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The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery at the South Orange Performing Arts Center hosts a new exhibition by Jenny Flexner Reinhardt December 10, 2018-February 22, 2019. A reception open to the public will take place December 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m. In The Price of Sugar, Reinhardt has woven the theme of the bright and seductive appeal of sugar and confectionary, along with its dark side; the addiction, the excess and the disease. Sugar is both sweet and dangerous. Reinhardt is inspired by the bravado of the middle-of-the-night street artist. While not a nocturnal painter herself, she is fascinated by the guerrilla-esque talents of the stencil maker, the spray-painter and the tagger. Her work is part graffiti, part abstraction with figurative form and vintage graphic design thrown in for good measure. It is a heady mixture that guarantees an interesting narrative and will keep you exploring the images for all their hidden elements of literature, history and cultural references that are subconscious elements of life. Jenny Flexner Reinhardt studied at University of Michigan before completing her MFA Cum Laude at the New York Academy of Art. She is an art educator as well as being a very accomplished artist of the highest […]

Celebrate the season at the Durand-Hedden House & Garden on December 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. with gingerbread houses, a paper ornament activity, treats and shopping. Gingerbread House Contestants must enter by December 8. Visit Durand-Hedden’s website for details and to enter. Kids, teens, families, adults and professionals are welcome. Children can also visit with our Victorian Santa on the 9th – be sure to have your camera ready.   The creative entries of the 2018 Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House competition will be on display as well as on December 15 and 16 (at the Country Store) and at the Hilton Library December 18 through January 17.  Holiday shopping at the Durand-Hedden Country Store The Country Store has special inexpensive gifts for family, friends and teachers, while benefiting the Durand-Hedden House. The historic-themed selection includes such items as early American children’s games and toys, facsimile documents, quill pens and ink, pictorial history books about Maplewood, historic cookbooks, cookie molds, tin lanterns, reproductive decorative items and ceramics, local honey and Original 1910 Chocolate Fudge Sauce. Also available are the original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile: A Pictorial History of Olympic Park, 1887-1965 and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 […]

Baconfest 2019 at Zeppelin Hall Jan. 11th to the 27th! 22 different Bacon items, Appetizers, Main Courses and Desserts! Live music Fridays and DJs Saturday nights and Free Bacon strips at the bar from 4 to 7pm. Location: 88 Liberty View Dr Jersey City, New Jersey

From Farm & Fork Society and The Book House: Book to Plate: Food and The City Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Meet author Ina Yalof, Food and The City, a fascinating oral history from an unforgettable gallery of New Yorkers who embody the city’s culinary heart and soul. The book focuses on the country’s most food-crazed metropolis, New York, with an eye toward eliciting the stories of the people who fuel it. Food and The City is full of delicious insights, inspiring stories, and singular anecdotes that together paint a vibrant picture of metropolitan food culture. Yalof will read an excerpt of her book and talk about her amazing interviews with such New York greats as Dominique Ansel who explains what great good fortune led him to make the first Cronut and David Fox, third generation owner of Fox’s U-Bet syrup. Guest will get to munch on goodies from some of the food purveyors in the book such the classic New York (Fox’s U-Bet) Egg Cream, the crowd feeding Rikers Island Carrot Cake and more! Food and The City has been praised by New York best chefs including Daniel Boulud and Marcus Samuelsson. Tickets are $30 […]

The 2019 North Jersey Orchid Society Show and Sale is Friday January 18 through Sunday January 20, 2019 at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University in New Brunswick NJ.  The show is from 9 AM to 5 PM on Friday and Saturday and 9 AM to 4 PM on Sunday. The show features spectacular orchid exhibits showcasing plants grown in homes and greenhouses across the tri-state area as well as world-renown vendors. This show is partially funded by the Rutgers University Department of Plant Biology. Dr. Plant’s (Stephen Kotarski) exposé video clip from the 2018 Orchid Show at Rutgers. Dr. Plant is always entertaining!

From The Music Parents of RMHS: If you love ROCK N ROLL you won’t want to miss this event! The “Music Parents of RMHS” present a fantastic night of CLASSIC ROCK MUSIC! Featuring Ridgefield’s own teen band HIDDEN FIGURES with special guest appearances by RMHS Alumni DAVID POLEMENI and MARK CACCIOPPOLI!! Click for more info…… Advance tickets $10 At the door $12 FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT DOORS OPEN AT 6:30PM 555 Walnut St, Ridgefield, New Jersey 07657 **** TO PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS TEXT (201) 887-6707 or (201) 233-3274 **** 50/50 Raffle ~ Electric Guitar Raffle ~ Snack Stand 100% of the proceeds will benefit the RMHS Music Program: Marching Band, Jazz Band, Royal Chorale, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir and Percussion Ensemble.

Families from across New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania are invited to the 660-acre Fairview Lake YMCA Camps on Jan. 20 to explore traditional and specialized camp options — including a new extended outdoor adventure camp — available in the summer of 2019. Children and parents can speak with staff and tour the property from 2-4 p.m. to learn about Fairview Lake YMCA’s two dozen camps and trips, which span the traditional to the artistic to the adventurous. Each summer, Fairview Lake YMCA attracts more than 1,000 campers ages 6 to 16. Starting this summer, the YMCA will offer Taste of Tradition, a one-week introduction to sleepaway camp. Like traditional camp, Taste of Tradition allows children to choose their activities and sleep in cabins, Summer Camp Director Emily Rearer said. Taste of Tradition also allows families to extend the traditional three-week experience by a week or two, Rearer said. Explorers is the newest Environmental Trips for Challenge. Campers will go on extended excursions into nature, Rearer said. Farm Camp, in which children learn to take care of goats, chickens and bunnies, returns for a second summer. Sailing and Windsurfing Camp will be offered at the end of summer and campers […]

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