The Weekender: Dad’s Day, Crafting and Exploring the Arts

Fun and exciting new ways to celebrate Father's Day this weekend.

This weekend is all about dad. Here are a few suggestions to celebrate Father’s Day in style: Dad can saddle up for a horseback ride, plant a garden or enjoy a violin concerto. Whatever event Dad should choose, it’s his day to celebrate and relax.


Landscaping Tips for the Home and Garden

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Trailside Museum Association are sponsoring landscaping classes at Trailside Nature & Science Center. Bryan Lowe, horticulture consultant and a certified rain garden installer, will present.   This is a free lecture but donations will be accepted. Free – Saturday 11 a.m. to 12 noon – Mountainside

Solace 7 – Poetic Expressions

Jennifer Carman will host a non conventional poetic expression at in Westfield. She will read from her book that was inspired by her worldwide travels. The author will donate a portion of proceeds to the SQ Foundation, one of the top worldwide humanitarian organizations that brings food, clothing, shelter, medicine and love to people and animals. $15.99 book purchase – 9:30 p.m. – Westfield

Citibank Fashion Show

This fashion show will feature fashions from local stores and there will be raffle prizes and refreshments.  You will get a sneak preview of the hottest new fashions from some of the top designers. There will also be formal wear and trendy shoes. Free – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Westfield

Book Signing/Lecture with Mary Ryzuk

will host a lecture The Fires Within: The Summer of ’88 by Mary Ryzuk. Afterwards, Mary will be available for a book signing. Registration is required for this event. Free – 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Berkeley Heights

The Violin Concert Orchestra

The will present The Violin Concerto Orchestra.  Violin instructor Stephen Wolosonovich will conduct his students in performing Carmen Miranda Suite, by the late Clark, NJ Composer, Walter Lagawie. Free – 2 p.m. - Westfield

Kids’ Father’s Day Cooking Class

The will host a class for children featuring Father’s Day Pops for Dad. This class is with Miss Jackie and children ages 5 to 8 years old can create an edible pop for Dad.  $35.00 per child – 9 a.m. – Westfield


Father’s Day Special at

Why buy Dad that special mug when you can create one with him! Spend some crafty time with Dad and make a special memory. Items chosen to paint will take seven days to complete before bringing home. Studio fee for Dad’s on Sunday will be reduced.  $3.00 for Dad’s – 12 noon to 6 p.m. - Summit

Displays Art

John Goodyear: Shifting Views is the artist’s kinetic artwork from the 1960’s with some recent, related pieces and features three distinct, but inter-related bodies of work. This display will close on July 8, so hurry to view this amazing display. Also available for viewing is David Ambrose’s work showcasing richly colored paintings on pierced paper that incorporates a lace pattern and architectural elements.  $5.00 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Summit

Photography Exhibit by Michael McKenna

Atlantic Health Care’s is presenting Rarely Appreciated a photography exhibit by Michael McKenna.  This exhibit is curated by Michael Fenton and can be found on the second floor of the Medical Arts Center (MAC) Building – Building 1 of the Overlook Hospital Campus.  Free – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Summit

Guided Horseback Rides

It’s time to giddy-up at the .  This event is for children nine years and older and is weather permitting.  Groups of fifteen or more people ride along the bridle trails and the rides are on a first come basis. For Union County residents, the cost is $28.00 per person with an out-of-county fee of $39.00 per person.  $28.00/pp to $39.00/pp – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Mountainside


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