Collingswood, New Jersey

CCT presents ANYTHING GOES!

ALL ABOARD for Collingswood Community Theatre's upcoming production of the saucy and splendid musical ANYTHING GOES! Performances are February 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2015 at 7:30pm with matinees on Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, March 1 at 2pm. Ticket prices are $20 adults and $15 students/seniors and seating is general admission. All performances will be held on stage at the historic Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ  08107.

For more information  www.CCTArts.net

 

Marathon reading of A Christmas Carol, Dec 20

Come out to Dig This (717 Haddon Ave) for a marathon reading of "A Christmas Carol" starting at 5 p.m.on December 20! Stop in to enjoy snacks, drinks and a live reading of the holiday classic. Hear a few verses or Ebenezer’s whole journey.

This entertaining event is open to an audience that can sit and listen to all or as much of the story as they would like. The reading will take about four to five hours. Cookies and punch will be served and there will be a place to donate canned goods to a local food bank. Dig This will offer discounts  on purchases to readers and anyone that brings a donation. 

Readers needed - no experience required to participate. Contact Kenneth at kenneth.allendoerfer@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering as part of this special holiday get-together.

RSVP to this event on Facebook here! This event is part of Collingswood’s season of holiday events. Caroling, shopping, free parking, visits with Santa and more. Read about all the wonderful holiday events in Collingswood here!

Free rabies clinic - Dec 4

Make sure your furry friends are healthy!

The Borough of Collingswood will hold its annual rabies clinic for dogs and cats on Saturday, December 6 from 9 to 11 a.m at no charge. The clinic will be held at Borough Garage located at 713 North Atlantic Avenue.

Dec 9 - annual Community Chorus holiday concert

The Collingswood Community Chorus presents their annual free concert titled "CHRISTMAS IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR" directed by Dale Carey on Tuesday, December 9 at 7:15pm.

Come out and hear some of your favorite songs of this season and some music you’ve never heard as well as some familiar songs performed in not-so-familiar ways. "If you’ve been to our concerts before, you know we never do everything just like you’ve always heard it before. After all, the singers work for months on this music. Can you imagine how absolutely bored we’d be if we were singing the same songs in the same way year after year?" said Carey.

The concert takes place in the Scottish Rite Auditorium at 315 White Horse Pike, with plenty of seating and ample, well-lit parking. "Make sure you bring all of your friends. In fact, bring a bus load of friends. They’ll all fit in the theater!"

Seasonal toy drives in Collingswood

Tis the season for giving and there are plenty of opportunities to give back in Collingswood. Info on local toy drives below. 

Annual Collingswood Fire Department Toy Drive
The Collingswood Fire Department is asking for your help in providing a magical Christmas to some of our neighbors!

The Fire Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to families in need this Christmas Season.  The toys may be dropped off at the firehouse at 20 W. Collings Ave until December 15. The drive is collecting toys for children between the ages of 1-16, wrapping paper, tape and gift tags.

Families in need can contact Firefighter Ted Aurig at taurig@collingswood.com or by calling the firehouse  856-854-1043 x366.

Holiday Toy Magic Project
Want to make some magic? Help turn gently used toys, books, bikes and other fun stuff for kids and teens into holiday gifts by donating them to the annual Holiday Toy Magic Project.

Donations of gently used, nice condition toys and books will gladly be accepted at Dustless Hardwood Floors, 487 Haddon Ave, Ste A, Collingswood. Inside drop off hours are 9am to 2pm, Monday and Thursday and 9am to 1pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday or drop off any time on the covered porch. Items are brought inside several times a day. Donations will be accepted from Friday, November 28, 2014 to Saturday, January 3, 2015. First distribution of toys is scheduled for December 18th. 

New Visions Homeless Day Shelter in Camden will be moving to a brand new location over the holiday season and so this year, donations will be benefiting the classrooms and families of Head Start throughout the county. The toy drive benefited more than 500 families in Camden County last year. Dustless Hardwood Floors, Erlton Bike Shop, What’s On, The Retrospect, the Borough of Collingswood and Collingswood residents have been great supporters to this project. For more information, please contact Susan at 856-854-3882 or Donna at donna1193@comcast.net /856-833-0024.

