Things To Do In Westfield, Scotch Plains and Cranford Summit Scotch Plains Fanwood !
ART MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
Gallery The Juxtapose Gallery is in the town of Westfield. It is a multi-media gallery that exhibits oil paintings, watercolors, limited edition lithographs, iris graphics, and etchings. The Juxtapose Gallery also performs professional framing of artwork. There is a gift shop in the gallery where there are hand-crafted items such as jewelry, stained glass boxes, and hand-blown glassware.
Evalyn Dunn’s Gallery
Under the direction of the mother and daughter team of Evalyn Dunn and Jacie Civins, Evalyn Dunn’s Gallery is a gracious destination for art collectors, art aficionado and retail consumers who crave and appreciate the history, fantasy, beauty, passion and significance of art in its multitude of fortes. The gallery is located at 549 South Avenue in Westfield.
For four generations the Swain family has presided over New Jersey’s oldest privately owned art establishment. The gallery contains various rooms filled with a wide variety of original artwork in categories such as oil paints, watercolors, pastels, and more. Swain Gallery is located in a wonderful Victorian house in the Crescent Historic District of Plainfield.
Miller-Cory House Museum
Built in 1740, The Miller-Cory House was named in honor of its two 18th century owners, both descended from the earliest settlers in the area. While the Miller and the Cory families were rural farmers, they knew some degree of sophistication. The “West Fields” were at the crossroads of colonial America on the Old York Road, the main route from New York to Philadelphia. Life was uniquely influenced then, as it is today, by a location between two major cities. The Miller-Cory House stands on the “road to the mountains” in Westfield, New Jersey.
The Drake House Museum
Plainfield’s historic link with its colonial past was built in 1746 by Isaac Drake as a home for his son, Nathaniel. In the Drake House, the first-floor kitchen, bedroom and dining room are typical of those in homes of the 18th century. Parlor furnishings represent the late Empire and early Victorian era. Today it is a City-owned public museum administered by the Historical Society of Plainfield.
Liberty Hall Museum
Built on the eve of the Revolution, Liberty Hall is associated with many of the events and individuals that have shaped our nation’s destiny. Home to the prominent Livingston and Kean families, the saga of Liberty Hall includes the stories of men, women and children from many lands and many eras. A chronicle of New Jersey history glimpsed through the doors of one very special house. Enter and the past comes alive.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art- New York City
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is dedicated to the presentation of art. This museum is believed to be one of the best art museums in the world. Some of their top collections are Egyptian Art, Drawings, Musical Instruments, Photographs, Modern Art, and many more. The displays and exhibits are outstanding and very alluring. If you go into the city of New York, be sure to stop and take a walk through the world art.
Union County Arts Center
The Union County Arts Center is housed in the restored Rahway Theatre, conveniently located in Downtown Rahway. This historic landmark has become the centerpiece of a recently established Arts District. The Union County Arts Center also offers mentoring programs. The Mentors in Music workshops are geared toward students of middle school through high school ages as a means of allowing children of all backgrounds to come into direct contact with the arts – not just as a passive observer, but also as an active participant. Union County Arts Center has played a vital role in the revitalization and cultural renaissance of the community.
Cranford Dramatic Club
The Cranford Dramatic Club is the longest, continuously producing community theater in the state of New Jersey. It began as a small group of townspeople who wanted to share good theater with their friends and neighbors. The first meeting took place in October of 1919 and they have produced plays in Cranford every year since then. The Cranford Dramatic Club may be contacted by phone at (908)-276-7611.
David Aaron Orchestras
The David Aaron Orchestras have been actively performing throughout New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania since 1981. Originally started by David Aaron as a “wedding band specializing in every style of party music”, this organization has developed to be one of the premier musical organizations in New Jersey. Today, The David Aaron Orchestras are diversified into four categories including “The Party Band” – “The Big Band” – “The Swing Quintet/Sextet” – and “The Saints & Sinners Dixieland Band”, all led by the clarinet playing band leader David Aaron.
Westfield Symphony Orchestra
The Westfield Symphony Orchestra has been performing for more than two decades. The Symphony has offered audiences the highest professional level of artistry and excitement. Be sure to experience critically acclaimed conductor David Wroe’s passionate and innovative approach to orchestral music and be transported by a thrilling evening of music.
Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth
In the town of Elizabeth, back in 1865, the Drake Opera House was built. Later on, in the early 1900’s, the Drake Opera House was purchased and turned into an entertainment showcase. By the mid 1900’s, the theatre was on a steady decline. However, it was saved and restored. In 1994, the theatre was purchased by George Castro who then restored the theatre back to the way it was in the 1920’s. The theatre today, is currently serving as a performing arts center.
PNC Bank Arts Center
The PNC Bank Arts Center is a multi-million dollar performing arts center specially designed for live concerts. The PNC Bank Arts Center is one of the finest and most beautifully designed facilities of its kind. The concert season begins in late May and continues through September, featuring between 35 and 45 performances by artists representing various musical styles including rock, pop, country, jazz, rhythm and blues, oldies and more. There are special events and festivals featured each season also. Situated on Telegraph Hill with beautifully wooded park land in picturesque Holmdel, the amphitheatre is conveniently located just off the Garden State Parkway.
The Metropolitan Opera
Since 1883, The Metropolitan Opera has been one of the leading opera companies in the world. The Metropolitan Opera holds the highest quality performances. The world-class performances of the artists make an exciting and unforgettable event. The Metropolitan Opera House has exceptional performances open to the public for the enjoyment of all.
Broadway and Off Broadway in New York City
The home to some of America’s best Musicals, Shows, and Plays, is Broadway. Some of the featured shows include Hair Spray, Beauty and the Beast, The Phantom of The Opera, and the musical Chicago. No trip to New York City is complete without a marvelous Broadway show. Broadway is located in the heart of New York City.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Scotch Hills Country Club
The golf course at the Scotch Hills Country Club was built on rolling terrain and features well-bunkered greens. The course is open to the public, and there are 9 holes to play on. This luscious green golf course is located in the town of Scotch Plains.
Shackamaxon Golf and Country Club
The pleasant course at the Shackamoxon Golf and Country Club in Scotch Plains was built on hilly terrain, and has tree-lined fairways. All the greens and tee boxes are elevated. Caddies are mandatory if you choose to walk the course. There are 18 holes to enjoy.
Warinanco Skating Center in Roselle
At the Warinanco Skating Center in Roselle, skaters of all ages enjoy the use of the spacious rink which is protected by three walls and a roof. Participants adore ice skating in an open air atmosphere. To chase away the chill, patrons can step inside the warming area where a crackling fire creates an inviting place to take a break.
Trailside Nature and Science Center
The Trailside Nature and Science Center is located in the Watchung Reservation. This reservation is a 2,000 acre preserve containing three ponds, forests, swamps, streams, springs, fields and over thirteen miles of color-coded hiking trails. The scenery is splendid, so while on a relaxing walk or jog, be sure to savor the beauty.
John Russell Wheeler Memorial Pool
The John Russel Wheeler Memorial Pool in Linden is a pool complex that has a main pool which is connected to the diving tank. The main pool is 25 meters in length and ranges from 2 feet to 52 feet deep. The dive tank at the end of the pool is 13 feet deep with both a 1 meter and a 3 meter diving board. This site also features a separate children’s wading pool.
Walter E. Ulrich Memorial Pool
This swimming complex features a barrier-free bathhouse and a 50-meter swimming pool that ranges in depth from 2 feet to 52 feet. In addition, there is a 13 foot deep diving tank with one meter and three meter diving boards, and a children’s wading pool. The Walter E. Ulrich Memorial Pool is in the town of Rahway.
The Watchung Stable in Mountainside has a long and rich heritage in Central New Jersey. Owned and operated by the County of Union since 1933, its goal is to provide the opportunity to learn how to ride, enhance equestrian skills or just enjoy the natural beauty of the 26 miles of bridle paths that weave through the Reservation. The Watchung Stables offer programs for adults and children. The stables feature programs for adults and children, an equestrian camp, and several clubs including the Watchung Riding and Driving Club.
Summit Antiques Center
The Summit Antiques Center is the largest, full-service retail antiques cooperative in North New Jersey. Summit Antiques offer a unique and dynamic selection of quality antiques and collectibles in every price range. The dealers offer hand-picked antiques, collectibles, treasures, and decorative items from their travels throughout historic New Jersey, Pennyslvania, the Mid-Atlantic area, New England, Canada, and Europe.
