Attention jazz lovers! This weekend, the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is hosting the Central Jersey Jazz 2015 Festival in Flemington, New Brunswick and Somerville. 

The festival itself starts today Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.and goes until 6 p.m. Sept. 20 (rain or shine).

Today, local artists will present affordable art for sale, as well as CDs. Downtown Flemington restaurants will hold a food court on the same bloxck as the stage, which is at the Historic Court House on Main Street.  

Saturday's festival will take place in New Brunwick at the Monument Square. Food and beverage will be available.

Sunday's is in Somerville at the County Court House Green. Artists will also showcase their work here and food will be available for purchase. 

You are encouraged to bring your own blankets and chairs to enjoy the event. 

Performers include Sarah Partridge, Sean Jones Quartet and Jazz House Kids.

For more information, visit the event's website

One of the most interesting activities I’ve run across lately for groups artfully combines music and picturesque vistas. This description fits many outdoor concert series and music festivals that are held in mountain towns, especially in summer and fall. However, very few involve a Steinway grand piano and wireless headphones in the middle of nature.

 

Looking for something a little different to plug your group into and a venue they will be talking about long after a gathering concludes? Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the winter home and laboratory of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, might be the solution with its Sunsets and Sips and Wellness Series

 

Colorado has 58 mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet, known locally as “fourteeners” or “14ers.” This is more than any other state and includes the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak, where standing at the summit in 1893 inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the poem “America” that today is known as the song “America the Beautiful.”