Friday, August 30, 2019

Upcoming September Events at The Watershed Institute

Please note that Events may be postponed or cancelled due to weather or low registration. Please register for events here:

WHERE: The Watershed Institute (formerly the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association), 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, New Jersey 08534 


WHEN: SATURDAY, SEPT. 28, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
South Riverwalk Park (near the Trenton Thunder Stadium)
General Audience

Join us for a celebration on the Delaware River! This free event includes food and educational activities for the whole family! Explore games and exhibits about the life of the Delaware River, and then enjoy a boat ride or paddle along the river's banks. Live music and entertainment will be provided by Son 7 and performers from the Trenton Circus Squad.

Participants can help plant a wildflower meadow, and discover River-Friendly tools and habits to bring home.

The event is brought to you by The Watershed Institute, Mercer County and the Mercer County Park Commission, The City of Trenton, D&R Greenway Land Trust, and the Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River.


WHEN: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 7:30-9 p.m.
The Watershed Institute
ADMISSION: $5 per person
General Audience, ages 5+

Crab spiders, jumping spiders, wolf spiders, orb and funnel weavers and more! Join our annual night hunt with nocturnal naturalist Jeff Hoagland. Bring your flashlight or headlamp to use as we navigate the trails in search of many different types of spiders.


WHEN: FALL SEMESTER - SEPT. 10, 17, 24, OCT. 8, 22, 29, NOV. 5, 12, 9:30- 11:30 a.m.
The Watershed Center
ADMISSION: $105 per semester ($15 per class drop-in fee).

Join us each semester for weekly classes that comprehensively explore a topic. There will be classroom-style presentation of information before the outdoor investigations for children ages 5-8 and 9-12.

This semester is all about insects! We will cover:  Insects 101, pollinator insects, aquatic insects, predatory insects, insect adaptations, monarch migration, the social life of insects, insect-human interactions, and insects in winter.


WHEN: WEDNESDAYS, SEPT. 18, OCT. 16, NOV. 13, DEC. 11, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
The Watershed Institute

Jeff Hoagland will facilitate this reading group as we explore a wide variety of writing about nature, wildness and the wilderness. Participants will receive a monthly email with curated poems and prose focused on a specific topic or author. Register for individual sessions or all. Light refreshments provided.


WHEN: FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 5- 7 p.m.
The Watershed Institute
ADMISSION: $5 per person
General Audience

Missing your tie-dying activities from summer camp? Watershed Nature Camp participants and their families may bring three adult-size shirts (or the equivalent amount of fabric) to dye! We'll have red, yellow and blue colors to mix and help you make your own colors and patterns! Feel free to bring a friend, too!


FRIDAY, OCT. 25, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m.
The Watershed Institute

This introductory session will provide an overview of the upcoming changes in the NJ storm water rule, why it matters and the requirements for green infrastructure. Design, installation, and maintenance of these structures will also be discussed. An optional tour of storm water facilities including a green roof, rain gardens, and porous paving will be provided at the end of the event.

The Watershed Institute will hold a two-day course with a certification in February, 2020.


The Watershed FEST

WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
The Watershed Institute

The Watershed FEST is an annual themed evening of great food and excellent company.


FRIDAY, NOV. 1, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Watershed Institute
ADMISSION: $35/$45 (Early Bird registration until Oct. 11)

Registration is open for the 3rd Annual New Jersey Watershed Conference.

Join us and learn more about the benefits of storm water management, green infrastructure, harmful algal blooms, and other topics.

Premiere Stages at Kean University Seeks Submissions to Annual Play Festival

16th annual Premiere Play Festival

Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company in residence at Kean University, is now accepting submissions. This yearly competition for unproduced scripts offers developmental and production opportunities to four playwrights with strong ties to the greater metropolitan area (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware). [Above: Kelley Rae O’Donnell and Kathy McCafferty in Tammy Ryan’s The Wake, winner of the 2019 Premiere Play Festival. Photo by Mike Peters.]

Premiere will accept submissions September 1 through December 1, 2019 and select four finalists by early March 2020; any submissions received after this submission window will not be considered. In an effort to streamline the process and make it more user-friendly, Premiere will accept all submissions electronically through Submittable at (this link is also available through Premiere’s website).

All four finalists will receive developmental readings, scheduled for March 12-15, 2020, with a winner and runner-up announced in April 2020. The festival winner will be awarded a $2,500 advance and receive a full Equity production in the 2020 Mainstage Season; the runner-up will receive $1,000 and an Equity 29-hour staged reading June 19-21, 2020. The two remaining finalists will each receive an honorarium of $750. In 2019, Premiere Stages received 659 submissions to the Festival.

Through the uniquely accelerated Play Festival process, Premiere Stages provides an encouraging and highly focused environment in which playwrights can develop their work. Premiere Stages also actively advocates for Festival writers by reaching out to other theatres to secure subsequent productions, and partnering with other organizations and theatres to extend the profile and life of the works developed.

In the fifteen seasons since its founding, the Premiere Play Festival has received over 5,000 submissions and developed more than eighty plays. Multiple plays produced at Premiere have been honored by the American Theatre Critics Association, and/or been published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing Company, Playscripts and Broadway Play Publishing. A number of Play Festival winners and finalists have subsequently been produced in New York and at regional theatres across the country. To assist with the expansion of the Festival, three new literary staff are joining Premiere, including Claudia Nolan, Literary Associate, and Megan Tobias, Literary and Producing Assistant. The third position, a new full-time Education and Play Festival Manager, will be hired in September.

