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Thanksgiving 2020. Smaller, maybe, but still special.

Thanksgiving 2020. Smaller, maybe, but still special.

If your Thanksgiving 2020 will be downsized this year, there are plenty of ways to make it a festive holiday. You may not be relying on as many family members and friends to create a feast. Downtown Westfield has an array of options, from traditional to a twist, to make your holiday delicious and enjoyable.  

Don't wait to order your Thanksgiving specialities from your favorite merchants in @downtown_Westfield.

Floral arrangements from The Green Room http://www.greenroomflorist.com/ (908) 518-0400

Small, medium or large cheese boards from Patrica and Paul @patriciaandpaul https://patriciaandpaul.com/ (908) 232-3866

Fun hot toddy craft cocktail kit and tabletop accessories from Mimi & Hill Shop https://www.mimiandhill.com/ (908) 588-2202

Antipasto and other catered specialities from Farinolio https://www.farinolio.com/ (908) 325-2486

Essential spice bundles from Savory Spice Shop https://www.savoryspiceshop.com/ (908) 264-8947

Cherry pumpkin nut bread & pies from Mulberry House Restaurant http://mulberryhouserestaurant.com/ (908) 233-3562

The whole dinner—done—for the family from Addams Tavern http://www.addamstavern.com/ (908) 232-3201

Single-serving dinners with the fixins' from Vicki's Diner https://www.deliverynow.com/restaurant/vickisdiner/ (908) 233-6887

Everyone's favorite desserts from Bovellas https://www.bovellas.com/ (908) 232-4149

Fresh fruit trays from Kings Bowl Cafe https://www.kingsbowlcafe.com/ (908) 228-5396

Stylish stretchy pants from Beyond Trends https://beyondmain.com/r/beyond-trends/westfield/ (718)-748-0479

Williams Sonoma has you covered from turkey basters to tableware https://www.williams-sonoma.com/stores/us/nj/westfield/ (908) 301-0075

Baron's Drugs has chocolate turkeys and fancy paper napkins https://www.baronsdrugstore.com/ (908) 232-6680

What you want. Westfield's got it.



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Love Local. Shop Westfield.

Love Local. Shop Westfield.

There are so many reasons to shop downtown Westfield!

CLICK HERE to Download a pdf of a map of Downtown Westfield Businesses!

127 of your favorite retail shops & eateries.

Free gift wrapping at the new Downtown Welcome Center, 167 E. Broad Street. Open everyday, 10 AM to 6 PM from Thanksgiving 'til Christmas. 

Now offering town-wide free, fast local delivery.

Free parking downtown through the holidays.

Curbside pick up and safe transactions. 

Private shopping appointments and concierge shopping throughout town. 

National brands you trust. Independent shops you love. 

Festive feelings with new holiday lighting and music on weekends. 

The warm feeling of supporting your local downtown community.

 

What you want. Westfield has it.

 

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Downtown Westfield Awarded Main Street New Jersey Covid-19 Relief Grant

Downtown Westfield Awarded Main Street New Jersey Covid-19 Relief Grant

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $72,530 from the Main Street New Jersey Covid-19 Relief Program. These funds will provide comprehensive COVID-19 relief to the downtown commercial district and to the greater Westfield community through a targeted campaign to bring shoppers downtown during the 2020 holiday season. Additionally, the grant award will assist the DWC in coordinating a long-term plan to fill any vacancies resulting from COVID-19.

“We are both excited and grateful to receive this grant award,” said Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director of the DWC. “It will give us the ability to make a real difference for our merchants during the holiday season and for our entire district heading into 2021.” The grant will cover the following initiatives that the DWC has undertaken or will commence over the next two months:

  • Launch of a Downtown Ambassador Program to promote holiday season shopping.
  • Purchase of 2,000 disposable masks for distribution to the general public.
  • Purchase and distribution of 3,000 reusable, branded canvas bags.
  • Rent for use of the former Ann Taylor space for a Holiday Downtown Visitors Center.
  • Coordination of free delivery services for all downtown merchants through DeliveryNow.com.
  • Holiday Season printed gift guides and maps to distribute through ambassadors, select merchants, and at our Visitors Center.
  • Beautification of downtown parklets.
  • A contract with MJB Consulting to perform a detailed retail market study which the DWC will use to fill vacancies and improve retail mix.

