Brainy Borough Chili Challenge 2018 

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 1pm to 4pm





Schoolhouse Songwriter Series

Saturday, January 13
8 pm (doors open 7:30 pm)

Join us for the 5th season of the quarterly Schoolhouse Songwriter Series! Hosted by local singer-songwriter Sharon Goldman and sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council, this intimate, candlelit, cafe-style evening of music features top local, regional and nationally-touring singer-songwriters sharing songs & stories round-robin style. Refreshments included or bring your own drinks/snacks! $10 at the door ($5 kids under 12). 


Snowflake Series with Lisa Hearns

Sunday, January 14
4 pm

Family Arts of Metuchen kicks off the 2018 Snowlfake Series, featuring children's music at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse, with Lisa Hearns of Tiny Voices Music Together.  $5 at the door.

Transformations Gallery presents 
"Jumpstart Your Creative Dream"

Thursday, January 18, 2018
7-8:30 pm

(First of a three-part free series)

How would you like to make a full-time living from your creative work?  Join creative business coach Janna Morishima for the first of a series of FREE workshops on 1/18, 2/15, and 3/15. Learn how to:
> JUMPSTART YOUR DREAM - Get clear on where you want to go, make a plan, and have a strategy for overcoming your biggest stumbling blocks.
> PROMOTE YOURSELF EVEN WHEN YOU HATE SELF-PROMOTION - Discover a new perspective on marketing that makes it FUN, and develop a step-by-step process that works for *you.*
> KNOW YOUR WORTH - Understand the secret to successful pricing and earn your true value.
Janna Morishima is a coach who specializes in working with artists, writers, and creative entrepreneurs. These workshops are open to the community and everybody is welcome. Hosted by Transformations Gallery and sponsored in part by the Metuchen Arts Council.   Refreshments provided by the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce.  For more information, visit or email

"Dual Vision" Opening Reception

Sunday, January 21
2 pm

Join Transformations Galleryfor the exhibit opening reception for “Dual Vision,” an exhibit of photographs by Deborah Kmetz and Mark Harris. Light refreshments will be served.  2pm to 5pm on Sunday, January 21, 2018.  FREE. 

Open Mic Night 

Friday, January 26
6:45 pm

Sign up to perform your songs (originals or covers), poems or stories, or just join in to watch as an audience member! BYOB. 


RocknRoll Hi-Fives, Lowlight, Coach N' Commando

Saturday, January 27
7:30 pm

Melt the face off January with a great lineup of returning talent at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse! Doors at 7pm, Show starts at 7:30pm with Coach N' Commando.  RocknRoll Hi-Fives are kicking butt and taking names up and down the Eastern Seaboard, just not on schoolnights ;)  Soundman Steve Reuter's favorite, Lowlight, returns with a setlist that includes some of their new songs.  Coach N' Commando, warming up for a gig in Asbury later that night, are likely to blow the lid off the old schoolhouse.  Tickets on sale soon ($10-$15 range).


Thursday, March 9, 7pm
A Night of Music and Art Presented by the Transformations Gallery

Old Franklin Schoolhouse and Transformations Gallery present a night of music and art featuring Renee Maskin (special pre-record release performance), Afraid Brigade, Joe Galuppo, and Lance Scott Greene. There will be performances, artwork and crafts for sale, and signature cocktails by members of Lowlight. No cover. $10 suggested donation. 

Saturday, March 11, 7 pm
Paynter Brothers in Concert

Scott and Will Paynter return to the Old Franklin Schoolhouse.  Scott Paynter has literally traveled the world over the last three decades as the front man of Jah Works and a solo artist, proving at every stop along the way why he is one of the most-respected reggae singers of his generation and leader of one of the tightest American reggae bands ever. He’s shared bills with just about every classic reggae star alive today and was one of the founders of the independent record label Riddim House, which has released Jah Works’ records as well as releases from acts such as Can’t Hang, Full Hundred and others. $10 suggested donation for the band.

Sunday, March 12, 4 pm
Snowflake Series featuring Sweetbeatz

Join us for the final concert in the 2017 Snowflake Series! Sweetbeatz will perform "soulful tunes" for kids. Tickets $5 at the door. Generously supported by Metuchen Arts Council, Borough Improvement League, and Great Play of Metuchen. $5 at the door. 

