ELIZABETH, NJ – “Art in the Gardens,” an October celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, takes place over the Columbus Day Weekend, Oct. 8-11, at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth. “Art in the Gardens” features instrumental, vocal and dance performances in the Center Court of the Mall. This year, the Columbus Day Weekend Splash is planned with free performances starting on Friday, Oct. 8, and continuing through Monday, Oct. 11. 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 Daniel Sullivan. “The Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to have this annual event in Union County.”
The weekend’s scheduled performances are:
Friday, October 8th:
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Kenny Woods of Summit, singer/songwriter;
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: EMET of Elizabeth, Meditation in Motion;
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Jazz Duo of Lauren Shub & Hal Hirsch;
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Dance Dynamics of Elizabeth.
Saturday, October 9th:
11:00 a.m. – Noon: Kathleen McMahon of Nursing Wisdom presents Gypsies and Genies;
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Samahan Cultural Heritage, Philippine Folkdance;
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Elizabeth Idol Contestants;
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Jill Cagney of Cranford, singer/songwriter;
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Chinese American Music Ensemble of Westfield, chorus and individual instrumental performances;
Sunday, October 10th:
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Yasko & Kokonuts of Garwood, jazz performers;
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla String Ensemble;
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: The JerseyAires, A Cappella Chorus;
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Kean Dance Theatre of Kean University;
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Shubanjali School of Performing Arts, Scotch Plains, ethnic Indian dance;
Monday, October 11th:
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Audience Participation! Fad Dances and Folkloric Favorites;
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Musical performance by Dario Scholis & Adrien Riofrio of Elizabeth.
“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 in Elizabeth 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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