Cranford Calendar

May
27
Mon
2019
Cranford Memorial Day Parade 2019 @ Cranford Community Center
May 27 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Cranford Memorial Day Parade 2019 @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

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.

Jun
28
Fri
2019
The Chelsea at Fanwood Tricky Tray Fundraiser 2019 @ The Chelsea at Fanwood
Jun 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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!

Jul
22
Mon
2019
Concert: RIDE with Marc Berger @ Cranford Community Center
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Concert: RIDE with Marc Berger @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

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.

Sep
7
Sat
2019
Staged Readings – Theater Project: “Death Club” @ Cranford Community Center
Sep 7 @ 2:00 pm
Staged Readings - Theater Project: "Death Club" @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

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.

DEATH CLUB
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.

Sep
16
Mon
2019
Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Public Meeting @ Cranford Community Center
Sep 16 @ 6:30 pm
Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Public Meeting @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

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.

Sep
17
Tue
2019
Registration for Fall & Winter Programs at Cranford Recreation & Parks @ Cranford Recreation
Sep 17 all-day
Registration for Fall & Winter Programs at Cranford Recreation & Parks @ Cranford Recreation

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.

Sep
28
Sat
2019
Kykuit Walking Tour and Lunch – Rockefeller Estate @ Cranford Recreation Day Tour to Kykuit , The Rockefeller Estate
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kykuit Walking Tour and Lunch - Rockefeller Estate @ Cranford Recreation Day Tour to Kykuit , The Rockefeller Estate | Sleepy Hollow | New York | United States

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.
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Reservations booked directly through Cranford Recreation Center online or via phone. https://register.communitypass.net/Cranford 908-709-7283

Oct
25
Fri
2019
Pumpkin Decorating at The Chelsea @ The Chelsea at Fanwood
Oct 25 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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.

Oct
27
Sun
2019
Cranford 2019 Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Chunkin’ @ Cranford Community Center Parking Lot
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm
Cranford 2019 Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Chunkin' @ Cranford Community Center Parking Lot | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Cranford 2019 Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Chunkin’
1:00 pm Gathering & Registration (Cranford Community Center Parking Lot)

1:30 pm Judging
2:00 pm Parade
2:30 pm Pumpkin Chunkin (Gazebo at Fire Department)
Awards to follow

Oct
29
Tue
2019
This Is Your Brain on Phones @ Cranford Community Center
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This Is Your Brain on Phones @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

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.

Oct
30
Wed
2019
Doctor Faustus @ Cranford Community Center
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Doctor Faustus @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

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.

Nov
2
Sat
2019
Theater Project: 37A @ Cranford Community Center
Nov 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Theater Project: 37A @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

 

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.

Dec
7
Sat
2019
Cranford Jaycees Kids Holiday Party @ Cranford Community Center
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Kids Holiday Party:
Sat 12/7 at the Community Center. Another give back. Beat the stress,aggravation and cost of the mall Santa pics and come bring your kid(s) to get their picture with Santa in Cranford.
Jan
11
Sat
2020
Cranford Community Blood Drive Sponsored by Cranford Jaycees @ Cranford Community Center
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cranford Community Blood Drive Sponsored by Cranford Jaycees

Saturday, January 11, 2020 10am – 4pm

Cranford Community Center
220 Walnut Street
Cranford, NJ

 Appointments appreciated.  To schedule an appointment go to http://tinyurl.com/GiveBloodNJBS  sponsor code is 16077

WALK-INS Welcome!

 All donors at NYBC January drives will be entered into a sweepstake for a trip for 2 to Cancun.

Jan
13
Mon
2020
Foreign Film Series @ Cranford Community Center
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Foreign Film Series @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Join the Friends of the Cranford Public Library for captivating international films! January’s Film will be shown in French with subtitles. Please contact the Cranford Public Library at (908) 709-7272 for details.

Foreign Film Series @ Cranford Community Center
Jan 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Foreign Film Series @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Join the Friends of the Cranford Public Library for captivating international films! January’s Film will be shown in French with subtitles. Please contact the Cranford Public Library at (908) 709-7272 for details.

Jan
14
Tue
2020
“Medicinal Plants of the Civil War” @ Cranford Community Center
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm
“Medicinal Plants of the Civil War” @ Cranford Community Center
“Medicinal Plants of the Civil War” at the Cranford Community Center
 
Please join the Hanson Park Conservancy on Tuesday, January 14th at 7:00 PM at the Cranford Community Center as we welcome Garden Historian Lesley Parness for a very special presentation, “Medicinal Plants of the Civil War.” Could plants have played a role in the outcome of the Civil War?  Learn how important plants were in every aspect of this conflict, on battlefields and home fronts of both the North and the South.  Over 30 plants will be discussed and their medicinal properties noted.  “Receipts,” or recipes are included for popular herbal remedies such as horehound lozenges and witch hazel tonic.  Audiences are often surprised to learn how many “Civil War” plants they are already growing, and the haunting historic images create a compelling tale of interest to history buffs as well as gardeners alike!
 
Lesley Parness is the retired Superintendent of Horticultural Education at New Jersey’s Morris County Park Commission where she oversaw programming at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Willowwood Arboretum and Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center.  She is a member of the Herb Society of America, The Council on Horticultural and Botanical Literature, and Garden State Gardens, a consortium of New Jersey’s public gardens of which she is a Founding Member. 
 
The Cranford Community Center is located at 220 Walnut Ave. in Cranford, NJ.  The program is free and open to the public.  No registration is required, but seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  This presentation is sponsored by the Hanson Park Conservancy.  To learn more please visit our website, www.hansonparkconservancy.com or like us on Facebook.   
 
This history program is made possible in part by a 2019 HEART (History,Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
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Jan
18
Sat
2020
The Theater Project: Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son @ Cranford Community Center
Jan 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Theater Project: Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

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.

Jan
22
Wed
2020
New Movie Night: “Judy” @ Cranford Community Center
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
New Movie Night: "Judy" @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

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.

Jan
27
Mon
2020
Readers Forum Book Club @ Cranford Community Center
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Readers Forum Book Club @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

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.