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Party Dolls to Wrap Up County Concert Series on August 30
Arts & Entertainment
The Party Dolls MOUNTAINSIDE – Hits from the 1960’s, 1970s and 1980s will come to life in a free, outdoor concert in Echo Lake Park on Wednesday, August 30. Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and First Union Bank, the 7: 30 p. m. concert will be the final show of this year’s Summer Arts Festival concert series.
The allfemale trio includes redheaded Chrissy Sparks, blonde Lisa Coppola and brunette Rose Decker. Their singing is propelled by The Party Dolls Band. The show consists of the best dance/ party songs of the late 20th century with an emphasis on female artists.
The ensemble is expected to span the decades with hits such as “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Going to
the Chapel,” “Leader of the Pack,” “I Will Survive” and “Turn the Beat Around.”
Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. A refreshment stand will be available after 6: 30 p. m.
In case of rain, the concert will be moved to Cranford High School. Rain information is available by calling the Parks and Recreation 24Hour Hotline at (908) 3528410 after 3 p. m. on the day of the concert.
Pianist Ruth Laredo Sets September Concert at Kean
UNION – Classical pianist Ruth Laredo will perform “Concerts with Commentary” on Sunday, September 17, at 3 p. m. at the Wilkins Theater of Kean University in Union.
Tickets, priced at $18 per person or $12 for senior citizens and students, are currently on sale at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Scotch Plains, Evalyn Dunn’s Gallery in Westfield, Lenny’s Bakery in Fanwood, New Jersey Workshop for the Arts in Westfield and Summit World of Music in Summit. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the program at the theater’s box office.
The event, which is being sponsored by the JCC of Central New Jersey as part of their Cultural Arts Series, is made possible in part by a HEART Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Daniel P. Sullivan, Chairman, Department of Economic Development, Division of Cultural and
Heritage Affairs. The JCC of Central New Jersey is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation
of Central New Jersey and the United Way.
For more information, please call (908) 8898800.
Peppertown Park Dedication, Block Party Set September 9
BERKELEY HEIGHTS – The dedication of Peppertown Park in Berkeley Heights will take place at the corner of Sherman and Plainfield Avenues in Berkeley Heights on Saturday, September 9, at 4: 30 p. m. The park is being dedicated to the early settlers of Berkeley Heights who arrived from Italy in the late 1800s.
The raindate for both events is Sunday, September 10, with the dedication commencing at 3: 30 p. m. and the block party at 4 p. m.
Following the dedication, the Annual Berkeley Heights Block Party at Memorial Field will begin at 5 p. m. Local vendors will sell a variety of food, beverages and desserts.
Music will be provided by Slipped Disc Entertainment with magic by Jay Mattioli of Illusionary Images. Masters of experiments: Mad Science of Union County will also perform.
Peppertown Park’s land occupies a portion of what was once a large
pepper farm owned and operated by Frank and Agnes Petrone. Their granddaughter, Catherine Martino, still resides in Berkeley Heights. The park is the last open space remaining in the downtown area.
The members of the Peppertown Park Committee, supported by the Township Committee, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, local vendors and volunteers, have organized the dedication of the park. Community members purchased over 450 brick pavers inscribed with various family, business names and personal notes.
Parking at the dedication and block party will be available in the train station and township parking lots. No parking is permitted along Plainfield Avenue for safety concerns.
For weather cancellation information, please call (908) 4640625 after 1 p. m. on September 10.
New Season On Tap Starting September 8
At School of Dance
WESTFIELD – Westfield School of Dance will commence its new season of dance this fall on Friday, September 8. A wide variety of class offerings are instructed by a professional and enthusiastic staff of certified teachers.
A slate of course offerings including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, acrobatics and musical theatre for ages 2 1/ 2 to adult, beginner to professional are on tap.
The school has expanded its schedule to accommodate the community due to a rising growth in popularity and demand, according to its owner and artistic director Joanne Carey.
“Our goal is not only to offer the finest dance education to children and adults alike,” explained Ms. Carey, “but to establish Westfield School of Dance as a major learning center for artistic excellence.”
She continued, “We have a variety of talented and enthusiastic kids and adults alike who dance with us each season. It’s an incredible experience to share in their progress that I find myself getting this amazing amount of energy from them because I’m always learning and being wowed by them as well.”
“I look forward to what our students bring to the class each week,” concluded Ms. Carey, “and the experiences a new season holds that it only makes sense to me to keep giving them more.”
For more information on classes and a schedule, please call Westfield School of Dance at (908) 7893011.
Fall Session of Music Studio Accepting Registration Now
WESTFIELD – Registration is currently being accepted for the fall session of New Jersey Workshop for the Art’s Music Studio (NJWA). The session will start in early September and run for 15 weeks at the NJWA studios on East Broad Street in Westfield.
Lessons offered by The Music Studio include instrumental, voice and music theory with classes open to beginner through advanced level musicians. A variety of music from
jazz to classical to contemporary pop is instructed by qualified professionals.
The Music Studio also offers the opportunity for interested musicians to participate in performance and training ensembles. The performance ensembles play throughout the year at various occasions including First Night Westfield and other community events.
Additional fall programs will include Kids ‘n Arts, Tots ‘n Arts, The Westfield Fencing Club and The Drawing Workshop.
To register for the fall session, please call (908) 7899696 or visit the office.
