to go quickly, so if you’re in the area and want to partake of the second cat video film festival and a celebration of all things feline, snap up your tickets sooner rather than later! At 12:45pm today, there were about 160 tickets left, and the ticket sales started right at noon! The tickets are very reasonable: $5.50 including a service fee.

In case you’ve forgotten: “Finally, an event to celebrate the profound cultural contributions of cats. Inspired by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, which held an Internet Cat Video Festival last year that was attended by over 10,000 people and featured in the New York Times, we proudly announce the Somerville Copy Cat Festival. Yet our feline extravaganza will feature not only cat videos—produced locally and globally—but also cat stories, cat limericks and a slideshow of local cats. Emcee will be Jef Czekaj, who will kick off the event by reading his book Cat Secrets for cat-crazy kids. There will also be a cat costume table and most likely an appearance from a famous local cat.”

You don’t want to miss this!

Somerville Copy Cat Festival – 17 February 2013

This is awesome, and right in my old stomping grounds! Somerville Arts Council to host “Copy Cat Festival” next month!

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(Jake at ArtBeat 2010)

“Launch your cat’s cinematic career! Apply now

Finally, an event to celebrate the profound cultural contributions of cats. Inspired by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, which held an Internet Cat Video Festival last year that was attended by over 10,000 people and featured in the New York Times, we proudly announce the Somerville Copy Cat Festival. Yet our feline extravaganza will feature not only cat videos—produced locally and globally—but also cat stories, cat limericks and a slideshow of local cats. Emcee will be Jef Czekaj, who will kick off the event by reading his book Cat Secrets for cat-crazy kids. There will also be a cat costume table and most likely an appearance from a famous local cat. Stay tuned.

Until then, please get involved by submitting/creating cat videos, writing cat limericks or crafting cat stories, or snapping photos of your cat. Download the pdf application here.

Don’t miss this chance to launch your cat’s cinematic career!”

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(Jake at ArtBeat 2011)

Hmmm…I wonder if Jacoby is the “famous local cat” they mention in that last paragraph? Well, I’ve emailed them, so we’ll see.

Of course, Jake and I have a long history with Somerville…I lived there for nine years, and we both go to ArtBeat in Davis Square every year. And Somerville is right on the Red Line, Strollercat’s main drag!

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(Jake at ArtBeat 2012)

Obviously, I’ll be going to this event, if for no other reason than to see the cat videos on the big screen…but how cool would it be if Jake could be involved?