FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2007

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, (908) 527-4419
Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746


“Art in the Gardens” Features Music & Dance
over the Columbus Day Weekend, Oct. 5-8

ELIZABETH, NJ – “Art in the Gardens,” an October celebration of National Art and Humanities Month, takes place Columbus Day Weekend at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, New Jersey’s largest outlet mall. “Art in the Gardens” features instrumental, vocal and dance performances in the Center Court of the Mall. This year, a Big Columbus Day Weekend Splash is planned with free performances starting on Friday, Oct. 5th and continuing through Monday, Columbus Day, Oct. 8th. This annual event is coordinated by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Department of Economic Development.

“Art in the Gardens is an excellent opportunity for a busy Union County venue to host local talent and present it to a wide and diverse audience,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “The Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to have this annual event in Union County.”

The weekend’s scheduled performances are:

Friday, October 5:

11:00 a.m. – 12 noon

Abraham Clark High School Chorus of Roselle

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

Hillside High School Marching Band

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Homiler Elie Phanor of Hillside, piano instrumental

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Emet of Elizabeth, Meditation in Motion

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

A’daila of Elizabeth, vocal with piano

Saturday, October 6:

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

H.E.R.I.T.A.G.E., Inc. Show Choir of Plainfield

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

The David Aaron Jazz Trio of Union

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Samahan of Carteret, Philippine Folkdance

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Consecution, performance of original music

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

University of the Philippines Alumni & Friend Rondalla Traditional String Ensemble

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Jill Cagney of Cranford, singer/songwriter

Sunday, October 7:

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Kathleen McMahon presents The Gypsies & Genies Dance Ensemble of Scotch Plains

11:45 – 12:45 p.m.

Kean Dance Theatre

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Taste of Tango with TEATRO Si of Cranford,
Tango Argentino Dance Demonstration & Lessons

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

The Drum & Dance Learning Center

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Singer/songwriter Erica Diaz of Union

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Trio Cristal of Clifton, Spanish love songs

Monday, October 8:

11:00 a.m. – 12 noon

Amy Marie Keller of Roselle Park, singer/songwriter

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Robert Young, Friends of Jazz of Plainfield

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Anne Marie Noronha of Scotch Plains, classical piano

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Kenny Woods of Warren, singer/songwriter

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Shubanjali School of Performing Arts, ethnic Indian classical and folk dance

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

Yasko Koko, a jazz soloist of Garwood

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Rahway Valley “JerseyAires” Barbershop Quartet of Cranford

“Since opening its doors in October 1999, Jersey Gardens has become the center of the community; therefore, it is a natural fit for us to host the celebration of the arts in Union County,” said Crystal Stell, Marketing Director for Jersey Gardens. “We have been overwhelmed by the local talent right here in our own backyard.”

“Our goal is to raise awareness of the arts in Union County and the many artists who deserve recognition for their achievements. Our shoppers come from all over the tri-state area and beyond; this is an opportunity to showcase our local talent,” Ms. Stell added.

Jersey Gardens, New Jersey’s largest outlet shopping mall is located on Kapkowski Road at Exit 13A of the New Jersey Turnpike and features 200 stores all under one roof.

For more information about “Art in the Gardens,” contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone (908) 558-2550. New Jersey Relay Users dial 711 or send e-mail to