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New Jersey Youth Symphony To Host Local Musicians
AREA – Several residents from the local area will perform in the New Jersey Youth Symphony, Inc. ’s 20 th Anniversary Celebration Concert at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University on Sunday, May 9, at 4 p. m.
These students, from grades 3 to 9, include Anna Kate Mackle, James Hwang, Lizzy Myers, Carl Barron, Christina McCabe, Jason Tamman,
and Kelly Yang, all of Westfield, Christina Rosivack of Mountainside, and Dennis Lin and Hyacinth Dyogi of Scotch Plains.
The orchestras that will be performing are the Orchestral String Training Ensemble, Junior Strings and Philharmonica.
Tickets for the concert are $7 and $5 for students and senior citizens. For more information, please call the Symphony office at (908) 7715544.
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FANWOOD – Carriage House Poetry Series Director, Adele Kenny, and Fanwood Mayor Maryanne S. Connelly will host the fifth performance in the 199899 Carriage House series on Thursday, May 13, at 8 p. m. in the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Center, Watson Road, Fanwood.
The evening will feature two nationally acclaimed poets, Maria Mazziotti Gillan and David Keller.
Ms. Gillan is the founder and director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community Col lege and editor of The Paterson
Literary Review. She has received the May Sarton Award, the American Literary Translator’s Award, two New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships and a Chester H. Jones Foundation Award. She has also authored six books.
Mr. Keller has been published throughout the United States and has taught widely. His most recent collection is “Land That Wasn’t Ours,” and “Trouble in History,” published by the CarnegieMellon Press. He serves as one of two poets in the performing troupe, Clark Kent, which has been featured in segments of Bill Moyer’s television series, “The Power of the Word.”
The Carriage House Series is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, with additional funding provided by the Borough of Fanwood.
Refreshments and an open reading will follow the event. Admission is free. For more information, call Ms. Kenny at (908) 8897223.
Art Association Sets Watercolor Exhibit
WESTFIELD – The Westfield Art Association will sponsor an artist demonstration with Jane Annis entitled, “Images in Watercolor” on Sunday, May 16, from 2 to 4 p. m. in the Westfield Community Room in the Municipal Building.
The event is open to the public. Admission is free. The facility is handicapped accessible. For more information, please call (908) 2327058.
Paper Mill Playhouse Plans ‘Singular Sensation’ Show
MILLBURN – Single theatergoers are invited to the ‘Singular Sensation’ celebration of Crazy For You, a new Gershwin musical, on Thursday, May 20, at 8 p. m. at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. The production will run through Sunday, May 30.
Speciallypriced tickets will include the performance and a postshow reception to be held at the Renee Foosaner Art Gallery at Paper Mill. A complimen tary twoweek pass to Bally Sports
Club in Short Hills will be given to all theatregoers.
Crazy for You, which was originally directed by Mike Ockrent, features classic Gershwin songs such as “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Slap That Bass,” “Embraceable You,” “I Got Rhythm,” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”
For more information and ticket reservations, please call (973) 3764343.
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WESTFIELD – The Westfield Community Players (WCP) will present the British comedy, Run For Your Wife, on Friday and Saturdays, May 15, 21 and 22 and June 4, 5, 11 and 12. All performances will be held at 8 p. m.
The performance, which was written by Ray Cooney and directed by John Correll, involves a London cab driver, John Smith, who lives two lives with two wives, trying to keep them separate.
The cast will include Richard Sibello, Linda Correll, Diane
McGovern, Ken Webb, Stephen Campbell, Timothy McGovern and Cliff Parent.
Tickets will be sold for $12 at Burgdorff ERA or the Westfield Community Players’ box office at (908) 2321221.
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.
BENEFITTING THE ARTS... Alice and Bob Dillon of Westfield recently attended Images ‘99, the 18th annual gala to benefit education programs at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts in Summit. The dinner dance, “With A British Twist,” was hosted by Dun & Bradstreet in Murray Hill and supported by a number of New Jersey corporations. The nationally accredited, nonprofit art center is celebrating 66 years of service to New Jersey’s cultural community, offering art education programs for children and adults of all ages and levels, as well as for persons with disabilities. For more information about the Center, please call (908) 2739121,
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Art Association Plans Brooklyn Museum Trip
SCOTCH PLAINS — The spring trip of the Scotch Plains and Fanwood Arts Association will take place on Wednesday, June 2, to the Brooklyn Museum of Art to see the Impressionists in Winter exhibition.
The bus departs from the Scotch Plains Municipal Building parking lot at 8: 30 a. m. and returns at approximately 5 p. m. The cost of the trip is $28, which includes the bus, admission and ticket.
To reserve space or obtain more information, please call Mrs. Gibbons at (908) 2322631.
Westfield ‘Y’ Reveals Watercolor Workshop WESTFIELD – The Westfield “Y,” 220 Clark Street in Westfield, will host a Paint with Watercolor Workshop on Saturday, May 22, from 10: 30 a. m. to 12: 30 p. m.
