Sip! Socialize! Celebrate! LunchBOX Grand Opening Event will take place 5-9pm on Thursday, April 23. The doors are open, and it's time to celebrate! Pop in anytime between 5-9 p.m. Thursday, April 23, to celebrate the grand opening of LunchBOX (A WAXING SALON) in Westfield. Celebrate with the waxologists, and meet owners Ed and Patrick. Enjoy a glass of wine, or toast with a beer or other beverage.This event is open to the public and coincides with Girls' Night Out, an annual town stroll for women to discover unique shops, get pampered with promotions and relax with refreshments.
See you soon! Happy hour's on them!
Tour: See the suites, meet the waxologists
Win: Automatic entry in drawing for prizes
Toast: Enjoy a drink and mingle with other Westfield residents
Ladies, It's that time again! Girls' Night Out is returning to Westfield, and you are invited! Discover unique shops, pamper yourself with promotions, and relax with complimentary refreshments as you stroll among the retailers in Downtown Westfield, NJ. Be one of the first 1,300 lucky ladies to register and receive a complimentary gift (a secret until arrival)! Rain or shine. Don't miss it. Register Now!
Patricia & Paul is proud to have Celebrity Chef and Author Maria Liberati as our special guest Saturday April 25th from 11:00am to 12:30pm for a delicious sampling and book signing at 20 Elm Street Westfield.
Former International Supermodel, Gourmand World Award Winning Author Maria Liberati is noted for her expertise in Italian culinary arts, wine and culture. Maria is the creator of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati™ BLOG and trademark and will soon be hosting her own PBS TV Series based on her book series and Blog. The series will film in different regions of Italy and will air nationally on PBS in late 2015
Art Appraisal and Restoration Fair at Evalyn Dunn Gallery
Enjoy an Art Appraisal and Restoration Fair at Evalyn Dunn Gallery in Westfield, NJ, Saturday April 25, 10:30am - 5pm.
This is a terrific opportunity to find out the market value of that piece that has been hanging in your family's home for generations. Perhaps you need an expert to look at your work to discuss cleaning or restoration which is so often needed.
Evaluations and estimates for restoration will be provided by Jason Crafts, owner/operator of The Gilt Complex. Mr Crafts has over 20 years of experience as a fine art conservator and gold leaf gilder.
Verbal evaluations and appraisals will be provided by The Fine Art Concierge's Cliff Bailer (certified appraiser). Arrangements can be made for more in-depth written appraisals for a fee.
PLEASE CALL TO BOOK YOUR 15 MINUTE APPOINTMENT.
WHILE THERE IS NO FEE, Evalyn Dunn is ASKING their CLIENTS TO DONATE $25 TO THE WESTFIELD UNITED FUND.
It is their mission to help members of our local Westfield area communities who need care and social services. They support programs and services that address the needs of individuals, families, teens, children and seniors, including those with physical and psychological disabilities. The United Fund's goal is to be a community resource for residents in need as well as those looking to give back.
New Jersey Festival Orchestra Masquerade Gala 2015
The NJFO Board of Trustees cordially invites you to support the Arts at the NJFO Gala 2015 Masquerade, Saturday, April 25. Enjoy an enchanting evening of gourmet dining, music, dancing and fabulous live and silent auctions offering unique goods and experiences! The festivites take place at Shackamaxon Country Club, 1607 Shackamaxon Drive, Scotch Plains, NJ. Cocktails begin at 6:30pm followed by dinner at 7:30pm. Mask optional, black tie optional. All are welcome! Individual tickets $185 pp, sponsor tickets and tables available. For tickets and information, call 908.232.9400 or visit www.njfestivalorchestra.org.
Exhibit: The Hat Matters - From Function to Frivolity
Sunday, April 19th & Sunday, April 26th from 2:00 - 4:00 PM (other times by arrangement)
Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center - 314 Mountain Avenue
The Westfield Historical Society presents a special exhibit. Come and see how the fashionable hats of today were the necessary and functioning definition of individuals throughout history.
The object on the head defines the person who wore it. For example, the Egyptian Pharaohs wore the hats of Lower and Upper Egypt, the Greeks donned the headband, the turban defined Hinduism in India and the Fez in Turkey. In Colonial times the three pointed (Tri-fold) hat was worn by the Colonials in America. During the Edwardian period, known for the reign of Edward VII in Great Britain, ladies' hats were embellished with feathers, fur, flowers, and tulle. Today we see FTD trucks delivering flowers with the symbol of the Greek god Hermes wearing the Petasos hat on his head for swift message delivery.
