Collingswood, New Jersey

Art Within Reach Holiday Show

Join Art Within Reach, as 30 artists from Jersey and Philadelphia, present an array of handmade arts and fine crafts including glass, photography, jewelry, painting, pottery, woodwork, and more.
Show dates are Friday, December 11 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, December 12 from 12 to 10 p.m.
Art Within Reach is at The Factory, 13 Fern Avenue in Collingswood (just two blocks from Collingswood's Patco station).
Presenting: Adrian Alexander, Risa Batterman, Susan Bishop, Julie Bradley-Norton, Selena Braustein, Laura J. Burbage, Maria Cartwright, Jenn Carvin, Lisa Confora, Chase Blanchard Easly, Aimee Eckert, Linda Figliola, Robin Fynn, Philip Hauser, Carolyn Jones, Alex Kachenko, Kirk & Nancy Kirkpatrick, Ute Ostertag, Bruce Palese, Mauricio Riano, Barri Riley, Patrick Rodio, Jennifer Schaub, Margo Schreiber, Helge Speth, Josh Toritti, Devon Winfree, Eric Wolff, Shana Zimnich
Food & refreshments by: Revolution Coffee Roasters, food vendors TBA

Tailgate party for Colls Cash sale - Nov 21!

Collingswood to give away $45K to shoppers Nov 21 as part of yearly ‘free money’ promo

Collingswood is hosting its eighth annual Collingswood Cash sale! Shoppers flock to Collingswood for the yearly "free money" giveaway, lining up in all kinds of weather as early as 6 a.m. Once again, Collingswood is partnering with Camden County to host a morning tailgate party for the dedicated bargain hunters that will gather outside Borough Hall on Saturday, November 21.

This year Collingswood Partners will give away $45,000 to patrons of Collingswood businesses. Shoppers that purchase $50 in Collingswood Cash –the Borough’s equivalent to a mall gift card– will receive an additional $20 to spend anywhere in town. The bonus cash is limited and in recent years long lines for the giveaway have started at the crack of dawn.

Those camped out at Borough Hall will enjoy an early morning party to kick off the holiday season in Collingswood! Starting at 6:30 a.m. on November 21 festivities kick off with music and games for guests. WMGK will be broadcasting live and keeping crowds entertained. There will be multiple giveaways per hour including concert tickets, sports goods and sports memorabilia courtesy of Memorabilia for Charities, tailgating gear and Collingswood themed merchandise. Organizers will also host crowd trivia games, provide breakfast snacks and drinks to keep folks warm and happy.

"Last year’s party was a blast," said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. "We gave folks an event and they added to it, bringing heaters, coming out in groups and sharing good spirit. We’re hoping to build on that atmosphere even more."

The Borough will sell $112,500 worth of Collingswood Cash and give away $45,000 meaning that in less than two hours there will be more than $150,000 in the hands of shoppers that can only be used in Collingswood. Shoppers that buy a max of $400 during the promotion receive a bonus $160 to spend in town.

The bonus money is limited and has traditionally sold out in less than two hours. The yearly promotion greatly stimulates the local economy by incentivizing holiday shopping in Collingswood. Doors open when Collingswood Cash sales officially start at 9 a.m.

Over the past seven years, more than half a million dollars’ worth of Collingswood Cash has been sold to spend at local shops during the holidays. The promotion comes with a coupon book filled with additional offers from more than two dozen Collingswood shops, restaurants and services, deepening the discounts. The event takes place a week before Shop Local Saturday with the hopes that shoppers will patronize Collingswood for their holiday gifts, parties, appointments and necessities. In 2015, all Collingswood Cash bonus money will be sold at Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Ave.

Tailgate guests can use #CollsCashTailgate and #ShopCamdenCounty to share about the event on social media.

About the annual Collingswood Cash Sale:

How do I get my hands on free cash? Starting at 9 a.m. on November 21, ONLY Collingswood Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave) will sell Collingswood Cash starting at 9 a.m. and give away $45,000 of bonus cash. Lines start forming at roughly 6 a.m. It is first come, first served, but there are limits.

