Thursday, June 20, 2019


WHEN: Sunday, June 23, 2019. Gates open at 4pm for activities and picnics (no pets, no BBQ’s, no smoking). The concert starts at 6pm.
Giralda Farms, Dodge Drive/Madison Ave. (Rt. 124) in Madison. Rainsite: Mennen Arena, 161 East Hanover Ave., Morristown
TICKETS: In advance: Adults: $18 adults (over 12); Children: $4; under 4, free. (Group sales, 10 or more) $15. At the gate: Adults: $25 adults (over 12); Children: $5; under 4, free.
Advance Tickets can be purchased at:

  • Morris Arts online at or (973) 285-5115, x15
  • Kings Food Markets (Morristown and Chatham)
  • Gary’s Wine and Marketplace (Madison)

Individuals needing special assistance or accommodation should contact Kaity De Laura (973) 285-5115, x 14 or at least 14 days prior to the event to ensure appropriate arrangements

Bring your picnics (compete for some amazing, lavish picnic prizes), and come prepared to have fun – listen to a performance by the renowned New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, enjoy a wonderful art/fine crafts show and sale, sample some delicious ice cream (from an antique ice cream truck), participate in family/children’s arts activities, or just sit back and enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Although the forecast predicts a sunny, warm and delightful day,  the Mennen Arena (161 East Hanover Ave., Morristown) is readily available in case of rain….offering  the same, full experience (picnics, art show, family activities, etc.) of the Giralda Music & Arts Festival as you would have outdoors – but in dry, air conditioned comfort.

In keeping with Giralda tradition, there will be very generous prizes for the most inventive picnics and the fabulous 50/50 raffle, which nets some lucky person a big cash prize (often over $1,000)!  So, invite that special someone, friends, family, neighbors, club members or college chums to share a picnic and help support the important work of Morris Arts, which has been building community through the arts for 46 years.

Under the baton of one of Chile’s most prominent orchestral conductors, José Luis Domínguez, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Giralda program will feature concert, theater and dance music from Leonard Bernstein, Joe Pablo Moncayo, Astor Piazzolla, Florence Price, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin.

This year’s concert features BERNSTEIN’s (arr. Peress) Overture to West Side Story; COPLAND’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody” from Appalachian Spring; PIAZZOLLA’s Libertango; MONCAYO’s Huapango; COPLAND’s “Hoe Down” from Rodeo; MARQUEZ’s Conga del Fuego Nuevo; arr. NORRIS –Duke Ellington Medley; PRICE’s “Silk Hat and Walking Cape,” from Dances in the Canebrakes, GERSHWIN’s (arr. Bennett) Porgy and Bess  Selections for Orchestra, GOULD’s American Salute; Various/arr. LOWDEN’s Armed Forces Salute.

In the event of uncertain weather, please check the website or call (973) 285-5115 AFTER 12 pm on the day of the concert  for the latest updates.

Morris Arts wishes to thank our sponsors:

Giralda Property Sponsors: Open Spaces Management Association, GRC Management Corp., Lincoln Equities LLC, Giralda Farms RE LLC, Linque Management Company, Inc., American Realty Capital, AHS Hospital Corp., Atlantic Health System, 1 Giralda Realty LLC, 3 Giralda Realty LLC, 7 Giralda Realty LLC,  and Mack-Cali Realty Corp.

Community Sponsors: Crum & Forster Insurance, Turner Construction, MetLife Foundation, The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, Kings Food Markets, Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, Shoprite Supermarkets, County of Morris, Township of Chatham and Morris County Park Commission

All proceeds benefit the many programs and services provided to artists, arts organizations, schools and the community by Morris Arts. Become a part of the Giralda tradition and bring your friends, families, classmates, neighbors or come by yourself to welcome summer with Morris Arts in this fun and most affordable way!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019


Holmdel Theatre Company

Broadway at the Barn: Ripley Prescription

Broadway at the Barn: Ripley Prescription

WHEN: Thu, Jun 20, 2019, 8:00 PM
: Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, New Jersey 07733 (The white barn in front of the Holmdel High School)


For one night only, Broadway Star and Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley is set to kickoff Holmdel Theatre Company's Broadway at the Barn series with her solo show Ripley Prescription!

Your prescription is in: The Tony Award Winner from Next to Normal has prescribed you a night of fabulous music and magical storytelling. The musical theatre legend and vocal powerhouse will perform a variety of musical pieces ranging from pop/rock hits to musical theatre staples.

Right here in your backyard, and for one night only, Broadway will come to life! Our intimate theater houses just 99 seats -- this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to practically be on stage with a Broadway legend. You don't want to miss out.

