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May  13

Ballyowen -- The Best $140 a NJ Golfer Can Spend

(The clubhouse and majestic scenery that is...Ballyowen)

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the greens are greening.

For many of us in the area, spring marks the rite of passage known as the golf season.  And unlike golfing in any other part of the country, only in New Jersey will you see hackers hacking at one another over ball placement.

But fear not, there are still some places in the state where civility is upheld -- not to mention breathtaking landscapes. 

Ballyowen is such a place.  Nestled in Sussex County (about a 45 minute drive up Route 23), Ballyowen is the crown jewel of the Crystal Springs 6-course golf network.  Through the years, greens fees have risen to jewel-like highs (Weekend Primetime rounds cost $140).  But I dare you to walk away from the Scottish-styled links course (high fescue, hilly terrain, bagpipers, and a sheep meadow on the 13th) no matter your playing ability unsatisfied by the experience. 

Some tips:

  • Show up an hour prior to tee time and take advantage of the free range balls (they should comp you something for the pricey greens fees) and putting area.  With mutli-tiered and fast greens, you will need all the practice you can get.
  • It pays to be a member - through all 6 courses, you can get a $99 Rewards card that gives you discounts on greens fees, merchandise, and opportunities to play in members-only tournaments, as well as 12-day advance tee-time reservations
  • Make sure as the days get longer, you take advantage of the twilight and super-twilight specials.  Not only do you play for less, you will also hear the bagpiper play "O Danny Boy!" at sunset.

Matt Caruso

May 13, 2006 in Happenings | Permalink | Comments (12)

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May  12

Thrill Seekers


Art, Music, Wine Rebecca Bennett Panos' exhibition of her photographs, "Quiet Landscapes" opens tonight at Sepia Home, 43 Church Street.  Come  tonight, 6-9 pm for the opening  reception to meet Rebecca. They'll be serving cocktails, appetizers, and playing European club music.

Sadia: An evening of jazz vocals - Sadia started singing as a second grader at Nishuane School, now hear her tonight, Friday, May 12, 7-10pm at Taro Restaurant 32 Church Street, Montclair.

Spring Concert Friday, May 12, 7:30 pm,The Montclair Community Band Ensemble performs at MHS Auditorium (corner of Park and Chestnut Sts in Montclair) The program includes "Festive Overture", "Russians Sailor's Dance", the music from "Evita" and 'pop' numbers like "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "Someone to Watch Over Me".Free admission & parking.

Last Chance : People can't say enough about the fabulous production of CATS at Montclair High. It's family friendly entertainment, read the review. At the George Inness Annex Theatre, 141 Park Street. Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for students. Friday, May 12 and Saturday May 13 at 8:00 PM
Sunday matinee May 14 at 3:00 PM the box office opens 7 pm; Sunday the box office opens at 2 pm.

Move Your Mind: Tonight, Friday at Yoga Montclair (behind Starbucks, Upper Montclair) the yoga and Madisonsdescent_2writing group meets for a combination of breathing and mildstretches, more for the mind than the body. People are invited to bring in pieces of inspiration. Wear comfortable clothes and bring paper and pen. 7-8:30 p.m., $5 donation. 973-233-9642

Theatrical Premiere: Madison's Descent, a multi-media musical presentation at the Alexander Kasser Theatre, MSU. Inspired by the book by Page Allen, the story is about a baby girl's journey of birth down The Great River of Stars. Family entertainment, read the review.  Tonight, May 12 and May 13, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday May, 14 3p.m. 973-655-5112.

Glen Ridge Arts Festival, Saturday May 13, 10 am - 5pm. Rain or shine, come to the juried show of arts & crafts along Ridgewood and Bloomfield Avenues in Glen Ridge. Entertainment & refreshments.

MONTCLAIR BACKYARD HABITAT FAIR/FAIR TRADE SHOW  Saturday, May 13, 1-4 PM -- Rain or Shine!American_goldfinch_1
See and Learn: Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitats, composting, Montclair's Bonsal Preserve, Bloomfield's Clark's Pond Preserve Hilltop Conservancy, Cornucopia Network of NJ. Nature activities for Kids, Display of Monarch butterfly caterpillars and chrysalises. Come early for a free tree seedling, while they last! Red Oak (NJ State Tree), White Pine, Silky Dogwood. Learn how to create a beautiful healthy habitat for birds, butterflies, and your kids.   Get your yard certified by the National Wildlife Federation as wildlife friendly. FAIR TRADE organic coffee, tea and chocolate, and native handicrafts for sale - guaranteeing impoverished producers a fair wage, respect and access tocredit and technical assistance. St. James Church: Corner of Valley Rd. and Bellevue Ave in Upper Montclair.

