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“Celebrate Spring” Arts and Crafts Fest in Fanwood Saturday, May 9.

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Forget window shopping . . . in this gorgeous spring weather I prefer OUTDOOR shopping. So I’m excited to check out the first ever “Celebrate Spring” Arts and Crafts Fest in Fanwood on Saturday, May 9.

 

From 10 am to 5 pm, more than 100 artisans will showcase their handiwork in the train station parking lot of Fanwood. Do not expect the flea-market type merchandise that you find at most festivals; all the items for sale at this show have been handmade with with tender loving care. If you like to shop for handmade goods on etsy.com, then you will certainly enjoy shopping the Arts and Crafts Fest.

Among the items for sale you will find glassworks, pottery, jewelry, fashion clothing, gardening items, woodwork, paintings, sculpture, photography, and much more. And it just so happens that this Arts and Crafts Fest is the day before Mother’s Day–so you can pick up something unique, handmade, and fabulous for the mothers in your life! Or get a jump start on shopping for Father’s Day.

In addition to the crafts vendors, there will be lots of gourmet food for sale. Everyone will be entertained by live performances throughout the day featuring jazz, acoustic, oldies, and more. And don’t forget to bring the kids: there will be a FREE craft section for children where they can make take-home crafts! There’s truly something for everyone at this festival.

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The 2014 Feast of St. Michael in Cranford, NJ

The 2014 Feast of St. Michael is a community favorite!

Photo Credit Feast of St Michael Facebook Page

Photo Credit Feast of St Michael Facebook Page

It’s one of the best “community times” of the entire year! It’s time for The Feast of St. Michael, the event all of Cranford looks forward to each and every year, held at St. Michael School Parking Lot, at Holly and Alden Streets.

Who doesn’t love having carnival rides, games, nightly entertainment, a beer tent, sausage & peppers, meatball sandwiches, pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, pizza, cheese steaks, fresh lemonade and zeppoles . . . . right in their own backyard?! It really is good, old-fashioned, Americana fun! It’s a great place to go as a family, and, if your kids are a bit older, a great local place to send them with their friends to create those home-town memories that they will cherish forever and tell their own kids about someday.
Food, games, and rides will be available the whole time the carnival is open. Each day also offers something different:
Thursday, September 25th, 6:00-9:00 PM
• “Bracelet Night” — Pay One Price for unlimited rides
Friday, September 26, 6:00 -10:00 PM
• Demonstration by the Renzo Gracie Team Valera Muay Thai – Cranford Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
• Musical entertainment of classic 60’s and 70’s classic rock by local favorite Brother John Brown Band
Saturday, September 27th, 3:00-10:00 PM
“Half-way to St. Patrick’s Day” celebration
• Irish step dancers from the Shea Jennings Irish School of Dance and Marie Moore
• Beer Garden, featuring corned beef sandwiches, Guinness, and bagpipe music
• Musical entertainment by The Golden Seal Band at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 28th, 1:00 -5:00 PM
• Dance performances from Beyond Dance and Fusion Dance
• Musical entertainment by local favorites The Crash Combo Band.
There will also be daily 50/50, and one super 50/50, raffles. Super 50/50 tickets and discount ride tickets and will be on sale at the Parish Center and outside church after all Masses in September.
You can also check out the website, or at their Facebook Page. Don’t miss this opportunity to support a local parish and make lifelong memories for the kids!

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Cranford NJ’s Centennial Village Music Fest 9/20/14

Centennial Village Music Fest

Break out the lawn chairs!  It is once again time for the annual Centennial Village Music Fest!  On Saturday, September 20th, from 4:00 -9:00 PM, the grounds of Lincoln School on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Centennial Avenue in Cranford will be transformed once again into a joyous, friendly, atmosphere, filled with the sounds of great music and the smells of great foods.  It’s a great time to kick back and enjoy some free community camaraderie and art.    The music is entirely free, but there are raffles and food stands, from which all proceeds will benefit Centennial Ave and the Cranford community.   Be sure to bring the kids of all ages, as they always have a great time running around and playing with their friends at this event.  This event is sponsored by the Centennial Village Group, a 501(c) not for profit organization.

