The spring season brings the world many gifts. Yes we’re talking about the perfect warm weather after a blistering cold winter, sunshine, flowers, new fashion trends, and more; but there is something more important we have on our minds.
Right now we are in the midst of Gala Season, the time of the year where all types of people have the opportunity of getting dressed in their bests for a night out in order to celebrate a unique aspect of their community and support a great cause. What is so amazing about specific Gala events are that they bring out the best in so many people. This just happens to be the most charitable time of the year and New Jersey is home of some of the most fun and charitable events of the season. It’s really hard to resist the idea of getting dressed up in a beautiful gown or breaking out the tuxedo for a night of fun and the warm feeling of knowing you made a positive difference in someone’s life.
So you’re probably sitting there right now just about ready to type “local galas coming up” in your Google bar. Well no need for that! We are about to give you the inside scoop of the most popular Gala’s happening in our area and how you can get involved.
April 9: Montclair Art Museum host Decades: A Century of Fashion
We have been buzzing about this event for months now and we are so excited that the day is almost here. Although this is not your typical night out on the town, gown/tuxedo-wearing Gala, it is still a fun-filled afternoon of glitz and glam, with celebrity guest speaker, Cameron Silver. Silver is a world-renowned designer, red carpet trendsetter and owner of Decades; a couture vintage boutique that brought a new standard to everyday dress in Hollywood. The museum welcome’s Silver all the way from his L.A. hometown on April 9, 2014 from 11am to 3pm for a luncheon, lecture and vintage trunk show of his rare couture finds.
East coast residents can enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Silver and shop his collection in-person during this specially-curated event. Cameron Silver will take each guest though a century of fashion, which will include; his inspiration on choosing the right garments for his celebrity clients, his red carpet commentary and his most recent place in Hollywood as a Bravo hit reality television star on, “The Duke of Melrose”. After listening to Silver’s inspirational journey in fashion and the arts, partake in a luxury basket raffle from chic contributors throughout our area. Items include special packages donated from Steve Madden, Bangz Salon and Spa, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, and shopping sprees from Montclair boutiques such as Stella and Dot, Dot Reeder, Barbara Eclectic and much more. Tickets start at $150 per person and are available at http://www.montclairartmuseum.org/.
April 26: The Montclair Art Museum Salutes a Century with a Grand Celebration
The Montclair Art Museum is a notable-community based institution with an international reputation and it is located in our home state. So to really celebrate 100 years upon opening their doors to the public, The Montclair Art Museum has put together a Centennial Ball followed by a Fashionably Late Dance Party. Guests are invited to partake in the fun by dressing from their favorite decade, as the mannequins will be in vintage clothing for a chic soirée to celebrate art and fashion through the century. Cocktails will be held in Leir Hall at 6:30pm inside the Museum followed by dinner in the Grand Tent at 8:00pm on the front lawn. The gala will celebrate MAM’s past presidents and founders William T. Evans and Florence Rand Lang as well as leaders who have helped transform the museum galleries through the decades. Guests will enjoy sounds from a capella group “Unaccompanied Minors” and a solo from 16 year-old Montclair Kimberley Academy student Kimani Freeman showcasing 20th century favorites with the Hank Lane Band. A silent and live auction will also be held in celebration of art and the future it holds at the museum with luxury gifts from H. Stern, Marchesa and many more. The night is then all tied together with a fashionably late dance party, giving everyone the perfect excuse to get dressed up and dance the night away.
MAM is hosting the party you don’t want to miss. The Fashionably Late Dance Party portion of the night will include lounge style seating, music by New York City Celebrity DJ, Gabriel Levy, and bites of comfort food delicacies from NYC eatery The Melt Shop as well as street car eats from Applegate Farms. There are even private coach busses bound for Montclair on the night of the event so that city dwellers can attend. Tickets to the Centennial Ball start at $500 per person and $75 per person for the Fashionably Late Dance Party and can be purchased at www.montclairartmuseum.org.
May 2: Paper Mill Play House the Curtain Up on the 76th Season Gala
Most of us know that The Paper Mill Play House is New Jersey’s famous home for the art of American Musical Theater, bringing “Broadway to Our Own Backyard.” Not only do they give back to the community by providing quality entertainment for all to see, but they also host and annual fundraising gala that ensures a bright future for non-for-profit art organizations. On May 2, Paper Mill Playhouse will hold its most important fundraiser of the year, the Curtain Up on the 76th Season Gala, at the renowned Hilton Short Hills.
This black tie evening will include dinner, dancing, notable auctions, and Broadway entertainment like you have never seen it before. The Curtain Up on the 76th Season Gala will also feature performances from The Eddie Bruce Band and students from Paper Mill’s Education programs. And this wouldn’t be a proper Gala event if it didn’t honor those who contribute to making Musical Theater what it is today.
Television, screen and stage icon, Tony Danza, will accept the Frank Carrington Excellence in the Arts Award during the Gala. Danza has recently made his Paper Mill Play House debut in the world premier musical Honeymoon in Vegas in a critically acclaimed performance as Tommy Korman. Paper Mill will also be honoring Linda Bowden, New Jersey Regional President at PNC Bank, who will receive the Byrne/Kean Arts Advocate Award. Linda and PNC are playing an important leadership role in keeping Paper Mill and the theater arts so vibrant in our state.
Last year’s gala was an extraordinary event and sold out very quickly, if you are interested they encourage you to act as quickly as possible. For more information, you can contact Leigh Schaedel via email or call (973) 315-1663.
May 31: South Orange Preforming Arts Center’s Gala Celebration with Barbra Cook
New Jersey continues to honor the world of arts and entertainment at the South Orange Preforming Arts Center’s Gala Celebration. On May 31, SOPAC hosts an evening with Barbra Cook, who is considered “Broadway’s favorite ingénue” for the successful reputation she gained during her prime on the Broadway Musical scene. Her silvery soprano, purity of tone, and warm presence continue to delight audiences around the world. After taking a bit of a hiatus from Broadway, Cook returned to the stage in 2011 and was then nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the musical Sondheim on Sondheim.
May 31 is your chance to experience Barbara Cook’s graceful presence and musical talents first hand with SOPAC. Join them for this intimate concert, which will be the culmination of the South Orange Performing Arts Center’s Gala Celebration. Orchestra seating at the $325 and $225 levels include a formal dinner in the loft at 7pm. Other sponsorship packages are available by contacting the Development Department at 973-382-1033.
There’s no better way to enjoy a night of entertainment and celebration than by celebrating the world of Art’s and Entertainment. Now that you know the when, where, why, and how’s of the hottest Gala events in our area this season, it’s time to start planning out your outfits. Remember, when it comes to a Celebratory Gala Event, the more glitz and glam the better!