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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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Pet Portraits at The Farmhouse Store

Pet Portraits at The Farmhouse Store

The Farmhouse Store hosted artist Ben Lenovitz in the store on Saturday, July 21st as he painted portraits of customers’ pets on pizza box inserts. Lenovitz painted for 7 hours without a break and made a lot of pet owners very happy. All profits from the portraits were donated to Summit Animal Rescue Association, Inc.(SARA).

A wide variety of dogs (and one cat) visited with Lenovitz throughout the day. The Warsh family of Westfield brought in their French bulldog puppy Lulu. At just a few months old and weighing only a few pounds, Lulu was the tiniest visitor to sit for a portrait. The largest was Theo, a great Pyrenees owned by Theresa Caporaso of Clark. Theo weighs in at 172 pounds, is twice the size of his owner, and looked like a walking, fluffy, white sofa.

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NJWA Summer Symphony Orchestra Presents Free Concert on July 26

NJWA Summer Symphony Orchestra Presents Free Concert on July 26

          Audience members have a delightful opportunity awaiting them as they hear the melodious sounds of famous musicians this July when the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts presents its 19th. Summer Symphony Orchestra Concert. The event will take place at Zion Lutheran Church, 559 Raritan Road, Clark, on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 7:30 pm.

          Commenting on this year’s orchestra, Director Janet Lyman remarked that “This music is from great masterworks of Beethoven, Bizet and Bach, with an added twist the song “Chopstix.”  The Summer Symphony is sounding very beautiful.”

          The program will include Edgemont Overture, 1st Movement of the Pastoral Symphony and Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven.  The orchestra will also be performing Georges Bizet’s music from his opera Carmen and Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Best of Bach.

          The concert will feature piano soloist Chin-Wen Deng, who will be playing everyone’s favorite first piece on the piano “Chopstix”.

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