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WESTFIELD — All fourthgrade students in the Westfield Public Schools were treated to an introduction to “The Language of Music,” presented by the Westfield Symphony Orchestra on April 19.
Under the direction of Conductor David Wroe, more than 460 students were split into two groups, each attending a concert featuring Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik,
Vivaldi’s Spring from the Four Seasons and Saint Saens’ Carnival of the Animals.
Twelve musicians and Maestro David Wroe comprised the Symphony Caravan, which performed at Tamaques and Franklin Schools. Fourth graders not attending those schools were bused to the performances.
CLASSICAL WORKS… Musicians with the Westfield Symphony Orchestra performed for all fourth graders from the Westfield Public Schools during ‘The Language of Music’ performance on April 19 held at Tamaques and Franklin elementary schools.
Linda King, Fine Arts Supervisor for the Westfield Public Schools, described the program as “a wonderful handson experience for the students.” The students were invited to help Maestro David Wroe conduct the ensemble. After the performances, the fourth graders approached the individual musicians and asked them questions about their instruments and their career.
This program was made possible by grants from the Westfield Foundation, the Recording Industry’s Music Performance Trust Funds (arranged by Local No. 151 of the American Federation of Musicians), the Westfield Public Schools Fine Arts Department and the Westfield Coalition for the Arts. Dance Dance Dance Dance Dance
American Repertory Ballet
will present “An American Cinderella” on Saturday, May 15, at 7 p. m. and Sunday, May 16, at 2 p. m. at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. Tickets are available by calling (732) 2467469.
Summit Folk Dancers to teach dances of other countries on Friday, May 14, at 8 p. m. at The Connection (old Summit YWCA)
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Exhibit: “Places Near & Far” by Cheryl O’Halloran McLeod at The Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside through May 30.
Exhibit: “Full Exposure: Contemporary Photography” at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts in Summit from May 7 to June 20.
Exhibit: “An Exhibition of Paintings” by Jane Thompson George at Overlook Hospital, Auxiliary Gallery, in Summit. Reception from 25 p. m.
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The Tales of Hoffman, opera by Jacques Offenbach performed by the Stony Hill Players on May 15 and 16, at the Oakes Memorial Outreach Center in Summit. Saturday performaces are 7: 30 p. m., Sunday performances are 3 p. m. For tickets, please call (908) 4647716.
Run For Your Wife to be performed on Saturday, May 15, to May 22 by the Westfield Community Players at 1000 North Avenue in Westfield at 8 p. m. Tickets are $12.
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Story Hour reading of “Thomas the Tank Engine” to be hosted by the Welcome Wagon of Westfield at Barnes & Noble in Clark today, Thursday, May 13, at 4 p. m.
Book Signing with Gordon Bishop, journalist and columnist. He will discuss his book, “Gateway to America” at Barnes & Noble in Clark today, Thursday, May 13, at 7: 30 p. m.
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Book signing with Mark Csordos, author of “Celebrate Customer Service” on Monday, May 17, at 7: 30 p. m. at Barnes & Noble in Clark.
Clifford in Costume at Barnes & Noble, Children’s Department, in Clark on Friday, May 14, at 7 p. m.
First Book Storytime at Barnes & Noble in Clark to feature “Pete’s A Pizza” by William Steig on Wednesday, May 19, at 7 p. m.
Story Hour 60th Anniversary Celebration of “Madeline,” “Mulligan and His Steam Shovel,” and “Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer” on Thursday, May 20, at 7 p. m. at Barnes & Noble in Clark.
The Crossroads will welcome Hudson River Rats with Bernard Purdie on Friday, May 14; Strange Brew (an Eric Clapton Tribute) on Saturday, May 15, and Splooge on Thursday, May 20.
Concert: “Recalling the Romantics” by the Choral Art Society on Saturday, May 15, at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. $15 adults, $10 seniors and students.
NJPAC to host cellist YoYo Ma and pianist Jeffrey Kahaneat 8 p. m. in Prudential Hall. Tickets are $15-$ 75. For tickets, please call 1888GO NJPAC.
“Jazz Excursions” with Tana
Resident Amy Philips Sees Original Play Performed at Festival
WESTFIELD – Amy Phillips, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Phillips of Westfield and a senior at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, saw her original play, Reunion,
performed during her school’s Playwriting Festival last week.
The Festival provides an opportunity for Choate studentplaywrights to see their works performed for the first time.
Reunion is a oneact play about three people who return to their high school for their 10year reunion and try to resolve the relationship issues that have plagued one of the characters for most of those 10 years.
Reid quintet and T. S. Monk sextet to perform in Victoria Theater at NJPAC on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, at 7 p. m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for children. Please call 1888GO NJPAC for ticket information.
