The Weekender: What's Happening in the Caldwells and Beyond

Caldwell Fest, A Taste of Broadway and a Collectibles Fair among weekend highlights.

Here are some of the events happening this weekend in the Caldwells and neighboring towns. To see all the events click on EVENTS on the home page.


WHERE: Mount Saint Dominic Academy, 3 Ryerson Ave., Caldwell
WHEN:  Friday at 6 p.m.
WHY GO:  Sample choice wines from Fairchild’s Market and an array of hors d’oeuvres from various chefs. The evening will feature wonderful performances by Broadway stars Lawrence Clayton and Andrea Rivette.
COST: $60

WHAT:  WHERE:  Caldwell College, 120 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell
WHEN:    Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
WHY GO:  The keynote speech, "Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Principles for the Beginning Counselor," will be offered by current students Dennis Quinn and Eva Pena. Other presentations will address suicide screening procedures, working with clients suffering from schizophrenia, gaining on-campus counseling experience at the Caldwell Help-Line, and preparing for the National Counselor Examination and the Caldwell counseling graduate programs' comprehensive exam. The event, to be held at Werner Hall, will begin with a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The keynote address will follow at 9:15 a.m. Attendees can then choose from a variety of workshops being offered at 10 and 11 a.m. The conference will conclude at 1:30 p.m.
COST:  Registration is free to Caldwell College undergraduate students and faculty. For Caldwell graduate students and members of the community, registration is $10 in advance or $13 at the door. 

WHAT:  WHERE:  Washington Elementary School, Caldwell
WHEN: Saturday at 9 a.m.
WHY GO: Items for sale include: Toys, Books, CD’s and DVD’s, household items, bikes, sporting equipment and much more! Rain date is May 12.

WHAT:  WHERE:  West Caldwell Public Library Community Room
WHEN: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHY GO:  Collectibles are treasures from the attic, basement, closet or junk drawers that are no longer wanted. They are one step above garage sale items and are not new products or handmade crafts. All items will be gently used and in good condition. Some of the items that will be available for sale include baseball cards, assorted ceramics, depression-era glass, war souvenirs, old postcards, LP and 45 records, bottle openers, jewelry, watches, sewing items and antiques bottles.

WHAT:  WHERE:  James Caldwell High School, 265 Westville Ave., West Caldwell
WHEN:  Saturday at 10 a.m.
WHY GO:  Spring is a perfect time to clean out all your old documents and have them securely shredded!
COST: In lieu of a fee, donations to the JCHS Scholarship Fund will be accepted.

WHAT: WHERE: Caldwell College, Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell
WHEN: Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.
WHY GO: Live music performances by: Bubble Gum Octopus (techno), Saska (Cover band & originals), Elevator Art (Folk), Alias and the @IKT (hip hop) and Sammybritish (Reggae & cover). Food, fun, games, activities, craft vendors, Beer garden (21+ with valid ID) and so much more! Outside Dominican Hall Lawn. Rain date is May 6.
COST: $5

West Caldwell Public Library, 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell
WHENSunday at 2 p.m.
WHY GO:  Classical pianist Carolyn Enger will present a concert titled "The Art of Lyricism: From Beethoven to Bernstein" in the Community Room. The program will feature works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Mozart, Copland and Bernstein. This concert is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. To sign-up, call the Library at 973-226-5441.


WHAT:  WHERE:  St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 73 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair
WHEN: Friday at 8 p.m.
WHY GO: Cabaret for a Cure is a concert of musical theater songs to benefit the American Cancer Society. Light refreshments.
COST: Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

 Saturday from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
WHERE:  Grace Presbyterian Church, 153 Grove St., Montclair  
WHY GO:  Pancakes, sausage, bacon and Vermont maple syrup for $5 at the door to support relief and rebuilding efforts in Joplin, Missouri.
COST: $5

WHAT:  WHERE: Isabel Rose Cafe,  50 S Fullerton Ave., Montclair
WHEN: Saturday at 2 p.m.
WHY GO: Full afternoon Tea complete with assorted finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, sweets and savories, and steaming pots of fair trade, organic loose tea. Honor the women, young and old, who make a difference in your life of the life of your child or a treasured family member. Treat a grandmother, a mother, a tutor, a friend, a child to a lovely, relaxing afternoon.
COST$25 per person—RSVP to 973-744-6600. 

