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PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT… The works of photographer Michael Bergman will be featured in “The Saturated Image, Three Contemporary Photographers” exhibit at the Tomasulo Gallery at Union County College in Cranford from Friday, September 24, to Thursday, October 28. An opening reception will be held on September 24 from 7 to 9 p. m. Pictured above is Mr. Bergman’s piece, “India Musicians.” The works of Don Burmeister and H. Lisa Solon will also be featured in the exhibit. For more information, please call the Tomasulo Gallery at (908) 7097155.
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CRANFORD – The Calvary Concert Series of Calvary Lutheran Church in Cranford will begin with a look at songwriter George Gershwin in a concert with pianist Fred Miller on Sunday, September 19, at 4 p. m.
Mr. Miller will cover the life story, career and songs of Gershwin. He will provide a program of music, anecdotes, questions and answers.
Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $7.50 for seniors,
students with ID and children. For tickets, please call the church at (908) 2762418. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Other Calvary Concert Series performances will include guitar duo Michael Newman and Laura Oltman, pianist John Root, violinist Vadeem Guzeman, clarinet duo Michael and Ruth McDonald and a Christmas concert of children’s choirs.
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FANWOOD – Mayor Maryanne S. Connelly and Cultural Arts Director Adele Kenny have announced that the first reading in the second season of the Carriage House Poetry Reading Series will be held on Thursday, September 23, at 8 p. m. at The Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center on Watson Road in Fanwood.
The series, which began in December 1998, has featured several contemporary American poets.
The featured poets for the September 23 reading include Sander Zulauf and R. G. Rader.
Mr. Zulauf, a New Jersey native and English professor, is editor of the Journal of New Jersey Poets.
He is the author of “Succasunna, New Jersey” which is now in its fourth printing and a screenplay based on the novel “Tristam Shandy.”
He has served as editor and publisher of the Ars Poetica publishing group and, since 1998, he has served with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation PoetsintheSchools program and his poems have appeared in numerous journals, anthologies and textbooks. He is listed in several Who’s Who
publications and was featured in the 1999 James Wright Poetry Festival
in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Mr. Rader is a poet, playwright, teacher and actor. He has authored two collections of poetry with a third collection currently in press. In addition to his work as a poet, he is cofounder and presently a playwright in residence and actor with the Arrowhead Theater Company in New York City.
He holds degrees in philosophy, theology and writing and currently teaches at several colleges in the New York and New Jersey area. He was recently appointed an associate professor with the United States Open University.
This year, the project is funded in part by a 1999 H. E. A. R. T. Grant (History, Education, Art Reaching Thousands) from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Nicholas Scutari, Chairman. The series is directed by Ms. Kenny and is part of Fanwood’s comprehensive Cultural Arts Program.
Refreshments and an open reading will follow the featured readers’ performances. Admission is free. For more information, please call Ms. Kenny at (908) 8897223.
FREE CONCERT... The Scotch PlainsFanwood High School NJ821 Junior ROTC will sponsor a free jazz concert with The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble on Wednesday, September 22, at 7: 30 p. m. in the High School Auditorium. Complimentary tickets can be picked up at the main office. A ticket is required for admission. For further information about the concert, please contact the main office at (908) 8898600. Rehearsals to Begin
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WESTFIELD — The Oratorio Singers of Westfield, under the direction of Trent Johnson will begin their fall rehearsal schedule on Monday, September 20, from 7: 30 to 9: 30 p. m. at the First United Methodist Church in Westfield.
The rehearsals will continue until the concert date of Sunday, November 21.
This upcoming concert will feature works for chorus, brass and organ. The program will consist of “Jubilate Deo” of Giovanni Gabrielli, “Te Deum Laudamus” of Franz Joseph Haydn, “Christmas Cantata” of Daniel Pinkham and “Gloria” of John Rutter.
All voice parts are welcome. For further information, please call Trent Johnson at (908) 2334211.
This arts program is made possible in part by a H. E. A. R. T. GRANT from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Nicholas P. Scutari, Chairman.
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WESTFIELD – Westfield artists Lydia Brunnelli and Phil Kass were among a group of senior citizens honored for their artwork during the Union County Senior Citizen Art Contest and Exhibit.
