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UPCOMING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES -- 2018

 

CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE

Historic Village of Milton & Vicinity — Jefferson Township, NJ

PARTICIPATING VENUES WITHIN “THE VILLAGE” on Saturday, December 1st   

          The Jefferson Township Museum & grounds, 315 Dover-Milton Road

Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1 Firehouse, 162 Milton Road

St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 153 Milton Road

Milton United Methodist Church, 316 Dover-Milton Road

OTHER TOWNSHIP ACTIVITIES OCCURING on FRIDAY 11/30, SATURDAY 12/1, and/or SUNDAY 12/2

American Legion Post #423 grounds, 28 Legion Road – Saturday, Dec. 1st and until Christmas

Milton First Aid Squad Building, 45 Milton Road- Saturday, Dec. 1st only

Jefferson Township Gazebo, 1033 Weldon Rd (Municipal Complex) - Fri, Nov. 1st & Sun, Dec 2nd     

Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong- Saturday, Dec. 1st only  

Jefferson Township Senior Center, 54 Schoolhouse Road – Sat. Dec. 1st & Sun. Dec. 2nd   


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018

with related holiday events the whole weekend!

Free admission to most events

Live entertainment, exciting activities, shopping, food, and refreshments!

DRIVE SLOWLY – PEDESTRIANS ALONG THE ROADS

WALK CAREFULLY – VEHICLES ON THE ROADS!

FREE PARKING WITHIN THE VILLAGE: at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church

(153 Milton Road), Milton United Methodist Church (316 Dover-Milton Rd),

Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1 (162 Milton Rd)

FREE PARKING IN THE AREA OF THE VILLAGE:  The Milton First Aid Squad Building

(45 Milton Rd), American Legion Post #423 (28 Legion Rd),  

THE MILTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - HOME OF THE NEW HOPE FOOD PANTRY SERVING THE NEEDY IN THE COMMUNITY – WILL BE ACCEPTING NON-PERISHABLE FOOD DONATIONS – PLEASE PLACE ITEMS IN THE RECEPTACLE OUTSIDE THE SIDE ENTRANCE OF THE CHURCH OR BRING INSIDE THE CHURCH BUILDING. 

50/50 tickets will be sold at Jefferson Arts Committee’s Information Table at the Fire Co. No. 1 Firehouse, 162 Milton Rd -- 50% of proceeds to 3 winners!     Drawing at 4 pm in the firehouse.      Winner need not be present.

Schedules on www.jeffersonarts.org and  http://www.hancockcollege.edu/library/Facebook-Logo-Wallpaper-Full-HD.png -- Jefferson Arts Committee, Jefferson Township Historical Society, Jefferson Township Community Band, Jefferson Township Community Chorus, Jefferson Community Players

Email: artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org – Visit www.jeffersonarts.org –Visit www.jeffersontownship.net

Date/Time & Venue                                                                        Activity                 

Friday, Nov. 30   7 pm

Jefferson Twp Gazebo:      Lighting of the township tree and municipal complex trees; MC Mayor Russ Felter; Jefferson Twp. Council President Debi Merz reads “The Night Before Christmas”; Santa arrives with Rudolph via Fire Company No. 1 firetruck and sled; live entertainment by Jefferson Township Middle School Chorus - Director Danielle Schrek;  Holiday Sing-a-long; DJ Matt Scognamiglio; complimentary refreshments by Casa Bianca Banquets & Catering & Jefferson Township Recreation follow

Milton United Methodist:     6 :30 pm Jefferson Arts Comm. Gingerbread House Contest entries accepted for judging

Saturday, Dec. 1

6 am – 11 am                      Refer to “Food & Refreshments Section”

Milton First Aid Squad:        ‘Breakfast with Olaf’ featuring pancakes and more—Pay at door (open seating); accepting donations for The New Hope Food Pantry (monetary and non-perishable food), a gift for the kids!           

10 am – 3 pm

Camp Jefferson:                   Fireside visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Community Lodge; holiday music; gifts from Santa; kids’ coloring activities; Letters to Santa; candy canes; model train display in the train cabin; Ice Sculptor Artist at 11am, (Santa & Mrs. Claus out to lunch 12:30 -1 pm)

10 am 

Milton United Methodist:     Milton United Methodist Church’s Hand Bell Choir performs; New Hope Thrift Shop opens (no merchandise donations accepted today)

St. Gabriel’s Episcopal:       Jefferson Township High School Madrigal Singers and Select Choir – Director Chad Flynn

10 am – 4 pm

Jeff Twp Fire Co. No. 1:       Village Marketplace featuring 18 home business vendors and crafters; 50/50 raffle sales site; live entertainment, free Children’s Grab bag while supplies last!

                                                Jefferson Township High School’s Stand Up 2 Cancer Candy Cane giveaway will be outside the firehouse

Jefferson Twp Museum:      “A Gingerbread Christmas” theme decorated Museum; Costumed Docent-led tours by Jefferson Township Historical Society & Museum Garden Club members, Mrs. Claus on site with photo ops on the Museum’s Vintage Sleigh   

Milton United Methodist:     Jefferson Arts Committee’s Gingerbread House Contest -- entries displayed and                                                           winners announced

Throughout the Village        Christmas Caroling -Jefferson Township Middle School Tri-M Music Honor Society students under Director Lauren Kulick

10:30 am 

Jeff Twp Fire Co. No. 1:       Holiday Sing-along with the Jefferson Girl Scouts

10:30 am 

Milton United Methodist:     Arthur Stanlick Elementary School Band – Director Emily Thomsen

11 am          

St. Gabriel’s Episcopal:       White Rock School Chorus - Director Jan Courtney

Milton United Methodist: Jefferson Township High School Band - Director Richard Barrieres

11:45 am

St. Gabriel’s Episcopal:       Arthur Stanlick Elementary School Chorus - Director Janice Fisher

12 noon

Jeff Twp Fire Co. No. 1:       Demonstrations by Oak Ridge Martial Arts Academy - Sensei Matt

12:10 pm

Milton United Methodist:     White Rock Elementary School Band - Director Robert Tiedemann

12:30 pm

St. Gabriel’s Episcopal:       No Strings A Cappella Group performs, Director Pat Autillo

12:50 pm

Milton United Methodist:     Jefferson Township Community Band Christmas Concert “A Christmas

Festival” Director Peter Tummillo, Jr. (suggested free will donation at the door)

2 pm

Milton United Methodist:     Jefferson Township Middle School Band – Director Lauren Kulick

St. Gabriel’s Episcopal:       Jefferson Township Community Chorus performs “Favorites for the Holiday Season” - Director James Wynne  

3 pm

JT Senior Center:      Jefferson Community Players perform the Christmas-themed radio play “I’ll Be Seeing You” (based on the 1940’s film starring Joseph Cotton as a soldier on leave and Ginger Rogers as a prisoner released for Christmas furlough)  Director Jean Simonsen -  Free admission  & complimentary refreshments     

4 pm

Jeff Twp Fire Co. No. 1:       Jefferson Arts Committee’s 50/50 raffle drawing - winner need not be present

SUNDAY, DEC. 2 12 noon - 4 pm

Jefferson Twp Museum:      “A Gingerbread Christmas” theme decorated Museum; Costumed Docent-led tours by Jefferson Township Historical Society & Museum Garden Club members, Mrs. Claus on site with photo ops on the Museum’s Vintage Sleigh; Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe is open.

2:00 pm

Jefferson Senior Center:     Jefferson Community Players perform the Christmas-themed radio play “I’ll Be Seeing You” (based on the 1940’s film starring Joseph Cotton as a soldier on leave and Ginger Rogers as a prisoner released for Christmas furlough) Director Jean Simonsen -  Free admission  & complimentary refreshments 

4:30 pm

Jefferson Twp Gazebo:      Jefferson Township CONNECT’s “Light a Luminary” for those affected by suicide and loved ones lost.  Find on Facebook or jeffersontownshipconnect@gmail.com

Shopping opportunities

Venues open from 10 AM – 4 PM  on Saturday, December 1st  except where noted

Jefferson Twp Fire Co. No. 1 – Vendors include Briella’s Inspirations, CC’s Seasonal Express, Comfort & Joy, H. H. Artisans, “K” Cup Angels by Pammy Sue, Lakeside Apothecary, Mary Kay, Pat’s Fabric Creations, Parties with Paper, Restoring Traditions, Scentsy, Studio Stockholm Ceramics, The Crooked Tree, Thirty-One Gifts, Usbourne Books & More. 

