Collingswood, New Jersey

Fall book selections

Enjoy a group discussion about selected titles with the Collingswood Public Library’s new book club! Each month, book lovers will gather to share thoughts on a different read.

Fall 2015 titles and schedule:
October's book is “The Martian” by Andy Weir. You may recognize the title, as the film adaptation -- starring Matt Damon -- is coming out this October. October's book club will meet on Thursday, October 29, from 7 - 8:15 pm.
November's book is "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng.
November's meeting is Tuesday, November 17, from 7 - 8:15 pm.  

Several copies of each book and ebooks on 3M and Overdrive are available at the Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave. Meetings will be held in the Peter P. Childs Community Room. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Kelly Castle at (856) 858-0649 or if you have any questions.

Community Garden Open House, Oct 10

Do you want to grow your own vegetables or flowers but don't know how to get started? Are you an experienced gardener looking for land to cultivate?

Visit the Collingswood Community Garden and help plan the proposed second site at Cattell and Harrison Avenues!

WHERE: Collingswood Community Garden - enter behind 119 Washington Avenue or at the end of East Collings Avenue
WHEN: 10a.m. - noon, Saturday, October 10, 2015
Bring the whole family! Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages!
Visit our Facebook page at "Collingswood Community Garden"
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call (215) 922-4309

October Teen Events at the Library

Teen Comic Book Club  - Wednesday, October 14
For fans of comic books, graphic novels, and manga. Discuss your favorite titles, recommend new books, watch anime/ comic-related movies, and work on your own projects. 
4 - 5pm/ Teen Area, 2nd floor/ Grades: 7-12

Teen Board Gaming Club - Wednesday, October 21
Come play board games at the library. Bring your own games or play some classics from the Teen Area' collection. Some featured games include: King of Tokyo, Settlers of Catan, Magic: the Gathering, Apples to Apples, etc.
4 - 5pm/Teen Area, 2nd floor/Grades: 7-12

Halloween Horrors Craft - Monday, October 26
Get into the Halloween spirit with a creepy craft, gruesome snacks, and terrifying trivia.
3 - 5pm/Teen Area, 2nd floor/Grades: 7-12

Teen Movie: Halloween Horror Edition! - Wednesday, October 28
Movie: A Horror Classic- To be announced!
3 - 5pm/Grades: 7-12

Collingswood Public Library
771 Haddon Ave. / Collingswood, NJ 08108
(856) 858- 0649 /

Craft Beer fundraiser for the Parade, Oct 16

The success of the decades-old annual Holiday Parade has always relied on the support and efforts of volunteers and donations. Consider giving back to one of our best traditions. It’s easy! And fun! From the Holiday parade Committee: In a few short months, the 27th Annual Collingswood Holiday Parade will be making its way down Haddon Avenue with all of its fanfare as we welcome Santa to town. Last year we held wonderful New Jersey wine tasting event. This year, craft beer seems to be the buzz so we thought a Craft Beer Tasting would be in order.

The parade is partially funded by generous sponsors and fundraising efforts. Please help us to meet our fundraising goals for the 2015 parade and join us for a night of fun as we enjoy samplings of local New Jersey brews. We hope to see you there but if by chance you can’t make it, any donation would be appreciated. Thank you for your support! Raise a glass! Get tickets for the Oct 16 event, 7 to 10 p.m., details below.

Local Jersey Craft Beer Tasting to benefit the Collingswood Holiday Parade

Friday, October 16, 2015, 6pm to 10pm
Collingswood Senior Community Center, 30 W. Collings Avenue
Tickets $40 per person; $75 per couple
Tickets are available from Committee Members and at Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Avenue 

Breweries participating to date - Lunacy Brewing CompanyFlying Fish Brewing CompanyCape May Brewing CompanySpellbound BrewingTuckahoe BrewingPinelands Brewing Company

Tickets include light fare and 3 hours of unlimited 4 oz. samples

Follow the Parade on Facebook for updates  

Trick or treating hours 2-6 on Oct 31

The ghosts and goblins will be out on Saturday, October 31!  Trick or Treating hours in the Borough are 2 to 6 p.m.