“With the sharp increase in submissions and expanded interest in the Festival, the program is growing and evolving,” stated John J. Wooten, Producing Artistic Director and founder of Premiere Stages. “We are very excited to welcome Claudia and Megan to the team and look forward to the new manager joining us in September.”

All 2020 Premiere Play Festival entries will be evaluated by a panel of theatre professionals in consultation with Premiere artistic staff. Agents and theatre professionals with an affiliation to Premiere Stages may submit full scripts; playwrights may submit a synopsis and script sample directly. The submission window is September 1, 2019 through December 1, 2019, and there is no fee to enter the competition. Complete submission guidelines are available at Premiere Stages is committed to supporting a diverse group of writers; playwrights of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels are encouraged to submit. All entrants are encouraged to review Premiere Stages’ production history, which is also posted on the website.

Premiere Stages offers affordable prices, air-conditioned facilities and free parking close to the theatre. Premiere Stages also provides free or discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities. All Premiere Stages facilities are fully accessible spaces, and companion seating is available for patrons with disabilities. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are available at all times; publications in alternate formats are available with advance notice. Sign-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available upon request; please call 908-737-4077 at least two weeks prior to your desired performance. For more information, please visit Premiere Stages online at

Premiere Stages is made possible in part through funding from W. John Bauer and Nancy Boucher, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Northfield Bank Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Union Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Investors Foundation, The Union County HEART Grant, Actors’ Equity Foundation, and through the generous support of individual patrons and local organizations. Discover Jersey Arts is our marketing partner. Visit for more information about other arts programming happening around the Garden State.

Premiere Stages is committed to producing topical plays and interactive programs that reflect people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious groups, gender identities, ages, abilities, disabilities and sexual preferences. 

Carrie Jackson September Music Highlights

Carrie Jackson Quartet: Jazz Jam After Dark

WHEN: Sun. September 1, at 6 pm - 9 pm
Gazebo "Under the Stars," Sloan Street near Train Station & SOPAC, (17 Sloan Street) So. Orange
ADMISSION: Free to the Public

Dave Braham, orgn

Gordon Lane, drms

Carrie Jackson & Friends

WHEN: September 10, September 24, 8 pm-11 pm
16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, 16 Prospect Street, Westfield
ADMISSION: Jazz Stimulus No Music Cover

Submissions Open for DLT's Winter Holiday One-act Festival

Dover Little Theatre is now accepting play submissions for DLT's Winter Holiday One-Act Festival.

The only submission requirement is that the play be thematically based around the winter holiday and have a run time of approximately 10min to 40min.

Please submit your play to with the subject line "Winter Holiday One-act Festival."

Include as a cover page: play title, playwright, number of characters.

We will accept submissions up to October 15th.

*Submissions are non-contractual. Licensing and royalty fees are waived for presented shows in DLT's Winter Holiday One-Act Festival, 2019

Jewish Heritage Museum Presents “Jews’ Clues: How One Book, Two Authors, and a Few Good Clues Can Jumpstart Your Jewish Genealogy Quest”

Jews’ Clues: How One Book, Two Authors and a Few Good Clues Can Jumpstart Your Jewish Genealogy Quest

WHEN: Sunday, September 22, 2019, at 2 PM
The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County 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. The Museum is handicapped and assisted listening accessible.
TICKETS: $8 members, $10 non-members
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.

Caryn Alter and Steve Cohen, authors of What’s in a Name? A Young Person’s Jewish Genealogy Workbook, will explore some genealogical clues that might be “right under your nose.” Whether you’re a beginning researcher or a seasoned sleuth, discover how a little digging may help you unearth potentially valuable hints about your heritage:  overlooked objects, Jewish holiday traditions of your family and even food customs can provide a glimpse into your family’s history.

Their book for young people and adults will be available for purchase and signing.

Caryn Alter is a long-time member of Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor, and a founding member of the Mercer County Jewish Genealogical Society at Beth El Synagogue, for which she serves as co-secretary.  She started doing research on her family tree, which includes relatives from Ukraine, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Israel, and the United States, when she was in college.  Professionally, Alter is a registered dietitian with the CentraState Medical Center in Freehold.  She and her husband Marshall are the parents of three sons.

Steve Cohen is a long-time member of Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor, and a founding member of the Mercer County Jewish Genealogical Society at Beth El Synagogue, for which he serves as co-secretary.  He also serves as a board member of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association.  Cohen’s family research goes back nearly 250 years, and includes over 3,800 family members from Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, the United States, Canada, and Israel. Professionally, he has a Ph.D. in chemistry, and is a technical writer and Judaic calligrapher.  Cohen speaks only Yiddish with his two children.

Alter and Cohen are frequent presenters on Jewish genealogy.  They both sing with the Jewish choral group Sharim v’Sharot, which has performed at the Museum.

Funding has been made possible in part by a general 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.

The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.



A Solo Exhibition with Visual Works by Artist Zinzani Inspired by the Color Yellow

WHEN: September 7, 2019, 8-11PM
Zinzani Studios, 138 Bloomfield Ave., Newark
Tickets are now available for purchase at
For more information please contact

Zinzani Studios announces another ZS Art Experience, Channel Yellow. With a collection of works by Tanganyika Zinzani and performances by emerging artists, Channel Yellow is a night to experience the essence of the color yellow through art.

Channel Yellow is the second show in The Colors of Art: Art Show Series. With a huge portion of her inspiration deriving from color, Zinzani developed the concept for this series of art shows to express how hu[e]man kind is akin to color by their limitless nature.

