Collingswood, New Jersey

Handmade Holidays at the Farmers' Market starts Nov 2


Tis the season! The much anticipated Handmade Holidays at the Collingswood Farmers' Market starts November 2. The gift bazaar is a seasonal extension of the mega-popular Farmers' Market in Collingswood. As temperatures drop and harvest season winds down the Market expands to fill spaces with crafters and artisans selling gifts and holiday-themed items like tree decorations and holiday wreaths

Gifts and goods offered run from the practical (candles, coffee mugs, sake sets) to the whimsical (assemblage jewelry, toys, hair accessories) to the esoteric (photography, paper arts) to the merely beautiful (home décor, ceramics, knitwear).

Many regular vendors at the Market produce and package beautiful holiday giftables, notably Rochelle Rose, (handmade soaps, bath and beauty products), Green Aisle Grocery (healthy gourmet shelflife edibles), John & Kira's Chocolate, Dee Dee's Garden Pesto, Collingswood's own Cheese, Etc. Gourmet Gifts (gift baskets) along with dozens more bringing unique gifts and crafts.

Handmade Holidays gives space to 30 exhibitors on a rotating basis so shoppers can expect to see different choices when they make return visits. Plus, many season-long produce and food vendors are part of  the November Market. It is a time for late season crops and year-round agricultural products such as meat, cheese, and honey. The Saturday before Thanksgiving dinner is a must-go tradition for many - a popular date regardless of the weather.

"The bazaar is a true artists market. Nothing is resale. Everything sold is purchased from the hand of the artist who made it, crafted it, molded it, wove it, sewed it, carved it, or assembled it," says Market Director David Hodges.

The Collingswood Farmers’ Market and Handmade Holidays run every Saturday from May to the Saturday before Thanksgiving 8am to 12pm between Collings and Irvin Ave along PATCO. Charles M. Kuperus, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture, has called us "one of the finest markets in the State." We were recently honored as "Best Farm Stand" in NJ Monthly Magazine's Best of Jersey issue due to its "authentic rural feel and hustle-bustle." It was also named best small market in the country in an American Farmland Trust poll.

Collings-Knight House fall events

The Friends of Collings-Knight House will be hosting some exciting events this fall at the historical house (500 Collings Ave). 

Saturday, November 9 there will be an 1860's era parlor viewing recreation. Sherri Groff, living historian dressed in full mid-Victorian mourning attire, will be presenting the viewing of Granville Price Groff at 2pm. This event is free!

On Saturday, December 14 from 2pm to 4:30pm Friends of Collings-Knight will be throwing an 1863 Christmas Party of historical proportions! Join in the festivities based in the 18th century during the Great Conflict. This celebration gives attendees an opportunity to talk with soldiers and other visitors to the homestead while enjoying 19th century music, games, costume and traditions. Free for all members, $5 for non-members or bring your family for $10! Refreshments will be served.

For more information on either event call 856-858-6205 or click here to email.

The Collings-Knight House stands as a tribute to the descendants of the founders of Newton Colony before the 19th century development of Collingswood as a planned suburb. It was built in 1825, by Edward Zane Collings for himself, his widowed sister Rebecca Knight and her children. The property it sits on was passed to him by his father Robert Zane, an original settler and member of the 1682 Newton Colony. The house is on the National and New Jersey Historic Registers and has been preserved and restored so that it is presently used as much as possible. Friends of Collings-Knight House oversee all operations and are constantly developing fundraising efforts for the continued restoration of the house.

Knight Park cleanup days - Nov 9 & 16

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Improving our spaces: A natural park landscape plan for Knight Park has been drawn by landscape architect volunteer George Schroeder. We need some help getting it planted! A volunteer installation is planned for Saturdays November 9 and 16 from 9am until noon. Hands are needed to perk up the park and help execute new planting. Tasks include turning over soil and adding compost, installing shrubs and eastern redbud trees, leaf raking and pavilion sweeping, etc. Kids ages 12 and over are welcome. Please help us green up our beloved park.

RSVP to Commissioner Leonard at to volunteer.

Want to help? Bring: Gardening gloves, rakes, shovels, spade shovel  and if possible leaf blower and broom. Meet at the Pavilion at Knight Park.

CMS presents "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's enduringly popular musical favorite "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" comes to Collingswood Middle School on November 14, 15 and 16 at 7pm with a matinee on November 16 at 1pm.

Performances will be staged at the Collingswood Middle School Auditorium, 414 Collings Avenue. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students/seniors and are available at the door. Make plans to bring the family to this fun, lively musical...there's something for everyone! 

Marriage applications for same sex couples available Oct 18 & 19

UPDATE: On Friday afternoon the NJ Supreme Court unanimously denied the stay request. Marriages can proceed Monday, October 21.

Collingswood is taking marriage applications for same sex couples starting noon on Friday Oct. 18 and Borough Hall staff will also be available at the Community Center (30 W Collings Ave) on Saturday, Oct 19 from 10-2. An update and from Mayor Maley is below.

