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SOxSO – south by south orange


South by South Orange (SOxSO) is coming soon.  A Creative Collision of arts, ideas and music on June 26, 27 and 28 with Seton Hall providing support and prominent participants. South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) will serve as a primary venue as well as Above, Ricalton’s and The Gaslight.

There will be 12 creative and interactive sessions, 15 musical performances, and more.  Stay tuned for more info!  link below

Reel Talk – South Orange Special Cinema Series


reel-talk-nj-logo-2SOPAC in South Orange will be hosting ‘REEL TALK’ in March, April and May.  Reel Talk will be screening interesting films prior to their commercial release dates.

It’s a subscription screening series of eight original and provocative feature films and a Q&A discussion with a distinguished guest(s) (critic and/or professor and/or talent from the film). Stephen Whitty, the Star Ledger film critic and Chair of the New York Film Critics Circle will be involved. The films are a mix of independent, foreign-language, non-fiction, and mainstream, and all will hopefully be on your radar when ultimately released in theaters.

See links for details!

Maplewood Annual Chocolate Walk

chocolate | Format | Maplewood Village

Chocolate! Need I say more.


participating shops

Salvage Style
No. 165
Perch Home
The Tenth Muse
Madeline Moss
Village Trattoria serving Nutella Pizza
Matters Magazine
Maplewood Deli and Grille
Alchemy Hour
Words Bookstore
Mona Lisa Framing
The Able Baker
Arturo’s Osteria & Pizzeria
St. James’s Gate
Shenanigan’s Toys





First Night Maplewood South Orange


First Night is back.  The Nerds will headline the entertainment, there are many good food vendors and so much more entertainment ranging from hip hop to dance to magic to reptiles.  Great way to stay local and walk for the holiday.

Maplewood 4th of July








If you’re going to be around on July 4th, attend Maplewood’s fun 112th Annual Day-Long Celebration @ Memorial Park, Oakview Av. and Valley Rd., Maplewood

Weather related Changes – 112th Annual Day-Long July 4th Celebration

Fourth of July Celebration Update
In expectation of inclement weather tomorrow, the Maplewood Fourth of July Committee would like to communicate adjustments to the day’s schedule:
8:00am: JULY 4th OPENING CEREMONIES – On schedule, weather permitting.
8:15am: KIDS’ BIKES, ETC. PARADE – On schedule, weather permitting
9:00am: KIDS’ DASHES & RELAYS – Weather permitting. May have a delayed start.
10:00am-2:00pm: CHS ROBOTICS CLUB – Moved to 60 Woodland Road (former Women’s Club)
10:00am: ART PROJECT – Weather permitting. May have a delayed start.
11:00am: ICE CREAM EATING CONTESTS – Moved to 60 Woodland Road
11:30am: BAKING CONTEST – Moved to 60 Woodland Road
12noon to 3:00pm: KARAOKE – On schedule near the stage by the baseball diamond in south Memorial Park
12:00noon: KIDS’ PERCUSSION – Moved to 60 Woodland Road
12:00noon: PET AWARDS SHOW – Moved to 60 Woodland Road
1:00pm. & 3:30pm & 6:00pm: ZERBINI FAMILY CIRCUS – On schedule rain or shine, north Memorial Park
4:00pm to 9:15pm: LIVE MUSIC – At the stage. May have a delayed start.
9:15 pm: FIREWORKS – On schedule