The Colors of Art: Art Show Series serves as a means to inspire our community to
embrace their limitless potential by absorbing then emitting the energy of each color.

Because yellow is the color of intellect, Zinzani Studios will be accepting book donations to provide to urban children to promote childhood reading and literacy. Guests are encouraged to bring new or gently used books that are appropriate for children between grades K-12 to the exhibit.

Zinzani Studios is a visual art company bringing art and empowerment into everyday life. It was founded on May 10, 2015 by Tanganyika Zinzani; a multidisciplinary New Jersey artist. Zinzani Studios developed the platform ZS Art Experience to provide creatives of color a space to share their art and empower the people. This is their 6th art show.

HAM Pop-Up Dinner Celebrates Opening of Lees' Shows

Pop-Up Dinner
Preview Cliff Lee: Porcelain Master and Holly Lee: A Jeweler's Journey

WHEN: Saturday, September 21, at 6 p.m.
Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St. in Clinton, NJ
TICKETS: $100 per person. Seating is limited.
Visit our website to check out the menu!

Join us for a special Pop-Up Dinner in honor of Cliff and Holly Lee whose exhibitions Holly Lee: A Jeweler’s Journey and Cliff Lee: Porcelain Master will open at HAM on September 22.

The evening will feature a delectable dinner created by Mark Drabich of Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet and wines selected by Mike Cedro of Riverside Wines and Liquors.

In addition to an incredible full-course meal, you will have the opportunity to preview both exhibitions. Cliff and Holly’s artwork can be found in the collections of many notable museums throughout the country. The White House, the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are just some of the major institutions that have acquired Cliff’s beautifully carved and glazed porcelains.  Holly’s unique, handcrafted jewelry is in the Fuller Craft Museum, the Mint Museum and many private collections.  

Proceeds benefit the Hunterdon Art Museum’s exhibitions and classes for adults and children. The Museum is located at.

Reserve Your Seat!

Above: Cliff Lee, Teardrop trio, porcelain, ox blood, imperial yellow and Chun blue gazes. Photo by Douglas Lee.

Morven’s Fall Programs have Something for Everyone!

An exciting collaboration between Morven Museum & Garden and Princeton University’s Cotsen Children’s Library kicks off Morven’s fall programming.

WHERE: Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For additional information and associated programming visit or call Debra Lampert-Rudman, 609.924.8144 ext. 106

The Not So Secret Garden

WHEN:  Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Morven’s backyard
ADMISSION: a free public event for kids and adults
“We are celebrating Frances Hodgeson Burnett’s childhood classic The Secret Garden with very imaginative activities, games, and take home crafts that will be of interest to all ages,” Morven’s Executive Director Jill Barry released recently.

Arts, Music and Nature

Morven is participating again in Smithsonian Magazine’s National Museum Day! On September 21st, 2019, admission to the museum will be free with downloaded tickets. This year’s theme is a Year of Music, and Morven is hosting a concert by Generations Baroque Ensemble at 3:30 pm to celebrate. Docent-led tours are throughout the day at 11:00, noon, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. Register for a Victorian pressed flower workshop from 10:00–1:00 p.m. Create beautiful pressed flower art at this program, $25 for non-members and $15 for members.

Morven’s last garden tour for 2019 will be on October 4th at 11:00 a.m. Join us for a final look into the Colonial Revival Garden and Demonstration garden and learn about the history of Morven’s gardens.

A Birthday Walk for Richard Stockton 

On October 2nd at 2:00 p.m., to celebrate Richard Stockton’s October birthday, we are holding a Stockton-specific walking tour designed for Morven by Wiebke Martens and Jennifer Jang, authors of Discovering Princeton: A Photographic Guide with Five Walking Tours. Come join us on our walk through the Mercer Hill Neighborhood, featuring Stockton family landmarks. Registration is required. Talk is $10, free for friends of Morven. 

Closing Weeks of New Jersey Baseball: From the Cradle to the Major Leagues, 1855–1915

If you haven’t yet seen New Jersey Baseball, now is the time as we enter the closing weeks of the exhibition. On October 10th at 11:00 a.m., John Zinn, co-curator of Morven’s baseball exhibit, will give a lecture on New Jersey Baseball, entitled History, Tragedy, and Comedy: The Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.

Morven’s Participation in Commemorating the 400 Year Anniversary of the First Enslaved Africans Arriving in America

Our highly anticipated lecture with Dr. Cheryl Finley of Cornell University will mark the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in America. On October 16th, Finley will be discussing her book Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon at both 2:00 p.m. and a 6:30 p.m. with a lecture and book signing. The evening lecture will include a half hour reception prior to the talk. Additional support of this lecture is provided by the Historical Society of Princeton and registration is required.

Celebrating Morven’s Apple Orchards

Richard “the Duke” Stockton grew apples at Morven and wrote about his cider being “as fine as wine”, and we have two programs to celebrate this heritage. Spend a day with botanical illustrator Robin Jess and create beautiful paintings of apples, on October 24 from 10:00–4:00 p.m.. She will teach the basics of wet on wet and dry brush watercolor techniques, both critical to botanical illustration.

Two days later on Saturday, October 26th, from 1:00–4:00 p.m., Morven will be holding a free Harvest Festival, to celebrate the apple, Richard “the Duke” Stockton’s cider, and Morven’s heritage cooks. Join us for a day highlighting Morven’s apple orchards and the activities popular around harvest time in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including hands on demonstrations from costumed reenactors, 18th century children’s games, live period music, and dances, and take home crafts for all ages.

