This light pea soup is an ode to spring: a seasonal spring poem in soup form. Forget the hearty, heavy split pea variation that immediately comes to mind when you hear the words “pea” and “soup,” as this one is a different pan of soup altogether. Like the green shoots of rebirth evident all around, it is the very essence of freshness and vibrancy. Continue Reading
Barista Kids wishes those celebrating a very, happy Easter!
When I was a little girl, on the night before Easter, my mom would sing this song to me at bedtime. I would get so excited dreaming of all the goodies the Easter bunny would leave for me in my basket. It’s my favorite Easter memory:
The sweet springtime Egg Hunt drew kids of all ages to the 5th Annual Montclair Spring Fling today at Glenfield Park.
Doctor Bunny, aka 4th Ward Councilwoman Dr. Renee Baskerville, kicked off the event at the Wally Choice Community Center with a “move-athon” led by D’TaRelle Tullis of Pitter Patter Feet. Children also enjoyed a “make your best bonnet” hat making craft and a jellybean counting. DJ Denise Hamilton was on hand with her Karaoke Machine throughout the afternoon and topping off the entertainment was the family band Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam.
Barista Kids and Baristanet were proud supporters of the spring fling, along with the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Fourth Ward Collaborative.
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You can check our Calendar for all events this weekend, but here are this weekend’s highlights:
We told you about how the second annual “Welcome To Walnut Street” fair will showcase all of the best the neighborhood has to offer on Saturday, May 3, over on Baristanet. What we didn’t tell you is how much it will offer for kids and a super sweet detail.
Montclair Bread Company, whose Sunday doughnuts have become a huge addiction for families, will be making special Barista Kids mini-doughnuts with strawberry and chocolate glazes all covered in sprinkles — and they’re on us! Kids can enjoy a free doughnut courtesy of Barista Kids during the sidewalk fair.
Editor’s Note: We’re re-posting this guide, which has even more Easter fun events, including a fun West Orange Spring Fling event tonight!
The Easter Bunny is making his rounds before he gets busy filling baskets on Easter Sunday, April 20. You can catch him at several events leading up to the big day: egg hunts, brunch, train rides, crafts and more.
Starting this Saturday, it’s National Parks Week. All 401 National Parks in the U.S. are FREE to the public between April 19 – 27. In addition, Saturday, April 26 is Junior Ranger Day. Kids can learn about a day in the life of a National Park Service ranger and how junior rangers can help preserve park resources. Activities will include model-building, phonograph demonstrations, outdoor scavenger hunts, and exhibits about local National Parks.
Each 5th grader at CHB painted part of this mural!
Every single student at Charles H. Bullock — that’s 463 children from Kindergarten through Grade 5 — took part in the planning, drawing, and painting of the latest Artist-in-Residence project at the elementary school. This art project is truly a community project, and it adorns the halls of the Charles H. Bullock stairways in creativity and color. Six joyful and expressive murals illustrate the school song as well as the Bullock students’ amazing amount of creativity and optimism.
Bryn Heathman, a Bullock mom and graphic designer, oversaw the project from start to finish. The mural came to life thanks to artist Andy Witten’s vision, another Bullock parent, which allowed the students’ creativity to remain authentic while maintaining a consistent aesthetic. Witten, also a Bullock parent, was brought on board thanks to the popular Bullock PTA sponsored Artist-in-Residence program.
When was the last time you were told to “Listen to your mother”? In May, Baristaville will have a chance to listen to many stories of motherhood from all points of view. After several days of auditions that narrowed down almost 100 stories about mothers and motherhood, the selected authors for the inaugural year of the North Jersey Listen to Your Mother cast are getting ready to share their words with all of us at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on May 10th at 5 PM.
Organizers Sandy Rustin and Deborah Goldstein narrowed down the scores of auditions to fifteen authors and performers, many from the Maplewood/South Orange area. Each performer will share their personal stories, some humorous, some heartbreaking, as Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) continues its tradition of giving motherhood a microphone — this time in New Jersey!