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Westfield School of Dance 

Stop in to Westfield's neighborhood dance studio Saturday, September 8, 10am-2pm. Take a look around their awesome studio, meet the talented and friendly staff, have your kids sample a free mini class. Become part of the WSOD dance family! Celebrating 19 years in the Westfield area, WSOD is committed to excellence for your child's dance education. Space is limited, don't delay. Pre-register for a free class and visit them September 8! 10-10:30am Preschool/Tots (3 year old); 10-10:30am Musical Theater; 10:30-11am 4/5 year old class; 10:30-11am Hip Hop, 11-11:30am Jazz. 137 Central Ave., 2nd Fl., behind Turning Point Restaurant. 908.789.3011. www.thewestfieldschoolofdance.com  

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AddamsFest is Coming to Westfield October 26-28

AddamsFest is Coming to Westfield October 26-28

It's creepy and it's kooky. It's taking over Westfield for 3 days from October 26 to 28, 2018. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield NJ native Charles Addams and his penchant for the macabre, will prove to be the destination event of the season with family-friendly events, lectures, exhibits, and film screenings.

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 surroundings in Westfield. The characters that began as illustrations grew into a television series, a live action movie franchise, a Broadway musical, and a highly anticipated Addams Family animated movie (coming in late 2019). What better place to honor Addams' talent and creativity than the town where he grew up? 

Stay tuned as the "all-together ooky" events continue to unfold at www.addamsfest.com.

Rescheduled to September 16: Fall Family Fashion Show Debuts in Westfield

Rescheduled to September 16: Fall Family Fashion Show Debuts in Westfield

Families love fashion! On Sunday, September 16, 2018 (rescheduled because of rain on September 9) from 12pm - 2pm, Downtown Westfield will host another new 2nd Sunday event, the Fall Family Fashion Show. The public is invited to attend this free fashion show that will be held on Quimby St.

Highlights will include a fashion show led by Lord & Taylor, with many other Westfield retailers participating in the show, each with models & outfits. Participating businesses include Lord & Taylor, Athleta, Lucky Brand, Bar Method, The French Martini, GAP, Kennedy Barber Shop, Juxtapose Gallery, Luxury Garage Sale, South Moon Under and Bluemercury.

Meet & Greet with vendors and models after the show to talk about latest fashion trends. Quimby St. will be pedestrian only for the event. Bring the kids and come downtown and enjoy the show! Raindate is September 16.

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Thanks to all who made Sweet Sounds Downtown Successful

Thanks to all who made Sweet Sounds Downtown Successful

The 22nd Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) was held each Tuesday evening in July and August. Thousands of people came downtown and enjoyed the performances, despite the unpredictable rainy season with two of the evenings being cancelled and two rain nights. Restaurants and dessert establishments particularly reported great crowds and sales. 37 different bands playing a variety of music were chosen by the DWC jazz committee in February.  DWC staff Sherry Cronin, Executive Director, Beth Brenner, Asst. Executive Director, and Jamie Lemberg, Digital & Social Marketing organized and promoted the festival. This year, the DWC piloted a roving brass band, Bon Temps Brass Band, which strolled up and down E. Broad Street on July 18 entertaining the crowds. The new Town of Westfield Media Council provided weekly video clips to assist with promoting the events on social media.    

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NJWA Music Studio Begins Fall Registration for All Ages

          The arrival of autumn often brings opportunities to renew previous enjoyable activities or undertake new and stimulating endeavors. The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Music Studio can help you achieve these goals.

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NJWA Saturday Bands and Orchestras to Begin August 25

The new session of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Saturday Bands and Orchestras will begin on Saturday, August 25.

Beginning Band members, with no prior experience, will meet from 10:00 to 10:30am. Orchestra 1 members  should have 1 to 3 months of experience and will meet from 2:00 to 2:30 pm. Orchestra 2 is intended for those with 4 to 12 months of experience and will meet from 2:30 to 3:15 pm. Orchestra 3 members should have 2 or more years of playing experience and  will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Band 1, for those with 1 to 3 years of playing experience, will meet between 4:30 and 5:30 pm.