Saturday, March 25, 1 pm
Brainy Borough Chili Challenge

Join us on Saturday, March 25th for our 6th Annual Brainy Borough Chili Challenge! Taste over a dozen chilis - some traditional, some wild, all delicious.  We sell only 100 tasting tickets to the public and all proceeds provide a scholarship to a MHS student pursuing a career in education, medicine, or social work. This is our organization's 87th year of supporting our local students and we hope to continue for many more. 


Friday, March 31, 6:30 pm signup, music 7 pm
Metuchen Open Mic Night

Metuchen Open Mic Night! The official gathering spot for fans and performers at this fun monthly evening. All forms of expression welcome! 

Saturday, March 4, 8 pm

Schoolhouse Songwriter Series
The Schoolhouse Songwriter Series is BACK! Sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council, local singer-songwriter Sharon Goldman curates and hosts this popular event, with three guest performers sharing original songs for an intimate, candlelit, cafe-style show. $10 at the door, $5 kids under 12. Doors open 7:30 pm. 

Don't miss our Twilight Zone New Year's!  

Ever wonder what it would be like to spend December 31st somewhere other than Times Square, battling a bunch of tanked tourists for an obstructed glimpse of the midnight ball drop?

Don't settle for another New York City New Year's Eve that doesn't live up to the hype! Party like it's 1959 at our New Year's Eve TWILIGHT ZONE MARATHON: Staged Radio Play and Themed Party.

That's right, folks, in keeping with the SyFy Channel’s annual tradition, we’re returning to the Old Franklin Schoolhouse with our theatrical version of the Twilight Zone marathon, four of our favorite episodes performed LIVE! as radio plays, with food, drink, and live music. Join us in the fifth dimension!

EPISODES: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (S5, Ep3), To Serve Man (S3, Ep24, It's a Good Life (S3, Ep8), and The Midnight Sun (S3, Ep10). 

FEATURING: Jeff Maschi, Jane Hardy, Laurence Mintz, and Danielle Illario.

WITH: Theatrical lighting, period costumes, Golden Age radio equipment, vintage commercials, fog fx, and, of course, hundreds of sound effects.

COCKTAILS & APPETIZERS: Themed cocktails (Midnight Sun, anyone? an actual drink that originated in the 1800s), beer, wine, tea, coffee, water (lemon infused), cranberry/lime punch (non-alcoholic), and champagne toast. Finger food (don't worry, man is not on the menu) - pigs in blankets, quiche bites, mini tacos (and more). Cookies, fruit, chocolates (and more).

MUSIC: jazz vocalist Danielle Illario sings contemporaneous hits from the late fities and early sixties (incl. a special rendition of Bonnie Beecher's "Come Wander with Me")!

PLUS: Cabaret seating (natch). Door prizes/giveaways and an extensive display of Twilight Zone memorabilia.

SPECIAL GUEST: TZ scholar Tony Albarella returns! Ton will again introduce our program and talk briefly about how Serling reaffirmed the aesthetic importance of horror & science fiction, creating a speculative forum for controversial moral complexities.

Tony is the co-writer of THE TWILIGHT ZONE SCRIPTS OF EARL HAMNER and the editor of the definitive TZ collection, a ten-volume limited edition series called AS TIMELESS AS INFINITY: THE COMPLETE TWILIGHT ZONE SCRIPTS OF ROD SERLING. He's written dozens of Serling- and Twilight Zone-related magazine articles, lectured often in Binghamton and Ithaca (two NY towns closely associated with Serling), and is a board member of the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation.

TRIVIA CONTEST: Special trivia contest composed and conducted by Tony Albarella! The winner gets TWO free tickets to next year's marathon!

Word to the wise, folks, this typically sells out weeks in advance, so get into the Zone now! Trust me, it's the coolest New Year's even party you'll ever attend. $50 (thru Dec. 25); $60 (Dec. 26 - Dec 31); $70 (at door if avail). 

The coolest New Year's even party you'll ever attend.

