Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 3, 2014

“Art in the Gardens” Features Music & Dance at The Outlet Collection – Jersey Gardens, Oct. 11-13

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that “Art in the Gardens,” an October celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, will take place over the Columbus Day weekend, October 11ththrough October 13th at The Outlet Collection – Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

“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 Saturday and continuing through Monday. This annual event is coordinated by the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Union County Department of Parks & Recreation.

“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 Christopher Hudak. “The Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to have this annual event in Union County.”

The weekend’s scheduled performances are:

Saturday, October 11th:

11 a.m. – Noon:  Blanca Rosas of Elizabeth, singer/songwriter;
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.:  Jill Cagney of Cranford, singer/songwriter;
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: University of Philippines Alumni Rondalla Traditional String Ensemble;
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Moshi Moshi Band – Anime/Video Game Music;
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.:  Oxygen Box Band, Soul, Rock Reggae Band;
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: United Youth of New Jersey – Elite Drill Team of Superior Drummers, Rap Performance and Theatrical Dancers of Elizabeth.

Sunday, October 12th:

11:00 a.m. – Noon:  Jefferson Arts Liberty Dancers of Elizabeth;
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.:  Ritmos de Mi Tierra – Traditional Colombian Dancing;
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.:  Yasko & Kokonuts of Garwood, jazz performers;
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Shubanjali School Performing Arts of Scotch Plains – Indian Classical Dance;
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Kenny Woods of Summit, singer/songwriter.

Monday, October 13th:

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.:  Kathleen McMahon of Scotch Plains – Belly Dancing;
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.:  Jazz Vocalist Lauren Shub with Pianist Ilya Maslov;
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.:  Framework Acoustic Jazz Quartet.

The Outlet Collection – Jersey Gardens will host Art in the Gardens in its brand new Center Court, which was recently renovated as part of a $30 million remodel of the mall.

“We are excited to continue this fabulous celebration of the arts in Union County,” said Crystal Stell, Marketing Director for The Outlet Collection. “We are continually impressed 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,” Ms. Stell added. “Our shoppers come from all over the tri-state area and beyond; this is an opportunity to showcase our local talent.”

The Outlet Collection – Jersey Gardens 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.

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