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Livingston Taylor will perform in a concert to benefit the projects of the Westfield Jaycees on Saturday, February 5, at 8 p. m. in the auditorium at Westfield High School. Scotch Plains resident Alvin C. Madison
will open for Mr. Taylor.
Tickets are available at the door or by calling (908) 2336591.
The Westfield Symphony Orchestra in Westfield will host its next concert on Saturday, February 12, at 8 p. m. at the Union County Arts Center in Rahway. For more information, please call (908) 2329400 or visit www. westfieldnj. com/ wso.
The Town Book Store in Westfield will host a book discussion group meeting for “Harvesting Ice” by Lawrence Cirelli. For more information, please call (908) 2333535.
Cranford Dramatic Theatre
will present Mame on Fridays and Saturdays, February 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26. All performances will be held at 8 p. m. in the theater at 78 Winans Avenue in Cranford. All tickets are $15 each. For ticket information, please call (908) 2767611.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s
The Sound of Music with Richard Chamberlain from Tuesday, February 8, to Sunday, February 13, at the NJPAC’s Prudential Hall. For tickets, please call 1888GONJPAC!
Westfield Art Association
will host a pastel demonstration with Cheryl O’Halloran on Sunday, February 13, from 2 to 4 p. m. at the Westfield Community Room, 425 East Broad Street, Westfield. For more information, please call (908) 2327058 or (908) 2323381.
Top Notch Crafts and Fine Arts will host a crafts show from Friday, February 4, to Sunday, February 6, at Piscataway Embassy Suites Hotel in Piscataway. For more information, please visit w w w .f e s t i v a l n e t .c o m / topnotch.
ACCOMPLISHED VIOLINIST… Peter Yu, a violinist and resident of Westfield, has been chosen through a nationwide competition to be a member of The National High Honors Orchestra. Violinists from 50 states compete for this position and Peter was chosen as first violinist. He is a junior at Westfield High School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Yu of Summit Court.
Alaska Cruise Night Set at Unique Travel
GARWOOD – Unique Travel/ Unique Cruise Center in Garwood will kick off the National Cruise Vacation Month by hosting an Alaska Cruise Night on Tuesday, February 8, from 7 to 9 p. m. at Unique Travel’s building, 207 Center Street, Garwood.
There will be a special presentation by Holland America Cruise Line, describing Alaska, the “Great Land… America’s Last Frontier,” and explaining the Holland America product.
Individuals who have never taken a cruise may bring their questions and concerns regarding what to expect on a cruise, what to wear, what happens in port and other significant issues.
Special savings will be offered, along with door prizes and refreshments. Admission is free. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Unique Travel at (908) 7893303 by Saturday, February 5.
Unique Travel, a fullservice travel agency, recently marked its 15th anniversary in Garwood. The center’s staff includes travel counselors who are certified specialists in cruising, small ship cruising, diving and various destinations such as Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Bahamas, Caribbean and Disney.
County Teen Arts Festival Seeks Volunteers For Event
ELIZABETH – The Union County Teen Arts Festival, sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Department of Economic Development, is a twoday celebration of the arts held annually at Union County College in Cranford. Volunteers are needed for the event.
The festival, which is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, March 15 and 16, is open to all students from public, private and parochial middle and high schools in the county.
“At the festival, 3,000 students participate in performances, critiquing seminars, master classes and workshops with a staff of 50 professional artists in every discipline – visual art, music, creative writing, theater and dance,” said Freeholder Mary P. Ruotolo, Liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board.
“Volunteers are needed to assist artists with workshops, manage performance sites and staff information stations,” Freeholder Ruotolo added. “We appreciate the invaluable assistance of our county residents with this exciting program.”
To volunteer for the program, please contact the Union County
Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, 07202, (908) 5582550 or email Scoen@ UnionCountyNJ. org. Relay users, please call (800) 8527899.
Pastel Painter Gives Presentation At Next Art Association Gathering
WESTFIELD — Westfield Art Association will offer a special presentation and lecture with pastel painter Cheryl O’Halloran McLeod on Sunday, February 13, from 2 to 4 p. m. in the Westfield Community Room of the Municipal building at 425 East Broad Street.
Beginning with a simple draw ing, Ms. McLeod will demonstrate
layeringin of color, building from dark to light and working from hard to soft pastels. She will explain how to produce exciting, beautiful pastel paintings She will also stress the importance of seeing, rather than using formulas in painting.
Ms. McLeod draws inspiration from her flower gardens, cat, domestic clutter and the varied New Jersey landscape. She feels her lively pastel paintings will awaken the spirit and eye to the common places and spaces of daily living.
Ms. McLeod earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and did her graduate studies at Boston University and Massachusetts College of Art. She is a Fellow member of American Artists Professional League and a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America.
Ms. McLeod has been named in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in American Education
and Strathmore’s Who’s Who in America. Ms. McLeod has had numerous one woman exhibitions around the country. Her work can be seen at the Swain Galleries in Plainfield. She has received numerous awards.
Ms. McLeod is a professional member of the Pastel Society of America, the American Artist Professional League, and Allied Artists of America. She has her teaching certification for New Jersey and Massachusetts and is a member of the Delta Phi Delta, an honorary art fraternity and is represented by Swain Galleries in Plainfield.
For further information about the demonstration please call Tobia Meyers at (908) 6872945.
