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Music in the Garden!

June 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Calgo Garden’s 2nd Annual Benefit Fundraiser in Support of
“Connection thru Music”

• A day of live music, workshops, raffles, and other memorable experiences. (See listings below.)
• $10 donation/admission will give you 10% off purchases from Calgo’s THE BARN and Nursery.

Calgo Gardens is privileged to host a day of music and fun to benefit a program we whole-heartedly believe in and support. Your admission donation will benefit (and go in full to) Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ) and its Connection Thru Music program. This intergenerational program pairs those challenged with Alzheimers or dementia with a young volunteer who uses the enduring power of music to reach people whose connections to life and joy are slowly slipping away. It is our goal to bring attention to their work and help it flourish.

Music has the power to effect our moods, uplift our spirits, and bring back memories. And for the more than five million people in the U.S. suffering from Alzheimers, music has the power to change their world. Not only can hidden emotions and memories be stimulated by music but music can also help to manage stress and attitudes. Music and singing engage people who are suffering from dementia and stimulates interaction between them, their loved ones and caregivers.

Opening remarks: 10:00 am. Come make some connections through music! Bring friends and family and learn about  CVCJ, how you can help—or how they can help you!

Please consider a donation, in any amount, in honor or in memory of a loved one. To contribute, click here or scroll to the end of this post and click on the CVCJ logo.



Instructional Workshops!

10-11 am—How to Create a Playlist for the Elder in your Life. Led by Fran Pannella, LPN, Certified Dementia Practitioner, Director, CVCJ – Alzheimer’s Respite Care & Connection Thru Music Programs

11:30 am—Filling the Well…..Self Care for Caregivers with Kathleen Reilly CYT. Learn techniques to help you de-stress. This session is experiential including handouts, and discussion—including Healthy Recipes—A take home handout by Heidi Schulz Chef/Nutritionist of The Tulip Tree Café. Includes easy to make recipes and nutritional benefits of calming and “pick-me-up” foods, using ingredients that  are readily available.

1 pm—Preserving and Archiving Your Family Photos, by Diana Lang, of Diana P. Lang Photography will give you advice and tips on how to preserve your family legacy in photos.

2:30 pm—How to Plant an Aromatherapy Container Herb Garden—Led by Calgo’s Jean Ritota. Jean will tell you what supplies you need, and particular herbs to choose, so that you can make a CALMING container garden at home. You will get written instructions to take home with you!

Live Music!
Relax on our beautiful patio or stroll the grounds while listening to:

10:30 am…………”Applaud our Kids” Foundation
11:15 am…………Justin Coughlin
12:00 pm…………Tony Costa
12:45 pm…………Sophia Montalbano
1:00 pm…………..James Sleeman
1:45 pm…………..Kaeleigh Spreen

2:00 pm…………..Sheli Monacchio and Friends
3:00 pm…………..Dave Vargo

(All proceeds go to Connection Thru Music)
Enter raffles for a chance to win:

  • A customized photo shoot for your most cherished heirloom or treasured memorabilia / Vestige Photo. It’s not just a photo—it’s a memory that lives forever. Photo shoot includes an 11×14 print (value $450)
  • Container Herb Garden from Calgo Gardens Nursery (value $100)
  • Tickets to The Fab Faux (The Fab Faux is a wildly popular musical tribute band performing the works of the Beatles.)
  • A Memory Basket with an iPod, headset, books, and video (donated by CVCJ)
  • A $75.00 voucher for the Grunin Center for the Arts
  • Gift Basket from Musicians On A Mission* and High Strung Studios** (value $140) / Includes a one year membership to Musicians On A Mission 3 Musicians On A Mission compilation CDs  Musicians On A Mission T-shirt  Musicians On A Mission magnet  High Strung Canvas Print – Marley • High Strung guitar string necklace – Hans Christian Anderson

…and much more!

Information is Power!

Information about Caregiver Volunteers of Central New Jersey (CVCJ) and their programs—how you can help, or how they can help your family or loved one.


The trailer for the award-winning documentary,  Alive Inside, dramatically shows us  the power music has to rekindle memories, and feelings, combat memory loss and stir our souls. It was also the inspiration for the program Connection Through Music.


To contribute to this incredible organization, simply click the logo below.

Click here to donate to Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey






*Musicians On A Mission: Our mission is to create connections and inspire giving through music. We raise awareness and funds for local charitable organizations through planned musical events showcasing New Jersey performers. 

**High Strung: Jenny Woods’ creative world was turned upside down the day she discovered that her old guitar strings were a perfect medium for jewelry design. I couldn’t believe what a rich trove of possibility had literally been right at my fingertips. The realization that guitar strings could be repurposed for jewelry ignited a spark. In a perfect melding of her love of music and passion for creating… High Strung Studios was born offering handcrafted guitar string jewelry with a unique design aesthetic as well as uncommon gifts for the eco-conscious musician or music lover. With great attention to detail and craftsmanship, her “wearable music” strikes just the right chord. 


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June 8, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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