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Old Carriage House The Performance Series takes place at the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center also known as "The Old Carriage House". The Arts Center faces Watson Road; however, it is part of the Fanwood Borough Hall property and the actual address is 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023. Please go to our Directions page for in depth directions, maps and photos at: directions, and our Venue page to learn more about this beautiful historic building.

      Mayor Colleen Mahr and The Fanwood Arts Council Present      
Upcoming Performances

April, 2017 - To be announced

May, 2017 - To be announced

June, 2017 - To be announced

November 12, 2016 - Rupert Wates and Florian Schantz Jazz Combo

Rupert Wates
Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. His contract required him to write material in all kinds of styles and genres, for all kinds of artists. He worked extensively with Jazz vocalist Liz Fletcher, and wrote the album 'Blue Afternoons' (Mainstem, 2002) specially for her voice. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado.

Since coming to the US, Wates has won more than 30 songwriting awards (

His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He has released seven solo CDs. They have been very well reviewed in the online press and tracks from them have been played on radio all over the world. Wates' songs have been recorded by other artists in the UK, Canada and the US. In 2015, Nashville-based performer Roxie Rogers released Crazy Puzzle, an album of songs from Wates' back catalog. Rogers is the first independent artist to record an entire album of Wates' material. More recordings featuring Wates's songs by other artists are scheduled for 2016.

November 12, 2016 - Florian Schantz Jazz Combo

Florian Schantz

The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo, is reviving authentic hot jazz in all its glory. Early 20th Century jazz was sometimes raucous and wild, played with reckless abandon, sometimes gritty and bluesy, and sometimes mellow and sweet. The early jazz age peaked in the late 1920s, before giving way to the swing era in the 30s. Nowadays early jazz is often filed away as quaint and corny with its power and drive forgotten.

The band is led by award-winning Florian Schantz, a fiery 14 year old trumpet player from Westfield with over 200 performances all over NJ and NY since 2013. He’s been running the band since he was 9 years old. The band also features Rup Chattopadhyay on trombone and tuba, Margaret Schantz on Flügelhorn, Cory Ackerman on drums, and Lowell Schantz on guitar.

For more information about the Florian Schantz Jazz Combo, visit:

Intermission with South Martine Avenue Deli sandwiches and pizza

As usual we will be offering refreshments for sale, during the intermissions. We ussually make some home made cookies, have a variety of chips, and various other finger foods donated by our volunteers and regular attendees. (Please feel free to bring along something for our intermission food table!)

Ahhre Coffee Roastery Our newest sponsor is Ahrre's Coffee Roastery in Westfield and Summit! Ahrre's has graciously offered to donate both decaf and regular coffee, as well as train our vollunteers how to brew and dispense their carefully roasted coffee correctly! We will be brewing up Ahrre's delicious coffees and offering it to you in our brand new, commercial, insulated dispensers!

Snapple Snapple has generously donated beverages for our intermission. They have also donated a new tent to cover the food tables, and 2 great new coolers on wheels to keep the beverages that they are donating cold.

Nick's Pizza and Deli
Nicks Deli (formerly South Martine Avenue Deli) will be adding some of their favorite appetizers and pizza samples to our intermission food table. They are famous for thier New York Style large slices and delicious garlic knots....

Great performances in a historic setting right in your own back yard!
Suggested donation is $15, $10 for seniors and students.

This program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.