Union County Freeholders Linda d. Stender and Mary P. Ruotolo congratulated the winners of the contest and presented each with a Resolution during a recent board meeting.
“The County Freeholders join in praising all the artists who participated in the contest and exhibit. We are always pleasantly surprised by the diversity of artwork and the talent displayed here by the senior citizens in Union County,” said Freeholder Stender.
“This is a good example of recreational opportunities available to senior citizens in Union County,” said Freeholder Ruotolo, adding that she was happy to see so many senior citizens participating in the contest and in attendance during the meeting.
“It is so important to have a vehicle not only to create and express yourself but also to be able to share your talents with others. There is much talent in Union County as seen here,” he stated.
For more information on the Union County Senior Citizen Art Contest and Exhibit or on activities open to senior citizens, please call the Union County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs at (908) 5582550.
ARTISTIC HONOR… Westfield artists Lydia Brunnelli and Phil Kass were among a group of senior citizens honored for their artwork during the Union County Senior Citizen Art Contest and Exhibit. Pictured, above, left to right, are: Freeholder Linda d. Stender, Ms. Brunnelli and Mr. Kass.
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Although the apartment decor featuring the Virgin Mary was supposed to convey Mame’s desperation to depict a more “angelic” and responsible image of herself for Patrick’s trustee, Dwight Babcock, I found it to be offensive.
The massive statue and a mocking portrait with young Patrick as the Infant Jesus and Mame as Mary could have been toned down, taking people with religious beliefs into consideration. This decor change isn’t noted in the original book, “Auntie Mame” by Patrick Dennis.
The orchestra, which was positioned over the performance, swept the audience away with its highlyprofessional, topnotch renditions of Mame’s music.
A standing ovation with claps of thunderous applause for Ms. Ebersole was unanimous and welldeserved. She was the “razzledazzle butterfly” Mr. Dennis called her in his book. She graced the Paper Mill stage like a queen.
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MOMOTARO JAPANESE CUISINE 1425 Raritan Road, Clark, (732) 3968668
By KIM KINTER
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
WESTFIELD — It’s hard to miss Dr. Theodore K. Schlosberg and Chris Velderman when they are playing a duet on the alphorn.
The instrument, which is 12 feet long and resembles an oversized wooden smoking pipe, fills the air with a deep mellow sound that echoes off buildings and walls.
And for two years, the pair have appeared at many Westfield area events dressed up in Swiss hats and garb, including fairs and special concerts, playing the unusual looking instrument. Now the two are in Montreaux, Switzerland honing their skills.
Dr. Schlosberg, founder and Executive Director of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, Inc., and Chris, a 12yearold seventh grader at Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield, have
been in Switzerland since September 11 studying at the Alphorn Academy of Switzerland.
They are expected to return after Saturday, September 18, when the week of study is completed.
Each day the two have been participating in a group of 12 advanced alphorn players who for four and a half hours daily have been instructed in general alphorn knowledge, playing skills, breathing techniques and various types of alphorn music, including fokloric, classical and jazz.
The two are being sponsored by Cough Drop manufacturer Ricola U. S. A., Inc., which the two have represented in New Jersey at various events.
The alphorn, also known as the alpenhorn, is a wooden trumpet used in Switzerland. It has no valves or holes to make notes and sound comes only from blowing through the singleholed mouthpiece. Different notes are made by quickly changing the position of the lips and varying the speed of air traveling through the mouthpiece.
The instrument draws interest whenever it is played. On a recent afternoon in downtown Westfield when Dr. Schlosberg was demonstrating the alphorn, nearly every passerby stopped to comment, observe or ask questions.
The ancient instrument was originally used by the herders of the Alps for calling cattle in from the mountains, and was also used for ceremonies and seasonal festivals and a way to summon people to church or war. It is Switzerland’s national instrument.
Dr. Schlosberg, who already plays a bevy of instruments, first heard the alphorn three years ago when he and his wife were vacationing at a lake in Canada and saw a former French Horn musician from the Canadian Philharmonic play the unusual instrument.
Interested, Dr. Schlosberg contacted the Swiss Consulate when he returned to the United States and inquired how he could get an alphorn for himself. He paid $2,600 to have one made for himself in Switzerland in the key of F. Dr. Schlosberg then taught himself how to play the instrument, collected and adapted music and began playing at area events.
