Collingswood, New Jersey

Annual Egg Hunt CANCELED


Collingswood Rotary will host this year’s Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28 beginning at 10 a.m.  The hunt will take place at the gazebo in Knight Park. There will be candy and goodies for boys and girls ages eight and under. Bring your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny! No pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Rotary President Michael Trainor at 609-313-4910 or

March 19 - Freeholder meeting

The Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders will hold their monthly meeting in Collingswood on March 19 at 7pm at the Collingswood Community Center (30 W. Collings Ave). The public is welcome to attend. A meeting agenda can be viewed here.


Collingwood Foundation for the Arts hosts Finnegan’s Wake

An interactive dinner comedy to DIE for!

Finnegan’s Wake, the hilarious interactive dinner comedy, is coming to Collingswood!  After playing to sold out audiences in Atlantic City, Finnegan’s Wake will now be playing at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom on March 20.The proceeds from this performance will support the Collingswood Foundation for the Arts.

The classic Irish ballad “Finnegan’s Wake” is transformed into the Irish version of “one of those Italian Weddings,” only in place of the nuptials, there’s a funeral. It’s an interactive dinner theater so the audience is part of the act!

Audiences will have the opportunity to pay their respects to poor Sean Patrick Finnegan, give a eulogy, or tell their favorite Irish joke. There’s no telling what may happen when Sean’s crazy family and his outrageous friends come together at his funeral. The event includes original music by the Barley Boys (led by Mike Babick) as well as an Irish buffet and full bar.

Tickets can be purchased by calling The Collingswood Grand Ballroom and Scottish Rite Theater at 856-858-1000 x210. Tickets are $40 and include a buffet dinner, two complimentary drinks (beer or wine) and admission to The Wake with music by The Barley Boys. Parking is plentiful and free at the Scottish Rite.

You’ll laugh (until you cry) at Finnegan’s Wake, a production assured to lift your spirits – and rest assured there will be plenty of spirits to go around. After all, this gathering is a celebration of life, not death!

Details for Finnegan’s Wake:
Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7pm; doors open at 6:30pm
Collingswood Grand Ballroom, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood 08107
Tickets $40 per person; include buffet and two complimentary drinks (beer or wine)
Tickets are limited; call 856-858-1000 x210
Mixed drinks & Irish beer available
Proceeds benefit Collingswood Foundation for the Arts 

FEMA to host flood risk open house at Camden County Boathouse March 25

Collingswood maps updated, homeowners encouraged to learn about flood risk

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region II office has released updates to the flood hazard maps, known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). The FIRMs identify areas that have the greatest flood risk and are used by insurance companies to determine flood insurance rates, and lenders to determine flood insurance requirements.

Camden County municipalities impacted by the new maps are:  Audubon Park, Audubon, Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Camden City, Collingswood, Gloucester City, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Mount Ephraim, Oaklyn, Pennsauken, Runnemede and Woodlynne.

Residents and property owners in these towns are encouraged to learn more about their flood risk and the updates shown on the preliminary flood hazard maps by looking up their property’s address in the “What’s my BFE” tool at 

To provide more information to homeowners, FEMA will hold a public Flood Risk Open House at the Camden County Boathouse, 7050 North Park Drive in Pennsauken on March 25. No presentation will be made, so residents may attend the Open House any time between the hours of 4 and 8 pm. No appointment is required.

Using interactive flood hazard maps at this Open House, representatives from the State, County, and FEMA and their mapping partners, will be available to answer flood risk and insurance questions, and explain the preliminary flood hazard maps. Residents are encouraged to bring their elevation certificates and/or flood insurance policies to the event in order to get the best information about how their flood insurance may change as a result of the new preliminary maps.

Please plan to attend this event if your property is currently mapped within a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), newly mapped into an SFHA, and/or if you currently have flood insurance. If you are unsure of your flood risk, please refer to the Preliminary FIRMs which are available on the FEMA Map Service Center website,, or call the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or your local flood plain administrator or municipal building official.

