BY Georgette Gilmore | Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 5:15pm
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Does anyone do park better than Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.? One of Essex County Park System’s crown jewels is the cherry blossom display at Essex County Branch Brook Park — larger than the national display in Washington, DC and boasts the most diverse collection of cherry blossom varieties in the world. To make sure it remains in the pink as the Cherry Blossom Capital of America, DiVincenzo announced plans this week to plant an additional 1,000 cherry blossom trees in Branch Brook Park to bring the total number of cherry trees to over 5,000 by next year’s festival.
This year, The 37th Annual Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival includes free self-guided cell phone history tours (dial 973-433-9047 and follow prompts or use a Smart Phone to scan bar codes at each location) to connect to a short history of the park; the Cherry Blossom Challenge Annual Bike Race; Cherry Blossom 10K Run; Bloomfest: A Family Day; 1-Mile Fun Run and Walk; and Cherry Blossom Trolley Tours ($5 for a 45-minute journey through the pink park and its 118 years of history). Click Cherry Blossom schedule of events for information/full details.
Want to bring more pink to Essex County Branch Brook Park? Donate a tree. Each new Cherry Tree can be purchased for $250 from the Essex County Parks Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions to the foundation are tax-deductible, checks can be made out to “Essex County Parks Foundation” and mailed to the Essex County Parks Foundation, 115 Clifton Avenue, Newark, NJ 07104. Write “Cherry Blossom Campaign” on the memo line of the check. You can also make donations at a “Cherry Blossom Giving Tree” located at the entrance of the Essex County Cherry Blossom Welcome Center. Donations of $250 are recognized with a leaf on the Giving Tree and donations of $1,000 or more are recognized with special plaques on the Giving Tree wall. Donors can choose to have their name inscribed on the Giving Tree or make the contribution in memory of a loved one.
BY Baristanet Staff | Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 9:53am
Bloomfield Avenue connects Montclair and Bloomfield. Bringing the two communities together is The Bloomfield Avenue Hotline, which opens at Montclair Art Museum’s Free First Thursday Night (April 4, 5-9 p.m.).
The Bloomfield Avenue Hotline is the winner of the first annual Bloomfield Avenue Prize, a joint initiative of the Montclair Art Museum and Bloomfield College. Artists were challenged to develop a project that would unite these two communities and bridge the two campuses physically, symbolically, or both. Thirty-five proposals were submitted; artists Karina Aguilera Skvirsky and Liselot van der Heijden were selected to erect their joint project involving live classic yellow phone booths at each location.Two phone booths will be installed: one at the College in the College Library and one at the Museum in Lehman Court, the Museum’s main entrance hall. On Thursday night, users can pick up the phone to hear prerecorded messages based on conversations the artists have had with members from each community. Users can also leave messages that can be heard by others using the phone. The resulting messages will become a portrait of that specific location.
Also on Thursday, from 8:30 to 9:15 in the Museum’s auditorium, Leir Hall, Montclair Film Festival artistic director Thom Powers will give the first public presentation of the lineup of the 2nd annual event happening later this spring (April 29-May 5). This year’s festival has plans for over 80 films and events, almost doubling in size from last year. Powers will take us behind the scenes of how films are selected and answer questions to give an insider’s look at how this event comes together. Continue Reading
BY Georgette Gilmore | Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 7:00am
Barista Kids wishes those celebrating a Happy Easter!
My mom loved to sing this song to me as a little girl. And I loved when she did. It’s my favorite Easter memory:
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BY Sally Streeter | Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 4:17pm
Hunting for Eggs in Freeman Gardens, in Glen Ridge, is a unique experience. It’s like being in a Victorian Era backyard. Easter treats were hidden among the rose bushes, around the pond, across the lawn and throughout the woodland preserve this morning. Boys and girls with baskets in hand, searched the grounds and gathered eggs in their baskets, while moms and dads enjoyed coffee and snacks on the flagstone patio.
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 10:17am
Just six properties are open this Easter Sunday, including the following houses:
List Price: $1,150,000
This 16-room Colonial, new to the market, has many large, updated rooms. The kitchen is a highlight, with lots of storage space, a breakfast room and a built-in china cabinet. Other pluses: there is a gas fireplace in the living room, an office on the first floor, a three-season porch, central air and an in-ground heated pool in the backyard. There is a finished basement with a full bar and an attached two-car garage. The house was built in 1950 and is located in the Newstead section of town. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 8:00am
This Easter, I was intent on making traditional chocolate truffles—you know, rich French-style ones consisting of a lavish chocolate ganache, amply dusted with luxurious cocoa powder—totally creamy, dreamy and decadent.
I even bought all the ingredients: heavy cream, butter, chocolate, and then, as I was about to start setting up, I had a change of plan… a strange thought struck me:
“Nuts and coconut oil are very creamy and, mmmm, wouldn’t they be good with some cocoa?”
Without hesitation, I returned the butter and the cream to the fridge and ended up making vegan chocolate truffles instead. Yup. Vegan ones.