A Gorgeous Weekend: Here Are Some Suggestions For How to Spend It

After two weeks of mostly gray skies, the sun will shine bright this weekend and there’s fun to be had everywhere in Baristaville. Here are some ideas and if you know other cool things going on, add them in comments.

Instead of going out are you spending the day inside cleaning? If you find some hidden treasure in your attic or closet take it over to the Montclair Art Museum for Appraisal Day (Oct. 9). Appraisals will be taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. and is cohosted with the museum and Rago Arts and Auction Center of Lambertvile, NJ. Tickets for MAM members are $10 and $15 for non-members. A ticket entitles of two items.

Tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 9) is the last day of independent retail week. More than 70 Montclair retail locations are participating including: Olive Tan Spa, Bobbi Brown The Studio, Just Kidding Around, Pat Gail Gallery and more. As part of Independent Retail week, Go Lightly, on South Fullerton Street in Montclair, will have a Help Heal Haiti on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Artist Marie Saint Van Koch will be showing her inspiring, handcrafted-with-heart-and-soul jewelry collection, proceeds from which will go to Partners in Health, an organization dedicated to the well being of Haitians for over twenty years.

Montclair’s Best Apple Pie

Contest will take place Saturday from noon to 1 p.m at Chef’s Laboratory Cooking School located at 345 Bloomfield Ave. Do you make the best Apple Pie around? Would you like to not only share your recipe with others, but also show how it’s done? If you win our first annual Montclair’s Best Apple Pie Contest, you can be our honorary guest chef and show others how to create your masterpiece and receive a $100 Chef’s Laboratory gift certificate. This contest is in celebration of Montclair Indie Retail Week is limited to the first 20 entrants.

Join Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa and Balance Your Life for the Grand Finale of Montclair’s First Ever Independent Retail Week. The Wellness Gala will be sponsored by Inner Realm Magazine on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Come out and celebrate with mini-sessions by the experts in fields of beauty, health and wellness and enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeurves, live music and much more! Suggested Donation are $20 with portion of the proceeds to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Going Green
The Fourth Annual Maplewood Green Day will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9 in Maplewood Memorial Park (124 Dunnell Road). There will be live music, how-to demonstrations, organic and local food and over 80 eco-vendors. Special shows include Kid Power and the Planet Protectors, Live Animals of the Rain Forest and planet-friendly kids activities by Liberty Science Center. Some demonstrations will include backyard composting, local food cooking, rain gardens/rain barrels and fitness demos in yoga, kids fitness, hooping, dancing and IntenSati. Events will be going on from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MSU Homecoming Weekend
Free events open to the public will be happening at Montclair State University all weekend. If you’re feeling adventurous,the United State Marine Corps will bring their Flight Orientation Program to campus as part of the Homecoming celebration. Anyone interested in getting an aerial view of campus, from a Marine Corps helicopter (civilian model), should stop by the University Hall Courtyard area. Members of the Marine Corps Officer Selection Program will be on hand to answer questions. Flights will be happening from 9:30 a.m. to noon and are open to the public.

If Fabolous isn’t your music scene stop by Kasser Theater Saturday night to see Kaleidoscope. The show is a 90-minute nonstop student showcase featuring music of all styles: choral, orchestral, band, jazz, vocal, chamber, musical theater, and solo instrumental. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15 for non-MSU students.

For a full list of homecoming events click here.

Charity Yard Sale
Thomas Napoli, a Glen Ridge resident and a junior at the Delbarton School is hoping to make a huge difference this year in the lives of needy families through the Delbarton Holiday Project – “Taking Hope on the Road.” This Sunday, Oct. 10, Napoli and his family will be having a multi-home yard sale with all proceeds going to this project. Thomas’s personal goal is to raise enough enough money to purchase 500 new blankets to distribute this December. 285 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge.

Need a Laugh?
Lunatic Fringe will have its 14th season premiere at Pianos Bar and Grill on 36 Broad Street in Bloomfield. Lunatic will have performers Harvey Chipkin, Sean Day, Beth Johansson, Jerry Lazar and Deborah Maclean and be directed by Deborah Maclean. The performance will be on Saturday Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 with a reservation (No minimum). Reservations and Information call 973.429.1527.

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  1. If you like home made apple pie ( or any other home-made pie ) with an awesomely tasty crust and an really fresh filling, drive down to Frenchtown, NJ for the day, but about 15 minutes before you hit town, you’ll see a farm, “Peaceful Valley Orchards”. I am not being paid to say it’s the best pie we ever had.

    They also have a great assortment of gourds and pumpkins this time of year.

    It’s worth the trip, about 1 hour from Baristaville, mostly driving along I – 78, and the little kids will enjoy feeding the farm animals just across the gravel parking lot. Then go to Frenchtown and enjoy the architecture and the majestic Delaware River.

    Jersey still has great places.

  2. And on Tuesday, a pie-baking contest in Millburn:

    On Tuesday, October 19, the Millburn Farmers’ Market will hold a Fall Festival in celebration of the apple and pumpkin harvest. The festival starts at 10:00am and ends at 2:00pm in Parking Lot #1 at Essex and Main Streets.

    All bakers are invited to submit a home baked pie for the Apple and/or Pumpkin Pie Contest. Contact Downtown Millburn at Info@downtownmillburn.org or call at 973-379-2341 for an application.

  3. Take the car on G.S. Parkway south to the RT 78 exit, get onto 78 just to the MILLBURN exit get off there! Procede to the 2nd traffic light (a gas station on 3 corners) and turn left onto Springfield Ave Continue on Sprinfield Ave crossing over Morris Avenue (then called SOUTH Springfield Ave in Springfield. Go over RT 22 stat straight. On the left, youi’ll come to Geiger’s Old Cider Mill & Apple Orchard. Go there and pick up the best apple pie in N.J. ! Then go across the street (by car) into Echo Lake Park. The most scenic park there is. You can rent paddle boats, walk on the nature trails, see the changing leaves, have a picnic, and more, You have never sen a park as beautifull.
    Sadly the Cherry Blosmons are finished, but it’s still great. Gonna be 77 degrees, tomorrow.

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