St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church -- Arts, crafts, and merchandise vendors selling jewelry; Christmas decorations; handmade scarves, foot warmers, winter gloves; napkin rings;dog collars; key chains; hats; various wood crafts; crocheted items; quilts; mail boxes; model cars and more, and the Jefferson Township High School Band Parents Association selling live holiday wreaths  

Jefferson Twp Museum -- Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe in the original kitchen of the Jefferson Township Museum will be stocked full of unique Christmas items, baked goods, and vintage items on Saturday from 10am-4 pm and Sunday from 12 noon - 4pm.

Milton United Methodist Church – The New Hope Thrift Shop will be open for shopping (NO donations accepted today)

American Legion Post 423 (28 Legion Road) – Live Christmas Trees (& weekends until Christmas)      

50/50 raffle

Jefferson Twp Fire Co. No. 1 – Jefferson Arts Committee offers Christmas in the Village information, 50/50 Raffle Tickets, and a free Children’s Grab bag (while supplies last)

FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS

Except where noted in this program or at the venue, all items are for sale.

Milton First Aid Squad – Breakfast with Olaf - No reservation required.  16+ & Adults $9; Seniors 62+ $5, Children 10 and under $5 – free gift for kids!

St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church – selling soup and sandwiches, coffee, tea, soda, water, hot chocolate, baked goods

Jefferson Township Museum – complimentary hot-mulled apple cider at the pot-belly stove and baked goods in Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe

Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary -- selling chili, hot dogs, chicken tenders, donuts, chips, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water and soda

Milton United Methodist Church – selling hot cocoa and desserts in Headley Hall

Camp JeffersonJefferson Twp Recreation Dept’s Visit with Santa -- selling hot dogs, snacks, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, soda

Jefferson Senior Center – complimentary refreshments after each performance Saturday and Sunday

Event Information:  973-697-3828

Jefferson Arts Committee on

www.jeffersonarts.org  -- artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org

NOTE: Program information as of November 17, 2018 and subject to change

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No Strings A Cappella to perform at Christmas in the Village

No Strings A Cappellawill bein the full holiday spirit in concert at the annualChristmas in the Villageevent in St Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 153 Milton Road, Oak Ridge, NJ. at 12:30 pm on Saturday, December 1. They’ll be mixing contemporary and traditional holiday music and having a lot of fun along the way. Admission is free to the public.

No Strings A Cappella was formed in August of 2013. Most of the singers were part of the Zephyr Vocal Ensemble and so have been singing together for years. When the Zephyr V.E. went on a hiatus from performing in summer of 2013, these singers decided to form a new group with a greater emphasis on performing a mixed repertoire of popular and jazz as well as classical music, and to do so not only on the concert stage but also in less formal settings. This innovative, ten-member singing ensemble demonstrates its upbeat mix of popular songs, jazz, spirituals, and classical pieces, all performed with verve and enthusiasm, in their CD released in 2017 - listen to it athttps://store.cdbaby.com/cd/nostringsacappella In an effort toreach more people in more places with their unique music, thegroup is excited to bring their zest for singing to audiences in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and here in Jefferson Township as well.

Visit the Jefferson Arts Committee's Facebook page and websitewww.jeffersonarts.orgfor other entertaining performances during the 13th annual Christmas in the Village event on Saturday, December 1.

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Jefferson’s School Bands and Choruses to Perform at Christmas in the Village

Jefferson Township’s school bands and choruses will be performing in the 13thannual Christmas in the Village event scheduled for Saturday, December 1 coordinated by the Jefferson Arts Committee's Janet Breckenridge, a retired school band teacher herself who taught at White Rock School.These talented young students along with their respective teachers/directors will be entertaining the public in free holiday concerts at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church located at 153 Milton Road and at The Milton United Methodist Church located at 316 Dover-Milton Road, both in Milton/Oak Ridge.Parking is free at both churches as well as at Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1’s firehouse at 162 Milton Road.Everyone is invited to attend.

At 10 am at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church: The Jefferson Township High School Madrigal Singers and Select Choir – Director Chad Flynn

At 10:30 am at Milton United Methodist Church: The Arthur Stanlick Elementary School Band – Director Emily Thomsen

At 11 am at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church: The White Rock School Chorus -Director Jan Courtney

At 11 am at Milton United Methodist Church: The Jefferson Township High School Band – Director Richard Barrieres

At 11:45 am at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church: The Arthur Stanlick Elementary School Chorus -Director Janice Fisher

At 12:10 pm at Milton United Methodist Church: The White Rock Elementary School Band - Director Robert Tiedemann

At 2 pm at Milton United Methodist Church: TheJefferson Township Middle School Band – Director Lauren Kulick

Various times between 10 am and 4 pm throughout the historic Village of Milton -- Christmas Caroling:Jefferson Township Middle School Tri-M Music Honor Society students - Director Lauren Kulick

Other free live entertainment at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church will beNo Strings A Capellaat 12:30 pm and theJefferson Township Community Choruswith Director James Wynne at 1:50 pm performingFavorites for the Holiday Season”.

At Milton United Methodist Church, you can also enjoy the church’s very ownHandbell Choirat 10 am and theJefferson Township Community Bandwith Director Peter Tummillo, Jr. performing “A Christmas Festival” at 12:50 pm.

For other information about Christmas in the Village events, please visit the Jefferson Arts Committee on FACEBOOK and its website atwww.jeffersonarts.orgor call 973-697-3828.

Note:The Jefferson Township Middle School Choruswith Director Danielle Schrek will once again be performing at the Jefferson Township Recreation Department’s Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival event in Jefferson Township on Friday evening, November 30 starting at 7 pm at the Gazebo in the Municipal Complex at 1033 Weldon Road.

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Christmas in the Village Offers Many Shopping Opportunities

This year, the Jefferson Arts Committee is excited about the Village Market Place Vendors that will be set up at Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1’s firehouse at 162 Milton Road, Oak Ridge as part of the 13th annual Christmas in the Village event.   These vendors will be offering beautiful and useful arts/crafts/merchandise items and open for business from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, December 1. Shop for yourself or for gifts for Christmas or special occasions gifts. 

Here’s what you have to choose from…  

  • Briella’s Inspirations, Keri Frade with personalized shirts, glasses, home decor
  • CC’s Seasonal Express, Christine Chuddley with designer gift baskets, Santas, candles, stockings, wreaths, swags, sleds, bath sets, stocking stuffers
  • Comfort & Joy, Patty Begnall with crochet dog sweaters, wraps, baby blankets
  • H. H. Artisans, Kelly Herman and Amy Damarel with pallet art and gifts
  • “K” Cup Angels by Pammy Sue, Pam Esteves-Sumal with craft angels, fairies, witches, etc. made with recycled coffee K-cups
  • Lakeside Apothecary,  Dina Troha with essential oil blends & all natural products
  • Mary Kay,  Maria Cattano with skincare and beauty products
  • Pat’s Fabric Creations, Patricia Cincotta with Christmas ornaments
  • Parties with Paper,  Toni Baczek with paper/vinylod home décor and boxes
  • Restoring Traditions, Melanie Van Woudenberg with wood signs and essential oil shelves, miscellaneous shelves, wood furniture
  • Scentsy, Lauren Scerbak with wax warmers, was, cleaning and laundry products
  • Studio Stockholm Ceramics, Laura Tschischik with handmade ceramic pieces
  • The Crooked Tree, Theresa Morici with home décor, centerpieces, snowmen, signs, angels, shelves
  • Thirty-One Gifts, Stacy Walsh with totes, thermals, wallets
  • Usbourne Books & More – Amanda Merz-Beyus with children’s and youth high quality, engaging, and educational books
  • Jefferson Arts Committee – selling 50/50 raffle tickets for a drawing to be held at 4 pm – winner need not be present

While you’re in the historical Village of Milton, your visit wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Jefferson Township Museum right there at 315 Dover-Milton Road where Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe will be stocked full of unique and vintage items for sale at unbelievable prices as well as delicious baked goods.

Also, be sure to visit the other arts, crafts and merchandise vendors at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church just a few steps away at 153 Milton Road.  The Jefferson Township High School Band Parents Association will be selling live holiday wreaths there. 

Lastly, the New Hope Thrift Shop at the Milton United Methodist Church, 316 Dover Milton Road, will be open with very affordable and gently used clothing, housewares, toys, jewelry, books, etc.