Watercolor Demonstration Slated By Art Association FANWOOD – Artist Audrey Wreszin of Basking Ridge will demonstrate watercolor painting on Wednesday, May 19, at 8 p. m. at the Fanwood Railway Station on North Avenue.
The program will be sponsored by the Fanwood Scotch Plains Art Association.
A graduate of Douglass College, Ms. Wreszin has participated in several state, regional, and national juried exhi bitions. She has garnered more
than 50 awards during the past several years, including the
Winsor & Newton Award; Salmagundi Club, New York; the Grumbacher Gold
Medallion; and the Sally Logue Memorial Award from
the Nabisco Gallery. For more information, please contact Tom Yeager at (908) 3225438.
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By JOSEPH P. DeALESSANDRO
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
While walking on Park Avenue in downtown Scotch Plains, one comes upon Fagioli Restaurant. It is floor to ceiling with spacious windows on two sides of the building – allowing passersby to enjoy a wonderful view of this Italian restaurant.
Reminiscent of Italian cities such as Rome, Florence, or Naples, it enjoys the openness and amenities of a native Italian restaurant.
The Proprietor, Giovanni Zinni, says that the atmosphere is intended to be more like Pompeii. He has been a restaurateur for over 30 years.
In addition to Fagioli, Mr. Zinni owns The Violet Café in Washington Square, New York City and Chez Jacqueline on McDougal Street in Greenwich Village, New York.
He studied at the Hotel Management School in Florence and was a chef at many restaurants in Italy and France.
The decor of Fagioli Restaurant is simple but very utilitarian. There is no wasted space and the ambiance is warm and inviting. The lighting is comfortable, not too dark to read a menu and not too light to offend.
The aromas from the kitchen in the rear of the restaurant waft Italian spices, such as garlic, throughout the room – encouraging the hungry palate to explore what promises to be a fine dining experience.
The wait staff is exemplary and the service is first class – both thorough and prompt.
The Fagioli menu is a fine anthology of Antipasti, Zuppe, Insalata, Pasta and Secondi. The antipasto or appetizers offer a fine composite of Italian choices ranging from Bruschetta al Pomodoro including grilled eggplant, stuffed with lowfat goat cheese and sautéed cherry tomatoes.
Other dishes include Grilled Seasonal Vegetables with Vinegar and Olive Oil, Mussels in White Wine and Garlic Broth, and Grilled Portabella Mushroom served with Polenta and Salad.
I ordered the Portabella Mushroom and was delightfully pleased, finding the mushroom grilled to perfection, fork tender and very tasty. The dish was complimented by triangle wedges of wellseasoned polenta. The salad featured a light olive oil vinaigrette dressing.
The portions were excellent and the preparation and presentation
were flawless – served piping hot and truly delicious.
The soups include Pasta Fagioli, Vegetable Soup Tuscan Style and Soup du Jour.
Salad offerings include watercress with apples, walnuts and provolone,
which was a work of art when served, a tricolored salad, an arugula salad, an organic baby mesculine salad with balsamic vinaigrette and a Caesar salad.
The pasta varieties are a hungry man’s delight, starting with Penne Rigatoni in Vodka Sauce, Vegetable Lasagna with Béchamel Sauce, homemade Fettuccine with Meat Sauce, Bow Ties with light tomato and fresh salmon and arugula. Spaghettini Scallops, Mussels, Calamari and Shrimp round out the offerings.
The Piati Secondi, or Entrees, offer a most ambitious and delightful array of chicken, veal, fish and seafood.
I enjoyed a special of the day, which was large sea scallops served with rigatoni in a light pink sauce most delicately seasoned. The portion consisted of seven large sea scallops, tender and sweet, perfumed delightfully with light seasoning and accompanied with rigatoni, which was perfectly al dente.
The food was served, once again, piping hot – a tribute to the fine chef.
Coffees were offered, as well as cappuccino, espresso and tea. These were equally served hot and aromatic.
The dessert list was extensive, featuring zabaglione, tiramisu and Fagioli’s special version of tartufo, which was a ball of ice cream heavily dipped in powdered chocolate – a chocoholic’s dream!
The dinner was paced perfectly. You were not rushed, nor were you waiting too long. The wait staff was polite, very courteous and are thoroughly familiar with the contents of the dishes on the menu.
The prices are moderate for the production and the chef fulfills the promises of the menu.
Appetizers range from $5 to $8.50. Entrees range from $13.50 to $18.50. There is no bar service. The patrons are permitted to bring their own bottle.
It is such a pleasure to find such a gem of a restaurant in the Scotch Plains, Westfield and Fanwood area. It was a most delightful evening.