‘Rapunzel’ and ‘The Wise Men’ Planned at Village Green in SP
SCOTCH PLAINS -The Scotch Plains Cultural Arts Committee is pleased to announce that on Thursday, August 24, two programs will be offered on the Village Green.
The first will be the children’s fairy tale, “Rapunzel,” at 7 p. m. This is an updated version of that classic story of the young maiden trapped in a tower by a mean old witch. The Village Green version of “Rapunzel” has long, mulitcolored hair and wants to escape from the “funky” old witch and to become a rock star.
The second performance will commence at 8 p. m. and will feature “The Wise Men.” This
group has rocked the tristate area for the last five years with their standup and boogie party rock repertoire and their uncanny ability to make audiences jump with their vocal varieties and musical mastery.
These performances are free and open to the public. Birch beer will be provided compliments of Caffrey Tree Service. Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort. In case of rain, these performances will relocate to the auditorium of Scotch PlainsFanwood High School. For more information, please call the Recreation Office at (908) 3226700.
Season Subscription Drive Set by Community Players
WESTFIELD – The Westfield Community Players (WCP) membership drive for the troupe’s 20002001 season is currently underway.
Membership Director Letty Hudak noted that this year a $35 membership provides tickets to all four of the new season’s productions, as well as
a newsletter and notification of special events. The cost of membership, she added, is nearly a 40 percent savings over purchasing tickets to all four shows individually.
Season subscriptions for $35 each are available by writing a check to Westfield Community Players, sent to Ms. Hudak at 409 Harrison Avenue, Westfield, 07090.
Current subscribers are urged to watch the mail for their renewal information while others may call the theater at (908) 2329568 and leave a message.
All shows open on a Saturday evening and run Friday and Saturday evenings for three or four weekends.
WCP will present its first production,
The Last Night of Ballyhoo from October 14 to November 4. A Shot in the Dark will begin on January 6 and conclude on January 20.
The Heiress, WCP’s third production, will start on March 10 and end on March 24. The season will be capped off with the final production,
Sabrina Fair, opening May 12 and concluding June 9.
Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.
Y Squares Square Dancing Club Schedules Dance and Lessons
CLARK — The Y Squares Square Dancing Club in Clark invites the public to a free introductory dance, starting at 8 p. m. on Friday, September 8, at the Frank H. Hehnly School at 590 Raritan Road, Clark. Following the introductory dance, the club will sponsor dance lessons on Tuesday evenings beginning on September 12 also at the Hehnly School.
Square dancing offers everyone an opportunity to make new friends and to become more mentally and physically active at the same time. No prior knowledge or training is necessary to learn to square dance.
Square dancing is an excellent activity and is done with a partner, offering people the opportunity to
spend quality time together having fun. Adults of all ages are welcome and, while attending lessons, partners are provided for single participants.
The Y Squares Club holds lessons weekly and dances twice a month during the school year, usually at the Hehnly School in Clark, but occasionally at other local facilities when the school is not available.
During the summer several square dance clubs combine to hold local dances twice a month in Roselle.
To learn more about taking lessons or attending square dances, please call Paul at (908) 2332414 or Dianne at (732) 3811896 or visit http:// community. nj. com// cc/ y_ squares?
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ing the lamps in a factory in 1963. Although the lamp was often pigeonholed as a 60’sonly accessory, it regained popularity in the late 1980s and 1990s.
Currently, Walker’s brainchild, which was only once seen in shows such as “Dr. Who,” has made a reappearance in
Austin Powers movies, college dormitories and commercials about college students gazing endlessly into the lamp to find the meaning of life instead of studying.
Walker is survived by his fourth wife, Suzanna, two daughters and two sons.
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Restaurants SP Italian Festival Set
Labor Day Weekend
SCOTCH PLAINS -The 26th Annual Labor Day Italian Festival will be held from Friday, September 1, to Monday, September 4, from 5 to 11 p. m. each day on the grounds of St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church on Westfield Avenue in Scotch Plains.
The festival, hosted by the Scotch Plains Chapter of UNICO National ItalianAmerican service organization, in conjunction with the church, will celebrate the heritage of the community’s ItalianAmerican residents.
The festival is a tradition continued by the ItalianAmerican community which settled in Scotch Plains from Montazzoli, Italy, Province of Chieti.
The church parking lot will be transformed into an oldfashioned street festival. Booths will offer Italian delicacies such as mussels, calzones, clams, pizza, zeppole, pasta, steak and pepper sandwiches, sausage and pepper sandwiches, meatball sandwiches and Italian pastries.
There will be rides and games throughout the event. Raffle tickets will be sold for a 50/ 50 drawing scheduled for September 4 at 10 p. m. on the church grounds.
To purchase raffle tickets, please call the rectory of the church at (908) 3225192.
Courtesy of Patricia Brentano
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Patricia Brentano Bramnick
Mindowaskin Park and children’s book character murals in Franklin Elementary School, all in West field.
Unfortunately, her murals will be destroyed due to building construction in both locations.
In March 2001, Hyperion Books will release a book about Irish wedding customs that Ms. Brentano illustrated.
Patricia Brentano Bramnick’s drawings and paintings have been displayed throughout the United States in a total of 11 one woman exhibitions and 15 group exhibitions. Her work has been purchased by several corporations, including Dean Witter in New York City, Merck & Co., Inc. in Whitehouse Station and PSE& G.
So, what does the Indiana native have to say to aspiring artists?
“Gather as much information as possible, study in different places, meet as many people in the field as you can and keep plugging away!”
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