Mother's Day Music: A concert by The Montclair Community Band Ensemble for Mother's Day, 2 p.m. at the lovely Van Vleck House & Gardens, followed by a guided tour. Free. 21 Van Vleck St. Montclair. 973-744-0837
Guitar Great
  Chuck Loeb will appear at Trumpets Jazz Club on Mother's day May 14 at 8 &10 pm. Tickets $20. Trumpets, 6 Depot Square, Montclair.  973-744-2600

Across The River

Mamapalooza:Another Day In Paradise & Momoirs is a festival for Moms who rock! Next Wednesday, May 17, Tracey Marble is producing a one-night theatrical event.  Trisha Turiano, of Glen Ridge, is a featured actress/vocalist and co-creator of Another Day In Paradise. 
Mamapalooza:  MamaDrama 7:00pm@ The Zipper Theater 336 W. 37th Street, NYC (betw. 8th & 9th)

May 12, 2006 in Happenings | Permalink | Comments (6)

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May  11

Helping Andrew

Dscn2192They're not just hot, they're good guys, too.

Montclair’s bravest are holding a fundraiser to aid Andrew LoMonte, the son of fellow firefighter, Rich LoMonte. Andrew, left, who was born with several health problems and is now in need of a kidney transplant, is getting one from his mom Erika in June. A fundraiser, on Sunday, May 21, at 1:30 pm, at Just Jakes Restaurant, will help raise funds for the family. To read Andrew's inspiring story, click here.

After mother and son undergo operations in June, there will be hospital care and a lengthy recovery for both. The goal of the fundraiser is to help the defray the financial costs of caring for Andrew and allow Rich and Erika to concentrate on what’s most important, their son. Firefighters know how to throw a party -- the event ($20 admission; cash bar; children under 12, free) will feature live bands, food, raffle prizes and 50/50’s. If you can't make it, but wish to donate, please make checks payable to Andrew LoMonte and mail to P.O. BOX 1254, Bloomfield NJ 07003.

And if you are a merchant who would like to donate a prize, the firefighters need additonal items to be raffled off -- call firefighter Michael Lizza at 973-632-3833.

May 11, 2006 in Happenings | Permalink | Comments (13)

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May  10

Bookish Things Tonight

There's always lots of fun for the literati in Baristaville, but tonight there's an embarrassment of riches:



Tonight, in honor of the 300th birthday of Ben Franklin, Glen Ridge Friends of the Library has two direct descendants of Franklin, including Mark Skousen, editor of a new Franklin autobiography. Birthday cake will be served in Franklin's honor. Business meeting at 7:30 pm, Franklin lecture at 8 pm in the Glen Ridge High School cafeteria. And at Watchung Booksellers, Anne Burt, editor of the recently-published collection of step-parent essays, "Your Father Married My Mother," will read from her book, along with essayists Alice Elliott Dark and Stephanie Stokes Oliver.

May 10, 2006 in Happenings | Permalink | Comments (1)

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May   6

Not Your Grandma's Healthfair

Get out and get down to Bloomfield's Town Green today (across from the library), 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. for the 2006 Health and Wellness Fair. It's a fun family event with lots to keep you entertained, fed, and informed.  A free picnic BBQ, DJ, face painting, give aways, and kid activities. And then there's a whole lot of alternative medicine demonstrations all in one location, like you've never seen before (in Bloomfield, at least):

Massage Therapy      Low Impact Exercise Demonstration       Podiatry      Therapy Dog Demonstrations      Reflexology    Depression Screenings/Information    Homeopathy          Healthy Cooking Demonstrations    Child-based Services Home Emergency Preparedness    Hearing Screenings    Yoga Demonstrations    Acupuncture        Sports Health Assessments    Physical Therapy    “Ask the Physician”File of Life Child Picture ID’s       NJ Family Care    Medicare D Counseling     Organic Foods    HerbalRemedies/Health     Senior Screening Blood Pressure/Diabetes  Chiropractic  Nutrition Counseling

Sponsored by:  Mountainside Hospital, Brookdale Shoprite, Horizon BCBSNJ, and Sovereign Bank FREE PARKING AT BLOOMFIELD COLLEGE

May 6, 2006 in Happenings | Permalink | Comments (1)

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May   5

Thrill Seekers

Rebeccapromo1_1 Kids Rock: Montclair's award winning singer-songwriter and recording artist, Rebecca Frezza and Big Truck will be performing Sunday in Maplewood. Rebecca's recently been on Noggin's Jack's Big Music Show and Move To The Music, and is gaining new fans  on XM Satellite Radio. The seven member Big Truck band includes Baristaville musicians Beth Adleman and Ivan Max.

