Hidden Jersey: Arts & Entertainment

Whether it's music, sculpture or crafts you seek, these cultural touchstones will soothe your artistic soul.

Bruce Dehnert, head of ceramics at Peters Valley, sits inside the craft school's 46-foot-long Anagama kiln.
Bruce Dehnert, head of ceramics at Peters Valley, sits inside the craft school's 46-foot-long Anagama kiln.
Photo by Rob Yaskovic

Albert Music Hall
131 Wells Mill Road, Waretown, (Ocean County)
Every Saturday night, this no-frills, 350-seat auditorium puts the yee-ha back in the Garden State with live performances of bluegrass and old-time country music by a revolving cast of performers, many of them Pinelands natives. Fans are invited to bring their instruments and join in the jamming on the venue’s front porch or the neighboring Pickin’ Shed. 609-971-1593.—KS

Luna Parc
Montague (Sussex County)
When artist and collector Ricky Boscarino first saw his now full-time residence and studio in 1988, it was a ramshackle hunting cabin just outside Stokes State Forest. In time, he transformed it into an impressive showcase for his art and passions. He creates much of his art with reused items, including bread tabs, expired credit cards and yardsticks. The house also includes a library with a piece of the Berlin Wall and a two-story ballroom with floor-to-ceiling, carved wooden doors he purchased at a salvage yard in Beijing. Boscarino isn’t done decorating—or collecting. “I’m a natural collector,” he says. “I don’t really get rid of things. Sometimes it will get cannibalized and used, but generally once it’s here, it’s here for life.” The public is invited to share in Boscarino’s artful oddities on this year’s annual open-house days, June 8-10, 10 am–4 pm. As president and creative director of the nonprofit Luna Parc Atelier Foundation, Boscarino offers classes from June to August. These include beginner’s weaving and creative woodworking for women. 973-948-2160.—LB

Peters Valley School of Craft
19 Kuhn Road, Layton (Sussex County)
Founded in 1970, the school is one of 14 resident-artist programs in the National Park system—and the only one in New Jersey. Resident and visiting artists teach courses for all ages, including ceramics, fine metals, fibers, woodworking and photography. The gallery sells American-made crafts, most by artists who have studied or taught at the school. In May, the gallery will present “Maker Moxie: The Impact of the Craft School,” a juried exhibition of work by 55 artists. The annual open house is May 1 from 12-5 pm. 973-948-5200.—LB

Roy’s Hall
30 Main Street, Blairstown (Warren County)
The old Blairstown Main Street Livery (a stable of horses for hire) became a silent movie theater in 1913 known as Roy’s Theatre. Though it closed in 1961, it appeared in the 1980 horror film Friday the 13th (which was filmed in Blairstown and Hope). It was painted bright blue in 2005, and the historic venue reopened as Roy’s Hall this past March under the nonprofit Blairstown Live-Arts, Inc., with live music, cinema and theater events on the calendar. 908-362-1399.—JB

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