The Woodbridge Shopping Center is family-oriented, offering a diverse merchandise mix in a comfortable, easy-to-shop environment. With over 200 specialty shops, services and restaurants, along with six major department stores, Woodbridge Center shoppers enjoy depth and breadth of merchandise offerings in each category with enough choices to accommodate every budget.
The area of downtown Westfield offers many shopping choices. There are selections like Chico’s, Gap Kids, Mademoiselle, and Tuxedos by Cozy, just to name a few. There are also alternative stores such as Savvy Chic, Golden Bee Antiques, and Michael Kohn Jewelers.
The Mall at Short Hills
Nowhere else in the world can you find such an oasis of luxury shopping under one roof. This one stop shopping destination includes over 175 specialty stores and restaurants including Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Cartier, DKNY, Versace, and Crate & Barrel. Over 45 boutiques have their only New Jersey location at The Mall at Short Hills, the region’s preeminent shopping center.
Betty Gallagher Antiques, Incorporated
The charming courtyard of the old Carnegie Library is home to the twenty year tradition of fine antiques. Betty and daughter Reni invite you to browse through two floors of tastefully displayed formal and country furniture and decorative arts. They’ll help you select that special gift from their extensive collection of fine antique jewelry and silver. Featured at the American Saddle Horse Museum, equine gold jewelry by Betty Gallagher is available exclusively at the Westfield shop. Complimentary wrapping is their gift to you.
The highest degree of professional expertise, integrity and service continue to be the hallmark of Martin Jewelers’ commitment. Emphasis upon staff expertise starts with store owner, Ellen Ramer, a Certified Gemologist Appraiser. Ellen, one of the first women CGAs, continues to be among the limited number of jewelry professionals to achieve this highest certification of gemological expertise. Martin Jewelery sells and maintains fine objects such as beautiful jewelry, fine watches, gracious china and crystal. Martin Jewelers can be found in the town of Cranford.
The downtown area of Cranford has numerous shopping opportunities. Downtown consists of shops and boutiques such as Dovetails, Chiquitos, Michelle’s Hallmark, and Glass Unlimited. Other stores include Hynes Jewelers, Toysland, Hobby Heaven, and Just 4 Pooches.
Fifth Avenue, New York City
Fifth Avenue in New York City is one of the fashion capitols of the world. Fifth Avenue has world-class shops that include Saks 5th Avenue, Chanel Boutique, Tiffany’s, FAO Schwarz, and Ann Taylor. From fashion accessories to jewelry to the top toys in the world, all things ritzy and glitzy are at hand on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Ferraro’s has been a Westfield landmark since 1969. This delightful eatery is a very special family-run restaurant. From a casual, no-reservation-required pizza restaurant, to the lightly elegant dining room, Ferraro’s can accommodate a wide variety of dining styles. Those styles include an extensive catering menu for home-dining, parties and/or meetings. Ferraro’s also offers private rooms to accommodate 20-100 guests. Ferraro’s offers an extensive selection of cocktails, wine and beers.
Theresa’s Restaurant – Westfield
Theresa’s is proud to present creative Italian cooking. The people of Theresa’s restaurant believe that the excitement of their open kitchen will show their confidence and authenticity. Each of their dishes is individually prepared with the finest and freshest of ingredients. Buon Apetito!
It’s Greek To Me
It all started in 1986 when James and Stacy, together with their mother, Ero Papavasiliou, opened their first restaurant in Cliffside Park. The sunny Greek Island decor is the restaurant’s signature and provides a cheerful atmosphere for an informal and moderately priced lunch or dinner. The Papavasiliou’s now operate 8 restaurants throughout New Jersey. Each restaurant is friendly, has a comfortable atmosphere and sparks a desire for Greek food and specialties.
The Soufflé Restaurant in Summit serves one of the finest selections of French Cuisine. For lunch they offer an Endive salad mounded over Roquefort cheese with roasted nuts, that they call Salade d’ Endives et de Roquefort. On the menu for dinner, the Soufflé Restaurant has the option for Moules Ala Provencales, which is steamed muscles with white wine, butter, shallots, and fresh herbs. The Soufflé Restaurant is well known for their dessert of Soufflé that they make to perfection. The flavors of soufflé’s that they serve are chocolate, grand marnier, raspberry, and banana.