“This grant will give the DWC the resources we need to assist our merchants during this challenging time for our economy as a result of COVID-19,” said Bob Zuckerman. “We’re ready to hit the ground running to bring these worthwhile initiatives to fruition on behalf of all the great businesses within the DWC.”

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The 3rd Annual Westfield Gingerbread Display & Competition

The 3rd Annual Westfield Gingerbread Display & Competition

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Westfield gingerbread Display & Competition!

Entries can be built using any safe-to-eat materials, and are not limited to houses only ~ get creative and show us your best gingerbread creations!

 

To participate:

  • Register online before November 25 at www.westfieldnj.gov/gingerbread
  • Drop off your entry at Savory Spice Shop (138 E. Broad St.) during business hours between November 30 and December 3.

 

Entries will be displayed in various Westfield businesses, with online voting to take place to decide the winners in the following categories:

  • Best In Show
  • Westfield 300
  • Iconic Building
  • Kids Only Effort (12 and younger)

 

Winners will be announced on New Year’s Day! Prizes from Savory Spice Shop!

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Congratulations 2020 Downtown Westfield Halloween Costume Contest Winners!

Congratulations 2020 Downtown Westfield Halloween Costume Contest Winners!

Thank you to all who submitted entries to the 2020 Downtown Westfield Halloween Costume Contest!

1st Place winners will receive a $25 gift card to a downtown Westfield business and Runner Up winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to a downtown Westfield business. All winners will receive a medal.

We also want to thank our judges who chose the winners. Thank you Patricia Hanigan, owner of Patricia & Paul Fine Oil & Balsamics, and also the DWC Board Chair. Thank you Erin Ben-Hayon, Realtor, David Realty Group and the DWC Promotions Committee Chair. Thank you Bob Zuckerman, DWC Executive Director and Beth Brenner, DWC Assistant Executive Director.

 

 

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Costume Contest Winners by Categories

• Best Family Group Costume

1st Place: Skidmore Family
Runner Up: Eng Family

• Best SuperHero Costume

1st Place: Logan Plastiras
Runner Up: Andrew Plastiras

• Best Princess Costume

1st Place: Francesca Beard
Runner Up: Cadillo Family

• Best Addams Family Character Costume

1st Place: Vivienne and Devon Borello
Runner Up: Beene Family

• Scariest Costume

1st Place: Talie Schaible
Runner Up: Jaxon Field

• Funniest Costume

1st Place: Frank Family
Runner Up: Mason Diamond

• Best Athletic Costume

1st Place: Louis DeStefano
Runner Up: Ryan Young

• Best Pet Costume

1st Place: Michelle Chobar's Cutest Little Halloween Witch
Runner Up: Mannix "Mannie" Donnelly

• Most Creative Costume

1st Place: Bryson and Peyton Sanford-Johnson
Runner Up: Elise Kim

• Most Unique Costume

1st Place: Skylar Field
Runner Up: McCarthy Family

• Best Baby Costume

1st Place: Logan Jiang
Runner Up: Remy Plastiras

• Best Homemade Costume

1st Place: Mica Goldman
Runner Up: Kristen Zinkler 

• The Wild Card

1st Place: Charlee (Notorious RBG) Pall

 

 

 

Please contact the Downtown Westfield Corporation at 908-789-9444 or email info@westfieldtoday.com with any questions.

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Over 20 Restaurants and Eateries Offered Fall Foodie Strollers Delicious Dishes and Cocktails on Sunday, October 4

Over 20 Restaurants and Eateries Offered Fall Foodie Strollers Delicious Dishes and Cocktails  on Sunday, October 4

Sunday, October 4th, the Downtown Westfield Corporation hosted its Fall Foodie Stroll, where over 20 Downtown Westfield restaurants offered sample sizes of some of their most delicious dishes and cocktails to nearly 400 participants. The sold-out event attracted people from 23 municipalities covering Westfield to New York City, and was very successful in showcasing Westfield’s many dining options. Proceeds from wristband sales were donated to William Sonoma’s No Kid Hungry Charity, which works to “end child hunger in America by ensuring that all children get the healthy food they need every day to thrive, and No Kid Hungry pledged to spend the funds raised locally in Union County.”

With nearly 1 in 6 restaurants around the country closed due to COVID-19, the push to support small businesses has never been more important. Says Patricia Caminos, owner of Ono Bowls, “The importance of shopping small is not just for the business but for the employees as well. Our business is a safe place for our kids who work here. By supporting us you’re helping us support them, and in turn helping the community.”  