Click HERE for the 2016 Hometown Holidays Guide

Saturday, December 4 - Eat~Drink~Buy Art
6pm to 10pm
16 Pearl Street, Metuchen

Click HERE to buy tickets online

Saturday, November 5 - Schoolhouse Songwriter Series

Saturday, November 12 - Greg Trooper w/Bruce Donnola

Guitars for Vets
Saturday, August 13
7:00pm, Free

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. Chapters operate primarily through the Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. Chapter #74 is based at the VA New Jersey Health Care System in East Orange.

“This wonderful night of live music will celebrate the great strides that our veterans make through our guitar lessons,” said Dan Zurich, Guitars for Vets Chapter Coordinator. 

Suggested donation at the door will be $10. Active duty military, vets, and performing bands will be admitted free.

Metuchen Open Mic Night
Friday, August 26
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 at

Schoolhouse Songwriter Series
Saturday, July 30, 8 pm
$10 at the door ($5 kids under 12)

The popular quarterly Schoolhouse Songwriter Series returns for its summer edition! This is an intimate, candlelit, cafe-style evening of acoustic singer-songwriters, sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council in cooperation with the Borough Improvement League. Local performer and host Sharon Goldman has invited three talented touring artists to join her in this Nashville-style round-robin performance: Amy Soucy, Aaron Nathans and cellist Michael J. Ronstadt (Linda's nephew!) There will be lots of harmonies and collaborations this time around! BYOB, refreshments included. For more information:

Harry Potter: A Staged Radio Play Parody & JoRo Birthday Bash!
Sunday, July 31
Doors at 7:00pm – $25 adults, $15 for 15 and under

Join Raconteur Radio as we celebrate the birthday of both JoRo and the Boy Who Lived (as well as the release date of J.K.'s latest installment) at the Old Franklin School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with our uniquely immersive interpretation of Harry Potter.  In addition to the show, there will be an extensive display of Potter accoutrement, themed snacks and drinks, and a wide array of wizardly wonders and up close magic by the Karnevil side show's resident warlock, Dr. J.R. Whitcomb.  Plus, several celebrated HP cosplayers in attendance (including the foremost Snape cosplayer in the country).  Come in costume yourself (there will be a prize!).  Keep calm and carry a wand, but buy your tickets early; this WILL sell out and only 75 available, click here to purchase. 

For info on other events happening around Metuchen, visit

Sunflower Concert Series by Family Arts of Metuchen
Wednesday, July 20
Danny and Kim Adlerman
Show at 6:15pm, $5 per person at the door

Picnics on the lawn welcome! Rain location inside the Old Franklin Schoolhouse. Generously supported by the BIL and the Metuchen Arts Council.

Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21- Bob, Bikes, Beer IV event (Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration)

Friday, May 27 - Metuchen Open Mic Night

Friday, April 8 - Scrapbooking

Join a quartet of top local regional and touring singer-songwriters for an intimate, cafe-style, candlelit evening of music at the historic Old Franklin Schoolhouse, hosted by Metuchen-based singer-songwriter Sharon Goldman and sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council! $10 at the door, refreshments included, BYOB! 

Bev Grant -- political activist awesome straight from Brooklyn
Lara Herscovitch -- Connecticut-based folk-jazz
Wendy Sassafras Ramsey -- quirky indie Americana all the way from Syracuse
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers -- award-winning songwriter and author from Syracuse

Saturday, April 23 - MACBETH w/Raconteur Radio

Fair is foul, and foul is fair. Join us as we commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death (to the very day!) with our immersive take on his creepiest play.

Macbeth tells the story of a Scottish general who, driven by prophecy, seeks to be King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He soon commits more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The consequent civil war swiftly takes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance, madness, and death.

FEATURING: Danielle Illario, Carlyle Owens, and Laurence Mintz.

WITH: theatrical lighting and costumes, Golden Age radio equipment, fog effects, and, of course, extensive sound effects.

PLUS: Danielle Illario sings Double Trouble, which features lines from Macbeth set to a John Williams score.

AND: Macbeth cocktails (Scotch whiskey, Amaretto, Blue Caracao, lemon juice, sugar), red wine (the color of "filthy witness), and Blind Worm Punch (non alcoholic).

ALSO: light themed fare: dog tongue, frog toe, lizard leg. Or maybe just a cauldron full of wild (owlet) wings (we want you sucking bones with red hands). "Ain't no thing, but a chicken wing!" Didn't Shakespeare say that?