Come see Alice Ripley WOW us in Ripley Prescription, doctor's orders.

The Jazz Vocal Collective @ Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant


Zombie-themed Escape Room Fundraiser Event

WHEN: Saturday, June 22, at 7 pm. Teams will tackle the escape room potion of the evening in three shifts: 7 to 8 pm, 8 to 9 pm, and 9 to 10 pm.
Circle Players, at 416 Victoria Avenue, Piscataway, NJ
ADMISSION: A donation of $15 reserves a spot on one of the escape room teams. Guests may make their contribution prior to the event HERE. All proceeds from the event go to Circle’s general improvements fund. 

During the course of the event, teams will take turns trying and escape from a zombie-themed escape room. In and around the time teams spend attempting to escape from the puzzle room, refreshments and entertainment will be available in the downstairs lobby.

The event is an excellent way to support local theater and learn more about artistic and volunteer activities at the theater.

Any questions or queries can be sent to the theater at More information about Circle Players is available at

D&R Greenway Land Trust invites the public to its third “Trails-to-Tables Walk”

D&R Greenway Land Trust invites the public to its third

Trails-to-Tables Walk

WHEN: Thursday, June 20th, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Unless the weather is severe, the event will be held rain or shine. Registrants will receive confirmation e-mail.
Pennington’s PennView Heights Trail, preceded by a picnic supper under the gazebo at Kunkel Park on King George Road.
FEE: The $30/per person fee includes a picnic supper provided by Lawrenceville’s Chambers Walk restaurant, and an evening walk guided by our Stewardship Staff.  Families are welcome for an additional $3 per child between the ages of 5 and 12. Strollers and pets are not permitted. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, log on to or call (609) 924-4646.

The event will celebrate the summer solstice and D&R Greenway’s 30th Anniversary.

The beauty of the PennView Heights property begins with a lengthy section of frontage along the Stony Brook. This land links the Baldwin Lake Management Area and Kunkle Park. This forested floodplain along the Stony Brook protects the water quality of this crucial stream. The trail is maintained by D&R Greenway’s Land Stewardship team.

D&R Greenway’s President and CEO, Linda Mead, says, “This year, the summer solstice will officially occur on Friday, June 21st, at 11:54 a.m. In addition to enjoying the extra light during the year’s two longest days, participants will learn fascinating sagas of local land preservation, including that of PennView Heights. Join us for Thursday evening’s picnic supper and walk; or otherwise support preservation by having a meal at any time of day or evening, at Lawrenceville’s Chambers Walk restaurant on Friday.”

This walk showcases a preserve not widely known to the public, one of the first properties permanently protected by D&R Greenway. Its connection with Pennington’s Kunkle Park, featuring a ‘Peter Pan’ bridge and inviting stepping stones crossing the brook, makes this trail magical experience.  D&R Greenway’s newest staff member, Director of Land Stewardship Tina Notas, will lead the walk through the woods, on this solstice night, to the sound accompaniment of insects.  Participants may be lucky enough to hear an owl or see the season’s first fireflies.

The day following this walk, D&R Greenway supporters are invited to enjoy lunch or dinner at Chambers Walk Café on Lawrenceville’s Main Street with family and/or friends. Say “D&R Greenway” upon ordering and the restaurant will donate 10% of your tab to support the Land Trust’s preservation and stewardship mission. While every effort will be made to accommodate walk-ins, reservations are suggested. (609-896-5995)  

Peter Dawson, a resident of Pennington and a member of D&R Greenway’s Board of Trustees, will be honored at this event for his volunteer commitment to the community.  Owner of Leigh Imaging, Inc., Dawson helped D&R Greenway design signs that introduce the public to D&R Greenway’s properties.  He created effective merchandise to herald the inaugural River Days, --a celebration of the Delaware River watershed by twenty-three nature centers belonging to the Alliance for Watershed Education. 

“Peter has a wholehearted and hands-on understanding of our mission to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic,” Mead says. “He mirrors the integrity and passion of his Pennington neighbors, past and present, who solicited funding to preserve these forty-two acres.”

Mead went on to note that founding D&R Greenway Executive Director, Maude Backes, negotiated the purchase of the property along with Pennington resident and former D&R Greenway Board Chair Alan Hershey. It was among Hershey’s many volunteer contributions to D&R Greenway and the region.  Hershey recently was awarded the prestigious 2019 Donald B. Jones Conservation Award at the annual spring Greenway Gala.