What are the rules?

Shoppers can purchase a maximum of $400 Collingswood Cash, netting a free $160 to spend, give as gifts, etc. Bonus cash comes only with Collingswood Cash purchased in $50 denominations. One bonus cash sale per customer. Customers must be 18 and over.  Purchase can be made by cash or credit card (a credit fee of four percent is added to the sale, credit accepted only at Borough Hall). Personal checks are not accepted. Bonus only comes with the sale of a $50 certificate. The $50 certificate cannot be broken down into small denominations either at the time of purchase or after the purchase. Collingswood Cash cannot be used to purchase gift cards for out of town businesses. The standard certificates last forever but the bonus cash expires on March 31, 2016. Wawa is no longer accepting Collingswood Cash. Collingswood Cash is sold year round at face value. The promotion is limited to the season and quantity. A full list of rules regarding the bonus cash sale is here.

Shoppers commonly buy gifts and dinners, but have gotten cars repaired, taken vacations, gotten dental work done and even had animals taxidermied with the bonus cash! The promotion is funded by the Business Improvement District tax, a collective fund used to support the business districts.

The cash incentive is paired with the Borough’s yearly effort to put together a beautiful shopping streetscape in the downtown. Merchants extend shopping hours and carolers sing on Fridays and Saturdays, storefronts are hung with garland, the town is dressed in more than a quarter-million lights and parking is free in December. Collingswood even guarantees snow during the season, setting the winter mood with snow machines throughout the downtown. For more information and holiday schedules, see the holiday events page!

Limited Spots left for CYT

The Collingswood Youth Theatre has limited spaces available for our Winter/Spring Workshop.

If you are interested in registering, click here 

Fire Department Toy Drive

5th Annual Collingswood Fire Department Toy Drive The Collingswood Fire Department is asking for your help in providing a magical Christmas to some of our neighbors! The Fire Department is collecting new, unwrapped
toys to be distributed to families in need this Christmas season. Toys may be dropped off at the firehouse at 20 W. Collings Ave until December 15. The drive is in search of toys for children between the ages of 1 and16,
wrapping paper, tape and gift tags.
Families in need can contact Firefighter Ted Aurig at or by calling the firehouse
856-854-1043 x366.

Empty Bowls fundraiser at Perkins

Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood will hold its fifth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Saturday, December 5 from noon to 3 p.m. Feed the Body, Feed the Soul, a 2015 Empty Bowls Project will connect local artists and restaurateurs with community members to raise awareness and financial support for hunger relief and for arts education. We welcome Bank of America as a first time sponsor of the event. Since 2011, Perkins Center for the Arts has been holding this annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to help support
the Center’s scholarship programs and the Food Bank of South Jersey. The first four years resulted in over $20,000 being raised for the two funds and a goal of $7,000 has been set for the 2015 event.

Young Frankenstein Audition

Auditions will be held on Monday, December 7 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Collingswood Senior Community Center. Audition materials and information will be posted online at beginning
Monday, November 16. All materials will be downloadable including dialogue parts and chosen song titles.
The parts of the Frankenstein monster and Dr. Frankenstein have already been cast. All other roles, as well as many ensemble parts, are open. We are also seeking tap dancers for two production numbers. Rehearsals will begin after the New Year.
Performances will be February 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Sat., Feb. 20 and Sun., Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.. Tickets will be $20 adults, $15 students and seniors. All performances are in the beautiful Scottish Rite Theatre (315 White Horse Pike).
For more information check or contact director Mary Baldwin at

Lego Club Returns!

