In the spirit of the National Memorial Day Program, the Cranford Memorial Day Committee will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27, 2019. Members of the Governing body of Garwood will participate in the parade and all residents are encouraged to attend.
The parade will assemble at 8:30 a.m. at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey. Marching will start at 9 a.m. The parade will finish with services at approximately 10 a.m. at Memorial Park on Springfield Avenue. In case of inclement weather, services only will be held at the Community Center.
Friday, June 28th 5-7pm
$10 per person donation
Light food and spirits
RSVP by June 24th to Kim Wolf at 908-654-5200.
We are also seeking gi basket donations. Promote your business!
A benefit for Alzheimer’s New Jersey!
Visit the western frontier with RIDE, a concert of original music inspired by vocalist and guitarist Marc Berger’s lifelong love affair with the American West. RIDE captures the vastness and romance of the West while exploring its deep roots in the American psyche. Marc’s life has been about pursuing twin passions: creating and recording his American roots songs and exploring remote areas of the desert and mountain West. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.
After signing his first publishing contract while in law school, Marc Berger fronted rock bands and performed regularly in New York City clubs like CBGB, Wetlands, and The Knitting Factory. All through this period, he’d find ways to get into the West, picking up details from fellow wilderness junkies about off the beaten path locales and filing them away for future reference. On one of these trips, he became intrigued by the cover of The Big It, a book of short stories by A.B. Guthrie he found on a revolving paperback rack in a Navajo reservation trading post. It got him thinking about using his travels to create a set of songs in the cultural tradition of writers like Guthrie and visual artists like John Ford and Frederick Remington. With co-producer Mike Ricciardi, he recorded RIDE, ten cinematic recordings reflecting his romantic connection to the American West and exploring the value of its myths to contemporary culture.
Marc’s performed at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival and The Kerrville and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals and has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts. His song The Last One was a staple of Richie Havens’ concerts for years and has been quoted in the NY Times and featured on The CBS Evening News. For more information, please visit http://www.marcbergermusic.com
No registration is required for this free event. The Cranford Community Center is located at 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016, and is accessible to all. For more information about the Cranford Public Library, visit www.cranfordlibrary.org.
In the Cranford Community Center on Saturday, September 7 at 2:00 pm, the Theater Project will present a staged, script-in-hand reading of Death Club, a comedy by playwright and screenwriter Stephanie Griffin. What happens when the patriarch of the Lenora family funeral parlor dies? The social life of the neighborhood elders and the future of the remaining Lenora family is thrown into disarray. The Theater Project is an acclaimed professional theater group and the winner of two NJ Tony Awards. Admission is free and all are welcome.
A comedy by Stephanie Griffin
What happens when the patriarch of the Lenora family funeral parlor dies? The social life of the neighborhood elders and the future of the remaining Lenora family is thrown into disarray.
The play opens in the viewing room of the Lenora Funeral Parlor. Theresa is preparing the body of her father – in – law – for viewing. His death puts in motion a spiral for his son, his daughter – in – law and 2 neighborhood regulars mourners. If they sell the funeral parlor, will the mourners have to resort to Bingo?
Stephanie Griffin is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, with works performed across the metropolitan area, (including NJ Repertory, Judson Church, Hoboken Theatre Festival, Dixon Place, Gallery Players) and published by Smith & Kraus. She is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild, ICWP, Theater Project & PDC.
Monday evening Cranford is playing host to a public presentation by the Regional Plan Association on their report, “A Preventable Crisis, The Economic and Human Costs of a Hudson River Rail Tunnel Shutdown.” It starts at 6:30 and will be held in the Community Center.
The Cranford Recreation & Parks Department would like to announce that registration for Fall AND Winter programs begins on Tuesday,
September 10th, at 9:00am. Our Fall/Winter brochure, which lists all programs, will be mailed to Cranford residents and may also be viewed
on line at www.cranfordnj.org/recreation-parks or by following us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CranfordRecreationAndParks and/or
Instagram at www.instagram.com/CranfordRecreationAndParks. All programs are for Cranford residents only. We are strongly encouraging registration for all classes to be done online through Community Pass. Online registration will enable you to register 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to make payment by credit card and to receive the latest program updates as they occur through your account. You may access your existing account or create a new accounts by visiting https://register.communitypass.net/cranford. If you would like assistance to register online or have any other questions, please stop by the Recreation Department or call (908) 709-7283.
Calling all Cranford Tourologists to spend the day on a spectacular walking tour to
Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate, Sleepy Hollow, NY
A majestic paradise with sweeping river views!
Kykuit was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. His business acumen made him, in his day, the richest man in America. Now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this extraordinary landmark has been continuously and meticulously maintained for more than 100 years.
Your Classic Tour includes the main floor of the house, art galleries, inner garden, golf room and coach barn. 2 hours 15 minutes including the shuttle bus ride. Round trip transportation, the Classic Tour and lunch included.