I have been in contact with the State Registrar, our legal counsel, and other State officials and we are of the opinion that the Borough is authorized to accept applications for marriages from same sex couples now. Starting at noon on Friday, October 18, the Borough will be accepting applications for marriage. The Borough will also take marriage applications Saturday from 10am until 2pm at the Community Center. Check out this site for information an applying for a license

Ceremonies can be performed 72 hours after application is submitted; licenses will be issued then. The issuance of licenses could still be stayed by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

We are sorry for all of this confusion but the State Attorney General's office has chosen to provide no guidance to either State or municipal officials on implementation of the Court's decision.

CCT Cookbook is available NOW!

Collingswood Community Theatre worked together to create a "Scene Stealing Recipes" cookbook featuring all CCT members'favorite yummies and they want to share! This collaboration of 149 show-stopping recipes also include recipes from local Collingswood  restaurants - Casona, DiBartolo Bakery, Tortilla Press, just to name a few!

"We have such talented people in our community theatre, not just on the stage, but in the kitchen, too! By purchasing one of these mouth-watering recipe books you are not only benefiting your own household, but are also helping to fund the theatre's shows!"-Mary Baldwin, CCT Director

Not only is the "Scene Stealing Recipes" cookbook filled with easy-to-do recipes, but it also contains helpful tips, advice and the proper ways to fold napkins and set the table! From recipes like Jenni Maienza's "After the Show Fancy (But Easy) Chicken" to Pauli Bucholski's "Pauli's Death By Chocolate Cake," there is a recipe dying to be made in your kitchen!

 The "Scene Stealing Recipes" cookbook can be purchased for $10 at the Collingswood Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave) and will be available at upcoming performances. OR by ordering the cookbook online you can take advantage of a special bonus! For $15 (includes shipping and handling) you will receive a cookbook and a copy of "Timeless Christmas Classics," a collection of Christmas Carols sung by members of Collingswood Community Theatre! 


For more information and to purchase online go here. –

Three jobs available at the Collingswood Public Library

The Collingswood Public Library is accepting applications until November 12, 2013 for three new part-time positions.

You must have a Masters in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program to qualify for the following two positions:
Librarian – Reference & Teen Services (20 hours/week)
Librarian – Reference & Emerging Technologies (15 hours/week)

You must be enrolled in an ALA-accredited Masters in Library or Information Science program to qualify for the following position:
Reference Intern (10 hour/week) (this is a paid position)

Full information on these positions is  available here:

Collingswood Manor Doggone Halloween Event

Dress up Your Dog, pick out your Favorite Halloween Costume, and join the Collingswood Manor for their annual Happy Doggone Halloween Pupkin Event! Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Collingswood Manor (460 Haddon Ave).

Schedule of events:
11:30 Parade Registration Begins
12:00 Dog Obedience Presentation
12:30 Pupkin Parade–Awards For Dogs in Costume (Handlers Too!)
1:30  Blessing of the Dogs

Fun Awards:  Best Dressed, Most Original, Scariest, Femme Fatale, Macho Pooch
Top Prize of $75 goes to Best Master and Pupkin!

$5 Registration fee which benefits PetPals of SNJ; Pictures for $5 are also available and will benefit PetPals.  For information on PetPals of SNJ, please go to Vendor tables are available for $10.

This event is for socialized dogs only. Up-to-date shots and rabies certificate required to participate. This event is rain or shine! For more information, contact Barbara Wrzeszcz at (856) 854-4331 or email at .

CCT presents "Jingle Aargh the Way!"

Just in time for the holidays, Collingswood Community Theatre revives itsChildren's Musical Theatre Series with Jingle Aargh the Way! A Christmas Pirate Adventure.

Based on the book "How I Became a Pirate," the story tells of a mysterious message left in the crow's nest of their ship that brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to help young Jeremy Jacob solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure.  Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs and a trip to the North Pole to find you know who makes Jingle Aargh the Way! a wonderful holiday show for the whole family.

Show dates are Thursday, December 5 at 6pm and Friday, December 6 at 10am, 1pm and 6pm. Performances are on the main stage at the Collingswood Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ  08107. All tickets $5 per person, general admission seating and can be purchased at the door.

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Library dance for ebooks

Come out for a night of dancing to benefit the library! 
The Collingswood Public Library will be hosting a 21 and over 
dance on November 1 from 8pm to 12am at the community center 
located at 30 Collings Avenue. All proceeds go to the Library 
to buy more ebooks!

The first 50 tickets: $10 SOLD OUT 
Tickets 50 to 100: $12.50 SOLD OUT
Tickets 100 and up: $15 
Please visit our Library Dance Website for event and ticket information.
Update on Friday, November 1: We have about 50 tickets left, which we will be selling at the door on the night of the dance. They are $15, cash-only, and it's first-come, first-served.

There will be a cash bar and DJ's Nick Cain and JG will supply 
the music. Show your support for your local library while having 
a blast dancing the night away with your neighbors!
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