13th Annual Van Vleck House & Gardens Plant Sale Coming Soon

BY  |  Wednesday, May 04, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Van Vleck House & Gardens Plant Sale

The 13th Annual Van Vleck House & Garden Benefit Plant Sale will run from May 6 – 12, with a kick off Garden Party on May 5. Continue Reading

Glenridge Avenue Arts & Music Festival: A Block Party You Don’t Want to Miss on May 7

BY  |  Wednesday, May 04, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Glenridge Avenue Arts & Music Festival

Glenridge Avenue Arts & Music Festival takes over Glenridge Avenue in Montclair on May 7 and you don’t want to miss it.

The celebration of the Arts, Music & Culture of Glenridge Avenue will offer local artisans selling their goods, great food from local restaurants, live music, the MAM art truck, face painting, a Henna tattoo tent, demonstrations, and much more.!

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#MFF16: Jon Stewart and Tracey Stewart to Attend Festival for ‘Unlocking the Cage’ Screening

BY  |  Tuesday, May 03, 2016 11:10am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jon Stewart and Tracey Stewart

The Montclair Film Festival is halfway through and the exciting announcements of special guests aren’t slowing down. Today MFF announced that Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey Stewart will be attending the festival on Saturday May 7 to introduce the film Unlocking the Cage. They will be joined in attendance by Stephen Colbert and Board President Evelyn Colbert, along with the directors D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

Unlocking the Cage, screening at 2:30 pm on Saturday May 7, explores the efforts to bestow human rights on animals by animal welfare activists. Jon and Tracey Stewart are partnering with Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization, to open the organization’s fourth location at their New Jersey farm. Farm Sanctuary operates three shelters in New York and California that provide lifelong care for nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals, works to change laws to decrease abuse of farm animals, and promotes compassionate vegan living.

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Here’s What’s Blooming at the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in May

BY  |  Monday, May 02, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

For 89 years, the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens opens its gates to the community to enjoy the sight of thousands of iris in bloom each May.

The Iris Gardens is internationally renowned as the largest public iris garden in the United States, with display beds containing nearly 1,500 iris varieties (around 14,000 plants) that produce over 100,000 blooms. It is a living museum of botanical preservation with some varieties dating back to the 1500s and is listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Sites.

In addition to free visits to the spectacular iris display, the Iris Gardens offer great events throughout May. Here’s what’s blooming at the Iris Gardens this May:

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Michael Strahan Book Signing in Montclair, May 3

BY  |  Monday, May 02, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Michael StrahanMichael Strahan, the amiable and popular New York Giants Hall of Famer and morning talk show host, will sign copies of his book Wake Up Happy at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center on May 3 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Strahan, the NFL’s all-time single-season sack leader, has seen his profile continue to soar after helping lead the Giants to the 2008 Super Bowl, the last game he ever played. He became a commentator on Fox’s NFL Sunday pregame show, and in 2012 he replaced Regis Philbin as co-host of the hugely popular “Live! with Kelly & Michael,” currently the second most-watched syndicated daytime talk show.

This fall, Strahan, 44, will join ABC’s Good Morning America as a full-time co-anchor. Strahan, who spent his entire 15-year career (1993-2007) with the Giants, had been a contributor to GMA over the last two years.

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38th Annual Glen Ridge Arts Festival and Eco-Fair on Saturday, May 7

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Glen Ridge Arts Festival and Eco-Fair

Every year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, the Glen Ridge Arts Festival & Eco-Fair fills Ridgewood Avenue with beautiful art and crafts to purchase, games, foods, music an more. The 38th annual Glen Ridge Arts Festival & Eco-Fair happens this year on Saturday, May 7.

Artists and craftspeople from all over Essex County as well as other parts of New Jersey and the East Coast, will be showing and selling their crafts and art work. Each year participating artists and crafts people display their work at this show, which is put on by the Glen Ridge Art Patrons Association to raise money for community art programs and to provide scholarships for students going on to study Fine Art at the college level. Again this year, the Festival will be held in conjunction with the Glen Ridge Eco-Fair. Many area musicians will also be performing during the combined events.

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Award-Winning Blind Pianist to Headline Benefit Concert for Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey

BY  |  Sunday, May 01, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Justin Kauflin

Blind jazz pianist and composer Justin Kauflin will headline the Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey’s benefit concert, Just Jazz4, on May 20 at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre.

Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey, formerly NJ Foundation for the Blind, is one of the longest-serving nonprofits for people with profound vision loss in New Jersey, and has helped more than 50,000 people over its 73-year history. Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey teaches adults techniques to overcome the challenges of sight loss, and promotes their emotional and physical wellness in a friendly, supportive environment. It offers the only comprehensive, nonresidential vision rehabilitation program for adults in New Jersey.

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The Weekend: Montclair Film Festival, Books, Music, and More!

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Film Festival Adds Special Guests: Gilbert Gottfried and Ras Baraka

Get out and enjoy this jam-packed weekend at one of these local events!

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#MFF16: Masters of the Score: Sound Design For Film, Audio, Games

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Montclair Film Festival will present Masters of the Score: Sound Design For Film, Audio, Games, a free panel event on the importance music plays in storytelling, on Saturday, April 30 at 3 pm in the Audible Lounge. Continue Reading

Locals Share Their Top Film and Event Picks at the 2016 Montclair Film Festival

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

 Montclair Film Festival

Baristanet shared our top film and event picks at the 2016 Montclair Film Festival here. Now it’s time to share what other locals are excited to see.

We asked “What are you most excited to see and/or attend at the Montclair Film Festival this year?” and you answered:

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