Restaurants offered tasty seasonal dishes like pumpkin spice lattes and autumn red sangrias, bite size plates of spicy tuna rolls and coconut shrimp, homemade guacamole and burritos, and so much more. “The Downtown Westfield Fall Foodie Stroll highlighted tasty specialties throughout downtown Westfield’s diverse eateries,” explained Downtown Westfield Executive Director Bob Zuckerman. “We saw hundreds of families, couples and friends sampling some of the best of downtown Westfield’s delicious offerings — and we hope they come back soon to try out the new dishes they discovered.”

Dishes served at the Fall Foodie stroll are able to be purchased throughout the fall season. For a closer look at the full menu, click here.

AddamsFest Returns to Westfield in October

AddamsFest Returns to Westfield in October

ADDAMSFEST RETURNS TO WESTFIELD IN OCTOBER

Town-Wide Festival Honoring Westfield’s Charles Addams is Reimagined for a Year Like No Other

If isolation and distancing were an art, The Addams Family would be the masters. This year, their dynamic is on-brand as the wildly successful AddamsFest returns for a third year – this time, in a pandemic-friendly manner, and once again transforming Westfield with a uniquely exciting celebration honoring its own Charles Addams and his penchant for the macabre with a wide variety of events.

Dubbed “Alt AddamsFest” for 2020, the festivities will be shaped by creative approaches to gatherings that provide a safe environment while maintaining the initial spirit of the celebration.

Born in 1912 and raised in Westfield, Charles Addams was one of the country’s premier cartoonists, with his work prominently featured in The New Yorker. His most successful creation, The Addams Family, was inspired by his hometown surroundings. The characters that began as illustrations grew into a television series, a live action movie franchise, a Broadway musical, and last year’s Addams Family animated movie. In October, he will be posthumously inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. What better place to honor Addams’ talent and creativity than the town where he grew up?

“The return of AddamsFest is a wonderful way to provide the community with a celebration and connectedness during a year that has challenged us all,” said Mayor Shelley Brindle. “I’m thrilled that we are able to find innovative ways to have these festivities safely and keep the spirit of AddamsFest in Westfield for its third year.”

Mark your calendars for a variety of events to be held throughout an October like no other.

  • Wicked Windows of Westfield: Once again, AddamsFest promises to transform Westfield into a fanciful, spooky, kooky destination conceived and brought to life by area artists, decorators and business owners. From October 1 through November 8, residents and visitors can support Downtown Westfield and South Avenue businesses while taking in the Wicked Windows of Westfield, an artistic celebration of Halloween and The Addams Family. Bring your camera and your curiosity to see what's in store for you and your family. Come alone or with your family and friends to enjoy the art, take some pictures and stay to shop, grab a warm meal and a cold drink in a year when supporting Westfield's businesses matters more than ever.  
  • Haunt Your House Contest: Back by popular demand! Get in the spirit of the season with Westfield’s third annual Haunt Your House contest. Once again, community members will tour Westfield to view the entries and vote for their favorites using an online map of participating homes. After spending so much time at home in 2020, the expectations are high – registration opens September 14!
  • Draw This in Your Own Style – The Addams Family: The “Draw This in Your Style Challenge” is a viral trend that emerged over the past few years on social media and art-oriented websites. The challenge begins with a posted piece of artwork and then challenges others to reinterpret that drawing or character in as many different styles as possible, often with amazing and inspiring results. AddamsFest will invite the public to participate in this contest by drawing one of Charles Addams’ specific iconic cartoons in their own style and sharing their entries on social media.
  • Mystical Mindowaskin: One of Westfield’s most picturesque destinations will be the site of a family-friendly, self-guided stroll that will evolve throughout October and include features such as the Painted Pumpkin Path, showcasing works of art presented by the Westfield Public Arts Commission; Quest for the Halloween Fairy Doors, a hunt to locate these hidden portals on various trees; an Enchanted Forest; the return of the Addams Family House on Mindowaskin Pond; and a variety of innovative photo stops along the way.
  • Maniacs’ Carving Contest: Join Brooklyn’s beloved Maniac Pumpkin Carvers via Zoom for a hands-on jack-o-lantern carving tutorial, and enter your creation for a chance to win prizes from local businesses.
  • Dudley’s Drive-In (October 23 and 30): A little bit retro and naturally socially distant, a drive-in is the perfect addition to the 2020 Alt AddamsFest line-up. The South Avenue train station lot will host four drive-in movie screenings:
    • Friday October 23, 6:30PM: It’s a Halloween pajama party for the families! Get comfy, put the kids in the car, and settle in for – what else? -- The Addams Family movie, set right here in New Jersey.
    • Friday, October 23, 9:00PM: The second shift is for the braver audiences, with a screening of the classic thriller Psycho.
    • Friday, October 30, 7:00PM: Pajama family screening of Hotel Transylvania.
    • Friday, October 30, 10:00PM: Calling all Brads and Janets (age 18+)! AddamsFest tradition lives on for a late-night screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Maybe hold on to that scarce toilet paper from this year and bring it along.
  • Tamaques Haunted Trail (October 24 and 25): Cars near and far are summoned to load up with passengers and drive through this new and immersive Halloween experience in Tamaques Park. By day, the Trick or Trail will welcome families for a spooky, age-appropriate event, while the distinctly haunted Trail of Terror will be held at night for more mature attendees seeking a frightful drive. Through a combination of live action and digital simulation, this innovative attraction for a pandemic-friendly environment aims to bring the spirit of the season to a variety of age groups.
  • Charles Addams: A New York State of Mind (October 29): Missing Manhattan? Join a virtual conversation with Kevin Miserocchi, Director of the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation, as he as he regales us with tales of the saucy side of his friend, Chas, and introduces us to the new book featuring illustrations of Addams’ beloved New York City, Addams’ Apple: The New York Cartoons of Charles Addams. Get a behind the scenes glimpse of Charles and Tee Addams’ home in the Hamptons (“The Swamp”), visit the pet cemetery where they were married, and explore the mysterious home where Charles Addams’ creations were born.

