Roxy’s Best Of… Bernardsville, New Jersey

The Best of Bernardsville, NJ, from kid stuff (including summer camp) to restaurants to shopping


Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Hexagon Players’ Production of Wizard of Oz

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Follow the yellow brick road to Bernards High as London makes her debut with Hexagon Players as they present one of the best loved musicals of all time…The Wizard of Oz. The outstanding cast, led by Director and Hexagon President Debbie Kirsch of Bernardsville, draws on talent from many local communities.

The Wizard of Oz, which will be staged at Bernards High School, 25 Olcott Ave in Bernardsville, on Friday, September 23rd at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 24 at 3 p.m., Sunday, September 25 at 2 pm., Friday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. and two performances on Saturday, October 1 at 2:00pm and 7:30 p.m

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased on or by calling 973-543-8770.


Bernards High School Presents GODSPELL March 11, 12 and 13

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Bernards High School will present GODSPELL, one of the most popular musicals of all time, an uplifting, modern day interpretation of the gospel, according to Matthew, on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at 7 pm and Sunday, March 13 at 2:30 pm at the SHSD Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Bernards High School, 25 Olcott Avenue, Bernardsville, NJ. Join this talented cast as they travel back in time to the 70’s, to sit-ins, folk music, and the start of feminism. Set against the backdrop of a construction site, watch the hippie generation build the world that Godspell creators Tebelak and Schwartz envisioned. Theater goers will enjoy the many popular hit songs from this show including “Day by Day”,” Save The People”, “Bless The Lord”,” All Good Gifts”, “We Beseech Thee” and others. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children/seniors and can be purchased by emailing


Bernards High School Presents Tolkien’s Hobbit in Bernardsville NJ on November 19, 20, 21

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Bernards High School and the Somerset Hills School District is thrilled to bring to life one of the most beloved classics of all time with its fall drama, The Hobbit. Based on the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, this stage adaptation takes us to Middle Earth where Bilbo Baggins, one of the most conservative of all Hobbits, is asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It’s the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results—not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth—and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this kind of magic.

Performances will take place in the Somerset Hills School Districts Performing Arts Center on Friday, November 19 and Saturday, November 20 at 7PM and Sunday, November 21 at 2PM. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for senior citizens/children. Tickets may be purchased at Bernardsville Hardware or the main office at Bernards High School. For more information please e-mail

Students involved in the production include Eric Craft as Bilbo Baggins, Ethan Brady as Gandalf, and John Sanderson as Gollum. The band of dwarves are played by Jake Rogers, Henry Peterson, Dan Anthony, Meg Gehan, Claudia Medina, Andrea Zazzarino, Allison Harris, Max Littman, Connor Ferrante, Andrew Gallo, Josie Vogel, Jake Grimm, and Carter Olson. Bradford Then is the grocery boy and the three trolls are Madeline O’Brien, Chris Kessler, and Courtney Schum. Stuart Foley portrays the Great Goblin with Ben Ferrara his attendant. Fellow goblins include Ashlyn Desoto, Sally Redling, Patty Howell, Lizzie Elkind, Ali Pisano, David Lopez and Alfi Rolon. The Elven Queen is played by Lydia Anthony. Claire Taylor and Sybil Engleby are her guards and Amanda Ward, Ileana McCabe, Wendy Autenrieth, Alyssa Montagna and Sophie Reddie round out the elf ranks. Behind the scenes are Emily Smith, Dillon DeSimone, Rebekah Kubeck, Min Hee Kim, and Gareth Rose. 

Bringing this popular classic tale to life in the photo at right are goblins, Ashlyn Desoto, Sally Redling, Patty Howell, Alfie Rolon, Lizzie Elkind, Ali Pisano, and David Lopez , who surround lead character, Bilbo Baggins, played by Eric Craft of Bernardsville.


4th Annual Sounds Around Town, A Musical Stroll Through Bernardsville, NJ on Friday, September 10, 2010

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I don’t have many of the details yet, but the 4th annual Sounds Around Town is scheduled for Friday, September 10th, 2010 from 5:00pm TO 9:00pm. The rain date is Saturday, September 11th.


Heirloom Tomato Dinner at Due Terre Enoteca in Bernardsville NJ Next Thursday, August 26th

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Thursday, August 26th, 2010
Heirloom Tomato Dinner

Due Terre Enoteca in Bernardsville, NJ

Late August brings tomatoes at their highest peak, but for the first time in the fifteen years we’ve been together, Rex has not had a successful heirloom tomato garden.  We planted a bunch of heirloom tomato plants in May, but didn’t give them our full attention during the stress of my mom’s month-long hospitalization and passing in June, and then the incredible heat just dried up our tomato plants before the deer could even get at them.