Morven for Kids 

Morven’s fall programs have plenty to offer for kids as well. In September, come to our baseball legends storytime, where we are featuring We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball and taking a walk through our baseball exhibit to gather inspiration for making a baseball card. September’s storytime is on September 26th at 11:00 a.m.

In October, we are reading The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree and making a tree related craft. Come on October 31st at 11:00 a.m. for the storytime and receive a Halloween treat!

More to Come in November and December

Look out for more fun in the coming months, including a knitting workshop for Veteran’s Day, musical performances, and several programs for the holiday season.


For more than 200 years Morven has played a role in the history of New Jersey and the nation. Originally part of a 5,500-acre tract purchased from William Penn in 1701 by the Stockton family, it is the home of Richard Stockton, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. As well as serving as a Stockton homestead for several generations into the 20th century, Morven was home to the families of Robert Wood Johnson Jr., and five New Jersey governors.

Mile Square Theatre presents Dominique Morisseau's drama "Pipeline"

by Dominique Morisseau
directed by KEVIN R. FREE

WHEN: September 11 through October 6: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm, and Sundays @ 3pm
Mile Square Theatre, 1400 Clinton Street, Hoboken
TICKETS: $15-40 • $18 students and seniors
Tickets available at, or by calling 201-683-7014.
GROUP SALES available: email

Discount Parking available at The Harlow at 1330 Willow Avenue and at Little Man Parking at 1300 Jefferson Street.

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, presents Dominique Morisseau’s searing drama Pipeline.

A mother’s hopes for her son clash with an educational system rigged against him. With profound compassion and lyricism, Pipeline brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the fore. Issues of class, race, parenting, and education in America come to the surface as we are left to question the structures that ultimately trap underserved communities.

Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away?

“We are thrilled to produce this moving drama by Dominique Morisseau. It speaks to so much that is happening in America today, and we are honored to present Morisseau’s articulate voice on the MST stage,” says MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor. “We’ve put together an incredibly gifted cast to render this moving story, and the production is in the very capable hands of Obie-winning director Kevin R. Free.” 

Pipeline stars Malikha Mallette (Daredevil, House of Cards), Marcus Denard Johnson, (Titan Theatre Company), Chadwick Antonio Rawlings (MST’s 7th Inning Stretch), Jarvis Tomdio (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Jessica Darrow (Bitter Greens at 59E59 Theaters), and Annie McAdams (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at MST).

Pipeline is an emotionally harrowing, ethically ambiguous drama that raises barbed questions about class, race, parental duty, and the state of American education.” —Variety

The creative team includes many MST resident designers; scenic designer Matthew J. Fick (The Net Will Appear), costume designer Natalie Loveland (It’s a Wonderful Life), lighting designer Jason Flamos (I and You), projection designer Joey Moro (Long Gone Daddy) and sound designer Frederick Kennedy.

MST Season Sponsorship: Advance Realty, Bijou Properties,, Kearny Bank, The Rockefeller Group.

Mile Square Theatre is supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Mile Square Theatre is a member of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

The Theater Project presents First of Fall Staged Readings of New Work in Cranford

​A comedy by Stephanie Griffin

WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 2 PM
: Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford (The Cranford Community Center is wheelchair accessible)

What happens when the patriarch of the Lenora family funeral parlor dies? The social life of the neighborhood elders and the future of the remaining Lenora family is thrown into disarray.

The play opens in the viewing room of the Lenora Funeral parlor. Theresa is preparing the body of her father-in-law—for viewing. His death puts in motion a spiral for his son, his daughter–in–law and 2 neighborhood regulars mourners. If they sell the funeral parlor, will the mourners have to resort to Bingo?                                                               
Stephanie Griffin is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, with works performed across the metropolitan area, (including NJ Repertory, Judson Church, Hoboken Theatre Festival, Dixon Place, Gallery Players) and published by Smith & Kraus. She is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild, ICWP, Theater Project & PDC.

NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band Pays Tribute to Nat King Cole and Art Blakey with Free Concert in Jersey City

The New Jersey City University Center for the Arts presents

7th Annual NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band Concert 
WHEN:  Friday, September 6, at 6 p.m.

WHERE: J. Owen Grundy Pier, Exchange Place, in Jersey City
Food trucks will be on site and seating is on a first-come, first served basis. If it rains, the concert will be held in the Harborside Atrium, Harborside 2 and 3 at 34 Exchange Place. The J. Owen Grundy Pier is located near public transportation and there are numerous parking lots in the area.   

Conducted by Professor Emeritus Richard Lowenthal, this free concert features trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and vocalists Allan Harris and Antoinette Montague.

The concert pays tribute to the 100th birthdays of Nat King Cole and Art Blakey. Cole, who died at the age of 45, began his music career as a jazz pianist but went on to become one of the most popular jazz and pop singers of all time. Drummer Art Blakey enjoyed more than 60 years as a jazz musician, leading the iconic Jazz Messengers and being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame, and the DownBeat Hall of Fame.

The Alumni Big Band concert began in 2013 at the request of NJCU President Sue Henderson, a jazz enthusiast who was being inaugurated as the first woman president of the University, which was founded in 1927 as a teacher-training college. President Henderson asked Professor Richard Lowenthal of the NJCU Music Department to produce a jazz concert as part of the inauguration festivities and Lowenthal put out a call to alumni of the program who were active in the music business.