A Winter Scene by Pastel Painter Cheryl O’Halloran McLeod
Annual Pop’s Concert Planned At Scotch Plains High School
SCOTCH PLAINS – The Scotch PlainsFanwood High School Music Department and the Music Boosters Association are pleased to announce that the 28 th Annual Pop’s Concert will be held on Thursday, February 3, at 7: 30 p. m. in the auditorium of the high school.
Tickets are available the night of the concert at the door. Tickets are
$4 for adults and $2 for students and children. Senior citizens are admitted free of charge. Proceeds from the concert benefit the music program throughout the school district.
The concert will feature selections by the Concert Band, the Moonglowers, the Scotch PlainsFanwood Jazz Band, the Wind Ensemble, the Percussion Ensemble and the Symphonic Band.
Many of the school’s students perform in one or more of these groups, including eight who were recently selected by the Central Jersey Music Educators Association for the All Region II Band.
The Scotch PlainsFanwood bands are under the direction of Vincent Tutoriello, Durand Thomas and Joseph Reo.
‘Beat the Brass Part II’ February Concert Set At St. Bartholomew’s
SCOTCH PLAINS — St. Bartholomew Interparochial School in Scotch Plains will host a concert, “Beat the Brass Part II” on Thursday, February 10, at 12: 45 p. m. in the school auditorium.
The concert will feature the Solid Brass Quintet, an acclaimed, professional brass and percussion ensemble, in a onehour performance featuring music from Ragtime to Renaissance.
As part of its outreach program to the community through the Scotch Plains Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, the school would like to welcome the senior citizens of Scotch Plains and Fanwood to the concert.
Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.
Mame Musical Ensemble Prepares to Take Cranford
Dramatic Club Stage
IN REHEARSAL... The Cranford Dramatic Club (CDC), 78 Winans Avenue, Cranford will present their second musical of the season, Mame, on Fridays and Saturdays, beginning February 11 and continuing through the 26 at 8 p. m. Tickets are $15.
Drama Program Slated By Recreation Dept.
CRANFORD — The Cranford Dramatic Club (CDC), 78 Winans Avenue, Cranford will present their second musical of the season,
Mame, on Fridays and Saturdays, beginning February 11 and continuing through the 26 at 8 p. m. Tickets are $15.
Unlike most musicals that focus on the romantic relationship
ing member of the group having joined CDC in the 8th grade. The final piece of the ensemble is choreographer, Janice Shuhan. Elliot Lanes is the stage manager and Liz Howard serves as the producer.
A host of new and old CDC members compliment the cast. Melissa Loderstedt will take on
between young lovers, Mame’s
appeal stems from its quirky cast of characters. First, is the middleaged, eccentric Mame, who plays the bugle and feels that the only way for her nephew Patrick, to be really educated is to “Open a New Window” and live.
Patrick’s nanny, Agnes Gooch, also becomes tangled in Mame’s web and does living of her own. Vera Charles, Mame’s friend, helps to teach Patrick what real “Bosom Buddies” are all about. The only sane character is Patrick.
A quartet of veteran CDC members are heading up the Mame
production. Peter Clark is directing and Kate Slavin is the assistant director. They have worked together in this capacity for over 20 years, taking on musicals such as She Loves Me and My Fair Lady.
Another permanent part of this team is the music director, Ann Weeks. She is the longest stand the role of Mame, adding her
youth and vitality to the role. At 26, she may very well be the youngest Mame on record. Jonathan Schwartz, last seen in
Lost in Yonkers and The Wizard of Oz will play Patrick.
Hope Weinstein will hang up her comedic shingle in the role of Agnes. Past productions have revealed her acting and singing talent as a blind woman in Wait Until Dark and a diamond in the rough in My Fair Lady to name a few.
Carolee AshwellPross, last seen at CDC as M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, will grace the stage as Vera Charles. An additional cast of 25 will support the leads in this production.
For ticket information, please call the box office hotline at (908) 2767611. In addition to single tickets at $15, the CDC will offer a minisubscription at $25 that includes tickets to Mame and the spring production, Lend Me a Tenor.
‘Harvesting Ice’ to be Discussed At Town Book Store Meeting
WESTFIELD — The Town Book Store of Westfield will hold its next Book Discussion Group meeting at 8 p. m. on Tuesday, February 8, in its store at 255 East Broad Street.
The February book selection is “Harvesting Ice” by Basking Ridge author Lawrence Cirelli. This novel was published by Town Book Press, the publishing arm of The Town Book Store.
Besides discussing the book, attendees will be able to meet the author who will attend the meeting.
These meetings are open to the public, but it is desired that attendees read the book in order to participate.
The book can be purchased at The Town Book Store at a 20 percent discount. For more information, please call The Town Book Store at (908) 2333535.
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SCOTCH PLAINS – Youngsters ages 8 to 11 will be accepted in the Scotch Plains Recreation Department’s Drama/ Theater Program to be held at the auditorium of Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains.
The program will be held from Tuesday, March 7, to Tuesday, April 11, from 7 to 9 p. m. On Tuesday, April 18, students will appear in a production for family and friends displaying what they learned in the class sessions.
Beverly Stewart, a professional actress who has appeared nationally and internationally in many musicals and plays will be the instructor. She stresses stage movement, voice projection and improvisation in the lessons.
The cost for residents is $55, with registration beginning on Monday, February 7. Nonresidents may register beginning on Monday, February 14, for $60, providing space is available.
For more information, please call (908) 3226700.
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Book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman Mame
Featuring a cast of over 30 actors, singers and dancers performing the classic songs that make
the musical such a smashing success.
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