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Wonderland Weekend

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Join us for a weekend packed with activities and events. Some hosted by us, others by our amazing small business community. Schedule of events includes: Friday, December 2: Holiday Night Market - 5:00-8:00pm Christmas Carol Karaoke: 7:00-10:00pm Saturday, December 3: Aura Portrait Pop-up @ Lupa Apothecary - 12:00-4:00pm 3rd Annual Holiday Lights Parade Polar Express Night: 7:30-9:30pm Sunday, December 4: 3rd Annual Cookie Crawl - 11:00am-4:00pm The Polar Express: 11:30am-1:30pm Holiday Belles Concert - 4:00pm Wonderland Weekend Closing Reception - 5:00-7:30pm  

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Santa at the Commons

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Here Comes Santa Claus! The Jolly O’ St. Nick welcomes children of all ages for enchanted visits filled with holiday magic. Located in Center Court on the shopping center’s Lower Level, visits to Santa Celebration will begin Saturday, Nov. 12 through Saturday, Dec. 24. Set amongst 25 garland-topped light curtains (each adorned with thousands of white, glistening lights) and candy-cane inspired twists cascading from high above, Santa Celebration will feature an authentic Kris Kringle perched in his grand velvet chair on an elevated platform behind his adoring guests.  A bright and cheery, red photo frame sits in front of the famed wish-fulfiller proclaiming, “Holiday Joy.” Photo reservation and schedule page coming soon! Santa Photo Special Events Santa’s Luau! - Wed, Nov. 30, 4pm – close. Santa may work in the cold during the holidays, but he loves the tropics too! Don your best Hawaiian gear and join the fun! Santa Cares Day – Sunday, Dec. 4, 10am – 11am and Sunday, Dec. 18, 9am – 10am. Visits with Santa for those community members with special needs including and beyond that of autism. Children and adults within all spectrums of special needs and their families are welcome to their sensory-friendly event to experience

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Festival of Trees

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December is the time to visit the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC) to welcome winter and get into the holiday spirit! The festival is an indoor exhibit of decorated trees by various community groups and individuals alike. Enjoy holiday music and relax while viewing the beautiful trees! Please call 908-722-1200 (ext. 5328) or email mjuhasz@scparks.org to participate as an exhibitor and decorate a tree, to make group reservations or for more information. Suggested donation: $5.00 per person Friday, December 2 through Thursday, December 29, 2022, 9:00am-4:30pm 9:00am-4:30pm **Please note the EEC will be closed December 23, 24, 25, & 26**

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Beneath the Surface

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Northeast Feltmakers Guild Juried Exhibition JURORS: Wes Sherman and Patricia Spark EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Sibel Adali, Leslie Alexander, Colette Ballew, Marsha Biderman, Robin Blakney-Carlson, Josephine Dakers-Brathwaite, Judith M. Daniels, Linda Doucette, Lyn Falcone, Susan Getchell, Rae Gold, Carol Ingram, Kerstin Katko, Denise Kooperman, Helene Kusnitz, LadyK, Cathy M. Lovell, Rachel Montroy, Charlotte Moore, Irina Moroz, Malgorzata Mosiek, Joy Muller-McCoola, Sara Pearsall, Debbie Penley, Stacey Piwinski, Etta Rosen, Barbara J. Ryan, Cathy Schalk, Ellen Silberlicht, Catherine Stebinger, Dayna Talbot, Linda Tomkow, Christine Vogensen, Nancy Winegard, Miriam Young “My first exposure to the medium of felt came through Joseph Beuys’ art, and his many uses of felt (e.g. “Felt Suit,” “Plight,” and “Sled”), as well as Robert Morris’ industrial felt abstract sculptures. This early exposure, more than twenty years ago, helped me see wool, and other soft materials, as a medium for rigorous artistic exploration. The submissions for this exhibition presented many wonderful uses of felt. The first time through the entries I looked at everything and then took a long break—returning the next day. At that point, I selected the work that had stayed with me from the previous day. The next review was more difficult. I had to eliminate several really good works

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Misogyny Papers/Apology: Victor Davson

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“My sensibility as an artist is shaped by my early childhood in Guyana and by the anti-colonial struggle for independence in the 1960s….Misogyny Papers/Apology draws on this spirit of resistance and on a wellspring of socially engaged art. It is my attempt to bring into relief the issues of gender bias, political violence and discrimination against women. In creating a body of work that confronts the dehumanization of women I also confront a system that dehumanizes me as a man who is Black.” — Victor Davson Click Here to Read Victor Davson’s Complete Artist Statement Victor Davson has exhibited widely throughout the northeast United States and in Great Britain, France, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. His work is in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba, National Collection of Fine Arts, Guyana, Newark Museum of Art, Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey State Museum, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, and Morris Museum. Fellowships and awards include a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper Fellowship, three New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Awards. Davson was born in Georgetown, the Capitol of what was then British Guiana. He received a BFA degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York and cofounded

