Sunday, May 19, 2013
Kids of all ages eat, play and enjoy a day in Basking Ridge
The streets of Basking Ridge were filled with the callouts of children, the smells of sausages, onions and other tempting foods, and the sounds of music Saturday as Bernards Township's 19th annual Charter Day was celebrated. Much of the event was on South Finley Avenue in downtown Basking Ridge, closed to traffic, and spilled onto the Henry Street parking lot and field behind the Oak Street Elementary School. Although a few showers punctuated much of the day, few people seem to be discouraged into leaving the community's biggest annual celebration — the commemoration of the founding of the Township of Bernardston on May 24, 1760, by order of King George II of Britain. Here are more scenes from Charter Day.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Free Zumba Class on Saturday, Rio Clemente to perform Friday.
The Watchung Arts Center, at 18 Stirling Road in Watchung, has an active weekend coming up, to include a free Zumba dance session on Saturday morning and a performance by jazz piano player Rio Clemente to wrap up the center's "Jazz in the Gallery" series. Clemente, a Morristown native will present the ImpresaRIO Concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 16. When Clemente hits the stage, he brings fire and passion and with him talented musicians to tantalize jazz enthusiasts and music lovers alike, according to his fans. As a master pianist, educator, composer, arranger and recording artist, Clemente mixes a strong classical background with a rich knowledge of jazz history, then adds a sense of creativity and interpretation. Clemente has played jazz…
Monday, April 22, 2013
Temple Beth-El to host special show May 4.
Submitted by Gail Solomon On May 4, enjoy Broadway-quality theater without enduring NYC traffic or paying NYC prices. “Mom’s the Word,” a cabaret-style musical comedy about the challenges of motherhood, will be performed at Temple Beth-El for one night only. This event, which makes a perfect pre-Mother’s Day gift, starts at 7 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception. Written by Dana Covey, Ellen Cohen and Erika Radin, three Moms who also star in the show, “Mom’s the Word” turns a comic eye on the ups and downs of parenthood. The show covers such topics as tantrums, finding a reliable babysitter, excessive whining, overscheduled extra-curricular activities, managing homework, puberty, sagging body parts and much more. Based on real-life …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
You can slip into The Bernards Inn most Thursday evenings for a drink and a little jazz piano with John Bianculli.
Sometimes there's just not enough days to go around, but each week we'll give you an idea of something to do to relax, spend time with family and just take some time for yourself. This week, we've got an escape that you can enjoy many times over. Almost any Thursday evening, you can head on over to The Bernards Inn in downtown Bernardsville to hear piano player John Bianculli play it again — and again — as you enjoy some dinner, a drink or just a quick nibble while you listen to some sophisticated music. Bianculli is a musician and music teacher from New Jersey who last year was invited to perform at the Bernardsville Library as part of the Friends of the Bernardsville Library's Sunday at Three series. Bianculli performed that concert …
The band is bringing its concert to Bridgewater.
The Raritan Valley Symphonic Band is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a concert April 21 in a new venue, the Bridgewater-Raritan High School. The concert will be held at 3 p.m., and admission is free and open to the public. The Raritan Valley Symphonic Band was founded in 1984 by Anthony Isch, former director of bands at The College of New Jersey. It is now recognized, according to a release, as one of the state’s premiere volunteer symphonic bands. The band currently has 100 members from central New Jersey and the surrounding area, and they play everything from classics to Broadway. In this 30th anniversary concert, the band will be performing “Anniversaries & Remembrances,” with songs including “Pineapple Poll,” Percy Grainger’s “…
Monday, April 8, 2013
Serena Bocchino, part of Somerset Hills art scene as well as displaying work nationally and internationally, has show through May 31.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Mayor awards individuals and ARTsee group, which is planning next art studio tour through Basking Ridge and Bernardsville.
The 23 artists who produced pieces for a Bernards Township Community Art Show that will be on display at the Environmental Education Center through April 28 were on hand at a reception to open the exhibit, and for this year's Mayor's Arts Awards. The show was sponsored and organized by the Bernards Township Department of Parks and Recreation. One of Mayor Carolyn Gaziano's awards went to the ARTsee Tour group, which for its third year is planning to arrange a visit of artists' studios on a mapped tour through Basking Ridge and Bernardsville. Caren Frost Olmsted, one of ARTsee's original organizers, said she was hoping that some of the participating artists at the Community Art Show would open sign up for the ARTsee tour planned for Sept. …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Tap into your literary side by enjoying tea, conversation and a reading with an award-winning poet.
Sometimes there's just not enough days to go around, but each week we'll give you an idea of something to do to relax, spend time with family and just take some time for yourself. This week, those who wish to enjoy a literary experience can attend tea and conversation with award-winning New Jersey poet Anne Marie Macari at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, at the Bernardsville Public Library at 1 Anderson Hill Road in Bernardsville. Julie Maloney of Mendham, director of Women Reading Aloud, will conduct an up-close and personal interview with the poet, a Lambertville resident. WRA and the library are co-hosting Macari's appearance. Audience members also will have a rare opportunity to ask the author questions about her work and her writing …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Sunday's concert also is occasion to showcase progress on restoring pre-Revolutionary barn at township-owned arts center.
As Bernards Township's Farmstead Arts began this year's concert schedule with Heather Mulvey's St. Patrick's Day performance of Celtic, American and folk songs, the event also was an opportunity for arts center to unveil improvements to the historic farmhouse and major progress in restoration of a pre-Revolutionary War barn. A Somerset County cultural heritage grant was used to install windows and outdoor sidewalks, as well as to make structural changes in the basement of the farmhouse, already in use since the arts center officially opened in October 2010 on the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle property, said Ann Rosenblum, president of the Farmstead Arts. An English-style barn on the property dating back to the 1730s to 1740s has not yet …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Young dancers from Premiere Dance to be featured on Lifetime network reality show.
Young dancers from Somerset County will glide into the television spotlight later this year when they appear on Lifetime's "Dance Moms." Students from Premiere Dance of Bridgewater as well as the studio's Flemington location recently taped an episode of the show at Bernards High School in which they competed against students from the prestigious Abby Lee Dance Company in Pittsburgh, Pa. “When my mom told me we were going to be competing on Dance Moms, I was so excited, I was screaming and jumping around,” said Kylie Glinsky, 11, of Hillsborough, who performed a solo and with a small group. “It was so much fun! I got autographs and pictures from most of the girls. They were so nice.” Michael Cuomo, owner of both Premiere Dance locations, …