March 2012

Looking for an afternoon of art-filled family fun? Stop by The Center for Contemporary Art’s Open House events planned for Sundays, March 11th and 25th, 1-3:30 pm at 2020 Burnt Mills Road in Bedminster.

Activities include ‘hands on’ art projects and artist demos led by The Center’s childrens’ faculty, ceramic studio tours and demos, as well as registration promotions and information about The Center’s classes, summer camps, birthday parties, bus trips, special events, volunteer opportunities and more. The events are free of charge and the facility is handicapped accessible.

If you missed out on the Somerset Library’s Pitchapalooza event then here’s your second chance. Pitchapalooza is back on Saturday, March 10th, at Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope, Pennsylvania. To register, visit Farley’s online, or call 215-862-2452. In the words of Pitchapalooza’s creators…

Five years ago, we created an event that has drawn thousands of people into bookstores, writing conferences and book festivals all over the country. It’s called Pitchapalooza, the American Idol for books (only without Simon) and it works like this: Anyone with an idea for a book has the chance to pitch it to a panel of judges. But they get only one minute. Eckstut and Sterry team up with two guest industry insiders to form the judging panel. The Judges critique everything from idea to style to potential in the marketplace and much, much more. Whether potential authors pitch themselves, or simply listen to trained professionals critique each presentation, Pitchapaloozas are educational and entertaining for one and all.

~ The Book Doctors

For more information about this event, visit Farley’s or The Book Doctors online.

And the winner of the 2012 Somerset County Library Pitchapalooza is . . . Sheila Wright — the beloved co-founder of the New Jersey Children’s Writer’s Guild! Sheila pitched her book to a packed house, impressed the judges, and brought home the win. Congratulations, Sheila, on your prize-winning pitch for “Hurray For Bread!” !

“Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth. They accept, almost without question, anything you present them with, as long as it is presented honestly, fearlessly, and clearly.”
— E. B. White