:  Montclair Historical Society, 108 Orange Road, Montclair
WHEN: Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday to 5 p.m., and Saturday to 3 p.m.
WHY GO:  Montclair Historical Society's 34th Annual Herb and Plant Sale at the Israel Crane House. The Herb Sale is a Montclair tradition and is eagerly anticipated by local gardeners who know that they can find unusual varieties of herbs for their gardens and their kitchens. On Saturday, May 5, everyone is encouraged to visit and participate in Family Day. There will be a beekeeper, crafts, kids’ activities (make a gift for Mom), museum tours and more.

WHAT:   WHERE:   55 Edgemont Road, Montclair
WHEN:     Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHY GO:  Annual plant sale by the Master Gardeners of Essex County. Great annuals, perennials, woodies, hanging baskets, herbs, tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. The sale will be in Edgemont Park, Valley Road, Montclair boathouse parking lot.

WHERE: The Café at the Montclair Public Library
WHEN: Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.
WHY GO: All ages and skill levels are welcome to play chess on Saturday afternoons. This is a drop-in group, no registration is required.

WHAT:  WHERE:   486 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair
WHEN:     Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHY GO: Only 1% of Americans currently serve in the U.S. Military, and their families have borne the disproportionate burden of more than a decade at war. Many have turned to “Flat Daddies” and "Heroes on a Stick," life-sized cardboard cutouts of their husbands, wives, parents and children serving overseas, to ease the pain of repeated deployments. Using these two-dimensional surrogates as a connecting thread, the documentary film FLAT DADDY follows four such families over the course of a year to explore the lasting impact of the war on those left behind. 
COST: $12

WHAT:   WHERE:  Van Vleck House and Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St, Montclair
WHEN:    Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
WHY GO:  The 9th annual benefit plant sale features local plant selections, expert landscape advice and novel garden accessories.


WHERE:   Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., Bloomfield
WHEN:      Friday at 7 p.m.
WHY GO:  The audience will assist the Private Eye as he tries to figure out who killed Mexican food entrepreneur, Hector Tamale. Along the way you will unravel a twisting mystery plot that involves a disgruntled chef, a jealous food reviewer, an unsavory loan shark, a very unhappy wife and more. Each table becomes an investigative team and will have the opportunity to win clues by answering fun food trivia questions. Selected audience members will become Guest Snitches and Suspects in a side-splitting Comedy Mystery which will keep everyone guessing until the very end!
COST: $64.95 per person includes dinner, show, tax and gratuity; cash bar is available. 

WHAT:  WHERE:   Bloomfield Public Library,  90 Broad St., Bloomfield
WHEN:  Saturday at 10 a.m.
WHY GO:  Learn breathing techniques, low impact yoga and meditation. Introduction to powerful techniques that increase your well-being through reduced stress, increased health & well-being, more ease & joy in personal relationships, improved self-esteem, greater creativity & clarity of mind and a deeper sense of community.  

WHAT:   WHERE:  Comic Book Market, 28 Washington St., Bloomfield
WHEN:    Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
WHY GO:   Free Comic Book Day is an annual event held on the first Saturday in May by most specialty comic book stores across the nation. As one of the few remaining comic book shops in the area, The Comic Book Market in Bloomfield is pleased to host Free Comic Book Day. Scores of free books are available for—of course—FREE!


:  Essex County Fleet Maintenance Facility, 99 W. Bradford Ave., Cedar Grove
WHEN: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHY GO:  Materials being collected at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day include pesticides and herbicides, paint thinners and solvents, oil-based paint, chemistry sets, barbecue propane tanks, pool chemicals, photo developing chemicals, 9-volt and NiCad batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and ballasts, products that contain mercury, car batteries, home fire extinguishers, aerosol spray paint and automotive fluids. Items not being collected include latex paint, unlabeled or unidentifiable materials, asbestos, AA, AAA, C and D household batteries, regulated medical waste or infectious waste, commercial or industrial waste, empty containers, explosives, munitions, ordinance or reactive materials.
COST: Free with proof of residency.


WHERE: Our Lady of the Lake School, 26 Lakeside Ave., Verona
WHEN:     Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m.
WHY GO:   DJ Dancing, Auction, Tricky Tray, Filet Mignon Dinner, Sangria, Dessert, Soda, Water, Coffee, Tea.
COST:  $60


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