Since then, Rex and I have been receiving tempting invitations for a Five-Course Dinner at Due Terre Enoteca in Bernardsville, NJ, featuring local heirloom tomatoes as the highlight of each course.  Since we had planned to spend the last two weeks of the summer before school starts at our beach house in Bay Head, NJ, we didn’t really give the event much consideration.  However, we’ve now been called back to the Roxiticus Valley for client meetings, so we’ve decided to treat ourselves to the Heirloom Tomato Dinner at Due Terre Enoteca on Thursday, August 26th.  We may even try to pull together a table of ten friends to recreate our rowdy wine dinners of the past at the sadly missed Pierre’s.

If you’d like to join us, the price is
$55 per person
$90 per person (including Wines)

For more information or reservations, please contact Due Terre Enoteca at 908-221-0040

Due Terre Enoteca
107 Morristown Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924-2359
(908) 221-0040


Shout Out to Shep Greene, The Somerset Hills HandyMan

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Last month (July 2010) was the month when everything broke:

  • My shower… the one with the ridiculously expensive parts and fixtures, thanks to the fabulous taste of the prior owners of our home.  The drip drip drip is enough to drive me crazy.  Call went out to Reissman Plumbing in Chester, NJ, but they have to wait for a special wrench from the manufacturer before they can replace the leaky part.
  • My dishwasher… turned out to be an internal fuse, and Tony from American Pride Appliance took care of it
  • Rex’s Blackberry… but we got a new one (and a $100 rebate) from Vince at the AT&T Store in Bridgewater Commons
  • The deal that Rex and I have been working on for almost a year.  Yammering about the results of their due diligence, the buyer wanted to retrade (downward) the negotiated deal and our client just said no.

This month (August 2010) is the month when we put everything back together, including (cross fingers and toes, despite the difficulty walking in flip flops) the broken deal…by getting something done with another interested party on more favorable terms.  All of the repair work, plus the reminder of a postcard in the mail, got me thinking about Shep Greene, the Somerset Hills Handyman.

About three or four years ago, Rex and I had a laundry list of things we needed to get done around the house and the yard… shelving in the barn, a gate falling off its hinges, hanging my punching bag in our basement gym, an electronic garage door that wouldn’t open and close, some minor repairs to London and Maddie’s outdoor play structure, a little drilling here, a little hammering there. I think we found Shep Greene, the Somerset Hills Handyman, through our fabulous Bernardsville realtor, Ann Tannen, who spent two years helping us to find the perfect home in the Roxiticus Valley when we left New York City in 2003. He had also done some work (see photo on left) for one of our neighbors down the road. Shep came out and gave us a fair price on the labor and materials for everything on our list, and he and his team got the job done quickly and reliably.

Now, of course, it has been a while since a handyman has seen the inside (or outside) of our home, and the laundry list has grown again… a little electrical work here, a little carpentry there.  And I’m hoping I can find someone who can get all of my audio video devices running through all seven speakers in the family room without costing me my first born.

Call Shep Greene, the Somerset Hills Handyman at (908) 766-3618. These days, his clients are less likely to undertake large scale, ambitious home improvement projects because the value-add is not apparent.  Instead, Somerset Hills Handyman works with clients to analyze the areas and aspects of their homes that need updating, maintenance or outright repair.  One of the best services the Somerset Hills Handyman provides is an independent appraisal of the best project(s) to undertake right now for the best bang-for-the-buck.  Elect the projects that improve your living space and add immediate pleasure and enjoyment.  Or elect to undertake repairs and maintenance that protect your investment in your home.

Whether you’re interested in his new modular remodeling services or everything in your home seems to be falling apart, or something from the list of things Roxy can’t do herself (below), Somerset Hills Handyman will get the job done for you.

  • Kitchen updates and remodeling - design, countertops, plumbing fixtures, cabinets and appliance installation
  • Flooring - installation of all types of wooden flooring, refinishing, Pergo, Bruce, Mannington, Bellawood
  • Bath updates and remodeling - fixtures, tile, marble lighting & vents, toilets, sinks, vanities, bathtubs and showers
  • Tile, caulk, & grout removal/repair and steam cleaning
  • Decks & patios - certified installation of Trex decking, mahogany, and Douglas Fir, paver installation, pergolas & patios, hot tubs
  • Doors & windows - replacements, repairs, handles, locks, & deadbolts
  • Custom cabinetry, bookcases, fireplace mantels, closet shelving installation
  • Basement, finishing, media & entertainment rooms, offices, wine cellars
  • Attic stairs, ceiling fans & vents
  • Additions, including design services, permits, & general contracting
  • Walls - sheetrock, siding, beaded board, veneer paneling
  • Ceilings - plaster, sheetrock, drop, tongue & groove, tiled
  • Concrete & brick - walkways, steps, walls, windows
  • Trim & Moldings - wainscoting, architectural woodworking, crown, door & window casings, cabinets, bookcases & built-ins
  • Electrical fixture replacements, switches & dimmers, CO and fire detectors
  • Staircases - spiral, exterior, interior, banisters, balusters and newel posts

