Collingswood, New Jersey

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 jodie.farrow@yahoo.com 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...

Bakery

DiBartolo’s
667 Haddon Avenue
dibartolobakery.com

BYOB Restaurant
Kitchen Consigliere
700 Haddon Avenue
kitconcafe.com

Gluten-Free Desserts
Sweet Freedom Bakery
577 Haddon Avenue
sweetfreedombakery.com

Indian Restaurant
IndeBlue
619 Collings Avenue
indebluerestaurant.com

Mexican Restaurant
Tortilla Press
703 Haddon Avenue
thetortillapress.com

Romantic Restaurant
Sapori
601 Haddon Avenue
sapori.info

Water Ice
Cabana Water Ice
552 Haddon Avenue

Prom Dresses
Marlene’s Dress Shop
707 Haddon Avenue
marlenesdressshop.com

Special-Occasion Venue
Collingswood Grand Ballroom
315 White Horse Pike
collingswoodballroom.com

Farmers’ Market
Collingswood Farmer’s Market
collingswoodmarket.com

Gala postponed to Sept 19

Due to the threat of dangerous weather, the third annual Pop Up Gala is postponed from September 12 to September 19. Ticketholders will be contacted by Team Leaders with details about the change.  

Ticketing is re-open for the September 19 date for guests that would like to attend! To purchase tickets go here: http://popupgala.ticketleap.com/2015/

For details on the gala visit:
Collingswood.com event page: http://collingswood.com/gala
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/658154277650429/

Roberts Pool closed - members can go to Crystal Lake in HT

Roberts Pool season will end early with a closure on Sept 5, 2015 due to geese. The damage cause by the geese will require that the pool be drained and extensively cleaned, which cannot happen by end of regular season.

Roberts Pool members can go to Crystal Lake Pool in Haddon Township for Labor Day weekend. Members must bring their valid Robers Pool pass for entry. Labor Day hours at Crystal Lake are 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Advance Collingswood in NJ Monthly’s Downtown Showdown!

In the September 2015 issue, the editors of New Jersey Monthly identified their picks for the top 16 downtowns in the Garden State. Their choices were based on a number of factors, including ambience, architecture, attractions and amenities such as dining and shopping—all described in a new feature titled “Our Favorite Downtowns.”  Collingswood was chosen as one of the best communities in the state. Read Collingswood's article here.

New Jersey Monthly is pitting the top 16 towns against each other in New Jersey’s first Downtown Showdown—a bracket-style elimination competition at njmonthly.com. Starting with our 16 contenders, we’ll cut the field in half each week throughout the month, based on online voting. A new round will begin each Tuesday, until the championship round, starting September 22. Collingswood squares off against Red Bank in week one.

TO VOTE FOR COLLINGSWOOD: Visit http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns-schools/downtown-showdown/

Voting is one click, no email required. We need votes each week to advance! Please tell friends and neighbors and share the contest on social media!

Here are the 16 competing towns, in alphabetical order:
Asbury Park
Cape May
Collingswood
Haddonfield
Hoboken
Jersey City
Lambertville
Maplewood
Montclair
Morristown
Princeton
Red Bank
Ridgewood
Somerville
Summit
Westfield 

New Jersey Monthly lauded Collingswood’s “blossoming arts community paired with a burgeoning restaurant scene” in recognizing the Borough as one of the best towns in New Jersey, calling it a “hip South Jersey enclave.” The complete list of 510 ranked towns will is available at njmonthly.com.

About Collingswood:
Collingswood is a historic NJ town 10 minutes outside Philadelphia. Known for its eclectic downtown and BYO restaurant scene it has taken home national recognition including being named a Top 10 Transformed Neighborhood by Forbes, the Best Place to Go Car Free by Men’s Journal magazine, a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association and is home to the Collingswood Farmers’ Market, voted best in America by the American Farmland Trust. For more information, visit www.Collingswood.com

 

Collingswood Book Festival moved indoors

Due to the weather, the Collingswood Book Festival will be held inside Collingswood High School/Middle School 424 Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ  08108.

Instructions for Exhibitor Arrival: Exhibitors should take Collings Avenue to Colford Avenue, go one block and turn right onto Eldridge Ave.  (No one should unload on Collings Avenue) Staff will help you unload your items and transport them to the gym.  Spaces will be assigned as you arrive regardless of your pre-assigned space #.  A  a list of new numbers will be made so that attendees can easily locate you. When the High School gym is filled, we will use the Middle School gym.  After you have dropped off your items, return to your car and park.  Return to gym and set up your exhibit.  

Used Book Exhibitors should follow the above arrival procedure, Collings Ave. to Colford, to Eldridge.  If you want to be indoors, go to the Middle School wrestling gym.  If you want to be outdoors, set up under the covered walkway between the High School and Middle School.   

www.bookfestival.com  

Town Forum - October 1

Twice yearly Collingswood hosts a Town Forum. Every resident and business owner is encouraged to come. There’s no formal agenda, no RSVP, no sign-in – just an opportunity to bring your questions, concerns or support to your elected officials or even just hear about what’s happening in town.

The next Town Forum will be held October 1 at 7pm at the Scottish Rite Ballroom (315 WHP). All are welcome. For info call 856-854-0720 x125.

Fall events at the Collings-Knight House

Fall events at the Collings-Knight House Museum will kick off with an Open Porch event on Sunday, September 27 from 1:30 to 3:30pm. It’s the beginning of our 190th Anniversary celebration, and we’re starting by inaugurating the NEW BACK PORCH! Join us “out back” to celebrate the completion of this long-awaited (and desperately needed) project. The rest of the house will be open for tours as well; the event is free and open to the public.

In October, Shades of Poe returns! Find us at the Book Festival for date and ticketing info for the popular theatre presentation featuring the works of Edgar Allan Poe. You’ll also find info about other literary-related programs we’re planning this year.

For the first time, the Friends of Collings-Knight House will participate in Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends community fundraiser. How it works: in exchange for a $5 donation to the Friends of Collings-Knight House, you receive a Boscov’s 25% discount shopping pass; use it to get 25% off Boscov’s shopping ALL DAY on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. A mere $20 purchase will recoup your $5 donation, which the Friends of CK House gets to use toward programs, repairs and restoration. Wins all around!

On November 14, author Deborah Yaffe will share her experiences Among the Janeites- A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom. – Would you believe that fans of Jane Austen and her works can be quite hardcore? The program is from 2 to 4pm, and will likely include period clothing, entertainment and refreshments. The author’s book will be available for purchase and signing, and the event is is free to members; $5 non-members.

Today the Collings-Knight House stands at the corner of Knight Park as a tribute to the descendants of the founders of the Newton Colony, and the years of agrarian interests they upheld before the 19th century development of Collingswood as a planned suburb of Camden and Philadelphia. More information at Collingsknighthouse.org.

Fall leaf pickup starts October 12

The Department of Public Works will be providing residents with curbside leaf pick up Starting the week of October 12.  This will occur on your normal fall leaf pick up day. For leaf maps and schedules, see the Public Works page here. 
Also, large brush can be placed curbside for pick up. Please call 856-858-0533 with your address for brush disposal or for more information. 

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