Brethren Still Sharing Their Music By Playing Shows

Ever since the Brethren Documentary and story was released about a month ago, the band has been hard at work continuing to do what they do best, creating and playing music.

The fan reaction to the documentary specifically, has been overly positive. Gaining an inside look into an independent, unsigned band has been informative as well as entertaining for most audiences thus far.

FEDERAL TAPHOUSE in Harrisburg, PA (Photo by Ben Heydt)

FEDERAL TAPHOUSE in Harrisburg, PA (Photo by Ben Heydt)

 

 

Recently, Brethren has been playing shows with larger audiences, including playing at the Federal Tap House in Harrisburg PA, as well as playing at Arts Fest 2013 which is held annually in State College PA. Arts Fest is a weekend spent to artists showcasing their work at a public event. The festival is filled with concerts, art galleries and much more for festivalgoers to enjoy.

Brethren plans to record a few of their new tracks in the near future in hopes of creating a full length album.

Asher of Brethren Playing at FED LIVE (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Asher of Brethren Playing at FED LIVE (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Brethren Playing At FED LIVE (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Brethren Playing At FED LIVE (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Community Fundraises Towards to Rebuilding Playground

Destruction as begun in anticipation for a new playground (Photo taken by Ben Heydt)

Destruction as begun in anticipation for a new playground (Photo taken by Ben Heydt)

Nearly a year ago, the small town of Mount Joy Pennsylvania was struck with a loud explosion and news that the ever-popular Kid’s Joyland playground was set ablaze by two teens.
The destruction to such a well-known center in the community that nearly everyone has spent time at was all that the town could talk about for days. The community was so involved with what had happened not only because they have spent time there as a child, or possibly even with their own children, but because a large number of people in the community were part of the team that helped build the playground.
One of those people and co-coordinator of the original project, Susan Heydt, was extremely disappointed with what had happened to the place that held so many memories.
“The morning after the fire I went to the site by myself so I could be alone while I saw it for the first time”, she said. During her second visit, Susan was able to cross the fire lines and enter the crime scene with the borough manager.
“It wasn’t until after I was inside the structure that I realized the extent of the damage”.
Now, a few months later, good news came to the community. Plans to rebuild the playground from the ground up have been approved with the entire town behind it. However, with the good news also comes some bad news: the playground will be receiving no insurance money for the act of arson that took place. So once again, Kids Joy Land will look to the members of the community to fund and give their labor to the rebuilding process. The target goal planned to be raised in an effort to save the playground is posted at $115,000.
One local business, Union Community Bank, has openly donated $5,000 towards the cause and has made it possible for members of the community to leave a donation when they enter the bank inside the lobby. However, since the blueprints for the new playground have been released and approved, the CORE (Community Organized Rebuilding Experience) committee is taking the initiative to raise money through fundraisers. The latest being a bowling tournament Bowl-A-Thon hosted by another local business, Clearview Lanes.
To learn more details bout the Bowl-A-Thon and/or how to contribute towards the cause, visit Kid’s Joyland – Out Of The Ashes.

The Authenticity Project Encourages People to Live From the Heart

Although the idea behind The Authenticity Project was spawned a while ago, it didn’t officially get off and running until September of 2012. What is The Authenticity Project? It is a project and organization that is determined to push people to live authentic lives. Through trainings, events, resources and writings they hope to equip people to live through their’ hearts, even if it means putting them in an uncomfortable light in society.

www.theauthenticityproject.org

www.theauthenticityproject.org

One of the parents of The Authenticity Project, Erik Ewing, discusses how the project has evolved.

“ The Authenticity Project was originally supposed to be a companion piece for the documentary “I AM”, said Erik. “We had planned for it to be an educational curriculum to the movie”.

I AM is a documentary by Tom Shadyac, who is more commonly known as the director of films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Nutty Professor. The documentary sets out to answer two very simple questions. What is wrong with our world? And how do we fix it?

“We wanted to go back to the idea of taking care of each other and help people experience cooperation instead of individuality”, said Erik.

Erik is only one of five individuals who are taking it upon themselves to move this project to the success that they believe the potential carries. The Authenticity Project is now in full swing and poised to help make a difference in not only individuals’ lives, but society as we know it.

Evolution of the Music Industry

With the emergence of iTunes and the abundance of music being illegally downloaded off of the internet for free, the music industry is in a spot that it has never been in before. They must find a way to get customers to buy the music that artists put so much work and passion into making. Years ago, independent underground bands were only being listened to by people who were from the same area as they were. Because there was no internet music provider, the locality of the band had a huge impact on who was listening to them and how many people were listening to them. The only way to get your name out was to go play shows anywhere that you could.