Christmas in the Village offers numerous shopping opportunities for everyone on Saturday, December 1.

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It’s lunch and an Hilarious Musical Mystery with the Jefferson Arts Committee!

2019 EVENT

Join the Jefferson Arts Committee (JAC) for a bus trip on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Hampton, NJ for a luncheon matinee of the new interactive musical mystery theater production Take Me Away starring Playhouse stars Don Amorosi as Sherlock Holmes and Mari Green as Countess Maximova.   Upon arriving in the dining room, a host of lively street performers will greet you and set the scene as if you are on the bustling streets of Covent Garden, London for a one of a kind, immersive dinner theatre experience with a live orchestra!  

Tickets are $86 per person which include round-trip motor coach transportation departing the parking lot of St. Thomas the Apostle RC Church, 5635 Berkshire Valley Road in Oak Ridge promptly at 9:45 am for an 11:30 am luncheon with a table served entrée  (choice of Yankee Pot Roast, Fried Jumbo Shrimp Platter, Lemon Pepper Cod, Santa Fe Chicken, Roast Turkey with Stuffing, Eggplant Rollatini, OR Roasted Vegetable Kabob-Gluten Free).  Meal includes salad, potato, rolls and butter, dessert buffet, coffee/tea, tax and gratuity. A cash bar, a bakery, and a retail clothing/jewelry store are available on site. 

  Following lunch, the show will start at 1 pm, and you will be joined by world-famous sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, and his trusted mate, Dr. Watson, on a hilarious musical quest to solve one of his most baffling adventures… the mystery of love!  A mind reader, mysterious countess, and magician are just a few of the suspects in this musical farce. Backed by a live orchestra, a cast of talented actors will sing and dance throughout this laugh-filled, lively show, while audience members may find they hold the clues to solving the mystery right on their own dining room tables!  

A reservation form is attached but will soon be available on the Jefferson Arts Committee’s website www.jeffersonarts.org and on its Facebook page.  Reservations must be made by February 24 for guaranteed seating, but tickets may be available up to the performance date.  Worried about winter weather?  Hunterdon Hills Playhouse has a no risk winter policy so if the JAC/bus company determines that the winter weather in Jefferson Township is not safe to travel, the JAC will be given a full credit for another performance date. Questions, call Carol at 973-697-3828 or Jean at 973-874-0676 or email artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org

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Start Planning Your Entry for the Gingerbread House Contest

The Jefferson Arts Committee has scheduled its 13th annual Gingerbread House Contest as part of its upcoming Christmas in the Village event scheduled for Saturday, December 1, 2018.  The contest and display will be held in the Milton United Methodist Church located at 316 Dover-Milton Road in Milton/Oak Ridge.

Age divisions for participation are 4 to 5, 6 to 8, 9 to 12, 13 to 16 years of age, and 17 through adult.  The rules are simple – create your own homemade gingerbread house or construct one from a purchased kit with the theme A Gingerbread Christmas.  Choose any type of structure with landscaping not to exceed 12” wide x 12” high x 12” long, and all materials (except for a cardboard/wood/plastic base) must be edible!  Judging will be based on the use of different edible materials, creativity, and originality; and prize ribbons will be awarded in all divisions for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

To enter, pre-registration is required accompanied by a $5 entry fee with checks made payable to the Jefferson Arts Committee. Entry forms will be available at the Jefferson Township Public Library, Municipal Building Lobby, or Camp Jefferson’s Recreation Department brochure racks.  Entry forms can also be printed from www.jeffersonarts.org  (Registration Form section in upper right-hand corner of the page) and mailed to Jefferson Arts Committee, Gingerbread House Contest, PO Box 2604, Oak Ridge, NJ 07438 no later than Tuesday, November 27. 

All gingerbread houses must be dropped off at the Milton United Methodist Church on Friday evening, November 30 at 6:30 pm for the judges’ viewing.  Prize ribbons will be awarded, and the public can view all entries and winners on Saturday, December 1 at the Church between 10 am and 4 pm.  Participants must pick up their entries no earlier than 4 pm but no later than 4:15 pm that day.    

For information call/text 973-768-0828 or e-mail eileenmbgrady@gmail.com  


Vendors sought for Christmas in the Village on December 1 SOLD OUT

The Jefferson Arts Committee will coordinate the 13th annual Christmas in the Village event on Saturday, December 1from 10 am to 4 pm in the vicinity of the Jefferson Township Museum on Dover-Milton Road in the Milton/Oak Ridge section of Jefferson Township. Reservations for direct salesbusiness vendors (i.e., Avon, Tupperware, etc.) and higher-end handcrafters who wish to participate in “The Village Marketplace” in the historic Village of Milton are now being accepted.

A limited number of vendor spaces approximately 10’ wide by 8’ deep can be reserved for $25 each and will be in the Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1’s firehouse at 162 Milton Road. The area is a heated, secure indoor location with convenient free parking and easy access. Setup will begin at 8 am with breakdown immediately after the event. The Jefferson Arts Committee will provide each vendor with one table and chair. If you should require electric, we will do our best to accommodate you, but you will need to provide your own extension cords.

Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and no duplicate specific direct sales business vendors will be allowed (call 973-697-3828 if interested before submitting your paperwork) and care will be taken to not totally duplicate craft vendors where possible, especially in the line of jewelry. Vendors applying for the first time are asked to submit a photo of the merchandise that they wish to sell or provide a website for review by the Jefferson Arts Committee. If you were a vendor at this event in December of 2017 and intend to sell the same items, photos are not required.

Registration forms can be found atwww.jeffersonarts.orgunder “Registration Forms” in the upper right-hand corner of any page.

The Jefferson Arts Committee is scheduling live entertainment in the firehouse to assist in attracting the public to come in and shop during and between performances; and the Fire Company No. 1’s Ladies Auxiliary will open their kitchen and serve lunch, snacks, and refreshments. In addition, the JAC will conduct a 50/50 raffle to be drawn at 4pm.

Live entertainment and food offerings are also expected to be scheduled at other venues in the area including but not limited to St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, the Jefferson Township Museum, and the Milton United Methodist Church – all located within walking distance of each other and the firehouse. Other sites involved will include the Milton First Aid Squad building, the Jefferson Senior Center, and American Legion Post #423 as well as the Jefferson Township Gazebo and Camp Jefferson. As detailed information becomes available, it will be posted on the JAC website atwww.jeffersonarts.org and posted on the Jefferson Arts Committee’s and the Township of Jefferson’s Facebook pages, The Jefferson Chronicle, and the Hopatcong Lake News. Questions or comments, emailartscommittee@jeffersonarts.orgor call 973-697-3828 for information.


Wynne named Director of the Jefferson Township Community Chorus

The Jefferson Arts Committee is extremely pleased and excited to announce that James Wynne will be the new Chorus Director/Accompanist of the Jefferson Township Community Chorus beginning with the Fall 2018 season. He comes to the chorus with an extensive and impressive background having just recently retired as the Choral Music Director and Instructor of Music Technology at the Jefferson Township High School where he worked since 1983. He is currently the Director of Music and Organist at the Hilltop Presbyterian Church in Mendham and continues to serve as the Music Technology Coordinator and Clinician at the NJ Music Educators In-Service.

A well-respected educator and musician, he earned his B.A. in Music Education at Montclair State, his M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision from William Paterson University, Graduate Study in Musical Performance-Organ Major from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, and Graduate Study in Music Education from Boston University. He’s been married to his wife Marlene for 44 years and they have three sons.

Wynne is anxious to continue his love of teaching and music by working with the Jefferson Township Community Chorus to help them grow musically and attract new members who love to sing, are looking for a venue to sing with others, enjoy the challenge of learning new musical arrangements, and want to entertain in public.

The Jefferson Township Community Chorus was founded in 2001 and is one of several performing arts groups under the umbrella of the Jefferson Arts Committee. The Chorus has attracted adults and students as well as Jefferson Township High School alumni to its ranks over the years. Some members belong to church choirs and just want to branch out to more secular music while most simply enjoy singing. For a brief history of the JTCC, log on to http://jeffersonarts.org/chorus_about.html  

The Chorus presents a spring concert and performs in concert at the annual Christmas in the Village event, and are oftentimes involved in other special events and/or fundraisers.   Through the years, they have sung traditional folk songs, Broadway show tunes, sacred music, ethnic tunes, popular songs, and classical music.  Under former directors, most recently Cherwyn Ambuter, an accomplished pianist and music instructor herself, the Chorus has tackled some  challenging pieces and exceeded even their own expectations.

