Monday, October 12, is the monthly meeting of the Collingswood borough commissioners at 7 p.m. in the Community Center. Come out and meet with your local leaders.
Monday's meeting is expected to bring with it the swearing-in ceremony of new Collingswood firefighters Paul Bonamassa and Kyle Jarozynski.
Tuesday, October 8, is the night of the semi-annual Collingswood Town Forum, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Ballroom (315 White Horse Pike).
Everyone in the borough is welcome to attend to ask questions of their local leaders. For more information, call 856-854-0720 x125.
If you're not making it to the town forum, head up the street to the Collingswood Middle School auditorium for the Colls Factor talent show. The two-night, elimination-style talent show seeks to find the best acts in the student population. The final rounds will be held Oct. 15. Tickets at $5.
On Thursday, October 10, the Scottish Rite hosts A Night Out with Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters. Tickets range from $60 to $80 and are available at the Scottish Rite Box Office (856) 858-1000. All proceeds go to the Drumline Program.
It's also the first day of the Collingswood Fall Sidewalk Sale. Check out bargains from more than 20 participating retailers along Haddon Avenue and Powell Lane. The sale runs through Saturday, and should be accompanied by special deals at local restaurants.
On Friday, October 11, join your neighbors for the reservation-only Night of Murder and Mirth, an original murder mystery dinner written by Collingswood Patch's own blogger Robb C. Sewell.
The premise: two Collingswood chefs compete for a prestigious award. A killer waits for the perfect moment to commit an unspeakable crime. It’s up to the guests at Casona to figure out whodunit.
Tickets ($65) cover a four-course, prix fixe Cuban meal plus the entertainment, which benefits the Oaklyn-based Community ROCKS! foundation and the Collingswood Educational Foundation, founders of the Collingswood SAT Prep program. Call 856-854-5555 to reserve your seat.
Or, join Jerry Blavat from 7:30 to midnight at the Scottish Rite Ballroom for the Collingswood Dance Party. The $38 tickets get you beer, wine, and a buffet dinner as well. Proceeds benefit the Collingswood Foundation for the Arts.
On Friday night you can also check out country singer-songwriter Lauren Laggy at Grooveground Fridays Live. The Marlton-based musician says she is inspired by Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Johnny Cash, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.
Saturday, October 12 brings with it the Before the Bridge Music Festival. From 3 to 10 p.m., celebrate Second Saturday in Collingswood with a live, free, family-friendly good time, as the borough closes down Woodlawn Avenue to traffic.
There will be vendors, snacks for sale, and hours of live music from a great lineup of acts:
- Candy Volcano
- Goodnight Lights
- The Snails
- The Unstoppable Hack Beats
- Megan Knight
- DJ JG of Pink Skull
- DJ David Kain of Bands In The Backyard - BitBy
Second Saturday is also the monthly gallery debut of artwork within the borough, including Louis Pesci's digital artwork, which will hang in Grooveground.
Pesci's artwork began with the graphic novel, Nosferatu the Untold Origin, which he began while recovering from a traumatic car accident, and The Awakened Poe, which examines the work of the famous gothic writer.
Sunday, October 13 is the beginning of Collingswood Harvest Restaurant Week. Enjoy a multi-course meal, ranging in price from $25 to $35, and centered on late-season vegetable flavors (and pumpkin).
Then, fill out that dinner with a show, as Steve Hackett of Genesis revisits his old catalog at the Scottish Rite Theater. Tickets range from $39.50 to $70.