Fight Hunger & Support the arts at Perkins' Empty Bowls 2014

Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood (30 Irvin Ave) will hold its fourth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Saturday, December 6 from noon to 3 p.m. With the mantra Feed the Body, Feed the Soul, Empty Bowls 2014 will connect local artists and restaurateurs with community members to raise awareness and financial support for hunger and for arts education.   Empty Bowls strives to ensure that everyone has enough food for a healthy diet, while helping the arts reach into the lives of everyone in the community, regardless of financial means.

“Each holiday season we look forward to this opportunity to give back and to reach out to our community in a meaningful way,” said Alan Willoughby, Executive Director, Perkins Center for the Arts. “This fundraiser reinforces our shared commitment to serve our community, help alleviate a desperate need, and improve arts education in South Jersey.”

Attendees are treated to live music and, in exchange for the purchase of a handmade bowl made by Perkins Center’s artists and volunteers, can enjoy samples of restaurant cuisine from the greater Collingswood area. Funds raised are donated to the Food Bank and support the scholarship fund at Perkins Center.

Led by the efforts of Paul Serena, more than 600 bowls of all shapes, sizes and colors have been created specifically for this year’s event. For months the ceramics studio has been busy with artists who have volunteered to form, trim, decorate and fire the bowls to prepare for the event.

Perkins Center proudly affiliates with the national Empty Bowls organization, supporting hunger awareness and relief efforts worldwide since 1990.  For more information, including volunteer opportunities, parking information and more, visit the website at perkinsarts.org or contact Paul Serena at pserena@perkinscenter.org.

This program is made possible in part by fund from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional Support provided by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Borough of Collingswood.

Santa at The Nesting House - Dec 19, 20 , 21

Bring your wish list! Santa Claus is coming to town to welcome families at his Collingswood Headquarters in the front window of The Nesting House Collingswood, 710 Haddon Avenue. Bring your camera for pictures! Stay to shop and dine Haddon Ave and enjoy carolers, snow and beautiful lights display.
There is no charge to visit with Santa in Collingswood!Parking is free in December!

Santa House hours are:
FRIDAY NIGHTS - 6 TO 9PM
SATURDAYS - 1 TO 3PM AND 5 TO 8PM
SUNDAYS - 1 TO 3 PM

Colls Youth Theatre registration is CLOSED!

Registration for the Collingswood Youth Theatre is CLOSED. 

The Collingswood Recreation Department is pleased to announce the 21st season of the Collingswood Youth Theatre workshop for all students who are currently in grades 3 thorugh 6.  The workshop is directed by Mrs. Patricia Benesch and Mrs. Annemarie Dunn.  The first 65 children who register will receive a part in the production and are requested to be at all rehearsals. 

For rehearsal schedule and other details, follow this link -http://www.collingswood.com/node/6572.  Scroll to the bottom of the page to download the registration form. 

Haddon Avenue opens to two-way traffic

The construction work to build a median on Haddon Avenue has cleared to allow two-way traffic. Concrete work is completed and Haddon Avenue will return to normal traffic in both directions as of early evening, November 22. Powell Lane and the LumberYard garage remains open as well. Atlantic Avenue remains a one way from Collings Avenue to West Knight Avenue.

Work to complete painting, signage, a decorative fountain and landscaping on and around the median will continue in November.

Tailgate party for Colls Cash sale! Nov 22

Collingswood is hosting its seventh annual Collingswood Cash sale! Shoppers flock to Collingswood for the yearly "free money" giveaway, lining up in all kinds of weather as early as 6 a.m. This year, Collingswood is partnering with Camden County to host a morning tailgate party for the dedicated bargain hunters that will gather outside Borough Hall on Saturday, November 22.