The purpose of D&R Greenway’s Trails-to-Tables initiative is to encourage local residents to get to know natural treasures which are close by, and often adjacent to their very own neighborhoods. For more information, visit

D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 30TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout our region. Through continuous preservation and stewardship—caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity—D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven New Jersey counties. One of the first 10% of land trusts to be accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and forever.

Farmstead Arts Center’s “Creative Days of Summer” – June 25-27, 2019

Farmstead Arts Center’s Creative Days of Summer

WHEN: June 25 – 27 (9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm each day).
Farmstead Arts Center, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, in the Farm House and on the grounds of Farmstead Arts Center.
FEES: Workshop fees range from $50-65 depending on the workshop; Workshop fees include all materials. Each registrant will receive a Farmstead Arts Center t-shirt (while supplies and sizes last).
Register at  

For more information, please visit

Farmstead Arts Center is pleased to announce that registration for its Creative Days of Summer workshops (for ages 12 and up) is now open.

Farmstead Arts Center’s resident teaching artists will help you unleash your creativity and imagination while exploring a variety of different art media in one or more of our 3-hour long workshops.

We have something for everyone—including drawing and painting in various mediums, cartooning, gourd painting, collage, mosaic art, square photography for Instagram, creating a paintbrush selfie, plein air painting and more.

The Farm House is wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services may make a request by sending an e-mail in advance to

Funds for these events have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.


25th Anniversary Gala Concert: Honoring our Founders

WHEN: Sunday, June 23, 7:00 pm
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades’ Taub Auditorium, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
TICKETS: $18 for JCC members; $25 public.
To purchase tickets, visit, call 201-408-1465, or stop by the JCC’s front desk.

The SHIRAH Community Chorus on the Palisades, led by conductor Marsha Bryan Edelman, will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a gala concert, Honoring our Founders. The concert will celebrate the individuals who worked together to create the SHIRAH Choir and to enable it to thrive: Bernie and Ruth Weinflash (z”l), visionary donors; Matthew Lazar, founding conductor; and Avi A. Lewinson, past CEO, Kaplen JCC on the Palisades.

“My parents believed strongly in the importance of Jewish culture, learning, and community, and cared deeply about Jewish continuity,” said Carol Weinflash Kopelman, daughter of Ruth and Bernie Weinflash and a member of SHIRAH. “They were honored to help create SHIRAH and were proud of the great impact it has made through beautiful music and the sense of community it inspires among its members and audience.”

The program will feature the world-premiere of "Do Justice," by Benjie Ellen Schiller, commissioned in memory of Bernie and Ruth Weinflash to honor this important anniversary. Following the concert, the community is invited to a post-concert dessert reception, underwritten by the Weinflash family.

SHIRAH is supported by founders Bernie (z”l) and Ruth (z”l) Weinflash and their SHIRAH Endowment Fund in tribute to Matthew Lazar; the Ethel and Irving Plutzer Endowment for the SHIRAH Choir; and the Rhoda Toonkel Endowment for the SHIRAH Choir, as well as donations from supporters.

Founded in 1994, SHIRAH brings together singers from across the Jewish denominational spectrum to perform the great choral works of the Jewish experience. The chorus has been featured in concerts in the United States and Israel, including Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center), the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the Bergen Performing Arts Center, and more. It also performs annually at the North American Jewish Choral Festival and at synagogue concerts throughout the tri-state area.

About the JCC Thurnauer School of Music

The JCC Thurnauer School of Music has been named a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Serving nearly 500 students from infancy through adulthood, it offers a comprehensive program similar to the finest pre-college conservatories. The Thurnauer experience includes instrumental lessons, ensembles, and classes, master classes with world-renowned artists; a chamber music series; faculty recitals; and frequent student performances. It is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and received an award for “excellence and high standards” from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Jewish Heritage Museum Presents a Talk by Rabbi Brooks R. Susman

WHERE: The Jewish Heritage Museum is located in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn.

Now retired, Rabbi Susman is the Founding Rabbi of Congregation Kol Am (Freehold). Rabbi Susman is a Community Chaplain and a volunteer on the Freehold Township Human Relations Council. He is also an adjunct professor at Brookdale Community College.

Funding has been made possible in part by an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Monmouth County Historical Commission.

For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit Maximum capacity is 100, so paid reservations are recommended.

The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Museum is handicapped and assisted listening accessible.

International Opera Singers and Pianist to Perform Benefit Concert for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

All I Ask of You
music from The Flying Dutchman, Aida and The Phantom of the Opera

WHEN: Sunday, June 23, at 4pm
Pennington United Methodist Church, 60 South Main St., Pennington
ADMISSION: free-will offering
All proceeds from the free will offering at the door will be donated to AFSP.

