mance and recording sites.
Next came Frank Huttle III. Then a practicing attorney and since 2010 Englewood’s
mayor, he spearheaded its 2004 reincarnation as the multi-venue Bergen Performing
Arts Center, or bergenPAC. Presenting 200-
plus events each year, from legends like
Alice Cooper and Herb Alpert to musicals
and dance, bergenPAC’s mission includes
providing comprehensive arts education
opportunities to students and communities
throughout Northern New Jersey.
Versatile rentals include the 1,367-seat
Auditorium, 80-capacity Drapkin Cabaret
& Lounge and Sandy Bennett Art Gallery.
The eight-studio Performing Arts School
is ideal for rehearsals, classes, auditions,
recording and photo/video shoots.
“In addition to presenting
Thomas Edison National Historical
in a historic theater space
that groups can rent for
productions or lectures,
lounge and mezzanine-lev-
el art gallery are perfect
for private receptions or
meetings,” said bergenPAC
President & CEO Dominic
Roncace. “Easily accessible
from Manhattan, downtown
Queen tribute band One
Night of Queen, led by Fred-
die Mercury reincarnate
Gary Mullen, rocked a sold-
out house last month. Max-
imizing bergenPAC’s renowned acoustics,
their We Are the Champions finale seemed
an apt tribute to the venue itself.
Park, West Orange
Focused on New Jersey’s history of innovation, episode 51 of the Smithsonian
Channel’s Aerial America series declares
that “Without Fort Lee, There’d Be No Hollywood.” Fair to say, there’d have been no
Fort Lee without Thomas Edison.
America’s “Father of Invention,” or as the
New York Times once clarified, inventor of
the “invention industry,” Edison did not
invent motion pictures outright, with credit
also going to the Lumiere brothers in Lyon,
France and other contemporaries.
He did figure out the key pieces and
how to make them work together, though,
including the Strip Kinetograph (1889)
and first movie
Black Maria, in
the former a
in the fascinating
collection displayed at his former
located 25 miles southwest of Fort Lee.
In its heyday, this vast factory campus employed 10,000 workers. Preserved
in time capsule perfection, Edison’s office,
heavy machine shops and other work areas
bear perpetual testament to his famous
saying, “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and
99 percent perspiration.” For groups on
guided tours, which include ranger-led visits to nearby Glenmont, the Edison family
estate, it’s total inspiration.
Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City
Like today, Atlantic City’s convention
business in the 1920s was expanding. Built
for the demand, the Atlantic City Convention Hall, opened in 1929, was among the
nation’s first convention venues. Boasting
the world’s largest clear span space at the
time, this barrel-vaulted National Historic
Landmark hosted the nation’s first indoor
college football game (1930), first Miss
America Pageant (1940) and first indoor
helicopter flight (1970). Other notable
service includes use as a WWII headquarters and training facility for the U.S. Army
Air Forces, and for the 1964 Democratic
Reintroduced as Boardwalk Hall in 2001
following a comprehensive $90 million
upgrade, the 14,770-seat venue’s continuing legacy includes rock star entertainment
and annual sporting events such as the
Indoor Auto Racing Championship.
A global leader in the 10,000- to 15,000-
seat category, the Hall’s rental spaces include the concourse-level 3,000-seat Adrian
Phillips Theater, accommodating 1,000-plus
for catered functions. Itself event-capable,
the concourse section features The Musician’s Balcony, Boardwalk Hall’s only private
suite. Off the theater, the outdoor Loggia
offers scenic Boardwalk and beach views.
Groups can also tour the world’s largest pipe
organ, housed at the Hall.
Batsto Village, Hammonton
Around 35 miles northwest of Atlantic City,
tion. In 1766, it
was home of the
Batsto Iron Works,
which switched from
items to munitions and other
supplies for the Continental Army
during the Revolutionary War. In 1854, it
switched to glass production, before ceasing
commercial activities around 1876.
The sizable village which had developed
in support of these industries, home to
hundreds of workers and their families,
endured until 1989.
Today, the state-owned, volunteer-run
Village’s well-preserved structures form a
remarkable time travel campus. Some 33
structures include the 32-room mansion
inhabited by successive owners, worker
cottages, farm buildings, a sawmill and a
gristmill. Dating to 1825, the Batsto Post
Office is one of the four oldest still operating in the U.S. As a historical structure, it
was never assigned a zip code; all stamps
Housing a small museum, the visitors
center is a base for programs such as guided
mansion and village tours (by arrangement),
annual special events, blacksmith demonstrations, educational programs and more.
Batsto sits within Wharton State Forest,
which comprises roughly one-tenth of New
Jersey’s 1 million-acre Pinelands National
Reserve, or Pine Barrens, with access to
Natirar, Far Hills
Fancy an “edible escape?” That’s just one of
the appetizing offers at this luxurious 500-
acre resort in pastoral Somerset County,
about an hour from New York City and 90
minutes from Philadelphia. Opened in fall
2017 following an extensive restoration and
expansion, this original 1912 mansion-es-tate, its name reversing the letters of the
adjacent Raritan River, is custom-designed
for high impact meetings and retreats.
Rental spaces at the 35,000-square-foot
Tudor-style mansion include the Great
Room, for receptions and cocktails; Marquee,
its brick patio used as the stage for scenic outdoor gatherings; and a formal dining room.
The connected 5,000-square-foot Grand
Ballroom hosts events for up to 225 guests.
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