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Visit Millville for Arts and Entertainment
   ROAD TRIP! Looking for a day trip to add more fun and excitement to your Southern New Jersey vacation or getaway? Millville’s Glasstown Arts District is a short drive from just about anywhere – the Wildwoods, Atlantic City or Cape May, so hop in the car and head to Cumberland County.
The cornerstone of the six-block downtown arts district is the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts at 22 N. High Street with two galleries, an atrium, and gift shop filled with paintings, sculptures, photos and more. At 321 N. High, the Arts and Innovation Center of Rowan College of South Jersey features art shows that change monthly plus a large gift shop.
Venture another two blocks to LaBottega of Art Gallery, 508 N. High, a private gallery representing 25 of the finest artists from the South Jersey region. There’s more – Calvaria Gallery, 319 N. High, and Green Boots Gallery, 14 N. Second. Visit the Village on High, a cluster of 11 cottages with three galleries – An Octopus’s Garden, Quirky Turky and the Village Gallery. Such whimsical names!
Third Fridays are the perfect time to stroll the streets, browse through shops and galleries with changing exhibits, meet friends and enjoy the ambiance of the arts district. Wonder what’s new for 2020? Well,
plans are underway for the 20th anniversary of the Glasstown Arts District with new public art, more art programs and a big celebration. Stay tuned!
The Levoy Theatre, again the center of entertainment for Millville and surrounding areas, traces its origins to the silent film era. Facing demolition years ago, the theatre was saved and renovated with a look reminiscent of the 1920s but with modern accoutrements. The theatre’s resident company is the Off Broad Street Players – and they’re rehearsing some great shows for the 2020 season. Plus,
the theatre hosts tribute band concerts, ballet performances, acrobatic shows and children’s theater. 856-327-6400;
Hungry? Of course, you are! Enjoy dinner at Andrea Trattoria Italiana or Winfield’s – once a F.W. Woolworth’s Five and Dime store. Stop by El Guacamole, Wildflower Vegan Café, Arts Café, Old Irish Oar House or BoJo’s Ale House – menus are varied. Enjoy lunch at Bogart’s Bookstore & Café while you browse the bookshelves. More quick bites can be found at Asian, Italian, Caribbean and all-American places in town.
The Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center is just a mile from downtown. Home to the Museum of American Glass, the center has a 19th century-style furnace with glassblowing demonstrations, shops and galleries. WheatonArts hosts a variety of special events year-round. 856-825-6800.
Millville is also home to the Wild and Scenic Maurice River with bald eagles and osprey along the banks. In season take a riverboat cruise to see even more wildlife in their natural habitat.
New Jersey Motorsports Park has two world-class raceways and a karting tract; the clubhouse has a bar and restaurant with special events throughout the year.
The Glasstown Arts District and surrounding attractions are a year-round destination with a focus on warm-weather months. Visit Tuesdays to Sundays since many of the museums, restaurants, galleries and shops are closed on Mondays. 856-293-0556. G
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