We have a great weekend ahead. While the weather folks are talking about snow, that won’t happen in Bergen County. This is because where snow happens west and north, it’s rain for us for the most part. Whatever snow we get in the northwest part of Bergen County won’t be much at all.
Events this weekend include 2 musical plays, 1 drama, a bourbon and wine tasting, a 4 band benefit, all things Irish with food, songs,poetry PLUS Bergen County’s amazing St Patrick’s Day Parade. In adiition there is a lot going on at the Tenafly Nature Center and nearby in Wayne, a major craft fair. This is truly great stuff you won’t to miss.
Mamma Mia is coming to Bergen County this weekend. This riotous musical play with wonderful songs from ABBA is being performed by the Paramus High School Performing Arts (Paramus HS, 99 E Century Rd). While these are high school students performing, you’ll think you’re watching a Broadway musical because they really are that good.
Performances are Thursday – Saturday nights at 7 and there’s a Saturday matinee at 2. Tickets are only $10 and are purchased online. Come on out and support these kids because you’ll feel good doing so plus you’ll enjoy a fun musical.
Manor of Murder
Manor of Murder is a Bergen Stages production happening on Thursday and Friday nights at 7:30. Location is Room C-211 at Bergen Community College (400 Paramus Rd, Paramus). While this is another theatrical production, it’s a drama. Because not everyone is into musicals, here’s the other option for you.
Manor of Murder is a classic “who done it” mystery. Because it’s produced by Bergen Stages, I bet you’ll love this production. That’s because this is a highly accomplished live theater group. To purchase tickets, visit tickets.bergen.edu or call 201-447-7428
Red, White and Blues Wine and Bourbon Tasting
This event has an age limit of 21 and older because it’s a special night of wine and Bourbon. Such evenings where you learn from a master Sommelier are rare. As a result, wine and Bourbon afficianados will come out fo this.
Chuck Russo, Sommelier from Wine and Spirit, will have on hand great American red and white wines as well as some of the best US Bourbons. Tickets are $75 per person ($125 per couple). This is a fund raiser at The Hermitage in Ho Ho Kus and tickets are online. This begins at 6:30 at The Hermitage (335 N Franklin Tpke, Ho-Ho-Kus).
Don’t forget, there’s a performance tonight at 7. So get your tickets because this is one production you don’t want to miss. It certainly helps to make this a great weekend.
Manor of Murder
It’s the last night you can see this dramatic mystery play by Bergen Stages at 7:30 (Room C-211, Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Rd, Paramus). To purchase tickets, visit tickets.bergen.edu or call 201-447-7428 Because it’s written by a student of Agatha Christie, this mystery play with have all sorts of fun twists and turns.
Teachers Make Music
Because the arts are so often the 1st item on the school budget chopping block, this benefit was created. Focused on supporting public school music programs, 4 area bands will perform their own original music. The musicians playing are made up of high school and college students along with college professors.
This is going to be an amazing musical night held at the Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck (1409 Queen Anne Rd). These benefits are extremely popular so get your tickets online now.
Irish Song and Poetry
The West Side Presbyterian Church (6 S Monroe St, Ridgewood) has a world famous singing duo of brothers singing Irish songs and reading poetry at 7. Brothers Owen and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin perform songs and poetry handed down through their family for generations. They’ll also be doing classic Irish pieces as well.
According to the write up, they have performed with such famous artists as Hugh Jackman and Sting and are admired by Steven Spielberg and Russel Crowe among others. Admission is free but the Church is hoping for some donations too. Live streaming will be available but because there’s nothing like being at a live performance, please come. All the information you need is on this link.
Saturday is the last chance to see Mamma Mia. Since there are 2 performances today at 2 and 7, you’ve got plenty of opportunity to see it. It’s easy to get tickets becasue they’re online.
Porchlight Productions has another hit because several performances are already sold out. Because Legally Blonde was one of the most popular movies of it’s time, this musical follows suit.
Saturday there are tickets available for the noon and 4 performances. All performances on Sunday are still available. Get your tickets online ASAP so you can see this fun musical play Porchlight Productions is located at 555 Broad St in Glen Rock.
Wayne Valley Craft Fair
The Wayne Valley Craft Fair kicks off the craft fair season in the Bergen/Passic area. It’s a major craft show with over 100 artists displaying their wares. This juried craft show attracts people from all over. Held at Wayne Valley High School (551 Valley Rd in Wayne), this runs 10 – 5.
Admission is $3 and you can buy food and drinks too. A main feature is Maral Kachachian from Oradell who has a large following. Her hand painted items are very popular.
The Bergen County St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday
Get ready because the annual Bergen County St Patrick’s Day Parade is this Sunday afternoon. It is a huge event here. Possibly the biggest Bergen County Parade and when you see it, you’ll believe it is.
Bag pipes, Irish dancers, Irish music, antique cars, rows of policeman, 1st responders, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, horse riding special forces, and more. Thousands come out for this amazing parade so get there early. Held in Bergenfield, it starts at 1 at the Roy Brown Middle School. The Grand Marshall gives a speech, the flag is raised and the parade begins down Washington Street at 2. Here are all the details and a QR code for streaming.
St Anthony’s “After The Parade” Dinner Dance
Here’s another tradition for you because after every paradeios the St Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance at St Anthony’s Church (199 Paris Ave, Northvale). You can expect the best of Irish food of course. Since this is a celebration of Irish culture, there’s bag pipe and step dancing performances as well. In addition, there’s music to dance too. All of this is only $50 per person and $20 under 3-17. There’s still room so get in touch now.
The Tenafly Nature Center
The Tenafly Nature Center has a lot going on this weekend. From making Fairy houses to scavenger hunts to a puppet show and more. It really becomes overwhelming because every weekend is jam packed with things to do. Maple sugaring is sold out but there are spots available for everything else so check it out on their website before it’s too late.
I’m sure you’ll agree that we have a great weekend ahead.