Flooding is the number one natural disaster in the United States. It is vital for property owners to understand their risk and taking advantage of tools and programs available to them. Property owners can take action by purchasing flood insurance and implementing mitigation actions to help reduce future flooding impacts.

The preliminary flood hazard maps that will be shared at the Open House are an update of the existing FIRMs. These preliminary FIRMs and the associated Flood Insurance Study (FIS) provide the basis for flood risk education and floodplain management measures. Camden County is required to adopt updated maps to continue participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which makes flood insurance available to the community.

For additional information on flood hazard risk and the mapping process, please visit

Perkins Center 5th Anniversary Award Winning Beer Tasting Event

Join Perkins Center in Collingswood (30 Irvin Ave) for an fantastic evening of artistry and beer tasting, featuring over a dozen regional craft micro brews, a distillery, gourmet foods, handmade beer steins, live music and a silent auction on Saturday, May 16 from 7-10p.m.

In celebrating a landmark year, the Perkins beer tasting event includes a VIP Tasting at 6p.m. and will showcase five small New Jersey breweries from 6-7p.m.. Handmade beer steins, original artwork and one-of-a-kind items will make the silent auction unique.  Featured breweries are Yuengling, Lancaster Brewing Co., Yards Brewing Co., East Coast Beer Co., Tuckahoe Brewing Co., Flying Fish Brewery and many more.

Handcrafted will feature live music from electro soul group Vita and the Woolf, named one of the Top 5 Philly Music Discoveries of 2014 by The Key XPN. Visitors are sure to enjoy a great evening of fun, food, drinks and laughter.

The opening of ticket sales begin on Friday, February 13 at $50 per person and can be purchased at All proceeds benefit the many arts education efforts of Perkins Center.

Handcrafted at Perkins Center was named the 2014 Best Foodie Event in South Jersey by SoJo Happening, and the 2014 Best Way to Buy Art by South Jersey Magazine.

Handcrafted at Perkins Center is a 21+ event taking place at Perkins Center, Collingswood (30 Irvin Ave. Collingwood, NJ 08108) on Saturday, May 16th from 7-10pm. Tickets are $50 per person and include tastings of all the craft brews and food showcased at the event. Attend the VIP Tasting for an additional $20.  Space is limited for the VIP Tasting, purchase tickets early. For ticketing and event details, please visit or call (856) 235-6488.

