The Weekender: July 9 – 12: Maplewoodstock, French Food, Books, and More

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Another gorgeous July weekend with many happenings to enjoy!

Of course, Maplewoodstock is THE local event this weekend. The festival will offer two days of great music and art. But there are also some other great events to enjoy.

Here’s what else is happening in the Villages (and beyond) this weekend:


Le French WeekFor one week in July, New Jersey goes French. Between July 6 – 14, which is Bastille Day (France’s Independence Day) Le French Week will offer fun events celebrating all things French. There are many events throughout NJ—from French dinners in Montclair to a night out at L’Occitane en Provence in Paramus—but lucky for us, there is a great event in Millburn! Café Monet will offer a 3 course prix-fixe menus as part of the celebration.

Le French Week: Café Monet Dinner
Friday, July 10, Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12 (5 – 9 pm)
Café Monet, 309 Millburn Avenue , Millburn, NJ
$45 per person, reservations online here


Darlene Love

Enjoy an Evening with Darlene Love at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield, NJ as part of the Essex County Free Summer Music Concert Series. Since the early sixties, as part of Phil Spector’s ‘wall of sound’ hit factory, this powerhouse singer has done it all…from major motion pictures to Broadway shows. Darlene Love continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and sensational performances.

Essex County Free Summer Music Concert Series: Darlene Love
Friday, July 10 at 7:30 pm
Brookdale Park, Watchung Avenue , Bloomfield, NJ




Award-winning author and musician Mary Amato combines two passions in her latest young-adult novels about songwriters, Get Happy and Guitar Notes. Her books chart new territory by providing readers with music to play and to listen to online. Amato will be at Words Bookstore on Saturday and Sunday for a very special book signing: Join [words], Mary Amato, Luna Guitars and Ukes, and Maplewoodstock in celebrating music — and it’s free! This year, we’re excited to feature a FREE UKE GIVEAWAY (value $199) – includes free signed copy of Get Happy.

Get Happy signing with author & musician Mary Amato
Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 from 4 pm – 6 pm
Words Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Mapelwood, NJ



Don’t miss the “Miracle on Baker Street” Turnover Sale at Morrow Memorial United Methodist Church in Maplewood on Saturday, July 11. The Turnover Sale, now in its 82nd year, has become a legendary annual event in town. It takes up two full floors of the church building, transforming Morrow Church into a full-fledged department store of gently loved treasures. The revenue earned is used to fund vital mission projects and charitable works, both locally and globally.

Turnover Sale
Saturday, July 11 from 9 am – 12:30 pm
Morrow Church, 600 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, NJ
Free to attend, great bargains to purchase



Book-Sale21-300x135The Friends of the Library One-Day Bag of Books Sale tales place on Saturday at Maplewood Memorial Library.  The perfect opportunity to pick up lots of great books for your summer reading.  Fill a bag (provided by Friends) for $8. Books also sold individually.  Shop for great bargains and help support the library.

Friends of the Library One-Day Bag of Books Sale
Saturday, July 11 from 10 am – 4 pm
Maplewood Memorial Library, 590 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, NJ
Fill a bag for $8 or purchase books individually: Hardbacks/Trade Paperbacks – 6 for $5 and Paperbacks – 3 for $1

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

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