The first concert included many of the top big band players in the country with Lowenthal’s good friend and jazz trumpet player, conductor and composer Jon Faddis making a special guest appearance. The program was so well-received and attended that Henderson decided to make it an annual event with Lowenthal co-producing the concert with Don Jay Smith.

This year’s special guests include one of the most famous names in jazz, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (right), who joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in 1980. An internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader and educator, Wynton has won nine Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Arts, the National Humanities Medal, plus numerous other awards and accolades. He expressed a delight to be able to pay homage to Art Blakey.

The salute to Nat King Cole features the Harlem-based vocalist Allan Harris (below, left), who the Wall Street Journal called “the most exciting young male singer on the scene.” Since launching his career some two decades ago, Alan has won numerous awards, including the DownBeat Critics Award, two Hot House Jazz Magazine Awards, the Backstage Bistro Award and several others. Critics have compared him to Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and, of course, Nat King Cole. Allan will be joined for duets featuring a New Jersey favorite, Antoinette Montague, who will reprise the Grammy Award-winning performance of Natalie Cole singing “Unforgettable.”

“Every year, we invite special guest artists to join our all-star alumni big band,” said Lowenthal, who retired from NJCU in 2017, “and we have been fortunate to have some greats including Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Cyrille Aimee, Paquito D’Rivera and Lou Marini.”

As is the case every year, the all-star big band includes accomplished musicians who studied at the school as far back as the 1960s when Lowenthal started the jazz program.  The band members are drummer Rich DeRosa; sax players Mark Friedman, Bob Magnusson, Dave Noland, Dustyn Richardson and John DiSanto; trumpeters Alex Norris, Nate Eklund and Vinnie Cutro; trombonists Rob Edwards, Mike Modero and Conrad Zulauf; and faculty member Garry Dial on piano. The big band will also feature three students: bassist John Benitez, trombonist Juanga Lakunza and trumpeter Alejandro Pizarro-Leon.

The sponsors of this free concert include the NJCU Foundation, Arch Insurance, Claremont Companies, Hampshire Companies, Inserra Supermarkets, NJTV, RBC Capital Markets, the Gia Maione Prima Foundation, NJM Insurance Group, Del-Sano Contracting, the Hudson County Office of Culture and Tourism, Dresdner Robin, the City of Jersey City, Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, Mack-Cali, Jersey City Medical Center, The PRC Group, Hyatt Regency Jersey City, Hyatt House, New Jersey Broadcasters Association, Hot House Jazz Guide, Exchange Place Alliance and WBGO.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Visit the Allamuchy Country Fair and Support Rutherfurd Hall in the Corn Hole Tournament!

WHEN: September 6, 6:00-10:00 pm, September 7, 12:00-10:00 pm and September 8, 12:00-6:00 pm
Waterloo Concert Fields, Off Waterloo Road, Hackettstown
TICKETS: Pre-sale Wristband Vouchers are now on Sale for $20! $25 at the gate.
Vouchers can also be purchased at the PVPOA Office

Wristbands will be good for all rides, and all 3 days will be wristband days. Individual tickets will also be sold.

Receipt is not a wristband voucher or ticket. Wristband Voucher must be picked up at Rutherfurd Hall Wednesdays 12-4 pm or by appt. call 908-852-1894 ext 338. Vouchers must be presented at ticket window at fair for actual wristband and can be redeemed for any one day.

Enjoy carnival rides, live music by THE NERDS, vendors, entertainment, country fair games and contests, huge food court, craft beer tent, FIREWORKS and more.

Activities Schedule


  • 6:00-7:30 pm-Allamuchy Got Talent
  • 6:00 -10:00 pm- DJ 


  • 12:00-8:00 pm ARTstitution—Slime Making, Hair Accessorizing, Drawing and Water Color Lessons
  • 12:00-1:00 pm—Pies, Jams, Fruit and Vegetable Baskets Contest Entries Received
  • 1:00 Corn Hole Tournamentteams of 2 compete for valuable prize packages. Click Here to register for Corn Hole Tournament
  • 1:00-2:00 pm—Reptile Show  
  • 2:00-3:00 pm—Corn & Pie Eating Contests ½ Hour Each
  • 3:00-3:30 pm—Contest Judging and Awards
  • 3:00-4:00 pm—Parent/Child Look Alike
  • 5:00-6:00 pm—Magician  
  • 6:00-7:30 pm—DJ Music In House
  • 8:00-9:30 pm—The Nerds     
  • 9:30 pm—Fireworks (rain date Friday)


  • 12:00 pm—Moo Doo bowl (50/50) $10 buys you your deed (ticket) to your plot which has a matching number. When the live cow poops that will be the winning square or squares.
  • 1:00 -3:00 pm—Mini Circus Comedy

TLC: All-New "Golden Girls" Production



Morris County Park Commission


August 31

During a special, hands-on guided tour at Fosterfields, learn about the domestic help at the Foster home, The Willows, during the WWI era. Help the maid with household chores, and assist in the preparation of historic foods for the cook to bake in the wood-burning cook stove. Learn more here.

FA tour


September 1

Tour the grounds, learn the site’s history, and enjoy the beauty of this exceptional horticulture site with a knowledgeable tour guide. I want to learn more.

expressions of natureEXPRESSIONS OF NATURE

September 15

Stroll through the gardens and meet local artists recreating the beautiful scenery through their art. Learn about their techniques, inspirations and styles. Artists display many of their works for viewing and purchase. Tell me more.

butterfly bonanzaBUTTERFLY BONANZA

September 14

Discover New Jersey’s fabulous butterflies and other pollinators, and how they contribute to the natural world at this annual festival. Games, crafts, live music, activities, bug safaris and so much more! Check it out!


