The Weekend: I <3 Mom


One of my favorite quotes about mothers is:

A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
~Tenneva Jordan

It wasn’t until I had my own children that I really understood it. Mothers, good mothers, make sure their family is taken care of first. It is only then, they relax a moment and do something for themselves– take a class, garden, read a book, or take that last piece of pie.

This Mother’s Day make sure you take care of the special mother in your life, whether it be your mom, your mother-in-law or your wife. Tell her how much you appreciate her and then lavish her with presents and a night out.

What mother doesn’t love flowers? There’s a plethora of flowers, plants and herbs to purchase for the mom with a green thumb.

The Maplewood Garden Club’s 74th annual Plant Sale begins today, Thursday, May 5 and runs through Saturday, May 7. With the large selection of annuals, herbs, shrubs, vegetables, baskets and more, you’re sure to find something Mom will love. Proceeds from the sale (the Club’s only fundraiser) will go towards scholarships and general beautification of Maplewood’s public areas.

Maplewood Garden Club’s 74th Annual Plant Sale
Thursday, May 5 from 12 pm – 8 pm / Friday, May 6 from 8 am – 8 pm / Saturday, May 7 from 8 am – 4 pm (Rain or Shine!)
Maplewood Pool Parking lot, 187 Boyden Avenue, Maplewood, NJ

Free to attend. Receive $1 off $10 or more with this coupon.

Van Vleck House & Gardens’ annual Plant and Garden Sale is on Saturday, May 7.  This year’s selection will feature an extensive array of unusual azaleas and rhododendrons (over 25 different varieties), as well as great spring-blooming perennials. Returning by popular demand, don’t miss the great assortment (26 different kinds) of heirloom tomatoes.

Cookies For Kids’ Cancer will also hold a huge back sale to raise money for Pediatric cancers. Make sure to buy mom a sweet treat to go along with her flowers.

Van Vleck House & Gardens Plant and Garden Sale
Saturday, May 7 from 9 am – 4 pm

Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Admission is free.

Presby Iris Gardens holds its annual Garden Club Plant Sale offering thousands of annuals, perennials, deer resistant plants and vegetables. The sale supports the beautification of Montclair Public Schools.

Presby Iris Gardens Plant Sale
Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 from 10 am – 5 pm
Presby Iris Gardens, 474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043
Free admission

The Montclair Historical Society will hold its annual Herb Sale from Thursday, May 5 through Saturday, May 7. Buy Mom high-quality, organic herbs so she can whip up her delicious meals. The event will end with a Family Day, full of fun activities for kids, so bring them along too.

Montclair Historical Society Herb Sale
Thursday, May 5 through Saturday, May 7 from 9 am – 5 pm (Rain or Shine!)

Israel Crane House, 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Free admission

If a night out is more Mom’s speed, there are fun options too:

Catch a The Story of My Lives: Part II, an autobiography of Baristaville Mom Jessica Sporn at Pianos Bar & Grill in Bloomfield on Friday Night. The show will offer new songs and stories from Jessica’s life,  including how she fell in love with basketball, her stint as an Iranian translator, and discovering her dad in drag!

The Story of My Lives: Part II
Friday, May 6 from 7:30 – 10:30 pm
Pianos Bar & Grill
36 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ
$3 Music Charge $12 Minimum Per Person
Pianos is a very small venue so make your reservations now! 973.743.7209

Jodie Levinson

Singer/songwriter Jodie Levinson brings her soothing vocals and up-tempo blues-and-jazz influenced pop songs to Hat City Kitchen in Orange. Performing from her debut album, “In the City,” Jodie takes listeners through an eclectic array of music inspired by the emotional struggles of city living.

Jodie Levinson at Hat City Kitchen
Saturday, May 7 at 8:30 pm
Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley Road
Orange, NJ
$10 cover

On Saturday, May 7 Amanti Vino in Montclair is the place to take a mom who needs to unwind. The Siete di Mayo Rum & Tequila Class will teach you to mix a cocktail or two with artisanal tequila and rum, discuss food pairings and provide snacks to nibble on. You might want to have a big lunch at Raymond’s beforehand, because Mom doesn’t want a hangover.

The Siete di Mayo Rum & Tequila Class
Saturday, May 7 at 4 pm
Amanti Vino
30 Church Street
Montclair, NJ, 07042
Cost of the class is $40,  but you can save $5 if you confirm your attendance on the Facebook Fan Page. Email Will to sign up.

Also on Saturday, the Glen Ridge Arts Festival and Eco Fair, 10 to 5, on Ridgewood Ave. in the center of town. Fun for kids and lots of gifts for moms.

There are many other great ways to celebrate Mom, so make sure to check our calendar for other local happenings this weekend.

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