Apr. 21-23, Apr. 28-30, and May 5-7, 2017
THEATRE
Things Being What They Are

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre presents “Things Being What They Are.” As Bill anxiously waits for his unfaithful wife and his furniture, he is visited by Jack, a divorced neighbor who suggests the loneliness of life after marriage. Wendy MacLeod’s play is a funny and wistful exploration of love, loss, masculinity, and the needs that bring people together and drive them apart.

Oakes Center
120 Morris Ave., Summit
8 pm Fri. and Sat.; 2 pm on Sun.
$20 – $35
800-838-3006
Wheelchair accessible
Apr. 30, 2017
PANEL DISCUSSION
Genocide Survivors & Descendants

Scotch Plains Public Library presents “Voices from the Margins: Connecting Our Stories.” Panel Discussion: Genocide Survivors and Descendants.

Scotch Plains Public Library
1927 Bartle Ave., Scotch Plains
1 pm
FREE
908-322-5007, x. 204
Wheelchair accessibe
May 5-7, May 12-14, May 19-20, 2017
THEATRE
Violet

The Summit Playhouse presents “Violet,” which tells of a young woman’s quest for beauty as she travels across the 1964 Deep South. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet dreams of a miraculous transformation through the healing power of a TV evangelist. Along the way, she forms unlikely friendships with her fellow riders, who teach her about beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider.

The Summit Playhouse
10 New England Ave., Summit
8 pm Fri. and Sat.; 2 pm on Sun.
$25 Adults, $20.00 Students (18 and under)
Box Office: 908-273-2192
Wheelchair accessible
May 6, 13, 19-21, 2017
Theater
‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ by by Dale Wasserman from the novel by Ken Kesey

A dramatic comedy by Dale Wasserman from the novel by Ken Kesey. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is directed by Ken Webb, and produced by Steve Lemenille. When Randle Patrick McMurphy, a charming rogue, gets transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, he assumes it will be a less restrictive environment. But the martinet Nurse Ratched runs the psychiatric ward with an iron fist, keeping her patients cowed through abuse, medication and sessions of electroconvulsive therapy. The battle of wills between the rebellious McMurphy and the inflexible Ratched soon affects all the ward’s patients.

Westfield Community Players, 1000 North Avenue West, Westfield, NJ 07090

8 pm on May 6, 13, 19, 20
2 pm on May 21

www.westfieldcommunityplayers.org

Box Office: 908-232-1221
$20 adults  |  $10 active military & students
10% discount on groups of 20 or more.
May 21, 2017
CONCERT
Crescent Concerts, “The Poet Sings”

The Crescent Singers present favorite poems set to exquisite music.

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield
3 pm
$20 General; $15 Seniors; $5 Students
908-756-2468

Made possible in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.

May 21, 2017
CONCERT
Summit Symphony Orchestra presents “Masters at Work
 
Summit Symphony Orchestra presents “Masters at Work,” performing Der Freischutz Overture by Weber; Violin Concerto #3 by Saint-Saens – featuring Evelyn Estava on violin; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
 
Summit High School
125 Kent Place Blvd., Summit
3 pm
FREE

Made possible in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs

Jun. 5, 2017
BOOK DISCUSSION
Americanah, by Chimamanda Nozi Adichie
 
Scotch Plains Public Library presents “Voices from the Margins: Connecting Our Stories.”
 
Book Discussion: Americanah, by Chimamanda Nozi Adichie.
Scotch Plains Public Library
1927 Bartle Ave., Scotch Plains
6:30 pm
FREE
908-322-5007, x. 204
Wheelchair accessible
Apr. 3 –  Jun. 9, 2017
ART GALLERY EXHIBIT
“Junk Food Mania” – Works by Gina Minichino

Photos of paintings and drawings by Gina Minichino of Westfield, an exploration of processed and prepared foods.

Pearl Street Gallery, Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs
633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth
8:30 to 4:30, weekdays except holidays
FREE
Apr. 20, 2017
KIDS MUSIC/ACTIVITY
Bonk Expressive Percussion for Kids

Join the fun. It’s free!

Linden Public Library
31 E. Henry St. Linden
FREE
3:30 pm
Apr. 20, 2017
HISTORY PRESENTATION
The Life of a Revolutionary Foot Soldier

Presentation by Mr. Damien Cregeau, historian and re-enactor, in the full uniform and kit of a typical Revolutionary War foot soldier. He will talk about the various challenges the soldiers faced, including not just battles, but also foraging for food, finding or constructing shelters, procuring clothing and trying to stay healthy. Mr. Cregeau also will explain the components of his clothing and kit, including his flintlock musket.

FREE
Snyder Academy
42 Broad Street, Elizabeth
10:30 am
www.snyderacademy.org or 908-353-2131 
Apr. 22, 2017
THEATRE/HISTORY PRESENTATION
“Shakespeare Show”

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with the Actors Shakespeare Company’s special presentation in honor of the Bard.

FREE
Snyder Academy
42 Broad Street, Elizabeth
2 pm
www.snyderacademy.org or 908-353-2131 
Apr. 23, 2017
WORKSHOP & HISTORIC CEMETERY TOUR
Wise Owl Workshop – “Desecration to Restoration: A Tale of Cemetery Vandalism”

Learn about the restoration and revival of several historic cemeteries, and the challenges of maintaining and protecting historic cemeteries in the face of vandalism and neglect. Following the presentation, there will be a tour of the historic burial grounds of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth.