Rebecca has just completed recording her third album "Tall and Small" and will be playing new songs from the CD Sunday. Come dance the afternoon away before she starts touring with Big Truck this summer.  The Woman's Club of Maplewood, 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood. 2 P.M Tickets available here and at: Wooden You Know, 1881 Springfield Ave. Maplewood.

Drama Queen: Burgdorff realtor Joyce Slous stars as Sara Rosensweig in the Summit Playhouse's production of the late Wendy Wasserstein's "The Sisters Rosensweig," starting tonight at 8. Friday and Saturday night shows the next three weekends, Sunday matinee at 2 this weekend. Tickets $12 and $17. More information here or call 908.273.2192.

Rave Reader Revues: Readers are emailing us about two local shows which shouldn’t be missed:  Montclair High School’s production of Cats and Luna Stage’s The Whipping Man:
MHS's production of Andrew Lloyd Weber's hit Broadway musical "'Cats",  has been in dress rehearsals all week. The student orchestra and 40 high school actors perform on an incredible stage set that even uses a hydraulic lift! Performances this weekend at 8pm tonight and Saturday, and a 3pm matinee Sunday. Shows also next weekend, May 12, 13, and 14. For tickets and information (973) 509-4150. 

The Whipping Man:  a reader writes "This show deserves to have sell-out crowds at every performance. It's that good," The Whipping Man runs through May 21. Luna Stage tells us that the performances are sold out on May 5, 12, and 19, so you better act fast if you want a ticket to this show.  Read the review. Luna Stage, 695 Bloomfield Ave. 973-744-3309. 

Kids: Win An iPod:  In conjunction with this year’s “Tour de Montclair",  Bike Montclair is sponsoring a poster contest with the theme “Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25®” for students in grades K-8.  Two Apple Video iPods will be awared as grand prizes. Thirty other prizes awarded, too.  For complete poster contest rules, to download a registration form for the Tour, or to see this year’s route, click here.   Montclair’s fourth annual "Tour de Montclair" will be held on Sunday, May 21. This favorite family event brings together hundreds of cycling enthusiasts to celebrate “May in Montclair”.

SENATOR ROBERT MENENDEZ SPEAKS Bob Menendez grew up the son of immigrants in a tenement building in Union City. He has served as a school board member, a mayor and a state legislator.  Since 1992, he has been fighting for New Jersey families in Washington, where he rose to become the third-highest ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives before taking office in the Senate. Blue Wave is sponsoring an evening forum with the Senator. He will talk about the issues and policies separating the Democrat and Republican congressional candidates in November’s election. Free and open to the public. For information contact [email protected]
Sunday May 7, 7:30 p.m. Unitarian Church of Montclair 67 Church Street, Montclair

Rock Out At The Bamboozle: There's a two day music fest at the Meadowlands this weekend. More than 120 band are playing on 6 stages, including Rapper Method Man, Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, and more.  Get with the program, read the review. $30/day,  Starts 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Greek Festival at St. George in Clifton; click here for more info.

Bloomfield's Health and Wellness Fair, 11am -3pm, at the Town Green. It's fun, it's free, it's alternative. Check out details here.

Tell us more, if you want, and have a nice weekend.

May 5, 2006 in Happenings | Permalink | Comments (7)

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May   4

Divas Of Comedy


What do you get when two Irish girls and a Jewish girl walk into a bar? If the girls are Eileen Kelly, Carey Reilly and Sarit Catz,and you're at Montclair's Diva Lounge, you get the “Divas of Comedy,” - a night of smart, sassy comedy.  It's not your ordinary comedy show. They’re planning to have a DJ, door prizes, games and a boatload of fun.  “Everybody needs a night out once in a while,” Kelly told us.  “But most of us don’t want to drag our butts into the City.  This show is the perfect blend of a hip nightspot, a hot show, and a heck of a lot of fun."

Find out when to see the Divas and how to win some free tickets.

You'll have two chances to see these comics: tonight, May 4 and next Thursday, May 18.
Tonight's line-up includes Kelly, Reilly and Catz along with Laura Spaeth and Christine Grillon. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00. Diva Lounge 369 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ. 973-509-3000.

The Divas of Comedy are offering six Baristanet readers a free pair of tickets - three readers can claim tickets for tonight’s show and three for next week’s show. Just be the first to claim them, and we’ll notify Diva Lounge.  Be sure and specify which night of laughs you want to attend.
Left to right: Sarit Catz, Eileen Kelly, Carey Reilly. -- Photo courtesy of Sarit Catz

May 4, 2006 in Happenings | Permalink | Comments (13)