The Chorus rehearses ten months out of the year from 7:30 – 9 PM and will rehearse on Tuesday nights at the Jefferson Township High School’s Chorus Room beginning on September 11.   

Those who enjoy singing a variety of musical styles are encouraged to join in September/October for the fall/winter season and February/March for the winter/spring season. The Chorus is open to adult township residents as well as non-residents and high school students. Tenors, basses, sopranos, and altos are always welcome, and auditions or previous singing experience is not required. Annual dues per season are collected to help defray the general operating expenses of the group, primarily the cost of purchasing quality copyrighted music and the director’s stipend.

A “Meet the Director” evening for current, past, and potential members is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21 and details will be announced soon. It will be a great opportunity to meet Wynne and each other prior to the beginning of the upcoming fall/winter season. Information will be posted on Facebook (Jefferson Arts Committee), www.jeffersonarts.org , and in local online and print news sources. You can also email artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org  or call 973-697-3828 for more information.

The upcoming chorus season will be an exciting and melodious one in Jefferson Township!

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Purchase your Jefferson Fest 50/50's in advance

The Jefferson Arts Committee (JAC) will be conducting pre-event sales of their Jefferson  Fest II 50/50 raffle tickets on Saturday, June 16, 23, and 30 in front of the Milton/Oak Ridge ACME Supermarket at 5734 Berkshire Valley Road.  

Sales will also take place at the Donagels Donuts & Bagels Cafe located at 725 Route 15 South in Lake Hopatcong on June 16 and 23.  JAC volunteers will also be selling the 50/50 raffle tickets at the Jefferson Township Gazebo at the opening night concert in the free summer music series on Friday, June 29 at 7 pm.  The Jefferson Township Community Concert Band and Jazz Band under the direction of Peter Tummillo, Jr. will be performing.

The 50/50 tickets are $2 each, and will also be sold at the Saturday, July 14th Jefferson Fest II – Food Truck Festival, Concert, and Fireworks’ event on the fields of the Jefferson Township High School, 1010 Weldon Road, Milton/Oak Ridge.  The winning ticket will be drawn at 9:20 pm at the conclusion of the live performance by The Cameos. The winner will receive one half of the proceeds and need not be present.  Following the announcement of the 50/50 raffle winner, the huge aerial fireworks display will begin.

Information about the entire day and evening events can be found at www.jeffersonarts.org , via email at artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org,  Jefferson Arts Committee on Facebook, or by calling 973-697-2032 or 973-697-3838.  Also check for announcements at www.thejeffersonchronicle.net and http://www.hopatconglakeregionalnews.com/

 

JAC Bus Trip Promises Sparkles, Stilettos, and Heart at Broadway’s KINKY BOOTS! 

Join the Jefferson Arts Committee for a bus trip on Wednesday, October 17 to the Al Hirschfeld Theater in New York City for the 2 pm matinee performance of the Broadway musical sensation Kinky Boots.  

Tickets are $128.50 per person which include round-trip motor coach transportation and driver gratuity departing the parking lot of St. Thomas the Apostle RC Church, 5635 Berkshire Valley Road in Oak Ridge promptly at 10 am and reserved Center Orchestra I seats (Rows O, P, Q, and R) for the 2 pm matinee performance.    You’ll have time for lunch or a little sightseeing on your own before the show, and departure is immediately following the performance.

The show revolves around Charlie, a factory owner struggling to save his family business, and  Lola, a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea.  With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unexpected pair learns to embrace their differences and creates a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen!  But in the end, their most sensational achievement is their friendship.   Featuring 16 original songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony-winning theater legend Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, this joyous sensation “struts its stuff with sparkles, stilettos, and heart!”  Kinky Boots is Broadway’s “dazzling, sassy, and uplifting” experience!

Reservation forms are available on the Jefferson Arts Committee’s website www.jeffersonarts.org and on its Facebook page.  Questions, call Jean at 973-874-0676 or Carol at 973-697-3828 or email artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org   Tickets are non-refundable unless your ticket can be resold.  First come, first served. 

It’s lunch and Nunsense at Hunterdon Hills Playhouse with the JAC!

Join the Jefferson Arts Committee for a bus trip on Wednesday, August 8 to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Hampton, NJ for a luncheon matinee of the musical comedy Nunsense on stage starring Joyce DeWitt.  You may remember her as the football-wearing brunette roommate Janet Wood from the classis television sitcom “Three’s Company.” 

Tickets are $82 per person which include round-trip motor coach transportation departing the parking lot of St. Thomas the Apostle RC Church, 5635 Berkshire Valley Road in Oak Ridge promptly at 9:45 am for an 11:30 am luncheon with a table served entrée  (choice of Yankee Pot Roast, Fried Jumbo Shrimp Platter, Lemon Pepper Cod, Chicken Parmigiano, Roast Turkey with Stuffing, Eggplant Rollatini, OR Roasted Vegetable Kabob-Gluten Free).  Meal includes salad, potato, rolls and butter, dessert buffet, coffee/tea, tax and gratuity. A cash bar, a bakery, and a retail clothing/jewelry store are available on site. 

Following lunch, the show will start at 1 pm. The winner of fourOuter Critics Circle Awards including Best Off-Broadway Musical, Nunsenseis a hysterical musical comedy filled with fun and frolic! Featuringamusing songs, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises,Nunsensehas become an international phenomenon!    The Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters. In dire need of funds for the burials, the remaining delightfully wacky sisters decide the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show to raise the much-needed funds. 

Reservation forms are available on the Jefferson Arts Committee’s website www.jeffersonarts.org and on it’s Facebook page.  Questions, call Carol at 973-697-3828 or Jean at 973-874-0676 or email artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org

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Take a musical journey with The Cameos on July 14

The Cameos, a talented 8-piece vocal harmony group who create and perform their own unique renditions of the most popular songs of the 1950’s, ‘60's and 70's, Early Rock ‘n Roll, Doo-Wop, and Motown, will take the main stage at the Jefferson Township High School field at 7:15 pm on Saturday, July 14 for the Jefferson Fest II – Food Trucks, Concert and Fireworks event.  The school fields are located at 1010 Weldon Road, Milton/Oak Ridge, NJ; and you are cordially invited to attend this free event by The Township of Jefferson and The Jefferson Arts Committee.

Come at 5 pm, set up your chair or blanket on the field and enjoy the delicious and varied culinary offerings of food trucks as they open up to the public at 5:30 pm.  Enjoy the pre-concert music and children’s activities by DJ Earl Heller as you enjoy your dinner, refreshments, or snacks.

Then at 7:15, let The Cameos take you on a 2-hour musical journey back in time to where it all started – back to the sounds of vocal group harmony of the 1950's and 1960's and the glory days of early Rock 'n' Roll.  Memories will come flooding back as you listen to the sounds of the Duprees, Drifters, Flamingos, Dell-Vikings, Diamonds, The Crests, Elvis, The Four Seasons and many more.  With a beat you won't be able to resist, you will soon find yourself dancing to the best rock and roll you ever heard. Their energy and showmanship will surely appeal to all age groups!

The Cameos have performed at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, NJPAC in Newark, Atlantic City, The Meadowlands, and Rich Naders’ Doo-Wop Extravaganza as well as dinner clubs, night clubs, weddings and special events throughout the tri-state area. They are talented and diverse vocalists and are backed by musicians who also have that special blend of talent and experience. No taped music is ever used in any of the Cameos’ performances – the music is always one hundred percent live!

Following the 50/50 raffle drawing, at approximately 9:30 pm, raise your eyes to the sky for one of the most spectacular aerial fireworks displays you may ever see.  Staged and choreographed once again by Interstate Fireworks, expect nothing less than a fantastic non-stop fireworks display that will light up the skies of Jefferson!      

There’s free admission and free parking including handicapped parking throughout the event.  ABSOLUTELY NO alcohol, smoking, drugs, fireworks, bicycles, pets or animals of any kind, large coolers, backpacks, drones.  Invite your family, friends, and neighbors and be sure to bring your own lawn chair/blanket for your comfort.

Additional details and specific schedules are being released on the Jefferson Arts Committee’s Facebook page,  www.jeffersonarts.org, www.thejeffersonchronicle.com and http://hopatconglakeregionalnews.com/index.php/news/jefferson-region  Questions or comments, email artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org or call 973-697-2032 or 973-697-3828. 

