Essex County Events

Enjoy the Winter Walk Holiday Lights. Enter the park on Millburn Avenue by the Gazebo and follow the twinkling lights that will take you through a wonderland of handmade snowflakes, courtesy of local Boy Scout Troop 15. The trees along the path are wrapped in lights, the enormous polar bear is the perfect setting for family photos, and the bridge is adorned with hundreds of lights that reflect into the stream that runs along the Main Street section of the park. Continue your stroll along the Main Street entrance, over the bridge near the Bauer Center and then head for hot chocolate or dinner at your choice of numerous restaurants. The “Winter Walk” has been made possible through the generosity of local businesses, property owners, DMDA, Millburn Township and local residents under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce. Thousands of visitors will enjoy the park from November 24th until the lights dim on January 24th. For additional information kindly contact the Chamber of Commerce at 973-379-1198 or email to

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 […]

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 […]

From Pharmacie: A Dose of Laughter at Pharmacie in Montclair January 17th, 2019 – 8:00pm Showtime Hosting: Johnny Tremendous Starring: Ed McGowan Featuring: Franco Danger Amy Colon Angela Sharp Gina DiMaggio 2 hours of hilarious stand up comedy from some of the areas top young, upcoming and well known comics. This series brings together fans of all ages and will have you coming back every month for more GNOME Promotions hospitality, laughter and fun! Visit Pharmacie Online or visit them on Facebook.

MPack brings an explosive energy to the stage, guaranteed to rock the house all night long! MPack is a band, a brand, and a musical production enterprise, consisting of multiple elements in an ever evolving flow. It is the musical brainchild of bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, drummer and vocalist Clarence ‘Groove Master’ Conover. He’s the founder and CEO of M-Pack Music productions whose motto is “Life Changing Sounds.” This cross-genre musician is creatively talented and has gathered other likeminded musicians and vocalists – Joe Scarpitto (bassist), Chris “Baby Funk” Meagher (guitarist & vocalist), Gordon Lane (drummer) and Patricia Walton (vocalist) to create the musical phenomenon known as MPack. Get your groove on at the Jazz & Blues in the Loft concert series! Hear world-class musicians and vocalists from the region in a cabaret-style setting. Cash bar and snack concessions available. More information

Community Coalition on Race Presents 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Observance & Volunteer Fair Non-Violence in a Violent World South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race presents the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Monday, January 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm, at Columbia High School, 17 Parker Ave, Maplewood. The event is free and open to all. Hundreds of SOMA residents and friends from neighboring communities gather to honor Dr. King through music, a sharing of interfaith readings and an affirmation of Dr. King’s call to action and service. Following the celebration, there will be a Reception and Volunteer Fair at 3:30 pm in the cafeteria. Donations of food pantry items, knitting yarn, old eyeglasses, children’s books (K-5th grade) and travel-sized toiletry donations are requested. Organizations interested in participating in the Fair should contact the Coalition office at 973-761-6116, X4  or email Robert A. Marchman, Community Coalition on Race Chair, shares, “This year as many celebrate the remarkable life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his clarion call for courageous action to confront and root out racism in its many forms remains critically important given the current troubling state of affairs in our nation. The strife and […]

Two-time Emmy Award winner Andre Braugher and Tony Award winner Michele Pawk star in this compelling world premiere drama. Tell Them I’m Still Young A professor and a poet’s marriage is shaken when tragedy strikes. As they grapple with the aftermath, a lover from the past and an ambitious graduate student enter their lives. Written by Julia Doolittle Directed by Kel Haney With Andre Braugher, Michele Pawk, Janice Amaya & Seth Clayton More information

“King” Solomon Hicks is a 23 year-old guitarist/vocalist from the Upper West Side of New York City AKA Harlem, NY. At the age of 13 Solomon started playing with the Cotton Club 17-piece band as Lead Guitarist and still continues to perform there. Along with being called “Lil’ B.B.” he played the KISS Kruise V, 2017 Joe Bonamassa Blues Cruise, Spain [Festival de Blues de Be´JAR-Blues Cazorla-San Javier], Jazz Marciac in France, and the Tokyo Cotton Club. He has been featured in The Washington Post, New York Daily News, The New York Times, Amsterdam News, the November 2016 front cover of Blues Blast magazine, Montana’s Bigfork Eagle, New Jersey Jazz Society News, and the PBS TV series American Music. Solomon has performed with Tony Bennett, The Destroyers (George Thorogood), Neal Evans (Soulive), Jimmy Vivino (Bandleader for Conan O’Brien), Sam Moore, Marcus King, Stax Songwriter William Bell, John Nemeth, Blind Boy Paxton, Roger Earl (Foghat), Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown), Davey Knowles, Ne-Yo, Jon Hendricks, Mike Stern and Lee Ritenour. He performs regularly in NYC at The Iridium, BB Kings, Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar, The Red Rooster, Terra Blues, Minton’s Playhouse and Ginny’s. Solomon has taught music at the Children’s Aid Society […]

A fable of young love set against the backdrop of the exploding 1960s music scene – when England launched the little dust-up that became known as The British Invasion.  Based on the experiences of Peter Noone, who was just a teenager willing to sacrifice international stardom for the sake of girl he loves, and featuring more than two dozen chart-topping hits from all the best British bands of the era.  Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell choreographs and directs. More info

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chinese New Year Celebration takes place Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. XIAN ZHANG conductor ERIC WYRICK violin | JONATHAN SPITZ cello | MIN KWON piano PEKING UNIVERSITY ALUMNI CHORUS THE NEW YORK FESTIVAL SINGERS STARRY ARTS GROUP CHILDREN’S CHORUS Rebecca Shen, director NAI-NI CHEN DANCE COMPANY Nai-Ni Chen, choreographer EDISON CHINESE SCHOOL LION DANCE TEAM ELENA KAMPOURIS host NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Start a new tradition at the NJSO’s first-ever Chinese New Year celebration, conducted by Xian Zhang. Musical riches abound in this program that blends Eastern and Western musical traditions. Li Huanzhi’s Spring Festival Overture is beloved in China yet almost reminiscent of Copland’s America. Songs and arias from opera and traditional Chinese culture show that music bridges all cultures. Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with pianist Min Kwon brings all elements of this sumptuously crafted program together in a joyful performance. TRADITIONAL Dragon Dance LI HUANZHI Spring Festival Overture TAN DUN The Triple Resurrection VERDI “Anvil Chorus” from Il Trovatore TRADITIONAL CHINESE SONG/arr. Nicholas Hersh: 送别 “Farewell” BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy PUCCINI “Humming Chorus” from Madama Butterfly PUCCINI “Jasmine Chorus” from Turandot TRADITIONAL CHINESE SONG/arr. Nicholas Hersh: 让我们荡起双桨 “Let’s Paddle Together” TRADITIONAL […]

Community Options, Inc. invites runners, walkers, and rollers (baby strollers and wheelchairs) to help raise funds to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities by participating in our annual Cupid’s Chase 5K at 10 a.m. on Feb. 9. Because of you…we can make a difference! Bridgewater Glen Rock Moorestown Morristown New Brunswick Princeton Seaside Heights West Orange West Deptford