Bloomfield’s historic shrine at Church on the Green will reopen with a benefit concert

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – After being closed for the better part of 12 years, the historic Bloomfield Shrine at Church on the Green will reopen to the public with a benefit concert on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 7 p.m.

At the heart of Bloomfield history, Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green is named after Revolutionary War hero Major Joseph Bloomfield. The original congregation was organized in 1796. Construction of the sanctuary began the following year. Constructed of local Belleville brownstone and conforming to the popular Wren-Gibbs pattern used in most early American churches, the Sanctuary features turn-of-the-century stained glass in American opalescent and cathedral glass, as well as hand-blown antique painted glass. in the traditional Trace and Matte technique. The shrine was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and is one of three buildings on the church’s campus to be included in the Library of Congress’s Survey of Historic American Buildings of the 1930s, documenting the American architectural heritage.

The “Sanctuary on the Green” benefit concert will feature a host of local theater, dance and music groups as well as Broadway performers who call Bloomfield home. Proceeds from the concert will help restore this beloved city treasure and equip it to function as both a place of worship and a performing arts venue for greater Bloomfield. The concert is produced on behalf of the church by NiCori Studios & Productions.

Liz McCartney
Karen Callaway Williams

Tap sensation Karen Callaway Williams and Broadway’s Liz McCartney are set to headline the concert. The Bloomfield Youth Band, Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra, Broadway Performing Arts, NiCori Studios & Productions, Bloomfield Chorale, Shooting Star Dance Center, Culture Connection Theatre, Church on the Green Chapel Choir and more will also perform! All artists are subject to change.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for students/seniors in advance and $40 for adults and $25 for students/seniors at the door.

Join us for this public benefit for the Sanctuary! Tickets are available at https://bit.ly/3xYDxJD or by calling 973-743-1796.

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Martha J. Finley