Rediscover Holiday Joy at The Apollo’s The First Noel

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 2:20pm

first-noel-playbillCurrently playing a limited engagement at The Apollo Theater’s famous mainstage, The First Noel is not just an antidote to the hustle of the holidays, but also a salve for those floundering to overcome obstacles and heal. In its second year, the musical is an entertaining holiday show about family and community. The First Noel, presented by the Classic Theater of Harlem, runs through December 18.


For music lovers, The First Noel is a treat featuring original songs as well as old favorites reinvigorated with jazz, gospel, and pop music influences. The performances are passionate and powerful. Highlights include “Life Happens,” different versions of which are sung by Ken Robinson (Henry) and Ashley Ware Jenkins (Adult Noel) at different points in the show, and “Noel’s Wish,” sung by Nia Bonita Caesar as Young Noel. The exuberant and creative staging makes it easy to fully enjoy the show from any vantage point. Continue Reading

Giveaway: A Super-Duper Good Time with Sid the Science Kid at Liberty Science Center

BY  |  Monday, Feb 22, 2016 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

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A visit to the Liberty Science Center (LSC) is filled with fun and learning for families with kids of all ages. Right now LSC has Sid the Science Kid for the younger set and on-going exhibitions of Titanic, Tesla Lightning Show, and the informative and ever-changing Our Hudson Home.

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Comparing the weight of different foods in Sid’s Kitchen

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! will be at Liberty Science Center through May 15th, and it’s included with regular admission. For those that know the Sid the Science Kid show on PBS, the exhibit will not disappoint with its creative and kid-friendly STEM activities that focus on hands-on learning. Our favorite stations were weighing different jars of food to see which were heaviest (marshmallows were not), creating patterns by baking “cookies” in the the kitchen, and testing out inertia by balancing with toys on a skateboard. There is also a dress-up area, a playhouse, and a large screen to dance with the show’s characters.

For older children, the Nikola Tesla Lightning Show is an exciting musical light-show. Shown three times a day on Saturdays and Sundays, the Tesla Show is free with admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Because of the raised sound level and flashing lights, this show is not recommended for children 2 years and younger.

The Titanic exhibit, at LSC through May 30, 2016, is a treasure trove of detail and history. Each entrant receives a “Boarding Pass” with details about an actual Titanic passenger, and looking for facts and hints about the passenger’s fate. With displays of first class cabins, third class cabins, and even an “iceberg” to touch, this exhibition will be of interest to the whole family. The Titanic exhibit requires an all-access pass or combination ticket. 

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Hands-on learning at Our Hudson Home

An on-going exhibit that always deserves a visit is Our Hudson Home. With hands-on science experiments, a harbor tank with turtles and fish, and a riverfront display with opportunities to create dams and levees, there’s always something new to learn. And this area of the LSC has a fantastic view!

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Vegan Bites: Favorite Dishes From Baristaville Eateries

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Cassava Dumplings from Vital Dining

Cassava Dumplings from Vital Dining

If Senator Cory Booker can be a vegan despite shuttling between New Jersey and Washington DC, anyone can. Whether you’re incorporating “Meatless Mondays” into your routine or you choose not to use any animal products whatsoever, there are plenty of eateries around Baristaville that provide a variety of delicious options for you and whomever you bring along for a vegan meal.

Upper Montclair has Veggie Heaven, and there are, of course, the ever-popular pop-up dinners with Sally Owens that offer vegetarians and vegans reliable options for lunch and dinner around town. But we are also lucky to have many more creative chefs cooking for us. We recently sampled a few of the offerings, and chose some of our favorite items to share. Continue Reading

Family Event : Broadway Playhouse & Ticket Giveaway!

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 16, 2016 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Merkin Broadway Playhouse Whether or not your family has already experienced Broadway shows, the Merkin Concert Hall’s Broadway Playhouse performances are a fantastic opportunity to experience professional theater in an intimate setting. Every seat has a wonderful view, and children will feel a part of the performance with the excellent acoustics, up-close action, and even a chance to get up on stage during the performance!