Popular Lego club returns in January!
Calling all Master Builders!
Lego Jr. (for children 5 to 7 years old) and Lego Club (for those 8 to 12 years old) will begin again this January. Both Lego Jr. and Lego Club will meet twice a month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Peter P. Childs Meeting Room at the Library. Because of the overwhelming demand last year, 5 to 7 year olds can choose either Wednesdays ( Jan. 6, Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 17, Mar. 2, and Mar. 16) or Thursdays ( Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18, Mar. 3, and Mar. 17). Lego Club will meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month ( Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, Mar. 9, and Mar. 23). Be prepared to face a new challenge at each session! Lego Jr. and Lego Club are both free but registration is required.
Email On the subject line please put Wednesday Lego Jr., Thursday Lego Jr., or Lego Club. Your message should include your child’s name and age, and your name and phone number. You can also choose to call Carol, Dot, or Ned at 856-858-0649 Monday
through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rotary Art Auction, Nov 14

A night of food, cocktails and art: The Rotary’s Art Exhibition & Auction 2015

The Collingswood Rotary will hold a Gala Art Exhibition & Auction on Saturday, November 14 at The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (839 Haddon Ave.). Doors open at 6 p.m. to preview the event, auction begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 per person in advance and $15 at the door.

Admission also includes refreshments, hors d’ oeuvres and desserts from local restaurants and bakeries. This is an excellent opportunity to purchase a gift for the Holidays!

Proceeds benefit Rotary scholarships for Collingswood High School students, Collingswood Little League, Thanksgiving food baskets and other Rotary fundraisers and projects. For more information contact Michael Trainor at 609-313-4910 or email

Rotary International is an organization of business and professional men and women united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. To learn more about being a member of the Collingswood Rotary Club visit their Facebook page here. Collingswood Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at Villa Barone (753 Haddon Ave).

Collingswood Sings performs, Dec 22

The first performance of Collingswood Sings takes place on Tuesday, December 22. Seventy-five local performers, including nearly two dozen Collingswood High School singers, as well as professional soloists and instrumentalists from the region will entertain at the First United Methodist Church (201 Dayton Ave) at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free but guests are encouraged to bring a donation of canned food for the Collingswood Food Pantry which is in need.

“It's exciting to come together as a community and create beautiful music,” said director Cristin Charlton.


The 2015 Collingswood Holiday Ornament

The 2015 Collingswood Holiday Ornament is available! Each year’s ornament highlights a time, place or special event in our town. It’s a great way to decorate your home or tree with something uniquely Collingswood.

The 20th ornament in the series ornament celebrates the 130th anniversary of the Hurley Mansion, the impressive historic home on the front end of Scottish Rite Auditorium at 315 White Horse Pike. Originally built in 1845 or 1850 (accounts vary) to be a country estate for the Collings family, the historic mansion has not only been a family home but also a maternity hospital, gathering space for social events and dances and host to dignitaries and politicians such as Theodore Roosevelt. An iconic piece in Collingswood’s rich history, the Mansion is currently undergoing a careful historic renovation under the guidance of the Collingswood Foundation for the Arts. Today, the building’s historic touches like the grand entrance, solarium and beautiful hardwood details are appreciated by guests, musicians and brides using the auditorium, ballroom and theater. You can order n ornament by filling out the order form here or stopping by Borough Hall. 

If you’ve missed out on previous years, want to start a collection or just buy one or two ornaments that have special meaning to you, you’re in luck! Select few ornaments from past editions are still available.  2015 ornaments will be available for pick up at Arts Plus Gallery upon notification.  Past ornaments can be purchased at Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Avenue, for just $10.

Enjoy an ornament that celebrates our treasured Library, historic Zane School, stunning Scottish Rite, majestic Transfiguration Church, the family-favorite Holiday Parade and several other Collingwood landmarks. The 2015 ornament and each run of ornaments are limited in quantity - order now!

Classic Holiday ornaments still available include:
Previous ornaments still available for just $10:
Thackara House (low inventory)    
Collingswood Manor                                     
Zane School (low inventory)               
Collingswood Theatre (low inventory)                       
Foster Warne                      
Transfiguration Church (low inventory)                      
Holiday Parade (low inventory)                               
Collingswood Library
Collingswood 125th Anniversary (low inventory)
First Baptist Church 125th Anniversary (low inventory)
site by spark:.