Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage

FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS ____________ _________________  SHOWS ~ Guests ~ Information 2006-2008 ___________ LINDA  TOBOROWSKY Radio Host Freelance Writer _______________ ROY M. STEINBERG~ Artist/ Gallery _____________ KATHRYN JOHNSON GLASER~ Educator ~ Docent ~ Co-Host _____________ KENNETH HARI ~ International Portraitist _____________ DR. HADASSAH GUTTMANN Pianist ~ Educator ___________ Junior Announcer DANIEL BURBANK _________________ Photos Page 1 - 2006 -2007 ___________________ Photos Page 2 - 2006 -2007 _____________ NINA HAND - Performer - Executive Director _____________ BOB YUROCHKO~ Musician ~ Author ~ Artist ______________ DR. THEODORE K. SCHLOSBERG ~ NJ Workshop on the Arts ______________ DR. ANITA O. SOLOMON Clinical Psychologist ~ Musician _____________ ANGELO ORLANDO, Jr. Edison Art Society ______________ LINDA VONDERSCHMIDT-LaSTELLA _____________ BARBARA GOOD - Pianist~ Soloist MyLifeTime Book ____________ RUSS McCUBBIN ACTOR - STUNTMAN ______________ NOELLE COMPINSKY TINTURIN~ Pianist ____________ A TRIBUTE to the BEATLES _____________  MARK TRAUTMAN Conductor ~ NBCO _____________ REBECCA SCOTT - Conductor- Cantabile Chamber Chorale ______________ EVA ETZIONI-HALEVY, Ph.D. Biblical Novelist _____________ The VILLAGER'S THEATRE _____________ ZITA GEOFFROY HEINZ ~ Actor _____________ HEALING THROUGH CREATIVITY _____________ DR. BERNARD ROSE ` Musician - Educator _____________ MARVIN CHEITEN, Ph.D Playwright ~ Director _____________ THE REDDING BROTHERS ~ Musicians ~ Composers _____________ BARRON ARTS CENTER --CYNTHIA KNIGHT Director ______________ LIKE-MINDED ENTERTAINMENT~ Film Makers ______________ LARRY McCULLOUGH, Ph.D. Playwright ` Musician ~ Educator ______________ ROIA RAFIEYAN~ Singer ~ Musician ~ Composer ~ Music Therapist ______________ A Tribute to MARCEL MARCEAU _____________ STEPHEN H. FOREMAN - Screenwriter- Author ___________ THORNEY LIEBERMAN~ Photographer ___________ DEBBIE HILL - Photojournalist ____________ JULIA SADD Journalist - Lyricist - Author ____________ CINDY BOGGS- Author - Instructor - Speaker ____________ BRUCE K. HALEY, Jr --Photographer _______________ AILA ACCAD Speaker ~ Author _____________ Bobby Gonzalez Storyteller ____________ Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission ___________ LEO KRAFT Composer ~ Theorist ~ Pedagogue ____________ GARY JAMES Poet - Author - Speaker ___________ Dr. MARTIN HALPERN Playwright ~ Poet ~ Composer ~ Educator ___________ BLENKO GLASS COMPANY ___________ RUTH KIRK - Author Childrens' Books ____________ POETS WEDNESDAY Edie Eustice ~ Deborah LaVeglia ____________ GRANT COOPER ~ Conductor - WVa Symphony ___________ Katelyn Dawn - Composer - Singer - Musician ___________ Gary Cohen Producing Director MIDDLESEX COUNTY'S Plays-In-The-Park ______________ PHIL PEPE Sports Writer ~ Author _____________ ROBERT CUCCIOLI Actor ` Singer ` Director Stage & Television ___________ LARRY GROCE - Singer ~ Composer ~ Executive Director of FESTIVALL~ 'When A City Becomes A Work of Art' ____________ EAST BRUNSWICK LIBRARY - A 21st Century Community Center ____________ Andy Rothstein Guitarist ~ Songwriter ~ Composer ____________


  Anna Aschkenes is the Executive Director of Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission, the largest and most comprehensive arts and humanities public body in New Jersey. As such, Ms. Aschkenes oversees a coalition of arts groups through which funding and technical assistance is provided. She developed the State's first Folklife Program in 1990, and in 2000, began an effort to provide history grants on a local level.

The Cultural and Heritage Commission is responsible for two museum sites: the East Jersey Olde Towne Village and the Cornelius Low House/Middlesex County Museum which has been awarded 8 national and State honors for educational excellence.

Ms. Aschkenes is the author of the recently published, Crossroads of History, and was a contributing editor to Design for Accessibility, published by National Endowment for the Arts.
In 2000, Ms. Aschkenes' agency received the highest recognition possible when it was designated a Local Legacy by the Congress of the United States.





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History of East Jersey Olde Towne (EJOT)

Located on River Road in Piscataway, East Jersey Olde Towne is one of the largest collections of original and replica structures in the state. Situated on twelve acres of Johnson Park, Olde Towne, founded in 1971, is comprised of 12 structures, many of which were transported from their original sites in New Jersey.

The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission assumed responsibility of the Village in May of 1989. An extensive renovation and restoration project was begun on the site, to repair damage caused by time and the elements. Structure by structure, the buildings that comprise EJOT are being renovated for use as a village devoted to New Jersey’s rich heritage.

Student workshops, folklife presentations, storytelling, outdoor concerts, a resource library and archives, lectures, film and other educational activities take place, on a year round basis, at the village.
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Dr. Joseph Kler, who helped found the Village, loved American history with a passion and was fired with the spirit of preserving the tangible aspects of our country’s past so that future generations. A monograph chronicling his life, as well as brochures on the entire village is available, free of charge.

Programs at the Village see What’s New! and check out our ACCESS page for details on accommodations for persons with disabilities.

East Jersey Olde Towne Village
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