The Memorial Day Weekend: Parades, Music, Festivals, and More!

BY  |  Thursday, May 21, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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It’s Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start to summer. If you’re not going down the Shore or escaping for a mini-vacation, there are great ways to get out and have fun this long weekend.

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AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda Screening at The Clairidge

BY  |  Wednesday, May 20, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

AWAKE: The Life of YoganandaA Gathr campaign has been organized to bring a screening of AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda to Montclair on Monday, June 8.

The film, by Oscar-nominee Paola di Florio and Sundance winner Lisa Leeman, is about Hindu mystic Paramahansa Yogananda who brought yoga and meditation to the West in 1920 and wrote the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” a go-to book for seekers from George Harrison to Steve Jobs. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient teachings accessible to a modern audience and led millions onto the path of self-realization.

Gathr screenings can only happen if a minimum number of people reserve tickets before a screening request expires. On every screening page you’ll find an update that shows you the number of current reservations, the number of additional reservations needed to tip the screening, as well as how much time remains before that screening request expires. Only 4 more tickets have ot be sold to being the screening of AWAKE to The Clairidge. Surely Montclair, which is full of yoga studios, would be interested.

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See Roses to Rock Gardens on Van Vleck’s Annual Garden Tour

BY  |  Monday, May 18, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

van vleckVan Vleck’s annual “Roses to Rock Gardens” tour will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30.

An informal, self-guided tour of eight distinctive gardens in Montclair and Glen Ridge includes Van Vleck’s newly renovated butterfly garden. Start the tour with homemade lemonade on the terrace under the blooming wisteria and shopping at Rabbit Rabbit pop-up boutique.

Before the tour on Friday morning, there will be a coffee reception and lecture at Van Vleck House at 9:30 am, featuring guest speaker Joseph Lelinho, beekeeper and owner of Hilltop Honey.

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Local Memorial Day Parades and Services 2015

BY  |  Monday, May 18, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Next Monday, May 25, remember the men and women who died while in military service. Attend a local Memorial Day parade and/or service:

Montclair Memorial Day Service
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will be the keynote speaker. Mayor Robert Jackson will preside as Master of Ceremonies, the Reverend Dr. Paul Leggett of Grace Presbyterian Church will deliver the invocation, the blessing of the wreaths and the benediction, and Major William Horn, USAF, Retired, will deliver Memorial Day remarks.
Edgemont Park, Monday, May 25 at 10 am. (In the event of rain, service will be held in the Municipal Council Chambers at 205 Claremont Avenue)


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Save the Date: 2nd Annual Dance on the Lawn Montclair Dance Festival

BY  |  Friday, May 15, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Dancers Kayla Collymore and Alexander Olivieri rehearsed new work by NJ’s first commissioned emerging choreographer, Robert Mark Burke, at the Open Rehearsal last weekend in preparation for this year’s Dance on the Lawn Dance Festival, which will be held on Saturday, September 12.

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Penny Farthings, Cricket and Dixieland: Victorian Day at Anderson Park

BY  |  Friday, May 15, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Victorian Day Anderson ParkThe Victorian Era may make you think of puffy skirts, Charles Dickens and the Bronte sisters, but one of its defining symbols was the penny farthing, or high-wheel bicycle. A collection of those bicycles will be on display at Anderson Park this Sunday, May 17, as part of Victorian Day, a celebration of the 110th anniversary of Essex County Anderson Park, which opened in 1905 as part of the pioneering Essex County Parks System.

The bikes come courtesy of Verona resident Gary Sanderson, who fell in love with the penny farthing when he first saw one at a tandem bike rally in 1993. Since then, he has collected roughly 200 bicycles from the 1880s and 1890s. He stores them in his basement and at a barn in Flemington.

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Montclair Shakespeare Series to Present Free Monthly Staged Readings

BY  |  Thursday, May 14, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

melissa toomeyTo be or not to be…the person to bring classic Shakespeare community theater to Montclair? That’s the question Melissa Toomey, a classically trained actress and Montclair native asked herself.

Toomey decided to give it a go and has organized the Montclair Shakespeare Series, which will present free monthly staged readings of The Bard. The first performance will be a reading of Twelfth Night on Wednesday, May 20.

The series will feature a different play each month, accompanied by live acoustic music and performed at various historic venues across Montclair.

Toomey, a graduate of Montclair High School who participated in the School of Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA) program, tells Baristanet she conceived of the series due to her disappointment with the lack of professional theater present in Montclair, despite all the acting professionals and great theatre-goers who live here.

“My greatest love is classical theatre and Shakespeare, and so I wanted to find other professional actors who felt the same way, and who wanted to share that with the community here. I also wanted to create a space for actors to have some freedom to tell these stories our own way, using only the text to guide us.”

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The Weekend: Ladies Night, Art Walk, Music, and So Much More

BY  |  Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Another beautiful May weekend and there are many ways to enjoy it!

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Sponsored: Thirty Years of Beautiful Fine Art and Fine Crafts

BY  |  Wednesday, May 13, 2015 4:00pm

Fine Art and Crafts at Verona Park

Art by Smadar Livne

Come join the many new fine artists and fine craftspeople, along with veteran exhibitors, to celebrate thirty years of Fine Art and Crafts at Verona Park on May 16 & 17 from 10 am to 5 pm rain or shine.

Enjoy the beauty of Verona Park as it is once again transformed into a craft boutique and art gallery by 140 exhibitors with handcrafted jewelry, clothing, clay, metal, wood, photography, sculpture and artwork to satisfy every taste.

Fine Art and Crafts at Verona Park

Watch demonstrations by Helen Weichman as she sculpts her whimsical dogs or by Don Hart as he creates stunning turned pens. See truly hand-crafted work and chat with exhibitors to understand the inspiration for creating their art.

Fine Art and Crafts at Verona Park

Bring the family to enjoy creating sand art bottles or necklace pens, to have fun on paddle boats on the lake, or to simply take a break on the great playground. Be sure to check out the adult puzzles by Kate Jones of Kadon Enterprises.

Whimsical, large sculpture by Patti and Bob Stern

Whimsical, large sculpture by Patti and Bob Stern

Sample and be sure to bring home some gluten free granola, jams, dips, olive oils and balsamic, salsa and very locally made sweet potato cakes.

Fine Art and Crafts at Verona Park

Co-sponsored by Essex County Department Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and Janet and Howard Rose of Rose Squared Productions, Inc, the show is located on the corner of Pleasant Valley Way/Lakeside and Bloomfield Avenue. Go to for additional info and a gallery of creations of participating exhibitors.

Ceramic menorah by Olga Goldin

Ceramic menorah by Olga Goldin



SVPA Cabaret: An Evening of Favorites from RENT, 5/15

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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If you missed your chance to catch Montclair High School’s amazing production of Rent (or if you want to see the talented cast one more time), you’re in luck. Continue Reading

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Congratulations to the cast and crew for a job so very well done. Beyond the obvious talent, the students' dedication and professionalism was evident throughout. Bravo!

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