This exhibit will focus mainly on the early 20th century hats of both men and women. For instance, a Top hat and the Bowler hat that were most prevalent in the TV series "Downton Abbey" will be on view as examples while similar ladies' hats depict the Crawley family's everyday activities. A favorite Halloween 'witch' hat or a celebratory New Year's Eve hat will be part of the “fun” exhibit. Hats for special occasions such as tiaras for a crown worn by brides at weddings, sports figure baseball hats worn by Westfield's own Jeff Torborg, and Olympic games hats with a collection of pins will be included. The WHS collection of historic hats worn by police, firemen and Mr. Edgar Reeves' World War II air raid helmets will also be on display. In addition, Marion Schwartz, the Westfield milliner of Joy Design, will display and sell her beautiful hats. There is a suggested $5 per person goodwill donation to help support the ongoing work of the Westfield Historical Society.
Mark your calendars; don't miss this unusual display of headgear from our historic past.
N & C Jewelers Celebrates First Anniversary in Westfield
N & C Jewelers (Nabig & Carmen formerly of Michael Kohn Jewelers for over 35 years) is celebrating their first anniversary at their store at 102 Quimby Street in Downtown Westfield, NJ. They will be hosting an Open House on Friday, May 1st, and Saturday, May 2nd and offering a 25% discount on everything in the store during the month of May (excluding special orders and repairs). Every customer who visits the store in May will also receive a free gift and can enter their drawing for a beautiful diamond necklace.
Specializing in fine jewelry, watches, custom pieces and repairs, Nabig and Carmen have earned a reputation of unparalleled customer service and trustworthiness from their loyal client base. Whether you are looking for a signature piece of jewelry or a gift, N & C Jewelers can provide you with a vast selection of the latest or classic designs. Visit N & C Jewelers on Facebook. Arrange an appointment by calling 908.233.3380 or by email to email@example.com.
Picture: Attending the ribbon cutting of N & C Jewelers, 102 Quimby Street when they opened in May 2014 were: Jeff Christakos, Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) Economic Development Committee, Gene Jannotti, Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Nabig Sakr, Jr., Kim Sakr, Nabig Sakr, Co-Owner of N & C Jewelers, Carmen Cascao, Co-Owner of N & C Jewelers, Mayor Andy Skibitsky, Edgar Cascao, James Cascao, and Sam Della Fera, Westfield Town Councilman & DWC Liaison. Photo courtesy of Anna Christakos for Downtown Westfield Corporation.
May 2nd is the first National Independent Bookstore Day and is modeled after the very successful California Bookstore Day. The day is designed to be an opportunity for indie bookstores across the country to drive traffic to their stores and increase awareness of the importance the culture of books, reading and indie bookselling. The day is meant to celebrate of everything independent bookstores do right! To celebrate the day, The Town Book Store has invited local author, designer, and mom Carla Komar to visit us from 2-4 PM. She will read her very first children’s book titled, Everybody Loves Hazel. There will be a fun and colorful raffle, small giveaways, and special Hazel treats for all!! For more information visit their website at www.townbookstore.com or call 908-233-3535.
On Saturday evening, May 2, 2015 at 8:00 P.M., Choral Art Society of New Jersey will present a new work by director and composer, Martin Sedek, based on Antonio Vivaldi's famous The Four Seasons. Entitled The Four Seasons: A Cantata, this innovative composition features choral settings of Vivaldi's own sonnets, which were the inspiration for his familiar string conerto. In writing the cantata for Choral Art, Mr. Sedek has used some of Vivaldi's themes in a wholly modern accessible style thus creating a unique re-imagining of The Four Seasons as a choral fantasy.
The program, entitled "Viva Vivaldi" includes the world premier of The FourSeasons: A Cantata and Vivaldi's beloved Gloria, both accompanied by a full string orchestra. Joining the choir will be violin soloist Leslie Parker and soprano Eileen Cooper. The audience is invited to meet the composer and solo artists at a reception after the performance.
This highly anticipated concert and reception will be held at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, corner of East Broad Street and Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ. Tickets are $20./$15. and may be purchased at the door. For more information about this special event, Mr. Sedek and Choral Art Society of NJ, please visit www.casofnj.org.
Westfield Memorial Libray offers program on Impressionism
Program on Impressionism at Westfield Memorial Library
(April 20, 2015) – On Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 pm, the Westfield Memorial Library will present a program titled, “Making a Good Impressionism.” The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.
Michael Norris, Ph.D., a former Museum Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will be the presenter. He will discuss how the French impressionists painted a passing perception. With the advent of and under the shadow of photography and its potential for realism, French Impressionist painters created new images quivering with energy and emotion.
American painters were also influenced by this movement. Dr. Norris will discuss American Impressionists and show the slides of their paintings that appear in the Montclair Art Museum, the Princeton University Art Museum and the Newark Museum.
