Aug 02, 2017

Special Events for August and September 2017

Now through August 30

“All Media, No Theme” Exhibit – at The Guild of Creative Art, 620 Broad Street, Shrewsbury.            Anything goes – more or less – in an all-media, no set theme exhibit on display in the main gallery. The range of media includes acrylic, fiber, oil, pastel, photography, sculpture, and watercolor.            In addition, art by Guild exhibiting and associate members, reflecting an assortment of media and subject matter, will also be on display. Guild summer hours are Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Guild is closed on Monday, except for classes. Admission and on-site parking are free. Call (732) 741-1441, email, or visit


August 5

Red Bank Elks Local Hero Dinner – 6:00 p.m. at the Red Bank Elks Lodge #233, 40 West Front Street, Red Bank. Come join the Red Bank Elks in saying thank you for your service. They will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, and cake. They will also award one local serviceman/servicewoman with the Elks Local Hero Award. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 5-13. Military, fire, EMT, and police are free with badge.


August 10

Mid-Summer Neo Classical Dream Piano Concert – 7:00 p.m. in the community room at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road. Pianist Dr. Elven Chern is also an avid Argentine Tango dancer, a singer/soprano, and a chorus conductor. She graduated from Columbia University with a PhD in Chemical Engineering. She co-chaired AT&T Cares Talent Band as a vocalist and pianist and chaired AT&T Cares Chorus as the music director. Both groups perform for charity events. Her music is Neo Classical, Tango, instrumental pop, semi-classical, easy listening, and meditative music. Call (732) 671-3700, ext. 320 or visit


August 16

Monmouth Civic Chorus Summer Sing – 7:30 p.m. at the Monmouth Reform Temple, 332 Hance Avenue, Tinton Falls. The Monmouth Civic Chorus invites all singers to a Summer Sing featuring Haydn’s glorious Lord Nelson Mass. The admission fee is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Admission will be collected at the door and includes refreshments and score loan. No advance reservations are needed. Written in 1798, the Lord Nelson Mass is one of six late masses written by Haydn for the Esterhazy family.  Chief Haydn biographer H.C. Robbins Landon calls it “Haydn’s greatest single composition.” It is Haydn’s largest mass and is arguably his most well-known and beloved choral composition.  It’s a must sing for all choral enthusiasts. The Summer Sing is also an opportunity to get to know the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus and its artistic director, Dr. Ryan Brandau. Singers are invited to audition for the Monmouth Civic Chorus 2017-2018 season. Audition appointments are available on Wednesday evenings in Tinton Falls beginning in September. For information or an audition appointment, visit, e-mail, or call (732) 933-9333.


August 18 through September 17

Jada Fabrizio Photographic Fairy Tales – at the Nilson Gallery at the Monmouth Museum, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. “I love watching how light can create a mood. Photography uses light to create the perfect combination of reality mixed with fantasy,” said Jada Fabrizio, Monmouth Museum’s New Jersey Emerging Artists Series artist whose art work will be featured. The opening reception will be held August 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Her Gallery Talk will be held September 19 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Both the opening reception and the Gallery Talk are free and open to the public. In this new body of photographic work, Ms. Fabrizio is able to capture a single moment, and use that moment to invoke an entire story, saying, “I believe that art should make you feel something; it should touch you, make you think, laugh, cry. I consider myself an alternative reality photographer. I sculpt my own characters, build dioramas, and light the scene to create surreal visual fables or freshly minted fairy tales for adults.” Jada Fabrizio is an American photographer who lives and works in Hudson County, New Jersey. She studied creative writing at SUNY New Paltz and photography at the School of Visual Arts and ICP (International Center of Photography) in New York City. She received the 2016 Art Scene Today first place award for “It’s a mad mad world.” For hours and information, visit or call (732) 747-2266.


August 19

Elvis in the ‘50s Concert – 2:00 p.m. at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown. It’s the Fifties and Ruben Castillo is performing Elvis! It’s a feel-good time in America and abroad, the Korean War has ended, and it’s a time of great prosperity for everyone. But a Cold War between the Soviet Union and the U.S. has begun, as well as the race to be the first in space. And while white teenagers in the South were at the drive-in or at a hamburger joint, their black counterparts were being forced to use separate lunch counters and bathrooms. Down in Memphis, a young man named Elvis Presley is about to change the world with his sideburns, shaky legs, and a voice that “didn’t sound like nobody.” His journey from being The Hillbilly Cat to Elvis the Pelvis to The King of Rock ‘n Roll begins in this edition. Come back to a time when people Liked Ike, Loved Lucy, and hated those Damn Yankees! Sponsored by the Friends of Middletown Library, the free concert will take place in the community room. Call (732) 671-3700, ext. 320 or visit


September 1 through 4

Canterbury Art Show…a Tapestry of the Arts – at St. George’s-by-the-River Church, 7 Lincoln Avenue, Rumson. The highly anticipated Canterbury Art show returns on Labor Day weekend and the committee is preparing for the largest crowds ever. This year’s show will include the works of more than 90 artists, with exquisite works in oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, watercolor, mixed-media, and photography. All artwork in the Juried and “Treasure” non-juried area is original and priced to sell. There will be something for everyone’s style, budget, wall, or desk. The three-day event opens with a Meet the Artists reception and awards presentation for Juried artworks on Friday, September 1. For the first time, the art show will also conduct an art auction of additional pieces brought in for sale, presided over by Kravetz Auctions on Sunday, September 3 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The annual raffle drawing is on Monday, September 4, at 5:00 p.m. The art show is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year and proceeds directly benefit St. George’s and its many outreach programs serving Monmouth and Ocean Counties. For tickets and information, visit or call (732) 842-0596.