FINGERS CROSSED: an armored swordfight by Ron Daniels and the Clang Addicts and a special introduction by a Shakespeare scholar.

Ages 10 and up. Admission: $25 ($15 for under 21).

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - Daughters of the British Empire Tea

On Saturday, March 19 at 11:00am, Michael and the Rockness Monsters are having a record release celebration for their debut album.  Michael, known for his Preschool of Rock shows, has been called “exuberant, energetic, creative and easy on your (parental) ears.”   For tickets,  

Lowlight, Rose Boulevard, and Joe Galuppo will perform later that same day (March 19) with doors opening at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $10 at the door.  Lowlight, described as “Roadhouse Chic” features local favorites Colin Ryan and Renee Maskin, as well as Derril Sellers, Dana Sellers, Rey Rivera, and Tony Aichele.  Rose Boulevard and Joe Galuppo will open up this wonderful night of music.

Feeling inspired by that full month of music?  Come be the featured performed yourself at Metuchen’s Open Mic Night on Friday, March 25!  Slots start at 7pm, first come, first serve sign up.   Contact Danny at

On Saturday, March 5, Dan Whitley and Renee Maskin are playing a double-bill with two sets each.  The critically acclaimed Whitley will be featuring songs from his brand new CD, “Calling All Gods,” which was produced by the great Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Chris Whitley, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith) and has promised to bring among his axes a Tri-Cone National Steel and his latest release will be available for sale & autograph.  Maskin, originally from Metuchen, will be taking a break from her usual Jersey Shore and New Brunswick circuit. She recently took home the 2015 Asbury Park Music Award for the Top Female Solo/Acoustic Act. Doors will open at 7:30pm, $10 at the door.

Family Arts of Metuchen’s next installment in the Snowflake Series childrens concerts takes place the following day, Sunday, March 6 starting at 4pm with Bari Koral headlining.  Koral’s latest album, “Anna and the Cupcakes,” was acclaimed as “as good as any top-notch alternative band, but with super kid-friendly lyrics.” $5 per person at the door.

The Bottle Rockets and Mark Olson of the Jayhawks
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Metuchen Cookie Walk
Saturday, December 19 — 9am to 2pm
All proceeds to benefit the Fuccile Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting local families affected by tragedy.  Purchase one of two size boxes (small-$10 & large-$20) to fill as you ‘take a walk’ through a mouth-watering selection of homemade cookies.  
Questions?  Contact

Yarn Bombing Meeting
Sunday, December 20, from 12pm to 3pm - FREE!

Think Spring! We have an arbor to yarn bomb at the Schoolhouse. Knit or crochet vines, flowers, leaves, bugs, birds, butterflies, etc. Follow a pattern or freeform! What a great way to get through the winter and keep our eyes on spring!

Sharon Goldman, Bruce Donnola, 
Renee Maskin, and Mark Allen Berube

February 7, 2014
$10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under


February 14, 2015


The Reuter Family hosted a special "Living Room" show featuring an acoustic performance of the Bottle Rockets on January 27, 2015

Photograph by the Bottle Rockets

Photograph of the Bottle Rockets by Judy Weinberg
(Left to Right: John Horton, Brian Henneman, Keith Voegele, Mark Ortmann)

Junebug  ArtFest– Friday Nights in June


Art in the Garden Tour – Saturday, June 14, 11am to 4pm

$25 at the door - tour of five residential gardens
(Metuchen Arts Council Event)


Raconteur Radio's Hound of the Baskervilles – Saturday, June 14, 8pm


Folk Weekend – June 27, 28, 29

Friday Night - Free Folk as part of Junebug
Saturday Night - 
Sharon Goldman, Sonoma Sound, Daniel White  ($10)

Doors open at 7:30 pm, show starts at 8 pm
Tickets: $10 -- available at the door, in advance at Marafiki Fair Trade, or online at
**Grounds open at 6pm (Beer, Wine, and Philly cheesesteaks available for sale, ABC Permit # applied).

