Remembering a Beloved Student Part of Weekend's Events
There will also be many things to do while celebrating the beginning of the holiday season.
A total of 40 teams of five people each will be playing in the second-annual Ben Wieler Soccer Tournament at Madison High School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The event will raise funds for the Ben Wieler scholarship fund, which is given to the Madison High School senior that embodies Wieler's attributes most.
Nicole Cecala, who graduated with Wieler in 2007 from Madison High and who organizes the soccer tournament, described some of Wieler's characteristics – a well rounded student, active in the school, friendly, a strong humanitarian, a passion for learning, and one who befriended all.
"All his classmates come and his friends come out for the event," Cecala said. "We all learned we need to spend more time together."
The fund is always looking for more donations and the tournament for more volunteers.
There will also be dozens of musical performances, holiday events, and more, all described below. Events associated with the Madison Holiday Arts festival are described at the bottom.
- The American Red Cross, along with the assistance of the Boy Scouts of America, have organized a blood drive to be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Madison Elks Lodge.
- The Keith Ingham Trio will be performing classic jazz and American standards, including songs from, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," at Shanghai Jazz, with seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
- Sixth through eighth graders can play games, listen to music, or watch movies at Teen Scene at the YMCA from 7 to 10 p.m.
- Family Storytime at the Madison Public Library starts at 11 a.m.
- Jerry Vivano, a vocalist and saxophonist from the Conan O'Brien Show band will be performing with his quartet at Shanghai Jazz, with seatings at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
- This week, Family Night at the Madison Area YMCA is "Harry Potter Night," with a magic show beginning at 7 p.m. Family Nights run from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Madison Holiday Arts Festival Events, Friday
- The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey will be performing at Atlanta Bread from noon to 1:30 p.m.
- Susan Glaser will be performing at The Blue Purl from 1 to 2 p.m.
- Dugan's Hooligans and Celtic-Eclectic will be performing at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and 2:15 to 2:45 p.m.
- Darren O'Neill will play classical guitar from 2:30 to 3 p.m. and 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. at On A Roll.
- Grace Episcopal Church will host Sopranos of Grace from 3:15 to 4 p.m., Anne Matlack on organ from 4 to 4:30 p.m., and Eric Stroud on organ from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m.
- The Madison High School jazz band will be performing at St. Vincent Martyr Church from 4:15 to 5 p.m.
- Drip Coffeehouse will have three acts for the festival – Donna Ward from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., Rosewood from 3 to 4 p.m., and Kerry Lee from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
- Madison Elementary School students will be caroling at Hey Cupcake from 4:30 to 5 p.m.
- Jazz pianist Jerry Vezza will be performing for happy hour at Shanghai Jazz with Alex Vezza playing drums from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
- The Provident Bank will have holiday cookies at hot cider from 3 to 6 p.m. DownTown Salon (5-7 p.m.) will also be serving hot drinks to keep attendees toasty.
- The Dance Innovations Performance Company will perform "A Taste of the Holidays" from 3 to 4 p.m. and Jamie Brinkgrant of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will host improvisation groups from 4 to 5 p.m. for children between ages 8 to 12 at Studio Yoga.
- The Santa parade begins at 5:30 p.m.
- The Harmonium Choral Society Carolers will perform at Atlanta Bread Company from 6:15 to 7 p.m.
- Zephyr Winds and Simply Brass will perform at Grace Episcopal Church from 7:30 to 9 p.m.