6th Annual Concert for Haiti

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Concert for Haiti

The Montclair community will once again come together for an evening of music, community-building, and support for Haiti at the Sixth Annual Concert for Haiti on Saturday, February 7. The annual event is hosted by Outpost in the Burbs.

The 2015 Concert for Haiti, a fundraiser for Edeyo Foundation, Lamp for Haiti and the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP), will feature Steve Forbert who broke into the national music scene in 1978 with his debut album, Alive on Arrival and Bohio Music, composed of Riva Precil and Monvelyno Alexis presenting a seamless fusion of Racine/Roots, World Music, Jazz and African tones

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Let Us All Drink Mead!

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

mead2Mead: you’ve probably never heard of it, never tried it, or never think about it. It’s fermented honey that turns into a strong, sweet wine, and while it’s rarely on bar menus or in liquor cabinets, Melovino Meadery in Vauxhall is aiming to change all of that.

Last weekend I went to a tour and tasting at Melovino, which is tucked behind the Staples and Walgreens at the Millburn Village Mall, and was surprised to find that mead was something I wanted to hear about, try, and think about more.

A little background: mead is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world, with evidence that people were tipping it back 8,000 years or so ago. The core ingredients are honey, water, and yeast—though you can get fancier about it, and the folks at Melovino do.

But they had to get fancy about bringing mead to NJ at all. Melovino claims to be the first and only meadery in Jersey. They know this because when they approached the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control for a license to make and sell mead in the state…no such thing existed. Meadmaker Sergio Moutela had to go to the ABC offices and make an in-person presentation to convince the agency to create and issue the license. I’m guessing they let the ABC folks have a few sips, too, because who wouldn’t issue a license to have more of this stuff in NJ?

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The Weekend: Blues, Rock, Theater, and More

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Local Harvest: Farms, Food, and Family

Some great events to enjoy this weekend. We told you about:

And there’s more. Here are your weekend highlights:

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Vote Essex County in the 2015 Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards

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2015 Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards

Discover Jersey Arts has released its nominations for the 2015 Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards and organizations in Essex County have garnered many well-deserved nominations. (Sev The polls are now open and ballots are prepped for arts lovers statewide to vote for their favorite New Jersey arts organizations through February 19.

For the second year in a row, a record-breaking number of nominations were received in 16 categories. From favorite theater to see a play to favorite dance company, favorite art gallery to favorite choral group, it’s the public’s turn to decide who’s who among the Garden State’s cultural community.

The JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards take place annually to honor the work of NJ’s vital, vibrant and diverse arts organizations. More than 100 organizations and downtown arts districts were nominated this year—the largest amount of nominees the Awards has received since its creation in 2008:

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The Gallery at Hillside Square Presents Linda Ippolito’s Mezzogiorno

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Linda Ippolito

The Gallery at Hillside Square is pleased to present Linda Ippolito’s Mezzogiorno, on view February 6 through May 15, 2015.

Awarded an artist residency in Civita-Castellana, Italy, in the summer of 2013, Ippolito was inspired to create a series of mixed media paintings that explore the rich and tonal atmospheric qualities of light interacting with the landscape.

Ippolito has created a new collage process which combines the delicacy of fiber arts with painting. She fuses the painted surface with the texture of fibers, allowing a wholly new representation of color and light to emerge. Ippilito explains; “Just as the flow of oil paint allows me movement to orchestrate the composition, I’ve found that by layering silk deconstruction screens and Nuno felting, I am able to build images that portray the physicality of the landscape, at once emulating and enhancing nature.”

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Bowling For Homes

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

HOMECorp Housing Bowl

The 7th annual HOMECorp Housing Bowl happens at Eagle Rock Lanes on Sunday, February 8 and you’re invited to play.

To get on the lanes, just raise the $100 entry fee (or $600 for each team of six bowlers). Then show up and play—games, shoes, food and drinks are included! All proceeds will benefit HOMECorp, an ecumenical, community-based non-profit organization which aims to improve and develop permanent affordable housing in Montclair, NJ.

There will be prizes for the highest and lowest individual and team scores, most creative costume/team t-shirts, and for most money raised by a team.

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Fabulous February First Free Thursday Night at MAM

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First Free Thursday Night

We love Montclair Art Museum’s Free First Thursday Nights. Who wouldn’t? You get free museum admission, live music, fun activities, a full-service bar, and great food to enjoy—it’s a great night out.

Offerings change on a monthly basis, and First Thursday Night on Thursday, February 5, offers fabulous fun.

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Montclair Township Council Considers Parking . . . Again

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (10)

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson (right) and  First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at the January 27 Montclair Township Council meeting

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson (right) and First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at the January 27 Montclair Township Council meeting

The Montclair Township Council conference meeting on January 27 was relatively informal, as indicated by the casual-Friday look sported by Mayor Robert Jackson and a few other council members, likely because of the snow. Its small agenda was made even smaller due to the postponement of two first-reading ordinances and five resolutions to be voted on during the meeting.  But there was still plenty to talk about, as evidenced by the game of whack-a-mole that is setting street parking rules.

Residents of Oxford Street, learning that residents of nearby Cambridge Road had gotten the council to consider an ordinance limiting parking on Cambridge Road to two hours, appeared before the council to express dismay over the proposal in light of the fact that Oxford Street residents had asked for two-hour parking limits but had had to accept four-hour limits instead because of the recommendations of the Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee (TPAC). That ordinance, in fact, was one of the postponed measures originally on the night’s agenda.

Resident Kate Lemmer said that employees of nearby businesses on Grove Street have been parking their cars on Oxford Street for four hours have been moving their cars from one space to another, just as Cambridge Road residents have noted about parking on their own street. Lemmer was afraid that the problem on Oxford  Street would be exacerbated if Cambridge Road got two-hour limits, and she her neighbors wanted the council to reconsider their request for Oxford Street to have the same limit.

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Montclair Animal Shelter Manager & Health Dept Director Issue Statement on Luke and Midnight

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 4:55pm  |  COMMENTS (26)

Montclair-Animal-ShelterMontclair communications director Katya Wowk spoke with Interim Animal Shelter manager Celia Trembulak and Health Department Director Sue Portuese about Luke the dog and Midnight the cat for an account of what took place (and is taking place, in the case of Midnight) with the two animals. In addition, some folks have asked about shelter coverage during last night’s storm. Wowk sent Baristanet this joint statement from Trembulak and Portuese: Continue Reading

Childhood: Food Memories

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

(Inside Chocolate Works on Park St.)

(Inside Chocolate Works on South Park Street)

“I hated peas. I couldn’t do it, but I loved Brussels sprouts! It didn’t make sense. I also loved Hawaiian Punch. I would overload on it. That and mini Entenmann’s blueberry muffins.”

Baristanet: What was your favorite family prepared food?

“My mom is Hispanic, so she would make traditional rice and beans with potatoes, and that was my all time favorite.”

 

 

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The less than four inches outside my house this morning would suggest those 16' models were about as accurate as Kate Moss forecasting this "crippling and historic" storm.

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