Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases

Liberty Hall Museum to Throw Great Gatsby-Inspired Speakeasy

Liberty Hall Museum's last resident, Mary Alice Barney Kean, circa 1920s.  Credits: Liberty Hall Museum
Director of Museum Operations Bill Schroh and Museum Educator Lacey Bongard pose in front of Liberty Hall's Ford Model T (c. 1923).  Credits: Heather Kelley
Guests will be required to use a secret password to enter J.K.'s, Liberty Hall's first speakeasy, on June 1st.  Credits: Heather Kelley

J.K.’s Scheduled for June 1

UNION, N.J. – Days before F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel, The Great Gatsby, is slated to make its triumphant return to the silver screen, Liberty Hall Museum has announced it will kick off its summer season with a stylish Prohibition-era speakeasy. 

On Saturday, June 1, Liberty Hall Museum invites guests to step back into a time when jazz raged, bathtub gin flowed, and Charleston-crazed flappers danced the night away behind locked doors at J.K’s Speakeasy (7 p.m. to Midnight). This one-of-a-kind evening will include 1920s-themed cocktails, craps and roulette tables, period dancing, and delectable handcrafted hors d’oeuvres. Live music will be provided by acclaimed jazz musicians, The Recessionals Jazz Band ( Based in New York City, The Recessionals have toured extensively up and down the East Coast; their many credits include performances at The Blue Note, Boston Swing Central, and Louis Armstrong’s home in Corona, Queens. Guests are strongly encouraged to don vintage or reproduction period attire, as prizes will be awarded for the best dressed lady and gentleman in attendance. Admission is $55.00 per person, and reservations are required. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend, and will only be admitted if they use the correct secret password, given over the phone at the time of reservation. 

Sign Up for E-News

Liberty Hall’s beloved Afternoon Tea series continues this summer on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tea is served – in deference to the longstanding tradition of Liberty Hall’s last resident, Mary Alice Barney Kean - in the Museum’s comfortable glass-enclosed porch overlooking Liberty Hall’s formal English gardens. Each tea boasts a different engaging theme, and is followed by a tour of the Museum. The cost is $40.00 per person, and reservations are required. Select upcoming dates include teas celebrating Flag Day (June 12) and the advent of the traditional wedding season (June 26); Liberty Hall’s Memorial Day Tea (scheduled for May 22) is currently sold out. 

On the heels of last month’s overwhelmingly successful Girls of Liberty Hall Tea and Fashion Show, Liberty Hall will also offer another tea exclusively for children on Saturday, June 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Storybooks and Scones: A Children’s Afternoon Tea will feature delicious teatime treats served on real china, games and prizes. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite storybook to share, and a play tent will be available for children to dress up as various storybook characters. The cost is $25.00 per person, and reservations are required. The first 15 children to sign up will receive a free V.I.P. bag from Liberty Hall. 

Due to popular demand, Liberty Hall Museum’s fascinating ongoing exhibit, Ring for Service: The Role of Servants in a Country House, has been extended a second time, and is now scheduled to close November 16. Downton Abbey fans and history buffs alike continue to flock to this elegant and illuminating examination of the lives of Liberty Hall’s own former servants at the turn of the twentieth century. The exhibit highlights areas of the Museum where servants worked, slept, and spent their leisure time, and features a never-before-seen peek at two servants’ quarters in the attic. 

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 240 years of American history. The museum also houses extensive collections of furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Firehouse Museum, built in 2004, houses three antique fire engines, including a rare 1911 American LaFrance Metropolitan Steam Engine. Tours of Liberty Hall run Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the hour; the last tour departs at 3 p.m. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for Kean alumni, and $6 for children and seniors. Kean students and faculty are free. 

For reservations and further information, please call 908-527-0400, e-mail or visit  Please follow Liberty Hall Museum on Facebook at, or on Twitter at For information on Liberty Hall’s upcoming Community Farmers Market, please visit



TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Hartz Mountain Presents to Cranford Planning Board

July 19, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – After months of waiting, Hartz Mountain continued its application for 750 Walnut at Wednesday’s Planning Board meeting.

James Rhatican, vice president of land use and development at Hartz Mountain, along two witnesses – real estate broker Matt McDonough and architect Bruce Englebaugh – spoke on Hartz Mountain’s behalf.

Rhatican referred ...

Corruption Has No Place in Union County

July 19, 2018

The Union County Freeholders’ decision to appoint State Senator and newly-elected Union County Democratic Chairman Nick Scutari’s chief of staff, Ed Oatman, as county manager smelled of corruption from the start. To place a political consultant like Oatman in the role of overseeing 2,800 employees and running the day-to-day operations of the $500 million county budget suggests ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, July 19, 7:30 PM

Mindowaskin Park, Westfield

Free Swing Band Concert in Mindowaskin Park

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, July 21, 9:00 AM

Westfield Community Center , Westfield

Rummage Sale

Westfield Police Blotter: Multiple Businesses Report Thefts & More

July 18, 2018

July 11,2018 3:50 p.m.

