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  • A board meeting at the Two River Theater turns the pages for inspiring decor

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • A board meeting at the Two River Theater turns the pages for inspiring decor

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • A board meeting at the Two River Theater turns the pages for inspiring decor

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • A board meeting at the Two River Theater turns the pages for inspiring decor

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

The Victoria J. Mastrobuono Library, located in the Two River Theater in Red Bank, was designed by set designer Neil Prince. The library houses a trove of theater and art books, which were acquired with the money raised in honor of Jacqueline K. Aronson, Two River benefactor and patron of the arts. A collection of scripts and plays produced at the Two River Theater is also stored in the library.

The Inspiration

As a nod to Two River’s founders Joan and Dr. Robert M. Rechnitz, former professor of literature at Monmouth University, the décor for this holiday Board of Trustees meeting is constructed of pages from scripts written by great playwrights William Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Miller and Oscar Wilde.

The Details

On each table, snowmen built of Oscar Wilde’s quotes rest upon paper garland runners. The mantle of the gas fireplace is adorned with blue and silver poinsettias whose leaves are taken from the books surrounding them. Classic holiday baubles and teardrops embellish the built-in wooden bookshelves filled with pages from the famous scripts that live in entirety behind them. Above the fireplace hangs a banner that appropriately quotes Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors: “Small cheer and great welcome make a merry feast.”

Design Tip

Designer Katie Benson suggests, “If there is no theme for an event, turn the company/client into the theme. Find out what sets them apart from other organizations and build from there. Don’t limit your decorations to just the table. Add touches throughout the room to bring the theme to life. Transform the space to create an atmosphere people will enjoy.

INSPIRATION
The freshness of the new, clean sunlight inspired Marlene Freeman to design a neutral-colored table that awakens your neurons with the millions of sparkling lights reflecting off the abundance of crystal pieces upon this table.

DETAILS
This table delights the eye with a bevy of crystal pieces featuring a variety of patterns, some etched with straight, sharp lines and others decorated with flowing, organic designs.

 

The Frog and the Peach in New Brunswick was honored by The Garden State Culinary Arts Awards on May 7 with the prize for “Best Restaurant in New Jersey.”

Modeled after the James Beard awards, these are state’s first juried food awards. Nominations were sought from the public, and then the GSCAA executive committee, consisting of food writers around the state, named ten nominees in 13 categories.

 

The Mansion at Natirar will reopen this June with new spaces for club members and private events following a 35,000-square-foot restoration, which created new areas such as the Grand Ballroom and Conservatory. The new design is predicted to put the venue at the top of the list for Northern New Jersey events.