Known worldwide for its over-50-year strong Philadelphia Folk Festival, now Philly Folk is headed to New Jersey -- presenting a full evening of original, acoustic-based folk, blues, and roots music at Metuchen's Old Franklin Schoolhouse, as part of the Metuchen Folk Weekend. All three acts are members of the Philadelphia Folk Society's Music Co-op. Plus: Philadelphia cheeseteaks for sale!!


Sonoma Sound plays a sonic tapestry of original roots music with threads of Americana, Blues, Folk, Jazz and World rhythms that blurs the boundaries of musical category. Their live performance is sung in English and 
Spanish, is a fusion of conscious lyrics sung over steady rhythms with wandering melodic solos. It is music unlike anything you have heard before. Jay Popky on vocals & guitars, Paul Downie on vocals, drums & percussion, Dean Sophocles on piano & organ, Jake L'Armand on violin, Robert Veith on the five string electric bass and Will Paynter on vocals, acoustic bass, melodica, harmonica and percussion. 


Daniel White was born in a small town outside of Philadelphia and was exposed to Bach, Beethoven and Mo-town recordings at an early age. He played in the Philadelphia jazz scene for several years before attending school in Boston. Then, he traveled across the country, stopping in Asheville, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; and Santa Cruz, California. The solitude of the hills of Felton provided the perfect environment to craft preliminary sketches of his diverse repertoire of originals and cover songs. Currently, Daniel is performing in clubs on the East Coast (Philadelphia and New York City) and in Chicago as well as venues abroad in Amsterdam and Israel.


Sharon Goldman is a Metuchen, New Jersey-based singer-songwriter known around the Tri-State area for her vivid imagery, inventive storytelling and clever, catchy melodies. Her songs have been spun on folk, public and college radio stations around the US including New York's WFUV; she was honored in 2011 as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist; and has performed in coffeehouses and clubs from Rockwood Music Hall in New York City to World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Her fourth solo album, SILENT LESSONS was released in January 2014 and in her spare time, she writes a popular blog, Songwriting Scene.

Contact 862-368-2202,

Sunday June 29 - Spook Handy, Danny Adlerman, Renee Maskin


♫ Matt Witte ♫
Saturday, April 5, 7:30pm, $10
Special opener, Bruce Donnola
Beer & Wine by the glass, Permit #Applied

♫The Rolling Stones vs. The Beatles ♫
mix of live cover music & recordings
April 12. 7pm doors and $5 Suggested Donation


New Year's Eve Marathon
with Raconteur Radio
8:30 to 11:30pm
Dinner, Drinks, & Live Entertainment
$39 Advance, $50 at door if available
Followed by fireworks downtown!

Deadfest Weekend
August 10 & 11
Kul d' Sack - Saturday
Ben Davis & Open Mike - Sunday

click on the image to download the flyer


Annual High Tea!
Saturday, May 4th, 2013 from 11 am to 3 pm
$10 Donation ($5 Children under 12)

We will be featuring teas from the East along with tea sandwiches, cookies, and sweets! Contact Buena at (732) 986-8778 or for advance reservations. Parking for this event is available along Middlesex Avenue and Borough Hall. New this year: Bring Home Memories with a portrait! ($5 for 5x7).

May 18th & 19th
“Explore Metuchen” Weekend – discover local art, culture, historic places, & green spaces.Pick up free self-guided tours of art galleries, walking & biking trails, historic sites, shopping & dining, upcoming events, traffic safety information, scavenger hunt, parks & recreation, and more.

May 24th
Bob, Beer, & Bikes - celebrate Dylan’s birthday with music, craft beer, & bicycles.Hosted by the Men’s BIL along with Bike-Walk Metuchen. (Permit Pending)

May 25th

“To Russia with Love” Raconteur Radio play of the James Bond classic.Do you prefer shaken, or stirred?Contact Alex at Raconteur Radio for reservations and more information.

Friday Nights in June

JuneBug ArtFest – the schoolhouse will be a venue for music, theatre, film, and culinary arts.The entire downtown will be filled with artists of all kinds – not to be missed!

June 8th

“Art in the Garden” tour of six local gardens inhabited by artists & musicians.Self-guided 10am to 5pm, beginning point is the schoolhouse. Organized by the Metuchen Arts Council.