Centennial Village comprises the southern Cranford area on Centennial Avenue (hence the name) between Lincoln Avenue, (which is pretty much dead center between the passenger train tracks and the freight line), and the Garden State Parkway (near the Winfield Park border).  It is both a residential and business area.  It is home to Hillside Avenue School, which is a K-8 school servicing the southern portion of the town, and Lincoln School, which serves as a county alternative education site, as well as the Cranford Township Board of Education Offices.  In the past few years, The Centennial Village area has been undergoing an enormous renaissance, thanks to the efforts of local business leaders and politicians, and, in great part, to The Centennial Village Group committee.  This committee is made up of Cranford volunteers dedicated to the revitalization and beautification of the Centennial Avenue business district. Their goal is to continue the existing effort of re-making this section of the community, through local volunteerism, local business and political vision, and ongoing community and fundraising activities.

This close-knit, hometown feel shines through each year at the MusicFest.  Bring a chair, bring a cooler, or purchase some deeeeelicious, freshly cooked food right there, and enjoy some quality time with family, neighbors, and friends.   Check out the Centennial Village website …it’s a great way to chill with your neighbors while supporting your community.  

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Peace Arts Fair in Cranford, NJ 8/3/14

 

Peace Symbols Around the Word

 

Watching the news these days is incredibly depressing.  It seems as though the whole world is at war with each other.  We could all use a little uplifting reminder to “give peace a chance.”

Sunday, August 3rd, (rain date is August 10th), is the 12th annual “Peace Arts Fair” at Eastman Plaza in Cranford, near the town clock, located at 2 Eastman St. at North Avenue.  It will run from 1:00 to 7:00 PM, is absolutely free to the general public, and is an extremely family-friendly event.  August is the annual choice for this particular event since it marks the marks the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.

This year, Union County Peace Council’s annual arts and music fair will gratefully accept and collect bagged garden soil and funds to build raised garden beds for an urban Newark farm.  And . . . get this . . . the public address system at the event is solar and bicycle powered.  How’s that for dedication to a cause?!

Some of the entertainment at this year’s event will be the music of Barry Blues, The Tee Wee, Hazy Jane,  Spook Handy, Singalong Satirist Dave Lippman, The Solidarity Singers, the Sharon Fit Belly Dance Studio Endless Circle Dancers , and the Earthmovers Drum Collective.

This is a whole lot of fun very close to home, and a perfect venue for the entire family.  Turn off the news, and hed into the center of town to promote a little peace and love!

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Westfield NJ’s FestiFall 9/22/13

Westfield NJ's Festifall

Westfield NJ’s Festifall

Fall is in the air!  Time for the people of Westfield to take to the streets and enjoy the annual FestiFall!

The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce will once again be hosting the annual “Westfield FestiFall” event, on Sunday, September, 22nd, rain or shine, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Virtually all of downtown Westfield will have the streets closed to traffic, in order to make a safe venue for the family-friendly fun festival.  Patrons can enjoy good food, local businesses, entertainment, and varied vendors.  This year marks the addition of bungie trampolines and two-ride ticket booths – fun!  Admission AND parking in the South Avenue train station are free!

This is a great day to enjoy the Fall weather, your family, your neighbors, and the neighborhood.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to peruse local businesses, and to familiarize yourself with the Chamber of Commerce and all that it does for and with the community.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor for this, or future events, please visit WestfieldAreaChamber, or call 908-233-3021.  Otherwise, come on out and enjoy!!!!!

 

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Cranford Children’s Expo and Street Fair 8/25

 CRANFORDYou’ve seen the commercials.  The back to school clothes, the school supplies, the dorm décor . . . . the countdown has begun.  A new school year is coming.

And while children across the nation join in a collective moan of despair, they are outdone only by the moaning of their parents when they look at the often lengthy lists of things their kids will need to begin in September.  It can be frighteningly expensive, and vastly overwhelming.

