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SOFT SCULPTURES… Union Catholic High School’s Holiday Gift Market and Craft Show will be held on Saturday, November 27, from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m. Local crafter, Pat Brunt of Berkeley Heights, will be on hand with her soft sculptured collectors bears as well as snowmen, gingerbread girls and tooth fairy dolls.
SCOTCH PLAINS – Union Catholic High School’s Holiday Gift Market and Craft Show will be held on Saturday, November 27, from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m.
Artisans from the Metropolitan area will display their handmade items such as woodcrafts, custom made lamps, Tshirts, sweatshirts, dolls,
soft sculpture items, ornaments, scrapbook albums, jewelry and other wares. Breakfast, dessert and lunch items will be available at the Candy Cane Café during the craft event.
A $1 admission fee will offer the opportunity to win a door prize of a color television. For more information, please call (908) 8899475.
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CRANFORD — Aladdin, a holiday production for children and adults will be presented by the Cranford Dramatic Club Theatre in Cranford on Saturday, December 4, at 10: 30 a. m., 1 and 4 p. m. and Sunday, December 5, at 1 and 4 p. m.
Early reservations are recommended. Tickets are $5 for children under 13 and senior citizens and $7 for adults. For ticket reservations, please call the box office at (908) 2767611. Credit cards are accepted.
Aladdin is the favorite tale of the poor boy, the beautiful princess and
that large genie in a tiny lamp. The musical is the original adaptation with lyrics by Jim Eiler and music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy.
The Cranford production, directed by Elliot Lanes, features a large cast of 18 performers. Production crew include Assistant Director, Becky Randazzo; Producer, Art Kusiv; Choreographer, Leilani MakuakanePotter, and Stage Manager, Bob Pells.
The Cranford Dramatic Club Theatre is celebrating its 81st season of quality community theatre productions.
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FANWOOD – The Fanwood Cultural Arts Committee and its Winter Decorating Committee will host a family winter celebration to decorate the downtown on Sunday, December 5, from 2 to 5 p. m.
Festivities will begin with downtown decorating at 2 p. m. Additional activities will be held from 3 to 5 p. m. on the north side of the Fanwood Train Station, including games, “reindeer” rides for children, photos with Santa Claus, refreshments and entertainment by New York City guitarist and soloist Billy Populus.
Mr. Populus grew up in Fanwood and will return to his hometown for this special celebration. He has
performed in several musical arenas and venues. His performance of his own personal compositions and wellknown favorites will begin at the Train Station at 3: 15 p. m.
The afternoon will conclude with a candlelight community procession from Fanwood’s Millennium Clock to the traditional tree lighting ceremony with Mayor Maryanne S. Connelly.
Admission is free. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please call Winter Committee Chairman, Mark Annese, at (908) 8897529 or Cultural Arts Director, Adele Kenny, at (908) 8897223.
MORRISTOWN – The Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, and The Morris Museum Mineralogical Society will present its 27 th Annual Rock & Mineral Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, November 27 and 28 at the museum.
An exhibition of rare minerals, including florescent rocks, will be available for perusal and purchase.
Fossil and meteorite expert Derek Yoost will discuss fossils
in New Jersey at 2 p. m. on Saturday. Mineral magician and President of the Staten Island Mineralogical Society, Steve Okulewicz, will deliver a lecture on Hawaiian volcanoes at 2 p. m. on Sunday.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members and to the public every Thursday from 1 to 8 p. m.
For more information, please call (973) 5380454.
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WESTFIELD – The First Congregational Church of Westfield has announced the beginning of its 15 th season of its MidDay Musicales series of free, halfhour concerts on Wednesday, December 1, at noon with a recital by pianist Gayle Martin Henry.
Ms. Henry is the only American finalist of the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, distinguishing herself as only the third American woman to reach the finals of the competition since its inception in 1958.
She has performed with the Houston Symphony, the Denver Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony and the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York.
Ms. Henry has toured throughout the United States, South America and Europe. Recently, she traveled to China to perform at the first Dalian International Music Week.