 

Children invited to the Ol’ Fishing Hole on July 14

            F.S. Burroughs/North Jersey Trout Unlimited (www.nnjtu.org) will continue the tradition started many years ago by Bill Clark and host the very popular annual Children’s Fishing Contest for this coming Jefferson Fest II – Food Truck Festival, Concert, and Fireworks event on Saturday, July 14th. The contest will run from 1 to 3 pm at the Weldon Road Fishing Education Pond, located across the street from the Jefferson Township High School (1010 Weldon Road) in Oak Ridge.

            The contest is open to all boys and girls up to 15 years of age, and pre-registration is not necessary nor is there any fee to participate.  Children must, however, bring their own bait and fishing equipment; and the catch-and- release program will be in force.  NJTU members will be on hand helping children bait their lines, measuring and weighing their catch, and awarding prizes.  Prizes awarded will include grand prizes for the first, second, and third largest fish caught in each age group.  For information email info@nnjtu.org

For details about all the activities taking place at Jefferson Fest II at the Jefferson Township High School fields including food trucks, a DJ, a live performance by The Cameos, and a fantastic fireworks display, and more log on to www.jeffersonarts.org or call 973-697-2032 or 973-697-3828 – Also find Jefferson Arts Committee on Facebook.

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Register for the 14th Annual Irish Road Bowling Contest

         Saturday, July 14th not only will mark the date of the second annual Jefferson Fest – Food Truck Festival, Concert, and Fireworks event but also the date of the 14th annual Irish Road Bowling Contest.  Originally started by Jack Kelly, then President of the Jefferson Arts Committee, and taken over by Tom Hantson and most recently by George Damerel, this contest has grown into an exciting event associated with Jefferson’s annual township celebration sponsored by The Township of Jefferson and The Jefferson Arts Committee. Last year, all the teams who competed had a fantastic time!

         For those not familiar with the game, the alley is a country road approximately one mile long, and it is not officially closed; and for this event, the Arts Committee is allowed to use Catholic Charities Way off Weldon Road, the home of Wiegand Farms at the Department for Persons with Disabilities facility. No improvements are made to the road; and the road is played “as is” – uphill, downhill, and winding, and there are no bumpers along the edge of the roadway on either side.  There is no stopping the ball when it moves so players have to also watch out for rocks and holes.

         The “bowl” used is small, black and dense about the size of a baseball but six times as heavy weighing 1 lb. 12 oz.  The bowler is allowed to throw it however he/she sees fit, but the most common approach is basically an underhand fast-pitch softball throw with a running start.  Team members throw the ball in rotation, and the team who takes the least number of throws to complete the course (similar to scoring for golf) is declared the winner. 

         Now it’s your turn to try your hand at Irish Road Bowling by gathering together a team of four players, filling out a registration form which can be found at www.jeffersonarts.org and mailing it to the Arts Committee with your $10 entry fee no later than July 8.  Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place teams.   Info:  George Damerel at 973-697-8898 or gdamerel@yahoo.com

         Will last year’s winners be back to defend their titles? You’ll have to be there to find out as a participant or as a spectator.

         Visit the Jefferson Arts Committee on Facebook and at www.jeffersonarts.org for more information on Jefferson Fest which starts at 5 pm on the fields of the Jefferson Township High School, 1010 Weldon Road, Milton/Oak Ridge.

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JEFFERSON FEST IS COMING ON JULY 14!

         Saturday, July 14th not only will mark the date of the second annual Jefferson Fest – Food Truck Festival, Concert, and Fireworks event but also the date of the 14th annual Irish Road Bowling Contest.  Originally started by Jack Kelly, then President of the Jefferson Arts Committee, and taken over by Tom Hantson and most recently by George Damerel, this contest has grown into an exciting event associated with Jefferson’s annual township celebration sponsored by The Township of Jefferson and The Jefferson Arts Committee. Last year, all the teams who competed had a fantastic time!

         For those not familiar with the game, the alley is a country road approximately one mile long, and it is not officially closed; and for this event, the Arts Committee is allowed to use Catholic Charities Way off Weldon Road, the home of Wiegand Farms at the Department for Persons with Disabilities facility. No improvements are made to the road; and the road is played “as is” – uphill, downhill, and winding, and there are no bumpers along the edge of the roadway on either side.  There is no stopping the ball when it moves so players have to also watch out for rocks and holes.

         The “bowl” used is small, black and dense about the size of a baseball but six times as heavy weighing 1 lb. 12 oz.  The bowler is allowed to throw it however he/she sees fit, but the most common approach is basically an underhand fast-pitch softball throw with a running start.  Team members throw the ball in rotation, and the team who takes the least number of throws to complete the course (similar to scoring for golf) is declared the winner. 

         Now it’s your turn to try your hand at Irish Road Bowling by gathering together a team of four players, filling out a registration form which can be found at www.jeffersonarts.org and mailing it to the Arts Committee with your $10 entry fee no later than July 8.  Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place teams.   Info:  George Damerel at 973-697-8898 or gdamerel@yahoo.com

         Will last year’s winners be back to defend their titles? You’ll have to be there to find out as a participant or as a spectator.

         Visit the Jefferson Arts Committee on Facebook and at www.jeffersonarts.org for more information on Jefferson Fest which starts at 5 pm on the fields of the Jefferson Township High School, 1010 Weldon Road, Milton/Oak Ridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas in the Village ushers in the holidays on December 2, 2017

The Jefferson Arts Committee will host the 12th annual Christmas in the Village event on Saturday, December 2 from 10 am to 4 pm in the historically designated Village of Milton (vicinity of Milton and Dover-Milton Roads) in the Milton/Oak Ridge section of Jefferson Township.  Admission is free unless otherwise noted, and parking is free at all venues.

            Starting the day off, The Milton First Aid Squad will host their annual hearty Pancake and More Breakfast at their building located at 45 Milton Road from 7 am to 11 am.  No reservations required, pay at the door.

             The Jefferson Township Historical Society will offer tours with costumed docents at the holiday decorated Jefferson Township Museum located at 315 Dover-Milton Road.  Each room of the Chamberlain home circa 1870 will be decorated around the holiday theme Nutcrackers.  Mrs. Claus is expected to be there for photos as well, and Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe will be selling baked goods, antiques, and unique gifts.   

            St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church located at 153 Milton Road will be the setting for live entertainment throughout the day featuring the Arthur Stanlick School Chorus, the Jefferson Township High School Choir, the No Strings Acappella Group, and the White Rock School Chorus. The Church kitchen will be selling soup, sandwiches, and refreshments, and merchandise and craft vendors will be selling their merchandise.  This is where you will find the JTHS Band Parents selling their live decorated Christmas wreaths.

             Milton United Methodist Church at 316 Dover-Milton Road will host live entertainment in their church sanctuary (corner of Dover Milton and Schoolhouse Roads) featuring the Methodist Church’s very own Handbell Choir, The Arthur Stanlick School Band, the Jefferson Township High School Band, and the Jefferson Township Middle School Band. The Jefferson Township Community Band under the direction of Peter Tummillo, Jr. will perform their annual holiday concert (a free will offering is suggested) at MUMC as well.  The Arts Committee’s annual Gingerbread House Contest will be sited here while the Church kitchen will be selling desserts in Headley Hall.   

            Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1’s firehouse at 162 Milton Road will be transformed into The Village Marketplace with 18 high quality arts, crafts, and merchandise vendors.  Here Oak Ridge Martial Arts will present a demonstration at noon and the Zodiacs Danzn Academy will perform at 1:30 pm.  Other entertainment TBA.  Members of the Ladies Auxiliary will be selling chili, hot dogs, chicken fingers, donuts, and refreshments.

            American Legion Post #423 will be selling live Christmas trees in the parking lot of their post home located at 28 Legion Road, just a short walk or drive down the street.

            The Jefferson Township Public Library located in the Municipal Complex at 1031 Weldon Road will present a program on Holiday Music and Story Telling with actress/musician Ms. Eve at 11 am; and then a Family Craft activity will be held with Ms. Bernadine at 1 pm. 

            Jefferson CONNECT will hold their “Light a Luminary for Remembrance” for those affected by suicide and loved ones lost at the Jefferson Township Gazebo, 1033 Weldon Road at 4;30 pm. 

            The Jefferson Community Players will perform the radio play Meet Me in St. Louis on Saturday evening in the Jefferson Township Senior Center, 54 Schoolhouse Road directed by Krysia Dour at 7pm. Admission is free with refreshments.  

