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HIPNJ’S Weekend Recap 6/7-6/9

This past weekend held a lot of sensational events in the Garden State area!

To start off, #HipNJ had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the NY #DenimDaysFestival, held across the river at the Metropolitan Pavilion! The event took place over two days, with Sunday hosting the 18th Street festival! There was live music, street yoga, fashion shows, discussion panels, and more- all relating to denim attire!

This weekend also presented the 73rd Tony Awards. Though it didn’t take place in New Jersey, there was a Ridgewood native that made headlines at the show. Ali Stroker, known for her Broadway roles and appearance on the Glee Project, became the first person in a wheelchair to ever win the coveted trophy! Beyond inspirational!

June kicked off its 2nd huge Pride event on Sunday, the North Jersey Pride festival, which took place at Maplewood’s Memorial Park. The festival held performances by local talent, offered delicious local cuisines, kid-friendly play zones, and hosted vendors selling rainbow gear and other goodies!

Plenty of LGBTQ events are scheduled this month throughout the state! Click here to check out which one is happening near your hometown!

The College of New Jersey held the Special Olympics 2019 Summer Games, the largest competition of the year! The 3-day event had participants compete in bocce, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball and swimming, just to name a few! There were about 2,500 local athletes participating in the games!

Other honorable mentions that took place include: The Jersey City Jazz festival, AnimeNEXT convention in Atlantic City, Frenchtown’s NJ Kennel Dog show and the Meadowland’s Battle of the Best Burger!

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2016 Paper Mill Playhouse Gala

The Paper Mill Playhouse of Millburn celebrated its 78th season with its annual Paper Mill Playhouse Gala, and #HipNJ was there for it all!

The Paper Mill Playhouse is a large regional theater known for staging shows, both new and old. It also serves as an established educational facility for aspiring actors.

Recently at the Hilton Short Hills, the Paper Mill team and guests gathered for a night of entertainment and celebration. Alongside #HipNJ, those in attendance included Paper Mill Board of Trustees member Carolyn Ferolito, Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and Thomas Kean, the 48th Governor of New Jersey.

The gala was sold out (as it usually is!) making it Paper Mill’s largest fundraiser of the season. One major achievement that was celebrated was the successful adaption of “A Bronx Tale,” initially just a play, into a musical. Credit was given to the creative team, also in attendance, behind the production.

The Paper Mill Playhouse also recently announced that it has received a Tony Award for its successes as a regional theater. This was also recognized and the award will be presented to the playhouse at the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12.

To learn more about the experiences and opportunities available at the Paper Mill Playhouse, log onto PaperMill.org.