June 22nd

Art in the Garden
Saturday, June 8th, 2013 from 10 am to 5pm
Organized by the Metuchen Arts Council to help fund arts programs.
Tickets $20 in advance (on sale at Marafiki Fair Trade, Boro Ace Hardware, The Brass Lantern, and To Be Continued Bookstore), $25 day of the event.
For more information, contact 732-632-8502.

Lincoln Highway

Centennial Tour.Join the local historical society and DAR chapter as we watch the parade of vehicles pass by on the historic

Lincoln Highway

.Early Morning.

Up All Night/A Paul Night!

Masters Series: Paul McCartney & Paul Simon

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 7pm - Free

Breaking the Chain Benefit with mr.RAY
Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 2pm - $15

March 24, 2013 - "To Cast a Freedman's Vote"

(co-sponsored with the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society)

March 24, 2013, 6-9pm
"Open Invitation Sunday" with the Artist

Songwriter's Circle
March 9, 2013 at 7pm
Featuring Danny Adlerman, Renee Maskin (of Seapost), Kurt Reil (of The Grip Weeds), and John Wilkey. Tickets $10 at the door, or in advance at Hailey's Harp & Pub, Marafiki Fair Trade, and To Be Continued Bookstore Boutique. BYO event. Contact Steve at 732-713-9080 for more information. Tickets will be limited to 75, and will go on sale on 2/26/13. Hosted by the Borough Improvement League. Thanks to the Metuchen Arts Council for their support. Click here for a printable poster.

2nd Annual Brainy Borough Chili Challenge!
Sunday, February 17, 2013

Official Results of the 2nd Annual Brainy Borough Chili Challenge....
(drum roll...)

"Sweathog Award" for Hottest Chili - Billy Seccombe
3rd Place People's Choice - Junior BIL Members
2nd Place People's Choice - Lauren Kane
Judges' Honorable Mention: John Abbott, George Laday
1st PLACE PEOPLE'S CHOICE - Jeanne Coppola Giarratano

congratulations to the 50/50 winner who is generously donating
back $100 of his winnings!!!

Many, many thanks to ALL the chefs (every one of them was worthy of an award, as evidenced by the close voting), our 'celebrity' judges Dorothy Rasmussen (Borough Council), Lorraine Mulligan (YMCA & Metuchen Savings Bank), Moshe Atzbi (Hailey's Harp & Pub), and Rich Pearsall & Becky Seely (last year's winners). AND THE HUGEST THANKS TO Kathi Pearsall for chairing the event this year - she did a great job!

Also - thanks to Marafiki Fair Trade for selling our tickets, and to Hailey's Harp & Pub for the discount deal for all our ticket holders!

Friday, July 6th – Wine & Cheese Reception – 7pm
Join us for a special Wine & Cheese Reception to celebrate the collaboration between Metuchen Market Day, the Metuchen Arts Council, & the Borough Improvement League in offering the first “SummerHouse for the Arts” series. Our featured vintner for the evening will be
Unionville Vineyards, a New Jersey winery set in the hills of Hunterdon County. Artisanal cheeses from Cherry Grove Farms of Lawrenceville will be featured as well.

Saturday, July 7th – “Remembering Levon Helm” – 7:30pm
A special evening of music in tribute to the songs and musical genius of the late, legendary Levon Helm. Featured performers include Evan Watson, Jeremy Benson & friends, Karyn Oliver, & Sharon Goldman. $10 adults, $5 seniors, free up to 12 years old.

Evan Watson in the ingelnook - a great show!

July 14th - The Stress Effect Workshop
This workshop by Jamie Checket explores the effects of stress on our body and mind. Come and learn the ways various foods and behaviors can either create or lessen stress in your life. You will begin to understand that you have the power to make simple positive changes that result in greater peace and happiness. Learn about Jamie at

“Belly Dance Bootcamp” - July 9th to July 13th
For more information, contact Diana at

Desert Reveries

Saturday, July 14th – “A Tale of Two Cities” Bastille Day Movie - 7:00pm
Special classic movie night at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse, featuring the "Tale of Two Cities" starring Robert Colman and Elizabeth Allen. Nominated for the Academy Award for best picture, this 1935 version is still considered by many the best of all film adaptations of Charles Dickens' classic novel about the French Revolution and a stepping stone to greater achievements for producer David O. Selznick that peaked with "Gone With the Wind."
We'll start off with a couple black & white comic shorts at 7:00pm, then begin the movie promptly at 7:30pm. Feel free to bring your baguettes, brie, and beaujolais beforehand to picnic outside on the lawn by the grapevine. Also, you're welcome to bring your own comfy chairs for the movie viewing (folding chairs provided). Free to BIL members, but $5 donations towards the preservation of the schoolhouse will be graciously accepted.