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In an upcoming documentary, “Brethren Documentary”, it will be brought to light how much the music industry is ever changing. The documentary will follow a local indie folk band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While, what most people see are successful artists who have made it big in the industry, the viewers will see what most of, if not all, artists go through before they make it through the music industry walls and make it “big”. Viewers will see what the daily process is of a band, which is not signed to a record label, but yet still make music with the passion of artists that are a part of one. Look for Brethren and the upcoming documentary in the next few weeks to come.

Indie Music Scene: A Preview Into “Brethren Documentary”

The music industry will always be one of the largest industries in the world as long as people still rule the world. Everyone loves to listen to music, everyone’s tastes in genres may differ but that is irrelevant. Most people do not understand what it takes to make music for a living and to go through the trials that every artist must go through before breaking into the industry to be successful.

MusicIndustryKeynote from Ben Heydt on Vimeo.

The upcoming mini-documentary will take a look at one specific band in general, “Brethren” and show viewers what it looks like to start a band and create music driven through passion. Being in an indie band is much more different than what most people see in musicians and celebrities with success and fame already around them. Have you ever wondered what their’ creative process was like before they made it big? What kinds of trials and errors did they have to go through before making it where they are today?


Community Playground Begins First Stages of Rebuilding

Destruction as begun in anticipation for a new playground (Photo taken by Ben Heydt)

Destruction as begun in anticipation for a new playground (Photo taken by Ben Heydt)

In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania there is a small town called “Mount Joy”. The name itself really describes the kind of community the town is. Mount Joy is a close-knit group of people living together in an intimate community. On September 28th, 2012, that community was shaken by and act of arson that nobody could have seen coming.

The ‘Kid’s Joy Land’ playground was set on fire by an explosion caused by, what Lancaster Online reported as, “Gas cans…” and “two local teens…” The teens that are suspects were also described as “two males, 18 year old Angelo Zeno and an unnamed 17 year old male”.
Both teens suffered injuries in the explosion and were transported to separate medical centers. Both suspects have since been released from the hospitals after being in critical condition.
The destruction to such a well-known center in the community that nearly everyone has spent time at was all that the town could talk about for days. The community was so involved with what had happened not only because they have spent time there as a child, or possibly even with their own children, but because a large number of people in the community were part of the team that helped build the playground.
One of those people and co-coordinator of the original project, Susan Heydt, was extremely disappointed with what had happened to the place that held so many memories.
“The morning after the fire I went to the site by myself so I could be alone while I saw it for the first time”, she said. During her second visit, Susan was able to cross the fire lines and enter the crime scene with the borough manager.
“It wasn’t until after I was inside the structure that I realized the extent of the damage”.
Now, a few months later, good news came to the community. Plans to rebuild the playground from the ground up have been approved with the entire town behind it. However, with the good news also comes some bad news: the playground will be receiving no insurance money for the act of arson that took place. So once again, Kids Joy Land will look to the members of the community to fund and give their labor to the rebuilding process. The target goal planned to be raised in an effort to save the playground is posted at $115,000.

Not only have families donated money towards the cause but local businesses have been quick to jump at lending a helping hand for the construction to begin. One such business, Union Community Bank, has openly donated an amount of $5,000 and have made it possible for anyone to contribute when they enter the bank. More information can be found here on how to donate towards the Kids Joy Land Fund and for updates on the process.

Central Penn Blades Fall to The Aston Americans

Opening face-off to start the game between the Americans and the Blades (Photo by Ben Heydt)

The Central Penn Blades are a women’s ice hockey team based out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania who play in the United Women’s Hockey League (UWHL). Although the women play competitive hockey, they pride themselves on being part of a team and organization that focuses on having fun, working together and participating in a unique way to get exercise. A decent percentage of the team are parents who use the team as a way to get out of the house and get to go have fun with their friends as well as get the experience of competing in a competitive sport.

The sport of ice hockey has been growing rapidly and in a community such as Lancaster, a chance for women to have the opportunity to learn the game and play in a league is something special. Programs such as these provide hope for the expansion of future leagues and for many more people to learn the growing sport.

On March 10th, the Blades took on the Americans. After scoring the first goal just over two minutes into the game, the Blades allowed 6 straight goals by the Americans before netting one more before the final horned sounded. The Americans prevailed over the Blades by a final score of 6-2.

