NUTLEY, NJ - Carols were heard from the historic school house on Church Street in Nutley on Thursday, Dec. 7. Nutley’s Franklin Reformed Church house band doorjam performed for the Nutley Historical Society’s 10th annual Christmas party. Band members are the Rev. Jill Fenske, Vicky Chalk, Jainine Gambaro; Linda and Joe Ribaudo and Martin Williams.
Mayor Joseph P. Scarpelli paid a visit during the holiday concert. Friends and family gathered around tables full of sandwiches and desserts to socialize with doorjam and the historical society.
Fenske pointed out that it is not yet Christmas, “Christmas is not until Dec. 25. The four weeks before Christmas is the season of Advent. The time of waiting and anticipation,” she said.
Songs included “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “First Noel,” “Joy to the World” and “Glorious” by Melissa Etheridge. The crowd sang along to songs such as “The Christmas Song,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Silver Bells.” doorjam put their own spin on “Silent Night” and performed their own original song “Christmas Must Be Tonight.”
“I think everybody would probably say that giving is better than receiving, but not everyone feels that way,” said Chalk before the opening of “Let It Snow.” The band chose to sing the second part of the song from the parody written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne.
“We have enough songs to sing through the 12 days of Christmas until Jan 6 and still not be done,” Fenske joked.
Members of the Nutley Historical Society include Domenick Tibaldo, president; Suzanne Hagert, vice president; John Simko; museum director; Maryann Laube; treasurer; Barry Lenson, art historian and co-secretary; Eileen Luberto, secretary and Annie Oakley historian; Michael Frobose, genealogy chairman; Eleanor Slomkowski, director, membership and co-secretary and Michael Slomkowski, hospitality director.
doorjam is hosting another Christmas concert in the Sanctuary of Franklin Reformed Church, 45 Hillside Crescent 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. A free will offering will be collected, no pre-registration is required. Soup and refreshments will be served in the Community House after the concert. For more information, call 973-667-7022.