September 4

Learn canoe strokes, equipment and safety before enjoying a leisurely, late summer paddle. Canoes, life vests and paddles are provided for this great adventure! I want to learn more.


September 7

Birds play an important role in a farm, helping crops grow by transporting seed. Learn about birds’ homes by building your own nest, sing songs and create a craft to help you birdwatch. Learn more here.

fall harvest fest


September 15

Bring the entire family to a one-of-a-kind fall festival! Fosterfields will have farm animals, wagon rides, live music, hands-on farm and harvest activities, old-fashioned games, wood-burning cook stove demos and historic house tours. Check it out!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Bring your Dancin' Shoes to Carrie Jackson's 21st Birthday Jam Celebration @ St. Joseph's Plaza aka The Priory



The Priory PhotoWHEN: FRI, AUG 30, 7:00 pm-11:00 pm. Early in, early seated.
St. Josephs Plaza/ aka The Priory 233 Market Street, Newark, NJ
ADMISSION: Music Stimulus No Cover. Food or drink purchase is required.
Full Bar & Lounge, Secure Parking on Premises

  • Dave Braham, pn
  • Thaddeus Expose, bs
  • Gordon Lane, drms
  • Special Guest, Patricia Walton
  • DJ Cecil Thomas & Friends

(Bring your dancin' shoes—it's gonna be a party)

Groundbreaking Exhibition “Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein” Opens September 3 at Zimmerli Art Museum

Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein

WHEN:  September 3, 2019, through January 5, 2020
: Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick

Show is First to Examine the Impact of 20th-Century Science on Period’s Most Important Artists

This fall, the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers hosts the nationally touring exhibition that explores Dimensionism, an artistic movement, tracing the influence of early 20th-century scientific discoveries on some of the era’s most celebrated artists. Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein highlights the untold story of the “Dimensionist Manifesto,” authored by Hungarian poet Charles Sirató in 1936 and calling for an artistic response to groundbreaking scientific discoveries that changed human understanding of the universe. Organized by Vanja Malloy, formerly Curator of American Art at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College and now Director and Chief Curator of Syracuse University Art Galleries, the exhibition features some 75 artworks by more than 36 artists, including the Manifesto’s signatories – such as Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Joan Miró, László Moholy-Nagy—and their contemporaries.

A series of free public programs, supporting the Zimmerli’s educational mission, will be held in conjunction with Dimensionism, featuring partnerships across the university:

  • Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) talks, an international program that brings artists and scientists together for informal conversations
  • A full-day interdisciplinary symposium with Henry S. Turner, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Humanities and Arts for Rutgers-New Brunswick
  • Talks at the Center for Cognitive Science, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, and Center for Cultural Analysis
  • A Challenge for students in different disciplines to apply the Dimensionist Manifesto’s ideas to their own work

Further details and additional programs will be announced prior to the fall semester.

The presentation of Dimensionism at the Zimmerli features several additions exclusive to the location. Donna Gustafson, the museum’s Curator of American Art and Mellon Director for Academic Programs, has selected works by Jean Arp, Peter Busa, Robert Delauney, Adeline Kent, Gerome Kamrowski, and Man Ray from the Zimmerli’s own collection to augment the traveling exhibition. The museum also will include its own copy of the epic visual poem Prose of the Trans-Siberian and of Little Jehanne of France (1913) by Blaise Cendrars and Sonia Delaunay. An auxiliary exhibition of Hungarian modernist works highlights the Manifesto’s author Charles Sirató, his roots in the Hungarian avant-garde, and his evolution from a poet to a theorist who embraced all the arts and envisioned a radical new coalition of creative thinkers. In addition, all labels will be printed in English and Spanish, and bilingual tours will be available.

Dimensionism brings together paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs, along with poetry and ephemera associated with the Dimensionist movement. It focuses on art produced during a period of dramatic scientific and social change—primarily from mid-1930s to early 1940s, with a few works created as early as 1915 and as late as 1966—in both Europe and the United States. Inspired by new conceptions of time and space brought about by advances in mathematics, physics, astronomy, and microbiology, as well as the increasing public awareness of these developments via the mass media, an emerging avant-garde movement sought to expand the “dimensionality” of modern art. The exhibition also features compelling new scholarship that connects the story of these artists, their art, and the Manifesto that reflected their new direction.

“The influence of science on some of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century has been largely overlooked,” said Malloy. “While much has been written about the impact of social and political movements on artists, especially in the tumultuous period between the two World Wars, this exhibition is an important opportunity to reconsider art and artists we think we know in a fresh historical framework. When we see their art through the lens of the scientific discoveries that were reshaping popular understanding of the universe around them, their visual interests and impulses can take on a different meaning.”

One of the scientific discoveries that inspired artists was Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, first published in 1915 and partially confirmed by an astronomically significant solar eclipse in 1919, which allowed Einstein and his colleagues to measure the “bending” of light around the sun. At the same time, the fact that this measurement could be made was indicative of another major set of scientific advances during this period: better lenses and reflectors, which led to the creation of telescopes capable of peering into deep space and microscopes able to reveal new micro realms. Together these instruments revealed both a vastly larger and more complex cosmos than previously imagined. The image of the eclipse became symbolic of the historic moment that altered human perception of space and time, and found itself represented in many artworks of this era, including Marcel Duchamp’s Rotorelief (1935).