 “Perhaps now more than ever, the essence of Charles Addams’ creations ring true with their odd, macabre take on everyday life, and themes of home and family at the core,” said Councilwoman Dawn Mackey, AddamsFest Chairperson. “We are thrilled to bring back this celebration of one of Westfield’s most notable residents in a newly reimagined way that is reflective of the challenges, silver linings, and resiliency of 2020.”

Further details about this year’s line-up, as well as community partner events and additional surprises, will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned as the altogether ooky events continue to unfold on the AddamsFest website (www.addamsfest.com) and social media channels (@addamsfest on Facebook and Instagram). All events are subject to change in accordance with public health guidelines. For more information on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please email info@addamsfest.com.

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Art Takes Flight Opens as Westfield's First Public Art Exhibit

Art Takes Flight Opens as Westfield's First Public Art Exhibit

ART TAKES FLIGHT

As part of Westfield 300, presented by Valley Bank, The Westfield Public Arts Commission has unveiled its inaugural exhibit. Art Takes Flight showcases the talent and vision of local artists on fiberglass butterflies throughout the downtown area. These 30 butterflies -- one for each decade of Westfield's 300 years – are set on pedestals or affixed to trees or poles in a variety of locations, with themes ranging from nature, to pop art, to Westfield pride.


“This exhibit is a wonderful realization of a vision brought to life by our Public Arts Commission and many local talented artists,” said Mayor Shelley Brindle. “What an impactful way to showcase the benefits of public art for the community, especially as we continue to celebrate Westfield 300 this year.”


The location of each butterfly, along with the corresponding artist and sponsor information, can be found at www.westfieldnj.gov/arttakesflight.

 

See exhibit map below or click here to download a printable exhibit map.

 

Public Art Stroll: Saturday, August 8

On Saturday, August 8, residents and visitors are invited to attend a Public Art Stroll from 11:30AM – 1:30PM, during which time many of the participating artists will be stationed at their butterflies to discuss their work and answer any questions. Face coverings and proper social distancing practices are required to participate in the artists’ discussions. The rain date is Sunday, August 9 for this interactive experience, although the butterflies remain available for viewing at any time. At the conclusion of the exhibit in the fall, some butterflies will be auctioned off to fund future public art installations, and some will be permanently installed in Westfield’s parks.


