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Grover Park Celebration

COMINGS & GOINGS: Celebrate Grover Cleveland Park’s Centennial and enjoy performing arts events

  Blow out a centennial’s worth of candles for Grover Cleveland Park! Special activities have been planned to honor this landmark birthday. Plan to attend several events and share your memories and photographs of special time at this valuable natural community resource. The Garden Club of the Caldwells invites the public to the program “One Hundred Years” presented by the Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy commencing at 12:45 p.m. today, Thursday, May 16, in the Community Meeting Room of the West Caldwell Public Library. The program is free; refreshments will conclude the event. “The Natural History of Grover Cleveland Park” will be presented by Grover Cleveland Park trustee Warren Marchioni at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Caldwell Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. Local residents interested in geology and earth science will want to attend this free, informative lecture. Spring concerts celebrating the season of rebirth, renewal and outdoor  activities have long been popular. The Concert Chorale, featuring local residents under the direction of Basia Jaworski will present their annual seasonal concert, “Diversity in Song”, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at James Caldwell High School Center for the Performing Arts. Program features include several famous opera choruses, inspirational songs, beautiful tunes and jazz melodies.   Tickets can be purchased at the door that evening and are priced at $10-general admission and $8-senior citizens. Children 12 and younger will be given free admission. Call (973) 256-6353 or (973) 992-6402 for information or visit www.TheConcertChoraleofNewJersey.org. Library Programs The West Caldwell Public Library will host several programs of interest to its patrons. All programs are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Call the library for further information and to register by contacting the Reference Desk, (973) 226-5441. The Historical Society of West Caldwell and the Friends of the West Caldwell Public Library will cosponsor two programs. Relive the early days of television by joining local author and historian Phil Jaeger with a PowerPoint presentation on “Allen B. DuMont: Television Pioneer,”,which recalls his achievements during the early days of media entertainment. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 21. The other program, “Escape From Behind Enemy Lines: Operation Bonaparte” details the true story of the French Resistance ‘s network that enabled the return of 136 downed United States flyers to England. The slide-lecture presentation is given by Rick Feingold, whose father Lt. Louis Feingold escaped capture by the Nazis when his plane was downed in 1943 over occupied France. The speaker uses maps, photos, letters and official military declassified documents to make this historic era come alive.  Call the library to reserve seats for this program or sign-up online at http://escapeenemylines.eventbrite.com. Both programs commence at 7 p.m.   Opera fans can celebrate the bicentennial of Verdi’s birth by attending the concert presented by The Allegro Singers “Viva Verdi” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the West Caldwell Library. The event features arias and duets from the famed composer’s operas- “Rigoletto”, “Aida”, “Falstaff” and “La Traviata” and “Otello.”. Meet the performers at a reception concluding the presentation. Preregister by signing up online at http://vivaverdiconcert.eventbrite.com.   Poetry lovers and poets are invited to attend the 10th Annual Poetry Festival: A Celebration of Literary Journals, in the Community Meeting Room of the West Caldwell Library 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 19. Two dozen published New Jersey poets will read selections of their works. Several poets will be selling and signing copies of their anthologies. Editors from a dozen literary journals will answer inquiries on submission guidelines . The poetry festival has been organized by Diane Lockward, poet laureate of West Caldwell.   Enjoy The Irises  It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors and view scenes of historic natural beauty by attending the Annual Family Garden Party at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. The irises are  at their peak during this annual event. This free event features a zoo exhibit, a stage performance,  face painting and other activities which are kid-friendly. Plan to attend the celebration 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. The gardens, a National Historic Site, are located on Upper Mountain Avenue in Upper Montclair.  The Historical Society of West Caldwell invites the public to an exhibit of local artists and their works, predating 1960. Art of Our Ancestors will open from noon-3 p.m, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, at the Zenas Crane Homestead, 289 Westville Ave. The works range from needlework and embroidery to paintings, and photography. Local artists such as Rachel Farrington, Josephine Mahon, Ludlow Thurston and Lawrence Wilbur will be represented in the exhibit, as well as works fashioned by local women- representative of cottage industries to earn supplemental income and as members of the Needlework Guild- the Caldwell Chapter, an early women’s volunteer and service organization. Local residents’ handcrafted works will be part of the display- the artists for several  pieces have not been identified. The historical society is seeking pictures of several artists, to display next to their works (Rachel Farrington, William Hasler and Josephine Mahon). The organization would  like to borrow these pictures for the duration of this exhibit.    The Banner from the War of 1812 will also be on display. This was handcrafted and used by the Caldwell Cavalry Troop, during the War of 1812; it has been restored. Another example of hand-crafted work- the first West Caldwell Post Office is also on  display at the Zenas Crane Homestead. The public is invited to view this exhibit at an Open House and Wine and Cheese Reception at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the Homestead. Contact me, Roxanne Douglas, at  (973) 226-8976,  or Beverly Crifasi,  (973) 226-4298, for further information and to loan artists’ photographs. The exhibit will be on display at the West Caldwell Public Library in July. Summer Program Essex County College, West Essex Campus, 730 Bloomfield Ave., will sponsor a summer program for children, 10-15 years old, featuring interesting courses and field trips. The program runs from Monday, July 8-Friday, Aug. 9. An Information Night will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4. Contact Patricia Alelov, director of Continuing Education for additional information, (973) 877-1945, email: alelov@essex.edu or by contacting this site: www.essex.edu/summercamps . Tomorrow, Friday, May 17, Walgreen’s of West Caldwell and its local business partners are holding a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come and speak to representatives of Salon Sociel, Chyten, Decal Designs, Gennaro Cucina and State Farm  Insurance (Carlos J.Capellan, agent) who will speak of their respective organizations’ services available to the public. This spring fundraiser, in support of exceptional children, will feature music, prizes and food. Those attending are asked to make a donation in support of Pathways for Exceptional Children, 4 Cherokee Court, Montville, N.J., 07045. Pease contact Melinda Jennis for further information on this non-profit organization, (973) 856-9587 or by e-mail: jennismk@gmail.com. The event will be held at the front entrance to Walgreen’s.    Remember those who fought and died to preserve our values and way of life by attending the local Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27, commencing at the corner of Bloomfield and Forest avenues, Caldwell, and ending at the Gazebo, in West Caldwell. Honor all who served by attending the Memorial Day program and ceremony held at the Gazebo in Crane Park, West Caldwell, at the parade’s conclusion. Keep these men and women in your thoughts and prayers. A Happy Father’s Day to all the beloved men who fulfill this role of loving dad, uncle and grandfather. May your day be as special as you are!  

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