Then he thought of Chris, who had been taking trumpet and violin les sons from Dr. Schlosberg since first
grade. He paid $900 for an alphorn crafted in the United States for his student and shortly thereafter the two began appearing together at local events.
As Dr. Schlosberg and Chris began appearing regularly or alone, Dr. Schlosberg said he would continually see people playfully cup their hands over their mouths and shout “Ricola” as is heard in the cough drop manufacturer’s commercials, Dr. Schlosberg said.
Dr. Schlosberg didn’t see it as a joke but thought marketing opportunity, and asked his wife, Kitty, who also handles public relations for the Workshop for the Arts, to contact Ricola and ask if the alphorn players and Cough Drop company could strike up some type of relationship.
Since then Dr. Schlosberg and Chris have appeared at Ricolasponsored events and Ricola has donated money for scholarships to the Workshop. Dr. Schlosberg also approached the company about sponsoring Chris and himself at the Alphorn Institute and Ricola agreed.
Chris, who has been playing the alphorn the last one and a half years, was excitedly getting ready last week.
“It’s so interesting to be able to go to another country,” he said. “I hope to get better at the alphorn.”
He added that he had been taking private French lessons during the summer so that he would better be able to converse in Switzerland. He said that he would do any school work he was missing while flying to and from Switzerland.
In addition to the alphorn, Chris plays the trumpet, French Horn and violin. His older brother, Matthew, a freshman at Westfield High School, also is a musician and plays the bassoon, cello, clarinet, various saxophones and trumpet, Chris pointed out. They are the sons of Pat Velderman and Helaine Donnelly, of Westfield.
Dr. Schlosberg was particularly pleased by the opportunity to go to the institute because he has never before had a chance to travel with one of his students, he told The Westfield Leader before he left last week.
“I really love being able to play instruments with the kids,” he commented. “This is the first time I’ve had such an opportunity to travel and study with one of my own students.”
Personally, Dr. Schlosberg said he also welcomes the opportunity to visit Switzerland, a country he has not traveled to before, and the chance to become a more accomplished alphorn player.
“I hope to gain a good, thorough understanding of the style of Swiss repertoire,” he said. “I hope to understand how to better play the range of notes. It is difficulty to know how to place your mouth quickly enough to make a change in sound. I hope to gain a wider range, get new materials, different styles and improve my technical ability.”
Dr. Schlosberg said upon returning he also plans to approach Ricola U. S. A. about beginning an alphorn institute in Westfield. He would like to purchase four more alphorns and interest some present horn players into developing a quartet of alphorn musicians.
By DR. JOSEPH P. DeALESSANDRO
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
While traveling in Clark on a humid 90degree day on Raritan Road, one enters the sanctity of a delicately appointed Japanese temple. The coolness, soft Asian music and very dim lights are accented by beautiful schoji screens, including booths, and partitions. Highlypolished black lacquered tables and comfortable chairs are an invitation to a most pleasurable culinary adventure.
The restaurant is barely two years old and features the most beautiful authentic kimono attired waitresses who look like porcelain dolls and seem to glide across the floors.
Upon being seated, the most majestic, beautifully attired and scented waitress is Jenny who is unquestionably the epitome of service in the Asian style. She compliments the food service.
A cup of green tea arrives together with a basket carrying heated perfumed towels to wash your face and hands — a fine refreshment. After you have relaxed, you are now on to your eating adventure.
Momotaro is owned by Fred Liu who is a chef and has two sushi chefs properly certified bearing bandanas around their foreheads.
The appetizer array presents Shumai which are shrimp and vegetables and steamed dumplings. The Yakko, which features cold tofu with blended ginger and dried bonito and scallion in a soy sauce, is very refreshing to the palate. The Sushi are delicate, very light and seasoned exotically.
Oshitashi is a cold, cooked spinach marinated with vinegar sauce and dried bonito — a most unusual and tasty dish. Sashimi are assorted fillets of raw fish served beautifully on magnificent porcelain dishes — extremely satisfying and very well prepared. SunoMono a very unusual dish of seafood and vegetables with a vinegar sauce. Salmon is broiled salmon with scallions and vinegar with teriyaki sauce — a palate tempter.