Helen Lundeberg’s perception of the universe is one familiar to many Zimmerli visitors: her 1944 painting Self Portrait (above), donated to the museum by the Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg Feitelson Foundation in 1982, returns home after nearly a year on tour. Lundeberg was among the few women painters in the United States to combine Surrealism and science in her paintings during the 1930s and 1940s. However, instead of accessing the subconscious like the European Surrealists, her work uses a system of codes that reveal an underlying deeper meaning. Self Portrait depicts Lundeberg, who appears to hold a three-dimensional object while painting it on a two-dimensional cosmic landscape. Microcosm and Macrocosm (1937) also shows a figure holding an object against an expansive background of earth and space. Both paintings play on dimensionality paired with astronomy, inviting viewers to carefully consider these enigmatic scenes.


Frank Lacy's Tromboniverse will be our last performance at the Hyatt. We are moving Thursdays to Tavern on George starting September 5...


Before we go...

We want to say THANK YOU!

The Hyatt has been a wonderful, gracious host for the New Brunswick Jazz Project since February 2011. We began our tenure presenting jazz twice a month on the main level, with the Atrium set up like a nightclub and for the first few years jazz nights moved between there and the Brunswick Ballroom downstairs. For the past 4 years our home has been the Glasswoods Tavern restaurant every Thursday. We have been upstairs, downstairs and in between and you have celebrated brithdays, anniversaries and holidays with us in all those spaces.

We truly appreciate The Hyatt's commitment to the New Brunswick Jazz Project, and to supporting arts and culture in our City. Thank you to the management and staff of the hotel, with a shoutout to our peeps in the Glasswoods Tavern—especially Brian who has been with us as a bartender since our very first event back in 2011. We also send CONGRATULATIONS to Brian on his new position as Operations Manager!

NBJP has been able to grow and thrive since we began in 2010 in large part because we have always been adaptable and have been able to embrace change---just like the jazz music we love. This move is just another stage of our evolution. Thank you for staying with us and following the music as we have moved to different locations over the years. We will miss the Hyatt and our friends there, but we are ready to begin the next phase and look forward to seeing you all at our new Thursday venue.

This is a FREE ticketed event.  Get your tickets here!



A Doll’s House, Part 2
by Lucas Hnath
directed by Gordon Wiener
produced by Joann Scanlon

WHEN: Wednesday, September, 4th and Friday, September 6th , both at 7:30 P.M. with callbacks on Sunday, the 8th, at 7 P.M. 
  Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Avenue, Summit, NJ
Please contact us at 908.273.2192 or should you need any additional information.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from selected scenes (sides) available for browsing  or download at

Performance dates: Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 pm, Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 pm, Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 pm, Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 pm, Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 pm

All roles are open. There is no pre-casting at The Summit Playhouse. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

About the Play

In the final scene of Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking masterwork, A Doll’s House, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event — when Nora slams the door on everything in her life — instantly propelled world drama into the modern age.

In A Doll’s House, Part 2, many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now,  there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what  will it mean for those she left behind?

Character Breakdown

Nora : 40 – 55 A striking woman with a fierce energy. Highly intelligent, a commanding  presence, shrewd. She has had more than her share of emotional trials and has learned to keep her personal life a mystery to those with whom she has any sort of relationship. She is returning to her old home to speak with her ex-husband only because she must clean up some past business in order to move  forward with her life. It is the last place she wishes to be, perhaps because it is the only place where she feels emotionally vulnerable.

Torvald : 45 – 60s: The husband Nora abandoned. Physically and emotionally a bit old for his age. Has not moved on in any meaningful way since Nora walked out on him 17 years earlier. Guarded, lonely, sensitive, a “stoic  time bomb." Somewhat bewildered at how his life has turned out.

Anne Marie : 55 – 70s: Housekeeper who raised Nora, and thus is very much like Nora, but without the  life that financial freedom would afford her. She speaks for Torvald in his absence, much like a press secretary. She is devoted to the Helmer family; it is her life’s work.

Emmy : 19 – 28: Also highly intelligent and energetic. Poised and charming. A younger Nora, untarnished by life.



WHEN: September 6 – October 15 2019. Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 7am-7pm. Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 11th, 6-8pm
Academy Square Galleries, 33 Plymouth Street, Montclair

The Studio Montclair Incubator at Academy Square Galleries presents (dis)Order, a show of works by two local artists, Lynne Buschman and Colleen James, who approach and celebrate the idea of creating art through their own distinct and differing systematic processes.

Lynne Buschman’s work spans a variety of media including bookmaking, printing, drawing and mixed media collage. Her work is intriguing in both style and process, characterized by a methodically layered use of strong lines and shapes. Colleen James’s aesthetic style offers an interesting counterpoint to Bushman’s. Her work focuses on abstract geometry and is inspired by repetitive patterns. 

About the Artists

Lynne Buschman is an image-maker who uses drawing, collage, stencils, found objects, printmaking, pastels, paint and colored pencils. She has synthesized her sculpture and book art into sculptural bookmaking. While the vernacular of her three-dimensional work remains the same, the complexities and reflections of her books content reveals a world of investigation and experimentation. She previously worked as an illustrator for 22 years in New York City. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design and Montclair State University. Buschman also has a letterpress business and teaches art at her studio in Montclair.

