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Get Out Weekend Guide

History, music and art come alive this weekend, with free concerts and craft fairs.

Friday, July 8—

  • Chicago, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood—At 7:30 p.m. this Friday, members of Collingswood Community Theatre (CCT) will present Chicago, a lively musical for your enjoyment. Journey back to a time when flappers and gangsters lived the high life, despite Prohibition, and gun-wielding kingpins were bigger celebrities than the Brangelina brood. Loosely based on several true crime stories from the era, CCT's Chicago centers around two showgirls accused of murder. And signature styles of the late Bob Fosse, choreographer of Chicago's original 1975 Broadway performance, still resonate with audiences today. Don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to witness Collingswood's take on this classic show. For more information, visit collingswoodcommunitytheater.com, or call 609-617-2220.


  • All SOULed Out Band, Rotary Club Free Concert Series—Kings Court and Kings Highway, Haddonfield—At 7:15 p.m. this Friday, groove to the sounds of funky, soulful music from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, played by the All SOULed Out band. The best part? It's a free concert! The band's frontman, Rusty James, has been singing since he was 7 years old. When James received a standing ovation at his grad school choir performance—for imitating Louis Armstrong—he knew singing was his calling. The ensemble is rounded out by Luke Abruzzo on guitar, Phil DeMarco on drums, Tom Reiter on bass, and Jay Wallace on keyboards. This free concert series is sponsored by the Haddonfield Rotary Club. For more information, visit haddonfieldrotary.org.


Saturday, July 9—

  • Collingswood Second Saturday, Along Haddon Avenue, between Frazer Avenue and E. Knights Avenue, Collingswood—From 6 to 9 p.m. this Saturday evening, support local artisans while you browse crafts and mingle with the community, during this monthly event. As always, Second Saturday is free to attend. Whether you feel like soaking up live music, purchasing a couple of handmade items for your home, or simply chatting with your friends and neighbors, it’s the perfect summer evening out. For more information, visit collingswood.com or email a Second Saturday organizer, at Collingswood2ndSat@gmail.com.


  • Open House Tour at the Peter Mott House—26 Kings Court, Lawnside—From noon to 3 p.m. this Saturday, discover a local and little-known historical gem. The Peter Mott House was built in approximately 1845, when Peter Mott—a free black man and area preacher—became the first Sunday school superintendent, at Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church. Aside from heading the congregation, Mott was a key contributor to a local branch of the Underground Railroad system. Visit this fascinating site of antiquity, and learn about the perils and triumphs of the Underground Railroad during this open house tour. Tickets are available at $5 per adult, and $2 per student. For more information, visit petermotthouse.org, or call 856-546-8850.


  • Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Arts Festival—Kings Highway, Haddonfield—From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday, and again from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, don’t miss this famed annual event. Enjoyed by locals, the yearly festival even turns up visitors from across the United States and internationally. The enormous craft festival has been a staple in Haddonfield since 1992. Hundreds of crafters and artisans participate and sell wearable art, ceramics, wood, jewelry, photos, fine art, and more. A variety of live music performances will compliment the artistic vibe, with jazz, rock and Celtic favorites. And if all that browsing makes you hungry, choose from one Haddonfield's many eclectic eateries, for a quick bite or a sit-down meal. For more information, visit haddonfieldnj.org.


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