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Thursday, July 13, 2017

What’s up this Weekend in Bridgewater & Surrounds

Quick note from Carol – I’m still trying to deal with blog difficulties and may have to reformat this blog to get it to work properly. Before I go to the trouble, I wanted to see how many people are actually using it!  If you find this round-up of activities at Bridgewater Library (July’s were posted here: http://bwlibys.blogspot.com/2017/06/summer-reading-challenge-has-begun.html) and the listings from around the community useful, please leave a comment at the bottom of the blog or email me at cslevin59 (at) gmail.  Let me know if you want me to continue posting about the library, community events, and articles of interest to families and whether you use the  “Useful Links for Families” permalinks on the web page for the blog at  bwlibys.blogspot.com. Thanks!


The Top Ten Events in Somerset County, NJ This Weekend

July 13-16, 2017

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1. U.S. Women's Open, Trump National
2. Starlit Cinema Opening Night, Downtown Somerville
3. Park Commission Summer Concert Series: Darlene Love, Duke Island Park
4. 18th Annual Garden Party, Colonial Park Gardens
5. Middlebrook Symposium, Heritage Trail Association
6. The Worlds Beyond/Countdown to the Eclipse, RVCC Planetarium
7. Boz Scaggs, State Theatre New Jersey
8. Festival of Nature, Wagner Farm Arboretum
9. Plays in the Park: Jesus Christ Superstar, Pleasant Valley Park
10. Bound Brook Food Truck Festival, Billian Park

Check out our full calendar of events!


imageChromaDepth 3-D Workshop

WHEN: Friday, July 14th from 1:00-3:00 pm
the English Barn, Farmstead Arts, 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge
FEE: Registration is free with payment of a $10 materials fee
For questions, please call Kathy Harris, Operations Manager, at 908-636-7576 or send an email to admin@farmsteadarts.org.
Information and registration/materials fee are available at www.farmsteadarts.eventbrite.com.

This fun workshop for teens and adults will take your 2-D work from flat to fabulous as objects appear to float off the page! The combination of Chroma-Depth 3-D technology, art, science and a dash of color theory will create thrilling effects.

The workshop will be taught by artist Larissa Danowitz, who lives and works in South Jersey and is known for her large scale murals painted both as private commissions and for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. An advocate for community art, Ms. Danowitz teaches high school art classes, workshops and lectures on collaborative mural projects and their impact on communities and schools. Her collection of works include over 30 murals and her career has been influenced by mentor Meg Saligman who was named as “one of the ten most influential American muralists of the past decade” by Public Art Review.

The barn is wheelchair accessible. Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services is requested to make a request by sending an e-mail in advance to admin@farmsteadarts.org.

Funds for these events have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.


Phoenix Productions presents

West Side Story

WHEN: beginning July 14th for a two-weekend run  concluding on July 23rd. Friday and Saturday night performances begin at 8pm, and Sunday matinee performances begin at 3pm.
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank
$22 – $32
Tickets are available at the Count Basie Theatre Box Office and can be purchased in person at 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, N.J, by phone at 732-842-9000, or online at www.countbasietheatre.org.

From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. The book and score is written by Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim, and Leonard Bernstein widely regarded as one of the best ever written, with original concept and choreography by the world-renowned Jerome Robbins (who can forget the finger snapping of the street gangs).


Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to 1950s New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. The "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice in a musical considered one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and continually relevant musical dramas of our time. Timeless songs such as “Tonight,” “Maria,” “Americ,” and “Somewhere” composed by Leonard Bernstein, together with the haunting and deeply moving story, make this a classic masterpiece. To this day, West Side Story is the undisputed Number 1 of American musical theatre: daring, realistic and as relevant as it was on the day of its premiere.

Featured in the cast are the star-crossed lovers Mason Kugelman and Christa Dalmazio (above) as Tony and Maria. Chris Lorenc appears as Riff, Tony’s best friend and the feisty leader of the Jets, while Matthew Giove appears as Bernardo, the proud leader of the Sharks. Alicia Dishon plays Anita, the fiery, bold and intelligent girlfriend of Bernardo and mentor to Maria.

Phoenix’s revival brings this classic story to life on the Count Basie stage, with sets, costumes, and a live orchestra.