The Blades are coming off a rather successful season in which they finished in second place in the league and came up just short in their playoff run. Currently, the Blades are struggling with a 1-9 record as they try to fight back in the standings before the season comes to an end.

 

Regency Sports Rink is the home of the Central Penn Blades womens ice hockey team (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Regency Sports Rink is the home of the Central Penn Blades womens ice hockey team
(Photo by Ben Heydt)

 

Hockey gear sits outside the rink before the game starts (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Hockey gear sits outside the rink before the game starts (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Opening face-off to start the game between the Americans and the Blades (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Opening face-off to start the game between the Americans and the Blades (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Blades forward digs a puck out along the boards (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Blades forward digs a puck out along the boards (Photo by Ben Heydt)

The Americans regroup at the end of the first period (Photo by Ben Heydt)

The Americans regroup at the end of the first period (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Defensemen battle in front of the net for positioning (Phot by Ben Heydt)

Defensemen battle in front of the net for positioning (Phot by Ben Heydt)

Blades center, Stacie Adoni Silvestri, wins a face-off in the defensive zone (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Blades center, Stacie Adoni Silvestri, wins a face-off in the defensive zone (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Blades goaltender, Amber Nalls knocks away a shot with a stick save (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Blades goaltender, Amber Nalls knocks away a shot with a stick save (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Final Score:  Americans - 6  Blades - 2 (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Final Score:
Americans – 6
Blades – 2 (Photo by Ben Heydt)

The players on the Blades and Americans show their sportsmanship by shaking hands after the game (Photo by Ben Heydt)

The players on the Blades and Americans show their sportsmanship by shaking hands after the game (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Donegal High School Hosts 48th Annual Spring Outdoor Show

Members of the community peruse various vendors at the show. (Photo by Ben Heydt)

For the 48th consecutive year, The Donegal Fish and Conservation association held the Spring Outdoor Show at Donegal High School on Saturday for the public to come and attend free of charge. The show consisted of multiple vendors and displays for the public to come and take a look at, as well as a guest speaker, John Stygler.
One of the guests at the show was Triple J Reptile and Rescue. They had a great display of some of the reptiles that they have rescued and have given a good home to. As members of the community stopped at their stand to view the reptiles on display, they were urged to contact Triple J if they know, or in need of having a reptile rescued.

Triple J Reptiles and Rescue show off a snake that they have rescued. (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Triple J Reptiles and Rescue show off a snake that they have rescued. (Photo by Ben Heydt)

“This is my first time at the Outdoor Show”, said Lancaster County resident, Seth Jordan. “It’s kind of cool to see all these different stands for people to spend time at and talk to the different companies. There is such a variety”.
The Outdoor Show was once again, a big hit with a large turn out. Look for Donegal High School to host next year’s Spring Show once again.

Members of the community peruse various vendors at the show. (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Members of the community peruse various vendors at the show. (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Vendors discuss what their organization does with other members of the community. (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Vendors discuss what their organization does with other members of the community. (Photo by Ben Heydt)

Tommy Foundation Helping Families with Children Diagnosed with Autism

The Tommy Foundation was founded in 2005 after Richard Everts and Sugey Cruz-Everts had their son Tommy. When Tommy was diagnosed with Autism, Rich and Sugey took it upon themselves to create the Tommy Foundation.

The foundation is meant to be a voice for the Autism community. Helping, educating and training families on how to handle such a condition of a family member are high priorities for Sugey and Rich specifically. With numerous events being held year in and year out, the Tommy Foundation accepts and embraces those diagnosed with Autism or has a loved one with the diagnosis.

“As far as the response to things, it has been really great. We have quite a few events every year and have a fairly regular base of folks that come to everything including more

Image from: www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk

Image from: www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk

seasonal/monthly events that we put together as well as talks or get regular advice”, said the foundation’s president, Sugey Cruz-Everts.

Students for Autism is a club that has been started at Franklin and Marshall College of Lancaster Pennsylvania, where Sugey and Rich both attended school. Students for Autism currently has 51 members.

Lancaster Online reports, “The foundation’s services include a baby-sitting program. Students from Franklin & Marshall College, and other local colleges, go through intensive training in caring for children with autism”.

Sugey also explained, “(We now have) The United States of Autism, a film we produced, which has over 7,900 participants and a NYC Chapter that just began this year and has 114 members”.

The Tommy Foundation has been up and running for 8 years now and only looks to be improving each and every year.

More information on the Tommy Foundation can be found at http://www.tommyland.org/

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