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Summer Sewing Camp Series

Registration now open for our Summer Sewing Camp Series! We are currently offering four themed weeks of Summer Sewing Camps for ages 8 and up. No experience required. To get more information or to register, call, go online, or visit our store.

Westfield Memorial Library continues with Lincoln Center Local Screenings

kristin medium(February 1, 2016) As a new partner in the “Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings Series,” the Westfield Memorial Library continues with the next performance on tap: Kristin Chenoweth: “The Dames of Broadway …All of ‘Em!!!!” on Saturday, February 20 at 2:00 p.m. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Broadway and television star Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, Glee, Pushing Daisies) has made her mark on stage and screen. In this concert for Lincoln Center, she offers a fond salute to the great ladies and show-stopping scene stealers of Broadway, creating a night at once intimate and filled with “Broadway razzle dazzle.” This special performance was taped in February 2013 as part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series.

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Classical Music Concert to Benefit Westfield HS Orchestras, February 27

For Westfield Today mediumThe community is invited to enjoy an evening of classical music on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7pm for a fundraiser concert performed by members of the Westfield High School Orchestras. The concert will be held at The First United Methodist Church at 1 East Broad St. in Westfield, NJ. Come with family and friends to support the WHS Orchestra students. Monies raised from this concert will help with the trip costs to Boston, MA where they will be performing and adjudicated.

Tickets may be purchased at the door: $12 for Adults and $8 for Students. A Reception will follow after the concert. For further information or questions, please contact Craig Stanton at cstanton@westfieldnjk12.org

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Raritan Valley Coalition Creates New Video and Petition Advocating One-Seat Rides Weekends & Peak Hours

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Visit www.raritanvalleyrail.com to watch a great video advocating additional one-seat rides on weekends and during peak week day hours. Also read the information about signing a petition pushing for more one-seat rides! Councilmen Mark LoGrippo and Frank Arena are part of the video. 


The image is from the Raritan Valley Rail Video.

NJSO Strings Duo in Valentine’s Day Recital at St. Paul’s, Westfield

Violinist Brennan Sweet2 mediumOn Sunday, February 14th at 4:00 PM The Friends of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield will present a Recital performed in tandem by violinist Brennan Sweet, Associate Concertmaster of The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Jonathan Spitz, NJSO’s celebrated principal cellist. Baroque composers Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederic Handel are featured on this Sunday afternoon, Valentine’s Day, Bach to Handel program.

Violinist Sweet will perform Bach’s Partita III in E Major for solo violin (BWV 1006), composed in 1720 in six movements: Preludio, Loure, Menuets (I and II), Bourrée and Gigue. This piece typically celebrates the various dances and dance tempos popular in the early 18th Century/late Baroque period. For example, the lyrical Loure, (gigue lente), a slow French Baroque dance, is followed by the more lively Gavotte en Rondeau which, says Sweet, “should set toes tapping.”

Cellist Spitz will perform Bach’s Cello Suite II in D minor for solo cello (BWV 1008) (1717-23), composed, likewise, in a symmetrically conceived cycle of Preludio followed by five Baroque dance-type variations. Unlike Bach’s Partita III, this Suite did not become widely known and popular until 1936-39, when cellist Pablo Casals became the first to record it, at Abbey Road Studios in London. Spitz is praised for his interpretation of this dramatic, deeply soulful work.

Sweet and Spitz will cap the February 14 Recital with a vivacious, inspirational duet -- The Passacaglia from Handel’s Suite in G minor (HWV 432), arranged for violin and cello by Johan Halvorsen. Described as a theme-based “series of thrilling variations in a tour de force of musical invention,” this work is nicknamed “The Impossible,” alluding to the difficulty of creating full, four-part harmony with only two instruments. Notes St. Paul’s Music Director Charles M. Banks, “it will culminate what promises to be a wonderful afternoon of music of the highest caliber performed by two consummate guest artists!”

“Given St. Paul’s wonderful acoustics and spirited surroundings,” adds Banks, “these virtuosic works and performers are expected to enhance both the listening and the viewing pleasure of Recital attendees – and they could also tug on a few Valentine’s Day heart strings!”

