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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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Nutcracker: Magical Musical Ballet

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This Christmas, bring the whole family back to a simpler time with Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet. The acclaimed holiday tradition is live in theaters for the 30th Anniversary tour. Gather friends and family to relive your fondest childhood dreams, overflowing with larger-than-life puppets, breathtaking acrobatics, and dazzling costumes. Experience the exquisite artistry of the international cast, featuring stars of Ukraine ballet, performing at the highest level of classical technique. Share in the message of peace and harmony.

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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.

Hanukkah Culinary Class

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Come join us for a unique experience where you will create dishes from scratch guided by Chef Barbara Markowitz. The menu includes: Tri Colored Latkes Everything Bagel Crusted Loin of Salmon Chardonnay & Honey Glazed Carrots Easy Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake Classes include a Wine Tasting (Min. 21 years old) Gratuity is optional but is always appreciated. *Please note that we have a 48-hour cancellation policy, and we only offer class credit - no refunds.

Stars and Promises 2022 – “A Light In The Window”

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Peter Mayer - A Stars & Promise's Christmas Tour 2022 Peter Mayer, singer, songwriter and guitarist is set to embark on the 23rd anniversary of his widely acclaimed Christmas tour “Stars and Promises.” Mayer has released 25 of his own albums, toured internationally with his own band, and has been lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer band for three decades. In 1999, Peter and his brother, Jim Mayer, began work on their first Christmas album, “Stars and Promises.” They recorded their favorite traditional carols along with their own original Christmas songs that, over the years, have become favorites of their audiences across the country. Since that first recording and tour in 1999, Mayer has released four additional Christmas albums and this year celebrates his 23rd year on the road with his world-class seven-piece band. The “Stars and Promises” concerts are engaging in live performance and made memorable with state-of-the-art sound and production. “Stars and Promises” brings its unique yuletide tradition to thousands of fans who have called this production, “A Christmas show like no other!” Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaQw-FRwqxc A Charity Concert to benefit the Somerville Education Foundation

$35 – $80

Penn & Teller

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From humble beginnings busking on the streets of Philadelphia to acclaimed sold-out runs on Broadway to the longest running and one of the most-beloved resident headline acts in Las Vegas history, magic’s legendary duo continues to defy labels by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own very distinct niche in comedy. Penn & Teller's record-breaking Las Vegas show at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino was called “the single best show in Vegas,” by the Los Angeles Times and they have an amazing eight wins as “Las Vegas Magicians of the Year.” Their hit series Penn & Teller: Fool Us! for The CW Network—featuring up-and-comers and magic veterans who try to fool Penn & Teller for a chance to star in the pair’s hit Las Vegas stage show—was nominated for a Critics Choice Award and will return for a ninth season in late 2022. The duo have made hundreds of outrageous appearances on everything from Fallon to Friends, The Simpsons to Colbert, Modern Family to Big Bang Theory, plus their own specials for NBC, ABC, PBS, and Comedy Central have garnered them both an Emmy® and a Writers Guild Award.

$45 – $195
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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.

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