October Cornucopia

by Marianne Lods, Executive Director, Millville Development Corporation

We are thrilled to be able to present new events for the public to enjoy after all of the COVID restrictions. We want to invite you to a free concert in Captain Buck Riverfront Park on Saturday, October 16, from 2 to 6 p.m.

The popular local Snake Brothers Band will take the stage with their array of fun bluegrass to rock ’n’ roll to gospel music. Another regional favorite is the band Arsenal—1970s and ’80s rockers. Both bands play throughout southern New Jersey and into the Philadelphia market. We have a great opportunity to host both bands for your enjoyment. The major sponsor for the concert event is the Ocean First Foundation along with annual funders, NJ State Council on the Arts, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

In addition to the live music, the Riverwalk will host artisans and crafters from the Arts District and Cumberland County. Our own Everything Classie Sweet Soulful Café (corner of High and Mulberry streets) will be there with their mobile catering serving up fried chicken, BBQ, and cupcakes. Millville’s Mr. Frostbite will offer soft drinks, custard, and ice cream. Bring your blankets and chairs and spend a beautiful autumn afternoon at the Glasstown Arts District’s free concert event.

Also, you may want to take in an original play presented by SPQR Stage Company as they present The Wreck of the Spanish Armada at Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, 22 N. High Street, Millville, on Friday, October 22 at 8 p.m., and October 23 and 24 at 2 p.m. The Glasstown Arts District and the RRCA are your hosts.

The play is about a rekindled romance in Paris (after 30 years) between a female physician (poised to address an international conference) and a modern-day Robin Hood, who leads African pirates in hijacking oil tankers. The play was the talk of the New York Fringe Festival.

Tickets for the play are $20. Reservations are suggested as seating is limited. You may reserve and pay online with your credit card at glasstownartsdistrict.com/paymentpage. Stop in to the art center Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to purchase, or mail in a check to the above address.

We are so fortunate to have so much talent in our towns, counties, and region. There are many top-notch musicians, painters, sculptures, and writers who are excited to share their talents with our communities. It is a privilege for the Glasstown Arts District to be able to sponsor and host these talented artists along with our partner, the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts.

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For me, October is the most glorious month of the year. The weather is usually perfect, and the autumn colors begin to show. Festivals and events are being held in every town and community. This week I want to point out one of the High Street businesses that decorates the front window in a fabulous display (each season). Rey’s Before and After Hair Salon, 137 N. High Street, has really shown this talent.

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