Phoenix Productions is a Red Bank based non-profit community theatre organization that has produced more than a hundred full-scale revivals of Broadway musicals since 1988. For more information on Phoenix Productions or upcoming shows, please visit www.phoenixredbank.com.


Historical Tours and Programs
Summer 2017

Book Early to Reserve Your Space

The Morris County Tourism Bureau (MCTB) welcomes you to join us again for our annual walking tour and lecture series.  Experience the rich history that Morris County has to offer with a knowledgeable guide.  Summer programs will be held on five successive Saturday mornings during July and August.

3dogs3The Seeing Eye Walking Tour
WHEN: Saturday, July 15, at 10 a.m.
Tour begins at 14 Maple Avenue, Morristown.  Parking is available in the DeHart garage and there is metered parking on adjoining side streets.
TICKETS: $15.00. Please pre-register and pre-pay online at morristourism.org. For additional information, or to pre-register, call 973-631-5151.

North America’s first guide dog training school, The Seeing Eye© of Morris Township, was founded in 1929 by Morris Frank.  During this tour you’ll learn about the history of The Seeing Eye, walk the streets of Morristown where the dogs train, and see how Seeing Eye dogs respond to their owners.  The tour begins at their in-town training center, passes sites important to the history of the organization, and concludes at the statue of Morris Frank and his dog, Buddy for a photo op.

Husband and wife, Jim and Ginger Kutsch, lead this unique tour. Jim serves as the president and CEO of The Seeing Eye; Ginger is a volunteer with the organization. Both are graduates of The Seeing Eye.


101 Dalmatians, Kids

WHEN: July 21 - July 29
Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit

Based on the classic animated film, Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS is a fur-raising adventure featuring Cruella De Vil, Disney's most outrageous villain, and some of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage. With a high-spirited score and lovable characters, this 30-minute stage adaptation is certain to charm and delight all audiences.

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Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust

WHEN: August 3-6
WHERE: Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust: A Collection of Disney Songs is an exciting new production featuring our teenage and young adult performers. Come enjoy some of your favorite Disney songs with lots of laughter and fun for both children and adults along the way!

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WHEN: August 9-13
WHERE: Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. We are thrilled to be presenting a pilot production of a brand new 60 minute adaptation of this beloved title!

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Love in the Time of Grunge
"These violent delights have violent ends, which as they kiss, consume"

The Hudson Shakespeare Company returns for the final installment in its 26th annual “Shakespeare in the Parks” tour of Northern New Jersey parks and libraries with a 1990s inspired Romeo and Juliet. [Above: Romeo (Josh Blount) and Juliet (Mackenzie Menter)]

ADMISSION: free to all shows. A lawn chair and blanket are recommended for all outdoor showings.

WHEN & WHERE: The show will be touring to the following locations:

  • Tuesday, July 11th @ 7pm
    Kenilworth Public Library, 548 Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ 07033
  • Wednesday, July 12th @ 7pm
    Buchmuller Park – Corner of Plaza Center and Third Avenue (Rain Location) Secaucus Public Library, 1379 Paterson Plank Rd, Secaucus, NJ 07094
  • Saturday, July 15th @ 3pm
    Van Vorst Park (Rain Location Park Gazebo), Montgomery Street and Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302
  • Monday, July 17th @ 7pm
    522 Frank Sinatra Park, Frank Sinatra Park, Hoboken, NJ
  • Tuesday July 18th @ 7:30pm
    Fort Lee Monument Park, Palisade Ave & Angioletti Pl, Fort Lee, NJ 07024 (Rain Location – Fort Lee Library, 320 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ
  • Thursday, July 20th @ 7pm
    Hamilton Park (9th st and Jersey Avenue) (Rain Location Park Gazebo) Jersey City, NJ 07302
  • Saturday, July 22nd @ 5pm
    Long Pond Iron Works State Park, 1334 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, NJ (Rain Location Long Pond Visitor’s Center)
  • Tuesday, July 25th @ 7:30pm
    Fort Lee Monument Park, Palisade Ave & Angioletti Pl, Fort Lee, NJ 07024 (Rain Location – Fort Lee Library, 320 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ
  • Wednesday, July 26th @ 7:30pm
    Atlantic Street Park, 101 State Street, Hackensack NJ, Rain Location – Hackensack Cultural Arts Center
  • Thursday, July 27th @ 6:30pm
    Hoboken Public Library, 500 Park Ave, Hoboken, NJ 07030
  • Saturday July 29th @ 2pm
    Stratford Library Amphitheater, 2203 Main St, Stratford, CT 06615 (Rain Location Inside the Library’s Lovell Room)
  • Tuesday, August 1st @ 7:30pm
    Fort Lee Monument Park, Palisade Ave & Angioletti Pl, Fort Lee, NJ 07024 (Rain Location – Fort Lee Library, 320 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ
  • Wednesday, August 2nd @ 7:30pm
    Atlantic Street Park, 101 State Street, Hackensack NJ. Rain Location – Hackensack Cultural Arts Center
  • Thursday, August 3rd @ 7pm
    Somerset County Public Library – Bridgewater, 1 Vogt Dr, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

MontaguesRomeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is the most famous love story in the English language and has been adapted in a variety of settings from a straight Elizabethan presentation with Franco Zefferelli to a musical romp in West Side Story. It’s a story that most people think they know quite well, a story of ideal young love and perfectly matched lovers whose love is denied by their warring families and which leads to their tragic ends. However, the innocent pair of Romeo and Juliet are just the tip of the iceberg in a world filled with scheming, opportunistic parents; violent, self-destructive rebels and the true parental figures who try to keep the couple out of harm’s way. [Right: The Grungy Montagues, Mercutio, Romeo (Josh Blount), and Benvolio (Lindsay Milligan)]

In looking for a fresh interpretation of a well-known story. Director Noelle Fair wanted to look beyond a production that just focused on the lovers or their warring families and examine what drives the unstoppable hatred and violence that happens in the play. What can it say about how we treat each other today where fights can spark online or in public for little to no reason?

Director Fair wondered, “How are Romeo and Juliet meant to survive in this world where everything, everyone, and all the odds are against them?” Where it is not just a single misunderstanding or event that spurs the action but a cycle of violence that seems to have no end or beginning.

“We are passing down violence which stems from hatred and a lack of empathy from one generation to the next and its what we are leaving and teaching future generations”, said Fair.

In Shakespeare’s play no reason is given for the feud between the Capulets and Montagues. Despite the fact it has lasted for generations, the characters themselves cannot give the audience a straight answer to the question of why they are fighting. This can be a direct parallel to today’s raging political and societal conversations where one side automatically will demonize the other and argue to the point of killing, often for no sane reason.

To match the play’s cycle of hatred and how little things change from one generation to the next Fair decided to set her show in the 1990s.

“The same things we encountered in the 90's we are still dealing with today. Issues of race, gender, and sexual equality, women's rights, disability rights, refugee crisis and islamophobia were all things we encountered in those 10 years,” she said.

To set the era, the Montagues have been reimagined as grungy street kids, and Capulets as the upper class, rich elite.

Period music plays a huge role in the production from artists such as Kirk Cobain, Tupac and Biggie Smalls punctuating many of show’s scenes of brawls and violence to dance crazes such as the Macarena underscoring some of the play’s lighter moments.

“This era is marked by rebellion, teenage restlessness, and fits perfectly with this world,” Fair said.

For more information on the show, please visit www.hudsonshakespeare.comor call 973 449-7443.



Summer Wonder Camp

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is now offering an extended care option for its Summer Wonder Camp. Campers may stay until 5pm for a special rate of $50/week or $15/day. Call the Art Center at (908) 273-9121 or stop by in person to reserve a spot for your child today. For your convenience, early drop-off is also available from 8:30-10am for $100/week.

Summer Wonder Camp is open to children (5-12) and teens (13-16) and runs in weekly sessions from July 10 to August 31. Guided by professional art educators, campers explore weekly themes by creating art projects using a variety of media and techniques, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Camp runs Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm. Register by phone at (908) 273-9121, online at www.artcenternj.org, or in person. The following weeks are currently available:

· July 10 - July 14: Build It! Building & Taking Apart in Art

· July 17 - July 21: Light It Up! Light & Shadow in Art

· July 24 - July 28: Fill It Up! Flat to Full in Art

· July 31 - August 4: Stay Balanced (or Not)! Balance and Imbalance in Art

· August 7 - August 11: Make It! Soft and Hard Materials in Art

· August 14 - August 18: MOVE! Motion and Stillness in Art

· August 21 - August 25: Shake It Up! Pattern & Disorder in Art

· August 28 - August 31: Bend, Stretch, Pull! Proportion & Distortion in Art

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street in Summit, New Jersey.  Visit www.artcenternj.org for more information. Gallery Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Friday: 10 AM to 5 PM; Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM; and Saturday & Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM. Please call 908-273-9121 to confirm holiday hours.