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April  28

Thrill Seekers


Art Inspires Music: The Pictures 2006 Concert is a New Jersey Arts Collective (NJAC) program that explores the intersection of visual art and music. Montclair Art Museum & Red Bank's Two River Theater host the World Premiere of musical compositions inspired by the work of Newark-born visual artist Willie Cole. Using Cole’s Man Spirit Mask as their inspiration, New Jersey high school and college students created original piano compositions that translate the emotions, composition, structure, and tone of the work into music. The Composition Contest was modeled in the spirit of Modest Mussorgsky's 1874 composition, Pictures at an Exhibition.  Anthony de Mare is the featured pianist. Saturday, April 29, 8 p.m. Montclair Art Museum & Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. Two River Theater.
Concerts will be preceded by a free "Meet the Composers" Panel, 7:15 Saturday, 2:15 Sunday. A reception will follow each performance. Saturday, go early to view Anxious Objects: Willie Cole's Favorite Brands. Galleries open 5:30 – 7 pm. Admission: $15/adults, $10/students with I.D., at the door on the day of the event. For information: Montclair Art Museum: (973) 746-5555, ext. 253. Two River Theater at (732) 345-1400.

JAN LEBENSTEIN Works on paper from Dr. Albert Grokoest Collection. May 2-26. Jan Lebenstein (1930-1999),  is one of the most famous contemporary Polish painters, printmakers, and illustrators. At JKK FINE ARTS The Mews of Upper Montclair, 594 Valley Rd. Montclair.   (973) 744 0111.
Opening Reception Friday, May 5th, 2006, 6-9pm. Read the review.

Latin Blues Icon: Hear Joe Taino & The Blue Flames, live in concert, 8pm, Tuesday, May 2nd. FREE admission. Lateral Wine Bar and Grill, 547 Franklin Ave, Nutley. 973-562-9500

Put some drama in your weekend:

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, thru May 13. 8pm Thurs/Sat., 3 pm Sunday. Opening night two-fer special tonight, 4/28.  Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Montclair. $15/$12, 973-744-9752.
Close Shave, April 28 & 29, May 5,6,12,13. 7:30 p.m. Tierney's Tavern 136 Valley Road. $15/$10.Read the Baristanet review.
Arsenic and Old Lace,  April 28 & 29, 7 pm -Immaculate Conception High School Gymnasium, 33 Cottage Place, Montclair. Tickets $5 at the door.
The Whipping Man, previews tonight, 4/28. Opens April 29 through May 21. Luna Stage, 695 Bloomfield Ave. Montclair. Tickets $20-$30. 973-744-3309.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, through May 21, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn. $19 -$68. 973-378-7754.

Adventures Across the River:

Here are two good reasons to go to TriBeCa this weekend: Start with TOAST: The TriBeCa Open Art Studio Tour, Free, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday,1-6 pm. 212-479-7317. Then catch a flick at The TriBeCa Film Festival 212-321-7400.

April 28, 2006 in Happenings | Permalink | Comments (7)

No Park, No Art

Anderson The annual Art in the Park festival, sponsored by Montclair Co-operative School, is conspicuously absent from the spring calendar of events this year. And apparently MCS's phone has been ringing off the hook about it.  MCS parent Josh Jablons sent Baristanet this announcement:

On behalf of the Montclair Cooperative School and as a favor to all the people who are calling the school – and all those that might in the coming days – asking about when the annual Art in the Park event will be held, Bruce Kanze (Head of School) wants to explain. Because of the renovation of Anderson Park by Essex County, the Montclair Cooperative School will hold its 38th annual Art in the Park event on October 7 (rain date October 8). As soon as possible, the event will again be held in the Spring, during the month of May, but the obvious condition of the Park this year made it impossible for this Spring.

But MCS is a sponsor of fun & family entertainment this weekend: Dan Zanes and Friends In Concert.

2004_zanesdan_1 Dan Zane and Friends will play in concert at the MSU amphitheatre on Sunday April 30th at 2PM .  Come early: starting at 1PM there will be an “Outdoor Block Party/BBQ” with games, prizes, and eats for sale from Whole Foods, Applegate Farms, and more.

Extra tickets for the sold-out concert will be available at the door at noon on Sunday. The prediction for good weather has moved the concert outdoors, Jablons said. However, if rain does fall, the concert will move back inside the Kasser Theatre and only advance ticket holders will be admitted. $20/adults,  $15/children 13 + under. Call 973-655-5112 for more information.


April 28, 2006 in Happenings | Permalink | Comments (12)

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April  27

Spanking The Cheetah Red

Sure, he's been silent for weeks, but we wistfully remember the days when naughty Ed Rodriguez, a.k.a. CEO Cheetah, provided us with loads of entertainment. You'll recall that after repeatedly dissing our little community, he had an abrupt change of heart and extended an olive branch of sorts by offering Baristanet readers free admission and a free drink this Saturday night. We had some fun at Ed's expense, but we're ready for our pound of flesh free martini. If you haven't already e-mailed Ed, do so here to be added to the Barista night "guest" list.

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