A native of Texas, Ms. Henry holds a Master of Arts Degree from New York University, and was a member of its piano faculty for five years.
Following the concert, a soup and sandwich luncheon will be available in the church social hall for $4.50.
Funding for these concerts 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 Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.
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FANWOOD — Internationally acclaimed poet and nonfiction writer Adele Kenny was recently featured in the Poetswednesday Poetry Series at the Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge.
This series is the longest running poetry series in the state and is directed by Deborah LaVeglia, Joe Well and Edie Eustace.
Ms. Kenny, who serves as Cultural Arts Director of Fanwood’s
Cultural Arts Program and the Carriage House Poetry Reading Series, has been widely published throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.
She is the author of 19 books. Her poetry has been featured on radio and television programs here and abroad, and she was a featured reader in Poets Among Us at the 1996 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her writing, including two fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a HEART Grant, an Allen Ginsberg Award and four Merit Books Awards.
In 1999, she received a Women of Excellence Award (Union County Commission on the Status of Women) for her work in journalism and public relations. She has served as a writing consultant and artistinresidence for numerous organizations and agencies.
Ms. Kenny, a member of the Secular Franciscan Order (Third Order of St. Francis), includes religious texts several volumes of poets, and books on antiques and education among her published works. Her latest collection of poems is scheduled for publication in January 2000.
Holiday Family Night On Tap at Town Library
WESTFIELD – Westfield Memorial Library will host its annual Holiday Family Night on Monday, December 13, from 7 to 8 p. m.
The evening will feature crafts, stories and refreshments.
Children in kindergarten through fourth grades will create holiday decorations and listen to Christmas tales. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Inperson registration will begin on Monday, November 29. All participants must be Westfield Library members.
For more information, please call the Children’s Department at (908) 7894090 or visit the library.
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MURRAY HILL – The Suburban Community Music Center, located at 570 Central Avenue in Murray Hill, was awarded three grants by the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs for the current school year.
Two of the grants, an Arts in Education Special Project Grant and a Special Project Grant, are
funded through the County Partnership Program with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
The first grant, amounting to $1,800, will help maintain an outreach program at the Jefferson Park Day Care Center in Elizabeth, where disadvantaged preschool children are offered classes in music and movement.
The second, a grant of $3,200, will partially fund a new outreach program at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and classes for children with special needs at the Music Center.
The new program brings a qualified music therapist from the Music Center to CSH once a week to provide music instruction and therapy to profoundly disabled patients in residence.
The third grant, a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant, funded by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will help support a senior outreach program to be held in March and April of 2000.
Two fiveweek series of music appreciation lectures will be offered during the day at the handicappedaccessible Music Center at no charge to individuals over 62 years of age.
The Music Center, a notforprofit music school, is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.
For more information on instruction, concerts and special events, please call the Center at (908) 7900700.
WESTFIELD — The Town Book Store of Westfield will host appearances by two authors on Saturday, November 27.
Local author Margie Palatini will be available to sign copies of her newest book entitled, “Ding Dong Ding Dong” from 11a. m. to 1 p. m.
This children’s book, which is full of puns and sly references, involves an ape who sells cosmetics. “Ding Dong Ding Dong” is the followup to “Piggie Pie,” “Zoom Broom” and “Zak’s Lunch.”
Greg Anderson will be avail able from 2 to 4 p. m. to sign
copies of his new novel, “Tatiana” — a story of international intrigue centered around a chance event. Mr. Anderson has also written awardwinning stage plays and two optioned screenplays.
R e s e r v e d copies are available. For more information, please call The Town Book Store at (908) 2333535.
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PLAINFIELD – The Plainfield Camera Club will conduct a program entitled “About Black and White Photography” on Wednesday, December 1, at 8 p. m., at the United National Bank, 45 South Martine Avenue in Fanwood. Featured will be Art Carlson of Hillsborough, formerly of Westfield.
The lecture will cover all aspects of this photographic medium, including equipment and film, developing, printing, mounting and matting. Examples of Mr. Carlson’s work will be exhibited.