FREE
Snyder Academy
42 Broad Street, Elizabeth
2 pm
www.snyderacademy.org or 908-353-2131 
May 7, 2017
CONCERT
NJ Intergenerational Orchestra: “Grand Gestures”

NJIO performs its spring concert, featuring renowned NJSO associate concertmaster and violinist Brennan Sweet. Works by Respighi, Bruch, Beethoven and more, will be performed at this free concert. All four NJIO ensembles will perform (two full orchestras, a string ensemble, and a flute choir). Each includes both amateurs and professionals. Musicians range from age 5 to 85.

Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School
272 Morris Ave, Summit
3 pm
FREE
www.njio.org,  (908) 603-7691
Wheelchair accessible; large-print programs
Made possible by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
May 13, 2017
HISTORY FAIR
“Spirit of the Jerseys” State History Fair

Join Snyder Academy and other historic sites in Elizabeth at the New Jersey State Fair at the Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, NJ.

FREE
Snyder Academy
42 Broad Street, Elizabeth
11 am – 5 pm
May 16, 2017
KIDS ACTIVITY
Rizzo’s Reptiles

Join the fun. It’s free!

Linden Public Library
31 E. Henry St. Linden
FREE
3:30 pm
May 21, 2017
WORKSHOP
Wise Owl Workshop – “G is for Gravestone”

Fun for the whole family, this hands-on workshop will combine imagery, stories, game playing. Take a simulated journey through a cemetery together. Following the presentation, there will be a tour of the historic burial grounds of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth.

FREE
Snyder Academy
42 Broad Street, Elizabeth
2 pm
www.snyderacademy.org or 908-353-2131 
Jun. 7, 2017
CONCERT & RECEPTION
NJ Symphony Orchestra: “Cuban Voices”

Concert and reception to introduce The Snyder Academy’s Cuban Voices oral history project, an initiative that will record, preserve and disseminate the remarkable stories of the ’59ers, the Cuban immigrants, adult and children, who came to Elizabeth in the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution.

Snyder Academy
42 Broad Street, Elizabeth
7 pm
www.snyderacademy.org or 908-353-2131 
Jun. 12 – Aug. 11, 2017
ART GALLERY EXHIBIT
Photography by Richard Earl

Photos by Richard Earl of Westfield.

Pearl Street Gallery, Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs
633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth
8:30 to 4:30, weekdays except holidays
FREE
Jun. 21, 2017
MUSIC FOR KIDS
Big Jeff Concert

Join the fun. It’s free!

Linden Public Library
31 E. Henry St. Linden
FREE
2 pm
Jun. 28, Jul. 5, Jul. 12, Jul. 19 (4 sessions)
KIDS ACTIVITY
Mad Science (Brixology)

Join the fun and learn. It’s free!

Linden Public Library
31 E. Henry St. Linden
FREE
11 am
Jul. 7, 2017
FESTIVAL OF HISTORY & ACTIVITIES
2017 Celebrate HAMILTON

Join the Celebrate HAMILTON program: “Hamilton and his Associates in Elizabethtown.” A full day of events (in both English and Spanish) will highlight Hamilton’s relationships with key figures from Elizabeth, including Elias Boudinot, William Livingston and Jonathan Dayton.  Activities for the day will include historical talks and a book signing, a theatrical presentation, a concert and a history fair.

FREE
Snyder Academy
42 Broad Street, Elizabeth
10 am – 9 pm
www.snyderacademy.org or 908-353-2131 
Aug. 23, 2017
KIDS ACTIVITY
Beth and Scott

Join the fun. It’s free!

Linden Public Library
31 E. Henry St. Linden
FREE
10 am
Oct 14, 2017
HISTORY EVENT
Four Centuries in a Weekend
 
A Revolutionary War battle reenactment, campus tours and exhibits are planned as well as a special visit by General George Washington. Fun for the whole family!
 
FREE
Snyder Academy
42 Broad Street, Elizabeth
10 am – 5 pm
www.snyderacademy.org or 908-353-2131 
Aug. 14 – Oct. 20, 2017
ART GALLERY EXHIBIT
Photography by Sheilia Lenga
 
Photos by Shelia Lenga of Union
Pearl Street Gallery, Office of Cultural &Heritage Affairs
633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth
8:30 to 4:30, weekdays except holidays
FREE
Oct. 17, 2017
KIDS ACTIVITY
Zoom Balloons
 
Join the fun. It’s free!
Linden Public Library
31 E. Henry St., Linden
FREE
3:30 pm
Nov. 15, 2017
KIDS ACTIVITY
Megan Hicks…Storytelling/Origami

Join the fun. It’s free!

Linden Public Library
31 E. Henry St., Linden
FREE
3:30 pm
Dec. 12, 2017
KIDS MUSIC/ACTIVITY
Touch the Music
 
Linden Public Library
31 E. Henry St., Linden
FREE
3:30 pm
Oct. 23 – Dec. 29, 2017
ART GALLERY EXHIBIT
Photography by Leo Osorio
 
Photos by Leo Osorio of Elizabeth
Pearl Street Gallery, Office of Cultural &Heritage Affairs
633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth
8:30 to 4:30, weekdays except holidays
FREE
Ongoing
ACTIVITY
Art Expressions – Art Therapy Group

Healing Arts Program of Overlook Medical Center presents “Art Expressions” Art Therapy Group. This art therapy group for adults who have completed cancer treatment within the last 12 months, focuses on positive healing themes, including art experiences that explore inner strength, hope, and support. Creating art with an art therapist promotes relaxation. Studies show that art supports healing on all levels: mind, body, and spirit. Members of “Art Expressions” will create pieces of art that instill relaxation, increase self-awareness, and provide a safe forum for expression.

FREE
Overlook Medical Center
Oncology/Caregiver Conference Room
99 Beauvoir Ave., Summit
Call for more information: 908-522-6168