Soprano Sarai Cole, bass-baritone Kevin Misslich and pianist Lynda Saponara have joined forces to present All I Ask of You, an afternoon of operatic arias and duets to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

Pastor Dan Casselberry’s passion for the cause, combined with a desire to host musical events at his church has brought this exciting benefit concert to fruition. "AFSP is a great organization doing groundbreaking work for suicide prevention and helping survivors, and we’re happy to support them with this concert,” says Casselberry. These internationally performing artists will showcase their skills with the dramatic operatic repertoire of Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, and more.

According to Saponara, “Kevin, Sarai and I are passionate about this cause and we’re eager to raise awareness while performing music that we love. We’re hoping that this event will bring the community together to facilitate conversation and alleviate the stigma associated with mental health issues.”

Book launch and signing this Sunday in Livingston

WHEN:  June 23, 2019, 12 – 4PM
La Vie Galerie LLC 106 Naylon Ave. Livingston, NJ

Book launch and signing of Beyond the Swirl by Lester Blum illustrated by Chi Fung Wong.

Written for ages 6 -12, Beyond the Swirl is an exhilarating adventure for all ages. Join Alex and his sister, Cathy as they embark upon a flight of fantasy filled with mystery, drama, and suspense. Travel through three diverse time periods in the amazing pre-historic world where gigantic creatures—the Dinosaurs—ruled.

Stimulate your imagination and be enchanted, amazed and touched by their escapades as they traverse this land of predators and prey in their struggle to survive as they make their way back home.

Experience the adventure – Beyond the Swirl.

Fantasy or reality – you decide.

Autographed copies of Beyond the Swirl are available at $25. plus shipping. Contact to place your order. Books will also be available at the signing event. Check out the Beyond the Swirl tab on for canvas prints of Beyond the Swirl.

We look forward to seeing you at the Book Signing. Bring the children and your friends. It will be a fun event!

Note: free transportation is being arranged from/to Manhattan for the Book Signing Reception.  Send an email to or to be placed on the transportation list. Information will be send to you prior to the event.

China Landscapes by Noted Princeton Artist Tom George on Display at Library through June 30


WHEN: through June 30
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St., Princeton

The Princeton Public Library, in collaboration with the Princeton Festival, hosts a display of brush paintings of scenes in China by Thomas George (1918-2014). The internationally celebrated artist and Princeton resident created the brush paintings in the wake of the opening of U.S. relations with that country by President Nixon in 1972.

More information about Tom George’s work is available HERE.

In the early 1970s, when the People’s Republic of China normalized diplomatic relations with the United States, internationally celebrated artist and Princeton resident Thomas George (1918-2014) was one of the first artists invited to China. There he focused mainly on bold brush and ink drawings of the dramatic mountains of Kweilin. Gordon Washburn, writing in the catalogue of an exhibition of Mr. George’s work at the Smithsonian, observed: “Each drawing offers a rich abstract pattern, amounting to a kind of distillation of a Kweilin mountain scene. The more reduced they are in number of strokes, the more concentrated is the effect.”

Mr. George’s son John has graciously offered to display selected works in the Princeton Public Library through June 30. They will be moved to the lobby of McCarter Theater during the 3 pm performances of Nixon in China on Sunday June 23 and Sunday June 30. Please stop by to enjoy these works by a proud son of Princeton.

“These are wonderful, evocative works that might never have been created without the renewal of relations between China and the U.S. depicted in the opera,” said Richard Tang Yuk, General and Artistic Director of the Festival. “We are grateful to John George for sharing a selection of his father’s China paintings with us and our audience.”

Richard Tang Yuk also conducts the opera.

First U.S. Museum Solo Exhibition Of Rock & Roll Photographer Bob Gruen Opens at the Morris Museum

Bob Gruen: Rock Seen
Featuring Photographs of Legendary Performers from the Golden Age of Rock and the Punk Rock Scene

WHEN: The show will be on view from June 21−November 10, 2019.
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
ADMISSION: Museum Members: $10, Non-Members: $15.    
Tickets: or call 973.971.3706

Members of the Morris Museum can join us for an opening reception and member preview from 6:00PM – 7:00PM  There will also be a public viewing of the exhibition and book signing from 8:00PM – 9:00PM (special member book price this night only: $40. Regular price: $45 for members, $50 for non-members).  To RSVP or to become a Member: or 973.971.3721

The new exhibition Bob Gruen: Rock Seen opens at the Morris Museum, featuring a selection of 72 works by one of rock & roll's best-known and most respected photographers. Active in the rock scene for over fifty years, Bob Gruen (b. 1945, New York) has shot some of the most memorable images of rock music's greatest artists. His photographic approach is distinguished by the ability to capture performers, both onstage and off, through candid images that convey the feeling of the moment.

