Celebrating President’s Day in Essex County

By mark-slade February 16, 2012

Living in Maplewood and having several streets named after President’s, makes you really want to go out and celebrate President’s Day!

Montclair Historical Society

Date/Time: Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: The Israel Crane House

Description: Play parlor games that George Washington might have played. Make a powdered wig like John Adams might have worn. Try your hand at signing your name using a quill pen and ink like Thomas Jefferson would have done. Churn butter the way Dolly Madison made it, and more. Admission is $10/child, includes the cost of all supplies and materials. Call 973-744-1796 to reserve a place by Thursday, February 16 or send a note to mail@montclairhistorical.org.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins at SoPAC

Date/Time: Feb 20 from 10am to 11:30 am

Location: SoPAC Theaters in South Orange, NJ

Description: Sponsored by Tuscan PTA, there will be a 10am showing of Mr. Popper’s Penguins, starring Jim Carrey. Admission is $10.00

Newark Museum President’s Day Events:

Hudson Vagabond Puppets present

Date/Time: Feb 20th at 2 pm (museum open 12:30-4:30pm)

49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102-3176 Phone: 973.596.6550
Guess Who Signed the Constitution?
Relive history through the eyes of 10-year-old Adam, his Grandfather the artist, portraits of the past that come to life, and Adam’s Grandmother who has a few revolutionary ideas of her own.
Bring the whole family to this year’s Presidents’ Day Open House for an exciting opportunity to help the Museum with a new initiative: art and science adventures in the galleries. What if you were the President of a gallery? Invent games and challenges for other Museum visitors to explore your gallery.

Exhibit: Through February 26th – “The Art of Tesfaye Tessema”

1978 Arts Center, 1978 Maplewood Avenue

Gallery Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
A contemporary Ethiopian artist blending the sounds and visions of his African roots with his African American branches. Tesfaye Tessema has received accolades, achieved recognition, and earned respect for his work on a national and international level for decades. In addition to exhibiting at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, his work has been seen in France, Germany, England and Japan. Considered a master painter as well as a master print maker and muralist, his art has been collected by such institutions as the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian in Washington and the Schomberg and the United Nations in New York City. Born in Ethiopia, he has made Harlem his home for almost thirty years; his work reflects his love for his adopted community. The visual and aural associations of the African American culture reverberate in his paintings in the “Comb Series” featured in this exhibit. The confluence of rhythm, design and colors in a personal improvisational style are a reflection of the jazz music he loves. Like African American artists looking for their historical roots, Tesfaye revels in searching out his branches. “Together we form a Tree”
For more information call 973-763-2536 or visit www.1978artscenter.org

Exhibit: Through February 28th – “From Whence We Came”

Astah’s Fine Art Gallery, 1897 Springfield Avenue

One man show by artist Terrence Bell. All new originals and prints representing the visions of Africa and the sounds of Jazz.

Mark Slade
Keller Williams