            And travel outside the Village proper to Camp Jefferson at 81 Weldon Road for the Jefferson Township Recreation Department’s Visit with Santa event from 10 am to 3 pm.

            Village festivities then continue into Sunday, December 3 with an encore matinee performance by the Jefferson Community Players of Meet Me in St. Louis at the Senior Center at 1:30pm,  again with free admission and refreshments.

            The Jefferson Township Museum will re-open on Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm with tours of the historical home and the same offerings as the day before including Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe.

            Also on Sunday, December 3, the Jefferson Township Community Chorus will present their holiday concert at 3pm at Grace Evangelical Church on Berkshire Valley Road in Milton/Oak Ridge under the direction of Michael Yannuzzi.  Nominal admission and light refreshments will follow.   

            Watch for updates and announcements on www.jeffersonarts.org, www.thejeffersonchronicle.com, www.mylakenews.com, and local newspapers.

            As details unfold, a detailed entertainment time schedule (which is subject to change) will be made available at www.jeffersonarts.org in the Press Releases Section.  Printed schedules will also be available as the event draws near in the display racks at the Jefferson Township Municipal Building, Jefferson Township Public Library, and the Recreation Office at Camp Jefferson. For other information and or inquiries, email artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org, or call 973-697-3828.

 

 

 

 

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COMMUNITY BAND AND JAZZ BAND OPEN 2017 GAZEBO SERIES ON FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2017

The Jefferson Arts Committee’s Gazebo Committee is pleased to announce that The Jefferson Township Community Band and Jazz Band will open the 2017 free summer concert series on Friday evening, June 30th.  The show will be held in the beautiful Victorian Gazebo located in the Jefferson Township Municipal Complex, 1033 Weldon Road, Milton/Oak Ridge, NJ, beginning at 7 PM. 

The Community Band will present a wonderful repertoire of popular favorites including the classics, Broadway musicals, standard marches, and patriotic salutes performed by talented local musicians under the direction of Peter Tummillo.  Also performing will be the energizing Jazz Band ensemble also directed by Peter Tummillo.  www.jeffersonarts.org

Attendees are asked to bring a blanket or chair for their comfort; and non-alcoholic beverages, picnic dinners, and snacks are permitted on the grounds unless the concert is moved indoors due to weather conditions.  In the event of the threat of inclement weather or such weather, the concert will be moved indoors to the Jefferson Township Middle School Gym, 1000 Weldon Road, Milton/Oak Ridge.  Folding chairs will be set up on the gym floor for your comfort.

For information and updates, call 973-697-2032 or 697-3828, log on to www.jeffersonarts.org,   www.jeffersontownship.net, or email artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org

What a great way to end the week and wind down for the weekend. Remember, dancing and singing along is always encouraged at these summer concerts either on the brick extension or on the grass! Free-will donations are always gratefully accepted and appreciated.

FREE Summer Gazebo Concerts beginning Friday, June 30 through Friday, August 25. 2017

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - Food Truck Festival, Concert and Fireworks event

YOUTH FISHING DERBY - Jefferson Fest - Food Truck Festival, Concert, and Fireworks

On July 8, 2017 Trout Unlimited Fred S Burroughs/North Jersey Chapter will again be hosting the annual youth fishing derby in conjunction with Jefferson Township's "Jefferson Fest - Food Truck Festival, Concert, and Fireworks", formerly known as "Jefferson Day". All kids under 15 are welcome to participate, and entry is free. You do not need to be a Jefferson resident to fish the derby. Hours for the derby are 1-3 PM on Saturday at the Weldon Road Fishing Education Pond which is directly across the road from the Jefferson High School on Weldon Road. Registration for the event starts at 12 noon. Kids must supply their own gear, tackle and bait. Catch and release will be enforced by our volunteers who will measure and record each fish caught during the derby. We average between 110 and 175 kids each year at this derby and they have a lot of fun! As in prior years, the NJ State Fish Hatchery in Hackettstown again has offered to stock the pond with a variety of fish prior to the event.

According to County Park and Jefferson Twp. Recreation Dept. rules, only registered kids may fish this pond and adults only if they are assisting a registered participant on derby day. No adults can fish the pond at all until after the derby is over (3 PM) and nobody can fish prior to the derby, not even the kids.

Thank you to Ramsey Outdoor store in Ledgewood for their (annual) generous support in form of a portion of our prizes. Every kid that participates will take home at least a fishing lure with chances at rods, reels, tackle boxes and nets. In each age category, winners usually receive a rod, reel and tackle box while second places gets a rod and reel. Biggest fish regardless of age group wins a fly rod and reel outfit. 

This year the costs for this event are borne entirely by Trout Unlimited. While entry is free, cash donations at registration or during the event to cover some of the costs will be appreciated.

The event will take place rain or shine.

 

Register for the 13th Annual Irish Road Bowling Contest on July 8 - Jefferson Fest!

Saturday, July 8th not only will mark the date of the new and exciting Jefferson Fest – Food Truck Festival, Concert, and Fireworks event but also the date of the 13th annual Irish Road Bowling Contest. Originally started by Jack Kelly, then President of the Jefferson Arts Committee, and taken over by Tom Hantson and most recently by George Damerel, this contest has grown into an exciting event associated with Jefferson’s annual township celebration. Last year, all the teams who competed had a fantastic time!

For those not familiar with the game, the alley is a country road approximately one mile long, and it is not officially closed; and for this event, the Arts Committee is allowed to use Catholic Charities Way off Weldon Road, the home of Wiegand Farms at the Department for Persons with Disabilities facility. No improvements are made to the road; and the road is played “as is” – uphill, downhill, and winding, and there are no bumpers along the edge of the roadway on either side. There is no stopping the ball when it moves so players have to also watch out for rocks and holes.
The “bowl” used is small, black and dense about the size of a baseball but six times as heavy weighing 1 lb. 12 oz. The bowler is allowed to throw it however he/she sees fit, but the most common approach is basically an underhand fast-pitch softball throw with a running start. Team members throw the ball in rotation, and the team who takes the least number of throws to complete the course (similar to scoring for golf) iss declared the winner.

Now it’s your turn to try your hand at Irish Road Bowling by gathering together a team of four players, filling out a registration form which can be found at www.jeffersonarts.org and mailing it to the Arts Committee with your $10 entry fee no later than July 1. Olympic style medals will be awarded to the first and second place teams. Info: George Damerel at 973-697-8898 or gdamerel@yahoo.com

Will last year’s winners be back to defend their titles? You’ll have to be there to find out as a participant or as a spectator.
Visit the Jefferson Arts Committee on Facebook and at www.jeffersonarts.org for more information on Jefferson Fest which starts at 5 pm on the fields of the Jefferson Township High School, 1010 Weldon Road, Milton/Oak Ridge.

 

Food trucks rolling in on July 8 for Jefferson Fest!

The new Jefferson Fest – Food Truck Festival, Concert, and Fireworks event is replacing the traditional Jefferson Township Day that ran its course for 30 years; out with the old and in with the new and food trucks are an essential part of this fresh approach to a township wide celebration. Saturday, July 8 will be a fresh, innovative, and exhilarating day in Jefferson Township as a fleet of food trucks roll into town and set up their colorful trucks on the fields of the Jefferson Township High School at 1010 Weldon Road, Milton/Oak Ridge, ready to serve up their delicious menus starting at 5:30 pm. 

These food truck vendors will be on site starting at 5:30 pm and stay through the evening concert:
• Cheezen – gourmet specialty grilled cheese sandwiches (on sourdough, wheat or gluten free bread), wings, nachos, sliders, quesadillas, salads, sides 
• Surf & Turf – lobster rolls, surf and turf rolls, steak sandwiches, shrimp tacos, burgers, vegetarian rolls and veggie burgers (all items can be done “Gluten-Free” and served on a bed of delicious sautéed citrus kale)
• Empanada Guys – chicken, pulled pork, beef, cheese, vegetable, and Mexican Chorizo empanadas (meat pies), rice and bean sides
• Jersey Johnny’s – classic Jersey wieners, Angus burgers, fries and sides, salads and hot sandwiches
• The French Quarter – Po boys, fried chicken sandwiches, fried shrimp sandwiches, muffulettas, jambalaya, Vietnamese Banh Mi
• Oink and Moo BBQ – baby back ribs, pulled pork tacos, chili, black bean quesadillas, chipotle chicken tacos, brisket or pulled pork sliders
• Jumbo Jr. Ice Cream -- ice cream novelties, gourmet Italian water ice 
• Maddalena’s Cheesecake – a variety of cheesecake flavors on a stick, apple crumb pie a la mode, cheesecake filled cannoli

Bring your family, bring your friends, bring a chair, come with an appetite, come early as the DJ starts at 5 pm, choose your spot on the field, enjoy the music, patronize these food truck vendors, buy a 50/50 raffle ticket, climb the 25’ rock wall, experience the musical performance of The British Invasion Years’ concert, be mesmerized by the aerial fireworks, and just have a great time.