Dr. Norris has given lectures for over twenty years in Classical and Medieval Art, his areas of expertise.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.
Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”
The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first Professional Women’s Luncheon on May 6th from 11:30 am to 2:00pm at the Westwood in Garwood. Come listen to inspirational women as they share lessons and advise to assist in promoting you in your professional journey. Karin Abarbanel, co-author of Birthing the Elephant: The Woman’s Go-For-It! Guide to Overcoming the Big Challenges of Launching a Business, will discuss the 5 Secrets of Successful Women Entrepreneurs. The second speaker is Loraine Kasprzak, co-author of Impactful Solutions to Drive Business. Loraine will discuss how to turn your personal brand into marketing magic. There will be time to network and make community connections. To register, call the Chamber or visit their webiste. The first 100 women to register will receive a free tote bag. This event is sponsored by Northfield Bank, Round Table Wealth Management, and The Mavins Group. $25/person. 908.233.3021. www.gwaccnj.com.
The Jewish Film Festival of Central NJ Comes to the Rialto Theater in Westfield, April 28 - May 27
Enjoy the 10th Anniversary of the Jewish Film Festival of Central NJ with five great films, April 28 - May 27. All films start at 7:30pm at the Rialto Theater, 250 E. Broad St. in Westfield. There is plenty of seating, with screening in two auditoriums.
Enjoy dinner before the movie with one of their restaurant partners: Akai Sushi Lounge, Amuse, Limani Seafood Grill, Westfield Diner.
Director: Roberta Grossman Country: USA, 2014 Language: English Running Time: 90 minutes
Produced by Nancy Spielberg, sister of Steven Spielberg
FREE popcorn on opening night!
In 1948, just three years after the liberation of the Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish-American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in the War of Independence. This ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery, sacrifice and renewed Jewish pride. Above and Beyond brings together interviews and stunning aerial footage to present a fascinating, little-known tale filled with heart, heroism and high-flying chutzpah.
The Art Dealer (L’Antiquaire) Thursday, May 7 • 7:30 P
Director: François Margolin Country: France, 2014 Language: French with English subtitles Running Time: 95 minutes
Esther Stegmann, a young Jewish journalist in Paris, finds herself caught up in a web of betrayal and complicity as she investigates stolen family paintings and uncovers a story that has been carefully buried for decades by those closest to her. Director François Margolin lends the lightest of touches to this dark tale. Anna Sigalevitch, who is best known for her work in The Piano Teacher, Flight of the Red Balloon and Belle Epíne, gives a captivating performance as a desperate woman searching for the truth in a past shrouded in mystery.
Underwritten by: Eli & Sue Rauch/Rauch Family Charitable Trust
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Wednesday, May 13 • 7:30 P
Directors: Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz Country: Israel, 2014 Language: Hebrew with English subtitles Running Time: 115 minutes
In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimize a marriage or its dissolution which is only possible with full consent from the husband. In this expertly written, brilliantly acted film, Viviane Amsalem struggles against her passive-aggressive husband and the rabbinical judges to end her marriage. From her first day in court to her last, the process will take Viviane five years of frustration, stonewalling and humiliation, during which she struggles to remain dignified and determined. The film judiciously alternates between scathing drama and bitter comedy.
2015 Golden Globe Nominee – Best Foreign Film Best Film – 2014 Israel Ophir Awards
Underwritten by: Women’s Philanthropy Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ
Director: Emmanuel Naccache Country: France, 2014 Language: French with English subtitles Running Time: 110 minutes
It’s February 18, 2010; photos on the front page of newspapers all over the world reveal Israeli Mossad agents caught assassinating Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior commander of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, one month earlier in Dubai. Mossad chiefs are the most surprised of all since they know for certain that the leaders of the assassination have nothing to do with them. An investigation is launched to uncover the intentions of these mysterious killers whose ultimate goal is surprising and unexpected.
Save the date... A Tour of Notable Homes, presented by the Friends of NJ Festival Orchestra, will be held Saturday May 9th 10am-3pm. Five distinguished homes representing a range of architectural influences and design sensibilities generously open their doors to benefit the NJ Festival Orchestra. For details, visit http://www.njfestivalorchestra.org/homestour_njfo.php.
NJ Festival Orchestra Season Finale: Carmina Burana
“O Fortuna!” The NJFO season culminates here at the Presbyterian Church Westfield on Saturday May 30th at 7pm with a monumental performance of one of the best known and most loved choral/orchestral works of the 20th century, Orff's Carmina Burana. Join NJFO and Pro Arte Chorale on a robust musical journey capturing the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the emergence of Spring, and the hollow pleasures of drinking, gluttony, gambling, and lust! David Wroe conducts. Tickets $26 -$75, students $13.