The Garlic Rose Bistro
The Garlic Rose Bistro is a unique casual bistro in the center of Madison, and in the heart of downtown Cranford. The Garlic Rose features an eclectic menu that is complimented by the wonderful herb garlic. There are meals offered such as Garlic Festival Stuffed Mushrooms, Garlicious Escargots, and Prince Edward Island Mussels with Saffron Pomodoro. Even a vampire would find this bistro appealing as garlic may be omitted from most menu selections. Garlic Rose will accommodate all tastes. A cozy atmosphere and friendly attentive service are perfect compliments to the delicious food. You won’t leave hungry.
India on the Hudson
India on the Hudson is located in the Uptown section of Hoboken and is the first Indian restaurant in town. They have created an elegant atmosphere that is comfortable, inviting and clean. Their rich gold and green palette, embroidered Indian brocades and colorful Indian folk art create a luxurious environment. The Indian on the Hudson has a moderately priced menu and offers warm friendly service. In addition to their daily lunch and dinner service they also offer seasonal outdoor seating, take out and delivery services.
Top of the Tower
The Top of the Tower is an outstanding restaurant 26 stories above all the rushing and noise of the city of Manhattan. With wrap-around terraces and a striking skyline view, Top of the Tower is a late-night spot not easy to forget. Top of the Tower also offers cocktails and live piano entertainment. Top of the Tower is located at the top of the Beekman Tower Hotel in New York City.
Bowcraft Amusement Park in Scotch Plains
Bowcraft Amusement Park has whirling, swerving, soaring, bouncing, mixing, tossing, and turning. Something’s always moving at Bowcraft. Bowcraft Amusements have been providing miles of smiles for over 50 years. Whether trying your skill at traditional midway games or regaining your balance after a wild ride, you’ll reveal that “Big Bowcraft Smile”. This amusement park is fun for all ages and a place where kids can be kids, even if they have grandkids. Bowcraft is New Jersey’s family fun-place.
Newark Museum Mini-Zoo
The Mini Zoo at The Newark Museum is the home of more than one hundred live animals representing forty-three exotic and domestic species. Some of the animals on display have been injured in the wild and rehabilitated but are unable to be released into their natural habitats. These living exhibitions give the visitors a chance to learn about animals and their habitats, including the environment and the impact people have on nature.
Wild West City
The Wild West City is a western heritage theme park that brings the old west back to life through portrayals of real-life western characters, legendary events and a frontier town re-creation. Featuring twenty-two different live action shows throughout the course of the day, Wild West City offers the visitors a chance to “live” in the old west! The Wild West City theme park is in Netcong, New Jersey.
Tomahawk Lake has attractions such as a fabulous Kiddies Water World, 18 acre crystal clear lake, and the largest white sand beach in Sussex County. Tomahawk Lake also provides a 503 foot Black Snake waterslide, 512 foot Rocky Mountain waterslide, Rampage water-coaster, bumper boats, paddle boats, and row boats. Besides water sports, Tomahawk Lake offers an 18-hole miniature golf course, arcade, volleyball, horseshoes and more.
The Statue of Liberty
One of America’s top National Monuments is The Statue of Liberty located on Liberty Island in the Harbor of New York City. A trip to the Statue of Liberty is well worth your time. The Statue of Liberty is approximately 23 miles away from Scotch Plains, Westfield, and Cranford. Once at Battery Park in New York, a few options to take in order to get out to Liberty Island are Water Taxi, Comcast Ferry or personal boating service. The Statue of Liberty is a must see attraction. Be one of the many to stand by Lady Liberty’s side.
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REAL ESTATE TIPS
Time to Move >Smart House Hunting
Serious house hunting can leave you worn out and confused at the end of the day. It is hard to remember which house had the great back yard and kitchen and which one you ruled out because of inadequate storage space. Some of the houses you visited looked familiar–like maybe you had seen them before. How can you conserve energy and keep it all straight?
The first step is to find a real estate agent who knows the area well and will only show you homes that meet your criteria. Next you should acquire a small note pad in order to keep a record of the homes you visit. Note the address, style and exterior color, as well as something distinctive about the house that will trigger your memory. Make a special note if a house has real possibilities. Jot down important pluses and minuses of each property and share this information with your real estate agent. This will help you to narrow down the houses so that you can focus on your favorites.
REAL ESTATE TRIVIA
Q What real estate board game became the best-selling game in America just one year after it was created?
A Charles B. Darrow invented Monopoly in 1934, to cheer himself up while unemployed during the Great Depression. Monopoly is now the most popular board game in the world and has sold over 200 million copies.