Major support for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Walter V. and Judith L. Shipley Family Foundation, the Wilf Family Foundations, and Art Center members and donors.

About the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
For more than 80 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been exclusively dedicated to viewing, making, and learning about contemporary art. Recognized as a leading non-profit arts organization, the Art Center’s renowned studio school, acclaimed exhibitions, and educational outreach initiatives serve thousands of youth, families, seniors, and people with special needs every year.


WHERE: Montclair Art Museum, 3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair

Family Fun

Join us for Family Art Adventure as we explore our galleries. Our kid-centered tour will lead us to the studio, for a project inspired by the collection.

WHEN: Saturday, July 15, 2–2:30 p.m.

REGISTER for Family Art Adventure


Docent-led Tour

Experience MAM's collection like never before with a docent led tour. Included with museum admission, FREE for members.

WHEN: Public Tour, July 16, 2–3 p.m.

LEARN MORE about MAM's Public Tour


SummerART Openings

It's not to late to sign up your young artist up for SummerART. The remaining sessions of MAM's award winning visual arts camp have limited openings (Like our Session III studio art camps!)

HURRY! Space is limited–register today!

Keep your eyes on MAM's calendar for a full list of programs, workshops, and special events!

VIEW MAM's full calendar


The Postcard as Art

WHEN: Sunday, July 16, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


SummerART Session II Closing Reception

WHEN: Friday, July 21, 4:30–5:30 p.m.



Countdown to the Solar Eclipse

Prepare for the Great American Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017!  Most of our astronomy shows will include a 5-minute presentation about what a solar eclipse is and how to view it safely.  New Jersey will see about 75% of the Sun covered by the Moon.

Tuesdays in July

Magic Tree House: Space Mission & Countdown to the Eclipse

July 25 at 2:30 p.m

The Little Star that Could & Countdown to the Eclipse

July 18 at 2:30 p.m

Laser Pop Rock

July 11, 18, 25 at 3:30 p.m

Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote & Countdown to the Eclipse

July 11, 18, & 25 at 4:30 p.m

(Visit our website for descriptions of shows & recommended ages)

Thursdays in July

Space Shapes & Tycho to the Moon

July 20 & 27 at 2:30 p.m.



Laser Kids  July 20 & 27 at 3:30 p.m.

(Visit our website for descriptions of shows & age recommendations)

Fridays in July

Kids Shows

Laser Kids

July 14 at 6 p.m.

Magic Tree House: Space Mission & Countdown to the Eclipse

July 14 at 7 p.m.

Adult Astronomy Shows

Countdown to the Eclipse & To Worlds Beyond

July 14 & 21 at 8 p.m.

Adult Laser Shows

Laser Grateful Dead

July 21 at 9 p.m.

Best of Pink Floyd

July 14 at 9 p.m.

(Visit our website for descriptions of shows & age recommendations)

Special Shows This July

Christmas in July

Friday, July 21

The Alien Who Stole Christmas

6:00 pm

Winter Wonder Lights

7:00 pm

(Visit our website for full details and age recommendations


Happy Birthday Harry Potter

Friday, July 28

The Skies Over Hogwarts

7 & 8 pm

Fright Light laser concert

6 & 9 pm

(Visit our website for full details and age recommendations)


Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open to the public on Friday evenings from sunset to about 10:15 p.m.


Saturn on Puzzle

Tools 4 School

RVCC and Hunterdon County United Way are partnering to provide basic school supplies to K-12 students in need.

During July and August, Planetarium visitors who bring a donation will receive a
$2 discount on admission tickets(One discount per ticket)

Item suggestions: packages of pens, pencils, highlighters, dry erase markers, composition books, filler paper, folders, glue sticks, pencils sharpeners, Post-It Note pads, pencil case.

Thank you!