3“The Public Arts Commission is thrilled to debut this exhibit, for which we received over 75 impressive submissions,” said Councilwoman Dawn Mackey, liaison to the Westfield Public Arts Commission. “Since the onset of the pandemic, this project has taken on additional significance in a time when the community continues to re-emerge from their homes back into public life. Walking throughout Town to view and enjoy these installations will provide residents and visitors alike with safe and broad access to support the work of local artists, whose profession has been significantly impacted by COVID-19.”

In addition to the generous sponsors to fund the cost of the individual butterflies, local businesses also played a significant role in bringing this project to fruition. AR Workshop of Westfield created the signage for each display, and Brinton Auto Body applied the weather protective finish. In addition, Body Work by Fischer generously donated their services to apply the weatherproofing upon seeing the butterflies prior to installation.

The Westfield Public Arts Commission was established by ordinance in September 2019 at the direction of Mayor Brindle, and is comprised of resident volunteers, as well as Town Council liaison Dawn Mackey and Downtown Westfield Corporation liaison and Executive Director Bob Zuckerman. Its purpose is to provide a coordinated and comprehensive approach to utilizing art in the Town’s public space. In late 2019, local artist and gallery owner Ricardo Roig was commissioned to design and paint the first phase of a mural under the South Avenue overpass as part of the Town's overall revitalization efforts of that business corridor, with the second phase now underway and nearing completion – with a formal unveiling to be scheduled in the coming weeks. The mural was fully funded by donations from residents, The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, James Ward, The Westfield Foundation and an anonymous donor -- in addition to grants through the Main Street NJ and Union County HEART programs. For more information, visit www.westfieldnj.gov/publicartscommission.

Westfield 300 is a year-long celebration, comprised of various programs and events, to commemorate the Town’s 300th anniversary in 2020. Westfield 300 is presented by Valley Bank, and is sponsored by: Columbia Bank; Elizabethtown Gas; Embassy Suites and Grain & Cane Bar & Table, Berkeley Heights; PSE&G; Stop & Shop Westfield; and Suplee, Clooney & Company. Westfield 300 is also sponsored, in part, by PNC Bank and Westfield Soccer Association. For more information, visit www.westfieldnj.gov/300.

 

Press Release from The Town of Westfield , August 3, 2020

 

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There are Many Restaurants and Food Establishments in Downtown Westfield that Offer Socially Distanced Outdoor Dining!

There are Many Restaurants and Food Establishments in Downtown Westfield that Offer Socially Distanced Outdoor Dining!

Perfect Weather to Enjoy Socially Distanced Outdoor Dining at one of Westfield's Wonderful Restaurants...& Awesome Places to get Desserts and Coffee!

Download a pdf of the Downtown Westfield Outdoor Dining Map

 

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Open Quimby Schedule Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October 25

Open Quimby Schedule Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October 25

Open Quimby Schedule Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25

Enjoy live music Friday and Saturday evenings on Quimby Street, with Blue Sphere on Friday and The Free Speech Trio on Saturday!

Appetizer and drink specials, live music, yoga, and fitness classes, and check out the Wicked Windows of Westfield throughout downtown, part of the AddamsFest activities. Public painted pianos are on Quimby Street and South Avenue for use by anyone who would like to play. And check out the Westfield mural under the East Broad Street train trestle by artist Ricardo Roig. 

Friday, October 23

Music from Blue Sphere

 

Saturday, October 24

Bring a mat, water and towel.  

7 - 8 AM Brassy Buddha Yoga Bring a mat, water and towel. Sign up https://mindbody.io/locations/brassy-buddha-yoga-studio

10- 11 AM Ono Bowls is partnering with Out Run Your Fork Personal Training for a Total Body Functional Workout with strength & conditioning followed up a nutrition session with your choice of juices, smoothies & bowls. Class is free with a purchase of OnoBowls products at cost. Sign up. https://bit.ly/2DsR2sL

12 - 3 PM Small plate and drink specials at Ferraro's Restaurant, 14 Elm St. 

 6:30 - 8:30 PM Music from The Free Speech Trio

 

Sunday, October 25

9 - 10 AM Brassy Buddha Family Yoga. Bring a mat, water and towel.  Sign up here. https://mindbody.io/locations/brassy-buddha-yoga-studio

10:15 - 11:15 AM Satsang All Levels Yoga Class for Everybody. Bring a mat, water and towel. Sign up here. 

12 - 3 PM Small plate and drink specials at Ferraro's Restaurant 14 Elm St.