Support The Daylong Festivities with your tag purchase!  Buy in advance a $15 Combo Tag – admission to BOTH the CIRCUS and FIREWORKS!
Buy at the gate only on the day of the event a $10 Tag for the CIRCUS* (Circus concessions not included.) or a $10 Tag for the FIREWORKS.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS for Friday, July 4, 2014:
7 am registration for 8 am 4TH OF JULY 5K RUN, Start & Finish – Dunnell Road near Civic House (separate registration and fee). Benefits CHS Cross-Country team.
8 am July 4th OPENING CEREMONIES Ricalton Square.
8:15 am KIDS’ BIKES, ETC. PARADE steps off fr Ricalton Square.
9 am KIDS’ DASHES & RELAYS in Athletic field south of Oakview Ave. Requires parent/guardian sign-up.
10 am to 2 pm CHS ROBOTICS CLUB students display & demonstrate at Skate House.
10 am Participatory Community Pixel/Box ART PROJECT by John Kaufman; all ages; sponsored by Memorial Post 10120 VFW & 1978 Arts Center. Ballfield backstop south of Oakview Ave./Valley.
11 am ICE CREAM EATING CONTESTS picnic area next to playground, sponsored and presented by Maplewood Rotary.
11 am TENNIS CONTESTS at Civic House tennis courts: fastest serve & most accurate serve; presented by Maplewood Recreation Tennis Program.
11:30 am BAKING CONTEST in Town Hall; all ages. Judging directed by Janet Crane. Baking Contest entries need to be at Town Hall btw 9–9:30 am.
Note that there is NO ENTRY to fireworks firing area after noon.
12 – 3 pm ADULT SOFTBALL – Field south of Oakview Ave., field near Valley & Baker.
12 – 3 pm KARAOKE by New Jersey DJ Services LLC in Athletic field south of Oakview Ave.
12 noon KIDS’ PERCUSSION in Athletic field south of Oakview Ave., presented by Ethical Culture Society and Children’s Music Network.
12 noon PET AWARDS SHOW in front of Town Hall: All types, all sizes! With support from PetSmart. Emceed by Art and Willie Gartenlaub.
One tag per person required for admission to Circus or to concert/fireworks spectator area.
1 pm & 3:30 pm & 6 pm Zerbini FAMILY CIRCUS under the Big Top in Athletic field NORTH of Oakview. Rain or shine! 1st come, 1st served! No reserved seats! SEATING IS LIMITED so line up early!
4 pm LIVE MUSIC Performances on lawn in Athletic field south of Oakview Ave. until Fireworks. Picnic until fireworks: Ice cream vendor; Blue Plate Special handcrafted meals; Maplewood BSA Troop 5’s burgers, hotdogs, sodas.[Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in Maplewood parks.]

9 pm Fireworks


Studio Artist Tour, Sunday June 5

Last year was a lot of fun and talent.  I’m looking forward to the studio artist tour thru South Orange and Maplewood!

Check out the link for more info on artists, locations…


Maplewood Restaurant Week

Good Eating! check out some of the specials at Maplewood’s charming chow-down week of March 21st to March 27 – Prix fixe, tasting menus, discounted lunches and dinners.

Grammy for South Orange resident, Seth Abramson

South Orange resident, Artistic Director of Jazz Standard and my close friend, Seth Abramson just picked up a grammy for co-producing the ‘Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album’ performed by the amazing Mingus Big Band.  His co-producer, Sue Mingus is the wife of the late jazz legend.

Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard is a celebration of the seminal music of iconic composer Charles Mingus  (1922-1979).   The CD is available for purchase at Jazz Standard and on all major online retailers. For more CD info, visit

Mingus Big Band will be performing LIVE in concert at Jazz Standard this week from Friday, FEB 18-Sunday, FEB 20. For the calendar of events, please visit  It’s located at 116 E. 27th St. New York, NY 10016


February Fun at SOPAC and the Wellmont

SOPAC and the Wellmont have some interesting shows this month

Scissor Sisters, Pat Benatar, Southside Johnny, David Garrett

Richard Marx, Carolyn Dorfman and Robber Bridegroom

eagle rock reservation clean up

Put on your boots (the gloves and tools will be provided) and help West Orange clean up Eagle Rock Reservation on October 23.  A 100 year old walking trail designed by Frederick Law Olmstead has almost disappeared.  Volunteers and Conservancy members will be bringing it back to life.