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 414 E. Broad Street (near Euclid Ave.) in Westfield. Tickets at the door are $20. Students and parking are free. Following the Recital, attendees are invited to meet and greet Messrs. Sweet and Spitz at a bountiful reception in the Cloister. For more information, contact Director Banks at (908) 451-5082, or e-mail cbnj123@verizon.net

Roosevelt Intermediate School Proudly Presents Once On This Island, March 4-6

RIS once on an island logo for play March 2016 mediumJust in time to shake off winter, Roosevelt School takes you to the Caribbean with the captivating and energetic musical Once on this Island. With lyrics by Lynn Ahren and music by Stephen Flaherty, this musical fable is based on Rosa Guy's 1985 novel, My Love, My Love.


The story is set on a small island in the French Antilles during a raging storm where the inhabitants tell of a tale depicting star-crossed lovers (played by Julia Singer and Matthew Meixner). Confronted with issues such as class distinction and societal expectations, the islanders must deal with a wealthy ruling class while guided by their belief in powerful gods, which include Asaka "Mother of the Earth" (Elizabeth Rosenberg), Agwe "God of Water" (Christian Vozza), Erzullie "Goddess of Love" (Olivia Bergman), and Papa Ge "Daemon of Death" (Anthony Butera). Song and dance prevails with a variety of musical numbers that incorporate the entire cast.


Director Annie Brzozowski chose this play because "it is an excellent expression of empathy and compassion." Although the themes of the story are serious and universal, the approach is light-hearted and performed musically, similar to an operetta. Brzozowski credits her award-winning choreographer, Nicole Le-Fleur Amadeo, with keeping the cast in high-stepping form.


With a cast and crew of over 60 members, the show is rounded out with the talents of Musical Directors Karen Romero and Sabino Lasco. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://ris.booktix.com/, or at the door at Roosevelt Intermediate School located at 301 Clark Street in Westfield. Ticket price is $10.00. Performances are Friday March 4, 7:30 p.m., Saturday March 5, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday March 6, at 2:00 p.m. This show is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

 

Congratulations to CJ at Amuse

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A hearty congratulations to Amuse chef/owner CJ who has been awarded the International Academy of Gastronomy's Prix au Chef de L'Avenir for 2016. He is the only winner in the US! Prix au Chef de L'Avenir is awarded to talented young Chefs. CJ and Amuse are honored by this recognition, and Downtown Westfield is proud of them.

2016 Award Recipients:

Dimitri Lysens, restaurant Le Magis, Tongres, Belgium

Rafael Costa e Silva, restaurant "Lasai", Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marcos Morán, Casa Gerardo, Prendes, Spain

Dimitri Droisneau, Villa Madie, Cassis, France

Theodorous Papanikolaou, restaurant Selene, Santorin, Greece

Enrico Panero, restaurant Da Vinci, Eataly Florence, Italy

Youssef Akiki, restaurant Burgundy, Beyrouth, Lebanon

Marcin Przybysz, restaurant "Belvedere", Varsovie, Poland

Francisco Martins, restaurante "O Talho", Warsaw, Portugal

Manuel Stadelmann, restaurant Rialto, Gstaad, Switzerland

Christopher John Reycraft, Jr. restaurant "Amuse", Westfield, NJ USA

Read more at:

http://www.intergastronom.net/iag-prix/prix-au-chef-de-lavenir

Amuse 908.317.2640

 

Westfield Memorial Library hosts Coloring for Adults & 1776 in NJ

1176 in NJ 2.11.16 medium(January 27, 2016) – On Tuesday, February 9 at 10:00 a.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present, “Color Your World! Coloring for Adults,” and on Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m., “1776 in NJ” will be presented. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

“Our hectic lives color our view of the world. Wouldn't it be great if you could just spend a few unhurried hours with a coloring book?” said Jen Schulze, head of Adult Services. “Whether you color inside or outside the lines, coloring is a fun and relaxing activity that allows you to get your creative juices flowing without the need for any artistic talent.”

The coloring patterns the library will provide are geometric, intricate, and abstract, designed to appeal to adults. All other materials will be provided as well. No need to register, just stop by and be prepared to have some fun.

“1776 in NJ: How New Jersey Shaped the Struggle for and over Independence” will be presented by historian Donald J. Peck. He will discuss New Jerseyans who favored and opposed independence. A highlight of the lecture will be the historic peace conference of September 11, 1776, held at the Billop Manor on Staten Island.