Mr. Carlson, who has won awards for his work, specializes in landscapes, architectural studies and closeup views of subjects. He is Past President of the Plainfield Camera Club and operates an architectural photo studio from his home.
For more information, please call Jean Luce at (908) 2336276.
Production of Our Town Set By Mount Saint Mary
WATCHUNG – The Drama Department at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung will present Thornton Wilder’s Our Town on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 2, 3 and 4, at 8: 15 p. m., and on Sunday, December 5, at 7: 30 p. m. in Mercy Hall on the school’s campus.
The play, considered an American classic, expresses the warmth, humor and eternal truths of human existence.
Our Town is directed by Lee Matthews, Drama Coach and a faculty member at Mount Saint Mary Academy.
Junior Jennifer Gartner is the stage manager. Cast members include students from Mount Saint Mary, St. Joseph’s High School and Millburn High School.
Tickets are $8, and $6 for students and senior citizens. They may be reserved by calling (908) 7570108, Extension No. 4507, weekdays from 9 a. m. to 3 p. m.
Holiday Dance Concert Set By Dance Company
WESTFIELD – Westfield Dance Company, a young performers dance company, will host its annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 5, at 2 p. m. at The Small Theatre at Kean University.
Guest artists from New Jersey and New York City professional modern dance choreographer, Andrew Jannetti, will help coordinate the event.
Participation by any dancer in the audience will comprise the ending of the concert, as participants
are welc o m e d to the s t a g e . Santa Claus will also pay a visit to the concert.
Tickets are $2 and may be purchased through the Westfield School of Dance, 402 Boulevard, Westfield, 07090. Seating is limited.
For more information and reservations, please call (908) 7893011.
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Jumble Store Plans Holiday Program On Cookie Decorating
CRANFORD — The Jumble Store, located at 110 Walnut Avenue in Cranford, will host a holiday cookie decorating demonstration on Tuesday, November 30, from l to 2: 30 p. m.
Kelley Komar of Kelley’s Cakes will demonstrate different cookie decorating techniques and helpful hints. She will also show easy and creative ways of enhancing holiday treats. All are invited to attend.
The Jumble Store features a wide selection of items, including clothing for the whole family, maternity wear, jewelry, shoes, and housewares. Holiday fashions are also available for sale.
The Jumble Store is owned and operated by the Junior League of ElizabethPlainfield (JLEP) and all proceeds from the store benefit community service projects.
The JLEP is an organization of women committed to improving their communities though the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Membership is open to all area women over 21 years of age. For information on joining the group, please call (908) 7091177.
Woodwinds were set slightly above the strings and brasses and half of the string bass section were placed under the balcony where lower register tones were warmly augmented.
Concluding the concert was the Scandinavian powerhouse Symphony No. 2. A master of the symphonic genre from early on, Jean Sibelius (18651957) produced this masterwork, which combined Finnish folk themes with exhilarating nationalistic patriotic fanfares.
Movement two includes beautiful pizzicato dialogue between the string basses and the cellos — clearly Wagnerian — one could almost see Siegmund fleeing through the German
Wald searching for shelter. The young Sibelius had, in fact, recently been to Bayreuth to hear the Ring Cycle of the Master.
We expect the piece to come to a crashing end, and it almost does. Now, for the conductor who has not quite grasped the subliminal text of the music, one would expect to see him bring the walls down. Maestro Wroe, however, was on the cutting edge of interpretation once again.
Maestro Wroe ended the piece in such a subliminally expectant manner, with such an air of reservedness, that I fear that some may have missed the point and were left hanging midbreath. The correctness of this move was utter perfection and most appreciated. Know that those who were on the level that night, were floored.
To have such music presented to us here is truly a wonderful gift. The high level of talent, musicianship, dedication and passion of this ensemble is immediately apparent. All artists on stage are doing this for their love of this imperative music.
While all of the elements of a great concert were there, acoustics, ensemble, soloist, it would not have come together musically if it were not for the unquestioned hero of the evening, Maestro Wroe.
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The next concert of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra will be in February.
For more information, tickets or donations, please call the Westfield Symphony Orchestra at (908) 2329400.
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