The Weekender: April 22-24: Cherry Blossoms, Riverdance, Olivia Newton-John!

by Georgette Gilmore
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It’s the weekend! Celebrate by getting out and enjoying all that The Villages (and beyond) have to offer.

Here’s what’s happening this weekend:

shutterstock_72880726Get cooking at Kings Cooking Studio in Short Hills on Friday. The “Spring Desserts” class will have you baking up delicious warm weather treats.

Kings Cooking Studio: “Spring Desserts”
Friday, April 22 from 11 am – 2 pm
Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, NJ
Cost is $60. Register online here


The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand at NJPAC this weekend. Riverdance captures the imagination of audiences across all ages with an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song.

April 22 at 8 pm / April 23 at 3 pm and 8 pm/ April 24 at 2 pm and 7 pm
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
Tickets are $49 – $69 and can be purchased online here


bloomfestEssex County Bloomfest happens on Satruday in Branch Brook Park in Newark. Enjoy a family day in New Jersey’s pinkest park! A packed schedule of events includes Japanese cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, a crafter’s marketplace, food, and more. The celebration continues at the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center and the Prudential Concert Grove.

Saturday, April 23 from 11 am – 5 pm
Essex County Branch Brook Park, Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Mill Street Entrance
Admission is free; food and merchandise will be for sale.


Timothy Ball House, 425 Ridgewood Road, in 1950.

Timothy Ball House, 425 Ridgewood Road, in 1950.

Members of the Maplewood Historic Preservation Commission will be at the Local History Center located in the Maplewood Hilton Library on Saturday afternoon to discuss tips on the history, architecture, and care of you home.  Go discover information and possibly early photographs of your Maplewood home. Local experts will be available to discuss repairs, replacement materials and resources on how to fix your home.

About Your House: Tips On Its History and Care
Saturday, April 23 at 1 pm
Maplewood Hilton Library, 1688 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ



Prospect presents “With Warmest Regards,”  a cabaret concert featuring Dr. Lori Mirabel and Allison Franzetti (Multi-Grammy nominated pianist). Join them as they continue the theme of “Tearing Down Walls and Building Bridges” through music. Light refreshments will be served.

Prospect presents “With Warmest Regards”
Saturday, April 23 at 1:45 pm.
Prospect Presbyterian Church, 646 Prospect Street, Maplewood, NJ
$10 for Adults and $5 for children. Reservations at 973-763-2090 X200.



Oh Sandy! Olivia Newton-John will perform at The Wellmont Theater on Saturday night. When most people hear Newton-John’s name, they think Grease!, but she has five number one singles under her belt. From when she first started out with her country music, through the Grease sound track and the Xanadu days, Newton-John has such an eclectic back catalogue of music that there’s something for everyone at one of her shows.

Olivia Newton-John
Saturday, April 23 at 8 pm
The Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Tickets are $39.50 – $89.50 and can be purchased online here



Hunter Hayes, a world renowned musician and singer from NJ, will perform an evening of R&B, Jazz, Pop & Easy listening at Above Restaurant & Bar in South Orange on Saturday night. Hayes’s musical scoring has won him seven TV Emmys.

Hunter Hayes performance
Saturday, April 23 from 7 pm – 11 pm
Above Restaurant & Bar, One South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ
No cover. Reservations for dinner at 973.762.2683



Radam Schwartz will perform at the SOPAC Jazz in the Loft on Sunday. Organist and pianist Radam Schwartz has built his reputation over the last 35 years playing with such great musicians as Arthur and Red Prysock, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Al Hibbler, Irene Reid, Jimmy Ford, Cecil Brooks III, Tommy Gryce, Madame Pat Tandy, and David Fathead Newman. Radam Schwartz has released six albums as leader and two as co-leader, garnering nationwide radio airplay, as well as two composer awards from The Society of European Stage Authors and Composers.

Radam Schwartz: Jazz in the Loft
Sunday, April 24 at 7 pm
SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online here


Check out our Events Calendar to see what else is happening in the towns and have a great weekend!




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