Arts & Entertainment

Rutgers Day and New Jersey Folk Festival Officially Bring Spring

b40853bc0f765edd75bb_IMG_5603.JPG
Russian nesting dolls reveal secrets Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
d1deb15297f3578e4294_IMG_5604.jpg
Musical walking sticks for sale Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick Sports
556441e33a71b418b140_IMG_5605.jpg
Teeny tiny books Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
23911d6abad1a3b00184_IMG_5606.jpg
Stained glass mosaics catch the light Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
ab8b64f01ff6bc936c8a_IMG_5607.jpg
It was a day to celebrate folk traditions. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
7d87954e6be03f101267_IMG_5608.jpg
East Brunswick's finest supporting the economy. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
be943d7a822710c3535b_IMG_5610.jpg
Art in Coin. Will we have coins anymore? Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
01d4eaaab258ad1a9bfe_IMG_5611.jpg
Pawprints and peace signs capture the spirit of the day Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
383216ac171d62fb8443_IMG_5616.jpg
Abe Lincoln, revisited Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
e9565cdc1e6c0ac90af4_IMG_5617.jpg
Native American music and images filled the air Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
9e8807476d3bab5b6994_IMG_5619.jpg
Hand-blown glass by local artists Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
d00bed998400b3f8d78f_IMG_5620.jpg
Carin Baum, of East Brunswick's www.treasuretreemosaics.com Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
2b142ec810536ae592c1_IMG_5624.jpg
Older than the USA Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
8c1213dd562227fec3c0_IMG_5625.jpg
Student volunteers, shining in the sun at Rutgers Day Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
e8fa6651da598842cf9d_IMG_5627.jpg
On the corner of George Street and Albany Street Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
1c0da961c0cb75346f15_IMG_5628.jpg
New garage band? The New Brunswick Seedlings? See you at the Court Tavern... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
ec5d7f9a66eb01090aa8_IMG_5630.jpg
BRUUUUUUUUCE... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
69b6f511689d814ba5cb_IMG_5635.jpg
Lawrence Brook Watershed partnership - speaking out for our local preservation www.LBWF.org Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
311049311a8d2f4488f0_IMG_5636.jpg
Students teaching students about their environment Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
abf2b3cc7c5f8dd6a558_IMG_5638.jpg
8ae5ec4cfb61440601e8_IMG_5639.jpg
Celebrating Cook College and it's long tradition in the natural sciences Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
b75fa655f3b40b0305e9_IMG_5640.jpg
Rutgers Farm Market meats will be for sale at Rutgers Gardens next Friday Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
adf94c7cfee714cf3b75_IMG_5641.jpg
Pigs just having a bit of a hang Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
620e78de2d493abd1e59_IMG_5644.jpg
Waiting for Charlotte... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
8e592bb8a440e7200f2b_IMG_5646.jpg
"TAPping" into Rutgers GSE class of 1991 Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
39de850ec12a70e93418_IMG_5647.jpg
Smart cookies Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
f9ca6e1dd0da8459b005_IMG_5648.jpg
Something for everyone on Rutgers Day Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
5e114d3f069b8d073b24_IMG_5649.jpg
A t-shirt motto: "If you're not doing it outdoors, it isn't any fun." Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
210ba1c1c294ef2eecc1_IMG_5651.jpg
"If you can spell it, we can make it" www.jerseyplateart.com Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
273902fc84e73b731f0b_IMG_5652.jpg
Best shirts at the festival Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
01629c1c97bb95e1ea17_IMG_5654.jpg
Maglione's Italian Ices, as devoured by Jeannine and Dave Lonski, East Brunswick's official tasters Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
94bada67ef2c9b4c1e8e_IMG_5657.jpg
Blacksmiths "striking while the iron is hot" Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
9b06414de26e12940fe3_IMG_5659.jpg
Pottery teacher Anneliese Mueller and her husband Ernst shop for handmade children's toys. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
c940cd7d26d901948b01_IMG_5662.jpg
The Magnolia Street String Band perform Americana Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
73a09364d5a8aa8b94a0_IMG_5667.jpg
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Founder of the Turkish Republic, poses for pictures. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
c6a41c25dbe0e6f15e15_IMG_5668.jpg
The skyline of New Brunswick, as seen from the Douglass Campus. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
b40853bc0f765edd75bb_IMG_5603.JPG

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NJ - All 5 local campuses of Rutgers University came alive yesterday for the annual Rutgers Day event and the New Jersey Folk Festival.  It was time to dig deep into our Jersey roots and recognize new growth and deep traditions.

