Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases

Enjoy a Weekend of Folk Music in Middlesex County

a880e6631c13fe7b5263_HesterStreetTroupeIII.jpg
The Hester Street Troupe Credits: Middlesex County
a880e6631c13fe7b5263_HesterStreetTroupeIII.jpg

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage invites you to enjoy two free music programs during the weekend of May 6-7.

The first program, “Folk Music: The American Spirit,” is scheduled to take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at the Lodge at Thompson Park, located at 1701 Perrineville Road in Monroe Township.

This unique workshop, hosted by Matthew Pulomena, uses performance, music history,sing-alongs and discussion to explore the exciting musical tradition of the American Folk Song.

Sign Up for E-News

Then on Sunday, May 7, join the Hester Street Troupe for, “Klezmer: Traditional Yiddish Folk Music.” This event is scheduled to take place from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, located at 1775 Oak Tree Road in Edison.

The Hester Street Troupe is a group of klezmorim who continue to preserve a very special folk music genre rooted in Yiddish musical traditions and cultural ideologies. Klezmer is an aural tradition, transmitted by memory from fathers to sons, with no written scores. 

“I know many people will be interested in these events, especially in how they highlight the roles that music has played in cultural and religious traditions,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.

“One of the best things about Middlesex County’s Office of Culture and Heritage is the free admission for their amazing selection of cultural programs,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee.

These programs are free of charge, but registration is required. Please call 732-745-4489 to register or for directions or information. Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 
732-745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay System. In case of inclement weather, call 732-462-8262.

The Lodge and Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County are both accessible sites.  An Assistive Listening System will be in use during both of these programs.  An American Sign Language Interpreter can be provided with a two-week advance request.

For more information on these and other cultural programs, visit the County website at www.middlesexcountynj.gov or call (732) 745-4489.

Grant funding for “Folk Music: The American Spirit” has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.

 

Funding for “Klezmer: Traditional Yiddish Folk Music” is provided in part by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Folklife Program for New Jersey, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

South Plainfield

Obituaries

South Plainfield – John T. Felz, Jr., 71, passed away at his home on Thursday, June 14, ...
Read more

Letters to the Editor

Thank you Tree Olano!

June 13, 2018

To the Editor

We have been attending classes and functions at the senior center for several years.  We love the facility, the staff and especially Tree Olano. Life becomes so hectic and busy we forget to thank the folks that make a difference.  It is our pleasure to express our admiration for Tree.  She is so sensitive to the needs of all senior citizens.  Her relationship ...

Community Happenings

South Plainfield Jr. Baseball - Father's Day Classic

June 14, 2018

It's that time of year again for the SPJBC's 10th Annual Father's Day Classic Tournament.  Featuring a Round Robin format for 2018 that includes the following:

~Every team guaranteed at  least 4 games (weather permitting)

~Team Awards for 1st & 2nd Place Playoff Winners

~Maximum 5 Teams per age group

Saturday, Sunday & Monday June 16-18, ...

Franklin Elementary Marks End of the Year With School Wide Celebration

June 16, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Franklin Elementary students in pre-K through fourth grade spent a picture-perfect June day outdoors this week at the school’s annual End of the Year Celebration. 

According to Principal Ralph Errico, the End of the Year Celebration is a highly anticipated day for Franklin students and staff. “It is a great way to celebrate another successful ...

Holy Savior Academy’s Championship Cheerleaders Seek Funds for New Equipment

June 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Holy Savior Academy Cheerleading Squad has kicked off a fundraiser to generate $5,500 for the purchase of much-needed equipment, such as new tumble mats, sound equipment, and more for the award-winning squad.

“The group of twelve girls range from 1st through 4th grades,” said parent Marybeth Parache, who is heading up efforts to raise funds.  ...

Line Dancing Event at Senior Center

June 12, 2018

The Borough of South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission hosted their 2nd 2018, Line Dancing event.  A request for a Spring event,  from the South Plainfield residents and followers of the famous "Silver Spurs" line dancers, was honored by the Cultural Arts Commission.   The event was held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, at the South Plainfield Senior ...

Road Closures - June 14, 2018

Today's road closures in South Plainfield due to road resurfacing -

Old Hamilton Blvd, Church Street and South Plainfield Avenue between Front Street and Old Hamilton Blvd.

New Market between Pitt Street and Hancock Street will be down to one lane most of the day for resurfacing. Expect minor delays. (Nixle A7BQY)

Upcoming Events

Fri, June 22, 7:30 PM

Crossroads, Garwood

Benefit Concert

Giving Back

Carousel_image_9a7d6e599775b1145bde_sparc_radio_logo_final_083115

Sat, June 23, 2:00 PM

South Plainfield

SPARC Reaching Out

Carousel_image_f442011d67fefc1cb5a2_spb-4937_newsletter_june_23

Sat, June 23, 7:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots vs. Southern Maryland Blue ...

Carousel_image_0261cd4c5700fd63e54b_spb-4937_newsletter_june_24

Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots vs. Southern Maryland Blue ...

Carousel_image_ba23f8d0d41677854e89_spb-4937_newsletter_june_26

Tue, June 26, 7:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots vs. New Britain Bees Baseball ...

Columns

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

Bookmarks

Well, we’re just a few days away from the beginning of summer.  That might be a surprise, since everyone seems to think summer started about three weeks ago.  In any case, no matter the season, there’s news from South Plainfield Library:

            First, be advised the Library will be closed this Sunday in ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Ends Its Year with a Big Banquet

Our country has a long and rich history of service clubs contributing to the growth of their communities but there have been signs in the past two decades that interest in these groups is waning.  Not so at Suburban Woman’s Club of South Plainfield.  Thanks to the efforts of Membership Chair Grace Bertucci, this past year seven new members joined this relatively small group of ...

Press Releases

Plainfields' UNICO Honors Area High School Students With Scholarships

June 16, 2018

At their annual Scholarship Awards Banquet on May 23, 2018, The Plainfields' Chapter of UNICO National honored 6 area high school seniors with scholarship grants of $1,000 each.  The high schools represented in this prestigious yearly scholarship program  South Plainfield, J.P. Stevens, Bishop Ahr, Piscataway, and  Middlesex High Schools. The recipients were the following ...