And be sure to tell Shep, the Somerset Hills Handyman, that Roxy sent you… he’ll get the job done for you, and I like to get his cheerful phone calls!

The Somerset Hills Handyman, Bernardsville, NJ.  Phone:  (908) 766-3618


Bernardsville Art Walk, First Friday of Every Month from 5pm-9pm

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This just in from Roxy’s mail bag… don’t forget Bernardsville’s Art Walk, the first Friday of every month. Tonight, it’s April 2nd from 5-9pm.


From Roxy’s Mailbag: Anything Goes at Bernards High School… at least from Friday, March 19th through Sunday, March 21st!

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Dear Roxy,

Can you possibly put this in your Bernardsville area blogs?

Come join more than 125 Somerset Hills School District students including a Bernards High School cast of 70, 15 technicians, 20 orchestra members, 5 cast members from Bernardsville Middle School, and a cameo chorus of 30 Bedwell Elementary students and set sail from the SHSD Performing Arts Center for a fun filled romp where ANYTHING GOES. Bernards High School is proud to present the smash hit musical, ANYTHING GOES Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 at 7 pm and Sunday, March 21 at 2 pm. Tickets are available at Bernardsville Hardware and Equipment Rental, 139 Morristown Road, Bernardsville or at the front desk at Bernards High School. For more information email Hope to see you on board!

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London and Maddie Set to Perform with Annie’s Playhouse in Sounds Around Town, A Musical Stroll Through Bernardsville, NJ on Saturday, September 12, 2009

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This just in: Sounds Around Town has been POSTPONED to the RAIN DATE of THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th.

Unfortunately, that probably means that London and Maddie and their friends from Annie’s Playhouse will not be able to perform, but the event still sounds like lots of fun.


Upcoming Events at the Bernards Inn in Bernardsville, New Jersey

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Rex, London, Maddie and I are coming to you from our beach house in Bay Head, New Jersey, until Labor Day, and a rainy Saturday on the front porch has presented the ideal opportunity to catch up on Roxy’s Mailbag and events up north in and around the Roxiticus Valley.  I realized that we haven’t been to the Bernards Inn since we celebrated London’s birthday back in January, but as we head back to school, there are a number of upcoming events (including our 11th wedding anniversary in September) that may take us back.

On Thursday, September 3rd, Bernards Inn Wine Director Terri Baldwin is presenting the next in a series of wine dinners. The evening begins at 6:30pm with a reception hosted by Alpha Omega winemaker Jean Hoefliger. The dinner will feature the wines of Alpha Omega Winery paired to a special four course menu created by Chef Corey Heyer.  The evening is priced at $185.00 per person. Tax and service charge are additional. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Lauren Montemarano at 908.766.7300 x156.  We won’t be back from the beach for this wine dinner, but since Pierre’s closed down on New Year’s Day, we’ve been looking for a new spot to host our raucous table-for-10 Roxiticus Desperate Housewives (and Husbands) outings and hope the Bernards Inn will offer up another festive wine dinner or two in the Fall.

From September 20th through the 26th, The Bernards Inn, along with restaurants nationwide, is participating in the Great American Dine Out. This week-long event supports Share Our Strength which is committed to ending childhood hunger across America. The Inn will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the week to Share Our Strength. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the Bernard Inn invites you to join them in supporting this very worthwhile cause.  It looks like our Back to School Night at Mendham Township Elementary School falls during this week, so maybe Rex and I can grab some of our fellow parents and head out to a late dinner, compare notes on our kids’ teachers, and contribute to a great cause.

What are you doing on Sunday, September 27th? You’re invited to the first annual Garden Harvest Dinner at the Bernards Inn. It’s a great way to enjoy the bountiful harvest from their garden and say goodbye to summer at the same time. The evening begins at 6:00pm. You’ll enjoy a family-style dinner accompanied by the Inn’s signature cardamom-mint lemonade, blood orange iced tea, or Canyon Road wine and craft beer. The Garden Harvest Dinner is $125.00 per person. Tax and service charge are additional. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Tracey Mancini at 908.766.7300 x155.