There are 22 delightful appetizers many of which most patrons have never tasted. The appetizers are presented meticulously on various plates to accent their visual quality as well as their delectable tastes.
Miso soup, which is a must, is soybean soup with bean curd scallions and seaweed. This is a staple of Japanese cuisine. They also serve seafood soup with shrimp, crabs, clams and vegetables. The broth is extraordinarily delightful and the seasoning makes the broth an elixir.
The house salad is a simple salad of broken lettuce with an exotic ginger dressing. It is served cold and superb.
There are a variety of hot pots which are offered. Suki Yaki features assorted vegetables, turnip slices, and beef or chicken served with yam and cellophane noodles and onions and bean sprouts. The dish is served piping hot in a large cauldron, easily enough for two people.
Yose Nabe is a stew style hot pot containing shrimp and other fish, scallions, crabmeat, fish cakes and vegetables cooked in a slow style. This was very savory with a new taste.
The Entrees are very prolific. The Teriyaki group consists of many varieties including Teriyaki Tofu, Tuna Teriyaki, Fish Teriyaki and Jumbo Shrimp Teriyaki. They are all cooked to perfection and presented on a flat plate steeped in teriyaki broth. The aroma provokes instant salivation.
Tempura is next on the list and is one of my favorite dishes. Having eaten tempura for many, many years, I can say that the preparation and cooking of their tempura together with the magnificent presentation is awesome. At least six jumbo shrimp are served on Japanese vegetables.
The secret of good tempura is good quality shrimp and fine clean oil to give the batter the right heat to ex plode. This must be served piping hot
or it loses most of its class. Momotaro prepares about the best tempura I have ever tasted. Shrimp Yaki Soba with large shrimp, fried noodles and vegetables is served with a special sauce. The shrimp are tender and wonderfully prepared.
A House of Vegetables, another dish that was offered, includes assorted vegetables, specially flavored with ginger sauce — a treat to vegetarians. Sushi and Sashimi are served with noodles and green salad. Sushi Deluxe is an assortment of nine pieces
of sushi, one tuna roll or one California roll served cold and extremely fresh.
Futo Maki is a variety of vegetables with egg custard, fish eggs, mock crab meat and served rice wrapped in seaweed. It is a challenge for your palate and served in ample quantity.
The house has an extraordinary combination of Shusshi Sashimi for two, which includes an assortment of 10 pieces of Sushi, 22 pieces of Sashimi, a California roll and a half house maki, served magnificently on a large wooden boat with mast and sails of sushi and sashimi presented artistically.
All dishes are served with soy sauce, ginger, and wasabi. There are many varieties of rolled sushi. There is an a la carte portion of California roll, mock crabmeat, avocado and fish eggs wrapped in rice. Delicious.
UnaMaki, which is sea urchin with seasoned rice and roll; California Surprise Roll, which is specially handrolled and Tempura Maki, which is fried shrimp and avocado and mayonnaise in a spiced rice roll, are all excellent.
Fresh pineapple, green tea and red bean and ginger ice cream complete and compliment your Asian experience.
This restaurant seats approximately 95 people comfortably and in a most serene setting the subdued lighting and mellow Asian music present a very calm and relaxing atmosphere.
Liquor is not served, but one may bring your own bottle. The service is impeccable. The table is always a wonderful picture. My grandmother used to say that half of the pleasure in food is in its visual presentation and Momotaro exemplifies that philosophy.
The restaurant is open seven days a week, serving a very special box lunch in a lacquered box with compartments for the entree, rice, pickle, salad. This is beautifully presented and wonderful tasty.
I think the regular customers of Momotaro will be unhappy that I have exposed their secret dining place to a very new clientele.
When you enter and leave, you are greeted with a customary bow. And, so we say Sayonara!
TOOTING THEIR HORNS... Founder and Executive Director of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, Dr. Theodore K. Schlosberg and Westfield student Chris Velderman play the alphorn at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. The musical duet, which was sponsored by Ricola, the manufacturer of cough drops, have been studying at the Alphorn Academy of Switzerland since September 11. They will return after this Saturday.