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Pre Winter Farm Days

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It's that feeling you get when Christmas time comes, and you smell the cookies baking in the oven and the sound of holiday music coming from your Bluetooth speakers. So why not upgrade your yuletide joy with a holiday hayride at Norz Hill Farm! Norz Hill Farm offers Hayride experiences complete with holiday lights, animal and outdoor interactive displays, a spin by the animals, and perhaps a stop by Santa's cornfield office! Bring the blankets and bundle up for a cozy, heart-lifting time. Bring your camera and take your Holiday Pictures (no professional photographers, please) Warming Fire - toast up some marshmallows and enjoy some hot cocoa. The Home Farm Stand will be open so you can stock up on meats, pies, pasta, and so much more. Tickets are available for evenings every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 25th through December 18th. Click here to dates and times. So after the football and naps or holiday shopping—treat yourself and join us at Norz Hill Farm! *If the weather forces us to cancel, you will be contacted by the email you used to book your reservation.

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2022 Holiday Jubilee

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It’s a magical time of the year in Downtown Somerville! There’s festive music in the air, a warm glow from shop windows, and the delicious aroma of the area’s best cuisine. Best of all, Santa is on his way to the Downtown Somerville Holiday Jubilee! Join in on all of the festivities on Friday, December 2nd: 5:30pm - 9:30PM: DJ and Ice Skating - E. Main St.; strolling characters from Frozen - Main St; strolling carolers - Main St; Free Hot Cocoa and Cookies - Main St; Free Carriage Rides- Main St 7:00PM - 9:30PM - Live entertainment on Division St. 8:00PM - Santas Arrival - Division St. 8:30PM - 9:30 - Photos with Santa- United Reform Church, Main St.

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Tree Lighting in Downtown Bound Brook

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Come join us for the most magical event of the Bound Brook season! Our annual Christmas Tree Lighting on E. Main Street on Friday, December 2 from 6-8pm! Come take pictures with Santa, sip hot chocolate, enjoy sweet treats, take a turn in the gingerbread bounce house, ride the Christmas Train, listen to our musical DJ, and stop by the hot roasted nut cart all while celebrating the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Bound Brook! This is one special night you won't want to miss and it is only in Bound Brook! This event is free and all are welcome!

Hillsborough Tree Lighting

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Hillsborough Township will officially kick off the Holiday Season on Friday, December 2nd with the annual Township Christmas Tree lighting. The festivities begin at 6:00 pm and Santa will arrive at 7:00 to light the tree. Your favorite holiday characters will be on hand, and you can also check out the different attractions while enjoying hot cocoa & cookies (while supplies last).

Bridgewater Christmas Tree Lighting

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Bridgewater residents, you and your family are invited to join us for our Third Annual Christmas Tree Lighting this Friday, December 2nd, at 6:00PM! Christmas song sing-a-long with music by Somerset Hills Harmony Bridgewater PBA Local 174 Charity Toy Drop Off (Please bring a new, unwrapped, toy or book if you wish to participate!) Hot Chocolate and Candy Canes A visit from Santa! We look forward to a joyous community celebration!

Franklin Holiday Tree Lighting

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Friday December 2 6:00-8:00pm Municipal Complex Help us kick off the holiday season and join us for an evening of festive fun!

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20th Annual Colonial Christmas Cocktail Party

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Jacobus Vanderveer House will host their annual Colonial Christmas Cocktail Party featuring live music by Linda Russel and an antique firearm display and exhibition.

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After Hours Pottery Date Night

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Come on out and get dirty with a date night in the ceramics studio! Couples (and singles) are invited to come out for an intimate experience of throwing on the potters wheel. Our experienced instructor will guide you through the throwing process and give you options for decorating and glazing. We will glaze, fire and package your creation for pickup. Light refreshments will be provided. Please wear or change into clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Holiday Tree Lighting at Green Brook

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Green Brook's annual tree lighting is set for Friday, Dec. 2. When: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2ND - 7 PM Where: ARTHUR LEWIS PARK 59 GREENBROOK ROAD See holiday performances by Green Brook students, enjoy hot cocoa, and see Santa arrive on a fire truck!

Eat Drink and Be Ugly.. Sweater Party

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Get your ugly sweaters on and head down to the Claremont Tavern! Tickets include one beverage and apps. Also joining us is Karaoke Jake getting ready for the holidays with carols and traditional favs. $20 in advance $25 at the door. 21+ only!

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“A Wicked Christmas Carol”

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December 2 - December 18 Friday & Saturday - 8PM Sunday - 2PM ** Additional matinee on Saturday, December 10th at 2PM ** Adults $20 - Seniors/Students $18 The Wicked Witch of the West wasn't always that way, and when a ghostly figure whisks her away on a journey through her past, present, and future, she may find a second chance on Christmas Eve. Can familiar faces help to melt the Witch's heart, or is she doomed to melt away herself? A Christmas classic gets a thrilling transformation, set in the magical world of L. Frank Baum's Oz books.

STOMP

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“If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” —Boston Globe STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments—matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps—to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. STOMP. See what all the noise is about.

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