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Playoff Football, Noises Off, and a Benefit for Sean McCartney

Special events to enjoy this weekend.

Football playoffs, fundraisers, high school theater and a holiday vendor show are awaiting you this weekend. Cheer on the Chiefs as they face Summit in a semi-final game; raise funds for a sick child, a memorial scholarship or an injured local man; or catch the play Noises Off at . Read on for the details of these events and others, and feel free to add your own suggestions for weekend activities in the Comments section.

Where/When: Tatlock Park 26 Butler Parkway Summit; Saturday at 1 p.m.

Why Go? Our boys have fought hard all season and it is time to support them in their semi-final game. Don’t want to drive to Summit? No problem! For $7, you can ride the that will depart at 11:30 a.m. 

Pricing: Game admission is $4 general, $2 for students, and free for seniors. Bus trip (round trip) is $7.

Plus: On Friday at 7 p.m., West Essex Regional High School will face Lenape Valley at home in Round 2 of the playoffs.

Where/When: , 379 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell; Saturday, from 3 to 9 p.m.

Why Go? Sean McCartney suffered a simple accident—he tripped getting into bed. The consequences have been life-altering. Sean spent nine weeks in the ICU and is now at Kessler Institute in West Orange for rehabilitation. He is paralyzed and will need continued medical assistance as well as medical equipment and renovation to his home to make it workable for him. Please support this fundraiser for Sean and his family by attending or sending a donation. The evening will include a basket raffle, silent auction, food and music by the band Spindle 45. Entertainment by DJ Mychal Kelly.

Pricing: Donations accepted.

Where/When: Caldwell United Methodist Church, 8 Academy Road, Caldwell; Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m.

Why Go? Holiday shopping is simplified by the Friends of West Essex. This gift and vendor show features 28 businesses offering every imaginable product, including cosmetics, bags, purses, jewelry, wine bags, coasters, cards, scrapbooking materials, housewares and many more.

Pricing: Admission is free.

Where/When: , 30 Park St., Montclair; Saturday at 1 p.m.

Why Go? Recolon is a 2 year old with a rare blood disease called Thalassemia major. He requires a bone marrow transplant and while his parents have insurance, it only covers a percentage of the $400,000 needed. Local bands will be rocking Just Jakes to raise funds for Recolon, including Leo's Arrow featuring Michael Bartell, Matthew Bartell, Evan Yee, Patrick Sullivan; Cousins Live with Erik Parian and Danny Spadaro; The Kronics with John Kreil, Luke Wielgus, Ben Ploch, Jack Duca; and solo performers Conrad Womelsdorf and Jerry Napoleon.

Pricing: Donations accepted.

Where/When: , 65 West Greenbrook Road, North Caldwell; Saturday at 7 p.m.

Why Go? The West Essex Masquers present Noises Off, a comedy play-within-a-play as their fall production. (Recommended for theater-goers over the age of 10 due to mild sexual humor and some coarse language.)

Pricing: $8 in advance, $10 at door, students and seniors $8 with ID

Where/When: , 234 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell; Sunday at 1 p.m.

Why Go? Celebrate —councilman, crossing guard, grandpa, friend—and help raise funds for the Bill Payne Memorial Scholarship. Share appetizers, spirits and warm memories.

Pricing: $50 per person

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