August 2016 Archives

Summertime Events at the Old Franklin School August

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Sharon Goldman's September 15 album release show -- $15 at the door, $12 advance tickets:

Happy August! Hope you're having a great's the scoop on what's going on at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse: 491 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen!

Saturday, August 13, 7pm to 11pm
Guitars for Vets  (Cabaret Night)
Suggested donation at the door: $10

Featuring the best of local and regional music groups, Guitar Cabaret Night will include performances from military veterans who have completed the 10-week Guitars for Vets educational program. At the end of the program each vet is awarded a free Yamaha acoustic guitar and accessories, and invited to continue playing guitar with her or his chapter. Guitars For Vets (, is a national 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide a guitar instruction program and the proven healing power of music to veterans struggling with physical injuries, PTSD, and other emotional distress. 

Active duty military, vets, and performing bands will be admitted free.  For more information, join the facebook event at

Saturday, August 20, 7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
The Rollbacks (Latin Fusion)
$5 at the door

The Rollbacks (Alejandro Ataucusi, Louis D'Alotto, Pablo Vera, George Lykogiannis, and George Bonilla) combine music genres such as rock, latin, jazz, and Salsa to entertain with new Latin fusion vibes.  Based in Perth Amboy but frequent performers at area Open Mics and Coffee Houses, the Rollbacks have become a local favorite and last played in Metuchen at the Junebug Artfest.  They recently headlined the first Waterfront Arts Festival in Perth Amboy and they have also played Division Street in Somerville, among many other venues around NJ and PA.  Alejandro regularly performs solo at Troy Restaurant in Perth Amboy and with the Rollbacks at the Barge Restaurant on the Waterfront. We welcome them to the Old Franklin Schoolhouse and hope you will make a night of it with friends; bring a bottle of your favorite wine & some tapas and enjoy! 

Friday, August 26
Metuchen Open Mic Night
Doors at 6:30, music at 7:00pm, Free

The official gathering spot for fans of Metuchen's Open Mic Night! All forms of expression welcome! Last Friday of each month!  Contact Danny

Thursday nights in August: Metuchen Rocks! Series at New & Center Streets - Free, sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council (rain or shine)

Thursday,  August 11 - Carrie Jackson & her Jazzin' All Star Ensemble
Thursday,  August 18 - The SaddleTones
Thursday,  August 25 -  Lowlight

Coming in September:

----Friday, September 9 -- Blue Fox Blues Night

----Thursday, September 15, 8 pm -- Sharon Goldman FULL-BAND album release show! 
Sharon (host of the quarterly Schoolhouse Songwriter Series) is celebrating the release of her new album, "Kol Isha (A Woman's Voice)" with a full band, sweet treats and a champagne toast! 
Sharon Goldman: Vocals, guitar, piano
Stephen Murphy: Guitars, mandolin
Cheryl Prashker: Percussion
Craig Akin: Upright bass
Efrat Shapira: Violin
Amy Soucy: Background vocals
$15 at the door or $12 advance tix here:

Be the Change Metuchen Program Supports Ozanam Shelter

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Be the Change - Metuchen

Downtown Metuchen businesses want you to "be the change" when visiting our downtown and shopping for school supplies this year. With the help of the Metuchen resident, Karolina Jekal, the Metuchen Downtown Alliance is proud to help promote an important initiative that helps to bring much needed school supplies and children's items to Newark school children and to the Ozanam Women & Family Shelter (Edison, NJ) through "Be the Change-NJ"

Visit participating retailers (list below) until August 20th to drop off schools supplies and baby items across Metuchen's downtown. Suggested donations include notebooks, backpacks, lunchboxes, diapers, wipes, formula etc. Community volunteers will be collecting the supplies to be distributed through Ms. Jekal's efforts with the Be the Change program. "I'm excited to have Metuchen businesses participate in this important cause. We're hoping to collect even more supplies this year with the help of the retailers to help even more children and families in need and help bring awareness to how many families are in need for basic supplies for school and home."

The Metuchen Downtown Alliance, while only a few months old, is also excited to help this important cause and showcase Metuchen's history of giving back. Reed Leibfried, longtime resident and Borough Council Member states, "Karolina and her work with Be the Change, has been a true advocate for Metuchen, and for the school children that desperately need these school supplies. In collaboration with the Metuchen Downtown Alliance, we continue to support her efforts and that of Be the Change-NJ in assisting children at need. Metuchen is a supportive community that strives to assist all in need and in coordination with our businesses and downtown Alliance, this initiative has proven to be a resounding success.

Residents are encouraged to visit participating retailers to make donations. A list of retailers and requested items can be found under the "Be the Change" banner.  

Outdoor Concert w/Miss Laurie Ann Thursday 730 PM

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WHAT: METUCHEN ROCKS Outdoor Summer Concert Series
FEATURING: The Country sounds of Miss Laurie Ann & The SaddleTones
WHERE: Metuchen Summer Stage, corner of New & Center Streets in Metuchen 
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
COST:         Free
SPONSOR:   The Metuchen Arts Council

Author Carolyn Mackler to Library August 18

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From the Metucen Public LIbrary:

Join us when Carolyn Mackler visits the Metuchen Public Library (480 Middlesex Avenue) on Thursday evening August 18 at 7:30 pm.  Ms. Mackler is the bestselling author of eight popular teen novels (grades 7-12), including her latest, Infinite in Between (2015), and the Printz Honor Book, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things. Ms. Mackler co-authored The Future of Us with Jay Asher (13 Reasons Why). My Best Friend Next Door is Mackler's first book for children (grades 3-5).
Ms. Mackler's exciting presentation will be followed by a Q & A with the audience.  Refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase and to be signed by the author.  This program is free to the public and paid for by The Friends of the Metuchen Library. All ages are welcome.  For more information,

Shabbat Under the Stars August 19 at Neve Shalom

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Welcome the spirit of Shabbat this summer at Congregation Neve Shalom in Metuchen. On Friday August 19thth at 7:30 we will be hosting "Shabbat Under the Stars".  Join us as we we sing and pray together in the courtyard of Congregation Neve Shalom.  For more information, contact Wendy Kushner at

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