But on Sunday, August 25th, from 10:00 – 5:00, parents and children can attend The  Children’s Expo and Street Fair in downtown Cranford.   A variety of vendors will be on hand, offering products that children can use in getting ready to return to school in the Fall. All merchandise will be specifically designed for back-to-school use.  So parents can eliminate that trip to the office supply store, where they must arm wrestle other parents for the last remaining blue 3-ring 2” looseleaf binder that their child’s science teacher requires for class.    In addition to the vendors, there will be music, games, pony rides and a petting zoo to entertain all who attend. And the best part?  The admission and parking are FREE!

Head to downtown Cranford for a day of fun, and get the kids ready for school at the same time.  Without fighting over a shopping cart.

 

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Peace Fair in Cranford NJ 8/4/13

Peace Symbols Around the Word
            Break out the tie-dye, grab some flowers, don the peace sign necklace, and become a flower child for a day. Honestly, anyone who considers themselves a proponent of peace worldwide should really attend this event!

Sunday, August 4th, is the 11th annual “Peace Fair.” It is to be held at Eastman Plaza in Cranford, right at the town clock, located at 2 Eastman St. at North Avenue. It will run from noon to 6:00 PM, is absolutely free to the general public, and is an extremely family-friendly event.  The timing of the Peace Fair is not random; August marks the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.
There are actually two themes of this year’s fair . . . “Making a Living,” which addresses the correlation of economics and peace, and “The Courage of their Conviction: honoring those who have said ‘No’ to war,” acknowledging non-violence, pacifist, and war resistance movements. Come out with the family to enjoy some free music, art, poetry, dance, and other activities. Artwork by Union County artists will be displayed, local musicians will perform, and visitors can enjoy an opportunity to learn paper crane origami, children’s events, and representation by local organizations that foster peace, diplomacy, humanitarianism and an end to nuclear weapons.

And, in keeping with the theme of peace and bettering the world, the public address system will be powered by a solar panel and a bicycle generator. How cool is that?! The only thing that could possibly make this better is free parking. AND GUESS WHAT?! Parking IS free.

Oh, and be sure to BYOD. Bring your own drum, or other percussion instrument, because the day will end with a drum circle for peace. It promises to be a fun filled afternoon, but also one of merit and meaning. A fine combination.

Doesn’t this sound like a fun way to promote a perfect ideal?

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Westfield NJ’s FestiFall September 23 10am-5pm

This Sunday, September 23rd,  the streets of Downtown Westfield will be transformed into an Autumnal marketplace. Complete with over 300 vendors, non-stop entertainment and a vast variety of festival foods, the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored FestiFall, now in its 23rd year, has become a favorite annual event. The event is free and lots of fun for the whole family.

          This fall-themed event will run, rain or shine, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, is expected to draw over 40,000 visitors, and quite literally offers “something for everyone.”  Complete with all-day live music,  kiddie rides, and lots and lots of food vendors (what would a street fair be without street fair fare?), there will also be demonstrations from the Taekwon-Do Center and No Body Denied Gym.  There also promises to be a “surprise show” at 2:45 PM near the stage , so why not quench your curiosity if you’re in the area and check it out?

          Fair-goers won’t be limited (LIMITED?!) to the 300 vendors, because local merchants will also be open for business. You can stop in the Savory Spice Shop to sample some treats from their popcorn bar,  or one of their hot sauces – including the Ghost Chile hot sauce, sure to keep you warm this autumn. Or pop into any one of the many, many fine stores to do a little shopping.  Downtown Westfield is a great place to shop and enjoy ANY day of the year, but, with the FestiFall here to enjoy, now is the perfect time!!

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Downtown Cranford NJ Street Fair Expo

Children’s Expo and Street Fair

 

It’s almost upon us!  The beginning of a new school year!  It can be a very exciting time for kids, and a very costly time for parents who have to travel all around to purchase school supplies, school clothes, and all the things their kids will need.  But on August 26, from 11:00 – 5:00, in downtown Cranford, a street fair/expo will take place, (rain or shine), with vendors offering products that children can use in getting ready to return to school in the Fall. All merchandise will be specifically designed for back-to-school use.  How’s that for convenient?  In addition to the vendors, there will be music, games, pony rides and a petting zoo to entertain all who attend. The admission and parking are FREE. Head to downtown Cranford for a fun-filled family day, and simultaneously get your children ready for their first day of school!

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