The Artist's Eye: Art Into Writing and Back Again” – Two Sessions
July 16th through July 20thth and July 23rd through July 27th
A lively Writing + Visual Arts Camp for kids ages 10- 14 designed to encourage creative participation in writing and visual art, taught by writer Jana Siciliano and glass artist Amy Brooks. Weeks begin with a foundation of art & writing, then diverge into a wide range of topics, including poetry, memoir, film writing, cartooning, illustration, food art, & more. Contact Amy at

July 21st - Let's Cook Indian: Simple Indian Vegetarian Recipes
This workshop by Hema Devarajan is an introduction to the basics of Indian cooking. We will use simple spices and fresh produce from the Metuchen Farmers Market to put together simple and healthy Indian Vegetarian recipes that you can try out at home. Read Hema’s blog at

Saturday, July 21st – “The Clayhole Brothers” – 7:30pm
The Clayhole Brothers use acoustic guitars, washboards, fiddles, mandolins, ukuleles, cowbells, electric violins, drum kits, and (little) amplifiers to present beautiful and unexpected familiar songs from a repertoire that spans 700 years, from medieval folk music to rock n’ roll; some presented traditionally, others with a modern approach. $10 adults, $5 seniors, free up to 12 years old.

July 28th - Say Cheese! Say Cashew Cheese!!
Dairy allergy or lactose intolerance got you down? Making nut cheese is fun and simple to learn! Join us for a cashew cheese making demo with Health Coach Evelyn Fuertes of from Sprouts to Supper. For more information on Evelyn and her Health Coaching approach, visit

Saturday, July 28th – “The Great Gatsby” Raconteur Radio play - 8:30pm
It's West Egg, 1922, and a mysterious millionaire is hosting a summer party the whole Sound is talking about. Guess what? You're invited! The Great Gatsby: A Staged Radio Play, 8:30 PM, Sat. July 28. With Mike Jarmus, Carlyle Owens, Laurence Mintz, Francesca Tedesci, and Alex Dawson. $10. For reservations and more information, visit Will there be Lillet Blanc on the lawn? 

August 4th - Fresh Fruit & French Pastry: a Match Made in Heaven
Learn how to take a handful of fresh, local ingredients and transform them into a scrumptious and elegant dessert. In this workshop, Kir Rodriguez, a pastry chef instructor and local foodie, will teach how to make Farmers Market Berry Shortcakes. Kir Rodriguez is a Pastry Chef Instructor at The International Culinary Center in New York City. An Edison resident, he was formerly Executive Pastry Chef at Orso, Pastry Chef at Le Cirque 2000, Cafe Boulud & Union Square Cafe. 

Kir Rodriguez

Saturday, August 4th – “Play Like A Girl:
Simon & Garfunkel Re-Imagined”–8pm
The "Chicks With Dip," a NYC-based singer-songwriter collective will perform a one-time-only show based on and inspired by the work of Simon & Garfunkel. Hosted by Metuchenite singer/songwriter
Sharon Goldman, performers also include Meg Braun, Anna Dagmar, Honor Finnegan, Victoria Lavington, Catherine Miles, Elisa Peimer, Allison Scola, Carolann Solebello, Allison Tartalia, and Kirsten Williams. $10 at the door. There has been a great deal of advance press about the show. For a PDF copy of the poster belowe, click here.

Friday, August 10th – “Arts Night... Art & Music on the Edge” 7:30pm
A collaborative evening of arts with an edgier side. On-site creations include a collaborative work from recycled materials, silk-screening of t-shirts, poetry readings, dance, etc. along with live music by Shayfer James, Peter Horn, Robyn Lee-Horn, and more. For more info, contact Roy at

Shayfer James and Robin Horn at Art & Music on the Edge

August 11th - "Bread-Making for the Whole Family" with Dan Slobodien
There is nothing like the smell and taste of fresh-baked bread! Once you see how easy it is, requiring a just a little elbow grease and a minimal amount of ingredients and equipment, the whole family will want to turn into bakers. Chef Dan Slobodien, former Chef/Owner of Dan's on Main, has lived in Metuchen virtually his whole life, and frequently teaches cooking and baking classes. This is one of his most popular workshops.