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Westfield International Film Festival Comes to The James Ward Mansion, September 20-23

Westfield International Film Festival Comes to The James Ward Mansion, September 20-23

Join the fun Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23 for the exciting Westfield International Film Festival presented by Big Dreams & Silver Screens at The James Ward Mansion Westfield, 169 E. Broad St. in Westfield. There will be movies and events so save the dates! Visit www.westfieldfilmfest.com for tickets, travel info, and more. The festival schedule is below. Dates and times are subject to change.

Thursday,  September 20 - Kick Off Party!
6pm - 8pm Red Carpet Party
8pm - 10pm Film Screenings and Q&A with Attending Filmmakers

Friday, September 21 - Gala Event!
6pm - 8pm Red Carpet Party
8pm - 10pm Film Screenings, Q&A, and Rising Star Honors

Saturday, September 22 - Screenings, Seminar, & Networking
10am-11am Filmmaker Seminar
11:30am-1:30pm Film Block #1
2pm-4pm Film Block #2
5pm-7pm Woman in Film Ceremony
**Honoring Ms. Persia White (The Vampire Diaires, Girlfriends)
7pm-9pm Networking Party
9pm-10pm Film Block #3

Sunday, September 23 - Breakfast, Screenings, & Awards
10am-11am Breakfast with the Filmmakers
(Farinolio, 121 E Broad St. Westfield)
12pm-2pm Film Block #4
3pm-5pm Film Block #5
6pm-8pm Film Block #6
9pm-10pm Awards Ceremony

For synopses and more details, visit www.westfieldfilmfest.com

The James Ward Mansion is located at 169 E. Broad St., 908.389.0014.

 

DWC Extends Appreciation for Another Successful Pizza Run

DWC Extends Appreciation for Another Successful Pizza Run

The 17th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza, held on July 25, 2018 was a huge success in spite of a little rain. Organized by Downtown Westfield Corporation, the event was sponsored by many generous community partners and attracted over 2,000 runners and over 5,000 spectators. While there were runners from 202 New Jersey towns and 7 other states, 40% of them were from Westfield. The annual "Pizza Run" takes many months to plan and would not be possible without the help of key people, volunteers, generous sponsors and a gracious business and residential community.


On behalf of the entire Downtown Westfield Corporation Board of Directors, I would like to extend a special thank you to the dedicated DWC staff including: Beth Brenner, Asst. Executive Director, Jamie Lemberg, Website & Social Media Marketing Manager, and Chris Prasek, DWC Summer Intern. Thanks to Meg Mehorter who coordinated over 100 volunteers for the event. The race was directed by Mark Zenobia of On Your Mark Productions and staff with setup and equipment by Ray and Tears Smith of PracticeHard.com and computer scoring by CompuScore.com.

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The Grand Finale of the 2018 Sweet Sounds Downtown is August 28 from 7pm until 9pm

The Grand Finale of the 2018 Sweet Sounds Downtown is August 28 from 7pm until 9pm

The last night of Sweet Sounds Downtown for 2018 is Tuesday, August 28 from 7-9pm.

Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival has delighted residents, visitors, shoppers and diners with free music while they stroll, dine and relax at the various outdoor venues around town featuring live musicians. Quimby St. will be pedestrian only the final night of the summer festival. The rain date is Wednesday evening.

On August 28 listen to The Jazz Lobsters on Quimby St. Enjoy Pat Cuttitta at Central Ave.; Ali Ryerson at Elm St.; and New-Trad Sextet at South Ave. Foundation Park! THere will not be a performance at the North Ave Train Station because of the Quimby St. venue.

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Thank you to the Westfield Media Council for creating weekly videos profiling our Sweet Sounds Downtown performers all summer long. Click here or on the image to the right to watch this weeks video!

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Ice Cream, Smoothies & Juices, Oh My!

Ice Cream, Smoothies & Juices, Oh My!

There are lots of ways to stay cool this summer. Try some ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, smoothies and fresh juices from these awesome local places in Downtown Westfield.

Ice Cream/Gelato/Frozen Yogurt:

The Chocolate Bar - Delicious gelato, chocolates and hand-dipped chocolate covered fruits, pretzels, brownies and more. 112 Quimby St., 908.389.9000. www.thechocolatebarwestfield.com 

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