Blog :: 08-2016

Montclair: We've Got It Made In The Shade

Even though summer is officially over this week and the days are getting shorter, it's been a very warm September. Which reminds me of one of the things I love about Montclair: the town's commitment to shade trees.

I often share this fun fact with clients: With a population of close to 40,000, Montclair reportedly has as many trees as residents.

I don’t think I ever appreciated Montclair’s shade trees more than I did this August when, in the swelter of an east coast summer, I decided to walk to town to do some errands. This was one of those days that we all were wilting. I filled a bottle of water and started out the door. The sun was high, but most of my walk was under a canopy of trees. The air was still, but in the shade, the little air that did pass by me as I walked felt almost like a breeze.

It was hot. But it wasn’t awful.

Montclair retains a part-time arborist to make sure our tree game is strong. Not too long ago, it had become fashionable to plant Bradford pear trees – smallish tree shaped like lollipops that are prone to splitting. Montclair still has many old oaks and sycamores that parasol the streets and sidewalks, and we’ve stepped away from the pear trees, which I’m glad about, as they do not provide the same quality of shade.

To me, part of a great suburban experience includes optimal walkability, even when it's hot. If you’re interested in a town that is designed for walking – call me. I’d love to show you around. 973-809-5277 

 

Hot and Cool ? Montclair Jazz Festival Aug 13, 2016

 

I know I tend to go on and on about the events in Montclair – the Montclair Film Festival, Taste of Montclair, the YMCA 10K and Family Fun Run. Even the weekly Farmers Market feels more like a social happening than a produce-buying excursion. All of these popular gatherings started up since I’ve moved here. But it feels like the one that’s grown the most is the Montclair Jazz Festival.

August can feel so quiet in Montclair, with so many families off on vacation. But on the day of the Jazz Festival, people seem to come out of the woodwork.

This free event began seven years ago, an outdoor sampling of jazz performances where people tossed a blanket on the grass and soaked in some sun and some great music. Back then, 300 people showed up. Last year there were 10,000!

I am so excited to have Keller Williams sponsoring one of my all-time favorite events. We even have a tent where we’ll be giving out lemonade and cookies. (Consider yourself invited!)


I’m not sure how set in stone the schedule is, but here’s the proposed line up:

12 p.m. - 52nd Street Big Band
12:30 p.m. - Philly Soul Big Band
1:00 p.m. - Bright Moments Big Band
1:15 p.m. - Afro-Latin Big Band
1:45 p.m. - The Big Solid Sax Mob
2:15 p.m. - Jazz House Vocal Large Ensemble
2:45 p.m. - Jazz House Faculty Collective celebrates Bowie + Prince
3:45 p.m. - Michele Rosewoman + New Yor-Uba
4:45 p.m. - Dynasty Big Band featuring Louis Prima, Jr.
5:15 p.m. - Jazz House Big Band featuring Louis Prima, Jr.
6:00 p.m. - George Coleman Organ Quartet
7:15 p.m. - A Christian McBride Situation
8:30 p.m. - Dee Dee Bridgewater Quintet

Come and go. Bring a cooler. There are shuttles from parking and plenty of grass for lounging. Cool music on a hot day with a cold beer. It really doesn’t get any better.