Essex County Events

From Words: Jamie Bernstein, the oldest daughter of revered composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein will be at [words] Bookstore in downtown Maplewood on Wednesday, May 22. Jamie will be discussing and signing her new book FAMOUS FATHER GIRL. A deeply intimate and evocative memoir, FAMOUS FATHER GIRL is an intimate meditation on a  complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed. This event is free and open to the public with no advance registration required. The event will start at 7:30 PM in  the Maplewood store, 179 Maplewood Avenue. More information 

The parade steps off at 9 a.m. at the West Parker Lot and continues up to Maplewood Avenue, thru Maplewood Village and left onto Baker Street, and left onto Valley Street to Town Hall. The ceremony is at 10:00 p.m. on the front plaza of the Maplewood Municipal Building, 574 Valley Street.

From LivingstonNJ.org: Remembrance Ceremony begins at 9:30 AM, followed by the annual Memorial Day Parade at 10 AM. The parade begins at Memorial Oval, proceeds down Livingston Avenue and ends at Congressional Parkway. (In the event of rain, ceremony will be held in LHS auditorium) More information

From Eventbrite: Hundreds of locals gather to cheer their ducks to victory as they bobble down the Rahway River for terrific prizes and bragging rights. Some of our prizes include: Yankee vs. Mets tickets, a 2 night stay at Great Wolf Lodge, Turtle Back Zoo Membership, and plenty of fantastic local business gift certificates. More information

From Cedar Grove.org: We will start at Cedar Grove High School. At 12:00pm sharp, the parade will continue on Rugby Rd towards Ridge Rd, then will make a right onto Ridge Rd, a right onto Cedar St, a right on Pompton Avenue and turn right onto Bowden Rd, continuing back to the High School where the parade will end. More information

Singing teapots and candlesticks, an evil spell, and an unlikely love story are all part of the magic of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to more than 35 million people in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award–winning animated feature, the stage production includes all of the original songs from the movie by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, plus additional gems by Menken and Tim Rice. The whole family will be enchanted by this gorgeous production, featuring stunning costumes and sets, spectacular dance numbers, and, of course, a fairy-tale ending. More info

From SOMA Cross Cultural Works: Join us in celebrating the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month at HAPI Fest NJ 2019. A free, family-friendly community celebration, HAPI Fest NJ will feature food, music, dance, interactive children’s workshops and activities. SOMA Cross-Cultural Works, the non-profit organization behind the highly successful cultural festivals, Diwali Fest NJ, Lunar Fest NJ and Hola Fest NJ, is proud to partner once again with the Township of Maplewood and volunteers from South Orange and Maplewood, to create an exciting free multi-cultural event for our community. HAPI Fest NJ is at its heart about honoring the long, rich cultural traditions of Asia and the Pacific Islands and providing an opportunity for all to enjoy and celebrate together as friends and neighbors. HAPI Fest NJ will be able to show the diversity of cultures, with performances such as: – Hula and Tahitian dances by Aloha Hula NYC – Shadow puppets by Chinese Theatre Works – Rondalla and ukulele musical ensembles from University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla and the local In Tune of Maplewood – Martial arts including our local Maplewood Karate, Integrated Martial Arts and more. Given the appetite for global cultures in our communities, HAPI […]

From Supernatural Project: Sold-out shows across the country have made Supernatural: The Play one of the most talked about contemporary plays of our time. Set in none other than Brooklyn, New York in Bed-Stuy at various natural hair events, Supernatural is a funny and insightful look at Natural Hair journeys. ​The play explores the lives of seven women who are forced to confront their hair and themselves. Filled with stories of triumph, these women are guaranteed to make you laugh and will inspire you to think about what God gave you. This is one Natural Hair event with soaring testimonies you don’t want to miss! Support for Supernatural: The Play is provided by The T. Thomas Fortune Foundation and The Supernatural Project. More information

From Farm & Fork Society / The Book House: Meet Odette Williams, author of SIMPLE CAKE, one of New York Times “The 12 Best Cookbooks of Spring 2019.” Everyone has a favorite style of cake, whether it’s citrusy and fresh or chocolatey and indulgent. All of these recipes and more are within your reach in Simple Cake,a love letter from Brooklyn apron and bakeware designer Odette Williams to her favorite treat. With easy recipes and inventive decorating ideas, Williams gives you recipes for 10 base cakes, 15 toppings, and endless decorating ideas to yield a treat–such as Milk & Honey Cake, Coconut Cake, Summer Berry Pavlova, and Chocolatey Chocolate Cake–for any occasion. Williams also addresses the fundamentals for getting cakes just right, with foolproof recipes that can be cranked out whenever the urge strikes. Gorgeous photography, along with Williams’s warm and heartfelt writing, elevate this book into something truly special. While listening to Williams discuss what goes into simple cakes, guest get to taste some of her delicious recipes including Chocolatey Chocolate Cake. Williams will be signing copies of her book after the event. Cost: $23. This cost of the event includes a copy of SIMPLE CAKE. If you do not […]

Don McLean performs at South Orange Performing Arts Center Friday, June 7 at 8PM. Don McLean is one of America’s most iconic singer-songwriters and will be forever celebrated for his classic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry Starry Night).” Since first hitting the charts in 1971, Don McLean has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide and in 2004 was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Tickets start at $68.

From Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club: Livingston Summerfest Food Truck and Music Festival June 9 Festival featuring food trucks, beer garden, fishing derby, live music featuring Treehouse Mania, Midnight Sun and Screaming Broccoli, Pool Open house, crafts, vendors, children’s activities and more. More information

From Turtle Back Zoo: The festival will feature live entertainment, an abundance of brewers and vendors, and a selection of over 100 craft beers. Enjoy local craft beers from the best of New Jersey and our favorite national brands! More information