There’s free admission and free parking including handicapped parking throughout the event. ABSOLUTELY NO alcohol, NO smoking, NO drugs, NO fireworks, NO bicycles, NO pets or animals of any kind, NO large coolers, NO backpacks, NO drones. Bring a lawn chair/blanket for your comfort. 
For information, log on to www.jeffersonarts.org

 

Step back in time as the British “invade” Jefferson Fest 2017!

Saturday, July 8 marks the transition from the 30 year old traditional Jefferson Township Day celebration to the new modified exciting Jefferson Fest – Food Truck Festival, Concert, and Fireworks event. What better way to bring in the new celebration than presenting a unique and nostalgic musical experience on the main stage when The British Invasion Years perform at 7:15 pm on the fields of the Jefferson Township High School located at 1010 Weldon Road, Milton/Oak Ridge. 
The Jefferson Arts Committee promises to have you on your feet dancing or at least singing along to this exciting 2-hour free concert. With their authentic vintage clothing and musical arrangements, the band takes audiences on a memorable trip back in time, as if you were attending a concert from a bygone era. 
Remember, the Beatles arrived in the U.S. on February 9, 1964, but that was only the beginning…More than just the Beatles, the British Invasion Years’ concert is three shows in one!


FIRST, YOU WILL HEAR CLASSIC SONGS BY ICONIC SIXTIES BRITISH GROUPS. The Beatles took the first step by swinging the door open and turning the music world on its ear. As a result, American fans began to thirst for more British music. England answered the call by sending their very best – all of whom were eager to fill the Fab Four’s shoes. The first wave of British Invasion music was instantly embraced because it was so eclectic…the bad boy soul of the Rolling Stones, the defiant anthems of The Who, the raw and powerful guitar sounds of The Kinks, the flower power grooves of The Zombies, and the uplifting pop of Herman’s Hermits. 
THE AMERICAN MUSICAL “RESPONSE” FOLLOWS WITH MEMORABLE HITS BY CELEBRATED ARTISTS. Almost immediately, ‘60s American bands were energized by what was happening “across the pond” and responded with plenty of eclectic sounds of their own: groups like The Beach Boys made you long to surf the waves, The Monkees made believers out of us and their TV show antics made us all laugh, The Doors hypnotized fans with their unmistakable organ sound, and Steppenwolf drove us “wild” with their classic rock edge. The winners of this musical “battle of the bands” were clearly music fans the world over. 
THE SIXTIES ERA RETROSPECTIVE CONCLUDES WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY NOTE-FOR-NOTE FINALE. This incredible musical trip back in time comes to a show stopping climax with music from the four lads who started it all: The Beatles!

Festivities begin at 5 pm with music and activities by DJ Earl Heller of Sound Solutions Entertainment and a 25’ Rock Climbing Wall activity by Bounce Around. At 5:30 pm, an assortment of food trucks opens up offering delicious and varied menus for your dining pleasure including dessert. At 7:15, the concert begins, the sun sets, and everyone is enjoying the music and food service.

At 9:20 pm, the 50/50 raffle winner is drawn and everyone settles down in their comfortable lawn chair or on a comfortable blanket and looks upward towards the sky because at 9:30 pm, Interstate Fireworks Company will put on a fantastic fireworks show that will light up the skies of Jefferson Township and beyond!

There’s free admission and free parking including handicapped parking throughout the event. ABSOLUTELY NO alcohol, NO smoking, NO drugs, NO fireworks, NO bicycles, NO pets or animals of any kind, NO large coolers, NO backpacks, NO drones. Bring a lawn chair/blanket for your comfort. 

For information, log on to www.jeffersonarts.org, email artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org, find Jefferson Arts Committee on FACEBOOK, or call 973-697-2032 or 973-697-3828. There’s free parking and free admission to the fields for the entire event.
Information is available at www.jeffersonarts.org, the Jefferson Arts Committee on FACEBOOK, http://www.thebritishinvasionyears.com or by calling 973-697-2032 or 973-697-3828.

 

DJ Earl to jumpstart July 8th Jefferson Fest!

Saturday, July 8th will usher in a new era in Jefferson Township as the 30 year old Jefferson Township Day event becomes the new Jefferson Fest – Food Truck Festival, Concert, and Fireworks celebration on the fields of the Jefferson Township High School at 1010 Weldon Road, Milton/Oak Ridge. The Jefferson Arts Committee is excited to have DJ Earl Heller of Sound Solutions Entertainment get the celebration going starting at 5 pm.

DJ Earl, well known at so many functions in the Jefferson Township community, will begin the event playing a great variety of music and offering some fun activities for the children there. A former Jefferson Township resident and a Jefferson Township High School graduate, DJ Earl is an accomplished bass guitarist, a member of 215 The Band, dee jays at the Mennen Arena for Friday Night Skates, is the Jefferson Township Teen Scene’s favorite DJ, hosts dance parties at the Camp Jefferson Summer Day Camp, and is the featured DJ at the annual Jefferson Township Fall Festival and Haunted House events in October. His outgoing personality draws in people of all ages to have a good time. 

While DJ Earl is entertaining the crowd, food trucks will be opening up on site at 5:30 pm offering some delectable menus for your eating pleasure. There’ll be Cheezen, Surf & Turf, Empanada Guys, Jersey Johnny’s, The French Quarter, Oink and Moo, Jumbo Jr's. Ice Cream, and Maddalena’s Cheesecake! So be sure to bring a chair or blanket and find a place on the field to be comfortable while you eat, listening to DJ Earl, and having fun with family and friends eagerly waiting for the concert and the fireworks to begin.

Bounce Around will be onsite with a 25’ climbing rock wall for everyone to enjoy (there will be a nominal fee to climb). Climbers will be fitted with a safety harness and attempt to climb to the very top – suitable for all age groups, no experience necessary except wanting to have a good time and try something new.

The British Invasion Years take the main stage on the field at 7:15 pm for a two-hour live concert, and this dynamic band will take you on a musical journey through the sixties and the iconic British band era, then the American musical response of memorable hits by celebrated artists of that period, and conclude with an extraordinary note-for-note finale with music from the one and only four lads who started it all – The Beatles. Check them out at https://www.britishinvasionyears.com 

The Jefferson Arts Committee will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets for the drawing that will be held at 9:20 pm, and those food trucks will continue offering delicious food items and refreshments throughout the evening.

Then sit back and relax, raise your eyes to the sky for one of the most spectacular aerial fireworks displays you may ever see staged and choreographed by Interstate Fireworks, the same company that has been presenting their fantastic show in Jefferson Township for over two decades.

There’s free admission and free parking including handicapped parking throughout the event. ABSOLUTELY NO alcohol, NO smoking, NO drugs, NO fireworks, NO bicycles, NO pets or animals of any kind, NO large coolers, NO backpacks, NO drones. Bring a lawn chair/blanket for your comfort. 

