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“Art in the Gardens”Features Music & Dance
over the Columbus Day Weekend, Oct. 10-13


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, October 10th and continuing through Monday, Columbus Day, October 13th. This annual event is coordinated by the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Union County Department of Parks & Community Renewal.

“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 Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “The Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to have this annual event in Union County.”

The weekend’s scheduled performances are:

Friday, October 10th:

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.:

Robert Young, Friends of Jazz of Plainfield;

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.:

Mirror Image Quartet of Edison, a cappella singing;

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.:

EMET of Elizabeth, Meditation in Motion;

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.:

Elizabeth High School Dance Dynamics;

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.:

Ambiance of Elizabeth, vocal and instrumental performances.


Saturday, October 11th:

11:00 – Noon:

University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla Traditional String Ensemble;

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.:

Samahan of Carteret, Philippine Folkdance;

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.:

Leon Pressley of Elizabeth, jazz instrumentalist;

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.:

Consecution, performance of original music;

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.:

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

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.:

Chinese American Music Ensemble (CAME) of Westfield, chorus and individual instrumental performances.


Sunday, October 12th:

11:00 – 12 Noon:

Kean Dance Theatre;

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.:

Yasko Koko, jazz soloist of Garwood;

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.:

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

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.:

La Danse of Linden;

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.:

Kenny Woods of Summit, singer/songwriter.


Monday, October 13th:

11:30 – 12 Noon:

Guilianna Viera, City of Elizabeth Idol Winner;

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.:

Gabriel Scholis of Elizabeth, instrumental performance;

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.:

Jill Cagney of Cranford, singer/songwriter;

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.:

Anne Marie Noronha of Scotch Plains, classical pianist;

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.:

Jazz Duo of Lauren Shub and Hal Hirsch of Westfield;

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. E-mail: culturalinfo@ucnj.org.