Like every great event in America, it began with a parade.  Rutgers musicians were joined by the North Brunswick High School Raiders Marching Band, the Rutgers cheerleaders, the Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights, and the Scarlet Knight mascot.

The Busch Campus in Piscataway hosted dozens of workshops for children, prospective students, and adults ranging from "Flexibility for All Ages and Stages" presented by the Physical Therapy Program; to informational sessions given by the New Jersey Medical School Office of Admissions; and a creative take on non-alcoholic "mocktails" demonstrated by the Culinary Club.  East Brunswick's Anneleise Mueller (a 1990 Rutgers alumna who makes the soup for Elijah's Promise) joined her husband Ernst at Busch to explore engineering programs and see the labs on campus: "It's exciting to see what's new to learn, " said Mueller.

Sign Up for E-News

In New Brunswick, thousands of visitors occupied the streets and by-ways of the Cook and Douglass campuses to view and participate in programs presented by university organizations, local artisans, folk musicians, farmers, and historians.  There were speeches and songs, plants and pigs, traditional crafts and innovative creations.  And there was lots, and lots, and lots of food, with trucks everywhere selling everything from vegan burgers to university-grown meats to lobster mac and cheese.

The event lasted from 10:00 to 4:00 and featured performances on 3 stages by bluegrass singers, harpists, Lenni-Lenape tribal performers, and a Turkish band.

On the Cook Campus, Rutgers let its agricultural soul shine.  Families visited Rutgers cows, sheep, and pigs.  (I must confess to waving at them from Route 1 South occasionally.)  The farm store, which serves both the farmers' markets in New Brunswick and at Rutgers Gardens Farmers market, was open, selling packages of local non-GMO meats.

And there were plants.  Varietal tomatoes, especially.  Visitors were carting around plants and seedlings to usher in the spring on the 80-degree day that graced the festival after a night of apocalyptic lightning and thunder in Middlesex County.

East Brunswick's Dave and Jeannine Lonski were, there, too, after having celebrated their daughter Kathleen's recent choral performance at Rutgers Voorhees Chapel on the Douglass Campus.

Rutgers Day was a both a promotion and a celebration of Central New Jersey's university.  Older than America, but offering something new every year.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Verona/Cedar Grove

Former Jefferson School Staffer Facing Criminal Charges For Alleged Lewd Photos of Students

June 21, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A former Jefferson Elementary School paraprofessional has been charged with criminal behavior believed to be related to lewd photos of students at the school that were found on his cell phone after he was arrested in Morris County on an unrelated sexual charge.

It also appears that South Orange Maplewood School District officials knew about the arrests as early as ...

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

June 18, 2018

On June 14, 2018 at 12:13 a.m., Ptl. Nicole Witel stopped a vehicle after a random license plate check revealed that the registration was suspended. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of a 23 year old male driver from Montclair for driving while suspended. He was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On June 16, 2018 at 7:00 a.m., Ptl. Raymond Cassella ...

NJ Teen Steers His Mustang Into Tractor Supply Store

June 20, 2018

MONROE TWP., N.J. — James Duffey, 18 of Garwood, drove his 2014 mustang through the doors of the Tractor Supply in Monroe Township, N.J. on Tuesday, June 12, about 12:30 p.m.

But it isn't what you think. Duffey is a lot like other high school Seniors. He likes to go out with his friends for a soda. In Duffey's case, his friend is a 4-year-old American Mustang he named "Star ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_b4f18dfd4f07fd561026_letslisten7-ellington-mplspecs-revised

Fri, June 22, 6:00 PM

Montclair Public Library Auditorium, Montclair

Let's Listen to Jazz

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, June 22, 8:00 PM

Education Center, West Orange

Night Moves: Evening Guided Zoo Tours

Education Other

Carousel_image_5e177eaae57739064cd4_397f63ad2fb50392a776_29178074_2107642336134787_2638697507160326144_n

Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM

Totowa

MakerFest 2018

Education

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Increases Program Funding by 15% for 2018-2019 and Awards 13 Grants to 11 Local Community Non-Profit Organizations

June 21, 2018

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Increases Program Funding by 15% for 2018-2019

and Awards 13 Grants to 11 Local Community Non-Profit Organizations

June 21, 2018  – Susan G. Komen North Jersey announced that it will award a total of 13 grants to 11 local community non-profit organizations in its nine-county service area for 2018-2019, with an increase in total program funding at 15% ...

'Half Time' delivers with sterling cast

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other talents.

The musical centers on an effort to have seniors perform a dance number during ...

'Half Time' lights up Paper Mill stage

‘Half Time’ turns the tables on aging in gleeful production

By Liz Keill

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season.

With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other ...