Colleen James is a painter and mixed-media artist focused on both figurative and abstract subjects. She has a dual degree in Fine Arts and English from Georgetown University and an MBA from Stanford University. Colleen has also studied painting and drawing at the University of Paris, the Art Students League in New York and the School of Visual Arts in New York. For the last 15 years she has worked in marketing at Knoll, the iconic mid-century modern furniture company. She lives in Montclair with her husband Graham and children Harry and Vivian.

About the Incubator Program

Studio Montclair’s Incubator Program seeks to mentor new and emerging artists and provide them with a space for what is often their first solo or small group show exhibit.

About Studio Montclair

Studio Montclair Inc. is a non-profit organization of exhibiting professional and emerging artists and others interested in the visual arts. In the past year, it has exhibited more than 280 works of art and has encouraged and interacted with close to 1,000 artists.

About the Academy Square Gallery Directors

Lisa Diamond Rosenthal is a painter and sculptor. She is also the former owner of Montclair’s Nandi School of Art, a local art hub with year-round classes in painting, ceramics, fiber arts, animé and sewing. Each year, Lisa assists various non-profits by facilitating acquisitions and curating large-gallery art shows for fundraisers. A graduate of Cornell University, Lisa now owns and operates a life-and-health coaching business in Little Falls, NJ.

Sara Holliday is a practicing artist and has taught art for several years in New York. Before focusing on her teaching and art practices, she worked for a New York City graphic design and communications firm. Sara served on the Board of Directors of the International Charter School of NY, she also co-founded and served on the Board of Directors for The Mentoring Tree Foundation, serving underprivileged and underserved youth. Sara holds a Masters in Art and Art Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Monday, August 26, 2019


We're gambling on the arts and betting that thoughtful, live, local theater makes our communities stronger and our neighbors more reflective.

WHEN: Saturday, October 5th, Noon to 4:00 PM
Galloping Hill Caterers, 1085 Galloping Hill Rd, Union, NJ 07083
TICKETS: $75 per person until September 6 / $85 after.

Please help us celebrate our quarter century!

  • Buy your tickets early.
  • review ad specs -- to say CONGRATULATIONS in our ad journal.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Leo Dan en Concierto | August 30, 2019

WHEN: Friday, August 30, 8 PM



Spectacular Events.....Sensational Celebrations

Join us for our new 2019-2020 season.

Single tickets now available... or save up to 20% with one of our special discount packages!


David Wroe conductor

Jiapeng Nie cello

New Jersey Festival Orchestra

J. STRAUSS Emperor Waltz

TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme

R.STRAUSS   Waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier

The waltz - that outrageous and intoxicating dance that forced 19th century fathers to lock up their daughters—made a super star of Johann Strauss and captured the imagination of generations. See how these master composers, and special guest Jiapeng Nie, handle the 3-beat phenomenon!

WHEN: Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 7pm
First United Methodist Church, Westfield, NJ

WHEN: Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 3pm        
The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison, NJ


Featuring Met. Opera's Barry Banks and Friends

David Wroe conductor

The Three Holiday Tenors

Holiday Choruses

New Jersey Festival Orchestra

Encore! Three award-winning tenors join NJFO to celebrate and captivate with a dazzling selection of renowned tenor fare to welcome in the holiday season. A family festival of symphonic pops and wintertime favorites guaranteed to make the season merry. (Above: Barry Banks)

WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7pm
The Presbyterian Church, Westfield

WHEN: Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 3 pm 
The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison, NJ


The Joseph DeAlessandro Memorial Opera Concert

David Wroe conductor

Maria Todaro stage manager

International Guest Soloists

New Jersey Festival Orchestra

WAGNER Die Walkure Act 1


Two operatic legends come together for the first time as Wagner’s monumental drama meets the tragic pathos of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. A cast of internationally acclaimed guest performers assembled from Maestro Wroe’s extensive contacts in European and American opera houses joins NJFO to present these two magnificent operatic staples - an unlikely couple united by the tragedy and trauma of forbidden love.

WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 7pm     
The Presbyterian Church, Westfield, NJ

WHEN: Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 3pm      
The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison, NJ


David Wroe  conductor

Andrew Tyson piano

New Jersey Festival Orchestra

SMETANA "The Moldau" from Má Vlast

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No.2


The Slavic influence in music, whether full-blooded Russian or Central European in nature, has captivated audiences with its brooding, vivid, romanticism. From the roaring Moldau River to the seductive mystique of Scheherazade herself, Slavic music lends itself to stories, simply because it is so evocative. Internationally acclaimed pianist Andrew Tyson joins NJFO to present the thrilling centerpiece of the program: Rachmaninoff’s epic Concerto No. 2., surely one of the most powerful works in the entire piano repertoire.

WHEN: Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 7pm   
First United Methodist Church, Westfield

WHEN: Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 3pm      
The Concert Hall, Drew University, Madison, NJ

TICKETS: NJFO 2019 - 2020 CLASSICAL SERIES: Tickets start at only $30 (students $15). Save up to 20% with one of our NJFO discount packages


David Wroe conductor

Broadway Guest Vocalists

Dance Theater of Harlem

New Jersey Festival Orchestra

NJFO’s quintessential New Year’s celebration promises a superb revue of Broadway classics in glorious symphonic splendor. Come join the festivities as Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Da'von Doane and friends join Maestro David Wroe and guest Broadway soloists to swing to favorites from America’s Great Songbook.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 7pm 
Westfield High School Auditorium, Westfield

Please note: This event is not eligible for inclusion in the season discount ticket packages.