For information, log on to www.jeffersonarts.org, email artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org, find Jefferson Arts Committee on FACEBOOK, or call 973-697-2032 or 973-697-3828. There’s free parking and free admission to the fields for the entire event.
Jefferson Fest 2017 will be an evening to remember!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th Annual Designer Handbag Bingo/Tricky Tray Fundraiser

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2016

Line Dance with Ryan

 

Saturday, December 3, 2016 with some events on Sunday, December 3, 2016

Christmas in the Village

Gingerbread House Contest

Christmas in the Village ushers in the holidays on December 3

Christmas in the Village program

  • The Jefferson Arts Committee presents live entertainment at several venues:
    • 12/3 - 10 am Milton United Methodist Church's Handbell Choir at the church
    • 12/3 - 10 am Arthur Stanlick Elementary School Chorus at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church
    • 12/3 - 11 am Arthur Stanlick Elementary School Band at Milton United Methodist Church
    • 12/3 - 11 am The Berkshire Valley Presbyterian Church Choir at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church
    • 12/3 - 11:30 am Pianist Henry "Hank" Shapiro performs at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church
    • 12/3 - 12 noon The Jefferson Township Community Band presents their holiday concert " Great Songs of Christmas" at the Milton United Methodist Church
    • 12/4 - 12 noon Jefferson Township High School Select Choir at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church
    • 12/3 - 1 pm Jefferson Township High School Band at Milton United Methodist Church
    • 12/3 - 1 pm No Srings A'Capella performs at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church
    • 12/3 - 2 pm Jefferson Township Middle School Band at Milton United Methodist Church
    • 12/3 - 2 pm White Rock Elementary School Band at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church
    • 12/3 - 3 pm White Rock Elementary School Band at Milton United Methodist Church
    • 12/3 - 3 pm TBA at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church
  • 12/3 - 10 am to 4 pm - The Jefferson Arts Committee presents shopping opportunities at The Village Marketplace in the Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1 firehouse
  • 12/3 - 7 pm The Jefferson Community Players present the radio play "The Bishop's Wife" at the Jefferson Township Senior Center
  • 12/4 - 2 pm The Jefferson Community Players present the radio play "The Bishop's Wife" at the Jefferson Township Senior Center
  • 12/4 - 2 pm The Jefferson Township Public Library presents an armchair art lecture "From Saint to Santa" at 2 pm in the Library
  • 12/4 - 3:30 pm The Jefferson Township Community Chorus presents their holiday concert "A Joyous Celebration" at Grace Evangelical Free Church

 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Broadway bus trip to see "On Your Feet"

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PAST EVENTS

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Bus trip to the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

SUMMER GAZEBO CONCERTS - Summer 2016

Schedule

Theatre Rock - August 26

Rave On -August 19

Tequila Rose - August 12

Black Tie Talent - Perfectly Frank - August 5

Reminisce - July 29

RB Express brings Doo Wop and Oldies to J Town! - July 22

Jersey Sound Brings Back the Oldies but Goodies - July 15

The Kootz will rock the Jefferson Township Gazebo - July 1st

 

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP DAY -30TH ANNIVERSARY - 7/9/16

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP DAY RESCHEDULED TO SUNDAY, JULY 10th

Main Stage Entertainment Updated for July 10th

Jefferson Township Day Flyer-updated 6/20/16

Register for the Cornhole Tournament on July 9th

Register for the Irish Road Bowling Tournament on July 9th

Bloodmobile will be at Jefferson Township Day

Games of Skill await kids on Jefferson Township Day

Looking for convertibles and big trucks

Be Amazed at July 9th Fireworks in Jefferson

KnockerBall coming to Jefferson Township Day!

Mayor to announce 2016 Citizens of the Year

Drone demos coming to Jefferson Township Day

Parking at Jefferson Township Day

Looking for trucks in all shapes and sizes

Young Rockers Sought for Jefferson Township Day

It’s a Jefferson Township Day Digital Scavenger Hunt!

Vendors abound at Jefferson Township Day

Wahoo Medicine Show and Phydeaux’s Flea Circus to perform at Jefferson Day, July 9th

Oak Ridge Martial Arts Acaemy to Appear at Jefferson Day

Soul Groove to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary with the JAC

Fade to Suede to Appear at Jefferson Day's 30th Anniversary Event

Come to the Ol’ Fishing Hole

2016 JeffersonTownship Day Sponsors Help Make IT Happen!

Check It Out! (other JT Day activities)

Township Parade returns to Jefferson Township Day!

 

"WOMEN & WAR" - 4/9 & 4/10/16

Jefferson Community Players perform at the Senior Center

DESIGNER HANDBAG BINGO EVENT -4/15/16 - SOLD OUT!!

MUSICAL IQ EVENT - 5/22/16

LINE DANCE EVENT - 2/27/16

Line Dance with the Jefferson Arts Committee!

CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE - December 5, 2015

Christmas in the Village Schedule of Events 2015 4-page event brochure(updated 11/27/15)

Entertainment abounds at MUMC during Christmas in the Village

No Strings A'Cappella to perform at CIV

Young Pianist to perform at CIV

St.Gabriel’s Episcopal is part of Christmas in the Village in December

“Our Ancestors’ Christmas Traditions” is Museum Theme for CIV

Do your Holiday Shopping at The Village Marketplace on Dec 5th

Milton First Aid Squad hosts Breakfast in the Village

Jefferson Township Concert Band Concert in the Village

Jefferson Community Players perform radio shows in the Village

Jefferson Township Community Chorus Holiday Concert in the Village

Gingerbread House Contest

Piano Man Henry "Hank" Shapiro to perform at Christmas in the Village

Here We Come A 'Caroling

December Holiday events throughout Jefferson Township

Vendors wanted (sold out)

 

BUS TRIPS

Peddlers' Village, Bucks County, PA - November 7, 2015

 

FREE Summer Gazebo Concerts

Hope you enjoyed the delightful music at the 2015 Jefferson Arts Committee's FREE Summer Gazebo Concert Series - there was some great entertainment on some beautiful summer nights. Any suggestions welcome at artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org

Friday, June 26, 2015 - The Jefferson Township Community and Jazz Bands

Friday, July 17, 2015 - the James Dean Orchestra

Friday, July 24, 2015 - Tequila Rose

Friday, July 31, 2015 - Shore Soundz

Friday, August 7, 2015 - Jersey Sound

Friday, August 14, 2015 - Soul Groove

Friday, August 21, 2015 - Carnaby Street

Friday, August 29, 2015 - Dr. Brian and Friends

 

JULY 11, 2015 - JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP DAY XXIX

Sponsors Make Jefferson Township Day Happen!

Jefferson Township Day Evening Concert Features Reminisce

Vendors sought for Jefferson Township Day

Irish Road Bowlers Sought for Competition

Jefferson Township Day Will Rock!

New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum Coming to Jefferson Township

The Township Parade Returns to Jefferson Township Day!

Visit Karen's Petting Zoo on July 11th

It's an Old Fashioned Corn Hole Contest

Children Inivted to Participate in Games of Skill

Come to the Ol' Fishing Hole

Enjoy Inflatable Ride Activities

How Many Hot Dogs Can You Eat in 5 Minutes?

Be Amazed at Chris Clark's BMX Stunt Bicycle Demonstrations

Have You Seen Phydeaux's Flea Circus?

Guitar Bob Performs for Children of All Ages

Have Some Fun with the Acoustic Eels Band

Rave On! Will Bring Back Memories of Buddy Holly and Ray Orbison

Cadence Makes Its Jefferson Township Day Main Stage Debut

The Jefferson Township Community Chorus Will Sing in Concert

The Jefferson Township Community Concert Band and Jazz Band Plan to Entertain You

Jefferson Mayor Will Announce his 2015 Citizens of the Year

Take a Chance at the 50/50 Raffle

Be Amazed at the Huge Aerial Fireworks Display on Jefferson Township Day

Lots of entertainment scheduled for Jefferson Township Day

Jefferson Township Day Parking Options

 

May 2015

Jefferson Arts Committee Seeks a New Choral Director

APRIL 26, 2015

SWING, SWING, SWING!!! The 3rd Annual Seniors’ Big Band Dinner Dance returns

December 6, 2014

Christmas in the Village

Jefferson Township Community Band Holiday Concert - Frozen

"FROZEN" Concert Flyer

Jefferson Township Community Chorus Holiday Concert Flyer

Christmas in the Village Concert Program Ad Form

Jefferson Community Player's Holiday Theater and Jefferson Community Player's Holiday Theater Flyer

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DIRECTIONS TO THE JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP GAZEBO

July 18, 2014
Gazebo Concert - Thunder Hill

July 25, 2014
Gazebo Concert - Reminisce

August 1, 2014
Gazebo Concert - Nicole Donatone

August 8, 2014
Gazebo Concert - Tri-State Rockers

August 15, 2014
Gazebo Concert - Rave On

August 22, 2014
Gazebo Concert - The 3M Band

August 29, 2014

Gazebo Concert - Dr. Brian and Friends

July 12, 2014 - Jefferson Township Day

June 27, 2014
Gazebo Concert - The Jefferson Township Community Band & Jazz Band

June 14, 2014
Bus Trip to Grounds for Sculpture

February 2, 2014
Adult Acting Workshop Session

January 26, 27, February 2, 3
Open Casting Call for Jefferson Community Players' 2014 theatrical season

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