Fee PP $88 (Limited space available)
Day Tours are organized by Cranford Recreation Staff.
*Departure from Orange Avenue Pool Parking Lot-8:00 AM.
Notes: We recommend all Kykuit tours for ages 10 and up. They are not recommended for ages 5 and under, Strollers and backpack carriers are not permitted inside the house, but can be stored in the free lockers provided at the Kykuit Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor. Neither the Classic Tour nor the Landmark Tour is wheelchair accessible due to the nature of the terrain. Historic Hudson Valley events are held rain or shine. All attendees must sign waiver.
Reservations booked directly through Cranford Recreation Center online or via phone. https://register.communitypass.net/Cranford 908-709-7283
Bring the KIDS to The Chelsea at Fanwood for Pumpkin Decorating!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25TH
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
EVERYTHING IS SUPPLIED!
RSVP BY OCT. 21, 908-654-5200. LIMITED SEATING.
We scroll, we post, we comment for hours each day. We have shortened our attention span and stared at our phones while sitting and eating with our loved ones and closest friends, our attention focused on the screen. This symposium is not designed to say that smartphones are bad, but to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals and families as we continue on this road of rapid technological breakthroughs. It is important to be aware of the adverse effects that smartphones and new technologies may cause, especially for youths.
This program will be led by Assistant Director of Community Prevention at Prevention Links, Sean Keagan Foley, MSW, LSW. This program is sponsored by the Cranford Public Library and Cranford Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Prevention Links.
Hudson Shakespeare presents Marlowe’s chilling tragedy, directed by Jon Ciccarelli.
Doctor Faustus makes an offer that Mephistopheles, a servant of the devil, can’t refuse. He will sign away his soul in exchange for 24 years of life -and Mephistopheles at his beck and call. Faustus embarks on a journey through time and space in search of life’s meaning. Who will he meet? Where will he travel to? What will he learn? And ultimately – what happens when his time is up?
The Hudson Shakespeare Company has presented over 100 productions since 1992, including an annual Shakespeare festival, modern theater and educational programs. They are known for producing many lesser-known and lesser-performed works “in order to expose audiences to all facets of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama.” This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.
The Theater Project will present a staged, script-in-hand reading of an original play by Brooklyn playwright Andrew Barnes, followed by a discussion with the audience, director, playwright and cast. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.
37A is an inmate at an immigration detention faculty in London. Through his unthinkable toil, a new strength emerges as he learns to navigate his situation with little help from the outside. 37A serves as a reminder that we cannot become numb to what happens around us.
Brooklyn playwright, director and actor Andrew Barnes has his BA in Theatre Arts from Drew University and his MA in Theatre Arts with a concentration on new work development and solo performance from Middlesex University. His play Canarsie was a part of this same reading series last year. His other works include Pulse (Pridefest 2019), Road Trippin’ (winner of Oxnam Playwriting Award), The ABC’s of Sexuality (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016), and Exhibit 1.1 (Grove Theatre MU).
The Theater Project is an acclaimed professional theater group and the winner of two New Jersey Tony Awards. Learn more about them at www.thetheaterproject.org.
Admission is free and all are welcome. For information about the Cranford Public Library, the Friends of the Cranford Public Library, and other upcoming events, visit the Cranford Public Library page at cranfordlibrary.org. The Cranford Community Center is accessible to all.
Cranford Community Blood Drive Sponsored by Cranford Jaycees
Saturday, January 11, 2020 10am – 4pm
Cranford Community Center
220 Walnut Street
Appointments appreciated. To schedule an appointment go to http://tinyurl.com/GiveBloodNJBS sponsor code is 16077
All donors at NYBC January drives will be entered into a sweepstake for a trip for 2 to Cancun.
The Theater Project returns in 2020 with live, script-in-hand readings of original plays, followed by discussions with the playwright, director, cast, and audience. NJ actor, director, and writer Dennis D’Aprile will debut “Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son,” a new work based on George Horace Lorimer’s 1903 book about a wealthy man grooming his son to take over the family business by making him start at the bottom, as portrayed in comparison to our modern measures of success.
The Cranford Public Library presents Hollywood hits! January’s film will be “Judy.” Set in late 1968 and early 1969, “Judy” portrays Judy Garland hustling in Swinging London after successfully securing an engagement in Talk of the Town. Behind the scenes, her tumultuous life continues on, battling with her manager and her ex-husband.
The popular Readers Forum book club meets monthly in the Cranford Public Library. New members are always welcome! Sessions are on Monday at 7:00 pm in the Fridlington Room. Questions? Call the Reference Desk at 908-709-7272, or email [email protected]. The library can’t guarantee a copy of each book for every participant, but every effort will be made to obtain multiple copies.
January’s title is “Educated” by Tara Westover (2018): An extraordinary memoir of a woman who grew up in Idaho off the grid testifying to the irrepressible thirst to learn.