Symphony in C presents Blast Off! A concert for young people

Symphony in C and Assistant Conductor Petko Dimitrov present Symphony in C’s annual Concerts for Young People, educational and entertaining concerts featuring great orchestral works and stories brought to life through renowned story tellers for students in Pre-K though ninth grades.  Two performances will take place at the Scottish Rite Auditorium on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  Renowned performer Michael Boudewyns will join Symphony in C for Daniel Dorff’s Blast Off! and Benjamin Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.
The program will feature the winner of the Rising Stars Competition, Jason Vassiliou.  Jason Vassiliou is a sophomore distinguished honors at Conestoga High School in Berwyn PA. He is currently a violin student of Hirono Oka, of Cherry Hill, NJ, who plays with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Jason will perform Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor with Symphony in C on February 26 at 10:00 am and 11:30 am. Applicants submitted a video DVD containing two musical selections totaling ten minutes of music.  Nine applicants were selected from the submissions to perform in the final round of auditions. 
Tickets are currently available and range in price from $8 - $10. This program is sponsored by Subaru of America, additional support is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The New Jersey Cultural Trust, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation the William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation.  Symphony in C is a member of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance (SJCA). 
Symphony in C concerts are wheelchair accessible.  Large print programs and brochures and assistive listening devices are available at all concerts.   For more information on Symphony in C go to our website at or call 856-963-6683.
About Symphony in C:  Symphony in C is one of three professional training orchestras in the United States preparing musicians and conductors who are on the cusp of world-class careers through concert, educational outreach and professional development programs.  Performing at the Gordon Theater at Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts in Camden, New Jersey, Symphony in C serves over 90,000 people annually through its critically-acclaimed concert series, educational outreach programs and radio broadcasts.  Symphony in C has been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and strives to continue making artistic, educational, and economic impact on a regional, national and global scale.
About Jason Vassiliou:  Jason Vassiliou is a sophomore distinguished honors at Conestoga High School in Berwyn PA. He is currently a violin student of Hirono Oka, of Cherry Hill, NJ, who plays with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
About Petko Dimitrov: Petko Dimitrov is in his fifth season serving as Assistant Conductor of Symphony in C.  Dimitrov also serves as Music Director of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, in Connecticut. In July 2010, Dimitrov was appointed to be the Artistic Director of the Lasdon Park Concert Series in Katonah, New York.  He also serves as Principal Guest Conductor of The New Symphony Orchestra, in his native Bulgaria. Dimitrov was awarded a Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Fellowship in the 2007-2008 season which recognizes accomplished young conductors and provides them with a monetary award to further develop their career.  Dimitrov made his debut as a conductor with The New Symphony Orchestra, Sofia, Bulgaria, in May 1998, performing a concert of British music by Sir Michael Tippet and Henry Purcell, in collaboration with The British Council. Since then he has been an Assistant Conductor and Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra and has performed subscription concerts, as well as commissions regularly. He has also been active as a Conductor of a Chamber Ensemble of The New Symphony Orchestra. Since 2001 Dimitrov has been studying and working in the United States.  In 2004 he completed his Masters Degree in Orchestra Conducting at the University of Michigan, under the direction of Kenneth Kiesler. In 2006 Dimitrov finished his studies with Gustav Meier at the Peabody Conservatory, pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma in Orchestral Conducting.
About Michael Boudewyns:  Michael has been performing with Symphony in C since 2004, and has loved being part of their fantastic Concerts for Young People. Since 2004 he has also been a frequent guest artist with The Philadelphia Orchestra’s popular Family Concerts, presenting vaudeville-inspired performances of classic stories for young audiences. Additionally, he has appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra in the Beyond the Score presentations of Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Other family concerts include performances with the orchestras of Saint Louis, Milwaukee, New Haven, Richmond, and the Westchester Philharmonic. This season Michael will make his Des Moines Symphony Orchestra debut with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. He will also present: Peter and the Wolf with symphonies in Texarkana, Princeton, and Annapolis; Dr.Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham, with soprano Kimberly Schroeder, with orchestras in Lincoln, Annapolis, Kennett, and Harrisburg; The Story of Babar with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra; and Mozart’s Toy Symphony with orchestras in Harrisburg, Charlotte, Newark and Lincoln. Michael is a graduate of the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware, and co- founder of

Work in Harmony Café hosts “Our Wishes Over Dishes”

Program partners with Nunzio Ristorante Rustico and The Tortilla Press to help families address end-of-life issues

Our Wishes Over Dishes is part of a national movement to bring families together to have a conversation on what family members wishes would be at the end of their lives. Do you or your older loved ones have an advanced directive? Have you made out a will? Do you want to be buried or cremated? These are very difficult questions to answer, but so very necessary in planning for later years.

Work in Harmony (810 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood) is offering the use of their conference room free of charge one night a week from 6 to 8 p.m. for families who want to hold this important meeting with their loved ones  in a quiet, neutral environment. Planning assistance and resources will be available.

Collingswood restaurants Nunzio’s and Tortilla Press are providing limited menus  for families to order from and have delivered to enjoy a meal surrounded by loved ones while having one of the most difficult and important conversations a family can have.

Work in Harmony Café owner Michelle Polidoro is a registered nurse. The idea to host Our Wishes Over Dishes came from years of seeing patients struggle to make end-of-life decisions for sick loved ones. It became a personal matter for her when a family member got sick.

“My family faced this decision last January when my Pop passed away. We made the decision to give him morphine at the end, and for a long time afterwards my mom felt guilty for doing so,” said Polidoro. “It is important that people know what their loved ones would want if faced with this same decision or other decisions that need to be made.”

Polidoro was familiar with “Death over Dinner”, a similar national program which aims to make the conversation regarding care in final days more empowering when supported by loved ones. She decided her co-working café gave families an ideal space to plan for end-of-life and enjoy a meal together. She is offering her space for free to families that want to share their wishes.

