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Our First Woodstream Photo
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 26 August 2010 09:07

This photo was submitted by Jane Valery. Where is YOUR photo?


Arts in the Park September 26, 2010 - 11am to 5pm
Written by Jane Valery   
Thursday, 26 August 2010 08:51

Arts in the Park September 26, 2010  11am to 5pm

Free admission and free parking.

"Arts in the Park, Burlington County's free annual festival celebrating music, theater, dance, fine art and crafts, will return to Historic Smithville Park on Sunday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with some exciting additions.

However, please note that we have a special concert starting at 5pm featuring the Young Dubliners.

Sponsored by the Burlington County Freeholders, the popular event will be held rain or shine and admission and parking are free. And as always, visitors will find much to explore and enjoy, including a variety of live entertainment that will be presented throughout the day on four outdoor stages.

New this year will be an appearance by the Young Dubliners performing high-energy Celtic rock that's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Highly-acclaimed, the band that has released eight albums and toured the United States and Europe. Also scheduled to appear is national recording act Grey Eye Glances, a group that began performing together in the early 1990s and quickly developed a dedicated following. With eight albums to its credit, the band is always well received at outdoor festivals. Other scheduled performers include The Slomski Brothers with their vaudeville-style comedy, Bob Grawi's Gravikord Duo/Ensemble, and singer/songwriters Dan Wythoff and Aaron Hehl. Russian music, dance and song ensemble Barynya, as well as other dancers, including tribal belly dance performers, will also entertain the crowd.

Throughout the day, a variety of juried fine art and crafts will be for sale, including paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, and glass. And visitors will be encouraged to explore the arts through free interactive activities, including a special "Chalk the Walk" project and a "Clothesline Art Workshop" that will let visitors of all ages showcase their artistic ability. In addition, the Ladies of the Colonial West Jersey Chapter Embroidery Guild of America's "Come Stitch with Us"

workshop will introduce the art of stitchery to guests of all abilities.

Children will want to arrive early to see the highly-interactive Give and Take Jugglers, featuring an antique calliope, vaudeville traditions, circus arts, theater and live music. And the high-energy, fun loving duo Ernie & Neal will deliver a rocking dynamic performance of "music for the young mind" that will have guests dancing in - and out - of their seats. Also planned is an enchanting performance of Peter and the Wolf, an adaption of the traditional Russian folktale set to music by the Pushcart Players, New Jersey's premier touring theatre for family audiences. When not enjoying the performances, kids will be able to check out the Spiral Q puppets and participate in a puppet-making workshop culminating with a puppet parade through the park at 3 p.m.

For guests age 21 and older, wine from four South Jersey wineries will be available for sampling in the Smithville Conservatory. And the 34th Annual Juried Art Exhibit will be on display in the Mansion Annex Art Gallery. Featuring "the best of the best" from the tri-state area, the exhibit is expected to feature watercolors, oil paintings, acrylic paintings, mixed media, and sculpture. Outside, selections from the "Paint the Parks - Plein Air Competition," featuring landscape pieces painted before and during the event, will be on display and visitors will have an opportunity to select the "people's choice award.

Historic Smithville Park is located on Smithville Road in Eastampton, three-quarters of a mile off Route 38. Funding has been made possible by the Burlington County Freeholders and the NJ State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant to the County Division of Cultural Affairs and Tourism. Persons in need of special accommodations are requested to give two weeks advance notification. For more information, call (609) 265-5858."

This article was written up by the Burlington County Arts organization.

To see more information about this event go to

I am sure more informtion will be added the closer we come to Sept. 26th

TOPS: Take off Pounds Sensibly
Written by Jane Valery   
Tuesday, 24 August 2010 09:26

I am a member of a local TOPS chapter and have lost 40 lbs with the help and encouragement of other chapter members.  No one ever makes you feel guilty – that is so easy to do ourselves  and it really doesn’t help you loose weight. If you would like to be a guest at one of our meetings please contact me (Jane at 856-768-3040) and we could go together.  The idea behind TOPS is to loose weight slowly and safely.

“TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the original, nonprofit weight-loss education and support organization, was founded more than 60 years ago to champion weight-loss support and success. Founded and headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., TOPS promotes successful weight management with a philosophy that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness education, and support from others at weekly chapter meetings. TOPS has about 170,000 members in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada, and several chapters in Europe.”

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find a local chapter, view   or call our area leader, Suzy Cress at 856-797-8601. Suzy can also help you start your own chapter if you would like – all you need is 3 to 4 people.

Self Publishing
Written by Jane Valery   
Thursday, 29 July 2010 20:28

I recently read an article in the July/August 2010 issue of Art Calendar – titled “Self Publishing through”   Although this article is in an Art Publication it is for writers, musicians and film makers. 

If you have ever thought of publishing your own story check it out.  The site that you enter your work is: and is a member of the Amazon family.  Your work would be sold through 

“Media formats supported through CreateSpace include books, DVDs, CDs, video downloads and Amazon MP3s.” 

Maybe the library can make a copy of the article for you because it answers many of the questions you might have saving research time.  A digital issue of past issues is available from Art Calendar at for $2.95.