Saturday, August 11th – “The Empire Strikes Back” Raconteur Radio - 8:30pm
$10. For reservations and more information, visit With Carlyle Owens, Michael Jarmus, Francesca Tedeschi, Laurence Mintz, and Alex Dawson. Don't miss our most ambitious performance to date!

"Hans and Leia"

 August 18th - Cooking Gluten Free & More!
Whether you have celiac disease, food allergies, or have decided to make lifestyle choices, going gluten free and vegan doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste. Karen McNamara and Allison Inserro, both BIL members, will show how you to make healthy and delicious morning treats: applesauce muffins with gluten-free oats and fruit smoothies.

Scrapbooking “Crop Fest” - August 13th through August 19th
Open Crops, Parent/Child Crops, and a special workshop on Tuesday, August 14 from 7pm to 9pm, “How To Design a Gorgeous Photo Book” demo by Janna Morishima. For more information about this special week of cropping for scrappy enthusiasts, contact Terry at

August 25th - How to Pack a Japanese-Style Bento Box Lunch
Forget PB&J – how would you like a multi-course meal complete with vegetables, broiled meat or fish, and fruit? In this workshop, you'll learn not only how to prepare a Japanese-style bento box lunch, you'll also get tips on how to whip up a healthy, gourmet lunch fast from Janna Morishima, a local foodie, who has learned how to cook many traditional Japanese dishes by reading cookbooks and learning from her husband's family and friends in Japan.

Saturday, August 25th– Vinyl Night with DJ Rudy - 7pm
We've got two turntables and a microphone... Ye Olde Franklyn Skool Haus is WHERE it’s AT.  BYOVinyl and we'll play it. BYOB and we'll drink it. Have LPs or singles to swap? Bring 'em. We'll have swag raffles and people *may* dance.  Maybe it’s an LP languishing in the basement, or the first record you ever bought with your own money, or a 45 you hunted down for months at record fairs, but admit it… you miss that crackle, hiss, and pop of your vinyl. so, lend it an ear… less than two miles from the “Birthplace of Recorded Sound,” a one-room schoolhouse we know Thomas A. Edison saw as he passed by (did he visit?).   We’ll have some giveaways, swaps, and refreshments. Polka to Punk, Big Band to Bagpipe, Calypso to Country, Disco to Death Metal, DJ Rudy will play it all. and, it’s the final public event of the Borough Improvement League’s "SummerHouse for the Arts" series, so don't miss it! for more information, contact Steve @ 732-713-9080 or

THEATREPROV - August 27th through September 1st
THEATREPROV is an improvisation/theatre ensemble based in Metuchen featuring students from Metuchen High School and Edgar Middle School. Using suggestions from the audience - the ensemble creates characters and scenes in a variety of different styles of theater, movies and television. For more information, contact Cheryl or via email at

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 8:30pm
Raconteur Radio presents...

BATMAN: The Dark Detective; a staged radio play set in the behomithic bedlam of Arkham Asylum. With Laurence Mintz as everyone's favorite nutjob, felonious funnyman the Joker, Michael Jarmus as true blue police commissioner Jim Gordon, and Carlyle Owens as the cowled crusader himself. Theatrical lighting! Extensive Sound Effects! The Old Franklin School in Metuchen. $10. Reservations strongly suggested!

Join us at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse on Saturday, December 22 for an afternoon of music, art, and support. Musicians will play songs of love, peace, and social change.... Help create a collaborative poster to be sent to Sandy Hook Elementary... Listen to mental health professionals.... Contribute your message about peace and prevention to be sent to Washington, DC.... Drop in or stay all afternoon. Lineup thus far includes Danny Adlerman, John Wilkey. Carl Klapper will share a poem as well. Rev. Barbara Crafton will deliver a message. Additional details to be posted as they are confirmed!

January 11, 2013