Did you know (According to Death over Dinner statistics):
-How we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation that America isn’t having.
-Nearly 75% of Americans want to die at home, yet only 25% of them do.
-60% of people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is “extremely important”; 56% have not communicated their end-of-life wishes.
-Too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain.
-The vast majority of bankruptcies are due to end of life expenses.

Work in Harmony aims to offer families a comfortable place to start a dialogue. “Let’s make our community strong by participating in this movement to increase awareness of end-of-life choices and decrease the burden on families and society,” said Polidoro.

To reserve space or get more info, contact Michelle Polidoro at or call 856-869-9600.

Band Boosters Basket Raffle 2015

Band Boosters Basket Raffle 2015

Add a boost to your evening at the CHS Band Boosters 9th Annual Basket Raffle on Saturday, March 14 at the Collingswood Senior High School (424 Collings Ave) from 6 to 10 p.m. Entry fee is $5 and includes light refreshments. The event will feature regular, premium and super baskets as well as door prizes!

Raffle tickets prices on the night of the event:
-$5 for 1 sheet of 25 tickets

-$10 for 3 sheets of 25 tickets

Presale tickets will be available February 1-28 at five sheets for $15. Remember presale ticket and entry fees must be paid no later than March 1. To order presale tickets contact Laurie Webber at or 856-534-6123.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for presale ticket purchasers and presale tickets will be provided upon entry.

You can win big, Come boost your luck!

Collingswood Rotary Art Auction

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

The Collingswood Rotary will hold its second annual Gala Art Exhibition & Auction on Saturday, February 21 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 $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door.

The exhibition will feature music and sports memorabilia, door prizes, raffles and exceptional artwork from various time periods. It’s a great art buying opportunity that will include reproduction paintings by Picasso, Rothenberg, Fazzino, Holston as well as other well-known and local artists.

Admission also includes hors d’ oeuvres and desserts from local restaurants and bakeries, pasta and entree samplings from Collingswood's Table 8 Bistro, wine, beer and additional refreshments.

"Guests can look forward to great food, great conversation and a tremendous selection of art, music and sports memorabilia,” said Collingswood Rotary President Michael Trainor. The Collingswood community and art lovers in the region are encouraged to stop by for a night of food, cocktails and art.

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 contact President Michael Trainor or visit their Facebook page here. Collingswood Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at Villa Barone (753 Haddon Ave).


80s Valentine Party to benefit Colls Odyssey of the Mind

Dudes and dudettes, there's a totally awesome eighties themed fundraiser happening for Collingswood Recreation Program's Odyssey of the Mind. Party like it's 1989 on Friday, February 13 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. at the Collingswood Community Center Ballroom (28 W Collings Ave, next to the firehouse).

Tickets are $20 per person. Ticket price includes your first drink and a night of dirty dancing to your favorite eighties music, epic nacho bar, gnarley video games and a cash bar. 80s dress is optional - door prizes for the most bodacious outfits and hair.

The all-volunteer Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) program, now in its third year, has grown by leaps and bounds. This year, the club has seven teams heading to the regional OotM competition, and involves more than 50 kids with more than 20 adults volunteering as coaches, officials, workshop instructors, and team parents. Proceeds from the party will help the booster club enhance and expand the program while keeping registration fees and other costs low.  The proceeds will also help to defray some of the costs of sending teams to the 2015 World Finals at Michigan State University should the club advance that far.

The most excellent party will feature:
- A DJ spinning your favorite 80s hits (Dancing With Yourself and/or On the Ceiling is strongly encouraged)
- 80s video games like Atari, Pong, and Sega  (Two Words: Missile Command)
-  Carnation station where you can relive your 1986 prom dreams/nightmares
-  Prizes for the best 80s outfits (Mullets, Rat Tails, or Big Hair recommended)
- Totally Epic Nacho Bar
- Gnarly 80s Snacks and Treats Bar
- 1 drink is included with each ticket and there will be be a cash bar

Purchase tickets online at Event is 21 and over only. With questions, contact

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