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Caitlin Rutkay Designs' Walk Through Sussex

C. R. Interior Designs’ Walk Through Sussex

C. R. Interior Designs has been in love with British style for years ever since their first trip to London to buy antiques for a client.

“I love the traditional grand family house look of layers, lamps, plump cushions and the likenesses of ancestors hanging on the walls. It exudes a sense of warmth and history!” Exclaims founder Caitlin Rutkay.

Enjoy this walk through Sussex and its English charm:

Hotel

A great place to stay is by the water, there’s the Grand Brighton, an opulent Victorian-Italianate dating from 1864 built by architect John Whichcord Jr.

geek battle

Aside from some place to stay, theirs lots to do! History geeks and war buffs will marvel at Battle Abbey, the 13th-century Benedictine ruins on the southern coast where the Battle of Hastings took place.

Sussex Food

And when you’re hungry, theirs millions of great dining restaurants. Restaurant Tristan delivers uncomplicated, field-to-fork British-French cuisine under the original oak beams of a 16th-century cottage in Horsham.

shops in sussex

Want to go shopping? Shopping in Sussex is very extravagant and unique! Charleston House is now a museum and art gallery set in their rustic 16th-century farmhouse. The space also includes a shop where visitors can buy handmade items including fabrics and prints by Grant and Bell, ceramic pottery and jewelry. It also includes books by and about the celebrated Bloomsbury Group members who frequented the home.

Want to know more about Sussex? Click here to learn more!

At Home in Newark: Stories from the Queer Newark Oral History Project

Today marks the opening of a new exhibit all about the LGBTQ community in Newark! The exhibit is called At Home in Newark: Stories from the Queer Newark Oral History Project and it will be located at the Newark Public Library. The exhibit will examine how lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender, and queer people who live or have lived in Newark claimed space for themselves in the community in the face of poverty, violence, illness, racism, and discrimination.

Exhibit visitors will be able to listen to extended excerpts from oral history interview either with MP3 devices or smart phones. An interactive station will allow visitors to explore critical issues examines in the exhibit such as: “how do you identify yourself? Where do you feel at home and safe in Newark?”

The Queer Newark Oral History Project was begun by activist, writer, and chair of the City of Newark’s Advisory Commission on LGBTQ Concerns Darnell Moore, Rutgers-Newark history professor Beryl Satter, and Rutgers-Newark administrator Christina Strasburger, in an effort to record the lives of LGBTQ residents, past and present, with the goal to make those lives visible. Since 2011, the QNOHP has conducted interviews with more than 40 individuals, many of whom were leaders in the LGBTQ community. Many of the people who have recorded oral history interviews have also donated personal records and objects, which enrich the narratives found in the interviews.

The exhibit will be located at the Main Library at 5 Washington Street, across from Washington Park. It will be on view during regular Library hours through Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Come down and see this beautiful exhibit!

Above Art Studios

Above Art Studios

Happy #MancrushMonday #HipNJ! Today we have not one, but two #mcm’s: Wilford Charles and Dontae Muse, owners of Above Art Studios in New Brunswick.

The studio has four resident artists, but rotates between the artwork of other artists. Some of the artwork is local, while others come from different states. Some pieces even come from other countries like Australia.

Above Art Studios’ focus on “art and all of the above” is clear: the studio features poetry, comedy, and music, as well as pop art and fine urban art. Once a month, the studio holds a poetry night. Every month and a half, a mini-concert series called “The Listening Room” takes place. Even more events to be found on their website, with electronic flyers posted for a “Painted Poetry Slam,” “Paint & Sip Thursdays” and a “Fall Student Exhibition”. By hosting these ongoing events, Wilford and Dontae are encouraging all aspects of art to be shared and appreciated. The studio is great for not only the art community, but for the general community it is a part of.

Dontae brought a work of art to #HipNJ’S studio that he commissioned for Mother’s Day. It is a gorgeous piece of Dontae and his mother by a resident artist.

To join Dontae and Wilford for a poetry, music, and art-filled night, visit aboveartstudios.com.