What's up in the Sky?

Evening Planets: Jupiter starts the month high in the southwest sky. By the month's end, the giant planet is low in the west-southwest. The crescent Moon is above

Jupiter on July 28. Try to spot Jupiter during the daytime that day! Look with binoculars for the crescent moon before sunset, and then look below the moon for Jupiter.

Saturn starts July in the southwest and moves toward the south by month's end.

Look for Mercury very low in the west-northwest during July's first week. Use binoculars! Mercury reaches it longest elongation east of the Sun on July 30. This evening apparition of Mercury favors the southern hemisphere. Watch Mercuryconverge on the star Regulus.

Morning Planets: Venus dominates the morning sky. Venus rises two and a half hours before sunrise on July 1 and three hours before sunrise on July 31. With the waning crescent Moon below Venus on July 20, it would be a good day to try and find Venus during daylight hours. Look for the Moon in he sky and then scan above the Moon for Venus.

Prepare for the Great American Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017!  Most of our astronomy shows will include a 5-minute presentation about what a solar eclipse is and how to view it safely.  New Jersey will see about 75% of the Sun covered by the Moon.

First Quarter Moon: July 1

Full Moon: July 9

Last Quarter Moon: July 16

New Moon: July 23

WHERE: Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg

Thanks to Ruth Ross at njartsmaven.com for many of these listings!


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It would not be summer without music in the park! Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy a variety of musical performances in Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. For further information on the concerts, please call 908 722-1200. Individuals with hearing/speech impairments may call the Relay Service at 711. Over the weekends, in case of threat of inclement weather please call 908 722-1200 ext. 7. We also post weather updates on Twitter and Facebook. This concert series is made possible by the generous donations from Magic 98.3 WMGQ, The Courier News, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Funding has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State through funds administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant.

Darlene Love

7pmpm - 8:30pm

Since the early 60’s, when Darlene Love was discovered by Phil Spector, she has done it all.  She began by singing backup for artists such as Tom Jones, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Presley. Her own Billboard hits include: He’s A Rebel, The Boy I’m Gonna Marry, Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home, and the #1 holiday classic Christmas Baby Please Come Home, a song that she has performed annually with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Symphony Orchestra on The Late Show for 30 years.  Darlene has also appeared in major motion pictures including the Lethal Weapon series and has appeared in the Broadway hits Hairspray and Grease. In 2011, Darlene Love was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by her friend and fellow icon Better Midler. Rolling Stone Magazine proclaimed Darlene Love to be “one of the greatest singers of all time”.

Boy Band Project


7pm - 8:30pm

The Boy Band Project is a creative boy band cover group that expertly reimagines the sound, movements, and energy of the American and British groups that were so popular during the 90’s and the next generation. They feature the popular top 40 hit music of groups such as NSYC, the Backstreet Boys, Hanson, One Direction, Boys II Men, and O-Town.  Bring the family, and introduce them as well to a generation of songs to which everyone sang along!  Guaranteed to make you want to get up and dance!

Bob Lanza

5:30PM- 6:30PM

According to singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bob Lanza, there is only one way to play the blues……”From the heart with ferocity as if your life depends on it”.  The Bob Lanza Blues Band is no stranger to music, having played for years with Floyd Phillips and the Mudflaps, and also backing legends such as James Cotton. This band will definitely get the blues party started!

7pm - 8:30pm

Tyrone Stackhouse lives in Somerset County, but he plays Motown like he was born and raised in Detroit!  He and the band play the hits of the 60’s and 70’s, and also embrace R&B, soul, jazz, and the blues into their eclectic sound.  It’s a smooth sound that’s a perfect ending to a hot summer weekend night.  

The Tyrone Stackhouse Group


7pm - 8:30pm

Bring your appetite – for great food and music!  A variety of food trucks selling a range of culinary delights will be on hand beginning at 6pm to start the festivities.  Then the music begins at 7pm. The Duprees are known world-over for their romantic interpretations of some of the most beautiful love songs ever written.  Hailing from New Jersey, in 1962, The Duprees struck gold with You Belong to Me.  Their unmistakable sound was born, and the hits kept rolling, including Have You Heard, My Own True Love, and Goodnight My Love.  The Duprees have never slowed down, still touring and recording after more than 50 years!


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