Mr. Peck is the author of several books about New Jersey history. A direct descendant of six signers of the Mayflower Compact, he is a Trustee for the League of New Jersey Historical Societies, past Commissioner for the Woodbridge Historic Preservation Commission, and past President and current Board member of the Museums of Perth Amboy.

The program is free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check our website to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0. 


Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The library will be closed Monday, February 15 for President’s Day.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”

 

See Menus and Make Reservations Now for Dine Out Westfield, February 28 – March 10

dine out westfield pic Sweetwaters Cheri Rogowsky med mediumThe Downtown Westfield Corporation is pleased to sponsor Dine Out Westfield, this year's Winter Restaurant Week event Sunday, February 28 - Thursday, March 10, 2016 (two weeks excluding Friday and Saturday). Diners can enjoy a two-course lunch menu and a two or three course dinner menu at fixed prices from Westfield best restaurants. Tax, gratuity and beverages are not included. Enjoy menus in advance and daily drawings to enhance your dining experience!


New this year are online menus. Each participating restaurant's menus are published in advance for you to review before making your reservation. Visit www.WestfieldToday.com for more details.


In addition, Downtown Westfield Corporation will offer a new dining experience with random drawings every day available from a mobile device. Diners will have the option to scan a QR code or go to a web page and simply enter their email address and dining location for a chance to win. A $50 gift certificate to one of the participating restaurants will be awarded daily or a $25 parking card.


Make reservations in advance by calling your favorite restaurant directly. Seats fill up early, especially for dinner, so check your calendar. And bon appetite!


PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS: 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, Akai Japanese Sushi Lounge, Amuse, Boulevard Bistro, The Brick Oven, Chez Catherine, Cosimo’s Italian Restaurant, Ferraro’s Restaurant, Fiamma Wood Fired Pizza, Limani Seafood Grill, Mojave Grille, Mulberry House Restaurant, Old Havana, Pure Pita, Roosterspin, Splash of Thai, Sweet Waters Steak House, Theresa's, Turning Point Restaurant and Xocolatz Restaurant and Grill.

Participating Wine Stores: CoolVines and The Liquor Basket.

Westfield Memorial Library Foundation Hosts First Event in Weiss Family Jazz Series

keith franklin jazz jpg medium(January 26, 2016) – On Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present Keith Franklin Jazz, the first in the Weiss Family Jazz Series. The Library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Established with a bequest to the Westfield Memorial Library Foundation, the Weiss Family Jazz Series commemorates longtime library patrons Joseph and Dorothy Weiss. Future performances will include the Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Trio on May 4 and jazz singer Marlene Verplanck on October 5. Keith Franklin is a creative jazz pianist who has a B.A. in piano performance from Rutgers University. He has toured in the U.S and opened for Blood Sweat and Tears, B.B. King, Iron Butterfly and the Youngbloods. After his foray into rock and roll, he returned to his jazz roots. Vocalist Catrice Joseph graduated from LaGuardia High School of the Arts and New York University. She has performed in over twelve countries and toured nationally with shows such as Hair, Fame and Tommy. Her Broadway credits include Seussical, Bird Girl, Rent and All Shook Up. Scot Hornick, double and electric bassist, has studied and performed with many great musicians. Live performances have taken him all over North and Central America, as well as Europe and Scandinavia. He teaches at Mercer County Community College and Bill Wright's School of Music. Tom Papadatos, drummer, is a Berklee College of Music graduate. He has been performing in the New York area, and has toured in the United States, Asia and Europe with various pop, rock, blues, and jazz artists, as well as modern dance companies.

The program is free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check our website to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0. 


“Leaving a legacy to the library through the Gifts Program or through a donation to the Foundation is a wonderful way to commemorate a loved one,” said Library Director Phil Israel. “Organizations and businesses can also participate. A gift from an organization means recognition for its accomplishments throughout the year, and a gift from a business is a unique way to recognize retirees, founding days, or other special events.” For more information on the Gifts Program, contact Mr. Israel at 908.789.4090 extension 4119. Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The library will be closed Monday, February 15 for Presidents’ Day.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”