Audience Cheers for NJ Festival Orchestra’s Season Finale

May 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ —  The New Jersey Festival Orchestra presented its season finale,  In London Town, at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield Saturday night. It was auspicious timing, as the royal wedding had taken place in England just that morning.

“We were so happy when Prince Harry and his bride picked our finale date,” Linda Doyle, executive director of the NJFO ...

Tony-Nominated Broadway Star Teaches Acting Workshop in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Tony Award-nominated Broadway, TV and film star Kevin Chamberlin came to Stage Craft Studio in Scotch Plains today to teach a Broadway Workshop.

Chamberlin is one of the few actors ever nominated for Tony Awards in three out of four acting categories: Best Actor in a Play (Dirty Blonde), Best Actor in a Musical (Seussical) and Best Featured Actor in a ...

NJFO Season Finale, ‘In London Town,’ Coming Up May 19 in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — The finale of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra season will be a presentation of In London Town, a celebration of the music of London.

There will be two shows to wrap up the NJFO season, Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, with a free pre-concert lecture by Michael Rosin at 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m. at The Concert Hall at Drew ...

Fanwood Performance Series Presents Rachel Marie and Debra Cowan on May 12

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Performance Series presents Rachel Marie and Debra Cowan on Saturday, May 12, at 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:45 p.m.)

Rachel Marie is a cunning wordsmith, and precociously sophisticated. Clear and mature vocal production colors songs that are relevant, relatable, and far reaching. The social awareness of folk meets the introspection of the singer ...

Fanwood Kicks Off Saturday Mornings in the Plaza

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Borough of Fanwood has launched a new initiative that will provide a variety of enjoyable, community activities in Downtown Fanwood on Saturday mornings.

“Saturday Mornings in the Plaza” will be held at the Fanwood Plaza, adjacent to Mara’s between Fanwood Crossing I and II on South Avenue, weather permitting, for 8 weeks in the spring ...

Penguin Exhibit Opens at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — African penguins have officially joined the giraffes, lions and hyenas in the African Adventure at the Turtle Back Zoo, bringing all of the zoo’s animals from the largest continent into the same area.

Local dignitaries joined Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. in opening the new Shores of Africa Penguin Exhibit on Friday afternoon.

"Our penguins ...

Video Preview: Tour Some of Westfield’s Most Notable Homes Mother’s Day Weekend with the Friends of the NJFO

WESTFIELD – This year’s Tour of Notable Homes is this Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This longtime Westfield tradition is presented by the Friends of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and highlights some of the area’s diverse architecture and eclectic home design.

“This year we present a stylish medley of four Westfield residences — each with a ...

Podcast: Chat with Spin Doctors Front Man Chris Barron, Coming to JCC May 12

WESTFIELD, NJ — Spin Doctors front man and solo artist Chris Barron chats with this week’s host, Kate Brochu, about his musical connection to New Jersey, the inspiration for his new solo album and what fans can expect when he performs at the JCC of Central New Jersey in Scotch Plains on May 12. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for ...

NJIO Recaptures the “Spirit of 1850” With Concert on Sun, May 6th in Summit

SUMMIT, NJ -- The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra will bring concertgoers back to a simpler time with their concert, “The Spirit of 1850,” on Sunday, May 6th at the Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School.  The performance will begin at 3:00 pm, and will feature performances from all three of NJIO’s orchestral ensembles, as well as its Flute Choir.  Admission is ...

Terrill Middle School Band Students Represent School at Central Jersey Band Festival

MONROE, NJ -- Nine Terrill Middle School band students were invited to perform as part of the Central Jersey Music Educators Association (CJMEA) Honors Elementary Bands at Monroe Township Middle School on Saturday, April 28.

As part of the event, students were sorted into three bands and put on a concert after less than four hours of rehearsal time. The accepted students also ...

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Scotch Plains Public Library Announces June Book Clubs

May 22, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Monday, June 4, at 7:00 p.m., the Evening Book Club will be meeting to discuss The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner. A fifty-year-old Bridge game provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between a daughter and her mother. Betsy Lerner takes readers on a powerfully personal literary journey, where they learn a little about Bridge and a lot about life.

On ...