Conducted by Sandra Frank, this workshop will teach participants the basics of working in this medium in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, according to “Y” spokeswoman Karen F. Simon.
Ms. Frank has worked with individuals of all ages and varying levels
of ability, including those who are visually and/ or physically impaired.
The fee for this workshop is $40 for Westfield “Y” ’ members, and $50 for nonmembers. All supplies are included, and class size is strictly limited. To register, please visit the “Y,” or call Ms. Simon at (908) 2332700 for more information.
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House A Home Grand Re-Opening • Friday, May 7, 10am
“Home Sweet Home”
Housed in a preRevolutionary home in the square at Scotch Plains directly across from the cannon, we discover the Stage House Inn in a miniature village encompassing boutique shops.
The entrance to the restaurant is in a lovely stoned courtyard. The building is laced with the elegance and warmth of the walnut tones and quaint, low, beamed ceilings.
A full bar is located just outside the main dining room. A very gracious maitre d’ seats the guests and offers fine amenities of the restaurant.
The history of the Stage House Inn can be traced back to 1737 when it originally opened as John Sutton’s “Suttons’ Tavern.” Built as one of 10 homes in Scotch Plains in the 1690s, the Stage House Inn was a train stopover from New York to Philadelphia.
The cuisine offered at the Stage House Inn is considered to be Modern French. Chef and Owner, David Drake decided to take over the restaurant in 1992 after working for such noteworthy dining establishments as The Frog and The Peach in New Brunswick.
The graciousness of the waiter staff is impeccable, but for a Monday evening which is supposed to be a “quiet” night for the restaurant, we were not supplied with the attentiveness which one would come to expect. An iced tea which was ordered at the beginning of the meal was never delivered to the table.
The menu contained a large array of appetizers such as Fresh Spring Pea Soup with Herb Croutons and Mint for $7 and Marbled Terrine of Foie Gras and Duck Confit with Green Bean Salad for $15.
A generous and extensive tasting menu of 10 or more items is also available at a price of $70 per person.
The entrees included marvelous creations such as Eastern Halibut Roasted with Puree of Celery, White Asparagus and Morels for $27, Filet Mignon with Yukon Potato Puree and Caramelized Root Vegetables and Jerez Vinegar Sauce for $26.
The sauces were very delicate and were an excellent compliment to each dish.
We ordered an appetizer, Hot Vichyssoise with a Fricassee of Wild Mushrooms and Fiddle Head Ferns which was served in a mammoth bowl beautifully presented with several garnishes. However, the dish was served lukewarm.
The vast array of table breads, which ranged from sourdough to raisin bread was presented by the server from a linen lined rectangular basket.
We selected Maine Diver Scallops with Oregon Chanterelles, Candy Striped Beets and Israeli Couscous. The presentation was exquisite – three ample scallops piled on top of one another and surrounded by the flavorful couscous and bitesized triangles
of the vegetables and mushrooms with julienne carrots.
One of the priciest entrees on the Stage House menu at $28, the scallops, although succulent, were also slight sandy. The accompaniments were more garnish than an ample side dish. Within minutes of engaging in conversation, the meal had turned cold.
Another entree boasted breast of duck served medium rare with a simple au jus around a center core of rice, julienne vegetables and petite asparagus. The aroma was delightful. The quality of the meal was excellent, but was also served cool to lukewarm.
There was an extensive selection of coffees offered. The decaffeinated espresso was excellent and hot and regular coffee was equally good and hot.
One selected dessert, Assortment of Sorbets with Warm Strawberry Soup, was simply a remarkable feast for the eye and palate. The dish contained sorbets piled atop a round of finely diced kiwi and fruit. The sorbets were elegantly shaped, rich in flavor of passion fruit, pear and a blend of berries. A warm stream of strawberry soup swirled around the sorbet and was the perfect compliment to the dessert.
A fresh fruit platter which featured four strawberries, thinly sliced apples and oranges, blueberries, raspberries, melon and cantaloupes was equally refreshing. However, the melons and apples were somewhat under ripe.
The presentation of all of the dishes was innovative, artistic, and intriguing, almost miniature works of art.
It is important to note that there was also an absence of salt and pepper. The waitress reasoned that the chef believes that the food should already be spiced properly when it reaches the table.
The prices of the individual components is rather high considering the portion size and ingredients.
The quaint location, the warm ambiance, the graciousness of the service and executive staff was superior and the ingredients and presentation of the food was excellent. However, the food was not served warmly enough. In short, the restaurant is pricey for the fare and does not satisfy a hungry man.
Stage House Inn Facts:
Features: Alcohol is served, bar available, cigars pemitted. Banquet faclities, private parking, gift certificates, extensive wine list.
Dress Code: Jackets preferred.
Hours: Lunch: MonFri, 11: 30 a. m.2: 30 p. m.; Dinner: MonThurs, 5: 309: 30 p. m., Fri & Sat, 5: 3010 p. m.; and Sun., 48 p. m.