Get Out Weekend Guide
An arts and crafts fair, music, a huge picnic in the park and more for your weekend bliss.
1. Open Mic Night at Jersey Java, Friday, 140 N. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield
Why Go: Every other Friday evening, wind down your work week and gear up for the weekend by bringing your guitar, fabulous voice, comedy stylings, or just yourself to relax, have some coffee or dessert, and entertain your friends and neighbors at this free open mic event. The show is run on a first-come, first-served basis, and registration begins at 6:45 p.m., so get their early to claim your spot. Musicians will be allotted time for two or three songs, while folks presenting other performance types will have five to 10 minutes to strut their stuff. All content must be family-friendly as this show is open to all ages. If you’re not in the mood for the spotlight, feel free to sit back and enjoy the free entertainment. For more information, visit jerseyjavaandtea.com or call 856-428-0707.
How Much: Free
Why Go: This lively musical is inspired by the book Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and is adapted by Lames DeVitam. Presented by young adult cast members Aftershock Entertainment and community members from South Jersey, this farcical romp through the world of Wonderland will delight the entire family. Join Alice as she attempts to become the queen in a game of chess in a world in which everything is backwards. Meet favorite characters Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Humpty Dumpty, the Mad Hatter and the Red Queen as Alice learns valuable life lessons during her magical journey. Music and lyrics are by Bill Francoeur and the show is directed by Joshua Kurtz. For more information, visit aftershockentertainment.org or call 856-347-0825.
How Much: $12 for adults, and $10 for children; $2 discount if tickets are ordered in advance
3. Collingswood Crafts and Fine Arts Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, 10 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday
Why Go: Celebrating its sixth year in the borough, this huge arts and crafts festival will feature nearly 200 vendors displaying their works in a variety of mediums including paint, fiber, clay, ceramic, photography, wood, metal, glass and more. Treat yourself to that gorgeous piece of hand-made jewelry, sculpture, or oil painting you’ve always dreamed of owning, or pick up a few old-fashioned artisan toys for your kids. Delicious food will be available for purchase from many of Collingwood’s fine restaurants. Bring the little ones, too, because there will be plenty for them to see, including live music by Paisley Pickles, a Kid-Cast by KYW, arts and crafts, face painting, finger painting and more. Entertainment this year will include live music and art activities for the whole family. For more information, visit collingswood.com or call 609-487-2606.
How Much: Free
4. Angels In America, Saturday and Sunday, Ritz Theatre, 915 White Horse Pike, Haddon Township, Various timings/Two parts
Why Go: This 1993 play by Tony Kushner won the Pulitzer Prize and has been made into both a TV miniseries and an opera. Centering on nine characters whose lives are loosely connected through their relationships with each other, the show examines the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s by weaving fiction, historical drama and fantastic realism together to tell the story. The Collaborative Art Studio will present this play in two parts and it’s an excellent opportunity to experience this epic drama performed live. Please note that it is for mature audiences only. See the website for detailed information on rotating performances of parts one and two of this stirring play by visiting http://www.ritztheatreco.org/?go=2011SummerStock, or call 856-236-1033 for more information.
How Much: $20
5. Camden City Diamond Day Picnic, Sunday, Dudley Grange Park, 30th and Federal St., Camden, 4 p.m.
Why Go: This super-sized picnic party is expected to attract more than 1,000 visitors who will converge on the Dudley Grange Park for a day of fun and community building. Live music, health screenings, raffles, giveaways, games and crafts will be featured. Share your artistic abilities with the crowd at the talent showcase, enjoy live music plus two DJs on multiple stages, and chow down on free food! Entertainment headliners will include Rell Buc, Big Lou, Shakil, Joaris Dejesus and Government Cheaze. There will be a senior section with a tent where seniors can sit and rest, too, so bring the whole family. Caress Green, director of business services and corporate development for Camden will be on hand to speak with attendees, and Marty King, author of Straight Out of Camden, will be available to discuss his book. Def Jam records will also be in attendance. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and water will be available for free, but you can also bring your own grill and additional picnic fare plus chairs and blankets for lounging. This is an alcohol-free, pet-friendly event. For more information call 856-236-1033.
How Much: Free