This year Collingswood Partners will give away $45,000 to patrons of Collingswood businesses. Shoppers that purchase $50 in Collingswood Cash –the Borough’s equivalent to a mall gift card– will receive an additional $20 to spend anywhere in town. The bonus cash is limited and in recent years long lines for the giveaway have started at the crack of dawn.

Those camped out at Borough Hall will enjoy an early morning party to kick off the holiday season in Collingswood! Starting at 6:30 a.m. on November 22 festivities kick off with music and games for guests. There will be multiple giveaways per hour including concert tickets, sports goods and memorabilia, tailgating gear and Collingswood themed merchandise. Organizers will also host crowd trivia games, provide breakfast snacks and a hot chocolate cart to keep folks warm and happy.

"It’s become a festive morning," said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. "People are chatting about what they're going to spend cash on and making friends. We figured it would be a lot of fun to have a party that morning for everyone that waits hours just to support our shops."

The Borough will sell $112,500 worth of Collingswood Cash and give away $45,000 meaning that in less than two hours there will be more than $150,000 in the hands of shoppers that can only be used in Collingswood. Shoppers that buy a max of $400 during the promotion receive a bonus $160 to spend in town.

The bonus money is limited and has traditionally sold out in less than two hours. The yearly promotion greatly stimulates the local economy by incentivizing holiday shopping in Collingswood. Doors open when Collingswood Cash sales officially start at 9 a.m.

Over the past six years, more than half a million dollars’ worth of Collingswood Cash has been sold to spend at local shops during the holidays. The promotion comes with a coupon book filled with additional offers from more than 20 Collingswood shops, restaurants and services, deepening the discounts. The event takes place a week before Shop Local Saturday with the hopes that shoppers will patronize Collingswood for their holiday gifts, parties, appointments and necessities.

"We're celebrating a great shop local initiative," said Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli. "It's a way to make a fun morning even better. It’s cold, it’s autumn, folks are huddled around, we wanted to capitalize on that vibe and make what was just a line of enthusiastic shoppers a party for the morning.”

About the annual Collingswood Cash Sale:

How do I get my hands on free cash? Starting at 9 a.m. on November 22, two locations in town will sell Collingswood Cash: Collingswood Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave) and 1st Colonial Community Bank (1040 Haddon Ave) starting at 9 a.m. and give away $45,000 of bonus cash (Sun National Bank is no longer selling Collingswood Cash). Lines start forming at roughly 6 a.m. It is first come, first served, but there are limits. The tailgate party will take place at Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Ave, only.

What are the rules?
Shoppers can purchase a maximum of $400 Collingswood Cash, netting a free $160 to spend, give as gifts, etc. Bonus cash comes only with Collingswood Cash purchased in $50 denominations. One bonus cash sale per customer. Customers must be 18 and over.  Purchase can be made by cash or credit card (a credit fee of four percent is added to the sale, credit accepted only at Borough Hall). Personal checks are not accepted. Bonus only comes with the sale of a $50 certificate. The $50 certificate cannot be broken down into small denominations either at the time of purchase or after the purchase. Collingswood Cash cannot be used to purchase gift cards for out of town businesses. The standard certificates last forever but the bonus cash expires on March 31, 2015. Collingswood Cash is sold year round at face value. The promotion is limited to the season and quantity. A full list of rules regarding the bonus cash sale is here.

Shoppers commonly buy gifts and dinners, but have gotten cars repaired, taken vacations, gotten dental work done and even had animals taxidermied with the bonus cash! The promotion is funded by the Business Improvement District tax, a collective fund used to support the business districts.

The cash incentive is paired with the Borough’s yearly effort to put together a beautiful shopping streetscape in the downtown. Merchants extend shopping hours and carolers sing on Fridays and Saturdays, storefronts are hung with garland, the town is dressed in more than a quarter-million lights and parking is free in December. Collingswood even guarantees snow during the season, setting the winter mood with snow machines throughout the downtown. For more information and holiday schedules, see the holiday events page here. 
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