A business located on the 100 block of Central Avenue reports being the victim of a theft. Unknown actor came into the business and removed $2,200.00 worth of property.

July 12, 2018 2:40 a.m.

Danny Burke, age 32, of Edison, NJ was arrested for driving while intoxicated pursuant a motor vehicle stop. Subject was arrested, processed and released to a ...

Westfield Resident Named to JBWS Board of Directors

July 19, 2018

Cheryl Green Rosario of Westfield, vice-president of Corporate Social Responsibility at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, bas been named to the JBWS Board of Directors.

JBWS provides safety, support and solutions for abuse. Founded in 1976 as the Jersey Battered Women’s Service, the Morris County-based agency has grown to provide a 24-hour helpline (1-877-R-U-ABUSED), emergency ...

IRS Working on a New Form 1040 for 2019 Tax Season

The IRS plans to streamline the Form 1040 into a shorter, simpler form for the 2019 tax season. The new 1040 – about half the size of the current version – would replace the current Form 1040 as well as the Form 1040A and the Form 1040EZ. 


This new approach will simplify the 1040 so that all 150 million taxpayers can use the same form. The new form ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.



Picking up the Pieces – The Benefits of Account Consolidation

Over a lifetime of investing we often have numerous accounts located at different financial firms.  Rarely are these accounts managed with a grand plan that takes into account all the individual pieces.   Account proliferation can be detrimental to your investment performance, increase your risk profile, and lighten your pocketbook.  

Account consolidation offers the ...

Big Changes in Store for New Jersey’s Employers and Employees

Big changes are in store for New Jersey’s workplaces, with dramatic legislation aimed at improving conditions for New Jersey’s workers. These changes include the enactment of New Jersey’s Equal Pay Act, a new law to help the unemployed, and passage of New Jersey’s Paid Sick Leave Act. Most likely one or all these laws will impact you or someone in your family.

New ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...

26 Homes Sold July 8-15 in Westfield and Surrounding Towns

There were 26 homes sold between July 8 and July 15 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Mountainside`

TOWN          ADDRESS    STYLE            RMS   BRS BTH   GAR   Sale Price

Cranford  115  Bryant Ave ...

Dog Found in Garwood

UPDATE: Reunited with owner.

ORIGINAL POST: Dog found on Pine Avenue in Garwood. He was given food and water. Garwood police now has him. Sweet and friendly. Contact the Garwood Police Department.

It's Not What You Are Eating, It's What's Eating You


Emotional eating can be described as episodes of binge-eating, grazing and/or eating when not hungry to soothe feelings. Emotional eaters have a pattern of eating to cope with stress, emotional conflicts and problems of daily life.

Emotional eating is eating for reasons other than hunger. Instead of physical symptoms initiating the eating, ...

What Is Your Bottom Line?

This week's Parshah (Torah reading) is the Parshah of Pinchas the Zealot: the courageous young priest who stood up against idolatry and immorality and, in the end, saved Israel from a devastating plague.

While Pinchas' radical response made him a hero worthy of having a Torah section named after him, we wouldn't necessarily suggest to our children ...

ELL Summer Experience at Westfield Public Schools

Westfield students representing six different languages recently enjoyed a weeklong summer camp focused on providing meaningful enrichment activities for students to continue their English language acquisition while having fun.

The ELL (English Language Learners) Summer Experience ran from July 9-13 at Wilson School, welcoming students in grades 1-4 whose native languages are Russian, ...

Westfield Area YMCA: Take Swim Lessions This Summer

The Westfield Area YMCA is providing a free one-week guest pass to non-members which will also enable access to purchase a week of swim lessons at full member rates during the summer.  The one-week guest pass includes use of the Y’s fitness facilities, land and water group exercise classes and open gym/swim.

“Our goal is to have people of all ages and skill levels grow to ...

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper Welcomes Stephen A. Timoni to Firm

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper P.C., announced that Stephen A. Timoni has joined the firm in its Westfield office. Stephen will focus his practice in the areas of Corporate and Health Care Law.

“Stephen brings additional depth and experience to our firm. He has tremendous experience in complex corporate, M&A and health care areas of practice. We anticipate that Stephen ...

Livingston Council Votes on Ordinance to Prohibit Vape Shops

July 19, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Concern about the increased use of electronic cigarettes and other vapor products were among the reasons why the Livingston Township Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting “vape shops,” or any establishment that primarily sells “electronic devices, liquid nicotine or vapor products,” in the township’s retail commercial ...


Eric Lieberman, 47, of Scotch Plains, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Tuesday, May 22, 2018 ...
Read more