From the beginning of his career Bob Gruen has been as central to the rock scene as the musicians he photographed. His body of work reflects rock music's trajectory, from the mid-1960s, documenting pioneers such as Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, and Elvis Presley, to the hard rock bands of the early 1970s, such as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin (right), and The Who. He was also John Lennon and Yoko Ono's personal photographer and friend, taking pictures of their working life as well as private times (above, left).

As Gruen achieved greater recognition within the industry, rock & roll became a lifestyle. He began touring with groups such as Ike and Tina Turner, Kiss, and Alice Cooper. He continued with the New York Dolls, Ramones, Blondie, Sex Pistols, and The Clash, documenting the punk rock scene of the mid-1970s, the post-punk wave of the 1980s, and beyond.

As the chief photographer for Rock Scene magazine, as well as freelance for Rolling Stone, Creem, and other publications, Gruen’s behind-the-scenes photo-features detailed the backstage parties and life on tour in America and the U.K. These iconic images provided a voyeuristic look at the world of rock & roll―onstage, at home, on the road, in the studio, and at play.

Gruen's work has been included in numerous group exhibitions at institutions around the world, including the Brooklyn Museum (2009, 2018);  Beit Hatfutsot Museum, Tel Aviv (2016); The Beatles Story Museum, Liverpool (2015);  Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires (2011); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009); and Pearlstein Gallery, Philadelphia (2017). In 2007 he had a solo exhibition at FAAP Museum, Sao Paolo. This is Gruen's first one-person museum exhibition in the U.S.

Bob Gruen: Rock Seen features 72 works, including 50 black and white prints, 15 color prints, 5 silkscreen prints, 1 film, and 1 installation.

Exhibition highlights include:

  • Tina Turner, New York City, 1970, a large multiple-exposure silver gelatin print that captured Turner’s energetic motion onstage at the Honda Monka Club in Queens, New York.
  • A selection of photos from the mid-1970s documenting the emerging New York punk scene and performances by Blondie, Devo, Iggy Pop, Ramones, and others at Max's Kansas City, CBGB, and The Ritz.
  • Teenage Bedroom, a room installation adapted from Gruen’s A Rock & Roll Teenager’s Bedroom Wall, conceived for the 2009 exhibition Looking at Music: Side 2, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  • NY Death Cult (1976) video, filmed at Max’s Kansas City using an early handheld portable video recorder and originally aired on New York City public access cable television. Including performances by Blondie, Jayne Country, Robert Gordon, Richard Hell, Patti Smith, and Johnny Thunders.

In addition to Gruen's photographs there will be screenings of his films in the Museum's Bickford Theatre throughout the course of the exhibition FREE with museum admission. Pre-registration is not required.


Friday, June 21 1:00PM, 3:00PM

Grammy Award-winning filmmaker Don Letts explores Bob Gruen’s life and work, giving insight to the personalities behind the images and memories of wild times spent with rock & roll stars, as well as intimate recollections.


Wednesday, July 31, 1:00, 3:00 PM

In the early 1970s, Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck toured with Ike and Tina Turner and filmed them performing—on the road and behind the scenes.


Friday, August 9, 1:00Pm to 3:00 PM

Drawn from footage taken with a portable video recorder over a period of three years this feature-length documentary by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck follows the band from their early performances in New York to their West Coast tour.


Tuesday, August 20, 1:00PM, 3:00PM

Featuring period footage of the legendary proto-glam/punk forefathers, shot by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck, from New York City to the TV studios, clubs, and swimming pools of Los Angeles.


Thursday, June 20, at 7:00PM
Museum Members: $10, Non-Members: $15.    
Tickets: or call 973.971.3706

Learn the stories behind the iconic images in this insightful conversation

With Bob Gruen and music critic and rock & roll expert, Jay Lustig who is also the founder and editor of NJ


Thursday, June 27, 7:30PM
Museum Members: $25, Non-Members: $30
Tickets: or call 973.971.3706

Considered the Godfather of “the New Jersey Sound,” Southside Johnny has been thrilling audiences with his music since the 1970’s with his groups, The Asbury Jukes, and Poor Fools. Southside Johnny will perform an intimate acoustic performance with keyboardist, Jeff Kazee that will open with a conversation between Southside and Jay Lustig to take audiences ‘behind the music’.

Leadership support for these programs is provided by BASF.

Bob Gruen in Conversation with Jay Lustig, and Southside Johnny and Jeff Kazee are presented as a co-production with