The recent performance of Broadway Playhouse: Richard Adler and Jerry Ross entertained children and adults alike with a sing-a-long of “You’ve Gotta Have Heart” and a silly and informative approach to sharing details about Adler and Ross as songwriters.  With a combination of familiar songs from Damn Yankees and The Pajama Game, audience members were singing along and laughing. We all had a lot of fun learning about the songwriters and seeing their work come to life. Continue Reading

Montclair’s Own Rockin’ New Year’s Eve for the Younger Set

BY  |  Friday, Jan 01, 2016 10:46am

NYE 2015 with Jungle Gym Band

Last night, The Old Mogul Theatre hosted an all ages show for an active and energetic child-centric New Year’s Eve! Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Band were the centerpiece of the evening, with a crowd-pleasing performance from Izabelle the Amazing (she really is!), face painting by Anne Malone, and an artsy & craftsy table with crowns, masks, and flowers to help celebrate the evening in style. Continue Reading

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Music Mondays

BY  |  Monday, Jul 27, 2015 11:30am


Ella McDonald, singer/songwriter

For fans of singer-songwriter Ella McDonald and Rock & Roll cover performers The Abandon Ship Band, last Monday evening meant more than a break in the hot, sticky weather. It meant that the long-awaited Music Mondays performances of both artists would arrive.

Hearts dropped, however, when a technical glitch forced the Bellevue Library to CANCEL the July 20th performances that afternoon. What could have ended up a heart-breaking evening of silent mourning was saved by Montclair chutzpah and hospitality when The Abandon Ship Band, made up of all four members of Montclair’s Horowitz-Stern family, refused to let the music die. A few signs encouraged Music Mondays fans to take a short walk from the Bellevue Library to the Abandon Ship Band’s backyard, and voilà! The newest musical venue in Montclair was born.
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Montclair’s GROOV Cafe and Juice Bar Combines Healthy Fare & Live Music

BY  |  Friday, Jul 24, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

FullSizeRender copyMore space, more music, and more on the menu. The new-ish GROOV Cafe and Juice Bar (formerly Asana House Juice Bar) now offers fresh salads, inventive dishes, delicious Pho, smoothies and juices.

Family-run GROOV Cafe and Juice Bar made its just-down-the-block move to 127 Valley Road to expand, create a homey, comfortable, “walking into our living room” feel, and gain more space for live music.

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New Jersey’s History at Morgan’s Farm and Museum in Cedar Grove

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 9:30am

unnamed-8Around this time in the season, families start to wonder if there are any nooks or hidden corners they’ve missed in their summer explorations. Enter the Morgan’s Farm and Museum which is run by the volunteers of the Cedar Grove Historical Society. A visit here will be sure to please, and it’s only minutes away on Pompton Avenue in Cedar Grove!

On a recent Saturday morning, Jean Jaeger, who edits the Cedar Grove Historical Society’s newsletter and leads tours at the Museum, shared some interesting facts and lore about the 150+ year old farm. One item that many New Jersey residents will recognize is the transition of the farm from the Canfields, a family that famed the land and owned much of Cedar Grove for many years, to the Morgans, who moved to the farm from England in 1910. The father, James Morgan, was an advertising executive who commuted into New York City by train. Sound familiar?

A visit will interest school-aged children and adults with the clothing, kitchen tools, architecture, and family history displayed through out the two floors of the museum. Family photographs and items highlighting their hobbies and lifestyle fill the rooms and walls.
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Savory & Sweet: The Empanada Lady Food Truck Satisfies

BY  |  Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (5)


Spring brings something new to the Montclair street food scene, courtesy of the Empanada Lady food truck, rolling out gourmet comfort food.

With a schedule still solidifying, Cynthia “Empanada Lady” Soto is busy grilling and frying with empanadas, yucca fries, and Cubano sandwiches on the menu.

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BLOG: RIP Latrena May: Working to Prevent Future Loss in the Wake of Tragedy

BY  |  Monday, May 11, 2015 9:00am

Latrena May VigilThe following is a blog post by Kristin Wald, an Advisory Board Member of Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.)

Latrena May was a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a teacher, a neighbor, a woman, a person. Latrena May was all those things and more when the father of her child shot and killed her in front of her East Orange home as she flagged down a police officer.

At a Friday night vigil for Latrena in front of East Orange City Hall, a lot of people said a lot of things about her death being a terrible loss, a horrible act, a tragedy. And that is all too true. It is true every time. And that’s why we must do more than lament losses; we must work to interrupt the cycle of domestic violence that allows situations like Latrena’s to become deadly.
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