Going trick-or-treating? The CDC gives these safety tips for your ghouls and goblins:
-Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
-Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
-Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
-Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
-Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
-Always walk - don’t run from house to house.
-Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
-Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
-Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
-Walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
-Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
-Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
-Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.
-Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Apple Pie contest seeks bakers

The Collingswood Farmers' Market annual Apple Pie Contest
We need bakers! Do you have the best pie?

Put those yummy Fall apples to good use! The Collingswood Farmers’ Market will be hosting their annual APPLE PIE CONTEST on Saturday, October 17. This is a perfect opportunity for you to make Grandma’s secret recipe or show off your baking skills. There are Market gift certificates up for grabs, so put your all into your pie!

The contest will be at 9:30am in the judging tent at the Market. Pre-registration is a must! To register please visit the rules and registration page here before contest.

Knight Park volunteer clean up, Nov 7

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! It’s time for our annual fall community effort to rake and tidy up  beautiful Knight Park. Come one and all to the Pavilion at Knight Park for a cup of coffee & conversation and bring your town spirit!   

Date: Saturday November 7, 9am to noon

WANT TO HELP? Bring rakes, handheld tools for gardening, and gloves. Volunteers will work together to clean up the leaves, tidy up our young garden around the pavilion and our more established gardens around the red bridge.  Weather permitting, we may also start the process of prepping and painting our park benches.

For more information, email Joan Leonard  at

Laugh with SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE 3000, Oct 9 & 10

Back by popular demand!       

Collingswood Community Theatre’s fourth annual SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE 3000 screens this year’s offering “Wizards of the Lost Kingdom”.

On October 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., five actors will riff  live on the Scottish Rite Mainstage while you snack and drink all the wine and beer you need to stomach the flick!  This season’s unintentionally hilarious movie features monsters, witches, warlocks, zombies and ghosts, and is perfect for a fun Halloween-season night out.

“SCIENCE FICTION THEATER 3000 is written by fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and stylistically lies somewhere between Movies In The Park and Comedy Night. This show is not your standard musical or drama,” said organizer CJ Kish. “It’s a laugh out loud night and best of all, it raises money for our Community Theatre program.”    

Tickets are $20, which includes beer and wine.  A special student rate of $10 is available for the movie only, no refreshments.  Tickets are available at the door.

Fall Festival fun for families! Oct 17

Collingswood’s 2015 Fall Festival is bigger and better than ever!  Come on out to Knight Park on Saturday, October 17 from noon to 4 p.m. for a fun-filled afternoon of music, hayrides, pony rides, games, pumpkin painting and lots of food! In the event of rain, the Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 24.

This year, Collingswood PTA groups will partner with the Borough to organize the fest. Kids and families can come out for an afternoon of live music (dance parties!), ice cream from Mister Softee, cupcake decorating, chili and hot dogs, pumpkin painting, hay jumping pit with candy scavenger hunt, hair painting, sand art and other fall-themed and pumpkin-themed games.

The festival takes place at the pavilion in Knight Park. For further information, contact Jodie Farrow at or call 609-760-7523.

TEN Collingswood businesses named 'best' in SJ Mag readers' poll!

SJ Magazine 2015 Best of SJ Readers’ Poll

Readers have been voting for their favorite SJ spots all summer. Here is the list of the Collingswood hot spots folks says are tops!

The Best...


667 Haddon Avenue

BYOB Restaurant
Kitchen Consigliere
700 Haddon Avenue

Gluten-Free Desserts
Sweet Freedom Bakery
577 Haddon Avenue

Indian Restaurant
619 Collings Avenue

Mexican Restaurant
Tortilla Press
703 Haddon Avenue

Romantic Restaurant
601 Haddon Avenue

Water Ice
Cabana Water Ice
552 Haddon Avenue

Prom Dresses
Marlene’s Dress Shop
707 Haddon Avenue

Special-Occasion Venue
Collingswood Grand Ballroom
315 White Horse Pike

Farmers’ Market
Collingswood Farmer’s Market

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