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“Music in the Mills” Features Music & Dance on Columbus Day Weekend, Oct. 10-12

Music at the MillsELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce “Music in the Mills” – formerly “Art in the Gardens” – an October celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, will take place Columbus Day Weekend, October 10th, 11th and 12th in The Mills at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

“Music in the Mills” 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.

“Music in the Mills 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 Mohamed S. Jalloh. “The Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to have this annual event in Union County.

The weekend’s scheduled performances are:

Saturday, October 11:

11:00 a.m. – Noon:  Jill Cagney of Cranford, singer/songwriter;

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.:  Jefferson Arts Liberty Dancers of Elizabeth;

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.:  Hayden Greyson of Summit, singer/songwriter;

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.:  You and Your Sister, musical performance;

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.:  Richard Nobrega Jr. of Union, classical and Latin guitar;

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.:  United Youth of New Jersey from Elizabeth, theatrical dance, hip-hop and rap.

 Sunday, October 12:

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.:  Blanca Rosas of Elizabeth, singer/songwriter;

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.:  Estilo Latino Dance Company of Elizabeth;

 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.:  Yasko & Kokonuts of Garwood, jazz performers;           

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.:  Moshi Moshi Band, anime/video game music;

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.:  Chinese-American Music Ensemble of Westfield.

Monday, October 13:

11:00 a.m. – noon:  Kathleen McMahon of Scotch Plains, belly dancing;

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: University of Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla Traditional String Ensemble;

 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.:  Jazz Vocalist Lauren Shub with Pianist Ilya Maslov;

 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.:  Ramapo Valley Ramblers, bluegrass band;

 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.:  Framework Acoustic Jazz Quartet.

The Mills at Jersey Gardens will host Music in the Mills in its 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 Fresco, Marketing Director for The Mills at Jersey Gardens. “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. Our shoppers come from all over the tri-state area and beyond; this is an opportunity to showcase our local talent,” Ms. Fresco added.

The Mills at 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 “Music in the Mills,” 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:

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